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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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Green Party logo Monday, April 3, 2017     

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Interview with David Cobb, Part 2: Greener on the Other Side Jill will not receive any of the surplus funds. In fact, we are going to allow the donors themselves to determine how to allocate surplus money. To my knowledge, no other campaign in the history of campaigns-- Recounts or General Election-- has done this. As part of our commitment to transparency around recount fundraising and budgeting, the team has prepared a recount budget update detailing expenses (current as of 2/20/17.
Series: Jill Stein (9 Articles, 15614 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), environmental (22 Articles, 38165 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 2, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Greener on the Other Side: Interview with David Cobb I realized that all systemic, transformational change was always spearheaded by alternative political parties-- the abolition of slavery, women getting the right to vote, the creation of the Social Security, pure food and drug laws, ending child labor, the 40 hour work week, direct election of the US Senate. I realized that if we were going to make systemic change, it would only come if we built an alternative political party.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Two young feminists. Signs read: "BFFs for Equality" Thursday, March 2, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Longtime Activist Reflects on Women's March, Boston I have been to many marches over many decades, and for a variety of causes. The women's march turned out to be the most exciting one I have ever been part of. Not only because of its size in Boston and worldwide. But also because of the spirit of the march, the friendliness of all of us, the intentions of the march, the knowledge that we were doing something very important, the most creative signs i have ever seen.
Series: grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

March on Wall St. 1.15.17, sign reads: Health Care is a Human Rights [Paris is second from right] Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (12 comments)     

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Single-Payer Surge - Really?! Sanders' campaign lit the fire and the Republicans' attempts to repeal/replace/repair ACA is simply adding fuel to this burning desire to join the other developed countries of the world with a uniquely American solution - expanding our Medicare program to cover everyone in the US and improving the coverage and financing to eliminate any financial barriers to care at the point of service (no co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance).
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), health care (11 Articles, 21752 views) (View All Series)

Seattle Women's March 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (3 comments)     

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More from the Women's March: Seattle "I believe women's rights are human rights. If any citizens are subject to injustice, then we're all threatened. I'm very concerned about having a confessed sexual predator in the White House. I wanted to lend my voice to the resistance to let the world know that the majority of US citizens are opposed to rape, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and war mongering. All these issues are connected."
Series: grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Women's March, 2017 (9 Articles, 8645 views) (View All Series)

Twins Grace and Willow in the bike trailer that was their home for six months in 2007. Sunday, February 19, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Pedal Power Passion I have cycled coast to coast three times with additional trips involving dozens of cyclists, including Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney. I started living car-free in the early '80s on Whidbey Island. I commuted 30 miles each way into Seattle once a week for a few years. I got rid of my last car in 2006. Today I get around by bicycle, occasional walking, or public transit. Cars are inefficient, unsafe, and impractical.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

were your jeans made with slave labor? (cropped) Thursday, February 16, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Fashionable Corruption: Sweats Made with Slave Labor? Why I picked the fashion industry: All of us are literally touched by its products 99% of our lives. That's also why I decided to write a corporate story, not just a victim story. That corporation is exposed in a profoundly public way, and by that exposure the company and its customers are presented with a question that all of us are left to wrestle with: Now that you know the truth, what are you going to do about it?
Series: Exploitation (30 Articles, 52339 views), Corruption (31 Articles, 71350 views), Business (13 Articles, 23048 views) (View All Series)

Nevertheless She Persisted: the artwork that caught fire Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (12 comments)     

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#ShePersisted Goes Viral! I had an epiphany and remembered all the times I was silenced or ignored and all the times I was insulted, by both males and females. I didn't want my daughters to grow up hearing the same things I had. I decided to flip McConnell's quote into a positive as a way of saying, "Yeah, well, you threw all of this at me and I never gave up." I post most of my artwork on my FB page. Twenty-four hours later, it was everywhere.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Dan with LEGO Bionicles, which feature in many of his experiments Monday, February 13, 2017     

