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Palast With Bernstein | Returning to the Scene of the Crime: The California Primary

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Excerpt: "How could it be what the AP called 'a crushing victory' with so-called 96% of the vote counted? The answer is that 96% of the vote has not been counted." 

Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein, Pacifica RadioReader Supported News

http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs21/021464-voting-061616.jpg This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy – Election Crimes Bulletin – The Crime Scene: California. The crime? Two million votes still not counted. One million ballots already disqualified, thrown away. Another million so-called provisional “placebo” ballots. Here’s the story of the voting horror show you won’t get on Fox or MSDNC.

June 15, 2016 | Dennis J Bernstein: This week, we’re going to do a postmortem on yesterday’s California primary. Greg, I know you were out there. You were also trying to vote?

Greg Palast: I think we need to get a long piece of yellow tape that says “crime scene” and wrap it around the state of California. It was ugly. Days before the election, the polls were showing it was a dead heat between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton, with Sanders rising. How could it be what the AP called “a crushing victory” with so-called 96% of the vote counted? The answer is that 96% of the vote has not been counted.

Greg Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering. Palast's reports appear on BBC's Newsnight and in Britain's Guardian, Rolling Stone and Harper's. Palast is best known as the investigative reporter who uncovered how Katherine Harris purged thousands of African-Americans from Florida's voter rolls in the 2000 Presidential Election. and 

Dennis J Bernstein is an American producer and co-host of the radio news program, Flashpoints Radio on PPacifica Radio.

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Special Report | Selected Articles: Hillary, Donald and the Criminalization of Politics, Global Research News

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To Do Nothing Is A Decision As Well

Related: 1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_1.jpg Jun 15, 2016 | This morning, three days after the tragedy in Orlando, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a speaking filibuster on the Senate floor to honor the victims of Orlando and demand that the Senate take action to address gun violence. “I’m prepared to stand on this floor, and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns … for frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” he said. More than six hours later he remains on the floor, where he has been joined by many of his Senate Democratic colleagues.

 

One of the changes Sen. Murphy, along with many of his fellow Democratic Senators, is calling for is closing the terror gap, which is a loophole in our gun laws that allows suspected terrorists to legally purchase firearms. Right now in the United States, if you are considered too dangerous to buy a plane ticket, you can still buy a firearm. Suspected terrorists who are placed on a no-fly list are prevented from flying on an airplane but can still legally purchase guns. And they have.

Center for American Progress: A think tank offering policy proposals, talking points, events, news and columns.

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1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like, Guardian US interactive team, The Guardian

The shooting in San Bernardino with 14 victims has added to the growing number over the past three decades, but support for gun control has fallen.

Related: From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

 

1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like

  • The shooting in San Bernardino with 14 victims has added to the growing number over the past three decades, but support for gun control has fallen.
  • Related: From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

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Tuesday 14 June 2016 | Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida was the deadliest mass shooting in American history – but there were five other mass shootings in the US during that weekend alone.

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Barack Obama said after the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive via the crowd-sourced website ShootingTracker.com reveals a shocking human toll: there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – on five out of every six days, on average. (Updated on 13 June 2016)

US mass shootings becoming more frequent – and more deadly

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From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture, Pamela Haag, Salon

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

 

From a trained therapist | 11 small ways to feel less helpless this week.

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers

Annie Wright, Upworthy

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pulse%20Mass%20Shooting%20Memorial.jpgOn the morning of June 12, 2016, I’d imagine that you, like me, woke up to the story of the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting in the Pulse nightclub.

Like mine, your social media newsfeed was probably flooded with stories about the tragedy.

And perhaps you, like me, felt your stomach sink and your heart grow heavy. Another mass shooting. The worst in recent U.S. history. And one where the clear intent seems to be terror and hate.

Annie Wright: a Berkeley-based psychotherapist, writer, and social justice advocate deeply committed to helping individuals, couples, and families from the Bay Area and beyond to transform their lives, no matter where they're starting from. 

