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“If you heave an egg out of a Pullman car window anywhere in the United States you are likely to hit a fundamentalist.”
— H.L. Mencken,1927

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Just Released January 18, 2022


how gen z is channeling their fear and passion to save america

By John Della Volpe

An exploration of Gen Z, the issues that matter most to them, and how they will shape the future . . .

9/11. The war on terror. Hurricane Katrina. The 2008 financial crisis. The housing crisis. The opioid epidemic. Mass school shootings. Global warming. The Trump presidency. COVID-19.

Since they were born, Generation Z — those born from the late 1990s to early 2000s — have been faced with an onslaught of turmoil, destruction and instability unprecedented in modern history. 



World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Gets A Boost

By Jeffrey Wilkerson — Luther College

The Search for Dark Matter

The story of our attempt to understand dark matter is a long one with Fritz Zwicky in 1933 measuring velocities of galaxies in clusters that were so high the clusters should have flown apart. 



The Steal

the attempt to overturn the 2020 election and the people who stopped it

By Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague

In The Steal, veteran journalists Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague offer a week-by-week, state-by-state account of the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

In the sixty-four days between November 3 and January 6, President Donald Trump and his allies fought to reverse the outcome of the vote. Focusing on six states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin— Trump’s supporters claimed widespread voter fraud.

It was not a well-orchestrated matter. There was no guiding genius pulling the strings in key states for the defeated Donald Trump. In the weeks after the election, in counties and precincts all over the country, many local Republican officials and even Trump’s own campaign workers washed their hands of his increasingly unhinged allegations of fraud. But there was no shortage of people willing to take up the fight. Urged on by Trump and his coterie of advocates, lawyers, and media propagandists, true believers turned on their colleagues, friends, and neighbors— even those in their own party—to accuse them of rigging the election.



How Dark Money Bought A Supreme Court Seat

While Justice Amy Barrett feigned ignorance of dark money, new documents show that cash bankrolled her Supreme Court nomination.
 By Andrew Perez and Julia Rock — The Daily Poster

A conservative dark money group led by former President Donald Trump’s judicial adviser Leonard Leo bankrolled Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation campaign with nearly $22 million in anonymous cash, while another nonprofit that Leo helps steer saw a fundraising bonanza and showered cash on other organizations boosting Barrett, according to tax returns obtained by The Daily Poster.



Looking for the Good War

American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness 

By Elizabeth D. Samet

“We continue to search in vain for a heroic plot comparable to the one woven out of our experience in World War II.”

In Looking for the Good War, Elizabeth D. Samet reexamines the literature, art, and culture that emerged after World War II, bringing her expertise as a professor of English at West Point to bear on the complexity of the postwar period in national life. She exposes the confusion about American identity that was expressed during and immediately after the war, and the deep national ambivalence toward war, violence, and veterans—all of which were suppressed in subsequent decades by a dangerously sentimental attitude toward the United States’ “exceptional” history and destiny.




The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

Mystical belief systems (making stuff up) are “a suitable vehicle for the propagation of political control of a nation.”
SS-Brigadeführer Walter Schellenberg

By Annie Jacobsen

This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.

For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations’ secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.



Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

The curious theories of modern pseudoscientists

“Today, science reporting in the American press is freer of humbug and misinformation than ever before in history.”
— Martin Gardner, 1952

By Martin Gardner

This witty and engaging book examines the various fads, fallacies, strange cults, and curious panaceas which at one time or another have masqueraded as science. Not just a collection of anecdotes but a fair, reasoned appraisal of eccentric theory, it is unique in recognizing the scientific, philosophic, and sociological-psychological implications of the wave of pseudoscientific theories which periodically besets the world.

Here you will find discussions of hollow-earth fanatics like Symmes; Velikovsky and wandering planets; Hörbiger, Bellamy, and the theory of multiple moons; Charles Fort and the Fortean Society; dowsing and the other strange methods for finding water, ores, and oil. Also covered are such topics as naturopathy, iridiagnosis, zone therapy, food fads; Wilhelm Reich and orgone sex energy; L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics; A. Korzybski and General Semantics. A new examination of Bridey Murphy is included in this edition, along with a new section on bibliographic reference material.



American Kleptocracy

How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

By Casey Michel

Kleptocracy — A regime dedicated entirely to predation and pillaging of the population.

For years, one country has acted as the greatest offshore haven in the world, attracting hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit finance tied directly to corrupt regimes, extremist networks, and the worst the world has to offer. But it hasn’t been the sand-splattered Caribbean islands, or even traditional financial secrecy havens like Switzerland or Panama, that have come to dominate the offshoring world. Instead, the country profiting the most also happens to be the one that still claims to be the moral leader of the free world, and the one that claims to be leading the fight against the crooked and the corrupt: the USA.



Can Federal Legislation Rein in South Dakota Trusts?

