Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The rhetoric of enlightenment

For an upcoming workshop. Reminds me of "Collective enlightenment through postmetaphysical eyes."

The Squad loves America

As do we. It's you we hate for destroying it.

Pelosi's squad votes to table impeachment

The same day the House voted to censure Dump for racism Rep. Green filed articles of impeachment. So Pelosi's establishment squad joined Repugnantans to get enough votes to table the resolution, preventing it from coming to a House vote. Pelosi did not vote to save face, but it was her influence that got her squad to vote against it. Note that without Repugnanant help Pelosi would not have had sufficient votes to table it. Just one more proof on where Pelosi's bread is buttered.

Chris Kläfford makes judges cut on AGT

And is moving on the the live show with this original song.

There is no helping these brainwashed women

These are exactly the people we need to write off, for their brainwashing is so complete that only a therapeutic intervention can help. Fortunately they are far from the majority of voters, so we need to turn a few of those Dump voters that are still open to facts and reason.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The House vote on condemning Dump

Update: Final vote here. 4 Repugs and 1 former Repug had a semblance of decency and voted for it. This is what the Repug Party has become, whatever it once was.

Continuing this post, the House voted. 231 Democrats voted yes, 189 Repugnantans voted no. 3 Dems and 8 Repugs didn't vote. It's on the record that Repugs are either themselves racist or at the very least enabling Dump's racism. In either case they all need to be voted out of Congress, for there is no place at all for racism in our country, let alone in our leaders. Let's repeatedly hammer home this vote for the next election.

Kasparian prefers Sanders

Anna discusses how Warren has flat out stated that should she get the nomination she will take big donor money. Anna likes Warren on a host of issues but this sticking point is a major difference with Sanders, who has pledged not to do so and he hasn't. This is also a sticking point for me, since taking big money isn't even necessary, as Sanders has proven time and again.

Vigeland exposes Dump's swamp network

Damp is the swamp and Emma points out exactly how so.

Cognition tied to bodily movement

From this article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

"Using electroencephalography and virtual reality, our research provides a unique perspective on the centuries-old open-ended debate in cognitive neuroscience and philosophy on the relationship among cognition, movement, and environment. Our results indicate that cortical potentials vary as a function of bodily affordances reflected by the physical environment. First, the results imply that cognition is inherently related to the potential movement of the body; thus, we posit that action is interrelated with perception, actively influencing the perceivable environment. Second, these results indicate that moving in space is to continuously construct a prediction of a world of affordances, suggesting that architects take up the continuity of spaces, given that the unfolding of bodily movement alters perception and experience."

Reich on corporate welfare

It is the main source of welfare by far and extracts our tax money from public needs to corporate greed. Reich explains. Eliminate corporate welfare and we have plenty of money for working people and the poor. And the corporations still make a healthy profit, just not an unjust one. If we really want to drain the swamp this is the way to do it.

House resolution condeming Dump's racism

This is great. It will force Repugs to vote against it thereby showing their own true stripes. The text is below.

RESOLUTION Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.
Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of refuge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and livelihood for their families;
Whereas the Declaration of Independence defined America as a covenant based on equality, the unalienable Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and government by the consent of the people;
Whereas Benjamin Franklin said at the Constitutional convention, ‘‘When foreigners after looking about for some other Country in which they can obtain more happiness, give a preference to ours, it is a proof of attachment which ought to excite our confidence and affection’’;
Whereas President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ‘‘Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists’’;

Pelosi could be handing Dump another victory

This article supports other recent posts. Pelosi's establishment agenda turns off a lot of working class Dem voters because we know she and her corporate squad don't represent us. We do however get excited by The Squad because we know they passionately fight for us, motivating us to get to the polls. Pelosi's attacks on them might solidify her power but it hands elections straight over the Dump and the Repugs. Sad to say we must fight not only Dump but those cronies in our own Party if we ever want a government dedicated to we the people. Long live The Squad!

