Manipulation

Republicans have proved to be masters at soundbite manipulation. The GOP has gotten, mainly, poor white people in the Red States to oppose Medicare expansion, happily believing that rich people trickling on them will eventually improve their lot. Truth in schools is being portrayed as a threat to whiteness, and...

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  • October 15, 2021

“Today's sentencing of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger should be front-page news ringing alarm bells anywhere people are concerned about democracy, abuses of corporate power, and the rule of law. The real crime here is the death and disease resulting from Chevron's poisoning of the drinking water of thousands of Indigenous...

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  • October 6, 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

I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 2021

Trump still pimps the Big Lie, because only Mr. Bigly Orange could be hiding in a hitherto-unaccounted-for room in the White House. After all, isn’t Trump a National Treasure, and might he really be somewhere still in the White House, pursuing that Matrix-greenscreen version of Biden. Because Neo-liberalism is about...

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  • March 20, 2021

The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) overcharged Texans, indirectly through power companies, by over $16 Billion and says it will do nothing about it. Texans screwed by their government again See full episodes here. The PUC held a meeting recently. They had to decide what to do about the overcharging...

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  • March 7, 2021

Ron Johnson and a core number of GOP senators does the bidding of Russia for what seems to be the reasons that Kevin McCarthy attributed to Dana Rohrabacher and Donald Trump: Putin pays them. Russia seemed to be on Riley Williams’s mind when she indicated that she wanted to sell...

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  • March 1, 2021

We must make the Texas Catastrophe the nail-in-the-coffin for post-Reagan failed economics. Economist Paul Krugman is not sure. I am! Why? Post-Reagan failed economics must end See full episodes here. Conservative economic policies hurt the poor and middle-class as it transfers wealth to a few. The Texas Electric grid catastrophe is...

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  • February 24, 2021

Lots of manipulation today, but the House always wins even in the case of GameStop.  Elizabeth Warren on the GameStop surge on @CNBC:”The billionaires and some hedge funds are yelling because they're not the ones, the only ones, who make money when the manipulation works.” x This is the same...

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  • January 28, 2021

The Wall Street Bets on Reddit move on GameStop has proven that the stock market and its financial instruments are a special fraud. Reddit proving something big Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...

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  • January 28, 2021

So this story requires a rudimentary understanding of two completely unrelated news items: 1) The weird GameStop stock manipulation that’s currently being undertaken by Redditers. Basically, it’s a gambit intended to screw over hedge fund managers who shorted the stock and to prove that the market is just a load of bullshit,...

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  • January 28, 2021

The Wall Street Bets on Reddit move on GameStop has proven that the stock market and its financial instruments are nothing but a fraud. Reddit, Wall Street Bets, GameStop See full episodes here. From the time I took an economics elective class and understood the stock market in detail and...

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  • January 28, 2021

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx Summary: Chapter 16 of volume 1 of Capital is called “Absolute and Relative Surplus Value” and discusses the nature of labour, surplus value and surplus labour time. This chapter begins Part 5 of Capital (which...

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  • December 22, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx. Outline of Marx’s Analysis Chapter 16 The Historical Relation Between Absolute and Relative Surplus Value – in capitalism, social labor produces surplus-value – early on: formal subsumption of labor produces absolute surplus-value by extending the working...

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  • December 20, 2020

To define exactly what I mean: Banana Republicans: An exploitative party that functions purblindly, often reliant upon and  disproportionately benefiting a corrupt individual with the aim of installing an authoritarian regime characterized by corruption and economic exploitation. Texas AG Ken Paxton’s longshot suit asks high court to negate 10M votes...

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  • December 10, 2020

Maybe we can now just wait for every vote to be counted. Fortunately we’re past the fail-safe point of the Comey email fiasco of 2016 and its associated manipulation by the NY Times. We may be out of October Surprises. Even Putin seems to have officially cut Trump loose. Then...

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  • October 29, 2020

The name of the anonymous author of op-eds criticizing the operation of the White House, is Former DHS chief of staff @MilesTaylorUSA ), but in the scheme of October Surprises this is a footnote. More important matters are whether one of five swing states can be won by Biden/Harris. x Thread....

