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‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

War—on the battlefield, for oil, in our minds. Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish about their dealings with our civilization’s war against itself in all its ugly forms.

Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

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Screen_Shot_2014-04-26_at_2.02_.48_AM_.png  Dwayne Booth (left) and Chris Hedges. Photo by YouTube/LeighaCohen

April 26, 2014 | War—on the battlefield, for oil, in our minds.

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and editorial cartoonist Mr. Fish told a University of Connecticut audience Thursday about their dealings with our civilization’s war against itself in all its ugly forms.

The talk was part of a weeklong event called “War and its Meanings” sponsored by The Humanities Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hedges speaks for the first half hour. He and Dwayne Booth (Mr. Fish) conclude with a conversation with the audience.

In the second video, Booth talks about his development as a skeptic and an artist and the joy of collaborating with Hedges.

Both segments were shot and edited by independent New Jersey videographer Leigha Cohen.

In December 2010 Alexander Reed Kelly was arrested outside the White House while protesting America’s wars, with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg and others, and a few weeks later he joined Truthdig in May 2011 as an assistant editor.

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10 Corporate Behemoths Stifling Competition and Delivering Awful Service to You

  • Customers benefit when actual competition occurs. But that's rare these days.
  • Here are 10 mammoth corporations that detest free-market competition and do everything they can to stamp it out or greatly reduce it.
  • The Kochs’ Fig Leaf

Alex Henderson, AlterNet

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screen_shot_2014-04-24_at_12.18.26_pm.png April 24, 2014  |  One of the fundamentals of free-market capitalism is that consumers benefit when competition is plentiful. If a business is selling a weak or inferior product, consumers can turn to the competition for a better deal. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood that, which is why a key element of his New Deal was the anti-trust, anti-monopoly legislation of the 1930s. Roosevelt firmly believed that large companies should be forced into a competitive environment whether they liked it or not, and that belief served the U.S. well for many years. But in recent decades, a variety of corporate lobbyists, far-right Republicans and neoliberal Democrats have shredded the New Deal and undermined anti-trust laws—thus encouraging corporations to grow larger and larger and engage in monopolistic practices. 

Here are 10 mammoth corporations that detest free-market competition and do everything they can to stamp it out or greatly reduce it.

Alex Henderson's work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Spin, Creem, the Pasadena Weekly and many other publications.

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The Kochs’ Fig Leaf, Think Progress

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  • Americans For Prosperity Fesses Up To Their Dirty Agenda
  • The Koch’s goal is to keep the economic deck stacked in their favor and that means a government that only work for the wealthiest. And they will spend whatever it takes to protect their bottom line.
  • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement

Easter Messages, 2014

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  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated. 
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter

Jesus, a radical preacher who advocated for the poor, was crucified for turning over money tables at the Temple and other insurrectionary acts. His body was likely left to wild animals, but his chroniclers sought to glorify his ending with myths about a resurrection.

Howard Bess, Consortium News 

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Depiction of Jesus’s Crucifixion by 16th Century artist Mathis Gothart-Nithart.

April 19, 2014 | On Easter morning, at 6:30 a.m. when sunlight is just beginning to glow over the mountains to the east of Palmer, Alaska, I will, as is my custom, arrive at a sunrise Easter service to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord. I have already checked the lectionary and reread the resurrection story as recorded in Matthew 28:1-10. Millions of my Christian brothers and sisters will be reading the same ten verses.

Millions of sermons will be preached based on the Matthew account of the resurrection, but very few preachers will make mention of the history and background of the passage. A typical minister will not share what he/she learned in theological seminary about the resurrection passages.

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 2: Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg From the Archive (Originally published April 23, 2011): Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

Howard Bess, Consortium News

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Hillary Clinton and the Future Failure of Progressive Hope and Change

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  • Why a run by the undeclared frontrunner demands upending the corporate wing of the Democratic Party
  • Molly Ivins: I will not support Hillary Clinton for president
  • Can't we find a true feminist to run for President?

John Atcheson, Common Dreams

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Ted Rall 

April 17, 2014 |  Recently, Hillary Clinton allowed as how she’s been “thinking” about running for President in 2016.

“Thinking” about it?  Even a six year old didn’t buy that.

When a politician says she (or he) is thinking about running, for an office, it’s like an addict saying they are “thinking,” about taking their next fix.  They want it with a lust that is all-consuming.

