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The Fix Editor's Picks | Holiday Sober Survival Guide

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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.

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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)

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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

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https://c6.staticflickr.com/7/6203/6046478725_b06ac48520_z.jpgDecember 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 www.facebook.com/vincentjr.emanuele

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 WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. 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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How to Talk About Climate Change So Anyone Will Listen

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There’s still no one “right” way to talk about climate change so that everyone will hear — but there are ways to up your chances of getting someone to listen.

Olivia Campbell, New York Magazine

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November 30, 2016 | Here’s a very 2016 dilemma: On the one hand, as so many of us have learned over this past election cycle (and then re-learned in earnest over Thanksgiving), having political conversations with friends and family can be its own unique kind of painful. But on the other hand, some issues are just too urgent to leave undiscussed.

Climate change is one of those issues: While we’re stalled out in first gear fighting over whether it even exists, the forecasts of impending doom grow worse — and more urgent — every day. Which means that, as painful as it may be, talking about it with your friends and family is vital. “Breaking the social silence around climate change — getting people to really begin identifying with the issue and what it means — is a crucial first step for individuals to effect change,” says Adam Corner, research director for the British nonprofit Climate Outreach and co-author of the new book Talking Climate.

Olivia Campbell: New York Magazine

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Noam Chomsky on the Perils of Market-Driven Education

  • Free higher education could be instituted without major economic or cultural difficulties, it seems. The same is true of a rational public health system like that of comparable countries.
  • World-renowned linguist, social critic and activist Noam Chomsky shares his views on education and culture in this exclusive interview for Truthout.
  • Related: When schools become dead zones of the imagination

C.J. Polychroniou and Lily Sage, Truthout 

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Saturday, 22 October 2016 |  Throughout most of the modern period, beginning with the era known as the Enlightenment, education was widely regarded as the most important asset for the building of a decent society. However, this value seems to have fallen out of favor in the contemporary period, perhaps as a reflection of the dominance of the neoliberal ideology, creating in the process a context where education has been increasingly reduced to the attainment of professional, specialized skills that cater to the needs of the business world.

What is the actual role of education and its link to democracy, to decent human relations and to a decent society? What defines a cultured and decent society? World-renowned linguist, social critic and activist Noam Chomsky shares his views on education and culture in this exclusive interview for Truthout.

C.J. Polychroniou is a political economist/political scientist who has taught and worked in universities and research centers in Europe and the United States.

And Lily Sage is a Montessori pedagogue who is interested in questions of symbiosis, intersectional feminism and anti-racist/fascist praxis.

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When schools become dead zones of the imagination, Henry A. Giroux, Philosophers for Change

  • Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A critical pedagogy manifesto
  • Related: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All’
  • Related: How Billionaires Are Successfully Fooling Us Into Destroying Public Education—and Why Privatization Is a Terrible Idea

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"It's All Collapsed": New Chomsky Documentary Details Death of American Dream

 

  • How did we reach a historically unprecedented level of inequality in the United States? A new documentary, Requiem for The American Dream, turns to the ever-insightful Noam Chomsky for a detailed explanation of how so much wealth and power came to be concentrated in so few hands.
  • Related: From the Archives | Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"

Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, Truth-out

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Friday, 09 December 2016 | In this documentary, recently released on DVD, Noam Chomsky gives an overview of the miasma of the current political, sociological and economic situation of the United States. Filmed over the course of four years, Requiem for The American Dream shows Chomsky detailing in 10 points his sweeping understanding of the seemingly intractable inequities and lack of a robust democracy we find in our society.

The filmmakers ensured that this would not be just another talking head discourse: It is both innovatively animated and trenchantly informative, an incisive dissection of the disastrous impact of the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few.

Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott directed Requiem for The American Dream.

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From the Archives | Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class" Chris Hedges, Evergreene Digest 

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  • Michael Moore: "America Is NOT Broke"

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Gary G. KJohls | Draining the Swamp? But Infesting the White House with Far Right-Wing Swamp-dwellers

  • Draining the Swamp?
  • But Infesting the White House with a Group of Right-Wing Extremists, Pro-Corporate Lobbyists and Assorted “Deplorable” Washington Insiders?

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn / Special to Evergreene Digest

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November 15, 2016 | “Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldn’t have been possible. ... [T]he White race is back in the game. And if we’re playing, no one can beat us. The winning is not going to stop.” -- A revealing quote from the Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which claims to be the “#1 Alt-Right” website, following Donald Trump’s election (Stormfront’s motto is: “White Pride Worldwide” and its symbol is):

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And KKK ex-Grand Wizard David Duke couldn’t help but celebrate the part that his white supremacist movement had in electing Trump”. Duke proclaimed the day after the election: “make no mistake about it, our people played a HUGE role in electing Trump!... You arrogant, unthankful, degenerate pieces of shit no longer have absolute power.”

Gary G.Kohls writes a weekly column for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, health, democracy, civility and longevity of the populace. 

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