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  • October 28, 2020

Reminding myself that during nearly two decades of my life, racial segregation dominated some states, and that in 2020 we are still battling some of the same issues preventing people from voting. As if we didn’t need more reminders of systemic racism. People are going to need to be “carefully taught”,...

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  • October 28, 2020

Keith Olbermann has been doing daily YouTube reports on various miscreants, but mainly on IMPOTUS, and it now seems like the Trumpian narrative now developing is a plan to disqualify Biden, by means of something, something…. illegal reasons. As unlikely as this might be, the desperate Trump has been even...

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  • October 20, 2020

Rudy Giuliani hasn’t kept his gaslight under a bushel, but may get prosecuted, not for his quasi-espionage or actions supporting Trump’s re-election, but simply for defrauding the US Treasury. x To get the amount of money Giuliani did, business owners must prove payroll expenses between $720,000 and $1.68 million in 2019....

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  • September 17, 2020

40,000 cases a day and 1,000 deaths a day but this is altered?  I just saw this on CNN.  Is this not criminal? http://www.cnn.com/… (CNN)Trump-appointed communications officials at the US Department of Health and Human Services pushed to change language to weekly science reports released by the US Centers for...

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  • September 12, 2020

There will be a variety of responses to the impending Trump attempt to steal the election. Be prepared. x The Transition Integrity Project has run an interesting set of war-games for the November presidential election. Scenarios for each electoral outcome (and the implications for political violence in the US) are...

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  • September 6, 2020

True to form: x Blaming the shooting targeting protesters — 2 were killed — on the protesters themselves is the take Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler chose for the incident in Kenosha: https://t.co/qPw26VwTEm— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) August 27, 2020 Some context: A white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested...

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  • August 27, 2020

As we begin a week of pure GOP propaganda, it’s time to remind ourselves how we got here as well as remind ourselves that the GOP is still entangled with Russia as well as malign forces. With less than 100 days before the presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials are warning...

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  • August 24, 2020

Eternal vigilance ahead for 90 days. Even with the 1968 noise Trump wants 2016 back because it may be the only real victory he’ll have. Rovian math 2012 comes back sprouting turd-blossoms. Remember how Karl Rove “openly acknowledged that the function of his propaganda was to create a mythology and...

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  • August 2, 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 in disinformation: the plan continues to be no plan, increasing our information search-costs. The best example of that is removing as campaign manager, Brad Parscale, the real manipulator of the real and imagined 2016 data-sets in the swing-states. What is normal functioning for Trump has been disinformation, as he...

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  • July 16, 2020

I am so tired of writing about people committing suicide because of willful ignorance promoted by the COVID-19 charlatans they listen to day in and out. It is easy to talk about natural selection or that this veteran was a victim of his own gullibility. Humaneness demand that we hold...

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  • July 15, 2020

Turns out George Orwell lacked imagination. Donald Trump has already decried our robust (er, 23rd-ranked by number of tests per capita, but who’s counting?) testing regime because it makes him look bad. He’s said that if we didn’t test we’d have very few cases. Which sort of makes sense if...

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  • July 14, 2020

Trump’s tweeting more gibberish replete with nonsense and continues to tank the economy built by the previous administration. Ever the opportunist, Trump would have signed off on the recent “Justice and Open Debate letter in Harpers if they’d have put it in front of him. He’s defaulted to the same playbook...

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  • July 12, 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

Mary Trump’s book while not a hagiography, helps explain Trump’s quashing any release of high school or college transcripts if Trump did hire someone to take his SATs. It may be the case that Trump is throwing a distraction that Bob Woodward is a “leaker” with a second book coming out in the...

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  • July 7, 2020

It is more of a comment on Trump’s “cancel culture” that the Aurora, Colorado police would bust up a crowd of violinists peacefully demonstrating a bias death. x Police showed up in riot gear to a peaceful violin vigil for Elijah McClain. “Aurora police basically recreated the dynamic of McClain's death,” says...

