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Ole Olson58,267It 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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thanks, +Lisa Anderson 

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thanks, +Lisa Anderson 

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2016-12-04 05:12:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

In memory of Bosco Tjan

Bosco and I overlapped in graduate school at Minnesota. Biederman, referenced extensively in the article, was Bosco's colleague at USC and my advisor at Minnesota.

Goodbye, Bosco.

In memory of Bosco Tjan

Bosco and I overlapped in graduate school at Minnesota. Biederman, referenced extensively in the article, was Bosco's colleague at USC and my advisor at Minnesota.

Goodbye, Bosco.___

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2016-12-03 23:44:25 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Worth 3 minutes of your time.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

Evan___Worth 3 minutes of your time.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-12-03 18:28:56 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Yes!

thanks, +Chris Lichowicz 

The Vets have finally made it! ___Yes!

thanks, +Chris Lichowicz 

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2016-12-03 17:53:21 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 


We all love to hate on Apple (and there’s a lot to hate), but it’s not pure evil. Apple is pro-CA, pro-human rights and pro-renewables

FTA: Apple takes global climate change seriously, as the image at the top of this post makes crystal clear: "We don't want to debate climate change. We want to stop it." To that effort, Apple is spending gazillions on reducing its carbon footprint and generating its power via renewables. Not only is it good for the environment, however, but Apple makes the case that it is good for the bottom line, a reality that conservatives insist on glossing over in their desperate attempts to destroy this planet. (And yes, right wingers are waging proxy battles to reverse Apple's investments.)

In short, conservatives are convinced that it is impossible to profit without trashing the world we live in, that environmental regulationsare... more »


We all love to hate on Apple (and there’s a lot to hate), but it’s not pure evil. Apple is pro-CA, pro-human rights and pro-renewables

FTA: Apple takes global climate change seriously, as the image at the top of this post makes crystal clear: "We don't want to debate climate change. We want to stop it." To that effort, Apple is spending gazillions on reducing its carbon footprint and generating its power via renewables. Not only is it good for the environment, however, but Apple makes the case that it is good for the bottom line, a reality that conservatives insist on glossing over in their desperate attempts to destroy this planet. (And yes, right wingers are waging proxy battles to reverse Apple's investments.)

In short, conservatives are convinced that it is impossible to profit without trashing the world we live in, that environmental regulations are overly burdensome, and that our natural resources exist only to be exploited. Apple proves that profit and environmental degradation can be mutually exclusive.___

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2016-12-02 23:30:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Trump considering Exxon CEO for Secretary of State

Of course you're not surprised.

However, it's not all bad news:

FTA: For example, Tillerson believes in man-made climate change, which Trump has dismissed as a hoax.

Exxon supports the Paris climate agreement and wants the United States to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, both policies that Trump strenuously opposes.

(WTF?? Tillerson believes in man-made climate change?? Exxon supports the Paris climate agreement??)

But it's still pretty bad news:

The company has also been in a high-profile fight in the last year with environmentalists and some Democratic state attorneys general over its past position on climate change.

Greens say Exxon knew decades ago that fossil fuels cause climate change but tried to sow doubt publicly about it in order to... more »

Scarborough: Trump considering Exxon CEO for secretary of State
- This is how bad it is people.___Trump considering Exxon CEO for Secretary of State

Of course you're not surprised.

However, it's not all bad news:

FTA: For example, Tillerson believes in man-made climate change, which Trump has dismissed as a hoax.

Exxon supports the Paris climate agreement and wants the United States to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, both policies that Trump strenuously opposes.

(WTF?? Tillerson believes in man-made climate change?? Exxon supports the Paris climate agreement??)

But it's still pretty bad news:

The company has also been in a high-profile fight in the last year with environmentalists and some Democratic state attorneys general over its past position on climate change.

Greens say Exxon knew decades ago that fossil fuels cause climate change but tried to sow doubt publicly about it in order to fight policies that could hurt its finances.

Overall: A multi-millionaire oil mogul with no government experience as Secretary of State? The nation's Top Diplomat? Um, no.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs

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2016-12-02 23:19:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

And now there's this

What you get when your president-elect knows absolutely nothing about... well, anything.

And now there's this

What you get when your president-elect knows absolutely nothing about... well, anything.___

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2016-12-02 23:10:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Good reasons why Trump's Treasury Secretary shouldn't be approved

Short answer: He's a predator and he knows nothing about government.

