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  • Trade & Immigration - Trump's Re-Election Campaign Rolls Forward...   1 week 4 days ago

    Thanks for the Fux News regurgitated commentary, and for once again proving this salient point so clearly:

    "... when so-called "knowledge" is broken down into the details, vis-à-vis the quality and distribution among white-racist, false-religious Bible-thumpers in 'Meerkkkan backwaters, it's quite apparent that a significant number of otherwise well-intentioned American workers don't know squat!"

    And there it is -- an "American worker" suffering from far-right propaganda, political and economic myopia, alternative facts, rewritten history, and radicalized white "Christian" racial bigotry promoted as religion. A little lost troll squatting under a bridge to Nowheresville, Meerkkka, deep in the woods of the laughable, libertarian, gun-totin', weed-country culture of northern California ...or so it would appear from previous, thankfully deleted, posts.

    ...An American worker who believes her false god gave us Trump.

    --who claims Democratic roots but espouses the truly bizarre conspiracies and fantasies of the far-right, white-supremacist bowel movement splashing around Republican toilets these days -- racist crap happily embraced, not so secretly, by the Orange King, the King's Hand, Stephen Miller, and all the lesser Republican lords and ladies in fear of being summarily fired, primaried, or, god forbid, Twitter-bombed during morning bathroom duty in all-cap dumps. This is your president. This is your brain. Please flush.

    --who will forever be onboard the Trump Crazy Train hurtling down the tracks with no one at the controls until the inevitable derailment crashes spectacularly into American neighborhoods and TV screens. Maybe then it'll be real. Too late. Or, in the interminable words of Mitch McConnell's turtle corpse standing in the wreckage, "Case closed. [...pause...yawn...] Case closed."

    ...who doesn't know, or doesn't want to know, which party is responsible for creating the greatest middle class the world has ever seen, despite the constant efforts to the contrary by the other party (guess which).

    ...who believes the wannabe king's 10,000 moronic lies, and who relishes in his childish insults unbecoming a real statesman, especially on foreign soil.

    ...who is shamelessly defensive over Donald J. (jerk) Trump's painfully immoral behavior and disgusting attitudes, his lifelong, over-the-top, through and through, inherent corruption, his smelly doggie-bag full of well-documented crimes and endless court cases, his self-dealing phony patriotism, his dangerous and monumental misconceptions, sophomoric mistakes, and B-rated blunders on the world stage, right when humanity desperately needs a person of great conscience in these times of great peril.

    ...who will always project the sins of Trump and the Republican Party onto Democrats, or anyone else with the audacity to point out the simple truth of liars who refuse to own their own words and deeds.

    Why, can you just imagine the torrent of guttural hate hurled at the Seven Gods and the Weirwood trees all across the right-wing kingdoms if the name Clinton or Obama was even remotely attached to just one of the thousand misdeeds of the Mad Trump reign and his Valyrian crime family? Call the dragons and burn 'em all!

    Of course, it's a matter of blind faith for these fervent parishioners of a demented demagogue like Trump to blame (not without some merit) the corporate-minded Democratic enablers for the many obvious afflictions of stumblebum Republicanism -- that long, long list of economic, legal, political, cultural, religious, and moral outrages. And don't forget the most egregious of all: taking no action, or galloping off exactly 180 degrees in the wrong direction, in response to the voluminous, irrefutable evidence of human-caused climate disaster.

    The full, nearly uncountable list of gross transgressions in the annals of Republican Party infamy will shock uninitiated students of history with such a thick chapter on the hugely negative impacts inflicted upon society and nature itself, all as a direct consequence of the greedy, almost maniacal assault against American workers -- and the People's voice. The decades have taken their toll after installing corporate goons as judges every chance they had and passing unholy legislation that has primarily, by every measure, benefited the Republican donor class of un-American oligarchs, lowlifes, and scoundrels who are traitors to the most important principles in the Constitution of We the People.

    As Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, and so many other true progressives like Thom have warned for years, the top percent in the orbit of the planet's 2200 billionaires and their black hole of "free" markets are gobbling up the world's wealth, destroying the environment at an unprecedented rate, and turning impoverished workers into lifetime economic slaves through high prices, high debt, and low wages. Religious fantasies and whack-job conspiracy theories might pass for knowledge in the "alternative fact" universe, but we live in an actual dystopia of unsustainable overconsumption, hopeless wealth disparity, endless warfare, worldwide poverty, human suffering at Biblical proportions, and a catastrophic climate breakdown looming over all life on Earth.

