Monday, August 10, 2020

Lindsey Stirling, Bishop Briggs - Jekyll and Hyde

 Nice collaboration.

Billie Eilish - My Future

New music, very different than her past work. There's a very long introduction and then an upbeat jazzy rhythm. And the lyrics are quite mature for someone so young, about being ok with being alone, not having to be in love with someone. Instead she takes the time to get to know herself and think about the future instead of the typical youth obsession with now.

 


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Ana on Repug freak out over Bernie's wealth tax

No surprise here. Why are they against it? Just cuz it's crazy to transfer wealth to people in need from rich people who worked so hard to earn it. Ana isn't buying the BS narrative, since these lazy wealthy people didn't do shit to earn that extra money accumulated to their existing wealth. Poor babies.


Bernie's pandemic wealth tax

Since the top billionaires have made $700 billion more since the pandemic started, and since 30 million have lost their jobs during this period, Bernie suggest a 60% wealth tax on the richest Americans during the pandemic so that everyone can get free pandemic treatment. Of course it's completely reasonable, hence no way it will eve be considered by the Repug Senate.

We need every progressive vote for Biden and against Twit

 Continuing this post, Frank explains in this article:

"The danger of anti-populism is that it goes far beyond objecting to one vile politician. This was demonstrated in March as the anti-populist establishment came together to pummel the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Whatever its target, anti-populism is always a brief for elite and even aristocratic power, an attack on the democratic tradition itself."

So it is possible to acknowledge the nature of the establishment Dem Party while still supporting Biden as the best alternative to Twitler the wanna be fascist. Biden at least is moving somewhat progressive under Bernie's and The Squad's and the people's influence, the goal. Getting part-way there is better than going down the fascist road. But we don't need to beat up our comrades in progressivism for acknowledging the obvious truth Frank discusses, or worse yet, denying it. We need them to vote for Biden too. Calling them Twitiots or trolls ain't gonna get that vote, just further entrench them.

Reich on Medicare For All

My response follows to his FB comment on this article entitled: "Major US health insurers report big profits benefiting from the pandemic."

Exactly why we need Medicare For All, which cares for people and not for the greedy profits of insurance companies. Biden will get us part of the way there with a pubic option. And the next Dem Pres (hopefully the likes of AOC) and progressive control of Congress will bring it on home.

I don't think I have to tell anyone that if Twit is re-elected and the Repugs retain the Senate we're maintaining the situation as it is, and likely far worse when they scrap Obamacare altogether and replace it with nothing. We'll be back to the good old days of if you get sick then just die already, and quickly.

Not in the least surprised

 Rather to be expected from Repugnantans who do not value human life, only money and power.


Thomas Frank interview

With Taibbi and Halper from Rolling Stone. A key issue is that we need an intellectual elite to build a just and fair society. Frank, in his latest book and interviews, shows throughout US history it was indeed the progressive populist movements* that reacted against this elitism time and again. And it was during those periods that the US made the greatest advancements toward a more fair and just society. It seems to add validity that the so-called 'wisdom of the crowd' of the unwashed masses somehow manage to get the job done while the enlightened ones do not. Of course they did have FDR as a leader, but a leader that listened to and implemented populist policies.

Frank also explores how the anti-populists--meaning the bankers and big businessmen, and later the professional-managerial class--in both Parties fought fiercely to put down those unwashed populists who had nothing to offer and in fact (in their minds at least) needed to know their place washing dishes etc. and leave the job of governing to the elites. These anti-populists fought against William Jennings Bryan, FDR and more recently Bernie Sanders, again from both sides of the isle.

* Note: The progressive populist movements are distinguished from the authoritarian populist variety that Twitler represents.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The complete Chomsky ad

 Referenced in the last post. A powerful message we should take quite seriously.


Chomsky: It doesn't matter how you feel

 Rising discusses the Dem Party's new ad using Chomsky to say that we need to vote out Twitler regardless of how you feel about Biden. Our foremost concern is getting Twit and his Repugnantan enablers out of office if we want to maintain our democracy and save the environment. In my words, he is telling us to grow the f___ up and align our priorities with the country and the world instead of being selfish crybabies. 

Krystal and guest of course see it differently but do laud the ad as reaching a target audience who aren't excited about Biden but really don't want more Twit. They don't see the ad as shaming those who don't like Biden but rather appealing to their love of country over their personal preferences. In any case, bottom line priority: Suck it up and vote for Biden.

TYP provides the whole ad and discusses here.

Some tight Senate races

That could shift control back to the Dems.

Here's the link to 538's daily updates on Senate polling. You can also find those updates on the Presidential and House races at their website. Some of the close, contested races are below.

In SC Rep. Graham and Dem. Harrison are in a virtual tie.
In KY Rep. McConnell is up 5 over Dem McGrath.
In ME Dem Gideon is up 3 over Rep. Collins.
In IA Dem Greenfield is up 2 over Rep Ernst.
In AZ Dem Kelly is up 10 over Rep. McSally.
In TX Rep. Cornyn is up 6 over Dem. Hegar.

