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Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen is the editor of The Daily Banter and founder of Banter Media Group. Ben writes a regular column for the Huffington Post and is a regular guest on the RT Network. Ben covered boxing and Mixed Martial Arts for TrueSlant.com, Secondsouts.com, Black Belt Magazine, Boxing Monthly Magazine and ESPN.com. Originally from London, England he currently lives in Washington DC.


Top Articles by Ben Cohen

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MEMBERS ONLY: Tony Robbins And The Bullsh*t Behind ‘Self Help’ America

Of all the bullshitters in the industry, the most dangerous are the most seemingly genuine, and Tony Robbins is probably the best in the business. Much of what Robbins says is probably quite helpful, and it would be dishonest to dismiss him as a complete fraud. Many people swear by his methods and based on testimonials, it appears he has helped a lot of people. Robbins is engaged in a lot of charity and does (sometimes) come across as a genuinely compassionate person. But there is a sinister side to his personal empowerment empire, and it is built upon the same fraudulent premise as the US economy itself.

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Shock in the Blogosphere as Andrew Sullivan Shuts Down the Dish

The blogosphere was in a state of shock last night as pioneer blogger Andrew Sullivan, almost completely out of the blue declared that he would be retiring from blogging.

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5 Year Old Shoots Baby Brother Dead Because Guns Are Awesome

The Daily Banter’s ‘[INSERT NAME] Shoots  [INSERT NAME(S)] Because Guns Are Awesome’ series covers the unfathomable tragedy wrought upon on every day Americans because of their love of guns. Not exactly heartwarming stuff. So why do we do this? This simple answer is that we feel Americans need to be confronted about the unnecessary death caused by… Read More

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Multi Millionaire Mitt Romney is Now Concerned About Wealth Inequality

For Mitt Romney, wealth inequality is about as important to him as Latino voting rights in SanFrancisco. But given it is election season, Romney apparently now cares about the poor he wrote off in 2012, and wants to stop wealth inequality. Of course!

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Modern Republicans Have No Claim to Martin Luther King

If Republicans want to channel the spirit of Martin Luther King, they should start by reading him.

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EXCLUSIVE: Salon.com Not a Real Website, Operated By Far Right Hate Group and Koch Brothers

The Daily Banter can exclusively reveal that the liberal website Salon.com is actually a fraudulent entity run by an extremist right wing hate group in Iowa with links to the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch. After an extensive investigation and an in-depth look into their inner workings, financial history, and roster of reporters, it has… Read More

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For The Love Of God, Stop Claiming More Guns Would Have Prevented Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Still a hot topic in the news, conservative commentators have been coming out in droves to a) demand a war on all Muslims, b) blame Obama, c) argue for more guns everywhere.

On Monday, Fox DC investigative reporter Emily Miller swung by the studio to claim that the terrorist attack in Paris was not prevented because instead of packing heat, French people carry iPhones. Yes, seriously.

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America’s New Economy Means No One Has a Life Anymore

Life in the new American economy is about work, work and more work. Add mountains of debt and spiraling costs, it is no wonder people are suffering from severe stress related diseases. Off to Spain, anyone?

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MEMBERS ONLY: No Conservatives, The Charlie Hebdo Attack Had Nothing To Do With Strict French Gun Laws

Last week, I wrote about the tragic case of 29 year old Veronica Rutledge who was shot dead by her toddler in a Walmart in Iowa. I blamed the mother’s stupidity for keeping a loaded weapon around a two year old and argued that had America had sensible gun laws (ie it would be illegal to take a deadly weapon to a supermarket), the tragedy would not have happened. A couple of days later, an apparently well read pro gun women’s site responded by accusing me of exploiting the tragedy for political purpose (more specifically they called me a “lowlife ‘journalist’ who likes to appeal to the lowest common denominator”, and someone who has a “small brain” and a “big mouth”)

Although the death of Veronica Rutledge was certainly a tragedy, it also quite obviously happened because unlike every other civilized country on the planet, some America states allow citizens to carry guns around small children in public spaces. It’s a recipe for disaster, and it was hardly opportunistic of me to point it out. The same cannot be said of conservative commentators on Fox News though, who leapt at the chance to exploit the Charlie Hebdo tragedy to further their political motives. As is always the case in alternate reality Fox News land, a situation where people are killed with guns automatically means more guns must be the solution. Read more…

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Message to Readers About Ads

(NOTE: This post doesn’t count towards your meter) A quick heads up from Management HQ – some Banter members have complained about ads showing up. We are aware of the problem and are working on figuring out why this is happening. It is frustrating, but the problem should be fixed very soon. Our apologies! Ben

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Doctor Shows The Right Way to Deal With Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Kids

We’ve covered the idiocy of anti-vaccinators quite a bit here at the Banter, largely out of the goodness of our own hearts. Not vaccinating your kids puts everyone else in danger, so our relentless mockery of the likes Jenny McCarthy is sort of like a public service (okay, maybe that’s not entirely true – ridiculing… Read More

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A Brilliant Idiot: Woman Shot by Two Year Old Was a Nuclear Scientist

It seems trigger happy Tea Party enthusiasts aren’t the only ones capable of terminating their lives via extreme stupidity – nuclear scientists are too.

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Toddler Kills Mother With Gun Because Guns Are Great

‘Guns don’t kill people, people do’, goes the saying. Except it’s a little hard to pin the blame on the person when they are 2 years old and accidentally shoot their own mother.

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Quote of the Day: Loneliness Is The New Epidemic

Environmental journalist George Monbiot savages the era of selfish individualism that he argues is creating an epidemic of loneliness: What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital… Read More

GIFT OF BANTER

The Ultimate Christmas Gift: A Banter Membership!

With only three days to go till Christmas, the rush to buy shiny things for relatives they’ll probably only use once is on. If you are stuck for ideas, want to save time, support your favorite independent publisher and preserve the environment, a digital Daily Banter Membership is definitely your best bet!

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What is The Daily Banter? Part 1: Humble Beginnings

As part on an ongoing series, every writer at The Daily Banter will be penning an essay titled ‘What is The Daily Banter?’ Given this was my idea, it was only fair that I go first (well, everyone else on the team took the other dates so I sort of had to to go first…).

I don’t have anything particularly clever to say about the site or what we do – I’m hoping that should be evident given the amount of writing we’ve been doing these past three years. But I would like to share a bit about the beginnings site and how it got to where it is today.

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MEMBERS ONLY: A Martial Artist’s Perspective on Eric Garner’s Death by Chokehold

“I have watched the video several times and can say without any uncertainty whatsoever that Eric Garner was choked, and choked extremely violently. I say this with many, many years as a self defense instructor (Krav Maga), and specifically a good deal of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have actually used choke holds in two real self defense situations, and have applied them in training literally hundreds and hundreds of times (I have also been choked out on numerous occasions in training).

The choke you can see Pantaleo applying to Garner’s neck is one Jiu Jitsu academies frown upon in training because it is so dangerous.”

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In Defense of Russell Brand

There is much to criticize Brand on – his advocacy of non participation in the current political framework is certainly contentious. But we should not diminish or dismiss what Brand has to say just because he is a celebrity with utopian beliefs and an unconventional approach.