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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.   ~Dr Seuss EOM

Meta: Why Many Of Us Hide Behind Walls

Most of us don’t want the rabid Internet in our private and business lives, some like Ellen Pao cant avoid that connection Ellen Pao was at the heart of two of 2015’s biggest feminist news stories: her discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins; and her resignation from content-sharing site Reddit, after weathering what she…

MSF Kunduz Etc

Yes, more on this story, although little in the media since the 25th of November After two months of in-depth investigations following the US airstrikes that destroyed the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on 3 October, MSF today announces with great sadness that the death toll has been confirmed to be…

Who should Sanders pick as a running mate?

Sanders has some work to do to win the Democratic nomination, but for the sake of entertaining ourselves, there’s no harm in wondering who would make a good vice-presidential running mate. And maybe it’s not too early to discuss. Traditionally, candidates wait until they’ve won the nomination to pick a running mate but there have been exceptions….

Dear FSM. I'm Sick Of This Primary Season

With some supporters putting me off any candidate. The final straw is the  DNC data fiasco, nobody appears to have done anything illegal such as hacking, the data storage was insecure. The mistake was not dealing with it in house, but oh no, it was much more fun to throw another spanner in the works….

Do you believe Clinton is unaware of top fossil fuel donors?

Hillary Clinton’s opponents in the Democratic primary pledged to not take donations from the fossil fuel industry. It’s an appropriate response to the fossil fuel industry’s tremendous influence in Washington, despite their presenting a catastrophic threat to the future of civilization.  When an Iowa voter asked Clinton to take the same pledge she dodged the…

Female photographer on Facebook proves that everyday misogyny is a real thing

Originally posted at Eclectablog. There are two things that worry me most about Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and the national, even international, megaphone it gives him. The first is that he's so outrageous that he makes a zealot like Ted Cruz seem “reasonable”, a terrifying prospect. Second, and equally worrisome, Trump is giving voice, cover,…

No I'm Not Going To Join In

I have decided to avoid the discussion of you know whom, about you know what, on DKos completely. I have also decided to avoid it all together on other diaries as the comments cannot be collapsed and I have seen things that should remain unseen, I do hope this is rectified soon. I’m sure some…

Will The GOP Dare To Kick Trump Out? Ha.

Even the right is beginning to realize that Donald Trump is a fascist. He also happens to be the GOP’s front runner for their primary by a considerable margin. Will they dare kick him out, or will they embrace him, because in their race, he is not the only god-damned fascist in their primary field,…

Ethnic Cleansing. How it starts.

Ethnic Cleansing The mass expulsion or killing of members of one ethnic or religious group in an area by those of another. This is a phrase that is not often used in democracies. Immigrants: Target one subset, Latinos, disparage them as aliens, rapists and criminals Religious purging: Target one religion, declare them to be terrorists…

Oligarchical Militocracy

When we don’t vote for war, and our wars are both economic and militaristic what else fits? We still have a sort of democracy, where we get to vote for our representatives every now and then. Where it falls apart is that our representatives can’t even be bothered to vote whether we should still be…

Oh What A Lovely War

Now with Britain also joining in the fun. Strategy what strategy? Asked if there was a coherent plan for defeating Isis, Gen Mike Flynn, who retired last year after three years as the head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency, told the Guardian in an interview: “No. No. We don’t [have one] at all. It’s…

2022 A World Cup Bathed In Blood

No sporting event is worth 1 death let alone over 4000 to date Qatar has the highest ratio of migrant workers to domestic population in the world: more than 90% of the workforce are immigrants and the country is expected to recruit up to 1.5 million more labourers to build the stadiums, roads, ports and…

Dear Republicans Words Do Effing Matter. I Do Blame You.

I am tired of this, you have a stage, you have air time, you have a certain air of respectability, then all you do with that is preach hate supported by lies. Hatred of the poor and homeless Hatred of LGBT Hatred of immigrants Hatred of people of color Hatred of women Hatred of Muslims…