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What Survives Genocide? Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Jeffrey Ostler’s Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas, tells a complex, honest, and nuanced story of what overall and in many particular parts fits the UN definition of and the popular conception of genocide. So, of course, it is..

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War on Iran Stupidest Idea Yet Recorded in a Human Brain Monday, June 17th, 2019

Scientists not employed by ExxonMobil or named Neil DeGrasse Tyson have reached a universal consensus. Wanting the United States to attack Iran is the single stupidest idea yet recorded in a human brain. In the words of one, “It isn’t even close.” In a peer-reviewed report on a controlled..

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It’s the Emoluments, Stupid. Impeach for Iran. Friday, June 14th, 2019

The constitutional ban on receiving gifts or benefits while in office from the U.S. government or state governments (domestic “emoluments” – Article II, Section 1) is absolute, not waivable by Congress, and not subject to proving any particular corrupting influence. President Trump’s lease..

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Anyone who’d rather not be shot should read this book Monday, June 10th, 2019

Thom Hartmann has long written and spoken on the topic of guns in the United States, along with many other topics. Of those topics he’s dealt with that I know anything about, I have not always agreed with him on every detail, but on most I’ve found him highly informative and persuasive. His new..

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You Can Almost Count on Each New Mass Shooter Being a Veteran Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

“He enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in April 1996, according to spokesman A.A. Puryear. He was assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a 13B cannon crew member. He was discharged in April 2002 and held the rank of..

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A Practical Approach to North Korean Denuclearization Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The path to peace on the Korean Peninsula remains as perilous as ever. After a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February produced no agreement, tensions have escalated, raising – yet again – concerns about a military..

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U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1 Sunday, May 26th, 2019

The U.S. Army tweeted a harmless rah-rah tweet and got hit with a burst of reality never encountered on corporate-controlled media. Score one for the internet. The Army asked: “How has serving impacted you?” Here’s a tiny sample of the responses: Karen‏ @educatorsresist 5h5 hours..

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Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Amazon jungle in Peru

By FRANKLIN BRICENO, LIMA, Peru (AP) — A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death. The quake struck at 2:41 a.m. and was centered in a vast..

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NC expresses sorrow over dead in explosions in KTM

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress has expressed sorrow over the loss of many lives in bomb incidents at different places of Kathmandu Valley. Issuing a press release on Sunday, NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma said that the blasts have terrorised the general public at a time when all forces..

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What Carrie Lam Should Do Next Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

I do not know Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, very well. She worked for my administration when I was governor there. Diligent and well regarded –..