Right-wing extremism linked to almost all mass murders in America in 2018

A new report shows all the extremist killings in 2018 had links to right-wing extremism. The report’s findings are consistent with other fairly recent studies on extremism in the US, which have shown right-wing extremism and violence are on the rise. There were at least 50 extremist-related killings in 2018, according to the report, […]

Government shutdown comprehensive review : Jan 24th, 2019

Trump’s recall of furloughed federal workers shows that “nonessential” staff do essential work.

An unintended consequence? Shutdown highlights the importance and value of government.

via WaPo Daily 202: by James Hohmann with Joanie Greve

Many conservative hard-liners inside and closely allied with the Trump administration, who have made careers out of bashing the […]

Rebecca Solnit on activism

Standing Rock inspired Ocasio-Cortez to run. That’s the power of protest

via The Guardian – Rebecca Solnit

Press on for what you believe in – a young woman’s election to Congress shows climate activism can have unforeseen results

Dakota Access pipeline protesters in North Dakota, February 2017. Photograph: Pacific Press/LightRocket via […]

Gaslighting, and how to deal with it

How to survive gaslighting: when manipulation erases your reality

Ariel Leve offers strategies to stay resilient in the face of psychological abuse that distorts the truth

Remain defiant: the most important tip if […]

And now, for a little less levity…

On the creative life

Mary Oliver wrote in Upstream:

“It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I […]

Trump as the Kremlin’s Tool: The Logical Proof

Trump as the Kremlin’s Tool: The Logical Proof

Whether intentional or not, Donald Trump serves the Kremlin’s interests — from NATO to the global economy and the Middle East to democracy.

in The Globalist by Stephan Richter and Richard Phillips, January 15, 2019

Takeaways Whether intentional or not, Donald Trump serves the Kremlin’s interests. […]

Fragile masculinity

Testeria

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 11:05 PM PST

Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 16th January 2019

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(Here is the Gillette ad…)

What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge abusive […]

Exploring “the customer is always right” lie…

* We’ve all heard the standard refrain, but never checked to see if it were an accurate statement of conditions. The chart from the 2017 report by the Better Business Bureaus should provide a clue.

Notice that in some industry classes a market segment may have a fairly large number of complaints yet still […]

Impeach Donald Trump – an article in ‘The Atlantic’

in The Atlantic by Yoni Appelbaum March 2019 Issue

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the […]

Are you an online Seller?

 

The eBay – Amazon Con-Job affecting Sellers **************************************************** As an online Buyer or Seller one expects those they deal with on these sites to be somewhat honest and rational. Except now we are somewhere else – as a Seller I have had several buyers purchase a used item, pay for it, have it shipped […]

Ethnographic analysis

After the Fact | The American Dream: Does Your ZIP Code Determine Your Destiny?

Originally aired January 4, 2018 on Pew Trusts.

TRANSCRIPT Dan LeDuc, host: As calendars turn to a new year, we’re marking another milestone here at “After the Fact.” It’s been two years since our first episode. So we’re revisiting our […]

Shrodinger’s Cat

A refresher: “Schrödinger’s cat is a famous hypothetical experiment designed to point out a flaw in the Copenhagen interpretation of superposition as it applies to quantum theory. … According to quantum law under the Copenhagen interpretation, the cat will be both dead and alive until someone looks in the box.”

Not to be confused […]

What’s the story with CBD?

The Sad News About CBD Cupcakes Cannabidiol-infused foods won’t get you high, probably won’t cure your anxiety, and are very likely illegal. On the plus side, they still taste good.

via The Atlantic by Amand Mull – Jan. 15, 2019

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As I stood at the window of a Weed World Candies truck on Manhattan’s […]

How to steal $35 billion…

CFPB Report: Typical Overdraft Situation Is Comparable To Small-Dollar Loan With 17,000% Interest Rate

7.31.144:09 PM EDT By Ashlee Kieler@akieler

If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of consumers who use a debit card you’ve likely found yourself on the receiving end of an overdraft fee when your account balance just wasn’t quite […]

No, it’s not just you that thinks of him that way

Halfway through Donald Trump’s term in the Oval Office, The Atlantic has cataloged 50 norm-shattering moments from his presidency, analyzed by 50 Atlantic writers and contributors. This project, titled Unthinkable, ranks the incidents—from the outlandish to the dangerous—that would have been considered improbable during any prior administration, of either party.

Below is an introduction […]

Why do liberals think trump supporters are stupid

by Adam-Troy Castro

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Another anguished post from a Trump supporter: “Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?”

The serious answer.

Sigh; we do sometimes fall into that rhetorical trap, out of frustration, but if we were to be 100% honest with you we would admit that we find quite a […]

More shitzle on Manafort & The Russian Connection

The new Russia revelations are more consequential than Trump’s newsless immigration speech

The spectacular rise and fall of Paul Manafort by James Hohmann in the WaPo Daily 202 – Jan 9th, 2019

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THE BIG IDEA: President Trump showed last night why he waited two years to address the country from the Oval […]

Danger to our democratic republic in Trump’s TV address: Jan 8th, 2019

Prior to the televised address:

An overview of the potential hazards of invoking a “National Emergency”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/us/politics/trump-national-emergency.html

 

An in-depth analysis of all the major abridgments to traditional law and practice which an NE would permit:

https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/emergency-powers

 

So what could go wrong?

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/01/national-emergency-trump-authoritarian-powers.html

 

Photo below is of the “Bonus Army” march on Washington, […]

Researchers at public universities are developing new ways of shutting down our capacity for independent thought.

The Mind Hackers

Posted: 06 Jan 2019 12:02 AM PST by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 31st December 2018

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To what extent do we decide? We tell ourselves we choose our own life course, but is this ever true? If you or I had lived 500 years ago, our worldview, and the decisions […]