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"racism" in the US: why do only blacks get to frame the debate?

As the mainstream media’s narrative is beginning to unravel (much sooner than in the Trayvon Martin case in 2012), and as angry black mobs scream “racism” nightly in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, we ask this question. 1,264 more words


Native Advertising: Ads Masquerading As News

TV host and comedian Jon Oliver of “Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver” had an interesting segment on his show about the rise of native advertising.  167 more words

Social Justice & Reform

On "doing something"

There is too much death and destruction in my social media feeds tonight.

— Justin Sengstock (@SengstockJustin) August 12, 2014

I tweeted this more than a week ago.

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Catholic Church

some thoughts on the events in Ferguson, Missouri

For readers outside of the US, on Saturday, 09 August, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black youth (of 18 years of age), Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri (in the St. 1,293 more words


Political Theater And The Crisis Du Jour, Substituting For News ...

American and European voters (unless they’re Swiss) are being herded through elections by political theatrical performances intended to maintain those in power so that they can reward their supporters. 639 more words


ABC News Reporter Elizabeth Vargas Back In Rehab

LOS ANGELES (AP) – ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency, she and the network said Sunday. 340 more words