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From Zero Sum Game to Win-Win at Work If you have two factories, one gets people to be demotivated, the people in the factory suffer and the factory is not productive. One in which people are motivated, the people are happier, produce more and the factory is more effective. So, in all of those cases where motivation exists, everybody benefits. It's not a zero sum game. It's not a single pie. The pie can actually get larger. How do we get more of that?
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 54087 views), Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views), behavior/psychology (23 Articles, 30904 views) (View All Series)

Marianne Williamson photo by Elizabeth Granli, collage image by Meryl Ann Butler for OpEdNews Sunday, February 12, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Sister Giant: From "Fight or Flight" to "Tend and Mend" "The spontaneous activism we're seeing is really stupendous. Americans have a way of staying asleep to really important matters for far too long, but boy, when we do wake up, we slam it like nobody's business. Someone, so brazenly standing for who we aren't as a nation, is reminding millions of us who we are. And making us willing to take a stand. It's an all-hands-on-deck type of moment, and I just want my hands to help."
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views) (View All Series)

Pussy hat! Saturday, February 11, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA I was thrilled to have a chance to experience such unity with my "sistahs" locally and all over the globe. This march felt positively focused, even fun and joyful...the people who initiated this clearly intended for it to be a step forward toward what we want, not a fight against something we didn't want, and that is an important distinction. At the end of the march, people were happy, laughing and clearly inspired!
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

one of the alleged 3,000,000 alien voters? Thursday, February 9, 2017 (1 comments)     

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3 Million "Alien Voters": Figment of DT's Imagination? This is the Big Lie at work, as the Nazis knew. It masks the fact that millions were in fact DISENFRANCHISED from voting in this election, as shown by Greg Palast. It's also important that HRC won the five key swing states of FL, NC, PA, MI and WI in the exit polls but not the official vote count, a sure sign of electronic manipulation.So, this was a fascist stolen election and Trump's screams are a brilliant smokescreen.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views), justice (25 Articles, 42015 views), Jill Stein (9 Articles, 15614 views) (View All Series)

We the People Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (13 comments)     

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Organizing the Women's March, Chicago I had originally planned to go with my wife and family, but it occurred to me that it might be better to work on the satellite march in Chicago. There were solid indications that the DC march was going to be huge. I ended up working on the organizing committee for the Women's 1/21 March on Chicago. It was a great experience....There never seemed to be any question about my "legitimacy." There was too much to do.
Series: Women's March, 2017 (9 Articles, 8645 views), Women (64 Articles, 93399 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

doggy balloon reads: four footed feminist Friday, February 3, 2017     

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50,000 Turned Out for Austin Women's March It was an extraordinary crowd size. I had been to the Not My President and No DaPL marches in Dallas which drew very small crowds. It was amazing to be with so many people who were mobilized and energized to be heard. [The march] changed my life. I am inspired to resist. It's become a part-time job. We have to work in whatever way we can to push forward the rights of women, targeted groups, families, animals and the planet.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 38137 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg: Albert Einstein Thursday, February 2, 2017 (15 comments)     

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Jonathan Simon: Votecounts As 'Alternative Facts' Joan, I Woke Up This Mornin' With The We're In Deep sh*t Pants On Fire Voter-Fraud Blues.Funny you should mention Canada and leaving en masse. In this past Sunday's NYT Book Review, Beverly Gage, reviewing Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here," writes: "If Lewis's post-election vision is what awaits us....the only viable options will be to get out of the country or to join an armed underground resistance."
Series: Election/Voting (6 Articles, 10610 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

boob cake Tuesday, January 31, 2017     

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The Supporting Role of Breasts I got the idea for writing the book when I found out there were toxic industrial pollutants rising exponentially in American breast milk, and I wrote an article about that for the NY Times Magazine. I never came at it as a breasts-are-titillating topic. It only became a little more engaged with that as the book came out, and all these morning radio shows wanted me on for some laughs (as well as a few moments of sobriety).
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 54087 views), environmental (22 Articles, 38165 views), health (23 Articles, 41091 views) (View All Series)