Hartmann: The winning Dem strategy

He notes that Dump is effectively appealing to his fearful, racist base and that works for him. But the focus on The Squad is showing that Dems need to follow them in appealing to their base of a diverse country of people that needs laws to give them a hand up. The centrist corporate strategy is a loser but it does enrich and empower the establishment leaders, which is apparently what they care about instead of helping we the people. Hence we the people need to greatly expand The Squad in the next election.

Samantha Fish - Bulletproof

Her latest. Lyrics here. She's kicks her bad boy to the curb and rocks us out doing it.

Krystal Ball on Bidencare

Biden releases his healthcare proposal and Ball thinks it's wrong on all counts. Basically it's Obamacare with a public option. Medicare For All polls far higher. Bidencare maintains private insurance, which makes employees dependent on employers, not to mention all the extra costs. And millions will still remain uninsured under Bidencare. If healthcare is a fundamental human right then Bidencare falls far short. Medicare for All is the way to go.

Colbert's epic Dump takedown

It was truly epic last night, responding to Dump's racist remarks about The Squad. And he told Dump where he should go back to in part 2 of the monologue here.

The Squad responds to Dump

Pressley said we should not be drawn in by Dump's racist distractions because she and Congress are busy doing the people's work. She also emphasized that the 'squad' is not just them but the people they represent, which is legion and demand to be heard through them.

Omar reminded us of our core values as a nation, that Dump violates them at every turn, particularly at our border. She went on to list a host of other violations including white nationalism, noting that his attempts to divide us will fail. He must be impeached.

AOC then added that no matter what the Presidunce says and does, this country belongs to we the people. She and the Squad love this country and will fight to preserve it, for they are focused and won't be distracted by Dump's antics.

Tlaib reiterated that they will not be distracted, that they will hold Dump accountable as well as focus on the people's work. Part of that is demanding an impeachment inquiry.

These women are the best of our country, national treasures, and we need a hell of a lot more like them in Congress, the Senate and the White House. Here's hoping that all Americans will wake up and vote more of them into office in the next election.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dump wins cognitive dissonance game

With his wife as the judge!

Dillard critiques integral neo-liberal apologetics

Excellent job Joseph. It goes well with my Integral Review article "From capitalism to the collaborative commons."

"The lowest relational exchanges are the most important, because if they are not secured, the higher ones exist in a state of existential anxiety, perpetually avoiding recognition of their vulnerability and envying those who have secured those foundational goods. Idealists of all stripes tend to discount the importance of these fundamental relational exchanges, focusing instead on building sky hooks intended to magically hoist humanity out of its misery. Elitists are typically idealists, in that they proclaim the sources of both human suffering and liberation to be internal, discounting or ignoring the overwhelming conditioning, scripting, and control exerted by the larger socio-cultural contexts in which interiors are embedded. Conservatives are also idealists in this sense, in that they generally place responsibility for human suffering on interior, personal factors."

Stephen King: The road to fascism

What's the next step on that road? By the way, the MAGA hats already are the fascist armbands.

Seth Abramson on Jordan Peterson

See his lengthy Twitter rant. Needless to say, Abramson find JP to be a pre-modern nitwit.

"Peterson is no metamodernist. […] He's a pre-Modernist thinker whose embrace of some mid-20th c. philosophical, lit-critical, and psychological dead-ends—an ideology frozen in the 50s." 

Metamodernism in 5 diagrams

From Seth Abramson:

Jesus Christ is arrested, deported

Just maybe Christ has indeed returned and after preaching the New Gospel in the US is now on his way prison? Then deported back to where, heaven, that socialist haven?

Pelosi defends The Squad against Dump

Too bad it took Dump's blatant racism to get this response our of her:

"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."

Nader: Warren/Sanders is the winning ticket

And of course he's right, with either one being President.

"Former Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader says that Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vt.), would make a 'very powerful ticket' for Democrats in the 2020 general election. Mr. Nader adds that such a combination, combined with aggressive Democratic party efforts to keep Greens off the ballot, would make it hard for a Green party candidate to attract many votes in November of next year."

