Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tromp and the Russian money trail

Democracy Now interviews a reporter who did this story. Tromp has had real estate ties to Russian oligarchs since at least the 90s, and in fact one of them was in the room during the now infamous Don Jr. incident. The lawyer at the meeting represents one of the oligarch's firms. When we follow this money trail it's obvious the Presidunce is lying through his false teeth.

Proof Tromp voter suppression commission will gut voting rights

Here's the proof. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 is the target. The Act provides national protections of voter rights and prevents States from imposing proof of citizenship to vote. Kobach, who is running Tromp's voter suppression commission, tried to require proof of citizenship in his home State of Kansas and was blocked by the courts citing the NVRA. Kobach is now trying to get this done on a national level by amending the NVRA. And it seems the Swampy Repugnantans will go along with it, since it will take away the vote of millions of people of color.

Samantha B on vote rigger in chief Kobach's history

Yes, the guy in charge of the Presidunce's vote rigging commission has a proven history of, you guessed it, vote rigging.

Smith of Fox News: Repugnantans and Tromp own failed healthcare

Yes, they control all of Congress and the Presiduncy and still they cannot come up with a healthcare plan anywhere near as good as Obamacare. So Tromp says just let it fail. No, it would do fine on its own but he and his Swamp have been sabotaging it since day one. And in their ideological zeal to end it millions of people will suffer and die just to satisfy their hatred. These people are despicable and do not deserve the name of human being.

Senator Warren questions Vice Chair of Joint Chiefs on climate change

And it's risks to national security. The Vice Chairs states unequivocally that climate change will "drive uncertainty and will drive conflict." He then gives examples. When even our military understands the effects of climate change perhaps it's time Repugnantans take note? Nah, who am I kidding.

Sanders congratulates us for defeating wealthcare

He starts by giving we the people kudos for getting out there and demonstrating, for contacting our representatives, for sharing information on social media, and for flooding town halls in opposition to the cruel Repugnantan wealthcare bill. But he urges we must keep up the fight for single-payer government healthcare if we truly want a system that works for all. It will be long, hard fight but we must take it on if we have any pretense of humanity.

Why ignorant people vote against their own interests

This is from a '12 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. Not much as changed since then, to wit, Tromp.

Greg Palast on voter suppression

To discuss the kick off of the Tromp election rigging commission. Since Repugnantans simply cannot win with just the white vote they instead must disenfranchise those of color. Palast explains how they do it with a variety of suppression techniques. Interesting that the rigger in chief Kobach hasn't prosecuted anyone he's accused of voting twice.

Social democracy v. free market capitalism

The Nation provides this concise video for your edification. In Denmark you get social services for what you pay in taxes. In the US you may pay less in taxes but you end up paying far more for far less in the long run. Oh yeah, the long run is not on the US agenda. Nor is building happy, healthy, productive citizens that contribute to society and the economy. My bad. And now, the facts in comparison.

Dept. of Interior scientist reassigned after whistleblowing

This scientist alerted his bosses to the rapidly increasing danger of climate change in Alaska and his reward was to be reassigned to a completely unrelated job, hoping he'd quit. Tromp's Interior Dept. is hoping to bury this evidence. They did something similar to another 50 employees, needing to houseclean truth tellers and install their lackeys. See the link for the details of the climate danger and how he was demoted.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cat watching a horror movie

I don't often post cat videos but I couldn't resist this one.

Just Jerk on AGT

Another wow performance gets them through to the live show.

The singing Trump on AGT

He brings it again without another knockout performance. Very funny, yet this guy can really sing. He survived the cut and goes on to the live performance.

Diana Pombo on WOD

I already posted a sneak peak of Eve Igo's dance for the cut round. Last night only 2 of the 5 youth dancers remained while the other 3 were cut. Pombo, along with Igo, were the 2 that survived. Igo took first place with a very slim 0.5 lead. Pombo's performance was also awesome, below.

Colbert on failed repeal and replace

The Repugnantans have been claiming they're going to do this for 8 years. And now they have a Presidunce willing to go along with it. And they still can't get it done due to some in their own Party that have a least a remnant of a heart. Since the Senate can't get the votes to pass their version of a replacement they've taken to trying to just repeal Obamacare with no replacement. And that won't fly either. They are impotent in more ways than one, as Colbert elaborates.

Neoliberalism's con job on individualism

And not just climate change but how we approach any issue as individuals. In so doing we've forgotten how to organize into groups to win battles, which is exactly the neoliberal strategy to maintain itself. From the article:

"Even before the advent of neoliberalism, the capitalist economy had thrived on people believing that being afflicted by the structural problems of an exploitative system – poverty, joblessness, poor health, lack of fulfillment – was in fact a personal deficiency. Neoliberalism has taken this internalized self-blame and turbocharged it. It tells you that you should not merely feel guilt and shame if you can’t secure a good job, are deep in debt, and are too stressed or overworked for time with friends. You are now also responsible for bearing the burden of potential ecological collapse.

"Of course we need people to consume less and innovate low-carbon alternatives – build sustainable farms, invent battery storages, spread zero-waste methods. But individual choices will most count when the economic system can provide viable, environmental options for everyone—not just an affluent or intrepid few."

And it is we collectively that must fight to change that economic system, which has the most significant impact on mitigating climate change.

Naomi Klein on a forward-looking agenda

Continuing recent posts on a progressive agenda, Klein said we need this vision to sustain us in the long-term struggle to achieve it.

"Part of the reason why it is so important to save some space to carve out a forward-looking agenda that is really about the world that we deeply want and need is that vision is deeply healing and sustaining in these very difficult and unavoidable battles.

