Liberal fascism is everywhere: Behold its shocking rise!
With helpless victims like media conglomerates, the appalling pandemic of left-wingers brutally criticizing people
BY ALEX PAREENE | Salon
 
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
 
A Revolution Marches on Its Stomach
Which governments are most likely to be toppled when hungry people riot?
BY JOSHUA KEATING | Slate
People may vote with their pocketbooks, but more often than not, they revolt with their bellies. If you want to predict where political instability, revolution, coups d’etat, or interstate warfare will occur, the best factor to keep an eye on is not GDP, the human development index, or energy prices. Read More
 
5 reasons why anxiety is so hard to manage (and what you can do to cope)
If we aren't careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control
BY MELANIE GREENBERG | ALTERNET
 
AnxiousHave you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid of negative emotions is so easy, why is it that more than 21 million children and adults get diagnosed with depression each year and that depression is the leading cause of disability for adults age 15-44? Why is it that 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder? The truth is we can’t just get rid of negative emotions whenever we feel like it. Sometimes we can distract ourselves or think more positively, but at other times the emotions grab hold of us and cling on. 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
 
Ohio Early Voting Will No Longer Take Place On Sundays, Weekday Evenings
BY PAIGE LAVENDER | The Huffington Post
 
Jon HustedOhio voters will no longer be able to take part in early voting on Sundays or weekday nights, according to hours set by Secretary of State Jon Husted.

The AP reports voters will only get two Saturdays to cast early, in-person ballots during the statewide election this fall.

In a release on the "fair and uniform voting hours," Husted explained the goal of cutting back on opportunities for early voting.

“In 2014, absentee voters will have the option of voting in person for four weeks, or they can vote without ever leaving home by completing the absentee ballot request form we will be sending all voters,” Husted said. “Our goal is to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the voting process no matter which method they choose.”

The cuts to early voting hours could negatively impact African-Americans and voters who take part in "Souls to the Polls" drives after church on the Sundays leading up to Election Day, MSNBC reports:

There’s little doubt that cuts to early voting target blacks disproportionately. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.

“By completely eliminating Sundays from the early voting schedule, Secretary Husted has effectively quashed successful Souls to the Polls programs that brought voters directly form church to early voting sites,” said Mike Brickner, a spokesman for the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, in an email.

On the Sunday ahead of the 2012 elections, voters faced extremely long lines at polling locations in Ohio. That year, early voting in the state had been reduced from the five weekends before the election to only the weekend right before Election Day.

I see that our esteemed Republican administration is again up to it's discriminatory tricks. "If you can't beat them, fuck 'em I guess."  
 
Gabrielle Giffords op-ed: ‘We’re not daunted’
On the third anniversary of the shooting that left six dead and that critically wounded her, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has written an op-ed appearing in The New York Times encouraging persistence in the fight for gun control reform.
 
“Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined,” Giffords writes.

Giffords compares her recovery and struggles to the disappointment she said she and her husband, Mark Kelly, felt after the Senate failed to pass a
Gabby GiffordsGabby Giffords in her hospital bed soon after her shooting three years ago.
background check law following the Sandy Hook school shooting. Nevertheless, Giffords writes, their efforts will prevail.

We’re not daunted. We know that the gun lobby, which makes money by preventing sensible change, relies on dramatic disappointments to wound us, reduce our power, push us back on our heels,” she writes.

Giffords also discloses for the first time that she has gained new movement in her right arm, a feat that she hadn’t thought would be possible three years ago.

Giffords acknowledges that a single piece of legislation isn’t enough to tackle gun violence, but she calls for recruiting more allies and voters, and supporting candidates in elections to pass multiple measures, including making gun trafficking a serious crime, preventing domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns, and extending mental health services.

“We will fight for every inch, because that means saving lives. I’ve seen grit overcome paralysis. My resolution today is that Congress achieve the same,” the former congresswoman writes.
 
Why Does Vinyl Sound Better Than CD?
BY NICK LEWIS | noiseaddicts.com
 
turntableVinyl discs wear out over time. They scratch easily. They crackle. They can’t reproduce frequencies as low or as high as CDs can. They have a much higher noise floor than CDs, offering both a reduced dynamic range and noisier recordings.

So why do I still listen to most of my music at home on vinyl? Read More
 
Vinyl's sonic perfection finds new fans in digital age
The 12-inch record is getting a new go-around and a surge in sales, part of a renewed appreciation of high-quality sound.
BY MARCO DELLA CAVA, | USA TODAY
 
 SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — If you don't believe in time machines, stepVinyl inside the offices of Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. Today it's Jan. 30, 1979, and Rickie Lee Jones is cutting her debut album's single, Chuck E's in Love.

