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Posted on Dec 26, 2013

The extreme right has been pronounced dead a few times now, but it’s proven more resilient than some hoped; dolphins’ intelligence has come into serious doubt; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has invested his first $50 million into the project he’s starting with journalist Glenn Greenwald. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Why the Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere
The movement’s structure means it can withstand low popularity and continue to exert a huge pull on the GOP.

Remnick Calls Israel’s Nuclear Deception a ‘Ridiculous Scam’ and Suggests Zionism is a Historical Mistake
In October, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, published the most transgressive portion of Ari Shavit’s very-Zionist book, a piece about the ethnic cleansing of Lydda in 1948, and when the book came out a month later, Remnick interviewed Shavit on stage at the 92d Street Y, where it was clear that the two journalists have been friends for many years.

Arab Spring Turns Wintry: Hazards of Revolution
Soon after the Libyan capital fell to the rebels in August 2011 writer Patrick Cockburn got to know a 32-year-old man called Ahmed Abdullah al-Ghadamsi.

Andras Schiff: Why I Won’t Perform in Hungary
One of the world’s greatest pianists, Andras Schiff, played his 60th birthday concert on Saturday - a hugely demanding programme of the Goldberg Variations by Bach and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

The Intelligent Plant
In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction.

Dolphins Aren’t as Smart as You Think
In 1961, the great scientist Carl Sagan joined a semi-secret society called the Order of the Dolphin, which hoped to establish communication with intelligent extraterrestrials.

Israel Lobby Launches Fierce Counterattack Against American Studies Association
Israel lobby groups are marshaling their formidable forces for a fierce counterattack against the American Studies Association (ASA), including calls for repressive legislation, boycotts and other measures to punish and silence solidarity with Palestinians.

Why Logical People Should Oppose the ASA’s Israel Boycott
When a vocal minority (sneakily consisting of actual minorities) forced the American Studies Association (ASA) to approve a boycott of Israeli academic institutions against the protestations of an oppressed majority, they did something completely abnormal and unprecedented in the honorable history of professing.

Pierre Omidyar Plunges First $50m Into Media Venture with Glenn Greenwald
The investment represents the first tranche of a total pot of $250m that the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist has promised for the new operation.

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