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Don midwest
Don midwest

A citizen blogger following the Syria conflict

Imagine if you will, the Three Stooges, armed with machine guns, spraying bullets into a packed theater because they saw a bad guy in the crowd.
That’s America’s foreign policy in Syria.
We’ve accomplished nothing but getting hundreds of thousands of people killed, while undermining our own standing in the region.
We’ve been messing with Syria since the CIA helped launch a coup d’etat in 1949. This includes a special forces raid in 2008, and CIA funding the opposition since 2006, and trained rebels since 2012, but I’m going to focus in our record since we began bombing Syria in 2014.

Posted Saturday 1/20/2018

America’s hilariously, criminally incompetent Syrian strategy

Here are some of the links features in the post

US has trained only ‘four or five’ Syrian fighters against Isis, top general testifies (Guardian, 2015)

The Pentagon Wasted $500 Million Training Syrian Rebels. It’s About to Try Again. (Foreign Policy, 2016)

In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA (LA Times, 2016)

U.S. Military Battles Syrian Rebels Once Supported by CIA, Now Backed by Turkey (Newsweek, 2017)

C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say (NY Times 2016

Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria (Buzzfeed, 2017)

Posted 1/22/2018

Turkey in a proxy war against the U.S.

If a citizen can put together a story like this, why can’t our legislative and military bodies do the same?

Too muchmoney

But thought for the day: establishment needs the citizens in a constant war state to keep them from seeing what is going on and having the little people have voice.

And need something really big to keep us in a constant state of alert and to ignore The New Climate Regime.

The posts above are from gjohnsist from DK/TOP and now writing on caucus99percent


i like this one: “In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA (LA Times, 2016)” The parents must be furious. I am. Must. lean. to. use. rage. to. change. world.

Thanks for all your posts, Don.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I think the woman’s effort will change politics

As you can see from my comments today, irony seems to be my mode

But in this case, tell me, am I smoking strong dope?

Is the sexual violence against women, along with other attacks, going to reshape politics/

Please watch the video and hear Hasley speak before readying the text of the poem. She is not first, scroll down to see her in glasses. This was at the Woman’s March in NYC a few days ago.

Halsey’s raw, vulnerable poem about sexual violence becomes an empowering rallying cry

This is from a report from NARAL Pro Choice America


If you go down the page, you can load the entire pdf file. The table of contents is a couple of pages in and has major headings of

Judicial Influence

Fake Health Centers

Clinic Protesters


Political Influence

Appendix: Funding Connections

Do the democrats use tools like this to plot strategic efforts? Do the democrats have plans for working with groups like this?

Answer NO. The corporate democrats are playing it safe.

Recent comments by Schumer that the way forward in health insurance is with innovative insurance methods.

They will have to be killed off.



President Donald Trump faces an uphill climb to re-election in 2020 against a slate of prominent potential Democratic hopefuls, according to new polling from CNN conducted by SSRS.

In a series of hypothetical 2020 one-on-one contests Trump trails Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 55% to 42% margin among registered voters. He lags further behind former Vice President Joe Biden by a wide 57% to 40% split, and trails television personality Oprah Winfrey by a 51% to 42% divide.

A majority of Americans, 57%, say they have a favorable view of Sanders — essentially unchanged since he bowed out of the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. A similar 58% say they have a favorable view of Biden, up from the 51% favorable rating he had when he was last considering a run in October 2015. More Americans, 64%, say they have a favorable view of Winfrey.

The three candidates have nearly identical favorable ratings among the Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who will make up the potential electorate for Democratic primaries and caucuses: Sanders has an 82% favorable rating among this group, Biden also has 82% and Winfrey has 83%.

Women voters are key to Democrats’ potential success in 2020. The numbers show all three potential Democratic hopefuls winning white women by massive double-digit margins: Winfrey by 14 points, Sanders by 17 points and Biden by 23 points. Trump defeated Clinton by 9 points with this group in the 2016 presidential election, according to CNN exit polls. Among all women, those margins grow to a whopping 29 points for Winfrey, 30 points for Sanders and 36 points for Biden.


Biden leading? Ugh!!!!


Well but it’s pretty much beck and neck with Bernie. They both slaughter Trump



Florida voters will have a chance to restore voting rights to more than 1 million former felons through a ballot initiative this November.

The proposed constitutional amendment on Tuesday reached the 766,200 petition signatures required to go on the ballot. The Voting Restoration Amendment, which the state is expected to certify soon, would automatically restore rights to citizens convicted of most non-violent crimes who have completed their prison sentence, parole, and probation. Only those convicted of murder or felony sexual offense would be excluded.