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  • July 5, 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 Claims Americans 'Want Law and Order' Policing Whether They Know It or Not The cost of National Guard deployment in recent DC protests cost $21 million. x 1. Based on Wikipedia, it appears that 23 people have died during the George Floyd protests (even though the entry says 22,...

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  • June 19, 2020

So much disinformation, so little time left to election day. Malign forces are at work, not always interested in things like equal rights under the law. Which side are they on. Who are they, considering the media manipulation at work. On Wednesday morning, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a video on...

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  • June 4, 2020

Trump is doing PR for Antifa in his speeches and makes tweets that only draw attention from the reality of 105,000 COVID deaths. More insidiously, it promotes the agenda of white nationalist groups like Identity Evropa. Black Lives mothers, #BlackLivesMaters? Trump as well as Matt Gaetz are somehow coordinating to disinform the public by...

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  • June 2, 2020

Desperate times bring desperate versions of “-gate” memes. Yesterday Trump refused to articulate what he thought Obamagate might be, because he knew it was stupid. Obstruction of justice continues in the Trump regime. Anything to distract from the financial records cases before SCOTUS. x I’ll explain today in the 4p ET...

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  • May 12, 2020

A new Harvard report shows that testing needs to be immediately ramped up by at least three times beyond its current level. The difficulty of raising the level of testing depends on scaling up local, regional, and state levels, and despite the manufacturing of artificial markets and logistics for PPEs and testing technology....

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  • April 19, 2020

Today’s COVID taskforce presser was the most obvious manipulation of the event as a propaganda show in service of the Trump election campaign. Trump tried to rewrite history much like there’s little information about the deaths in nursing homes that might actually be part of the total COVID-19 death toll....

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  • April 14, 2020

Live blog again if only to see what disinformation and outright lies will be presented, even if the MSM needs to not broadcast these live or should only replay the factual elements such as expert announcements. Otherwise they’ve become mini-MAGA rallies. 5pm — Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold...

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  • March 26, 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

The redoubtable Gabe Sherman has another inside look at the paltry, ping-ponging passel of brain cells flitting about our pr*sident’s capacious kopf. Inside sources tell Sherman that Trump is becoming increasingly paranoid over coronavirus — simultaneously worrying that the media are hyping the virus to make him look bad and fretting that...

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  • March 9, 2020

So much disinformation mischief this evening, some poked at by Trump himself if only to draw attention from his venal stupidity with his DNI choices / purges. x This is a really alienating thing for a Democratic candidate to tweet https://t.co/KDPv65Esgf— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2020 Bloomberg’s campaign is exploiting...

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  • February 22, 2020

Get ready for an onslaught of climate disinformation as the 2020 Presidential campaign heats up between Trump and the eventual Democratic nominee. The same bad media actors that helped Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin steal our democracy in 2016 have done little to stem social media disinformation again in 2020...

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  • February 21, 2020

Will scripts get flipped, as the silly season continues. Trump led his Super Bowl appearance whining about how unfair impeachment has been, calling Bernie a communist because he got married in Moscow (he didn’t), and about Hillary Clinton and emails. x Trump claims to Hannity, without any caveats whatsoever, that...

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  • February 2, 2020

Received this e-mail from former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee in support of Dr. Eliz Markowitz’s (D. TX-HD28) special election: The GOP has used gerrymandering to silence Texans for a decade. So we've made the Lone Star State one of our top targets for 2020 — and...

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  • January 13, 2020

Rand Paul appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this morning once again. There was no pandering yet no serious probing. It led however to Paul making some statements that when evaluated to the core speaks a truth few are willing to accept. Rand Paul very artfully criticized Trump questioning his warmongering...

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  • January 12, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Teresa Tomlinson’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: A groundbreaking Washington Post report on the War in Afghanistan details widespread political manipulation and strategic malpractice in our country’s longest war. After the report’s publication, Congress again abdicated its responsibility to provide oversight when it passed the latest defense...

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  • December 16, 2019

Whether among a family, in the workplace, or on the web, gossip operates as cancel culture and at scale is easily monetized by tabloid media. The production of pariahs is one genre of media culture, that in a family is the production of runts, scapegoats, or black sheep. You may...

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  • December 2, 2019