We’re With Stupid – by Timothy Egan

We’re With Stupid by Timothy Egan via N.Y. Times – Nov. 17, 2017

Credit Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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It would be much easier to sleep at night if you could believe that we’re in such a mess of misinformation simply because Russian agents disseminated […]

Traits of NPD

Note: The following are typical traits exhibited, and used by those afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

Woman taking selfie while boyfriend is kissing her

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Abusive Cycle – This is the name for the ongoing rotation between destructive and constructive behavior which is typical of many dysfunctional relationships and families.

Alienation – The act […]

The Middle East: It will only get worse

The Middle East – a continuing ethnic battle zone By James M. Dorsey

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Flexible Reality Editors Note: Please read this report carefully, for insight into regional machinations, biases, and propaganda

** “As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war […]

What makes people vote Republican – a socio-psychological explanation

What Makes People Vote Republican?

Jonathan Haidt [9.8.08]

…the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats […]

Where we are

*********************** We have at least 4,500 existing Federal Laws, but in the period 2000 through 2007, Congress created at least 450 new crimes, the State & Federal authorities have rules, regulations, and laws covering almost all human activities, with more lawyers than any other country on Earth – but for some unexplained reason we […]

American Hyper-Capitalism Breeds the Lonely, Alienated Men Who Become Mass Killers

Despair, rage and lack of human connection among white men are key culprits in America’s mass shooting epidemic.

By Harriet Fraad, Richard D. Wolff / AlterNet November 6, 2017, 10:56 AM GMT

Photo Credit: FabrikaSim / Shutterstock.com

Economically, he was one of the growing millions without a secure, meaningful, socially approved, well-paid […]

Fake populism & off-shore money

The ‘Paradise Papers’ expose Trump’s fake populism

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President Trump entered the White House on a platform of populist rage. He channeled ire against the perceived perfidy and corruption of a shadowy world of cosmopolitan elites. He labeled his opponent Hillary Clinton a “globalist” — […]

Another worthy commencement address – by Tim Minchin

Transcript of Tim Minchin address: UWA 2013 graduation ceremony.

http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201309176069/alumni/tim-minchin-stars-uwa-graduation-ceremony

Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome Mr Tim Minchin

(applause)

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“In darker days I did a corporate gig at a conference for this big company who made and sold accounting software in a bid, I presumed, to inspire their salespeople to greater heights. They’d forked […]

Becoming unstoppable – by George Monbiot

Becoming Unstoppable

Posted: 02 Nov 2017 10:40 AM PDT

“We do not need to change human nature. We need to reveal it.”.

Interview by Mark Karlin with George Monbiot, published by Truth Out, 22nd October 2017

 

You begin your book with the importance of the stories we accept as our personal narratives as members […]

Obama’s legacy

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Richard Pressl A somewhat common feature that distinguishes Democratic vs Republican Administrations is the former is faulted for the things they DIDN’T do, while the latter is despised for the things it DID. Recent examples follow that pattern precisely.

Wayne Fuller Yes, of course you’re correct. My […]

Libertarian perspective: “Were America’s “Early Wars” as noble as we are told?”

Did they defend freedom, or were they wars of conquest?

Render your verdict on four early U.S. wars. By Perry Willis @ Downsize DC blog – Oct. 28th, 2017

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Randolph Bourne claimed that “War is the health of the state.” If true, this suggests that our state schools have a natural incentive to […]

A closer look at where we are

Through the looking glass – darkly.

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Oct 31st, 2017

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We always knew there was a significant undercurrent of racism, white exceptionalism, xenophobic nationalism, economic resentment, and distaste “for elites” in America; but we never imagined the group was that large, or that they would coalesce behind a carny […]

A closer look – by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky: How the Trump Presidency Is Enriching the Rich

Take your eyes off Trump and you’ll see the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency.

President […]

Freedom from bureaucracy?

Rooting Out Democracy

Posted: 30 Oct 2017 12:41 AM PDT

The Sheffield tree massacre is one result of the monstrous, impenetrable officialdom that neoliberalism creates

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 25th October 2017

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One of neoliberalism’s promises was that it would free us from bureaucracy. By rolling back the state, it would […]

All in…

Question asked on Quora: How, in the greatest country in the world, did we end up with Trump as president? Glen Walters – Answered Mon

Who is Donald Trump? Well, Part drama queen. Part conman. Part egomaniac. Part racist. Part woman-hater. Part sexual assaulter. Part cheapskate. Part spoiled brat. Full-time Fornicating adulterer. And […]

Zionism & Fascism?

The Historical Zionist Case for Fascism

Over the past year, the Israel Lobby especially in the UK has mounted its high horse about the issue of comparing Zionism to Nazism. Calling any such comparison anti-Semitic, it has accepted as a given that the charge […]

Down And Out…so they went for Trump

The unhealthiest county in America voted overwhelmingly for Trump, who will only make things worse there KALI HOLLOWAY, ALTERNET 10.21.2017•9:59 AM ***************************************************************

By nearly every measure, Union County, Florida, is the unhealthiest place in the United States. A Business Insider data analysis finds that the county outpaces the rest […]

Sanctimonious – ‘making a show of being morally superior to other people’

The Populist Right Tears Down a Press It Can’t Replace

Critics of the mainstream media were quick to charge that Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds were an open secret, yet none of them were able to expose it.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters by Conor Friedersdorf – via The Atlantic – Oct. 16th, 2017 Last […]

An interview with Noam Chomsky & Robert Pollin

Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | Interview

(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm)

This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24.

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No ! Do not become numb to the dangers

The Unending State of Emergency

The shocks are not normal, and order will not be restored.

Media. (Photo by russell davies/ flickr CC 2.0)

It’s old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. […]