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Ole Olson57,683It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  

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2017-06-11 16:46:58 (40 comments; 8 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-18 20:31:32 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Father's Day in Mr. Mueller's Garden

Mueller’s progress may seem slow, but his task, like a garden, takes time to bear fruit, and it takes a skilled gardener to maximize the amount and quality of fruit it bears. Mueller is a skilled gardener.

I sat through former FBI Director James Comey's testimony like everyone else and came away thinking it was a big nothingburger:…

As it turns out, I needed to re-learn the first rule of gardening -- patience -- because the nation, and indeed the world, are watching a different kind of crop grow in Washington, DC, and the yield could be substantial in the fullness of time.

Remember these names: Aaron Zebley, James Quarles, Jeannie Rhee, Andrew Weissman, Michael Dreeben and Lisa Page, the latter of whom enjoys world-class experience in running down money launderers. These are the people specialcou... more »

Father's Day in Mr. Mueller's Garden

Mueller’s progress may seem slow, but his task, like a garden, takes time to bear fruit, and it takes a skilled gardener to maximize the amount and quality of fruit it bears. Mueller is a skilled gardener.

I sat through former FBI Director James Comey's testimony like everyone else and came away thinking it was a big nothingburger:…

As it turns out, I needed to re-learn the first rule of gardening -- patience -- because the nation, and indeed the world, are watching a different kind of crop grow in Washington, DC, and the yield could be substantial in the fullness of time.

Remember these names: Aaron Zebley, James Quarles, Jeannie Rhee, Andrew Weissman, Michael Dreeben and Lisa Page, the latter of whom enjoys world-class experience in running down money launderers. These are the people special counsel Robert Mueller has tapped to join his team investigating any and all Russia connections to Trump, his staff and his presidential campaign. While they are not yet household names nationally, they are the varsity when it comes to the law, and everyone in DC knows it.

In short, Mr. Mueller is not screwing around.

[…]

But it ain’t gonna happen fast, especially since the GOP congress would never impeach a republican POTUS. But eventually...

I'm going to buy a 2018 calendar and look at it once a day, because I believe that is the year in which we will learn many new things about electoral politics and political corruption at the highest levels of government. 2018 is when the Augean stables get cleaned out. If I were in Vegas, that's where I'd place my chips.

[…]

Happy Father's Day. Let your garden grow.___

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2017-06-18 18:28:30 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Good news for those of us in our... later middle-age.

thanks, +Walter Hawn

Not Aluminum, After All
but of course, it won't be covered by trump-care

h/t Connie Jacobson Degn on FB___New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Good news for those of us in our... later middle-age.

thanks, +Walter Hawn

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2017-06-18 18:19:02 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Betsy McCall and +Valkyrie

___thanks, +Betsy McCall and +Valkyrie

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2017-06-18 05:01:02 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Raptattention

Here's the link to the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/567/384/322/?z00m=29221835&redirectID=2428195900

Chevron: Australian taxpayers won't pay for your oil spills!
• by: Georgia B
• target: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbullmore

79,732 SUPPORTERS
80,000 GOAL
Should Australians have to pay the clean-up bill for big polluters?

According to a report in The Guardian: "Chevron executives have confirmed that Australian taxpayers would be forced to subsidise the clean-up costs in the event of an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight during exploration."

"They say the costs of cleaning up oil spills from exploration wells in the area would be tax-deductible, and could be held over and “uplifted” into future years, and claimed against the company’s other projects."

"It means taxpayers would be forced to subsidise the clean-up of oil spills in the pristine region, paid for via a loss of future taxpayer revenue."
No way!

Will you join me in telling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to PROTECT the Great Australian Bight, do not let Chevron explore for oil, and that we will NOT pay for any clean-cost either! Please sign and share the petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/567/384/322/?z00m=29221835&redirectID=2428195900___thanks, +Raptattention

Here's the link to the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/567/384/322/?z00m=29221835&redirectID=2428195900

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2017-06-17 21:33:49 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Religious right pastor goes full fascist, calls for liberals to be purged after Alexandria shooting

In doing so, he conveniently ignores the fact that conservatives are much more likely to commit mass shootings than liberals and that liberals had call for laws preventing the mentally ill from buying guns; conservatives stopped those laws.

