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The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of the American Secret Government
Excerpt of Chapter 20, “For the Good of the Country”: Over the final months of JFK’s presidency, a clear consensus took shape within America’s deep state: Kennedy was a national security threat. For the good of the country, he must be removed. And Dulles was the only man with the stature, connections, and decisive will to make something of this enormity happen. ... there is ample evidence of the overwhelming hostility to Kennedy in these corporate circles ... Oswald further signaled that he was part of an intelligence operation by trying to make an intriguing phone call shortly before midnight East Coast time on Saturday, November 23 ... to a former US Army intelligence officer in Raleigh, North Carolina... Visit Website ]
Jul 27, 2017, 12:40pm

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Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 5
Russ Baker: As prior Watergate excerpts from Family of Secrets have shown, there is every reason to distrust the accepted story of this seminal event. In fact, Watergate teaches us to be much more skeptical of what we are told by the establishment — the government, academia, big media. Turns out that self-interest, conformity, and suppression of alarming insight are more common than even the most cynical of us may suspect. ... Previously, we saw that the notion of President Richard Nixon brought down by his own fatal flaws may be a fairy tale... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 3:42pm

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In Search of the Lost Chord: Peace, Love and the Hippie Idea in 1967
Danny Goldberg: The hippie movement that swept through the Western world was like a galloping horse in the wild. A few dozen people were able to ride it for a while, some even steering it for a brief period, but no one—no philosopher, no spiritual figure, no dope dealer, no songwriter or artist, and certainly no political leader—ever controlled it. It was the original “open source.” ... In talking to dozens of people of my generation who were affected by the hippie idea, there is a near universal recollection of a period of communal sweetness. There was an instant sense of tribal intimacy one could have even with a stranger. ... What I mean by “the hippie idea” is the internal essence of the tribal feeling separate and apart from the external symbols which soon became overused, distorted, co-opted, and thus, understandably, satirized.... Visit Website ]
Jul 15, 2017, 5:03pm

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Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 4 (Excerpt from the book, Family of Secrets)
Russ Baker: The notion that a group surrounding the president could be working to do him in might sound preposterous to most of us. But not to veterans of America’s clandestine operations, where the goal abroad has often been to do just that. ... Nixon, ridiculed for his irrational hatred and “paranoia” toward the Eastern Establishment, may in the end have been done in by forces controlled by that very establishment. ... three of the most thoroughly reported books on Watergate from the past three decades have come to the same conclusion: that Nixon and/or his top aides were indeed set up... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2017, 5:17pm

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Misinforming The Majority: A Deliberate Strategy Of Right-Wing Libertarians
Mark Karlin: Many individuals who follow politics and journalists think that the right-wing playbook began with the Koch brothers. However, in her groundbreaking book, Nancy MacLean traces their political strategy to a Southern economist who created the foundation for today’s libertarian oligarchy in the 1950s. ... Charles Koch supplied the money, but it was James Buchanan who supplied the ideas that made the money effective. ... The plan was (and is) to act on so many ostensibly separate fronts at once that those outside the cause would not realize the revolution underway until it was too late to undo it. Examples include laws to destroy unions without saying that is the true purpose, suppressing the votes of those most likely to support active government, using privatization to alter power relations... Visit Website ]
Jul 10, 2017, 11:10am

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Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA
Tom Secker and Matthew Alford: US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows ... The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years. ... Alongside the massive scale of these operations, our new book National Security Cinema details how US government involvement also includes script rewrites on some of the biggest and most popular films, including James Bond, the Transformers franchise, and movies from the Marvel and DC cinematic universes... Visit Website ]
Jul 6, 2017, 5:42pm

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Beyond “No” and the Limits of “Yes” - Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Robert Jensen: "Trump is not a rupture at all, but rather the culmination—the logical end point—of a great many dangerous stories our culture has been telling for a very long time. That greed is good. That the market rules. That money is what matters in life. That white men are better than the rest. That the natural world is there for us to pillage. That the vulnerable deserve their fate and the one percent deserve their golden towers. That anything public or commonly held is sinister and not worth protecting. That we are surrounded by danger and should only look after our own. That there is no alternative to any of this... Visit Website ]
Jun 20, 2017, 5:14pm

