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December 11, 2015

GOP’s eve of Destruction

My favorite news and historical documentarian is BILL MOYERS and Company.  No one knows it better or does it better than Bill.  When these folks do an analysis or an interview, one can be comfortable knowing that all will be delivered with integrity and truth, (no talking  down to a rabble-rousing crowd for the sake of an impact).  With this post,  we are given a current mix of issues – each and all of which reflect reflect “our world” in motion  in this time.    

It is for each of us to understand and decide if there is anything we can individually do to help protect our beloved country and honor it’s founding principles.  To be informed and aware is where it starts.  Jan

 

 

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The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

Republicans seem to have made up their minds: They will divide, degrade and ultimately run the country into the ground. By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets guests at a campaign event at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on December 5, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

If Unchecked, The Growing Mob Mentality in the United States Will Lead to Our Self-Destruction

Echoes of America’s violent history can be heard in today’s fearful politics. By Mark Karlin

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The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun

The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun

How the Roberts Court upended the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment. By Dorothy Samuels

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The Folly of World War IV: Wars Are Never Quick, Cheap or Easy

The Folly of World War IV: Wars Are Never Quick, Cheap or Easy

Wars are never quick, cheap or easy: let’s acknowledge what a full-scale war in the Middle East would actually mean. By Andrew Bacevich

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20 Americans Have More Wealth Than Half the Entire US Population

20 Americans Have More Wealth Than Half the Entire US Population

Think we don’t have a problem with economic inequality? A new report finds that the wealthiest 20 individuals in the United States today hold more wealth than the bottom half of the US population combined.

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The Legislator Who Sold Out New York

The Legislator Who Sold Out New York

The state Assembly speaker has been convicted of corruption, but he’s only a small piece of New York’s dishonorable system. By Zephyr Teachout

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Check Out These Amazing Photos From the World’s Biggest Day of Climate Action Ever

Check Out These Amazing Photos From the World’s Biggest Day of Climate Action Ever

Last Sunday was far and away the biggest day of climate action the planet has ever seen. By Grist 

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Dead, White and Blue: The Great Die-Off of America's Blue Collar Whites

Dead, White and Blue: The Great Die-Off of America’s Blue Collar Whites

The rising mortality rates among blue-collar whites could be a canary in the coal mine: Things are getting tougher for all working people. By Barbara Ehrenreich

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Corruption Is as Bad in the US as in Developing Countries

Corruption Is as Bad in the US as in Developing Countries

Living in America sometimes resembles taking part in a Ponzi scheme, and its likely to get worse before it gets better. By Rebecca Gordon

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Bush administration Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Leavitt addresses members of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Seattle. Behind Leavitt is a sign for the morning's sponsor, ExxonMobil. July 2004. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

America Has a Hidden Climate Denial Network and New Research Maps It Out

Corporate funding has played a huge role in influencing our national conversation on climate.

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