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Jay Weixelbaum
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Democrats and Republicans are NOT the same. I don't see any Republican saying this and that distinction is very important going into the next election cycle.
Without directly accusing Bill Cosby of raping anyone, President Obama said Wednesday the dozens of accusations levied against the disgraced comedian clearly constitute rape.
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"Think Gwar meets Mad Max meets Spongebob meets Tenacious D meets Senior Week."
A dozen or so 18-year-olds will pack into the expensive, three-bedroom luxury vacation condo belonging to one kid’s rich parents in Ocean City, Maryland, now permeated with the mixed smells of Axe, cheap booze, and weed. The tradition of Senior Week—the week graduating high schoolers head to the beach to party and escape adult  authority—will be the first and possibly only time these white kids will ever feel actively pursued by the police for d...
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Sickest of wiki burns. Notorious Gator gets his Twitter account suspended and his wiki deleted on the same night.

The comments deeming him insignificant are schadenfreude heaven. Later, juicebro.
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You: "The two parties are the same!"
Me: "No, they aren't. A basic understanding of US political history should tell you this."
You: "Arrogant! Condescending!"
Me: "My opinion is informed by studying primary and secondary sources in US political history."
You: "Elitist!"
Me: "Bernie/Rand have no chance of winning."
You: "My vote doesn't matter! I'm staying home!"
Me: "Your ideological concerns are informed by your attitude, rather than primary and secondary sources, which led to your predetermined decision not to vote."
You: "I don't have time to look at sources!"
Me: "Then why are you wasting it on the internet talking shit?"
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This is one of my most favorite albums of all time. Steve Albini recorded my friends years ago, but the album was never released. Until now!
Man, do we love helping to premiere new music, especially when said music is not only totally bad-ass, but LONG overdue. Check out Alive from rock…
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More science that demonstrates libertarians are probably wrong.
Upworthy carried a story summarizing an experiment demonstrating that rats exhibit empathy. Why do I care about this? Because the graphics showing the experiment on Upworthy made me smile, and smiling...
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Check out Pneumatic Masonry, a project by Rhode Island based Pneuhaus creative collective. 

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Dear fellow progressives: Please do not mistake my pragmatic promotion of Hillary Clinton as some sort of acceptance of corporate evil here to destroy us all. I like Bernie Sanders. I identify with most of his policies. I like Elizabeth Warren, too.

I study US political and economic history for a living. I went deeply into debt and spent years studying to become a recognized expert on the topic of US corporate collaboration with the Nazis. I'm about to finish a PhD on the subject. I entered this field specifically to critique the role of corporations in US imperialism. I make music with Ryan Harvey and Tom Morello to express this antifascist sentiment creatively.

My eyes are wide open.

Yet my political goals are nuanced. In fact, nuance and understanding complex and sometimes contradictory value judgments are what I've learned during my training as a historian. We constantly practice analyzing sources for their veracity and bias. We (hopefully) work to get continually better at it.

I rest my support for Hillary Clinton on two facts: 1) Life would be much worse for a majority of Americans and other inhabitants of the world if the Republicans win this next election. 2) The US is an imperial structure and no election result is likely to change this situation. I believe empires are one of the most vexing problems humanity faces - this is why I study and teach the topic. There is no easy fix to this problem.

People are disappointed in Obama and they are likely to be disappointed in any Democratic winner. Including Bernie Sanders. Empires have their own life cycle. No empire has ever ended without violent upheaval and massive political, economic, and cultural change. Here, my leftist friends and I are on the same page. We part ways when we start talking about voting.

Bernie is not the likely candidate. I am not telling you to give up on Bernie. I want Bernie on the ticket with Hillary! I mean, if we are going to dream, let's push this further! What we don't want, however, under any circumstances is to split the Democratic vote. The GOP needs to be defeated. There are too many important changes coming. Change to the economic and political concentrations of power is coming.

But it will be a mess if progressives bitterly stay home and embrace the false narrative that Democrats and Republicans are the same. They aren't. Read critically. Think critically. Make informed choices. Politics is not a zero sum game. It's about measuring a society based on how we treat the most vulnerable among us. How we treat each other.

Thanks for reading.
In digital campaigns, conservative groups are sending a steady stream of posts attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, some of them specifically designed to be spotted, and shared, by liberals.
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+Andres Soolo Yes, I believe empires are resilient, or at least resistant to change. This is a common feature of consolidated economic and political power - but that's obvious. To me, the more interesting and unique historical arc for an empire is how this resistance leads to change anyway. In the context of my studies, each arc has been different: Qing, Ottoman, German, USSR, and British empires all found ways to undo themselves while attempting to retain consolidated power.

For many, it would appear obvious that imperial overreach would lead to collapse in the case of the U.S.- but I think a lot of people are mistaking what they think they want to see vs what could actually occur. The U.S. Empire is remarkably resilient. Thus, change should probably be measured on smaller scales. 
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Professional researcher in transnational economic and political history. Professor and historical consultant. I also play the drums and guitar. Graphic artist in a past life.
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  • National Academy of Sciences
    Researcher, present
  • Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
    Researcher, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Baltimore
    Professor, 2013 - 2013
  • Ixtlan Productions
    Historical Consultant, 2012
  • Buffalo State College
    Professor, 2012
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Baltimore, MD
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Los Angeles, CA - Buffalo, NY - Boston, MA
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Professional researcher, historical consultant, PhD candidate, musician, and once upon a time, a painter.

Education
  • American University
    World War II Business (PhD) History, 2011 - present
  • Buffalo State College
    History (BA), 2006 - 2009
  • Boston College
    Business History, Holocaust, World War II, Transnational History (MA), 2009 - 2011
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