"Just listen to that," says mastering engineer Shawn Britton as the original analog tape of Jones' 34-year-old studio session fills the equipment-packed room with the singer's lush sighs. "It's what music is really all about." 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
 
 
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
 
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
 
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
BY LINDSAY ABRAMS | Salon
 
Failure!!
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
 
The Vinyl Anachronist
Finding Nirvana--Interview with Dave Archambault of Vinyl Nirvana
BY MARC PHILLIPS | Perfect Sound Forever
 
I've mused in the past about getting off the audioAR XA small merry-go-round, about buying that last audio system I will ever buy in my life and then retiring to the countryside where I'll spend the rest of my golden years listening to RCA Shaded Dog LP's, UHQRs and Three Blind Mice LP's--the original pressings, of course. In the vision I have for that last system, my analog source is usually a gorgeously rebuilt vintage turntable such as a Garrard 301 or a Thorens TD-124 or a Lenco. It looks like the day it rolled off the assembly line, except for the fact that it's been dropped into some giant wooden plinth that's made out of some exotic wood with a name like bubinga or wenge or padauk. 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
BY EDWIN LYNGAR | Salon
 
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
 
More Than Money: Put People And The Planet Alongside Profits
BY RICHARD BRANSON | The World Post
 
LONDON -- Ever since I took my first steps as an entrepreneur moreBranson than four decades ago, I have been motivated by the question of what business can do to make people's lives better. Coming up with an answer isn't always easy, and for most entrepreneurs, success follows a good amount of trial, error, and failure. One important source of inspiration is to look ahead at this world a decade or two from now. What kind of future do we envisage and what kind of products and services would we like to see? What are the roadblocks along the way?  Read More
 
Inside the right-wing love affair with conspiracy theories
There's a reason Benghazi hysteria just won't go away
Peter Finocchiaro | Alternet
 
EmbraceThe New York Times recently published what is arguably the most comprehensive examination of the events that took place leading up to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. The six-part, multimedia report is not only the most exhaustive account of the tragedy ever published by a major news organization, it is also completely apolitical. In other words, it revealed the truth. Yet right-wing conspiracy theorists refuse to believe it. Read More
 
How I Built My Ubuntu Linux/XBMC Media Center
Add one old computer salvaged from the scrap heap, $39 worth of second hand components from ebay and some free, open source software and we now have a nice internet and LAN connected media server! Maybe you can do it too.
BY LARRY LAIRD | lairdslair
 
xbmcI found an old Dell GX620 desktop that was in the process of being assigned to the dumpster recently and decided to try to rescue the unit and put it to some good use. It had no peripherals with it at all. No keyboard, mouse, monitor, not even a power cord. I wasn't sure it even worked. I took it home and plugged it in and lo and behold  it sort of booted to Windows XP. The OS was corrupted in some manner but it did boot OK.  I wiped the 80 GB drive and installed Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit.  The unit booted and ran perfectly.  Read More
 
The accident that killed me
Thanks to a freak occurrence, I remember nothing of my first 22 years. The person I had been is lost and gone
BY SU MECK | Salon
 
Forgot to RememberI don’t remember any of what I’m about to tell you. Sure, I know the story, but it is just a story related to me by others, in bits and pieces, over many years. I have attempted to collect those scraps in order to present a narrative that feels real and whole. But it has been difficult. I have had to interpret the story, to picture the scenes in my mind, just as you are about to do. Some of the pieces are missing, because the people who witnessed them have forgotten the details, or because the people have themselves disappeared. Part of what continues to be maddening for me is the number of questions I still have that nobody seems to be able to answer in any kind of satisfactory way. Imagine the defining day of your life, stitched together from other people’s memories. Read More
 
And now for more evidence of why America is becoming a third world country
BY LARRY LAIRD | lairdslair
 
Faux News“Journalists” like those of Fox News quoting unsubstantiated (and ultimately ridiculously wrong) reports, worded in such a way as to be presented as facts, then hiding behind a “?” as an excuse when they are shown to be full of shit.

People that jump on every story printed as if it were true, if it fits their agenda. Earth 6012 years old… yes! Temperature trends can be ignored! Yes!… Obama is a secret Muslim terrorist plant! Yes!

Politicians like Bachmann and Palin that use false information like this to discredit and diminish the respectability of their own country.

Other politicians publicly stating that they would rather see America fail than move forward under a leader (any leader) of the opposing party.

We are in a downward spiral of gullibility, intentional misinformation, lack of honor and accountability, with so-called journalists and commentators (Limbaugh and Beck) leading the decline of core American values. And as the recent elections show, it is working, the American people are being led by the nose down the path of ignorance and corporate slavery.
 
 
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