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George Monbiot – journalist and environmental activist –

George Monbiot on Neoliberalism: “A Self-Serving Racket”

Starts out with a 2 min smash of neo liberalism. A second short video. Then on the third page a 16 min video. If you like this, suggest watch the longer video.

This is part of the launch of his new book

How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do.

While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.

At the end he says that he is already well into his next book which is about solutions.

He is less radical than Bruno Latour. Bruno puts us on a war footing, all hands on deck, building collectives, a massive job, a war of Earthbounds vs Humans. Monbiot in the interview says that there are estimates that we only have 60 more years of soil left to feed people. Latour notes that the word humans comes from humus, soil. In one of his works Bruno quotes the Australian thinker saying that one of the problems is hope. We hope for the best but the Earth, Gaia, is the agent that is on its own and we can only cope with the damage already done. Living in the ruins – title of a book by another author


Winning friends throughout the world. At the photo op the press asked them to do a handshake. Merkel then asks him, and stony faced he ignores her. What an asshole


Donald Trump appeared to deny the German chancellor Angela Merkel a handshake during a photo opportunity with the press at the White House on Friday. Trump and Merkel met earlier for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office where they were expected to talk about strengthening Nato, fighting the Islamic State group and resolving Ukraine’s conflict.



actually not bad.


Here’s a decent capture of Merkel’s face when Trump seemed to refer to the wiretapping:

Donald Trump Angela Merkel Press Conference Results In Extraordinary Wiretapping ‘Joke’


Here is a animation version of that look


Hello LD and all! I hope all is well with everyone who is reading this!!!!!

That song you posted, LD, really grew on me, loved the lyrics, but hip hop not my usual thing. But it’s high time I get more open-minded about it. 😉 But I’ll never give up my rock ‘n roll!! Plus, I love to dance. Love high energy stuff. Cheers!


Bernie makes people smile:


It is Time For the Democrats to Drop the Trump-Russia Connection

One key fact is important to remember. While the narrative’s framing is that Trump winning would require a vast international conspiracy, it also implicitly makes the claim that for the Democratic Party to lose would necessitate such a conspiracy. In a move that would make William of Ockham turn over in his grave, the Democratic Party has subtly declared that their defeat did not come at the hands of decades of Neoliberal policies, their refusal to prosecute banks, their poor ground game in key states, or the nomination of the most unlikable politician in history, but a conspiracy that stretches back decades.

It is uncertain if the Democratic Party will be able to de-emphasize the Trump-Russia connection in their #Resistance strategy. For many in the resistance, Russia has become symbolic of the very idea that Trump’s presidency is somehow Un-American, and does not represent the country’s values. A symbol to the rest of us that they are still struggling to cope with the social and material realities that led to his election and therefore lack the ability to construct policy to change them.

What is certain is that the Democratic Party is going to take a hit for this ill-advised and reckless Russia narrative, if they have not already. However, slowly abandoning it now and switching to a more proactive, policy-based strategy might still allow them to pick up key seats during mid-term and special elections. The alternative might mean a prolonged, highly publicized investigation. One that, if it turns up nothing, would only lead to further losses in 2018.


I don’t feel that I’m a victim of “paranoid derangement” to want answers to the Trump/Russia connection. I don’t understand why investigating this connection and at the same time pursuing a proactive, policy-based strategy is impossible. Bernie certainly thinks it’s possible.


My main beef with the whole Russia thing is that I don’t think there is much, if any, ‘there’ there. In the meantime it saps the strength of those who might otherwise be focusing their attention to what I consider more important issues at the moment. This is obviously just my opinion. I care more about the current threats to the EPA, USDA, FDA, NOAA, etc. etc. and the need to push forward progressive candidates in time for 2018 and the need to push for better health care.

But if everyone can see the investigation through to some kind of closure AND adequately address all of the other issues, great!

Then there’s this:

Furthermore, it is uncertain if there is any evidence that can disprove this Trump-Russia connection in the minds of those who believe it most passionately. Conspiracy theories are very rarely based on coherent facts and evidence. For example, in late December, a YouGov poll showed that 52% of Democrats believed that Russia literally changed the vote tallies of the election. This position existed, despite President Obama publicly saying that this was not the case.

A lot of damage has already been done over this. I hope it can end someday soon.


Come on, Berners! Get it out for Wisniewski! This is exactly the kind of race we have to join in on and beat this guy. If we don’t, Lord help us and all the generations to come.


I SO agree!

Do we want a Governor who worked for Goldman Sachs for 20 years (Dem party choice, rich establishment Murphy)? Or do we want someone who was brave enough, perhaps even principled enough, to stand up to bully Chris Christie?!

Wisniewski is the reason the world knows about the political disaster that is Bridgegate. As chair of the state assembly’s transportation committee, he was the one who unearthed the smoking gun email from Governor Chris Christie’s fired Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Kelly—“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”—to Christie’s Port Authority appointee David Wildstein. It was a discovery that would turn lives upside down, Wisniewski’s among them. The formerly obscure state lawmaker has made Christie seem scattered and frantic, and as the scandal continues to unfold, it threatens to knock the once seemingly invincible governor out of contention in the 2016 presidential race, or worse.

I like this part:

As Wisniewski snakes through the streets of his hometown, he tells me about his political beginnings, managing his father’s campaigns for mayor and town council in Sayreville. He recalls attending the 1976 Democratic Convention, where Warren Beatty saved Wisniewski’s mother from being kicked off the convention floor for not having proper credentials. “He put his arm around her and said [to the guards], ‘You’re not going to kick my mother out, are you?’” Wisniewski says. “And so she got to stay.”


Phil Murphy got the backing of the NJ Working Families group, I’m not clear why, exactly at this point. And then there’s this! What the heck?

The Murphy campaign currently has the endorsement of Sanders’s son, Levi Sanders. The Wisniewski campaign currently has the endorsement of Jeff Weaver, the former national campaign manager for Bernie Sanders.

Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive who, despite his ties to the financial world, has said he will take on special interests and Wall Street if elected. Wisniewski and other primary rivals including state Senator Ray Lesniak and former Undersecretary to the U.S. Treasury Jim Johnson have been critical of Murphy for these ties and the candidates $10 million loan to his campaign. However, as with Working Families, many of New Jersey’s labor unions are falling in step with Murphy’s campaign. Murphy has endorsements from unions, including the Laborers’ International Union of North America, local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, the New Jersey Education Association and the Communication Workers of America. Wisniewski has the support of National Nurses United.

The gubernatorial primary will be held in June. Despite Wisniewski’s endorsements, Murphy has the support of the Democratic establishment in New Jersey, making him the favorite to win the June primary.

This one feels odd to me. The only thing I know right now is that I still trust the National Nurses United. And they prefer Wisniewski.


I’m in NJ. And there’s another candidate who I get emails from who attacks Wisniewski for being an entrenched politician who’s faking progressive. Confusing race


Didn’t Wisniewski endorse Bernie during the primary?


I didn’t believe her before and I don’t believe her now!

In a November interview on Sirius XM, Brazile appeared not to regret sharing the questions in advance.

“My conscience — as an activist, a strategist — is very clear,” Brazile said in an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, adding, “If I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity.”

Brazile, who was the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) interim chairwoman this summer and is a former CNN contributor, opened up about last year’s election in a Time magazine essay.

“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen,” she wrote. “But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”

It just shows the corruption of the DNC that she remained interim leader


She regrets sending the emails because she got caught favoring Clinton. She does not regret favoring Clinton over Sanders.

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