AOC responds to Dump's latest racist rant

And as usual she comes out on top.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The most uninteresting Speaker in the world

Good one.

USA Today: AOC is right about Pelosi

Opinion piece by Sophia A. Nelson. Excerpt:

"No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not a racist. […] Yet freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has it right — Speaker Pelosi is old guard. […] The real issue here is what we academics call intersectionality— the combined impact of racism, sexism and other types of discrimination on people and groups. In practice, it means that white women in power often take on the same characteristics of white men in power toward women of color. The effect on women of color is widespread."

"The solution here is not for Speaker Pelosi to silence AOC or condemn her. It is to listen and learn and find a way to work together. This is not Congress in 1978, 1988 or 1998. This is 2019. People of color have a voice. Women of color have a voice. These women are members of the United States Congress. These women of color have a national platform that empowers them and indeed demands of them that they speak up for themselves and their constituents."

Uygur asks candidates if they'll take the Progressive Economic Pledge

Sanders and Williamson were sight unseen on board. Others need to read it first and said they'd get back to him. Its planks are: Medicare for All, Higher Wages, Green New Deal, College for All, and End the Corruption. You can see the whole pledge here.

TYT interviews Palast on the latest voter purge methods

I started the video with the latest scheme used in Georgia. If you want to see their talk about Interstate Crosscheck, which Palast has defeated, go back to the beginning of the video. Repugnantans keep coming up with schemes to purge Democratic voters because they know if everyone votes they lose.

Sanders weighs in on The Squad

He thinks Pelosi is being to tough on them.

"You cannot ignore the young people of this country who are passionate about economic and racial and social and environmental justice. You’ve got to bring them in, not alienate them."

Besides, they are where the Party needs to go if it ever hopes to regain any semblance of relevance, let alone power. There is more interview both before and after my bookmark.

Gaffigan: Please don't touch me

Funny bit about massages.

Ben and Victoria, Liberty Swing 2019

Really innovative routine combining elements from other styles and lots of emotional content. And of course non-stop tricks. I'm just wondering how it will be judged in the Classic Division, as it must contain a larger content of traditional west coast swing. It might be better suited for the Showcase Division?

Abramson on metamodernism

Continuing this post, from an "18 essay:

"Metamodernism is an evolution of postmodernism, and it comes from people who acknowledge how terrible and fractured everything and everyone is — a knowledge that’s the sum and substance of our postmodern inheritance — but who also still see the internet as a place of boundless self-creation, unfettered problem-solving, limitless invention, and more opportunities for collaboration than humans have ever had. To be a metamodernist is to adopt what’s called a 'romantic response to crisis,' and to do so by trying to see and use the whole of the internet’s field of information. A metamodernist posits that by making use of our idiosyncrasies rather than hiding them or pitting them against those of others, we can arrive at better solutions than we ever would’ve alone. It’s an optimistic philosophy, but it’s a hard-won optimism that’s often called, by metamodernists, 'informed naivete.' Informed naivete is your optimism is naive — but plowing on anyway."

Maddow interviews Sanders

He makes the climate crisis a key issue, one of the few who does. And it is the pivotal issue from which all the others depend.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The real enemy

To defeat an enemy you must first know who it really is. And they will do everything they can to divert you to other scapegoats and away from themselves. But we know exactly who you are. We will fight and defeat you at the ballot box and through citizen education and action. You might have the money but we got the power of the people.

The earth in retrospect

And the f___king cockroaches that survive are the rich bastards in bunkers who caused it.

Sheryl Crow - Everything Is Broken ft. Jason Isbell

Some more new music. She still got it.

Natasha Leggero stand up

Funny stuff.

Vigeland: Progressive v. establishment Dems in a nutshell

Emma nails it: It's all about the money. Establishment Dems of any color want the corporate cash so when progressives who don't take any of it fight back the establishment tries to deflect what's the real crux of the issue. And taking corporate cash determines who you'll represent.

