George Zornick, The Nation — “How Walmart Helped Make the Newtown Shooter’s AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America”
“Though this may seem a stretch, we must think of rape crimes in the same light as other crimes. We don’t accuse those who have things stolen from them for flaunting their wealth in front of others. The majority of murder victims knew their attacker, yet no one calls it “acquaintance murder.” Why is rape different?” (via Our Stories Untold)
“Vote for Obama, but direct action is needed.”
Howard Zinn explains why voting for a president ought to be the least important political act you engage in all year. Zinn specifically speaks to the importance and necessity of civil disobedience, and argues that we must take direct action to stop banks from foreclosing on people, much like pockets of the lingering Occupy movement have been doing.
Note: this short interview is dated 2008, just prior to the election. It is still relevant — perhaps more than ever before.
Slate published a “condolence letter” to Republican voters in light of the election, suggesting that Obama might be more of a Republican than they may have thought:
“I know how stupid that sounds. Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. For five years, conservative politicians and media told you he was a raving socialist… “
Though Obama is “no right-winger”, many of his policies have been typical of, or in some cases even gone beyond, those sought by Republican presidents past; his heavy use of drones, the deep budget cuts in his economic recovery plans, and even the framing and origins of “Obama-care” bear strong, Republican streaks.
57 minutes. Free. Timely and astounding piece from the mid-90’s illuminates the same tactics stifling and controlling televised debate today. An important watch.
"Pirated satellite feeds revealing U.S. media personalities’ contemptuous plans for their viewers come full circle in Spin. TV out-takes appropriated from network satellite feeds unravel the tightly spun fabric of television, a system which silences public debates and furthers the intolerance of anyone outside the pack of journalists, politicians, spin doctors and televangelists who manufacture the news. Spin moves through the L.A. rebellion and the floating TV talk-show called the 1992 U.S. presidential election." (IMDB)