But it's a GOP congress, so he probably will be anyhow.

thanks +Ron Dobbs 

___Good reasons why Trump's Treasury Secretary shouldn't be approved

Short answer: He's a predator and he knows nothing about government.

But it's a GOP congress, so he probably will be anyhow.

thanks +Ron Dobbs 

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2016-12-02 15:56:32 (33 comments; 17 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Lisa Anderson 

thanks, +Lisa Anderson ___

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2016-12-01 21:33:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Sessions and Trump could use the “war on drugs” to preserve white power

FTA: It's no secret that Sessions has sparred with civil rights groups for decades for making racist comments and opposing the interests of women, LGBTQ people and people of color. He also holds views on drugs like marijuana that would make Nancy Reagan proud.

People of color and immigrants have always been disproportionately targeted and imprisoned or deported under anti-drug laws. Now, advocates fear that with Sessions likely becoming the nation's top law enforcement official, he could jumpstart the war on drugs in an effort to preserve white supremacy in a changing nation.

”If he is at the helm and he is pushing for the war on drugs … that would increase discrimination against all people of color, and then the goal of 'making America white again' will be on its way againto bein... more »

Sessions and Trump could use the “war on drugs” to preserve white power

FTA: It's no secret that Sessions has sparred with civil rights groups for decades for making racist comments and opposing the interests of women, LGBTQ people and people of color. He also holds views on drugs like marijuana that would make Nancy Reagan proud.

People of color and immigrants have always been disproportionately targeted and imprisoned or deported under anti-drug laws. Now, advocates fear that with Sessions likely becoming the nation's top law enforcement official, he could jumpstart the war on drugs in an effort to preserve white supremacy in a changing nation.

”If he is at the helm and he is pushing for the war on drugs … that would increase discrimination against all people of color, and then the goal of 'making America white again' will be on its way again to being effected," said civil rights organizer Rev. Susan Smith of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference on a call with reporters last week…

"For Mr. Sessions to be in charge of the Department of Justice would mean that all of the current work that the Department of Justice does to stem police abuse will effectively be undone," said Juan Cartagena, president of LatinoJustice.

When combined with Trump's "law and order" proposals, a renewed drug war could spell serious trouble for civil liberties and people of color. For example, Trump has touted "stop-and-frisk" policing to combat crime in major cities. As head of the Justice Department, Sessions could tie federal funding for local police departments to policies like stop-and-frisk and cooperation with federal deportation sweeps.

But there is reason for at least a glimmer of hope:

Reformers do see points of leverage for opposing Sessions and a renewed war on drugs. Like many other issues, drug control is an area in which Trump's views are unclear. He's criticized prohibition as far back as the 1990s, and during the Republican primary he said that, while he would oppose marijuana legalization at the federal level, states should have the right to legalize.

Trump is known for telling people what they want to hear instead of maintaining coherent policy positions on certain issues, and marijuana is no different. Support for legalization has soared among every demographic over the past decade, and a pre-election Gallup poll showed national support reaching 57 percent.

If Sessions were to try and crack down on states with legal marijuana regimes, advocates could attempt to hold Trump to a campaign promise that energized young Republicans. Plus, why would Trump want to interfere with a booming, multi-billion dollar business?

"The more we repeat that and hold him to that, the better," Piper said in a recent statement. "Trump has a yuge ego, his policy positions are fluid, he will want to get re-elected and he is easily influenced by media. We should exploit his weaknesses.”…

As for Sessions, he's not attorney general yet: He still needs to survive a confirmation vote in the Senate, where he was refused a federal judgeship in 1986 after being grilled about making racist comments.

Today, Sessions could face tough scrutiny from prominent Trump critics such as Republican Sen. John McCain, and he has already alienated the libertarian wing of his own party. In fact, the CATO Institute, a right-leaning libertarian think tank founded by the Koch brothers, has joined the DPA and groups like the NAACP in opposing Sessions' nomination, citing his support for cyber-spying mandates and civil asset forfeiture…

”The rise of Trump and Trumpism has put a national spotlight on white supremacy and misogyny," Piper said. "Everywhere, people are now organizing against hate. Drug policy reformers should be part of that fight.” [emphasis mine]___

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2016-12-01 20:28:47 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Valkyrie 

Oh this poor victim....___thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-12-01 20:09:24 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Republicans between rock and hard place over what to do with Obamacare

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

___Republicans between rock and hard place over what to do with Obamacare

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2016-12-01 04:11:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Not all the world is as ass-backward as the US.

thanks, +Tom J. Ⓐuer 

___Not all the world is as ass-backward as the US.

thanks, +Tom J. Ⓐuer 

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2016-12-01 03:57:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Savage inequality under Trump

Trump voters think things were bad. They haven’t seen anything yet.

