Monday, April 30, 2018

Dump said if Dems win in '18 he will be impeached

I hope he's right. The analysis below though claims that many Dims are not making impeachment a plank in their campaign for fear it will alienate voters, while the progressive base most certainly is. If Dump can throw this red meat out to his base as an incentive to vote for Repugs, progressives are right to also make it a key issue in their campaigns. Many of the progressive wins around the country in special elections are emphatically making it an issue. To hell with the middle of the road corporate Dims and their safe avoidance of impeachment. They have proven repeatedly that their strategy has and will continue to lose bigly.


The spirituality of the Commons

Continuing this post, recall Wilber's 4 definitions of  spiritual in this document (63-4): the highest development in any line; its own developmental line; meditative or peak experiences; a general attitude that can revert to the first three definitions.

More particularly, see Heron's  definition as "a more convincing account of spirituality is that it is about multi-line integral development explored by persons in relation. This is because many basic developmental lines - e.g. those to do with gender, psychosexuality, emotional and interpersonal skills, communicative competence, morality, to name but a few - unfold through engagement with other people. A person cannot develop these lines on their own, but through mutual co-inquiry. The spirituality that is the highest development of these lines can only be achieved through relational forms of practice that unveil the spirituality implicit in them."
 

Also see Heron's latest writings on spirituality, where he said: 

EPA withdraws air pollution policy

Continuing the last post, the Dump administration is going in the completely opposite direction. This latest EPA policy is just one more in a long line of climate chaos denial dominated by a profit-first paradigm that couldn't give a shit about people of the environment. Wake the fuck up people and voted out this toxic Dump soon before it is literally too late.

"The Trump administration is withdrawing a decades-old air policy aimed at reining in some of the largest sources of hazardous pollutants like mercury and lead. [...] Environmentalists and congressional critics decried the change, saying it is one of the EPA’s bedrock environmental regulations that keeps polluters from trimming back to just below the major-source classification cutoff to avoid requirements that could further lower their emissions."

>15,000 scientists issue second warning on climate chaos

The science is confirmed. Now we just need to elect leaders and representatives that value science and are willing to enact policies based on it instead of greed and power. Their warning is here. Some excerpts:

"On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their [first] call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse (figure 1, file S1). Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising GHGs from burning fossil fuels (Hansen et al. 2013), deforestation (Keenan et al. 2015), and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption (Ripple et al. 2014). Moreover, we have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century."

The emerging Commons paradigm

From this article, which claims this new paradigm will replace neoliberal capitalism. Just putting Band-Aids on capitalism isn't good enough. Capitalism at its core has degenerated into rampant inequality, greed, environmental degradation, financial instability on the verge of collapse and the decimation of democracy with the rise of plutocracy. And liberal tweeks, while still accepting basic capitalistic premises, are just more of the aforementioned Band-Aids. "Conventional schools of economics, politics and power do not comprehend the generative capacities of decentralized, self-organized networks. They apply obsolete categories of institutional control and political analysis." Hence it's time to reimagine economics anew, and the Commons paradigm is already emerging organically.

"The commons, briefly put, is about self-organized social systems for managing shared wealth. Far from a 'tragedy,' the commons as a system for mutualizing responsibilities and benefits is highly generative. It can be seen in the successful self-management of forests, farmland, and water, and in open source software communities, open-access scholarly journals, and 'cosmo-local' design and manufacturing systems."

New poll on democracy in America

See the Pew Research Center poll here. A few samples below.

A majority says Trump lacks respect for democratic institutions. Fewer than half of Americans (45%) say Donald Trump has a great deal or fair amount of respect for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions, while 54% say he has not too much respect or no respect. These views are deeply split along partisan and ideological lines. Most conservative Republicans (55%) say Trump has a “great deal” of respect for democratic institutions; most liberal Democrats (60%) say he has no respect “at all” for these traditions and institutions.

[My note: That 45% are affirmative reinforces that these folks are living in a fake reality devoid of obvious facts.]

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dogma, difficulties and alternatives re: conscious experience

Article titled "Eating soup with chopsticks" by R. Nunez, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 4, No. 2, 1997, pp. 143-66. The abstract:

"The recently celebrated division into easy and hard problems of consciousness is unfortunate and misleading. Built on functionalist grounds, it carves up the subject matter by declaring that the most elusive parts need a fundamentally and intrinsically different solution. What we have, rather, are 'difficult' problems of conscious experience, but problems that are not difficult per se. Their difficulty is relative, among other things, to the kind of solution one is looking for and the tools used to accomplish the task. I argue that the study of conscious experience in our scientific and philosophical tradition is a very difficult problem because it has been addressed with inappropriate tools: with harmful long-lasting and inadequate dogmas that have dogged science for centuries. I describe five of these dogmas, which are:

(1) the existence of an objective reality independent of human understanding;
(2) the subordination of epistemology to ontology;
(3) the restricted view of the objectivist-subjectivist dichotomy;
(4) the exclusion of the body from the study of the mind; and
(5) the idea of explaining the mind in terms of the neurophysiological processes of individual brains.

Dennett is right about this

In chapter 14 of FBBB he said:

"We won’t have a complete science of consciousness until we can align our manifest-image identifications of mental states by their contents with scientific-image identifications of the subpersonal information structures and events that are causally responsible for generating the details of the user-illusion we take ourselves to operate in."

He's right about that except that consciousness is a empirically verified, neuroscientific reality, as Dehaene's research attests.

Sanders on Jet Blue employees joining a union

All employees everywhere need to follow this example and join a union. It's your only recourse to having any bargaining power against greedy, inhuman employers. Not all employers are that way, but the larger the company, the more likely it is so. Just listen to the conditions under which these employees have been working.

The Intercept on Dimocrapic corruption

Corporate Dims are still up to their old tricks. Included in the video is audio from Hoyer telling Tillemann to drop out because the Party has already chosen. Sound familiar? They hate democracy as much as Repugnantans. The only solution is to primary them and win.

Michelle Wolf at the Blight House correspondents dinner

And yet again infantile pussy Spanky Dump can't face a good ribbing, instead having a pep rally with only deplorables who adore him. Good job Wolf. And let's praise free speech for liberals.

Can democracy survive global capitalism?

From the Economic Policy Institute:

On Tuesday, May 1 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute will host Robert Kuttner for a discussion of his new book, Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

The postwar social contract throughout the West combined broad prosperity with healthy economic growth and decent social supports. That compact was unique in the history of capitalism, thanks to the empowerment of labor and tight regulation of finance. Beginning in the 1970s, financial elites began dismantling this bargain. Hyper-globalization was a key instrument. New definitions of trade made it more difficult for states to regulate markets and to defend worker wages; regulation was substantially privatized. None of this was necessary economics.