 

Postmaster's Friday night massacre

Twitler's lackey either fired or shuffled top executive PO personnel Friday to solidify his power and further sabotage mail delivery. This is in addition to previous measures he's already taken with the same purpose in mind: To so destroy the PO that it cannot handle to load of the November election, and to then call for its privatization to profit from it at our expense. There is daily destruction of our democracy on the road to fascism and we must stop it. From this piece:

"Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major ally of President Trump, and de-emphasizes decades of institutional postal knowledge. All told, 33 staffers included in the old postal hierarchy either kept their jobs or were reassigned in the restructuring, with five more staffers joining the leadership from other roles."

Friday, August 7, 2020

Even Repugnantans think voting by mail is safe

 With virtually no fraud. Repugnantans are even joining the chorus against Twit because his lies about mail-in voting could hurt them too. Granted it's only in their self interest in this case, as they're doing everything else to suppress the vote of those who tend to vote Democratic. But given we'll need a lot of mail-in voting to defeat both Twit and the Repugs I'll take their help on promoting this method during a pandemic. WaPo:

"A recent open letter sent to congressional leaders underscores these points. The document, signed by Stan Veuger of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Eli Lehrer of the libertarian R Street Institute, a batch of former Republican congressmen and Michael Steele, former head of the RNC, seeks additional funding for state vote-by-mail operations. It explains that “voting by mail has already been used by tens of millions of Americans, as well as members of the military, for decades and does not favor either political party.” They explained that in 2016, “nearly a quarter of all voters in the 2016 cast their ballots by mail.” They pointed to opinion polling showing more than 70 percent of voters and nearly two-thirds of Republicans want to guarantee voting by mail."


Reich: Repugnantans earn their name

 He exposes exactly who they are: Thieves who steal from the people and give to the rich. Talk about Robbin' Hood.

What happens when you have shit for brains

 It comes out the nearest hole.


Leading us off to slaughter

 Not quite the ovens but close enough.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

To cancel or not to cancel, that is the obsession

I have an honest question with a hypothetical; I'm not saying this applies to anyone in particular. Suppose someone spouts outright racist or hateful speech, like "that race should be exterminated." And others go on a campaign to boycott him and it costs him part of his income. Who is ultimately responsible for that loss of income?

Granted other cases are not so cut and dried, but what about the free speech of those calling to cancel someone for their comments? Just asking for that boycott doesn't force anyone to take it up. Those asking for it have to make a case for it and let people decide to join it or not. E.g., when fisherman trapped dolphins in their nets and people boycotted those companies and forced them to have dolphin-safe products and the government to enact laws to protect dolphins.

I'm also thinking of the specific case of BDS against Israel. And how the US government is canceling that free choice to join the boycott by punishing those businesses who participate. That's different from allowing those businesses to make a free choice like above. And it's main motivation it seems is the money our government gets from Israel rather than some righteous principle.

It depends on which math you're using

Reminds me of this essay on "the root of the power law religion."


Uh, fascism?

As Twit famously said: "It is what it is."


Someone's friends tell you a lot about them

What do these friends tell you?


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lincoln Project: Repugnantans delay vital economic support

Their latest ad on how the Repugnantans are withholding aid to those most in need. Remember that when it comes time to vote. And remember that they will try to prevent you from voting too.

Hartmann smashes Moore's defense of Repug destruction of social security

Moore is making the rounds on destroying social security and Thom challenges and defeats his every point. Pay close attention, as Moore is promoting the fake talking points Twit and the Repugs will continue to use to steal our hard-earned money for themselves. Don't fall for it.

Hartmann interviews Chomsky on US fascism

Thom asks him specifically about fascism in the US and Chomsky starts by noting that the Repugnantan Party has been accurately described as similar to neo-fascist Parties in Europe. However he also thinks the term 'fascism' is too easily thrown around. There are a number of indicators of it in the US like shock troops to beat up protesters, but he doesn't see it as fascism per se. The latter is an organized movement far beyond the Twit's limited capacities where the dominant Party and leader controll all of society. Rather Twit is a "tin-pot dictator" who caters to the corporations and the rich, who pretty much control the government. (Which, by the way, is how the Italian fascists themselves defined the term. So the US is a form of fascism.)

Chomsky goes on the discuss some very dangerous signs from the Twit, his Disadmininstration and the Repugs we should pay heed to, including the 40-year neoliberal assault on our democracy. He lauds the Black Lives Matter movement, the Sanders and Sunrise movements as examples how we the people are fighting back and making headway.

Hurray for Justice Democrats and Black Lives Matter

This is what a real social justice warrior looks like. From this story where Cori Bush defeats Clay in St. Louis district.

"'It is historic that this year, of all the years, we are sending a Black, working-class, single mother, who’s been fighting for Black lives since Ferguson, all the way to the halls of Congress,' Bush said in a victory speech."

This video is why she won. "This is our moment."


Who thought up this great idea?

Oh yeah, the Twitiots  determined to kill us. See this story: "Georgia 2nd-grader tests positive for coronavirus after first day of school forcing class to quarantine."




Anti-Biden crybabies

Do you know they spoiled brats?


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bernie: 10 reasons to send Twit packing

From this FB post. See it for the details.

