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A day after the Queen of England died, the President of the United States traveled to Ohio. Joe Biden announced a manufacturing revitalization plan for the rustiest of the rust belt states. With the federal government’s help, the Intel corporation is building a 20-billion-dollar chip fabrication plant outside Columbus, Ohio....

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  • September 14, 2022

This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021

In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision supported by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice William Brennan wrote in part:  [Gregory Lee] “Johnson was convicted for engaging in expressive conduct. The State’s interest in preventing breaches of the peace does not support his conviction because Johnson’s conduct did not threaten to disturb...

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  • June 30, 2021

President Joe Biden set a new goal of having 70% of adult American vaccinated for Covid (with at least one dose) by the Fourth of July. About 56.4% of adults in the US were vaccinated with a dose as of yesterday. The pace of vaccinations has slowed dramatically with only...

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  • May 4, 2021

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  • April 24, 2021

With vaccination rates averaging 3.2 million per day, this should be the week when one half of all US adults will have been injected with at least one vaccine dose for Covid-19.  http://www.wsfa.com/… Just over 120.4 million Americans have received at least one jab, according to the CDC’s report for...

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  • April 13, 2021
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Here’s some big news today out of Pennsylvania: .@JohnFetterman announces he raised $3.9 million in the first quarter for his Pennsylvania U.S. Senate run, through 140,000 contributions. A big haul of 💰 at an early stage. — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he raised...

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  • April 1, 2021

Not about authoritarian horseshoes or even close hand grenades. The “environmental” claims of RWNjs or even wise use advocates is also about corporate land use, private property NIMBYism/sovereignty, and constraining minority populations via immigration. Even the New Zealand terrorist’s manifesto proclaimed a ecofascist threat was largely about fearing indigenous people because of...

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  • March 22, 2021

Oprah Winfrey’s query of the exiled Royals was a superfluous gesture to most black Americans. That was until she brought up the subject of the baby royal, Archie. By exposing what most black men and women around the world know, that racism exists from the commoners to literal Kings and...

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  • March 10, 2021

Hi, Hoomans!  The last couple of months have been a whirl!   All I remember is waking up really horny and cold in the middle of January. “Hey,” I thought to my self, I remember these ponds from before.” At dusk, I heard a dozen male chorus frogs making their crude and...

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  • March 6, 2021

It may seem optimistic, but if the three vaccine manufacturers currently sending out doses can live up to their announced production levels, there will be enough Covid doses to cover 55% of the entire US population by early April. As of yesterday, the CDC reports that 51.8 million Americans have...

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  • March 2, 2021

For much of the world’s history, we have been ruled by violence and its descendants. Kings won their thrones by having better fighters than their opponents. Transfers of power meant inheriting that throne or by violently seizing it. On those rare occasions where power changed hands non-violently from one living...

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  • February 15, 2021

Jim Acosta of CNN reports that a Trump advisor says that “Trump is F’ed if further criminal proceedings happen after this impeachment trial”. Bad lawyering happened and the GOP knew it. Donald Trump's own lawyer just argued that “tired” and “fed up” voters kicked Trump out of office. x Bruce...

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  • February 9, 2021

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  • January 30, 2021

Trump campaign staffers were behind the rally that led to the violent insurrection at the Capitol according to documents obtained by the AP. The campaign denied that they were involved and blamed it on low-level former employees described as “kids.”  Throwing the kids under the bus, what vile and despicable...

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  • January 20, 2021

According to documents obtained by the AP, Trump campaign staffers were behind the rally that led to the violent and deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The Trump campaign denied that they were involved and blamed it on low-level former employees who described them as “kids.”  Throwing the “kids” under the...

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  • January 20, 2021

Oh, this is so, so sad. No one wants to come to Li’l Donnie’s clubhouse anymore. The Wall Street Journal: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has turned down President Trump’s invitation to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the wake of the riots last week at the U.S. Capitol. Belichick, who...

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  • January 12, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave, While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save; But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave, His soul is marching on. Abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859. pic.twitter.com/AOAIpDQKPG — Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 2,...

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  • December 2, 2020

At 10:28 am on September 11, 2001, the first of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center tumbled to the ground. Collectively, Americans stood in unison and cried, oh freedom. Weeks later George W. Bush stood on the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium and threw a ceremonial strike to...

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  • November 30, 2020

Andrew McCabe references a suspicion from the first days of the Mueller investigation that Trump simply needs his comeuppance and a further push into a post-political life.  Cuomo: You think there's more bad stuff about him that we don't know? McCabe: There was a lot more in the intelligence community assessment...

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  • November 14, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 15 and 16. Chapter 15 describes more closely the production process and its relation of technology (to power as machinery and as social relation) Chapter 16 begins a discussion of...

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  • November 12, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 14, 15, 16.  Chapter 14 will provide further evidence of alienation in the division of labor and manufacturing in the capitalist reorganization of labor.  Chapter 15 describes more closely the production process and...

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  • November 4, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. This covers chapters 11-14. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it was published in 1849 – under the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’. Robert Moore is...

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  • October 28, 2020

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  • October 24, 2020

Okay, this is some bullshit. And the bullshitter’s older brother, Curtis, agrees. x My sister is full of #$@%# ! Trump’s first order of business was to rush a tax credit through for the top 1%…which includes her! She, along with Trump,have no use for the working class. She only uses...

