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…suppressing your opposition with power; strong regimentation of society and economy, and dictatorial power- Fascism In the collegial setting, politics is taught as a science. It is meant to be an apolitical study based upon history or comparison, its global effects i.e. international implications, and accepted theory. Although modern fascism...

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  • September 3, 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

Wait, I’m confused. I thought we lived in a free-market democracy in which corporations are “people” with sacrosanct “opinions” (which, for some reason, usually come in the form of gobs and gobs of campaign cash). So when corporations literally write their own legislation, it’s A-okay. That’s just what the Founding Fathers...

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  • April 8, 2021
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Banana Republic is not yet a bankrupt concept in America, although it is being sorely tested. Trump’s 1/6 coup counted on the numbers of RWNJs in the US military, including some QAnon-influenced former National Security and ex-DoD/Military. The hint at the misuse of federal personnel was foreshadowed in the Summer...

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  • March 13, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Green, unburdened by House committee work, should put a bit more time into her trolling banter. Sadly, this was no different than the previous guy’s issues with thinking the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico weren’t part of the US, and his minions’ interest in giving Alaska back to Russia....

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  • March 12, 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

​ 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...

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  • January 30, 2021

As Steve Bannon is pardoned for scamming border wall money, he’s likely the new operative for a Trump political party to promote neo-fascism. Trump has trial ballooned it prior to leaving DC and its site of a recent insurrection. Bannon has been speaking with Trump in recent weeks. x Trump pardons Stephen...

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  • January 20, 2021

Even as DC is now better prepared for a “million militia march” on 20 January, the likelihood is that only the most foolhardy will lay their lives down for Trump’s Big Lie. Meanwhile “something of a pariah” Trump will flee to Florida to rehabilitate his now permanently abysmal position in history. And...

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  • January 17, 2021

CNBC Host Andrew Ross Sorkin did not fall for corporations’ newfound disdain for Trump & GOP after his insurrection plot on the Capitol. Sorkin tells the truth about corporations & sedition See full episodes here. Stephanie Ruhl reported that many companies stopped their political donations to the Republicans who participated...

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  • January 14, 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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  • December 5, 2020

Jo Biden had offered 20 billion to preserve the Amazon. It was ridiculed denied by the Trump of the Tropics, Jair Bolsonaro. Perhaps a similar offer to the nations involved in Africa would be a rational response and likely considered. It’s worth a try. I highly suspect this diary will...

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  • November 3, 2020

Presidential Historian was not pulling any punches. He gives the reason why Americans must act to defeat Trump to save the country. I want to add an important message to his statement, which I think is very important. Presidential Historian shows the worry of many Americans x x YouTube Video...

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  • September 25, 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

He’s golfing again this weekend in Bedminster. Will he do more pseudo-pressers and populate the “press corps” with “reporters’ from Epoch Times, Gateway Pundit, and OAN. “The president is back at his New Jersey golf resort, bringing his taxpayer-paid golf tab to $142 million.” x Trump’s here at Bedminster, his...

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  • August 14, 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

Considering the penchant for bored federal tactical teams to practice their snatch and grab techniques with their rental vehicles, it’s a good thing to take down that statue. Chicago will feature at least 200 members of the miscellaneous DHS protection squad this weekend.  x BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to...

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  • July 24, 2020

Over the past 24 hours, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has faced a firestorm of criticism for his over-the-top rhetoric and grandstanding regarding the ongoing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon. In his memo justifying the deployment of federal marshals that neither the mayor nor the governor requested or...

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  • July 17, 2020

Not exactly a slam dunk if you have to brag about something you won’t have to show the public. “If you are perfectly normal, why would they be shocked?” x Trump on cognitive exams to Fox: “I actually took one very recently … I proved I was all there because...

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  • July 10, 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’s button got pushed by Biden: x If John Bolton's accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 17, 2020 x Joe Biden was a TOTAL...

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  • June 18, 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

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

Politico has what I think is a good article on the overly optimistic coronavirus pandemic model proposed by the IHME and the Trump Administrations latching onto this model.  While not part of this article, Trump was once again asked by a reporter if he felt responsible for the 50,000 coronavirus...

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  • April 25, 2020

273 days left in the cluster of incompetence that is the Trump regime. Was Trump and Fox News hyping hydroxychloroquine really a pump and dump scheme? HHS Secretary Alex Azar tapped Brian Harrison, a trusted aide who joined the government after running a dog-breeding business for six years . For a few critical weeks, the...

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  • April 23, 2020

Live Blog below — Who knew the flu ended World War I and had it on their bingo card? 5:00* PM EDT (*now announced for 530pm) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House Howell Raines “We’ve been presented with a sinister whirlwind of doubletalk.” Trump is...

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  • April 20, 2020

Because Donald Trump can’t stand to be contradicted or be in the same room with anyone who’s smarter than he is, his only available options are to staff his administration with a cadre of fawning yes men or a flock of drunk flightless birds. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the breakout star of Trump’s...

