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Ole Olson57,919It 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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2017-03-27 13:49:49 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 12:42:41 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 


What is Bannon-Trump up to while our eyes are on the Russia issue?

Short answer: Bannon is realizing his wet dream of escalating war in the middle east and elsewhere.

… in northern Syria, US warplanes and artillery units launched strikes against the Islamic State to cover for helicopters ferrying Syrian fighters and their US military advisors behind enemy lines. The operation has set the stage for a long and presumably bloody siege of Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital. At least 33 people were killed when an airstrike by the US-lead coalition hit a school where civilians were hiding from the fighting, according to The Guardian. The number of US troops in Syria as grown from a couple hundred to at least 1,000 over the past few weeks.

”This represents a very serious escalation, and so far the media really isn’t reporting onit,”<... more »

Most plusones: 36

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2017-03-25 21:55:54 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Have to repost this

Latest 50 posts

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2017-03-30 15:55:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Sarah Jones

___thanks, +Sarah Jones

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2017-03-30 14:24:21 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A glimpse inside the conservative “mind”

Note how eloquent this guy sounds (clear articulation; proper grammar; better-than-fourth-grade vocabulary). Until you think about the content of what he's saying.

thanks, +Liberals Unite

Well isn't that special?!!___A glimpse inside the conservative “mind”

Note how eloquent this guy sounds (clear articulation; proper grammar; better-than-fourth-grade vocabulary). Until you think about the content of what he's saying.

thanks, +Liberals Unite

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2017-03-30 04:52:17 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

We’re all gonna suffer from the law allowing ISPs to share our data. The one silver lining: Trump supporters are likely to suffer most

FTA: The trolls probably should have seen this coming when Trump selected the outspoken net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as FCC commissioner, who voted against the privacy rules when he was a humble commission member. Still, they’ve spent the 12 hours since the news of the rollback broke in a state of apoplectic anxiety.

We’re all going down, but the trolls are going down first and hardest.

Fuck you, Trump supporters: You asked for this. Take it up the ass.

Read the whole article. The panic from Nazis and other Trump supporters is precious.

(You guys are so cute! What’s your mental age? 3? Oh, your’s is 4! You must be their leader!)

thanks, +Valkyrie

Karma___We’re all gonna suffer from the law allowing ISPs to share our data. The one silver lining: Trump supporters are likely to suffer most

FTA: The trolls probably should have seen this coming when Trump selected the outspoken net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as FCC commissioner, who voted against the privacy rules when he was a humble commission member. Still, they’ve spent the 12 hours since the news of the rollback broke in a state of apoplectic anxiety.

We’re all going down, but the trolls are going down first and hardest.

Fuck you, Trump supporters: You asked for this. Take it up the ass.

Read the whole article. The panic from Nazis and other Trump supporters is precious.

(You guys are so cute! What’s your mental age? 3? Oh, your’s is 4! You must be their leader!)

thanks, +Valkyrie

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2017-03-30 04:32:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Nunes threatens the Constitution, and thus America itself

FTA: The fundamental notion of the Constitution is that the government serves the citizenry and is accountable to the voters. Yet with the development of the modern national security state—and even before—the executive branch gained the power to engage in secret actions… a vast part of the government operates in secrecy and is free from public scrutiny.

This secrecy is a quiet rejection of a fundamental philosophy underlying the nature of the US, and it allows Nunes (and therefore Trump, and Bannon and…) to destroy the United States from the inside (which has been Bannon’s goal all along).

We can’t let these motherfuckers get away with this shit.

They do it for their benefit to our detriment.

Nunes has to go. To put it mildly.

thanks, +Betsy McCall

___Nunes threatens the Constitution, and thus America itself

FTA: The fundamental notion of the Constitution is that the government serves the citizenry and is accountable to the voters. Yet with the development of the modern national security state—and even before—the executive branch gained the power to engage in secret actions… a vast part of the government operates in secrecy and is free from public scrutiny.

This secrecy is a quiet rejection of a fundamental philosophy underlying the nature of the US, and it allows Nunes (and therefore Trump, and Bannon and…) to destroy the United States from the inside (which has been Bannon’s goal all along).

We can’t let these motherfuckers get away with this shit.

They do it for their benefit to our detriment.

Nunes has to go. To put it mildly.

thanks, +Betsy McCall

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2017-03-30 03:20:15 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The US no longer has the moral standing to condemn anyone for anything

Really, US? You're condemning Russia for detaining 100s of peaceful protestors?

What? Are you pissed off that the Russian authorities didn't put the detainees into dog cages, like you did?

Shut the fuck up, you fucking hypocrites.

thanks, +DJ Claussen

Euh, double standards?___The US no longer has the moral standing to condemn anyone for anything

Really, US? You're condemning Russia for detaining 100s of peaceful protestors?

What? Are you pissed off that the Russian authorities didn't put the detainees into dog cages, like you did?

