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Ole Olson58,439It 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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2016-09-24 22:26:52 (51 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Chomsky on the evolution of language and thought

You may know Noam Chomsky as a political commentator/philosopher/gadfly, but he is also perhaps the most important linguist alive today (or who ever lived).

Most reshares: 5

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2016-09-26 19:57:09 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

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2016-10-01 15:34:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Trump needs to be more careful about whom he attacks on what charges

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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___Trump needs to be more careful about whom he attacks on what charges

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2016-09-30 22:04:34 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Still think Walmart is inexpensive?

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

___Still think Walmart is inexpensive?

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

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2016-09-30 20:46:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-30 05:45:36 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

We're so fucked

Those of us who have been paying attention knew this was coming. Some of us held out it would come later rather than sooner. Late enough for the world to do something easy to prevent it.

Well, that time has already passed.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

401 ppm...that's not a good thing. In fact, it's a rather terrible thing.___We're so fucked

Those of us who have been paying attention knew this was coming. Some of us held out it would come later rather than sooner. Late enough for the world to do something easy to prevent it.

Well, that time has already passed.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2016-09-30 05:05:50 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

For the You know it's getting serious when... files

When USA Today, which is not known as a bastion for effete, liberal intellectuals, comes explicitly out against a candidate for the first time in the 35-some-odd years of its history as a newspaper, you know the shit is serious.

Hopefully, this opinion will even reach and convince some Trump supporters.

thanks, +Susan Stone 

___For the You know it's getting serious when... files

When USA Today, which is not known as a bastion for effete, liberal intellectuals, comes explicitly out against a candidate for the first time in the 35-some-odd years of its history as a newspaper, you know the shit is serious.

Hopefully, this opinion will even reach and convince some Trump supporters.

thanks, +Susan Stone 

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2016-09-30 04:24:02 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Donald Trump’s taking the 5th on his marital infidelity and what it reveals about his worldview

Not that any of us didn’t know about his hypocritical worldview already. Still, it’s always nice to put another log on the fire.

Inside the moral and ethical bubble that Trump has created for himself, taking the Fifth 97 times [on questions about his marital infidelity] is a savvy move, and powerful men aren’t constrained by marital vows. Outside that bubble, the Fifth Amendment is apparently used only by criminals, and adultery is a sin to be blamed on both spouses.

Remember: He’s threatening to use Bill Clintons indiscretions as a weapon against Hillary. (A WTF move in its own right.) When he does, just keep this in mind.

Come to think of it, a good rule of thumb in general is: Whenever Trump tries to use anything against anyone, he has done it moreegregiously... more »

___Donald Trump’s taking the 5th on his marital infidelity and what it reveals about his worldview

Not that any of us didn’t know about his hypocritical worldview already. Still, it’s always nice to put another log on the fire.

Inside the moral and ethical bubble that Trump has created for himself, taking the Fifth 97 times [on questions about his marital infidelity] is a savvy move, and powerful men aren’t constrained by marital vows. Outside that bubble, the Fifth Amendment is apparently used only by criminals, and adultery is a sin to be blamed on both spouses.

Remember: He’s threatening to use Bill Clintons indiscretions as a weapon against Hillary. (A WTF move in its own right.) When he does, just keep this in mind.

Come to think of it, a good rule of thumb in general is: Whenever Trump tries to use anything against anyone, he has done it more egregiously than whomever he’s accusing.

The glass house in which he lives is so small that he cannot even afford to lift a stone, much less throw one.

thanks, +Susan Stone 

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2016-09-29 03:10:43 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

White privilege.

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

Houston shooting wounds nine people, gunman killed by police
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/26/houston-police-say-several-people-shot-by-active-shooter/
If a non-white person had done this, there would be 24/7 coverage.___White privilege.

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

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2016-09-28 03:08:37 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Tony Maguire and +Katie H. 

I love this.💘___thanks, +Tony Maguire and +Katie H. 

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2016-09-28 03:00:44 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Wanna understand Trump supporters?

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

___Wanna understand Trump supporters?

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

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2016-09-28 02:48:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Thesis: We are kept working so that we won’t have free time

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would have advanced sufficiently by century’s end that countries like Great Britain or the United States would achieve a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right.

So then, why do so many of us find ourselves working in pointless drudgery that seems to accomplish nothing?

