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Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.25.17

An investigation into the mental state of Donald Trump and the cognitive disconnection in the American public for electing morally sound leaders Dr. John Gartner is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns University Medical School, where he has taught for the past 28 years. He has private practices in Baltimore and Manhattan where he specializes in borderline personality and …

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 04.20.17

Legendary election protection hero BEV HARRIS joins Berkeley filmmaker DON GOLDMACHER in a powerful Solartopian excursion into the land of election theft. Bev’s BLACKBOX VOTING work has paved the way for a generation of activists and researchers looking into our broken system of electing officials.  She lays out for us the critical elements in electronic manipulation and voter elimination which …

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Lambert Strether – “The Narrative,” Neoliberalism, and Identity Politics

I should start by saying that the headline isn’t exactly clickbait, because who writes clickbait on Boxing Day anyhow, but it does oversell what I’m about to write, which is not a Grand Unified Theory mutually contextualizing all three topics — perhaps another time — but a consideration of each topic, in linear order. That is, first I’ll consider “The …

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Sarah Lazare – Obama’s Pentagon Is Using a ‘War on Terror’ Slush Fund to Bankroll Dangerous Military Buildup Near Russian Border

The Pentagon is planning to pull billions of dollars from a slush fund earmarked for the war on terror to finance a major mobilization of tanks, troops and arms near the Russian border, as part of NATO’s largest military buildup in eastern Europe since the Cold War. The plan underscores the role the war on terror plays in setting up …

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Nika Knight – Environmental Official Shot Dead in Brazil as Attacks on Land Defenders Rise in Latin America

An environmental official well-known for his aggressive enforcement of deforestation laws in his city in the Brazilian Amazon was gunned down in front of his family late Thursday, city officials reported Friday. Two men shot the official, Luiz Araujo, seven times as he drove up to his home, local policetold the Associated Press. “[T]wo men fled on a motorcycle without taking …

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AMANDA MARCOTTE – Fear, racism, and hatred: Why the gun industry makes so much money off mass shootings

Even though the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend is the largest in our nation’s history, the fallout is following a standard pattern, a narrative so well-worn that it’s impossible not to become numb to it: Liberals call for gun control, conservatives act like you are trying to take away their precious babies, nothing gets done, everyone eventually drifts …

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Stephen Fox – In the California Primary, More Ballots Remain Uncounted than the Total Number of votes for Hillary Clinton!

I warned Californians that they would see their primary become as egregious as New York’s Primary! California’s Uncounted Ballots, from several different sages, pundits, pollworkers, and commenters in California compiled from extensive article by Michael Hertz in Los Angeles Progressive First this: from Larry Wines   Brace yourself. The actual numbers are shocking. More ballots remain uncounted than the total number of …