Shut the fuck up, you fucking hypocrites.

thanks, +DJ Claussen

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2017-03-30 03:11:27 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The reps who screwed you for the ISPs

thanks, +Betsy McCall

Oh, and here's how to "thank" them:

http://resistancereport.com/resistance/crowdfunding-lawmakers-internet/

___The reps who screwed you for the ISPs

thanks, +Betsy McCall

Oh, and here's how to "thank" them:

http://resistancereport.com/resistance/crowdfunding-lawmakers-internet/

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2017-03-29 22:02:49 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Nunes could be in trouble

We can only hope. Only when he's gone can the investigation into Trump-Russia really proceed.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo

In my humble opinion, yes, Nunes disclosed classified information that day.

The existence or non-existence of a FISA warrant is a classified fact. The details from the warrant, namely who got caught up in incidental collection, is a classified fact,” Moss told The Daily Beast.

“Until we know who gave Nunes the info that night on the White House grounds, and until we have a resolution of the question whether the President authorized Nunes to disclose the details to the press, this is a question that cannot be answered definitively.”

As the national security lawyers at Lawfare note, information about FISA orders is classified until affirmatively declassified by the agency it came from.
“The way the system works is that it is classified until there is an affirmative decision to declassify it. So a leak or public disclosure doesn’t declassify it, and it doesn’t allow people who are aware of it to then discuss it publicly,” explained Susan Hennessey, a former lawyer for the National Security Agency.

Or as FBI Director James Comey put it last Monday during a House Intelligence Committee hearing chaired by Nunes, “All FISA applications reviewed by the court and collection by us pursuant to our FISA authority is classified.”___Nunes could be in trouble

We can only hope. Only when he's gone can the investigation into Trump-Russia really proceed.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo

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2017-03-29 21:27:16 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Trumpcare was nothing less than a plan for mass murder

Sounds like hyperbole. It’s not.

This article makes a convincing case that the Trumpcare bill (and even its failure) reflects a kind of eugenicist attitude on the part of the rich and powerful: that only their lives matter, and that their concerns (i.e., making more money) matter more than even the lives of the less-well-off: Better that they make money than that the poor survive.

FTA: Before Ryan started meddling with it to try and placate the Freedom Caucus, the bill was already an astonishment of greed and cruelty. According to The Washington Post:

This part is a must-read (remember, this is the too-generous version of Trump-care):

”The latest version that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had a chance to analyze would have, over the course of 10 years, cut taxesby ... more »

Trumpcare was nothing less than a plan for mass murder

Sounds like hyperbole. It’s not.

This article makes a convincing case that the Trumpcare bill (and even its failure) reflects a kind of eugenicist attitude on the part of the rich and powerful: that only their lives matter, and that their concerns (i.e., making more money) matter more than even the lives of the less-well-off: Better that they make money than that the poor survive.

FTA: Before Ryan started meddling with it to try and placate the Freedom Caucus, the bill was already an astonishment of greed and cruelty. According to The Washington Post:

This part is a must-read (remember, this is the too-generous version of Trump-care):

”The latest version that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had a chance to analyze would have, over the course of 10 years, cut taxes by $1 trillion, disproportionately benefiting the rich; cut Medicaid spending by $839 billion, exclusively harming the poor and sick; and cut the Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies by about $300 billion, mostly hurting older people of modest means. Add it all up, and the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have lost their health insurance as a result. It would have allowed them to pass two permanent tax cuts for the rich.”

That was before Ryan realized he had a Freedom Caucus problem, before he went back into the bill to make changes that might attract those votes…

This bill failed not because it was too vicious, but because it was not vicious enough.

The logical implication:

Make no mistake about it: This was a mass murder bill, plain and simple, one that would have lost by only a handful of votes had it come to the floor of the House.

The callousness with which the GOP Congress contemplated stripping away the health care of 24 million poor, sick and older people reflects an underlying eugenicist view within Trump and Bannon's camp that the lives of the rich and powerful matter more and are the only ones worth protecting because they believe the rich are genetically superior to the poor.

Journalist Sarah Jones (The New Republic) has documented the prevalence of this view within Trump’s inner circle:

The most powerful people in America appear to enthusiastically embrace the idea that humans can be divided into inherently superior and inferior specimens and treated accordingly. "You have to be born lucky," President Donald Trump told Oprah Winfrey in 1988, "in the sense that you have to have the right genes." His biographer Michael D'Antonio explained to Frontline that Trump and his family subscribe "to a racehorse theory of human development. They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.”

Now think back to your history class. What does this remind you of? Superior race… The Final Solution to strengthen the strain… Damn… I know I’ve heard this stuff before…

Also from Jones (on Bannon):

So does Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, if the reports are to be believed. Sources told The New York Times this November that despite his devout Catholicism, Bannon "occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners." Adam Serwer of The Atlantic reported in January that Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the Immigration Act of 1924 in a 2015 interview with Bannon, which could be an insight into the views of both these immigration hardliners: The act required would-be immigrants to specify whether they’d ever spent time in prison or the "almshouse," and if their parents had ever been confined to a psychiatric hospital.

Eugenics. “Breed the ‘superior’ race over ‘inferior’ ones. In fact, let the inferior: ones die. And if they refuse to die on their own of disease, starvation or exposure, build more prisons to contain them until they die. I’m sure we can find something to charge them with. Oh yeah: Drugs! And when that doesn’t work, make speech and protest illegal!”

