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Oh, yes. As every publicist knows, the best way to handle a PR crisis is to bring up the awful thing you desperately want people to forget about five or more years after the fact. This is the stable-iest, most genius-y thing I’ve ever heard. Donald Trump, whose numerous grievances tend...

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  • October 15, 2021

There is a saying in playground basketball games, no harm, no foul. That may be fine for Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle, but the United States’ sanctity is a different story. Saying that democracy is at stake seems to elicit two feelings, one, that Democrats are hyperbolic or Republicans are...

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  • October 8, 2021

If it were a perfect world, I would like to think that the most recent attacks on young black millionaires are just a coincidence. In a perfect world, the success of blacks would be applauded as a plus for the country. Unfortunately, American history is littered with incidents of racial...

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  • June 2, 2021

Remember when denying wedding cakes to gay people was about freedom? Florida Gov. Ron De Santis seems to want cruise ship passengers to get sick. Says he will fine cruise companies $5,000 for each person who is required to show proof of vaccination before boarding. Insanity.https://t.co/tAUyWo0pti pic.twitter.com/Byu8ZKmgAu — Jim Roberts...

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  • May 30, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

The addition of the 1982 amendments to the Voting Rights Act was a turning point in terms of minority representation. Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district lines every ten years intended to bring about racially proportional representation. While its purpose was to give weight to minority votes, it...

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  • May 27, 2021
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It depresses me to acknowledge this, but the Republicans’ commitment to blatant and serial lying, and Orwellian “make believe” governing, pose a real threat by overwhelming the public debate and individual’s efforts to stay grounded.  While a bit well-worn (and of uncertain provenance), this quote is fundamentally true: “A lie can travel halfway around...

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  • May 15, 2021

It’s one of the crimes that the victim is held immediately responsible for the crime. I am talking about la décharge sauvage [English: Fly-tipping, American: Fly dumping]. We have been at our small farm [our retirement plan] for fifteen years now and every year it gets worse. Every day, we...

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  • May 14, 2021

Maybe it’s a circular firing squad on the Titanic, playing Nearer My God to Thee. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) likens GOP to “Titanic”: “We’re in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck, telling everybody it’s fine, and meanwhile Donald Trump’s running around, trying...

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  • May 9, 2021

We’re seeing more and more stories that Liz Cheney is about to be tossed under the bus, that the Republican “leadership” is so in thrall to Trump and his base, so dedicated to the service of Trump’s ego and his lies, that they are preparing to cast Cheney into the...

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  • May 4, 2021

If the Ministerium für Staatsicherheit (Ministry for State Security) had had a crystal ball 40 years ago they would have promoted capitalism, the sheer amount of information people are willing to give away for free would have made their job so easy. Now in a functioning democracy that would be...

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  • May 4, 2021

Like any good con artist Trump now tries to call his losing a “big lie”, because he’s all about the disinformation as he does his lounge act in Florida and now New Jersey. Trump or his media image is the kind of synthetic construction that combines the GQP lie affirmed by...

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  • May 3, 2021

I have heard Democrats touch trickle-down economics on the edges. But they always seem to fear hitting it not only head-on but for decimation. Biden takes trickle-down economics to the cleaners See full episodes here. The construction of this segment of the president’s speech was perfect. Understand this. It isn’t that  Republicans...

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  • April 29, 2021

Only Republicans would encourage running over demonstrators by indemnifying and pitting RWNJs and their vehicles against peaceful crowds. Because who knew that the “unintentional” weaponizing of personal vehicles was possible when pretending you’re driving a Tesla into a crowd of demonstrators.  “Five states besides Florida introduced similar bills this year, granting some...

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  • April 25, 2021

“Dadirri listens and knows, witnesses, feels, empathizes in the pain under the anger, and, if the anger is accompanied by action, seeks to understand the thoughts and feelings behind the action. Dadirri then seeks to find the source of that pain in knowledge-building for a deepening understanding of the more...

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  • April 23, 2021

As of today, 50% of US residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated with at least one shot for Covid-19. Yesterday’s report by the CDC showed 49.7% of adults have received the first injection while 31.8% have completed their vaccinations. The report also shows 39% of the total...

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  • April 17, 2021

As of today, 50% of US residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated with at least one shot for Covid-19. Yesterday’s report by the CDC showed 49.7% of adults have received the first injection while 31.8% have completed their vaccinations. The report also shows 39% of the total...

