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In Irpin, just outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, a multi-faceted resistance movement is preparing to face the approaching Russian troops. Our team met Bohdan, a Ukrainian artist; Maxime, a Russian artist; and Sergiy, a Ukrainian member of the French Foreign Legion. All of them will play a role in defending their city. FRANCE 24’s Cyril Payen and...

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  • March 25, 2022

Police made two arrests after the French president was slapped in the face by a man in the crowd during a walkabout session in France’s Drome region. The incident took place as Macron visited the southeastern region to meet restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to...

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  • June 9, 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

Because of new post-Brexit rules, a marine boundary dispute required the UK to dispatch two naval vessels to deal with a blockade of French fishing boats off the main port of the island of Jersey. Not exactly the Falklands crisis of 1770, or the Anglo-Vichy war of 1940-42, but there...

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  • May 6, 2021

Francisco Franco is still in Madrid waiting for his COVID shot, but previous guy seems full of the usual disinformation. He’s drawing attention away from his failure in Georgia and trying the same scam in Arizona, only this time, it’s “a group of conspiracy theorists running a sham audit.” Apparently election audits can be...

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  • April 25, 2021

A new book suggests now the necessity of reexamining the historical materialist project of Walter Benjamin recognizing those moments of historical contact as acts of recognizing the constructed historical object. “Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized interpretation of information; or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental...

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  • April 24, 2021

Do we really have the will to prosecute Trump for anything? Or will he escape yet again because he’ll try to bargain his way out of an indictment  because he holds something, something national security secret. This is probably how Kushner guaranteed his safety after leaving the Trump regime. For...

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  • April 17, 2021

Structural change needs to happen, because in community policing, community should precede policing. The paramilitary trend should not be seen as a burgeoning conflict between armed militias, one more official than the other. We need a de-escalation whose goal is the diametric opposite of the 1/6 insurrection. The problem isn't...

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  • April 15, 2021

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • April 10, 2021

We’re now at that strange nexus where Brian Kilmeade’s attempt to pin Prince Phil’s death on the granddaughter-in-law fits other anti-semitic and racist tropes fronted by Fox News. This because of counting artifacts in threes. “The New York Time’s (NYT) Upshot examined the statistical prevalence of celebrity deaths in threesomes. How did they do...

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  • April 9, 2021

Apparently John (no relation) Kennedy (R-LA) may endorse those sober drivers who run over demonstrators in Oklahoma, because a guy who “went to Oxford” should know something about logical fallacies. x Hours after America's second mass shooting in a week, Sen. John Kennedy downplays the gun problem by noting that...

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  • March 26, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 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

“Pena que a cavalaria brasileira não tenha sido tão eficiente quanto a americana, que exterminou os índios” “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn’t been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians.”  Jair Bolsanaro  via Correio Braziliense newspaper Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsanaro, may face charges for crimes against...

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  • January 25, 2021

Further investigation coming as the reality emerges. The Capitol police officer was killed because he was beaten to death, not a heart attack as originally reported. Foreign money supported at least one figure involved in the 1/6 insurrection, suggesting that a 1/6 Commission be created. x The Jan 6 siege at...

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  • January 14, 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
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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx. Not quite this type of commodity, but more like a pork barrel. x “Ah, pork bellies, I knew it.” ~Louis Winthorpe @dan_aykroyd https://t.co/yeVcYIYtqF— Stephen Bates (@batess) December 3, 2020 M. Proudhon has the misfortune of...

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  • December 4, 2020

“Until now, Donald Trump served as a support for the Brazilian president to act irresponsibly. Now with the U.S. adding to Europe’s pressure, Brazil is more isolated, and the government will find it harder to stay on this foolish path.” Alessandro Molon, the opposition Brazilian Socialist Party  The Amazon is half...

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  • December 2, 2020

Trump really wants Iran to do something stupid before he leaves office, whether it’s a terrorist strike by proxies or something, something Revolutionary Guard attack. x If killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani didn’t change Iran’s behaviors or its strategic policies and objectives, I doubt that killing it’s top nuclear scientists...

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  • November 27, 2020

This fucking guy. I mean, really. CNN: It does not appear President Trump will participate in a side-event at the G20 virtual summit focused on pandemic preparedness. The event — which is due to begin this hour — will feature remarks from the leaders of Germany, France, South Korea and...

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  • November 21, 2020

Do you really believe the little turtle and pig Barr and loonie Graham and others will go so far as to try and disenfranchise the first Black /Asian woman VP in American history?   Do you think after countries including France, and Israel and even Saudia Arabia have offered congratulations will be...

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  • November 10, 2020

It is the best system we have got at the moment and needs strengthening, This election has gone around the world and the subsequent words and actions matter. Many democracies are under threat from those seeking to undermine its principles and how this plays out in the USA will resonate...

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  • November 6, 2020

This is just my opinion but he is not afraid of any left leaning or what he considers anti American protestors.  Nope.  I think he is afraid of the Mob.  The Russian Mob.   He is afraid of Putin’s displeasure of failure to  bring America to him. The Wall?  Well I...

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  • November 3, 2020

This is just my opinion but he is not afraid of any left leaning or what he considers anti American protestors.  Nope.  I think he is afraid of the Mob.  The Russian Mob.   He is afraid of Putin’s displeasure of failure to  bring America to him. The Wall?  Well I...

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  • November 3, 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

Chuck Todd gets a good one in every so often. He challenged Indiana Senator Mike Braun after he gave an insane rosy scenario. Chuck Todd asks the correct loaded question x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. One gets tired of Donald Trump’s enablers and sycophants appearing on cable...