I hate pink. I hate hats. What to do with mine? A Venus head I found at an estate sale in Princeton. Now, she can be Ven Saturday, January 28, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Women's March: Seattle When the march was announced, I started knitting. Haven't done that in years, but it was the perfect worry-bead thing to do with the freaking-out-energy I was experiencing over DT's victory. By march day, I'd made 18 hats. They showed up in Seattle, Oakland, SF, and tiny Langley, here on Whidbey Island. I asked all the wearers to donate to nonprofits serving women, and I seem to have raised a lot of money. That's good because
Series: grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

our nation's capital Friday, January 27, 2017 (7 comments)     

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David Swanson: Imagine Impeachment! People told us asking for clemency for Chelsea Manning was pointless. Nothing looks possible until after it's done. Even in today's world of Absolute Partisanship there hasn't been a Republican that the Republicans would be more willing to impeach than Trump. But if they think what follows will be corporate power and a docile public, they'll be as wrong as were all the Democrats and the tv networks who thought promoting Trump
Series: Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), economic inequity (45 Articles, 75066 views) (View All Series)

MLK's message: Hate cannot drive out Hate. Only LOVE can... Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (8 comments)     

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A Guy's View from Inside the Chicago Women's March These rallies around the world -- 673 of them, involving almost 5 million people -- were larger than the sum of their parts.Larger than the participants, larger than the issues they brought with them. And part of this change is joy. I felt so much joy, being with this diverse group of people.We all belong on this planet, we all deserve to be able to maximize our lives. We are all part of the Circle of Life.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), insurance (5 Articles, 9918 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Langely and Whidbey Island Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (7 comments)     

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Women's March: Whidbey Island, WA Everyone thought that 50 or 100 people would show up and straggle around. The numbers were thrilling. Signs were homegrown and creative. I think we all felt encouraged that so many of our neighbors care as much as we do. Sometimes you can feel alone or, as one friend says of protests, the STP: same ten people: our determination to not let the Trump presidency take away our rights, freedoms, dignity, love, care for one another.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

We the People, in many guises Monday, January 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Signs of Sisterhood: Inside the Women's March in Chicago I'm not very political. [But] now that he is elected, I think it's crucial to raise our voices and rise up. There is strength in numbers and this Women's March is proof. We can accomplish so much more when we are united and allies come together. I hope this march will ignite the passion of so many women and other marginalized groups and remind us that this is only the beginning of this effort. The work has only just begun.
Series: Women (64 Articles, 93399 views), Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Anonymous Sunday, January 22, 2017     

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Cyber-Security Expert Weighs in on Recount, Anonymous Threats and More Keep in mind that the governor of Wisconsin in 2011 was of a different party. That means, again separate from politics, that... WI is, essentially, a completely different "company" than it was back in 2011. Was charging that much a nasty thing to do? Yeah, probably. I think it's the job of government to do everything in its power to assure the correctness of elections. That's a far better use of our tax dollars...
Series: Freedom of the Press (5 Articles, 16514 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views) (View All Series)

Ano Thursday, January 12, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist's POV Nothing can be accomplished until we restore the basic elements of a free society: transparency in government, robust diversity of news reporting, open and fair elections that are counted in broad daylight. Our "elected" officials are not excited about changing the system that keeps them in power. But one way or another, we will get our democracy back."The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Corruption (31 Articles, 71350 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views) (View All Series)

Joe Libertelli and young friend Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Grasping The Opportunity Within This Crisis I have found that trying to make a difference feels better than watching TV or spending more time on social media. So, whether people dig in because they realize intellectually that their actions might well make a difference, or because it simply feels good, I hope and expect more people will choose action, more action and more intelligent action. Individually and together, our power is great. And it may well be enough.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Bernie Sanders (31 Articles, 73618 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views) (View All Series)

Voting Tuesday, December 6, 2016     

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Urgent Message from RecountNow.org re: the Ongoing Recount Volunteers are needed on the ground in states where there are recounts [MI, WI, PA and NV] AND for projects that can be done from anywhere, via the internet and phone.Most of us are missing work and dipping into savings in order to do what we believe needs to be done now. Donating what you can, to help us pay our experts for travel or lodgings, makes a real difference and expands our ability to oversee these crucial recounts.