1. Twit is an authoritarian who hates democracy.
2. He hates the Constitution of the US.
3. He is a pathological liar.
4. He hates science.
5. He hates working families.
6. He is a racist.
7. He is a xenophobe.
8. He is a sexist.
9. He is a religious bigot.
10. He hates LGBTQ.

That's a LOT of hate.

Does this look safe to you?

In a pandemic that is only getting worse by the day? This is madness that can only be described as genocide. (Photo of first day of school in Paulding County, GA.)

That's the point

Repugnantans enjoy hurting others who are not in their cruel clique.

The real problem

And as we've discovered, $15 an hour is considered a 'living' wage, meaning the minimum it takes to support life. It would seem Repugnantans don't support life, at least not of minimum wage workers or the unemployed. Instead of the callous "let them eat cake" their motto is more accurately: "Don't let them eat at all and just go die already."

Is this the end of democracy?

Yes, we're experiencing Apocalypse Now in real time.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Hartmann: Even the far right thinks Twit is a fascist

Co-founder of the Federalist Society, Calabresi, thinks that Twit wanting to postpone the election is a fascist move deserving of impeachment. The Federalist Society is an ultra-right org so that's saying something.

More bad covid news

Even if you get a mild case it can cause lasting damage to your heart. From these recent studies:

"Two new studies, both from Germany, examined the effects of COVID-19 on the heart, with one focusing on recovered patients and the other on older victims of the virus. The first study, published Monday in JAMA Cardiology, found that three-quarters of recovered COVID-19 patients were left with structural changes to their hearts, even two months later. [...] The second study, also published in JAMA Cardiology [...] found that the virus had infected the heart in 41 percent of the patients."

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande - Rain On Me

Love it. Super production values.

Borowitz: Twit warns mail-in ballots could result in voting

And that's just what Twit and Repugs fear, for they know that the more people who vote means their chances of retaining power dwindle. Borowitz:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling the situation a “total disaster,” Donald J. Trump warned on Sunday that the use of mail-in ballots could result in voting.

Appearing on Fox News, Trump said that there were “all kinds of studies” showing a “direct link” between mail-in ballots and votes cast.

“Wherever you’ve had mail-in ballots, there have been widespread cases of voting,” he said. “We’re not going to let that happen.”

He said that other countries have solved the problem of “too many votes” by banning mail-in ballots altogether.

“You look at North Korea,” Trump said. “They don’t have mail-in ballots. They barely have mail. They’re doing an amazing job.”

Raising another issue with what he called “excessive voting,” Trump warned that “the more votes you have, the higher the number you have to count to.”

“When I took my cognitive test, I had to count to ten, and that was no walk in the park,” he said.

“And now you’re telling me there’s somebody out there who can count into the millions? Give me a break.”






Pretty sick, right?

Both policies result in human deaths, so makes sense for that death cult.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Clinton admits Obama and DNC ended Bernie's campaign

We all knew this when it happened but Bill admits it on camera.

Dilbert creator on Twit's (and his) persuasion techniques

He makes clear that facts and reason alone don't do shit for most people. He examines how the Twit and he use certain techniques that people remember and reinforce.  It's a similar argument I make for how I do my blog and FB posts. I used emotionally charged words (like fascist and genocide) and name-calling (Twitler and his Twitiots) that get remembered and propagated. I do also manage to sneak facts in the mix too, but they are not the focus.

Maher: Eat better, die less

In this New Rule he makes a valid point that those with obesity die in greater percentage from the pandemic than those who aren't. So why aren't doctors and the medical community advising that we watch what we eat as a preventive to the pandemic death rate? Why is it forbidden to suggest, as Michelle Obama did, the direct relationship of diet to health?

The Lincoln Project: Wake up

Good satire on Twitiots.

Kushner's genocide plan against liberals

Fascism 101.


New Postmaster procedures cause delays

Twit hates mail-in ballots because he thinks they will hurt him. Twit installs his lackey as Postmaster to cause delays in mail delivery. Postmaster institutes new policies that cause mail deliveries, which is now happening. Given the pandemic we must rely on mail-in ballots but with the delays this will cause back logs, which Twit will use to claim fraud. Given Twit's past record it's highly likely he'll use this as an excuse to challenge the election. Fascism 101.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Chomsky on Twit and the Repugnantans

In the video below he said:

"Trump is in fact [...] the most dangerous figure in human history. The Republican Party today is the most dangerous organization in human history" (11:20).

"There will be major protests now, everywhere, against the use of military force to occupy American cities and to crush peaceful dissidents. This is intolerable in a democracy. We can't sit by and let it happen, let it proceed step by step until we reach real catastrophe" (19:48).

From another recent Chomsky interview:

"The last several decades pretty much since Gingrich, and extensively since McConnell, the Republicans have just gone off the spectrum. If you look at international rankings, they're alongside the European Parties with Neo-fascist backgrounds. Serious political analysts describe them as a radical insurgency that has abandoned parliamentary politics" (2:58).

"This is a situation which has never arisen in a functioning democracy apart from the fascist takeovers in Italy and Germany. [...] Trump is sometimes, even by experts in the topic, called moving toward fascism" (5:31).

