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The military situation is not without progress as bombardment continues with little appreciable changes in position. Unfortunately civilians remain in the line of fire. Politics continues to be extended by war, and unfortunately, ​Putin is no Yuri Andropov, one of many who facilitated the violent suppressions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Russia’s advances...

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  • March 19, 2022
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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

MFP is neologisms that get sticky. Cheugy is the latest, being a term that Generation Z calls Millennials, perhaps it’s the revival of more postmodernism. Generation Z consumer-brand attacks on Millennials consumption habits may be all that Gheugy is about. Proud Boys and their golf polos may be Cheugy, if only...

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  • May 16, 2021

Whether it’s soccer teams or sandwich shops, financialization was there before the pandemic, only making some of its supply-chain hijacking yet another example of an impending capitalist disaster. Re-regulation must remain important as crises loom in the post-pandemic recovery.  A 2017 interview with UMass’s Gerald Epstein points to the need to...

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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

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 24, 2021

The rift on Antarctica’s Brunt ice shelf has torn itself away from the glacier resulting in a massive iceberg that is known as A74. British Antarctic Survey has been monitoring the glacier for years. The shelf was at its largest extent for over 100 years. The Brits have relocated their research station twice...

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  • February 26, 2021

No, not by the US but by that jolly benevolent Empire of the British. Of course, it was started by a corporation. But something changed in 1765, shortly after the East India Company took control of the subcontinent and established a monopoly over Indian trade. They arranged a sweetheart deal....

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  • February 23, 2021

One hopes that after the farce of a Trump impeachment acquittal, that criminal proceedings begin in all of the relevant venues. We have already seen how Trump uses lawfare delaying tactics with even less aplomb than Mitch McConnell. We can also be assured that within the year, the numerous right-wing militants will...

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  • February 15, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

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  • February 5, 2021

Grabbing goop everywhere. When you’re a star they let you do it. x Associates who've spoken with Trump say he's used the same vulgarity he used about Pence to describe McCarthy, saying he bowed to pressure with his House floor speech.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 18, 2021 x BREAKING@GwynethPaltrow's 'vagina'...

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  • January 18, 2021

Antarctica researchers have become alarmed by a new finding that shows sub-glacial lakes under the Thwaites glacier are draining a significant amount of water to the bedrock under miles thick with ice. Once the lake water reaches the bedrock, it lubricates the glacier enough to create frictional heat at the bed...

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  • December 28, 2020

So you know that inert, phlegmatic, squishy wad of wax that’s been standing around for four years collecting dust and loogies? Madame Tussaud’s has made a dummy that looks just like him. Or, to be more precise, they’ve dressed him in new duds. And, damn, is it an appropriate outfit....

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  • December 8, 2020

From The Intercept: IF SEN. DAVID PERDUE wins reelection in Georgia’s runoff in January, the Republican Party will almost certainly maintain its Senate majority. Perdue, an outspoken climate denier, urged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords; voted against a Senate resolution that affirmed that climate change is real and that...

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  • November 14, 2020

We’ve all heard it before, ad nauseam: Donald Trump demands loyalty. That’s not exactly right, of course. Donald Trump demands lickspittle obeisance 24/7, and anything short of that will trigger a poo-flinging the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Exhibit A: x .@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime...

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  • November 12, 2020

Accidental IMPOTUS declares 'total landscaping'. Video killed the radio star as he tucked in his shirt. “The term “urban sprawl” was first used in an article in The Times in 1955 as a negative comment on the state of London's outskirts. Definitions of sprawl vary; researchers in the field acknowledge...

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  • November 9, 2020

Typically, nations around the world watch but don’t celebrate the selection of our leaders. This year is a big difference. People all around the world joyously broke out in celebration as if America just overthrew a dictator. We kind of did… x West London, November 7th, 2020: Fireworks celebrating the...