Bob Koehler Friday, December 2, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Bob Koehler Weighs in on the Recount The focus on Stein's motives removes focus on how many votes were discarded and went uncounted. If this number is significant, this is a huge problem even if it doesn't shift the final result.We need a serious public focus on the process of guaranteeing election integrity. What we get from the media and punditocracy is instant skepticism, dismissal of all who worry about vote count inaccuracy as "conspiracy theorists."
Series: Jill Stein (9 Articles, 15614 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

Kerry Hannon Wednesday, November 30, 2016     

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Job Guru Kerry Hannon on Combatting Workplace Ageism There's no denying it, ageism is alive and well in the workplace. At the same time, I know first hand that experienced workers are landing jobs and are moving up the rungs, they're still engaged, getting noticed and feeling valued, and honestly loving their current positions. The key is to believe in yourself. Have some swagger. Keep your skills and energy sharp. Network like crazy. And always be open to trying new things.
Series: Empowerment (49 Articles, 61475 views), Careers (57 Articles, 75883 views), Aging (4 Articles, 4022 views) (View All Series)

WhoWhatWhy's Russ Baker Monday, November 28, 2016 (6 comments)     

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He's Ready to Audit the Vote: Who's In? We aim to field one of the largest teams possible in researching every aspect of the election result. We'll aim to bring unique insight to the recounts, but not just to that. We will be looking at the mechanics of voting itself (including paper ballots and electronic voting), as well as at vote suppression and other factors. We welcome anyone who has information or wishes to participate to contact us via our site.
Series: Jill Stein (9 Articles, 15614 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

David Moore Sunday, November 27, 2016     

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Former VP of Gallup on Value of Exit Polls In any election, there are always some people who won't accept the results regardless of the margin of victory. But I think there is reason in this election to at least audit the results. I don't believe that there is proof that the vote count was manipulated, but I do think there are enough oddities that suggest it's worthwhile to verify the vote count.
Series: Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), polls (1 Articles, 1044 views) (View All Series)

Bob Fitrakis Sunday, November 27, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Green Party Lawyer Fitrakis on Upcoming Recount [Stein] is a supporter of election transparency. The three states chosen for the recount all have statistical red flags and were very close in the votes between the two major presidential candidates.Stein believes the voters have the right to a fair and accurate count.Our system is fundamentally flawed and that we should demand that there be no place in a democratic system for secret proprietary software in our voting process.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 11134 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views) (View All Series)

Wasserman Monday, November 21, 2016 (2 comments)     

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GOP Flip & Strip Led to Trump Win? Like Gore and Kerry, Hillary is a multi-millionaire. Her first loyalty is to the establishment that keeps her rich. She would never challenge the basic illusions of our democracy. It's too radical for her. Like that line in "A Few Good Men": 'YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" I believe we will get through this. It'll stretch every muscle in our psychic bodies, but we'll get there, whatever it takes within a non-violent framework.
Series: Bernie Sanders (31 Articles, 73618 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 11134 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Thursday, November 17, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Roots Music: Three Strings and a Shovel Nashville-based guitarist, Justin Johnson, has a unique approach to music. From cigar box guitars to one-string diddley bows, he takes traditional styles like Blues, Roots, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc. and uses that musical vocabulary to create something new and meaningful.
Series: Creativity (26 Articles, 32819 views), grassroots (56 Articles, 94758 views), Music (10 Articles, 12098 views) (View All Series)

Juggling Cat Saturday, November 5, 2016     

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How to Gracefully Juggle Work/Home and Enjoy It More I grew up poor, raised by a single mother who was mentally ill and on welfare... I'm living proof that anyone can have anything they want IF they commit and take consistent action to make it real in their life. This series is a way to give back, and share a wealth of useful knowledge about living a full, happy and productive life with no regrets at the end. [Series is free and has no sales pitch.]
Series: behavior/psychology (23 Articles, 30904 views), Careers (57 Articles, 75883 views), Overcoming Challenges (58 Articles, 90904 views) (View All Series)

Janine Wedel Friday, November 4, 2016 (7 comments)     

