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Chomsky: America Is on the Decline: Guess Who's to Blame?

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Noam Chomsky wants to make America great again, but you’ll never believe who he thinks will save it.

Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

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July 15, 2016 | Noam Chomsky has some tough love for America.

"The United States is a victim of self-inflicted wounds which are significantly harming the economy and society in many ways," Chomsky recently stated, though he also admitted that, "even with the neoliberal policies, since President Reagan and comparable to Europe, the U.S. remains, in realistic terms, the richest country in the world and has enormous advantages. Still a position of overwhelming power, but “not as what it was, in particular, with regard to Latin America.”

But Chomsky remains hopeful both for Latin America and the U.S. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. 

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Garrison Keillor: Praise the Lord, I've seen the dark.

This is scriptural prophecy come to life, the seven-headed beast, the whore of Babylon, the woman with snakes coming out of her head, all of it. It's here. Now.

Garrison Keillor, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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At the Republican convention, the darkness became visible. Now we’ve begun fortifying the basement walls with sandbags and laying in barrels of fresh water and K-rations. Times files

Friday, July 22, 2016 | A week ago I felt good about America but no more. Coyotes are running freely in the streets of our big cities, the stock market is teetering on the verge of collapse, the monetary system will soon go belly-up, China and North Korea and Iran have a knife to our throats, our schools are in chaos, politicians corrupt, the media stupefied by political correctness, and everywhere you look you hear foreign accents. We are on the edge of the abyss.

At my house, we've begun fortifying the basement walls with sandbags and laying in barrels of fresh water and K-rations. We refuse to be at the mercy of the government when liberals decide to shut down the water supply.

Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.

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Beautiful words from the mighty Robin Williams .... gone but never, ever forgotten.

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Make your life Spectacular

 

Spotted Portsmouth

July 24, 2016

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Kurt Vonnegut's 1988 Letter to the Future More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

 

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In 1988, my then Hyannis Port neighbor, the late Kurt Vonnegut, wrote a prescient letter to the Earth's planetary citizens of 2088 for Volkswagen's TIME magazine ad campaign. His seven points of advice are perhaps more relevant today than at any time in human history. We should keep this advice in mind this election year and adopt Vonnegut's recommendations while we still can.

Kick Kennedy, EcoWatch

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Jul 21, 2016 | Here's his letter:

Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088:

It has been suggested that you might welcome words of wisdom from the past, and that several of us in the twentieth century should send you some. Do you know this advice from Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet: 'This above all: to thine own self be true'? Or what about these instructions from St. John the Divine: 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment has come'? The best advice from my own era for you or for just about anybody anytime, I guess, is a prayer first used by alcoholics who hoped to never take a drink again: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.'

Our century hasn't been as free with words of wisdom as some others, I think, because we were the first to get reliable information about the human situation: how many of us there were, how much food we could raise or gather, how fast we were reproducing, what made us sick, what made us die, how much damage we were doing to the air and water and topsoil on which most life forms depended, how violent and heartless nature can be, and on and on. Who could wax wise with so much bad news pouring in?

Kick Kennedy is a part-time writer for EcoWatch. ... Health · Adventure · Animals · Science · Business · Politics.

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  • Part 1: 31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.
  • The problem, though, is that it's unlikely to do anything to change the toxic dynamic on Capitol Hill or beyond.
  • Part 2: Thanks to upcoming heat wave, July 2016 may become the hottest month on record in the U.S.
  • Human-caused climate change makes it more likely that warm temperature records will be set. 

 

Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

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  • While this handcuffed man’s actions may have been questionable, there are plenty of incidents during which cops stood by and watched their fellow cops beat non-violent, and even innocent individuals without saying anything. Good cops turning in the bad ones is a huge part of the solution to bridging the divide in America, and the officers who were unafraid of crossing the blue line deserve to be recognized.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

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http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/ows_146119297325843.jpgJuly 21, 2016 | In a rare move that actually protects and serves the community, police turned in one of their own after dashcam audio caught him beating a homeless suspect in handcuffs.

Officer Christopher Eisen was put behind bars after being arrested on a felony battery charge. He is now on unpaid leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigates the matter.

“You threaten my (expletive) family. I’ll (expletive) kill you,” Eisen can be heard saying on the dashcam video.

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo. Gardner finds inspiration in the garden and people who promote peace and goodwill to all life.

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick, David C. Couper, The Progressive 

There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

 

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