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Prices are going to rise, probably exponentially, over the next few decades. The reason for that's simple: everything, more or less, has been artificially cheap. The costs of everything from carbon to fascism to ecological collapse to social fracture haven't been factored in — ever, from the beginning of the industrial age....

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  • October 25, 2021

Previous guy always expects the loyalty of mob silence Omertà, even when he throws everyone under the bus, it’s part of his personality disorder. The real goal for his relative silence might be the return to social media when Facebook reconsiders their suspension. He has a Parler account but doesn’t use...

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  • April 29, 2021

x “Small T” traumas are bad things that happen in our lives that we don’t always feel like we can claim ownership over, things that feel murky, or things we’re told aren’t “that bad.”@sophianjune writes:https://t.co/VN0zPUSPoS — Medium (@Medium) April 10, 2021 x Pretty crazy story about a journalistic impersonatorhttps://t.co/zMqq9V63rCWith social...

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  • April 25, 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

The stuck ship does tell us something about the fragility of global trade and the flow of capital.  Fungible Space Logistics, that concept popularized by United Parcel Service is also about the spatial problems of concrete versus abstract global networks. x Everyone is talking about the big ship getting stuck...

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  • March 28, 2021

We have all experienced remotely-located call centers, whether from US prisons or foreign countries. “Minerva at Midnight” (I’m usually posting a story at midnight so I might as well make it a feature, not a bug) Blade Runner questions will be at least amusing when you as a disgruntled consumer, is...

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  • March 22, 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

GOP AGs have been busy supporting the Trumpian delusion and sedition. The 1/6 Commission will have plenty of narrative content. Not unlike the mania for appointing Trump judges, the GQP AGs are a cabal that for some evangelicals, theocratically leads to a dominionist (fascist) state. Not unlike the QAnons who believe...

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  • February 19, 2021

There was a putsch; will Trump return for a revival after crashing the Hindenberg. https://twitter.com/allwritenow/status/1359122161252921344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Editors, publishing agents and authors have signed-up to a letter in the hundreds, demanding the industry deny Donald Trump the publication of any post-presidential memoir. The letter, titled “No Book Deals for Traitors,” was signed by more than...

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  • February 16, 2021

A glacial landslide scar, all that remained of a previous piece of ice that had collpased, is believed to have triggered a new landslide that slammed into and triggered part of Nanda Devi glacier to collapse. When the rocky debris slammed into the Himalayan glacier’s much larger remnant, it sent rock and ice down a valley...

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  • February 8, 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

Back to softball questions, even though Trump’s proposed color scheme simply repeats his private jet’s colors and is dreadfully boring, in fact an imitation of one of American and Delta’s schemes from 20 years ago. Psaki’s answer was sarcasm. Psaki said she didnt know if Pres Biden planned to change Pres Trump's...

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  • January 23, 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

Wisconsin is a critical state for both Democrats and Republicans. Biden can win without it, but it is a bellweather, and as Wisconsin goes, much of the Upper Midwest may also go. Trump almost certainly cannot get to 270 without Wisconsin, a state he won by fewer than 23,000 votes...

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  • October 27, 2020

Bring on the boring: Trump tells a rally in Pennsylvania that politics will be boring if Joe Biden is elected President. Sam Elliott brings the Morning in America for the win: x The Biden campaign ran this 60-second spot nationally tonight during Game 1 of the #WorldSeries on FOX —...

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  • October 21, 2020

My snark-astic reputation likely precedes me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally have real human feelings. Like when I’m eating nachos and the pace of my cheese* and chips consumption becomes badly staggered, leaving me with a sad, dry-ass pile of un-cheesed chips. That sends me into a very...

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  • October 21, 2020

We’ve all been hearing that Democrats have ad money to burn (so much that they’re running out of places to spend it) while Trump and his ilk are broke. But it gets much more obvious when you see it on a map, like the one the Wesleyan Media Project has...

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  • October 18, 2020

Now that’s what I’m talking about: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country. Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation...

