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AU Federal Police Defend Role in Bali Nine Arrests

Facing mounting criticism for helping Indonesia execute Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police held a press conference today to discuss the AFP's role in the… [[ This is a content summary only. V [...]

The Decline of Pseudoscience

Have we reached peak green juice? The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes suggests as much in a recent story about what a haute-hippie refuge in California is bringing Go to Source : The Decline of Pseudoscience

The Anti-Hillary

In the last two election cycles, whenever Democrats accused Republicans of waging a “war on women,” the GOP often cried foul. After the 2012 election, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said< Go to Source : The Anti-Hillary

Hillary Clinton on foreign policy: Critical perspectives from the Left

Still Life with Deciders and Instruments of Policy This is the second in a series of essays to be written by Left Flank Daily Kos users providing substantive critiques of Hillary Clinton. Today’s entry comes from koNko —Armando U.S. presidents enjoy special powers in the domain of [...]

Travels with Bill and Frank: A look at the Clinton-Giustra friendship

The friendship between Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra began a decade ago when the two met aboard Giustra’s private jetliner. Giustra says he was inspired by the former president’s dedication to his philanthropic causes. The two have traveled often together, sometimes meeting politic [...]

Dear Dan Balz: Deficits Did Not Necessitate Austerity

In an otherwise well-argued piece about the demographic and ideological difficulties faced by the Conservative Party in Britain, Washington Post columnist Dan Balz reiterated the following bit of false conventional Village wisdom: The other obstacle turned out to be the economic problems  [...]

Do we all live in a giant hologram?

The large scale universe projected onto a two-dimensional boundary There is an active field of research in cosmology and physics seeking to explain the cosmos in terms of a radical idea: we live in a universe with some of the properties of a hologram: At first glance, there is not the s [...]

"We’re Going to Protect Our Community Ourselves"

When Justin Fenton walked into the heart of the riots in West Baltimore on Monday night, a group of men surrounded him. Wearing blue bandanas, a hallmark of Crips gang members, the men said they wanted to protect him after a photographer appeared to have been hit by a rock, said Fenton, a [...]

"Unify or Die!"

When Justin Fenton walked into the heart of the riots in West Baltimore on Monday night, a group of men surrounded him. Wearing blue bandanas, a hallmark of Crips gang members, the men said they wanted to protect him after a photographer appeared to have been hit by a rock, said Fenton, a [...]

Ben Carson announces presidential campaign

Ben Carson, a world-famous neurosurgeon and newly minted conservative folk hero, announced Sunday in an interview with Florida TV station WPEC that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president. He will make a formal declaration Monday in his home town of Detroit. The announcement [...]

Ben Carson confirms presidential campaign

Ben Carson, a world-famous neurosurgeon and newly-minted conservative folk hero, will officially announce Monday in his home town of Detroit that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president, he confirmed in an interview Sunday with Florida TV station WPEC. The announcement is th [...]

Happy Birthday, Customer

Happy Birthday [Insert Name] from your corporate overlords My birthday was last Sunday and I received hundreds of birthday greetings from friends, family, and corporate America. The screen capture above is the corporate greeting that stood out. Not for its warmth, not for its offer of $ [...]

Regional allies may be turning the tide in the Syrian civil war, which could force President Obama to intervene to prevent an extremist ta [...]

The Killing of America

Our country is dying on the streets of Baltimore. I have argued before that we will never have racial reconciliation in this country, so long as some whites embrace the “They had it coming!” argument to justify police violence against people of color. Now, I’m convinced  [...]

The most racist areas in the United States

Click to enlarge There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other nations, exceeded only by Yemen. According to the  [...]

Republicans Want $194 Billion More in Cuts to Federal Government Employees

Among the numerous outrages of the proposed Republican budgets including privatizing Medicare and Social Security and slashing food stamps, comes this more minor but still appalling development: The House and Senate Republican budget plan announced this week would continue hits on governm [...]

Potential trailer park investors attending Mobile Home University told, “Don’t make fun of the residents”

Five minutes into the introductory session of a Mobile Home University ‘boot camp,’ the multi-millionaire workshop’s co-founder Frank Rolfe tells attendees not to “make fun of the residents” when visiting the properties, and not to “throw peanuts at th [...]

A story of our times, with massive First Amendment issues embedded. Kill Jews A federal judge ruled that a group (more below, who they are  [...]

A constitutional amendment is the only solution to our fraudulent politics

Does ‘we the people’ matter anymore? Will it always be pay to play for the foreseeable future? Will we ever get our country back? Not the tea party type ‘get our country back’ but actually have a democracy? To be clear, America was never a democracy. One man one vote (one person one vote [...]

Yesterday’s white blood count went from just under 0.1 to just over 0.1. Let’s call it 0.05 growth. Today’s count is 0.2. [...]