Ted Rall

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Wednesday, January 01, 2020
A Grim New Definition of Generation X
People born in the 1960s may be the last human beings who will get to live out their full actuarial life expectancies. " Climate change now represents a near- to mid-term existential threat" to humanity, warns a recent policy paper by an Australian think tank. Civilization, scientists say, could...
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Nothing has changed. Whenever there is a foreign policy "crisis," you will never read or hear or see someone completely opposed to U.S. involvement given a voice in the media. Certainly not in the Post. (Photo: flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The U.S. Government Lied About the Afghanistan War. They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Lapdogs Like the Washington Post
“In ten years or so, we'll leak the truth,” the Dead Kennedys sang. “But by then it's only so much paper.” But it might just score you a Pulitzer Prize. Award bait and bragging rights are no doubt the principal goals of The Washington Post’s self-congratulatory data dump, “ The Afghanistan Papers...
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"American political culture has devolved from the Vietnam era, when pacifists were marginalized, to a kneejerk bellicosity in which they don't exist as part of the debate." (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Media Never, Ever Gives Peace a Chance
At this writing, President Trump is considering "the possibility of retaliation in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack on young children and families in the Syrian city of Douma," reported CBS News . "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Democratic Party's Last Chance: Fight Trump or Die
Democrats need to stop grasping at straws. Shocked by Trump's win and dismayed at his half billionaire , half military junta cabinet , liberals are thrashing about in the stinking waters of dying American democracy, hoping against hope for something — anything — to stop Trump from becoming...
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
No, Everything Is Not Going to Be Alright
After president-elect Donald Trump’s 10-15 minute scheduled get -to-know-you with lame-duck president Barack Obama ran an hour and a half , too many of my friends who ought to know better contacted me with some variant of “maybe everything really is going to be OK after all.” No. It really isn’t...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015
Do Not Be Impressed by Mark Zuckerberg's Phony Generosity
CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises to give 99% of his Facebook shares to charity — eventually. Exact phrasing: the stock, currently worth $45 billion, will be donated "during [he and his wife's] lives." He's 31 and she's 30, so actuarial tables being what they are, by approximately the year 2065. If...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
14 Years Ago, A Woman Vindicated Me Now
A woman walking down the street in West Hollywood saw a police officer roughing up and handcuffing a man, whom he accused of jaywalking. Appalled, she challenged the officer. “Take off his handcuffs!” she demanded. Noticing the commotion, more passersby approached. Soon a small crowd of people had...
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
In Defense of Donald Trump’s Slam on John McCain
John McCain is a prick. It’s true. We have to acknowledge that out of the gate because media coverage of the controversy over Donald Trump’s slam on McCain omits the fact that McCain baited Trump. McCain started it. McCain always starts it. First McCain went after Trump’s anti-immigration...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Scott Walker: An Idiot, Ready to Serve on Day 900
Imagine you're running for president. Of the United States of America. The campaign has begun. Then something unsettling happens: you realize that you're not qualified for the job. That you're in way over your head becomes evident when voters and reporters on the campaign trail ask you questions...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Obama Destroyed Libya
Barack Obama destroyed Libya. What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn't deserve a historical pass. When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under the clutches of longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But things were looking up. Bush and Gaddafi had...
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