    The only way to win this real-life Game of Thrones is for the majority members of our species to stop being stupid and start supporting those trying to make a real difference before it's too late. The first step in the right direction for misinformed American workers is to reject the Trump party of lunatics once and for all, pick up the pieces, and evolve.

  • Neoliberalism Is Creating a Mental Health Crisis   1 week 5 days ago

    I'm not sure about that, but then again, I just know a lot about Spider Control

  • Do We Have To Fear The Possibility Of A Police State?   1 week 5 days ago

    Hello, Thom I'm one of your avid reader of all your informative blogs, I've learned something and enjoy reading all of these. Continue create and share more. Thank you!


  • Trade & Immigration - Trump's Re-Election Campaign Rolls Forward...   1 week 6 days ago

    Democrats are the party of the workers sleeping on the streets outside their jobs in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle.

    The party of neglect. A party that has union teachers begging for fair pay and class sizes...how's that union thing working for you?

    The Democrats are the party that accuses the Republicans of everything they are themselves, racists, liars, hateful, always looking for somthing to rage about....it's really very sad.

    A party that divides people into tribes that all want special civil rights rather than equal rights for all. (cause they're all victims ya know!)

    The party that hasn't done anything positive in three years years cause they spent all they had on hating Trump while their leaders travel the world trash talking our Country.

    Question, If the USA is so bad, especially to Brown People why are they sneaking into the country at the the rate of thousands a day and what are the Democrats doing to make it work.

    Vote for the Dems if you want homelessness, over crowded schools, low pay, swamped hospitals and doctors, crime, a destroyed social security system & medicare system, tent cities, and most of all the Dems will share plenty of hate!!

    It's your choice.

  • Trade & Immigration - Trump's Re-Election Campaign Rolls Forward...   1 week 6 days ago

    Thom is making the clear and critical points that every American child of every American worker should be taught in grade school. Check out his article about tariffs in the previous thread, which is also at: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/30/if-democrats-want-beat-trump-they-better-not-nominate-free-trade-candidate

    His chorus line is "American workers know..."

    Or they should know!

    BUUUT... when so-called "knowledge" is broken down into the details, vis-à-vis the quality and distribution among white-racist, false-religious Bible-thumpers in 'Meerkkkan backwaters, it's quite apparent that a significant number of otherwise well-intentioned American workers don't know squat!

    Especially about how and why they find themselves in a once strong but dwindling middle class.

    They vote Republican!

    As drooling fools would. And oh how they love Trump's 10,000 (million plus lifetime?) lies since his fake, Electoral College ...ah... "win."

    Jaysusmaryandjoseph! What's wrong with white-ass America?

    How to break through such willful ignorance at the core of blithering stupidity?

    Answer: You can't!

    Rex Tillerson said Trump is a "f*cking moron." Lindsey Graham said he's a "f*cking idiot." John Dowd said he's a "f*cking liar." (That's why he didn't want Trump to testify in the Mueller probe.) A f*cking lying idiot. That about sums it up alright. If the radical Christian far, far right deludes themselves that their gawdawful "goD" gave them Trump the Pussy Grabber as their great white hope, well then, they certainly are practicing false religion.

    The billionaire-owned Republican Party has been reduced to a sad, ragged chew toy of a rabid Trump foaming at the mouth, a fake billionaire with a very sick ego. It's nothing but a minority party with outsized power, a cesspool of corrupt big-money interests that have nothing to do with American workers and their families or with any notions of democracy and fairness and simple decency. So, are the flag-waving American workers populating Lying Don's base just plain stupid, or are they hopelessly indoctrinated, glassy-eyed, authoritarian followers? In effect, is there a difference?

    Democratic leadership should worry over the concerns of their own base of true American workers -- a much larger majority party -- instead of over the howls and screeches of the Orange King and his brain-dead lilly-whitewalkers.

    That means to educate the American workers about how to achieve their own best interests instead of those of the filthy, oil-soaked, war-mongering rich.

    That means simply to outnumber the Republican army of zombies at the Battle of the Ballot Boxes in the real game of thrones.

    Surely, that also means to start PUBLIC impeachment hearings right goddamn now! Mueller handed all the evidence anyone could possibly need on a silver platter, forgodsake!

    Educate! educate! educate! the public until the last bit of truth is squeezed out of these bloated liars. And then let the worthless Senate Republican enablers (Hello, Mitch) polish that turd! Let them stubbornly cling to the ass of the Trump crime family ...right before the election for all to see.