Sound familiar? As it was in the 1920s and 30s, so it is again, just on the opposite side of the Atlantic.

A final thought from the article:

This bill happened, it almost made it through the House, and had it survived the Senate would have been signed into law with much pomp and circumstance by President Trump … but not enough people are talking about what it really was. The failure of the AHCA may well have been the most important event of the 21st century.

The tax reform bill and the budget fight loom, not to mention the possibility of more attempts at "health care reform," so we better start talking about it right now, because God only knows what Trump and the GOP have in mind next. If they are capable of proposing legislation like this without blinking, only to kill it because it wasn't bloodthirsty enough, they are capable of anything.

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2017-03-29 20:57:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Americans' views g r a d u a l l y turning more progressive

thanks, +Victor H and +Randall Snyder, Jr.

Americans' views g r a d u a l l y turning more progressive

thanks, +Victor H and +Randall Snyder, Jr.___

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2017-03-29 20:46:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Why yesterday's ISP-and-your-data ruling is bad (potentially very bad) for you

even if you subscribe to the "if you're doing nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide" mentality (which is an idiotic mentality for myriad reasons, but that's a different topic).

Some excellent perspective from +Craig Froehle.

___Why yesterday's ISP-and-your-data ruling is bad (potentially very bad) for you

even if you subscribe to the "if you're doing nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide" mentality (which is an idiotic mentality for myriad reasons, but that's a different topic).

Some excellent perspective from +Craig Froehle.

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2017-03-29 19:35:49 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Ed Christian

___thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-03-29 15:56:07 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Brilliant!

thanks, +Rod Mesa and +Boris Borcic

Shut up and take my dollar.___Brilliant!

thanks, +Rod Mesa and +Boris Borcic

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2017-03-29 15:53:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is promising...

thanks, +Lesley Wilson

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) filed a “resolution of inquiry” Thursday, a relatively obscure parliamentary tactic used to force presidents and executive-branch agencies to share records with Congress. Under House practice, such a resolution must be debated and acted upon in committee or else it can be discharged to the House floor for consideration.

Nadler’s resolution asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions to provide “copies of any document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication of the Department of Justice” that pertains to any “criminal or counterintelligence investigation” into Trump, his White House team or certain campaign associates; any investment made by a foreign power or agent thereof in Trump’s businesses; Trump’s plans to distance himself from his business empire; and any Trump-related examination of federal conflict of interest laws or the emoluments clause of the Constitution.___This is promising...

thanks, +Lesley Wilson

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2017-03-29 15:39:50 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

OK, this is such freakishly good news I'm having some difficulty believing it

If it's true, then there will certainly be lots of coverage forthcoming. Stay tuned...

thanks, +Sarah Jones

___OK, this is such freakishly good news I'm having some difficulty believing it

If it's true, then there will certainly be lots of coverage forthcoming. Stay tuned...

thanks, +Sarah Jones

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2017-03-29 02:32:33 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Is dark matter “black hole atoms” — axions?

FTA: Dark matter might not be made from particles (specks of mass and energy), but if it was, we might observe it as axions, particles around one quintillion (a billion billion) times lighter than an electron, hanging around black holes.

Interesting if yes; interesting if no.

thanks, +Brian DeVille

___Is dark matter “black hole atoms” — axions?

FTA: Dark matter might not be made from particles (specks of mass and energy), but if it was, we might observe it as axions, particles around one quintillion (a billion billion) times lighter than an electron, hanging around black holes.

Interesting if yes; interesting if no.

thanks, +Brian DeVille

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2017-03-28 23:02:32 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Scott Pelley is a reporter who doesn't pull his punches reporting on Trump (or anything else)

thanks, +Chris Fink and +Valkyrie

Scott Pelley is doing what network evening-news anchors generally don’t do: abandoning careful neutrality for pointed truth-telling.___Scott Pelley is a reporter who doesn't pull his punches reporting on Trump (or anything else)

thanks, +Chris Fink and +Valkyrie

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2017-03-28 20:37:01 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Nunez and Ryan succeed in keeping Trump and cronies Above the Law

For now.

FTA: … the House investigation into Russia's interference in the US elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown.

All meetings of the House Russia investigators were canceled this week shortly before the top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Nunes must recuse himself in order for the investigation to continue.

[…]

The full committee typically meets at least twice a week and it's uncertain if those meetings will be rescheduled.

This is obvious obstructionism (which is the only thing the rethugs have done in the last eight years — but in their defense, they’re fine a helluva lot of it.)

Heads need to roll.

thanks, +Valkyrie

___Nunez and Ryan succeed in keeping Trump and cronies Above the Law

For now.

FTA: … the House investigation into Russia's interference in the US elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown.

All meetings of the House Russia investigators were canceled this week shortly before the top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Nunes must recuse himself in order for the investigation to continue.

[…]

The full committee typically meets at least twice a week and it's uncertain if those meetings will be rescheduled.

This is obvious obstructionism (which is the only thing the rethugs have done in the last eight years — but in their defense, they’re fine a helluva lot of it.)