Time to organize!

FTA (from Robert Reich): I still think it’s a great time for the labor movement, particularly with regard to the large retail chains, hospitals, restaurant chains, hotel chains. A very substantial group of low-paid, mostly women, and significantly black and Latino workers, need a voice. They don’t have to compete with foreign low-wage workers and could really gain ground if they united. This is exactly the right time.

Of course, right-wingers will hate this (bring it, haters!) because it contradicts their… worldview.

Poor right-wingers: You need to get over the racial/sexist/religious hate and start seeing who the real enemy is. It aint the black man; it aint immigrants; it aint women; it aint even the government (mostly).It’s mo... more »

___Savage inequality under Trump

Trump voters think things were bad. They haven’t seen anything yet.

Time to organize!

FTA (from Robert Reich): I still think it’s a great time for the labor movement, particularly with regard to the large retail chains, hospitals, restaurant chains, hotel chains. A very substantial group of low-paid, mostly women, and significantly black and Latino workers, need a voice. They don’t have to compete with foreign low-wage workers and could really gain ground if they united. This is exactly the right time.

Of course, right-wingers will hate this (bring it, haters!) because it contradicts their… worldview.

Poor right-wingers: You need to get over the racial/sexist/religious hate and start seeing who the real enemy is. It aint the black man; it aint immigrants; it aint women; it aint even the government (mostly). It’s mostly the rich and corporations. Wake. Up. And join those of us who share your core economic interests.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-12-01 03:06:20 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

More surveillance powers for the FBI

Yes, the same FBI who helped throw the election for Trump with a well-timed release of "information" rumor.

Yeah. These guys are totally on your side.

Oh, and in their hacking, there's a chance they could also permanently damage your hacked device. You know. Collateral damage.

(P.S., In case you don't read the article or watch the video, the guy in the picture below is the good guy who's actually looking out for you in this.)

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

___More surveillance powers for the FBI

Yes, the same FBI who helped throw the election for Trump with a well-timed release of "information" rumor.

Yeah. These guys are totally on your side.

Oh, and in their hacking, there's a chance they could also permanently damage your hacked device. You know. Collateral damage.

(P.S., In case you don't read the article or watch the video, the guy in the picture below is the good guy who's actually looking out for you in this.)

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2016-12-01 02:18:39 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

This is how corporations "take care of you"

Do you really want to put your fate in the hands of people who value you, your children and the future of the planet less than they do a single dollar of profit?

This is what the government is supposed to represent/protect us against. (Yeah, they do a shitty job. But they're about to do a much worse one.)

This protection, however slim, is among the things Trump is going to take away from you. Get ready to pay $5 or $10 for every quart of water you use.

You think you're a loser tool now? You ain't seen nothing yet.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

douchebag___This is how corporations "take care of you"

Do you really want to put your fate in the hands of people who value you, your children and the future of the planet less than they do a single dollar of profit?

This is what the government is supposed to represent/protect us against. (Yeah, they do a shitty job. But they're about to do a much worse one.)

This protection, however slim, is among the things Trump is going to take away from you. Get ready to pay $5 or $10 for every quart of water you use.

You think you're a loser tool now? You ain't seen nothing yet.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-12-01 02:04:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

How to defeat Trump and return to a bit of sanity in US and world politics

The problem goes deeper than Trump. Trump is a symptom. (Albeit a deadly one, like the fascism he will bring.)

As history shows, fascism is a response to gross economic inequality: The deeper problem is capitalism and plutocracy. Occupy Wall Street understood this. At some level, even the Tea Party once “understood” this.

Most people don’t understand what these things are, but even without understanding them, they know they don’t like them. Problem is, they place the blame in all the wrong places — namely, in all the things they fear: Minorities, immigrants, “liberal values” (read: women’s rights, LGBT rights, education…).

This article provides useful perspective on this issue, as well as tips for how to restore us to sanity (e.g., support labor unions). Itis a worthwhile r... more »

How to defeat Trump and return to a bit of sanity in US and world politics

The problem goes deeper than Trump. Trump is a symptom. (Albeit a deadly one, like the fascism he will bring.)