    At the same time, Democrats must put the aggressive in progressive, instead of cowering behind false political expediency. Explain to the People in no uncertain terms exactly how the powerful historical truth of investing America's wealth back into a strong middle class -- where all wealth originates -- absolutely crushes the weak lies of plutocrats, oligarchs, and fascists who want it all for themselves.

    It's simple: Democrats are the party of American workers; Republicans are the party of un-American rich bastards.

    (Bastards whose surname in GoT would be "Greed.")

  • Our President Is A Crook & A Psychopath - When Will We Impeach Him?   2 weeks 1 hour ago

    Why thank you. I was trying to out-crazy #1 with some quick theoretical physics. Reality is by far stranger than any wildly fictional conspiracies the Alex Jones types dream up. Your silence on that point is a tell. Evidently, in the dark recesses of your bony cage, such nonsense is sane in comparison? If so, that's dumber than a sack of doorknobs (pardon the expression).

  • Imagine this scenario.....   2 weeks 9 hours ago

    I am a regular listener and really enjoy your show. I recently came across this 1997 op-ed by Laura Ingraham of all people writing in the Washington Post, that confirmed what i had a vague memory of, in that back in the Clinton era the GOP was more than white hot to impeach Clinton as early as 1993 and that the Starr Report only gave them the excuse they had been seeking the 5 previous years. Anecdotally I recall a GOP Congressman stating pretty early on saying, 'We're going to impeach Clinton.....' When it was pointed out Clinton hadn't done anything to warrant impeachment the response was 'Oh we'll find something.....' This is such a great contrast to the current situation with Trump and a major reason in my opinion, that the parallels that keep being drawn between the two cases don't hold up at all. One party was hellbent on doing it as soon as the president's hand came off the Bible and just needed an excuse. While the other has literally reams of evidence of wrongdoing and are hesitant and skittish beyond any reasonable degree. I think this dispels any notion that the situations equate somehow.(As is too often the case with the media narratives.) I hope I hear this brought up in a future show. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1997/10/26/the-folly-of-impeachment-chic/c0ae0eaf-57d6-49f0-9940-b3962130bf22/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c897b9aba6b6

  • How our republic could die in the age of Trump - in a stunning parallel to the fall of Rome   2 weeks 1 day ago

    If the rise of new powers like China poses challenges to the old geopolitical order governed by the US, what about the opposite? Is the challenge of an international power that is weakening and inconsistent creating a contradiction to an emerging order - even without Trump?

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  • Our President Is A Crook & A Psychopath - When Will We Impeach Him?   2 weeks 1 day ago


    Man, you are a crazy mo fo.

  • Full Show 10/5/16: Is Obamacare the Craziest Thing in the World?   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Thank you very much for the interesting information. Full show has always been my favorite show. I took a lot of useful things to create a project writingpeak. I look forward to new releases.

  • Our President Is A Crook & A Psychopath - When Will We Impeach Him?   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Alone, a "pale blue dot" floats completely lost somewhere in an incomprehensible infinity of probable multiple universes and timelines of energy and matter, each created from effective nothing, expanding five times the speed of light, lasting hundreds of trillions of years and beyond-- effective eternity -- until hydrogen winks out of existence. Miraculously, as soon as possible, the planet produces 7.5 billion solitary human minds, alas, confined to tiny, thick-walled, pitch-black bone cages, understanding outside reality with only a fistful of limited senses shaking at the sky.

    So we think a lot, mostly to ourselves and of ourselves, in that dark, dark place. Less than five percent of energy and matter is even collectively understood; therefore, we compensate with theories, some good, some bad, and some just bat-sh*t delusional crazy! (Trump)

    But perhaps the strangest and most fascinating thing about this most strange and fascinating life is that, though separate, we're each and all connected as one, simple, pure, timeless consciousness that includes all life on Earth, and possibly everywhere ...whether we "think" so or not while lost in our solitary confinement.

    Now that's a conspiracy theory!

  • Banding Together for the Common Good   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Maslow believed that truly healthy people were self-actualizers because they satisfied the highest psychological needs. If you're looking for Austin Texas cattle fencing, reach out!

  • Is the Game Up at Fox So-Called News?   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I do enjoy playing the Medal of Honor WWII series of games, as well as the Atari Breakout at Play friv game. Especially fun to play on the Wii game system since you get to point a gun at the screen. Totally awesome, and yet I have never wanted to join the military because of these games... though I also read enough military history that I'm aware of the pain and suffering that is associated with it, enough so that I don't want any part of it. Also there is another thing that these games can make gamers aware of (because most aren't the idiots people assume they are), its nearly impossible to be on the frontlines and not get killed.

