How the Koch Brothers’ ‘Bankers’ Snuck an Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Since 1997, the Kochs have given more than $79 million to groups that distort climate science and malign renewable energy. By Elliott Negin / The Huffington Post   VIA ALTERNET Charles and David Koch. Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey on Flickr In the run-up to the perennial debate in Congress over whether to extend a tax credit for the wind industry, The New York Times ran a provocatively headlined — and misleading — op-ed column denouncing it as corporate welfare. “Giving Billions to the Rich” was a broadside against Congress’ end-of-the-year tax extenders package, which renews temporary corporate tax breaks, and it singled out the wind production tax credit as one of the most egregious. The November 23 column was written by Marc Short and Andy Koenig, both from an organization called Freedom Partners. They...

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WHAT WOULD DAVID BOWIE DO? A MESSY, POINTLESSLY CYNICAL GOLDEN GLOBES LEAVES US PINING FOR THE REAL THING...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] This year’s Golden Globes started out awful and became absolutely maddening—then news of David Bowie’s death hit VIDEO (Credit: AP/RTNWalter) David Bowie died late last night, which is not, itself, strictly related to last night’s telecast of the Golden Globes. The rock legend was 69 years old and lost his battle with cancer after an incredible, decades-long, massively influential career. The news broke in Hollywood on one of the industry’s most decadent, glamorous nights, as the Globes afterparties were in full swing. Bowie was the perfect pop icon for an event like the Golden Globes, precisely because he was so endlessly versatile—a musician, an actor, a political force, and a performance artist. (He was nominated only once — for best original song for a motion picture, “Theme from Cat People,” 1983.) His dedication...

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MYANMAR’S PEACE PRIZE WINNER AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY...

Jan 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Nicholas Kristof NYTIMES SITTWE, Myanmar — SOON the world will witness a remarkable sight: a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner presiding over 21st-century concentration camps. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s genuine heroes, won democracy for her country, culminating in historic elections in November that her party won in a landslide. As winner, Aung San Suu Kyi is also inheriting the worst ethnic cleansing you’ve never heard of, Myanmar’s destruction of a Muslim minority called the Rohingya. A recent Yale study suggested that the abuse of the more than one million Rohingya may amount to genocide; at the least, a confidential United Nations report to the Security Council says it may constitute “crimes against humanity under international criminal law.” Yet Aung San Suu Kyi seems to plan to continue...

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OUR GEORGE ORWELL/NOAM CHOMSKY PARADOX: DECIPHERING DOUBLETHINK MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT PEDDLES ABOUT U.S. FOREIGN POLICY...

Jan 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Our policies and actions routinely go against our oft-stated ideals. Here’s how to examine the lies and spin Dana E. Abizaid   SALON.COM Topics: George Orwell, Media Criticism, Saudi Arabia, American Exceptionalism, News Our George Orwell/Noam Chomsky paradox: Let’s decipher the doublethink media and government peddles about U.S. foreign policy George Orwell, Noam Chomsky (Credit: Wikimedia/AP/Nader Daoud) Despite what politicians say, understanding U.S. foreign policy is much more difficult than applying a black and white, good and evil, us versus them approach. To begin to comprehend the maze of conflicting interests involved and how the U.S. acts against its oft-stated ideals, one needs to lean on George Orwell’s definition of “doublethink,” or “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” The central means of population...

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NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF: THE REAL AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM – SELLING WEAPONS TO THE WORLD...

Dec 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Nothing to be proud of: The real American exceptionalism is selling the most weapons in the world — by far By selling weapons at alarming levels, the U.S. is further fueling the extremism it purports to be fighting Ben Norton   SALON.COM   (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) American exceptionalism — the notion that the U.S. is somehow an exceptional country, with no parallels in the world — is largely a myth. There is, however, one way in which it is absolutely true: The U.S. sells more weapons than any other country. The U.S. has just 5 percent of the global population, but sells more than half of its weapons. And this number is increasing. A new congressional study found that foreign arms sales by the U.S. increased by almost $10 billion in 2014 — up...

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The 17 Best Moments in Political Comedy This Year...

Dec 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The best comedians founds laughs amid tragedy and unrest. By Kali Holloway / AlterNet   Photo Credit: via Comedy Central Perhaps the most talked about issue around politics in comedy this year was the false notion — put forth by Jerry Seinfeld, though he was definitely not the only one — that political correctness is ruining perfectly good jokes and even comedy as an institution. Though audiences across the board were maligned as buzzkills, college students took the biggest hit, painted as joyless crusaders for insisting that racist, homophobic and rape jokes just aren’t funny. A number of incisive rebuttals have already pointed out that this notion says far more about the laziness of the speaker than the humorlessness of students. (Comedian Sarah Silverman, who has never been accused of being politically correct, summarily dismissed the aggrieved griping comedians as being “old” and...

