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Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group Ben Norton Glenn Greenwald November 26 2016, 10:17 a.m. THE WASHINGTON POST on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign poli

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The following is from a piece by Daniel Falcone on Counterpunch What Readers Need to Know About Noam Chomsky’s Position on Lesser-Evil Voting …For starters, Chomsky has long held that the US political system has intentionally offered weak candidates close in ideology, while presenting the illusion of choice, and both wi

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The question I had was whether the computer file on Weiner’s laptop was, in fact, labeled “life insurance.” Only some of the news sources mentioned this. Others had no mention at all. Is there a way to find out about this? Depends on which news sources you go to that now even mentions this issue. Does the FBI tell us.

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I’ve wondered whether the kids in the streets here in Portland thought about what they were doing. The President –elect has yet to take office. What are they complaining about? Part of the problem is that, if they have a complaint they aren’t educating the rest of us about the virtues of their position. If the anti-wa

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Stephen Cohen on RT’s Shevardnadze and Co. See this interview on video at https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/366442-trump-promises-foreign-policy/ Follow @SophieCo_RT Sophie Shevardnadze: Dr. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus at Princeton and New York University, contributing editor at “The Nation”magazine, welcome to

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http://www.infowars.com/does-hillary-clinton-have-parkinsons-disease/

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Say a crime has been committed. You are a detective and your task is to determine who committed the crime. Who should be charged with this crime? The thing you do is try to tell the story of the crime, given the evidence, in such a way that all the pieces fit together. You have some idea of how the...

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I was at work, chit chatting, and one of my co-workers brought up philosophy. For some reason he was taking a philosophy class at our local community college. He liked it, he said. I told him that my degree was in philosophy. He wanted my thoughts on philosophy, classes, and so forth. I delayed our conversation until we wer

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AYcU2nhnZg I’ve pointed out previously that a college education has become more pricey. Some have thought that the only justification for such an expense is if it gets you a good job. A much better job. And so too, states have only supported programs in colleges which go to training people

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The following is a discussion of Prof. Giroux’s response to what “right wingers” have said in response to “left wing” politics and social positions, particularly the welfare state. On the one hand, you can’t have a democracy when so many people are dependent on government for their basic necessities. They need t

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Sibel Edmonds on Snowden and Government Blackmailing

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The following is an argument that the problem is not so much government, but the corporations which hire and fire people. Corporate rule hurts the US more than shutdown

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If we try to examine what’s going on in the world outside of our jobs and family’s lives, we hear about the crisis here and the crisis there. One of the big crises involves how Obama, the Democrats and Republicans are driving the nation over the proverbial cliff. The following videos discuss the current problems governm

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Just this week we have another story involving a mass shooting. This time in Washington D.C. The question arises for news commentators, and others, whether these events could be stopped if we more tightly regulate gun ownership in this country. There are some who argue that if you had more guns, or less restrictive gun laws

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Here’s a retelling of the pertinent issues from a skeptic’s point of view:

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I like these Bourne movies. There’s excitement. There’s a hero. There’s the idea we are seeing a story about plausible scenarios. I want to point out that Snowden’s work, what he has revealed, suggests not only that the NSA, or some other secret government operation, can look in on sexual dalliances, and tell their

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What does Snowden want us to do? He took a risk to reveal what the Feds were doing illegally and criminally and treasonously, and he figures we should want to oppose all of it. It hurts us and everything we love, so we should want to oppose it. The following starts an essay on this expectation at the Tenth Amendment...

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/photocopying-michelle-obamas-diary-just-in-case/278567/

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The following is an excerpt from the film Zeitgeist 2, wherein John Perkins discusses what he did as an “economic hit man.” It is an interesting film because it makes the claim that you can understand many of the world’s events in terms of what I have described as the “U.S. is Capone’s Chicago” analogy. It is a

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The metaphor that we are kids on a playground run by bullies helps us understand the oftentimes confusing accounts of what’s going on in the world. There are so many wars. There are so many bad guys we, the American people, have to be persuaded to go after and bring to justice. There are so many arguments about what we...

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The FBI has a history of duping naïve people into trying to do violence and then, while proceeding with Federal assistance, arresting them. They’ve done it in Oregon to a Somali student who was encouraged to use a bomb at Christmas. The following are three video discussions of this issue. Napolitano on FBI entrapment cas

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The Senate has a limited view of what could be done to quell violence in America. Some feel that the only thing to do is enact more strict gun control laws. So, this… “…Debate over the measures consumed the Senate on Wednesday, with speeches from both sides meant to stir emotions. “I choose to vote my conscience,”

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Here’s a story about a man who expressed his observations about what was going on at his granddaughter's school and is now defending himself from accusations that he is a menacing terrorist. We should all be concerned about what happened to this person because we could all be in his shoes. We could all express some observ

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President Obama talking about the “senseless” bombing in Boston. The President is not the only one who says the Boston bombings are “senseless.” I can understand the President’s remarks as expressing how little we understand about who did this bombing, or why. The immediate causes might be unknown, and that’s wh

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The following is Glenn Greenwald talking about everyone’s present problems with our government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/02/assange-sweden-saadiq-barrett-brown

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These videos argue that Gun Control does not reduce crime or gun violence.

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The following videos discuss the issue of “Currency Wars,” what are they supposed to do, how do they get started, why should we care. http://spookyweather.blogspot.com/2013/03/keiser-report-e419-financial-pearl.html The following is a n essay from The Weekly Standard, Currency Wars 12:00 AM, FEB 9, 2013 • BY IRWIN M.

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We have seen many examples of where the police have arrested bystanders for filming interactions between the police and the public. This has been understood to be an effort by the police to intimidate anyone from recording police behavior that might be used against them in court. Apparently, the Department of Justice has ru

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