This article presents a delightfully black (and depressingly convincing) argument that our hours of drudgery do accomplish something: They keep us from having free time to think and thereby become troublemakers to the ruling class.

“But wait!” you say, “what about all the unemployed?”

Well… While corporations may engage in ruthless downsizing, the layoffs and speed-ups invariably fall on that class ofpeople who are ... more »

The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger (think of what started to happen when this even began to be approximated in the ‘60s). And, on the other hand, the feeling that work is a moral value in itself, and that anyone not willing to submit themselves to some kind of intense work discipline for most of their waking hours deserves nothing, is extraordinarily convenient for them.

Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in British academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell. Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don’t like and are not especially good at. Say they were hired because they were excellent cabinet-makers, and then discover they are expected to spend a great deal of their time frying fish. Neither does the task really need to be done – at least, there’s only a very limited number of fish that need to be fried. Yet somehow, they all become so obsessed with resentment at the thought that some of their co-workers might be spending more time making cabinets, and not doing their fair share of the fish-frying responsibilities, that before long there’s endless piles of useless badly cooked fish piling up all over the workshop and it’s all that anyone really does.

I think this is actually a pretty accurate description of the moral dynamics of our own economy.___Thesis: We are kept working so that we won’t have free time

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would have advanced sufficiently by century’s end that countries like Great Britain or the United States would achieve a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right.

So then, why do so many of us find ourselves working in pointless drudgery that seems to accomplish nothing?

This article presents a delightfully black (and depressingly convincing) argument that our hours of drudgery do accomplish something: They keep us from having free time to think and thereby become troublemakers to the ruling class.

“But wait!” you say, “what about all the unemployed?”

Well… While corporations may engage in ruthless downsizing, the layoffs and speed-ups invariably fall on that class of people who are actually making, moving, fixing and maintaining things; through some strange alchemy no one can quite explain, the number of salaried paper-pushers ultimately seems to expand, and more and more employees find themselves, not unlike Soviet workers actually, working 40 or even 50 hour weeks on paper, but effectively working 15 hours just as Keynes predicted, since the rest of their time is spent organising or attending motivational seminars, updating their facebook profiles or downloading TV box-sets.

And don’t forget: Those poor, unemployed folk want jobs; they desperately need them; they are willing to do, well, whatever is necessary to get a paycheck:

The answer clearly isn’t economic: it’s moral and political. The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger (think of what started to happen when this even began to be approximated in the ‘60s).

There’s a lot of food for thought here. For example, on why “society” values lawyers over artists:

There’s a lot of questions one could ask here, starting with, what does it say about our society that it seems to generate an extremely limited demand for talented poet-musicians, but an apparently infinite demand for specialists in corporate law? (Answer: if 1% of the population controls most of the disposable wealth, what we call “the market” reflects what they think is useful or important, not anybody else.)

The article is an interesting and disturbing look at why, in spite of all our technological advances, we still feel compelled to work ourselves to death.

thanks, +paul beard 

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2016-09-27 22:29:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-27 19:28:54 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

NPR fact-checks Clinton's and Trump's claims during debate.

This is very well worth a look. The report is formatted in a very easy-to-read-or-skim way.

The results are unsurprising:
- Most of Clinton's statements were true.
- Many or most (I didn't bother to compute the actual proportion) of Trump's were false.

NPR fact-checks Clinton's and Trump's claims during debate.

This is very well worth a look. The report is formatted in a very easy-to-read-or-skim way.

The results are unsurprising:
- Most of Clinton's statements were true.
- Many or most (I didn't bother to compute the actual proportion) of Trump's were false.___

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2016-09-27 17:27:27 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-27 06:44:56 (31 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Hmmm...

+Hadrian Micciche nails it again.

thanks, Hadrian.

Clinton Fails to Attack Trump's Donations To NAMBLA
In tonight's debate, Hillary Clinton listed a number of possible reasons why Donald Trump won't release his tax returns. What she didn't mention is that Trump could very well be hiding his sizable donations to the pro-pedophilia organization North American Man/Boy Love Association.

I’m not saying Trump donated money to NAMBLA, but many people are saying that. It’s something I’ve heard, but I don’t believe Donald Trump donated several million dollars to NAMBLA over the last several years. Still, if he did, that would be a great reason to not release his tax returns.