If approved with 60 percent of the vote in November, the amendment has the potential to reshape electoral politics in Florida, a critical swing state, and set the example for other states grappling with whether to relax strict laws prohibiting people with criminal convictions from voting. Florida currently has one of the strictest felon disenfranchisement laws in the country — only Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, and Iowa permanently bar those with felony convictions from voting for life, unless they seek clemency. In total, roughly 1.6 million Florida citizens — about one in four African Americans — are barred from casting a ballot.


LieparDestin, have you heard anything on the ground about this:


The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County late Friday, contends that Dallas County Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Donovan didn’t sign the petitions of 128 Democratic Party candidates before sending them to the Texas secretary of state’s office, as required by law.

“The Election Code says the chairman, and nobody else, has to sign them,” said Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham, a lawyer for the Dallas County Republican Party. “Carol Donovan is the chair. She was supposed to sign them. She didn’t do it.”


Disaster capitalism!

Robert De Niro Accused of Exploiting Hurricane Irma to Build Resort in Barbuda

Earlier this month, with almost no international news coverage and with the majority of Barbudans still displaced from the storm, an amendment to the law in question was quietly pushed through the Senate of Antigua and Barbuda — a body dominated by politicians from the wealthier and more populous island of Antigua. If the amendment stands, a tradition of communal land rights that dates back to the abolition of slavery in 1834 — and which has protected Barbuda as a rare beacon of sustainable development in the Caribbean — will be extinguished.

But as news of the change trickles out, Barbudans are fighting back, challenging the legality of the amendment to the Barbuda Land Act. And they say the island’s highest-profile investor, Robert De Niro, stands to benefit most.

Up until the recent changes, land in Barbuda was held in common: It could not be bought or sold, and though developers could lease land for 50 years, their projects needed to win the consent of a majority of Barbudans. It was a rare example of participatory economic planning and successful land redistribution to freed slaves and their descendants.

But the Land Act was resented by foreign investors and wealthy Antiguans, and the latest push to alter the law first reared its head just days after Hurricane Irma roared through Barbuda.

When they heard about the proposed changes to the Land Act, many Barbudans (including those living in the diaspora) objected — but it was nearly impossible for them to organize effective opposition. As Tim George, a U.K. citizen whose mother is Barbudan, observed weeks after the storm, “An entire population is now housed in temporary shelter, reliant on the authorities for everything, and restricted in their access to their homes. By allowing an opportunistic Antiguan government the momentum to force this change past a traumatised community in its most vulnerable moment, the core freedom secured by those emancipated from slavery, successfully defended and passed down through generations, is under serious threat.”

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist and ocean conservationist who worked in Barbuda for years, describes the attempted changes a “land grab” and “a wild episode of disaster capitalism.”


oh geez, another formerly respected actor. take it back, Robert. You have enough. Build a village designed by the displaced Barbudans.


So…. apparently many do not share my concerns about our ever-dwindling privacy (not to mention, what will all of the ex-cashiers do?? – I actually am fond of many of the cashiers where I shop for food, sometimes we give each other friendly morale boosts when they are very much needed!)

‘Hundreds of cameras and shelf-sensors then monitor you as you shop’

Amazon opens first cashier-less stores


I love cashiers, too! Plus I’ve been one, often. Although now it’s harder to get on as one–not trained on the new ones like the youngsters are. Plus I can’t get past the online application process. oh well, something better is on the horizon.


Why did Australia get all of the kangaroos??! 😉

Part of Canadian Shield found in Australia is proof of ancient supercontinent, research says

Researchers say rock from the Canadian Shield was found embedded in northern Australia — suggesting parts of the two countries, now more than 11,000 kilometres apart, were once connected in a supercontinent.

The 1.7 billion-year-old bedrock, found near Georgetown in Australia’s Queensland state, doesn’t look like Australian rock. Instead, the sandstone – rippled by an ancient, shallow sea – looks a lot like sedimentary rock from the Yukon. That means the area around Georgetown must have once been connected to North America before breaking off and colliding with Australia 100 million years later, according to the authors of the study published in the journal Geology.

The discovery backs a long-standing theory about a supercontinent called Nuna, which is likely predated the best-known and most recent supercontinent, Pangea, by more than a billion years. In fact, Nuna is just one of several suspected supercontinents to have formed and dissolved over the Earth’s four-billion-year history.




Look how close the Mariner East 2 pipeline runs through a residential area!!

Residents fear threat posed by Pennsylvania pipeline

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Just think of the disaster that this would be if ISIS wanna be’s actually targeted pipelines


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