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Why America Acts So Goddamn Crazy

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The reason the US power establishment works so hard to manufacture public support for its wars is that it needs that support. The public can make things very, very difficult for the war machine if it stops listening to the propaganda lullabies and decides enough is enough. But that can’t happen as long as the American people are living in fear of the rest of the world. If you want peace, at some point you’re going to have to get okay with letting the world manage its own affairs. There will be no significant peace movement in America until this happens.

‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

September 29, 2017 | I just finished reading what may be the single best takedown of the US establishment’s Russia narrative that anyone has published so far. In an article titled “Russia-gate’s Shaky Foundation”, Consortium News’ Daniel Herman meticulously goes over many of the major glaring plot holes in the official story about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election after reminding us of America’s extensive and well-documented history of using lies, false flags and propaganda to manufacture public support for war.

It’s a very thorough beatdown on the way the American people are being asked to swallow a collection of extremely grave charges with unfathomably dangerous implications about being “at war” with the planet’s only other nuclear weapons superpower based on amazingly flimsy evidence provided by known liars and manipulators. I highly recommend reading it and sharing it widely, even though the response from many Americans will be to put their fingers in their ears and hum the latest Pepsi jingle to escape the cognitive discomfort of realizing they’ve been completely wrong about everything and having their entire worldview ripped to shreds.

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/120/120/1*54ZLaMwwGoY14ohrr8VAdw.jpegCaitlin Johnstone‬, Rogue Journalist, Top writer in Government, NFL, Politics, Journalism, BlackLivesMatter

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How The Elites Are Divorcing From Reality: The Economist’s “What If”, by Gefira

Liberal intellectuals are too busy living in a parallel world to notice their miscalculations. Are they then worth listening to?

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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https://gefira.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Macron-on-water.jpg  August 21, 2017 | Europe is beyond saving. Give it a year and nobody will show French President Emmanuel Macron walking on water. From gefira.org:

The Western globalist elites have not digested Trump’s victory or Brexit yet. They are having a hard time dealing with their ideological failures, and when the reality dares not to comply with their day dreaming, they go online and create a parallel world, where their “expert” predictions always turn right and their failures cannot be questioned. The Economist‘s portal named “what if”, a neo-liberal, wishful thinking echo chamber, is the point in case.

Robert Gore: His articles on straightlinelogic.com have been reprinted in The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel, a Colorado newspaper. He is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine.

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Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore’s win proves it.

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Roy Moore on election night. Credit: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

“We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.”

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress  

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Sep 27, 2017 | When former judge Roy Moore bounded onto stage Tuesday night to declare victory in the Alabama Republican primary, he was quick to offer his own explanation for his resounding nine-point win.

“There’s one you don’t see up here [on stage], and let me just tell you, He’s done more for my campaign than anybody — and that’s almighty God,” Moore said to a raucous crowd. He then quoted a passage from Isaiah 40 before declaring: “We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.”

https://i0.wp.com/thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jack.jpg?w=300&crop=0%2C0px%2C100%2C300px&ssl=1 Jack Jenkins: Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress.

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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Part 3 of 3

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  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and producer Sut Jhally say Rachel Maddow and most liberal media express one-sided support for Israel, while Bernie Sanders has staked out a more balanced position.
  • Related: Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3
  • Related: Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 2 of 3

 

Paul Jay, The Real News Network

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May 24, 2016 | JAY: Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay, in Baltimore. We're continuing our discussion with Roger Waters and Sut Jhally. We're talking about the new film "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in the United States." And you're really going to...I'm not going to introduce the guys again, because you really should go back and watch this from the beginning, cause I think it's a fascinating interview.

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We're going to start off showing a clip. The importance of the next clip that we're going to show you is that even some of the most liberal, major media commentators [inaud.] buy in to the same narrative. Israel's the victim. And [they] seem very reluctant. And some of these people should know better, or really do know better and don't want to say so, including Rachel Maddow. 

http://therealnews.com/t2/images/stories/paul-jay.jpg Paul Jay is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. TRNN is independent of political parties, is viewer supported and not-for-profit. TRNN does not accept advertising, government or corporate funding. This funding model allows for uncompromising broadcast journalism. Now in start up phase, its mission is to be a daily video news service for a mass audience online and on television.

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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3

  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss their new film about the Israeli public relations campaign to influence U.S. public opinion
  • Reality Asserts Itself (RAI) with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Part 1 of 3
  • Related: From the Archives | Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

 

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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 2 of 3

 

  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss how after its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israel intensified its propaganda machine in the U.S. - one that continues to shape American political thought.
  • Related: Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
  • Related: This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good

Emily Peck, HuffPost

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09/20/2017 | It doesn’t matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a universal stereotype prevails: Girls are weak and boys are strong.

That’s the dispiriting finding of a comprehensive new study of children and their parents around the world, released Wednesday morning by the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Kids learn this “truth” about gender from their parents, friends and teachers at a very young age, conclude the researchers, who looked at kids ages 10 to 14, the period when they’re just entering adolescence.

Emily Peck, is a senior reporter who covers business, economics and gender inequality at HuffPost.

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This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good, Carla Herreria, HuffPost 

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“I half wonder whether men should be allowed in labs. Could be a distraction to hard working women.”

"And they're so unstable. With all those mood swings, how can they concentrate on intellectual pursuits?"
 

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