As history shows, fascism is a response to gross economic inequality: The deeper problem is capitalism and plutocracy. Occupy Wall Street understood this. At some level, even the Tea Party once “understood” this.

Most people don’t understand what these things are, but even without understanding them, they know they don’t like them. Problem is, they place the blame in all the wrong places — namely, in all the things they fear: Minorities, immigrants, “liberal values” (read: women’s rights, LGBT rights, education…).

This article provides useful perspective on this issue, as well as tips for how to restore us to sanity (e.g., support labor unions). It is a worthwhile read.

For example, on unions: Without institutional connections, individuals swim in a lonely political sea, ready to be preyed upon by the likes of Trump. This is absolutely right: Without some collective representation (that’s supposed to be the government, but it’s more and more in the pockets of corporations), we are without a voice. We must organize.

There's more. Read the article.___

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2016-12-01 01:40:06 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A gamble gone horribly awry

Trump knows he's not fit for his new job. But that's not going to stop him from fucking everything up. Probably irreparably.

thanks, +Nasty Woman Voted 

WTF??___A gamble gone horribly awry

Trump knows he's not fit for his new job. But that's not going to stop him from fucking everything up. Probably irreparably.

thanks, +Nasty Woman Voted 

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2016-11-30 22:34:36 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +TLC MC and +Tina Vigilante 

A reminder.___thanks, +TLC MC and +Tina Vigilante 

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2016-11-30 22:14:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I am reminded of What's the Matter with Kansas?

I am reminded of What's the Matter with Kansas?___

2016-11-30 05:37:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

+The Bitchy Pundit says it like it is about the so-called "alt right" Nazis.

My Bitchy message for the alt-right.___+The Bitchy Pundit says it like it is about the so-called "alt right" Nazis.

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2016-11-30 03:34:34 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Treasury Secretary pick a Wall Street insider with no government experience

Surprised?

Trump's Treasury Secretary pick a Wall Street insider with no government experience

Surprised?___

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2016-11-29 20:25:34 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-29 17:40:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Trump's effect on America. I doubt he created it, but he definitely unleashed and exacerbated it.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

___Trump's effect on America. I doubt he created it, but he definitely unleashed and exacerbated it.

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2016-11-29 17:23:57 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

A nice idea, but who's gonna impeach him? The GOP control everything now. Trump is a de facto dictator, free to do whatever the hell he wants. The American experiment is over and it failed.

thanks, +Hrafnkell Haraldsson

___A nice idea, but who's gonna impeach him? The GOP control everything now. Trump is a de facto dictator, free to do whatever the hell he wants. The American experiment is over and it failed.

thanks, +Hrafnkell Haraldsson

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2016-11-28 22:34:28 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I would hate for this to get around.

(Petty, I know. But we all need some levity.)

thanks, +Valkyrie 

Do NOT use this photo of Donald Trump. He does NOT like it. He told reporters he HATES it.

SHARE IT!___I would hate for this to get around.

(Petty, I know. But we all need some levity.)

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-11-28 19:17:37 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Amanpour appeals to truth, press safety in the Age of Trump

Christiane Amanpour, an award-winning journalist, speaks to the risks of a president who intentionally incites violence among his supporters and speaks of the suppression of the press and free speech.

FTA: ”I never thought in a million years that I'd be standing up here, after all the times I've participated in this ceremony, appealing, really, for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home."

[…]

"I was chilled when [Trump's] first tweet after the election was about professional protesters incited by the media." [Because as we all know] "First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating. And then suddenly they find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives. And then they end up in handcuffs, incag... more »

Amanpour appeals to truth, press safety in the Age of Trump

Christiane Amanpour, an award-winning journalist, speaks to the risks of a president who intentionally incites violence among his supporters and speaks of the suppression of the press and free speech.

FTA: ”I never thought in a million years that I'd be standing up here, after all the times I've participated in this ceremony, appealing, really, for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home."

[…]

"I was chilled when [Trump's] first tweet after the election was about professional protesters incited by the media." [Because as we all know] "First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating. And then suddenly they find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives. And then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prisons, and then who knows what.

[…]

"[Donald Trump] did a very savvy end run around us [the media] and used it to go straight to the people. Combined with the most incredible development ever, which is the tsunami of fake news, aka lies."