  • Our President Is A Crook & A Psychopath - When Will We Impeach Him?   2 weeks 2 days ago

    In many conspiracy theories that follow the path of the "deep state" since the end of WWII, ALL politicians (ALL countries) are becoming pawns. Money factions are fighting other money factions, and the technology they possess goes all the way up to being able to manipulate the weather anywhere on the planet, anytime. Recent "dissent" within these factions has been showing up in the Bearer Bonds "Scandals" of 2009 and 2011. Massive debt is covertly being applied to the US and other governments for money used by these factions to improve "secret" technology and weaponization of space. It's my belief that these factions are the only thing preventing China from economically taking over the US. Trump and Putin are "the distractions" so no real investigation "follows the money" incidents, and it would appear these factions have a global network of "might" to ensure all nations' leaders quitely "play along".

  • Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?   2 weeks 2 days ago
  • Banding Together for the Common Good   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory. Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. Pro Tree Service of Savannah

  • Bigger Tornados Are Powered By Fossil Fuel Billionaires   2 weeks 2 days ago

    In Republican bizarro world, filthy rich donors "Trump" their base of ignorant fools who don't deserve the many wonderful benefits of our social democracy, which they take for granted yet work to destroy. Neither does this authoritarian cult of fascists deserve our once remarkable paradise called Earth, which they also take for granted yet work to destroy.

    False Religion and phony patriotism are two of the most destructive forces of the human mind, along with unregulated greed and endless violence. From dusty history books to the chattering internet, these undying truths stab at our hearts and souls.

    Do they not?

  • Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?   2 weeks 3 days ago
  • Trump & GOP - Welcome To The End of The World...   2 weeks 3 days ago

    5. Don't step on worms.

    6. Don't eat the entrails of aardvarks.

    6. Mine the cheese on the Moon.

    7. Comprehend Bell's Theorem.

    8. Close your eyes.

    9. Tap your heels three times.

    10. And think to yourself: "There's no place like home; there's no place like home; there's no place like home..."

    11. But whatever you do, do not heed the dire warnings of virtually every climate scientist on the planet or take any other meaningful action in the short time left for humanity to actually mitigate the unfathomably expensive and deadly effects of human-caused climate catastrophe our children and grandchildren -- and every other lifeform -- will certainly suffer.

    12. Oh yeah, and vote for Trump ...because, you know, JESUS!

    "The coffee tasted bad. Acrid and with a sweet, sickly smell." --James Dyke: https://theconversation.com/climate-change-weve-created-a-civilisation-hell-bent-on-destroying-itself-im-terrified-writes-earth-scientist-113055

    Correct knowledge and meaningful action center: https://www.greenworldrising.org/

  • Trump & GOP - Welcome To The End of The World...   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Well before we go all AOC... perhaps we could try a few other things, like....

    1. Fix Fukushima and other leaking reactors

    2. Ban roundup

    3. Stop chemtrails that land on every living thing

    4. develope better battery storage

    Who's working on these issues?

    If we get that right then we can take on more

  • How Do We Take Back the Military From the Billionaire Owned Military Industrial Complex?   2 weeks 4 days ago

    A functioning democracy free of big-money influence can only happen if the majority of citizens are aware enough to actively resist the avalanche of untruthful propaganda assaulting them on all fronts, and then rise up en masse at the voting booth to overwhelm the minority of authoritarian followers. Willful ignorance and apathy have produced the plutocracies/kakistocracies that plague the world today, which is not that much different from the lopsided rule of the medieval kings and queens and nobles who controlled most of society's wealth.

    In the U.S., that dysfunction translates into the willfully ignorant Republicans who vote and the willfully apathetic Democrats who don't. I suspect a similar dynamic is at work in the U.K., the E.U., and everywhere else democracies are in decline.

  • How Do We Take Back the Military From the Billionaire Owned Military Industrial Complex?   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Greeting, really is a frightening world we now live in, every polititian is out for financial gain. We need someone in power that really cares, trouble is i just cannot see it happen in my lifetime.


  • Who rejected United States-North Korea peace talks?   2 weeks 5 days ago
  • U.K. Pound Falls As Markets Get Brexit Jitters   2 weeks 5 days ago
  • U.K. Pound Falls As Markets Get Brexit Jitters   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Nice article! UK Pounds have been one of the biggest currency in the market. seo va

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