THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND CHILD RAPE: “NFL’s Saints Shielded Catholic Church Amid Abuse Crisis: Report” ☮

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game The New Orleans Saints are seeking to keep private hundreds of emails allegedly showing that executives did damage control for the local archdiocese.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”

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IN REMEMBRANCE: “Anniversary Tribute to Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011)” ☮

“Thinking for Yourself”

“(The SMILE) RIP 1949-2011”

“Christopher Hitchens on the Afterlife”

“The Thinking Atheist’s Tribute to Christopher Hitchens”

“Christopher Hitchens: On Fascism”

IN REMEMBRANCE: “Happy Birthday! Howard Zinn: Terrorism, What Americans Don’t Want to Hear” ☮

Howard Zinn would have turned 94 today if his seemingly boundless energy and youthfulness had not been cut short in January 2010.

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It’s worth remembering that A People’s History of the United States first came out in 1980 as a tide of reaction was seeking to bury the social movements that inspired Howard’s book and which he saw as the hope for the future.

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Howard challenged these ideas in a terrific speech he gave in 1970: “If you don’t think, if you just listen to TV and read scholarly things, you actually begin to think that things are not so bad, or that just little things are wrong. But you have to get a little detached, and then come back and look at the world, and you are horrified. So we have to start from that supposition—that things are really topsy-turvy.”

Howard had that rare ability to step back and help us understand our topsy-turvy world primarily because he approached politics and history from the standpoint of someone who thought it was possible to turn our world right side up — to put people before profit, the environment before the interests of mining companies.

¡Howard Zinn presente!

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SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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FUTBOL: “Messi Banned Four Matches” / TYT Sports / Francis Maxwell and Jason Rubin ☮

Lionel Messi has been handed a four match ban for cursing at a referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match with Chile over the weekend. Messi will miss today (Tuesday’s) match with Bolivia, along with the next three. While Argentina are a loaded squad, Sergio Aguero will likely find his way back into the starting xi after it was rumored he would be dropped to a bench role. Francis Maxwell and Jason Rubin discuss Lionel Messi’s ban.