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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.

Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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Yossarian Johnson, Author at The Intellectualist

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No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think.

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  • Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

  • The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth

  • Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.
  • Mike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

 

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Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth and the forging of an imagined narrative in which both sides took responsibility for fighting bravely and with honor to support their sides. This revision of history echoes in the President's ill-chosen words regarding the violence in Charlottesville.

Yohuru Williams, The Progressive

August 18, 2017 | One of the enduring images of the 2000s was that of American Marines purportedly helping a group of Iraqi civilians tumble the statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad in April 2003. British journalist Robert Fisk famously described the scene as “the most staged photo opportunity since Iwo Jima.” Questions as to why the statue became a target for advancing military forces quickly surfaced. The answer was simple. The statue was a symbol of Hussein’s bloody regime. In advance of toppling the dictator himself, the statue was a stand-in for his ill-gotten power.

That moment has crossed my mind more than a few times since recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when anti-racist counter-protester Heather Heyer was struck and killed by white supremacist James Alex Fields. Fields plowed his vehicle through a line of people protesting a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacy, and white nationalist groups challenging the removal of a statue of Confederate War General Robert E. Lee.

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Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.

http://static.gulfnews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2075419!/image/3735690108.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_460346/3735690108.jpgMike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon 

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 | Vice President Mike Pence decided to ape the rhetoric of his commander-in-chief during a Tuesday interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. In the process, he helped illustrate precisely how wrongheaded the Confederate monument defenses really are.

“I agree with the president that seeing people destroy public property in the name of any cause is just simply unacceptable,” Pence began. While he probably would have avoided trouble had he stopped his argument there, he moved on to claim that the Confederate memorials are important so “that we remember our past and build on the progress that we’ve made.”

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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Special Report | Ken Burns / Lynn Novick PBS Documentary Series 'The Vietnam War'

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The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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6 New Items including:

1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored'
2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About
4) Talking Points for Approaching the Burns/Novick PBS Vietnam War Documentary
5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace?
6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing

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6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing, Jerry Lembcke, Public Books
With The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have created a film that rehashes some old, tired tropes. In doing so, they distort what soldiers, veterans, and antiwar activists alike know about the war and its aftermath, especially inside the United States.

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5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace? Camillo Mac Bica, Vietnam Full Disclosure
Full Disclosure: The Truth About America's War in Vietnam

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Attached you’ll find PBS’ brief descriptions of the 10 episodes along with concise, documented talking points you can use when participating in local PBS panels, making public statements or doing news interviews. In addition to the brief talking points and discussion questions, we’ve provided excerpts from important publications that provide deeper insight and further documentation.
This paper will help you authoritatively address issues raised in the PBS series and answer fundamental questions about the war.

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3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About, By Frank Joyce, AlterNet
Don't expect an honest accounting of the atrocities commited by the U.S.

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2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: Reserve your seats for "The Vietnam War":  Screening and Discussion: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
  • There are going to be three events in the Twin Cities of Ken Burns: "The Vietnam War": Screening and Discussion. 
  • Part 2:  Full Disclosure: Re: The Burns-Novick PBS Series, About the US War in Viet Nam
  • The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored', David Smith, The Guardian

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In this December 1965 photo shot by Horst Faas, a US 1st division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and schoolchildren return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat. Photograph: Horst Faas/AP

Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour epic film covers the conflict from all sides, and hopes to ‘shape more courageous conversations about what took place’

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How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry
Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry
Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.
The “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled … still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

 

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

While it’s hard to imply causation or know just how beholden lawmakers are to their donors, campaign finance records show that some of the Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry, which has enjoyed record profits in the last few years under the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a quick look into some of those connections.

S Nicholson, Revere Press

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Among those who equivocated on or declined to endorse Sanders’ step towards a single payer healthcare system are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Otherwise, Sanders’ bill has support from around one-third of Senate Democrats and polls show more and more Democratic voters are getting behind the idea.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.

Despite a number of high-profile Democrats rallying around Independent Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled Wednesday, the plan still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

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The minority Democrats are already facing pushback on healthcare from Republicans, who are still trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but this new single-payer health bill must also contend with opposition from Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Where Is the Integrity?

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  • Kris Kobach's voter fraud commission is a carnival of the absurd. A dispatch from New Hampshire.
  • (The commission is) laboring hard to create a no-fly zone over an imaginary moose.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office. —Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

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The entire Charlatans Cotillion that took place on the campus of St. Anselm’s College on Tuesday ended with a barefaced obvious lie from a barefaced obvious liar, which is entirely in keeping with the hearing held here by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, a body that is nearly as nauseating as it is ridiculous.

While the hearing was going on, the Campaign Legal Center released a copy of an internal Heritage Foundation email that it had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It was addressed to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The name of the sender was blacked out, but the content of the email took the committee’s entire threadbare claim to any legitimacy at all and fed bloody gobbets of that claim to the wolverines. The email said, in part:

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No Place For Climate Change Deniers To Hide

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An aerial shot of downtown Houston during the "Tax Day Flood" in April. (Jordan Anderson/DoubleHorn Photography)

  • Now is precisely the time for a national commitment, when the winds are blowing and fires are burning. The floods and fires are not a time just for sorrow, they must be a time for action. We must seize this moment to help the victims of these storms, and we must seize this moment to take action on climate change.
  • It is a small blue planet, but it is the only one we have.
  • Related: Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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09/10/2017 | As the hurricanes and forest fires rage, we know there are no Republicans or Democrats in lifeboats, only survivors. And it is past time that we all turn towards the storm, not away from it. 

But as I watched Governor Rick Scott advise Floridians to evacuate in the face of the fury of Hurricane Irma, I wondered: Where are climate change deniers supposed to go? 

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans, Elliott Negin, Huffington Post

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Robert Koehler | Dancing with Fear

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Maybe it’s time to stop regarding every challenge, danger, obstacle, mystery and fear we encounter as a military operation, to be won or lost. We should at least be aware we have a choice in the matter.

Robert Koehler, LA Progressive / Rise Up Times 

August 2, 2017 | I knew there was a war on against cancer and, oh yeah, drugs, illiteracy, poverty, crime and, of course, terror, and that many arenas — sports, religion, business and politics, to name a few — are often portrayed as war without the body bags. But I was still surprised to read recently in the New York Times that we’ve opened up a fat front:

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“It is a scene being repeated across the country as schools deploy the blood-pumping video game Dance Dance Revolution as the latest weapon,” the Gray Lady informed us, “in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of childhood obesity.”

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