By Frontline PBS
Just days after the Pandora Papers broke in early October, highlighting how U.S. trusts are sheltering millions in controversial assets, a bipartisan group of House members responded with proposed legislation, requiring the U.S. Treasury to expand due diligence rules for financial-services professionals.


How Wyoming Became One of the World’s Top Tax Havens

a global investigation
 By Debbie Canziper and Will Fitzgibbon — The Washington Post

An oligarch, a dictator’s aide and a beverage tycoon turned to America’s least populated state to shelter assets, the Pandora Papers show

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Cowboy Cocktail

In recent years this coveted financial arrangement has attracted a new set of outsiders to the least populated state in America.




By Bob Woodard and Robert Costa

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

This classic study of Washington takes readers deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened.

Peril is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history.

It is also the first inside look at Biden’s presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering, dark shadow of the former president.



The Biggest Revelations in “Peril”

the future of the republican party

By Amy Davidson Sorkin — The New Yorker

Complicity—rather than defiance—is the main message!



January 6 Was Just Practice for Trump and His Allies


By Barton Gellman — The Atlantic

January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.

Technically, the next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup. It will rely on subversion more than violence, although each will have its place. If the plot succeeds, the ballots cast by American voters will not decide the presidency in 2024. Thousands of votes will be thrown away, or millions, to produce the required effect. The winner will be declared the loser. The loser will be certified president-elect.



Why the January 6 Investigation Is Weirdly Static

The House committee can still succeed, but success won’t look like what a lot of onlookers are hoping for.

By Quinta Jurecic — The Atlantic

It was almost a year ago that rioters forced their way into the United States Capitol, smashing windows, threatening the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress, and aiming to overturn the results of a democratic election in order to keep Donald Trump in power. In the intervening months, the Justice Department has filed charges against more than 680 people out of the “approximately 2000” whom the FBI estimates were involved in the attack. Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating January 6 is pressing forward with its own inquiry—litigating against the former president to secure access to documents from the Trump White House and pushing the Biden administration to prosecute the Trump confidant Steve Bannon for his refusal to engage with the committee’s questions.



A Fort Sumter Replay Has Already Happened

Active and former U.S. military members have already defied & attacked the government. What now?

By James Bruno — Dispatches From Exile

Pardon me if I sound a mite alarmist, but, in case you weren’t paying attention, active duty and former members of the U.S. military defied the United States government on three separate occasions last year.



The Wires of War

technology and the global struggle for power

By Jacob Helberg

“The greatest democracy in the history of the world might be sleepwalking into a world dominated by autocracy. Even worse, most Americans aren’t even aware of whats at stake.”
To see what’s coming next, read on . . .

From 2016 to 2020, Jacob Helberg led Google’s global internal product policy efforts to combat disinformation and foreign interference. During this time, he found himself in the midst of what can only be described as a quickly escalating two-front technology cold war between democracy and autocracy.

On the front-end, we’re fighting to control the software—applications, news information, social media platforms, and more—of what we see on the screens of our computers, tablets, and phones, a clash which started out primarily with Russia but now increasingly includes China and Iran. Even more ominously, we’re also engaged in a hidden back-end battle—largely with China—to control the Internet’s hardware, which includes devices like cellular phones, satellites, fiber-optic cables, and 5G networks.



Midnight in Washington

By Adam Schiff

“America has a genius for reinvention, and we must use it.”

The Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism.

 Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.

Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president—but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office.

“. . . we cannot guard our democracy against those who walk the halls of Congress, have taken an oath to uphold our Constitution, but refuse to do so.”



Letters from an American

december 22, 2021

“How people think about the country depends on the stories they hear about it.”
— Heather Cox Richardson



Conspiracy Theories Are a Mental Health Crisis

The complex relationship between mental health, conspiracy theories, and disinformation that no one’s talking about. 

By Rebecca Ruiz — Mashable

Every day, people who spend time online face a deluge of conspiracy theories, misinformation, and disinformation. Plenty of them move along, clicking past outlandish or false content that’s designed to lure them in. Some, however, become ensnared for reasons experts don’t fully understand. People quickly slip into dark corners of the internet and find a community of believers, or even zealots, who swear they’ve discovered hidden truths and forbidden knowledge.



The Psychology of Pandemics

preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease  

By Steven Taylor

Pandemics are large-scale epidemics that spread throughout the world.

Virologists predict that the next pandemic could occur in the coming years, probably from some form of influenza, with potentially devastating consequences. Vaccinations, if available, and behavioral methods are vital for stemming the spread of infection. However, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption.



The Afghanistan Papers

the secret history of the war

By Craig Whitlock

Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives.

Distracted by the war in Iraq, the US military become mired in an unwinnable guerrilla conflict in a country it did not understand. But no president wanted to admit failure, especially in a war that began as a just cause. Instead, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory.



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