But he goes on to say that Twit is not capable of the sort of organized, fascist ideology of the past, where the dictator's Party controls everything in the country. For Chomsky Twit is more like a "tin-pot dictator' with the big corporations and wealthy in charge. Twit is just an idiotic figurehead being manipulated by their strings. But that is just as bad, given their agenda is pretty much the destruction of democracy, human life and the environment through their paid off and "most dangerous" puppets Twit and the Repugnantans.

I'd add that Chomsky is talking about the first definition of fascist ideology above. There is a second definition more in line with "the merger of State and corporate power."


A good investment for the fascists

When 25 million unemployed people revolt in the streets the fighter jets can be used against them. Smart fascists think ahead. Get some Black Hawk helicopters too while you're at it.

Portland's peaceful night of protest

See what happens when you remove those who were inciting the violence? Score one for we the people against the fascists.

"The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight. Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse. [...] But in the absence of the federal officers, Thursday night’s protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police."

Hartmann: Fascism and racism are related

In talking with a guest they show how the two are related, in that fascism always picks a scapegoat to blame. In the US's present case, the blame goes on minorities as being the ones supposedly creating the riots in our streets justifying storm troopers, when in fact its the fascists using legitimate protest as an excuse to implement their agenda. The very real fear is that the goal is to exterminate minorities much like the US committed genocide against Native Americans and the Nazis did against the Jews. Given that minorities are disproportionately affected by intentional pandemic and police policies there is basis for that fear.

Senator Warren grills CFPB head

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Warren set up under Obama, is designed to protect we the people from financial fraud. And yet the current head is destroying that mission. Warren shows that the CFPB has written rules that protect the mortgage companies from laws that were written to protect us. In addition, the CFPB is protecting credit card companies by not enforcing laws when a consumer files a credit report mistake.

The CFPB on both issues said that those laws can be circumvented as long as the companies provide a "good faith effort." Seriously, those vultures have any sense of such a thing? We know from experience that there is no such thing given the last financial crash. Their one and only goal is to make as much profit as possible and screw we the people in the process. Like every other agency in our current Disadministration, the goal is to destroy any and all protections for we the people and steal our tax dollars for corporations and the rich. This stinking swamp has got to stop. Vote!

Emma on the worst ever economic quarter

That stat is the fact. Comparing it to the stock market is irrelevant and has nothing to do with it, as the stock market doesn't create jobs. In fact, as Emma points out, the stock market is only doing well because the theft of OUR tax dollars has been pumped into it from the so-called pandemic crisis Bill instead of helping we the people. Hence we are still suffering horribly as attested to by the very real stat Emma discusses.

They aren't we the people's priorities

And it's OUR tax money funding those priorities, not the corporations' tax money since they don't pay ANY!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Senator Warren on Twit's secret militia

"Our democracy is on the line" and requires each of us to speak up right now.

Bailey and Kida on World of Dance

Phenomenal performance. This couple could very well win it all.

The Holderness Family - Should we just go online?

Their latest song about what to do about sending kids back to school?

Honest Government Ad from the Blight House

Another powerful parody ad from thejuicemedia revealing what's honestly going on in Twitland.

Obama: "George Wallce may be gone"

"But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators." From his tribute to John Lewis today. Then he really gets going on the Repug voter suppression.

Feds announce withdrawal from Portland

Keep up the good work citizen patriots defending our Constitutional rights. We have temporarily won this battle but we have to continually fight the forces of fascism who will keep trying. According to this report:

"Gov. Kate Brown announced on social media that by Thursday, federal officers who the governor says have been acting 'as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community,' will leave downtown Portland."


For all those liberals obsessing over cancel culture

From Benjamin Studebaker:

"There is now a furious competition among the people who make the discourse for a living to have the 'right' feelings. [...] They think they are doing politics, but the possibility of the state taking any form of meaningful action in response to the protests recedes further each day. [...] When we fight among ourselves, we pose no threat to the state. Making an issue that could be political into a cultural question about morality and aesthetics enables the state to kick it into the long grass."

Yale study debunks favorite Repug talking point

The study found that contrary to their fake talking point, those receiving the extra $600 federal supplement to State unemployment insurance "resumed working at a similar or slightly quicker rate than others did." As usual Repugs lie to support their fake narrative. But since when have facts ever influenced them?

Twit fact-checked on mail-in voting

Continuing this post, Twit's lies on mail-in voting were proven false with this fact check. Not that facts matter to fascists, but still.

"President Donald Trump continues to draw false distinctions between mail-in and absentee ballots, claiming the former are rife with voter fraud while the latter — which he has used as president — require a voter to go through 'a very strict process. The equivalent of going to a voting machine, or maybe even sometimes better.' Voting experts told us the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states consider them to be the same thing."

Twit with new racist dogwhistle

He said that he'll protect those suburban housewives who have been abandoning him in droves by banning low-income housing in their areas. We know by 'low-income housing' he means minorities. He previously tried to scare them saying Biden will defund the police (a lie) so crime will be rampant in their neighborhoods. Scare tactics are yet another sign of fascism.