Heads need to roll.

thanks, +Valkyrie

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2017-03-28 19:51:40 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

This would be hilarious if it weren't so horrifying. In addition to the sheer ratio of redacted statements to un-redacted ones, note also that none of the un-redacted ones contain any substance. In other words, in this interview, Trump was incapable of saying a single fucking thing that was both meaningful and true.

thanks, +Nate McD

I honestly think there is more blacked out than left in this. What do Drumpf supporters have to say about their Liar-In-Chief?___This would be hilarious if it weren't so horrifying. In addition to the sheer ratio of redacted statements to un-redacted ones, note also that none of the un-redacted ones contain any substance. In other words, in this interview, Trump was incapable of saying a single fucking thing that was both meaningful and true.

thanks, +Nate McD

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2017-03-28 19:28:22 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

In case you were wondering about the root cause of the lack of progress on the Trump-Russia investigation...

Nunez is the proximate/immediate cause, and Ryan is the enabling cause behind Nunez.

thanks, +Sarah Jones

___In case you were wondering about the root cause of the lack of progress on the Trump-Russia investigation...

Nunez is the proximate/immediate cause, and Ryan is the enabling cause behind Nunez.

thanks, +Sarah Jones

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2017-03-28 19:07:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

As anticipated, Trump signs Executive Order to roll back climate protections

FTA: WASHINGTON — President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs.

For what it’s worth: Most of those jobs will go to robots, not ex-coal miners, so Trump’s little anti-environment stunt isn’t even going to create jobs; just wealth for already-wealthy mine-owners, shareholders, bankers, etc.:

“So even if we saw an increase in coal production, we could see a decrease in coal jobs,” he added.

And there aren’t (and haven’t been) that many coal jobs anyhow:

While coal mining jobs have dropped in the United States, they do not represent a significantportion of the Am... more »

As anticipated, Trump signs Executive Order to roll back climate protections

FTA: WASHINGTON — President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs.

For what it’s worth: Most of those jobs will go to robots, not ex-coal miners, so Trump’s little anti-environment stunt isn’t even going to create jobs; just wealth for already-wealthy mine-owners, shareholders, bankers, etc.:

“So even if we saw an increase in coal production, we could see a decrease in coal jobs,” he added.

And there aren’t (and haven’t been) that many coal jobs anyhow:

While coal mining jobs have dropped in the United States, they do not represent a significant portion of the American economy. Coal companies employed about 65,971 miners in 2015, down from 87,755 in 2008, according to Energy Department statistics.

And going after environmental regulations is a red-herring — or else an act of pure spite — having nothing whatsoever with “job creation”:

“The problem with coal jobs has not been CO2 regulations, so this will probably not bring back coal jobs,” Mr. Godby said. “The problem has been that there has not been market demand for coal.”

Oh, and it gets even worse:

The order also takes aim at a suite of narrower but significant Obama-era climate and environmental policies, including lifting a short-term ban on new coal mining on public lands.

More evidence that this move is a stunt to make his friends money while appearing to help his voters:

Mr. Trump advertised the moves as a way to decrease the nation’s dependence on imported fuels and revive the flagging coal industry.

But energy economists say the order falls short of both of those goals — in part because the United States already largely relies on domestic sources for the coal and natural gas that fires most of the nation’s power plants.

“We don’t import coal,” said Robert N. Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University. “So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

Like everything else Trump Bannon does, this is a plan to make more money for the user-rich at the expense of the 99% and the future of the planet. Maybe Bannon doesn’t actively intend to wreck the planet for future generations (although based on things he has said, there’s a good chance he actually does), but even then, wrecking the planet will be a cherry on top for him.

___

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2017-03-28 16:31:23 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Trump is really terrified that Yates will testify at the Intelligence Committee hearing

Every reason he gives for why she shouldn’t testify is, in fact, a compelling reason why she should.

The attempt to block her isn’t working (because her lawyer knows that Trump’s “reasons” are bullshit and can demonstrate it). Therefore:

The day that letter [from Yates’ lawyer] arrived, was the day Devin Nunes cancelled the public hearing.

That’s right: In a desperate move to prevent Yates’ testimony, Nunes simply canceled the hearing. Next, he’ll just decide to cancel the whole investigation.

(As a side note: Can no one find a way to take Nunes the hell off this case? He obviously has glaring conflicts of interest. Of course the rethudlicans don’t want him removed. But do they really hold all the power?)^

Oh, and unsurprisingly,the Trump regime is... more »


TRUMP'S AFRAID SALLY YATES TESTIMONY WILL BURY HIM AND HIS GANG OF CRIMINALS___Trump is really terrified that Yates will testify at the Intelligence Committee hearing

Every reason he gives for why she shouldn’t testify is, in fact, a compelling reason why she should.

The attempt to block her isn’t working (because her lawyer knows that Trump’s “reasons” are bullshit and can demonstrate it). Therefore:

The day that letter [from Yates’ lawyer] arrived, was the day Devin Nunes cancelled the public hearing.

That’s right: In a desperate move to prevent Yates’ testimony, Nunes simply canceled the hearing. Next, he’ll just decide to cancel the whole investigation.

