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Jay Weixelbaum

Jay Weixelbaum 

Be excellent to each other.

Occupation: Professional researcher in transnational economic and political history. Professor and historical consultant. I also play the drums and guitar. Graphic artist in a past life. (National Academy of Sciences)

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Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553636518
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
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Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213
Ole Olson11,096The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+  This is the best of the best forward thinkers that I've found here on Google+. To be in this very small circle, I've set a few basic guidelines:1. High quality and volume of progressively oriented political posts from a variety of sources and topics2. Long history of activism on G+ and steady activity3. Strong Engagment (+1's, shares, comments) on other people's posts  I'm pretty sure I've missed out on a lot of folks that should be in this circle, but this is the best I can do for the time being, so don't feel slighted if you're not in there. This is a work in progress, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy adding this circle.  #Gplus   #Politics   #progressive   #liberal   #activism   #SharedCircles  2013-03-18 17:30:17589312
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Hek Waves775In August, it was about one year I started my „Hek Waves“ stream on G+. In the meantime, I had the opportunity to “circle up” with a considerable group of people sharing interesting, amazing, sometimes critical and – if it’s needed – also a bit odd and jolting content. But – and that’s the point – it has always been a valuable, friendly, enlightening and engaging contribution to my personal G+ stream. Therefore, I think, that the first G+ anniversary is a good opportunity to say thanks to some of the top influencers of my stream and the best way to say Thank You on G+ is sharing carefully selected circles to the public. So, let me start with a first ”Thank You Circle”:This circle contains a first selection of people sharing social, political or environmental content on G+. It’s a pretty colorfull circle, so it doen’t address a single social direction or opinion. But it always contains people with a valuable point of view. And that’s, what makes G+ so unique. #ThankYouCircle   #reshare   #sharingiscaring   +Shared Circles on G+ BTW: Special thanks to +Susanne Ramharter  and +Andrew Hartwell  for the foundations to this circle.2012-09-02 12:33:1513724521
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718
Anouar OUALI ALAMI1,064I would like to share with you this circle: i name it : e-great people :)2012-06-27 08:47:47298200
Gregory Esau9,648My Community Intelligence CircleI use the term community here pretty broadly, in that my community, the global community, and G+ all blur together in ways that make boundaries somewhat meaningless. Therefor, this is my Community Intelligence circle. Reading and engaging with these people will raise your intel (so to speak) of the world around us, the world of Google Plus, maybe your world, and the dots that connect them. For the many people who have circled me over the last few months (and thank you!!), these are the people that raise my IQ and EQ.2012-05-31 23:58:0014220210
Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco)2,406I call this one IdeasThat's how interesting these folks are to engage with. As with the green circle I just shared, this one's bigger than 500 so not everyone is here. And just as with the greenies, let us know if you think you should be in it. The common denominator here is interesting content of no particular bent. Just plain fascinating. I can sit and go through this stream all day. Great people one and all.2012-04-07 19:19:005002234
Chris Lion5,871oh and by the way, here is my MUSIC CIRCLE :D2012-03-20 12:48:495011329
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Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is a big circle, which I call "Political". You'll find people with strong political views here, as well as political news and people who care about politics. I'd advise you add one or the other out of this and my other circle, "Intellectual" because they're both pretty big and I don't want to give you guys too much before you're ready :)2012-01-23 13:48:07366405
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2014-11-13 06:25:12 (49 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is the only kind of anarchism I'm down with.

http://www.adciv.org/Post-scarcity

Sorry, libertarians. I'm not buying your ridiculously titled, "anarcho-capitalism."

Your entitled "I'm a white guy and I don't need the government" schtick is beyond tiresome. I get that you think history started yesterday and maybe you think that others (read: women and non-whites) don't deserve freedom from want and fear. But some of us feel that comes off as not particularly neighborly.

Your justice-only-for-those-who can afford-it delusion isn't happening. We're moving forward, not backward. We're not going back to the feudal past you're so fond of.

