Election Integrity: Black Box Voting, Part 1 by Janet Maker

Nov 30, 2017 by

This is the fourth article in our series examining election integrity. Part 1 concerns the 2016 presidential election recount, which provides a good insight into the problems with voting equipment in the United States.  Part 2 next month will cover how we got into this situation and what can be done about it.  

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Election Integrity: Gerrymandering by Janet Maker

Oct 31, 2017 by

After the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton blamed her loss largely on Russian hacking, and Donald Trump blamed the fact that Hillary won the popular vote on millions of illegal ballots.  In my opinion, the chance that either of those claims is true ranges from zero to negligible.  But the election really was rigged, in ways that we are examining in this series of blogs.  This month’s blog focuses on the manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. According to an Associated Press analysis, gerrymandering gave Republicans a huge advantage before a single vote was cast.

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Election Integrity: The Problems with the Two-Party System by Janet Maker

Sep 30, 2017 by

This is the second article in our series examining election integrity. A Gallup poll in August, 2017 showed that only 16% of...

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Election Integrity: The Electoral College by Janet Maker

Aug 31, 2017 by

I first became interested in election integrity after the 2000 presidential election.  Not only had the Supreme Court arbitrarily...

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The Importance of Critical Reading and Thinking by Janet Maker

Jul 31, 2017 by

Critical thinking and reading are not difficult to teach.  It would be easy to design a curriculum to teach those skills at every level from kindergarten through high school, not only in reading instruction, but also in social studies and science.  There is an obvious argument that critical thinking and reading are important skills for citizenship as well as for equipping students to lead productive lives.  Societies educate children for the type of citizens they want them to become.  Do we want to produce worker bees who will unquestioningly obey authority and do what they are told, or do we want to produce critical thinkers capable of taking part in democratic decision making?

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Neoliberals, Neoconservatives, and Neofascists by Janet Maker

May 31, 2017 by

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the...

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Neoliberalism’s Newest Iteration: A Progressive Rip Off by Frank Fear

Apr 13, 2017 by

This guest blog offers an explanation as to why all the progressive organizations and politicians seem to slither to the right.

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U.S. Political Parties and the Deep State by Janet Maker

Jan 8, 2017 by

Understanding the Deep State can help us explain things like why we have rigged elections and endless wars.

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Why Are We Letting This Train Wreck Happen? by Janet Maker

Dec 10, 2016 by

Everybody also knows, or should know in view of the overwhelming evidence, that the 2016 election was crooked. We have known that U.S. elections were rigged since at least 2000—voter suppression, Republican-owned proprietary software that can’t be audited, and much more. All our elections should be audited. Yet the only person standing up to challenge this election is Jill Stein. Why isn’t everyone rushing to help her?

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How to Change the World in 3 Easy Steps by Nafeez Ahmed

Nov 7, 2016 by

I often get asked by people about what they can do to change things, to change the world, when each of us is just one person, in the...

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Shifting Focus to Bernie’s Legislative Agenda, by Stephen Fox

Jul 31, 2016 by

We are shifting the focus in our Facebook group, Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win, to specifically helping Bernie achieve...

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What Should We Do Now? by Janet Maker

Jun 26, 2016 by

The Good News website and newsletter are intended not only to make us feel better, to help counteract the depressing barrage of...

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Hillary and the Lesser Evil by Janet Maker

May 19, 2016 by

Everyone seems to be discussing whether, if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination, his supporters should vote for Hillary.  One thing to...

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Concepts of Morality by Janet Maker

May 19, 2016 by

When I post “good news” I am guided by my concept of what is right and what is wrong. I have conservative friends who can’t bear to...

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