Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Morning Joe laughs at Haley's lies

Wow. Perhaps Haley is herself so brainwashed she actually believes this crap? Or more likely she's just like every other Repugnantan liar that is doing it to shore up her own candidacy for bigger things to come. Talk about selling your soul to the Devil.

Retired Navy Commander releases impeachment ad

Yet another veteran that swore to uphold the Constitution denouncing a Presidunce that shreds it at every opportunity. See ad at the link. Facef___ doesn't let me embed it here.

Veterans supporting impeachment

These are the soldiers that swore an oath to defend the Constitution and are tired of a Presidunce that is ripping it to shreds. As a vet myself I couldn't agree more.

Is Mulvaney turning on Dump?

TYT discusses Mulvaney's recent request to join Bolton's lawsuit. Bolton is suing to ask the courts if he can legally testify in the impeachment inquiry, given that he's received a Blight House gag order. So now Mulvaney is joining that suit. Why? Could he be the next one to flip?

Seven Nation Army - Bernie Sanders for President

The one, the only, the original progressive fighting for we the people. Let's join the fight. Not me, us.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Gross Obsolete Party

It's too late for your Party. You cast your lot with Bimbo Bligh(t) and you're going down with the Repugnantant ship to live out your days in the stinking sewer where you belong. Afterward we'll need some heavy duty progressive air freshener to get rid of your lingering stench.

Vote Bernie for Wizard of Us

And he'll give you the education necessary to have a better brain.

Another billionaire snowflake

Boo hoo. Poor Jamie Dimon feels Warren is vilifying him, all because she thinks he should pay his fair share of taxes. STFU and pay your fair share you societal leech.

Things you don't know about Leningrad Lindsey

Maher makes fun of him.

Tapper: Graham sticks his head in the sand

Or more accurately up his ass. Tapper provided video evidence of Leningrad Lindsey continually changing his story when presented with mounting and irrefutable evidence that Dump extorted and bribed a foreign country. Graham now even refuses to read the transcript evidence of the crimes. I can only imagine what leverage Dump and Russia have on him.

Repugnantan defense of Dump

This Meet the Press panel highlights their lame attempts to do so. The prime excuse, echoed by a Repug on the panel, is that Dump did nothing wrong, that it's the usual course of business. The fact is that Dump extorted and bribed a foreign country for personal benefit and the Constitution and legal precedent are quite clear that is a crime not only worthy of impeachment but of a treason trial.

Repugs cannot refute the facts in this case and their only hope is to spin it with outright lies. Yeah, that will fool some of their ignorant minions but most of us are on to their game. And we'll continue to vote them out in '20 for their defense of crimes just like we did in '18 and '19. Bye bye criminal co-conspirators.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Naomi Klein endorses Bernie

Another authentic progressive joins the team.

Sanders on the climate crisis

And the action necessary to address it. Tell it like it is buddy.

Christ Hedges: American Psychosis

The US is in a looming crisis of fascism and Americans are under a mass hypnosis in supporting it. This short film by Chris Hedges explores it. Here's the blurb: "Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges, discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion."

AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS from Amanda Zackem on Vimeo.

Legend of a Mind

I was reminded of this classic today. Timothy is still with me.

You just know he wipes his ass with it

Go get 'em Liz

This is how the rich see Warren's proposal to just make them pay their fair share. But the rich don't understand fairness, never have, never will. So TFB. We demand you pay your fair share to maintain the system that has given you so much. You did not get their on your own; we paved the way with our taxes and our sweat, so have the human decency to recognize it and do your social duty. Otherwise we will make you by voting in our representatives and they will do it with the law.

Sawant gets reelected despite giant money against her.

We humanitarians can and have defeated big money. Sawant (and others) did it again in Seattle. We just have to collectively work the power of our convictions.

"Sawant was not the only candidate who beat Amazon. At least five Seattle council candidate backed by the chamber’s political action committee lost. 'It turns out you don’t need Amazon’s money to win an election,' announced the city’s iconoclastic weekly paper, The Stranger."

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Oh, oh, oh, aghhhhhh.

AOC's tax the rich plan polls better than Repugnantan tax scam

AOC is proposing a 70% tax rate on income over $10 million (called the marginal tax rate). See the link for the numbers showing it polls better than the tax scam we already got.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Neural organoids are not brains in vats

With Evan Thompson. The blurb:

"Recently, some scientists have asked whether neural organoids will ever be conscious, and have wondered about the ethical implications of this possibility. Meanwhile, some philosophers have argued that neural organoids are miniature versions of "brains in vats." Evan Thompson feels that both scientist and philosophers should shift their thinking. He argues that the minimal instantiation of sentience is organismic - not just neuronal, and that conscious processes of moral interest require embodiment and the capacity to suffer."

Facecrook hires Koch-funded climate deniers as fact checkers

This is truly bizarre. In some warped sense of fairness to "both sides" Facebook has hired climate deniers as somehow equivalent to the overwhelming scientific consensus of the fact that climate is not only changing but is in crisis mode. It's like Dump saying that "both sides" of Nazism is somehow equivalent. Suckerberg and Facecrook have completely sold out the truth for money. How sick.

Graham with the Wind

Colbert pokes fun at fickle Graham, who changes course depending on the wind. Or more likely on who is compromising him, right Leningrad Lindsey?

Krugman: Repugnantans only care about power

A series of recent Krugman Tweets are below. Repugs don't care if they have to break the law or commit treason to maintain their office because it's all about power. This sickness has destroyed any values they used to practice but still espouse to hide their true motives.