"I feel that we face an existential crisis, a threat to the very relevance and usefulness of our profession. Now, more than ever, we need to recommit to real reporting across a real nation, a real world in which journalism and democracy are in mortal peril. Including by foreign powers like Russia who pay to churn out and place these false news articles, these lies, in many of our press. They hack into democratic systems." [emphasis mine]

Yes, democracy is in mortal peril. The media must speak out while they still can. Come January 21, things are likely to get much worse.___

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2016-11-28 06:28:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Sounds horrible at first

Then you see they're making a point.

thanks, +Irreverent Monk 

You are so pointless

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/27/503502142/people-donated-nearly-100-000-to-dig-a-big-pointless-hole-in-the-ground___Sounds horrible at first

Then you see they're making a point.

thanks, +Irreverent Monk 

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2016-11-28 06:14:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This meme is wrong

It is time to get over it. Time to stop blaming Stein supporters. Time to stop blaming Bernie supporters. Time to stop blaming Hillary supporters. Time to face the reality: Unless we take drastic action, Trump is president.

Do you begin to understand the implications of this?

Am I making myself clear?

Are you children done casting aspersions?

Are you ready to get to work?

#BringBernieBack 😀___This meme is wrong

It is time to get over it. Time to stop blaming Stein supporters. Time to stop blaming Bernie supporters. Time to stop blaming Hillary supporters. Time to face the reality: Unless we take drastic action, Trump is president.

Do you begin to understand the implications of this?

Am I making myself clear?

Are you children done casting aspersions?

Are you ready to get to work?

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2016-11-28 01:46:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Ron Dobbs, +Armando Lioss and especially Robert Reich

___thanks, +Ron Dobbs, +Armando Lioss and especially Robert Reich

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2016-11-27 23:59:12 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

As president-elect, Trump is as unhinged as he was a candidate

It is unsafe -- nay, insane -- to allow him anywhere near the presidency.

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

Trump is too unstable to be POTUS.___As president-elect, Trump is as unhinged as he was a candidate

It is unsafe -- nay, insane -- to allow him anywhere near the presidency.

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

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2016-11-27 22:22:54 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Freedom of speech is the foundation of all other liberties. How Trump would destroy it

FTA: When Donald Trump takes office in January, he will inherit a surveillance state that George W. Bush largely created and that President Obama refused to rein in. As has been explained before, privacy is vital to a democracy, and the fate of free speech and the free press are in the hands of a thin-skinned bully who doesn’t seem to care for them.

“Surveillance powers have a history of abuse in totalitarian societies,” Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told Salon. “They also have a long history of abuse in the United States, from wiretapping to new forms of digital surveillance.”…

When people know they’re being watched, they tend to not speak out. If you’re considering protesting, writing about the president or acting inany political m... more »

___Freedom of speech is the foundation of all other liberties. How Trump would destroy it

FTA: When Donald Trump takes office in January, he will inherit a surveillance state that George W. Bush largely created and that President Obama refused to rein in. As has been explained before, privacy is vital to a democracy, and the fate of free speech and the free press are in the hands of a thin-skinned bully who doesn’t seem to care for them.

“Surveillance powers have a history of abuse in totalitarian societies,” Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told Salon. “They also have a long history of abuse in the United States, from wiretapping to new forms of digital surveillance.”…

When people know they’re being watched, they tend to not speak out. If you’re considering protesting, writing about the president or acting in any political manner, you’re less likely to do so when you think those you’re opposing are keeping tabs on you. [emphasis mine]

“There’s fairly significant evidence to back the idea that when you think you’re being watched you tend to conform, in large part because humans are fairly conformist animals, and we like making sure that our neighbors don’t hate us,” Margot Kaminski, an assistant professor of law at Ohio State University, told Salon. “This is the reason the Stasi established its version of a surveillance state in East Germany, because if people think they’re being watched all the time, they’re more likely to move toward the mean, which means less dissent.”

Considering Donald Trump is known for being a person who relishes revenge, it seems highly plausible that he will use the vast powers of the presidency to pursue personal vendettas. A man who can’t stop himself from writing an angry tweet in the middle of the night when someone offends him is likely not someone who will crack open a book on civil liberties before targeting a political enemy with surveillance powers and more. With Trump in the Oval Office, Richard Nixon’s paranoia may look quaint by comparison…

Trump only stoked those concerns by selecting Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to run the CIA. Pompeo wrote in an op-ed earlier this year that the we needed a “a fundamental upgrade to America’s surveillance capabilities.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is already questioning Trump’s selection of Pompeo, because he’s concerned about privacy rights.

thanks, +Rob Salzman 

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2016-11-27 19:46:36 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Thanks, +Ron Dobbs and +Tim Schermerhorn for the excellent summary.

