Vaccines: The Exception to Medical Coercion...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] In 2002, my son David was showing early signs of autism. My mom (who is the smartest person I know) said to me, “He’s getting worse after his vaccines, Sarah. Stop doing this to my grandson. You don’t know everything.” At 24 years old, I was convinced that I did in fact know just about everything and if I didn’t, David’s pediatrician certainly would. At David’s next well-child visit I expressed concerns about vaccine safety and told him my mom thought she observed a regression after his MMR and varicella vaccines. He responded by waiving his finger in my face and shouting at me, “How dare you question me! How dare you even question vaccines! I am a doctor. Is your mom a doctor? Are you? If vaccines weren’t safe would I be...

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The Coming War and its Aftermath…...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Kent Heckenlively, JD   SB277 Court Docs I’ve been thinking a great deal about the fight against SB 277 and mandatory vaccinations in California as well as the fabulous documentary, VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, detailing the corruption in the CDC’s vaccine program and the revelations of senior CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson. I find myself asking a simple question again and again: How do I become the most effective agent for change? Nelson Mandela Recently I ran across a quote from one of my long-time idols, Nelson Mandela, and it spoke to what I’m feeling these days.  Mandela wrote: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” After fifteen...

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‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ the Most Controversial Film in America Launches a Nationwide Bus Tour on August 6th...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] an official press release from Cinema Libre Studio Press Release – updated: Jul 27, 2016 20:31 EDT Film distribution company Cinema Libre Studio announces the team behind America’s most controversial documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” will hit the road on a nationwide bus tour traveling to the home districts of members of the United States House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, the entity responsible for subpoenaing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, a subject at the heart of the film. Los Angeles, CA, July 27, 2016 (Newswire.com) – ​Following a notable theatrical U.S. and Canadian release, the team behind America’s most controversial film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” will hit the road on a nationwide bus tour starting August 6th. The Vaxxed filmmakers will be...

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An Oil Pipeline Nearly As Long As Keystone XL Has Been Fully Approved...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Nati Harnik Pipes for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill., are stacked Saturday, May 9, 2015, at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. The proposed oil pipeline will traverse North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)   Despite several months of heavy opposition, an oil pipeline slated to cut through four Midwestern states has all the regulatory permits it needs for full build-out. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the final blessing to the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday. Developers now have the last set of permits they need to build through the small portion of federal land the line crosses, which includes major waterways like the...

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Report: FEC leaders, managers share blame for horrid morale...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Headquarters of the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. Dave Levinthal/Center for Public Integrity Bickering commissioners, ineffective managers and lousy internal communication rank among the top reasons why the Federal Election Commission staff is one of the federal government’s most bedraggled. That’s the dispiriting — if unsurprising — conclusion of a new report from the FEC’s Office of Inspector General, which for months had conducted employee surveys and interviews in hopes of answering a nagging question: why, specifically, is agency morale so consistently rotten? Investigators dump the most blame on the FEC’s six commissioners: three Democratic appointees and three Republican appointees who have regularly criticized one another and frequently (but not exclusively) deadlocked on high-profile political issues before them. “Tone and attitude perceived as poor,” the report said of the commissioners. “Too many disparaging public statements … employees feel work...

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The influence diaries: Dispatches from the Democratic National Convention...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity’s money-in-politics reporting team is bringing you news from the Democratic National Convention — focusing on special-interest influence, big-money politicking and corporate schmoozing. Reporters Michael Beckel and Carrie Levine are on the ground in Philadelphia. Please check back regularly as this article will be updated throughout the week. Click here to read our coverage of the Republican National Convention.  11:58 a.m., Thursday, July 28: They may not look like lobbyists, but a gaggle of Catholic nuns have a distinct message to share in Philadelphia. The Nuns on the Bus, a project of NETWORK, is calling on Congress to “mend the gaps in wealth, income and access.” Amid the Democratic National Convention, Nuns on the Bus is conducting three, two-hour workshops to educate people about gaps in seven key areas —...

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Mainstream Media May Never Understand Sanders’ Political Revolution, but That’s Not Stopping It from Spreading...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Change sometimes comes from not asking permission. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking with supporters at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr It was the third daily press conference by the Bernie Delegates Network and dozens of political reporters were baffled by the answers they were hearing from the podium. No, they won’t tell anyone to stop dissenting on the convention floor. No, they were not satisfied with the platform changes and commitment to eliminate most of the superdelegates. Nor were many pleased with Tuesday’s roll call where delegate vote totals for Sanders and Clinton were read, because they included superdelegates—distorting the votes of the people. The complaints continued. The DNC was mistreating Sanders...