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Trustworthy, loyal, obedient, clean and reverent… The Hotel Tacloban by Douglas Valentine
T.P. Wilkinson: The Hotel Tacloban recounts the story of a 16-year-old high school dropout who, like many of his generation, lied about his age to get into the Army and go fight the “Good War”, for flag and country as an Eagle Scout should. He could have no idea that he would spend about one month in combat and the following three years in a Japanese POW camp. ... it is important to see that Douglas Valentine Sr.’s suffering is a direct result of the uncontrollable egotism, class and caste arrogance, and blood lust of the Big Mac (Douglas MacArthur), who was fond of posing as a soldier’s soldier but, in fact, considered any and all servicemen who did not immediately benefit his career to be worthless... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2017, 10:45am

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Projecting Crimes of US Empire onto Russia - The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: Book Review
Roger D. Harris: Dan Kovalik documents how the US “has fought against nearly every war of liberation waged by the peoples of the Third World, and has many times partnered with right-wing fascist forces.” In short, Kovalik embraces Martin Luther King’s dictum: “The US is on the wrong side of world-wide revolution.” ... The book’s subtitle, How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia, suggests a secret cabal concealed in the shadowy bowels of the State Department basement. ... The CIA is not only an unreliable source (e.g. weapons of mass destruction), Kovalik demonstrates that it is also a far greater threat to US democracy than Russia... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2017, 3:52pm

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The Book That Uncovered ‘Wealthfare’
Gerald E. Scorse: Over 20 years ago, long before the experts caught on, the writers Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman zeroed in on the upward redistribution of income in the United States. They called it “wealthfare,” and used the term to open their 1996 book Take the Rich Off Welfare. Here’s the first sentence: “Wealthfare—the money we hand out to corporations and wealthy individuals—costs us at least $448 billion a year.” ... “subsidies, handouts, tax breaks, loopholes, rip-offs and scams". ... President Dwight Eisenhower: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2017, 12:14pm

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Part 2: Big Oil, Bigger Lies
The Climate Changers Are Even Worse Than You Think: As early as 1968, the American Petroleum Institute received a report from the Stanford Research Institute concerning “sources, abundance, and fate of atmospheric pollutants.” It concluded that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels were “outstripping the natural CO2 removal processes that keep the atmosphere in equilibrium” and that “significant temperature increase could lead to melting ice caps, rising seas, and potentially serious environmental damage worldwide.”... Visit Website ]
May 8, 2017, 12:30pm

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Part 1: Rex Tillerson
Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who are Destroying Life on Earth and What It Means for Our Children by Dick Russell To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury. ... Tillerson is too close to Russia, and he’s too close to the oil business. He was with Exxon for 41 years. Since 2011, his company has been entering into multibillion-dollar deals with the Russian firm Rosneft, allowing Exxon access to the Russian Arctic, Siberia, and Russia’s far east. ... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2017, 3:23pm

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America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People - The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy
Lynn Stuart Parramore: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations and fates. ... In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration: check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check... Visit Website ]
Apr 22, 2017, 1:17pm

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond review – what if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people?
What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy? What if the problem is that poverty is profitable? These are the questions at the heart of Evicted, Matthew Desmond’s extraordinary ethnographic study of tenants in low-income housing in the deindustrialised middle-sized city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2017, 12:07pm

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Understanding Trump Voters
Bob Burnett: In “Strangers in Their Own Land” UC Berkeley Sociology professor Arlie Hochschild details her five-year study of Louisiana Tea Party voters typical of those that carried Trump to power. ... The Tea Party folks believe that, before Obama, they had been playing the game by the rules and then the rules shifted unfairly. ... Tea Party voters blame government. ... Their hope for salvation is big business... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2017, 10:14am


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