___Thanks, +Ron Dobbs and +Tim Schermerhorn for the excellent summary.

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2016-11-27 18:04:26 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Question the need for car safety regulations?

Watch this crash-test comparison of comparable Nissans made for the Mexican and American markets.

Fortunately for us, Trump plans to end all these “unnecessary” regulations on businesses, so with luck, our cars will soon be just like those in Mexico! Thanks, Trump!

FTA: Latin NCAP, along with its affiliate Global NCAP, has crash tested dozens of cars. Hyundai, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, Datsun, Ford, Fiat, Kia, Volkswagen and others have all sold zero-star cars in middle- and low-income countries around the world. Many of the vehicles in question lack basic safety features that have been mandatory in the U.S. and European Union for almost two decades. [emphasis mine]

Question the need for car safety regulations?

Watch this crash-test comparison of comparable Nissans made for the Mexican and American markets.

Fortunately for us, Trump plans to end all these “unnecessary” regulations on businesses, so with luck, our cars will soon be just like those in Mexico! Thanks, Trump!

FTA: Latin NCAP, along with its affiliate Global NCAP, has crash tested dozens of cars. Hyundai, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, Datsun, Ford, Fiat, Kia, Volkswagen and others have all sold zero-star cars in middle- and low-income countries around the world. Many of the vehicles in question lack basic safety features that have been mandatory in the U.S. and European Union for almost two decades. [emphasis mine]___

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2016-11-27 16:38:29 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Who’s behind fake news?

A lesson in the hazards of good intentions.

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half a million times…

But the answer might surprise you…

The sites include NationalReport.net, USAToday.com.co, WashingtonPost.com.co. All the addresses linked to a single rented server inside Amazon Web Services. That meant they were all very likely owned by the same company. Jansen found an email address on one of those sites and was able to link that address to a name: Jestin Coler

Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a wife and two kids. He says he gotinto fa... more »

Who’s behind fake news?

A lesson in the hazards of good intentions.

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half a million times…

But the answer might surprise you…

The sites include NationalReport.net, USAToday.com.co, WashingtonPost.com.co. All the addresses linked to a single rented server inside Amazon Web Services. That meant they were all very likely owned by the same company. Jansen found an email address on one of those sites and was able to link that address to a name: Jestin Coler

Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a wife and two kids. He says he got into fake news around 2013 to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right.

”The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly or fictional stories and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction," Coler says.

He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot.

”What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy marijuana based on something that had just never happened," Coler says.

During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake accounts on Facebook exploded during the Trump election."

There is one tiny bright side:

Coler says his writers have tried to write fake news for liberals — but they just never take the bait…

But all in all, the effort backfired.

At any given time, Coler says, he has between 20 and 25 writers. And it was one of them who wrote the story in the "Denver Guardian" that an FBI agent who leaked Clinton emails was killed. Coler says that over 10 days the site got 1.6 million views. He says stories like this work because they fit into existing right-wing conspiracy theories.

”The people wanted to hear this," he says. "So all it took was to write that story. Everything about it was fictional: the town, the people, the sheriff, the FBI guy. And then ... our social media guys kind of go out and do a little dropping it throughout Trump groups and Trump forums and boy it spread like wildfire.”…

A fact about which Color seems to be in denial:

Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery.

Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire. *He doesn't think fake news swayed the election.*…

Sigh.

Coler doesn't think fake news is going away. One of his sites — NationalReport.net — was flagged as fake news under a new Google policy, and Google stopped running ads on it. But Coler had other options.

”There are literally hundreds of ad networks," he says. "Early last week, my inbox was just filled every day with people because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites."___

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2016-11-27 02:12:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Edward Morbius 

Castro: I will not die until America is destroyed
Trump: I'm gonna be the president
Castro: well then

https://mobile.twitter.com/RyanHolmquist/status/802390092136546305___thanks, +Edward Morbius 

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2016-11-27 01:56:11 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

#theDonald  ___thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2016-11-25 18:48:50 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A wee taste of what's in store

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

___A wee taste of what's in store

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2016-11-24 02:28:53 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Trump backs off slightly on extreme positions on Clinton, Torture and Environment; maintains overall-incoherent platform.