Bible verse redo

Excellent from Mary Matthews FB post, responding to purported Christian Pence's inhumane response to a US concentration camp.

"Matthew 25:42-45: I was hungry and you let me starve. I was naked and you pointed and laughed. I was sick and imprisoned and you told me it was my fault. I was a refugee, and you put me in a concentration camp. Truly I tell you, what you do to people whom you feel superior to, you do to the king of Heaven."

Why did Mueller avoid the obvious legal crime?

Yes, the Mueller Report makes clear there was Russian coordination. So why did Mueller conclude otherwise? Did Barr's pressure influence that? And/or what else? The law is clear on this, so why Mueller's twisted hedging? Also see the rest of the article at the link.

"The DOJ’s initial appointment explicitly tasked Mueller with investigating campaign 'coordination,' and it is not too much to ask that he get the law of 'coordination' right. The report stated that ‘coordination does not have a settled definition in federal criminal law. We understood coordination to require an agreement—tacit or express.'  

"However, Congress purposely sought to prevent such narrow interpretations: in 2002, it passed a statute directing that campaign finance regulations 'shall not require agreement or formal collaboration to establish coordination.' The Federal Election Commission established the regulations for the implementation of the statute:  'Coordinated means made in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate,' with no need to show any kind of agreement."

Time to choose

And it is a stark, urgent choice.

No joke

And those fucking idiots are destroying democracy. Hard to not get involved with fighting incipient fascism before it's too late. If we just sit idly by and joke about it we'll end up getting jailed or worse for our humor. And that's no joke.

Congress gets socialist healthcare, so why not us?

This article explains that members of Congress have never suffered for lack of healthcare and are so removed from the experience of regular people that they've lost touch. And that's because those in Congress receive socialist healthcare! They not only get subsidies to pay for their healthcare insurance but they also have a medical center right in the Capitol building, complete with doctors, nurses, techs and pharmacists. No appointment or waiting necessary; just walk in and get treated.

So why are they so adamant about not providing socialized medicine to the rest of us? Simple answer: The healthcare insurance companies buy them off. Vote them out, keep the ones that support Medicare For All, and vote in new ones that support MFA. It's about time the rest of us get the same kind of healthcare as our servants in Congress. That's right, they are not our leaders but our servants.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hard data: A centrist Dem is a loser

This article discusses Picketty's book Capital in the 21st Century. While Repugs ignore science, centrist Dems ignore the social science behind their losing strategy. And they are going to lose yet again if they continue to thwart Sanders and Warren with their self-serving, corporate fellatio. A few excerpts:

"It is now the Democratic Party that is wantonly ignoring mounds of social science data that suggests that promoting centrist candidates is a bad, losing strategy when it comes to winning elections. As the Democratic establishment and its pundit class starts to line up behind the centrist nominees for president — mainly, Joe Biden, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris — the party's head-in-the-sand attitude is especially troubling."

They need "the kind of political platform that articulates a shared, global struggle among all of the poor and working-class people around the world — in other words, a class-conscience platform that recognizes that rich people are not on the same side as the rest of us, and have different interests and are eager to exploit us. And egalitarian means the opposite of nationalistic or xenophobic — united in a common class struggle, you might say, towards a mutual goal of universal civil rights." 

"Democratic presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Mike Gravel and Bernie Sanders fulfill this kind of platform to some degree. When Sanders uses terms like "99%" and "1%", or talks of universalizing abortion rights or healthcare or housing rights, he is articulating that […] platform. Warren is interesting, in that she advocates for heavy regulation and taxation of the rich, though she is hesitant to disparage their right to actually be rich — and she is quick to identify as a capitalist. Still, her policies infuriate rich centrists like Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, so one could definitely count her as among […] or at least adjacent."

"Yet the Democratic Party and their mouthpieces at major newspapers are clearly not heeding Piketty's prophecy. Rather, TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably."

