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Jimmy Margulies | Trump and Netanyahu / media.cagle.com

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Snowden: Stop Putting So Much Faith (and Fear) in Presidents

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  • He said if people want to change the world, they should look to themselves instead of putting their hopes or fears in a single person. “This can only be the work of the people,” Snowden said. “If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump; rather. we should build it ourselves.”
  • Related: 'Keep Calm and Carry On' is clichéd. It's also missing two-thirds of the original message.

Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout

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November 15, 2016 | Whistleblower  and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden remains a fugitive at large, but that didn’t stop him from popping up and chiming in on the recent presidential election.

Snowden, who in 2013 blew the lid on the NSA’s massive covert surveillance program, recently appeared on camera via livestream to talk about privacy in an event hosted by StartPage.

Jon Miltimore is senior editor of Intellectual Takeout.

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'Keep Calm and Carry On' is clichéd. It's also missing two-thirds of the original message, Amanda Pell, Upworthy 

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“Keep Calm and Carry On” wasn't originally designed to be a novelty. It was actually an urgent plea — one of three slogans the British government released to rally the spirits of the people against the threat of Naziism during World War II.

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'Keep Calm and Carry On' is clichéd. It's also missing two-thirds of the original message.

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“Keep Calm and Carry On” wasn't originally designed to be a novelty. It was actually an urgent plea — one of three slogans the British government released to rally the spirits of the people against the threat of Naziism during World War II.

Amanda Pell, Upworthy

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December 22, 2016 | If you’ve ever been anywhere near a college dorm room, you’ve seen the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

The saying does have real historical context rooted in WWII Britain, but it’s better known for the period of time in the mid-2000s when it became a near-ubiquitous decorative staple.

Amanda Pell I'm just a lady who loves a good story, whether or not I'm the one telling it. I'm a political junkie and occasional comedian. I rode in an elevator with Walter Cronkite in 1997, and I've been doing my best to tell it the way it is ever since.

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George Takei- "Welcome to the Resistance"

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  • So welcome to the resistance. It’s where the next heroes of our movement will emerge. Be ready. Be vigilant. Be strong.
  • Related: Time to Fight Like Hell 

George Takei, Advocate

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December 21 2016 | In the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, many have written to me asking how to move forward. It is understandably difficult for our community to accept this setback, from the risk of our hard-won rights being eroded to the fear that dark forces of hatred and intolerance are now emboldened and have begun to strike. Our concerns are not diminished by the president-elect’s reassurances over marriage equality, particularly as he continues to name some of the most outspoken bigots to important posts within his cabinet and inner circle — and as we consider the record of his vice president, Mike Pence, while governor of Indiana, or Jeff Sessions, an enemy of equality he has nominated to head the Justice Department.

As both an Asian-American and an LGBT American, I have borne witness to some of the most egregious injustices and tragedies of our national history, where both the public and the politicians turned against us to devastating effect. Many know that I grew up in internment camps where we were held without trial or even charge for years, simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Fewer remember that, as a young man, it was illegal for me in many states to marry a Caucasian person due to antimiscegenation laws. And as a gay man, I stayed deeply in the closet out of fear that I would not find work as an “out” actor. That same fear rendered me silent even as the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s and '90s took so many of our community, while the government turned a blind, callous eye. 

George Takei is an actor, entrepreneur, activist, and social media supernova and the recipient of the 2014 StartOut Leadership Award.

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Time to Fight Like Hell , Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones <http://www.motherjones.com>

 

 

 

December 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.

The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.

Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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The 4 Syndromes Of Passivity In The Face Of Pending Tyranny

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  • And how to pull yourself out.
  • Related: Time to Fight Like Hell 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

 

Robert Reich, Huffington Post

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12/16/2016 | As the era of Trump approaches, some of you are succumbing to the following four syndromes:

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump will be just another president – more conservative and pompous than most, but one who will make rational decisions once in office.

You are under a grave delusion. Trump has a serious personality disorder and will pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

Robert Reich: Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.’’

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Time to Fight Like Hell, Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

  • http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/imagecache-2400x1350/files/421_clara_a_2000x1124.jpgDecember 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny, Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

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