(As a side note: Can no one find a way to take Nunes the hell off this case? He obviously has glaring conflicts of interest. Of course the rethudlicans don’t want him removed. But do they really hold all the power?)^

Oh, and unsurprisingly, the Trump regime is also denying that anyone is trying to stop Yates from testifying.

This whole thing would be laughably Orwellian if it weren’t so horrifyingly indicative of our rapid decline into unfettered fascism.

thanks, +Ed Christian

^ Update: Turns out Paul Ryan is the one who decides these things:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnHummelIllinois/posts/MCw1w6yEsqv

That is, Paul Ryan is the Ultimate Obstructor of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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2017-03-28 02:25:37 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Do This!

In the words of +Ole Olson, Call Congress, don't let them sell out your privacy rights to greedy ISP corps!

thanks, Ole

___Do This!

In the words of +Ole Olson, Call Congress, don't let them sell out your privacy rights to greedy ISP corps!

thanks, Ole

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2017-03-28 01:37:43 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

EDIT: Apparently, this little report, delightful as it would be, is untrue.

Thanks to +Doug Senko and +Adam Liss for disabusing me.

Woah!

This is the first time I have ever heard of a unanimous opinion from SCOTUS.

thanks, +Harold Jones

___EDIT: Apparently, this little report, delightful as it would be, is untrue.

Thanks to +Doug Senko and +Adam Liss for disabusing me.

Woah!

This is the first time I have ever heard of a unanimous opinion from SCOTUS.

thanks, +Harold Jones

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2017-03-28 01:33:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Scott Pruitt and climate denial just for spite. (Well, OK. Spite and profit.)

thanks, +paul beard

"I know that you guys kind of laugh at us, but we're winning, We're in the driver's seat right now. And whoever thought that would happen? I've been doing this for 25 years. If you were to tell me that Steve Milloy would have a chance to fix EPA, I would have said you're crazy."

This is what has always been about — winning, ie, making the other guy eat a shit sandwich. If one side wants to drive on the road, winning means putting the wagon in the ditch. If one side wants to sail with the wind, winning means sailing against it. The destination doesn't matter. All that matters is not doing what the other guy wants.

This is Reagan's legacy, the idea that government never gets it right. If this charade survives the midterms, if both houses don't have a Democratic majority in solid opposition to Bannon, Putin, and Trump, you can call this experiment over. ___Scott Pruitt and climate denial just for spite. (Well, OK. Spite and profit.)

thanks, +paul beard

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2017-03-28 01:15:00 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Nunez must go

It is absolute insanity to have a republican in charge of the investigation of Trump, much less an avowed Trump ally. (What the hell were they thinking when they put him in charge? It’s like putting putting Dick Cheney in charge of investigating whether Halliburton committed crimes in Iraq.)

FTA: But here’s what anyone trying to follow the twists and turns of this Trump-Russia-wiretapping story is left with: A top Republican congressman and Trump ally was at the White House the day before he released information that appeared to somewhat defend the president on his defenseless wiretapping claims.

What’s more, the congressman released this secret information to the president — whose circle is under investigation by the FBI for alleged ties to Russia — before sharing it with his own committee members.

What the what??
From th... more »

Nunez must go

It is absolute insanity to have a republican in charge of the investigation of Trump, much less an avowed Trump ally. (What the hell were they thinking when they put him in charge? It’s like putting putting Dick Cheney in charge of investigating whether Halliburton committed crimes in Iraq.)

FTA: But here’s what anyone trying to follow the twists and turns of this Trump-Russia-wiretapping story is left with: A top Republican congressman and Trump ally was at the White House the day before he released information that appeared to somewhat defend the president on his defenseless wiretapping claims.

What’s more, the congressman released this secret information to the president — whose circle is under investigation by the FBI for alleged ties to Russia — before sharing it with his own committee members.

What the what??

From there, it’s not a stretch for a reasonable person to consider whether Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, wants to protect the president.

That’s putting it mildly.

And from there, it’s not a stretch to question the impartiality of the investigation Nunes is leading in the House on Russia meddling in the U.S. election.

Ya think?

And here comes the best part:

("It could very well be the case that Chairman Nunes was briefing members of the administration about an investigation of which they are the subject," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor on Monday as he became the top-ranking Democrat to request Nunes step down from his committee post.)

And that, say ethics and national security experts, is where the real damage in Nunes’s White House trip lies.

In response to this observation, I reiterate my earlier question (in slightly different words): Who was the fucking genius in congress who failed to see this coming and decided it would be OK for Nunes to lead this investigation?^

And what genius failed to see that, even if by some bizarro miracle Nunes _did manage to conduct an impartial investigation, it would not occur to anyone — not anyone at all -- that he might just have the teensy, weensiest little conflict of interest?

Next question: Is congress really that fucking stupid, or do they think we’re that fucking stupid? Or both?

thanks, +Lee Rothstein

^ Update: Turns out the answer to this question is Paul Ryan:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnHummelIllinois/posts/MCw1w6yEsqv___

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2017-03-28 00:40:34 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Trump’s foolish escalation in Iraq and Syria costing many civilian lives

In his inexcusable hubris and blinding ignorance, Trump thought it would be easy to put an end to ISIS. ("Only I can do it!")

