Bill McKibben book: “Falter” – or how extinction could happen

Stubs of corn chopped down because of heat and lack of rain in Nebraska, 2012. “In the human game, the single most important question is probably ‘What’s for dinner?’ writes McKibben. “And when the answer is ‘Not much,’ things deteriorate fast.”

Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Excerpted from “FALTER: Has […]

“No More Excuses” by George Monbiot

No one is coming to save us. Only rebellion will prevent an environmental apocalypse

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th April 2019

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Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see […]

Executive Summary to the Mueller Report

Robert Mueller’s Written Summaries of His Russia Report

The details the special counsel apparently found most important for the public to know, and the one sentence conclusion: “this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

 

via The Atlantic by OLIVIA PASCHAL APR 18, 2019

Below, […]

Redacted Mueller Report Released Apr 18th, 2019

150Mb PDF Version Available Here

…and what to look for in the report

 

The bitching about Omar and AOC

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Apr. 13th, 2019

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The MSM and Social Media commentators are busily lambasting the four most vocal new House Democrats, all women of color, for their statements about particular issues. A contrarian might argue it appears their exposures of dysfunctional positions considered sacrosanct by the powers that be […]

Quantomania –

Neoliberalism promised to save us from bureaucracy. Instead, it has delivered a mad, semi-privatised authoritarianism

Posted: 12 Apr 2019 10:08 PM PDT by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 10th April 2019

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My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my […]

Just another day in the circus

Trump is teeing up stress tests for several institutions, from DHS to DOJ and the IRS

via WaPo Daily 202 – Apr, 9th 2019

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Joanie Greve and Mariana Alfaro

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THE BIG IDEA: To work, the American system of checks and balances requires that the executive branch respect the prerogatives of […]

Saying goodbye to all that

I’m Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me

by Danny Sjursen on TomDispatch –PUBLISHED April 2, 2019 U.S. Army soldiers look on as a Black Hawk helicopter lands at Camp Ramdi in Iraq on October 31, 2011. “Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at […]

Alienation

Writings on alienation: Giroux, Arendt, Marx, and others…

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From “In Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle” by Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux

“That worldly alienation has taken pace, as Arendt foresaw, now seems very evident as both an empirical fact and a philosophical claim. Indeed, if the hallmarks […]

Two versions of a “Matisse Circle”

a) La Danse – Henri Cezanne 1910

b) Matisse Circle in The Full Body Project – Leonard Nimoy 2007

Corruption in the U.S.

The US is more corrupt than most Americans realize, and the problem goes much deeper than Trump

Stephen M. Walt,

Foreign Policy Mar. 19, 2019, 5:36 PM President Donald Trump during a briefing on drug trafficking at the southern border at the White House, March 13, 2019. Associated Press

The Trump […]

Da funk

THE BIG IDEA: Americans, collectively, appear to be in a deep funk about the future.

by James Hohmann – Daily 202 Washington Post – Mar 22, 2019

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When adults are asked to think about what the United States will be like in 2050, they see the country declining in stature on the world stage, […]

Rural America has a problem

Politically, rural America is increasingly a world apart – McGarvey & Paul Krugman – for The New York Times

Things clump together; the periphery cannot hold.

As you read this, Democratic presidential hopefuls are crisscrossing Iowa, trying to assure farmers that they share their concerns. Commentators are publishing opinion pieces […]

Obstruction in the Senate

 

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Mar. 18th, 2019

The House sent two bits of proposed legislation to the Senate for consideration: one was HR1, and the other was a joint resolution regarding the public release of the Mueller Report. In both cases, Republican leaders in the Senate have refused to allow consideration or […]

Democracy in exile.

Progressive Picks

At the forefront of public intellectuals, Henry Giroux writes a scintillating book, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism,that connects the dots between historical fascism and the age of Trump. Giroux urges that the resistance not falter, and that the democracy in exile vigorously challenge the current order. The following excerpt […]

On belief

be·lieve /bəˈlēv/

verb1. to accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of, or hold (something) as an opinion, think or suppose

The definition of belief makes no reference to objective truth, physical proof, or plausible reality. With that in mind, let’s list some of the beliefs held by a select number of Americans.

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Labor theory of value revisited

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about workers being paid ‘less than the value they create’ is essentially a restatement of Marx’s Labour Theory of Value — here’s why that’s interesting

Jim Edwards via Business Insider – Mar. 10, 2019, 5:00 AM Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Ivanka Trump on Twitter for not understanding how wages […]

Lost in TrumpWorld

War in the Shadows (of You Know Who) By Andrew Bacevich The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters […]

#makingGeorgiaspecial

According to today’s AJC the Georgia Legislature continues to prove it’s fealty to a tiny portion of the electorate combined with its opposition to anything of value for the majority of citizens. Cases in point:

a) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-governor-backs-heartbeat-bill-restricting-abortions/DWJjCBBYaqlQOvZM98VJxL/

b) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-senate-approves-state-takeover-atlanta-airport/cdmw3h2DkbEuIXugpNWZ8M/

c) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-education/georgia-senate-approves-tim-tebow-act-for-home-schooled-students/368Yd1QO46hIGFVjwtkDpL/

Combined with the horror show coming from D.C., and State legislative bodies in Utah, […]

Glenn Greenwald on the Ilhan “controversy”

Glenn Greenwald explains the “controversy” ************************************************* “This is all so ridiculous. It’s all based upon this demand that we indulge what everybody knows is an utter and complete fiction, which is that we’re allowed to talk about the power of the NRA in Washington, we’re allowed to talk about the power of the Saudis […]