American Sniper: anti-Muslim threats skyrocket in wake of film's release
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee writes to Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood requesting action as threat complaints triple
By Nicky Woolf | The Guardian
SniperAmerican Sniper continues to draw record-breaking audiences as it barrels into its second weekend in wide release, but a group representing Arab-Americans says the rate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats resulting from the Oscar-nominated war film has already tripled.

Citing what an executive for the group told the Guardian was a “drastic increase” in hate speech on social media, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee wrote letters this week to actor Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood to ask them to speak out “in an effort to help reduce the hateful rhetoric”.  Read More
Requiem for a Golf Course
by Fred Altvater | B9R Lessons
EntranceThe Golf economy today is a mixed bag, while some areas of the golf business are very strong, other parts are suffering.

Part of the reason is that young people do not seem to be taking to the game as the older generation did. With the variety of activities available to the X and Y Generations, other sports seem to be more attractive.

A slow walk around a golf course can’t compete with mountain biking or zip-lines. Read More
Angry right’s secret playbook: How it uses a good story to peddle an agenda America hates
I'm a former right-winger and I know the playbook. Here's why liberals have to learn to talk big — and play dirty
By Edwin Lyngar | Salon
  If Jerry Falwell had an enema (after he died), he could have been buried in a matchbox.
           – Christopher Hitchens
FoxersThis recent midterm election was my first real setback since I became a committed liberal (after years on the other side), and what I don’t understand is why so many well-meaning liberals refuse to fight dirty. Sure, some Democratic politicians “sling mud,” but the “professional left” (as they are often derisively called) spend too much time debating the exactitude of certain issues and not enough time shutting down the bad ideas of the opposition. It might speak well to one’s character, but it’s an ineffective way to do battle. There is a place for self-examination, but it’s not on the battlefield. Sometimes the proper reaction to cruelty or stupid ideas is disgust or even a well-timed insult. For many on the left this art is sadly as dead as the late hero of mine quoted above. Read More
That FL CEO Who Said He'd FIRE Everyone if Obama Elected? Guess What Happened...
By SemDem | Daily Kos
Da Boss"The Queen of Versailles" was a film documentary based on the sleazy time-share mogul, David Siegel, and his wife, Jackie. David had major financial troubles following Bush's 2008 economic crises. He even had to stop work on his private home, dubbed "Versailles", which was to be the largest home in the U.S. Poor guy. Read More
Friends Don't Let Friends Walk Drunk
It's way more dangerous than you think.
By Maddie Oatman | Mother Jones
d-walkThe champagne's been flowing since noon. You did the 12 grapes at midnight thing, danced to the requisite amount of Beyoncé, and it's time to collapse. Car keys are off-limits, obviously, but you've heard all those Uber holiday pricing horror stories, and the train is bound to be a sweaty shit show. What's more festive than weaving one's merry way home from a New Year's party, right?

Not so fast. It turns out New Year's Day is the deadliest day to hoof it home, according to a 2005 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that looked at every pedestrian death from traffic collisions between 1986 and 2002. Nearly half of the fatal accidents that occurred on a January 1 took place between midnight and 6 a.m. And on an even more sobering note, 58 percent of pedestrians who died that day were legally drunk, according to their blood alcohol levels at time of death. Read More
9/11′s funding mystery solved? Why Moussaoui is suddenly offering new info
Convicted Al Qaeda conspirator dangles new details on 9/11 plot -- but can he actually be trusted?
By Phil Hirschkorn | Salon
terroristWhen it comes to al Qaeda-trained soldier Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person the United States has convicted for the September 11th terrorist attacks, a reality check is tricky.

From his offbeat and offensive behavior in court to his lengthy rants in handwritten motions he filed while representing himself for a time, Moussaoui has displayed a consistent volatility. He was, to quote remarks at sentencing by his trial judge, Leonie Brinkema, “an absolutely impossible defendant.”

