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Why Georgia Is Now on Everyone’s Mind

Even though today the Trump Administration seems to be conceding to the transition to the Biden Presidency, this article describes how crucial Georgia was and is crucial to the outcome of the election.

Agreement in Philadelphia Could Curb the Housing Crisis

The new land trust designates 50 "properties for use as low-income housing, defined as $25,000 and below, and they would be controlled [and managed] by local committees," PhillyVoice reports.

Foreign Policy, Sacred Cows, and the U.S. Military

This election season, neither Democrats nor Republicans challenged the cultural components justifying the great game, which is evidence of one thing: empires come home, folks, even if the troops never seem to.

Millions of Americans Face Eviction and Hunger.

As a result of Congressional inaction, in the last weeks of 2020 and with the pandemic raging worse than ever, millions of Americans are staring into an economic abyss.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - More Loose Ends

Lots of unanswered questions and quirky shifts as we move into a crisis-ridden era

Victims of Nuclear Bomb Tests on U.S. Soil Seek Justice

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Before the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it conducted tests that have caused serious health issues to generations of New Mexico residents—who remain uncompensated.

Far Right Militias Recruiting Vets

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The war machine conditions vets to embrace white supremacy. In order for soldiers to kill, racist indoctrination needs to be part of the training.

‘Crime-free Housing’ Deepens Racial Disparity

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Police program meant to empower landlords leads to more people of color being excluded.

A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War

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A Rising China Lifts All Boats (Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, and Surface Ships), Not to Speak of Fighter Planes, in the Military-Industrial Complex.

Pivot of U.S. Politics: Racial Justice and Democracy

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The United States will be a multiracial democracy – a democracy in which people of color have full democratic rights — or it won’t be a democracy at all.
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Culture

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The Mythic Whiteness of the Hillbilly

Ellen Wayland-Smith Boston Review
Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy continues a long tradition of seeing hillbillies as a symbol of pristine American whiteness. It’s the same nostalgia Trump has mobilized on the far right.

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Hoax

Donna Pucciani Plainssong
Chicago poet Donna Pucciani speaks to the cruel conditions facing young refugees, the idea they are not even people.

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The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism

Alberto Toscano Boston Review
Recent debates have centered on whether it’s appropriate to compare Trump to European fascists. But radical Black thinkers have long argued that racial slavery created its own unique form of American fascism.

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Steward's Corner: A Path Out of Fear

Ellen David Friedman Labor Notes
Right now, it feels like fear is saturating us. But fear, confusion, and delusion are combining to squander the power we could have. There is a lot we can do to help each other combat the source of fear. The first step is talking to one another.

Friday nite video

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Trump & Election Results | John Oliver

A week after Joe Biden’s win in the US presidential election, John Oliver discusses Donald Trump’s various attempts to overturn the results, why his claims don’t hold water, and the consequences of indulging him.

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Beethoven 250 tribute

In honor of Beethoven's 250th anniversary, the complex and beautiful cymatic geometry embedded in Beethoven's gorgeous melody are revealed. The imagery is the actual geometry of music imprinted onto pure water and is not computer generated.

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Election Results 2020 | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the long week of US presidential election results, including Donald Trump’s various attempts to make the election appear illegitimate, and a historic win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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What Are mRNA Vaccines?

The first Covid-19 vaccines employ a biotechnology never before used. Find out how mRNA vaccines work.