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Trump Administration to Ease Constraints on Use of Nuclear Weapons

Julian Borger The Guardian
President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense James (Mad Dog) Mattis.
According to a draft of the soon to be released Nuclear Posture Review, President Trump wants to ease checks on the use of nuclear weapons and develop more “usable” nuclear warheads, steps, experts say, that will raise the likelihood of nuclear war.

The Man in Black Goes to Folsom

Nicole Coleson Socialist Worker
On the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's concerts behind prison walls, later released as At Folsom Prison, Nicole Colson looks at how Cash gave voice to the voiceless.

Union-busters Set Themselves Up for Janus Backfire

IUOE Local 150 IUOE Local 150
Unfortunately, for the special interest groups that are pushing this agenda, the ramifications of a win will have the opposite of the desired effect. If not bargaining is protected free speech, then bargaining will conversely be protected free speech, giving union workers new protections that we’ve never enjoyed before.

How to See a Memory

Helen Shen Nature
Images linked by neurons
Every memory leaves its own imprint in the brain, and researchers are starting to work out what one looks like.

#ShitHoleDon Captures the Disgust

Jon Queally Common Dreams
Image of Donald Trump
"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence."

Friday Nite Videos | Jan 12, 2018

Long Ago, Far Away | Odetta Sings Dylan. Tapper: You Know Who Loved Trump's Comments? Global Responses to Trump's 'Shithole' Remarks. Harry Belafonte | Zombie Jamboree. Camperforce | Documentary.


Mary Anna Dunn Tar River Poetry Review
Reflecting contemporary tensions that explode into violence, Virginia poet Mary Anna Dunn explores the failures of imagination to create resolution.

Martin Luther King’s “Call to Conscience” “Beyond Vietnam”

Heather Gray Justice Initiative
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech against the Vietnam War on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York one of the most profound and important speeches in American history. Without question, King’s speech in April helped to energize the anti-war movement and, through his profound moral analysis, in defining the degenerate role of the US in that war. It also helped to topple a sitting U.S. president - a profound lesson for us today.