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Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read. It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder. Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to...

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  • May 15, 2021

Jen Psaki put another reporter into a stutter as yet again another right-wing hack comes unprepared to a White House press conference. Jen Psaki continues her poise against silly questions See full episodes here. It was yet again Jen Psaki at her best, poised as she challenged another silly question...

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  • May 14, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: The fight for fair electoral maps kicked off in earnest today, when the US Census Bureau revealed each state’s updated number of US House seats. And the bad news is that Pennsylvania will soon have one less representative in Congress. Republicans will...

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  • April 27, 2021

While they were reading the verdict of Derek Chauvin, 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant was being shot 4 times by Columbus, Ohio police. She died at the scene. The police had been called because an adult woman tried to fight Bryant.  (Updated) Warning: graphic videos: The Columbus Dispatch reported that police officers were sent...

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  • April 21, 2021
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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
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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

Truly a tool, as the Inspector General reports are coming and Previous Guy’s going to be in the barrel. Donald Trump was a tool in a long-running Russian campaign to weaken the United States. That’s been documented in Republican-led investigative reports, and now it has been updated with new evidence, thanks to the U.S....

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  • March 24, 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

Everybody’s favorite cultural caricatures came out from beneath their rocks because they have nothing to contribute while we wait for the final chapter in the Trump era. The same idiots who hate the French and ignorantly rebranded French(sic) Fries “Freedom Fries” now want to mock the contextualizing of cultural products...

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  • March 11, 2021

Large hedge funds representative of fictitious capital aka “dumb money” got screwed by swarming reddit collective action. Numerous “redditors” caused a small scale version of (short) market chaos. WE GOT JON STEWART TO JOIN TWITTER He's right tho… https://t.co/iHedgMhKqg — WSB Mod (@wsbmod) January 29, 2021 UPDATE: It's definitely not a...

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  • January 29, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

I was watching Rachel’s taped interview with Chuck Schumer, and she asked him what he would do if McConnell refused to yield on the fillibuster. Schumer just smiled and he said was prepared to deal with that, and that his caucus was united in its anger at McConnell, but he...

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  • January 26, 2021

http://www.cnn.com/… http://www.koco.com/… The Center for Disease Control reports that 1.6 million Americans received a dose of one of the approved Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday after a very slow start last month. The Trump Administration promised 20 million vaccinations by December 31, but three weeks into January only 19 million have been vaccinated...

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  • January 23, 2021

There’s been considerable attention paid to Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inaugural, and since I had 15 minutes to explain the last story on semiotics as a cultural analysis tool, I decided to try again, this time with twice as much time and with some simple and less-simple examples. From...

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  • January 22, 2021

A grumpy Trumpy arrived at his new domicile and got depressed over not having enough gaudy gold surroundings to remind him of his earlier, more randy life. In other news, Pence seems not to be ready to join the idiots trying to overturn the election, and the New York prosecutors...

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  • December 30, 2020

Well, it’s not quite the same as drowning in a shallow pool of his own flop sweat, but anything that irritates this gormless, tumescent-headed, retrograde fuckstick delights me. CNN: His mood darkened as soon as he walked into his members-only club Mar-a-Lago, three days before Christmas, according to multiple sources....

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  • December 29, 2020

​Is the Market for Lemons like the market for lemonade or even Don Lemon. Asymmetric information is everywhere, the example of the used-car salesman synonymous with the reign of Trump, best exemplified by his disinformation complicity shared by hiring as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil from...

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  • December 24, 2020

Trump is once again asking the Supreme Court (PDF) to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s multiple rulings on the mail-in ballots in the election. Rick Hasen on Election Law blog said that the petition was ridiculous, that John Eastman should be ashamed of himself, and that the petition’s citing to...

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  • December 21, 2020

Received this e-mail today from outgoing Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA-04): Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) It’s incredible to think we are closing in on the end of 2020. As we prepare to say good riddance to this challenging year and to welcome a...

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  • December 16, 2020

#PoliceThePolice Civil asset forfeiture is manifestly unfair, loaded with perverse incentives, based on a legal fallacy and opposed by an overwhelming majority of the public (once they know what it actually is). It’s also typically carried out with little transparency or oversight, and it’s a policy that, when we do have data,...

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  • December 6, 2020

The Pentagon, and specifically Acting Defense Secretary and Permanent Obstructionist Christopher Miller, are now saying the Biden team was never denied access to NSA and Defense intelligence agencies — they just hadn’t asked correctly. Pentagon denies blocking Biden transition team (Politico) The Pentagon on Saturday pushed back strongly against reports...

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  • December 6, 2020

Now there are daily 9/11 death numbers in the US. The U.S. has recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring Evidence of Long-Distance Droplet Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Direct Air Flow in a Restaurant in Korea In conclusion, droplet transmission can occur at...

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  • December 4, 2020

You’d think they’d be penalized for all that disinformation, but in regard to the Trump de-election campaign, that will continue. You take what you can get in the marginally deregulated media universe, whatever “more willing” means considering the size of the Trumpist audience. x YouTube suspends, demonetizes Trump’s favorite TV news network...

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  • November 24, 2020

< p class=”is-empty-p”> http://www.msn.com/… ABC News reports drug make Pfizer will seek approval to start distributing millions of vaccine doses for Covid-19 within days. The company has updated the report on its testing to say the vaccine has proven 95% effective. Earlier it claimed 90%+ effectiveness. Pfizer and partner BioNTech announced...

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  • November 18, 2020

Even with the election of two avowed QAnon cult followers to Congress, the rump Trumpists will not go away soon enough. They will run out of contradictory predictions soon when confronted with the finality of the Trump loss. Even if Trump keeps lying. x QAnon is supposed to be all about...

