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'Keep Calm and Carry On' is clichéd. It's also missing two-thirds of the original message.

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“Keep Calm and Carry On” wasn't originally designed to be a novelty. It was actually an urgent plea — one of three slogans the British government released to rally the spirits of the people against the threat of Naziism during World War II.

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December 22, 2016 | If you’ve ever been anywhere near a college dorm room, you’ve seen the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

The saying does have real historical context rooted in WWII Britain, but it’s better known for the period of time in the mid-2000s when it became a near-ubiquitous decorative staple.

Amanda Pell I'm just a lady who loves a good story, whether or not I'm the one telling it. I'm a political junkie and occasional comedian. I rode in an elevator with Walter Cronkite in 1997, and I've been doing my best to tell it the way it is ever since.

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Bob Wedl | Christmas, 2016

"What a wonderful time of the  year..." the song goes and of course it is a wonderful time indeed and we appreciate those blessings.  But it is also a time to think how we can make the world better for all because we can, but only if we try.  I hope my annual Christmas poem speaks to a better tomorrow by our actions today.  We cannot predict the future ... but we can create it.

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Dave & the Crew 16, 2016 | During this holiday season and throughout the year …

Let’s learn from the November 2016 election that we thought was about issues … like our planet … and peace and justice … and eradicating poverty … like keeping Wall Street under control … and treating women with respect … and providing postsecondary education for our young people because the future success of our nation depends on it.

…and recognizing that it was our nation’s destruction of Iraq that created ISIS … and that welcoming immigrants, not building walls, is what America does

Rather than being focused on these things America decided to try a different route.

It is tempting to sit back and see how that works.  Let’s not do that.

Bob Wedll is a Contributor to Evergreene Digest.

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The Fix Editor's Picks | Holiday Sober Survival Guide

The holidays are already a stressful, trying time without the pressures of staying clean and sober. We at The Fix want you to stay sane through all the family drama and peer pressure. Check out our holiday suggestions on how to answer questions about why you aren't drinking, quick strategies to deal with holiday triggers, what to do if you're brand new in recovery, and much more!

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Ask Katie // How Do I Not Be the Sober Buzzkill During the Holidays? By Katie MacBride

The chance of you changing the behavior of your 25 boisterously booze-loving family members is slim. You can, however, make these family events less challenging.

Too Much // 12 Tips for Coping with Sensory Overload During the Holidays By Olivia Pennelle

I have had meltdowns because of too much noise, or too many people talking at the same time. I don't like parties, crowds, or the demands of the holidays.

Survive !// How to Survive the Holidays When You're Newly Sober By Kiki Baxter

It's hard the first year, but I was so grateful to not be hungover. This year I might go to the dance. I haven't made any plans. But mainly, don't drink no matter what. // 8 Ways to Stay Sober During the Holidays. Redux. By Amber Tozer

The season isn't over yet. Amber Tozer offers her own options for making it through to New Year's.

Sober Holidays // Home (Sober?) for the Holidays By Kerby Stewart and Chris Gates

Expert advice on avoiding the family meltdowns of Christmas Past.

Uunwound // Uncrazy Holidays By Kristen Rybandt

I'd decided to wean off an antidepressant just in time for a holiday meltdown and, in typical fashion, was going about it very quietly. This was a kamikaze move, though sure, I had my reasons.

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Can and Should the Electoral College Be Rebooted To Stand Against Racism - And Stop Donald Trump? (2)

Donald Trump; Four generations of a slave family, Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, circa 1862. (Credit: Getty/Mandel Ngan/Wikemedia)

  • Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?
  • Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?
  • Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump
  • Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

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Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?

Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

Independent Voter Network (IVN)

December 6, 2016 | IVN discusses the merits and faults of the electoral college after public opinion supports abolishing the system and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer proposes a bill to do just that. Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

We call ourselves the Independent Voter Network because the platform is open to anyone who wants to participate in a civil dialogue, including you — whatever ideological tendencies you hold.

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Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump

Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | History often comes full circle. It can be darkly ironic as well. The Electoral College, an institution that helped to protect the white supremacist ignominy of black chattel slavery could now become the instrument used to stop Donald Trump, the avatar of contemporary white racism.

Politics and history are messy and complicated. Many people prefer simple stories about America’s past and present. In the flat version of history, the Electoral College was created in the 18th century by the Framers as a council of elders who would serve as a check on the passions of the public, because they understood how such feelings could all too easily sweep through a democracy like a forest fire if left unchecked.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.

David Swanson, Talk Nation Radio / Dandelion Salad 13, 2016 | Vincent Emanuele joined the United States Marine Corps as a squad automatic machine gunner in 2002. After two combat-deployments in Iraq, he refused orders for a third and immediately began organizing with Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. In 2008, Vince testified to Congress at the Winter Soldier Hearings on Capitol Hill, where he provided detailed accounts of war crimes, atrocities, drug abuse and sexual assault within the military. See

Emanuele is just back from Standing Rock and discusses environmental and antiwar strategy. This show contains half our discussion. The second half will appear next week.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. War Is A Lie: Second Edition, published by Just World Books on April 5, 2016.

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