re: Houston & Harvey & ProPublica article & trolls

ProPublica

17 hrs · – Via Facebook Posting – Aug. 29th, 2017

Relevant: Houston is sinking. Has been for decades. As much as 2 inches a year. Some areas as much as 4 feet since 1975.

For years, the Houston area has been losing ground First in a series […]

Welcome to the endgame

Pardon Me! High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump By Tom Engelhardt

Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional […]

On being a WHAM

Kissing the Specious Present Goodbye Did History Begin Anew Last November 8th? By Andrew J. Bacevich

Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have […]

My district’s HR rep: Barry Loudermilk, is fundamentally anti-social

Congressman Barry Loudermilk August 18 at 9:01am ·

“A costly Department of Labor rule is wreaking havoc on small investors saving for their retirement. That’s why I’ve signed onto three letters and co-sponsored several bills to prevent these harmful regulations from continuing to hurt hardworking Americans.”

Financial trade groups to DOL: Advisers dumping small […]

Hey MSM ! Stop the stupidity !

Almost daily we are “treated” to another Presidential Approval Poll, which as of today shows #45 has a 34% approval rating – but this is at best only a partially valid number. The charts below from Gallup as of Aug 2017 demonstrates what the real take-away from the polls should be

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The […]

Stigmatizing hate…wisely

How to Win Friends and Stigmatize Nazis

Businesses are right to fire people with heinous views. But it’s important to do so under a well-defined framework.

Justin Ide / Reuters by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF via The Atlantic –Aug. 16th, 2017

Over the weekend, members of the Ku Klux Klan, one of the deadliest […]

Real and metaphorical Wars

When All the World’s a War… And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers via Toms Dispatch – by Rebecca Gordon – Aug. 15th, 2017

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been […]

Willful ignorance

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Aug. 14th, 2017

“It’s easy to avoid finding any negatives when you choose not to look.”

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In the early morning hours of a restless night’s sleep you awaken to a dreamworld consideration of whether your mate, comfortably sleeping beside you, has been unfaithful to you. Or perhaps […]

Natural language is un-natural

Natural Language Posted: 11 Aug 2017 05:07 AM PDT

If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th August 2017

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If Moses had promised the Israelites a land […]

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

History is punctuated by catalytic episodes—events that can become guideposts toward a more open and civilized world.

via The Atlantic by: PHILIP ZELIKOW – 8/11/2017 – 4:50 AM ET

East German border policemen refusing to shake hands with a Berliner over the border […]

Support request for VoteVets

Hello,

I am sure you saw that yesterday President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen before.” A message he thought appropriate to send from New Jersey … while on vacation … at his golf course.

Listen… here is the absolutely pure, unvarnished truth: it is abhorrent […]

Mercenaries aren’t a solution to Afghanistan’s forever war

via Washington Post – Aug. 8th, 2017

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The White House is still struggling to come up with an Afghanistan strategy. A long-expected review of the current American commitment to the war-blighted nation has stalled, with President Trump reportedly dissatisfied with the bulk of the solutions offered […]