Trump backs off slightly on extreme positions on Clinton, Torture and Environment; maintains overall-incoherent platform.___

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2016-11-24 02:21:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The grim implications of our current (and near-future) situation were well-understood in the 1940s

thanks +Ron Dobbs and +paul beard 

Worth the ten minutes it takes…

Spoiler: despots are not a right or left thing. They can operate from either side. What matters is power and control.___The grim implications of our current (and near-future) situation were well-understood in the 1940s

thanks +Ron Dobbs and +paul beard 

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2016-11-21 20:58:13 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The Election was Rigged

Also: Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, ...



Yes, Snopes comments on this. And concludes that 300,000 was an accurate, court-issued count of qualified voters unable to obtain suitable identification as of 2014. That value may have changed by November, 2016, but given that the number of disenfranchised voters was well over 10x the balloting margin, the fundamental point is accurate and valid.

The Election was Rigged

Also: Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, ...



Yes, Snopes comments on this. And concludes that 300,000 was an accurate, court-issued count of qualified voters unable to obtain suitable identification as of 2014. That value may have changed by November, 2016, but given that the number of disenfranchised voters was well over 10x the balloting margin, the fundamental point is accurate and valid.___

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2016-11-20 20:53:47 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Lisa Anderson 

thanks, +Lisa Anderson ___

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2016-11-20 20:51:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

What religious freedom means and doesn't.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Brown-Eyed Girl 

___What religious freedom means and doesn't.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Brown-Eyed Girl 

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2016-11-20 16:48:35 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Trump voters are upset that sane people are protesting his election

They seem to think that such protests are unprecedented. +Edward Morbius has done the leg-work for us to demonstrate that they are not unprecedented at all.

Conservatives vociferously protested the election of Barak Obama, as demonstrated in the list Edward has compiled below.

Thank you, Edward.

The Claim: Conservatives didn't protest Obama's election. Reality: Oh yes they did

A Google search for the period of 1 August 2008 to 19 January 2009 (roughly the peak campaign period through immediately prior to inauguration) shows over 52,000 results:

Google search, dates 2008-8-1 to 2009-1-19 (prior to inauguration day)
https://www.google.com/search?q=Protests+obama+election&num=20&source=lnt&tbs=cdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3A8%2F1%2F2008%2Ccd_max%3A1%2F19%2F2009&tbm=

Among the results (I'm just including descriptions -- see the search results for actual links, the G+ linkification below is broken):