As Robert Kuttner demonstrates, elites won the policy debates and lost the people. With a few exceptions, center-left parties were complicit in the neoliberal globalist consensus. So when the inevitable backlash came, it was championed by an ultra-nationalist far right. Political mobilization built the postwar social settlement, and it will take politics to get it back. Can democracy survive global capitalism? Yes, but it will take more democracy and less capitalism.

Joining the discussion will be E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Brookings Institution, William E. Spriggs of the AFL-CIO, and EPI President Thea Lee.

This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served following the event.
This event will be livestreamed.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Is consciousness an epiphenomenon?

Continuing this post, Dehaene answers no starting at 19:55. Consciousness is required for the following operations:
  • To reflect upon information: subliminal information is evanescent, while conscious information is stable.
  • To discretize the incoming flux of information to a few samples that can be reported or stored.
  • To route this information to other processing stages, thus performing chains of operations.
  • To monitor our behavior and correct our errors.
  • To share the information and achieve collective decisions.


Russian lawyer that met with Dump Jr. admits to being a spy

So yes, there is indeed collusion. But the House investigation buried any information they discovered about this lawyer. That's collusion on top of collusion on top of treason.

Dump's simpering, obsequious, inferiority complex

He has to groom the alpha male in supplication to show signs of submission. All of his blustering is merely to hide this fact.




Cry me a tier or two

Continuing this post, in this article Stein uses the idea of tiers and levels within tiers. There are several tiers that go up to principled systems. He seems to equate the single principle tier with what is referred to as the beginning of second tier in kennilingus (see chart on 123) and notes that within this (or any) tier a differentiation between its structure and content must be made.

"The mere use of particular catch-phrases or the espousal of particular views would no longer serve to signify Second Tier. Instead we would look through this content towards the underlying structure to see if Second Tier capabilities are in evidence. It would allow us to understand the range of views that can be manifested with the scope of certain structural parameters [...] i.e, there is more than one way to be Second Tier and some forms are better than others" (131).


I especially like this from Stein:

Mahers monologue

Topics include Cosby, the VA Secretary drop out, Dump's Pox and Fiends melt down, North and South Korea meet, Melania's birthday, Dump's bromance with Macron.

Maher: Dear Roseanne

He starts by appreciating Roseanne for her support over the years, but then questions her Dump support as misguided at best, especially given her previous promotion of socialism. Maher shows examples of ideas Roseanne has supported over the years and how Dump dumps all over those ideas.  He proceeds to cite the facts on how Dump lied about everything. But as we well know, facts have nothing to do with Dump worship and Roseanne has been programmed into the cult like all the other Dumpsters so will not get any of this. Nice try Maher but it won't work.

Dehaene: What is consciousness continued

The Sci-Hub link in this post has been disabled due to yet again the proprietary pay-to-play bullshit. One can see a summary of it here, as well as Dehaene's video below.

Friday, April 27, 2018

To tier or not to tier: Are you a tierant?

I think this is an article by Chris Cowan* of Spiral Dynamics fame cautioning on the abuse of second tier labeling. Beware the tierants!

"Although this is only an interesting hypothesis, 'Second Tier' has become a part of the central dogma of some versions of the Spiral and a popular phrase in the Integral movement long shepherded by Ken Wilber. [...] This is a contagious and sticky meme because it’s an easy bipolar explanation; and it is one which we don’t believe has much value despite emphasizing it in the book, Spiral Dynamics."

"In our view, over-attention to first tier/second tier differences often injects more confusion than clarity into analysis since it leads to broad over-generalizations, becoming both a monster and red herring. [...] Be cautious because tierism is a very powerful and ego involving meme at the core of many peoples’ identities, an article of faith which must be defended at all costs. Indeed, 'Second Tier' has become a part of the central dogma of some derivatives of the Spiral Dynamics approach. [...] All of this to say that putting much emphasis on first tier, second tier distinctions may be following a false —or at least relatively unimportant—trail."

Jack White - Ice Station Zebra

Continuing this post, the below is from Jack White's latest album Boarding House Reach. Like his earlier work, there's a lot of changes and transitions, even a different sounding song halfway through. Lyrics here.

Damon Martinez to Dump: You're fired

Martinez was a former federal prosecutor for New Mexico now running for Congress. His ad below is great because he stands up to Dump and promises to fire him. You can also view his website here.

Dennett on the manifest/scientific images

Continuing the last post, in Chapter 11 of FBBB Dennett said the following on the manifest image when critics claim it is only an illusion:

"In fact, it’s a version of what I have said about the manifest image of each species: a user-illusion brilliantly designed by evolution to fit the needs of its users. My version differs only in being willing and eager to endorse these ontologies as ways of carving up reality, not mere fictions but different versions of what actually exists: real patterns."

So our manifest image interprets actually existing reality to accommodate our needs. Of course it does. That such interpretation cannot be an identical representation of the totality of reality is a moot point. It also undermines Dennett's other statement elsewhere* that the scientific image is an objective representation of said reality.
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Which of course reminds me of Lakoff et al's work on metaphor, except that they expose the fallacy of an underlying reality that we could know as it is in itself through so-called objective science.

* Chapter 14: The manifest image is "helpful metaphorical renderings of the underlying reality uncovered in the scientific image."

Kinds of realism

Lakoff and Johnson from this post quoting Philosophy in the Flesh (NY: Basic Books, 1999)

"Perhaps the oldest of philosophical problems is the problem of what is real and how we can know it, if we can know it…. Aristotle concluded that we could know because our minds could directly grasp the essences of things in the world. This was ultimate metaphysical realism. There was no split between ontology (what there is) and epistemology (what you could know), because the mind was in direct touch with the world.

"With Descartes, philosophy opened a gap between the mind and the world…. Ideas…became internal “representations” of external reality…but somehow “corresponding” to it. This split metaphysics from epistemology.

"…embodied realism…is closer to…direct realism…than…representational realism. [It] is, rather, a realism grounded in our capacity to function successfully in our physical environments. It is therefore an evolutionary realism. Evolution has provided us with adapted bodies and brains that allow us to accommodate to, and even transform, our surroundings.

"It gives up on being able to know things-in-themselves, but, through embodiment, explains how we can have knowledge that, although it is not absolute, is nonetheless sufficient to allow us to function and flourish.

"The direct realism of the Greeks can thus be characterized as having three aspects:

Peer to peer spirituality

2014 article by Michel Bauwens on the topic, copied below.

