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Russell Brand Says He Wants A ‘Revolution’

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The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

 

Tom Ashbrook, On Point with Tom Ashbrook

 

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russellbrand-500x333.jpgComedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, “Revolution.” (Penguin / Random House)

 

October 15, 2014 | British comedian, actor, provocateur, activist Russell Brand knows how to mix it up wild and funny.  With his big mane, sharp mind, and glittering irreverence he has cut a wide swath in entertainment realms.  Played the blazing rock star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.  Married and divorced Katy Perry.  Toured doing stand-up last year with his Messiah Complex show.  And now Russell Brand is going all-in on politics.  Revolution, actually.  Our world, our system is worn out and we know it, he says.  Time for revolt.  Up next On Point:  Russell Brand, and revolution.

 

Read An Excerpt Of “Revolution” by Russell Brand

 

Tom Ashbrook is the host of On Point, a live, two-hour morning news-analysis program, produced by WBUR 90.9 and NPR. 

 

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Pumpkins at the Depot

Collaborative Show by  Red Wing (MN) Arts Association and Bill Habedank

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October 8, 2014 | Master Carver Bill Habedank, Krafty Kathy, and a crew of volunteers create an unforgettable show for all ages. More than 100 carved pumpkins on display.

Free admission. Please bring a non-perishable item to support the Red Wing Area Food Shelf.

For further information or to learn how to become in Bill's carving crew, call 651-388-7569 or visit redwingartsassociation.org.

Tom Engelhardt | Inside the American Terrordome

  • Fear-mongering has been the U.S. media soundtrack since 9/11. Like Muzak, it's affected us in ways we don't realize.
  • America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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fox_news_screens_isis2.jpgOctober 7, 2014 | It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. 

Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out.  I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued.  At some point, she asked me, “Do you live here?”

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com.  His new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books), has just been published.

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Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality, Association for Psychological Science

“The decline of social capital is a profoundly negative trend for a democracy, a system of government predicated on the few representing the interests of the many,” the researchers conclude.

 

Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality

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“The decline of social capital is a profoundly negative trend for a democracy, a system of government predicated on the few representing the interests of the many,” the researchers conclude.

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PAFF_090414_decliningtrustmillenials_newsfeature.jpgSeptember 4, 2014 | Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. The findings are forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Compared to Americans in the 1970s-2000s, Americans in the last few years are less likely to say they can trust others, and are less likely to believe that institutions such as government, the press, religious organizations, schools, and large corporations are ‘doing a good job,’” explains psychological scientist and lead researcher Jean M. Twenge of San Diego State University.

The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, protection, and advancement of the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.

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Legendary Cartoonist Pat Oliphant: 'We Are in a Forest Fire of Ignorance'

For 50 years, the Australian-born artist has been a mainstay of America's politics and opinion pages. Here's why he's not optimistic about the future.

Les Daly, Atlantic

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Sep 3 2014 | Pat Oliphant is perhaps the most influential political cartoonist in the world. He has drawn—and quartered, some might add—10 American presidents, and assorted political figures and events that have caught his attention since he arrived in the United States from his native Australia 50 years ago.

The full collection of more than 10,000 Oliphant cartoons, sculptures, paintings, and other works comprises a priceless historical and often hysterical review of a half-century of America’s leaders and the misadventures through which the country has followed them. The dose of humor is what makes political cartoons powerful, Oliphant says: “Humor makes things palatable and induces people to look at things they wouldn’t otherwise want to think about without the humor.”

Les Daly is a writer based in New Mexico. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The New York Times.

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