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The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most—When It Comes to Food...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Democratic Party platform doesn’t say much about food or farming, except on one major issue. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Hillary Clinton enjoys some coffee while campaigning in an Iowa diner last year. Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America/Flickr If Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins in November, what kind of food and farm policy can we expect from her? Like most presidential campaign seasons, the current one has been lighter than a soufflé in terms of debate around food issues. Here’s what we know so far. (1) The 2016 Democratic Party platform is mostly short on food policy details. Farm programs get all of two paragraphs, under the rubric of “Investing in Rural America.” The section nods to “promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices” and “expanding local food markets and regional food systems,” a likely reference...

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Are giant suction cups the key to cheap wind power?...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Universal Foundation Suckers By Heather Smith The coolest new innovation in offshore wind energy right now is, essentially, a giant toilet plunger. Put enough of these plungers together and they could help power Detroit, Chicago, and the other metropolises of the Midwest.Lake Erie Energy Development and Fred Olsen Renewables, a European energy company, plan on building a wind installation with the help of these toilet plungers, aiming for six 50-foot high turbines in Lake Erie, seven miles off the coast of Cleveland. Putting wind turbines in the Great Lakes instead of on Midwestern farmland makes plenty of sense. Compared to farmland, underwater land is cheap. There’s also more wind on the water, because there are no inconvenient trees or buildings in the way. The Great Lakes are freshwater, so mechanical parts won’t wear down...

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What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? The populist insurgency is ratcheting up....

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] What an amazing Democratic primary season it’s been, including this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt the Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans. True, this progressive-populist coalition did not win the White House on its first go ’round behind the feisty Sanders insurgency (which the smug political establishment had literally laughed at when he began his run). But they are not laughing now, for even they can see that the outsider revolt against power elites won something even more momentous than the 2016 election: The future. Back in April 2015, when the blunt, democratic socialist from Vermont issued a call for disenchanted voters to join him, not merely in...

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6 Human Activities That Pose The Biggest Threat To The World’s Drinking Water...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling THINK PROGRES CREDIT: Shutterstock   Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, water treatment costs have risen by 50 percent in a third of large cities around the world. That means that getting clean, pure drinking water to people has become an increasingly difficult task, requiring cities not only to pay for expensive treatments, but pay for the construction of treatment plants to dole out said expensive treatments. All told, the study estimated that the total cost of degradation to our drinking water —...

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Vaccines Blamed for Alarming Increase in Seizure Disorders Among Children...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The rates of seizure disorders in children have skyrocketed in recent years, with one in 20 children under the age of five now suffering from epilepsy. Many parents know vaccines are to blame, as their children suffered seizures shortly after vaccination. Government officials say it’s mere coincidence. [1] Epilepsy is the formal medical diagnosis given to patients who suffer multiple seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, at least 326,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy, with an additional 200,000 cases diagnosed each year. [2]   Facts About Epilepsy Epilepsy is a condition in which seizures occur on a repeated basis, at least “two or more unprovoked seizures,” according to Johns Hopkins University. [3] According to Sarah Shalev, MD, an epilepsy fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, “a...

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Should I get the Tdap While Pregnant? Does My Newborn Need the Hepatitis B Vaccine?...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by Paul Thomas, M.D. You can’t turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or surf the internet without coming across the debate about childhood vaccines. Most of these articles, posts, and testimonials make the vaccine question seem like it’s completely black or white: either you’re reading that vaccines are a miracle and of absolute necessity and you should do all the vaccines the CDC and your pediatrician recommend without question (and that you are “selfish,” and “dangerous” if you do not), or you are discovering websites and columnists who insist that vaccines are all dangerous, vaccines will kill your infant, and all vaccines are bad. These anti-vaccine sites insist that if you want your baby to be healthy, you shouldn’t do any vaccines at all. Confused? Whether you’re a first-time parent or...

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How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong. I’m lichen your style. Conor Lawless THE ATLANTIC   Ed Yong  Science In 1995, if you had told Toby Spribille that he’d eventually overthrow a scientific idea that’s been the stuff of textbooks for 150 years, he would have laughed at you. Back then, his life seemed constrained to a very different path. He was raised in a Montana trailer park, and home-schooled by what he now describes as a “fundamentalist cult.” At a young age, he fell in love with science, but had no way of feeding that love. He longed to break away from his roots and get a proper education. At 19, he got a job at a local forestry service. Within...

