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How RFK Saved MLK’s Life

Greg Palast 

50 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. This is the story of RFK’s profile in political courage, gambling his brother’s election to the Presidency in order to save Martin Luther King Jr. from lynching. It was a Republican, King Sr., who made JFK president — saving Martin Jr., from lynching. This harrowing and little known drama ...more

Dad’s Last Erection

Greg Palast 

Just before his eighty-ninth birthday, my father was watching a Viagra commercial on TV. It ends with the warning, “If an erection persists for more than four hours, contact your doctor.”

He called up his clinic and got the nurse. He’d taken some Viagra, he said, more than four hours ago and his erection still wouldn’t go away.

“Mr. Palast, you shouldn’t have done that! You’ll have to get to the emergency room immediately.”

“I can’t go,” he said. “I haven’t shown all the neighbors yet.”

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Gil Palast (1921-2010) in Jeep WWII Pacific Theater (passenger seat) 1944 

In 1930, when my father was an eight-year-old kid in Chicago, he asked his older brother why people were outside in the cold snow waiting in a long line. His brother Harold said, “It’s a bread line. They don’t have anything to eat. …more