No more gurus: the emergence of peer production opens the way to a commons of spiritual knowledge from which all humanity can draw.

Is it possible to peer produce spiritual experience and insight, just as knowledge, software and code for computers are peer produced by communities of self-organizing individuals? If so, does this matter?

My answer is yes. Spirituality consists of socially-constructed worldviews that may no longer be appropriate to the time and space in which we live. In this context, newly emerging spiritual viewpoints and practices can be seen as necessary ‘upgrades of consciousness’ that can help us deal with new social and cultural complexities. The implications are profound.

Spirituality and religion always bear the hallmark of the social structures in which they were born and become embedded. Emerging religions often represent a partial transformation of these social structures because they represent new forms of consciousness, but they can never become hegemonic if they are not rooted in, and accepted by, the mainstream social logic.

For example, it’s not difficult to see that the Catholic Church and Buddhist Sangha have strong feudal elements in their organisational structures and ideas; or that Protestant churches are strongly linked to emerging capitalist and/or democratic forms; or that what has been called “New Age spirituality” is often geared towards a marketplace of commodified spiritual experiences that are available for sale. There is little doubt that the Catholic Church and the Buddhist Sangha would not have grown as they did had they not accepted the Roman political order and slavery respectively.

Therefore, it’s logical to expect that the emergence of peer production as a new model of value creation and distribution should also lead to new forms of spiritual organization and experience.

Peer production or ‘p2p’ is defined as any process that allows for open input, participatory processing, and where the output is universally available as a commons to all. This definition includes a number of elements that might also apply to peer to peer spirituality.

Democracy Now interviews progressive the corporate Dims shun

Continuing this post, Democracy Now interviews Levi Tillemann, the progressive Dem who was pressured to not challenge the Corporate Dim in a Colorado race. The corporate Dims will never learn so repeal and replace them with progressives. And hopefully this expose will aid in that cause.  The blurb:

"A new exposé by The Intercept confirms how powerful Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive progressive candidates in primaries around the country, choosing instead to back moderate, business-friendly candidates. This comes after President Obama used his farewell address to encourage Americans upset about the outcome of the 2016 election to take action by running for office themselves. We speak with Levi Tillemann, a Colorado man who heeded Obama’s call and found himself disappointed by the process, after he was repeatedly pressured by powerful Democrats not to run. In fact, he recorded a conversation in which he was directly told to drop out of the Democratic primary for Colorado’s sixth Congressional district by none other than the second-ranking House Democrat, Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland. We go to Denver to speak with Levi Tillemann, a candidate in Colorado’s Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District, which includes Denver. He is featured in the new exposé by Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, 'Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Official Pressuring Progressive to Bow Out of Election.'"

Corden takes Infinity Wars cast on a Hollywood tour

As usual Corden turns this into a funny romp.

Noah on Dump's padded room performance

For the sake of the nation, somebody please give Dump some Thorazine and Haldol. And thank you Pox for televising this obvious schizophrenia breakdown.

Colbert on Dump's unhinged Pox rant

Good jokes on the very serious issue of Dump's literal insanity. After discussing Cosby's verdict Colbert gets to the topic around 0:30. The Pox Fiends just sit there dazed and let him rant because they in large part created this monster.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The White Stripes - Icky Thump

I'm getting old. I just heard this 2007 classic for the first time on the radio and immediately liked it. So many cool changes and riffs.

Consciousness Regained:

"Disentangling mechanisms, brain systems, and behavioral responses" by Johan F. Storm et al., J

"How consciousness (experience) arises from and relates to material brain processes (the “mind-body problem”) has been pondered by thinkers for centuries, and is regarded as among the deepest unsolved problems in science, with wide-ranging theoretical, clinical, and ethical implications. Until the last few decades, this was largely seen as a philosophical topic, but not widely accepted in mainstream neuroscience. Since the 1980s, however, novel methods and theoretical advances have yielded remarkable results, opening up the field for scientific and clinical progress. Since a seminal paper by Crick and Koch (1998) claimed that a science of consciousness should first search for its neural correlates (NCC), a variety of correlates have been suggested, including both content-specific NCCs, determining particular phenomenal components within an experience, and the full NCC, the neural substrates supporting entire conscious experiences. In this review, we present recent progress on theoretical, experimental, and clinical issues. Specifically, we (1) review methodological advances that are important for dissociating conscious experience from related enabling and executive functions, (2) suggest how critically reconsidering the role of the frontal cortex may further delineate NCCs, (3) advocate the need for general, objective, brain-based measures of the capacity for consciousness that are independent of sensory processing and executive functions, and (4) show how animal studies can reveal population and network phenomena of relevance for understanding mechanisms of consciousness."

Neuroscience of Consciousness Journal

Their blurb:

"Neuroscience of Consciousness is an open access journal which publishes papers on the biological basis of consciousness, with an emphasis on empirical neuroscience studies in healthy populations and clinical settings. The journal also publishes empirically and neuroscientifically relevant psychological, methodological, theoretical, and philosophical papers. As well as the primary phenomenon of consciousness itself, relevant topics include interactions between conscious and unconscious processes; selfhood; metacognition and higher-order consciousness; intention, volition, and agency; individual differences in consciousness; altered states of consciousness; disorders of consciousness in psychiatry and neurology; and consciousness in infants and non-human animals. The journal publishes research articles, review articles, brief communications, opinions, and ‘spotlight’ commentaries. See instructions to authors for more information on article types. Neuroscience of Consciousness is partnered with the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC)."



Dump on the 5th Amendment

What he said repeatedly before his own lawyer decided to take the 5th. Dump was right though; only a crime family does this sort of thing. And the mob boss is going down with this one.

Dump's unhinged Pox and Fiends interview

(Note: intentional spelling in the title.) The Morning Joe panels discussed it. Seriously Congress and Cabinet, you need to invoke the 25th Amendment because your Presidunce is beyond doubt incapacitated and unfit for the office. How could you possibly argue otherwise?

Colbert: Macron breaks up with Dump

In his address to Congress he attacked Dump's isolationism and nationalism, as well as his climate change denial and fossil fuel support. Dump though is too stupid to realize the criticism and instead thinks he was praised. Idiot.

Sanders on Mulvaney's corruption

Sanders commented on this article, saying:

"'We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,' Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau told the American Bankers Association. 'If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.'

"In this statement, Mulvaney tells us everything we need to know about how Washington works, and why Wall Street, the drug companies, the military-industrial complex and other wealthy special interests make billions in campaign contributions. Government should be about representing ordinary Americans, not just the rich and the powerful. Now is the time to overturn Citizens United and move toward public funding of elections."