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  • November 8, 2020

Candida Auris is an emerging fungal disease that COVID 19 is threatening to force with additional infections because it is common in hospital settings. It is difficult to control the fungus as it primarily infects anything in hospitals, bedding, rails, and including patients' ears and open wounds.  Patients that are on...

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  • October 24, 2020

In an interview on CBS Face the Nation Scott Gottlieb affirmed the position that the Trump administration erred in not directing national drug production of antibody drugs like Regeneron’s. x And Scott Gottlieb was just on Face the Nation saying that if we would have had a national response in the...

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  • October 11, 2020

Yale Environment 360 notes  “just as global warming has propelled the Arctic Ocean past a tipping point which will lead to a largely ice-free Arctic in summer in the coming decades. Wildfire scientists say that rising global temperatures and worsening droughts mean that the world has entered a new era...

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  • September 29, 2020

The Trump Administration does not dispute that Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson offered Assange a pardon from Trump if he would say Russia had nothing to do with the DNC Wikileaks.   Assange was offered presidential pardon to help 'resolve' Russia's role in the DNC hack and cover up links...

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  • September 18, 2020

Recent Trump appearances have revealed that his giving lip service to vaccines has remained secondary to a continuing belief in herd immunity as if death would be a luck of the draw, or just bad luck, perhaps sacrifices rationalized by some religion. The vaccine is a panacea in terms of any pre-November announcement...

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  • September 17, 2020

Sure, why not? Trump telling Americans outright lies about their vulnerability to a killer virus is just like Churchill trying to calm the British people during World War II. EXACTLY like it. And if you disagree, you clearly have Trump Derangement Syndrome. x Trump compares his decision to keep quiet...

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  • September 11, 2020

Laurie Garrett and John Moore discuss herd immunity which is the default position of leaders like Trump who don’t care how many people die. Trump continues to make excuses and even regress to debunked remedies. He will sacrifice a quarter-million people to achieve re-election, making the actual death toll attributable...

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  • July 29, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

Today when we hear the words ‘new normal’ it generally relates to living life with Covid-19. The Coronavirus has altered lives not only in the crowded cities and cozy suburbs of America but in the Brazilian favela and the bowels of the London Underground. A large amount of the over...

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  • July 22, 2020

“My worry is that we have millions of people with COVID-19 now. And if in a year's time we have 10 million recovered people, and those people have cognitive deficits … then that's going to affect their ability to work and their ability to go about activities of daily living.” Dr....

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  • July 8, 2020

The placing of 90 op-eds in a range of 40+ media outlets signals some real disinformation problems at work. One guess is that one of many (Saudi/UAE/Russia?) intelligence services have been doing this. This Daily Beast article shows how deep the information battle operates. http://www.thedailybeast.com/… Badani is part of a...

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  • July 8, 2020

“Like Churchill, we saw him (Trump) inspecting the bombing damage.” – Press Secretary McEnany. x Did anyone laugh out loud?— annettebpink🌸 (@annettebpink) June 3, 2020 x Here's Kayleigh McEnany comparing Trump's bizarre Bible photo op to Churchill's leadership during World War 2 pic.twitter.com/vXhMdFsLK3 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 3, 2020...

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  • June 3, 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

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Donald Trump, February 17, 2017 It  has been a while (a few years) since I have posted a last Dispatch. I thought though with most (sane) people finding...

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  • May 16, 2020

Received this e-mail from Slate Magazine’s The Surge that emphasizes the top seven battleground states that Joe Biden’s campaign should heavily focus on in order to win over 270 electoral votes. Here they are in their  order: 1. Florida We’ve grown accustomed to a trend in election night coverage of...

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  • May 16, 2020

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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  • May 9, 2020

Classic Trumpian economic policy, preying on chaos. Trump pimps a “V-shaped” recovery in time to re-elect him. Nope, probably not happening. DC is barely keeping the US economy together because the GOP intends to rebuild it on the victims of the pandemic. Bill Blain does a rant on this. … The...

