INTELLECTUALISM: “Stephen Fry on Religion” / The Origins Podcast / Lawrence Krauss ☮

The Origins Podcast is now a part of the Origins Project Foundation. Consider supporting the podcast and the Origins Project Foundation at http://www.originsprojectfoundation.org. In this inaugural clip from the new partnership, Stephen and Lawrence discuss Religion from a variety of perspectives, touching on intellectual laziness, the feeling that we can and should be better people, and the how joy of discovering that learning more about how things actually work enhances, rather than detracts, from the awe and wonder of the Universe.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Truth about War with Danny Sjursen, Combat Veteran and West Point Graduate” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Chris Hedges discusses Ghost RIders of the Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, with author Danny Sjursen, combat veteran and West Point graduate.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Undercover Patriots: Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent” / Danny Sjursen ☮

As both the Covid-19 crisis and the militarization of the police in the streets of American cities have made clear, the imperial power that we veterans fought for abroad is the same one some of us are now struggling against at home and the two couldn’t be more intimately linked. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

It was June 20th and we antiwar vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump’s latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country.

We never planned to go inside the cavernous arena where that rally was to be held. I was part of our impromptu reconnaissance team that called an audible at the last moment. We suddenly decided to infiltrate not just the perimeter of that Tulsa rally, but the BOK Center itself. That meant I got a long, close look at the MAGA crowd there in what turned out to be a more than half-empty arena.

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Sixteen Facts About American Policing the MSM Won’t Tell You About Cops” / RT America / Redacted Tonight / Lee Camp ☮

The sixteen facts about American policing Lee shares will blow your mind and prove that the police aren’t what you think. He tells us their origins, their worst crimes, and the most useless jobs that society expects them to do. People need to have a more accurate understanding of what the police do in order to understand why society wouldn’t fall apart if police department budgets were slashed.

INDEPENDENT GLOBAL JOURNALISM: “Study Debunks Claims That Led to Bolivian Coup” / truthdig / Eoin Higgins ☮

A new study released by a pair of MIT researchers Thursday reveals that, contrary to claims from the U.S.-backed Organization of American States, there was no fraud in Bolivia’s October 20, 2019 elections—an accusation used by the OAS and others as a pretext for supporting the coup in the country that deposed President Evo Morales and replaced him with an unelected right-wing government.

Our results were straightforward. There does not seem to be a statistically significant difference in the margin before and after the halt of the preliminary vote. Instead, it is highly likely that Morales surpassed the 10-percentage-point margin in the first round. …

There is not any statistical evidence of fraud that we can find—the trends in the preliminary count, the lack of any big jump in support for Morales after the halt, and the size of Morales’ margin all appear legitimate. All in all, the OAS’ statistical analysis and conclusions would appear deeply flawed.

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