But look, I’m not here to say whether or not Donald Trump donated millions to NAMBLA, I’m just here to let you know that every candidate has released his tax returns over the last 40 years, so there has to be a reason he doesn’t, and several very smart people are saying he contributed millions of dollars to NAMBLA.

NAMBLA doesn’t make public any information about its members or donors, obviously, so a NAMBLA spokesperson of course had to say, “I can neither confirm nor deny that Donald Trump has given us millions of dollars.”

Now, I’m not saying that Trump did donate to NAMBLA (though many people—smart people, reputable people—are saying that he did), but I am saying that NAMBLA won’t deny that he did. The Trump campaign will not respond to requests for comment, which means they haven’t denied it, either.

What is undeniable is this. If what so many people are saying is true, Trump could be America's first openly pro-pedophile president. It's up to us to decide if that is something we want.

___Hmmm...

+Hadrian Micciche nails it again.

thanks, Hadrian.

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2016-09-27 04:45:49 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

A perfect summary of tonight's debate by +Hadrian Micciche

I had the very same impression (although not so eloquently stated), as did, I suspect, most thinking people who saw the debate.

The problem, as we all know, is that all the non-thinking people who saw the debate heard nothing but "Make American great again!" and "Hillary is corrupt!", to which they responded, "Hell yeah!"

It will be most interesting to see how/whether the polls change tomorrow in response to this event.

Trump Fails To Show Up For Debate, Sends Heckler Instead
Donald Trump could have accomplished much at tonight's debate. He could have stopped lying. He could have shown humility. He could have filled the enormous gaps in his policy proposals. He did none of that.

Instead, he repeated his lies. He continued to brag. He avoided giving any policy specifics. Trump failed both at debating Hillary Clinton and trying to bait her. Clinton remained cool, calm, collected and focused in a way a man like Trump could not.

Trump has the temperament of a bully, the short attention span of a child and the bluster of an ignoramus. That may appeal to some Americans. Not to me. Trump can't even be bothered to show up at a debate to debate, Instead, he sent a hecker.___A perfect summary of tonight's debate by +Hadrian Micciche

I had the very same impression (although not so eloquently stated), as did, I suspect, most thinking people who saw the debate.

The problem, as we all know, is that all the non-thinking people who saw the debate heard nothing but "Make American great again!" and "Hillary is corrupt!", to which they responded, "Hell yeah!"

It will be most interesting to see how/whether the polls change tomorrow in response to this event.

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2016-09-27 04:06:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

This article didn't get 'em all right, but it was impressively close

Edit: When I say it "didn't get 'em all right" what I mean is Trump didn't say all 14 of the predicted things during the debate. I do not mean to imply that the article's fact-checking on any of his quotes is incorrect. I believe it's fact-checking to be absolutely correct. Only its debate prediction wasn't perfect, although again, it was impressively close.

thanks, +Jeff Brown 

Be prepared.___This article didn't get 'em all right, but it was impressively close

Edit: When I say it "didn't get 'em all right" what I mean is Trump didn't say all 14 of the predicted things during the debate. I do not mean to imply that the article's fact-checking on any of his quotes is incorrect. I believe it's fact-checking to be absolutely correct. Only its debate prediction wasn't perfect, although again, it was impressively close.

thanks, +Jeff Brown 

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2016-09-26 19:57:09 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

___thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

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2016-09-26 02:36:27 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Trump adopts American Nazi slogan, "America First"

Draw your own conclusions.

thanks, +John Wehrle 

Lest we forget.

(Not The Onion)

We live in a world where voting for the Republican nominee is not that different from being a Nazi sympathizer.

We're better than this.

Remember that on election day and pass it along.___Trump adopts American Nazi slogan, "America First"

Draw your own conclusions.

thanks, +John Wehrle 

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2016-09-26 00:46:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Dana Corbin 

___thanks, +Dana Corbin 

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2016-09-26 00:43:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

What +Tim Elkins said.

We've had the technology to increase our standard of living for decades now, but the 1% decided that it was better to hoard it for themselves. Automation was supposed to remove the drudgery of work, but instead was used to force an entire class into the poor house. Work or starve even in the land of plenty.___What +Tim Elkins said.

