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Oil $

Consider what supports the value of the dollar--oil. Agreements to buy and sell oil in American dollars has maintained the dominance of this currency. Now, the value of oil is eroding fast. American refineries step up capacity. Pipelines funnel oil to refineries for countries still dependent. Decreased investment in oil and oil infrastructure globally. (Think bombing Iraq's refineries.) Refining capacity increases in value relative to oil production. Capitalists liquidate and convert assets in dollars to other forms of wealth, thus, the current accelerated rape of American economy.

Swastika-Inspired Anti-Trump Logo

"Disapproval of President Donald Trump’s comments following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been widespread among both Republicans and Democrats. Many saw Trump as equivocating on the brutality that ensued after the KKK, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other members of the so-called alt-right protested the removal of a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Democratic Purge of Fear betrays weakness... NOT Dem v Rep; It is Corp. v. PEOPLE.

Let’s be honest. We (Bernie/People’s wing) don’t want Corporatist / DLC / Clintonian sell-outs in OUR Democratic Party -- because they are basically “lite” Republicans working for Wall Street and, worse, the Military Industry who have sold-out their ideology for the corporate dollar using antiquated fear of Russia, etc.

This began as the most benign way to raise money once Reaganism had more than decimated Union strength back in the 1980s.

"The Big Steal"

We could call this period we are living in as "The Big Steal". As Thom just described, there are a number of mechanisms by which the elites are stealing wealth of working Americans. Killing pensions, stopping minimum wage increases, foreclosing on homes, rigged mortgage lending, college loans, credit card fraud, etc.

American wealth is rising to the 1% at an ever increasing rate.

"Tax reform" anyone?

forming a grassroots consensus

We will continue to be characterized as the circular firing squad unless people start actually organizing effectively at the grassroots level. The formation of an organization called "Six" which is supposed to be the "liberal antidote" has been reported on today as "sharply divided." The article itself is somewhat confusing and incomplete in its information and analysis so lets go through it to see if we can make some headway on getting an effective grasp on the issue.

Corporate Responsibility Changes - Shareholder Value vs Stakeholder Value

On the Oct 23, 2017 show, Thom asked his guest what had changed since the 80's in corporate ethics. This is what I'd found on this topic when doing some research in 2015.

Draft Dodger Trump Likes Heroes Who Weren’t Captured: His Spurious Viet Nam Deferment

The story of a classic, rich draft dodger.

As many of you may not have known before John McCain mentioned it this past week, Donald got five draft deferments that kept him from going to Vietnam. I guess his huevos were much smaller in those days.

How would your small business fare if you acted like Trump?

Berate all of your employees if they didn’t meet all of your sales goals.

Take liberty with the female employees as you pleased.

Exaggerate all of your achievements. Just make shit up.

Cheat your suppliers out of payments for goods and services received.

Reward employees based on their loyalty rather than their productivity and honesty.

Constantly applaud yourself and ignore crediting employee achievements.

Avoid all employee benefits. Expect long hours for lousy pay.

Can a popular third party force changes in the Electoral College?

With the DNC purging all things Sanders, Progressives may not have anyone to support them. (not that it is hurting them now: https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/659667/house-gop-fears-wave-2018-money-woes-grow.) We can hope that many Progressives presently running for various seats do win, but with the DNC falling back to their old ways who will the DNC reach out to? If there is a voter shift toward Progressives, the DNC status quo message will fall upon deaf ears.

Gun control

To whom this may concern.... I have given this allot of thought, and I believe this will develop allot of jobs, and make things quite a bit safer from all the weapons that are in the United States. There is only 4 reason to have a weapon. #1 hunting, #2 target shooting, #3 Collector, #4 protection.. Each weapon should have sensor unit, or tracking device, which makes it capable to be located by authorities, and they will know what kind of weapon it is, and where it is being used, which with the technol

LEST WE FORGET

JOHN F KENNEDY 27th April 1961, two and a half years before his assassination (November 22, 1963)

* “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings”

* “Today no war has been declared — and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion. Our way of life is under attack”

AMERICANS are JUNKIES

America spends 51 BILLION dollars a YEAR on its WAR on drugs. As of 2014 the number of Americans incarcerated in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,224,400. Pharmaceuticals are PROVEN gateway drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an estimated 80 percent of heroin users started out using prescription pain-killers.

Rare Appearance by Kelly Reveals His Complicit State of Mind

If General Kelly was stunned about the call to la David Johnson’s family, then his offense seems self-serving and arrogant. The very things that he decried he accommodates and facilitates on a daily basis in Donald Trump. He shares some of Trump’s behaviors, such as petty name calling (empty barrel locker room talk). For all real purposes the congress woman was family and shouldn’t be asked to give up her seat on the bus for hyper-patriots Trump, Kelly or anyone else.

Has this dude ever considered that he erred? About anything?

The Scapegoater in Chief

Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer

There is this whole mythology that Donald Trump came to power because 53% of white women voted for him, because 66% of white working men who didn't have a college degree voted for him.

That may be, but those are not his constituents. Those are his suckers. Those are his rubes.