The House vote on the border Bill

Continuing this post, Pelosi made it seem like the 4 in the 'squad' were the only Dems opposed to the atrocious House approval of the unchanged Senate Bill on border security. Not so, as this vote count attests that 102 voted 'no' on it (including 7 Repugs). You'll note that many of the 'no' Dem votes were from members of the CPC, so Pelosi is being disingenuous on trying to make it seem those 4 are on their own.

If we want to make America great

Then we need to learn from other countries that do things better. Just believing we're great is unfounded hubris. Calling that patriotism is pure illusion bordering on fascism.

Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott - Antisocial

I'm loving how Sheeran's collaborative project has him exploring genres way outside his usual style. And this video is highly creative and fun.

Dump and Billy on Epstein

They're squirming now.

Ed Sheeran - South of the Border (feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)

I'm really digging this collaboration thing Sheeran has been doing.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

AOC responds to Pelosi again

And wins again. We need more like her in the House and Senate and fewer like Pelosi. She said:

"When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color."

"When we approve $5 billion to agencies that are killing kids and I represent a district that is 50 percent immigrants, my families and communities feel attacked and I have a responsibility to stand up for them, and I think that it would be hypocritical for me to remain silent on injustices just because those injustices may come from our side of the aisle."

McGrath to challenge McConnell

Great news. This retired, veteran fighter pilot will drain the McConnell swamp and "reset our country's moral compass."  Granted she's a 'moderate' and doesn't agree with more progressive policies, but she seems a hell of a lot better than McConnell. And that approach might be a winning formula in deep red Dump country? Here's her moving ad following by an interview.

AOC makes case for MFA and against private insurance

And it's all fact-based and wrapped in good old American values of caring for each other. Want to really make America great again? Then it's up to us to hire reps that will fulfill our American Dream.

The choice is clear

If you want democracy or fascism, take your pick.

Fighting climate chaos requires much more than individual change

Yes, we should recycle, reduce our carbon footprint and so on. But the most significant factor is   government support, intervention and strict enforcement to force companies to change. Hence our best individual action is to get politically involved in electing representatives of we the people and holding them accountable at every turn.

Mark Ronson - Find U Again ft. Camila Cabello

Ronson knows how to collaborate to make hits and does it again.

TYT rips Pelosi a new one

Over Pelosi's cowardice and going after the new freshman who actually want to represent we the people. This Demosaur, and those like her, need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Hartmann: America is moving backwards

We're losing our democracy by fascist forces in our own Blight House and Congress. If we don't fiercely fight back with political activism and electing representatives of the people then we risk losing democracy permanently. Yes, it is that serious.

DOJ finds Steele's testimony credible

The DOJ is investigating the Mueller investigation in order to discredit it. They went after Christopher Steele of the infamous dossier, claiming that was the prime evidence to order surveillance on Carter Page. After interviewing Page for 2 days sources inside the DOJ revealed that he was accurate after all about Page, thus destroying Dump's prime hope of defaming the entire basis of the Mueller investigation. That is, if the DOJ's official statement on the interview doesn't lie about it, which we already know from experience that they will.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cornell West: Establishment Dem Party unraveling

West responds to Biden and Harris as part of the establishment, while Sanders is the new guard setting the tone. Too bad the former are tone deaf to the latter, but we the people are listening carefully and we see the stark differences.

The Selfless Mind Manifesto

From the PhiMiSci link in the last post:

"While an increasing number of publications in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience investigate “the self”, “self-consciousness” and “subjectivity”, these ambiguous concepts often remain loosely defined. A number of authors have suggested that there is such a thing as a basic sense of self or self-consciousness in the background of any phenomenally conscious experience (e.g. Zahavi, 2014; Strawson, 1999, p. 102; Damasio, 1999, p. 19). This idea echoes William James’ intuition that “whatever I may be thinking of, I am always at the same time more or less aware of myself” (James, 1961, p. 42). Theoretical discussions of this claim have been hampered by introspective disagreement, and its proponents often appeal to the elusiveness of the basic sense of self to fend off sceptical concerns.

