Bernie Sanders, Joe Kennedy, Trevor Noah respond to the SOTU

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https://www.factcheck.org/2018/01/factchecking-trumps-state-union/

 

‘So as the bright lights dimmed on yet another State of the Union Address, a thought came to mind: Why are there only two parties year after year expressing their increasingly conformist beliefs in the halls of power? Why the mindless, ritualistic applause for two short-sighted groups, that are engaged in an endless game of back-and-forth regarding America’s future?’

This shockingly high level of conformity, I believe, is symptomatic of America’s two-party political system, which dramatically reduces the options available for everyday Americans when forced to consider political topics of great import. Yet poll after poll shows Americans want and need a third political brand to choose from.

What was conspicuously missing from Trump’s State of the Union Address was not rapturous applause and standing ovations. What was missing was a third voice in a third section of the Capitol to lend some credence to this authoritarian-style political show.’

‘One of the Best’: Readers, fellow journalists mourn passing of investigative (Iran Contra) reporter Robert Parry R.I.P.

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Robert Parry R.I.P. 1949-2018

In addition to his groundbreaking work as a foreign corresponent for major outlets, Parry—who died Saturday, according to his family, after a series of strokes caused by pancreatic cancer that had gone undetected—continued his muckraking career as an independent journalist after establishing Consortium News in 1995. As editor and publisher, Parry wrote with penetrating analysis and grit on foreign policy issues and domestic affairs while also giving platform to an array of writers and experts who challenged conventional thinking and mainstream orthodoxies.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/29/one-best-readers-fellow-journalists-mourn-passing-investigative-reporter-robert

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Robert Parry, editor and publisher of Consortiumnews.com, died peacefully Saturday evening. In this tribute, his son Nat Parry describes Robert’s unwavering commitment to independent journalism …

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/28/robert-parrys-legacy-and-the-future-of-consortiumnews/

In honor of Robert Parry, read a collection of his work curated by the CIA … The legendary investigative journalist’s articles live on in the archives of the very agency he worked to expose

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/jan/29/robert-parry-cia-archive/

Director Oliver Stone took a swipe at the Washington Post and Stephen Spielberg’s “lame-brained” film, The Post, in a Facebook tribute to the late journalist Robert Parry on Sunday.

Stone commended the Consortium News’ founder for breaking from the “tyranny of mainstream media conformity” and his breaking of the Iran-Contra scandal.

https://www.rt.com/news/417414-stone-spielberg-parry-post/

https://t.co/HibHoe4luP

Huge rare emerald discovered in Russian Urals

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‘An emerald weighing more than 1.5 kg has been found at the Malyshevsky emerald-beryllium ore field, according to Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec. It is the largest stone unearthed at the mine in a decade.’

Ural emeralds are highly valued on the global market of precious stones, as they have a unique yellowish tinge, which is not typical of this mineral, and are known under the Malyshevsky emeralds brand name.

“Emeralds are quite rare stones – unlike diamonds or sapphires – while large emeralds are generally unique stones … “

https://www.rt.com/business/417281-huge-emerald-discovered-russia/

“Left Out: David Harvey defines neoliberalism and Marx, capital & the madness of economic reason”

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David Harvey defines Neoliberalism in less than 6 minutes. Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left.

In this episode, we speak with David Harvey about his latest book, MARX, CAPITAL, AND THE MADNESS OF ECONOMIC REASON, as well as what the Left most focus on to effectively organize for a better economy and society.