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  • Why Trump?   1 day 4 hours ago

    So he's an ass...I doubt that most of his supporters could care less. They may view that as an asset. I think Hillary is as much of an ass as the Donald. She just knows how to keep it under wraps and out of sight.

    Actually, McConnell's reasoning is well founded. Pat Buchanan was basically running the same type of "American First" campaign, but he just could never gain any traction. The country wasn't ready to hear it. Trump has much more of an audience today and it really doesn't matter to a lot of his supporters if he has full command and knowledge of the issues.

  • Why Trump?   1 day 4 hours ago

    "Why Trump," indeed. Why on earth EVER consider him as a sane choice? Oye!

    Quote Coalage1:

    From Scott McConnell:


    Trump’s sallies against the folly of military intervention thus resonate far more than Buchanan’s ever could.

    One stumbles on that clump of nonsense from the get-go. But then, why be surprised— for that matter, why exect a more accurate take from The American Conservative?

    In 2002, Donald Trump Said He Supported Invading Iraq.

    Trump, in 2003 on the war in Iraq: “The main thing is to get the war over with and just make it a tremendously successful campaign and it will be very interesting to see what kind of weapons they find.

    Trump:I'm all for Russia going in and knocking and dropping bombs on ISIS. As far as I'm concerned, we don't have to have exclusivity on that.”

    Trump:I'm the most militaristic person on your show. I want to have a much stronger military. I want it to be so strong that nobody is going to mess with us.”

    Donald Trump’s Frighteningly Erratic Foreign Policy Speech

    ...For someone who has done two tours in Iraq, there’s not much more worrisome than a potential Commander-in-Chief who is so disinterested in policy that he failed to vet this jumbled mess of a speech, and didn’t even realize how contradictory it was, as he was delivering it. It shows a complete lack of interest in, well, working and thinking.

    In his first foray into foreign policy and military policy, Trump delivered one clear message - he doesn’t care.

    He doesn’t care enough to think up his own thoughts.

    He doesn’t even care enough to make sure that the words being pumped onto his teleprompter and out of his mouth make any sense.

    I’ve heard him take more interest and command in talking about the tacky Trump Doral resort than anything in today’s speech. That tells me, as a Commander-in-Chief, he really won’t care too much about what orders are delivered down to the men and women in uniform, in his name. It gives me no confidence that he would even care to hear about what the military is doing out in the field.

    To quote the American President, “We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them.”

    Today, when it comes to foreign and military policy, Donald Trump showed us that he’s not serious, at all. He’s a joke, wrapped up in a farce, inside of a sham.

    Anybody even considering a vote for Trump needs to slap themselves upside the head. Forget it. He's an ass, and you know it.

  • New Poll Reveals The Growing Strength Of The Bernie Sanders Or Bust Movement   1 day 4 hours ago

    BoB here, can't vote Hillary in any form, because she's part of the problem, plain and simple.

  • UK to apply for US Statehood   1 day 5 hours ago

    I believe you have not had much contact with German tourists.

  • You have to see this!!!   1 day 5 hours ago

    You probably should have ACCEPTED the spanking. You deserved it.

    Naughty boy...

  • You have to see this!!!   1 day 5 hours ago

    NetWiz69, you could have been nicer to your fellow Progressive than that. Spanking excepted.

  • You have to see this!!!   1 day 5 hours ago

    Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap", providing just enough information to make the reader curious​, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.

    Open your eyes, stop playing dumb, learn how to use a spell-checker, and stop acting like the victim here. If you continue to ignore Web etiquette, we'll call you out on it.

    Oh, by the way... Next time use an ACCURATE title and a GENUINE description. That's ALL were asking. An intelligent person (such as yourself) shouldn't have any trouble understanding this. Now stop whining --- or go to your room.

    We'll judge the content of your posts by their relevance. If you want to add commentary, that's fine. Just put it in the 'comments' section, where it belongs.

