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Kayleigh McEnany and the the Real News

Kayleigh McEnany, rightist political operative, began hosting what I’ll generously call a web series on Facebook this week. Based on the week’s happenings in the Trumpiverse, “Real News” is constructed and delivered in fun-size blurbs for the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of adoring racist and xenophobic proles and bourgeoisie.
Video stills that

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Why local journalism needs to build better audiences, not just newsrooms

The delivery method has nothing to do with whether or not the public understands the critical role local journalism plays in their lives whether they are subscribers or not.

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OPINION: Building Bridges

by Sheila Velázquez
About a week after 9/11, I flew from Montana to Boston, a trip that required, as all trips from Bozeman do, a stop at Salt Lake City. The flight from Bozeman was not filled, but the absence of passengers became more apparent in Salt Lake. I had a long time until my next

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What Would Rockwell Paint?

OPINION
by Sheila Velazquez
On January 6, 1941, in a message to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every

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Opinion: Who is The Other?

by Sheila Velazquez
If you are to believe what you see in the mainstream media, most of the residents of the United States are healthy, wealthy and wise.
They drive late-model cars, wear high-end labels, eat from plates artistically drizzled with colorful sauces and have help to perform all those nasty little jobs that get one’s hands

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Opinion: How Did Opioid Abuse Overtake The Berkshires? And What Is Next?

Impact of Opioid abuse went unnoticed for years in the Berkshires
by Ralph Brill Associates
I am not a Doctor, Medical Scientist or Medical Reporter.
However, it should be very clear to all by now, that The Berkshires is a hot bed of Drug Abuse. It not only has the Highest Elevation in the State (Mt. Greylock at

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Opinion—Smart Fabrics II, Our Second Chance, by Ralph Brill

Letter to the Editor:
On 19 February 1861, President Abraham Lincoln visited the Albany Iron Works in Troy, NY in regards to the secret MONITOR IRON CLAD PROJECT. Lincoln was impressed with Troy’s business leaders and asked if they might recommend Cotton and Woolen Mills that might supply thousands of Tents and Uniforms in short order

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Privacy Battle: Today, your phone. Tomorrow, your brain.

Like so many privacy advocates, I cheered as Apple, Inc. unzipped and laid its set of big brass corporate disobedience on the table last week. Despite some convincing analysis both on Medium and over at Slate.com to the effect that an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a shooter in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre,

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Abundance and Envy

Peter Paul Rubens – Abundance (Abundantia)
I cruised southward alone along a curving, coastal dream road in central Maine. I suppose it might have been on the North Shore. It might have been in the Maritimes, though never having been to that region of Canada, I wouldn’t know. The sky was inhabited by a diverse population

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