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Propaganda 102 Supplemental: Holly Would “Zero Dark Thirty”

By GENE HOWINGTON Upon the suggestion of long time and valued blog contributor James in LA, this column on “Zero Dark Thirty” and the controversy surrounding that film is offered as a supplement to the earlier entry in the series … Continue reading

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Propaganda 102 Supplemental: Holly Would “American Sniper”

Or “Blood Simple Is As Blood Simple Does”* by Gene Howington The definition of success in propaganda is a bit like pulling off a successful magic trick. It works best if no one realizes exactly how they’re being manipulated. At … Continue reading

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Propaganda 101: What You Need to Know and Why or . . .

The Word By GENE HOWINGTON Originally, I drafted this article with a preface about the story Michael Hastings recently broke on BuzzFeed about an amendment to the latest defense authorization bill that would “legalize the use of propaganda on American … Continue reading

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David Bowie Dead at 69

OED defines the icon as “a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.” Icon is bandied about rather casually these days, especially in the realm of entertainment. However, it is hard to argue that … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: September 8, 2015

The Constitution is quite clear. Article VI, paragraph 3, states that: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several … Continue reading

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What is a Democratic Socialist?

One of the running conversations here that carried over from that other place is between me, Bron and the other participants here trying to explain to him what socialism, and in particular democratic socialism, means. It is a fun interaction … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: August 24, 2015

According to AP: “Ferguson Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin issued an order on Monday that attempts to address some of the damage caused by St. Louis County’s practice of issuing arrest warrants and harsh penalties for minor violations, a revenue-driven approach … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: August 18, 2015

In countries with socialized health care, one price a society has to usually pay for such a valuable social service is accepting some limitations on torts related to medical malpractice. This protection for doctors in all but the most egregious … Continue reading

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Instant Poll: Grand Juries

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 277 into law. Those of you outside California might not have heard of SB 277 but that is likely to change. SB 277 bans the use of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week, August 11, 2015

Over the last decade, SCOTUS and in some ways Congress have expanded the notion of corporate personality well beyond that originally intended for the corporate form. This is reflected in cases like Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. , … Continue reading

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