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Here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The TV ad is no-holds-barred. It bluntly attacks a decision of the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And on Saturday, the state Bar Association said the spot went too far. The ad says the Democratic contender, Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, “chose...

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  • October 25, 2021

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

Speaking to a colleague this morning who asked if I was tired of writing about racial ‘strife.’ The answer was—no—I am tired of living it. In less than two weeks a white Ohio police chief thought it was a joke to leave a KKK reference on the desk of one...

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  • July 23, 2021

The latest rabbit punch thrown by the Republican party in the culture bout was to deny Texas children the truth about women’s suffrage and that white supremacy is a bad thing. Besides the obvious moral failure of Texas Republicans, who voted in favor of this measure in the absence of...

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  • July 19, 2021

Meandering nonsense highlighted by searches for bamboo fibers, and official lies issued from Mar-a Lago, are exactly what Donald Trump expected to be doing in 2016. The 2020 election with Joe Biden as his opponent was what he expected the first time around with Hillary Clinton; a loss. I am...

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  • May 21, 2021

The usual handicapping for a new Fed Chair is happening, but likely it’s too early. Lael Brainard and William Spriggs would be front-runners. Jay Powell's term is up next February, when Biden can choose to extend his appointment. We’ll know so much more then, what with a looming recession. x Biden...

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  • May 11, 2021

So the winner of the Kentucky Derby is a “junky” now, according to our clammy, languorous yam-in-exile. (I won’t link to the “statement,” but trust me; the actual ex-president of the United States used his new “cutting-edge” internet platform to ascribe antiquated notions of moral failing to a fucking horse.) ...

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  • May 10, 2021

Fuck this guy: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a noted vaccine skeptic, has once again cast doubt on the effort to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus on conservative radio ― this time by using real information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has repeatedly been cited out of...

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  • May 10, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of New Jersey courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: x NEW JERSEY POLL: @GovMurphy job approval still significantly higher than his pre-pandemic ratings.57% approve (71% in April 2020)35% disapprove (21%)  8% no opinion (8%) APPROVE By PARTY:88% – DEM (92% in April 2020)48% –...

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  • May 5, 2021

Previous guy added a page to his website, one which mimics Twitter and Facebook in its appearance, because the grift needs to be fed. In a related story, Bloomberg reports that demand for butt implants rose during the pandemic. “Knowingly repeating a lie — an act of immorality — is...

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  • May 5, 2021

The Facebook Oversight Board sustained the ban on Trump — for now. Previous guy added a page to his website, one which mimics Twitter and Facebook in its appearance, because the grift needs to be fed. In a related story, Bloomberg reports that demand for butt implants rose during the pandemic....

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  • May 5, 2021

News reports are circulating that the FDA will likely approved Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine for adolescents between 12 to 15 years old either late this week or early next week. http://www.nytimes.com/… The news is highly anticipated: Eager parents have been counting down the weeks since Pfizer announced results from its trial...

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  • May 4, 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

It may seem paradoxical that with only 41% of the US population having received even one dose of Covid-19 vaccines, some states have been freely giving vaccinations to foreign travelers. The US government does not officially condone vaccine tourism. That does not prevent tourists who “happen to be in the US” from...

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  • April 24, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Governor Jared Polis’ (D. CO) re-election campaign: Almost 70% of Colorado’s most vulnerable population, those aged 60 and older, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s fantastic news, but now that we’ve protected so many of our most vulnerable, our focus moves to protecting everyone...

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  • April 22, 2021

White House Reporters made a mockery out of the press conference today. They acted as if President Biden needed to scold Maxine Waters and himself for Chauvin’s trial comments. Shame on White House Reporters Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799...

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  • April 20, 2021

As of today, 50% of US residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated with at least one shot for Covid-19. Yesterday’s report by the CDC showed 49.7% of adults have received the first injection while 31.8% have completed their vaccinations. The report also shows 39% of the total...

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  • April 17, 2021

As of today, 50% of US residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated with at least one shot for Covid-19. Yesterday’s report by the CDC showed 49.7% of adults have received the first injection while 31.8% have completed their vaccinations. The report also shows 39% of the total...

