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THE GIST

The Gist helps you review the key points, stats, and ideas of the summaries with just a glance. These are great to review to have them at your fingertips in conversations; in essence they are a summary of the summaries.

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THE GIST

Most notable passages from the summary of In the Heart of Trump Country, by Larissa MacFarquhar | Original Summary

  • PEOPLE USED TO VOTE DEMOCRAT HERE, BUT COAL POLICY FORCED THEM REPUBLICAN (CF. AL GORE’S 2000 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES)
  • WEST VIRGINIANS FEEL ELITES MAKE FUN OF THEM, THEREFORE LOVE THAT TRUMP PISSES THEM OFF
  • THEY LOVE THAT TRUMP PUTS AMERICA FIRST
  • WHY DO ELITES CARE MORE ABOUT MEXICANS AND IMMIGRANTS THAN THEM? WEST VIRGINIANS ASK
  • WHEN CLINTON SAID “RENEWABLE ENERGY” ALL WEST VIRGINIANS HEARD WAS “COAL COUNTRY OUT OF WORK”
  • PEOPLE IN LOGAN, WV DO NOT WISH TO BE CALLED RACIST BECAUSE THEY DISAGREE WITH PEOPLE ON IMMIGRATION
  • SOME LOGAN RESIDENTS FEEL RACISM STILL EXISTS

Most popular passages from, WHY OBAMA HAS FAILED TO CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO: Congress is blamed for preventing the President from fulfilling his pledge. But that’s not the whole story. by Connie Bruck | Original Summary

  • THERE WAS BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT FOR CLOSING GITMO IN 2007 (CF. JOHN MCCAIN) YET STILL OPEN AT $445 MILLION PER YEAR, MANY IN FOR LIFE WITHOUT TRIAL; IT STILL ISN’T CLOSED BECAUSE OF POLITICAL PRESSURE  (242 DETAINEES REMAINED WHEN OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN 2009)
  • GITMO HAS HAD REPORTS OF FORCE-FEEDINGS, BEATINGS AND TORTURE; DICK CHENEY SAID “THEY’RE LIVING IN THE TROPICS. THEY’RE WELL FED.” AND THAT AMERICANS TREAT PRISONERS WHO KILL AMERICANS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE
  • TRUMP VOWS TO BRING BACK TORTURE, TORTURE WORKS AND HE’LL DO MORE
  • DETAINEES WERE MOSTLY TURNED IN BY WARLORDS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ FOR A $25K REWARD DURING THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS – SOME DETAINEES HAD A MADE UP RAP SHEET, IN OTHER WORDS, VERY, VERY LIKELY INNOCENT
  • AN EXAMPLE OF INNOCENT DETAINEES WERE THE UIGHURS (CHINESE-MUSLIMS) WHO LEFT CHINA FOR AFGHANISTAN TO ESCAPE COMMUNIST PERSECUTION (EVENTUALLY THEY WERE SET FREE)
  • RAHM EMANUEL SAID DON’T WASTE POLITICAL CAPTIAL ON UIGHURS OUT AND LOSE HEALTH-CARE
  • HILLARY WAS FOR AND AGAINST THE CLOSING: IN 2006 SHE WAS FOR KEEPING IT OPEN, IN 2007 SHE WANTED THE FACILITY MOVED TO USA, BUT LATER THAT SAME YEAR SHE VOTED AGAINST A MOVE THAT WOULD MAKE THAT HAPPEN
  • BUSH ADMIN PEOPLE SAID GITMO HURT THEM EVERYWHERE THEY TRIED TO GET DEALS DONE – IT WAS A TAINT
  • BUSH LET SOME PEOPLE GO. SOME RETURNED TO THE BATTLEFIELD (A KUWAITI WAS LET OUT OF GITMO AND THEN DETONATED A TRUCK BOMB KILLING 13 IRAQI SOLDIERS) >> THERE ARE “REHAB CENTERS” FOR TERRORISTS IN MUSLIM WORLD, WHICH BASICALLY TELL THEM THEY CAN HATE AMERICANS, JUST DON’T KILL THEM
  • UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, YOU CAN BE HELD UNTIL THE END OF WAR WITHOUT TRIAL, BUT IN THE WAR ON TERROR THAT WAR CAN BE FOREVER…. OBAMA ADMIN ADMITS SOME ARE, “TOO DANGEROUS TO TRANSFER, BUT NOT FEASIBLE FOR PROSECUTION”
  • IN 2008 THE SUPREME COURTS SAID GITMO PRISONERS HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
  • INFORMANTS AT GITMO WERE GIVEN ACCESS TO THE “LOVE SHACK” WHERE THEY COULD WATCH PORN, AND AS MUCH FOOD AS THEY WANT (ONE PRISONER WEIGHED 400 POUNDS)
  • ADNAN LATIF, A YEMENI, SAID HE CAME TO AFGHANISTAN FOR A HEAD WOUND TREATMENT, HE WAS CLEARED FOR TRANSFER BY TWO ADMINISTRATIONS BUT NEVER WAS LET OUT OF GITMO. HE COMMITTED SUICIDE IN HIS CELL
  • THEY TRIED TO PUSH TRIALS IN MANHATTAN IN 2009, BUT THE ATTEMPTED CHRISTMAS DAY BOMBING MADE THAT VERY TOUGH
  • 2010 REPUBLICANS TOOK THE HOUSE, AND WISHED TO STOP GITMO TRANSFER, THEY SAID IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THEY WERE RADICALIZED BEFORE OR WHILE IN GITMO
  • THE GITMO PRISONERS WENT ON HUNGRY STRIKE, AND WERE FORCE-FED – MANY CONSIDER THIS TORTURE
  • THERE WAS A ZERO RISK TOLERANCE FOR ANY LANGUAGE. IF AN INMATE SAID “I WILL KILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY” – THAT WOULD BLOCK A TRANSFER FROM GITMO EVEN IF THEY WERE POSSIBLY JUST VENTING FRUSTRATION
  • SINGLE PLANE SCENARIO – THEY ARE PUSHING TO CLOSE BEFORE OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE. POSSIBLY BY MOVING ALL TO A SUPERMAX PRISON IN USA
  • OBAMA MAY WAIT UNITL AFTER THE ELECTION AND THEN CLOSE IT