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  • April 15, 2020

I often find, in history as well as in current events, that having a timeline can be very useful in sorting out just what happened and when, and for judging claims made later on. It is, unfortunately, impossible to do a full timeline on Trump’s mishandling, misadministration, and maladministration of...

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  • April 15, 2020

LIVE BLOG below (presser likely will start 30-45 minutes late*) 5:00* 6:15 PM EDT Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing at The White House (in the Rose Garden) What fresh psychodrama is this? Will anyone ask Trump why his propaganda video clip from yesterday omitted February from the...

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  • April 14, 2020

Aside from sinophobia rather than russophobia, The NY Times has documented more of the details for the 70-days of denial/delay/dysfunction in the Trump White House.   Aside from the framing of Red Dawn (1984), it’s pretty clear that the 2012 remake was on the minds of the email writers, where references...

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  • April 12, 2020

In the midst of the current sinophobia and Trump’s claims of “shutting it down”, apparently European travel made the NYC spread worse: New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the...

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  • April 9, 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

according to Worldometers: Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Total Recovered Active Cases Serious, Critical Tot Cases/ 1M pop Deaths/ 1M pop World 1,000,177 +64,980 51,356 +4,164 210,199 738,622 37,003 128.3 6.6 USA 235,747 +20,744 5,620 +518 10,324 219,803 5,421 712 17 Italy 115,242 +4,668 13,915...

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  • April 2, 2020

We are not so much in uncharted territory as much as the Twilight Zone. Death Cab for Cutie-pie x So let me get this straight: the Trump administration is willing to hand out $500B to corporations to save executives, but isn't willing to spend $1 billion on more ventilators to save...

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  • March 28, 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

Trump’s Right-Wing cabal is in sync and functional in complete disregard of the coronavirus science. Yesterday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pointed out that Trump's Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin made it clear his interest was the markets. He showed no interest in compassion. Trump in recent press conferences...

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  • March 25, 2020

There remains an absence of a US national policy as the COVID-19 death rates mirror Spain and Italy. and the rate of infection is as fast in Louisiana as New York. x Alabama's 'Last Resort' plan: “…any of a wide range of underlying health conditions – such as metastasized cancer,...

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  • March 25, 2020

Fox News may need to step up its game, because One America News has proven itself to be far more fawning, dangerous, disingenuous, and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs than the Abomination that Ailes Built has ever been. Today, at Donald Trump’s press conference about the totally under control spread of...

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  • March 19, 2020

The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus has overtaken China's in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States. “Italy has world's second oldest population, 87% of those killed by COVID-19 are over 70”. Italy’s population is 4% of China’s. There will be waves in this pandemic,...

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  • March 19, 2020

The only re-election path Trump may have is to invoke yet again some image as a “war-time president” even if the enemy is his incompetence. In the post-impeachment period, this is another desperate act for re-election. He’s always been a war-time POTUS* even as he was impeached. For example, on Jun 4,...

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  • March 18, 2020

The Federal government excels at producing documents, in this case the head of the Executive Branch “looked the other way until it was too late.” This not-yet-released HHS report on COVID-19 projects an 18-month-long tsunami of nationwide disease and death. The Trump administration could’ve stemmed the tide but looked the...

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  • March 18, 2020

He is utterly, utterly shameless (second tweet): x Trump, who not a month ago characterized Democratic criticism of the coronavirus response as a “hoax,” now claims, “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” pic.twitter.com/6GTpZ59b75— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 17, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> At today’s...

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  • March 17, 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

Aside from the forced separation of families, The #TrumpPlague will be more than about fleas and rats. The Trumpian aversion to accurate data elsewhere has brought the nation to the edge of the golden hour. x If the mortality rate is 1%, that means 50,000 of the cases from the...

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  • March 15, 2020

The Italian death rate may be ahead for the US as the numbers now follow Italy’s, which wouldn’t have happened had Trump not wanted US companies to profit from the contagion (as well as not accepting non-US testing solutions). It’s should always be people’s health before profits. Italy’s current rate is 6.8%...

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  • March 14, 2020

Peter Wehner argues in The Atlantic (paywall, some free articles) that The Trump Presidency Is Over. It took until the second half of Trump’s first term, but the crisis has arrived in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s hard to name a president who has been as overwhelmed...

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  • March 13, 2020

More Trump bafflegab this morning as Individual-1 spins another false narrative of disinformation to distract from his incompetence. Trump is never to blame, don't cha know! x …. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing...

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  • March 13, 2020

Not unlike those nuisance defamation suites against MSM, Trump may use the DoJ for further re-election lawfare. At worse he may get the Secret Service to bar people with coughs from the WH grounds.  Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair reported: The problem is that the crisis fits into his preexisting...

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  • March 10, 2020