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The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Metropolis Magazine / July-August 2016 / The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture We asked leading practitioners to share their picks of the best projects of the past 16 years. The following is a curated list of architectural projects, both big and small, that have helped to define the cityscape of the new millennium.  Email  Print  Feed ©Naoya Hatakeyama ​Sendai Mediatheque​ ​Miyage, Japan (2001) Toyo Ito & Associates “What better way to usher in a new century than by issuing an elegantly crafted public building that willfully re-situates and quietly coalesces the quintessential architectural trajectories of the previous century—that of structure, core, and skin—a narrative neatly set afloat in 1915 by Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino rallying cry.” —Donald Chong, partner, Williamson Chong ©SANAA ​21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan (2004) SANAA “Embodying the holy grail of each...

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Antennae to Experience: What Bucky Fuller Taught Me...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Buckminster Fuller’s daughter shares a previously unpublished essay and reveals a rarely spotlighted side to the revered thinker. Allegra Fuller Snyder   METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Allegra Fuller Snyder and her father, Buckminster Fuller, in the 1950s. All Images Courtesy The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller —On the occasion of Bucky’s 100th birthday, July 12, 1995 My father was a warm, concerned, and sharing father. As focused as he was on his own work, he nevertheless included me in his experiences and his experiencing. I remember with great clarity when I was about four years old, I was sick in bed, and he was taking care of me. He sat down on the bed beside me with his pencil in hand and told me—through wonderful freehand drawings—a Goldilocks story. I was Goldilocks, and with his pencil he transported...

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The Appalling Violence of the World’s Three Superpowers...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network | Op-Ed If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence. Certainly none has a peaceful past. The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest. Those nations on their borders today, including some that have wrenched themselves free from their imperial control, continue to fear and distrust them. Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors. Nor has there...

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG Landscape deeply scarred by an open-cut coal mine in Hunter Valley, Australia. (Max Phillips, Jeremy Buckingham MLC via Flickr) LONDON—Humans’ appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. A report produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the UN Environment Programme, says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billon tonnes in 2010. It refers to natural resources as primary materials, and includes under this heading biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals. The increase in their use, the...

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5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE BLOG   MICHAEL MOORE Michael Moore Oscar and Emmy-winning Director Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Friends: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, ‘cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: “PRESIDENT TRUMP.” Never in my life have I wanted to be proven wrong more than I do right now. I can see what you’re doing right now. You’re shaking...

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You Won’t Believe the Outrageous Ways Big Pharma Has Bribed Doctors to Shill Drugs...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Drugs Think lap dances, trips to the Caribbean, and countless free lunches. By Martha Rosenberg / The Influence  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: AH86 / Shutterstock This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow the Influence on Twitter and Facebook. At the 2010 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, a psychiatrist from the East coast shared her anger with me about the recent clamp down on Pharma financial perks to doctors. “They used to wine us and dine us. An SSRI maker flew my entire office to a Caribbean island…but now nothing,” she lamented. She was right. Before news organizations and the 2010 Physician Financial Transparency Reports (also called the Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act) reported the...

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Democratic Platform Calls For WWII-Scale Mobilization To Solve Climate Crisis...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Mark Stehle/Invision for NRG/AP Images Micro-wind turbines and solar panels installed at Lincoln Financial Field generate renewable energy during NRG Home’s 2nd Annual Media Charity Flag Football Game in Philadelphia Wednesday, November 19, 2014.   This month, the full Democratic Platform Committee approved the strongest statement about the urgent need for climate action ever issued by a major party in this country. The platform makes for the starkest possible contrast with a party that just nominated Donald Trump — a man who has called climate change a hoax invented by and for the Chinese, who has denied basic reality such as the drought in California, and who has vowed to (try to) scuttle the unanimous agreement by the world’s nations in Paris to take whatever measures are...

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Donald Trump and the Dark Soul of the GOP...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Republican National Convention was a parade of fear and loathing. David Corn MOTHER JONES Carolyn Kaster/AP This is what you need to know about Donald Trump’s GOP. At the convention in Cleveland, Alex Jones, a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories, was in the hall as a special guest. Jones sells paranoia. He is a 9/11 truther who claims that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were in on the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has promoted the idea that dissidents in America will be rounded up and placed in FEMA camps. His website maintains that the tragic Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax orchestrated so gun safety advocates could demonize gun owners. Jones tells his followers that the world is controlled by a global cabal—a coven of...