Seeing a lot of pieces about why GOP politicians are standing behind Trump even though they know he grotesquely abused power and betrayed US interests. Usually framed in terms of primary challenges, etc. But is this overthinking? 1/
There’s a lot of evidence from state-level races that the modern GOP just doesn’t consider it legitimate for Dems to hold power, no matter what. By this standard, doing whatever it takes to keep Ds out, even if it involves colluding with foreign powers 2/ https://t.co/feGgzsrA8a
And/or massively abusing the power of office is perfectly OK. In other words, no reason to believe that most Rs are really troubled by revelations about Trump’s actions. Dems are the enemy, and rule of law is just something they pretend to care about 3/

We must defeat Dump

This is first and foremost, as Dump and his Dumpsters have turned back the clock on every major progressive, humanitarian and ecological policy. Yes, it would be great if our preferred candidate won the primary, but if s/he does not, we must keep the primary goal in mind in voting Dump and his cronies out of office. If we do not, we are in effect keeping those policies in place, and that is helping no one, including us. To the contrary, if he gets another 4 years if might very well be the end of democracy and the likelihood we might never get it back. Keep that forefront in your mind. This coming election is about far more than our personal preferences.

Legitimate transitions

Continuing this post,  the point of the private-public partnership model is not that "everyone's attention is co-opted [...] safeguarding one's income stream" as someone replied elsewhere. If you read Rifkin's book, and investigate what is happening on the ground in the EU regions already implementing the GND, the public ownership and management of renewable energy is providing a framework for values beyond that. And when the private company works within that framework it is not only exposed to those values, it is contracted to work within them or it doesn't get paid. It seems like a valid transition step toward the new paradigm and effectively addresses Daniel's notion of existing businesses to "at least experiment with preparing for this transformation." We have to provide a means to get there from here. We can't just expect private business to leap into the new paradigm because we think we make a better argument for it.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Compare Norway and the US

There really is no comparison. And no way I'm moving to Norway. Yes way I'm fighting to make the US more like Norway.

Can regenerative economics and mainstream business mix?

The question was posed by Daniel Christian Wahl in this article. He said:

"So we face a dual task: We need to transform our economic and monetary systems to incentivise a different way to do business; and we need to simultaneously innovate ways that existing businesses in our current degenerative economic system can contribute to or at least experiment with preparing for this transformation."

This is a point that Rifkin makes in his book The Green New Deal. In his work with the EU he enlists private-public partnerships. One type of private businesses are Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). The must operate within the public governing bodies that own the energy and its infrastructure to find innovative ways to provide renewable energy to the public. I.e., while they continue to operate as a business in the old system to make a profit, they do so with a new structure in alignment with regenerative goals. It seems that within that structure is one way of providing private companies a transition to the new paradigm.

I've contacted the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE), which is adamantly against any private-public partnerships, to provide specific examples of any private companies that are sabotaging current Green New Deal projects but to date they have not responded. I also contacted a current GND operation in the Hautes-de-France (Rev3) that has worked with Rifkin to set up its operation to ask the same question of its private ESCO partners, but to date no response.

Minimal minimalism

Divine transport

From this article. Now if we can only interpret trance states postmetaphysically. The religions that formed around trance states in the article, though evolutionarily adaptive at the time, have solidified into metaphysical dogma and are no longer adaptive to our world today. It though does beckon us to create postmetaphysical rituals with music, dance, invocation, incense etc. so that we can bond together via embodiment instead of just intellectually.

"So there is a need for a new idea, and coming to the fore now is an old one revisited, revised and rendered more testable. It reaches back a century to the French sociologist Émile Durkheim who observed that social activities create a kind of buzz that he called effervescence. Effervescence is generated when humans come together to make music or perform rituals, an experience that lingers when the ceremonies are over. The suggestion, therefore, is that collective experiences that are religious or religious-like unify groups and create the energy to sustain them."

"The explanation is resurfacing in what can be called the trance theory of religious origins, which proposes that our palaeolithic ancestors hit on effervescence upon finding that they could induce altered states of consciousness. Research to test and develop this idea is underway in a multidisciplinary team led by Dunbar at the University of Oxford. The approach appeals to him, in part, because it seems to capture a crucial aspect of religious phenomena missing in suggestions about punishing gods or dangerous spirits. ‘It is not about the fine details of theology,’ Dunbar told me, ‘but is about the raw feelings of experience, and that this raw-feelings element has a transcendental mystical component – something that is only fully experienced in trance states.'"

Dump implicated in Stone trial

Roger Stone's trial has begun where he is charged with various lies to Congress. One of them is that he lied when asked if he shared Wikileaks information with the Dump campaign. Evidence has show that he did so. Dump's written answer to Mueller was that neither he nor anyone in his campaign had any such discussions with Stone, meaning Dump also lied.

Dump accuses Clinton of deliberately losing

So he could be impeached. Borowitz does it again:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what might be his most startling allegation against his former election opponent, Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Hillary Clinton of deliberately losing the 2016 election just so that he could be impeached.

“How could one of the most experienced politicians in history lose to the most unfit candidate ever?” Trump asked reporters. “Crooked Hillary lost on purpose because she wanted me to be impeached.”
Explaining Clinton’s motives for intentionally sabotaging her quest for an office she had coveted for decades, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton is more than a nasty woman. She is an evil woman, and her sick mind is capable of anything.”

Trump said that instead of reporting the “fake story” of his campaign’s collusion with the Russians, the media should focus on Clinton’s “diabolical scheme to lose the election.”

“I don’t know if Hillary Clinton lost the election on her own,” Trump said. “Maybe she asked the Russians to help her lose. But the fact is, Hillary Clinton deliberately plotted to put me in the White House, and the American people should be very angry about that.”

Krakauer: The landscape of 21st century science

Krakauer is the new President of the Santa Fe Institute. Here is his interview on the above topic. The blurb follows. There's also a transcript at the link.

"For 300 years, the dream of science was to understand the world by chopping it up into pieces. But boiling everything down to basic parts does not tell us about the way those parts behave together. Physicists found the atom, then the quark, and yet these great discoveries don’t answer age-old questions about life, intelligence, or language, innovation, ecosystems, or economies.

"So people learned a new trick – not just taking things apart but studying how things organize themselves, without a plan, in ways that cannot be predicted. A new field, complex systems science, sprang up to explain and navigate a world beyond control.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Dump's effect on Governor races

Keep up the good work Mr. Presidunce.