FTA: He’s not even trying anymore. He’s openly calling for a real-life version of “Revenge of the Sith.” This is fascism, plain and simple.

Folks, this is the kind of thing that the Trump diehards are hearing.

Is it any wonder they’re prone to irrationality and violence?

thanks, +Eduardo Ramirez

___Religious right pastor goes full fascist, calls for liberals to be purged after Alexandria shooting

In doing so, he conveniently ignores the fact that conservatives are much more likely to commit mass shootings than liberals and that liberals had call for laws preventing the mentally ill from buying guns; conservatives stopped those laws.

FTA: He’s not even trying anymore. He’s openly calling for a real-life version of “Revenge of the Sith.” This is fascism, plain and simple.

Folks, this is the kind of thing that the Trump diehards are hearing.

Is it any wonder they’re prone to irrationality and violence?

thanks, +Eduardo Ramirez

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2017-06-17 20:52:41 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Donald Trump holed up in isolation at Camp David, refuses to meet with anyone

thanks, +Russ Abbott

Does Bill Palmer know what he's talking about? It's delicious to imagine he does.

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As the week has gone on and it’s become more clear just how serious of legal trouble he’s in, his behavior has become more angry and despondent. There have been angry Twitter rants, and reports that he’s been reduced to screaming at White House television sets. Now he’s at Camp David for the first time, amid word that he’s holed up there in isolation and refusing to hold meetings with anyone.

That’s the word from former Secret Service investigator Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin, who posted the following today: “Trump has isolated himself at Camp David and refusing to see anyone. He has no appointments for 60 hours” (https://goo.gl/kUAH7S). He then went on to add “Trump once implied Camp David was a rustic shit hole. Isolating himself for almost three days there is telling” (https://goo.gl/3mYvYq). This is the only time Trump has gone to the official presidential retreat, as he’s gone golfing at his own resorts nearly every weekend since taking office.

So what is Donald Trump actually doing at Camp David? It is a good place for him to hole himself up in relative isolation. If he were at one of his own resorts this weekend, members would be coming and going, and he would have a more difficult time remaining isolated. But even then, it’s startling to hear of a sitting president going three days without being willing to meet with anyone on his own team. Is he staring at cable news? Merely staring at the walls?

In any case Donald Trump has reached the point where he’s essentially gone into hiding, at an isolated resort he purports to hate, at a time when the investigations into his criminal scandals are exploding and it’s increasingly clear that his presidency is destined to fail. At this point, is he sitting around thinking about his legal defense, or resignation?___Donald Trump holed up in isolation at Camp David, refuses to meet with anyone

thanks, +Russ Abbott

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2017-06-17 20:23:11 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Crafted by Wall Street Titans, Trump Treasury Plan Latest Consumer Betrayal

More of Trump’s “draining the swamp”. Clearly, blatant corruption is A-OK as long as it’s committed by the mega-rich, corporations and bankers against vulnerable citizens.

thoughts, +Yie-Ming Chen?

Crafted by Wall Street Titans, Trump Treasury Plan Latest Consumer Betrayal

More of Trump’s “draining the swamp”. Clearly, blatant corruption is A-OK as long as it’s committed by the mega-rich, corporations and bankers against vulnerable citizens.

thoughts, +Yie-Ming Chen?___

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2017-06-17 16:32:04 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Ed Christian

___thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-06-17 15:38:04 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Southern Baptists — once an overtly racist, pro-slavery group — declare war on white supremacy and the alt-right

This is a most interesting development. It will either weaken the Southern Baptists, the alt-right or both. I'm OK with any of those outcomes.

thanks, +Chris Lichowicz

Wait! Wut!? For realz!?
#vivalarevolucion' !
+John Hummel - ain't this something? Think that's "Hope"?___Southern Baptists — once an overtly racist, pro-slavery group — declare war on white supremacy and the alt-right

This is a most interesting development. It will either weaken the Southern Baptists, the alt-right or both. I'm OK with any of those outcomes.

thanks, +Chris Lichowicz

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2017-06-17 04:43:55 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Just as you thought, Trump is a complete idiot, utterly unqualified to be POTUS

This article nicely summarizes some of the evidence for that conclusion.