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From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

Pamela Haag, Salon

 

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Excerpted from "The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture"

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 | An abridged history of the American gun culture, told from legend and popular memory, might go like this: We were born a gun culture. Americans have an exceptional, unique, and timeless relationship to guns, starting with the militias of the Revolutionary War, and it developed on its own from there. Some celebrate and some condemn this relationship, but it is in either case unique. Guns have long been a commonplace part of American life, which is why guns pretty much sell themselves. The Second Amendment, ubiquitous to contemporary gun politics, was a prominent presence historically and is a source of the gun’s unique stature, while the idea of gun control is more recent. The American gun story is about civilians and individual citizens, and they are its heroes or its villains—the frontiersman, the Daniel Boone “long hunter” who trekked far into the wilderness alone, the citizen-patriot militiaman, the guiltily valorized outlaw, and the gunslinger. The gun’s mystique was forged most vividly on the violent western frontier of the 1800s, and this mystique is about individualism: guns protect citizens against overzealous government infringement of liberties; they protect freedom and self-determination.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pamela%20Haag%20%7C%20Gunning%20of%20America%20cover%20illus.jpgThis book tells the story of American guns from the perspective of what the gun was—in essence, an object, produced by businesses, to be sold. The story that highlights the Second Amendment, frontiersmen, militias, and the desires and character of the American gun owner is not to be found in the pages of this book. Or, more accurately, my work deliberately skews the story of the gun in another direction: it focuses on the missing element of the gun culture rather than reworking the familiar themes. As such, it has different characters, motivations, plot twists, highlights, and timelines, and all of these elements call into question the gun clichés that animate contemporary politics.

Pamela Haag holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her work on a diverse range of topics has appeared in many venues such as American Scholar, NPR, Slate, and the Times (London).

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This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time

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  • The rage driving our politics stems from cruelty of capitalism. So why do we vote for those who worship the market?
  • Related: Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it

Anis Shivani, Salon / AlterNet

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June 8, 2016 | Over the last 15 years, editors often asked me not to mention the word “neoliberalism,” because I was told readers wouldn’t comprehend the “jargon.” This has begun to change recently, as the terminology has come into wider usage, though it remains shrouded in great mystery.

People throw the term around loosely, as they do with “fascism,” with the same confounding results. Imagine living under fascism or communism, or earlier, classical liberalism, and not being allowed to acknowledge that particular frame of reference to understand economic and social issues. Imagine living under Stalin and never using the communist framework but focusing only on personality clashes between his lieutenants, or likewise for Hitler or Mussolini or Mao or Franco and their ideological systems! But this curious silence, this looking away from ideology, is exactly what has been happening for a quarter century, since neoliberalism, already under way since the early 1970s, got turbocharged by the Democratic party under the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and Bill Clinton. We live under an ideology that has not been widely named or defined.

Anis Shivani is the author of several books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including, most recently, My Tranquil War and Other Poems. His novel Karachi Raj (HarperCollins/Fourth Estate) was released this summer. His next book is the poetry collection Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish, out in October.

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Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it, Evan Halper, Los Angeles (CA) Times

  • Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.
  • Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war."
  • Related: Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult

Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it.

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  • Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.
  • Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war."
  • Related: Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult.

Evan Halper, Los Angeles (CA) Times

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5744b9db/turbine/la-1464121945-snap-photo/400/16x9 Mimi Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, says of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders: "He has had a long history of support for war." Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times 

May 25, 2016 |As Los Angeles activist and aspiring officeholder Mimi Soltysik ponders the Democratic ballot in the race for the White House, the words he blurts out include "warmonger," "imperialist" and "status quo."

And that's before he even turns his attention to Hillary Clinton.

Not every leftist is enamored with Bernie Sanders. Some see him as a sellout.

Evan Halper, National Reporter at Los Angeles (CA) Times, writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C..

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Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult, Chris Tognotti, Daily Dot

  • As steadfast as Sanders and his supporters may be, their belligerence on questions about key social issues reveals a major danger in developing a cult-like following.
  • The problem with Bernie Sanders

 

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