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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I will not support Hillary Clinton for president, Molly Ivins, Free Press

  • January 20, 2006 | There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times. There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief. 
  • The case against Hillary
  • Molly Ivins, the liberal newspaper columnist who delighted in skewering politicians and interpreting, and mocking, her Texas culture

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"Can't we find a true feminist to run for President? Hillary Clinton's speech at UN Women's Conference just isn't good enough! All supporters of Hillary Clinton should read this (Yeah, a man wrote it.) but, after 40 years as a feminist  I second John Atcheson's observations! I will not vote for Hillary Clinton---no matter who the GOP runs."  --Lydia Howell, producer of Catalyst: Politics & Culture, KFAI Radio

Matt Taibbi | America Has A 'Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor'

  • We have a profound hatred of the weak and the poor, and a corresponding groveling terror before the rich and successful, and we're building a bureaucracy to match those feelings."
  • How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents
  • Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

Emily Tess Katz, Huffington Post

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la-la-ca-0324-matt-taibbi-075-jpg-20140326/60004/16/2014 | Living in America has taught Matt Taibbi that we as a society have "a profound hatred of the weak and the poor."

That's one claim the former Rolling Stone writer makes in his new book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap." Taibbi defended this statement in a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday. 

Matt Taibbi is an American author and journalist reporting on politics, media, finance, and sports.

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How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

  • Cities, states, advocates and academics have known for years that (the present) measure of who is poor undercounts millions of Americans. 
  • False stats.
  • The Zombie Numbers That Rule the U.S. Economy
  • The poverty that Paul Ryan ignores

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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic, Bill Boyarsky, TruthDig

  • The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.
  • The National Center on Family Homelessness has chronicled the toll such conditions take on children.
  • Work Until You're Dead?
  • Senator Spends Day Off With Homeless Man For A Lesson You Can't Learn From An Office

The Perils of Rush Limbaugh

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  • At long last, it appears that Rush Limbaugh has run out of steam.
  • Part 1: Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins  
  • Part 2: Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

 

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Part 1: Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins

 

Bad News Coming From Every Direction - Including The Right

 

Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos

 

taylorasses.jpg Apr 18, 2014 | It's been a very bad week for talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and a very rewarding week for the millions of Americans who have protested his extreme hate speech for decades. Two years ago, newer groups like BoycottRush/FlushRush/StopRush began a massive national boycott movement that is exposing Limbaugh and crushing his career.

 

Here are four new recent developments:

1. Politico published an article revealing that Tea Party organizations (some created by the Koch brothers) have contributed millions to Rush Limbaugh. What does this mean? For Rush it means they helped sustain him while thousands of sponsors pulled their ads. It means this may lead to an investigation to see if the funding was done legally. According to the FCC, if you receive money from an organization that pays you to promote their propaganda, without telling your audience, it may be considered 'payola' - and it may be illegal.

Leslie Salzillo is a member of Daily Kos

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Part 2: Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

 

Rush (has been) getting by on fumes for some time now.

Rick Ungar, Forbes 

 

rush-limbaugh-cartoon.jpg Apr 15, 2014 | Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history.

Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could produce.

Until now…

Rick Ungar, a Senior Political Contributor at Forbes and the official 'token lefty

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."

Mandalit Del Barco, NPR

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Admirers ask Gabriel Garcia Marquez —€” seated alongside his wife, Mercedes Barcha €— to sign books in Santa Marta, Colombia, in 2007. Alejandra Vega/AFP/Getty Images 

April 17, 2014 | Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.

His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.

As a general assignment correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit Del Barco has reported and produced radio stories and photographed everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art).

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The Triumph of Law over Justice

  • The law, sir, is an ass. --Bill Clinton, Charles Dickens, Dr. Samuel Johnson, Samuel Pepys
  • Ode To Florida Mothers: If you're tempted to leave your kid in the car / On a typical 90-degree day, / You're better off killing the kid instead. / You'll get less jail time that way. --Lawyer Unknown
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

William Annett, The Oyster World

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/justice190v.jpgMarch 22, 2014 | As a Central Florida court finally, last summer, inched into its initial session with the George Zimmerman Murder Trial, one couldn't help recalling the Casey Anthony Follies that played out within a stone's throw of this venue just over three years ago. The Law in Florida is alive and well. Justice? You be the judge.

Instead of dispatching a bus to Arkansas or Kansas to collect an impartial group of yokels who knew nothing, of the case, two weeks were devoted to selecting six white womenjurors from some 40 screened candidates, all of whom had been saturated for two years with the case consistently headlined, but professed that they never heard of it. Trayvon Martin, the deceased teen-age victim, was black. Zimmerman, whose Daddy was a retired judge, looked pretty good in a different sartorial outfit each day, sitting there with his three attorneys.

William Annett has written six books, including a page-turner on mutual funds, a send-up on the securities industry, three corporate histories and a novel, the latter no doubt inspired by his current occupation in Daytona Beach as a law-abiding beach comber.

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Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population, Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Jim Hightower | The Absurdly Dangerous Militarization of America's Police

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