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THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, LIES, AND MEDIA FRAUD...

Dec 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Egberto Willies  DAILY KOS   RSS REBLOGGED BY Daily Kos Watching the most recent GOP debate was exasperating, but if you’re a political junkie it was still a must. Based on the ratings (it drew 18 million viewers), it was the third most-watched debate ever. This signals that either the Republican presidential debate has become entertainment, or there is much angst among our populace. In reality, it’s likely both. There was some humor in watching the debate. A “tough” Jeb Bush sparring with Donald Trump was amusing to watch. Lindsey Graham having the unmitigated gall to yearn out loud for a return to the Bush administration was funny—in a rather macabre way. Saturday Night Live will have a hard time trying to make fun of the debate, as the comedy was already baked into the original. The problem, however, is a very...

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IT’S TOO LATE TO TURN OFF TRUMP...

Dec 12, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   We can’t change the channel on the culture he’s exposed By Matt Taibbi ROLLING STONE Donald Trump; Too late to turn off; Primaries “Trump represents something of a quandary for the media,” says an article recently published by the ‘LA Times.’ Mark Peterson/Redux Some people in the news business are having second thoughts this week about their campaign strategy. They’re wondering if they created a monster in Donald Trump. The LA Times published a piece about how the tone of Trump’s TV appearances has changed, now that’s he’s fully out of the closet as an aspiring dictator, with his plans to ban all Muslims and close the Internet and whatever else he’s come up with in the last ten minutes. America Is Too Dumb for TV News » The paper noted that...

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DON’T FREAK OUT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE POLLS ARE WRONG...

Dec 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Katie Herzog  GRIST President Trump: Seldom have two words struck such fear into the heart of man. Not long ago, we could have safely assumed this scenario would exist only in South Park episodes or our own nightmares. But if you listen to the national media, it seems almost possible this man could soon be hanging his portrait in the Oval Office. He’s leading the Republican polls by a significant margin, after all. Or so we hear. But how accurate are polls, especially this far in advance of the race? Not very, according to David Greenberg in the Atlantic. A sample of presidential races early pollsters got wrong include 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. So, most of them. “Looked at over the long run,” Greenberg writes, “early polls tend to be startlingly unreliable predictors...

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VIDEOS: LATE-NITE SHOW HOSTS RESPOND TO PARIS ATTACKS: ‘AN ATTACK ON HUMANITY ITSELF’...

Nov 17, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Comedians Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver all took time during their late-night shows over the past few days to briefly talk about the Paris attacks that have left the world shaken. —Posted by Natasha Hakimi...

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ANDERSON COOPER OFFERS NO APOLOGY FOR SLANDERING BERNIE SANDERS...

Oct 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By William Boardman, Reader Supported News http://readersupportednews. Who was the richest person in CNN’s Democratic presidential debate? The richest person in the Democratic presidential candidate debate on October 10 was not a candidate. The richest person on that Las Vegas stage was CNN moderator and Vanderbilt heir Anderson Cooper, whose $100 million net worth ($100,000,000) is greater than all the candidates’ worth combined (about $84,000,000). In a very real, if unspoken sense, this “debate” was more like an exclusive club interview with Cooper vetting the applicants for their class credentials. These class aspects of the debate went unmentioned. In American politics, class issues have traditionally gone unmentioned. The tacit understanding is that if you have the bad taste to ask, then you have no class. If you have class, you will have...

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WHY SALE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO FOX SIGNALS PERILOUS TIMES FOR PHOTOJOURNALISM...

Oct 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog | News Analysis   St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana: Julie Dermansky photographing a fish kill in Pearl River caused by a paper mill. © 2011 Scott Schexnaydre When the news broke that National Geographic was sold to Rupert Murdoch, fans of the magazine gasped. A magazine known for its photo essays paired with reports often based on scientific research being under the control of an outspoken climate change denier worried them. As a photojournalist, it is to difficult for me to imagine that the sale of National Geographic to Murdoch won’t contribute to the decline of photojournalism, because it is one of the few publications left whose brand is connected to original, visually-oriented content. Shortly after the sale was announced, Susan Goldberg, National Geographic‘s editor-in-chief, claimed it was a good thing. “It’s great news,” she told the Washington Post. “It’s really...