Then there was his bizarre trial testimony, when Moussaoui asserted al Qaeda had tapped him to fly a fifth plane on 9/11 into the White House. One of his defense attorneys, Edward MacMahon, told jurors that testimony was “a tall tale, a whopper.”  Read More
Inside the ESPN Empire
An exit interview with ombudsman Robert Lipsyte.
By Chris Laskowski | Slate
When ESPN named legendary sports journalist Robert Lipsyte its ombudsman in April 2013, the decision was cheered by Deadspin, the Worldwide Leader’s chief antagonist. Calling on Lipsyte was a surprising decision for ESPN, whose broadcasting entanglements with sports leagues mean that turning athletes into heroes is sort of the company’s business model. The former New York Times columnist, by contrast, made his name by straying from the pack of sportswriters he charged with “godding up” sports stars. Read More
White America’s moral disaster: From Eric Garner to Mike Brown, a destructive view of “justice”
Eric Garner is just one example of black life devalued. Here's how white victimization is tearing the nation apart
By Heather Digby Parton | Salon
devaluedRecently a New York police officer named Daniel Pantoleo who was videotaped killing a man named Eric Garner using an unauthorized choke hold was found by a grand jury to have been justified in his actions. No charges will be filed. Garner was unarmed and his suspected crime was selling single cigarettes on the sidewalk. He never threatened the officers. His mistake, apparently, was in not realizing that failing to instantly capitulate in an appropriately servile manner would result in summary execution. He did not get a chance to live and learn. Read More
The Anti-Obamacare FAQ
Everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law.
By Reihan Salam | Slate
ACA HugThough the Affordable Care Act passed into law in 2010, conservatives continue to fight it at every opportunity: in the courts, in state legislatures, and in Congress. It’s a safe bet that as the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination kicks off, a cavalcade of Republican hopefuls will torment innocent Iowans with tales of how they’ve fought Obamacare in the past and why they’re the ones who can finally drive a stake through its heart. But if you don’t read the conservative press, you might have no idea why those of us on the right side of the political spectrum are so worked up about Obamacare. To promote cross-ideological understanding, I’ve prepared this little FAQ. Read More
Law In The Raw
The court's Obamacare disaster
By Linda Greenhouse | The New York Times
Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated. “This is Bush v. Gore all over again,” one friend said as we struggled to absorb the news last Friday afternoon. “No,” I replied. “It’s worse.” Read More
We have been stupefied
As the Republicans take the Senate, these four reasons explain why the republic is in serious, serious trouble
By Jim Sleeper | Salon
Warren and assholeThe American republic didn’t end this week because conservative Republicans captured the Senate. Conservative Republicans captured the Senate because the republic has been ending, as liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans surf four predatory new asymmetries in our national life – in security, in speech, in investment, and in consumer marketing. These immense imbalances of power are submerging the elections, delegitimizing the liberal capitalist republic that promised to give security, speech, investment, and marketing deeply different meanings and consequences than the ones they’ve acquired. Read More
Ten Facts You May Not Know About The Federal Budget
The fiscal year for 2014 ended on September 30th. With the release of the end-of-year totals for fiscal year 2014, below are 10 facts you may not know about the federal budget.
By Senate Budget Committee; Patty Murray, Chairman
1) Overall federal spending has been flat for five straight years, for the first time since the end of World War II.