How Warren pays for MFA

I prefer Bernie saying up front we will have a tax increase for MFA, but overall out health care expenses will be less. Warren's way hides the increase through employers and our wages, which could affect them reducing full-time employment.

"Instead of taxing a certain percentage of an employee’s pay (a payroll tax), Warren’s head tax would charge employers a flat amount no matter the employee’s salary. Seeing as any employer-side tax ultimately comes out of workers’ potential earnings, this is a regressive approach that would disproportionately impact low- and middle-income workers. And not taxing employers who use independent contractors also could backfire in a big way—by giving employers an incentive to reclassify their workers away from full-time status and the ability to get benefits in the first place."

Dem Beshear apparent winner for KY Governor

99% in and he's leading by only 7000 votes. Of course the incumbent Governor has not yet conceded. Let's hope Beshear pulls this one out in the end, sending a clear message to Dump and McConnell that their time is up.

Repugnantan Jesus

Fake Christians highlighted by the reversal of these Biblical quotes.

Dems win in Philly region

Another tide turned. Really looking forward to 2020.

"Democrats won political control of the once-legendary GOP stronghold of Delaware County, part of what appeared late Tuesday to be a Republican wipeout across the Philadelphia region and in other elections around the country. It was the first time since at least the Civil War that Democrats won control of the Delaware County Council. They not only won a majority, but also swept Republicans off the governing body entirely. Democrats won a majority on the Chester County Board of Commissioners for the first time in history, in the only suburban Philadelphia county where Republicans still outnumber Democrats. In Bucks County, Democrats captured the Board of Commissioners for the first time since 1983."

Hartmann: How Dems won Virginia

He said it best. It's how they'll win in every State and the Presidency. Time for the establishment Dems to wake TF up:

"Well, now we know. The way for Democrats to win is by campaigning on the Green New Deal, debt free college,strengthening Medicare and letting it negotiate drug prices, free insulin, and covering every person in the state who doesn’t have health insurance with Medicaid. Polling ahead of the election in Virginia found that each one of these positions polled well above 50% among the general electorate. And now that electorate has flipped the entire state blue, as many of the candidates running on the Democratic side explicitly embraced a fully progressive platform. Candidate Joshua Cole even ran on ending cash bail and flipped a seat in the Virginia legislature where a Trump-supporting Republican had won overwhelmingly in the last election. While America’s corporate media won’t enthusiastically report it, Democrats need to realize that returning to the New Deal and Great Society roots of the party is the number one way to win elections today."

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A few facts

If you like facts, that is.

Sanders and AOC: Climate crisis summit

Joined by Naomi Klein and youth environmental leaders.

Sondland changes testimony, admits quid pro quo

Dump's personal stooge changed his tune when the transcripts started coming out. He now miraculously remembers "telling a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Ukraine would not receive U.S. military assistance until it committed to investigating the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a person with knowledge of Sondland's testimony." Even the stooges are turning on Dump faced with the facts and perjury charges. The Dumpire is crumbling and he will be impeached.

Kim Kommando: You phone is listening to everything you say

From America's Digital Goddess:

"A group of researchers from Northeastern University tested the theory. They weren't able to prove or disprove whether our phones are listening (they found no evidence of recorded conversations), but they make an unexpected finding. Apps installed on smartphones have the ability to record your screen and whatever you type, including user names and passwords."

"Your smartphone is similar to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home -- they listen for 'wake' words like 'Hey Siri' and 'Okay Google' all the time. These wake words are required for your smartphone to actually start recording. But without these triggers, your voice inputs are processed only within your smartphone and are not sent anywhere, so say the manufacturers. If this temporary voice data is not going anywhere, then what's the problem? In some cases, third-party apps like Facebook or Instagram may still have access to this local data."

One of Giuliani's indicted henchmen will cooperate with impeachment inquiry

This is going to be great fun.

Repugs silent in impeachment transcripts

O'Donnell discusses the transcripts released so far and notes that the Repugs present in those depositions uttered not a word in defense of Dump therein. That's because there is no defense against the facts in this impeachment inquiry, so Repugs are posturing and attacking the messengers because they know they have zero factual defense for what the Presidunce did: Commit high crimes and misdemeanors befitting impeachment.

11,000 scientists: We're in a climate emergency

This isn't just climate change; it's a climate emergency. So said 11,000 scientists in 153 countries.

"Eleven thousand scientists in 153 countries have declared a climate emergency and warned that 'untold human suffering' is unavoidable without huge shifts in the way we live. [...] Researchers say they have a moral obligation to 'clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat' and 'tell it like it is'. They state 'clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency'."

The video blurb:

"Dr Thomas Newsome from the University of Sydney is co-author of a paper published in BioScience that outlines the data that shows it is clear we are facing a climate emergency. It has been endorsed by more than 11,000 scientists from 150+ countries. Dr Newsome outlines the six steps we can take to reduce the impact of climate change."

Sherrod Brown: Repugs are cowards

And they sold out their values and their country to maintain their jobs. Brown notes they will not look good in history. Hopefully they will look like the traitors they are in the next election and get the boot.

NYC says good riddance to Dump

The Colbert crew does a remake of the song New York, New York to tell Dump to get TF outta town.

SNL: Corporate Nightmare

I had one of these jobs but I never got converted like in the video. And somehow I got out alive with a retirement. But I did feel like I sold my soul for a time to get here.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Linkin Park - Rebellion

From the movie Joker.

The Hill analyzes Warren's MFA pay for

Enjeti lays out that Warren's convoluted pay fors will hurt workers all just to say that the middle class will not get a tax increase. And the bottom line is that they will get that increase anyway.

State capitalism is working just as planned

And corporations and the 1% love it that way. How about you? You do know that Dump is part of this swamp, right? If not, please see a psychiatrist immediately to treat your denial. Oh wait, that's right, you can't afford one and it's not covered by your health insurance, if you even have any. Also part of their plan. Getting it yet?