If we're going to entertain utopian visions, everyone is coming with us. We will not be prisoner to right-wing and authoritarian politics of scarcity -... more »

Most reshares: 5

2014-11-05 15:48:49 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Thoughts about GOP wins:

For me, this was not a surprise. Parties in opposition to the one that holds the presidency tend to do well, especially in a second term. This isn't always true, of course; but it happens often enough in US history that it's worth keeping in mind.

Second, the GOP has serious longterm structural issues that makes this win problematic for them. If I were a GOP strategist that cared about what happens in the next decade, I'd be far from jubilant.
What the GOP wants is a kind of minority opposition, perceived-victim complex that is more well suited for obstruction.

See, the demographics that the GOP depend on are shrinking rapidly. I saw the less well covered story of last night being all the home turf the GOP had to fight hard to protect. A lot of that turf is now occupied by less white people.

On a national level, it appears... more »

Most plusones: 20

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2014-12-04 14:52:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

+The Bitchy Pundit​ +Tina Vigilante​ +Valkyrie​ my thoughts exactly

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2014-12-17 03:46:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS___

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2014-12-16 17:51:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

In case the Ferguson story didn't already stink to you:

In case the Ferguson story didn't already stink to you:___

2014-12-16 06:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I know! Instead of putting more effort to moderate increased activity of white nationalists, bigots, libertarians, and spambots, we'll "fix" the UI again! Because that's sure to improve the user experience.  +Google+ 

I know! Instead of putting more effort to moderate increased activity of white nationalists, bigots, libertarians, and spambots, we'll "fix" the UI again! Because that's sure to improve the user experience.  +Google+ ___

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2014-12-15 23:58:44 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Slavery was not an anomaly of the modern world.

Slavery was not an anomaly of the modern world.___

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2014-12-15 15:24:50 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

republicans = political party for the wealthy by the wealthy

The above definition should be pretty evident to most rational people, but for those dunderheads with their heads in the sand, the sad spectacle of #CRomnibus should have driven this point home again (for the nth time).

As Professor Krugman describes, republicans took advantage of their soon-to-be control of congress to ram legislation down America's throat. Incredibly this legislation was literally written by Wall Street so that they can reap even greater profit at the taxpayer's expense:

"One of the goals of financial reform was to stop banks from taking big risks with depositors’ money. Why? Well, bank deposits are insured against loss, and this creates a well-known problem of “moral hazard”: If banks are free to gamble, they can play a game of heads we win, tails the taxpayers lose.That’... more »

republicans = political party for the wealthy by the wealthy

The above definition should be pretty evident to most rational people, but for those dunderheads with their heads in the sand, the sad spectacle of #CRomnibus should have driven this point home again (for the nth time).

As Professor Krugman describes, republicans took advantage of their soon-to-be control of congress to ram legislation down America's throat. Incredibly this legislation was literally written by Wall Street so that they can reap even greater profit at the taxpayer's expense:

"One of the goals of financial reform was to stop banks from taking big risks with depositors’ money. Why? Well, bank deposits are insured against loss, and this creates a well-known problem of “moral hazard”: If banks are free to gamble, they can play a game of heads we win, tails the taxpayers lose. That’s what happened after savings-and-loan institutions were deregulated in the 1980s, and promptly ran wild.

Dodd-Frank tried to limit this kind of moral hazard in various ways, including a rule barring insured institutions from dealing in exotic securities, the kind that played such a big role in the financial crisis. And that’s the rule that has just been rolled back."

So the financial reforms (Dodd-Frank) that President Obama signed to prevent another Wall Street meltdown (that led to The Great Recession) are being rolled back by republicans under the thrall (and pay) of Wall Street. Now your friendly neighborhood investment banker (i.e. if you are Mitt Romney's neighbor) can gamble and take inordinate risks knowing that he is being bankrolled by taxpayer money. Of course if by luck she wins her bet do we get any piece of the action? Of course not; she is free to pay her 15% tax on the billions in profit and then buy that cottage on Lake Geneva (Switzerland not Wisconsin). If in the more likely scenario he loses his outrageous bet, then guess who is left holding the bag; yup Mr. and Mrs. Middle America taxpayer. 

As Professor Krugman points out, this is a classic case of moral hazard: heads I (investment banker) win; tails you (taxpayer) lose. 

