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Leid Stories – Orlando Massacre Raises Questions [Again] About U.S. Justice Department’s Problems – 06.20.16

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the nation’s highest-level law-enforcement official, followed quickly on the heels of President Obama’s declaration of outrage about the June 12 massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and his promise to the nation to “seek justice.” Lynch was a featured guest on major weekend newsmaker shows discussing the progress the DOJ was making in pursuing leads in the case, with the alleged gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, and others believed connected to him at the center of the investigation. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 wounded in the mass shooting. Mateen died was killed in as gun battle with police.

Leid Stories discusses a troublesome—and recurring—theme in the DOJ’s investigations, raised once again in Lynch’s probe of the Orlando massacre

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Ivan Eland – Who’s the Bigger Danger — Clinton or Trump?

The senseless murder of 49 revelers at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub has amplified our need for a long overdue national conversation this election season about the overall direction of U.S. foreign policy and our proper role in the world. With the party nominating conventions just weeks away, now is a good time to start. In what was billed as a …

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Leid Stories – Mass Murder, Mass Media and Race Politics (Part 4) – 06.16.16

It took 15 hours of pleading by Senate Democrats yesterday before Republicans agreed to consider two gun-control measures that would add controls on licenses and background checks for people buying guns. Sen. Chris Murphy, the junior senator from Connecticut, noting that almost four years after the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state, “we have done nothing, nothing at all to reduce the likelihood that that will happen again to another family.”

But it did, just three days before Murphy’s filibuster. Forty-nine people were killed, and 53 others wounded, in a mass shooting on June 12 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Omar Mateen, 29, the alleged lone gunman, mowed down his victims with a military-style assault rifle and a high-powered handgun, even though he had been, at one point, on two federal “watch” lists.

Leid Stories discusses the quandary that plagues gun-control legislative efforts in the United States.

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The Gary Null Show – 06.15.16

On “The Gary Null Show” today, Gary goes over health and healing and talks about the environment and plays great audio clips:

Another study proves this simple activity rejuvenates the brain

Eating more whole grains linked with lower mortality rates

Consumption of this antioxidant reduces heart disease mortality by 40 percent

Top 3 antioxidant-rich vegetables help prevent cancer, heal the skin & slow aging

Gary goes to a music break and plays a great song: Chicago – Saturday In The Park. Then back to the show:Gary speaks about meaning many people while he was traveling around the country and saw ways they got around zoning laws. He decided to not tell the location to help the people.

Understanding zoning and tiny houses

FL attorney says growing vegetables not a fundamental right

VIDEO: Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Massacres that have happened in America that were as bad or worse them the horrible attack in Orlando:

1850 Bloody Island Massacre

The Ludlow Massacre

The Lawrence Massacre

The Colfax Massacre

The Greenwood Massacre

The Chinese Massacre of 1871

The Paoli Massacre

The Waxhaw Massacre

The Fort Pillow Massacre

The Goliad Massacre

The Red Summer

Gary takes calls from listeners to discuss today’s topics and then Luanne comes on air to discuss Gary’s new Health Support System Classes. Call her if interested: 631-504-6198

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Trends This Week – Obama, Trump, Clinton, terrorism, lies and fear mongering – 06.15.16

Global forecaster Gerald Celente provides a trend-tracking lesson by separating rhetoric, distortions and propaganda from fact in speeches made in response to the recent massacre in Orlando. His analysis shows how and why this type of violence self-perpetuates. Elsewhere in this program, Celente breaks down what the coming Brexit vote in the UK could – or could not – mean for the global economy. He forecasts continued global economic deterioration and high equity-market volatility

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Leid Stories – Mass Murder, Mass Media and Race Politics (Part 2) – 06.14.16

President Obama, expected to hit the campaign trail to support Hillary Clinton, instead will be in Orlando today, paying his respects to the victims of the June 12 mass shooting by a lone gunman at a gay club there. Fifty people—including the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29—died in the carnage, and 53 others were wounded, many of them sustaining multiple wounds.

Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion on the politicization of the tragedy.

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Meditations and Molotovs – 06.13.16

There is simply no way to understand the massacre in Orlando without asking fundamental questions about our society, its various institutions, cultures and ideologies.

Hence, today’s program features a discussion concerning violence, guns, patriarchy, capitalism, civilization, homophobia, religion, militarism, racism, ecological devastation and how all of these things are inherently connected.

In the end, the government isn’t taking anyone’s guns in the U.S. There will be no “buy back” program. There will be no “confiscation efforts.” And there surely won’t be a “ban on assault weapons” in the near future. In the meantime, what are decent Americans to do?

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Leid Stories – Mass Murder, Mass Media and Race Politics – 06.13.16

A lone gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., without warning opened fire inside a popular gay nightclub in Orlando in the wee hours of Sunday morning as patrons were celebrating Pride Month. Mateen died in a gunfight with a SWAT team, but not before himself killing 50 patrons and wounding 53 others, many of them critically.

The massacre has shocked and outraged the nation and the world—and especially the LGBTQ community, which has been reporting an escalation in homophobia-related violence. The Orlando mass killings, however, are a new threshold in such violence, which is occurring in a carefully orchestrated climate, says Leid Stories.

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Bush and Blair Prepared the Iraq War at Crawford Behind Closed Doors

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for a deliberate attack against Iraq which is part of a British plan to have war on Islam keeps ongoing, says Rodney Shakespeare, an academic and political analyst based in London. Shakespeare,  a professor of Binary Economics in London, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday, after Scottish National …

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Leid Stories – Election 2016: What We Should Have Learned By Now – 05.18.16

As Election 2016 progresses toward various parties’ nominating conventions this summer, (for Republicans, July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio; for Democrats, July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pa.; the Green Party, Aug. 4-7 in Houston, Texas; the Libertarian Party, May 27-30 in Orlando, Fla.), presidential hopefuls are in the final stretch of the primaries, looking to claim their spots as their parties’ standard bearers in the general election. The duopoly has outdone all other major parties in the still-ongoing battle of attrition. Donald Trump is the last person standing in the Republican field of 17; Hillary Clinton is being touted as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

By all indications, Election 2016 will be a watershed moment in U.S. electoral politics—though for reasons that should alarm even a casual observer. Leid Stories has been looking at this historical moment in terms of what politics and the political process have come to mean and be for the masses of people. We continue this discussion, focusing on what we are learning, or have learned, about our relationship to the political apparatus, and ways in which we can affect political outcomes through an increased consciousness and strategic use of power.