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WE STOOD UP TO A BILLIONAIRE POLITICAL DONOR WITH A RECORD OF INTIMIDATING JOURNALIST AND WE WON!...

Oct 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] We stood up to a billionaire political donor with a record of intimidating journalists and we won. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Frank VanderSloot against Mother Jones. It’s a monumental victory, and a big blow to those who try to use their power to silence the media. But the two and a half year legal onslaught has also dealt a big blow to our budget. Fighting back—and winning—has cost us and our insurer at least $2.5 million and left us with $650,000 in out-of-pocket legal bills. There’s a lot to bring you up to speed on, so please read this all the way to the bottom and make an emergency, tax-deductible donation to Mother Jones. In February 2012, we published a story about how the Citizens United decision allowed...

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, AND IT’S ALMOST A SECRET...

Oct 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Nicholas Kristof   NYTIMES   We journalists are a bit like vultures, feasting on war, scandal and disaster. Turn on the news, and you see Syrian refugees, Volkswagen corruption, dysfunctional government. Yet that reflects a selection bias in how we report the news: We cover planes that crash, not planes that take off. Indeed, maybe the most important thing happening in the world today is something that we almost never cover: a stunning decline in poverty, illiteracy and disease. Huh? You’re wondering what I’ve been smoking! Everybody knows about the spread of war, the rise of AIDS and other diseases, the hopeless intractability of poverty. One survey found that two-thirds of Americans believed that the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost doubled over the last 20 years. Another 29...

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FEAR OF A BERNIE SANDERS PRESIDENCE: HOW THE SILLY ELITE MEDIA CREATES PHONY STORIES TO DODGE REAL ISSUES...

Sep 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Stop pretending Jerry Brown is going to run. Dumb horserace journalism is an attempt to not cover real issues Paul Rosenberg SALON.COM (Credit: AP/Reuters/Max Whittaker/Charlie Riedel/Evan Vucci) As if Joe Biden weren’t enough for them, the establishment media has found a new distraction to keep them from talking about Bernie Sanders and his surging issue-based campaign, which now has an army of 200,000 volunteers. The distraction is California’s Gov. Jerry Brown, who has given absolutely no sign of interest in running—in fact, he ruled it out in January 2014. He’s also 77, and would easily be the oldest president ever elected, if he were to change his mind, run and win. But Michael Kinsley at Vanity Fair and Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post have both written pieces pushing for Brown to run,...

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FEAR OF BERNIE SANDERS PRESIDENCY: HOW THE SILLY ELITE MEDIA CREATES PHONY STORIES TO DODGE REAL ISSUES...

Sep 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Stop pretending Jerry Brown is going to run. Dumb horserace journalism is an attempt to not cover real issues Paul Rosenberg SALON.COM   (Credit: AP/Reuters/Max Whittaker/Charlie Riedel/Evan Vucci) As if Joe Biden weren’t enough for them, the establishment media has found a new distraction to keep them from talking about Bernie Sanders and his surging issue-based campaign, which now has an army of 200,000 volunteers. The distraction is California’s Gov. Jerry Brown, who has given absolutely no sign of interest in running—in fact, he ruled it out in January 2014. He’s also 77, and would easily be the oldest president ever elected, if he were to change his mind, run and win. But Michael Kinsley at Vanity Fair and Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post have both written pieces pushing for Brown to...

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POLITICAL FRAUDS AND THE GHOST OF TOTALITARIANISM...

Sep 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout     Donald Trump. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0) This piece first appeared at Truthout. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the author. In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Trump’s popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgment rather than titillation. Marie Luise Knott is right in noting, “We live our lives with the help of the concepts we form of the world. They enable an author to make the...

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‘THIS IS THE END’: LEFTWING PACIFICA RADIO AFFILIATES ENTER PROTRACTED DEATH SPIRAL...

Sep 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] ‘ Veteran broadcasters accuse the board of promoting bizarre conspiracy theories as network puts pressure on staff to reduce their hours and pay Close up of radio microphone Ian Masters said KPFK has frittered away its credibility with ‘discount versions of Radio Havana’. Photograph: Tetra Images/Corbis Rory Carroll in Los Angeles  the guardian   Feuding and ideological extremism have driven some of the US’s flagship leftwing radio stations to the brink of collapse, according to two veteran broadcasters. Ian Masters and Sonali Kolhatkar, hosts of the Los Angeles-based KPFK, said its parent network Pacifica Radio, the country’s oldest public radio network, was putting pressure on staff to reduce their hours and pay, leave or work for free, alienating listeners and approaching a point of no return. “This is the end. They’re running out...