Perhaps the most damning little factoid (but hardly the only damning one):

The surest indication of how not smart Trump is that he thinks his inability or lack of interest in acquiring knowledge doesn’t matter. He said last year that he reaches the right decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”

thanks, +Douglas Pierre

Donald Trump Is Proving Too Stupid to Be President___Just as you thought, Trump is a complete idiot, utterly unqualified to be POTUS

This article nicely summarizes some of the evidence for that conclusion.

Perhaps the most damning little factoid (but hardly the only damning one):

The surest indication of how not smart Trump is that he thinks his inability or lack of interest in acquiring knowledge doesn’t matter. He said last year that he reaches the right decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”

thanks, +Douglas Pierre

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2017-06-17 03:52:26 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

As you suspected, Trump using presidency to enrich himself

And we are paying for much of it in the cost of his frequent golfing trips — trips for which he pays himself (as owner of the properties) handsomely:

A May 5 analysis by The Washington Post found that Trump visited at least one of the properties he owned in 36 of his first 108 days in office, or one-third of his presidency to that time. The trips include almost weekly visits to Mar-a-Lago and his Florida properties, where he mingles with guests and club members as well as hosts foreign dignitaries.

Properties that saw fewer or no visits from the president produced no such boost in income for him.

thanks, +Marc Calvert

He is admitting he screwing the taxpayer___As you suspected, Trump using presidency to enrich himself

And we are paying for much of it in the cost of his frequent golfing trips — trips for which he pays himself (as owner of the properties) handsomely:

A May 5 analysis by The Washington Post found that Trump visited at least one of the properties he owned in 36 of his first 108 days in office, or one-third of his presidency to that time. The trips include almost weekly visits to Mar-a-Lago and his Florida properties, where he mingles with guests and club members as well as hosts foreign dignitaries.

Properties that saw fewer or no visits from the president produced no such boost in income for him.

thanks, +Marc Calvert

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2017-06-16 16:45:21 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

I think you pretty much nailed it, Robert Maguire.

thanks, +Ed Christian

___I think you pretty much nailed it, Robert Maguire.

thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-06-15 23:10:00 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The amazing "mind" of Donald Trump

An amazing mind says amazing things. Trump says many amazing things, but not because they’re brilliant or clever or funny or heart-stopping. His words are amazing for their ignorance, their cluelessness, and perhaps most of all because he thinks he is profound. His words reveal the real Trump and so they are worth listening to.

The amazing "mind" of Donald Trump

An amazing mind says amazing things. Trump says many amazing things, but not because they’re brilliant or clever or funny or heart-stopping. His words are amazing for their ignorance, their cluelessness, and perhaps most of all because he thinks he is profound. His words reveal the real Trump and so they are worth listening to.___

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2017-06-15 21:55:50 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +David Warren

Unacceptable!___thanks, +David Warren

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2017-06-15 13:48:41 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey

!___thanks, +Merritt Awbrey

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2017-06-14 23:21:13 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Conservatives do not know how to tell the truth. Ever.

If you can find an example of a conservative telling the truth, please tell me. I am in need of having my world rocked.

GOP Logic___Conservatives do not know how to tell the truth. Ever.

If you can find an example of a conservative telling the truth, please tell me. I am in need of having my world rocked.

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2017-06-14 23:15:18 (34 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A liberal shooter? (Fuck. This guy could be me.)

Shit has gotten real. When liberals start shooting people, your society is in trouble.

When someone like Trump becomes president, your society is in trouble.

A liberal shooter? (Fuck. This guy could be me.)

Shit has gotten real. When liberals start shooting people, your society is in trouble.

When someone like Trump becomes president, your society is in trouble.___

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2017-06-14 02:10:13 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Our attorney general. Unless this is Shopped, we are fucked.

thanks, +scarlet red

___Our attorney general. Unless this is Shopped, we are fucked.

thanks, +scarlet red

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2017-06-14 00:06:55 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Healthcare in the civilized world.

Americans are so cute. They still think the rich are looking out for them!

thanks, +Christopher Poff

Facts for you on single payer. The right is trotting out their usual lies.___Healthcare in the civilized world.

