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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

Not since, Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes formed a triangle, within a circle, has greed, corruption, and self-interest intersected so destructively. Politics in America, for nearly 250 years has boiled down to money, policy, and humanitarianism in that order. Now it is strictly a good, bad, or ugly proposition. In...

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  • August 30, 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

There is a lot of media hand-wringing over a little mind with tiny thoughts who has been elevated into a big political voice by the liberal press. Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson, a distant heir to the Swanson frozen-food fortune, is as slimy and indigestible as a pile of cream...

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  • July 7, 2021

Like ALEC writing legislation for a lazy GOP, Heritage Action is providing the same “song sheets” for state legislatures trying to suppress voting rights. Heritage Action says it wrote “8 key provisions” in Georgia voter suppression law, “19 provisions” in Texas House bill & “3 provisions” of Iowa law. Dark...

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  • May 13, 2021

Who could believe that Republicans would actually use a provable voter fraud fallacy to distract from institutional interventions that suppress votes. Why would they divert attention to voter suppression efforts and conspiracy theories as absurd as ballots shipped from abroad. And there’s no shortage of cynical extremists in the GOP. But...

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  • May 10, 2021

I’m not a vindictive person. I’m really not. Certain things I’ve endured in my life I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, such as depression, debilitating flu, and the Carrot Top Spa Day Experience in Vegas. Which is exactly what it sounds like. Not sure what I was thinking there. That...

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  • May 3, 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

Just wanted to share this: Texas Senator Ted Cruz was not a fan of a Tuesday Daily Show segment and he let host Trevor Noah know it. The bit was about Congressional reapportionment due to population shifts in the U.S. Those shifts are causing New York to lose a U.S. House seat while Texas picks up...

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  • April 29, 2021

Donald Trump said some stupid shit about the Oscars today, because he’s gone from being the worst pr*sident in U.S. history to writing the worst blog on the internet. (I can’t even find an archive of his “statements.” That’s how far off the grid he is these days.) You may have noticed you...

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  • April 27, 2021

I’m probably a lot closer on the political spectrum to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than I am to Joe Biden—and not just because I prefer a Starbucks triple venti nonfat soy caramel baby’s blood macchiato to whatever low-rent greasy spoon baby’s blood bevvie Biden drinks. Probably has Sanka in it. Pfft. So I appreciate what AOC is saying...

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  • April 26, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Finance Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s (D. OR) re-election campaign: x It’s past time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. @SenBooker @SenSchumer and I are working hard to get it done this year.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 21, 2021 I've been asked a...

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  • April 22, 2021

Okay, so MyPillow guy Mike Lindell’s new site, Frankspeech.com, isn’t working quite yet. It was supposed to launch days ago, but if you go there right now (as of this writing, that is), you’ll see Lindell fielding a series of prank phone calls and interviewing Ted Nugent. No apparent social-media-ing...

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  • April 19, 2021

Whether it’s harassing Stormy Daniels to show their support of the previous guy or killing demonstrators, the Columbus Ohio police seem to have exceeded their authority. Skywriting seems a bit past the remit for a police agency that has three times more helicopters than the Chicago police. “The city's annual...

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  • April 17, 2021

The new America First Caucus advances the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like the neoclassical architecture often called Federalist. Not coincidentally it also is the official state facade style promoted by  authoritarian movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits fought by...

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  • April 16, 2021

Weed o’clock struck early today. Not sure why. Something to do with daylight saving time, I think. Or the Maya calendar? Fuck if I know. It just felt like a day-tokin’ kinda day here in the Pacific Northwest. But this isn’t about me. Because there’s no way in hell I would...

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  • April 12, 2021

I know investigations take a long time but this man has caused so much damage with his enablers, I want to see some depositions, some results, and some accountability.   With all the damage he has caused, I think this is long overdue.   The Mueller report was squashed and now that...

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  • April 12, 2021

Actually, had Spielberg reduced the running time, the film 1941 might have been a classic. The classic film history teaching exercise would be to edit it down to 2 hours. Craig Lindsey’s article argues for the Pogo conclusion that the enemy is us when we allow fear to take over. 2020 did that...

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  • April 2, 2021
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Here’s some big news today out of Pennsylvania: .@JohnFetterman announces he raised $3.9 million in the first quarter for his Pennsylvania U.S. Senate run, through 140,000 contributions. A big haul of 💰 at an early stage. — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he raised...

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  • April 1, 2021

So much thick-headed media activity this past week. OTOH Chuck Todd panders to the center again, or perhaps it's the college drop-out demographic. x A @MeetThePress fail today: talking about anti-Asian violence and racism – without any Asians on the panel. I can’t imagine MTP having a discussion about anti-Black...

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  • March 22, 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

Steve Bannon’s path to a pardon included appeals to a range of RWNJ groups including some dangerous proto-fascist cults. “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss & Howe returns to our attention, because of Bannon. But are we shifting to a more liberal era or are we on the brink of a greater series of disasters....

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  • March 15, 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

Because “something bad happened”, the Wall Street Journal has the criminal solicitation tapes: The anti-Slenderman wants you to overturn an election because who would believe that he’d suborn racketeering, or election fraud, or bribery. Cocaine Bear is getting worried the wolf is at the door with that indictment, because Merrick Garland is...

