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  • Donald Trump, Black Version and the Trump Effect   2 days 7 hours ago


    Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of Barack Obama was to become the inadvertent target of the hatred and racism that has laid inches below the surface of modern American society and unintentionally make it visible.

    For many the disbelief of a black man in the White House has become to much to bare. That's the moment racist white America lost its shit. One political party in particular has spent the last 8 years and the power of their position to use every disrespectful , derogatory attack conceivable to embarrass ,discredit and trivialize the office of Americas first black President. The disbelief of a black man being the face of America on the world stage to the racist has been a nightmare.

    Trump ever the salesman has instinctively read the collective body language of this narrow minded intolerant group and turned their rage and hatred into votes.

  • Standing Rock Pipeline Struggle   2 days 7 hours ago


    Fossil fuels must be elimated for the survival of the planet and all life including ours. A single drop of motor oil can contaminate one million drops of water.

    On average each fracking well requires 5 million gallons of fresh water to complete the drilling process, add to that each well contains over a million gallons of fracking fliud which is a cocktail of toxic nerve and cancer causing chemicals.This mixture of water and fracking fluids is poisoned beyond recovery forever. There are big questions as to the disposal methods used by these fracking companies , that under law passed by the Bush regime are exempt from EPA rules. There are over a million 200 thousand wells drilled in America alone.

  • AMERICA is not the GREATEST NATION on Earth   2 days 7 hours ago

    No problem, Zapdam. No need to apologize. I learn alot from your perspective.

    I would be more disappointed if you did not respond to my opinions and assumptions.

    I am not one that likes to always speak to the choir.

    Your points re US military involvement and interference were well taken. Am now reading up on the middle east Arab Israeli conflict, accessing info from the Palestinian point of view. I'm not saying its changed my mind, but it has moved it.

  • Donald Trump, Black Version and the Trump Effect   2 days 7 hours ago

    Why would anyone waste their time with your drivel when you can’t even tell your ‘a’ from an ‘o’ in the ground? (See what I did there?)

  • Are you attending or watching Bernie's August 24th "Our Revolution" Kickoff - Live Event?   2 days 7 hours ago

    Presto Chango! Want to turn Hillary and the establishment Dems into honest Progressives? Treat Bernie Sanders as the new de-facto leader of the Progressive Democratic Party. After all most of us voted for him didn't we, and many of those who voted for Hillary would have voted for Bernie, if they believed he had a chance. The media made sure they didn't think he could win. Now, let's give them a story they can not ignore.

    If the only thing the current leadership of the Democratic Party understands is money, so be it! Cut off the current establishment Dems and send OurRevolution ( your political contributions so Bernie can make sure they go to real progressive candidates. And directly support the Progressive Democratic candidates that Bernie backs. Make Bernie the gatekeeper for contributions and the rest of the party will fall in line until they are all real Progressives.

    All politicians like to get out in front of a parade and we need to make the Progressive Revolution the biggest political parade they have ever seen.

  • Donald Trump, Black Version and the Trump Effect   2 days 8 hours ago

    A month ago there were two large Trump signs on private property in a nearby town, one at each end of town. They both have come down. Both houses are still covered with signs for lesser Republicans. I think Trump is a conman. And one of the truths about conmen is once people see the con, they never believe in the conman again.

    There are three people who I do volunteer work with who were fanatically pro Trump a few months ago and went out of their way to go on and on about how wonderful Trump was and to tease me about my Hillary bumper sticker. Now, when they talk about politics they still say that all politicians are frauds, but they are very quiet about Trump. They will still tease a little about Hillary. One actually said he hoped Hillary would be indicted, so he could vote for Bernie.

    I think the bloom is off Trump's rose, but I don't know if that means his nut job followers have improved in their attitudes or if they have just soured to Trump.

  • We Are All Pharma-Bro Suckers   2 days 8 hours ago

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  • We Are All Pharma-Bro Suckers   2 days 8 hours ago

    I think it's more that at least some of them just don't care if poor people die. Being unworthy of even being considered worthy of life is I think worse than being hated.

    I wonder though how a rich family with a much-loved child with life threatening allergies feels about this story. I would think they would feel the same outrage as the rest of us.

  • How Obama May Help Trump Become President   2 days 8 hours ago

    We're all in this mess because the DNC and HRC and a whole bunch of money grubbing cronies cheated, riggged, slanted and staged the Dem Primary to get HRC installed as Candidate. They stole the Primary: it's a fact. They stole it from Sanders: straight up.

    Thom, how can you ask whether HRC will 'oppose' the TPP when she has been pushing it all along (look at her damned donors) and she's stacked her 'transition team' with a bunch of die-hard pro TPP corporatists?? Is there some question in your mind as to howw she will "serve" as POTUS? Are you trying to convince us that because she said it, it has some ring of truth, thereby?

    Uh, she's not what she says....generally - unless it is convenient to her private needs.

  • We Are All Pharma-Bro Suckers   2 days 8 hours ago

    It's just further proof the rich and powerful want poor people to DIE.