You can bet the republican party leaders were celebrating their victory with champagne and caviar bought, delivered, and served by Wall Street lobbyists. 

There may be some 1% investment banker types who read this column. Then indeed Professor Krugman is your mortal enemy because he believes that financial speculators should take responsibility for their actions and cover their losses instead of making hay on taxpayer monies.___

2014-12-14 15:19:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is beautiful. The piece closely captures what I think about when I encounter anti-intellectuals on all sides of the political spectrum.

https://theamericanscholar.org/habits-of-mind/#.VIvIS1p6kTl

This is beautiful. The piece closely captures what I think about when I encounter anti-intellectuals on all sides of the political spectrum.

https://theamericanscholar.org/habits-of-mind/#.VIvIS1p6kTl___

2014-12-12 03:02:50 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This Congressional spending bill brought to you by +Citi  .Thanks for helping us gut our already weak financial regulations.

This Congressional spending bill brought to you by +Citi  .Thanks for helping us gut our already weak financial regulations.___

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2014-12-11 22:47:50 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Also, is everyone ready for another shutdown? DC is already crowded and annoying during the holidays. Who knows what it will be like if Republicans shut down the government again tonight.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2014/dec/11/congress-budget-deal-midnight-deadline-shutdown?CMP=edit_2221

Also, is everyone ready for another shutdown? DC is already crowded and annoying during the holidays. Who knows what it will be like if Republicans shut down the government again tonight.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2014/dec/11/congress-budget-deal-midnight-deadline-shutdown?CMP=edit_2221___

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2014-12-11 22:36:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Today at the Capitol.

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/congressional-staffers-protest-garner-brown-cases-on-capitol-steps-370616899807

Today at the Capitol.

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/congressional-staffers-protest-garner-brown-cases-on-capitol-steps-370616899807___

2014-12-09 17:27:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Rectal Rehydration."
(From today's CIA Torture Report)

Gosh, I feel proud of my country. 

"Rectal Rehydration."
(From today's CIA Torture Report)

Gosh, I feel proud of my country. ___

2014-12-08 23:10:35 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Discuss: Many Libertarians think it is unfair of me to argue that a prerequisite of their philosophy is historical ignorance. I have not encountered a libertarian with enough grasp of secondary or primary historical sources to obtain an undergraduate degree in history.

Most libertarians I've met study philosophy and economics outside their historical contexts, which allows them to exist in a made-up world where the implications of their policy pronouncements make sense. If I'm wrong, I'd like to be shown where I'm missing all the great libertarian history out there. Because I can't find any.

Discuss: Many Libertarians think it is unfair of me to argue that a prerequisite of their philosophy is historical ignorance. I have not encountered a libertarian with enough grasp of secondary or primary historical sources to obtain an undergraduate degree in history.

Most libertarians I've met study philosophy and economics outside their historical contexts, which allows them to exist in a made-up world where the implications of their policy pronouncements make sense. If I'm wrong, I'd like to be shown where I'm missing all the great libertarian history out there. Because I can't find any.___

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2014-12-08 16:39:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Still timely.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwcEjdqFPT4

Still timely.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwcEjdqFPT4___

2014-12-07 03:12:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dear racists: You don't actually care about Bosnians.
Nobody is buying your barely coherent race baiting. 

Dear racists: You don't actually care about Bosnians.
Nobody is buying your barely coherent race baiting. ___

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2014-12-04 14:52:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

+The Bitchy Pundit​ +Tina Vigilante​ +Valkyrie​ my thoughts exactly

+The Bitchy Pundit​ +Tina Vigilante​ +Valkyrie​ my thoughts exactly___

2014-12-04 14:35:46 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Libertarians are awfully quiet about Eric Garner and Michael Brown. I'm sure this has nothing to do with racism. 

Libertarians are awfully quiet about Eric Garner and Michael Brown. I'm sure this has nothing to do with racism. ___

2014-12-03 20:22:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Eric Garner's murder caught clearly on camera shows us that cop-body cams are likely to increase surveillance of citizens, not stop police brutality. 

