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Monday, August 31, 2015

Spinney: A grand strategy is not either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. America's descent into a state of perpetual war ought to suggest it is time to rethink our approach to a grand strategy. A Nation's domestic and foreign policies should be shaped to achieve:
* Strengthen that nation's resolve and increase its political cohesion or solidarity;
* Drain away the resolve of its adversaries and weaken their internal cohesion;
* Reinforce the commitments of its allies to its cause and make them empathetic to its success;
* Attract the uncommitted to its cause or makes them empathetic to its success;
* And most importantly, end conflicts on favorable terms that do not sow the seeds of future conflicts. Read more


It's no secret the Republican establishment is unnerved by Donald Trump and his lead in national and key state polls. And now, after weeks of assuming his support would be fleeting, there is a debate about how to take aim at Trump -- and just who should finance such an effort. Read more


Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as "illegal alien," "male," and "female," or if they fail to "defer" to non-white students.

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Grassroots activists are putting the screws to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in hopes of getting the organization to change its plans for the party's 2016 presidential debates.

The #AllowDebate movement is hoping recent criticism from White House hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will force the DNC to address concerns they have with the events' size, scope and rules.

The movement argues that the DNC is rigging the presidential primary by limiting its schedule of sanctioned debates to six -- four of them before the first voters go to the polls -- and banning candidates from participating in outside contests. Read more


(CNN) Hillary Clinton has far more money, name recognition, endorsements and political experience than any of her Democratic rivals. But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation:

[Bernie] Sanders is the top choice of 30% of Iowa Democratic voters likely to attend the first-in-the-nation caucuses next year -- only 7 points behind Clinton, who is favored by 37% -- according to the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll. That's a big change from late May, when Clinton was crushing Sanders 57% to 16% among likely caucus-goers.

Even more troubling for Clinton, the Sanders surge in Iowa echoes a big move in New Hampshire, where Sanders was 39 points behind in March but has opened up a lead and now stands 7 points ahead of Clinton, according to a Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce University poll. Read more


Where is Chapo Guzman now? With his vast fortune, web of contacts, and a drug-trafficking empire spanning continents, Chapo could be anywhere. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration thinks that Chapo Guzman went back to his home state of Sinaloa…It's not just that the rugged mountain fastness of Sinaloa could protect Chapo. It's also the social element: Read more


Sanders highlights differences with Clinton after Iowa poll shows tight race

After a new poll showed Bernie Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton in Iowa by only seven points, the Vermont senator seized a chance to differentiate himself from the establishment favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Appearing on CNN, Sanders listed a number of his policy positions, including on Wall Street reform, climate change and entitlements.

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Dr. Wayne Dyer, the renowned motivational guru and author of dozens of self-help books, has died at age 75, his family announced over social media Sunday

Dyer rose to prominence after the publication of his first book, 1976's "Your Erroneous Zone," became an international bestseller. That launched Dyer's career as an author and speaker and garnered him a legion of ardent fans, who dubbed him the "father of motivation." Read more


"I'm literally dizzy trying to keep track of where he's at, and in Iowa, he's the incredible shrinking candidate right now," says Doug Gross,

a Republican strategist in the Hawkeye State not affiliated with any of the campaigns. "He is trying to occupy every lane and in this environment, where authenticity is so important, he's coming off as an opportunistic candidate who doesn't know who he is."

The authenticity factor has come to play a major role in this campaign as voters signal in polls that they prefer non-politicians to career office holders. In addition to Trump, outsiders Carson and Carly Fiorina have also seen their numbers climb. Together, the three make up roughly 40 percent of the vote right now. Read more


Sunday, August 30, 2015

He was a genius who brought psychology and folk studies to hollywood where he exploited our worst fears and got us to pay for more.

RIP.


Make America Great Again is a Cover for Make America White Again Politics

The presidential elections have steamed into our American landscape like the iron train did into the old west. Great for the white man, bad for the Indians.

And this train is great for Trump and bad for Latinos or any American that believes in a multicultural and diverse America. Read more


The copyright industry has consistently used the word "content" for anything creative.

Just like most other things the copyright industry does, there's a thought behind the choice of wording – a choice they hope that other people will copy, because it reinforces their view of the world, or rather, what they would like the world to look like.

When we use certain words for metaphors, the words we use convey meaning of their own. This is why you see the pro-choice vs pro-life camps on opposite sides of the abortion debate: both camps want to portray the other camp as anti-choice and anti-life, respectively.

In the liberties debate and the culture debate, there's nothing of the sort. The copyright industry has been allowed to establish the language completely on its own, and therefore, we're using terms today that reinforce the idea and the notion that the copyright industry is good and that people who share are bad. Read more


I honestly thought this was an Onion headline.


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said today he does not know whether new poll numbers putting him within 7 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa mean her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is in trouble, but his campaign is "doing great."

"You know, it's not just in Iowa. It's in New Hampshire. It's all across this country," he said on "This Week." "I think people are responding to our message."

"And I think as these look around the country and see the kind of energy and see the kind of huge turnouts we're getting, seeing the kind of young people who, for the first time, are getting involved in the political process ... I think what these leaders -- maybe not today but in a couple months -- will say, 'You know, we want to win.'" Read more


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offered dueling messages highlighting the nation's stark income inequality, a unifying theme that emerged as they and other hopefuls appeared Friday in their first joint outing before hundreds of top Democrats gathered in Minneapolis for the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting... Clinton, in a rousing speech punctuated by several standing ovations and chants of "Hillary!" told the crowd that, "Raising incomes and supporting families is the defining economic challenge of our time."

[Bernie] Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who has drawn record crowds across the country, called for a "political revolution" that would bring the disaffected into the electoral process. Read more


A man who claims he has the world's largest penis says women are too scared to have sex with him.

Super-endowed Roberto Esquivel Cabrera also claims his manhood is actually a disability that leaves him unable to work.

Not only that, but the 52-year-old's 18.9in member is so long that ladies are afraid of it.

The member hangs well below his knees and he wants his 'gift' to be recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But he also wants to be registered as disabled because he says his giant penis gets in the way and he is not able to hold down a proper job.


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