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  • October 12, 2020

From Salon: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican facing a tough re-election battle this fall, revealed in financial disclosure forms that her husband invested in pharmaceutical companies that courts have held legally responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis. Collins' husband, Thomas Daffron, appears to own up to $50,000...

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  • June 18, 2020

The plan is no plan for IMPOTUS*, the new normal will be a death toll daily equivalent to a 9/11 every day. Federal guidelines are being ignored by states because Trump has decided to ignore it as well. “The plan is to have no plan” is not a strategy, really. Nor...

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  • May 6, 2020

Another job well done. Uh, medium rare. Er, baking in the sun like maggoty roadkill. The New York Times:  Trump administration officials are telling members of the coronavirus task force that the White House plans to wind down the operation and it’s not clear whether any other group might replace it....

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  • May 5, 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

Ed Kilgore of New York Magazine posits that the coronavirus pandemic may be for Trump what Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War, and the financial crisis were for George W. Bush:  it could finally erode Trump’s base.   Yeah, I know.  I know.  I know.  I’m more with Cornell Belcher who thinks that...

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  • April 25, 2020
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D. NY) nailed it yesterday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: I don’t think we ever get back to normal. I think this is one of the new normals now in public health, like we go through the environment, like we’ve gone through the economy. It...

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  • April 11, 2020

TOMORROW! SPECIAL GUEST on Emergency Healthcare Online Town Hall Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team Join PDA’s Emergency Healthcare Virtual Town HallTOMORROW, April 8, 4pm ET, 1pm PT—RSVP here Protect Nurses, Patients, and Public Health Make...

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  • April 7, 2020

Demand The Healthcare Policies We Need Solidarity,  Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team Protect Nurses, Patients, and Public Health Make Empowering, Effective Calls From Your Home Support PDA’s COVID-19/Single Payer Organizing   Progressive Democrats of America...

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  • April 6, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: As we all deal with the deadly coronavirus, we cannot forget that there are important elections underway. Two of the hottest congressional races this year are in Maine, one for the House and one for the Senate. Add to...

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  • April 4, 2020

We’re Heartbroken! Nurses Are Dying! Solidarity,  Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / WebinarTOMORROW, 4/5–Click To Email Mike Fox For Info.   Stay Informed! Read PDA’s Recent Posts   Make Empowering,...

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  • April 4, 2020

More stories of mask-wearing and not mask-wearing. Detroit bus driver dies of Covid-19 weeks after complaining of passenger's cough. x Heartbreaking.Jason Hargrove was behind the wheel of a bus in Detroit when he said a passenger began to cough. The woman let loose four or five times without covering her...

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  • April 3, 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

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
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I’ve always loved Elizabeth Warren’s “I Have A Plan For That Motto” because it rings so true. Today, she unveils three new plans that cover three big issues. First, the Coronavirus: Warren’s plan has several provisions, starting with attempts to help people who need or will need medical attention. She wants...

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  • March 2, 2020

FUCK YEAH!!!! x #WarrenTime pic.twitter.com/WjyWlH0WeD— Jack Black (@jackblack) February 24, 2020 Actor and musician Jack Black endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid on Monday. The comedic celebrity said he’s “all in” for Warren in an endorsement shared on Twitter. Black’s celebrity backing comes as Warren and her primary opponents prepare for their...

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  • February 24, 2020

The reality of tomorrow’s Nevada caucus will be in the details of delegate allocation. The meme of “insurmountable delegate lead” could prevail. Meanwhile Trump does a counter-rally in Vegas. x Post-debate poll (Thursday, Feb. 20):@BernieSanders – 30% (+2)@JoeBiden – 19% (0)@MikeBloomberg – 17% (-3)@ewarren – 12% (+2)@PeteButtigieg – 11% (-1)@amyklobuchar – 5%...

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  • February 21, 2020

Stunt for stunt. In the age of Trump the price of revealing the origin of DNA could be set at $130,000 an event. If you had Donald Trump’s DNA, what would you do with it? The idea isn’t as outlandish as it may seem: An anonymous organization called the Earnest Project is...

