The climate tipping point vs the BBB bill

jimK

Today at 1:22 PM ···

The basic issue of concern about the Build Back Better program is NOT how much it costs. The main issue is how much will it cost if the Build Back Better program is not passed. The BBB program collectively makes our population better prepared to compete globally […]

Where we are now, a review

JimK

Yesterday at 12:01 AM ···

Studies sponsored by the world of democratic countries use a variety of metrics to assess the health and viability of democracies. By those measures two independent studies rate the quality of our country’s democracy as decreasing and even to the point of potentially failing. Many of the […]

Brennan Center surveys the data on voter fraud

Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth

Sensationalist claims have circulated this election season about the extent of voter fraud, with some politicians going so far as to tell voters to fear that this November’s election will be “rigged.” Because electoral integrity is one of the elements necessary to making America the greatest democracy in the world, […]

The Leap Manifesto

A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another

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We start from the premise that Canada is facing the deepest crisis in recent memory.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has acknowledged shocking details about the violence of Canada’s near past. Deepening poverty and inequality are a scar on the […]

Sen Manchin’s foot

Note: The Senate has passed into recess without acting on the “Build Back Better” bill – solely due to ONE person: Sen. Joe Machin

by Jim K.

Dec 18th, 2021 at 3:15 PM ···

Joe Manchin, your slow walking and supposed ‘fiscal’ responsibility arguments are in effect, a ‘penny-wise, hundreds of trillion-dollar foolish’ […]

Detailed analysis of trumpsterism, and its effect on the Country

The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the civil war –

by Robert Kagan – Sept 23rd, 2021

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– with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring […]

Book review: Futilitarianism – the Production of Uselessness

Review of Futilitarianism: Neoliberalism and the Production of Uselessness by Neil Vallelly

by MATT MCMANUS on Jacobin

There are few things more awful than feeling disposable.

When Joseph De Maistre described the French Revolutionaries as satanic and destructive, he at least granted them the dignity of making an impact. José Gasset might have been wary […]

Capitalism Is Not the Solution to Urban America’s Problems — Capitalism Itself Is the Problem

BY DAVID HARVEY

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a fresh round of soul-searching in establishment media outlets about the problems of urban America. Unless we address the root cause of those problems in the structure of our economic system, we’ll never be able to solve them.

It is quite possible that if and when we […]

A response to HR5314

by jimK’s Opinion In Favor ··· 12/09/2021

Here is the trump’s Office of the President internal strategy document for overturning the election on January 6th and a compelling consequence of not having this proposed legislation in effect (thanks to NoHedges): https://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2021/images/09/20/eastman.memo.pdf … … …

The Republican Cartel that currently exists and its willful undermining […]

Budget Reconciliation Spending Bill – an opinion on the prospects

Democrats’ Resolution to Use Budget Reconciliation for a $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill 138 jimK’s Opinion In Favor

The budget increase will help get the planned reconciliation legislation into law as quickly as possible. The reconciliation legislation provides funds and services that will make our country more competitive and prepare our population to face the […]

Enemy combatants vs civilians

from Michael Schwartz’s book: “War Without End”

“The Geneva Conventions (which have the force of law in the UnitedStates despite Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ characterization of them as“obsolete”) specifically exclude the type of attacks undertaken by the United States in (Iraq’s) Haifa and Baiji. After first stating that “parties to the conflict shall at all […]

The true role of neoliberalism

Accumulation by Dispossession by Michael Schwartz ************************** In a series of books scrutinizing the impact of neoliberal reform in a range of countries, David Harvey has demonstrated that the apparently straightforward process of privatization (the heart of the reforms undertaken by Bremer) had myriad other social consequences. Harvey found that neoliberalism redistributed both power […]

Doing Democracy in Difficult Times – in Iraq

by Benjamin Isakhan Modern representative democracy is supposed to foster a vibrant and robust civil society that works on behalf of the people and serves as a watchdog over those in power. As has been demonstrated in this chapter, however, Iraq’s civil society groups, such as IFOU, have suffered immensely at the hands of […]

And then watch what happens to this bill

What is House Bill H.R. 5314?

This bill — known as the Protecting Our Democracy Act — would enact governmental reforms related to presidential abuses of power; checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and foreign interference in elections. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

Regarding presidential abuses of power, this […]

The fascination with astronomical events in early Christianity

From the bible come these writings:

Genesis 1:14-18– And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give […]