Republican Steele's message to his Party

He pretty much slams those in his Party who have sold their values and souls in defense of Conald Dump. He asks them if it's worth selling democracy down the toilet for this excuse not only of a President but of a human being. And of course there is no legitimate reason for it other than these coward Repugs fear Dump and his racist voting base. That is not a good excuse to sell out your country.

AOC criticizes Dems for accepting McConnell's heinous border bill

This is why we progressives love her. The House passed a border bill that McConnell completely ignored and got Senate Dems to go along with his version, a version that does not protect immigrants. So now it comes back to the House and AOC is furious that Pelosey will ram in through with no negotiation or amendments. We should be furious too, capitulating for expedience to Moscow Mitch and the inhuman Repugnantan bill.

Progressive Steve Cox's Senate run in KY for Moscow Mitch's seat

TYT interviews him. Cox is behind Bernie's entire platform. He's a working person, not a professional politician, much like AOC. As a pharmacy tech he sees daily people struggling to get the medications they need to prevent pain and suffering and he wants to help. He is one of us, the working class, and wants equal opportunities for all of us to stay healthy and make a decent living in a safe and just environment. Quite the contrast from corporate lackey Moscow Mitch.

Dump giving more tax breaks to corporations

The last tax scam was not enough, now Dump is rolling back laws that prevented corporations from moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying US taxes. Wake TF up people. Dump is making us workers pay more in taxes to make up for giving corporations even more breaks to avoid paying their fair share. Meanwhile said corporations are not just moving their HQ overseas but moving their production overseas too, eliminating jobs in America.

Your annual tax for Sanders' Medicare For All plan

So how much did you pay last year for your health insurance plan, including premiums, deductibles and co-pays? Want to save money, keep your doctors and get better coverage? If so, choose Bernie and make the best decision for yourself and your family.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Reich: The only way Dems can defeat Dump

Is with a candidate who promotes economic and democratic reform, such as Sanders or Warren. The real fight is between democracy and oligarchy, and those two candidates are fighters for the former and staunch opponents of the latter. I though would say Bernie's revolutionary approach is what we need now. Warren doesn't go nearly as far or deep into the necessary changes to overturn the 1%'s takeover, but still farther than the other candidates and I'd gladly support her if she wins the primary. First choice: Sanders.

Constitutional punishment for impeachment

The Senate could theoretically vote not to remove Dump from office, and in a separate vote prevent him from serving again in any government position. Unlike removal which requires a two-thirds vote, the latter option only requires a majority vote. This might be a situation that at least 4 Repugnantans could stomach.

"The Punishment for Impeachment Clause sets forth the scope and nature of the punishments that the Senate may impose in impeachment trials. [...] Since ratification, four troublesome questions have arisen under this clause. The first was whether the Senate may impose the sanctions of removal and disqualification separately and, if so, how. The Senate claims that it may impose these sanctions by separate votes: (1) removal, involving the ouster of an official from the office he occupies at the time of his impeachment trial, and (2) disqualification barring the person from ever serving again in the federal government."

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Facebook employees revolt againt Zuckerberg's lie policy

Here's the story and here's the employee letter. An excerpt of their letter:

"This is our company. We want to raise our concerns before it's too late. Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing. [...] Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for. We strongly object to this policy as it stands. It doesn't protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy."

See the letter for those employees' recommendations for correcting the situation. Will Suckerborg respond to the reasonable and fair measures about political lying on FB? What do you think?

Maher on the fall of the Repugnantan Party

Even though we used to disagree with that Party on issues, never before has the Grotesque Obsolete Party sunk so low to even their own purported values. Maher compares what they used to believe in to what they've now abandoned in the cult of Dump. Hopefully enough of us wake up to this reality and vote them out for eternity.

Progress or regress, your choice

In other words, they've regressed to a time in our culture when we literately believed in white (supremacy) magic. Take our country back or take it forward.

Chomsky: Bernie has absolutely infuriated the liberal establishment

And absolutely ignited the progressive revolution of we the people. This is progressive populism, and even the establishment Dems do not want we the people to have a say. TFB elitists. Chomsky:

“He has absolutely infuriated the liberal establishment by committing a major crime. His crime was to organize an ongoing political movement that doesn’t just show up at the polls every four years and push a button, but keeps working. That’s no good. The rabble is supposed to stay home."

AOC is working class like us

Why we like her, and Dump and Repugnantans hate her. Who do you want representing you? Someone who is you, or someone that doesn't give a damn about you, only about their own wealth? If you like things simplified, it really is that simple.

Reich: Farm bankruptcies escalate

Here's his FB post on Dump's stupid trade war, just one of many of his idiotic policies. We really need to get through to hard working people that this guy is not your savior but your worst enemy. Perhaps even the anti-Christ if you believe that stuff.

"Thanks to Trump’s asinine trade war with China, farm bankruptcies in September soared to 24% — their highest peak since 2011. Nearly 40% of projected farm profit this year will come from trade aid, disaster assistance, and federal subsidies. Trump’s farm aid has now cost more than double the 2009 auto bailout.

"Under Trump’s economy, manufacturing is contracting, growth has slowed, and farm bankruptcies are surging — so the GOP’s solution is to enact more tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Trump and his enablers decry policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal as “socialist”, but have no problem handing out massive federal aid to farmers who have been hit by Trump’s pointless trade war. Their hypocrisy is staggering."

Friday, November 1, 2019

If you ask be prepared for the answer

AOC is asked how we'll pay for it

It being progressive programs like Medicare For All. So she reframes it with her own questions about why no one asks how we'll pay for endless war or tax cuts for the rich, only when it comes to healthcare and education for our kids or saving the planet. "We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do. [...] It belies a lack of moral priorities." Amen sister.

Morrison testifies, confirms quid pro quo

Morrison formerly was a top Russia and EU adviser on the national security council. He confirmed that Dump withheld aid to Ukraine in exchange for dirt on the Bidens. There is no way around the law that this is illegal and requires appropriate punishment. Repugnantans have lost whatever sense of law and justice they might have once had in defense of our criminal Presidunce. Make them pay for it at the ballot box.