These are the wages of Trump's stupidity and undeserved pride; of his thinking that defeating ISIS would only require massive use of military force.

FTA: The fighting against the Islamic State here has grown more urgent, with Iraqi officers saying the American-led coalition has been quicker to strike urban targets from the air with less time to weigh the risks for civilians. They say the change reflects a renewed push by the American military under the Trump administration to speed up the battle for Mosul.

[…]

Residents who were in the neighborhood during the fighting suggested that there had been every reason to believe the area wasfil... more »

Trump’s foolish escalation in Iraq and Syria costing many civilian lives

In his inexcusable hubris and blinding ignorance, Trump thought it would be easy to put an end to ISIS. ("Only I can do it!")

These are the wages of Trump's stupidity and undeserved pride; of his thinking that defeating ISIS would only require massive use of military force.

FTA: The fighting against the Islamic State here has grown more urgent, with Iraqi officers saying the American-led coalition has been quicker to strike urban targets from the air with less time to weigh the risks for civilians. They say the change reflects a renewed push by the American military under the Trump administration to speed up the battle for Mosul.

[…]

Residents who were in the neighborhood during the fighting suggested that there had been every reason to believe the area was filled with civilians at the time of the airstrikes — especially because the Iraqi government and its American allies had dropped leaflets asking civilians to remain in their homes rather than risk fleeing into the middle of the battle.

[…]

Hundreds of residents, trying to escape indiscriminate artillery and rocket fire and fearful of airstrikes, took refuge in basements.

It was there that they died, from airstrikes targeting the snipers that caused entire buildings to collapse, survivors recounted.

“Not all of the houses had Daesh on the roof,” said Ali Abdulghani, a resident of the neighborhood, using another name for Islamic State fighters. “Why, just because of one Daesh, kill everyone?”___

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2017-03-27 20:26:54 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

From the mouth of a GOP congressman: "Trumpcare" was really just a tax-cut for the wealthy


From the mouth of a GOP congressman: "Trumpcare" was really just a tax-cut for the wealthy
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2017-03-27 20:18:03 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

We need an independent investigator to look into Trump-Russia ties

This Trump stooge is only going to obstruct and sabotage any investigation of which he is a part.

(see link below for details)

thanks, +Ed Christian

This "Stooge" (As Nancy Pelosi described him) must not lead the investigation into Trump. Text "Resist" to 50409 and demand independent investigation into Trump. This investigation is a total sham, insult to the American people, and obstruction of justice.

See more: http://bit.ly/2n396eP___We need an independent investigator to look into Trump-Russia ties

This Trump stooge is only going to obstruct and sabotage any investigation of which he is a part.

(see link below for details)

thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-03-27 20:10:22 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Strategy. And it's working.

thanks, +Ed Christian

___Strategy. And it's working.

thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-03-27 13:49:49 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Chris Fink and +Jennifer Freeman

___thanks, +Chris Fink and +Jennifer Freeman

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2017-03-27 02:45:40 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

In addition to being grossly immoral and hypocritical, these actions also serve to breed yet more terrorists. But of course, that’s Bannon-Trump’s stated goal, isn’t it.

thanks, +Ian Neil Schmidt

___In addition to being grossly immoral and hypocritical, these actions also serve to breed yet more terrorists. But of course, that’s Bannon-Trump’s stated goal, isn’t it.

thanks, +Ian Neil Schmidt

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2017-03-27 02:29:30 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Yes, of course Trump is still in charge of all his businesses

It is unprecedented -- as well as unethical and possibly illegal -- for a president to maintain his personal businesses while in office.

thanks, +Valkyrie

oops!___Yes, of course Trump is still in charge of all his businesses

It is unprecedented -- as well as unethical and possibly illegal -- for a president to maintain his personal businesses while in office.

thanks, +Valkyrie

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2017-03-27 01:55:39 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 


This is “right to work"

More like: “Right to return to the pre-union 1920s.”

FTA: Employees work ungodly hours, six or seven days a week, for months on end. Pay is low, turnover is high, training is scant, and safety is an afterthought, usually after someone is badly hurt. Many of the same woes that typify work conditions at contract manufacturers across Asia now bedevil parts plants in the South.

[…]

… workers [in the South] earn about 70¢ for every dollar earned by auto parts workers in Michigan, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Many plants in the North are unionized; only a few are in the South.)

thanks, +Katherine Schock and +Lee Rothstein

Hat tip to +cedrick wilson! Before you read this one, I must warn you that it is extremely upsetting and graphic! When I was still working in the coal powered power plant as a union member, my position was General Foreman and one of the most important parts of my job was to be sure any equipment was on lock down so there would be no danger of accidental injury...until I signed off, the machinery could NOT be restarted! I do not understand how anyone could let these types of things happen to workers and still keep making them do it! Thankful that being unionized helped both me and the members of all my crews! The companies involved should not be allowed to do business, period!___
This is “right to work"

More like: “Right to return to the pre-union 1920s.”

FTA: Employees work ungodly hours, six or seven days a week, for months on end. Pay is low, turnover is high, training is scant, and safety is an afterthought, usually after someone is badly hurt. Many of the same woes that typify work conditions at contract manufacturers across Asia now bedevil parts plants in the South.