Eric Garner's murder caught clearly on camera shows us that cop-body cams are likely to increase surveillance of citizens, not stop police brutality. ___

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2014-12-02 03:45:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Tom Tomorrow is my hero.

#startrek #startrektruth ___Tom Tomorrow is my hero.

2014-11-25 02:29:32 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I am deeply disappointed in America.

Again. 

I am deeply disappointed in America.

Again. ___

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2014-11-24 16:51:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Travelers in the Northeast US may want to check out some updated weather predictions. 

Travelers in the Northeast US may want to check out some updated weather predictions. ___

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2014-11-21 16:29:16 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

When any people are oppressed, none of us are free. Period.

Norman finkelstein___When any people are oppressed, none of us are free. Period.

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2014-11-18 17:43:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Lulz are strong with this story.

"Julien Blanc may bully Japanese girls, but he will not bully our client."___The Lulz are strong with this story.

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2014-11-15 18:56:00 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

America: Land of the free (to make threats with impunity).

___America: Land of the free (to make threats with impunity).

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2014-11-15 14:44:24 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

#walmart   #blackfriday  

#walmart   #blackfriday  ___

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2014-11-15 14:42:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

WTF Google. Stop being evil.

Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?"

This isn't cool, +Google​. Actually, it's quite disgraceful and abusive.

I'm encouraging my followers to share this post, so we can let you know that as Google consumers, we don't appreciate it when you exploit the people who work for you, whether they're employees or contractors.

"Google has become the latest tech company hit with a lawsuit for exploiting contract workers. Reuters reports that a class action suit has been filed against Google, alleging the company misclassified employees as independent contractors. The plaintiff behind the suit also alleges he was refused the overtime wages and was not paid for all the time spent working."

+Google Chrome​ +Google+​ +Think with Google​ +Google Creative Sandbox​ +Google Chrome Developers​ +Google UK​ +Google for Nonprofits​ +Google+ Developers​ +Google Maps​ +Google Canada​ +Google Developers​ +Google+ Your Business​ +Randy Hilarski​ +Ivar Choi Espedalen​ +Natalie Villalobos​ +Sarah Price​ +Gmail​ +Google Analytics​ +Google Ventures​ +Google Earth​ +Google India​ +Google Brasil​ +Google Italia​ +Google Philippines​ +Google Argentina​ +Google AdSense​ +Google Play​ +Sergey Brin​

#google #tech #mountainview #workersrights___WTF Google. Stop being evil.

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2014-11-13 06:25:12 (49 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is the only kind of anarchism I'm down with.

http://www.adciv.org/Post-scarcity

Sorry, libertarians. I'm not buying your ridiculously titled, "anarcho-capitalism."

Your entitled "I'm a white guy and I don't need the government" schtick is beyond tiresome. I get that you think history started yesterday and maybe you think that others (read: women and non-whites) don't deserve freedom from want and fear. But some of us feel that comes off as not particularly neighborly.

Your justice-only-for-those-who can afford-it delusion isn't happening. We're moving forward, not backward. We're not going back to the feudal past you're so fond of.

If we're going to entertain utopian visions, everyone is coming with us. We will not be prisoner to right-wing and authoritarian politics of scarcity -... more »

This is the only kind of anarchism I'm down with.

http://www.adciv.org/Post-scarcity

Sorry, libertarians. I'm not buying your ridiculously titled, "anarcho-capitalism."

Your entitled "I'm a white guy and I don't need the government" schtick is beyond tiresome. I get that you think history started yesterday and maybe you think that others (read: women and non-whites) don't deserve freedom from want and fear. But some of us feel that comes off as not particularly neighborly.

Your justice-only-for-those-who can afford-it delusion isn't happening. We're moving forward, not backward. We're not going back to the feudal past you're so fond of.

If we're going to entertain utopian visions, everyone is coming with us. We will not be prisoner to right-wing and authoritarian politics of scarcity - which breeds fear. Fear which leads to hate.

No, instead we're moving toward the politics of abundance. Everyone gets a seat at the table. Everyone shares resources enough to sustain us all.

Technology was and continues to be an essential prime mover in human endeavors. It's not the only factor, but it is clear that technological change alters our economies.

