Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bernie's sensible solutions

He is working on legislation to address the pandemic. It proposes to pay everyone who has lost their job the same wage they were earning. This provision was in the last Bill for airline workers. Bernie wants to extend that to every worker.

It also proposes that everyone who contracts the virus get all the treatment they need with no out-of-pocket expense through the current Medicare system. Millions who have lost their jobs also lost their health insurance and cannot afford the high cost of treatment. Plus many who are fortunate enough to have any health insurance likely has gaps that leave the patient with uncovered services.

Then there's the issue of health care providers not having the needed equipment to keep themselves safe and treat their patients effectively. So Dump must invoke the Defense Production Act to force private businesses to produce the needed equipment quickly in needed quantities. Which, by the way, said businesses will be financially compensated fairly.

See the video for the rest. Bernie is hard at work presenting the most effective solutions to this tragedy, acting like the true statesman and representative of we the people. Please consider supporting this new legislation by contacting your Senators and Representatives now.

Heroes of the Pandumbic

Trevor Noah of The Daily Show put together clips of the Repugnantan response, which of course Dump followed. This blatant head-in-the-sand BS literally cost lives, lives which mean nothing to this clown show. The death camps are alive and well and operating in Repug land.

Distinguishing between reality and fluff

Caitlin's sage advice on how to know the underlying reality versus the corporate spin machines that intentionally obfuscates that reality. Look to where the money is going: corporations and the rich. Notice where the resources are, like oil, and how the 1% overlook any faults (like genocide) to court those countries where it is. Notice where the US is placing military bases, which tell us about our real intentions. Watch the refugees, which tells us about where major human rights abuses are, and who created those conditions in the first place.

Then my advice: Focus on the facts, not on the fake stories we are fed. But humans need story to understand and process facts. So we can and must create narratives based on the facts. Such stories, based in reality, help us to understand and do something about the liars and cheaters that are the source of our problems in the first place. This is why those forces hate the truth so much, and will do everything in their power to silence it. We the people must do everything in our power to disseminate the truth with powerful and effective narrative lest we descend into the sort of fascism they seek. Our very lives depend on it, and that's the truth.

You thought I was kidding about death camps

They're already here, with Dump and the Repugs being a death cult. Death for us, that is: the workers, the aged, the downtrodden, those not deserving of life. From this piece:

"Our ruling classes are coming to the conclusion that in the contest between loss of profit and loss of life, they choose death. [...] Rising among the ruling class — centered on the Republican Party, but not found only there — is what we might call the Party of Death. [...] Large masses of people who are, for the ruling class, regarded as too old, too sick, or too otherwise unproductive to be profitable. For the Party of Death, the pandemic itself begins to appear economically useful, and the measures needed to combat it can come to be seen as worse than the disease — which, from the narrow perspective of capital accumulation, they may well be."

Friday, April 3, 2020

Vigeland: Dump accidentally endorses MFA

Emma discusses an interview where Dump accidentally admitted this. Granted he will never, ever institute anything remotely like it because there's no profit in it. But he did admit it. She then notes that the pandemic has starkly highlighted that Medicare For All would be just what the doctor ordered, since millions are losing what little health insurance they might have had when they lost their jobs. And good old boy Joe still refuses to accept MFA and denies it would have made any difference during these troubled times.

Duterte issues orders to kill

The fascist dictator of the Philippines, one of Dump's heroes, has issued orders for the military to shoot to kill citizens who resist the pandemic lock down. Why are they disobeying the order? Because they don't have the promised food or medical supplies needed to survive. Now that Dump has been made aware of this policy, how long before something similar like military law follows in the US?

Dumpsters threaten Dr. Fauci

Why? Because Fauci repeatedly corrects Dump's lies about the pandemic with medical facts. Dumpsters want to kill Dr. Fauci for this. Think about that. Just one more in a never-ending collection of examples of the US path to a full fascist state.

Brooks: What's wrong with the IDW?

Meaning intellectual dark web. Michael's interview with Rising below.

"These are guys who are fixated on justifying hierarchies that are socially, politically produced. And not wanting to look at the reason why things have come into play. Like capitalism is just good" (1:32).

"The shortcoming of this group so often is that I did not see them applying those same principles outward" (8:00).

This is one of my main complaints with all of the 'new paradigm' folks, from integral to metamodernism to game b etc.: Lots of complex (and contorted) theory and little on social enaction. With the exception of the P2P and collaborative commons movement, that is.

Dump's death camps

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

The story of fascism in Europe

Rick Steve's one-hour documentary on the rise and fall of fascism in Europe. It is well worth your while to watch this history, because it's playing out in America just like it did in Europe. We need to recognize the signs before us right now before we get to death camps, because we surely will if we have 4 more years of Dump.