Piercing The Republican Propaganda

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy… look around, what do you see? Business men, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save… You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. – Morpheus, the Matrix So the Republican Party is making the argument that the economy is doing much…

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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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North Korea Gets What It Wants From Trump Meeting Before It Even Happens

by Tony Wyman   If you believe the White House – we are on the verge of a historic turn-around in American-North Korean relations, thanks to President Donald Trump‘s “bold” and “unprecedented” offer to meet directly with the communist regime’s dictator. But most seasoned observers call Mr. Trump’s invite to meet with Kim Jong-Un, less complimentary things.  Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, said: “President Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong-un strikes me as a dangerous gamble and a bad idea. I’m afraid that North Korea may be playing Trump,…

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Obstruction Of Justice Hovers In The Background – The Mueller Investigation Proceeds

Lege Atque Ordine Omnia Fiunt - Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building

By Lynda Work                     “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” Haile Selassie   In the midst of President Richard Nixon’s bid for re-election in 1972, associates of his campaign team broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. in order to plant listening…

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Here’s The Problem With Trump’s Trade War: Trade Deficits Aren’t Necessarily Bad

WPA poster titled First Foreign Trade Zone - artist Jack Rivolta. Produced 1937 during New Deal trade initiative.

by Tony Wyman Trade War Between Trump And Credible Economists You could hit an imported Chinese golf ball into a room full of economists and have a pretty good chance of not hitting one who agrees with President Trump‘s trade kerfuffle with China.  Why?  Because, unlike the president, most economists think trade deficits aren’t a bad thing.  In fact, some even think they are good. How can that be?  Doesn’t it make sense that we are losing against China if they are selling us more than we are selling them? …

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Trade Wars: Rarely Won And Costly To Americans

Illustration of ocean cargo and the words, "Trade War"

by Lynda Bryant-Work “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So President Trump tweeted after announcing the United States would impose steep tariffs on imported. This after already imposing other tariffs that are directly affecting other American businesses and industry. But the Great Depression years would indicate that nothing could be farther from the truth. Trade wars are bad – call it the tariff trickle-down theory –  like real wars, they hurt people. Those who remember the last trade war or have even read about it know the damage…

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Did You Get the Memo?

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Mmm, yeah, you see, we’re putting the cover sheets on all TPS reports before they go out… Did you see the memo about this?” -Bill Lumbergh, Office Space So let’s deal with the most ridiculous of political melodramas presently unfolding, being crumpled up, and unfolding again on the national stage. A melodrama so excruciatingly and bureaucratically American that I can only imagine how ludicrous it must appear to almost anyone outside the States. For those that haven’t been keeping up with this, Trump supporters have…

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We Need to Address the Danger from Trump’s Fake News Awards

United States President Donald Trump.

by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky Donald Trump’s “Fake News Awards” for what he calls “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media” have drawn mockery. However, behavioral science research suggests they are deadly serious. These awards create an institution for Trump’s relentless attacks on mainstream media and position Trump as the only voice who gets to determine truthful media. Unfortunately, the typical style of news coverage will perpetuate Trump’s agenda. However, a different style informed by behavioral science strategies would convey more accurate information and address the damage from the…

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