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  • September 10, 2020

If you said “turning someone else into a sucker,” you’re a winner. Come pick up your complimentary case of Zima and two Alvin Styczynski tickets. The Daily Beast: While strolling around the lavish ambassador’s residence in Paris, he reportedly took a fancy to a number of pieces of artwork, including a...

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  • September 6, 2020

When you’ve been a lifelong bullshitter but your brain has slowly turned into cat piss and sand and you can no longer remember your lies … well, you tend to embarrass yourself, big-league. Trump, of course, is denying that he skipped a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial...

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  • September 5, 2020

We are simply at the moment where the accumulated stories of disrespect all get to be compared with the opposing candidate and his party. x Every Republican who stood by and continues to stand by Trump, particularly after we’ve learned about his “losers and suckers” comments, deserves to forever wear...

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  • September 5, 2020

After all the stupidity and incompetence, Trump really does sound like he says things with no filter. And even as he says he said no such thing, his excuses are even stranger, and his lies are getting amplified by the Russians, again. A new report details multiple instances of Donald Trump allegedly...

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  • September 4, 2020

Canada’s last fully intact ice caps have disappeared NASA satellites confirmed.  The two ice caps are in the Northeast of Ellesmere Island, near Greenland. The ice caps formed during the Little Ice Age, they have succumbed to the intense heat waves blanketing the Arctic over the past several years. From the...

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  • August 7, 2020

Sapiens has trouble with timescales of planetary forces. Greenland Ice Sheet Fossil fuels and agriculture have driven methane emissions to record highs across the globe claim two new studies. Methane is a colorless gas and comes from natural and human-made sources. The gas is a danger to humans because it...

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  • July 15, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell was denied bail.  Yes, this should not be news, but given what occured with the sweet heart deal that Jeffrey Epstein received, you cannot put anything past our justice system that caters to white wealthy people.  And the legal arguments put forward by Maxwell’s lawyer sound like it...

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  • July 15, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

x Photos of Trump today – from @tru62. pic.twitter.com/dVVHvwUG9q — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 27, 2020 x In white polo shirt and red cap, Pres Trump returns to WH from his Virginia golf club. pic.twitter.com/8hAWAvma8z — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 27, 2020 x The choice of messenger…. Irony and any...

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  • June 27, 2020

Month of disruption are ahead. and Putin possibly egging on Trump in the phone call on the same day as the St John’s photo-op does not bode well for life in the Drumpfbunker as November approaches. If the G-7 summit is held in the U.S. in September, and Russia is...

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  • June 6, 2020

It’s worth reading Anne Applebaum’s Atlantic article “History Will Judge the Complicit”, or does the GOP wish to reveal the truth of conservative principles as oxymoron. “The question now is whether the old American mantras, the appeals to traditions of democracy and the rule of law, still work—or whether they have...

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  • June 4, 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

Where to start with when it comes to the results of Sweden’s COVID-19 response?  Sweden decided to tell their seniors to stay at home, and they essentially left most of their economy open.  The idea was that the younger Swedes would achieve herd immunity and protect the more vunerable seniors...

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  • May 19, 2020

Trump’s revanchism now manifests itself in the second attempt by Trump to recycle old grievances, mainly from ”Obamagate” first proposed in 2017. Because Trump’s history has always been all about trying to seize land for his domain or at least dominionists, he’s incapable of understanding historical consequences. For Trump, he has yet...

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  • May 15, 2020

Below is a collection of things that I’ve been saving up — including the problems of CV-19, MMT, neoliberalism, and other things relating pandemics to the economy. If there’s a point to this selection it is to remind ourselves what will happen in 2021 with Larry Summers now advising the Biden...

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  • April 26, 2020

Trump still refers to the 1918 pandemic as happening in 1917 because he saw the recent war movie, which was not about the flu. Remember how he got the US to build a southern border fence by using “wall” as a mnemonic device for “immigrants”. Trump’s grandfather died in the...

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  • April 26, 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

Only in the Trump administration can you have a non-economist like Larry Kudlow give economic advice and an economist dispense medical advice. Then again, having Peter Navarro give Trump advice on China trade was such a winner. Berman: What are your qualifications to weigh in on medicines more than Dr. Fauci?...

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  • April 6, 2020

The last surviving prosecutor at Nuremberg trials said Trump's family separation policy is a 'crime against humanity'. Then there’s this COVID pandemic, made worse by the Trump administration’s delay, denial, and dysfunction. • US arcing up into the tens of thousands of confirmed cases per day; still no nationwide lockdown and Americans continue to travel •...

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  • April 5, 2020

The study of national effects is also about subnational regions as comparing NYC to California and Washington shows the relative effectiveness but also some of the problems of density. 2020-2021 will be about subnational, regional recessions. The question will be how largely blue state urban concentrations recover from the pandemic(s)....

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  • March 26, 2020

Our rapturous Secretary of State not only insists on calling the coronavirus by the racist monicker “Wuhan virus,” he’s trying to force the G7 foreign ministers to go along: UK Independent:  Coronavirus: Mike Pompeo insists G7 use 'Wuhan Virus' – but world officials refuse Ministers of the G7 – the...

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  • March 25, 2020

In the final days of World War II, when the Allies were surrounding Germany and even landed in France, Hitler diverted critical and increasingly shrinking military resources to accelerate the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. The hatred he had for them overruled any kind of logic. Incredibly, targeted raids...

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  • March 21, 2020

The screams and demands to shut everything down to stop CVID-19 can have a bitter echo to the young. Right now data suggests those under 50 and especially those under 30 are at little risk beyond a moderate case of the flu. The risk falls disproportionately on those 65 or...

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  • March 15, 2020