Americans are so cute. They still think the rich are looking out for them!

thanks, +Christopher Poff

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2017-06-13 23:10:36 (22 comments; 5 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

The nature of power.

thanks, +Wi Co

True___The nature of power.

thanks, +Wi Co

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2017-06-13 23:01:38 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

If only this were funny. Thanks, anyway, Andy Borowitz.

If only this were funny. Thanks, anyway, Andy Borowitz.___

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2017-06-13 22:46:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Shaun Nicholson

___thanks, +Shaun Nicholson

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2017-06-13 17:40:50 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

There is a word for a kind of government that actively prevents you from knowing what it's doing.

Time to wake up.

thanks, +Valkyrie

Senate officials are cracking down on media access, informing reporters on Tuesday that they will no longer be allowed to film or record audio of interviews in the Senate side hallways of the Capitol without special permission.

WTF?? ___There is a word for a kind of government that actively prevents you from knowing what it's doing.

Time to wake up.

thanks, +Valkyrie

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2017-06-13 17:25:38 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Ed Christian

___thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-06-13 17:17:18 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

What you need to know -- and DO -- about "Trumpcare"

That is, the end of your healthcare.

thanks, +John Wehrle

Get started.___What you need to know -- and DO -- about "Trumpcare"

That is, the end of your healthcare.

thanks, +John Wehrle

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2017-06-12 20:23:44 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

It's time we didn't pay for police misconduct and they did.

thanks, +David G

___It's time we didn't pay for police misconduct and they did.

thanks, +David G

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2017-06-12 20:21:14 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

In case you didn't realize republicans are the embodiment of everything that will kill you

As an atheist, I do not believe in evil.

Republicans force me to reconsider my position on that issue.

thanks, +Nate McD

Senate Republicans Say It Would Be Stupid Of Them To Let You See Their Health Care Bill
Senate Republicans are going to be done writing their health care bill tonight, but they are refusing to release it to the public yet because they think it would be stupid to let the American people see it this soon.___In case you didn't realize republicans are the embodiment of everything that will kill you

As an atheist, I do not believe in evil.

Republicans force me to reconsider my position on that issue.

thanks, +Nate McD

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2017-06-12 20:00:12 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

More unseen dangers of global warming: Pathogens to which our bodies are no longer immune

Like tens of thousands of years out of immune.

And you though it was just gonna get hot.

thanks, +Sabeena LoBello

Warming viruses.___More unseen dangers of global warming: Pathogens to which our bodies are no longer immune

Like tens of thousands of years out of immune.

And you though it was just gonna get hot.

thanks, +Sabeena LoBello

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2017-06-12 18:48:59 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

What the Trump supporters are up to. Yup, it's just as horrifying as you think.


What the Trump supporters are up to. Yup, it's just as horrifying as you think.
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2017-06-12 18:43:29 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Republicans are this close to taking away your healthcare in favor of tax cuts for the rich

thanks +Rex Dexter

If you have to hide your meetings from the public you're fucking someone. In this case the citizens of the US.___Republicans are this close to taking away your healthcare in favor of tax cuts for the rich

thanks +Rex Dexter

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2017-06-11 21:53:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The rich preparing to charge steal from the poor. Again.

“Austerity” is a favorite tool of the wealthy. It is their vehicle for making the poor pay for their excesses and mistakes.

They’re at it again.

Why in the name of all that is holy and good would any reasonable person wish to inflict such pain on ordinary, innocent people? Put the question to a conservative advocate of these ideas, and they'll tell you lickety-split that it's the responsible thing to do. We're broke, see? Big debt, big deficit, we're all out of cash, so we have to make some painful choices to right the ship.

Lies.

The truth is, we’re “out of money” because the rich simply aren’t paying their taxes. (Of course they’re not. Most of them are sociopaths.):

Researchers in Scandinavia and the United States use the Swiss andPanamanian leak... more »

Raise your hand if you remember the "Panama Papers" scandal. Don't feel bad if the details don't immediately leap to mind; this particular story, after it broke, was buried at record speed with no headstone to mark the grave. The reasons for that become manifestly clear pretty quickly. I first wrote about it more than a year ago:___The rich preparing to charge steal from the poor. Again.

“Austerity” is a favorite tool of the wealthy. It is their vehicle for making the poor pay for their excesses and mistakes.

