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Since the legal  FBI search—not a raid—was revealed to have taken place at the Trump property in Mar-a-Lago, my phone has rung off the hook; what do you think, what did they get, who ratted him out? Since the punditry’s heart-pumping nonreporting began, leaning on former members of Trump’s inner...

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  • August 10, 2022

This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021

I was born in the 1950s when it was not illegal for black people in the south to vote—it was suicide. Pseudo-laws, tests, intimidation, hoods, ropes, and guns were the anti-democracy tactics of the day. Southern state officials could not legitimately ban black people from voting, so the strategy was...

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  • July 12, 2021

Before 2016 if you told most Americans that Donald Trump would become president, they would have laughed or thought you were joking. The outspoken businessman and tv personality was a complete outsider to the world of politics. Yet his antics and political rhetoric were not. Trump can thank Newt Gingrich...

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  • July 12, 2021

As usual, Ali Velshi delves deeper into the flesh. While most laugh at Alabama yoga silliness, he used Jennifer Rubin to explain the reality. This is why Velshi is must-see TV See full episodes here. Ali Velshi highlighted a story that proves the lengths the GOP would go to in order...

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  • May 23, 2021

Some historical terms should not be used lightly. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the term Apartheid to describe the Israel/Palestine reality, this shocked some people. I hate the word Apartheid as it brings back to too many  precise historical racial connotations with respect to South Africa. The term segregation holds similar memories...

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  • May 17, 2021

If there are epitaphs for the US involvement in Afghanistan, it will resemble the problem of a modern military against a historically unconquerable country built on tribal differences. The winner will be Pakistan and the loser the people of Afghanistan. In a remarkable and previously unreported incident in early December, top...

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  • May 17, 2021

MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle did not mince her words. She pointed out that businesses should pay more if they want more workers. Full stop. Stephanie Ruhle makes a lot of sense. See full episodes here. Today’s jobs report is out and it is not what was expected. Many thought that over one million...

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  • May 8, 2021

Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson made a fool of herself as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made minced meat out of her. Jen Psaki is so cool as she dismantles Right-Wing reporters See full episodes here. One of the problems with reporters from Right-Wing rags like Newsmax is that they are...

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  • May 7, 2021

There is a capitalist propaganda battle at work, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that “ Biden has sent a signal around the world that nobody’s intellectual property is safe in America.”. The National Review now claims that “Profit Margins Save Lives”. “The administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service...

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  • May 7, 2021

MSNBC Host Katy Tur is taking the family leave offered by MSNBC. She slammed the U.S. for its deficiency in valuing the needs of families. MSNBC Host Katy Tur touts family leave See full episodes here. She did not have to do this, but she did. MSNBC Host Katy Tur is almost...

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  • May 6, 2021

President Joe Biden seems to be doing the right thing. Progressive's fight to #FreeTheVaccine may be realized. This could mitigate COVID-19 worldwide. #FreeTheVaccine may be realized x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Most Progressives were receiving messages through the grapevine that was disturbing earlier this week. Many activists believed that...

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  • May 5, 2021

Matthew Dowd analyzes the Census and concludes with something I agree with. While the noise on the mainstream media is that it is a net loss for Democrats, I believe the converse is true. Matthew Dowd correct about census See full episodes here. It was refreshing listening to Matthew Dowd as he...

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  • April 28, 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

According to new findings from the University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, primarily in summer, unprecedented quantities of heat from the Pacific are pouring into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait. This likely explains the rapid decimation of sea ice in the region. The decline has...

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  • April 23, 2021

Economist on Morning Joe displayed the obscene nature of inequality. The wealthy got much richer during the pandemic. It demonstrates a failed economic system. Pandemic exposes inequality further See full episodes here. Former investment banker Steven Rattner appeared on Morning Joe and displayed some eye-popping charts. It is imperative that Americans understand these charts. A...

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  • April 8, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

Tennessee is at it again. State Rep. Jerry Sexton is trying for the third time to get the legislature to say that: BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we hereby designate the...

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  • March 24, 2021

Not about authoritarian horseshoes or even close hand grenades. The “environmental” claims of RWNjs or even wise use advocates is also about corporate land use, private property NIMBYism/sovereignty, and constraining minority populations via immigration. Even the New Zealand terrorist’s manifesto proclaimed a ecofascist threat was largely about fearing indigenous people because of...

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  • March 22, 2021

Twitter is dragging Jonathan Turley because of attributing a Rousseau quote to the Reign of Terror, but more likely because they mistook him for Jeffrey Toobin. That’s the nature of conservative culture war, making class warfare a struggle more transcendent and less applicable in times of right-wing insurrection.  x Since philosopher Jean...

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  • March 20, 2021

Asian actor/activist Olivia Munn tells an inconvenient truth about who can cover whose stories. She was so eloquent in the manner that she made it readily obvious. It is more than invisibility. Olivia Munn exposes an inconvenient truth x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. As I listened to Olivia...

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  • March 20, 2021

The Atlanta spree killings are unfortunately a story with structural similarity to events elsewhere. How do we know that Robert Long wasn’t on his way to Mar-a-Lago when the cops performed a PIT maneuver on him after he killed eight people. Darn hypotheticals of the culture wars. Mar-a-Lago as spa resort...

