PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton: The Uncivil War” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Max Blumenthal, author and Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, and Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet. Following the American missile attacks on a Syrian airbase in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, they discuss the U.S. role in the Syrian conflict.

POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “Is Blue Lives Matter a Hate Group?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Max Blumenthal, Grayzone Project-Alternet/The 51 Day War joins Thom. When Black Lives Matter protests first made their appearance on the national scene – the line from conservatives was “No, black lives don’t matter – ALL lives matter.” Right-wingers have kept up this kind of thinking for most of the past year – but lately they’ve come out with a new slogan to demonize anti-police violence protesters. You might have heard Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke say it at the Republican National Convention. Here’s the thing – though – Blue Lives Matter is more than just a slogan. It’s a hate movement.