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While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria

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“There must be a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life. Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, the interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa program for Amnesty International.

Tom Cahill, U.S. Uncut

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July 19, 2016 As many as 77 innocent people or more, including 11 children, were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes performed in Syria over this Monday and Tuesday.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the US-led airstrike in Manbij, Syria targeted the group of civilians, mistakenly identifying them as ISIS-affiliated fighters. The number of those killed remains unclear, though AFP and the New York Times reported that 56 civilians were killed Monday and another 21 killed Tuesday. Dozens more have been wounded.

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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The Threat to Our Country and the World That Is Donald Trump

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  • The main media story was whether the candidate could win, not what the candidate stood for. And that's why we're back at the prom.
  • Democrats can take nothing for granted in November. It’s dangerous to assume swing voters will dismiss Trump on account of his crudity. His populist rhetoric will resonate in this climate. He may be a billionaire trust funder, but Trump’s braggadocio routine has a strange allure for Blue Collar Americans.  If nothing else it feeds the imptression that he's an independent deal maker who can get things done in Washington. 
  • Part 1: Press, politics and popularity: Report shows how the media — yet again — botched the election
  • Part 2: Donald Trump is a legitimate threat: Democrats must stop being in denial about the billionaire’s popularity.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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Part 1: Press, politics and popularity: Report shows how the media — yet again — botched the election

A new Harvard study shows how media coverage rigged the system and turned the election into a popularity contest.

Sophia McClennen, Salon

 

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 | The challenges to keeping politics focused on facts rather than superficialities has a long history, but it would be fair to say that our current election has favored gossip over substance in wholly new ways.

As we contemplate a November ballot with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as headliners, it’s hard to shake the feeling that they are more like prom king and queen than real candidates.  If you had the sensation that these two were like high schoolers who were “fake” but still weirdly popular, here's new proof to explain why.

Sophia McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She writes on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her latest book, co-authored with Remy M. Maisel, is, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Pol

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Part 2: Donald Trump is a legitimate threat: Democrats must stop being in denial about the billionaire’s popularity

While a Trump win in November is unlikely, focus groups show Democrats better take him more seriously — and now.

Sean Illing, Salon

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Serious people agree that Donald Trump isn’t fit for the presidency. The reasons are so obvious that they scarcely need elaborating. But it’s a mistake to think he can’t win in November. However disturbing, Trump is more popular than we’d like to believe.

A recent NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, for instance, had Trump reaching 50 percent approval for the first time since the poll began tracking last December. And the exit polls from Trump’s string of primary victories two weeks ago show that there are plenty of xenophobic white people who support his odious positions on immigration and terrorism. His proposed ban of Muslims, to take one example, was astonishingly popular in states as diverse as New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Sean Illing is a USAF veteran who previously taught philosophy and politics at Loyola and LSU. He is currently a staff writer for Salon

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Cable TV Subscribers Still Unhappy, New Consumer Reports Survey Shows

  • Fiber, smaller companies, and municipal broadband did best in our latest telecom Ratings.
  • The new telecom Ratings were based on a recent survey of more than 172,000 subscribers reporting on their experience with home internet, pay TV, and telephone service.
  • Related: Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills

James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports

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June 15, 2016 | Along with death, taxes, and an ever-growing assortment of Bravo reality shows, disenchantment with your cable TV service seems to be among life's certainties. As in previous years, Consumer Reports' new telecom service Ratings (available to subscribers), showed broad dissatisfaction among customers with cable TV and internet plans. The providers earned, on average, low scores for value and overall satisfaction.

But there were two bright spots, a municipal broadband service run as a public utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a fiber service run by Google in a handful of markets across the country. These innovative options both outpaced the conventional telecommunications companies when it came to value and customer satisfaction.

James K. Willcox: I've been a tech journalist for more years than I'm willing to admit. My specialties at CR are TVs, streaming media, audio, and TV and broadband services. 

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Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills, FreePress.net

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  • The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.1
  • Tell the FCC: Lower our cable bills and allow us to see more diversity on TV
  • Related: Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill

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Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills

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  • The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.
  • Tell the FCC: Lower our cable bills and allow us to see more diversity on TV
  • Related: Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill

FreePress.net

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Companies like Comcast and the newly merged Charter-Time Warner Cable have way too much power. With near-monopoly control these companies have a lock on what we see — and don’t see — on our TV screens and charge increasingly high prices for cable and Internet access.

But now you have a chance to fight back. The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.

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Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill, Kate Cox , Consumerist.org

  • Why are loyal long-time cable customers the ones paying more?
  • Have you checked out your monthly bill lately?

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