When measured in simple, raw dollars, spending has historically risen year to year. This is not surprising given that the size of the population and the cost of living (inflation) both increase from year to year. However, from 2009 to 2014, spending was largely unchanged at $3.5 trillion per year. The last time spending did not rise over a five year period, even in nominal dollars, was during the post-World War II phase down from 1946 to 1951. Read More
Windows 10
the OS for gullible people
By Jason Taylor | lairdslair
Deal!As everyone knows, Microsoft says they are skipping Windows 9. The reason they are skipping is because Windows 8 really sucks and Microsoft wants to weaken the direct link and connection between Windows 8 and Windows 10, so more people are tricked into trying Windows 10.  Read More
Much ado about our SS
By Jason Taylor | lairdslair
After a week of testimony before congress regarding what do to about all the break ins and the resignation of Secret Service director Julie Pierson , the decision was made by Congress to have a member of the Secret Service drive to Home Depot and purchase a lock.  Read More
What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
What are we seeing here? Fun answer: No one knows.
By Phil Plait | Slate
One of the biggest discoveries made by the Cassini spacecraft is that Titan — the mammoth moon of Saturn — has lakes of liquid methane and ethane on its surface. Radar maps of the surface of Titan confirmed that the north pole is dotted with them, and combined cover far more of the surface of that moon than the Great Lakes do the Earth. Read More
Study: Water contamination in frack-happy Texas and Pennslyvania is anything but natural
Drillers and regulators have to do more to make fracking safe, a new study finds
By Lindsay Abrams | Salon
Natural gas drilling is responsible for contaminating drinking water in Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. The direct cause is methane leaking from natural gas wells. But make no mistake: This is a fracking problem. Read More
The Problem with this World is Clear....
..upon reviewing the following hyperlink.
By Jason Taylor | lairdslair
Wrong?You know how you get an email about an article you want to read? So you click on the hyperlink. So far so good. Then, a page opens up, and the article is there, somewhere on the page. Just scroll down past a few hundred ads or so and, ahh, there it is. What’s that to the side? Some sexy little short easy to read teaser story screaming for my attention? Oh it will only take a second.

Often these side articles are just top 10/20 “articles” with 10/20 pictures and a few words. Read More
Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer—and It’s Totally Backfiring
By Tom Philpott | Mother Jones
Little BudInBev and MillerCoors loom over the US beer landscape like…well, like one of those monstrous inflatable Bud Light bottles that spring up at certain football tailgate parties and outdoor concerts. Together, the two global giants own nearly 80 percent of the US beer market. InBev alone, corporate owner of Budweiser, spends a staggering $449 million on US advertising.

But also like those vast blow-up beer bottles, their presence is not-so-faintly ridiculous and always teetering. The industry's signature light beers are suffering a "slow, watery death," BusinessWeek recently reported, their sales declining steadily. Read More
Texas gun nuts’ scary ritual: How hatred of a president turned profane
The "open carry" crew is now spouting right-wing conspiracy theories and waving guns in the worst place imaginable
By Heather Digby Parton | Salon
Treason flierAlthough I do not consider myself an ‘alarmist’, I do fervently hope that President Kennedy can be dissuaded from appearing in the city of Dallas, Texas as much as I would enjoy hearing and seeing him.

This ‘hoodlum mob’ in Dallas is frenzied and infuriated that their attack on Ambassador Adlai Stephenson on the 24th, backfired on them. I have heard that some of them have said they “have just started.”

No number of policemen, plainclothes men or militia can control the “air” Mr Salinger — it is a dreadful thought but all remember the fate of President McKinley.

These people are crazy, or crazed, and I’m sure that we must realize that their actions in the future are unpredictable.

Unfortunately, her prediction wasn’t alarmist enough as it turned out.  Read More
Gun Nuts Are Terrorizing America: The Watershed Moment Everyone Missed
From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to "open carry" movement's menace, the left's timidity has spawned a nightmare.
By Rick Perlstein | Alternet
Here is a truth so fundamental that it should be self-evident: When legitimately constituted stateCrazy! authority stands down in the face of armed threats, the very foundation of the republic is in danger. And yet that is exactly what happened at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch this spring: An alleged criminal defeated the cops, because the forces of lawlessness came at them with guns — then Bureau of Land Management officials further surrendered by removing the government markings from their vehicles to prevent violence against them.

What should be judged a watershed in American history instead became a story about one man’s racist rants. Even as two more Nevada lunatics, inspired by their stint at Cliven Bundy’s ranch, allegedly ambushed and mowed down two police officers and killed a bystander after crying, “This is the start of a revolution.” And now, an antigovernment conspiracy theorist named Douglas Cole recently shot at two police officers in Nevada County, California (though you may not have heard about that, because the New York Times hasn’t found the news yet fit to print). Read More
How the Iraq War Launched the Modern Era of Political BS
Factual divides over whether Iraq had WMDs, and whether Saddam was working with Osama, set the stage for today's battles over reality.
By Chris Mooney | Mother Jones
Our HerosThat queasy sensation of déjà vu you're experiencing is understandable. With Iraq back in the news, and Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol on TV sounding off about the situation, there's every reason to worry that a new wave of misinformation is on the way.