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THE STORY OF ‘ZERO DARK THIRTY’ FILMMAKERS AND THE CIA JUST GOT CREEPIER...

Sep 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  TRUTHDIG   Actress Jessica Chastain broods in her Ray-Bans in this still from “Zero Dark Thirty.” (IMDb) The Oscar-winning film “Zero Dark Thirty” became a prestigious awards vehicle for its co-creators, journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. It also became a source of controversy for making the cinematic suggestion that torture got the U.S. somewhere in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Now, as VICE News reported Wednesday, critics have even more reason to look askance at the 2012 big-screen production, particularly because of the uncomfortably close relationship between Boal, Bigelow and U.S. intelligence operatives: The previously undisclosed detail about Boal’s phone call to the CIA was included in more than 100 pages of internal CIA documents obtained exclusively by VICE News in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit....

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NEO-NAZI WHITE SUPREMACISTS TERRORIZE & TAKEOVER SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA – RESIDENTS FIGHT BACK...

Sep 8, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Leslie Salzillo  DAILY KOS In June of 2104, I published a piece about the making of a documentary called, Welcome To Leith. The film is about an actual white supremacist attack on the small town of Leith, North Dakota. The film’s directors, Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, recently contacted me and told me that the Daily Kos community, Liberals Unite (where the article was cross-posted) and the many who embraced and shared the article throughout social media, helped raise the Kickstarter funds needed to complete this film. Many thanks to all who contributed in bringing this film to light. The documentary will premiere in New York City, Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at the IFC/Independent Film Center. Sundance featured the film in 2015. Here are the directors discussing Welcome To Leith...

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Bernie Bias: The Mainstream Media Undermines Sanders at Every Turn...

Sep 3, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The pattern is to ignore, downplay and mischaracterize Sanders’ positions. By Rima Regas / AlterNet   Photo Credit: via Sanders campaign Who knew, when Bernie Sanders announced a run in the Democratic primary, that not only would he meet with hostility from his main opponent’s chief surrogates, but that the media would acquiesce and even collude to such a great degree? When analyzing the quantity and content of the vast majority of what is said and written about Sanders, his campaign platform, and appearances, one finds a running theme across the so-called liberal media. The New York Times has been called out by more than one analyst, myself included, for its complete lack of serious coverage of Bernie Sanders. Since joining the staff at the New York Times, Maggie Haberman has written about Sanders on...

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PUBLIC HOUSING: THE MYTH, THE FACTS, THE HBO SHOW...

Sep 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The U.S. National Archives By Natalie Y. Moore GRIST HBO’s Show Me a Hero, which ended last night, cuts right to the stereotypes about public housing: It breeds crime and hatred toward the police, tenants don’t want anything better in their lives, surrounding property values go down. The six-part miniseries is based on a true story. In the 1980s, a court mandated that the city of Yonkers, N.Y., build public housing units in predominantly white neighborhoods. On the show, we see white residents and politicians vocally — and sometimes violently — oppose the judge’s decision. Housing poor black and brown people is fine as long as it’s in segregated ghettos. White neighbors use code words to mask their fears — until episode four, when someone finally clearly expresses the underlying sentiments by scrawling “nigger”...

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THE BIGGEST SCANDAL IN U.S. HISTORY THAT WE’RE STILL NOT TALKING ABOUT...

Aug 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by mtosnerFollow  DAILY KOS Tweet 289 Comments / 289 New The above is roughly what 8.5 Trillion dollars would look like… and those are $100 bills.    Take another look and let that sink in for a bit…   I find it absolutely astonishing that the pentagon could lose track of this much money and for there to be no MSM coverage of this scandalous amount of mismanagement and fraud.  Where is the demand for accountability?  Why is the first question to ANY candidate for president not “What would you do about the massive fraud and waste at the Pentagon?”  Where are the hearings, nay indictments, that are warranted when a sum equal to  1/2 of our national debt can be sent to the pentagon to never be accounted for.  More below. We...

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THIS SCI-FI NOVEL’S POST-APOCALYPTIC FUTURE COULD BECOME REALITY ALL TOO SOON...

Aug 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari Phillips CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: flickr/ Vibin JK   Our future selves are all characters in New York Times best-selling author Paolo Bacigalupi’s penetrating and environmentally driven sci-fi novel, The Water Knife, published by Knopf in May and an Amazon Best Book of June 2015. Note to future selves: don’t move to Phoenix. Why not? In the future Phoenix is even hotter, drier, and dustier than it already is. Also it is overrun by migrants from Texas — a state that has been left out to dry, literally, after prayers for rain fell on deaf ears — and hordes of others from across the West hoping to make it to the land of plenty, California, or of at least some, Nevada. Known as “Merry Perrys” after former-governor Rick Perry and his happy-go-lucky...

