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Chan Lowe | The Trumping of the Social Safety Net / www.tampabay.com

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From the Archives | 28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To My Conservative Friends And Family

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  • I’m very grateful and appreciative of my sane conservative friends who can actually participate in an intelligent and respectful discussion. Thank you, my dear ones, for being sane. For understanding that things aren’t always black and white. And for disagreeing with me without belittling my very existence. … And for never once calling me stupid or amoral for being a liberal.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

Tiffanny Willis, Liberal America

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2014-06-11_at_1.40.59_pm.png February 11, 2015 | I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery.

The fact is — I love you guys and that will never change.

I’ll admit that I’m disappointed and disturbed to see intelligent and/or educated people who are willfully ignorant. But while it does change my opinion about you on some level, more than anything I’m embarrassed for you. It hurts me to see you post conspiracy theories on your Facebook timeline, only to have them debunked with a quick Snopes link. It hurts me to see you expressing unapologetic and blatant racism and ignorance. It absolutely tortures me to see you being on the wrong side of history on so many issues.

Tiffanny WillisLiberal Americas publisher, former staff writer for the Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution. Councilman for the mighty City of Pine Lake, population 680 not counting geese. Democrat.

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White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It" Tim Wise, AlterNet

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  • It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
  • Related: ‘We Must Actively Stand Up’: John Angelos’ Response to Racism at Fenway Park

 

Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 7: Obama’s Failed Presidency

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Here, then, is Obama’s astounding record of failure.

 

 

Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture Foundation

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Change%20You%20Can%20Believe%20In%20Redacted.jpg 31.12.2016 | I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

And Obama’s failure is also not just because «Poverty Rose In 96 % Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency». (However, that reality turned out to be decisive in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on November 8th, as Nate Cohn pointed out in The New York Times on December 23rd, headlining, «How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump». Hillary was running on Obama’s poor record.)

Eric Zuesse: American writer and investigative historian

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Shocking Truth: This Is How Barack Obama Was Able To Prop Up The U.S. Economy, Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse / the Daily Sheeple

  • A day of reckoning is fast approaching, and I am not sure if Donald Trump even realizes that he will soon be faced with some incredibly heartbreaking choices.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here.

 

Sen. Ben Sasse's 'The Vanishing American Adult' is oddly timed but quite good.

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  • What Sasse mostly offers is encouragement and ideas for expanding our kids' minds and worlds beyond what they know and draw comfort from. His advice is rooted in his experience as both a father of three and a former president of Midland University, where he was taken aback by a culture of passivity.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence

Heidi Stevens, Chicago (IL) Tribune

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http://www.trbimg.com/img-591f34c2/turbine/ct-friday-balancing-ben-sasse-book-20170519-001/400/16x9May 19, 2017 | I'm of two minds about U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse's new book, "The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-Of-Age Crisis — And How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance" (St. Martin's Press).

One part of me sees the rise of young adult YouTube stars whose sole talent appears to be enticing kids (including my own) to watch them play video games and thinks: Seriously. A lecture on vanishing adults, please.

The other part of me watches the 70-year-old president of the United States tweeting maniacally, whining at graduation speeches and dodging multiple investigations while his party's congressional leaders speculate in secret about who's in Russia's pocket and thinks: Seriously? A lecture on vanishing adults? From a Republican senator? Please.

Heidi Stevens writes the Balancing Act column for the Chicago (IL) Tribune, where she has worked since 1998.

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How America Outlawed Adolescence, Amanda Ripley, the Atlantic

  • At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
  • Related: From the Archives | Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

A Government of War Criminals

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540April 18, 2017 | Selected articles

Trump Delegates Warmaking to Generals. “A Nuclear War could Start without Trump”

By Stephen Lendman, April 18, 2017

He’s letting hawkish generals make battlefield decisions – overseen by Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford.

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“Making America Great Again” by Reducing the World to Ashes?

By Felicity Arbuthnot, April 18, 2017

If the US makes a nuclear attack on North Korea, the megalomaniacal, narcissistic and seemingly frighteningly ill informed Donald Trump – who, in an early telephone call to President Putin was reported as having to put his hand over the mouthpiece and ask someone what the START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, 4) was – could trigger the unimaginable.

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Who is Behind “Fake News”? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 17, 2017

  • The mainstream corporate media is desperate.
  • They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”.
  • Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites.

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A Government of Morons and War Criminals

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, April 16, 2017

Clinton twice launched military attacks on Serbia, ordering NATO to bomb the former Yugoslavia twice, both in 1995 and in 1999, so that gives Bill two war crimes. George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and attacked provinces of Pakistan and Yemen from the air. That comes to four war crimes for Bush. Obama used NATO to destroy Libya and sent mercenaries to destroy Syria, thereby committing two war crimes. Trump attacked Syria with US forces, thereby becoming a war criminal early in his regime.

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Destroying Palestinian Agriculture? Israeli Planes Spray Herbicides Inside Gaza for the Fourth Time This Year

By Natasha Roth, April 17, 2017

Israeli planes sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip for the second day running on Wednesday and the fourth time this year, according to local farmers and Israeli rights NGO Gisha. A video published on Wednesday, allegedly of the crop-dusting, shows a plane flying low and spraying over farmland.

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