There is no debate that the Iraq war was sold to the American public with a collection of claims that ended up being proved false. Iraq was said to have weapons of mass destruction, but this wasn't the case. Advocates for the war insinuated that Saddam Hussein was colluding with Al Qaeda and was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks. That, too, was false. Read More
Why Is Cable Television So Afraid of Admitting That Many of America's Terror Attacks Are 'Right Wing?'
CNN has been afraid calling a major social threat by its real name.
BY C.J. WERLEMAN | Alternet
CNN CableIn the aftermath of the deadly Las Vegas shooting rampage, which left two police officers, a shopper, and the shooters dead, one can expect all the usual talking points that follow an all too regular and familiar massacre – mental health, access to guns, the killer’s motives, and so forth. But here’s another one: the intellectual cowardice of cable news giant CNN, when it comes to reporting right wing terrorism. Read More
Liberal fascism is everywhere: Behold its shocking rise!
With helpless victims like media conglomerates, the appalling pandemic of left-wingers brutally criticizing people
Fascist! Liberal fascism is alive and well, and seemingly everywhere one looks these days. Not since the dark days of Stalin’s purges have so many so-called progressives exercised so much violent aggression against their enemies. It is indeed a dark time to be considered an enemy of the left-liberal alliance, as so many recent victims can attest.

First, a bunch of Twitter users got mad at Stephen Colbert, leading to Comedy Central agreeing to end his show — forever. Regardless of the merit of the anti-Colbert complaint, it was chilling to see free speech trampled upon as a gaggle of vaguely organized people on Twitter successfully browbeat a massive media conglomerate into sort of apologizing for a joke. Read More
This Fish Crawled Out of the Water…and Into Creationists' Nightmares
Some 375 million years ago, Tiktaalik emerged onto land. Today, explains paleontologist Neil Shubin, we're all walking around in modified fish bodies.
BY CHRIS MOONEY | Mother Jones
We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian "ichthys" symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, you know, legs. Har har. Read More
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
BY NAFEEZ AHMED | The Guardian
TerraA new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history." Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common."  Read More
Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us."
-Abraham Lincoln, addressing the Southern people in his Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork.
- Mark Twain
Don't forget - it's all Obama's fault.
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Lead, follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

It's not 1955 anymore and it never will be again. Get your heads out of the sand and let's move forward!
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“This guy’s clearly a complete idiot”: How Fox News became a laughingstock in Paris
Fox News’ journalistic sins may be serious – but here in Paris, the network has become the butt of a huge joke
By Bruce Gain | Salon
No, don't go! While much attention has been paid stateside to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s public threat to sue Fox News this week, less focus has been given to the network’s ridiculous behavior that prompted the call to begin with.

But here in Paris, Fox’s claims of the existence of Islamist-run “no-go zones,” here and in other areas in Europe, have been lampooned with relish.

Reeling in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris-based newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market, the French equivalent of the David Letterman show, “Le Petit Journal,” managed to convey some much-needed comic relief to a national prime-time TV audience in France where much of the country grieved. Read More
Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction?
By Caroline Williams | The Guardian
Down in the dumpsBarely a week goes by without a celebrity “opening up” about their “battle with depression”. This, apparently, is a brave thing to do because, despite all efforts to get rid of the stigma around depression, it is still seen as some kind of mental and emotional weakness.

