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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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Biden Reportedly Narrows VP Pick to Two Cops” / The Rational National / David Doel ☮

According to journalist Charles Gasparino, the Joe Biden campaign has narrowed down his Vice President pick down to two cops; former prosecutor Kamala Harris and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings.

POLICY AND POLITICAL NEWS: “Glenn Greenwald Breaks Down New STUNNING Information on ‘Bolivian Coup'” / The Hill / Krystal Ball, Saagar Enjeti ☮

Co-Founding Editor at The Intercept Glenn Greenwald explains why Evo Morales was forced by Bolivia’s military to flee to Mexico after Morales won his fourth consecutive election.

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.

INTROVERSION: “Ten Things Introverts Want You to Know” / BRAINY DOSE ☮

Here are some things introverts want you to know about them! If you’re an extrovert, chances are, you don’t fully understand introverts, or some of the things they do. And if you’re an introvert, you likely feel misunderstood a lot of the time… and will probably closely resonate with the things on this list.

When it comes to personality types, it’s typically introvert vs extrovert. (If you have the qualities of both, then you are an ambivert). But, the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts is that introverts gain energy from being alone. It’s very important for introverts to take the time to just be alone with their thoughts. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun!

One of the things introverts want you to know is that they are not necessarily shy or anti-social. They often get a bad rap as being people who hate to be around others. This simply isn’t true. Not all introverts hate socializing, and not all of them are terrible at talking to others.

Often extroverts will go out of their way to try to make introverts more like them. However, one of the most important things introverts wish you knew about them is the fact that you cannot make them more extroverted! It’s just the way they are, and they want you to accept that.

INDEPENDENT GLOBAL NEWS: “Goodbye, Columbus: Bree Newsome Bass on the Movement to Topple Racist Statues Across the Globe” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman, Juan González ☮

As protesters worldwide continue to topple monuments to racists, colonizers and Confederates as part of the wave of demonstrations against racism and state violence, we speak to Bree Newsome Bass, artist and antiracist activist based in North Carolina, who five years ago was arrested at the state Capitol in South Carolina after scaling a 30-foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag. She says the current backlash against racist symbols reflects “impatience with the pace of incremental progress” both in the United States and elsewhere. “People are tired of centuries of colonialism and white supremacist ideology.”

POLITICAL AND CULTURAL TOPICS: “DISGUSTING!!! Trump Holding Tulsa Rally on Juneteenth, All While America Protests for Black Rights!” / Jesse Dollemore ☮

Jesse talks about Donald Trump’s decision to hold his first rally after a short pause in TULSA, OKLAHOMA. Which is the notorious site of the devastation in Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, commonly known as “Black Wall Street.” Making matters more egregious, he has chosen the date of June 19th which is known as “Juneteenth.” The day when the last of America’s enslaved population was FINALLY freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued two years prior.