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Either the political acumen of the voter is in dire need of reeducation, or Democrats need lessons in exploiting a golden opportunity. Republicans publicly pull off political tricks without recrimination. They manipulate the public with chicanery, walk away, and brag about it later. At the beginning of the Biden administration,...

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  • October 6, 2021

The COVID pandemic provides all the proof America needs that healthcare does not belong under the control of for-profit corporations. COVID exposed why our system is ultimately fatal to many x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. We are in a global pandemic. We have various vaccines on the...

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  • September 8, 2021

So now that we have a president who doesn’t pose an existential threat to NATO, respects climate change accords, takes worldwide pandemics seriously and won’t flatter dictators, threaten to nuke hurricanes, or otherwise make the world’s foremost democracy look like King Kong on a four-year Jägermeister-and-bath-salts bender, the rest of the...

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  • June 10, 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

Now firstly it is important to define Internationalism since commonly it is divided into three different major categories. 1] Hegemonic Internationalism example: Globalization [Colonization]. Main player: USA. 2] Liberal Internationalism example: United Nations. Main player: Everyone else. 3] Revolutionary Internationalism example: Communism. Main player: China. Now there are many subcategories,...

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  • May 5, 2021

Structural change needs to happen, because in community policing, community should precede policing. The paramilitary trend should not be seen as a burgeoning conflict between armed militias, one more official than the other. We need a de-escalation whose goal is the diametric opposite of the 1/6 insurrection. The problem isn't...

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  • April 15, 2021

Darn those class commitments, aligning us to our political choices in a democracy, made worse by all those folks who knew they were in that Gilded Age. “If the future of the Democratic Party is in the rich suburbs, the future of American politics is another long Gilded Age.” Matt...

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  • February 28, 2021

We must make the Texas Electric grid failure strike 3. Economist & Professor Dr. Richard Wolff discusses his new eBook, The Sickness System. Dr. Richard Wolff explains Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: The misery that Texans...

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  • February 19, 2021

Elevating (the science adviser) role to member in the President's Cabinet clearly signals the administration's intent to involve scientific expertise in every policy discussion. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our next president is a science geek, how cool is that? The dark days of science...

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  • January 16, 2021

Elevating (the science adviser) role to member in the President’s Cabinet clearly signals the administration’s intent to involve scientific expertise in every policy discussion. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our next president is a science geek, how cool is that? The dark days of science...

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  • January 16, 2021

Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo thinks Donald Trump is a great president. She also seems to think he was robbed of reelection through fraud. In other words, it’s really easy to pull the wool — or pigskin, as the case may be — over Bartiromo’s eyes.  And here’s the latest proof of...

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  • December 23, 2020

This is why Florida’s COVID-19 cases are surging: These are the people we elect as leaders.  Instead of listening to medical experts, or the teachers who are risking their lives to teach Florida’s children, Mayor Megan Sladek of Oviedo decided to let Facebook shape her choices. FACE COVERING SURVEY – after 9...

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  • October 19, 2020

In May of 1996, my middle son graduated high school. I had been hospitalized the Tuesday before his ceremony, because of a hereditary bleeding disorder, I have suffered from since age 34. I was due to be released from the hospital on Thursday the day before his graduation but I...

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  • October 5, 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

Fareed Zakaria interviewed former Taiwanese VP Chen Chien-Jen who laid out how they managed to fight the pandemic effectively. It starts with a “single-payer” system. Single-payer is part of the answer x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. America messed up its response to COVID-19. The reality is that it...

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  • September 16, 2020

So the return of the daily presser can be blamed on Lindsey Graham. The pretense will be the coronovirus. Deja vu all over again. However, since Trump might not appear with administration supporters, it more likely will take the same format as previous. The old format was Trump reading some prepared remarks,...

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  • July 21, 2020

Trump’s incompetence is not simply inaction, it has a theory for his brand of failure, namely “’executive underreach’ as a species of leadership failure that’s as destructive as executive overreach”. Much like sandbagging and the repeated absence of actual policy formulations, Mango Mussolini’s fascism is fiat(s) in a failed state. Underreach is...