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  • April 17, 2021

Anand Giridharadas wrote a piece for The Atlantic asserting that Biden has been moving leftward.  This may only be a short term impression only because the GOP is trying to find its way after the previous guy is gone and before he may be indicted. The real problem lies with...

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  • April 16, 2021

Adam Toledo did have a gun in his possession, but actually complied, dropped the gun and had his hands up when the officer shot him. Toledo’s friend had handed him the gun before fleeing. CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam...

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  • April 15, 2021

Vaccinations in the US for Covid-19 should pass 100 Million people of those who have received at least one dose. The CDC report for yesterday shows 30% of all Americans getting at least one jab. For adults, that number is at 38.4% and for seniors, 73.7%. That’s a total of 153.6...

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  • April 1, 2021

Trump wants his fast food and his social media fix in his own private Bizarro-World. The Facebook Oversight Board could reinstate Trump’s privileges on the platform as early as May after conducting an independent review. Trump submitted an appeal directly to Facebook’s Oversight Board, which will rule whether he’s allowed back...

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  • March 22, 2021

Trump wants his fast food and his social media fix in his own private Bizarro-World. The Facebook Oversight Board could reinstate Trump’s privileges on the platform as early as May after conducting an independent review. Trump submitted an appeal directly to Facebook's Oversight Board, which will rule on whether he's allowed...

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  • March 22, 2021

Everything the GQP stands for, kills. The GQPs response to Covid-19 kills. The GQPs vaccine comments, kill The GQPs Climate change denial kills The GQP environmental policies kill. The GQPs deregulation policies kill. The GQPs Gun policies kill. The GQPs Immigration policies kill. The GQPs Health care policies kill. The...

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  • March 18, 2021

That is one line that jumped out at me from this Washington Post opinion piece by Jennifer Rubin that describe Joe Biden as “Distinguished ol of the week” while pointing out that “No progress was possible without Biden”. I  am taking time from planning, writing tests, and grading papers for...

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  • March 14, 2021

The country needs to take a second look at the meaning of radical and change. Since January of 2019, the Republican party has drawn from their quiver, poisoned conservative-tipped arrows, sharpened and aimed directly at the liberal heart of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As has been consistent with the Republican party for...

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  • March 8, 2021

Every year, there’s an anti-Hollywood screed from the right that bemoans the plethora of late-night comics, movies, and television series that have a “liberal” slant. Usually, this just means having diverse casts, positive anti-hate messages, or a low tolerance for actors who are openly bigoted. This year is no different....

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  • March 5, 2021

Little Marco Rubio thinks the Covid-19 relief bill is all about helping Pelosi and Schumer: This isn’t a #Covid relief bill pic.twitter.com/YrptBJQssD — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 3, 2021 At 1:49, he says this: “I’m not going to get punked into voting for a bill that helps Pelosi bail out...

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  • March 3, 2021

Despite the sad benchmark of half a million Americans dead from Covid-19, many developments in the war against Covid-19 are happening daily with most being positive. The CDC is reporting that more than 16 million doses of the two approved vaccines have been delivered since Sunday, probably clearing that backlog...

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  • February 26, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who announced a 2022 Senate bid earlier this month, said in a statement Tuesday that he will not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry in his run. Fetterman said in the statement obtained by The Hill via...

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  • February 16, 2021

Detainees at two different ICE detention centers were threatened by ICE agents that they would be exposed to inmates with COVID unless they submitted to a transfer. The guard made the threat clear, Clovis Fozao, one of the detained men, told The Intercept: If the detained migrants didn’t submit, they...

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  • February 7, 2021

Heartbreaking news Captain Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who raised almost £39m for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus. One of the few bright lights in the last year has moved on, very few...

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  • February 2, 2021

Yep, he’s running scared: Republican strategists aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday launched an outside group aimed at hitting Democrat Stacey Abrams over her possible 2022 gubernatorial run. The independent group, dubbed “Stop Stacey,” says it will work to uncover what it called the former gubernatorial candidate's “shady voter groups that...