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WHY SHADE BALLS AREN’T SUCH A GOOD IDEA AFTER ALL...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Council member Mitch Englander and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti along with LADWP workers releasing shade balls into the LA Reservoir    Los Angeles Department of Power and Water By Katie Herzog GRIST Here’s how the news works circa 2015: A story gets reported, usually by journalists for major media outlets like the Associated Press or The New York Times. Then, when it starts to get traction on social media and shows up in your Twitter feed or your Facebook, the aggregators jump on it. Aggregators are human vultures with lots of student loan debt who put their own particular spin on someone else’s story by turning it into a listicle or writing a clever reaction piece or reducing a 3,000-word feature into a meme. I am one of those vultures — ripping the meat out of stories and regurgitating them here...

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The TV Segment That Lays Bare Everything That’s Wrong with Corporate Media Today...

Aug 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Media Softballs for Amazon’s PR rep, superficial questions, and a former WH press secretary: this segment has it all. By Adam Johnson / AlterNet The New York Times published a somewhat scathing survey of Amazon’s corporate culture Sunday that quickly went viral, becoming the Times’ most shared story over the past 36 hours. The piece, written by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, dug deep into Amazon’s hyper-competitive culture and highlighted its more abusive and dehumanizing extremes. Some of the worst offenses are a lack of paternity leave, people sobbing at their desk, a “snitch” app that lets employees anonymously tattle on their colleagues, and a culture one former HR director called “purposeful Darwinism.” But worry not, CBS News is here to the rescue. After reading a press release by Amazon, the three CBS This Morning...

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JON STEWART BLEW LAST CHANCE TO ASK OBAMA A QUESTION...

Jul 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]     By David Swanson  WORLD BEYOND WAR.ORG http://davidswanson.org/node/4841 Jon Stewart interviewed President Obama for the last time and told jokes instead of asking questions. If Stewart retires, where will we find someone willing to let Obama spew nonsense at such length unchallenged? I discussed Obama’s interview on RT on Wednesday, and someone asked me to post the Youtube, but RT has to do that, not me. So here’s the gist of what I think. Stewart said to Obama: you’ve tried bombing and overthrowing leaders and arming rebels and … what’s that new thing … oh yeah, diplomacy. Everybody laughed. Obama talked up the Iran deal. Stewart should have asked Obama a question, such as, “If you prefer diplomacy in this case, why not in many other cases where you seem to prefer...

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart: The Way the World’s Going, a Nuclear Iran’s Gonna Be the Least of Our Problems...

Jul 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   In an inspired rant, the “Daily Show” host explains why climate change, consumerism, Ebola and other such concerns are far more pressing than whether Iran will become a nuclear power in 10 to 15 years, as some conservatives allege. —Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata...

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BREATHTAKING PHOTOS OF THE HUMAN SPECIES...

Jul 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Gwennedd   DAILY KOS I’ll offer these 21 incredible photos of people from all over the world with little commentary. Words would diminish their import. I will say this: some are happy and some are sad…. and they are all very ALIVE. “Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.” ― Yasunari Kawabata The collection of photos are from Higher Perspective: http://higherperspective.com/… There are more photos at the site. “I’M FED UP TO THE EARS WITH OLD MEN DREAMING UP WARS FOR YOUNG MEN TO DIE IN.” A BOY RESCUES HIS SISTER FROM UNDERNEATH THE RUBBLE OF THEIR HOME IN SYRIA Hosam Katan / Reuters TOSHIMANA, AN...

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MICHAEL MOORE NAILS EVERY RACIST, WAR-MONGERING, PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN, RW GUN EXTREMIST...

Jun 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Leslie Salzillo DAILY KOS attribution: None Specified Filmmaker, director, writer, and Liberal activist, Michael Moore took to his Twitter page last week to give his thoughts on the Charleston shooting. The acclaimed filmmaker of the award-winning anti-gun violence documentary, Bowling For Columbine, tweeted a sentence that put the full scope of Right Wing extremism into its proper place of chronic, historical hypocrisy. He’s one of the most outspoken activists in America, and most people either love Michael Moore, or they hate him. He’s brash, brave, compassionate, intelligent, poignant, and funny, so it’s easy to see why many Republicans despise him. (They hate humor.) Moore is also a Daily Kos contributor and has been posting on the site since 2004. His profile and articles can be found: HERE. My respect and admiration for...

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