"One promising approach to this debate is to investigate real-world cases of altered states of consciousness in which self-consciousness appears to be radically disrupted or altogether missing. On the one hand, the strong claim that a basic form of self-consciousness is necessary for phenomenal consciousness should be falsifiable, meaning that it could in principle be ruled out by empirical counter-examples. On the other hand, the weaker claim that a form of self-consciousness only pervades ordinary conscious states could be clarified by analyzing allegedly selfless states of consciousness. Even if these cases still involved a minimal kind of subjectivity, they might provide a phenomenal contrast to standard cases of self-consciousness that indirectly sheds light on whatever phenomenal property they are lacking. In other words, in order to find out whether there is a basic sense of self in ordinary experience and identify its characteristics and underlying mechanisms, it is helpful to investigate altered states of consciousness in which such sense of self is reported to be radically impaired or completely missing.

Rapid Personality Change and the Psychological Rebirth

Informative video on this process. Ofttimes we need to descend into hell before we can ascend into a new life. And this seems the overall process of human development, that for each stage we must go through this spiraling process of dissolution and reorganization. Hence we are far more than twice-born; we are multiply born anew at each stage. It seems though that the further we go in this process the greater the risks and rewards.

Speaking of which, the inaugural issue of Phi Mi Sci will address this issue:

"The inaugural issue of PhiMiSci will be a Special Topic on Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness (see the Manifesto of the Selfless Minds workshop). The call for papers for this Special Topic was closed on May 1. Submissions are currently under review. The guest editors of this Special Topic are Thomas Metzinger (Mainz) & Raphaël Millière (Oxford). The expected publication date of this Special Topic is late 2019."

Nike and women's soccer

Good talk on how Nike recognizes and supports the women's USA soccer team standing up for equal rights. Yes, these sports heroes deserve recognition and praise for using their platform to promote such rights that infuriate the fascists of the world and hopefully will help to defeat them.

Sanders: Pay a living wage

In what kind of country do we live when we work hard and don't earn enough money to get by? A cruel and inhumane one. Support a living wage so that those of us who do what we're supposed to can have a decent living. Let's join the other developed nations in this simple, humane policy.

Chris Kläfford on AGT

So many good acts last night but I picked this as my favorite because of his unique take on this classic song with excellent execution.

Declare a climate emergency

Continuing this post, let's pressure Congress to act on this one. We all must emerge and see.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pet Shop Boys - What are we going to do about the rich?

Yeah, what about that? Answer: Bernie Sanders as President and more progressives in Congress and the Senate.

Periodic table of chemical bonds

Continuing this post, then there's this recent article, also indicative of how a change in the lens changes what you can see, and that no one lens rules them all. The all too familiar table of the elements is based on atomic mass. However according to this article "there is no unambiguously correct arrangement of the elements; depending on the criterion applied for classification, a different periodic table results." An alternative way to arrange them is based on chemical bonds, which is viewed as an interconnected network instead of a static matrix.

"The 94 covalent bonds are represented in a network of differently colored circles. Each circle represents a chemical bond, and the color symbolizes belonging to one of the 44 groups. Because now two criteria are used for the sorting, there is no longer any clear order of the atoms (like in the tables of Mendeleev and Meyer)—mathematicians speak of a partial order. The circles are therefore connected to other circles by one or more arrows, thereby creating an ordered hypergraph."

Eddie Hoyt on SYTYCD

He freestyles an emotional tap performance that has the judges in tears.

Sanders: Forget the mythical middle ground

As noted previously, framing it as left v. right implies there's a reasonable middle ground between them and there is not. It's democracy v. oligarchy, and if progressives want to win they must follow Sanders' lead and frame it appropriately. If Dems keep pushing a wishy washy mythical middle solution as they did in the past they will continue to lose to Dump. Is that what you want? See Sanders explain it in this FB video. 

