Sunday, November 17, 2019

SNL: Weekend Update

Some LOL ones in here.

Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions

Bending over forward for Dump's approval.

SNL: Days of Impeachment

SNL decides to add drama to the proceedings to make it more exciting for our TV-show culture.

Ecological politics for the working class

This article notes that "solving the ecological crisis requires a mass movement to take on hugely powerful industries. Yet environmentalism’s base in the professional-managerial class and focus on consumption has little chance of attracting working-class support." That's why I like Sanders' framing, as it connects with the working class. "Yet with the Bernie Sanders campaign, other electoral victories, and an insurgency of strikes and working-class militancy, the Left is resurgent for the first time in decades."

Weinstein on religion

Continuing this post, from the same interview.

"I believe that religion must have evolved, that the meaning of long standing religious traditions is a Darwinian meaning. Which does not imply that in our modern circumstances that these ancient stories are the guide to what we should be doing; that is likely to be true in some cases, but it is almost certainly not to be true in many others.

"The fact is that Darwinian evolution does not prepare us for the environments in which we live, it prepares them for the environments from which we came, and we don’t live in the environments where religious traditions evolved.

"So in some sense, even a recognition that these are a kind of ancient wisdom that has been encoded in a cultural package that is easily transmitted, even that recognition leaves us with the profound sense that we must now figure out what to do next, because those stories are not up to the challenges of the 21st century. [...]

"And what I’ve been saying is that religion shows all of the hallmarks of being a Darwinian adaptation and that, therefore, it is as deserving of a proper Darwinian treatment as an eye, or a wing, or an enzyme. That has inflamed many of the people at the forefront of the new atheist movement because, in some sense, I think they see it as coddling a perspective that is anti-scientific.

The Hill interviews Shahid Buttar, Pelosi's challenger

Want a true progressive in her seat? Then check out this guy, who should be representing that progressive district instead of the neoliberal Pelosey. Hopefully the district becomes aware of this choice and makes it. Please pass the word.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Putin wins the MAGA Challenge

Buff Vladdy gets down.

Maher's monologue

Some LOL funny stuff this week, including of course the impeachment hearings.

No one is above the law

See Reich's FB post on this article.  Dump and the Repugs brazenly commit this crime in our faces on a daily basis because they think they are above the law. And they continue to get away with it. When the Dems get back the Presidency and both Houses of Congress they cannot let these past crimes go; they must prosecute every one of these criminals and put them behind bars. We must bring back law and order to our land so that we the people know no one is above the law.

"The Republican National Committee

"More unfettered corruption. The Republican National Committee announced it will hold its winter meetings at Trump’s Doral resort in Florida, funneling cash straight into the president’s pockets. This will be the second time in two years that the RNC will hold a major event at the resort. The RNC has been one of the biggest political spenders at Trump properties during his presidency, spending a whopping $450,000 at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. alone. And this isn’t even taking into account all of the individual Republican lawmakers who have spent money at Trump properties. Trump continues to profit off of the presidency and trample on our Constitution at every turn. We cannot become numb to this blatant, consistent corruption."

Stone the 6th Dumpster convicted in Mueller probe

And hopefully after Dump is impeached or voted out (whichever comes first) he too will be indicted, tried, found guilty and go to jail for the rest of his sorry life. See this article. 

"Stone worked for Trump’s campaign as an adviser. He officially left the campaign in 2015 but remained a consultant through its conclusion. Stone was accused of working to obtain emails that were hacked by Russia from a Democratic National Committee (DNC) server and released through Wikileaks. According to prosecutors, Stone contacted Trump just hours after the DNC said it was hacked by Russia."