  • Neonicotinoid Pesticides Are Killing The Bees   2 days 9 hours ago

    It is the misuse and overuse of the neonics which is causing the problems. Neonics are overused and misused by factory farms, lawn care companies and gardeners causing not only bees but humans to ingest them. Neonics, however, should still be allowed for specific uses. I have worked to save many an eastern hemlock from the wooly adegid infestation that is devastating our hemlock forests. Hemlocks create an entire ecosystem and the loss of the hemlocks means the loss of that entire ecosystem and stream hydrology. Long-term, bio options will be the most beneficial but for now, many of our most prized hemlocks are only still standing because of neonics like imidacloprid.

  • AMERICA is not the GREATEST NATION on Earth   2 days 9 hours ago

    Tom Dorr

    I posted this blog just shortly after i had read yours. Reflecting on our conversations on your blog , i now regret involving your name in my rant. Please except my apologies for making you part of the target of my venting. I always enjoy our exchanges, even though we don't always see eye to eye, but one thing for sure i respect your point of view.

  • You Need to Know Eric Ben-Artzi, a Real Hero in the Financial Industry   2 days 9 hours ago

    " Rice then fired him, leaving him no choices other then to report the financial crimes directly to the SEC, or remain silent and abandon his professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities. Unlike the vast majority of other participants in financial management with direct knowledge of financial crimes, Mr Ben-Artzi chose to do the right thing."

    Many people working in finance think Eric Ben-Artzi is crazy. He is not an independently wealthy man. Why would he turn down a $3 million reward after his career was ruined? In his own words:

    “People think if you give up your money, you’re either religious or crazy.” “This is the golden calf: people worshiping money above everything, people selling their values and ethics.”

    ronsears , i'm so glad you posted this article on this wonderful man and you're correct the worlds needs many more people like him.

  • Donald Trump, Black Version and the Trump Effect   2 days 9 hours ago

    Very interesting perspective. I think Trump will have the same effect on his crowd that Bernie did on his in terms of influencing the platform and others in his party. In other words, he is going to influence the political environment in the United States one way or another and that's where the stuff hits the fan. I never knew about the term "race records" but I looked it up--what a trip.

  • Blacks OPEN CARRY   2 days 11 hours ago

    This just published June 2016

    " It is worth considering, as one data point in the pool of evidence about what sorts of gun control policies do and do not work, the experience of Australia. Between October 1996 and September 1997, Australia responded to its own gun violence problem with a solution that was both straightforward and severe: It collected roughly 650,000 privately held guns. It was one of the largest mandatory gun buyback programs , called the National Firearms Agreement or NFA ,in recent history.

    And it worked. That does not mean that something even remotely similar would work in the US — they are, needless to say, different countries — but it is worth at least looking at their experience.

    In 2011, Harvard's David Hemenway and Mary Vriniotis reviewed the research on Australia's suicide and homicide rate after the NFA. Their conclusion was clear: "The NFA seems to have been incredibly successful in terms of lives saved."

    What they found is a decline in both suicide and homicide rates after the NFA. The average firearm suicide rate in Australia in the seven years after the bill declined by 57 percent compared with the seven years prior. The average firearm homicide rate went down by about 42 percent."

  • Why under rating Trump and his followers is a mistake   2 days 11 hours ago

    Great discussion. I can't help imagining what our country could become if such conversations were held in mainstream media, replacing today's reality TV propaganda distractions designed to push more ad dollars while never talking about anything that might question the divine right of corporate profits.

    There is an additional parallel to consider when comparing the rise of Trump to the rise of Hitler's global disaster. Remember the simultaneous rise of Mussolini's Fascist's political party which put corporations in charge of the state. Sound familiar? Money is free speech? Corporations are people? Government restitution payments for "Regulatory Takings," Chapter 11 of NAFTA, Investor State Dispute Resolution courts in TPP?

    Our Supreme Court and International Trade courts completely under the control of three judge panels appointed by the same corporations bringing cases before them, with absolute authority to defeat any environmental, food, medical, employment, etc,. laws and regulations, all judged by their impact on a single company's profits? That's not just another bad political decision. That's an end game victory for permanent corporate control of our governments. That's a foundation for permanent international Fascism.

    For this reason I suggest it's appropriate to start calling out TPP, TTIP, TISA, the Chapter 11 section of Nafta, and other related efforts, for what they really are, an international legal foundation for multinational corporate Fascism. Then add that reality into Trump's destructive rhetoric to begin to appreciate what's now going on in our country.

    As kemalbenyounes, Helen Willis and zapdam have pointed out, none of us dare underestimate the implications of what we now see going on in the minds of ~20% of our fellow citizens. History tells us it's far more dangerous than what our media will dare discuss, or our debate moderators will dare build into their questions.

  • If Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are “Progressive,” Then the Word Has Lost All Meaning   2 days 11 hours ago

    So, after all that exhausting history, what's the bottom line? Is the author suggesting we should all waste our vote for a vanity candidate like Stein or a sugar-coated fascist Libertarian, because politicians make a practice of warping the academic meaning of "Progressive" to meet their current political purpose? That should really not be a surprise to anyone.