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  • April 17, 2021

The land of nonsense has now been proposed, because the new America First Caucus decided they’ll advance the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like neoclassical architecture promoted by fascist movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits...

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  • April 16, 2021

The new America First Caucus advances the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like the neoclassical architecture often called Federalist. Not coincidentally it also is the official state facade style promoted by  authoritarian movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits fought by...

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  • April 16, 2021

The Black Codes of the late 1800s are making a comeback in America. These ordinances were meant to control the free movement of people of color using minor infractions as the reasoning, which was a literal attempt to keep black people in their place. The beginnings of policing in America...

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  • April 16, 2021

No. No.  We don’t need infrastructure bills in America .   We are fine according to republicans.  Well, that state of mind is being changed I bet as I type. (or maybe not according to Republican thinking)  Manatee County Florida is under mandatory evacuations and every homeowner can expect higher homeowner...

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  • April 3, 2021

Sometimes the New York Times gets it right: How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations During the 2020 campaign, Trump kept running short of cash. (Anything less than “all of it” is short of cash in his eyes.) So he died what unscrupulous advertisers often do: He rigged his donation...

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  • April 3, 2021

Yesterday the state of Georgia defined election integrity as—black people not voting. Republicans love to throw around the image of liberal politicians in hemp-filled rooms manipulating the lives of “real Americans.” Well last night, in a guarded room, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, flanked by a clique of hoodless, conveniently masked...

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  • March 26, 2021

More “bad days” ahead. We’re not going to throw up our hands even as social media now shifts to predictable Islamophobia. Notable is that the shooter in Boulder bought his gun on the evening of the  Atlanta shootings. A Brady Bill might have stopped him. By the end of February, people around...

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  • March 23, 2021

For those attempting to spin a dementia narrative about President Joe Biden, the CDC's performance should dispel that spin. Joe Biden interrupts scientists x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. I must admit, as I initially heard the scientists talking about some therapeutics being less effective on certain variants, I...

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  • March 19, 2021

Dale Cooper: There’s nothing quite like urinating in the open air. (Twin Peaks) A Colorado man who refused to wear a mask on an Alaska Airlines flight and urinated in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants. The charge carries a maximum term of 20...

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  • March 14, 2021

Dale Cooper: There’s nothing quite like urinating in the open air. (Twin Peaks) A Colorado man who refused to wear a mask on an Alaska Airlines flight and urinated in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants. The charge carries a maximum term of 20...

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  • March 14, 2021

Back on March 2, President Joe Biden implored the states of Mississippi and Texas not to jump the gun by lifting their mask mandates. “I hope everyone's realized by now these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking...

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  • March 12, 2021

Plenty of dimwittedness to share as Trump demands via a cease and desist order that the GOP not use his likeness or name unless they pay for it. Also, Trump threatens to negative campaign against Lisa Murkowski in yet another empty threat. And finally Trump returns to NYC, the reasons for...

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  • March 7, 2021

Not sure where to slot this among the growing list of Fox News pseudo-scandals. Is this glaring omission worse than Barack Obama’s tan suit? That hardly seems possible. The tan suit affair nearly ended us. Our enemies saw our commander in chief arrayed in fine raiments of effete ecru and the gates...

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  • March 2, 2021

I’ve been paying only intermittent attention to this weekend’s CPAC event. Not much has changed since they choppered Donald J. Trump out of Washington like a zoo manatee being returned to its natural habitat. Ted Cruz is still awful, and the rest of the Trumpaloompas remain firmly ensconced inside the regal...

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  • February 28, 2021

Very fine people on both sides. On Nov 4, 2016, the neonazi National Socialist Movement published a statement on their website, announcing that they would be replacing the swastika with the odal rune to enter mainstream politics. Four years and an attempted fascist putsch later, it’s the stage at CPAC. https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1365446416500289537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw...

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  • February 27, 2021

I never thought to hear such snark from someone as genteel as Merrick Garland. And maybe he wasn’t trolling the poster boy of domestic terror and insurrection after all. But, damn, it sure feels like Garland, whose path to the Supreme Court was derailed by a metric fuck-ton of Republican...

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  • February 22, 2021

Aside from not putting himself in quarantine upon return from Mexico, Ted Cruz continues to lose the PR battle of abandoning his Texas constituents. Because he’s a populist, he also got “mariachied” today. Like a normal person naming his dog Ted Cruz, Ted’s an unreal populist. Beto O'Rourke drove from El...

