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Reality TV Helped Bring Trump to the White House (Jimmy)
Needed ingredients for good reality TV: outrageous and inappropriate celebrity behavior. The Celebrity Apprentice was a dress rehearsal for a Trump presidential-campaign. Will the White House now become the ultimate reality show?
Was the Election Rigged? (Reader Pat)
Investigative journalist Greg Palast, who spoke with WhoWhatWhy about Republican cross checking before the election, now shares some explosive numbers about disenfranchised voters.
From Sewage into Crude Oil (Milicent)
At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, they have found a way to turn sewage into biocrude oil, in minutes, with hydrothermal liquefaction, a process that mimics the geological conditions — high pressure and temperature – that create crude oil over millions of years.
DNC Staffer Screams At Donna Brazile For Helping Elect Trump (Reader Brandy)
Claims Brazile and Wasserman supported Clinton early on for personal gain, clearing the way for Trump. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change.”
After Brexit and Trump, There is Le Pen (Dan)
France’s right-wing National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, looks stronger thanks to the momentum created by Brexit and Trump. Now rebranded from its racially-tinged roots, will France’s far right see its day in the mainstream?
Ron Paul: Trump Should Resist Neocon and Shadow Government Influence (Jimmy)
Former US Congressman Ron Paul discusses what Trump’s foreign policy should pursue and avoid.