    Please remember there is no such thing as "political purity" in the real world. There are only the choices we make to avoid as much human suffering as possible with each and every vote. Trump, at best, is grossly incompetent and, at worst, a shill for radical conservatives. In either case and all the variations in between, if Trump wins we will get more optimization of oligarch's profits with more suffering and death for everyone else, more or less efficiently executed. Doubt that? Look at Pence's history, just for a beginning.

    Vote for Hillary/Kaine because that's simply the only rational choice compared to ANY Republican candidate, much less a mentally and morally challenged boob like Trump. Any vote for a third party candidate instead of Hillary/Pence amounts to voting for Trump, because you value your "political purity" over the inevitable real suffering of others if Trump wins. Meantime, if you want to continue to support the Progressive Revolution, send your political contributions to Bernie Sander's and to the specific Progressive candidates Bernie approves, not the current Democratic Party. And be sure to let the representatives of the current establishment Democratic Party know why you are sending your contributions to Bernie for Progressive vetting. Let's take over the Democratic Party and remake it from the inside out into the Progressive Democratic Party. That's where we all get to make the word "Progressive" mean something we can really celebrate.

  • How Obama May Help Trump Become President   2 days 12 hours ago

    Not lieing? You dont think she "stretched the truth a little" bit in her response to the FBI email investigation? Come one...even her most die hard supporters have to concede that one. That she is a war hawk is not even debatable.

  • How Obama May Help Trump Become President   2 days 12 hours ago

    Coalage1 -- You watch too much Fox news. I think HRC's worst problem is that she cannot lie which is a huge disadvantage in a presidential campaign.

    An example of her not lying but sounding like it, is what she said about Bernie's vote on the auto bailout. HRC has been a lawyer too long; similar to Obama.

  • Standing Rock Pipeline Struggle   2 days 13 hours ago

    Bush/ Cheney go to war in Iraq not for oil but to interrupt oil causing prices to go up causing deregulation here allowing increased drilling/fracking. What do we expect when we elect Halliburton and oil interests. Long story short regulations and the EPA were instituted for a reason. Give the EPA back it's power. Water is Life.

  • Donald Trump: Champion of the Working Class (time to harpoon this whale)   2 days 13 hours ago

    "Wages are too high."

    The billionaire businessman was asked during the Fox Business debate about whether he was sympathetic to protesters who have been pushing for the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour.

    “I can’t be…and the reason I can’t be is because we are a country that is being beaten on every front,” Trump said on Tuesday night. “Taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”

    But on Fox News’ “Special Report” Thursday he insisted that he never said wages were too high, just that the minimum wage should not increase.

    Alrighty then...

    While the federal minimum wage was only $3.35 per hour in 1981 and is currently $7.25 per hour in real dollars, when adjusted for inflation, the current federal minimum wage would need to be more than $8 per hour to equal its buying power of the early 1980s and more nearly $11 per hour to equal its buying power of the late 1960s.

    These guys say the minimum wage should be $21.16 per hour - back in 2012.


    But I think Trump's full of crap. He really believes everyone's wages are too high.

  • Whats Been Slowing Our Evolutionary Path For Millennia   2 days 14 hours ago

    Circumcision does have a medical benefit: it prevents infections from festering between the foreskin and the glans penis.

    I would not generalize about people only believing "old" scripture or revelation. There are many today in the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and other religions' world who follow religious leaders because they believe that the leader has a direct pipeline to the Almighty. In the US a few years back one preacher told his congregation (for about the third time) that the world would end on a certain date. Naturally he asked for monetary contributions regarding this. The date came, and the world did not end. A group of the faithful gathered on the preacher's lawn. They were met by the preacher, who expressed bewilderment about the world still being there, and he told the flock to go to the church. The crowd went to the church, and they found it locked. What I want to know is, if you really believe the world will end tomorrow, would you lock your church's door?

  • America is the Greatest Nation on Earth   2 days 14 hours ago

    Zapdam Understood. And I agree that the US is far, far from perfect. It is just that this country, like others, needs to learn from their mistakes, and even misdeeds, without wearing a hairshirt. The US is indeed blessed to have a great neighbor like Canada. And I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share perspectives with rational and passionate persons such as yourself.

    I don't think healthy nationalism is in and of itself bad or dangerous. It is the only major antidote to corporate globalism I can see. There are no easy solutions to some of the complex problems the world faces today. I'm sure we can agree on that. thanks for your comments"s, they help keep me centered.

  • The STUPIDEST F^<KING ELECTORATE in the WORLD   2 days 15 hours ago

    You don't have to go to the Iraq war or even the reckless mortgage lending 2001-2006.

    Look at the last 6 years with the GOP holding the checkbook aka the House of Representatives, with "real" conservatives, the Tea Partiers. What does the budget, what does the deficit, what does the economy look like today?

    This is anywhere from the fourth to the sixth rodeo with these clowns, always the same promises, always the same outcomes.

  • How Obama May Help Trump Become President   2 days 16 hours ago

    Her support, or lack of, for TPP (whichever way the political wind blows that day) is not Hillary's biggest problem in getting elected. Her biggest problem is that she is a liar, a conniver, a war hawk, and has possibly gained financially from her time as SOS.

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