 

Selected passages from: What’s So Special About Finland? The American Dream is alive and well—in Northern Europe. Original article by Uri Friedman in The Atlantic | Original Summary

  • SWEDEN, DENARK, NORWAY, ICELAND AND FINLAND ARE LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM
  • SHE CLAIMS THIS BECAUSE OF FREE COLLEGE AND SUBSIDIZED CHILDCARE GIVE PEOPLE A SAFETY NET TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS – THIS SAFETY NET IS REAL FREEDOM
  • SWEDEN IS BEING TESTED BY IMMIGRATION AND RISING INCOME INEQUALITY
  • NO ONE LIKES HANDOUTS, PARTANEN UNDERSTANDS WHY SOME AMERICANS PUSH BACK
  • IN NORDIC COUNTRIES PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER WITH CHILDREN THAN AMERICANS WITH CHILDREN, SHE AGAIN SAYS IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE HELP
  • NORDIC COUNTRIES ARE FREE-MARKET AND NOT SOCIALISTIC
  • ONE PARENT CAN STAY HOME FOR THREE YEARS WITHOUT WORK WHEN THEY HAVE CHILDREN, IMMIGRATION IS PUTTING A STRAIN ON THE SYSTEMS BECAUSE MANY IMMIGRANTS DON’T HAVE EDUCATIONS, AND THE USA HAS GREAT RESEARCH INSTITUTES WHEREAS NORDICS HAVE GREAT GENERAL EDUCATION
  • TAXES ARE NOT THAT HIGH IN NORDIC COUNTRIES, PLUS EVEN IF YOU PAY LESS IN THE USA YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY DAY CARE, HEALTH INSURANCE, AND COLLEGE

Most popular sentences from Iraq’s grim lessons from The Economist | Original Summary