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How Hillary's Latest Email Scandal Fuels Trump's Candidacy How can the public be assured that her decisions are free from conflicts of interest? The public can't because transparency has been rendered impossible. Officials far down the food chain from Clinton are expected to avoid not just the conflict, but even the appearance of a conflict. But these days influence elites of all political stripes are routinely personalizing the bureaucracy, pushing the boundaries to their own ends.
Series: ethics (11 Articles, 36109 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 61314 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 11134 views) (View All Series)

Maya Schenwar Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (14 comments)     

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War on Drugs Heading in Wrong Direction? We have to understand incarceration by looking at how people are being labeled as disposable and as "dangerous," and how those things are racialized. Whether it's marijuana possession or something else, there will always be a convenient "crime" with which to charge Black and Brown people unless white supremacy itself is confronted. We also have to think about.. the structures that make it possible to lock millions in cages.
Series: journalism (71 Articles, 130456 views), Racism (7 Articles, 10392 views), Prison (32 Articles, 49741 views) (View All Series)

David Swanson Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (9 comments)     

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail Hillary [i]s a horribly dishonest, corrupt, opportunistic, manipulative scam artist devoid of any moral scruples, or in a word a Neocon. Not only does she hold those trying to protect the earth in contempt, but she is happy to play with nuclear apocalypse through her antagonization of Russia (and Iran and Syria)... I do think [both candidates] are both below the level of anyone whom one could conscionably vote for.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 11134 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views) (View All Series)

Dr. Hal Urban Thursday, October 6, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Timely Message: "Positive Words, Powerful Results" [My students] got very good at using more affirming language. It became an important part of my teaching for the rest of my career. My #1 goal at the beginning of each school year was to create a "Caring Community" in my classroom. We did that by choosing the right words. Many of my students have told me years later that it was one of the most valuable things they learned in high school. Thank you Mom. Thank you Tim.
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John Kiriakou Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Whistleblower Kiriakou: POTUS Race--The Criminal vs. The Lunatic For the first time in my life, I fear for the country. The two major parties are represented by a lunatic and a criminal. What I fear most is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama Administration's war against transparency and whistleblowers. Government secrets will remain secret, even when they violate the law. That won't change, at least in the next four years.
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Replace Insecure http://critics-associated.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/JackPettiboneRiccobono-300x194.jpg Monday, September 26, 2016     

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From the Rez to the White House Rob Brown was so compelling and complex. He defied the simple labels of "gang leader" or "ex-con" or "criminal" or "drug dealer"; he was someone with a deep connection to his Native culture but had also gone through 39 foster families as a kid, 12 years in prison. He had a unique ability to reflect on his situation while in many ways still being trapped in it. Rob's story had never been told and it needed to be.
Series: poverty (5 Articles, 5786 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), the Arts (37 Articles, 58301 views) (View All Series)

Deborah Derman Saturday, September 17, 2016     

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Coloring: Not Strictly Kids Play Any More! I had so many tragedies to deal with in my life - the suicide of a close friend, losing my parents in a plane crash, the death of my husband when I was expecting my third child, breast cancer - I was so alone and felt so isolated....I've been a grief counseling now for more than 20 years. I tried to take the most important things that I've learned, the important things to focus upon, and incorporate them into my book.
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Villagers and Good Earth Nepal team are building an earthbag school in Agra, Makwanpur Sunday, September 11, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Earthquake-Proof in the Himalayas In Nepal, 55 Earthbag buildings survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with no structural damage. Earthbag technology is an inexpensive, simple and sustainable method for building. Having evolved from military bunker construction and flood control methods, Earthbag buildings are notable for their ability to endure fire, flood, wind, earthquake and vermin, and are used in disaster-prone zones all over the world.
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Bob Koehler Friday, September 2, 2016 (19 comments)     

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It's About Time for the Human Race To Grow Up The Restorative Justice movement represents a huge paradigm shift, something that perhaps could equal the geological shift embodied in the Anthropocene transition. We have to learn to live without enemies, without entitlement. We have to learn to listen. We have to build peace every way we can: with ourselves, with one another, with Mother Earth. We have to find love and do what we can to let it flourish.
Series: environmental (22 Articles, 38165 views), behavior/psychology (23 Articles, 30904 views), Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views) (View All Series)