They’re at it again.

Why in the name of all that is holy and good would any reasonable person wish to inflict such pain on ordinary, innocent people? Put the question to a conservative advocate of these ideas, and they'll tell you lickety-split that it's the responsible thing to do. We're broke, see? Big debt, big deficit, we're all out of cash, so we have to make some painful choices to right the ship.

Lies.

The truth is, we’re “out of money” because the rich simply aren’t paying their taxes. (Of course they’re not. Most of them are sociopaths.):

Researchers in Scandinavia and the United States use the Swiss and Panamanian leaks to show that global tax evasion is likely much more prevalent than previously thought. Their estimates indicate that the top 0.01 percent of the wealth distribution own about half of all offshore assets and may be hiding roughly a quarter of their wealth offshore. Their estimates show that the wealthiest people are getting away with paying far less than their fair share. If the top 0.01 percent have 30 percent more wealth than their tax returns indicate, that puts far more distance in the yawning wealth gap between the haves and have-nots. The findings imply that governments are missing out on a lot of revenue that is being hidden by the super wealthy.

The problem, as always, is not that the world lacks money. The problem is that it is being hoarded by a small number of psychopaths.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs

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2017-06-11 21:18:29 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Conservative reaction to Comey testimony

Some of it is hilariously desperate, like, “Maybe Comey is tansgender, because men don’t write the way he does.”

OK, conservatives: If you’re paying any attention, you have to come to your own defense here, because this kind of shit makes you look really fucking stupid.


Conservative reaction to Comey testimony

Some of it is hilariously desperate, like, “Maybe Comey is tansgender, because men don’t write the way he does.”

OK, conservatives: If you’re paying any attention, you have to come to your own defense here, because this kind of shit makes you look really fucking stupid.
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2017-06-11 21:01:50 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Is Beritbart doomed?

Breitbart became a conservative media juggernaut by riding the rising tide of the racist, misogynistic “alt-right” and Donald Trump’s bigoted presidential campaign. But amid a massive advertiser boycott and faltering website traffic, the site has been forced to backpedal -- at least somewhat -- from the reputation that was responsible for its popularity in the first place.

Whatever will ignorant right-wingers do for “news”?

(I guess there’s still the Weekly World News at the grocery store checkout. They will be able to keep up with the latest on the Alien Boy who landed in LA and took over the mind of Albert Einstein. Or whatever.)

The dilemma:

And that’s placed the website in an untenable position between its dwindling fringe-right audience and the advertisers it needs to survive.

Oh dear.Even if your ... more »

Is Beritbart doomed?

Breitbart became a conservative media juggernaut by riding the rising tide of the racist, misogynistic “alt-right” and Donald Trump’s bigoted presidential campaign. But amid a massive advertiser boycott and faltering website traffic, the site has been forced to backpedal -- at least somewhat -- from the reputation that was responsible for its popularity in the first place.

Whatever will ignorant right-wingers do for “news”?

(I guess there’s still the Weekly World News at the grocery store checkout. They will be able to keep up with the latest on the Alien Boy who landed in LA and took over the mind of Albert Einstein. Or whatever.)

The dilemma:

And that’s placed the website in an untenable position between its dwindling fringe-right audience and the advertisers it needs to survive.

Oh dear. Even if your readers are idiots, your advertisers, even if evil, are probably college-educated. (Why did this not happen earlier?)

But there’s this!:

But the pace of cosmetic change quickened after progressive activists began destroying the site’s business model by urging advertisers to abandon it.

That’s right: Progressive activists had an effect.

Keep it up, my progressive friends!

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2017-06-11 16:46:58 (40 comments; 8 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Another glimmer of sanity in isolated pockets of the US.

thanks, +Brown-Eyed Girl

___Another glimmer of sanity in isolated pockets of the US.

thanks, +Brown-Eyed Girl

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2017-06-11 16:27:15 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the "New Economy"

It should hardly be controversial anymore to say we're embarking on the "end times" of ... something. Maybe it's corporate capitalism, maybe it's civilization, maybe it's humanity. Whatever it is, the unsustainability of the contemporary ancien régime, on the global level, has become obvious. Economically, socially, politically and environmentally, the next 50 years will see major upheavals, which may end up overshadowing those even of the 1930s and 1940s -- the Great Depression and World War II.