"Every sturdy revolutionary social movement has had that forward-looking vision -- the dream as Martin Luther King said. In South Africa, the vision laid out by the Freedom Charter sustained the anti-apartheid struggle all those years, that utopian imagination of the world beyond the nightmare. I think that it sustains us in these long struggles that, if we are to be honest, are going to take our lifetimes. This is not just a four-year battle. Not when we're talking about the level of deep change that is required. The finish line isn't in sight. So we have to find a way to sustain ourselves. And I think when we have that vision in sight, it also, to some extent, informs how we treat each other in struggle. It forces us to think long-term about the planet, about future generations, but also about our relationships with one another. We're in this for the long haul and we have to act like it."

People's Platform petition

Following up on this post, here's a petition in support of the People's Platform. Please sign if you agree. The Bills being supported are:


  1. Medicare for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act
  2. Free College Tuition: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017
  3. Worker Rights: H.R.15 - Raise the Wage Act
  4. Women’s Rights: H.R.771 - Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
  5. Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 - Automatic Voter Registration Act
  6. Environmental Justice: Climate Change Bill - Renewable Energy (More details soon!)
  7. Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R.3543 - Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017
  8. Taxing Wall Street: H.R. 1144 - Inclusive Prosperity Act

State Dept. plans to close the War Crimes office

That's right. The office responsible for investigating and responding to war crimes is to be eliminated. It seems this is in preparation for the Swamp not only launching a war but with intent to commit atrocities in the name of freedom. Our dictatorship is shaping up by the day. As a prelude:

"The supposed shuttering of this office could offer insight into the Trump administration's priorities for foreign policy, and follows reports of possible U.S.-backed war crimes committed against civilians in Iraq, during the  U.S.-led coalition's victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul, as Common Dreams reported last week."

Progressives pressure the Dim Party

To embrace a bold progressive platform. You know, the kind of issues the majority of the people want proven by polling. In fact it's called the People's Platform, which is a winning strategy that the Dim Party needs to fully embrace and promote if they have any chance of winning in upcoming elections. The Dim Party has to quit sucking corporate tit and get back to its roots in fighting for the working class. And the progressive resistance is going to make damned sure they do. The platform includes, among other things: "Make public colleges tuition free, establish automatic voter registration, raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, and transform the American healthcare system into one that guarantees insurance to all." See the link for more.

GOP budget would defund the Election Security Agency

And this is right after an election where it has been proven that the Russians hacked us. One might think we'd want to strengthen the ESA to ensure that further hacking would be more difficult. But no, the Repugnantans want to defund this agency because they want rigged elections, as it's the only way they can win given their policy disapproval ratings. See the link for the details.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shook My World

Blues pick of the day.

What 'reform' means to Repugnantans

It's their code word for give more to the rich and less to the rest of us. Hartmann elaborates with specific examples on their tax redistribution to the top.

Logan Hernandez on SYTYCD

He blows away the All-Stars.

The irony of McCain's health emergency

The Senate wealthcare vote has been delayed until McCain can recover from his emergency surgery and come back to vote. The irony follows from this article. See it for the details.

"1) As Vox’s Dylan Scott explained, nothing less than a health emergency has thrown the GOP’s health reform plan into disarray

2) The senator’s office is saying the blood clot was discovered during a routine physical, which is exactly the type of preventive service Obamacare expanded and the Better Care Act could curtail.

3) The craniotomy sounds like an emergency surgery (though McCain’s office would not confirm that). Obamacare required insurance plans sold in the individual market, the fully insured small-group market, and through Medicaid to cover a list of 10 “essential health benefits”, including emergency healthcare. The Better Care Act would allow health insurers to once again sell skimpier insurance plans that might not include such comprehensive benefits. 

4) Life-saving surgeries like these would also be out of reach for more people if the GOP plan were to pass, since it’s expected to leave millions more Americans without insurance compared to Obamacare."

Colbert kicks off Russia week

He starts by updating the Tromp Jr. treason. Not only was a former Russian military intelligence operative in the meeting, Tromp Jr. received Russian documents harmful to the Dimocrats.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kristina & Vasily sneak peak on SYTYCD

Fricken WOW. The new routine begins around 0:30 after some introductory stuff.

Eric Jones AGT sneak peek

It's magic.

Eva Igo sneak peak

From the upcoming World of Dance episode. Something tells me she won this battle. Phenomenal talent for a junior.

I've Got the Gold

Scientific study of force field around the body

From this New Scientist article, copied below.

Our brains are aware not just of our bodies but also the immediate space around us. Now, a twist on the classic rubber hand illusion can make people “feel” this space – a sensation they liken to perceiving a “force field”.

Neuroscientists have known for decades that our brains contain representations of the area surrounding us, known as peripersonal space. This allows us to grasp objects within our reach and helps to protect us.

Imagine you are walking through the woods talking to a companion, when a low-hanging branch suddenly appears in your peripheral vision. You’ll instinctively duck to avoid it: your sense of peripersonal space has prevented you from banging your head.

Hard neuroscientific evidence on the phenomenon appeared in the late 1990s in animal studies. Michael Graziano of Princeton University, New Jersey, and his colleagues recorded the electrical activity of neurons in the parietal and frontal lobes of the brains of monkeys, finding that some neurons fired not only when an object touched part of the body, but also when the object came near it.

When the researchers directly stimulated such neurons, they found that the monkeys would reflexively move their heads and limbs as if defending themselves – for example, grimacing and closing their eyes, turning their heads to one side and putting up their arms in a protective posture.

Although no one has repeated the experiments in humans, there is evidence that certain regions of our brain specifically deal with peripersonal space. For instance, some people who suffer strokes in the right posterior parietal lobe cannot sense peripersonal stimuli on the left side of their bodies, but can sense things that are further away, outside the peripersonal space on that side.