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2016-09-25 05:15:09 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Mary AS 

___thanks, +Mary AS 

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2016-09-25 05:11:11 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The corporate state

The union of corporation and government is a primary symptom of fascism. The police working for the corporations is a symptom of fascism. The media working for the corporations and thereby the state is a symptom of fascism. (Can you imagine the media working for us, the people? Bwa ha ha ha ha! Yeah, neither can I.) A massive prison population is a symptom of fascism. Massive wealth/influence inequality is a symptom of fascism.

We are there, and the marriage of corporation and government is to blame for most of it, as detailed in the linked interview with Chris Hedges.

(Footnote, unrelated to linked interview: Other symptoms of fascism include hyper-nationalism, racism and an even more (“law-and-order”) police state. If we elect Trump, then we are headed there as well. We’re already about 80% fascist, people. Let’s not go the restof the ... more »

#CorporateState  ___The corporate state

The union of corporation and government is a primary symptom of fascism. The police working for the corporations is a symptom of fascism. The media working for the corporations and thereby the state is a symptom of fascism. (Can you imagine the media working for us, the people? Bwa ha ha ha ha! Yeah, neither can I.) A massive prison population is a symptom of fascism. Massive wealth/influence inequality is a symptom of fascism.

We are there, and the marriage of corporation and government is to blame for most of it, as detailed in the linked interview with Chris Hedges.

(Footnote, unrelated to linked interview: Other symptoms of fascism include hyper-nationalism, racism and an even more (“law-and-order”) police state. If we elect Trump, then we are headed there as well. We’re already about 80% fascist, people. Let’s not go the rest of the way.)

thanks, +William Wells 

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2016-09-24 22:26:52 (51 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Chomsky on the evolution of language and thought

You may know Noam Chomsky as a political commentator/philosopher/gadfly, but he is also perhaps the most important linguist alive today (or who ever lived).

Chomsky on the evolution of language and thought

You may know Noam Chomsky as a political commentator/philosopher/gadfly, but he is also perhaps the most important linguist alive today (or who ever lived).___

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2016-09-24 00:41:03 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Holy crap

No matter how much you hate Trump, you will be aghast at the sheer length of the list of ways in which he has proven himself a fascist. (Each element of the list comes with citations, usually multiple.)

Keep this, if for no other reason, to use as a reference.

thanks, +Reverend Eric Ha 

___Holy crap

No matter how much you hate Trump, you will be aghast at the sheer length of the list of ways in which he has proven himself a fascist. (Each element of the list comes with citations, usually multiple.)

Keep this, if for no other reason, to use as a reference.

thanks, +Reverend Eric Ha 

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2016-09-24 00:32:23 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The republican way

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

___The republican way

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

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2016-09-24 00:29:28 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Tim Elkins and Andy Borowitz

#tedcruz___thanks, +Tim Elkins and Andy Borowitz

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2016-09-23 16:46:01 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Borowitz, brilliant as always

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

FTA: «“You just watch, folks,” Trump told supporters in Toledo, Ohio. “Crooked Hillary is going to slip in little facts all night long, and that’s how she’s going to try to rig the thing.”»___Borowitz, brilliant as always

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2016-09-23 04:06:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

A bit of good news (??) For-profit colleges to face a new challenge

Corrupt agency that accredited such colleges to be terminated.

(If Trump is elected, this'll be overturned in a heartbeat. But for now...)

thanks, +Jim Feig 

Education Department Terminates Agency That Allowed Predatory For-profit Colleges to Thrive https://www.propublica.org/article/education-department-terminates-agency-predatory-for-profit-colleges-thrive -via Flynx___A bit of good news (??) For-profit colleges to face a new challenge

Corrupt agency that accredited such colleges to be terminated.

(If Trump is elected, this'll be overturned in a heartbeat. But for now...)

thanks, +Jim Feig 

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2016-09-22 22:23:29 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The spoils of systematic, intentional misinformation

FTA: America is a mess. The world’s sole superpower seems cleaved by race, income disparity and social divisions. Worse, a disturbing number of Americans subscribe to beliefs that are ill-informed, insane or just plain wrong. That the prospect of President Donald Trump is no longer a satirical plot line on The Simpsons is a testament to just how far gone our southern neighbour has become…

The only plausible explanation for such aberrant American public opinion is that people in the U.S. are exposed to a vastly different worldview. A misinformation campaign of a scale enormous enough to account for the enfeebled U.S. zeitgeist speaks to how much some special interests gain in investing in and promoting such systemic ignorance.