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  • July 17, 2020

Some big news today: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Wednesday rolled out the policy recommendations reached by its joint task forces with supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is slated for next month. The 110-page document has been submitted to the Democratic National Committee’s...

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  • July 8, 2020

The 74-year-old current President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been telling us for days and affirmed by his Vice President, and COVID-19 task force leader Mike Pence, that testing is “generating” more coronavirus cases. I used a thesaurus to find words that can be substituted for generating. The...

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  • June 26, 2020

Republicans were not always Neanderthals when it came to science and climate. In 1901, the Theodore Roosevelt administration established the USFS, the United States Forestry Service. Along with that came the establishment of 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 national...

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  • May 22, 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

Trump still refers to the 1918 pandemic as happening in 1917 because he saw the recent war movie, which was not about the flu. Remember how he got the US to build a southern border fence by using “wall” as a mnemonic device for “immigrants”. Trump’s grandfather died in the...

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  • April 26, 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

I have been a veterans advocate for years.   I never ever heard one say that when at war they whined and complained about sleeping in the rain and mud while taking a crap holding on to a tree with people shooting at them, I have never heard them say they...

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  • April 18, 2020

Yes, he foisted Sarah Palin on our national politics, which was a little like bringing an uncooked moose to a dinner party instead of a nice insouciant, oaky cabernet. But Steve Schmidt, the veteran Republican campaign strategist who guided John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, now speaks the truth. And he’s not pulling...

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  • April 11, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of the Wisconsin Democratic Party: This is Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, and longtime progressive activist and PCCC ally. Yesterday, thousands of Wisconsin voters were forced by Republicans and Trump’s Supreme Court to choose between...

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  • April 9, 2020

Arsonist as firefighter. x Now T's winding up to do the main thing he's here for, his focus for 3 days: to re-define 100K deaths as an amazing accomplishment he shd be praised for. And in the process, to paper over him calling it a hoax, the flu etc—& brand...

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  • April 3, 2020

“I feel like more than anything, we’re just trying to keep our people in some state of calm as we daily put out these bleak circumstances, these bleak numbers. We’re just praying every day that we don’t end up in a state of anarchy.”  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, Louisiana...

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  • April 3, 2020

Just going to leave this here: President Trump, having stopped dismissing the threat of the coronavirus and calling criticism of his laggard response “their new hoax,” has begun insisting everybody was shocked. “It’s something that nobody expected,” he has said. Conservative pundits have picked up this revisionist history. “Armchair Quarterbacks...

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  • April 2, 2020

The plutocracy understands that their failure is precipitating their demise. The Trump admin is using his press conference to both pander and attempt to build-up the image of an exploitative private sector. Press Conference for who? x x YouTube Video I have been watching all of Donald Trump's COVID-19 pressers....

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  • March 31, 2020

Interviewing Republicans and/or Trump supporters is like interviewing the devoted parents of a criminal.  No matter how guilty or how much evidence exist they will always say, ‘oh no not my child!’  It took a moment to calm down before I decided to put pen to paper, or in this...

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  • March 30, 2020

FUBAR’s definition is – thoroughly confused, disordered, damaged or ruined x America First is the Trump campaign slogan pic.twitter.com/KwGTOnWoDm — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 29, 2020 x All these right-wingers kept saying that socialism would kill us and now their cult leader is literally telling people to go out during a...

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  • March 29, 2020

It’s a free event but Eventbrite will ask you for your email for videocoonference site notification/access on the day of the event Davis …argued in Ecology of Fear[14] that realistic solutions lie in a radical transformation of the city and of capitalism by the global working-class, as Lewis Mumford and Garrett Eckbo advocated....

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  • March 28, 2020
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This is a robbery in progress,” wrote David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect. “And it's not a bailout for the coronavirus. It's a bailout for 12 years of corp. irresponsibility that made these companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them” McConnell declaring a...