"This suggests that there is a representation similar to those found in monkeys in the human brain,” says Arvid Guterstam of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sensory trick

Watching the world burn

Unlike this guy I just can't sit idly by and watch it happening. Hence this blog, which might not be doing much but it ain't nothing.


The Dem Party's biggest donor says back the Sanders agenda

Tom Steyer donated $87 million to the Democratic cause in '16 and now says that the Dimocratic Party needs to be not so dim and wake up to the progressive agenda Sanders promotes. But the Dim Party is still reluctant to embrace that populist agenda, even when it becomes more obvious by the day that's what the people want. Steyer is convinced the key issue is the income inequality caused by the corporate oligarchs. Will the Dims get the message? Or continue losing by sucking up to the wealthy? Remains to be seen.

The man behind the Tromp curtain


The development of Bryant's philosophy

If we think of nouns or objects as process, as simultaneously being open and closed, ever changing yet in some sense ever remaining the same, as never fully manifesting in the actual, and with no overriding assholon unity subsuming them: This for me reduces the the likelihood of falling into a metaphysics of presence. Especially given the correlational aspect with respect to linguistic prepositions, which orient what I've come to call suobjects to each other in space/time.

I especially like Bryant's notion that each suobject has its own space/time, but yet when engaged with hyberobjects (like capitalism) can also be strongly influenced by their stronger gravity wells. Still, there is that withdrawn reserve that can and indeed must not only resist but change said hyperobjects like capitalism when enough suobjects coordinate their collective gravitas, for even hyperobjects are subject and open to external forces. No easy task, to be sure, but it must be done.

Byrant shifted from objects to the metaphor of the machine in a machine oriented ontology (MOO). He now sees the relationship of bodies in terms of the fold (here and here), where he further diverges from OOO. E.g.:


"Everything transpires as if the being of beings were a sort of origami. There are only folds: plaits, pleats, creases, waves, crevices, knots, and caves. And within each of those folds? Other fold! There are only folds coiled within folds radiating to infinity in both time and space. And if this is not enough, these folds are not fixed-crease folds, but rather are mobile folds. The wave is a better image of the fold than the envelope. A wave is a fold that perpetually folds itself, that traverses a field and that maintains its identity through the repetition of a process that is the unity of both difference and sameness. The folds of being are not fixed creases, but rather being never ceases to everywhere fold and unfold itself. Being is everywhere an undulation of folds and of undulating folds. Folds envelop one another, enfolding other folds within them. On other occasions and in other places, planes or fields undergo processes of invagination through which the surface becomes textured and riddled with crevices forming something akin to caves. On yet other occasions, that which is folded unfolds. In unfolding, that which is folded does not become a smooth or flat surface. This, of course, sometimes happens as well, though perhaps the flat surface or plane is the most folded being of all. More often, however, that which unfolds configures itself as a new formation of folds like a blooming flower."

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Just the wall we need

And whom we need to keep behind it.


How to kill an economy

This article explains how MBA students are being trained to be takers, and why this only ends up hurting economies. An astute excerpt from Financial Times editor Rana Foroohar:

"If you wonder why most businesses still think of shareholders as their main priority or treat skilled labor as a cost rather than an asset—or why 80 percent of CEOs surveyed in one study said they’d pass up making an investment that would fuel a decade’s worth of innovation if it meant they’d miss a quarter of earnings results— it’s because that’s exactly what they are being educated to do."

There is one good thing about Tromp

He's such an narcissistic idiot that he won't listen to his lawyers. And this will likely be the very thing that sinks him legally, since he thinks he knows better than them. I'm so glad in this regard that the man will get impeached and likely indicted for his crimes because of this sickness. It's the only good thing about him.

Newly discovered dual black hole

But it occurred 3 billion years ago. The gravitational waves it produced just got to earth in January of this year. The data is challenging our theories of how black holes are formed and operate. Those waves temporarily "kinked the fabric of space-time itself. [...] The waves shrank and expanded space on Earth by just a fraction of the width of a proton." 

Wikipedia tells us that time is distorted near and inside a black hole. 

"To a distant observer, clocks near a black hole appear to tick more slowly than those further away from the black hole. Due to this effect, known as gravitational time dilation, an object falling into a black hole appears to slow as it approaches the event horizon, taking an infinite time to reach it. [...] On the other hand, indestructible observers falling into a black hole do not notice any of these effects as they cross the event horizon. According to their own clocks, which appear to them to tick normally, they cross the event horizon after a finite time without noting any singular behaviour."

We can wonder about how we can change our perception of space-time, but it doesn't actually change space-time outside our perception. In case you were wondering...

The Empathic Civilisation

And to reiterate the previous post, this favorite has been revived to reinforce the point.

Whole earth morality

Good article on the evolution of morality. It starts with a quote by Simon Blackburn:

"I think at its simplest it’s a system whereby we put pressure on ourselves and others to conform to certain kinds of behavior. That’s the side of morality that is perhaps most obviously associated with rules, with boundaries to conduct, with limiting criminal behavior when the rules are transgressed. On top of that, there’s an element of morality that is concerned more with our sentiments and emotions, for example with sympathy and our capacity to feel sympathy at others’ distress and a corresponding motivation to do something about it. So there are two sides to morality, one more coercive and the second more gentle and humane."

Morality has evolved from self-interest to how we engage each other in groups. And that engagement evolves from caring limited to small groups to larger groups, eventually embracing the whole earth and its inhabitants. Elinor Ostram's  8 core design principles for managing a commons are then listed. See the link for much more.