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  • November 11, 2020

Delaying the transition seems now to be more sinister, even as the eventual discovery of Trumpian crimes could extend into his “second” term. Mike Pompeo is workshopping stand-up material for his 2024 run for POTUS. Meanwhile there’s more obstruction in what usually is a peaceful presidential transition. Why is there positioning of Trumpists...

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  • November 10, 2020

Back in 1787, as the Constitutional Convention ended, a woman came up to Ben Franklin and asked him what we got. He replied, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” After this election, it looks like we can’t. It doesn’t matter whether Biden wins (as is looking more likely,...

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  • November 4, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 11-14. Today’s supporting summary is at the very bottom, below the fold. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it...

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  • November 1, 2020

I’m going to close out the day with some more good polling out of Arizona courtesy of The Justice Collaborative Institute: x ARIZONABiden 49% (+6)Trump 43%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 50% (+10)McSally (R-inc) 40%@Justice_Collab, RV, 10/22-25https://t.co/VRNx15UZgT— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 28, 2020 Arizona helped deliver the election to Donald Trump in 2016. However,...

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  • October 29, 2020

Jeff Toobin would swear an oath on a stack of Bibles that he thought the video feed was off. Pro-tip: use the same technology that the Car Guys use for a “check engine” light – a piece of electrical tape. x The New Yorker has suspended the staff writer Jeffrey Toobin...

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  • October 19, 2020

There’s better news for 2020 because the Dornsife poll had predicted the approaching bad news for Clinton in the 2016 election, however accidentally. Biden is in much better shape with three weeks left. But there will be disinformation as the GOP gets desperate. For example, it can be hazardous to draw broad conclusions...

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  • October 12, 2020

The Kansas Reflector wrote an op-ed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts asking them to suspend  U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Representative, Dr. Roger Marshall’s (R. KS) medical license for constantly campaigning without a mask: As many in your profession have said repeatedly, masks are one of the simplest...

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  • September 23, 2020

Apparently there is a Trump-Orban-Putin authoritarian alliance as well as coordination and support for the Trump re-election campaign. It did seem more inevitable that Mitt Romney would choose party over country if only to demonstrate a potential leadership position upon the repudiation of Trumpism. Apparently he can vote one way...

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  • September 22, 2020

Now they’re just making things up. US Department of Justice designates #NYC as an anarchist jurisdiction. Seattle and Portland OR are also on the list because a couple of blocks in each city were involved. x Here is the current pace of what the murder rate might be in 2020 for...

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  • September 21, 2020

Trump is all about producing indeterminacy and uncertainty, probably because he doesn’t know very much, that stable genius. Not only about science or politics, Trump is all about chaos and confusion. Today he tried again to misinform voters and got sanctioned by Twitter. Because to Trump it’s always about public...

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  • September 17, 2020

538 has a new web page up, 2020 Election Forecast, which shows the current state of vote predictions state by state, and is updated daily. It starts with 24 maps showing the combination of states that give either candidate a win. Right now, there are 5 winning combinations for Trump...

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  • September 12, 2020

NBC News is reporting that Trump doesn’t want to practice for his debates with Biden — the debates he is counting on so much that he wanted a fourth one: Trump spurns traditional debate prep with first faceoff less than 3 weeks away President Donald Trump has not held a...

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  • September 9, 2020

Trump’s desperation shows in attempting to try nearly anything, however inept he was in trying to confuse the public about voting by mail. Such wackiness is meant to avoid the oncoming publication of the Michael Cohen book. Similarly, Trump could appear to have won in a landslide with only 15%...

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  • September 6, 2020

So this happened earlier this week: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst seemed to embrace on Monday a thoroughly-discredited QAnon conspiracy theory about U.S. deaths from COVID-19 being a mere fraction of what has been reported. As the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier wrote, Ernst said she was “so skeptical” of the official death...

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  • September 5, 2020

Cry me a river: U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall is accusing Facebook of censorship after the social media giant removed a post from his account that promoted a conspiracy theory about federal reports of coronavirus deaths. In the comments that Marshall posted Sunday, he said the Centers for Disease Control and...

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  • September 4, 2020

Like the fantasy airline flights filled with numerous thugs, the delusional election stunts continue. The riff here is on “autonomous zones”. x This is the latest attempt to distract from the fact that COVID-19 has infected over 6 million Americans, killed 185,000 people, and destroyed the American economy. The only anarchy...

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  • September 3, 2020

Deranged Trump syndrome: a dictatorial Trump now confronts his losing with even more autocratic attempts to consolidate power. Sabotaging the postal service to thwart voting…plus another attempt to loot social security.  Republican scorched earth on the way to the bunker. This defunds Medicare. This defunds Social Security. Tax collection is...

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  • August 8, 2020

Good news for the Arctic, and the entire planet, as Deutsche Bank announced that they were ending financing fossil fuel projects at the tar sands in Alberta, and projects of fossil fuel extraction in the Arctic. Burning the filthy dirty tar sands for energy is far worse than crude oil. The...

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  • August 1, 2020

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up? Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are...

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  • July 27, 2020

Considering the penchant for bored federal tactical teams to practice their snatch and grab techniques with their rental vehicles, it’s a good thing to take down that statue. Chicago will feature at least 200 members of the miscellaneous DHS protection squad this weekend.  x BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to...

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  • July 24, 2020

Trump continues to ignore the COVID-19 crisis, trying pathetically to divert attention with cranes, weights reminding us of the Python 16 tons, and trucks. because this is what deregulation does not look like, but only idiots in the WH PR team would choose Monty Python weights WaPo’s Philip Bump addresses how...

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  • July 17, 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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