Twitler suggests delaying the November election

We saw this coming, the next step on the road to fascism. He said that if we vote by mail then it will be a fraud election, so we should delay it until we can vote in person. First delay it, then cancel it, then we're all the way there.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lincoln Project: Time for Collins to go

They expose her for what she is: A Twit stooge, nothing more.

Hartmann reports on storm trooper sexual assault

After relating the horrific story of one of the women on the wall of moms, he rants about how this is the stuff of fascism. There is no legitimate argument to refute the obvious.

Twitler has a new CDC head

Great qualifications, will do the best job ever with the pandemic.

Voting by mail is our right

Forget the lies and fears the fascists are trying to create about it, especially given zero evidence to support them. Voting by mail is safe and protects our Constitutional right. But that's the point to fascists: They don't give a shit about our democratic rights because they hate democracy.


Vygotsky and the inner voice

Excerpts from this fascinating article. (I'm also reminded of Mark Edwards' essay on Vygotsky here. And Damasio's work on the narrative self here.)

"The roots of the new (inner voice) work trace back to the 1920s and the Russian developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky, who said the human mind was shaped by social activity and culture, beginning in childhood. The self, he hypothesised, was forged in what he called the ‘zone of proximal development’, the cognitive territory just beyond reach and impossible to tackle without some help. Children build learning partnerships with adults to master a skill in the zone, said Vygotsky, then go off on their own, speaking aloud to replace the voice of the adult, now gone from the scene. As mastery increases, this ‘self-talk’ becomes internalised and then increasingly muted until it is mostly silent – still part of the ongoing dialogue with oneself, but more intimate and no longer pronounced to the world. This voice – at first uttered aloud but finally only internal – was, from Vygotsky’s perspective, the engine of development and consciousness itself.

Barr: Black people are more dangerous than cops

Ana and guest discuss how Barr and the Repugs continue to perpetuate the myth that there is more black on black crime, hence the need for cops to focus on them. It is the Repug excuse to deny the fact of their racism by an intentionally manufactured narrative that racism doesn't even exist. It's also used as a fake justification to send storm troopers into their communities to quell the violence that is purportedly their own fault. Blaming the victims is an infamous fascist tactic.

And what compounds it is that some liberals buy into this fake Repug narrative and blame other liberals who make justifiable cases of obvious racism of the kind that Barr and Repugs are guilty of. It's crazy that we have to fight not only racism but those liberals who deny it too from some lofty ideological perspective that is blind to obvious facts and ironically supports the Repug narrative. These are truly upside-down times.

Anna and Emma discuss the fascist narrative

The storm troopers were sent in to incite violence in order to support the manufactured fascist narrative of anarchists that need 'law and order.' Fortunately we still have a free press that is making their agenda readily apparent, but if we don't nip this in the bud now then martial law that eliminates that free press is sure to follow.

White supremacist starts MN riot

The Minneapolis protest was peaceful until this Nazi incited violence, according to this story. Whether he was a plant by our government fascists to do exactly that in order to justify storm troopers has not been proven yet, but it seems likely given their agenda. Hence the fascists continuing to call the peaceful protesters violent anarchists to support their agenda when in all likelihood they are the ones creating the violence in order to institute martial law.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jayapal grills Barr on selective enforcement

Good job Prarmila in reaming Barr on why he didn't respond at all to armed white supremacists threatening to lynch, shoot and behead the Michigan Governor, but found it necessary to intervene when black people peacefully protest police violence. Barr tried to hem and haw but Pramila was having none of it.

It's disgusting to me that decorum requires that Barr be given the courtesy of being called "the honorable" on his name placard. There is not one ounce of honor in this lying, hateful fascist intent on destroying democracy with shock troops and installing a dictator.

Schakowsky: This is what fascism looks like

From the Congresswoman's interview this morning with Stephanie Miller.

"This is what fascism looks like, absolutely does.  It looks like [...] thugs, no identification of who they are. No visibility of who they are, putting people in unmarked cars, taking them away to who knows where. This is fascism, not like fascism, it is fascism."

DNC platform committee voted down Medicare For All

Progressives obviously have a long way to go to get MFA on the Dem Platform. Solution: Vote in more progressives and vote out more of the corporate establishment. This is a long-term game plan so keep pressuring and voting. And be patient and diligent.

US Hunger Games

This tells us everything we need to know about Repugnantans. In addition to sending kids back to death camps (aka school), if they do manage to survive let them starve to death while the rich get martini lunches. If this isn't the Hunger Games  then I don't know what is. Bernie said about the Repug stimulus package:

"Pathetic would be too mild a word. They are now giving a 100% deduction for rich people to go out and have three martini lunches. But you know what, millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there's not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people."

Betsy DePus lied about kids getting sick

I know, shocker. Hospitalizations for Florida children with the virus have increased in the last week. A 9 year-old died from it. Nevertheless the Florida Governor is demanding that schools open in August for at least five days per week. These Repugnantans either are in complete denial or they accept the reality of the stats but don't care. In any case, they are committing genocide against not only adults but children now. Is that acceptable to you?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Purity is useless against fascism

I saw this excellent take about purity on Facecrook. Nature is a dirty business and so is fighting fascism. If we're going to win a war of words with them we need to drop the purity of fair play and open debate, for they play down and dirty like savage beasts. Wars of any kind are ugly and messy, full of blood and piss and shit. Get down in the slimy trenches and do what's necessary to win this war at the verbal level before it's too late.