 

Tromp and the Illuminati

A parody of conspiracy theorists like that idiot in Texas, Alex Jones.

Senator Warren on the new Russian sanctions Bill

She interviews a panel on this and all agree new sanctions are in order to thwart Russia's election interference. And yet the House is stalling its enaction and it's doubtful Tromp will sign it. Why? I think those with half a brain can connect the dots here.

Justice Dept. does favor for Russian lawyer who met with Tromp Jr.

Yes,it's real news. And a coincidence? I think not. The same lawyer who met with Tromp Jr. to provide dirt on Clinton during the election is the same one who represented a firm prosecuted by the Justice Dept. for money laundering $230 million. The Dept. let them off with a $6 million settlement, just 2.6% of the take. Crime indeed does pay. Recall our Attorney General in charge of the Justice Dept. also met with Russians. It's amazing what treason can but these days.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shep Smith & Chris Wallace of Fox on Tromp Jr. collusion

It was clearly attempted collusion. The credibility of the Tromp propaganda that there were no meetings with Russia is clearly dead. Smith goes much further that it's just lie after lie after lie with the Tromp swamp. Fox is saying this should not be a partisan issue but of serious concern to any American. Plus there was another person at the meeting beside the former Russian intelligence officer. Just maybe the Trompers who only watch Fox will start getting in their head the real news about this corrupt regime.

New info on Tromp Jr's Russia meeting

It turns out that someone else was at that meeting, a former Russian military officer with suspected links to Russian intelligence. Junior said there were no more attendees at the meeting and he obviously lied, again (and again and again and so on). The end draws nearer by the hour for this corrupt cabal of criminals.

The reality behind welfare

For those who complain about paying for the takers of society, perhaps you'd like to know who are the real takers? Probably not, as facts can't penetrate your hatred.


Colbert speculates on what AG Sessions said to LGBT hate group

The Attorney General had a closed-door meeting with the hate group and won't release what transpired. So Colbert takes a good guess about what Sessions said to them.

Kyle & Benji performance

Two of the top male west coast swing champions did a routine together with Kyle leading. Totally awesome performance.

The Fair Representation Act

Has been introduced in the House by Rep. Don Beyer. It eliminates gerrymandering by creating larger, multi-member districts drawn by non-partisan commissions, where each district can elect more than one representative by ranked choice voting. See the article for the details. Imagine our votes actually counting!

Infinite economic growth is a cancer

I'm sharing Thomas Bonde's  FB post, an urgent and necessary message we all need to hear and share:

"If you still believe in the possibility of infinite economic growth on a finite planet with finite resources you are either incredibly stupid or mentally poisoned by ideological wishful thinking. The path of Western civilisation, which unfortunately is now planetary in scope, leads straight into the bottomless pit of mass extinction. This is already happening to a very disturbing number of species and humanity is next. I am sure the next generation is going to love us for our mindless consumption of petty shit from Chinese sweatshops, so please keep filling that existential vacuum with the temporary opiates of shiny objects. Who cares if future humans will have to breathe in toxic fumes and drink from poisoned wells? Not us, apparently, which makes me glad I didn't get around to putting more people into this sick and dying world."



For the grammar Nazis


Friday, July 14, 2017

Conman: The stupid man's superhero


The Allure of Things

Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy. Edited by Roland Faber and Andrew Goffey (NY: Bloomsbury, 2014). Available free here. Bryant's updated version of "Time of the object" is chapter 4. Also recall this brief FB thread on it. The comments therefrom:

Seems he added sections of Democracy of Objects to this paper. Relating to the Captain Metaphysics comic, I like this:

"What Derrida articulates in this passage is a variation of Aristotle’s concept of primary substances; for the very being of primary substance is to exceed and be detachable from every context. Hence, in the case of New Historicism which strives to reduce an articulation to its context, we encounter a sort of transcendental illusion where the historicist is not discovering the contexture of relations that gave the work meaning, but rather creating a contexture, a regime of attraction, that generates meaning as an effect. It is for this reason that I refer to substance under the title of presence as local manifestation, for the manifestation of any substance is a function of its contingent context, such that every substance, in principle, harbors the power of falling into other contexts and thereby of manifesting itself otherwise than it does in this context. [...] Derrida’s account of time and différance gives us one way of providing a formal ontological demonstration for the thesis that substances are withdrawn" (89-90).

And the conclusion, a variation on Edwards' syntegrity:

Albert Cummings - Lonely Bed

The blues pick of the day. Some incredible guitar playing.

Greenwald defends Tromp Jr.'s collusion

Greenwald has fully jumped the shark. He is so paranoid about intelligence agencies and the Dem Party that he refused to believe the evidence in front of him. In this video he says it's not a crime to meet with a foreign agent with the intent of receiving information against our country. But it is most certainly is a crime according to 11 CFR 110.20, which cites 52 U.S.C. 30121 and 36 U.S.C. 510 and clearly states:

"A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value, or expressly or impliedly promise to make a contribution or a donation, in connection with any Federal, State, or local election."

I used to value Greenwald's reporting, and still do on anything other than Russian collusion. On this topic though he has lost all credibility and isn't trustworthy.

Senator Warren on the revised Senate wealthcare bill

All the same tax cuts for the rich, insurance companies and drug companies are still there. And still the same massive cuts to Medicaid. They did add though that insurance companies can sell policies that don't at all comply with Obamacare, meaning a whole lot of nothing coverage. When those who choose  such policies get sick or injured with something beyond such minimal coverage it is we the taxpayer that will pay for their burden on the system. So basically we get no choice in supporting these free riders only concerned with choosing for themselves. That is exactly what Repugnantans mean by free choice: choice is free for them but not for us.