Dimocrapic leadership pressures progressive candidates to drop out

One such candidate recorded his conversation with Steny Hoyer. Hoyer explained to Tilleman, said candidate, that the Party picks their candidate well in advance based on who they think can win, then they throw their full support, financial and otherwise, behind them. And once decided they thwart any progressive challenger. (Remember what they did to Sanders?) It's all admitted in this phone conversation.

Of particular note, this corrupt strategy not only lost the Presidential race but over 1000 seats in legislative bodies around the country. And they're still up to their dirty tricks because 1) they don't care about winning because 2) they don't give a shit about we the people.

Involuntary celebate terrorism

The Toronto killer praised the Incel movement on Facebook before running over and killing people, mostly women. These are guys who are so repugnant that no woman would ever consider gracing them with any love. So how do they respond? By killing them. Yes, they are mentally ill. But they are terrorists too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

317 members of the US National Academy of Sciences issue statement

To Dump and his Dumpsters. It calls for "the Federal Government to maintain scientific content on publicly accessible websites, to appoint qualified personnel to positions requiring scientific expertise, to cease censorship and intimidation of Government scientists, and to reverse the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord."

Mueller is protecting the investigations

Even if he as special counsel is fired and that particular investigation goes away. Maddow explains how Mueller is protecting what he's found so far. The latest is that the warrants issued on Manafort came from the Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, with the advice of the FBI's International Corruption Squad. Maddow also lists the other ways Mueller has protected what he is uncovering, including the raid on Cohen's office coming from outside Mueller's purview.

Even if Mueller is fired he's protecting his investigations so that they will continue in the event he is fired and the special counsel investigation is eliminated. It's too late Dumpsters; the law is coming for you.

Our scientific (and human) limitations

Continuing this post, someone at FB commented that QM applies only to the very small or large, where current science is still accurate for the in between.

That we humans are limited to what we can perceive and think by our biological brain is verified by current cognitive science. Dennett even confirms this in his notion of how our interactive affordances with the environment limit our ontology to what is useful to us, while we do not register the rest. So in that sense we do not register reality in toto, and that includes our scientific instruments (which includes math), specifically designed by us to notice and measure those affordances useful to us.

Yes, the rest of reality is out there, but it's hubris to think we can objectively know or measure it with our self-created science. Which, by the way, truly is incredibly accurate and useful to our particular ontology but limited by our human biology and epistemology.

Dump voters fear losing white privilege

So says this recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Contrary to popular belief, it's not so much their economic situation as it is fear of losing white dominance in our society. Hence Dump's incessant race whistles against those other colored folks as the cause of our white suffering. It cites other studies confirming the analysis.

Laura's in an Aerosmith mood

Jane Goodall on Dump's grooming behavior

Continuing the last post:


Colbert: Dump's bad bromance with Macron

Colbert jokes about how Dump fawned and preened over Macron's visit. It's almost as if Dump wants to date him, especially since Melania won't even hold hands let alone whatever.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Should quantum anomalies make us rethink reality?

Indeed we should according to this recent Scientific American article. One thing I learned from Dennett in his new book is that according to him the scientific image uncovers an objective, underlying reality, while the manifest image is corrupted by our personal ontology. Not so according to quantum mechanics, which operates on the premise that our scientific results themselves are tied to our perceptions and constructed categories, not "a purely objective world out there." There is a paradigm shift in science itself in accepting this understanding, given quantum anomalies described in the link. It's time to update your scientific (and manifest) image Professor Dennett.

How to pull Dump's puppet strings

A pee pee tape can help too.


How metrics shape and impact our lives

I appreciate Stein's ITC '15 paper. Metrics and measurements impact us all in every aspect of our lives, not just externally but in the very way we think and behave. Hence we need better metrics to ensure better lives, since modernistic late capitalism has come up not only lacking but quite detrimental.

And of course Stein recommends an integral-based measurement system that requires the new sciences of chaos, complexity and emergence. The old paradigm of "heroic modernity" is limited to linear, isolated, singular phenomenon taken out of its context and environment. But dynamic systems require "multitudinous measures across multiple time scales" (39). The latter metrics can facilitate "the emergence of a post-capitalist socio-sphere" (41) which goes beyond measuring worth in just monetary terms but includes volunteer work, environmental stewardship, good citizenship and social justice activism.

Since measurement systems have such a deep impact in all aspects of our lives, it must include those most affected in that process, i.e. they must have democratic input in the very creation of such metrics. This challenges the modernist conception of expertise as the only arbiter of measurement. The experts are still needed for their part, but the rest of us are needed to define the parameters of its use, as well as examine the ethical and policy implications, or merely to provide feedback which must recycle into the measurements.

Collaborative leadership

See Torbert's article here. A criticism I've had before on Torbert's work is that it focuses on just changing the leadership of an organization. It still maintains the earlier action logic that organizations need hierarchical leadership that transforms the org from the top down based on the hero/leader mythology. While he does list (in his charts) a transforming leadership creates an organization of collaborative inquiry from a participatory approach, it's still the bosses that do this when collaborative inquiry redefines organizational interaction as peer to peer.

That doesn't negate that some peers assume leadership roles in some contexts, but it does challenge the same top leaders in charge all the time on everything. He does in fact note that "committed collaborative action in teams" is required. And that "transforming leaders lead toward collective leadership." Yet it seems that CEOs and org Boards are still the final arbiters of organizational policy and decision, when orgs run on collaborative inquiry processes have proven that they can run without such top heavy structures (e.g. here and here). 


Christina Aguilera Carpool Karaoke

The latest in Corden's popular series, with special surprise guest.

Cheech and Chong

Pot is over now that the thrill is gone.

Colbert: Dump flipping out over Cohen flipping on him

Turns out Dump has treated Cohen like everyone else: like garbage. And yet he expects them to be loyal? You're going down Spanky Dump. There's a special cell in hell (aka federal prison) reserved for you, fully equipped with Vaseline and a ball gag.

Progressives are changing the Dimocrapic Party

This article explores the topic. E.g., Nixon's progressive candidacy for NY Governor is forcing Cuomo to tack to the left. He's changed his tune on felons voting, destroyed a Dim caucus that gave power to the Repugs, and is selling himself as in line with Sanders. (A rep for Sanders said the latter is pure bullshit.) We're seeing unabashed progressives across the country challenging the moderate to conservative Dims and they are making headway, and in some cases winning those challenges. They are running on an agenda that polls show the majority of Americans want, like single-payer healthcare, abolishing immigration enforcement, marijuana legalization, tight financial regulation, $15 federal minimum wage, a federal job guarantee program, stronger collective bargaining rights and so on.