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  • February 22, 2021
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Recovering memory and historical revisionism in sex work might be the sad product of many repressive regimes. What becomes worse is the complicity of academic institutions in white-washing crimes against humanity.  Harvard is no stranger to items like Alan (buddy of Jeff Epstein) Dershowitz’s attempt to move the statutory rape...

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  • February 20, 2021

I took a day to think about the death of radio personality Rush Limbaugh. My immediate thoughts were snark-provoking. Although Limbaugh spent over 30 years mining the cavernous depths of cruelty, I wanted to suppress the urge to welcome the death of his brand of political divisiveness—but who am I...

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  • February 19, 2021

Sen Ted Cruz [Q-Texas] fleeing with his family to Cancún gave us a fine example of this, two thumbs up Ted, well done. This show us all that when climate change really begins to bite, what will the rich and powerful do, run. The rest of us? Well shit. Tough....

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  • February 19, 2021

The not-guilty verdict ending the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump was as expected, but it revealed something even more sinister about the Republican party. After the Senate trial ended, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, made a public display of the hypocrisy in the GOP. He prattled on about the former...

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  • February 15, 2021

On Friday, three hours of Castor and Schoen defending Trump, demonstrating that there will be very fine people on both sides in an insurrection somehow not connected to the incitement of Trump. Worse will be that somehow Trump had rights to foment violence as a clear and present danger to elected officials....

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  • February 11, 2021

Okay, I’ve been sporadically watching the impeachment trial today. Sporadically, because watching the trial isn’t literally my job. I had other pressing matters to attend to as well. But this is Josh Hawley’s job, at least for the moment—and, well, he doesn’t seem too interested in doing it. You remember Josh,...

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  • February 10, 2021

This is why they lie. Because they get away with it—and it works. GOP Rep. Nancy Mace, who earlier this week questioned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s personal account of the Capitol insurrection, is now soliciting funds based on her lies. Now, the coup attempt that we all saw with our own...

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  • February 6, 2021

This may be nothing more than a clever trolling exercise, but I’m curious to see what becomes of it. x .@williamlegate and I are going to prove that progressives can make a better pillow, run a better business and help make the world a better place while doing it.— David Hogg...

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  • February 4, 2021

“You know, you can go to Capitol Hill, you can go to the White House,” said one Oath Keeper on the October 29 call. “If they [DC police] are going to allow, you know, a mob to just, you know, basically storm buildings, they’re basically abrogating responsibilities.” Apparently, lazy reactionaries...

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  • February 3, 2021

No one wants to hear about GameStop(gate) even if it’s not really a scandal or a flaw in capitalism. Slavoj “we must end capitalism but won't” Žižek on GameStop is like imposing a libidinal economy on Sudetenland when you take it over. Was the appeasement good for you too? There’s a market...

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  • February 2, 2021

As Climate Crisis returns to the new US administration agenda, negative emissions technologies (NETs) may find their implementation hindered by neoliberal financialization.   An earlier ACM story showed how Steve Keen’s critique of Nordhaus’s use of discounting climate change demonstrates that orthodox economics is incapable of accelerating innovation especially in...

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  • January 31, 2021

The local internet buzzed. The local goose had tangled itself in a loose strand of fishing line, with a barbed lure tearing at her throat. The local goose was an odd duck.  My best effort called her a Greylag or an Anser Anser.  She was mean and would chase children. ...

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  • January 27, 2021

Since the Great and Powerful Ooze hopped in his hot air balloon and flew back to Mar-a-Lago without Dorothy and Toto, I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of him. It’s like a roly-poly raccoon has been loose in the walls for the past four years and someone finally let him...

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  • January 26, 2021

So locking kids in cages, praising “very fine people on both sides,” shivving democracy, criminally mishandling a pandemic, and lying nonstop were not enough to make Trumpies permanent pariahs. But it looks like inciting a murderous mob may have finally done the trick. Go figure. Now that the ex-prez with...

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  • January 25, 2021

More Charlie than Kevin, McCarthy now tries to polish a turd about the insurrection, tiptoeing a fine line between Trumpists and “post-trumpist” GOP constituencies. McCarthy is just not good with shiny objects to distract the media, as he defaults to the GOP’s more covert racial messaging. x Wherein @GOPLeader indignantly refuses...

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  • January 21, 2021

The Big Lie must be thoroughly erased. This delusion is unfortunately the trope deployed as a grand commodity for a national grift that could last until 2024. In the more immediate instance, actions still have consequences, even if Trump implies that he will give pardons in the case of the insurrections....

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  • January 18, 2021
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