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  • March 10, 2021

Both Jake Tapper & Martha Raddatz grilled Joe Manchin on why a Senator from a poor state would limit their income and on the filibuster. He gave willfully naive answers. Joe Manchin: Willfully naive answers See full episodes here. Jake Tapper immediately pointed out the inconvenient truth about Joe Manchin’s constituency....

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  • March 7, 2021

My dogs are pretty loyal. I give them loads of treats, ear scratches, and belly rubs, and in return they look at me adoringly while mostly refraining from pooping in or near my shoes. I could start selling holiday gift baskets stuffed with panda sausage, baby seal tears, and black...

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  • March 6, 2021

The tweets are gone, and they’re never coming back. You probably already saw yesterday’s dispatch from the McRib-bespattered writing nook of our ex-pr*sident. (Is the McRib back yet? I can never keep track. They’re like meaty cicadas crawling out of the ground when you least expect it. Though if anyone...

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  • March 5, 2021

A worthwhile article in the NYT Some highlights: Amazon has embarked on an advertising blitz this winter, urging Congress to follow the company’s lead and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. American workers “simply can’t wait” for higher pay, the company said in a recent blog post....

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  • March 5, 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 27, 2021

More contradictions: Ted Cruz flees Texas for Cancun and without Twitter, Trump is having trouble telegraphing personal insults like claiming Mitch McConnell has “more chins than smarts”. Mitch McConnell penned a Sunday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal defending his decision, which particularly angered Trump, according to a person familiar with the...

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  • February 18, 2021

Greg Abbott searches for #TexasBlackoout blame in the state’s power utility but Texas deregulated its grid to avoid the very regulations that would have prevented this problem.  All in the name of profit. Greg Abbott now even blames the Green New Deal. 88% of Texas electricity is supplied by natural gas...

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  • February 17, 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

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

Well, I will send one to old Rubio as well. Senator Scott,    You are an embarrassment to the people of Florida and have been for a long time. I must congratulate you however, for being in the presence of  likeminded company such as yourself in the Senate with  bootlicking...

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  • February 9, 2021

I haven’t watched this whole thing. I might some day, when I’m done with all of Kirk Cameron’s Crocoduck videos. Or maybe 20 years from now when I have to prove to myself that the so-called Trump era wasn’t just a regrettable consequence of languidly tongue-bathing psychedelic toads like Lik-M-Aid at...

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  • February 5, 2021

Received this e-mail this week from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) organization, Powered By People: Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) Within just two weeks of Senator Ted Cruz inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol, Powered by People volunteers sent over 500 letters to local newspaper editors, putting pressure on them...

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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

However, like Rudy’s Four Seasons landscaping company stunt, apparently Project Lincoln among other never-Trumper organizations are also another cause of 1/6. Apparently, Steve Bannon is now the voice of reason, asking for proof. When the going gets tough, triangulate your disinformation. Because Mitt Romney is all about a revolutionary vanguard,...

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  • January 29, 2021

From CNN: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the House's article of impeachment will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of the Senate's impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. “I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered...

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  • January 22, 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

Received this e-mail today from the organization Common Cause Pennsylvania: I’m going to be honest with you — I’m deeply concerned. The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee just voted House Bill 38 (HB 38) out of committee by a slim margin, attempting to clear the way for the legislature to engage...

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  • January 13, 2021

David Plouffe did not mince his words as he pointed out that Trump and his enablers likely sped up a Blue Georgia by a few election cycles. With the events that occurred right after Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s epic wins in Georgia, this story was temporarily placed on ice....

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  • January 9, 2021

Reminding us that the post-presidency Trump will be grifting at a global level. x The US President superimposed a Nobel prize he didn’t win on this video. https://t.co/ttXOriwCsK pic.twitter.com/FiIWKJzkSs— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 29, 2020 President Trump releases a video based on the classic “Beef, it's what's for dinner” ad: “Trump...

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  • December 29, 2020

I had never heard the extraordinary story of Ada Blackjack, her Alaskan way of life was transformed into a destitute single woman with a small child when abandoned by her dog-musher husband. She had no choice but to walk forty miles to Nome, Alaska, with a two-year-old ill with tuberculosis.  Upon arrival, she...

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  • December 28, 2020

One of the cardinal sins of commentary writing is not to name-call or insult your readers with invectives. In this case, I am going to purposefully violate the rules, I am not sure how else to label the 126 Republican members of the United States House of Representatives and at...

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  • December 28, 2020

It’s always been obvious to people with more than a cursory understanding of politics that Republicans only pretend to care about working people and small business owners. They accomplish this by endlessly flogging cultural wedge issues like abortion, gun rights, LGBTQ rights, and perceived Christian “persecution” — while at the same...

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  • December 24, 2020

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

We were all discussing on another post about declaring Mar a Lago as residence when it actually is  a resort.  Now how can one claim your legal residence to be in a place you have signed a contract that it would not be and then register that place as YOUR...

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  • December 22, 2020

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020
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