Green New Deal easily beats trickle down

From this article:

"That's why I'm so inspired by the success of the Green New Deal as a policy — it flips the trickle-down narrative on its head. Instead of the tired argument that environmental regulations kill jobs, the Green New Deal promises to create millions of good-paying jobs. Rather than arguing that the fight against climate change will require sacrifice and austerity, the Green New Deal promises a prosperous new clean economy, built from the middle out."

Also check out this podcast.

How it happened before

And how it's happening again. Stop it before it's too late. Vote!

Marriage and elections: Same difference

Same applies to marriage! And several times over for different 'elections.'

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Grand Obsolete Party

The Party's embrace of Dump has destroyed what little integrity it ever had. It is now destined to the trash heap of history. Good riddance.

Intercept: Biden's Super PAC organized by corporate lobbyists and weapons makers

Here's the article. Are you establishment Democrats comfortable with that? If you are then we need to primary you out of office. And certainly not vote for Biden in the primary.

Dump lies about Kimmel

As Dump lies about everything. Jimmy sets the record straight.

Bernie: I'm an existential threat to the Dem Party

He admits it because he wants to transform the Party by breaking its dependence on big money corruption, to make it once again a  Party of working class people. Which btw is what he means by "democratic socialism," you know, we the people.

Colbert: Blight House edited phone transcript

Like we didn't know that already. According to Vindman the transcript "omitted crucial words and phrases."

House passes impeachment resolution

Just a roadmap for the process, not a vote on impeachment itself. That comes later.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Colbert on Lt.Colonel Vindman's character and testimony

Vindman was a direct witness to the treasonous phone call and now the Repugnantans are being repugnant. Here's hoping their disgusting Potty will be completely damaged, never to return.

Duty, honor, country

These used to be Repugnantan values but no more. The trashed Lt. Colonel Vindman, a true patriot, for telling the truth to preserve our national security over a lying, cheating and stealing scumbag who is only in it for himself. This tells us what the Grand Old Potty has become. Vote them out, then lock him up!

Kanye West - Airport Karaoke

The latest installment of Corden's popular series, only this time with Kanye and his entire church choir in the sky. I never liked Kanye and I don't care for Christian religion, but I temporarily suspended both of those feelings and just enjoyed the joy and beauty with which the choir sings their praises. Amen and Hallelujah! 

ESCO performance in EU Green New Deal

Continuing this post, the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE) does not want any private-public partnerships like Rifkin promotes in his book and in his work with some of the regions of Europe. I tried to find information on performance of the private energy service companies (ESCOs) that have been working with the EU to see if they have manifested any of the worries of the GNDE. I emailed both the GNDE for any specific reports on those ESCOs, as well as emailed the Hauts-de-France region that has been implementing Rifkin's GND, but neither have replied. As anyone who knows me knows I am anti-corporate. But as yet I don't see the negative worries about the ESCOs manifesting per the GNDE. If anyone has any evidence to the contrary please let me know.

AOC's ad for Bernie

Go team! The human team, that is. "Not me, us."

Bernie: Leverage US aid to Israel to end horrific treatment of Palestinians

Some have complained that Bernie is an Israel apologist, by implication suggesting he supports unconditional aid to Israel. This should debunk that myth.

"Speaking at a conference Monday hosted by the liberal-leaning Jewish organization J Street, Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed support for leveraging billions of dollars in annual U.S. military aid to stop Israel's horrific treatment and occupation of the Palestinian people."

Sander: "My solution is to say to Israel: you get $3.8 bil every year, if you want military aid you're going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza, in fact I think it is fair to say that some of that should go right now into humanitarian aid." He added: "It is not anti-Semitism to say that the Netanyahu government has been racist. That's a fact."

DS Wilson on muti-level selection theory

Continuing this post, Wilson said the following in this essay:

"Multilevel Selection (MLS) theory [...] provides a spiritual narrative that is more compatible with modern evolutionary science. In this narrative, the spiritually enlightened state can evolve by a Darwinian process, but only under special conditions. The challenge, or quest, is therefore to create the appropriate conditions for evolution to take us where we want to go. The only way to arrive at the Omega Point is to steer toward it. I personally find this more motivating, as well as more scientifically accurate, compared to narratives that invoke macro-evolutionary trends or stages of development that are supposed to take place over historical epochs. It provides a more immediate call to action, along with the tools for getting the job done."

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Bernie's Green New Deal

More details here.

Tlaib endorses Sanders

Yet another true progressive endorses him. This is more generally indicative of how young progressives feel, and we need them to turn out to vote in 2020 to defeat that giant, stinking Dump. If Bernie is the nominee I'm sure they will.

Colbert on Dump's unwelcome at World Series

Besides booing Dump and chanting "lock him up," the first pitch was thrown out by a immigrant who praised immigrants, another slap in the face to our Presidunce. Also see this song that Colbert made up about his visit.

Monday, October 28, 2019

A neurology of the conservative-liberal dimension of political ideology

2017 article in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Excerpt from the abstract:

"Differences in political ideology are a major source of human disagreement and conflict. There is increasing evidence that neurobiological mechanisms mediate individual differences in political ideology through effects on a conservative-liberal axis. This review summarizes personality, evolutionary and genetic, cognitive, neuroimaging, and neurological studies of conservatism-liberalism and discusses how they might affect political ideology. What emerges from this highly variable literature is evidence for a normal right-sided cconservative-complex' involving structures sensitive to negativity bias, threat, disgust, and avoidance."

How do we read each other's minds?

Ted Talk from Dr. Rebecca Saxe. Her MRI studies show that we humans have a specific brain area for accurately reading other minds, the right temporal-parietal junction (RTPJ). While we humans are good at understanding other minds, it's a lengthy learning and developmental process. It's not just the people have different but equal evaluations; through learning our evaluations about others' motives become more accurate. The less developed evaluation system has less RTPJ activation, and when confronted with a more realistic situation will come up with false narratives to justify their evaluations. This also applies directly to moral judgments.