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  • March 19, 2021

Rep. Deb Haaland visited with Politics Done Right at Netroots Nation 2019. She is one of very few Native American women serving in Congress and now 1st Interior Secretary. First Native American Cabinet member, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland See full episodes here. I was so excited when President Joe Biden...

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  • March 16, 2021

It is patently clear that Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has lost the fealty, loyalty, or any semblance of respect from his underlings and enemies. As Mr. Cuomo becomes more defiant in his denials of sexual harassment, the Democratic party both locally and nationwide is getting bored with the drama and wants...

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  • March 15, 2021

“The universe has been to them.” (Resident Alien) 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...

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  • March 13, 2021

One must admire how WH Press Secretary dispatches childish and moronic questions from some reporters. This one was short but effective. Did this reporter realize Jen Psaki dismissed him? See full episodes here. President Joe Biden and Democrats just passed the most transformational bill, likely since FDR. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed our...

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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

Trump never truly understood why Paul Manafort chose Mike Pence as his Vice President. Trump thought that Pence’s commitment to theocracy would serve Trump’s con of the evangelicals and guarantee loyalty rather than the opposite. Trump got “betrayed” by Pence because he knew Trump would never really be able to deliver a...

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  • February 24, 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

As Texas froze and water shortages abounded, Ted Cruz flew off on a warm vacation to Cancun. The election cannot come soon enough. An entitled Ted Cruz See full episodes here. For a supposedly brilliant Ivy League-educated dude, this was a political mistake that not even a novice would commit....

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  • February 19, 2021

For much of the world’s history, we have been ruled by violence and its descendants. Kings won their thrones by having better fighters than their opponents. Transfers of power meant inheriting that throne or by violently seizing it. On those rare occasions where power changed hands non-violently from one living...

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  • February 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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  • February 13, 2021

Let real wages (of $15+/hour) grow faster than labor productivity for some years, undoing the wage repression of the last decades. We have been misled by neoliberal economics for now many decades, it’s time to turn many things around in what is becoming a second-rated US economy, recently crippled by the...

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  • February 9, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021

No one wants to hear about GameStop(gate) even if it’s not really a scandal or a flaw in capitalism. Slavoj “we must end capitalism but won't” Žižek on GameStop is like imposing a libidinal economy on Sudetenland when you take it over. Was the appeasement good for you too? There’s a market...

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  • February 2, 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

The best explanation of short selling (as it applies to GameStop) that I've read pic.twitter.com/o9ZL5HqsKf — John M. Cunningham (@jmcunning) January 28, 2021 1/2Short selling means borrowing shares and immediately selling them. When the price goes down, they buy them back for cents and return them to the lender. This...

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  • January 31, 2021

The Senate is already a very undemocratic body. The filibuster makes it near exponentially worse. That biased structure hurts most. No to the filibuster Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: The wordsJoe Biden’s Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman...

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  • January 22, 2021

The historian George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Understanding this phrase is not so much in the words as in the context. Santayana was a historian but he was also a pragmatist. He believed the role of history was in solving current...

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  • January 21, 2021

The historian George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Understanding this phrase is not so much in the words as in the context. Santayana was a historian but he was also a pragmatist. He believed the role of history was in solving current...

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  • January 21, 2021

We were warned, now a new study has determined that the Earth’s plants' ability to sequester carbon emissions through photosynthesis will be halved by the 2030s or 2040s from what it is today at ten percent. That kind of loss will turn the natural world into a heat and carbon source, bringing...

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  • January 19, 2021

We were warned, now a new study has determined that the Earth’s plants’ ability to sequester carbon emissions through photosynthesis will be halved by the 2030s or 2040s from what it is today at ten percent. That kind of loss will turn the natural world into a heat and carbon source, bringing...

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  • January 19, 2021

Probably the last official deal crafted by Trump will be his pardon, whether of himself or by Mike Pence after Trump’s resignation with hours or minutes to spare. One wonders if Trump will leave the customary letter to his successor in the Oval Office desk, or perhaps just leave a...

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  • January 15, 2021

There is a Wall Street Journal report that Trump’s pressure on a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to resign was part of a broader push by President Trump to overturn the state’s election results. x Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA): “This is a very narrow article of impeachment … it is focused on...

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  • January 9, 2021

Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather...

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  • January 8, 2021

During her second appearance on the leader of the genre in daytime talk, The View (1/5/21), following her maternity leave, Meghan McCain was told in no uncertain terms by one of the other four co-hosts, Joy Behar, that she was not missed.  Although McCain was apparently appalled by the rebuke,...

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  • January 6, 2021

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx Reproduction and accumulation Capital is “self-valorising value”. But for capital to continue to generate new value and create surplus-value, this surplus-value must itself by reinvested back into production – that is, surplus-value must be...

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  • January 4, 2021

Dr. Anand Bhat visited to discuss his experiences with healthcare in Louisiana as well as COVID-19. It is a sham. Dr. Anand Bhat on COVID, healthcare & more x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091...

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  • December 28, 2020

Just because he wanted a spectacle that could have resulted in mass casualties and even death doesn’t change the event. Race has little to do with it, yet. Motive still needs further investigation, despite the mass of CTs and disinformation. It seems more likely that the bomber did not die...

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  • December 28, 2020
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