See the link for some specific candidates and the progress being made. Hell, if this keeps up I might have the change the name back to the Democratic Party.

Christ is rejected by the Christian right

Then what exactly does that make them?


Evangelicals lower the bar

I wonder with Dump just how low they can go?


Monday, April 23, 2018

Hannity's real estate empire funded by HUD

He bought "discounted and foreclosed properties as investment tools through shell companies, all the while receiving support from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [...] Those mortgage loans, which, according to the Guardian, were acquired through HUD’s National Housing Act, offered investors protection against loan defaults when purchasing rental properties." I.e., Hannity built a real estate fortune by accepting government welfare.

Some of Tesla's detestable practices

From this FB post:

"Tesla Motors claims to be the future of electric cars. But in many ways the company and its ruthless union-busting boss Elon Musk resemble the auto industry's grisly past, before the rise of modern labor rights. And now, in a new investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED News, it's been revealed that Tesla has been ignoring century-old safety norms adopted by the rest of the auto industry, not providing enough training, and faking its safety numbers in order to avoid regulations and cut costs.

"The reports are staggering. Tesla has, among other things, not painted bright yellow hazard lines on its factory floors (the industry standard) because Musk doesn't like the color yellow; left workers injured on the job homeless due to insufficient workers' compensation; and marked workers' injuries it should have reported to regulators as 'minor first aid' incidents and personal health problems in order to artificially deflate their safety numbers. The company has since denounced the journalists and whistleblowers behind this investigation as 'extremists.' Musk, needless to say, was not so long ago a close ally of the Trump administration, which has repeatedly threatened to crack down on journalism.

"Take the time to listen to the voices of Tesla's workers -- and the reptilian excuses of their bosses -- in this episode of the Reveal podcast."

Hartmann, the 2nd Amendment and slave patrols

In this article Hartmann lays out how slave patrols were the "well-regulated militia" in the south, which were used to round up runaway slaves. He cites Carl T. Bogus' work "The hidden history of the 2nd Amendment," as well as Hadden's book on slave patrols. Here's Bogus discussing the topic in 2013, where he concludes: "And, yes, I remain convinced of its thesis."

Dump's Cabinet plots Christian theocracy

I know, it sounds like some fake news, crazed liberal conspiracy theory. But this real news report verifies that several members of Dump's Cabinet attend a weekly Bible study meeting with "Pastor Ralph Drollinger, a controversial right-wing pastor who preaches a message promoting a conservative Christian theocracy for the U.S." 

"Vice President Mike Pence, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominee for Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, have all sponsored the Capitol Ministries Cabinet Bible study, according to literature put out by Capitol Ministries."

Drollinger is strongly anti-women, anti-gay and anti-Catholic, as well as finding social welfare programs demonic. He's written a book explicitly promoting a Christian government. Christian ISIS is here and now in our own Cabinet. 

See their web page where they openly admit to the above.

Socialists are running for office

And proud to be identified with the socialist label. It's high time we socialists take back the word and reframe it to its true meaning. We have to win the meme war by taking back words appropriated by the Repugnantans, like freedom and patriot. Instead of running away from these words we need to do the opposite and re-own them with clear, adamant voices. And either run for office under its banner, or fully support those who do. Now is the time, as more and more people, especially the young, are coming to realize the reality and benefits of socialism. See the DSA site for some sample issues.

Today is the Christian Rapture

According to this loony tune. Lord I hope these wackadoodles are scooped up to their eternal reward and leave us and the planet alone.

Results of the Dump tax scam

See Occupy Democrats video here. Some samples since the tax scam passed:

Sears has closed 63 stores.
KMart closed 45 stores.
Macy's closed 68 stores.
Sam's Club closed 63 stores.
Kimberly Clark fired >5000 workers

See the link for more on how Dump is Making America Great Again for the rich but not at all for the rest of us.

Dump inspires and condones hate speech

See this article. Hate speech against people has always been around. But since Dump at least some of that speech specifically names Dump as justification. "Immediately after the election, there was a surge in Trump-related taunts. But all last year and into this year, the threats kept coming." Dump has given permission for hate speech to come out of the closet and be not only blatant but proud about it. See the link for several examples.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lujan Grisham votes with Repugs on banks

Indeed she did, this candidate for New Mexico Governor. Not only Sanders and Warren voted against this bank deregulation but so did 102 other Dems including New Mexican Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. After the '08 crash Dodd-Frank required banks with assets over $50 billion to undergo financial stress tests. The Bill purports that it affects too many small, community banks so it raised the threshold to $250 billion. But there are few small banks that have that amount of assets, so in effect it is letting bigger banks off the hook from regulatory scrutiny.

Why did she do it? According to Sen. Joe Cervantes, also a candidate for NM Governor: "Unfortunately it’s no surprise Congresswoman Lujan Grisham chose bankers over New Mexicans. She has accepted $2,140,024 from political action committees and over $100,000 from lobbyists."

I asked Lujan Grisham if she would refuse PAC or corporate money and it's no surprise she has not answered. Progressives must demand that their candidates refuse corporate money because these otherwise good candidates are easily and inevitably corrupted like this case in point.

Why I left academic philosophy

Great article highlighting many of the reason I dropped out of graduate school to get a good paying job helping people. Some excerpts with which I particularly resonate.

"Have you ever spent two years pouring your heart and soul into a project that only three people will ever see? In academia, we call that your 'dissertation.' [...] Nobody reads this stuff because most of the journals are behind paywalls so expensive that only large libraries at academic institutions can afford to access them."

"But I think the ultimate sin is that academic philosophy is filled with people — mostly men — who spend a lot of time talking about things that are almost entirely abstracted from the pragmatic realities of human existence. [...] How could I justify this exuberance of abstraction when there were so many real-world problems that needed the minds of intelligent people?"

"I don’t need academic philosophy to do philosophy. Blogging over the past ten years, I’ve reached a larger audience than I could have ever hoped to find through the traditional academic journal system. And that’s ultimately why I dropped out: it was holding me back."




Fighting the oligarchy inside the Dimocrapic Party

Video below. You can also read the transcript here. The oligarchs and their Dim cronies must be purged from the Party. If it can't be accomplished, and I have my doubts, then progressives must organize a new People's Party. And no, you can reason or bargain with the corporate Dims, as their reasoning ability has been destroyed by greed, power and hubris. To think otherwise is to be suckered into their game of appeasement and manipulation.

