A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Russian propaganda machine produces endless streams of fakes and manipulative stories. While at times they may seem outrageous or silly, they are far from being random. Russian propaganda for both domestic and foreign audiences follows techniques that stem from Goebbel’s times. Ultimately, it is a weapon of war. In our series A guide to … Continue reading A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

by BRANKO MARCETIC  Jacobin Jan 28, 2019 If the Democrats really believed the science on climate change, they'd be offering far more radical proposals. We have to make them. "Après nous, le déluge!"   Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer talk during an event at the US Capitol on January 16 in Washington DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Imagine … Continue reading The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist

by  Philip Bump  Washington Post Jan 9, 2019 The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor of speculation about the significance of the move. This is what one of the Russia-Trump collusion scenarios looks like: … Continue reading That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist

Republican and Democratic Parties Reboot Two Santas Scam

by THOM HARTMANN / INDEPENDENT MEDIA INSTITUTE  JAN 2, 2019 Get ready to see it on your TV. The GOP is about to kick back into Two Santa Clauses mode and restart the scam they’ve been running since Reagan. It’ll predictably begin in the first week or two of January, probably first on “Meet the Press” and … Continue reading Republican and Democratic Parties Reboot Two Santas Scam

News Feed Fatigue: It’s Getting Harder To Think

The case for taking a break from the news. by JESSA CRISPIN In These Times Dec 20, 2018 I used to have a recurring argument with a friend, who told me he stopped paying attention to the news. “Don’t you think you should know what’s going on in Syria? Or Yemen? Or about the failing public … Continue reading News Feed Fatigue: It’s Getting Harder To Think

How JUUL Explains What’s Wrong With Our World

by David Dayen Intercept Dec 27, 2018 Twelve years ago, e-cigarettes couldn’t be found in America. Three years ago, Juul didn’t exist. But last Friday, Marlboro manufacturer Altria bought a 35 percent stake in the vaping juggernaut for $12.8 billion. The deal values Juul at $38 billion, a similar market capitalization to that of Target, MetLife, Delta Air … Continue reading How JUUL Explains What’s Wrong With Our World

The infantilization of Western culture

What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse? by Simon Gottschalk  Conversation If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries. This has always struck me as a … Continue reading The infantilization of Western culture