Fox propaganda mission accomplished

They've been so successful at lying to their viewers that the latter have become so misinformed and dumbed down that they voted for Tromp. And now Tromp is one of Fox's biggest fans, Tweeting their lies from the Presidential pulpit, further reinforcing the lies and deception. Mission accomplished Fox.

Colbert on Tromp objectifying France's first lady

The womanizing Tromp just can't help himself. He goes on to the rest of Tromp's France visit, which went just as well. I and many Americans (with a brain) are really embarrassed to have such an idiot for a President.

The Senate exempts itself from it own weathcare proposal

Not surprising that they don't want the shitty coverage they want for the rest of us. They want to allow States to offer policies that don't provide 'essential benefits' like maternity leave and mental health services, and yet policies must include those benefits in the Senate's coverage. Which should tell us that essential benefits really should be part of any healthcare plan. That is, if we want to keep our people healthy. Big if, apparently.

Most effective individual impacts on climate change

are "eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families." See this article for the details. And for some inexplicable reason (not) this is not being taught in schools. Seems the grimy hands of the fossil fuel industry reach right into the classroom.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lonely Fool

Some down home blues.

Naomi Klein interviews Jeremy Corbin

How to get the world we want? Be a bold progressive and put forward a strong vision with the street cred that you'll fight tooth and nail for it.

Sanders on Morning Joe

He talks about the necessity of progressives to get out to conservative districts and make people aware of what's going on, particularly healthcare right now. They need to let the working class everywhere know they are fighting for them and not just the wealthy few. And they need to provide the mounting evidence that Tromp lied to them and is only hurting them with his policies. And most of all, to stay true to their values with which the majority agrees, and be willing to fight like hell for we the people.

Benji & Alyssa

Swingcouver 2017 invitational Jack and Jill, 1st place.

The Libertarian vision of America

Excellent article. A small excerpt from it follows on the vision they've been working to create for decades. And are succeeding, if we but look at current Repugnantan policies.

"Tyler Cowen, the economist who co-presides with Charles Koch over the cause's academic base camp [...] has spelled that out. You might want to sit down to hear what he envisions for the rest of us. He has written that with the 'rewriting of the social contract' underway, people will be 'expected to fend for themselves much more than they do now.' While some will flourish, he admits, 'others will fall by the wayside.' Since 'worthy individuals' will manage to climb their way out of poverty, 'that will make it easier to ignore those who are left behind.' And Cowen didn't stop there. 'We will cut Medicaid for the poor,' he predicted. Further, 'the fiscal shortfall will come out of real wages as various cost burdens are shifted to workers' from employers and a government that does less. To 'compensate,' this chaired professor in the nation's second-wealthiest county advises, 'people who have had their government benefits cut or pared back' should pack up and move to lower-cost, poor public service states like Texas."

The updated Senate wealthcare Bill

Just came out today. This link breaks down the changes simply and concisely. For example, the new plan would:

Allow insurers to offer cheaper, slimmed-down coverage as long as they offer at least one plan meeting Obamacare standards. Experts have warned that such a provision could severely threaten access to coverage for sick patients.

Overhaul the traditional Medicaid program covering low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. Instead of receiving open-ended funding from the federal government, states would receive a set amount per enrollee and have new flexibility to run their programs. Certain vulnerable populations could be protected from the spending cap. States would have the option to add work requirements for able-bodied adults.

See the link for more.

Colbert: Tromp Jr. defense - He's an idiot

Even conservative media is saying so. And it's real news. Ok, the idiot part is not news; we've always know that.

Political Economy of Attention, Mindfulness and Consumerism

Book review. A blurb:

"The mindfulness revolution offers great hope for imagining new ways of being and knowing. [...] But it also remains clear-eyed about the dangers of McMindfulness, the mainstream effort to neutralize the emancipatory potential of reintegrating mind, body and ecology."

To whom Atlas Shrugged appeals


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Net neutrality day of action

See the petition here and please consider signing. Also see the video below.

Speaking of idiots...

This new Pew Research poll shows that a majority of Repugnantans (58%) think a college education has a negative impact on society. I'm pretty sure they are not winning any spelling bees either. See the poll for how they view other institutions like the media, having been manipulated into hating it.

Tromp changes spelling bee rules

Several examples are given of Tromp Tweets where he can't spell for shit. So in true dictator fashion he imposes stupidity on children that can spell far better than he can.

Joe Scarborough is no longer a Republican

Here's him talking about it this morning, after announcing it last night on Colbert. He can no longer support a Party that kowtows to corrupt Tromp and has abandoned their principles for power and money.

Kimmel interviews Kellyanne Conway

About the Tromp Jr. scandal. He first sets it up with the news on the story, then the fake interview with the lying spinstress in chief.

Democrats win in deep conservative Oklahoma

But nary a whisper from corporate media. Therefore it's up to us in alternative, 'renewable' media to spread the word. Karen Gaddis will now be representing the 75th House District in OK, and immigration attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez will now be representing the 44th Senate district. And this is in heavily gerrymandered conservative districts. Progressive Democrats can win even in places like this. Hence the Dim Party needs to invest in fighting in every district to take our country forward.

Lost Girls

How to become a Buddhist

Funny and only slightly hyperbolic instruction by JP on Buddhism.

Canion Shijirbat on AGT

Dancer with projection act. Too bad they cut the first 30 seconds off.

Angelina Green on AGT

She got Heidi's golden buzzer last night. Quite the emotional performance. If you want to skip the interview the act begins around 1:00.

Colbert: Tromp Jr. is his own Deep Throat

Colbert pokes fun at Tromp Jr's telling on himself in the latest collusion scandal. And while informative, in parts it's LOL funny.

Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions

They beat Jabbawockeez in their battle last night, no easy feat.

Kinjaz on WOD

Awesome routine, from the set changes with the partitions to the theme, costumes and choreography, all performed superbly. They handily won their battle and rightly earned the highest score of the evening.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lex Ishimoto on SYTYCD

They saved the best for last. 

Colbert on Tromp campaign Russia collusion

The end is near for this criminal cabal.

Colbert interviews Conway

Fake interview but fun.

What is postmetaphysical thinking?

From this wiki:

These post-metaphysical philosophical movements have, among other things:

1. called into question the substantive conceptions of rationality (e.g. "a rational person thinks this") and put forward procedural or formal conceptions instead (e.g. "a rational person thinks like this");

2. replaced foundationalism with fallibilism with regard to valid knowledge and how it may be achieved;

3. cast doubt on the idea that reason should be conceived abstractly beyond history and the complexities of social life, and have contextualized or situated reason in actual historical practices;

4. replaced a focus on individual structures of consciousness with a concern for pragmatic structures of language and action as part of the contextualization of reason; and

5. given up philosophy's traditional fixation on theoretical truth and the representational functions of language, to the extent that they also recognize the moral and expressive functions of language as part of the contextualization of reason.

Postmetaphysical Thinking II

By Jurgen Habermas.

"‘There is no alternative to postmetaphysical thinking’: this statement, made by Jürgen Habermas in 1988, has lost none of its relevance. Postmetaphysical thinking is, in the first place, the historical answer to the crisis of metaphysics following Hegel, when the central metaphysical figures of thought began to totter under the pressure exerted by social developments and by developments within science. As a result, philosophy’s epistemological privilege was shaken to its core, its basic concepts were de-transcendentalized, and the primacy of theory over practice was opened to question. For good reasons, philosophy ‘lost its extraordinary status’, but as a result it also courted new problems. In Postmetaphysical Thinking II, the sequel to the 1988 volume that bears the same title (English translation, Polity 1992), Habermas addresses some of these problems.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Robert Reich: Connect the dots

From his FB post today. Not hard to see the connections.

"1. The Wall Street Journal reported last week on Russian hackers discussing how to hack Clinton’s e-mails and get the material to Michael Flynn, the former national-security adviser, via an intermediary. See: https://www.wsj.com/…/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-f…
) 2. The Journal also reported that Peter Smith, a longtime Republican operative, had undertaken an effort to obtain the Clinton e-mails and suggested to those around him that he was working with Flynn. See: https://www.wsj.com/…/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-f…
3. Yesterday, the New York Times reported on a meeting last June between Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Russian operative Natalia Veselnitskaya, for the express purpose of getting damaging information on Hillary Clinton. (The Trump White House hasn’t denied the meeting occurred, but says Trump’s aides didn’t know her identity before the meeting.) See: https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-russia-kushner-manafort.htm…

The death of homo-economicus

Continuing the last post, Sam Bowles, a Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, discusses the failed economic ideology of homo economicus. It "posits a one-dimensional image of [...] a rational, utility-maximizing agent, largely driven by the so-called 'invisible hand' of the marketplace." Which in turn is a rationalization for greedy self-interest under the assumption that this will benefit everyone but it does not. Bowles research shows that quite the contrary it is when we cooperate for the mutual benefit of everyone that we all prosper. And this needs to be incorporated into the way we frame economics.

Repugnantans victims of a failed ideology?

So says Isabell Sawhill in this article. She admits that their wealthcare proposals are inhumane, but not because they are evil people. It's because they have fallen prey to an economic ideology that presumes tax cuts for the rich helps everyone, and that cutting benefits on people makes them take more responsibility for their lives by working harder. It seems like just so much rationalization for being what they are, inhumane.

Being a Millennial

JP nails this demographic.

Tromp team colludes with Russian lawyer

Tromp Jr., Kushner and Manafort met with a Russian lawyer specifically to get the dirt on Clinton's emails. The end is near for this corrupt bunch of criminals.

Tromp's voter suppression commission

They lie about voter fraud. Kobach, who heads the commission, in all his searching for the fable fraud, has convicted one person of it so far. The commission is the fraud, specifically designed to take away our right to vote. And the Dimocratic Party is also part of that corruption. They'd rather lose to Repugnantans than give up on their complicity.

Ashes of Eden

Nestles steals California's water

How the hell are they getting away with this during a drought Governor Brown?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cannonball

Forgotten City

Jake & Sarah

Awesome routine that took 2nd place in the Rising Star Division of the US Open 2016.

Zachary Downer

Great audition on SYTYCD.

At least this one Tromp supporter woke up

He regrets voting for Tromp because he promised not to cut Medicaid and he did. He lives in a very poor county and needs Medicaid for his healthcare. He is disappointed that Tromp lied to him and said he should have voted for Hillary. I hope that more and more poor and lower middle class Trompers, who rely on social programs to make ends meet, will come to the same conclusion.

New poll on Tromp

The majority see him as reckless and thin-skinnned. His disapproval rating is back up to 60%. Were these people not aware of this before they voted for him?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kairos

Some more Lindsey and Derek:

The Arena

Not only is Lindsey playing the violin, she's dancing beautifully with Derek Hough! Amazing talent.

19 of the G20 remain committed to the Paris climate accord

Despite the US pulling out, the remaining countries signed an agreement to stay committed to it, thereby isolating the Tromp who tromped on it. It's a clear message that the rest of the world is still thinking straight while our Presidunce is not.