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  • February 18, 2020

We know from the National Climate Assessment that climate disruptions to agriculture over the past 40 years has increased and, will only worsen as the climate crisis continues to unfold. Drought and flooding will increase, and heatwaves will come earlier, be more frequent and, last longer threatening the lives of...

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  • January 13, 2020

Two US military bases confirmed hit by at least 10 Iranian short-range ballistic missiles at this time. Irbil and Al-Asad bases hit. No casualties reported as yet. Updates as they occur. From senior US military source in Iraq:“Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short range...

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  • January 7, 2020

A new Washington Post article describes the mechanics of disinformation underlying portions of the smear campaign to which Rudy Giuliani claimed credit as a private citizen working for Trump. Colludy or Conspiry? 'I needed #Yovanovitch out of the way' so  malign actors in Arms for Dirt created fake lists The story that...

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  • December 17, 2019

An Iran born Danish millionaire set a willfully uninformed Donny Deutsch straight on his ignorant comment about healthcare in Denmark. The Dane also pointed out how disingenuous Deutsch was with his personal characterization. It all started last week on Real Time with Bill Maher where Donny Deutsch said the following....

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  • November 2, 2019

“We’ve created a situation that is so contrary to what we had hoped for. We’re doing more harm to the environment. It was a mistake.” Former Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). Heartbreaking and horrific recent images of the severity of wildfire that have burned out of control in the Amazon rainforest....

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  • September 24, 2019

It’s time to tell the full truth. It’s time to pursue hospice, with as much honesty, integrity, and compassion as we can muster. It’s time to admit that ignoring the decades-long warnings about climate change have led directly to the expected outcome. It’s time to comfort the afflicted, which includes...

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  • July 5, 2019

Buck-buck-BUCKAW!   The New York Times Well, that was a breath of fetid air. The New York Times just announced that it has made the decision to remove political cartoons from all future editions of their “international” editions. They did this in response to outrage of the recent publication of an editorial cartoon that...

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  • June 11, 2019

Only 370? Where are the rest of them? In a stinging rebuke to William “Low — No, No Lower … Lower” Barr, hundreds of former federal prosecutors have signed a statement asserting that Donald Trump would have surely been charged with obstruction of justice based on the findings of the Mueller...

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  • May 6, 2019

I hate stories like this but feel it is necessary to make people aware that cruelty is growing in America.  This incident is probably just one of many but this one got reported.   Yes, she is black, of course.   Was there ever any question of her race when you read...

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  • May 6, 2019

So this happened today: President Donald Trump on Thursday gave Texas Sen. John Cornyn his “complete and total endorsement” for re-election, saying his fellow Republican has “done an outstanding job for the people of Texas.” That backing came by tweet, the president's favored medium for weighing in on political campaigns....

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  • February 21, 2019

Under Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman’s 6 Years of Leadership, People-Powered MoveOn Has Grown Dramatically and Emerged As a Pillar of the Resistance Movement in Landmark Trump-Era Fights Galland and Sheyman Will Continue in Current Roles Until MoveOn’s Boards Conclude Search for New Director and Will then Assist Transition After...

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  • January 17, 2019

OK, look, I know that I’m not the sharpest scalpel on the surgical tray, but even I can see a pattern emerging when it’s a 20’x20’ checkerboard. In several recent articles, I have talked about the changeover in the House control putting upward pressure on McConnell, as well as Trump....

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  • January 3, 2019
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First off, Happy Holidays to all my fellow Kossacks. Apologies for not being as prolific as I normally am with my diaries. Once the New Year begins, you can sure bet that I will have a ton of new diaries out on the upcoming races in 2019 and 2020. But...

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  • December 24, 2018

Tell Your Congress Members To Join The Medicare For All Caucus Cheers,  Debra Schrishuhn and Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Reminder: Healthcare Call This Evening! Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is supporting our coalition partners National Nurses United...

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  • December 12, 2018

photo: The Launch of the Medicare For All Caucus In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Urge Your Congress Member ToJoin The Medicare For All Caucus! Today is Human Rights Day, and today we once more declare...

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  • December 11, 2018