Pete Tucker Sunday, August 28, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Presidential Debates: A Fraud on the American Voter? The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was jointly created by Ds and Rs in 1987 in order to kick out the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, which had been sponsoring the debates since 1976.The two parties didn't want the League running them and determining whether third party candidates could participate. The resulting debates were not uniformly well-received. Cronkite called them "phony... an unconscionable fraud."
Series: journalism (71 Articles, 130456 views), Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 61314 views) (View All Series)

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Saturday, August 27, 2016 (4 comments)     

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MomsRising Tackles Zika Virus, EpiPen Greed (and More) We are an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization with more than a million members working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006,[we] are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America's families.
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Chuck Pennacchio Friday, August 19, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Inside/Outside the DNC in Philly with Sanders Delegate Chuck Pennacchio It must be clearly understood that the DNC managers, similar to most state party chairs, and most MSM reporters in the Wells Fargo Center, approached Bernie delegates as unwelcome guests, troublemakers, and recalcitrant children. Not surprisingly, therefore, I witnessed, and personally experienced, numerous acts of physical intimidation, protest-sign destruction, blocked re-entrance, and seat displacement.
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Sarah Fleisch Fink Friday, August 12, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Expecting Better: The National Partnership for Women & Families For 45 years, we have fought for every major federal policy advance that has helped women and families. We promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of their jobs and families. Our goal is to create a society [where] no family is without quality, affordable health care and real economic security.
Series: Activism (171 Articles, 274968 views), economic inequity (45 Articles, 75066 views), health care (11 Articles, 21752 views) (View All Series)

Maria Luisa Mendonca Thursday, August 11, 2016     

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Beyond the Olympics: An Inside Look at Brazil's Political Crisis The impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff, which is happening during the Olympics, serves to distract voters from a power grab by right-wing politicians. Rousseff is not facing any corruption charges. Mainstream media in Brazil has played a major role in the impeachment process by creating the idea that Rousseff's removal from office was needed to solve the economic crisis.
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Carlos Miller Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Despite Cops' Best Efforts, Photography Is [Still] Not A Crime I spotted a group of 5 Miami police officers making an arrest and decided to take some photos... I reminded them this was a "public street," which prompted them to come after me, leaving the other guy alone. I ended up getting pounced on and beat up, my head bashed into the sidewalk several times, before they locked me up... I launched Photography is Not a Crime to proclaim my innocence and to document my trial.
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peace journalist Bob Koehler Thursday, August 4, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Reaching Beyond the Candidates with Bob Koehler I think politics as usual is under serious assault. Bernie gave Hillary an extraordinary challenge.... [He] ran as a serious candidate, articulating values that progressives haven't seen addressed at this level in many decades. I think the public is ready for profound change. This could, of course, be disastrous. Trump is a maniac. The challenge is to keep the Bernie revolution alive, indeed, to expand it.
Series: Bernie Sanders (31 Articles, 73618 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 11134 views), election campaign (26 Articles, 61314 views) (View All Series)

David Gibbs Saturday, July 23, 2016 (15 comments)     