  • Why Trump?   1 day 5 hours ago

    We do get to vote. Hurrah! Though not necessarily directly about the MIC or the Empire it supports.

    Well, gee, it's not like we don't know, or at least don't have access to the knowledge. Here's an outdated book in my library, gathering dust:

    American Lake: Nuclear Peril in the Pacific (Penguin Asia-Pacific series)

    Then there's a more recent scholarly creation:

    Creating an American Lake: United States Imperialism and Strategic Security in the Pacific Basin, 1945-1947 (Contributions in Military Studies)

    But then, how many people are going to pop $137.75 plus tax for a Kindle edition? Or $145 for the hardback (not out in paperback yet, it's only been 16 years)?

    Of course we do have the more accessible trilogy by Chalmers Johnson:

    Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project)

    The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)

    Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project)

    And maybe we can find a demo formula in here:

    Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope (American Empire Project)

    And then we get to vote. For Donald or Hillary. And for a bunch of K-Street bought and paid for Senators and Congresspersons.

    If we get Hillary, at least the women will have finally broken through that glass ceiling.

    And the glass comes raining down...

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   1 day 5 hours ago

    whatever you're going to say is what your going to say . Could you stop being pretentious with this ' political science 101 " header? its weak tea at best. In the end of your quote " this is how the system works ,deal with it"..

    Well , so the Hillary supporter is complacent about the corruption of the system. I have every reason to believe you might not be a hillary supporter at all and just saying this to get the matchup against Trump that you want. The two party system has privatized and defamed the USgovernments functions... Thats what political system is at fault. So turning a blind eye to its errors is not covered by seeking the surface agrandizement of first female present .. Certainly not Clinton.

  • Why Trump?   1 day 6 hours ago

    We owe it/have a duty to our country to reign in the MIC. This is insane!

  • Elizabeth Warren Should Stay in the Senate   1 day 6 hours ago

    What happens when Republicans no longer have the views of a Socialist in congress?

  • You have to see this!!!   1 day 6 hours ago

    Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy,...

    How was this clickbait? I did non of that.

  • You have to see this!!!   1 day 6 hours ago

    Click bait? Am I behind the times or what? Are you saying, maybe not everyone needed to know that Trump gives away trash, declaring it of great value?

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   1 day 6 hours ago

    OK you loved Gaddafi government and you think Trump isn't terrifying. You hate America and everything we have done is evil, evil, evil. You have no idea about how our government system works. You don't want to understand at the presidential level because at the state level in the electoral college is winner take all, a vote for anyone, but Hillary IS a vote for Trump. You are either irrational or a troll.

    If you're doing this for money, please people have died for the freedoms you sell for a few bucks a post. Please look inside and do the right thing.

  • Guccifer 2.0 Documents Allegedly Reveal DNC Collusion With Clinton, Mainstream Media   1 day 6 hours ago

    We could all see the collusion.

  • New Poll Reveals The Growing Strength Of The Bernie Sanders Or Bust Movement   1 day 6 hours ago

    I'm a BoB guy. Is Hillary the first Neo-Progressive?

  • UK to apply for US Statehood   1 day 6 hours ago

    I think this proves that we are becoming more like America, so this is the first stage of a plan to free ourselves up to take back America!

  • Why Trump?   1 day 6 hours ago

    One of the issues that Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul agreed upon, back around the 2008 election carnival, was the disastrous nature of U.S. imperial foreign policy for advancing any positive domestic agenda for us little people, who happen to make up the vast majority of the nation.

    So now, and not all that surprising to me, in my redneck region of the great American outback, those 2008 Ron Paul placards on lawns, and bumper stickers on cars ,have been replaced by Trump. I guess it really doesn't matter that Trump is what he is to them. They've been left out all along.

    Trump's just gathering in the obvious pieces from a Brokeback Republican Party.