While she did studies on how adults judged moral situations differently, which corresponded to greater or lesser activation of the RTPJ, she did not distinguish their political orientation in these differences. Nor did she discuss how indeed liberals and conservatives scored differently on developmental moral scales like Kohlberg's. However other such studies like this one indeed found such moral differences, as did this one. I haven't yet found yet such studies that show the differences in RTPJ activation correlated with liberals and conservatives but I'm guessing there is a correlation.

For example, this study notes differences in brain structure but not specifically the RTPJ. Also see this excellent FB discussion.

How do we get there from here?

We tend to focus on the advanced stages of human development with the hope that we as a human race can all have opportunities for such development. But how do we get there from here? It seems that we need to first address and meet the needs of those of us on the lower developmental stages in order to open up opportunities for higher development. It's pretty hard if not impossible to get involved in self-actualization practices when we don't have enough financial resources to eat, pay rent and bills, get a good basic education etc. If we are to accept developmental theory we know those needs need to be satisfied before we can even imagine the farther reaches of development.

One way to provide for those basic needs is through good government that creates legal policy designed to meet them, like a living wage, healthcare for all, worker's rights etc. So we need to vote in politicians that will authentically implement such policies, politicians that are themselves further along on the developmental trajectory, even if not so-called metamodern, integral, whatever. That requires that we talk to the majority of voters about issues of importance to them, not necessarily of importance to us. We have to win elections in the first place to provide such opportunities. Yes, talking about the farther reaches of development in our insular communities is a necessary good for setting future attractors, but one thing we've learned in the US at least is that the majority of working people find such highfalutin talk to be of the very elite class they don't connect with and voted against.

Working class expert: Focus on working class issues

Joan Williams notes that the liberal elite tend to focus on self development and social issues instead of working class issues like a good job, healthcare and education. Working class people are more concerned about the end of the month, not the end of the world, hence economic populism should be our main selling point.

We also need to frame those policies in working class language, so that's one difference between Sanders and Warren: The former does exactly that, the latter comes off as more professorial which doesn't connect as well with workers. That is born out by the majority of contributions to each of the candidates: Bernie gets more from the working class, Warren more from liberal elites.

Dump gets booed at world series with "lock him up" chants

Dump got the welcome he deserved. Now let's impeach him and then lock him up.

Moore: Timid centrist Dems lose

The majority of voters poll for progressive issues, so why don't we fight like hell for them? Well, Bernie and The Squad do, so when will the rest of the Party come around? Answer: When we replace the establishment Dems with progressive ones. Michael Moore explains.

Catastrophic climate change

Let's call it what it is, and it's going to get a lot worse if we don't wake up.

"[By 2100] we’ll be generating climate conditions last experienced during the Cretaceous period (145-65.95 million years ago) when CO2 levels reached over 1,000 ppm. What might that mean? [...] In a Cretaceous rerun, there would very likely be no ice at the poles once again, and sea levels would be about 216 feet (66 metres) above current levels. We would also see the creation of vast warm shallow seas with mineral deposits similar to those that produced 1,300 ft (400 metre)-thick chalk strata in the old Cretaceous; while, in place of the larger mammals that would become extinct, reptiles might radiate across the globe and grow large in form – a fitting dinosaur revenge?"

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Analysis of Al-Baghdadi kill

Of course Dump is pounding his chest like he was the one responsible for the kill. This panel notes that it was our very US special forces presence in Syria that led to the intelligence and operation that accomplished this feat. And Dump's withdrawal of such forces will only make it more difficult if not impossible to have other such successes in the region. Dump had nothing to do with it, and his decision to pull out of Kurdish Syria is a grave, stupid and callous mistake.

Napolitano shuts down Pox and Fiends

The fiends wanted support from Napolitano on their narrative of the Democrats' unjust impeachment proceedings. Nap shut them down by noting they're just following the rules that Repugnantans themselves created. Poor little fiends weren't expecting that and had their fake spin fact-checked.

Kasparian: Regressives want a civil war

Ana reports on their repeated and incessant calls for a Civil War with video examples. And that means a literal one, with armed conflict killing liberals who support such atrocious policies as a fair wage, universal healthcare and reasonable gun reform. I'm sure Facebook and Suckerberg just call it free speech. And I'm equally sure that the current Presidunce is inciting it, and that the US Attorney General will not prosecute those in the media who are inciting armed insurrection against this country.

These are dark times bordering on the sort of fascist regimes that have in fact implemented death camps and genocide. We really need to heed this for what it is and get very busy voting this sort of violent hate out of our government before it is too late, as well as prosecute those in the media inciting it. Inciting violence is not free speech and never has been. See the Constitutional free speech exceptions, particularly on incitement. If we don't act now our very Constitution will be burned before our eyes.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Zuckerberg's fake dinner equality

Another example of his behavior not matching his words. He invites conservative people to dinner but not liberals. When asked at a Congressional hearing about his conservative dinner companions he said he likes to dine with “lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time.” The Intercept asked some prominent liberals and not a single one has ever had such an invitation. The article explores some possible explanations, bottom line being Suckerberg is a conservative. Hence why he dines with liars and lies for them.

"Cynics might tell you that Zuckerberg, the fifth-richest person on Earth and head of a giant international conglomerate, is largely sympathetic to the corporate right. According to a Bloomberg News analysis, the 2017 GOP tax bill saved Facebook $8.3 billion in just one year.

"The same cynics might mention that Facebook’s first outside investor was Peter Thiel, who now serves on the company’s board — and is one of just two members of its compensation and governance committee. Thiel, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, secretly funded a lawsuit that destroyed the news outlet Gawker.

"These cynical cynics would point out that, despite constant accusations from the right-wing media that Facebook “silences” conservatives, the right-wing media is wildly popular on Facebook. They’d say this is no surprise, since Facebook’s vice president for U.S. public policy is Joel Kaplan, a former aide to George W. Bush and current member of the board of Bush’s presidential museum. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kaplan has 'wielded his influence to postpone or kill projects that risk upsetting conservatives.'"

