Smugness & Pain Created

via a commentary on Facebook: Apr 29th, 2017

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One of many, many infuriating parts of having Trump as the President is the insufferable smugness of conservatives. When they’re not telling you to “suck it up, snowflake” or trying to sell you fake news, they’re gloating: “We suffered for eight years under that tyrant Obummer. […]

Atlanta’s Cityhood Movement Explained

Atlanta’s Controversial ‘Cityhood’ Movement

via The Atlantic by Sam Rosen – Apr. 26th, 2017

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On the Saturday before Election Day last November, Jason Lary, a former insurance executive, crouched on a rough patch of grass at the center of a busy intersection 20 miles outside of […]

Propaganda, lies, hate, and dystopia

Feel The Propaganda, Feel the Hate photo by Steve Helber By Josh Marshall Published April 21, 2017, 4:48 PM EDT ***********************

We’re familiar with President Trump’s dystopian vision of an America in chaos, preyed on by foreigners and awash in citizens violated by feral criminals and “illegals.” Through last year’s campaign and into this […]

One Hundred Days of Damage

100 Days of Deconstruction

At CPAC, Steve Bannon declared that key members of Trump’s Cabinet were “selected for a reason.” In the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, that reason has become clear.

by Steven Harper on Moyers.com | APRIL 17, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at EPA headquarters in […]

The circle of life

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

In Life by Brian Koberlein – 14 April 2017

More than 3 billion years ago, life appeared on planet Earth. We aren’t entirely sure how life arose on Earth, but a common idea is that it first formed around hydrothermal vents in our planet’s young oceans. These vents […]

The fault dear Brutus..Marine Corp Style

Innovation – And other things that brief well Volume 101, Issue 2 Author: Capt Joshua Waddell Download PDF or View Plain Text GySgt Paul Nichols, USMC(Ret) I am now thoroughly convinced there is something deeply wrong with the part of the Marine Corps occupying the I-95 corridor leading to the Pentagon. What has become […]

The House is infected with rats !!!

While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills

The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.

With both houses of Congress solidly under Republican control, […]

Syrian missile strike – the aftermath

Reflexive partisanship drives polling lurch on Syria strikes

via Washington Post – April 11th, 2017 – by JAMES HOHMANN with Breanne Deppisch

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THE BIG IDEA: More Americans than ever view the news through red-colored glasses.

In 2013, when Barack Obama was president, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that only 22 percent of Republicans […]

Why did Clinton lose?

The big list of reasons why Sec. Clinton lost the Election include:

Russian meddling in the election, polls incorrectly predicted she had an insurmountable lead, FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks’ theft of emails from Campaign Chairman Podesa, two decades of Right Wing animus toward her, some […]

A resource for fighting disinformation

How to Survive the Misinformation Age: Skeptical Inquirer Takes on “Alternative Facts”

April 3, 2017

With the rise of fake news and “alternative facts,” no publication is better suited than Skeptical Inquirer to serve as a survival manual for the wilderness of misinformation. In its latest issue, leading thinkers confront the storm of […]

Polling results

What Americans Believe – Spring 2017

54% oppose raising the age of eligibility for Social Security to 69. 70 percent of Americans say “Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making sure that everyone gets the same defined set of benefits.” 68% support raising taxes on households […]

The American Empire

Empire?

The United States is the most powerful nation in the world and it often acts unilaterally, but is it an Empire? Though some insist that “empire” means only direct rule over large-scale conquered territory, the United States today looks decidedly imperial. The term empire has entered common usage, not only among critics but […]

Noam Chomsky interview: Behind the Trump circus

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s First 100 Days Are Undermining Our Prospects for Survival

Tuesday, March 28, 2017By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | Interview

Behind the Trump circus, the policies being enacted are the most reactionary of the Republican fringe, warns Noam Chomsky. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

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The Weakness of Weimar

Note: Excerpt from the book published in 2004 by Richard J. Evans. “The Coming of the Third Reich”.

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THE FAILURE OF DEMOCRACY -THE WEAKNESSES OF WIEMAR I

“Fear and hatred ruled the day in Germany at the end of the First World War. Gun battles, assassinations, riots, massacres and civil unrest […]