And where our economies go, our politics follow.

Climate change has shown us that we need to better utilize resources, specifically energy. When - not if - we have major advances in energy production, we will be able to produce a lot more of everything: food, water, shelter, information.

This is our future. Working together to solve the fundamental problem of scarcity. Then, perhaps, we can begin to understand what freedom and justice for all really means.___

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2014-11-12 22:14:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

So, so, so much good stuff here.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/indelible/2014/11/02/gamergate-and-the-failure-of-ethics/

#lamergate   #stopgamergate2014 #teamsjw  

So, so, so much good stuff here.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/indelible/2014/11/02/gamergate-and-the-failure-of-ethics/

#lamergate   #stopgamergate2014 #teamsjw  ___

2014-11-10 16:23:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Re: Democrats are often (but not always) naive about the nature of US empire.

The US empire didn't start yesterday, last year, or in the last century. It started in the last decades of the 18th century as a newly freed set of colonies started expanding into lands occupied by native Americans so it could capitalize on the natural resources found there.

A century later, the US started overthrowing overseas governments - like Hawaii. Entry into World War I & II were primarily to preserve the fidelity of overseas markets despite the emotional pleas to uphold human rights and avenge attacks.

Late stage empire came with the last generation in the form of competition and eventual victory over significant imperial competitors. Late stage empire is ugly; full of pervasive marginally important skirmishes at the periphery: like Vietnam and Afghanistan.

... more »

Re: Democrats are often (but not always) naive about the nature of US empire.

The US empire didn't start yesterday, last year, or in the last century. It started in the last decades of the 18th century as a newly freed set of colonies started expanding into lands occupied by native Americans so it could capitalize on the natural resources found there.

A century later, the US started overthrowing overseas governments - like Hawaii. Entry into World War I & II were primarily to preserve the fidelity of overseas markets despite the emotional pleas to uphold human rights and avenge attacks.

Late stage empire came with the last generation in the form of competition and eventual victory over significant imperial competitors. Late stage empire is ugly; full of pervasive marginally important skirmishes at the periphery: like Vietnam and Afghanistan.


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Other empires have faced remarkably similar problems over time. The modus operandi is essentially existential: If you're not expanding, you're dying. Collapse is inevitable. Every other empire in human history has eventually met the same fate.

Modern humans have not figured out this problem of power consolidation. For my part, I believe this has to do with the conundrum that all politics is about dealing with scarcity. Fear, rather than constructive values, drives people to consolidate instead of share power. On the largest scale, we end up with empires over and over.

Empires continue to repress citizens, spy on everyone, and engage in endless punitive colonial wars. Hell, the word punitive itself is a reference to Rome's battles to maintain its frontiers.

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No "Hope and Change" speech was going to change the problem of empire, which has vexed humanity for millennia. Obama is great compared to most US presidents, especially his immediate predecessor. The government is actually run by millions; the president's role is to be a good leader and provide a good example - and within this framework, Obama does a remarkably good job.


But let's be honest with ourselves about the nature of empire, shall we?___

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2014-11-09 17:42:45 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Looks like writers at addicting info had a very similar reaction to the one I had last Tuesday: Winning was actually bad for the GOP:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/11/04/chill-out-liberals-the-republicans-took-the-senate-and-thats-terrible-for-them/

Looks like writers at addicting info had a very similar reaction to the one I had last Tuesday: Winning was actually bad for the GOP:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/11/04/chill-out-liberals-the-republicans-took-the-senate-and-thats-terrible-for-them/___

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2014-11-09 16:21:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Delicious.
And predictable.

#GamerGate has had a terrible week with major figures questioning validity of the campaign. Read all about it on this blog.

"[…] this is the week that GamerGate was the Night of Long Knives writ large.  If you believe that life is a spectator sport, then this week was a NASCAR race, complete with spectacular car crashes throwing wreckage that decapitated random fans in the stands.  If you don’t believe me, ask Milo, #Gamergate’s most notable and respected journalist."___Delicious.
And predictable.

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2014-11-08 18:37:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-07 13:53:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It seems like we all would do well to be reminded that the only constant in life is change.