… inasmuch as the predatory regime of corporate capitalism is founded on the privatization of resources (of production, profit, the natural environment, etc.) and on authoritarian and antagonistic relations of production, a more just and stable society will have to begr... more »

A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the "New Economy"

It should hardly be controversial anymore to say we're embarking on the "end times" of ... something. Maybe it's corporate capitalism, maybe it's civilization, maybe it's humanity. Whatever it is, the unsustainability of the contemporary ancien régime, on the global level, has become obvious. Economically, socially, politically and environmentally, the next 50 years will see major upheavals, which may end up overshadowing those even of the 1930s and 1940s -- the Great Depression and World War II.

… inasmuch as the predatory regime of corporate capitalism is founded on the privatization of resources (of production, profit, the natural environment, etc.) and on authoritarian and antagonistic relations of production, a more just and stable society will have to be grounded in the public production and distribution of resources, and in relatively democratic and cooperative economic structures.

But here’s a twist on what you expect:

… The gradual, global "social revolution" will not, and cannot, be politically willed and imposed after a seizure of state power, as Lenin attempted and Friedrich Engels predicted. ("The proletariat seizes state power, and then transforms the means of production into state property." What you have in this case is just state capitalism.) Rather, the long-drawn-out political revolutions will occur step-by-step as society, in particular the economy, gradually and organically evolves new, more democratic institutions, precisely to the degree that the old economy descends into crisis.

What will the new reality look like? Read on, MacDuff.___

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2017-06-11 16:16:21 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

America uses white phosphorus against civilians

The use of white phosphorus should be considered a war crime.

Read about it. This shit burns to the bone and cannot be extinguished. You think napalm was bad? Napalm is child's play.

America is a war criminal. People need to go to jail.

thanks, +Chris Fink

shit___America uses white phosphorus against civilians

The use of white phosphorus should be considered a war crime.

Read about it. This shit burns to the bone and cannot be extinguished. You think napalm was bad? Napalm is child's play.

America is a war criminal. People need to go to jail.

thanks, +Chris Fink

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2017-06-11 05:45:41 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I would like to believe this. Even if it's a little bit true, that's good news.

thanks, +Rex Dexter

From California to Massachusetts, a grassroots revolt from the left is wresting control of the party away from the corporate establishment.___I would like to believe this. Even if it's a little bit true, that's good news.

thanks, +Rex Dexter

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2017-06-11 05:20:04 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Statistical paradox. (Who knew they even existed?)

thanks, +Cindy Brown

This one's for you, +Adam Liss___Statistical paradox. (Who knew they even existed?)

thanks, +Cindy Brown

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2017-06-11 05:05:41 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

There is still some sanity in the US, even if it's not in the white house or congress.

thanks, +Matt Sharpey

The list grows of cities and states taking the reins of climate change and doing something about it. The current administration only cares about lining their pockets.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/07/china-and-california-sign-deal-to-work-on-climate-change-without-trump___There is still some sanity in the US, even if it's not in the white house or congress.

thanks, +Matt Sharpey

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2017-06-10 23:15:42 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Conservatism as a death machine, not an ideaology

Death machine, huh? Maybe you’re thinking, “Sure, those Trump idiots are completely bonkers, but calling them a willful agent of the apocalypse is little extreme. I mean, artistic license is a good thing, but c’mon man...” Sorry. I’m not kidding. I’m being quite literal. This is a belief system which is bringing death to thousands-year-old traditions of Western values, to democracy, to the country, to people’s lives, to the truth, and to the planet. Because of the threat this represents, we need to stop treating ‘conservatism’ as just another legitimate ideological choice. It’s not. It’s a murder weapon metastasized to global proportions.

[…]

Conservatism also means death to the truth. Of course, when it comes to Herr Bloated Pumpkinhead and the current administration, the scale ofdishonesty is absolutel... more »

___Conservatism as a death machine, not an ideaology

Death machine, huh? Maybe you’re thinking, “Sure, those Trump idiots are completely bonkers, but calling them a willful agent of the apocalypse is little extreme. I mean, artistic license is a good thing, but c’mon man...” Sorry. I’m not kidding. I’m being quite literal. This is a belief system which is bringing death to thousands-year-old traditions of Western values, to democracy, to the country, to people’s lives, to the truth, and to the planet. Because of the threat this represents, we need to stop treating ‘conservatism’ as just another legitimate ideological choice. It’s not. It’s a murder weapon metastasized to global proportions.