[…]

… workers [in the South] earn about 70¢ for every dollar earned by auto parts workers in Michigan, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Many plants in the North are unionized; only a few are in the South.)

thanks, +Katherine Schock and +Lee Rothstein

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2017-03-27 00:05:56 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

thanks +PoliticusUSA

CNN Drops The Hammer On Trump And Tells America That The President’s Words Are Worthless
CNN's Brian Stelter delivered a scathing and factual questioning of Donald Trump's worthless words and said what few on cable news have been willing to admit on the air. Donald Trump's promises and words are useless and worthless because he has no credibility.___thanks +PoliticusUSA

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2017-03-26 20:12:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Ah, delightful schadenfreude. (Not to mention a massive, lingering sense of relief.)

thanks, +Ed Christian


BUCK-PASSER TRUMP GOES ON TIRADE, TAKING NO RESPONSIBILITY HIMSELF___Ah, delightful schadenfreude. (Not to mention a massive, lingering sense of relief.)

thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-03-26 17:55:25 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

War within the GOP: Bannon has his sights set on Ryan… and others

This won’t be good for Ryan and the others.

War within the GOP: Bannon has his sights set on Ryan… and others

This won’t be good for Ryan and the others.___

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2017-03-26 17:42:04 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 15:09:52 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

via +Marcus H., who notes: "So, going far and wide with this because it's yet another example of the Retardican policy of destroying a system, screaming that the system is destroyed, and then demanding the system be completely removed because it's destroyed."

"Why did insurance rates go up so much last year? Why, because the Retardicans yet again took their monetary sledgehammer and set about destroying more and more of the government's full faith and credit. For less than a 1% (yet again their 1% Doctrine shines through) in overall budget numbers for the year, they caused 25%+ rate hikes in various of their own fucking states. There's no magic pill that made Obamacare "implode", it was done by the fucking American Taliban under the guise of 'fiscal responsibility'. Never, ever, ever let these fucks forget that. And when your aunt dies of cancer... more »

___via +Marcus H., who notes: "So, going far and wide with this because it's yet another example of the Retardican policy of destroying a system, screaming that the system is destroyed, and then demanding the system be completely removed because it's destroyed."

"Why did insurance rates go up so much last year? Why, because the Retardicans yet again took their monetary sledgehammer and set about destroying more and more of the government's full faith and credit. For less than a 1% (yet again their 1% Doctrine shines through) in overall budget numbers for the year, they caused 25%+ rate hikes in various of their own fucking states. There's no magic pill that made Obamacare "implode", it was done by the fucking American Taliban under the guise of 'fiscal responsibility'. Never, ever, ever let these fucks forget that. And when your aunt dies of cancer because they continue to defund medical care, make sure you mention it to EVER SINGLE ONE of these fucks. Make them wear it, Conway-like, for the rest of their days."

thanks, Marcus and +Valkyrie

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2017-03-26 12:42:41 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 


What is Bannon-Trump up to while our eyes are on the Russia issue?

Short answer: Bannon is realizing his wet dream of escalating war in the middle east and elsewhere.

… in northern Syria, US warplanes and artillery units launched strikes against the Islamic State to cover for helicopters ferrying Syrian fighters and their US military advisors behind enemy lines. The operation has set the stage for a long and presumably bloody siege of Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital. At least 33 people were killed when an airstrike by the US-lead coalition hit a school where civilians were hiding from the fighting, according to The Guardian. The number of US troops in Syria as grown from a couple hundred to at least 1,000 over the past few weeks.

”This represents a very serious escalation, and so far the media really isn’t reporting onit,”<... more »


What is Bannon-Trump up to while our eyes are on the Russia issue?

Short answer: Bannon is realizing his wet dream of escalating war in the middle east and elsewhere.

… in northern Syria, US warplanes and artillery units launched strikes against the Islamic State to cover for helicopters ferrying Syrian fighters and their US military advisors behind enemy lines. The operation has set the stage for a long and presumably bloody siege of Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital. At least 33 people were killed when an airstrike by the US-lead coalition hit a school where civilians were hiding from the fighting, according to The Guardian. The number of US troops in Syria as grown from a couple hundred to at least 1,000 over the past few weeks.

”This represents a very serious escalation, and so far the media really isn’t reporting on it,” said James Carden…

… putting boots on the ground in Syria signals a new level of participation in a war that Russia is also fighting…

"You have a dangerous situation in Syria, where the [US and Russia] are operating in close proximity. Also, you also have a situation in the Baltics and the Ukraine, where the Russians and NATO troops are also nose to nose," Carden said. "This is an exceedingly dangerous moment."

I wonder whether the media will mention it when Bannon achieves his greater goal of bringing us to nuclear holocaust with China.___

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2017-03-26 12:33:25 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Tom J. Ⓐuer

___thanks, +Tom J. Ⓐuer

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2017-03-26 12:09:55 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Valkyrie

___thanks, +Valkyrie

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2017-03-26 01:17:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The end of the Falwell empire?

We can only hope!

The end of the Falwell empire?

We can only hope!___

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2017-03-25 23:38:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Trump supporters think this 30-year-old novel is about them.

