Media Consolidation: Grabbing Control of America

  By Lynda Bryant-Work “Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government.” Marshall Herskovitz Relaxed media ownership over time has led to companies narrowing the depth of news information and opened the door to biased reporting of the news. Laws that were in place to prevent monopolies and consolidation of ownership, or media cross-ownership, have through the years, put five companies in charge of the national distribution of information presented to the public.…

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When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims

photo of prescription opioid bottles. Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

By Janice Barlow with Richard Cameron No one should doubt that we’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis and have been for the better part of a decade. The nature of the crisis, however, is not what you have been led to believe by mass media reports and federal authorities.  Opioid medications have been part of treatment regimens for several decades. But in recent years, the line between who needs them to alleviate chronic or acute pain and who wants them because of the pleasant side effects, has become…

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2018’s Mass School Shootings – 29 Deaths That Failed To Move A Nation

Sky cam view of Santa Fe High School with law enforcement and first responder vehicles staging response to Friday's mass shooting on campus

by Tony Wyman No matter what I write, no matter how much I plead with readers that we not allow the deaths in Texas yesterday to be in vain by allowing our discussion of the problem of school shootings to degrade into a pointless, futile shouting match over the Second Amendment, that is likely what will happen. Because we care more about guns – loving them or hating them – than we do about kids. I suppose that isn’t really a fair statement.  Outside of the most deranged and extreme…

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North Korea’s Kim Gets Cold Feet Before The Wedding – Put The Champagne On Hold

by Richard Cameron   In the last 24 hours, the narrative about the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has pivoted from upbeat speculation of a grand diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas and the United States, to a ominous mass of clouds on the horizon. On Tuesday, North Korea’s state information ministry, KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) issued a statement in reaction to the commencement of the U.S.- South Korean joint military exercise named “Max Thunder” : “This exercise targeting us, which is being…

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Trump’s Anti-immigrant Policy – Hurting Graduate Schools And Global Competitiveness

A third-generation immigrant student graduates from university with his grandmother beside him.

by Tony Wyman The impact on graduate schools of Trump’s anti-immigrant policy If you attend a graduation ceremony this summer, one thing that is likely to catch your attention is the number of foreign-sounding names receiving advanced degrees, particularly ones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Many of these students are the second- or third-generation offspring of immigrants, legal and otherwise, entering the United States to make a better life for themselves and their children and grandchildren. Like many immigrants before them, they have taken advantage of the…

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Russian Journalists Should Stay Away From Their Windows

video still of man falling from window in the movie The Exorcist

by Tony Wyman Russian journalists and windows, balconies and staircases According to local police in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, journalist Maxim Borodin, the reporter who embarrassed the  regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin by breaking the story of the deaths of hundreds of Russian mercenaries killed in Syria by American troops, fell to his death from the fifth-floor balcony of his apartment complex.  The police ruled his death a suicide Mr. Borodin, who was 32 and, according to his friends, excited about plans he was making for his future,  joins…

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Trump CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Dances Around Her Background Supervising Torture

screenshot of video from Gina Haspel - Trump's nominee for CIA Director, during her Senate testimony

by Richard Cameron   The United States Senate is conducting hearings this week, interviewing Donald Trump’s candidate, acting CIA director, Gina Haspel, to be confirmed as former director Mike Pompeo’s permanent replacement.  The questioning is focused on Ms. Haspel’s role as having supervised a “black site” (secret detention site) in Thailand, where detainees were subjected to torture, euphemized by the intelligence community at that time as “enhanced interrogation”. Arizona Senator John McCain, in what appears to be his final battle with terminal cancer, weighed in on the Haspel nomination: “I…

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U.S. To Make Controversial Embassy Move To Jerusalem

architectural model of the proposed U.S. Embassy to be constructed in Jerusalem

By Lynda Bryant-Work U.S. set to move embassy to Jerusalem A newly chiseled stone plaque on the wall marks the building where the United States plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.  The date coincides with Israel’s proclamation of independence in the spring of 1948. On Dec. 6, 2017, President Donald Trump formally announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy, and ordered the planning of the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,…

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Black Cube – Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein’s Domestic Deep State Operation

photo montage with Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and inserted the Black Cube corporate logo

by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein have more in common than anyone realized   Donald Trump – and by extension, his media surrogates, fake news Trumpropaganda websites and his minor legion of followers, speak interminably about the nebulous “Deep State” – an alleged cabal of U.S. intelligence operatives and agencies, imagined to be marshaling efforts to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency. It might be argued that Donald Trump is his own deep state in that regard.  No one has laid more land mines to destroy his term in…

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A Typical Week in the Trump Era

rendering of a three dollar bill showing Donald Trump in the presidential oval

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org May 2nd, 2018 Days after joining Donald Trump‘s legal team, Rudy Giuliani goes on Sean Hannity‘s show and reveals that Donald Trump lied about not knowing about the hush money payment his then lawyer Michael Cohen paid to a porn star that Trump had an extra-marital affair with in 2006. For the most part, Trump’s supporters had absolutely no idea how to react to this revelation, so, for the most part, they simply ignore the fact that it happened or claim that the president’s inability…

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