    Who the hell knows what such a loose cannon charlatan will do in office. He has no political history nor any coherent political narrative to draw on, while both D. Kucinich and R. Paul actually did have those features in their campaigns, and their potential to do something about their anti-imperialism, once in office, with some serious if potentially small -- at least to begin with -- political backing, certainly must have sent shivers up the spines of the elite management class, which, of course, includes Hillary.

  • The Brexit Vote   1 day 6 hours ago

    The following video, for better or for worse, clearly answers the question "What is the EU?" and shows how decades of secret meetings between unknown, unelected billionaires making plans on how, as a group, they can all personally continue their prosperity and their power, is now a horrible super NAZI-esque crime against humanity, once they've started solidifying those plans.

    When a population is not allowed an education of THE TRUTH about what is being planned for them by their "leaders" (bwah-ha-ha), if a large number of the population's people are savvy enough, they will see what is happening and will react to their unwanted fate before the door to the super rich tyrants' trap is slammed shut.

    EU REFERENDUM- The Real Face of the European Union

    That is not just in Britain, or in the downtrodden countries of the EU. That is exactly what is happening HERE. The USA is a large nation, but our population is being continuously distracted from being aware of the truth about the future that has been planned for us, and is now being put in action for us, in front of our eyes.

  • The Democratic Right   1 day 6 hours ago
    Quote Gilbert:
    Quote DeMartMan:
    There will be enough Senate Democrats to block any of Trump's choices and policies as the Republicans have done to President Obama. Likewise, all jurists could be replaced with persons in their early forties without insuring a Conservative or Liberal court for any time. If all these Democratic Right's talking points were valid, they shouldn't have cheated Bernie out of the nomination. I don't want to hear any more of the DR spin! What I want is the Liberal causes addressed. Will Hillary give us any better jurists than Trump? Will she sell out Social Security as Trump might? What will she do to earn the Liberal vote?

    You're raising questions. There is uncertainty.

    The Democrats are spineless and they won't block Trump’s nominees. I think everyone can agree to that. Hillary will give us better jurists than Trump. That's the only thing I am confident about her. Social Security is definitely a concern, but Obama did recently move towards Bernie's position. Hopefully, Hillary will stick her finger in the wind as usual and move to Bernie's position on Social Security.

    AMEN to that last statement and we can keep her feet to the fire. Maybe that is the difference between a good president and one that isn't up to par. The voice of the people can make or break a president. If Hillary gets elected I'll be praying for her as we all should be.

  • Britain Wisely Bails: Thank Warmonger W.Bush and Greedy Wall Street for EU Collapse   1 day 7 hours ago
    How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote (video): Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia


    HUDSON: Well, almost all the Europeans know where the immigrants are coming from. And the ones that they’re talking about are from the near East. And they’re aware of the fact that most of the immigrants are coming as a result of the NATO policies promoted by Hillary and by the Obama administration.

    The problem began in Libya. Once Hillary pushed Obama to destroy Libya and wipe out the stable government there, she wiped out the arms--and Libya was a very heavily armed country. She turned over the arms to ISIS, to Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda. And Al-Qaeda used these arms under U.S. organization to attack Syria and Iraq. Now, the Syrian population, the Iraqi population, have no choice but to either emigrate or get killed.

    So when people talk about the immigration to Europe, the Europeans, the French, the Dutch, the English, they’re all aware of the fact that this is the fact that Brussels is really NATO, and NATO is really run by Washington, and that it’s America’s new Cold War against Russia that’s been spurring all of this demographic dislocation that’s spreading into England, spreading into Europe, and is destabilizing things.

    So what you’re seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administration’s pro-war, new Cold War policy.

    ...WILPERT: So are you saying that people voted for Brexit because they are really--that they were concerned about the influence of the U.S.? Or are you saying that it’s because of the backlash, because of the immigration that happened, and the fact that the right wing took advantage of that [crosstalk].

