Robert Micciulla

67 Flips | 1 Magazine | 55 Likes | 4 Following | 1 Follower | @Bobber980 | Keep up with Robert Micciulla on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Robert Micciulla”

How we grew arrogant enough to believe we have the right to kill

After Santa Fe, we must be honest with ourselves about the role violence plays in our politics.<p>In the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting, Texas' lieutenant governor Dan Patrick blamed such attacks on gun owners who don't lock up their guns, and on the "design of schools" which have too …

Guns

Here Are the 10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist

Click here for reuse options! If you are trying to decide where in the country you want to plant your godless stakes, here are some places to …

Religion

After war with NRA, business is booming at Dallas diner

A week after the conventioneers left, the bomb threats and news crews have mostly stopped coming in. The mean internet comments and bad Yelp reviews …

Guns

A broken idea of sex is flourishing. Blame capitalism

Since the Toronto bloodbath, a lot of pundits have belatedly awoken to the existence of the “incel” (short for involuntary celibate) online subculture and much has been said about it. Too often, it has been treated as some alien, unfamiliar worldview. It’s really just an extreme version of sex …

Feminism

Report: The most miserable states in the USA

West Virginia remained at the bottom of the well-being list for the fifth consecutive year<p>The states with high well-being scores enjoyed lower obesity rates and other common health problems<p>Residents in states with low well-being were more likely to have limited access to basic necessities<p>The …

Demographics

The Case for Redistribution

If we’re serious about sexual fulfillment, we should worry more about economic inequality, not sex robots.<p>For decades, it’s been a mainstream …

Jeff Bezos

The Guardian view on a job guarantee: a policy whose time has come

Ministers need to adopt measures that secure a basic human right to engage in productive employment<p>Victor Hugo once remarked: “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” Today, in the United States, a job guarantee seems just such an idea. Progressives of all …

Bernie Sanders

Samantha Bee Rips Female Journalists for Defending ‘Completely Evil’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The ‘Full Frontal’ host defended Michelle Wolf and called out her critics for practicing the opposite of feminism.<p>After <i>New York Times</i> reporter Maggie …

Comedy

Cartoon: You won't believe what Trump supporters see...

JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more.<p>GET …

Facebook

The Real Villain Behind Our New Gilded Age

The comedian Chris Rock once said, “If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” Populist revolts throughout the world may not count as street riots, but they do reflect disenchantment with not just our government but also liberal democracy itself.<p>In the past …

Economics

Michelle Wolf's truth bombs aren't the only thing America's elite journalists don't get | Will Bunch

Press freedom in America is on life support. And elite Beltway journalists - who give Trump Country a massive bullseye with their black-tie celebrity …

Donald Trump

The Forces Were Perfectly in Balance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' job is to embarrass the press. Michelle Wolf's job is to embarrass Sanders.<p>Here are the articles of surrender, in case you wonder one day how it all happened.<p>"Dear Members:<p>"I want to tell you how much your kind words meant to me following my personal remarks at last night’s …

Donald Trump

The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump

White evangelical Protestants continue to approve of President Donald Trump at about twice the rate of the general public, according to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Indeed, the figure is at an all-time high, with some 75 percent expressing a positive view as of …

Religion

How Michelle Wolf Blasted Open the Fictions of Journalism in the Age of Trump

On Saturday, the comedian Michelle Wolf, performing at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, delivered the most consequential monologue so far of the Donald Trump era. Some of the attendees claimed to have walked out of the dinner in protest during the performance; others, like …

Donald Trump

Michelle Wolf has nothing to apologise for. Her critics do, though

Urging the comedian who performed at the White House correspondents’ dinner to apologize for an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message<p>Let me tell you a few deplorable things that happened in America this weekend. Nearly 43 million people woke up in poverty in the richest country …

Donald Trump

America in black and white in Alabama

As early as 1837, legendary South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun was defending the “positive good” of slavery:<p>"If we do not defend ourselves none …

Black History

Democrats need to stop believing this myth about Trump's base

<b>(CNN) —</b> The big myth about the 2016 presidential election was that economic suffering drove most of Donald Trump's "base" directly into his hands in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The story goes that while Democrats were tied in knots about identity politics, Trump's attacks …

Political Science

Toronto van attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynist 'incel' subculture

Post appears to connect alleged killer with ‘incel’, or ‘involuntary celibate’, communities that have made sexual frustration the basis for misogyny<p>Shortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted …

Incel

The privilege of whining about white male privilege

Did I say that Cohen has been getting a lot of deserved backlash? No, he’s being excoriated. He’s being put in his place, both politely and with …

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis<p>For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with …

Downton Abbey

California Professor Refuses to Back Down From Calling Barbara Bush an 'Amazing Racist'

Unwilling to overlook years of grotesquely offensive statements and maternal coddling of a war criminal, one Muslim-American California professor …

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party

Racial justice energized the party in the past. It can today too.<p>As the Democratic Party struggles to regain its once-solid national majority, journalists, academics, commentators, and politicos keep reverting to an irresistible narrative: that the party’s commitment to racial equality has …

How the American economy conspires to keep wages down

The economy is growing but our paychecks are not. That’s because employers have, over decades, built a political apparatus to hold down pay<p>When unemployment goes down, wages are supposed to go up. That’s just supply and demand. Quite puzzlingly, though, this mechanism seems not to be working today. …

Income Inequality

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler

“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers made me feel special. They gave me gifts, moneys, cigarettes and sweets. When I was 13 I ran away from home and soon found …

Housing

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States.<p><b>Edward Baptist</b> argues in his new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” that the forced migration and …

Black History

More and more companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy.

The trend can explain slow growth, “missing” workers, and stagnant salaries.<p>Our current economic expansion has lasted almost nine years, yet wages have hardly budged, especially for less skilled workers. Inflation-adjusted wages for the average worker have risen only by 3 percent since the 1970s — …

Supreme Court: No Lives Matter If a Cop Feels Threatened

The high court’s ruling this week basically says that if an old lady has a cane and a cop says he thought it was a gun, he can fire away.<p>It’s …

Too Many Atheists Are Veering Dangerously Toward the Alt-Right

And atheists can't afford to be quiet about it.<p>Many Americans have been rightly horrified by the videos of white supremacists shouting “Jews will not replace us!” But what has gone less noticed is that, unlike far-right American movements of years past, you don’t hear much talk of God or religion …

Guns and Cognitive Dissonance in America

Unfortunately, in the U.S. we have conflicting "facts" about guns. We also have facts that are suppressed and, therefore, they remain unknown to most …

Here are the top 10 reasons I don't believe in God

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless<i>by Greta Christina. The book is available</i> …

Faith