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Comments of the Week: Here Comes Trouble

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 13:54
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(Before It's News)

As is to be expected, if not applauded, the closer we get to the
Nov. 8 election, the more debates and divisions have appeared in
discussions about the headlines of the moment.

During the week that ranged from Oct. 16-23, those headlines
included additional revelations from WikiLeaks’ trove of Pedesta
emails regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as well as various
writers’ takes on how to vote this time around, and news of the
ongoing Dakota Access pipeline protest.

As for the how-to-vote issue, Jonathan Mitchell posted a short
and direct comment under "http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/as_election_day_nears_military_hawks_circle_20161023"
title="this story" target="_blank">this story
about Clinton’s
famous hawkishness when it comes to envisioning and enacting
American foreign policy on the world stage:

Reader Helen Hanna, like many others who took in "nofollow" href=
"http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_damage_of_todays_ethos_of_doing_whatever_it_takes_to_win_20161023"
title="Robert Reich's piece" target="_blank">Robert Reich’s
piece
titled “The Incalculable Damage of Doing Whatever It
Takes to Win,” noticed and remarked upon Reich’s gloss-over of
Democratic Party leaders’, and in particular Hillary and Bill
Clinton’s, proclivity for doing damage in the interest of
maintaining power:

That said, it’s not as though commenters were about to give
Donald Trump a pass, either. Take Ignatius J. Reilly’s rejoinder to
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s “5-point plan to defeat
Islam,” as Trump and his team conceived of it (and "nofollow" href=
"http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/trump_campaign_the_donalds_5-point_plan_to_defeat_islam_20161021"
title="Juan Cole wrote" target="_blank">Juan Cole wrote
of
it):

Touché.

Another point of contention on the comment boards last week had
to do with how to evaluate WikiLeaks’, and by extension Julian
Assange’s, latest release of documents in the Pedesta emails.
Though some commentators like "http://feeds.feedburner.com//https://theintercept.com/2016/10/19/is-disclosure-of-podestas-emails-a-step-too-far-a-conversation-with-naomi-klein/"
title="Naomi Klein and Glenn Greenwald" target="_blank">Naomi Klein
and Glenn Greenwald
have spoken up about particular aspects of
WikiLeaks’ current m.o., in the thread under Alexander Reed Kelly’s
"http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/truthdigger_of_the_week_julian_assange_20161022"
title="Truthdigger of the Week column on Assange" target=
"_blank">Truthdigger of the Week column on Assange
, reader JJG
noted how, like him or not, Assange and his organization are
providing a public service that professionals working in the
mainstream press (who are supposed to be skilled in curating and
redacting sensitive material) are not generally delivering on these
days:

We’ll give Opa Westphal the last word this time, ending on an up
note (in terms of the shout-out to other commenters) and a
cautionary note at the same time. This one was posted under "nofollow" href=
"http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_power_works_20161023"
title="Chris Hedges' latest column" target="_blank">Chris Hedges’
latest column
, “How Power Works”:

—Posted by "http://www.truthdig.com/staff/kasia_anderson" title=
"Kasia Anderson" target="_blank">Kasia Anderson

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