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  • May 2, 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

This fucking guy: Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is under fire for what is being regarded as juvenile rhetoric while the Senate is in gridlock over a stimulus package. In a tweet on Sunday night, Cornyn sniped at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — who explained why Senate Democrats voted...

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  • March 24, 2020

Dithering is not a deregulatory policy. Nor is thinking that 1-2 million deaths are acceptable to get re-elected. Yet Trump does seem to subscribe to a risk model that rewards his benefactors and supporters over anyone else.  Trump has been now proven daily to peddle unsubstantiated hope in dark times. Trump is draconian in a...

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  • March 21, 2020

Perhaps we can see the difference between celebrity Tom Hanks and celebrity Donald Trump in our choice of salty breakfast spread that looks like axle grease. These spreads have much more inner story than IMPOTUS*. For example, Marx gets some of his ecological theories from Justus Freiherr von Liebig, the discoverer(sic) of...

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  • March 15, 2020

Well, this is really something if it proves to be true. (Then again, no amount of Trump corruption would surprise me at this point.) The Daily Beast: President Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange if he agreed to cover up the involvement of Russia in hacking emails from the Democratic...

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  • February 19, 2020

I could rant and rant about how Florida went from a lovely sub tropical state that was  more purple than red but we have had some real lazy people not doing all they could in the State party and the folks with money like the billionaires running for president, not...

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  • February 15, 2020

Thomas Piketty’s new book, emphasizes the role of ideology in preserving and challenging capitalism even as “multigenerational wealth transfers, combined with high rates of return on capital, will inexorably create an uberrich capital class.” George Eaton’s article in New Statesman has some useful and current observations. “The key point is that...

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  • February 13, 2020

Donald “Tiny, Little, Delicate Christmas Whoville Snowflake — the Very First Snowflake of This Wondrous Christmas Season” Trump apparently didn’t like getting his fee-fees hurt while the popular kids talked about him behind his back at the recent NATO summit. The Daily Beast reports that Trump recently lit into Emmanuel Macron and Justin...

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  • December 12, 2019

Apparently Ivanka Trump was not married when she first met then MI6 operative Steele, Christopher Steele. We are reminded that in the 1990s, Donald did see himself as a “James Bond” character, even if we now know him more like an Austin Powers one. x BREAKING: ABC News can confirm that...

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  • December 9, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. It was found the Trump administration’s proposed changes to...

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  • December 6, 2019

Why can’t we trust this man? Just a week after the President may have disgusted a large part of his base, the military, by interfering with the Navy’s decision to strip Navy Seal/Petty Officer First Class, Eddie Gallagher of his Trident pin, he unexpectedly visited the troops in Afghanistan yesterday....

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  • November 29, 2019

Thanks to President Trump and his transparent and perverse desire to enrich his golfing buddies in the fossil fuel industry and to accelerate the climate crisis, the U.S. is the most notorious climate criminal in the world right now. But the Aussies are giving us a run for our money....

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  • November 29, 2019

Either W.H. ex-Russia advisor Tim Morrison is the dumbest MFer ever to don London Fog or he is trying to craft his testimony to Congress to excuse himself for not coming forward to report Trump’s criminality as Lt. Colonel Vindman did. I know which side I come down on. CNN obtained...

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  • November 2, 2019

For too long the mainstream media has been given a pass for being the patsy of the plutocracy. Many times they ask loaded questions with an intent to mislead and in doing so placate their masters, the pharmaceutical industrial complex, the healthcare industrial complex, the energy industrial complex, and every other...

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  • October 31, 2019

The road to the bunker seems a lot clearer after William Taylor’s testimony, in which he clearly describes the regular and irregular agenda channels in the Arms for Dirt scandal. Three “amigos” and Rudy are described clearly in Taylor’s opening statement. Of them, Sondland now appears to have perjured himself. Even...

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  • October 23, 2019

The New York Times has this story up this evening: Erdogan’s Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than control over a wide swath of Syria along his country’s border. He says he wants the Bomb. The story mainly talks...

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  • October 21, 2019