The rise of surveillance capitalism

Here's Mark Weinstein's TED talk on the topic. He is the founder of MeWe, a Facecrook alternative (which I've joined and suggest you do the same).  The YouTube blurb follows:

"We’re participating in the greatest socioeconomic experiment in human history. It’s called Surveillance Capitalism. Everything we do – morning, day, and night – is tracked, analyzed, and monetized. Google knows when you're pregnant, Facebook knows your finances, and Fitbit knows when you're having sex! What’s the cure? MeWe Founder Mark Weinstein delivers an eye-opening exposé and calls for a privacy revolution to reclaim what rightfully belongs to us. Mark is the founder and CEO of MeWe, the #1 Trending Facebook alternative. Mark is world renowned as a leading privacy advocate and one of the visionary original inventors of social networking. He is ranked as one of the "Top 8 Minds in Online Privacy," and was named "Privacy by Design Ambassador" by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. He's often quoted on MarketWatch and has appeared on PBS, BBC, FOX News, and CNN. MeWe is the first social network with a Privacy Bill of Rights. MeWe has no ads, no spyware, no targeting, no political agenda, no boosted views of any kind, and no news feed manipulation. MeWe's Advisory Board includes the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Available in 19 languages, MeWe has 7 million members worldwide and projects 70 million by the end of 2020. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community."



Anti-fascists linked to zero murders in 25 years

The facts follow. Remember them when you hear the fascist lies of Twitler, his Repugnantan cronies and Pox Views.

"A new database of nearly 900 politically motivated attacks and plots in the United States since 1994 includes just one attack staged by an anti-fascist that led to fatalities. In that case, the single person killed was the perpetrator.Over the same time period, American white supremacists and other rightwing extremists have carried out attacks that left at least 329 victims dead, according to the database."

A song around the mountain - Peace Train

The YouTube blurb:

"Santa Cruz Mountain friends picking up their instruments and raising their voices in song and solidarity… Brought to you by Mountain Jam and R Community."

Vote out the Repug Senators who want to eliminate Obamacare

Great ad showing how they want 23 million people to lose their coverage during a pandemic with NO replacement plan. Vote out Senators McConnell, Gardner, Tillis, Ernst, Purdue, Daines, Sullivan, Cornyn, Graham.

Lights x MYTH - Batshit

Catchy tune and I like the lyrics. Good video production.

Can't argue with that logic

Those doing the violence are pretty much paid right-wing agitators anyway that have nothing to do with the protest. Their job is to justify storm troopers to quell legitimate protest. You know, fascism.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

But I thought they were against a government takeover?

Turns out that's just fine if it's by fascists that want to destroy our democracy. And of course if they get to exercise their cruelty on unarmed innocents. Whoopie!






It ain't Jake from State Farm

This is to whom that husband in the commercial is really talking to at 3 in the morning. At least that's who he's imagining.


AOC on the spiritual practice of non-attachment

I highly recommend the entire interview to get a good sense of who AOC is, her life-long commitment to helping others. I start the video at the point where she brings up non-attachment. This is one of those positive virtues and here she is signalling it as such, and how it helps her to keep some equanimity in the face of the constant barrage of attacks she faces daily in Congress.

When even Pox Views fact checks you

Then you know you're a pathological liar. Well, we know. Twit doesn't have any sane sense of self-evaluation to recognize the obvious.

The facts on going back to school in the US

The reason other countries are opening more safely is because they "had much lower community transmission on the date that they reopened" and they're "using a variety of mitigation tactics." This does not apply to the US.

"The fact remains that when community transmission exists and when community transmission is intense, children will be exposed to that virus and children will be part of the transmission cycle."

Twit and DePus are sending children, teachers, their parents and anyone they come in contact with to their deaths. Vote!

The facts of voter suppression

The facts of voter suppression. We're going to need record turnout this time to overcome it. Greg Palast comments at FB are below. For more info see his website.

"It’s official: 1,913,369 ballots were cast but never counted in the 2016 presidential race. That’s from the US Elections Assistance Commission. And not just anyone’s ballot gets tossed into the electoral dumpster. The US Civil Rights Commission took a look at Florida’s throw-away pile and calculated that your chance of having your vote simply go uncounted, “spoiled,” is 900% higher if you're Black than if you're white.

"Trump’s call for an army of 50,000 vigilantes is laughable: some schmuck in a Hawaiian shirt and MAGA cap won’t scare off voters of color. But 50,000 challengers, challenging every single ballot for Biden — that could succeed. And since mail-in ballots are far easier to challenge than in-person votes, Trump’s trolls could pull off another 'win' by challenging even more than the 2 million successfully blocked in the last election."


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Yoho is asked to resign from Christian anti-poverty org

Keep in mind that AOC personally had nothing to do with it. The non-profit Christian organization requested Yoho's resignation because his insults to AOC didn't represent "the values of respect and compassion that Jesus calls on us to exhibit every day." This is a positive case of virtue signaling on both the part of AOC's speech and the Christian org upholding their standards of acceptable conduct.