And plutonium. That shit's never going away.

It seems like we all would do well to be reminded that the only constant in life is change.

And plutonium. That shit's never going away.___

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2014-11-07 13:21:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Find the scumbags. Get paid.

http://www.gameskinny.com/jvb9b/female-game-developer-brianna-wu-offers-cash-reward-for-information-that-sends-her-harassers-to-jail___Find the scumbags. Get paid.

2014-11-05 15:48:49 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Thoughts about GOP wins:

For me, this was not a surprise. Parties in opposition to the one that holds the presidency tend to do well, especially in a second term. This isn't always true, of course; but it happens often enough in US history that it's worth keeping in mind.

Second, the GOP has serious longterm structural issues that makes this win problematic for them. If I were a GOP strategist that cared about what happens in the next decade, I'd be far from jubilant.
What the GOP wants is a kind of minority opposition, perceived-victim complex that is more well suited for obstruction.

See, the demographics that the GOP depend on are shrinking rapidly. I saw the less well covered story of last night being all the home turf the GOP had to fight hard to protect. A lot of that turf is now occupied by less white people.

On a national level, it appears... more »

Thoughts about GOP wins:

For me, this was not a surprise. Parties in opposition to the one that holds the presidency tend to do well, especially in a second term. This isn't always true, of course; but it happens often enough in US history that it's worth keeping in mind.

Second, the GOP has serious longterm structural issues that makes this win problematic for them. If I were a GOP strategist that cared about what happens in the next decade, I'd be far from jubilant.
What the GOP wants is a kind of minority opposition, perceived-victim complex that is more well suited for obstruction.

See, the demographics that the GOP depend on are shrinking rapidly. I saw the less well covered story of last night being all the home turf the GOP had to fight hard to protect. A lot of that turf is now occupied by less white people.

On a national level, it appears strongly evident that the GOP is going to have more and more trouble winning the presidency due to demographic change. Instead of trying to work with minorities, the GOP has largely doubled down on racism. A victory now will lead to a more stinging defeat. And more defeats. Because the longer there are Democratic presidents, the more opportunities there are to change the complexion of the Supreme Court.

These coming defeats will now hurt more because of last night's GOP victory. If they had not won, they could manage expectations and get on with identifying as the underdog. Now that will not be the case.

While the 2020 census will slightly erode what the GOP did last night, they have a lot to worry about from the 2030 and 2040 census. The US will be a majority/minority country around then. States like Texas will have been purple or blue for a while. There will be little or no path to gaining the electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Also:

Last night's GOP win masks other serious problems for them. Other people much smarter than me have been predicting a GOP party split for some time. Remember last year when the Tea Party broke off and shut down the government and the GOP party leadership were helpless to stop it? Prepare for more of that. There's already a civil war within the party and while a win seems sweet right now, I foresee some bitterness in the not too distant future.

This will hamper efforts for the GOP to form a unified front on much of the agenda that the Democrats fear. This isn't to say anyone should breathe a sigh of relief; governments with large numbers of far-right politicians don't have a good track record, historically. They are shorter lived and bad for their citizens and foreign policy.

In a sense, last night was a Lose-Lose situation for the GOP. Short term gains increase long-term losses for them.

I'd feel bad for them if they weren't primarily a party of anti-intellectual bigots.___

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2014-11-04 14:41:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Surprised it took me so long to get to this particular article - but it's excellent.

http://www.feministcomics.com/gamergate-wheres-the-beef/

#gamergate   #teamsjw #notyourshield   #notyourusefulidiot   #sarkeesian   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #misogyny  

Surprised it took me so long to get to this particular article - but it's excellent.

http://www.feministcomics.com/gamergate-wheres-the-beef/

#gamergate   #teamsjw #notyourshield   #notyourusefulidiot   #sarkeesian   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #misogyny  ___

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2014-11-04 06:32:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Take your vote seriously. And learn about Fannie Lou Hamer.

Fannie Lou Hamer's speech at the 1964 DNC

Take your vote seriously. And learn about Fannie Lou Hamer.

Fannie Lou Hamer's speech at the 1964 DNC___

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2014-11-04 05:20:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This picture is worth a thousand words. Brilliant.