[…]

Conservatism also means death to the truth. Of course, when it comes to Herr Bloated Pumpkinhead and the current administration, the scale of dishonesty is absolutely epic. It is literally no exaggeration to say that a consumer of any generic statement by this White House would be more likely to know the truth by simply assuming its opposite is the case, than he or she would by accepting any given tweet or Spicerism as fact. No wonder Orwell is selling like hotcakes these days. This is a true “2+2=5" moment, Winston.

[…]

We need to stop fooling around with this shit. Smallpox is not just another disease. Totalitarianism is not just another political system. Nuclear war is not just another form of conflict. And what calls itself ‘conservatism’ today is not just another form of legitimate, maybe-they’re-right-maybe-they’re-wrong, ideology.

All of these are life-threatening pathologies of epic proportion. It’s bad enough that we have to expend so much energy to keep them at bay. But, by treating conservatism and conservatives as reasonable and acceptable we not only legitimize the unspeakable, we massively enhance its likelihood of successfully killing us.

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey

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2017-06-10 20:16:34 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Marc Calvert

___thanks, +Marc Calvert

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2017-06-10 19:58:53 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the 'Most Dangerous Organization in World History'

… policy is uncorrelated with public attitudes, and closely correlated with corporate interests… about 70 percent of the population has no influence on policy—they might as well be in some other country. And as you go up the income and wealth level, the impact on public policy is greater—the rich essentially get what they want.

[…]

There’s popular mobilization and activism, but in very self-destructive directions. It’s taking the form of unfocused anger—hatred, attacks on one another and on vulnerable targets. Really irrational attitudes—people mobilizing against their own interests, literally against their own interests. Supporting political figures whose goal is to harm them as much as possible.

[…]

[Trump] got huge support frompeople who are angr... more »

___Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the 'Most Dangerous Organization in World History'

… policy is uncorrelated with public attitudes, and closely correlated with corporate interests… about 70 percent of the population has no influence on policy—they might as well be in some other country. And as you go up the income and wealth level, the impact on public policy is greater—the rich essentially get what they want.

[…]

There’s popular mobilization and activism, but in very self-destructive directions. It’s taking the form of unfocused anger—hatred, attacks on one another and on vulnerable targets. Really irrational attitudes—people mobilizing against their own interests, literally against their own interests. Supporting political figures whose goal is to harm them as much as possible.

[…]

[Trump] got huge support from people who are angry at everything… The phenomenon that we are seeing here is “generalized rage.”… They've lived through a generation of stagnation and decline. And a decline in the functioning of democracy. Even their own elected representatives barely reflect their interests and concerns. Everything has been taken away from them. There is no economic growth for them, there is for other people. The institutions are all against them. They have serious contempt for institutions, especially Congress. They have a deep concern that they are losing their country because a “generalized they” are taking it away from them.

[…]

The [republican] party is dedicated to racing as rapidly as possible to destruction of organized human life. There is no historical precedent for such a stand.

Is this an exaggeration? Consider what we have just been witnessing. The winning candidate calls for rapid increase in use of fossil fuels, including coal; dismantling of regulations; rejection of help to developing countries that are seeking to move to sustainable energy; and in general, racing to the cliff as fast as possible.

[…]

We are heading, eyes open, toward a world in which our grandchildren may not even be able to survive. We’re heading toward environmental disaster, and not just heading toward it, but rushing toward it. The US is in the lead of accelerating these dangers under the pressure of business…

It’s an escalating process because as the ice cap melts, less of the sun’s energy is reflected, and more comes into the atmosphere, creating an escalating, nonlinear process that gets out of control. The article also reported the reactions of governments and corporations. Their reaction is enthusiasm. We can now accelerate the process because new areas are open for digging and extraction of fossil fuels, so we can make it worse. That’s great.

thanks, +scarlet red

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2017-06-10 00:18:14 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Like we weren't before Trump... LOL

Like we weren't before Trump... LOL___

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