Repugnantans lie about food stamp recipients

I know, big surprise. The majority of such recipients are children, the elderly and the disabled, so it's not fault of their own they have need of assistance. It's just that Repugnantans have bought a false narrative about people in need, one that thinks we all get what we deserve despite circumstances in life. It's just so happens that most who hold this false belief were born into better circumstances and never had to face what those in need had to endure. It's a complete lack of empathy for anyone outside their own little white, privileged tribe.

And not at all Christian. Oh yeah, Jesus himself was a dark-skinned itinerant immigrant. He surely would have been turned away from today's fake Christians. And certainly not given any food, let alone food stamps.

Repugnantan insider trading on healthcare stocks

This would be illegal for you and me, and we'd go straight to jail over it. But Congress has exempted itself from this illegal behavior. Meanwhile their wealthcare bill will give tax breaks to the very companies whose stock they are buying up.

EPA head wants to silence science on climate change

That's correct. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hereinafter known as the Environmental Destruction Agency, wants to silence peer-reviewed and validated scientific evidence on climate change by allowing his cronies from the fossil fuel industry to approve of it before being released to the public. I know, it sounds like a bad science-fiction movie, but that's the reality of the current EPA.

Johnson v. Gaethje

Great fight last night. The video quality is poor though.

Repugnantan Jesus on healthcare

A good example of Repugnantan Christianity. I'm sure they could even find passages in the Bible to support it, at least in their own delusional world.

Governor Brown at G20 protest in Hamburg

Brown spoke to over 12,000 protesters in Hamburg, saying that Tromp doesn't speak for America on climate change. He will host an environmental summit in San Francisco next year, saying that California will lead the US by maintaining the conditions of the Paris Accord.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Integral and me

It's been about a year now since Marco Morelli wrote this piece. It came up again today on my FB feed with this quote:

"I’ve come to believe that the problem with integral culture is not the marketing of it per se—but the bad marketing. Marketing that insults one’s intelligence. One of the features of integral discourse that unfortunately emerged with I-I and has continued for the last ten years (some of which I even helped write) involves a subtle flattery of the self in the attempt to define a psychographic market segment and attract it to one’s cause. A typical message goes something like this: 'You’re Integral. Here are five things about you that are different and amazing…but you also feel pain: you feel alone in this incredibly fragmented world, and need to be connected to, and supported by, other integral people like you who long for greater wholeness, etc.' All of which might be true, of course; but the question I have is: So what? Who really cares? If I really care about you as a person, and am not merely interested in enrolling you in my integral community, then identifying you as 'integral' is not going to be my priority. Rather, I want to know what you’re actually doing in the world—what you stand for, how you struggle—what your real experience is, how your mind works, and how you feel life. I shouldn’t just be trying to get you on my email list. I should want to know your story, the quality of your presence, your energetic flux. And, most importantly, I should want to know if we can work together, be friends and allies, peers and equals—learn from each other’s example. Not merely aggregate you to my larger project that remains, at some level, a capitalistic game."

Tromp's State Dept issuing visas to Russian spies

I guess that election rigging is paying off Vladdy.

"Since the November election, US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the US under the guise of other business, according to multiple current and former senior US intelligence officials. The Russians are believed to now have nearly 150 suspected intelligence operatives in the US, these sources said. [...] But that hasn't stopped the State Department from issuing the temporary duty visas — also known as TDY — to the suspected Russian intelligence officers."

Voter suppression for the next election has begun

Hartmann discusses this with Palast. The Interstate Cross-Check has begun in Georgia, with cards sent out to people to respond within 30 days or get kicked off the voter rolls. So there is a campaign to have voters look out for these cards and respond to them. The cards simply say they are verifying your address but their true purpose is far more insidious.

Chomsky: The war on the middle class

Good discussion with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky. The focus is Chomsky's 10 principles of how the oligarchy operates. The first is reducing democracy, something Repugnantans and corporate Dimocrats can't stand. A key blueprint on the right of the oligarchic corporate takeover in the US was the Powell Memorandum. On the left was the Trilateral Commission, which though there was just too damned much democracy, too much freedom of speech and thought and not enough control. See much more below.

Understanding Repugnantan cruelty

Paul Krugman wrote a piece about this here. It focuses on their wealthcare bill, taking away coverage to millions in order to give their rich donors more money. But why? One reason is that they are dead set on repealing Obamacare despite its proven effectiveness. Perhaps they just can't stomach that a progressive program works so well? But the reason underlying that is that they truly think "social safety net programs just reward lazy people who don’t want to work. And we all know which people in particular were supposed to be on the take."

Fake Christians is what they are. Actually fake human beings is more like it. And no, I don't want to harm them despite their lack of humanity. Progressives want to see all people prosper even if they hate us for it. That's what true Christianity is about. And I'm not even Christian, just a decent human being.

Tromp's Director of Government Ethics resigns

He just couldn't take the hypocrisy any more, given Tromp's Swamp has no ethical code whatsoever. It seems the main issue is Tromp's failure to divest his businesses as he continues to profit from them while in office. You know, that fake news called the Constitution.

Obamacare is still working

Contrary to the Repugnantan lies, the "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, last week released a report" that shows "the mix of healthy and sick people buying insurance on the Obamacare marketplaces in 2016 was surprisingly similar to those who enrolled in 2015." 

Pacquiao v. Horn

I just looked at some highlights. It seemed like Horn threw way more punches, but according to the stats not that many landed. According to ESPN, the Filipino landed 182 out of 573 punches (32%), and Horn scored with just 92 of his 625 attempts (15%). Pacquiao also edged him in the power punches, landing 123 out of 380 shots (32%) to Horn’s 73 out of 428 (15%). All 3 judges though gave it to Horn.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tromp mob banker ready to talk

Good story detailing a career criminal's relationship to the Biggest Loser. Apparently this guy fixed Tromp up with Russian financiers and mobsters because no US bank would lend him anything anymore. See the article for the details.