But what if was nothing of the sort? What if it was a physical illness that just happens to make people feel pretty lousy? Would that make it less of a big deal to admit to? Could it even put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that depression is all in the mind? Read More
The truth about the New Republic: Kinsley, Krauthammer, Oliver North and a liberal magazine’s demented war on liberalism
TNR spent the '80s in bed with Reagan and Ollie North, backing tax cuts, proxy wars -- and screwing liberalism hard
By Eric Alterman | Salon
Reagan and his boys“I don’t know if any of you have heard of a magazine called the New Republic,” said then-Treasury Secretary Donald Regan to an assembled group of reporters in early 1985, but, as he soon made clear, this hallowed home of historic heartbleeders, this perfidious parlor of pointyheaded pinkos, this effete embankment of Eastern Establishment elitism, had just “endorsed” Ronald Reagan’s tax reform plan. What a victory for common sense.  Read More
Rula Jebreal: Why America is losing the war on terror — and the Islam debate is so flawed
Leading journo explains why killing Osama didn't end the war -- and why Bill Maher & co. get Islam wrong
By Rula Jebreal | Salon
Rula JebrealAmerica is losing the longest war in its history. An enemy that had comprised a couple of hundred desperate men hiding in caves in eastern Afghanistan when the “war on terror” got underway following the 9/11 attacks is incarnated today as 20,000 fighting men in the Islamic State movement. And far from hiding in caves, ISIS has brazenly raised its black flag over vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq – countries that, in 2001, had been two of the most secular societies in the Middle East. Read More
Vinyl Sales Continue To Surge Worldwide Following Seemingly Impending Death
Vinyl records are on the rise and will most likely continue their surge
By Ryan Kristobak | The Huffington Post
While debates surrounding music streaming services, online downloads, physical purchases and torrents have been raging the past couple years, vinyl has been making a comeback in a big way. Read More
The right’s sham Christianity: How an attack on John Kasich exposes the fraud
Ohio's GOP governor was the darling of the right -- until he sought to help poor people, in the name of Christ
By Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig | Salon
Johnny KCould Republican Gov. John Kasich run for president? According to the Washington Post, he’s poised to, and he certainly seems to be among the better options out there, with the other obvious choices either clearly deranged (Ted Cruz) or totally uninterested (Mitt Romney). But conservatives have not been roundly pleased with Kasich, in part because he is evidently something of a committed Christian.

Last year, Kasich fought doggedly to expand Medicaid coverage in Ohio, extending healthcare to some 275,000 poor people. When queried as to why a conservative would push for expanded coverage, Kasich explained his reasoning thus:    Read More
"There are no silver bullets”: Humanity’s incredible run of luck might be coming to an end
Humans have overcome plenty of natural crises before, Ruth DeFries tells Salon. Will we be able to do so again?
By Lindsay Abrams | Salon
PolluteHere’s the long view of human history, as Ruth DeFries sees it: An ingenious species, we keep finding new ways to “hijack nature” and better feed ourselves. Each newfound system for producing food is a game changer, allowing our numbers to grow, only to be halted in our upward trajectory by some new problem that we must innovate our way out of again. Europe adopts the potato, people live longer and have more children, then the Great Irish Famine hits. A million people die, but humanity perseveres, developing new potato varieties and agriculture practices that keep the blight from causing another disaster. Read More
Government Cafeteria Security
This weekend there was an article in the Washington Post stating that there is a shortage of cooks in government cafeterias.
By Jason Taylor | lairdslair
Food maybe?Why? Allegedly, the reason is because of a need to pass a bunch of security restrictions in a “post-Snowden world.”

In the first place, the need for privacy and security has nothing to do with Snowden. They are just making him the fall guy here. Read More
We, the People Are Violent and Filled with Rage: A Nation Spinning Apart
School shootings, hatred, capitalism run amok: This 4th of July weekend, we are in the midst of a tragic public derangement.
By Jim Sleeper | Salon
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard ’round the world.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Concord Hymn,” 1837