Civilization requires virtue signaling

Since this is a big topic these days, here's an article by Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychology professor at UNM. A few excerpts follow:

“We all virtue signal. […] Let’s not pretend otherwise.”

“There’s virtue signaling, and then there’s virtue signaling. […] On the one hand, there’s what economists call ‘cheap talk’: signals that are cheap, quick and easy to fake, and that aren’t accurate cues of underlying traits or values. […] On the other hand, there’s virtue signaling that’s costly, long-term, and hard to fake, and that can serve as a reliable indicator of underlying traits and values."

“Virtue signaling includes the best of human instincts, and the worst of human instincts. The best, because virtue signaling is the best foundation for human morality toward strangers that we could reasonably expect from a process as blind and heartless as genetic evolution. […] Sexual selection and social selection for virtue signaling is probably the only way that humans could have evolved any interest in people beyond their family, their clan and their trading network—or in any animals outside their species. Without the evolution of virtue signaling over the last few hundreds of thousands of years, humans probably wouldn’t be able to co-ordinate themselves into any groups larger than a few dozen people, much less civilizations of millions. Without virtue signaling, we’d never have seen the end of slavery, animal torture, cruel and unusual punishment."

Open the schools!

Good parody of an ignorant Dumpster's excuses for re-opening schools.

What does Epstein's madam have on Twitler?

The Lincoln Project's new ad exploring this question. Twit treats other women like shit so why is he being nice to Maxwell, a convicted pedophile and sex trafficker? Part 1 of the ad is here.

Veterans protect protesters in Portland

We the people are not tolerating storm troopers, even our Veterans. We know fascism when we see it.

"A group of military veterans joined Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland as part of an effort to protect them from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) forces on Friday night. Masked and goggled. Some wearing black hoodies emblazoned with 'Black Lives Matter.' Some with attire designating their service branch. Many with their hands held tight behind their backs. Others with signs expressing opposition to recent attacks on demonstrators. 'I am an American patriot,' one such placard read. 'Federal troops defend property, but this does give them the right to take away my constitutional freedom.'"

Musk never cared much for humanity

Like he'd know what is in our best interests.


Our protests are working

From Senator Warren's Facebook page commenting on this story on the Senate voting to strip Confederate names from Army bases. A positive sign that our protests are working, as it took several Republicans to vote for this to achieve a veto-proof majority. Keep up the good work citizens. Resist the storm troopers, as their sole purpose is to keep us from having such power.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Ted Yoho's voting history

Ted Yoho's voting record indicates he's supported women's rights Bills 0% of the time. If you click on that category you'll see the specific votes. Does that make his a sexist? Not necessarily, as it could be just be a partisan difference. Yeah, one that votes against every Bill that supports women and for every Bill that limits their rights. This history adds context to his "f___ing bitch" comment. A history that shows he does not care for women, quite the contrary. I'd say that indeed he is a f___ing sexist, among other things.

Reich on Twit and schools opening

Bottom line: It's all about Twitler and not at all about children's (or any human's) lives. Please vote out this genocidal maniac. He said:

"After railing against the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools as “very tough [and] expensive” this week, Trump has successfully pressured yet another agency into falling in line with his agenda. The CDC issued new guidelines yesterday that echo Trump’s demands for schools to fully reopen for in-person learning, some of which were written by White House officials instead of CDC experts. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are helping Trump with his dangerous demands by tying billions of dollars in federal aid to schools reopening for in-person learning.

"Let’s get one thing straight: Every parent, student, and teacher wants to go back to in-person learning — but only if no one’s life is put at risk. Trump’s determination to reopen schools no matter the risks is just like his push to reopen the economy: He’s desperate to get the country back to normal so he can boost his shot at reelection. From the very beginning, his only concern in handling this crisis has been to make himself look good and boost his political prospects — and it’s cost over 140,000 Americans their lives. His utter disregard for the health and safety of his constituents never fails to shock me."



Twitler's safety is the only thing he cares about

Remember: He's willing to sacrifice your children for his own sake. Is that worth it to you?

Some progressives respond to AOC's speech on sexism

Emma Vigeland notes that Yoho's remarks on sexism and misogyny were "clear in his horrific confrontation" with AOC. She understands that AOC is a lightening rod for such sexism because Repugnantans are afraid of progressive change. She is a strong supporter of the type of social justice that challenges their worldview, and misogyny is part of that worldview. Emma appreciates having a public figure like AOC advocate for all the women who feel powerless when subjected to the same rampant treatment in the workplace.

Ana Kasparian thinks AOC should revel in being a badass that gets under the skin of angry old misogynists. The latter have held the power for far too long and they should indeed squirm that their sexism is finally being challenged on a national stage because this is what it takes to expose and change it. Cenk Uygur thinks it's time to take the gloves off with these Repugnantan monsters. Their sexism is flat out wrong and the only way to oppose it is in the strongest possible terms.  


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J.Rey Soul - Mamacita

Official Zumba video. Fun, infectious samba dance tune and video with dancers from all over the world. If you want you can learn the full choreography here.

Low - Congregation

This song recurred in episode two, season one of Devs. Lyrics here. It struck me as not only a theme in the episode but also in this whole open debate/cancel culture thing. I'll leave you to interpret it for yourself. You'd do that anyway.

AOC on Repugnantan misogyny

 She was accosted in front of the Capitol by Yoho, who called her, among other things, a f___king bitch. AOC was going to let it go but when Yoho gave a lame excuse for an apology she had to speak up. Her amazing speech below demonstrates that there's a long history of misogyny in our country and women must stand up and fight at every opportunity. This is and has been particularly rampant in the Repugnantan Party. Sure, they'll claim they love women, they have a wife and daughters. They'll love women as long as they know their place in a male-dominated world. And THAT is what set off Yoho: AOC is a strong women who stands up for human rights and that simply cannot be accepted in their worldview. AOC wins another one for women in particular and human rights in general.

Liberal Redneck on the storm troopers

His down-home wisdom strikes again.

"Our democracy hangs in the balance"

But since when have Repugnantans given a shit about democracy? From Robert Reich:

"Federal agents’ violent crackdown on Portland protesters is just the beginning of Trump’s fascist takeover. His Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, announced over the weekend that the White House would be rolling out a plan to expand federal presence to other cities — namely ones run by Democrats. The plan will be coordinated with Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who said this morning that he doesn’t 'need invitations by the state, state mayors or state governors to do our job. We’re going to do that whether they like us there or not.'

"Hello? Where are the so-called constitutional conservatives who advocate for states’ rights and rail against limited government? Where is Congress, the coequal branch of government meant to serve as a check on executive power? Do Senate Republicans have anything to say about this blatant violation of state authority and unconstitutional suppression of free speech? I fear our nation is vastly unprepared for the lengths Trump is willing to go to preserve his power. Our lawmakers and leaders must act immediately to rein him in — our democracy hangs in the balance."



Japan's healthcare system works just fine

But that's the point for those against it: They do not want people healthy and wise for then they won't fall for their lies and greed. Just another example of genocide in action. Vote!


Warren votes to cut Pentagon budget, Harris doesn't

The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act proposed only a measly 10% cut to the Pentagon's budget. Warren co-sponsored the Senate amendment and voted for it. Harris voted against it. 23 Senate Dems voted for it while 24 opposed.  It also was voted down in the House with 139 Dems opposing. If Biden wants progressive support he will pick Warren for VP.

This is yet another example of the clear divide between the establishment and the progressive Dems, meaning between who represents we the people and who represents big business and the military. It's a long game fight that we must wage every day until we the people are once again the main concern of our government.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Lincoln Project lampoons Twit's Pox interview

Which is no easy thing, as that interview was itself a giant joke. They poke fun at Twit's idiotic answers and conclude by asking us if we really want an imbecile for President.

We're already well on the way there

A Twitler re-election will take us all the way.


Crapitalism

It's not just hard but impossible. Plus there are better alternatives per below.




Biden and Obama on connecting with we the people

They did it and Twitler most definitely does not.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Twit is not just a hypocrite

It's also what evil, intentional genocide looks like.




Cenk: Who are they?

Asking about the goon squad beating the shit out of peaceful protesters. He notes that when we want to know their identity the response is that their names can't be released for fear of being doxed (cancelled). Thanks armchair liberals for giving this sort of cover to fascists. Are you ready yet to admit what's really going on here? If so, let's hear it with the same ferocity you use against social justice warriors.

Cenk: "Racism mixed with fascism--it's not hyperbole--you're seeing it unfold in Portland right now in front of our eyes" (10:17).

Hartmann: Twit and Repugs are genocidal psychopaths

Thom compares the aggressive policies that Vietnam implemented in the pandemic, and the positive results from it, with what we did and did not do in the US. And that's why he can say without reservation that Twitler and his Twits are psychopaths hell bend on genocide given that they will do none of what's necessary to save lives. This is especially heinous in sending kids back to school without the necessary precautions other nations have taken.

Call them what they really are. And no, this is not merely cancel culture hiding behind name calling, or the inability to accept a differing yet valid view . To accept that framing is tantamount to enabling fascism hiding behind free speech. These fascists don't give one shit about your or anyone's free speech. The sooner you wake up to that fact instead of indirectly defending them the sooner we can defeat these forces of evil at the ballot box.

Bernie's new Bill on the secret police

He responds to the secret goon squads by sponsoring a Bill that will do the following. Please consider signing his petition to support it.

"Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of legislation that would force federal agents to wear visible IDs, ban them from making arrests and detentions from unmarked vehicles, and limit their ability to conduct crowd control without invitation from the Governor or Mayor."

Michael Brooks' last statement on Biden

Rest in power my friend. In this video he said:

"Even just having a conversation where you can sit back and look at why Biden is appealing to certain people and how, is disastrously missing in so many quarters."

 He goes on the explore how while Biden certainly won't be a Bernie, he nonetheless could very well set up that sort of future Administration with incremental progress in that direction. Instead of looking at just the legitimate criticisms we also need to look at the potential for the possibilities that are opening.