A moral economy

Sanders talked about it here. E.g.: ""A moral economy is one that says, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, all of our people should be able to live with dignity and security." He addresses issues that never make it on to corporate media, like a living wage, voting rights and giant dark money. Issues that are never addressed by religious Repugnantans, supposedly a moral constituency but only fakely so.

Science is not always the answer


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thompson replies to Dennett

In this paper Thompson replies to criticism of his book Mind in Life, starting with one of his mentors, Dennett. On the issue of consciousness section 4 is instructive. Thompson uses subjective reports and finds them accurate if they are limited to pure description without subjective interpretation. And this has nothing to do with their reports being attempts to describe what is going on in subpersonal brain routines, of which it is acknowledged that we do not, and cannot have, access (red herring).

Also Thompson studies those trained in 1st person investigation, like advanced mediators. Thus they can more accurately report their phenomenological experiences than can those not so trained. This in turn allows for more accurate neurological brain measurements of those subjective states to allow more accurate scientific descriptions of consciousness. See the link for more.

Nagel reviews Dennett's new book

See it here. Nagel gives a good overview summary, and I quite agree with a lot that Dennett has to say. But then Nagel gets to the section on consciousness, and how Dennett continues to insist is is merely a useful user-illusion nonetheless. Dennett denounces the first-person perspective because not only can it not understand the true (scientific) nature of its workings but it makes up fictitious reasons for that nature.

This precludes that our 1st person perspective can explore our consciousness while simultaneously also exploring it's 3rd person scientific correlates and sharing with, and learning from, our 2nd person communications with others and culture at large to align our manifest image with the scientific image. This is exactly the sort of investigation going on in neuroscientic studies of consciousness, where 1st person reporting of a subject's experience is indispensable to that investigation while not taking it at face value. That reported experience might not be accurate in itself depending on the subject's manifest image, but as I said, that image can be educated by the scientific image to more accurately interpret that valid experience.

Peterson caught in a contradiction

In Overtime Peterson was talking about how liberals treat Dump voters as stupid, and that doing so was counterproductive. So Alex Wagner asks him about the contradiction, in that Peterson earlier said that liberals have to quit being politically correct and afraid of offending people. Wagner points out that Peterson is doing what he claims liberals are doing and she's right.

Peterson does though make a good point that if we get rid of Dump what happens to his supporters? What happens is that progressives will enact policies to help those people, like higher wages with better benefits, job retraining and a host of other humane policies. Progressives can still think these people are ignorant, even stupid, while simultaneously wanting to help them to get a good education to quit being ignorant and stupid so that they can be well-paid, constructive and informed citizens.

Maher: Grass warfare

In this New Rule Maher counsels Democrats to use marijuana as a wedge issue if they want to win. When even Repugnantan former Speaker of the House Boehner supports it you know the tide has turned. Weed is to liberals as guns are to conservatives; it's that much of an issue and needs to be treated as such. Especially since 1) no one is coming to take away your guns but 2) the Attorney General is coming to take away your pot. And as usual, the segment is LOL funny.

Maher interviews Peterson

And Maher likes and agrees with Peterson, especially on coddling over sensitivity while stifling free speech because it might offend someone. (Also see Maher's monologue.)

Colbert: Repugnantans runnning away from Dump in '20

Makes sense, as it's political suicide to support that stinking Dump.

What theories of everything tend to be

Word of the day: panchreston [pan-kres-tuh n]

A proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use.

Origin: Greek, 1625 - 1635

English panchreston comes via Latin panchrēstos “good for everything, universal.” In Latin, its usage is restricted to medicine or derived metaphors, e.g., Pliny the Elder (a.d. 23-79) uses panchrēstos stomaticē, a phrase of two Greek words with Greek inflections, meaning “universal remedy for ailments of the mouth”; Cicero (106-43 b.c.), in one of his forensic speeches, uses panchrēstō medicāmentō “universal cure” as a scornful periphrasis for “bribe.” The original Greek adjective (and noun) pánchrēstos has the same relatively restricted meaning, i.e., to describe widely useful tools or medications. Panchreston entered English in the 17th century.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dim Party sues Dumpsters, Russia and Wikileaks

For conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election. This should be good. There is no pardon for a civil lawsuit, and it will bring out facts in evidence that were withheld in the Repug House Committee. Recall the DNC settled a similar suit against Nixon's Watergate scandal for $750,000. Note Dump himself is not named in the suit, but the following are: Dump Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Stone and Gates.

"The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there."

Dennett is partly wrong

Continuing this post, Dennett does indeed accept human consciousness as the most advanced comprehension on earth. I think he’s more talking about some of the illusions we create ‘about’ consciousness like privileged access. And of course all the woo woo metaphysical stuff. I’m all for aligning (what he calls) my manifest image with the scientific image.

Another point he makes in From Bacteria to Bach and Back is that there is no special area of the brain for consciousness, that it just uses all of the other, specialized modular areas in the same ways. The neuroscience research I’ve been providing indeed shows cross-brain networks (like the global neural network) that are used in conscious but not in non-conscious operations. Same for some specific aspects of consciousness that highlight certain other networks not used in that way elsewhere.

Fact checking Pox Views lies about Comey and Mueller

Cooper does a good job at proving that what Lewendowski, Dershowitz and Hannity said about Comey and Mueller are outright and provable lies. Cooper provides the facts, something to which Pox and its viewers are obviously immune.

Towards a cognitive neuroscience of self-awareness

By Lou et al., Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 83, December 2017, pp. 765 - 73. The abstract:

"Self-awareness is a pivotal component of conscious experience. It is correlated with a paralimbic network of medial prefrontal/anterior cingulate and medial parietal/posterior cingulate cortical 'hubs' and associated regions.

"Electromagnetic and transmitter manipulation have demonstrated that the network is not an epiphenomenon but instrumental in generation of self-awareness. Thus, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targeting the hubs impedes different aspects of self-awareness with a latency of 160 ms. The network is linked by ∼40 Hz oscillations and regulated by dopamine.

"The oscillations are generated by rhythmic GABA-ergic inhibitory activity in interneurons with an extraordinarily high metabolic rate. The hubs are richly endowed with interneurons and therefore highly vulnerable to disturbed energy supply. Consequently, deficient paralimbic activity and self-awareness are characteristic features of many disorders with impaired oxygen homeostasis. Such disorders may therefore be treated unconventionally by targeting interneuron function."

See comments below for more.

Lakoff: Dump's dangerous metaphor

From Lakoff:

"Trump's presidency is increasingly defined by a dangerous metaphor: 'The President is the Nation.' He truly believes it's the job of the American people, and their government, to serve his interests.
He's got it backwards, and his mentality is more suited to a dictatorship than a presidency. In our democracy, we have a government of, by, and for the people. We pledge allegiance to our nation, not to the personal and financial interests of the person in the White House.We cover this critical issue, and also discuss what the Cambridge Analytica scandal says about conservative attempts to weaponize cognitive science, in Episode 7 of FrameLab. Click here to listen."

