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Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

    Empire of Lies: Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and it applied to a good many people who should have known better. I now propose…

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What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Brett Kavanaugh

    What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Brett Kavanaugh

As expected, the corporate media’s coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment process is disappointingly superficial. While there’s no doubt sexual harassment is a pressing issue in modern-day America, left-leaning establishment outlets and individuals alike are mired in these accusations, as well as partisan political divides as they fail to recognize Kavanaugh’s very troublesome record of court…

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The Battle for Your Mind

    The Battle for Your Mind

After reading The New York Times piece “The Plot to Subvert an Election” I put the paper down with a single question. Why, after two years of allegations, indictments, and claims to proof of this, that, and the other did the newspaper of record—well, once the newspaper of record—see any need to publish such a piece? My answer is…

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Three Ways Facebook is Increasingly Becoming a Censorship Arm of the US Government

    Three Ways Facebook is Increasingly Becoming a Censorship Arm of the US Government

Facebook has lately announced a series of major steps it would take to combat fake news and the global spread of misinformation that it says could influence elections, but the more we learn about just who it is Facebook is partnering with in this endeavor, the clearer it becomes that these initiatives are not at…

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The Dow of Inequality: Counting the Casualties of America’s Class War

  The Dow of Inequality: Counting the Casualties of America’s Class War

NEW YORK — The revelation that the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard and Poor’s stock index closed at historic highs this past Thursday afternoon reminded me of an early autumn afternoon a dozen years ago in a glorious San Francisco apartment high in the sky. The apartment, perched atop a rise in the…

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Why the NAACP and His Friends at the Top Can’t Make Ben Jealous the Next Maryland Governor

  Why the NAACP and His Friends at the Top Can’t Make Ben Jealous the Next Maryland Governor

BALTIMORE — At first glance, Ben Jealous appears to be a good bet to become Maryland’s first black governor. Running in a blue state — where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one and nearly one in three voters is African-American — against an incumbent Republican governor, Jealous is a liberal Democrat, a son of Baltimore,…

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U.S. History of Chemical Weapons Use and Complicity in War Crimes

  U.S. History of Chemical Weapons Use and Complicity in War Crimes

The world is once again witnessing the height of U.S. hypocrisy as members of the U.S. State Department ratchet up anti-Russian and anti-Syrian rhetoric surrounding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the UK. Ambassador Nikki Haley has warned Syria, Iran and Russia that they will be held accountable for their pre-determined use of…

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Hold the Front Page: The Reporters are Missing

  Hold the Front Page: The Reporters are Missing

The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was “a trailblazer for independent journalism”, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common. Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia, Parry exposed Iran-Contra, a drugs and…

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Cuts to Cancer Research, Head Start, and Women’s Shelters Among $226 Million Diverted to Pay for Child Detention

  Cuts to Cancer Research, Head Start, and Women’s Shelters Among $226 Million Diverted to Pay for Child Detention

Along with tens of thousands of children and families, cancer patients, Americans with substance abuse disorders, and victims of domestic violence are among the casualties of President Donald Trump’s detention of young immigrants—according to government documents outlining the administration’s plan to divert millions of dollars away from programs serving those populations. Yahoo News reported that in order…

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Lagoons Of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence

  Lagoons Of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence

As the flooding from Hurricane Florence dissipates, North Carolina residents could face significant public-health and environmental crisis after at least 17 animal waste pits, coal ash facilities, and human sewage plants across the state released millions of gallons of toxic liquid into nearby communities. On an aerial tour Monday of pig country, housing the nation’s…

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