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As a fan of Soundgarden, the Seattle Sound and American punk rock, Chris Cornell’s untimely death hit me really hard. Maybe it was the fact that he was joining a club of musicians I liked, who all died by suicide. But, I suspect it was because he was only about three years older than I am.

Maybe I thought that once we got out of our twenties and thirties, life would become less difficult, because we would’ve figured things out.

Maybe I expected that middle-aged musicians had access to mental health support, appropriate antidepressants and were immersed in family and community life.

But, as I have chronicled on this very blog, clinical depression is an insidious and jealous “lover,” who pops up whether we are experiencing success or not.

All I know, is that every day we manage to participate in our own lives, is a victory. Chris Cornell had 52 years of being victorious, before succumbing to the beast. My heart hurts for his family and friends, who will struggle to understand what happened. Only Chris will truly know. Or maybe he won’t. I just wish him peace and love. God rest his soul.

The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didn’t dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love “Seasons,” the solo song he had on Cameron Crowe’s movie, Singles. It’s a droning acoustic song about isolation and the…

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Sources: Boris Epshteyn Paid Russian Hackers For Both Team Trump and FSB

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Exclusive: Sources linked to the intelligence community say it is believed that a Russian hacker of the election, Pyotr Levashov, was paid directly by Boris Epshteyn on behalf of both Trump and the FSB.

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Sources say the indictment on April 20th of Levashov in the US district court in Connecticut (where an FBI counterintelligence division is based) represents the first concrete move in court that openly leads towards the impeachment of Donald Trump and the prosecution of dozens of members of his team – because this hacker, the sources suggest, was compensated by Team Trump and the FSB jointly, and Team Trump, sources say, know it.

Mr. Epshteyn’s lawyers have denied to me in writing that he was ever an agent of Russia, and have said that neither he nor his parents were ever agents of the Russian state. However, I stand by my prior and current reporting on this public…

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The Carolina Conspiracy

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Louise Mensch painstakingly connects the convoluted dots of trump’s seduction by the Russians, as their “useful idiot,” to influence the 2018 Presidential election. Worth a read.

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Or, How Vladimir Putin Catfished A US Election With the Collusion of Team Trump

Did Russia invent a criminal case against Anthony Weiner – so their hacker Nikulin could plant Hillary’s emails on his computer?

It was the Comey letter that handed the election to Trump. Even if corrupt elements in the FBI Field Office in New York, penetrated by Russia, forced Comey’s hand –  even if Russian hacker Nikulin did plant emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer – there had to be a “separate criminal case” in the first place for the NYPD and FBI to go looking, right?

But what if there wasn’t?

What if Vladimir Putin directed the entire attack – not via a “15 year old girl” from Gaston, North Carolina, but by a hardened group of adult hackers from that state who had penetrated the emails of Director Brennan of the CIA, and doxed and attacked hundreds…

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“A Snowflake Manifesto” by John Pavlovitz

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Read it.  65 million “snowflakes” will be an avalanche, speaking truth to power.  We are #TheResistance. 

http://johnpavlovitz.com/

Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary

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Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Hers was a life laced with controversy concerning everythi…

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What’s Next for Americans of Conscience (in the Age of Trump)

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99 Ways to Fight Trump is a new blog that is enumerating different types of actions we can take to advocate on behalf of our Republic.  Silence, and inaction, is no longer an option.  Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport.

White nationalists see advocate in Steve Bannon who will hold Trump to his campaign promises

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White nationalists see advocate in Steve Bannon who will hold Trump to his campaign promises

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/white-nationalists-on-bannon/index.html

NEVER AGAIN. Stay woke and we shall not be moved, people . Do not waste time blaming and shaming. Use the energy to regroup and organize.