Treehouse.

From http://stupjam.tumblr.com/post/100619892774/probably-everyone-is-sick-of-this-gamergate-mess

#gamergate #harassment #misogyny___This picture is worth a thousand words. Brilliant.

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2014-11-02 17:31:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

“If I bet on humanity, I’d never cash a ticket.”
— Charles Bukowski

Image credit: "Ville Propre" by Dran. http://londonwestbank.bigcartel.com/product/ville-propre-very-rare-poster-by-dran 

#quoteoftheweek   #quotes   #humanity   #literature   #charlesbukowski   #streetart   #art   #dran   #painting   #wisdom  

“If I bet on humanity, I’d never cash a ticket.”
— Charles Bukowski

Image credit: "Ville Propre" by Dran. http://londonwestbank.bigcartel.com/product/ville-propre-very-rare-poster-by-dran 

#quoteoftheweek   #quotes   #humanity   #literature   #charlesbukowski   #streetart   #art   #dran   #painting   #wisdom  ___

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2014-10-30 19:11:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

That was a touching read.

A brutally honest take from Arthur Chu on the vicious cycle of alienation and misogyny that led to #Gamergate...___That was a touching read.

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2014-10-30 16:32:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Delicious.

JOHN STEWART IS A TROLL!!!___Delicious.

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2014-10-29 13:35:31 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Rape culture is real.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/actress-who-highlighted-street-harassment-receives-rape-threats-online-9824803.html

Rape culture is real.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/actress-who-highlighted-street-harassment-receives-rape-threats-online-9824803.html___

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2014-10-28 22:32:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I guess the fedoras don't get to count this one as a win now.

Good to see Adobe explicitly dissociate itself from the #Gamergators .

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2014/10/when-anti-bullying-efforts-backfire.html

#gamergate   #stopgamergate2014   #sarkeesian   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #quinnspiracy   #notyourshield   #notyourusefulidiot  ___I guess the fedoras don't get to count this one as a win now.

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2014-10-28 16:18:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Five People You Will Meet in #GamerGate (And How They Are All Wrong)
A really excellent analysis of the categories of people who support Gamergate. If you read only one article on #gamergate , this should be it:
http://ggobservations.blogspot.de/2014/10/the-five-people-you-will-meet-in.html
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield   #stopbullying   #gamergate   #teamsjw  

The Five People You Will Meet in #GamerGate (And How They Are All Wrong)
A really excellent analysis of the categories of people who support Gamergate. If you read only one article on #gamergate , this should be it:
http://ggobservations.blogspot.de/2014/10/the-five-people-you-will-meet-in.html
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield   #stopbullying   #gamergate   #teamsjw  ___

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2014-10-28 15:54:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-27 23:35:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

We need this metaphor. Because some people need hand holding.

Pretty much. ___We need this metaphor. Because some people need hand holding.

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2014-10-27 18:32:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tom Tommorow. Scathing as always.

___Tom Tommorow. Scathing as always.

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2014-10-25 17:35:22 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The pervasive link between many mass shootings and violence against women.

There is so much wrong here___The pervasive link between many mass shootings and violence against women.

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2014-10-25 05:12:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Fuck GamerGate.

Geek feminism on how Gamergate has been effective in silencing them.

Fuck Gamergate.

#gamergate #harassment #misogyny___Fuck GamerGate.

2014-10-24 21:24:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-24 20:59:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The internet has been set ablaze with all the talk about GamerGate, and Danni has some thoughts about why comic book readers should be concerned as well.

The internet has been set ablaze with all the talk about GamerGate, and Danni has some thoughts about why comic book readers should be concerned as well.___

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2014-10-24 14:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Important read.

More police thuggery.

" I think that night in jail removed from my mind the last vestige of any thought that I would be treated differently by the police because of the content of my character. I am a lawyer and law professor. I had a neon green hat on, and I stood to the side in silence, taking pictures. But watching and pretending to be neutral did not protect me. Having my dress slacks on pulled up around my waist did not protect me. In the eyes of the police, I was one thing: a young black male."___Important read.

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