Colbert: Skeletons in the Cabinet

In this installment Colbert exposes Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, loyal lieutenants in the Dump Crime Cabinet.

Cohen as Hannity's lawyer is Hillary's fault

Of course.


Dump's blatant, obvious message to Manafort

The King of the Dump Crime family obstructing justice yet again.


Corporate Dims in CA try to water down net neutrality Bill

Corporate Dims (yes, Dims instead of Dems) are at it again, sucking up to the ISPs in their attempt to thwart the California net neutrality Bill (SB 822). The Bill would not only reinstate the net neutrality rules taken away by Dump's FCC but institute further consumer protections. But corporate Dims and being bought off to water down the Bill with provisions right out of the ISP playbook.  Senator Scott Wiener (CA 11th district) wrote the IPS-friendly propaganda that the originators of the Bill are strongly criticizing. Contact him and the members of Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications if you reside in their districts to keep the original Bill as is without the suggested ISP amendments. Members of that Committee: 


Senator Ben Hueso (Chair)
Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair)
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Anthony Cannella
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Mike McGuire
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Andy Vidak
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Colbert on Cohen flipping on Dump

He starts with the Dump/Un meeting but comes around to it (3:25).

Progressives challenge corporate Dims

This video interviews some of those progressive activists making the challenge. "Any old blue just won't do." And they're right. Progressive values win elections, corporate cronies do not.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dehaene on the evolved function of consciousness

At 12:25 in this video he said: "Consciousness is not an illusion. [...] It's an evolved function, it's a useful function [...] of sharing information [...] to make the best decision."

At 13:45. "It cannot be done by very specialized circuitry. You have to have this more flexible architecture that allows you to consider various possibilities [... to make] a conscious decision."

Dehaene and Dennett discuss conscioussness

Can be found here and below. The event starts out with the host saying they agree, so it's not a debate. They do not agree on consciousness. From reading Dennett's latest book he still maintains consciousness is a user illusion. Dehaene refutes this emphatically. But it appears they want to avoid a debate here so it's just each of them talking in turn about their work, then answering questions.

The blurb:

Panel Discussion on the Mind

Stanislas Dehaene, author of Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts, and Daniel Dennett, author of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, talked about their books on the workings of the human brain.“State of Mind: Consciousness and Thinking” was a panel at the 2014 Boston Book Festival, held October 25 in the sanctuary of Old South Church.

Dennett on Dehaene and consciousness

From Michael Cohen and Daniel Dennett (2011). "Consciousness cannot be separated from function." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15(8), pp. 358 - 364.

"There are several theorists who have already realized the need for functions in developing theories of consciousness. Dehaene and colleagues have put forth a global neuronal workspace model that claims consciousness is defined by the orientation of top-down attention, long-distance feedback loops that extend into parietofrontal networks, and conscious reportability. [...] There is still much work to be done in regards to how these functions and mechanisms interact. [...] The upshot of function-based theories is that they make claims about consciousness that can be tested and examined scientifically" (362).

What fake Christians worship

Particularly white Evangelicals.


Goldberg tells Dump: Cohen will flip on you

See the report below. Dump called Goldberg last Friday, who previously represented Dump in his first divorce. Goldberg told Dump there is zero chance he can trust Cohen to back him should Cohen be charged with a crime. And Cohen will be charged and flip on Dump. The end of the Dump crime syndicate grows closer by the minute now.

The real reason behind destroying public education

It's more than just making money on private education. It's about dumbing down public education to create workers for low-paying jobs by deflating their expectations and depressing their ambitions. In that sense it is about making more money, but to do that the rich need workers that will never challenge them or the unjust system they've created. It also makes workers under such conditions easier to manipulate, to direct them to blame others for their situation, like Mexicans or lazy freeloaders, diverting attention from the real creators of their fate.

Sam Bee gives Hannity a dose of his own medicine

Since Hannity is always creating paranoid conspiracy theories with no basis in reality, Bee decides to do the same to Hanitty in this funny segment.

Colbert interviews NY Governor candidate Nixon

Nixon is an avowed progressive that is running against corporate Democrat Cuomo. Colbert holds her feet to the fire and makes her justify her candidacy, which she does quite well. It seems there is a groundswell of progressives challenging the corporate Dims in primaries, almost as if the Party revolution is not only happening but making headway.

Fisk: There was no chemical attack in Syria

See this report. Fisk is an experienced and celebrated war correspondent who went to the area in Syria purported to have had a chemical attack. He "found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he's encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened." So it seems this is yet another case of creating a false narrative for war.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Bible on immigrants

Since some conservative Christians are always twisting Biblical scripture to justify their hatred of immigrants, perhaps remember this one?






Which Party respects law and order?

Contrary to the Repugnantan claim to honor this, the facts:


Cohen owned club where Russian mob met

See this story. The Russian mob ran their US operations out of El Caribe social club owned by Cohen's uncle, Morton Levine. Levine said all of his nephews and nieces had an ownership stake in the club, and Cohen gave up his stake after Dump was elected. More will come out about this from the raided Cohen documents.

Is Mayr's ultimate-proximate dichotomy still useful?

By Leland et al. (2011), Science 334, 1512. (Also recall this post.) The abstract:

"Fifty years ago, Ernst Mayr published a hugely influential paper on the nature of causation in biology, in which he distinguished between proximate and ultimate causes. Mayr equated proximate causation with immediate factors (for example, physiology) and ultimate causation with evolutionary explanations (for example, natural selection). He argued that proximate and ultimate causes addressed different questions and were not alternatives. Mayr’s account of causation remains widely accepted today, with both positive and negative ramifications. Several current debates in biology (for example, over evolution and development, niche construction, cooperation, and the evolution of language) are linked by a common axis of acceptance/rejection of Mayr’s model of causation. We argue that Mayr’s formulation has acted to stabilize the dominant evolutionary paradigm against change but may now hamper progress in the biological sciences."

Where are the Scandinavian immigrants?

They're quite happy right where they are under democratic socialism.


Hannity has a desk at the Blight House

Meaning he has a close relationship with Dump and steers him with Hannity's insane conspiracy theories. It's obvious, since Dump will Tweet shortly thereafter exactly what Hannity said during his show.

Colbert interviews Comey

It's mostly a rehash of Comey's ABC interview, but with Colbert's unique comedy added with a few additional tangents.