Maher's monologue

Some comic relief from the madness of the week.

AOC: Exxon knew about the climate crisis

Back in the 80s, yet created ads casting doubt on it nonetheless. For profit they knowingly contributed to the climate catastrophes we're seeing today, let alone even worse ones that are coming down the road. That is some seriously sick shit and now they must pay severe financial penalties for their crimes against humanity and the environment. And they must commit not only to cease and desist their destruction but actively work toward environmental restoration or cease to do business altogether.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Michael Moore endorses Sanders

Yet another authentic progressive endorses the most authentic progressive candidate in the race. Moore also talks about a shift in Bernie since the heart attack, one with even more heart. Moore is also much more charitable toward Warren as an authentic progressive, unlike others who have questioned her apparent corporate courtship. He does though draw what he considers a real difference: Warren is a proud capitalist in her bones and Moore is not, and neither is Bernie. He sees Bernie more as supporting a true, economic democracy, and capitalism ain't that. Finally, Bernie sticks to fighting for we the people, always has, always will.

Biden reverses, will take Super PAC $

Correction: I got the story backward. Biden decided he will take Super PAC $ as confirmed by this story. My mistake. Emma comments below.

Pillory Clinton demands media corrections to her own words

TYT first gives us Pillory's own words about Gabbard being a Russian asset, then how she demanded new sources correct what she actually said. That is, Pillory is now using Dump tactics that truth is a lie and lying is truth. And yet establishment Dems still can't understand why progressives don't like her, or them, for that matter.

Dump: How can you help me?

That is his only concern. If you can't then he'll destroy you. If you can, he'll promise to compensate you somehow and then skip out on his end of the deal. It's all about him and he is certain that he is above any fair dealing or legal boundaries. Let's prove him wrong and first impeach him, and then  prosecute him for all of his crimes when he's out of office. Lock him up! It's where criminal con men belong.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Collective computation II

Continuing this post, some quotes from the presentation. You can also see her article here.

"Of course if you take a step back you can maybe argue a kind of Russian doll approach to complexity where you say the higher levels include all the lower levels, that they're more complex for that reason alone. [...] The point here is that our view of higher levels being more complex is just wrong, and that it's complexity all the way down" (29:22).

"If our goal is to understand how biological systems perform computations we need not just this mathematical understanding, which is very important, but we also need an understanding of mechanics because biological computation is instantiated in material. We need to understand how the material affects the computation" (46:53).

Figueredo on the differences between Sanders and Warren

Kasparian interviews Figueredo on her program No Filter. In this clip he describes those differences. Bernie has been authentically fighting for Medicare for All since forever, Warren has been wishy washy. Bernie has been fighting for a revolution in the Party since forever, Warren wants to work within it for piecemeal reform. This is not splitting hairs but fundamental, key differences on how best to get the kind of world we want.

Morning Joe on new facts in Ukraine scandal

So Dump and Repugs have claimed that that Ukraine didn't even know military aid was held up in trade for Biden dirt, when in fact Ukraine indeed knew it before the phone call. Humpty DUMPty and all of his Dumpsters are taking a fall and cannot be put back together again.

Colbert on more Dump idiocy

It is a true societal illness that some people refuse to see the obvious. It is even sicker that some see the idiocy and continue to support Dump anyway for their own corrupt agendas.

Bernie in statistical tie with Biden

Contrary to what the corporate media keeps ignoring while trying to sabotage Bernie's campaign, here's the latest Emerson poll. We the people will beat the corporate media and every other corporate entity including Repugnantans at the ballot box.

Democratizing America through rural electric co-ops

Here's the blurb and you can also see the transcript here.

"In this episode, we’re discussing how to further democratize rural electric cooperatives and what that means for the communities that these institutions serve. In this podcast, we’re joined by The Democracy Collaborative’s Johanna Bozuwa, Nikita Perumal from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and Chris Woolery from the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. We’re talking about their recent collaboration on the New Economy Coalition’s latest toolkit on rural electric cooperatives."

Dump supporter relations

Good one.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

AOC grills Zuckerberg about lies in FB ads

She got him to admit that yes, that's exactly what he'll do.

Sanders responds to criticisms of MFA

On PBS. The main criticism is that Sanders' plan will cost $32 trillion over a decade. He admits it but notes that the current system will cost over $50 trillion in that time frame. So MFA is saving at least $18 trillion. Plus it lowers overall costs dramatically for just about everyone by eliminating insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles. And it insures everyone.

Colbert on Taylor's testimony

Which affirms what Dump and the Dumpsters have already admitted. Time to send all of that stinking swamp packing.

Dump's base

And how he maintains them.

Clippers beat Lakers in season opener

Highlights below. While James and Davis are awesome, Leonard and the Clippers had better team play, a better bench and more fast breaks to win the game.

Dancing up a storm

Continuing this post, the quoted article mentioned "certain intense states of absorption" like dance as a means to take a break from our isolated head trips. As a dancer myself it is no accident that it is mentioned both literally and metaphorically as one of those embodied methods into another form of knowing and allowing. It is not that the head is ignored in dance but rather that it is syntegrated with the heart, body, a partner and the environment. But also as an intellectual I know that dancing with each other around ideas can also be one of those embodied practices, as long as we keep in mind/body that as dance we respond to each other openly instead of imposing our own fixed notions and models to subsume each other. I've seen male dancers do the latter to their partners and they don't like it, and it doesn't make for much of an aesthetic experience for an observer.

In dance the means of establishing rapport is through physical connection, where our bodily boundaries touch. At those connection points we relax enough to feel into each other and yet simultaneously add just a tad of resistance against each other. It is through that slight resistance that we can both tell the difference from each other and at the same time feel the connection with each other so that we can communicate and work together to produce a performance as a team that is more than each of us separately. We can use that method as a metaphorical means for doing the same in our intellectual communications. The new book Dancing With Sophia is but one such example.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Taylor testifies there was quid pro quo with Ukraine

Ambassador Taylor testified today and reportedly said that "the president held up military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to investigate Joe Biden." See the link for details and a copy of his opening statement. It's amazing that there are still Repugnantans that think this is ok. It ain't, and the Presidunce is getting impeached over it.