Psychiatric team: Mueller Report reveals Dump is mentally unfit

According to the report below by Dr. Bandy Lee, forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and President of the World Mental Health Coalition. She and her team examined the Mueller Report, did a capacity exam and concluded: "The President failed every criterion for rational and reality-based decision making capacity." She also noted that "the evidence was overwhelming." They recommended removing the Presidunce from access to nuclear weapons and war making powers. And yet Pelosi won't move to impeach this severe danger to our country and the world.

Sanders, AOC introduce climate emergency resolution

Sanders is "proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency – a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups." AOC will propose the same resolution in the House. Bravo to these brave legislators willing to stand up to the corporate interests and fossil fuel companies. This needs to be a major litmus test in future Democratic primaries.

CNN colludes with corporate Dems against Bernie

It figures, being corporate media.

"It should surprise absolutely no one that CNN is abjectly loyal to the Beltway establishment—especially to the entrenched forces currently dominating the Democratic Party. Thus it should be no shock to learn that on Monday, CNN stacked its Town Hall with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading 2020 presidential hopeful, with Democratic Party attendees tied to failed 2016 contender Hillary Clinton—a fact they were forced to admit in a statement."

Dump and Epstein

They were good buddies until Epstein was indicted on sex trafficking. Now Dump pretends he doesn't know him. I can't wait until it's revealed that the current Presidunce had sex with some of those underage girls. Granted it will have no effect on the diehard Dumpsters but it might on some of his supporters with a minimum of intelligence and ethical standards.

Monday, July 8, 2019

AOC and Tlaib respond to Pelosi's disrespect

When Pelosi was asked about the 4 Justice Democrats that voted against Pelosi's surrender to McConnell's atrocious border bill, instead of aiming her venom at McConnell and Dump's inhumane border policy Pelosi attacked these progressives. So Tlaib and AOC fired back as discussed in this video. Pelosi is a Demosaur and needs to be replaced via primary along with all the other Demosaurs if we ever want representatives who are of, for and by we the people. Also see Mehdi Hasan's article on this feud.

Reich: 4 biggest Repug lies and the truth

1. Lie: The rich are job creators so we can't tax them.

Truth: The middle class and the poor are the real job creators through their purchases of goods and services. If they're not paid enough to make the purchases then companies will not create more jobs.

2. Lie: People are paid what they're worth in the market.

Truth: Worker wages are stagnant compared to increased productivity. Their low pay is a direct result of those at the top vastly increasing their own pay and intentionally keeping their workers enslaved.

3. Lie: Everyone can succeed by mere will and hard work.

Truth: The poor and working class schools are degenerating and their teachers abused. There are little to no investments in childcare and early childhood education. Hence there is no real equal opportunity.

4. Lie: Increasing the minimum wage will reduce jobs.

Truth: Increasing the minimum wage gives working people more money to buy goods and services, hence spurring the economy and job growth.

Rhodes on breaking Central America

Randi as always is astute on how the US intervened there and created our current crisis.

Ed Sheeran - BLOW (with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars)

Sheeran's latest project has been collaborating with a number of different artists, like in this video. And at least some of the results have been stunning.

Kamala Harris on Israeli policy

Her response to Israel's Palestinian question is appalling.

Chomsky: Why refugees are fleeing Central America

Bottom line: US foreign policy and intervention, something corporate media will never cover. We created the refugee crisis and now tell them they're on their own, typical of fascism.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Jennifer Aniston striptease

From the movie We're the Millers. Good job Jenny.

Matthew Richardson on AGT

Sneak preview of this artistic hoop aerialist.

Mylie Cyrus - Mother's Daughter

New music about female empowerment. Seems she's learned from early Gaga, her musical mama?

USA Women win World Cup again

Yea team.

Reich: Forget left v. right; it's democracy v. oligarchy

The former framing using spatial directions leads one to think there's balance is some mythical center. But it's been shown time and again that the actual majority in the US support policies indicative of democracy, like Medicare For All, a living wage, fair taxation, the Green New Deal and so on. So a better, more accurate and more effective framing is oligarchy v. democracy. Reich explains in this piece.

Is E8 lattice the true theory of everything?