Hobby Lobby's 'Christian' values

You might remember when they won this Supreme Corp case. HL didn't want to pay for birth control on their insurance policies based on religious objections and they won. Now they're caught being the hypocrites they are, illegally " smuggling priceless black market Iraqi artifacts into the U.S. for it’s new Bible museum." And the money goes to ISIS, infamous for selling exactly such artifacts on the black market. Good Christian values there, funding killers of women and babies for their Christian museum.

Buttons

Dance choreographed to the song. Nicole knows how to move it, having won Dancing with the Stars (7 years ago already).

Welcome to the SYTYCD Academy

Here are the dancers that made it to the Academy. Very nicely choreographed routine with all these dancers. I'm excited for the Academy to start to see who develops toward the finals.

19 States Attorneys General sue Betsy DeVos

Secretary of Education DeVos decided to freeze an Obama regulation that protected student borrowers when the for-profit school they were attending closed for fraud. In that case students would be forgiven their loans. So 19 States Attorneys General have filed suit over this. This is typical of the Tromp Swamp; protect the fraud of private business but not the defrauded students who are victims.

Here's what Senator Warren had to say: "Betsy DeVos is bending over backwards to make it easier for fly-by-night schools to cheat students and bury them in mountains of debt – but she’s never met Maura Healey. Today, the Massachusetts Attorney General is leading eighteen states and DC in a lawsuit challenging DeVos’s illegal efforts to block the Department of Education from canceling the loans of students who’ve been cheated. Secretary DeVos might not like it, but her job is to serve students – and we will make sure she does."

Politifact fact checks Senator Sanders

Saying thousands will die under the Senate wealthcare bill. The right is trying to paint him as using hyberbole, saying he can't possible know that. But Sanders cites medical studies that say so, and Politifact agrees with him. I know, those pesky facts again that Repugnantans just can't accept.

Ben & Lemery

At MADjam 2017 champions Jack & Jill.

Independunce Day

So NPR Tweets parts of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Day and Trompers think it's commie propaganda. Wow...

If only the rapture was real

Celebrate good times, come on.


Get a brain

I had to post this fine example of a Tromp supporter after it made me LOL. And they get upset when we call them stupid. I'll quit calling you stupid when you quit being stupid.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why progressives lose

If you want to know listen to Lakoff in this podcast. It's the same story he's been telling for at least a couple of decades but the Dimocrats are too dumb to get it and probably won't yet again. So I have to wonder why Lakoff, the king of framing, can't frame this in a way that progressives will accept it?

Chomsky on healthcare

In this video he discusses how the Repugnantan plans have about a 15% approval rating. Obamacare is higher but he didn't give it a number. But most popular of all is a pubic option (over half), meaning government healthcare. It's a consistent polling result over decades. Chomsky says no one in public mentions this option, but Sanders, Warren and progressives are screaming it from the rooftops and proposing legislation to enact it.

Tromp's voter suppression commission hits roadblock

Yes, that's what it really is so let's name it appropriately. Voter suppressor in chief Kobach asked all US States to submit their voter rolls to the commission "including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits, and voting history for every voter going back more than a decade." To date 44 States have told the commission to go fuck itself. The whole purpose of it is has no basis in fact whatsoever, just the bruised ego of the Biggest Loser who lost the popular vote by over 3 million votes.

Politico's fake news on the travel ban

This article debunks their poll, which claims that a majority supports Tromp's travel ban. The polling question asked though is not about Tromp's travel ban at all, but on whether people agree with the Supreme Corp requiring that those coming from the listed Muslim countries must have family ties in order to enter the US. If so they can enter the country. And that provision is not in Tromp's travel ban, which bans all Muslims from entering the country. So no, the majority do not in fact agree with Tromp on this, as other polls have shown. Fake news, so sad.

Hartmann on the oligarchic takeover

It's happened, it's now, and it's real. The oligarchy has completed its takeover of US government. Hartmann details it's ascent to power. But has it reached the point of no return? Is there any hope of ever changing it back to some semblance of democracy? That depends on we the people waking up and taking action. While there are some signs of that happening too, it's still questionable if we can do it. Still, we must try. We're living in the alternative.

Game categories

As a gamer I like this chart. Although they should put Bridge in the upper corner of friendship-ending and never-ending.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

US ass backwards on bans

We ban the wrong thing and don't ban the real causes of death and mayhem in this country.


Lance Pekus is back to the city finals on ANW

After a bummer failure last year.

Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury 2017

He starts with a message to Tromp: Build bridges, not walls. He then proceeds to what has been, and can be, accomplished when we stay true to our progressive values and fight for them. In so doing, we bring back young people to the process who were heretofore disillusioned and gave up. And we need their skills, exuberance and intelligence to transform our society. He touches on much more in the video below. Very inspiring speech, and we need such strong, dedicated spokespeople to keep our passions blazing to create a better world.

PS: And music can be a powerful mover of political change. This is also a call for songs to be written that address our political situation and motivate us to do better.

Naomi Klein on resisting the shock doctrine

Tromp and his Swampers are creating shock waves every day. But what happens when a big, external shock hits us? How will they manipulate it for their agenda? In this Intercept video Klein explores how shock is used to control us and how we can fight back. She's boiled it down to a 5-step plan. The list of steps follow. See the video for the important details.

1. Know what's coming.
2. Get out of your home and defy the bans.
3. Know your history.
4. Always follow the money.
5. Advance a bold counter-plan.