    HUDSON: It’s a combination. The right wing was, indeed, pushing the immigrant issue, saying wait a minute, they’re threatening our jobs. But the left wing was just as vocal, and the left wing was saying, why are these immigrants coming here? They’re coming here because of Europe’s support of NATO, and NATO’s war that’s bombing the near East, that is destabilizing the whole Near East, and causing a flight of refugees not only from Syria but also from Ukraine. In England, many of the so-called Polish plumbers that came years ago have now gone back to Poland, because that country’s recovered.

    But now the worry is that a whole new wave of Ukrainians--and basically the U.S. policy is one of destabilization--so even the right-wing, while they have talked about immigrants, they have also denounced the [inaud.] fact that the European policy is run by the United States, and that you have both Marine Le Pen in France saying, we want to withdraw from NATO; we don’t want confrontation with Russia. You have the left wing in England saying, we don’t want concentration in Russia. And last week when I was in Germany you had the Social Democratic Party leaders saying that Russia should be invited back into the G8, that NATO was taking a warlike position and was hurting the European economy by breaking its ties with Russia and by forcing other sanctions against Russia.

    So you have a convergence between the left and the right, and the question is, who is going to determine the terms on which Europe is broken up and put back together? Will it simply be the right wing that’s anti-immigrants? Or will it simply be the left saying we want to restructure the economy in a way that essentially avoids the austerity that is coming from Brussels, on the one hand, and from the British Conservative Party on the other.

    And again, you have Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch nationalists, saying, we want Holland to have its own central bank. We want to be in charge of our own money. And under Brussels, we cannot be in charge of our own money. That means we cannot run a budget deficit and spend money into the economy, and recover with a Keynesian-type policy.

    So the whole withdrawal from Europe means withdrawing from austerity. If you look at the voting pattern in London, in England, you had London to stay in. You had the university centers, Oxford and Cambridge, voting to stay in. You had the working class, the old industrial areas of the north and the south. You had the middle class and the industrial class saying, we’re getting a really bad deal from Europe. We want to oppose austerity. And we don’t want Brussels to give us not only the anti-labor, pro-bank policies, but also the trade policy that Brussels was trying to push onto Europe, the Obama trade agreement that essentially would take national economic policy out of the hands of government and put it into the hands of corporate bureaucracy, corporation courts. And the bureaucracy in Brussels, then, is largely pro-bank, pro-corporate, and anti-labor.

    video interview continues...

  • A civilization in decline looks at its options   1 day 7 hours ago

    Ah, yes, but as the world warms, and weeds proliferate, creating a "welcomed" greening effect in arctic ecosystems (the next phase in the denialist argument), such as the tundra belt, less inviting consequences also arrive:

    Warming Arctic creates GHG danger zone

    Climate scientists have coolly established the mechanism by which a warming Arctic will accelerate the warming of the whole world. It’s simple: as the permafrost warms and dries, it will release ever greater quantities of carbon dioxide from the Arctic soils.

    And those bits of tundra that warm, thaw and become increasingly soggy will release ever greater quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) more short-lived but also a far more potent heat trap than CO2.

    The impact of the carbon dioxide, they say, could be dominant in accelerating global climate change. Since the Arctic region is already the fastest-warming place on the planet, and since the soils of the permafrost are calculated to hold twice as much carbon as is already in the atmosphere, the stakes are high – and so is the pressure on climate scientists to get the details right.

