PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Army Lifts Ban on Recruits with Histories of Self-Harm, Depression” / Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮

In a shocking move, the US Army has announced that they will no longer be turning away recruits who have a history of mental health issues like depression or self-mutilation in an effort to help bolster their dwindling ranks. Given what we know about former military members turning violent back at home and how poorly the US cares for its veterans, this decision will almost certainly end in a tragically predictable way.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Power of Persuasion with Stuart Ewen” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of ‘Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture’ joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda.