Monday, August 10, 2020
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
That could shift control back to the Dems.
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
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."
Thursday, August 6, 2020
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.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
This video is why she won. "This is our moment."
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020
"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."
Saturday, August 1, 2020
for some WEIRD reason its almost impossible to find this clip of Bill Clinton today *explicitly* making it clear that Clyburn & Obama + DNC Establishment coalesced to destroy Bernie Sanders.— Daniel Riley (@DRstweets) July 31, 2020
They’ve been saying it’s a ranting raving conspiracy theory.
He straight up says it. pic.twitter.com/zDQn93UxId
Friday, July 31, 2020
"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."
"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."
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!
Thursday, July 30, 2020
"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."
"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."
"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."
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
"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.
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.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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.
"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."
"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."
Monday, July 27, 2020
"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."
"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."
Sunday, July 26, 2020
"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!
"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
“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."
"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.'"
Friday, July 24, 2020
"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."
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
"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."
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
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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).
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.
"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."
"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.