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  • March 26, 2020

Like Trump’s toughness, pretending you’re using the Defense Production Act of 1950 and hoping for corporate volunteerism is not the same thing especially if you claim you’re in “wartime”. WWII was won with national production planning that overwhelmed the enemy. Trump’s enemy is as he says “invisible”, much like his...

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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

We are now beginning to see the dimensions of the crisis as Trump in his presser continued to not actually implement the DPA but rather use it as a threat to encourage corporate volunteerism, as if getting a Pernod distillery to produce 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer was a big...

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  • March 23, 2020

As snarky as I like to get vis-à-vis the ocher abomination, I really can’t say I know the answer to this. But now that The New York Times appears to have temporarily removed its paywall, everyone should read this story, which the paper published in October 2019, long before the...

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  • March 21, 2020

Not since the plague, also known as the Black Death, arrived in Europe in the early 1300s has the human population been more vulnerable to exotic disease. Black Death is estimated to have killed 30 to 60% of the population of Europe.  With international transport of people and goods, dense...

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  • March 20, 2020

What You Can Do About Covid-19 Solidarity,  Alan, Mike F., Deb, Mike H., Janis, Dan, Donna, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team Join Our Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / WebinarThis SUNDAY 4pm ET 1pm PT—RSVP to Mike Fox For Details   We all have things to do...

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  • March 19, 2020

The daily WH brief hosted by IMPOTUS is now becoming a Real Housewives show in the absence of campaign rallies and chopper talk. More whining about the press verging into intoning his complaints about the media, including Trump flirting with the OAN reporter. The reality is that new or complementary therapies won’t...

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  • March 19, 2020

The usual “anti-government” dismantling of the state preached by Trumpists rationalized their inability to contingency plan for testing failure. It started even before they took office. x There were 3 role-playing scenarios: hurricane, pandemic and cyber incident. Obama team discussed need to anticipate requirements, stay ahead of challenges and provide...

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  • March 17, 2020

17% of cases tested in my state revealed themselves COVID-19 positive. Georgia, home of the CDC is presently 100% positive for COVID-19 How’s the testing in your state? The United States’ ability to detect COVID-19 is crucial to understanding how the coronavirus — now confirmed in nearly every state and territory —...

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  • March 17, 2020

The vogue phrase to use about the coronavirus or mass shootings, especially by conservatives, is—let’s not politicize this. If you check a thesaurus a few of the words that substitute for politicizing are—debate, discuss and raise awareness of.  Maybe I am so isolated from reality that I have missed something...

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  • March 16, 2020

A Dr. at the Emerging Pathogen Institute at the University of Florida revealed an inconvenient truth about our failing healthcare and health insurance system. Here's the truth. Frustrated about the inefficiency of private healthcare x x YouTube Video We are being held hostage by a system that rewards capital first....

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  • March 14, 2020

Apparently Jared Kushner, because Trump doesn’t trust anyone else, will do the same cracker-jack job on WH strategy he did with that Wednesday Trump address to the nation. x BREAKING – Trump assigned Jared Kushner & Ivanka to come up with a new WH strategy to battle COVID-19 by Monday...

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  • March 14, 2020

Today, during Donald Trump’s coronavirus press conference/Walmart plug, PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor asked the pr*sident about his administration’s decision to disband the National Security Council’s office on pandemics x My Q: You said you don’t take responsibility for slow response to coronavirus but your administration disbanded the White House office on...

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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

Betting pool: which member of the Coronavirus Task Force will contract COVID-19 from Typhoid Trump. x Question: Do you take any responsibility for the lag in testing? Trump: No I don’t take responsibility at all pic.twitter.com/YgTRBAx1ZU— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 13, 2020 x My Q: You said you don’t take responsibility...

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  • March 13, 2020

And you were worried Donald Trump didn’t have a handle on this. Jared Kushner, having already ended the opioid epidemic and brokered Middle East peace, is now working on the COVID-19 crisis. Saying he’s in over his head would be an understatement. But he’s on it, folks! Don’t worry. Because Facebook...

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  • March 13, 2020
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