Post Manchin in today’s news

by Robert Reich July 28th, 2022

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“Has Joe Manchin really, finally seen the light? Word is that President (sorry) Senator Manchin has agreed to roughly $433 billion in new spending, much of it focused on lowering energy costs, increasing clean energy production, and reducing carbon emissions.

Part of the Manchin-approved […]

The plight of “truth tellers”

Russia-Ukraine war. An exclusive mini-documentary Matt Taibbi Jul 26

On January 6th, 2020, then-30-year-old videographer Jon Farina was filming a demonstration at the U.S. Capitol for Status Coup when he found himself in the middle of a historic melee. Farina shot images of a Capitol police officer crying out as he was caught between waves […]

Covering misinformation

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Few problems with our information environment are more pressing or prominent than the proliferation of misinformation online. False and misleading content is often designed to target our emotions and use our biases against us, exploiting our most deeply held beliefs and […]

Moving beyond SCOTUS

Niko Bowie @nikobowie on Twitter

************************************ “This past week has seen a repudiation of the court-based theory of change that has defined legal liberalism for several decades in the US: a theory that elite lawyers will always be able to use elite reasoning to persuade elite judges not to let things get out of hand. […]

Republican obstructionism

by Heather Cox Richardson – July 23rd, 2022

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“Thursday’s public hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol brought to its logical conclusion the story of Trump’s attempt to overturn our democracy. After four years of destroying democratic norms and gathering power into his own hands, […]

Congress pushes in its CHIPS

by Judd Legum – July 21st, 2022

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“Millions of children are living in poverty, the planet is warming, and inflation is reaching new heights. Now, a bipartisan coalition in Congress has come together — to push for $76 billion in subsidies to the highly-profitable domestic computer chip industry.

Yesterday, the Senate voted to advance […]

The kleptocrats next door

by Anne Applebaum in The Atlantic – Dec, 2021

****************************** In 2010, things started going wrong at the steel plant in Warren, Ohio, a Rust Belt town that went on to cast its votes twice for Donald Trump. A cooling panel started leaking, and the furnace operator didn’t see the leak in time; the water […]

The Zen of Knowledge

Be A Light Unto Yourself

by Osho – Fall 2020

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LONG AGO, IN JAPAN, A BLIND MAN VISITING A FRIEND ONE NIGHT, WAS OFFERED A PAPER-AND-BAMBOO LANTERN TO CARRY HOME WITH HIM.

‘I DO NOT NEED A LANTERN,’ HE SAID, ‘DARKNESS OR LIGHT IS ALL THE SAME TO ME.’

‘I KNOW […]

War, human rights, and the American left

A book review by John McGowan of: War, human rights, and the American Left –

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“Adamant leftists in the U.S. have a problem. Especially since 1945, their outraged critiques of corporate capitalism and U.S. imperialism have, for the most part, fallen on deaf ears. FDR’s ringing denunciation of “economic royalists” in 1936 would never […]

Big Money in Politics for the Mid-terms

Are the 2022 midterm elections for sale? A handful of billionaires are trying to find out.

by Judd Legum – July 18th, 2022

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“Two primary super PACs seek to establish Republican majorities in the Senate and House — the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF). Those two groups, which […]

The Evolution-Creationism Controversy as a Test Case in Equal Time and Free Speech

A book chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy (December 26, 2018), edited by David Boonin.

During the second week of March, 1837, barely a year and a half after circumnavigating the globe in the H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin met with the eminent ornithologist John Gould, who had been studying Darwin’s […]

What exactly is dark matter and dark energy?

via NASA Science Article – Feb 2022

Dark Energy, Dark Matter

In the early 1990s, one thing was fairly certain about the expansion of the universe. It might have enough energy density to stop its expansion and recollapse, it might have so little energy density that it would never stop expanding, but gravity was certain […]

On confronting WingNuts

It’s past time for us to acknowledge this and respond accordingly

by adequatelyllama – “If humanity is going to survive, we must face the fact that we cannot engage with our regressive factions at face value. We cannot hope that reason and good faith arguments will win the day. Conservative/Regressive/Fascist ideologies and their followers do […]

Thomas Piketty’s Case for ‘Participatory Socialism’

The economist argues for a universal inheritance, worker ownership, and other policies to close the wealth gap.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

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So before we begin today, a bit of job creation. We are looking for […]

Shortages of medical supplies has a linchpin

CNN Tells a Partial Truth About Medical Shortages

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“Over the past three months, one of the biggest stories in American politics was a shortage of baby formula, resulting from […]

July 4th 2022

July 3, 2022 by Heather Cox Richardson Jul 4

“And on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and […]

SCOTUS as a reactionary force in America

The Supreme Court Has a Long History of Thwarting Democracy.

the “DEAD HAND COURT”

The prospect of six right-wing extremists in robes seeking to remake America may be the inevitable result of the court’s power grab that began in the early 19th century.

David R. Lurie Updated Oct. 19, 2020 […]