  • CHILCOT REPORT WILL BE WHAT IRAQ WAR WILL BE JUDGED BY
  • MOST DAMNING CONCLUSION IS 1) UN STILL HAD TIME TO INSPECT 2) SADDAM WAS NO IMMINENT THREAT and 3) UN BACKED CONTINUING INSPECTIONS
  • BUSH AND BLAIR DIDN’T LIE ABOUT WMD REPORTS, BUT THEY ALSO DIDN’T CHALLENGE IT – KEY POINT
    SEPT. 2002 “DODGY DOSSIER” WAS NOT FILLED WITH BOGUS INTELLIGENCE – BUT “GROUPTHINK” AND BELIEF SADDAM WAS HIDING WMDS WAS WIDESPREAD IN THEIR BELIEFS
  • REPORT MAKES NO MENTION OF LEGALITY OF WAR REGARDING UN APPROVAL
  • THERE WAS NO PLANNING FOR THE AFTERMATH OF THE INITIAL, SUCCESSFUL INVASION; BRITAIN RELIED ON THE US, THE US DIDN’T WANT THE UN – NO ONE DID ANYTHING
  • BRITAIN HAD NO DECISION MAKING POWER CONCERNING DISBANDING THE IRAQI MILITARY AND DE-BAATHIFICATION
  • VEHICLES WERE NEVER UPGRADED BECAUSE USA AND BRITAIN THOUGHT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO BE THERE THAT LONG
  • BLAIR SAID THERE WERE NO LIES, NO ONE WAS MISLED, HE DID WHAT WAS BEST, AND YET THE REPORT CONDEMNS THE EXECUTION OF THE WAR

Most popular sentences from Time to End the Demonizing of Police by Heather Macdonald at the WSJ.com | Original Summary

  • STUDIES SHOW COPS ARE NOT RACIST REGARDING POLICE SHOOTINGS
  • TWO STUDIES AS PROOF: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY FOUND COPS FAVOR BLACK SUSPECTS; HARVARD PROF. FRYER, JR. (AN AFRICAN AMERICAN) ANALYZED OVER 1,000 POLICE SHOOTINGS AND FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF RACISM
  • POLICE SHOT AND KILLED 987 PEOPLE LAST YEAR, 50% WHERE WHITE, 26% WERE BLACK (BLACKS ARE 13% OF THE POPULATION, BUT THIS A LOWER PERCENTAGE THAN WHAT WOULD BE PREDICTED BY THE BLACK CRIME RATE)
  • MANY POLITICIANS, LIKE OBAMA AND CLINTON ECHO THE LIE THAT COPS ARE RACIST
  • THROUGH JULY 9, 2016 IN CHICAGO, 2090 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT, ONLY 9 BY THE POLICE

Most popular sentences from “When the Body Attacks the Mind: A physiological theory of mental illness by Moises Velasquez-Manoff

  • BOY SUDDENLY BECAME MENTALLY ILL BUT WAS NOT BI-POLAR
  • ONE DOCTOR SUGGESTED AN AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER – IN WHICH THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACKS THE BRAIN
  • INDEED, WHEN TREATED FOR THIS, THE BOY INSTANTLY RECOVERED
  • PYROTHERAPY (WHICH HELPED ITS CREATOR WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE) WAS AN EARLY FORM OF USING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS
  • MENTAL ILLNESS – MALARIA WAS INTRODUCED TO THE BODY TO INDUCE A FEVER, THE FEVER WOULD CURE INSANITY SOMETIMES.
  • DALMAU AT UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS PROVEN THAT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM DOES ATTACK THE BRAIN
  • PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WHO HAVE THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS TREATED ARE BEING SAVED FROM INSTITUTIONALIZATION
  • RETROSPECTIVE STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT 1/3 OF SCHIZOPHRENICS HAD IMMUNE DISORDERS AND IMMUNE DISORDERS ARE LINKED TO DEPRESSION (EVEN ASPIRIN, AN ANTI-INFLAMMATION DRUG, MAY BE HELPFUL ADD-ON TO TREATING SCHIZOPHRENIA)
  • THE BOY STILL RELAPSES AND HAS TO BE HOSPITALIZED
  • VISIT AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS ALLIANCE TO DONATE TO TREATMENT AND RESEARCH

Full Article | Original Summary