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  • February 1, 2021

http://www.nytimes.com/… The number of Americans who have received at least one Covid-19 dose exceeded 25.2 million yesterday, as the number of shots administered Friday was more than 1.5 million for the day. This includes over 1.1 million who received their first shot and almost 400,000 who received their second. Joe Biden set a...

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  • January 31, 2021

This really is not taking a position, but just recognition of what is going to happen tomorrow (maybe) and how this is going to impact market investments going forward. I am sure many of you have heard about the GameStop phenomenon, but it is not being that well explained in...

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  • January 28, 2021

http://www.msn.com/… The Mike Hunter, Attorney General. of Oklahoma is trying to get back $2 million the state paid to acquire a supply of hydroxychloroquine, one of the favorite snake oil remedies for Covid 19 praised by Donald Trump for much of 2020. Fox News and other right wing news media touted it endlessly as...

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  • January 28, 2021

Since the Great and Powerful Ooze hopped in his hot air balloon and flew back to Mar-a-Lago without Dorothy and Toto, I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of him. It’s like a roly-poly raccoon has been loose in the walls for the past four years and someone finally let him...

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  • January 26, 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

MSNBC hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Chris Jansing show an understanding of their privilege that clearly makes them more credible journalists. They acknowledge their privilege. Refreshing. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Chris Jansing gave a touching story about her family members who got COVID-19. Ultimately all worked out...

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  • January 14, 2021

In April of 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that a burgeoning crop of former American military right-wing extremists would be marching down the throats of democracy someday, and Republicans choked on the truth. Ms. Napolitano was so ostracized by right-wingers, who ironically labeled her actions traitorous, that...

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  • January 11, 2021

Whhhyyyyy are they always Republicans? Just two days after Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, a Republican, died of COVID, yet another GOPster has announced her own run-in with the virus. Weird, huh? CNN: Florida Congresswoman-elect María Elvira Salazar said Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be unable to...

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  • December 31, 2020
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

The aftermath of the 2020 election has proven to any skeptical American that the GOP has gone to POT—the Party of Trump. The party is being overrun by conspiracists of every stripe; white supremacists, sexual fantasist, seditionist, and fact denying Trump cultists. The unyielding crazy of this political virus has...

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  • December 18, 2020

The Independent writes on the intensification of melting on the Antarctic peninsula. Last year's melt season was the highest in forty years of satellite records. Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf experienced its highest rate of melting since records began 40 years ago from 2019-2020, a new study has found. The unprecedented melt at...

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  • December 11, 2020

A young boy goes to the school nurse’s office, complaining of a sore throat.  The nurse gives him a cup of ice and sends him back to class. My son is teaching science to a socially distanced class room, but the sick kid was often within 6 feet of him,...

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  • December 9, 2020

Can enraging Georgia voters about a lost election actually spur GOP turnout in Georgia. The Trumpist cognitive dissonance is strong with them, much like Trump’s claim that he couldn’t possibly have lost because he got more votes than in 2016. x I think a lot of people are overestimating the...

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  • December 7, 2020

Apparently, Rudy Giuliani’s seminar on “How to Get COVID Without Really Trying” is complete. He has it. Apparently, crazy pills do not ward off viruses. NBC News: President Donald Trump announced Sunday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has led the president’s efforts to overturn last month’s...

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  • December 6, 2020

http://www.msn.com/… Arizona’s Mark Kelly will be sworn in as the newest Democratic senator Wednesday, after winning the special election filling out the term of John McCain. Kelly’s victory in the Grand Canyon State was almost as sweet as Joe Biden’s win there. Kelly won with 51.2% of the vote, a...

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  • November 30, 2020

To all my friends, this year has been a doozy but no matter how you spend Thanksgiving….Be safe. Don’t gather in large crowds or even small ones.  Stick close to the homefront and if you prepare Turkey or Chicken, be sure to sanitize your work area.    I hope you...

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  • November 26, 2020
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