What?For centuries most Americans have believed that “the shot heard ’round the world” in 1775 from Concord, Massachusetts, heralded the Enlightenment’s entry into history. Early observers of America such as G.W.F. Hegel, Edward Gibbon and Edmund Burke believed that, too. A new kind of republican citizen was rising, amid and against adherents of theocracy, divine-right monarchy, aristocracy and mercantilism. Republican citizens were quickening humanity’s stride toward horizons radiant with promises never before held and shared as widely as they were in America.  Read More
Rise of a right-wing quack
David Barton -- Glenn Beck's favorite "historian" -- is a discredited fraud. Which makes his new ascent terrifying
By Heather Digby Parton | Salon
Pea brainBack when Glenn Beck was one of the most admired men in America and Fox News’ No. 1 celebrity, he introduced to the nation at large a “historian,” well known among the Christian right, by the name of David Barton, who claims to have documentary evidence that the founders based the Constitution explicitly on the Bible. Beck often referred to a group known as the “black-robed regiment,” which was composed of priests and clergy who were revolutionary sympathizers, comparing today’s conservative preachers to what he implied were clergymen-soldiers in the secular liberal war on the Constitution. Read More
Wingnuts’ sheltered fantasy: This is the far right’s scary myopic vision
Extreme conservatives don't just have dangerous views -- they have a plan to ensure they never see liberals again
WingnuttersA recent survey of 10,000 Americans from Pew Research Center for the People and the Press was ostensibly designed to provide proof of the increased polarization of our country. (Spoiler alert: “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.”)  Read More
Activists began campaigning to change the understanding of the 2nd Amendment in the late 20th century
BY LARRY LAIRD | lairdslair
One of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat theMy Right word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I’ve ever seen in my life time. The real purpose of the Second was to ensure that state armies—the militias—would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.”
---- Chief Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger

Justice Burger said in no uncertain terms, before gun lobbyists and activists began campaigning to change the understanding of the 2nd Amendment in the late 20th century, nobody considered it to be an individual right.

In 2008, the right wing contingent on the most recent Supreme Court (the same people who said that corporations are people) decided to throw away centuries of juris prudence and extend the 2ndAmendment as an individual protection for gun owners’ right to bear arms. During the case, United States v. Emerson, the Supreme Court decided that the 2nd Amendment is not a collective protection for gun ownership in militias, but rather a protection for individuals to own and operate weapons. This decision flies in the face of centuries of settled law and, like Citizens United v. FEC is just another case where right wing extremist wearing robes have perverted our country’s longstanding understanding of our laws.”
Misinformed USA: Why average Americans vote for Republicans
By Robert Sobel | Orlando Liberal Examiner
God NO!One can only wonder why average working class Americans would vote for a party that is so obvious in their bias towards the wealthy. It would make sense that someone in the top 1 percent of the income bracket would vote for the Republican party since they have the wealthiest American's best interest at heart. You could even make the case that highly religious Christians would vote for Republicans even though, at times, they vote against their own best economic interests. So the question remains, while scratching your head, why do working class Americans vote for Republican candidates? Read More
NRA finally meets its match: Why Richard Martinez should have them shaking
NRA's trick is to silence critics by claiming politics disrespects victims. But Richard Martinez can't be silenced
Richard Martinez’s son Christopher was among the six college students murdered this weekend in Isla Vista, California. It’s impossible to fathom the grief that Martinez must be experiencing right now, and the simple fact that he is upright and mobile is an act of tremendous courage. Which is precisely what makes everything else that he has done in the days since he lost his son all the more astounding. Read More
Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality
Verdict: Consumers are the losers.
BY GERRY SMITH | Huffington Post
It may be the end of the Internet as we know it.The end

That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally. Read More
US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study
In America, money talks... and democracy dies under its crushing weight.
BY ERIC ZUESSSE | Common Dreams
A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of theWho rules? academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, "Who governs? Who really rules?"  Read More
Pennsylvania fails to report water contamination from fracking
It's the "practice" of the state DEP not to say anything when private wells are polluted
If you live in Pennsylvania and would like to be informed of when and where fracking leaks are contaminating the groundwater, well, good luck. The Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t bother to inform the public, or make any record at all, when those violations affect private water wells. Read More
I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria
Old white people are drowning in despair and rage. Here's how my father lost his mind -- thanks to his cable diet
Faux NewsOld, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House. Read More
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