The blind spot of science

Good essay by an astrophysicist, theoretical physicist and philosopher on the nature of human experience and its relationship to science. Also see this SFI Complexity Explorers FB discussion of it. Some excerpts:

"This brings us back to the Blind Spot. When we look at the objects of scientific knowledge, we don’t tend to see the experiences that underpin them. We do not see how experience makes their presence to us possible. Because we lose sight of the necessity of experience, we erect a false idol of science as something that bestows absolute knowledge of reality, independent of how it shows up and how we interact with it."

"To bring the point home, consider that in certain intense states of absorption – during meditation, dance or highly skilled performances – the subject-object structure can drop away, and we are left with a sense of sheer felt presence. How is such phenomenal presence possible in a physical world? Science is silent on this question. And yet, without such phenomenal presence, science is impossible, for presence is a precondition for any observation or measurement to be possible."

"Scientific materialists will argue that the scientific method enables us to get outside of experience and grasp the world as it is in itself. As will be clear by now, we disagree; indeed, we believe that this way of thinking misrepresents the very method and practice of science."

Colbert makes fun of our idiot Presidunce

Even though it is not funny that we have an idiot Presidunce.

CA Progressive Alliance endorses Sanders

Funny how the real progressives are all endorsing a real progressive, meaning a real representative of we the people.

Jen Houston - Crime After Crime

Parody of Time After Time about Dump.

The Drifters - This Magic Moment

I was reminded today of this classic from my youth.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Cooper mocks Dump's press secretary

Wow, scathing satire on this new press secretary's appearance on Pox and Fiends.

Giuliana paid $500k from arrested Ukranian partner

The walls are closing in quickly. Even though Giuliani won't cooperate with Congress, he will have to submit to criminal prosecution from the SDNY federal court.

Private insurance healthcare choices

This is the freedom of choice you have with these vampires. Want real freedom? Choose Medicare For All, which states under Section 103, Freedom of Choice: "Any individual entitled to benefits under this Act may obtain health services from any institution, agency, or individual qualified to participate under this Act."

Rev3 financing

Continuing the last post, the following is from the European Commission's "Clean Energy for All Europeans":

"Several examples of a risk-sharing instruments have been created under the ‘Third industrial revolution’ (rev3), which is a master plan launched in partnership with the private sector, local authorities, schools, universities and the citizens of the Hauts-de-France region. With all the possibilities offered by digital technologies, the energy transition and a new mobility, the region wanted to move towards a society and economy that are more responsible, sustainable, collaborative and better connected. Among the financial tools specific to rev3, the most important is the CAP 3RI fund, intended to finance business investment. CAP 3RI is a 'layered' fund which invests risk capital in enterprises developing 3RI projects: the region participates, using the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), providing equity financing alongside public and private investors. The EIB, supported by the EFSI, provides mezzanine debt to the fund and commercial banks provide senior debt at project level. In addition to financing, the region also offers technical assistance thanks to a grant of up to EUR 2.5 million drawn from ERDF resources. The investment projects eligible to CAP 3RI financing are in the field of renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy management and smart grids, smart transport and the circular economy (Figure 20)."

Hauts-de-France and the Green New Deal

Rifkin worked with this region in setting up the GND which they call Rev3 (after the Third Industrial Revolution). You can see the progress they've made at their website. One of the means of financing Rev3 projects is the Crédit Coopératif.

"Crédit Coopératifis a cooperative bank. If he practices all banking professions and expertise, his vocation is to put his skills at the service of the actors of a responsible economy, respectful of people and their environment. Historically cooperative bank of legal persons, its capital is brought by its customers who thus accumulate the double quality of client and member. They hold all the voting rights they exercise according to the principle of one person = one vote. Companies and their groupings, cooperatives, SME-SMIs, mutuals, associations and organizations of general interest thus constitute the base of its membership, as well as the individuals who, thanks to the numerous solidarity innovations of the Agir range, more and more people are choosing to become members of Crédit Coopératif."

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Europe's Green New Deal

The new President of the European Commission has made it a key plank in her platform. But some wonder if it is just greenwashing without a commitment to the values inherent to its goals and aspirations.

"The incoming Commission president proposes a Just Transition Fund to bolster the existing Cohesion Funds for regions and rural areas, and a Farm-to-Fork sustainable food strategy to support the 'vital work' of farmers. Under von der Leyen’s presidency, protecting the ecosystem is to become a cornerstone of all policy decisions: she promises a cross-cutting Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 that will reconcile the concerns of trade, industry, agriculture and economic policy."

However the Green New Deal for Europe said it is not enough. They call "for massive investment in sustainable infrastructure and jobs – to be financed entirely by Europe‘s public banks. Where von der Leyen proposes €1 trillion of investment in a sustainable Europe over the next decade, turning parts of the European Investment Bank into Europe’s climate bank, the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE) goes even further. To meet the scale of the twin crises faced by Europe – economic and environmental – GNDE will mobilise public banks to issue green bonds to raise at least 5% of Europe’s GDP in funding to bankroll the green transition."

Their 68-page report is here. They're hoping to get it on the EU agenda. Note that some of the funding for the public works section will be given to private companies that "advance Europe’s economic, social and environmental goals. Firms that reorient manufacturing towards recycling and repair, extend product life-cycles and shorten the working week will be given funding to support the transition. As will firms that put workers on boards and shift a portion of their profits towards a fund that pays workers a dividend and generates additional resources for the just transition" (p. 5).

Note: Rifkin supports public green banks providing funding for the infrastructure build up as long as those loans are conditioned on providers having 50% renewable energy by 2030 and all of it by 2040 (51:50).