The quintessential George Carlin (?)

An observation by George Carlin – (but really it’s not by Carlin – it’s from another author)

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“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. […]

A hazard: overconfidence in America’s ability to recover

James Fallows

11:58 PM / May 22, 2016

The Age of Trump: Graham, Madison, and Hart Weigh In “The Signing of the Constitution of the United States,” by Howard Chandler Christy (Wikimedia)

Over the weekend a Washington Post op-ed titled “We Must Weed Out Ignorant Voters from the Electorate” got a lot of negative […]

Having trouble sleeping?

The sanctity of unborn life meshes with the limitations of mentally challenged adults

A lab technician separates cells from umbilical cord blood at StemExpress in Placerville, California, May 5, 2016. (Max Whittaker / For The Washington Post)

By Danielle Paquette

PLACERVILLE, CALIF. — StemExpress, a tiny biomedical company in this foothill town east of Sacramento, has emerged at the heart of the contentious national debate over […]

I wish…

“I wish we taught the modern generation the true meaning of “love” and the human race. The love for all people regardless of their religion, race, culture or Political beliefs. The love of justice in the face of injustice.The love of wisdom in the face of ignorance, the love of country in the midst […]

Who Was the First African American?

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: We know his name, and that he arrived well before the Mayflower.

BY: HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. Posted: Oct. 22 2012 12:15 AM

JUAN GARRIDO (LEFT) (DIEGO DURAN, HISTORIA DE LAS INDIAS DE NUEVE ESPANA E ISLAS DE LA TIERRA FIRME, 1581)

(The Root) — […]

University of Pennsylvania Commencement Address 2016

Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism A Commencement Address given at the Annenberg School for Communications at University of Pennsylvania

by Maria Popova – May 16th, 2016 * * * * “In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a […]

Low is not only a measure, it’s also a condition

Why Do Donald sTrumpf’s Positions Appeal To You When He Clearly Has None?

via The Watering Hole – Posted on May 23, 2016 by Wayne A. Schneider

We on the Left often talk about low information voters more than they do on the Right, but that’s only because the Right depends on them […]

Photo Editing Slamming in Political Ads

New study confirms insidious GOP racism in 2008 presidential race

via Alternet by Janet Allon – Dec. 2015 * * * * * * * *

A new study clears up any lingering doubt that the Republican Party engaged in the tactic of dog-whistle politics in the 2008 presidential race between Barack Obama and John […]

Bullying is as American as apple pie

The U.S. is the World’s Biggest Bully; And You Wonder Why Bully sTrumpf Is Popular Among Some Americans

via Truthout – by Charles Derber and Yale Magrass – May 19th, 2016

GOP leaders secretly admire and envy his power as a bully.

This article by Charles Derber and Yale Magrass was originally published […]

What really happened at the Nevada Democratic Party Caucus – 2016

via Shadowproof by Kevin Gosztola – May 17th, 2016

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Days after a convention in which leaders incited chaos and disorder, the Nevada State Democratic Party demonized supporters of Bernie Sanders in a letter written to the Democratic National Committee.

“We believe, unfortunately, that the tactics […]

No more wide open spaces

Privatizing America’s Public Land How the Raid on Malheur Screened a Future Raid on Real Estate By William deBuys on Tomsdispatch – May 2016

It goes without saying that in a democracy everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. The trouble starts when people think they are also entitled to their own facts.

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Georgia Legislators Vote to Keep Georgia Special – 2016 Version

Recent Georgia Legislature Key Votes :Bill PassedBill Failed Bill Passed in State Congress – 2016 Senate Concurrence Vote — Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion (HB 555) Passage With Amendment — Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion (HB 555) Concurrence Vote — Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform […]

Pay for pray scam

via Censored.com – April 2016

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April 7, 2016

The Christian Prayer Center is a website that claims to have thousands of people pray for you for a payment of 35 dollars. Never receiving detailed complaints before, whether or not the service was actually fulfilled was never investigated. That is until a family with a […]

Regents – a pictorial history

Note: Here are two paintings by Franz Hals circa 1664; one the Regents of a Hospital, one the Regents of the Almshouse.

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?

Matt Taibbi: A whistle blower says the agency has illegally destroyed thousands of documents, letting financial crooks off the hook.

BY MATT TAIBBI August 17, 2011 on Rolling Stone

Imagine a world in which a man who is repeatedly investigated for a string of serious crimes, but never prosecuted, has his slate wiped clean every […]

Chris Hedges – Where we are now…

Chris Hedges asserts that without major change things are going to get really ugly

Posted on May 14, 2016

By Chris Hedges

Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP)

The artifice of corporate totalitarianism […]

They just can’t stop themselves

They Just Can’t Stop

via Tomgram – by Tom Engelhardt – May 12, 2016

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Washington’s Military Addiction And The Ruins Still to Come By Tom Engelhardt

There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write in your sleep before they happen. Let me […]

Limiting the inequality conversation to the 1% ignores reality

by Richard @ Bizmarts – May 13th, 2016

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For years the conversation in America regarding economic, social, and political inequality has been allowed to center on an moronic divide known as the 99% vs the 1%; when what is equally important is the divide between “most-people” and the “others”, on both the upper and […]

An interview with BDS co-founder

Interview With BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti: Banned by Israel From Traveling, Threatened With Worse

Glenn Greenwald

May 13 2016, 6:50 a.m.

Despite having lived in Israel for 22 years with no criminal record of any kind, Omar Barghouti was this week denied the right to travel outside the country. As one of […]