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Angry, Armed and White: The Typical Profile of America's Most Violent Extremists

  • White men, usually right-wingers, are the dominant threat.
  • Tea Party and the Right 
  • America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

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screen_shot_2015-02-12_at_8.27.25_pm.pngFebruary 12, 2015 Police in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, say they’re investigating the role racial hatred played in the killing of three Muslim students by suspect Craig Stephen Hicks. They’re saying the 46-year-old white man had a history of fights over a parking space with the victims, suggesting the killings could be reduced to road rage.

Meanwhile, Hicks’ social media posts show that he was an ardent atheist who equally mocked Muslims and Christians, an avid defender of the Constitution’s separation of church and state, and a gun nut who posted pictures of his revolver. The Associated Press quoted neighbors who say “he always seemed angry and frequently confronted his neighbors” and “his ex-wife said he was obsessed with the shooting rampage movie Falling Down" and showed “no compassion at all.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting."

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America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy, Michael Kimmel, Salon 

The Lost Counterculture

  • Inherent Vice is perhaps the most brilliant depiction of the construction of neoliberal hegemony and the harsh end of the dreams of the 1960s generation. It speaks powerfully to the here and now, indicting the nostalgic escapism that yearns for “the sixties” and showing that this epochal world as commonly imagined never existed.
  • Remembrance of Wars Past: Why There Is No Massive Antiwar Movement in the US

Stephen Maher, Jacobin

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February 10, 2015 | At first glance, the prospect of “cinematic art” today seems more remote than ever. With the business strategies of the corporate studios organized around generating a few big blockbusters per year, increasingly in the form of endless sequels and spinoffs, making art hardly seems to fit into the logic of Hollywood film production.

This dreary state of affairs was brilliantly satirized in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. And now Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice provides further hope that another cinema is possible.

Stephen Maher is a social critic and PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada. He blogs at Rational Manifesto.

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Tom Engelhardt | Remembrance of Wars Past: Why There Is No Massive Antiwar Movement in the US, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch / Rise Up Times ·

  • …if much in the American way of war remains dismally familiar some five decades later, one thing of major significance has changed, something you can see regularly in I.F. Stone’s Weekly but not in our present world.  Thirteen years after our set of disastrous wars started, where is the massive antiwar movement, including an army in near revolt and a Congress with significant critics in significant positions?
  • It's The Blind Partisanship

 

Steph Grant Talks About Life As A Photographer For LGBT Weddings

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Don’t hide who you are to make others feel comfortable. 

James Nichols, Huffington Post

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02/02/2015 | We're in love!

This stunning collection of photos belongs to Steph Grant, a photographer who dedicated much of 2014 to documenting the weddings of LGBT couples.

Throughout the past year, Grant traveled all over the country in order to photograph the big day of a number of queer couples. The photos are absolutely beautiful and The Huffington Post chatted with Grant last week about her experiences.

James Nichols is the Associate Editor for HuffPost Gay Voices.

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Are shoulders pornographic? Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

  • “Somehow my shoulders are sexualized,” Finlayson said. “Like it's my responsibility to make sure the boys’ thoughts are not unclean.”
  • Enforcing School Dress Codes Teaches Girls to be Ashamed, Not 'Modest' 

We Are All Amoral Football Hypocrites: Brain Injuries, Billionaire Tax Breaks and Our Indefensible Super Bowl Parties

  • Some 30% of NFL players suffer chronic brain injuries. Coaches won't let their kids play. Time to rethink football.
  • The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Steve Almond, Salon / Portside

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January 27, 2015 | For many years, Mike Ditka has served as the embodiment of what you might call America’s unreconstructed football id.

Ditka won an NFL championship as a hard-charging tight end, then coached the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl romp. His testosterone-fueled tirades and bomb-proof pompadour earned him iconic status, the sort codified in worshipful “Saturday Night Live” parodies.

As a television commentator, Ditka has always reveled in playing the tough guy. “If God had wanted man to play soccer,” he once growled, “he wouldn’t have given us arms.” Right, coach!

Steve Almond's new book is "Against Football."

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The Super Bowl Windfall Myth, Neil deMause, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

‘American Sniper’ teaches you to hate the ‘damn savages’ the US murders every day

  • “I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting,” said Kyle. “Savage, despicable, evil — that’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there.”
  • Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

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Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus

$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is. 

coopersniper_590.jpgJanuary 25, 2015 | “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society. 

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“The movie never asks the seminal question as to why the people of Iraq are fighting back against us in the very first place,” said Mikey Weinstein, whom I reached by phone in New Mexico. Weinstein, who worked in the Reagan White House and is a former Air Force officer, is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which challenges the growing Christian fundamentalism within the U.S. military. “It made me physically ill with its twisted, totally one-sided distortions of wartime combat ethics and justice woven into the fabric of Chris Kyle’s personal and primal justification mantra of ‘God-Country-Family.’ It is nothing less than an odious homage, indeed a literal horrific hagiography to wholesale slaughter.” 

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

Chomsky unloaded on the U.S. drone campaign and how the president’s “kill list” is made up, based upon suspicions of who “might” become a terrorist.

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american-sniper-chomsky.jpJanuary 26, 2015 | Noam Chomsky isn’t a fan of the new hit movie American Sniper. In fact, he had some words for those such as the New York Times, who gave the film shining reviews.

During a talk given at a Cambridge, Massachusetts event, Chomsky characterized the most lethal sniper in American history, Chris Kyle, as a cold-blooded killer.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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