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  • October 4, 2020

Much jackboot-quaking as a much-touted demo in Portland had a weak showing north of the anarchist jurisdiction.  x tickled by this because I watched 5 seconds of the KATU coverage and the proud boy on the mic said something like 2,000 people were there— voltaverse (@voltaverse) September 26, 2020 x...

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  • September 26, 2020

From CNN: Former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville is favored to beat Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones this fall and join one of the world's most exclusive clubs. Which makes his recent answer to a question about whether or not he supports the Voting Right Acts all the...

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  • September 18, 2020

Trump continues to dig the hole deeper. Expect some stunts that attempt to divert attention from the current news cycle in the coming week. President Donald Trump conceded on Wednesday that he did purposefully downplay the COVID-19 in its early stages despite privately acknowledging it was “deadly stuff” — but he did...

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  • September 11, 2020

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  • August 29, 2020
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can (but not will) save the US economy. What with the White House Council of Economic Advisors now reduced to one economist, it’s worth noting that one of their econometric models (Hassett) influenced the prediction that COVID-19 infections in the US would go to zero by...

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  • June 28, 2020

Trump has just issued an executive order to protect statues. This faux martial law applies only for objects, and specifically protects by inference, right-wing extremism. Because Trump wants to sanction only one side of those “very fine people” and protect appearance rather than substance in public spaces. The farcical Trump regime...

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  • June 27, 2020

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  • June 6, 2020

Deliberate attacks on journalists have cost at least one reporter an eye. And yet the COVID-19 pandemic remains. A number of efforts are underway to try to track the attacks on journalists, which are often first documented on Twitter. Bellingcat senior investigator Nick Watershad documented 100 incidents by 12:50 PM ET...

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  • June 1, 2020

There were a lot of die-ins this weekend. The NY Times assembled the sequence from arrest to death of George Floyd. On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen...

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  • June 1, 2020

Rachel Maddow exposes a very cruel act by the President as he cuts national guard deployment by one day to avoid giving them retirement and educational benefits. Rachel Maddow exposes another Trump evil Watch full episodes here. Rachel Maddow reported the story written in Politico recently. More than 40,000 National...

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  • May 20, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: Sara Gideon (D. ME) I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well. As you may know, New England is the scene of some of the hottest Senate and House races this cycle, and none is...

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  • May 19, 2020
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From Salon: Women voters who propelled Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to wins in four consecutive Senate races have increasingly soured on the so-called “centrist” Republican as her record has drifted farther right since President Donald Trump's election. Maine is a uniquely women-dominated state. About 77% of women residents are registered to vote,...

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  • May 10, 2020

Kudos to Emily Singer at The American Independent for calling out this moron: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Tuesday questioned a study by U.S. researchers that found a malaria drug Donald Trump has been pushing as a “miracle” cure for COVID-19 is no miracle at all — and might lead...

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  • April 23, 2020

Shakedowns of materiel like PPEs that demonstrate abuses of federal power are now de rigueur and should not be confused with fiscal policy or even neoliberal austerity. Disaster hides much venality. It’s about rank kleptocratic crony-capitalism in the form of market-cornering or cartelization. For example, Trump’s brag about ventilators is no different than...

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  • April 22, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was on TRMS last night. Rachel highlighted some news he made: California has signed its own contracts with Asian manufacturers to provide 200 million N95 masks a month. California is also lending lots of ventilators to New York and a few other states, because we...

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  • April 10, 2020

Not since the plague, also known as the Black Death, arrived in Europe in the early 1300s has the human population been more vulnerable to exotic disease. Black Death is estimated to have killed 30 to 60% of the population of Europe.  With international transport of people and goods, dense...

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  • March 20, 2020

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  • February 15, 2020

On the eve of Trump’s State of the Union paean to himself, it may help to be reminded of all the ways in which the Guy  Who Knows Everything doesn’t know much, and doesn’t care. Jennifer Rubin, in her latest (well, latest as of yesterday) swipe at the Pr*sident Sh!t-for-Brains...

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  • February 4, 2020

When Mike Pompeo instructed NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly to point Ukraine out on a blank map, we all had some version of the same thought: Why doesn’t he ask his boss? Well, George Conway, full-time Trump gadfly and part-time husband to Barbie Riefenstahl, pointed out in a recent Twitter...

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  • January 28, 2020

“Friends. Shit is getting well-serious. I am at my place at the very top of the Bellinger Valley. Smoke has completely saturated everything for days now. “Most of this evening I have heard the wind absolutely roaring on the escarpment above. These beasts are inexorably heading for Point Lookout and...

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  • December 17, 2019

Okay, if anyone else did this, you’d immediately have his brain checked for tumors … or prion disease … or unexploded ordnance.  But when Donald Trump does it, most people just shrug.  Yes, we have a president whose word is literally worthless. Isn’t that fun? Here’s the latest, from The Washington...

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  • December 13, 2019

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: New England is the scene of some of this election’s hottest Senate contests. Council for a Livable World is backing three candidates from the region who are critical to a progressive majority. Sara Gideon of Maine is challenging incumbent Senator Susan Collins....

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  • December 7, 2019

The BBC identified 12 key issues for the Labour party’s manifesto in preparation for the December General Election. Not wishing to take anything away from NY Brit Expat’s cogent analyses, I wanted to reflect on one item, the potential for re-nationalizing of key sectors in the US 2020 election context,...

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  • November 24, 2019