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American Homicidal Ideation Led to Violence and Death

  • I think we, as a nation, are set up to believe that violence is the norm.
  • WTF America? 2015 Black Friday Videos Show How the US Has Lost Its Humanity.

Bill Kahn, E-Democracy.org

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_0.jpgDec 01 | In the aftermath of the recent domestic terrorism incident in Colorado Springs, I got to thinking about who is responsible for this sort of thing other than the seemingly weak minded folks who carry out the carnage. I think there are plenty of them, and in this particular case given Robert Lewis Dear’s statement to arresting officers, “No more baby parts,” it points to the Center for Medical Progress who produced the doctored videos attempting to falsely portray Planned Parenthood as selling body parts.

I thought about homicidal ideation and wondered how common it is. I did know it was common, I also know that I have such thoughts now and then, but I never realized that from half to nine out of ten folks in most surveys admit to such fantasies. What is uncommon is finding folks who do not think of committing homicide at all, but they are not nearly so rare as those who actually kill folks. Here is a  link to a dissertation about homicidal ideation from a guy at the University of Texas at Austin a decade or so ago.

Bill Kahn is a contributor to E-Democracy.org.

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WTF America? 2015 Black Friday Videos Show How the US Has Lost Its Humanity, Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project 

  • Just as we started regaining faith in humanity, after last year's Black Friday idiocy, here it comes again.
  • If we take a step back to observe this downright insanity, it is getting difficult to differentiate between Frank Darabont’s Walking Dead and Black Friday shoppers.
  • The Rise Of The Inhumanes

WTF America? 2015 Black Friday Videos Show How the US Has Lost Its Humanity

  • Just as we started regaining faith in humanity, after last year's Black Friday idiocy, here it comes again.
  • If we take a step back to observe this downright insanity, it is getting difficult to differentiate between Frank Darabont’s Walking Dead and Black Friday shoppers.
  • The Rise Of The Inhumanes

Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

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November 27, 2015 | Before their Thanksgiving dinners could settle, many Americans left their family atmospheres and descended upon department stores and big box retailers across the country to partake in rampant and apparently violent consumerism.

Mindless shoppers aren’t even getting the great discounts they cherish since retailers artificially inflate prices of goods in the months before the sales in order to make the subsequent discounts look good in comparison. Also, even if shoppers do manage to grab some genuine discounts, they will invariably buy another product that has a 98 percent markup value.

Matt Agorist is a contributor to Free Thought Project

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The Rise Of The Inhumanes, Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org 

  • Welcome to America today. It is a land in which facts have been redefined as enemy propaganda, a land in which legally protected whistleblowers are redefined as “fifth columns” or foreign agents subject to extermination, a land in which America is immune from criticism and all crimes are blamed on those whom Washington intends to rule.
  • Barron, Bybee, Yoo, and Bradford are members of a new species—the Inhumanes—that has risen from the poisonous American environment of arrogance, hubris, and paranoia.

Exploring Working-class Feminism

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  • It took the revival of second-wave feminism to get historians, such as Jill Liddington and Sheila Rowbotham, to explore working-class feminism.
  • Part 1: 'Suffragette' Foregrounds Working-Class Women
  • Part 2: North Country

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Part 1: 'Suffragette' Foregrounds Working-Class Women

Suffragette is the first film to depict a women's movement with major Hollywood stars. And Gavron's introduction, skyped in at the preview I saw, was superb, emphasizing global women's struggles and class and race inequality as well as the historical fight for suffrage. As more celebrities come out as feminists, we can hope for more.

Linda Gordon, Portside

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November 27, 2015 | An industrial laundry in 1912 London, the steam infusing the air, the sweat on the workers' faces so vivid the viewer herself feels the heat. These laundries were not only literal sweatshops, but surrounded workers with burning toxic lye. This opening scene in Sara Gavron's new film, Suffragette, is as powerful as any that follow. It is intended to surprise-not what one expects from a film about the British woman suffrage movement, because the history books have mainly told us about its elite leaders, Emmeline and her daughters Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst. 

It took the revival of second-wave feminism to get historians, such as Jill Liddington and Sheila Rowbotham, to explore working-class feminism.

Linda Gordon is a professor of history and a University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. 

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Part 2: North Country

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

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Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) leaves her abusive husband and returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota. After a prompt from her old friend Glory (Frances McDormand), Josey now a single mother with two children to support, seeks employment at the town iron mine plant. Predominantly employing men, Josey is expecting the work to be hard and gruelling, what she wasn't expecting tho is the mental and sexual harassment that the women and herself are expected to tolerate. Finally having enough, she starts to speak out about her treatment, but she finds that there are few allies both at work and at home. Her career, her life and her family are all sure to be affected as things reach breaking point.

North Country is inspired by the 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson, which details the landmark case of Jenson V Eveleth Taconite Company that changed the sexual harassment law.

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‘Spotlight’ Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting — and Democracy

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  • ”In a recent interview at Salon, Tom McCarthy said that (investigative journalism) is, “so essential to a free and healthy press in our country. The fact that it is eroding should really be a great alarm to people, as much as the ice caps are eroding. We should be really a bit worried about the state of journalism, and not just for the journalists but for us, because that’s who it will impact most.”
  • Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line. 

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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November 25, 2015 | Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys.

I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that’s for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir).

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line, Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

He's not always right, but Maher's posing provocative questions, and answering them with intelligence, consistency.

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