Not quite, but fascinating nonetheless. It sure beats the AQAL model in that it's far more complex and interconnected.

Jeffries: What's up with racists calling the cops on blacks?

He helps us laugh at this tragic and all too often occurrence.

Jon Jones barely retains title

A strategic but boring fight. Jones hurt Santos a few times but refused to engage in close to finish, afraid of getting knocked out. The whole fight was pretty much that way, and Bones bared won a split decision. As expected, Nunes knocked out Holm in the first round.

Demetri Martin's stand up

Some Comedy for a Sunday morning.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

I guess it depends on who breaks the law

Especially if you're racist and a moron.

Identity politics is a good thing

Don't buy that false narrative being spun by conservatives and some so-called liberals about identity politics. I won't repeat that false spin, only reinforce that promoting our plural identities as a country shows how strong we are, and how dedicated we are to being proud of who we are despite the opposition's inhumane efforts to stick us into some white nationalist version of spurious unity and patriotism. Recall this Reich video on that topic.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Blast from the past I just heard on the radio for the millionth time. Going on 1 billion YouTube views.

Sanders defends AOC against Biden criticism

Biden thinks  AOC is too far left for most Americans which only shows how ineffectively middle of the road Biden is. So Sanders responded that actually most Americans favor progressive policies like Medicare For All and the Green New Deal. It's Biden who is out of touch while the progressives are the best positioned to beat Dump.

The corporate tax scammers

Continuing this post, see this article for the details on the graphic below. The tax scam is letting these corps get away with paying nothing in taxes, and in some cases getting rebates, despite their record profits. We taxpayers are tired of paying our taxes when these corps get away with ripping off the system while legislators steal from our much needed public programs. Vote out corporate lackeys and vote in legislators that will make them pay their fair share.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Dump's limp 'tank'

We know what's really limp that he needs tanks.

AOC sets UnitedHealth CEO straight

As usual.

NYRB's photo tribute to Dump's military parade

The NY Review of Books photo montage is here, with one sample below (Mussolini), of the various dictators that also had similar parades. Dump very much wishes to join their ranks. See the link for more.

Dump agrees with Putin that democracy is dead

Hartmann explores what Putin said and how Dump agrees. And how Dump is doing his best to kill what little democracy we have left in the US in order to join the ranks of Putin and the other dictators of the world.

Will Dump override Supreme Corp with Executive Order?

Continuing this post, Dump said he's also considering an Executive Order to override the Supreme Corp. on the citizenship census question.

Reich: Tax scam a bust

In this video he comments on the Congressional Research Service verifying the following:

1. The economy remained stagnant at best.
2. The same for wages, also stagnant.
3. Corporations hoarded the money instead of investing in labor and the business.
4. While corporate tax revenues skyrocketed.
5. That boost went to executive pay, not workers.

See the video for details. It was a big scam meant to accomplish exactly what it did. If you believed otherwise you were a fool. Maybe wake the f___ up now?

Dump defies Supreme Corp on census question

Not at all surprising, as Dump has zero respect for the law. Now he has instructed the Justice Dept. to find away around the Corp's decision to include the citizenship question. Just the latest in a long line of Constitutional crises this Presidunce has created. And none of which Pelosi is willing to do anything about.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Picture hier(an)archical synplexity

This video gives a pictorial idea of how the different lenses (Edwards) or image schema (Lakoff) interact within the 4-quadrant diagram, indicative of multi-perspectival hier(an)archical synplexity. A reminder of Edwards' categories of conceptual lenses below.

The Black Keys - Fire Walk With Me

From their new LP. The video portion is pretty stupid though.

Reich: Patriotism v. nationalism

He explains this big difference. Listen up patriots!

Liberal Redneck on Dump's fascist parade

He doesn't take kindly to it.

AOC: US on the road to fascism

Yep, she said it and she's right. So much for freedom and independence eh?

“Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question. If you actually take the time to study, and to look at the steps, and to see how government transforms under authoritarian regimes, and look at the political decisions and patterns of this president, the answer is yes.”