Protests obama election

Aug 1, 2008 – Jan 19, 2009 Sorted by relevance
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Protesters interrupt Obama – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/19/protesters-interrupt-obama/
Sep 19, 2008 - Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech (CNN) -- Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral ...
Michigan KKK Member Protests Obama Election – MediaMouse
https://mediamousearchive.wordpress.com/.../michigan-kkk-member-pro...
Nov 9, 2008 - On the day after Obama's election, Michigan Ku Klux Klan member Randy Gray took to the streets to protest Obama's election and what Gray sees as the ...
Obama election spurs race threats, crimes - US news - Life - Race ...
www.nbcnews.com/id/.../ns/.../obama-election-spurs-race-threats-crimes/
Nov 15, 2008 - Next story in Race & ethnicity NPR exec caught bashing Tea Partiers as 'racist' ... Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.
Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008 - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/.../Barack_Obama_presidential_campaign,_2008
Dec 19, 2008 - The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, was announced at an event on February 10, 2007 in ...
Campaign‎: ‎U.S. presidential election, 2008 Headquarters‎: ‎233 North Michigan Ave...
Chant‎: ‎Yes We Can Affiliation‎: ‎Democratic Party
Protesters Interrupt Obama Event - CBS News
www.cbsnews.com/news/protesters-interrupt-obama-event/
Sep 19, 2008 - (CBS). From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic: (CORAL GABLES, FLA.) - Barack Obama's rally at the University of Miami was briefly interrupted today after a dozen ...
Obama Needs a Protest Movement | The Nation
https://www.thenation.com/article/obama-needs-protest-movement/
Nov 13, 2008 - I don't mean that the Obama campaign operation is likely to be transformed into a continuing movement for reform. A campaign mobilization is almost surely too ...
Protesters Interrupt Obama Speech - Washington Wire - WSJ - U.S.
blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/08/01/protesters-interrupt-obama-speech/
Aug 1, 2008 - Amy Chozick reports from St. Petersburg, Fla., on the presidential race. Barack Obama's town hall meeting Friday on the economy was interrupted by protesters.
Election Night – One Million Obama Supporters Pour Into Grant Park ...
obrag.org/?p=1829
Nov 5, 2008 - Election Night – One Million Obama Supporters Pour Into Grant Park in Chicago ... The downtown Chicago park – where police fought anti-war protesters during ...
How many days did the riots and protest last after President Obama ...
https://www.quora.com/How-many-days-did-the-riots-and-protest-last-after...
Nov 15, 2008 - About eight years. Republicans regularly met on capital hill to pass legislation that they knew ... Truly, this is the most troubling thing about our latest election.
Obama Rally Crashed By Protesters : Vox Politics : NPR
www.npr.org/sections/vox.../09/obama_rally_crashed_by_protest.html
Sep 19, 2008 - Protesters Disrupt an Obama Rally in Florida. ... NPR's producers, reporters and editors follow the latest developments on the campaign trail. NPR thanks our ...
In wake of Obama's victory, civil rights leaders make adjustments ...
www.chicagotribune.com/news/.../chi-civilrights-fears1105-story.html
Nov 6, 2008 - Barack Obama's unprecedented election victory before grappling with an ironic ... of the nation's largest and most visible civil rights protests over the last decade, ...
Election 2008: Heated rhetoric against Obama continues, sparking ...
https://www.facingsouth.org/.../election-2008-heated-rhetoric-against-ob...
Nov 12, 2008 - Election 2008: Heated rhetoric against Obama continues, sparking concerns of ... The incident sparked a protest rally that drew some 500 students as well as ...
Obama Riots Mob Pittsburgh, PA 11/04/2008 - YouTube
Video for Protests obama election▶ 1:02
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2pbQSvCI6U
Nov 5, 2008 - Uploaded by stealthaltima
... CMU and surrounding schools come out to celebrate victory in a historical election. ... Donald Trump Meets ...
McCain: Obama not an Arab, crowd boos - POLITICO
www.politico.com/story/.../mccain-obama-not-an-arab-crowd-boos-0144...
Oct 10, 2008 - McCain took the mic from a woman who called Obama an "Arab. ... emotions of his supporters may damage his campaign, John McCain on Friday urged them to ...
Clinton creates 'whip team' to quell anti-Obama protests - POLITICO
www.politico.com/.../clinton-creates-whip-team-to-quell-anti-obama-prot...
Aug 20, 2008 - “We have been and are working closely with the Obama campaign to make sure we have an exciting and unified convention," Strand said. "Our delegate whips ...
Barack Obama and Bill Ayers : snopes.com
www.snopes.com › Fact Check › Politics › Politicians
Oct 13, 2008 - Barack Obama's education and house were paid for with money obtained from ... they disagreed with the SDS's peaceful protest tactics against the Vietnam War. ... and Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election campaign for the Illinois ...
Proof Obama backed ruthless foreign thug - WND.com
www.wnd.com/2008/10/77508/
Oct 10, 2008 - Odinga called for protests over alleged voter fraud after losing the December 2007 ... WND was unable to reach the Obama campaign for a comment, as the ...
Barack Obama's Election Culminates the Year of the Follower | Politics ...
www.usnews.com/.../barack-obamas-election-culminates-the-year-of-the-...
Nov 14, 2008 - Barack Obama's Election Culminates the Year of the Follower. This is the moment in .... Police and anti-Trump protesters clash in Portland. Reuters · Discounts ...
McCain-Palin campaign's attacks on Obama: a whiff of fascism - World ...
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2008/10/mcca-o10.html
Oct 10, 2008 - McCain-Palin campaign's attacks on Obama: a whiff of fascism ... and disorientation of a section of the protesters who, despairing of the possibility of winning the ...
Rage Against The Machine And Thousands Of Protesters Rock The ...
www.mtv.com/.../rage-against-the-machine-and-thousands-of-protesters-...
Aug 27, 2008 - Flowers, an advocate for the homeless, said he hitchhiked eight days from Portland, Oregon, to take part in the protest and hoped that the Obama campaign ...___Trump voters are upset that sane people are protesting his election

They seem to think that such protests are unprecedented. +Edward Morbius has done the leg-work for us to demonstrate that they are not unprecedented at all.

Conservatives vociferously protested the election of Barak Obama, as demonstrated in the list Edward has compiled below.

Thank you, Edward.

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