Um, guys, you didn't even exist (as such) 30 years ago (then again, I suppose there is a deep sense in which this 30-year-old book is absolutely about them).

thanks, +Eric Hansen

Someone posted this earlier.___Trump supporters think this 30-year-old novel is about them.

Um, guys, you didn't even exist (as such) 30 years ago (then again, I suppose there is a deep sense in which this 30-year-old book is absolutely about them).

thanks, +Eric Hansen

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2017-03-25 23:26:05 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

One man's 27-year journey alone in the woods

A very interesting story.

One man's 27-year journey alone in the woods

A very interesting story.___

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2017-03-25 21:55:54 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

This meme is intended as a (semi-) joke, but I honestly think the Senate Dems should use exactly this argument: The way things are going, this could very well be the last year of Trump's presidency.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo

Have to repost this___This meme is intended as a (semi-) joke, but I honestly think the Senate Dems should use exactly this argument: The way things are going, this could very well be the last year of Trump's presidency.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo

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2017-03-25 21:32:18 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Ed Christian

___thanks, +Ed Christian

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2017-03-25 21:29:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

You already know that Steve Bannon is a shadow force behind the Trump Presidency. Meet Robert Mercer, reclusive billionaire and secret financer of Trump.

FTA: During the past decade, Mercer, who is seventy, has funded an array of political projects that helped pave the way for Trump’s rise. Among these efforts was public-opinion research, conducted by Caddell, showing that political conditions in America were increasingly ripe for an outsider candidate to take the White House. Caddell told me that Mercer “is a libertarian—he despises the Republican establishment,” and added, “He thinks that the leaders are corrupt crooks, and that they’ve ruined the country.”

But that sentence makes it sound kind of innocent (“… helped pave the way for Trump’s rise”). It’s not.

Many of Trump’s insane-sounding tweets come from Mercer, Bannon andCaddell: … Trump issued p... more »

You already know that Steve Bannon is a shadow force behind the Trump Presidency. Meet Robert Mercer, reclusive billionaire and secret financer of Trump.

FTA: During the past decade, Mercer, who is seventy, has funded an array of political projects that helped pave the way for Trump’s rise. Among these efforts was public-opinion research, conducted by Caddell, showing that political conditions in America were increasingly ripe for an outsider candidate to take the White House. Caddell told me that Mercer “is a libertarian—he despises the Republican establishment,” and added, “He thinks that the leaders are corrupt crooks, and that they’ve ruined the country.”

But that sentence makes it sound kind of innocent (“… helped pave the way for Trump’s rise”). It’s not.

Many of Trump’s insane-sounding tweets come from Mercer, Bannon and Caddell: … Trump issued perhaps the most incendiary statement of his Presidency: a tweet calling the news media “the enemy of the American people.” … The President is known for tweeting impulsively, but in this case his words weren’t spontaneous: they clearly echoed the thinking of Caddell, Bannon, and Mercer… That declaration was promoted by Breitbart News, a platform for the pro-Trump alt-right, of which Bannon was the executive chairman, before joining the Trump Administration. One of the main stakeholders in Breitbart News is Mercer.

Potter, a Republican, sees Mercer as emblematic of a major shift in American politics that has occurred since 2010, when the Supreme Court made a controversial ruling in Citizens United… Since then, power has tilted away from the two main political parties and toward a tiny group of rich mega-donors [such as Mercer].

[…]

Now, Potter said, “a single billionaire can write an eight-figure check and put not just their thumb but their whole hand on the scale—and we often have no idea who they are.” He continued, “Suddenly, a random billionaire [e.g., Mercer] can change politics and public policy—to sweep everything else off the table—even if they don’t speak publicly, and even if there’s almost no public awareness of his or her views.”

[…]

Nick Patterson, a former senior Renaissance employee who is now a computational biologist at the Broad Institute, agrees that Mercer’s influence has been huge. “Bob has used his money very effectively,” he said. “He’s not the first person in history to use money in politics, but in my view Trump wouldn’t be President if not for Bob. It doesn’t get much more effective than that.”

Mercer is not the kind of guy you want in charge. He is a climate change denier, he thinks the danger of nuclear war is overblown and that the radiation from a nuclear blast can actually be good for you. I addition:

Mercer’s political opinions “show contempt for the social safety net that he doesn’t need, but many Americans do.” He also said that Mercer wants the U.S. government to be “shrunk down to the size of a pinhead.” Several former colleagues of Mercer’s said that his views are akin to Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Magerman told me, “Bob believes that human beings have no inherent value other than how much money they make. A cat has value, he’s said, because it provides pleasure to humans. But if someone is on welfare they have negative value. If he earns a thousand times more than a schoolteacher, then he’s a thousand times more valuable.” Magerman added, “He thinks society is upside down—that government helps the weak people get strong, and makes the strong people weak by taking their money away, through taxes.” He said that this mind-set was typical of “instant billionaires” in finance, who “have no stake in society,” unlike the industrialists of the past, who “built real things.”

… [Mercer is] happy if people don’t trust the government. And if the President’s a bozo? He’s fine with that. He wants it to all fall down.” (Remind you of Bannon?)
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