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Incarceration on TV Is Nothing Like the Prison Where I Live

Christopher Blackwell The Progressive
As sensational shows like ‘60 Days In‘ return this fall, so does one of television’s favorite tropes: the scary, evil-doing prisoner. howcasing the most unstable of the incarcerated population spreads the false narrative that everyone in prison is a lost cause.

Black Historians Critique ‘Objective History’

Keisha N. Blain The New Republic
Recent critiques of “presentism” fail to see that we can’t divorce the past from the present—and that supposedly objective scholarship has long promoted racist narratives and suppressed Black history.

The Coup in Chile: What Did Nixon Know and When Did He Know It?

National Security Archive National Security Archive
Forty nine years after Pinochet’s putsch, Presidential and CIA documents remain secret. The National Security Archive calls for full disclosure of the covert history of U.S. involvement as the countdown to the 50th anniversary of the military coup begins

Friday Nite Videos | September 16, 2022

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Jan. 6 Committee Previews Oath Keeper Evidence. Ron DeSantis' Migrant Stunt | Trevor Noah. How Waves Could Power a Clean Energy Future. Breaking the Vote Series Trailer. How Ancient Art Captured Australian Megafauna.

Interrupting the Flights of Angels

Beau Beausoleil
As the San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil explains, “The tidal wave of commercialized mourning for the Queen prompted this poem to write itself.”

The Fed Should Pause Interest Rate Rises as US Inflation Slows

Joseph Stiglitz and Dean Baker The Guardian
It would be irresponsible to create much higher unemployment – and the US economy could be pushed into recession. There is a strong argument for the Fed to take a break from its aggressive monetary-policy tightening.