Reich on the Koch machine

And how it's replacing democracy with oligarchy. Reich shows their methods and madness.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hierarchy, climate change and the state of nature

Article by The Symbiosis Research Collective, which sees "hierarchy as the central problem," which they define as "a system of obedience and command backed by the threat of force." Hierarchy arises from historical narratives like Hobbs claiming it's a dog eat dog world so we need authority to keep the peace. Another was a romantic story of blissful egalitarianism. Historically humans seemed to have alternated between these paradigms.

But it was with the emergence of the State that hierarchy gained complete dominance. Without an egalitarian counter weight we degenerated into the state of affairs we see today. It's all about dominance, power and control over people and the environment. "Hierarchy thus facilitates environmental destruction by allowing a small group of elites to pursue their own wealth through exploiting both lower human classes and the rest of nature without accountability or consequences (at least not for them)."

Nation shocked to learn of Pox Views bias

Borowitz does it again, this time about Hannity being outed as Cohen's client.

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans were stunned and incredulous on Monday after learning of a possible incident of bias at Fox News Channel.

At a time when so many American institutions have been under attack, the possibility that Fox, one of the nation’s most respected news organizations, might be susceptible to hidden agendas was too much for many to take.

In interviews across the country, Fox viewers expressed disappointment, confusion, and shock that a news network known for its exacting standards had imperilled its hard-earned reputation for fairness.

“I’m devastated by this,” Carol Foyler, a viewer from Scottsdale, Arizona, said. “If we can’t trust Fox News, who can we trust?”

Tracy Klugian, a viewer from Akron, Ohio, said that he had been “walking around in a state of disbelief” since he learned of possible bias at the network. “I’m trying to be strong, but it’s tough,” he said. “I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that today was the day that America lost its innocence.”

But some Fox viewers, like Harland Dorrinson, of Topeka, Kansas, warned of a “rush to judgment” against Fox, urging people to remember the network’s stellar record of journalistic accomplishments.
“Whenever there was a national emergency, whether it was Benghazi, Hillary’s e-mails, or Obama’s birth certificate, Fox News was there,” he said. “One little mistake doesn’t wash all that away.”

Colbert: the Comey interview

Featuring Dump's appearance, hookers, sabotaging Clinton's chances, his firing, Dump as mafia boss.

Colbert: Hannity is Cohen's mystery client

Hannity is obviously terrified about what Cohen will reveal about him, so much so that he is now demanding attorney-client privilege while simultaneously denying Cohen ever represented him.


The Dumpster religious cult

Continuing the last post, this video presents Dumpsters as a religious cult. Particularly white Evangelicals, especially since Dump makes a mockery of their religious values. Keep in mind that it's the whites in this demographic that voted for Dump, not those of color, hence a racist factor. Another factor is the prosperity gospel, which assumes wealth equals God's blessing. Dump also promised political power to this religious group, something they crave in order to enact God's kingdom on everyone else via law (aka white Christian ISIS). All this trumps their so-called morality, which has been totally abandoned, to participate in a dangerous cult that replaces Christ with Dump. Reminds me of the Nazi's and their purportedly pure Christianity.

I thought Christians hated the Anti-Christ?

Apparently quite the contrary. Unless of course they have been fooled, another likely possibility.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Colbert: A retirement home for Repugnantans

SNL: Laura Ingraham interview

They capture perfectly the self righteous conservative insanity. So much so that to date she's lost 27 sponsors. She has, however, got some new sponsors and she tells us about them.

SNL: Mueller interviews Cohen

Dump thinks he can control Cohen investigation

Dump's fascistic hubris would be funny were it not so insane. One of his other attorneys is trying to block the feds from reviewing some of the material seized claiming attorney-client privilege. Further, they want to review that material and determine what the feds can even see. That's the funny part. Besides, attorney-client privilege is void given the crime-fraud exception.

Comey: Dump morally unfit to be President

From his TV interview:

"I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president. A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds. And that’s not a policy statement. Again, I don’t care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes. There’s something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mueller has information Cohen was in Prague

The raid on Cohen provided evidence that contrary to Cohen's denials, he was indeed in Prague late summer 2016 during the time that the Steele dossier said he was there meeting with Russians plotting for Dump and against Clinton. The evidence leaked so far does not confirm that Cohen met with Russian operatives, but it's coming. And so then is the end when we will dump Dump.

PS: Borowitz reports that the Russian prostitutes that peed on Dump have yet to be paid. 

Why churches should pay taxes

Maher's got this one right.


Working Family Party endorses Nixon for NY Governor

It's good that progressives are challenging the corporate Dimocraps across the nation. The latter need to be replaced with those who are sincere about helping the working class and the poor instead of just the rich. This race highlights the broader internecine struggle going on the Dim Party, one that must be won by the progressive if we want to take back Congress and eventually the Presidency in '20.

Albright: Dump has undemocratic instincts

You're being far too kind Madame Secretary. Dump is a fascist just like his predecessors. You list all the qualities of a fascist, all which apply to Dump, yet refuse to take that obvious step. You do though warn that Dump could lead to Hitlerian fascism so we need to act now before it's too late.

The truth is coming about Dump

From this New Yorker piece:

"The narrative that will become widely understood is that Donald Trump did not sit atop a global empire. He was not an intuitive genius and tough guy who created billions of dollars of wealth through fearlessness. He had a small, sad operation, mostly run by his two oldest children and Michael Cohen, a lousy lawyer who barely keeps up the pretenses of lawyering and who now faces an avalanche of charges, from taxicab-backed bank fraud to money laundering and campaign-finance violations."

When the US used chemical weapons: Agent Orange

Excellent, accurate historical reporting of when the US used this chemical weapon in Vietnam, and the consequences today: "650,000 [are...] suffering from an array of baffling chronic conditions. Another 500,000 have already died." Where's the American outrage about that, especially since it included innocent, civilian women and children? Some of the symptoms of those on death's door:

"Hong Hanh is both surprising and terrifying. Here is a 19-year-old who lives in a 10-year-old's body. She clatters around with disjointed spidery strides which leave her soaked in sweat. When she cannot stop crying, soothing creams and iodine are rubbed into her back, which is a lunar collage of septic blisters and scabs. "My daughter is dying," her mother says. "My youngest daughter is 11 and she has the same symptoms. What should we do? Their fingers and toes stick together before they drop off. Their hands wear down to stumps. Every day they lose a little more skin. And this is not leprosy. The doctors say it is connected to American chemical weapons we were exposed to during the Vietnam war."

Which is backed by science that the US denied:

Saturday, April 14, 2018