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Trump Might Actually Be Right About NATO?? America's hundreds of overseas bases in Europe and elsewhere constitute a real drain on the living standards of middle and low income people in the US, and do little to enhance security. Indeed, one could argue that most security threats the US faces today results from previous failed interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Perhaps Trump's criticisms of NATO will help trigger a more generalized debate on foreign policy
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Greg Coleridge Friday, July 22, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Did You Catch Cleveland People's Justice & Peace Convention? The mission statement: "Current public policies disproportionately benefit corporations and the wealthiest individuals and promote and expand US militarism, while the concerns of the vast majority of people are ignored, distorted and/or manipulated for political and/or economic gain. The People's Convention will include a diversity of voices to lift up issues and problems that the RNC and DNC will not authentically address."
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Ernest A. Canning Sunday, July 17, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Courts Order Re-Do of Presidential Election - WHAT?! The most important thing to come out of the recent Austrian Constitutional Court decision is its elimination of the need to prove that a particular result was fraudulent. The key to election integrity lies in the ability to eliminate the "possibility" of a rigged outcome by ensuring transparency in how votes are tallied. Hopefully, that foreign decision will lead us to re-evaluate how we approach our own elections here.
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Gilbert Doctorow Saturday, July 16, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Brussels-Based American Journalist Weighs In on Brexit Even the most stupid leading figures in the European Institutions are now saying that the EU must reinvent itself to emerge from this crisis stronger. However, with the same weak and unpopular leaders who got the EU into the mess with Britain, one cannot expect bold and creative solutions. it is more likely that the crisis only will grow deeper now as other countries face voter revolts and calls for referendums to leave.
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No Future Sunday, July 10, 2016 (23 comments)     

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Does FBI Director Comey Think Hillary Clinton Is Above the Law? We have a right to be outraged that Director Comey explained his actions with such an obviously flawed rationale in the face of very public evidence documenting Clinton's violation of law and intent to do so. Don't we rate first-rate lies for these grand deceptions by the power elite? Are they just throwing out any excuse as a matter of form? Do they really think we're stupid enough to buy this?
Series: Election Integrity (52 Articles, 104576 views), ethics (11 Articles, 36109 views), Hillary Clinton (29 Articles, 82757 views) (View All Series)

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Saturday, July 9, 2016 (17 comments)     

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Pentagon Lifts Ban on Trans in Military - Good Idea or Not? To me, it is not a victory for trans people, or for anyone else, to become part of one of the central institutions of global oppression. The US military is currently bombing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and who knows how many other countries around the world. That some out trans person might soon be able to press buttons in Nevada to destroy a village in Somalia or Pakistan is not progress.
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ARE THE CLINTONS BEING PLAYED?  Will We See Their House of Cards Collapse Very Soo Monday, July 4, 2016 (7 comments)     

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"Are the Clintons Being Played?" YouTube Fairy Tale Combo of Fact and Surmise My goal was to cheer up Bernie's voters, especially after the California results showing again voter suppression, rigging and complicit mainstream media blatantly omitting important facts...Not only all MSM were not reporting accurately but they were frequently mocking him for his age, his hair, his shoes, his suits, for his "utopian" ideas, for being a democrat socialist, for waving his finger when he spoke.
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Robin Hahnel Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Understanding Brexit ....We are going to have to fight even harder to prevent Trump from winning because Trump will be able to paint Hillary as part of the establishment, which she very much has been. The lesson from Brexit is how deep anti-establishment sentiment is right now. People need to take this US election far more seriously than most. Not because Hillary is that good.... because Trump is that dangerous for America and the world.
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Donald Trump Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Todd Gitlin: Despite Trump's Mega Press Coverage, Much Still Untold As for whether the GOP will deny the nomination to Trump, I'm almost certain they won't. To do so, they'd have to agree on a Plan B. Who would that be? They could no more easily settle on a replacement than they could settle on a nominee who wasn't Trump in the first place. As for excitements, it's a safe bet, but if I knew which they'd be, I'd already have placed my bets. Expect the unexpected.
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Image created from image crediting Monday, June 27, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Pot-Powered Family Business, Growing Like a Weed in Denver People come to us because we have already made the mistakes and learned from them. We help those with the desire, money and business savvy and want to get into our industry but need the "know how" to do so. We have consulted in over 40 states and have approximately 30 clients across the US. We are really picking up steam with this company and branching out to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Jamaica and even Puerto Rico.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday, June 26, 2016 (15 comments)     

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Three in the Bed: Media Collusion with DNC and Hillary Leaked This is likely the biggest untold story of the 2016 primary. Hacked DNC emails showed that the DNC was favoring Clinton as early as May 26, 2015. This is significant, as Sanders entered the race as a Democrat in April, so the party had known about [his] candidacy for over a month at the time the email was written... These emails show that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's constant claims of neutrality were completely false.
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