In the words of +John Poteet: Bluntly, there's a campaign to make the United Statespub... more »

The US is becoming fatally poisoned by ignorance, intentionally administered to make this mighty nation divided, desperate and fearful.  #USA #USElection___The spoils of systematic, intentional misinformation

FTA: America is a mess. The world’s sole superpower seems cleaved by race, income disparity and social divisions. Worse, a disturbing number of Americans subscribe to beliefs that are ill-informed, insane or just plain wrong. That the prospect of President Donald Trump is no longer a satirical plot line on The Simpsons is a testament to just how far gone our southern neighbour has become…

The only plausible explanation for such aberrant American public opinion is that people in the U.S. are exposed to a vastly different worldview. A misinformation campaign of a scale enormous enough to account for the enfeebled U.S. zeitgeist speaks to how much some special interests gain in investing in and promoting such systemic ignorance.

In the words of +John Poteet: Bluntly, there's a campaign to make the United States public stupid in order to profit corporate elites. This campaign doesn't mind causing tens of thousands of early medical deaths each year as well as 25,000+ excess gunshot deaths when compared to similar nations.

The people doing this: we call them conservatives.

thanks, John

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2016-09-22 15:02:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Trump supporters are immune to reason, beyond help.

Trump’s supporters adore him with a religious fervor. There’s no reasoning with people like that.

They don’t understand or care about logic or evidence.

Each horrific act that Trump commits is just “the media lying”, because “he’s an outsider and the system is out to get him.”

FTA: Nothing that Trump says, no damning piece of Trump reportage, and certainly no opinion piece like this one will stop his voters from pulling the lever. Nor will anything stop Trump from being the officious, braindead goon that he is. He will never answer for his crimes, and there’s a frighteningly large portion of the electorate that will always love him for that.

And so I’d just like to say to that portion of the electorate: Fuck you. No, seriously. Go fuck yourselves. I’m not gonna waste anymore time trying to c... more »

http://www.gq.com/story/a-word-for-donald-trump-voters___Trump supporters are immune to reason, beyond help.

Trump’s supporters adore him with a religious fervor. There’s no reasoning with people like that.

They don’t understand or care about logic or evidence.

Each horrific act that Trump commits is just “the media lying”, because “he’s an outsider and the system is out to get him.”

FTA: Nothing that Trump says, no damning piece of Trump reportage, and certainly no opinion piece like this one will stop his voters from pulling the lever. Nor will anything stop Trump from being the officious, braindead goon that he is. He will never answer for his crimes, and there’s a frighteningly large portion of the electorate that will always love him for that.

And so I’d just like to say to that portion of the electorate: Fuck you. No, seriously. Go fuck yourselves. I’m not gonna waste any more time trying to convince you that you’re about to do something you’ll regret forever. I’m not gonna show you old clips of Trump saying rotten things. I’m not gonna try to ANNIHILATE Trump by showing you records of his hypocrisy and greed. I’m not gonna link to a John Oliver clip and be like, “THIS. So much this.” Nothing’s gonna take down Trump at this point, so I’m not gonna bother. No no, this post is for ME. I am preaching to the sad little choir in my soul here.

Like this author, I have completely given up on Trump supporters.

They are beyond help and devoid of merit. The best we can hope is to avoid their dragging us down with them. And if we cannot avoid that, then the US really is unsalvageable, in which case we can only to turn our attention to somehow not dragging the rest of the world down with us.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2016-09-21 22:18:34 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The loss of the arctic sea ice and its implications

The loss of the arctic sea ice and its implications___

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2016-09-21 03:44:20 (45 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is really fucking serious, folks. We cannot let it happen

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

___This is really fucking serious, folks. We cannot let it happen

thanks, +Merritt Awbrey 

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2016-09-21 03:26:32 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Skittles are candy, refugees are people, Trumps are entitled, ignorant, lying, cheating, sociopathic monsters who do not deserve to walk freely among people.

thanks, +Clarence C. 

Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectively refrain from further commentary, as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.
~Tweet from Wrigley (maker of #Skittles) regarding a disparaging tweet sent out by Donald Trump Jr. comparing refugees to poisonous candy

https://www.google.com/amp/www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/CE7AAD3E-7EFA-11E6-A7FF-693D6A707F68?client=safari___Skittles are candy, refugees are people, Trumps are entitled, ignorant, lying, cheating, sociopathic monsters who do not deserve to walk freely among people.

thanks, +Clarence C. 

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2016-09-21 02:07:02 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A necessary read

thanks, +James Olchak 

...___A necessary read

thanks, +James Olchak 

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2016-09-20 20:13:39 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Peter Theil: Possible Trump nominee for SCOTUS

And complete nut-job.

According to Theil: ”The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism."

… Mr. Thiel believes capitalism is far more important than democracy, and that, in fact, democracy must be diminished in order to save capitalism. He went so far as to say that giving women the right to vote was a disaster because it created more democracy, which further threatened capitalism. According to Thiel, the last good year the US has enjoyed was 1920. It's been all downhill from there.

Pretty nifty choice for the high court, right? Nominating Thiel to the Supreme Court would be like nominating a hammerhead shark to be Secretary of Veganism.

Peter Theil: Possible Trump nominee for SCOTUS

And complete nut-job.

According to Theil: ”The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism."

… Mr. Thiel believes capitalism is far more important than democracy, and that, in fact, democracy must be diminished in order to save capitalism. He went so far as to say that giving women the right to vote was a disaster because it created more democracy, which further threatened capitalism. According to Thiel, the last good year the US has enjoyed was 1920. It's been all downhill from there.

Pretty nifty choice for the high court, right? Nominating Thiel to the Supreme Court would be like nominating a hammerhead shark to be Secretary of Veganism.___

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2016-09-20 19:23:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Congress at "work" as usual

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

___Congress at "work" as usual

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2016-09-20 18:24:38 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

Voting can be confusing. Here's a handy guide...___thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2016-09-20 18:19:14 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Echoing Craig, this is indeed worth 10 minutes of your time.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

Well worth a watch.___Echoing Craig, this is indeed worth 10 minutes of your time.

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2016-09-20 16:03:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

How to talk to Trump supporters

(At least the few nonviolent ones.)

Be sure to click the "See more" link. That's where the real information is.

How to talk to Trump supporters

(At least the few nonviolent ones.)

Be sure to click the "See more" link. That's where the real information is.___

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2016-09-20 04:10:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 


Christie so knew about bridge closures

So what I want to know is (1) How many people died as a result of this because ambulances couldn't get to hospitals? and (2) Given that Christie knew about this plan, and its implications, should those deaths be considered murder or merely manslaughter? And (3) Does New Jersey have the death penalty for murder? (Yeah, it'll take gallons of the drugs to kill Christie, but it shouldn't be any more expensive than putting down a sick walrus or elephant.) Oh, and before you criticize me for the death penalty comment: I oppose the death penalty. It's conservatives, like Christie, who support it. He who lives by the sword...

thanks, +Ron Dobbs and +Sabeena LoBello 

The so-called Bridgegate trial—in which former Chris Christie aides Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly are accused of conspiring to cause massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge as an act of petty revenge against a local mayor—began Monday in Newark, New Jersey. The big news from Day 1 is that prosecutors in the case say that Christie (who in addition to being a top Donald Trump adviser and shill is actually also still the extremely unpopular governor of New Jersey) was made aware of the scheme as it was going on by a former Port Authority executive-turned-cooperating witness named David Wildstein. ___
Christie so knew about bridge closures

So what I want to know is (1) How many people died as a result of this because ambulances couldn't get to hospitals? and (2) Given that Christie knew about this plan, and its implications, should those deaths be considered murder or merely manslaughter? And (3) Does New Jersey have the death penalty for murder? (Yeah, it'll take gallons of the drugs to kill Christie, but it shouldn't be any more expensive than putting down a sick walrus or elephant.) Oh, and before you criticize me for the death penalty comment: I oppose the death penalty. It's conservatives, like Christie, who support it. He who lives by the sword...

thanks, +Ron Dobbs and +Sabeena LoBello 

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2016-09-20 03:36:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

