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Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People!

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Whether you want to face facts or not … the truth? Our Choice is simple; A) Become a Fascist Nation with its suppression and its Draconian Policies … or B) Try to make our Democracy Work. Those are the only real choices we truly have!

Richard Schatten

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March 7, 2017 | We, the People of the United States Of America are truly living in a state Intellectual Dysfunction. William Gaddis once said: "Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of Ignorance".

Cultivating the uneducated, poorly educated and undereducated is not new in Authoritarian regimes … it's called "Indoctrination" of the masses! ... and the younger the better!

Richard Schatten is a former Resprtory Therapist residing in Klamath Falls, OR.

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The Democratic party is undermining Bernie Sanders-style candidates

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‘Democratic Party aims to make the Berniecrats’ lack of political viability a self-fulfilling prophecy.’ Photograph: Travis Heying/AP

  • In Kansas, the Democrats barely lifted a finger to help James Thompson, a progressive who came painfully close to winning. That’s a losing strategy
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

Jamie Peck, Guardian

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Thursday 13 April 2017 | Since losing the presidency to a Cheeto-hued reality TV host, the Democratic party’s leadership has made it clear that it would rather keep losing than entertain even the slightest whiff of New Deal style social democracy.

The Bernie Sanders wing might bring grassroots energy and – if the polls are to be believed – popular ideas, but their redistributive policies pose too much of a threat to the party’s big donors to ever be allowed on the agenda.

Jamie Peck is a staff writer at Death and Taxes.

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch 

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead

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Global Research News

April 10, 2017 | Selected Articles:

When America’s “Progressives” Pay Lip Service to Imperialism. The Anti-War Movement is Dead
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 09, 2017

  • Both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are creations of US intelligence.
  • War has become peace. Realities have been turned upside down.
  • Trump’s illegal punitive airstrikes against Syria are heralded as a humanitarian act against Bashar Al Assad who is “killing his own people”.

Forty-five Times Trump Said: Attacking Syria Is a Bad Idea and Might Start World War III

By Tom McKay, April 10, 2017

In October, Trump blasted then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s position on Syria — that the U.S. military should take out al-Assad’s airfields, the exact type of strike Trump  ordered Thursday — by saying attacking a Russian-backed government could start World War III.

Trump, Saudi Arabia and the War on Yemen

By Timothy Alexander Guzman, April 10, 2017

The US-Saudi aggression war planes continued heinous strikes against citizens, causing heavy damage to private and public properties in several provinces over the past hours, a military official told Saba on Sunday. The warplanes waged 12 strikes on Haradh district of Hajja province and three other strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, as well waged six raids on Kamaran island in Hodeida province.

The West and Its Allies Seek to Install the “Black Flag of Terrorism” Over Syria

By Mark Taliano, April 10, 2017

All of this underscores the reality that whereas Syria and its allies are on the front lines in the fight against international terrorism, U.S-led NATO and its allies are on the front lines supporting international terrorism and its manifold causes.

The “Chemical Attack” and the Khan Sheikoun Show – A New President Proudly Presented By “Trump Productions”

By Moon of Alabama, April 10, 2017

The “chemical attack” at Khan Sheikoun was faked and a show; though a number of people were killed or hurt during its production.

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The Deeper Scandal of That Brutal United Video

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The footage is shocking. So is the law.

Derek Thompson, the Atlantic

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Apr 10, 2017 | It is the “re-accommodation” heard ’round the world: A passenger on an overbooked United flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday night was ripped out of his seat by uniformed officers and dragged down the aisle on his back like carry-on luggage, as several horrified passengers captured video footage of his bloodied face on their phones.

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The incident created a firestorm online, which only intensified after United published a mealy-mouthed statement on Monday morning that seemed to blame the bruised customer and apologized only for “the overbooking situation.” After several hours, punctuating the sordid event with the least human-sounding statement in crisis-PR history, United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized "for having to re-accommodate” customers, as if the brutalized passenger had merely been asked to switch from an aisle seat.

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at the  Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the media. He is the author of the book Hit Makers.

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Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking Dead

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Mr. Fish / Truthdig

  • This is more about mood modulation. Affect modulation. Using technologies to dampen anxieties and exit the world. We don’t just see it in Las Vegas. We see it in the subways every morning. The rise of all of these screen-based technologies and the little games that we’ve all become so absorbed in. What gamblers articulate is a desire to really lose a sense of self.
  • Related: We Are All Deplorables
  • Related: Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

Chris Hedges  Truthdig  / Rise Up Times

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April 3, 2017 | Opioids and experiences that simulate the deadening effects of narcotics are mechanisms to keep us submissive and depoliticized. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” ingested the pleasure drug soma to check out of reality. Our own versions of soma allow tens of millions of Americans to retreat daily into addictive mousetraps that generate a self-induced autism.

The United States consumes 80 percent of opioids used worldwide, and more than 33,000 died in this country in 2015 from opioid overdoses. There are 300 million prescriptions written and $24 billion spent annually in the U.S. for painkillers. Americans supplement this mostly legal addiction with over $100 billion a year in illicit marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. And nearly 14 million U.S. adults, one in every 13, regularly abuse alcohol.

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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We Are All DeplorablesChris HedgesTruthdig

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

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Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality, George Monbiot, the Guardian

  • Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking Dead

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: Donald Trump and Christianized Fascism

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For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

Abby Martin and Chris Hedges, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

February 27, 2017 | For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad.

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.

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Series | The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part Two

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  • Why is the healthcare system in the US so chaotic and prohibitively expensive? The answer lies in the fact that the market, rather than state intervention, is the primary factor that shaped how healthcare is provided for the majority.
  • Related: The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part 1
  • Related: Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

Parson Young, Socialist Appeal

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https://i.cbc.ca/1.2004704.1381560363!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_1180/hi-hospital-elderly-852-cp.jpg Monday, March 27, 2017 | The “market-based” solution to healthcare pursued by the US government had a formative effect on how medical facilities are run in the US. The passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966 offered federal reimbursements to hospitals caring for patients of age 65 or older, or deemed “medically indigent” by the state. This qualitatively pivoted the way medicine and public health developed in the US. The AFL-CIO participated in the campaign for Medicare, but its participants were primarily retirees rather than active workers. Medicare to this day remains the primary single-payer health insurance provider in the US. While it was indeed a byproduct of progressive struggles in the 1960s, just as all positive reforms, it falls short of being a comprehensive system for all, and remains heavily reliant on the fluctuations and anarchy of the medical market.

With the rising costs of constantly improving technology, the financial incentives provided by Medicare drove most privately owned hospitals to create a variety of business models to game the system. This led to the practice of creating a variety of medical services that can be mass produced and sold repeatedly to elderly patients. Hospitals became increasingly profit-driven—even non-profits. Physician-owned specialist clinics centered on lucrative fields like orthopedics, surgery, and cardiology also began to rise. Less profitable departments and disciplines were sidelined, then shut down. Starting in the 1980s, a process of centralization began in which hospitals were closed or absorbed in a wave of hospital mergers that continued into the 1990s. In 1996 alone, as many as 768 hospitals were involved in 235 merger deals.

Parson Young is from Taiwan.

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The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part 1

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Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care, Anu Partanen, New York (NY) Times

No health care system is perfect. But in a nation that purports to champion freedom, the outdated disaster that is the U.S. health care system is taking that freedom away.

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