    And so the scientists are dutifully working on it:

    Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils


    Increasing temperatures in northern high latitudes are causing permafrost to thaw1, making large amounts of previously frozen organic matter vulnerable to microbial decomposition2. Permafrost thaw also creates a fragmented landscape of drier and wetter soil conditions3, 4 that determine the amount and form (carbon dioxide (CO2), or methane (CH4)) of carbon (C) released to the atmosphere. The rate and form of C release control the magnitude of the permafrost C feedback, so their relative contribution with a warming climate remains unclear5, 6. We quantified the effect of increasing temperature and changes from aerobic to anaerobic soil conditions using 25 soil incubation studies from the permafrost zone. Here we show, using two separate meta-analyses, that a 10 °C increase in incubation temperature increased C release by a factor of 2.0 (95% confidence interval (CI), 1.8 to 2.2). Under aerobic incubation conditions, soils released 3.4 (95% CI, 2.2 to 5.2) times more C than under anaerobic conditions. Even when accounting for the higher heat trapping capacity of CH4, soils released 2.3 (95% CI, 1.5 to 3.4) times more C under aerobic conditions. These results imply that permafrost ecosystems thawing under aerobic conditions and releasing CO2 will strengthen the permafrost C feedback more than waterlogged systems releasing CO2 and CH4 for a given amount of C.

    Thus, logically, rationally as the scientific method meticulously proceeds, the study focuses on some fine details in the process:

    Quote Tim Radford, Climate News Network:

    Question of topography

    The Nature Climate Change study picks apart the fine detail of the process, and the next step is to establish whether thawing polar soils will become wetter or drier overall. This could boil down to a question of topography.

    “A few centimetres can make the difference in whether the ground slumps and becomes wetter or ends up high and dry, by separating more from the water table,” says Colleen Iversen, an ecosystem scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US and a co-author of the report.

    “There are also big ponds that might dry out over large areas, as well as soils underlain by a network of ice wedges where warming could lead to a thermokarst, or a slumping, of the land surface as permafrost thaws and the ice wedges melt.

    “So the wetting and drying of the Arctic is important to observe and model at scales ranging from a metre to multiple kilometres.”

  • News from the Green Party…   1 day 7 hours ago
    Quote Alberto Ceras 2:

    The topic - mine - was and is "News from the Green Party." The Green Party's annual convention is such news.

    Ah, you nay-sayers. Enjoy your next four years under Clinton, the joys of Wall Street and war. Bury your heads in one of those spiffy VR outfits.

    If the polls are close or Trump is in the lead, are you going to take the chance of 4 years of Trump over 4 years of Hilary? SCOTUS at stake. Or are you going to vote Green?

  • News from the Green Party…   1 day 8 hours ago


    For the corporate management secter to extend its range and manage a democracy, it appreciates the simplicity of a controlled two party system, which can much more efficiently minimize democratic choice for the polity... (Democracy Incorporated:Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism)

    Primary strategy: maintain control of the terms. In the following we see how the terms "serious" and "candidate" can be controlled in a given polity:

    Ballot access for major and minor party candidates

    State lawmakers have developed ballot access procedures in an effort to prevent non-serious candidates from appearing on the ballot; meanwhile, critics contend that stringent ballot access requirements discourage candidate and voter participation in the electoral process.

    There are three basic methods by which an individual may become a candidate for office in a state.

    1. An individual can seek the nomination of a state-recognized political party.
    2. An individual can run as an independent. Independent candidates often must petition in order to have their names printed on the general election ballot.
    3. An individual can run as a write-in candidate.

    Green Party Seeks 2016 Ballot Access in all 50 States: an Interview with Rick Lass

    Current Map of Ballot Access for the Green Party as of June, 2016

    Green Party urges voters to demand Instant Runoff Voting, cites widespread public discontent with two-party choice in 2016

    Quote Stan Goff:

    It’s much easier to exercise control over a population whenever they consent to their own domination. They sort of accept the official story, accept the official ideology and then we all just sort of go around and cooperate. That kind of control, where we internalize the control, is hegemony. Where when I come up and hold a gun on you and you do it out of naked fear, that’s coercion. And the idea is you’ve got sort of hegemony on one pole exercising ruling class power, and coercion on the other pole, and as hegemony fails then coercion becomes the more prominent instrument.

    (From a talk on exterminationism)

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   1 day 8 hours ago

    Thanks for clearing the air, hollywoodqw. Unfortunately reason isn't in play for most USans.

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