There's just no point in having a Clinton/Trump "debate", at least not the way the "debates" have been going

But despite the efforts of the commission [on presidential debates], the official presidential debates coming up also are dominated by the candidates and the media, and therein lurk both the problems and the reasons to scrap this fraudulent nonsense for something sane and serious… [emphasis mine]

… it’s not just the candidates involved in this criminal hijacking of discourse. The giant media conglomerates… have turned the campaign and the upcoming debates into profit centers that reap a huge return from political trivia and titillation. A game show, if you will — *a farcical theater of make-believe rigged by the two parties and the networks to maintain their cartel of money and power*…

… “The salient fact aboutTrump isn’t his... more »

Well done, Bill Moyers!___There's just no point in having a Clinton/Trump "debate", at least not the way the "debates" have been going

But despite the efforts of the commission [on presidential debates], the official presidential debates coming up also are dominated by the candidates and the media, and therein lurk both the problems and the reasons to scrap this fraudulent nonsense for something sane and serious… [emphasis mine]

… it’s not just the candidates involved in this criminal hijacking of discourse. The giant media conglomerates… have turned the campaign and the upcoming debates into profit centers that reap a huge return from political trivia and titillation. A game show, if you will — *a farcical theater of make-believe rigged by the two parties and the networks to maintain their cartel of money and power*…

… “The salient fact about Trump isn’t his cruelty or penchant for aggression and violence. It’s his inability to control urges and drives most people gain control over very early in life. There are plenty of sadists and sociopaths in the world. They’re not remarkable. The scariest have a high degree of impulse control (iciness) which allows them to inflict pain on others when no one is looking or when they will pay no price for doing so. What is true with Trump is what every critic has been saying for a year: the most obvious and contrived provocation can goad this thin-skinned charlatan into a wild outburst. He’s a 70-year-old man with children and grandchildren and he has no self-control.”

Does anyone really believe a candidate so unstable can or will engage in serious debate? And if our first line of defense against his volcanic lies — journalists supposedly committed to truth — crumbles, how will we ever clean up the contamination?

Something’s got to give. We can’t go on like this. We can no longer leave the electoral process to the two parties or the media conglomerates with whom they’re in cahoots. The stakes are too high.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2016-09-20 03:19:15 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Sanders the most popular politician in the US

Perhaps the American populace is changing -- that old anti-socialist propaganda is losing its bite -- the will of our overlords notwithstanding.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

Bernie Sanders just might be the most popular politician in America https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/19/the-most-popular-politician-in-america-might-just-be-a-socialist/ -via Flynx___Sanders the most popular politician in the US

Perhaps the American populace is changing -- that old anti-socialist propaganda is losing its bite -- the will of our overlords notwithstanding.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Jim Feig 

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2016-09-19 23:26:00 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

thanks, +Virginia Benedict 

Capitalism is destroying America ___thanks, +Virginia Benedict 

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2016-09-19 21:33:56 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Trump, expert businessman thief

... we are just discovering that the “fiscal conservatives” have chosen nominee for President for his wealth, when his main source of wealth is transfers from the government to his coffers and his father’s seed money, and eventually a signficant [sic] inheritance.

Trump is just an attention obsessed trust fund baby, whose only business success has been his efficiency at extracting corporate welfare from his local government.

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

___Trump, expert businessman thief

... we are just discovering that the “fiscal conservatives” have chosen nominee for President for his wealth, when his main source of wealth is transfers from the government to his coffers and his father’s seed money, and eventually a signficant [sic] inheritance.

Trump is just an attention obsessed trust fund baby, whose only business success has been his efficiency at extracting corporate welfare from his local government.

thanks, +Armando Lioss 

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2016-09-19 21:10:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Not only are cops often corrupt; luckily for us, they're also often stupid

thanks, +Douglas Pierre 

In the #LandOfTheFree.

h/t @phessler___Not only are cops often corrupt; luckily for us, they're also often stupid

thanks, +Douglas Pierre 

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2016-09-19 15:16:14 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Completely and utterly shameless.

Missouri is trying to be like Kansas. Under no circumstances should anyone try to be like Kansas.

thanks, +David Allee 

___Completely and utterly shameless.

Missouri is trying to be like Kansas. Under no circumstances should anyone try to be like Kansas.

thanks, +David Allee 

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