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Droughts Dry Up Amazon’s ‘Green Lungs’...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     A reduction of the Amazon rainforest’s canopy is contributing to climate change. (Phil Blackburn via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Researchers have confirmed once again that if the Amazon rainforest is one of the planet’s “green lungs”, it may be running short of breath. Repeated drought and tree loss mean that there is increasing risk that the forest may one day cease to be a “sink” for atmospheric carbon released by the combustion of fossil fuels. But even as climate scientists shake their heads in distress, plant taxonomists may be holding their heads in despair. They have just been told that so rich and various are the trees of the great Brazilian rainforest that another three centuries may...

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What Republicans Really Think About Trump...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nicholas Kristof   NYTIMES Photo Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times CLEVELAND — The arena here at the Republican National Convention echoes with applause for Donald Trump, but the cacophony and extravagant stage effects can’t conceal the chaos in the G.O.P. and in the Trump campaign. Republican senators suddenly are busy fishing, mowing the lawn or hiking the Grand Canyon; conservative celebrities mostly sent regrets. This vacuum reflects the horror that many leading conservatives feel for their new nominee. Pundits like me are gnashing our teeth as Trump receives the presidential nomination of the party of Lincoln, but, frankly speaking, we don’t have much credibility in Cleveland since many of us aren’t all that likely to support a Republican nominee in any case. So instead of again inflicting on you my views of...

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New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Cole A new report shows that with the proposed natural gas pipelines, the United States cannot meet its climate commitments.   The climate action movement has gotten a lot of wins during the Obama administration. The Keystone XL pipeline permit denial. The Clean Power Plan. The proposed methane rules. These things are all part of an effort to limit carbon emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. But, as it turns out, these actions are not enough. The country is in the process of building hundreds of miles of natural gas pipeline that will tie the United States to fossil fuel production and consumption for decades — well past when most scientists predict we will have done irreparable harm to our human...

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“Tiny buses for everyone!” says Elon Musk...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TED Conference You get a bus and you get a bus! By Heather Smith   GRIST Tesla has had a rough ride lately. A Tesla Model S on autopilot slammed into a semi-truck in May, killing the driver and prompting a federal highway safety investigation. There’s talk that the company’s yearned-for merger with Solar City might fall apart, and its high-flying stock has plunged 12 percent in three months.What better time for Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, to unveil his “Master Plan Part Deux,” which says, essentially: “Don’t look at right now! Look waay over there, in the amazing future!” The plan, released on Tesla’s blog Wednesday, is full of wondrous whizbangery. There will be cars so autonomous that they will earn money for you when you aren’t driving, battery-enhanced solar panels so beautiful that you will...

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There’s Something Disturbing About One of Hillary’s Top VP Picks...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Five things to know about USDA chief Tom Vilsack, who’s emerged at the top of HRC’s Veep shortlist. Tom Philpott MOTHER JONES Normcore: Vilsack addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation. USDA/Flicker Tom Vilsack is a trendy guy—but only if by “trendy,” you mean “normcore.” He has spent the past eight years as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture—the country cousin of presidential cabinet positions. He’s a solid centrist Democrat from Iowa, where he served two terms as governor as well as a stint as mayor of a town called Mt. Pleasant (pop. 8,668). He even calls himself a “workhorse, not a show horse.” But he has been generating massive buzz as the possible vice presidential pick of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, recently catapulting to the upper echelons of her Veep short...

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Trump’s Terrifying Pitch: It Was Better Than You Think...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Richard Eskow   CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers. Lincoln’s speech lasted less than two minutes. A columnist in the New York Post said that Trump gave “the speech of his life.” Actually, he gave several of them. Abe Lincoln’s grace and humility were nowhere to be found. But then, the self-effacement of Lincoln’s words – “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here” – would hardly suit Trump’s oversized persona. To be fair, this speech needed to be long. Trump needed to present a number of false and contradictory identities to the electorate, and that takes time. He was both...

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On RNC’s Final Night, Donald Trump Yells at America for More Than an Hour...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Playing on fears, Trump advances white nationalist theme of ‘America First.’ By Adele M. Stan / AlterNet   CLEVELAND—“Build the wall!” “Lock her up!” “Keep us safe! “U-S-A!” “America First!” So chanted the thousands of Republicans gathered in the the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night, punctuating the speech delivered by Donald J. Trump in acceptance of his party’s nomination for president. On the convention floor, the chants were delivered in a mood of gleeful anger forceful enough to set a seasoned reporter back on her heels. Playing on fears of a dwindling white majority amid an era of flat wages and an economy that is reshaping itself in ways that has rendered the skill sets of many workers obsolete, Trump repeatedly wove in motifs of white nationalism, whether highlighting a handful of deaths that occurred at the hand...

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