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polarbear4

Thank God. We don’t have long to keep a nominee at bay, and considering all the bench appointments they’ve given Trump, that’s the least they can do.

This is what an old boys’ club can do (sorry guys, i suppose old gals clubs are gaining speed, too, nowadays). Kavanaugh should never have risen as far as he did.

Honestly, Clinton was pretty bad, too. Yes, he had a willing partner, but his position was such that taking advantage of that willingness was really scummy.

polarbear4

Brett Kavanaugh and the corruption of the American aristocracy

Yale Law professor Amy Chua cruised to wide attention several years ago for a supposedly satirical book about shaping her kids into child prodigies with brutal hazing.

Chua — though she is supposedly a liberal Democrat — initially served as a glowing character witness for Kavanaugh as part of the conservative propaganda rollout.

Concretely, this means that in the pinch, elites like Chua will swear up and down that one of someone’s gravest moral failings is in fact one of his greatest strengths, with the implicit promise that he will continue to be a source of favors and patronage for her. The benefit for aristocrats is the knowledge that — contrary to Chua’s book about raising genius children by forcing them to work like indentured servants — power and success will be handed to them on a silver platter. Thus her ridiculous defense of Kavanaugh: She serves as a duplicitous character witness and he gives her daughter a clerkship.

magsview

The elites probably see the indictment of Kavanaugh’s character as an indictment on all those privileged assholes.

The most hoity-toity wedding I’ve ever attended (in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, lots & lots of ‘old’ money) was the most decadent event I’ve ever been to. And lemme tell you, I’ve seen a lot in my years.

People were getting super drunk in their lavish wedding outfits and hooking up left right and center. It was as though they all threw their wedding bands into a bowl at the door. It was like something out of the old Roman banquets where the rich people all felt comfortable enough to throw all outward caution to the wind because they knew that what happens in Watch Hill stays in Watch Hill. Little did they know that an outsider (me) was watching and trying not to let my feelings show on my face.

I never dated THAT guy again! In fact my date’s (married) brother spent the entire evening trying to get me to go home with him and my date didn’t even seem to notice, what with all of the other debauchery going on around us. And that guy was just one of the many men hitting on me.

And I’m no prude! I grew up in Quebec where the French-Canadians are very free with their bodies. But this was something else altogether. The theme was decadence to the nth degree. There’s a point where ‘Woo Hoo!!’ turns into something dark and disturbing.

polarbear4

wow. icky.

magsview

It was! A lot of people envy the super-rich, but I got inoculated from that kind of thinking that night. Money does not buy class or certainly love.

I guess it comes down to what’s important to each person, and each to their own, obviously. I wouldn’t mind having lots of money, don’t get me wrong, lol, and I wouldn’t mind having power either. But those two things seem to have a corrupting effect.

wi60

I wouldn’t mind being Bezos rich BUT my employee’s would be paid a living wage and retirement plan and healthcare and i’d still be very well off in the billionaire class. Then make sound decisions economically and environmentally and then back Berniecrats. The Mrs would keep me in line from the corrupting effect 🙂

polarbear4

oh yeah, i’m not against rich, either! LOL. :O)

orlbucfan

The Tiger Mom is a first-class jackass, too. $$ is her god.

polarbear4

SeaWorld and Kavanaugh’s Missing Empathy Gene
The Supreme Court nominee showed more concern for overregulation than worker safety in a U.S Court of Appeals case involving the death of a whale trainer.

polarbear4

The Ahvaz Terror Attack in Iran May Drag the US Into a Larger War
If the Ahvaz attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily

“We won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Instead, we will work so that the battle is for them in Iran.” His statement was widely interpreted as a sign that Riyadh would dramatically escalate tensions with Iran and intensify its support for various armed groups opposing the government in Tehran.

“We won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Instead, we will work so that the battle is for them in Iran.” His statement was widely interpreted as a sign that Riyadh would dramatically escalate tensions with Iran and intensify its support for various armed groups opposing the government in Tehran.

Bolton wrote a memo that Trump is apparently following closely.

The Trump administration’s Iran policy is following the Bolton memo almost point by point. The plea to provide assistance to Khuzestani separatists is particularly damning. This raises legitimate suspicions that if the terror attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints on it, it may not be so much an attempt by them to drag the US into war as Trump operating in the driver’s seat.

For Saudi Arabia and the UAE, this makes strategic sense. Their ability to compete with the much larger and more cohesive Iranian state in the long run is highly questionable. If they can trap the US into doubling down on its military presence in the Middle East, however, then they can use American power to balance Iran.

For America, which is already overextended in the Middle East at the expense of its strategic interest in Asia as well as at home, this makes little to no sense.

polarbear4

Only those with
plenty of money 💰 need apply.

Trump’s new immigration proposal.

magsview

It’s very short-sighted, imo. Studies show that immigrants bring over $1.50 into a community for every $1.00 that is invested in them.

polarbear4

An inspiring article on Central American women and their defense of their land.

However, I would carefully note this phrase: “Although they await final notice of cancelation of the project….” I pray it is cancelled, and I have learned to be cautious until the deal is done.

Despite the odds, the Guatemalan group “La Puya Peaceful Resistance” shines as an example of how women can halt the spread of these projects. La Puya has, for now, completely stopped mining operations in its community. Although they await final notice of cancelation of the project, women who literally laid their bodies on the line to block the entrance of mining equipment became an inspiration–and learned some important lessons along the way.

Community leaders Ana Sandoval and Miriam Pixtun listed the keys to their success: 1) include everyone–women and men, people of different ages and religions, etc.–in all planning and activities; 2) no direct dialogue with the company—insist that public institutions enforce the laws fairly and impartially; 3) develop collective processes with no single leader, to avoid setting up an easy target for repression or stifling grassroots democracy; 4) fight simultaneously in the courts and in the streets, and 5) strengthen local culture to strengthen unity, identity and resistance.

Other women defenders contributed to an expanding toolbox for defense: Build networks with universities and NGOs, train defenders in leadership and organizing skills, find out the facts (what is open-pit mining? How does the technology work? Who benefits from the wealth created? What are the major companies involved? What public policies apply?), document and share what works, make self-care and caring for each other a priority, and link up with groups in countries where the companies are based to build campaigns to expose and pressure their management and shareholders

LieparDestin

Hi friends! Absolutely swamped with life and the move, but i do miss you! As I fall asleep thelast couple nights Ive watched Maniac on Netflix, which you scifi fans may be interested in, so thought I wojld recommend checking out. The ad-filled world it revolves around doesnt seem too very far away.

orlbucfan

The site is in good hands, LD. The usual suspects are up to their usual excellent suspect tricks. Me? Watching my Bucs hopefully win on MNF tonite. LOL 🙂

wi60

I’ll wish you well tonight orl. My team took a massive dump in DC Sunday. Bucky salvaged the weekend with their win Sat night for me.

polarbear4

yeah, UO got a great start and then lost by one TD to Stanford. Well, if it had to be anyone, i’m glad it was Stanford, my son lives near there and they’re his team.

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