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Hello all, trying to catch up, Hell week at work as I was temp assigned to nights and have 42 hours in with 2 days to go. Getting to old for that shit. Anyway made a good run in Red Kansas, didnt expect a win their but they way the delusional Trump Inc people talked about it it was a beat down. ill refer to my Men in Black Meme from the other day as far as that result was.


I hope that he does well!


Under a cloudless blue sky at an outdoor waterfront rally of 30,000 people in Marseille on Sunday, Jean-Luc Melenchon showed why his rise in French polls is spooking markets.

Speaking without a teleprompter or notes and using his trademark mix of humor and anger, the Communist-backed far-left candidate of the France Unbowed party regaled the gathering with the evils of “extreme markets that are transforming suffering, misery and abandonment into gold and money.” He alluded to France as a country “with huge wealth that is badly distributed,” denounced the U.S. air strikes in Syria and called for France to leave NATO

The candidate, who has been vocal against the European Union’s austerity push, says his platform calls for a 100 billion-euro stimulus program and the renegotiation of European treaties to give France more economic control — with several conditions attached to staying in the euro.

He would make it harder for companies to fire, limit executive pay and pull out of free-trade deals. He wants to raise France’s minimum wage by 15 percent and lower the retirement age for some to 60 years with full pension. He would also seek to re-nationalize Electricite de France SA and Engie SA, and stop the construction of new nuclear plants.


woo hoo!


MSNBC’S Rachel Maddow Sees a “RUSSIA CONNECTION” Lurking Around Every Corner

This muddies the waters for a sober, credible investigation of Russia’s actions — but that is the least of its consequences. Democrats have avoided constructive introspection on their seismic election loss by blaming the Kremlin. Anti-Russia sentiment threatens to turn into rank xenophobia and escalate tensions with a nuclear-armed power. And most critically for a vital news source like Maddow’s show, every moment devoted to scrutinizing Trump’s alleged Russia ties deflects attention from his administration’s actual policies.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” on Russia, February 20-March 31, 2017

In the six-week period we[The Intercept] reviewed, Maddow covered Russia not just more than any other issue, but more than every other issue combined. The contrast is particularly striking when comparing the amount of time that speculative Russia stories received versus critical non-Russia issues.

The Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare, which was in full swing during the six-week period, got less coverage (nearly 46 minutes) than six other individual Russia issues on the chart below, such as the plight of Russian dissidents under Putin’s rule (54 minutes) or alleged Russian hacking and cyber disinformation (70 minutes). Trump’s Muslim travel ban got less time (67 minutes) than any one of four other Russia-related issues, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Russia ties (88 minutes). Trump’s escalation of immigration raids and deportations (16 minutes) got just over half the coverage of the Russian-related machinations of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort (31 minutes).


Guess Rachel didn’t get the memo from Stephen Colbert from nearly a month ago:


A bit late but it might bring some clarity.


Tillerson needs some very experienced folks in the State Dept to help fight for smart dollars in the State Dept. But I’m not confident he’s up for that task yet.



Another challenge for Trump administration.


Civil liberties groups on Wednesday said they were filing a series of lawsuits against the U.S. government seeking details on how federal agencies enforced President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The lawsuits were filed by local chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security and cover their operations in 14 cities stretching from Portland, Maine, to San Diego.

The suits are an attempt to enforce requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) just days after Trump signed his first executive order limiting travel.


This is a Raw Story Headline, but the irony could not be more clear:

White House solicits Sesame Street characters for Easter Egg Roll four days after bid to end PBS funding

I was watching American Experience the other night on PBS (the show was about WW1 and really good in bringing back history lessons) and I thought, so Trump wants to fire PBS. hmmm….


Other good news, the NYT says that Hillary Clinton may be a good shoe model.

Last week, Hillary Clinton made news for an appearance at the Women in the World Summit, where she discussed the recent presidential election, her personal evolution and the state of the union. This week, she is making news for a different kind of appearance: as a shoe model on Katy Perry’s Instagram feed.

Ms. Perry, a singer/designer who introduced her shoe collection this year, posted a picture on Instagram of Mrs. Clinton wearing “The Hillary,” a suede pump — available in pink or seafoam green with a stacked 3.5-inch Lucite heel with moons and stars floating inside — that sells for $139. The former secretary of state was wearing a pink pair, and seemed pretty happy about it.

Still, not the same as the Bernie-inspired Runway attire donned earlier this year.


I wonder how much Hillary charged for that picture?


Looks like Cuomo signed the Free College legislation:


If I already posted this, mea culpa. It’s long, but important.

Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It

In 1973, President Nixon obliged and ended the draft, the first step in bringing a rebellious citizen’s army and a rebellious populace back under control. In the decades to come, the military would be transformed — though few here would say such a thing — into something closer to an American foreign legion. In addition, in the post-9/11 years, that all-volunteer force came to shelter within it a second, far more secretive military, 70,000 strong: the Special Operations Command. Members of that elite crew, which might be thought of as the president’s private army, are now regularly dispatched around the globe to train literal foreign legions and to commit deeds that are, at best, only half-known to the American people.

In these years, Americans have largely been convinced that secrecy is the single most crucial factor in national security; that what we do know will hurt us; and that ignorance of the workings of our own government, now enswathed in a penumbra of secrecy, will help keep us safe from “terror.” In other words, knowledge is danger and ignorance, safety. However Orwellian that may sound, it has become the norm of twenty-first-century America.

That the government must have the power to surveil you is by now a given; that you should have the power to surveil (or simply survey) your own government is a luxury from another time. And that has proven an effective formula for the kind of demobilization that has come to define this era, even if it fits poorly with any normal definition of how a democracy should function or with the now exceedingly old-fashioned belief that an informed public (as opposed to an uninformed or even misinformed one) is crucial to the workings of such a government.

In addition, as they launched their Global War on Terror after 9/11, top Bush administration officials remained obsessed with memories of the Vietnam mobilization. They were eager for wars in which there would be no prying journalists, no ugly body counts, and no body bags heading home to protesting citizens. In their minds, there were to be only two roles available for the American public. The first was, in President George W. Bush’s classic formulation, to “go down to Disney World in Florida, take your families, and enjoy life the way we want it to be enjoyed” — in other words,go shopping. The second was to eternally thank and praise America’s “warriors” for their deeds and efforts. Their wars for better or worse (and it would invariably turn out to be for worse) were to be people-less ones in distant lands that would in no way disturb American life — another fantasy of our age.

Coverage of the resulting wars would be carefully controlled; journalists “embedded” in the military; (American) casualties kept as low as possible; and warfare itself made secretive, “smart,” and increasingly robotic (think: drones) with death a one-way street for the enemy. American-style war was, in short, to become unimaginably antiseptic and distant (if, that is, you were living thousands of miles away and shopping your heart out). In addition, the memory of the attacks of 9/11 helped sanitize whatever the U.S. did thereafter.

In those years, the result at home would be an age of demobilization. The single exception — and it’s one that historians will perhaps someday puzzle over — would be the few months before the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in which hundreds of thousands of Americans (millions globally) suddenly took to the streets in repeated protests. That, however, largely ended with the actual invasion and in the face of a government determined not to listen.

More at the link.


Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?

Dear Caitlin. And a pretty amazing tale of her husband’s foreseeing this:

In February of 2015, long before any of this drama started, my husband Tim Foley made an interesting post on Facebook saying that in a few years false flags would be used to manufacture consent for a third World War, adding in the comments that “this time we’ll be fighting Russia.” Neither of us can remember what prompted this post, but what caused me to remember the post itself was the vision he offered after his prediction:

This will look very scary, but it will actually be a huge opportunity for our whole entire species. We can at that time all agree to shrug off the powers that be and say a collective “Nah, no thanks” to business as usual. The U.S. dollar has been kept on top solely due to military force for a long time now, so it will mean some changes, but if we all come together instead of letting corrupt voices divide us we’ll all be okay. And then we can start working on turning this thing around, shrugging off the systems of oppressive inequality and beginning to reverse the horrors the status quo has inflicted upon our environment.
So just keep this in mind, okay? When the time comes this can be a golden opportunity for us to all come together if we manage to keep our heads. They really could have a war that nobody comes to.
Crazy? Maybe. Maybe not. Yoko Ono’s husband said “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”


Scott Pruitt must need help. “Woe is us”.


President Donald Trump may tap a vocal critic of climate change science to serve as the highest-ranking environmental official in the White House.

Kathleen Hartnett White, who says carbon emissions are harmless and should not be regulated, is a top contender to run the Council on Environmental Quality, the White House’s in-house environmental policy shop, sources close to the administration told POLITICO.

White House officials brought White in for an interview late last month, according to a person familiar with the hiring process, and Trump met with White at Trump Tower in November when she was under consideration to lead the Environmetal Protection Agency.


tRump is 70 and is physically showing signs of senility/dementia. Just like Reagan but not as good an actor. Plus, his handlers are clueless. Scary.

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