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U.S. Iran Policy Gives Me Vertigo

Trump administration policy toward Iran has been, in my view, mistaken from the start. Increasingly it appears to be at war with itself, contradicting even its own transactional principles in what may prove to be, in the famous phrase, worse than a crime: it’s a blunder.


I hope that the Democratic contenders for President are all asked what posture they would take on Iran. On the entire Middle East for that matter.

Don midwest
Don midwest

this is an intellectual article on modernity, male domination, indigenous people

the article is by an Australian English prof and anthropologist working in the area of environmental humanities

his article draws on the 1988 article by Donna Haraway. Part of the article includes:

If you went to Broome (where I do my ethnographic work) in the old days, you might have found out all sorts of interesting things about fish, including a different kind of answer to the metaphysical question about why we are on Earth together. Someone catching salmon might say to herself, Big mob of salmon here, I’d better hand them over to the elders for distribution. . Or: I shouldn’t even have caught this kind of fish because my jalnga (totem) prohibits it.

In this culture, as in those studied by Vivieros de Castro in the Amazon, there is no concept of a singular Nature, rather the human and non-human worlds are entangled in all sorts of rights and responsibilities. This is just what Haraway was urging in her recrafting of masculinist science towards a less alienated relationship with the world, what she called a more conversational’ one.



need to pivot

have not read Haraway but do a search for her on the web and find films, books, etc. etc.

There is a film that you can watch on line “DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL”

Feminist thinker and historian of science Donna Haraway is perhaps best known as the author of two revolutionary works: the essay “A Cyborg Manifesto” and the book Primate Visions. Both set out to upend well-established “common sense” categories: breaking down the boundaries among humans, animals, and machines while challenging gender essentialism and questioning the underlying assumptions of humanity’s fascination with primates through a post-colonial lens.

DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller, and the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including the capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she “uses but finds troubling”), science fiction writing as philosophical text, unconventional marital and sexual partnerships, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. It is a remarkably impressive range, from a thinker with a nimble and curious mind.

There are other videos on line for free and lots of references as well


You are a man of the new millennium for sure, Don! ?


Don is an ecologist with solid. green. cred. 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yep, Don. Continue to educate us. I’m following your links. Thank you.



Do as I say, not as I do, never publicly criticize the so-called “Blue Dogs” in the Democratic caucus, no matter how egregious their positions, and if you have a problem, take it up with Maureen Dowd. Increasingly that appears to be the ethos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., whose attitude toward her party’s progressives has devolved from one of weary tolerance to outright disdain, political and generational.

On Wednesday, Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris report, the California congresswoman and ranking House Democrat held a closed-door meeting in which she delivered a “stern” message to her colleagues on the left. “So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” she said, according to an anonymous source. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok.”

While she declined to call anybody out by name, Democratic officials believe the object of her scorn was co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Mark Pocan, D-Wis., who has accused moderate Democrats of enabling child abuse by voting for a Senate emergency aid package that provides $4.6 billion in supplemental border funding without imposing clear health and safety standards at migrant detention centers. Pelosi also appeared to take a veiled swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti, who has been outspoken about the House Speaker’s inaction in the face of Donald Trump’s mounting corruption and criminality.

Chakrabarti’s criticism, which he leveled on Twitter over the weekend, was not unprovoked. Last week, Nancy Pelosi sat down with the New York Times to air her grievances regarding the Democratic base’s calls for impeachment, which she dismissed as a “primal urge,” as well as the party’s youthful “Squad” of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., each of whom backed her bid for House speaker in 2018. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she told Dowd. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Asked by reporters Wednesday whether she regretted calling out her colleagues, Pelosi was defiant. “I have no regrets about anything,” she said. “Regrets is not what I do.”


you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it

For some reason I read this in a mobster voice. ?

Don midwest
Don midwest

would a mobster take important issues off the table?



the people behaving badly tend to have “no regrets.” that’s one way to avoid any kind of self reflection or accountability.


Pelosi is showing her age. She is not keeping an eye on Payapal. Hopefully, she will soon regret it.


Jayapal? Payapal? PayPal? 🙂


Pramila Jayapal. Typo corrected.


I saw this poll quoted a couple of days ago here, but thought I’d share the full findings.

Increasing Support for Religiously Based Service Refusals

One of the sad findings in the article is that even among those who identify as Democrat seemingly have increased intolerance. See FIGURE 1, where the results are broken down by party affiliation.

Attached is FIGURE 2.

the number of Americans who support religiously based refusals to serve each of these groups has increased in the last five years.



Drat, posted too fast, lol. Here is the screenshot attached.

April 2019 PRRI survery.jpg

What happens when the Satanists and other cults get in on the act?


Church of Satan is basically a free speech organization that uses religion to troll the powers that be. A cult, it is not.

Don midwest
Don midwest

There is the first Nature which stood as the contrast in the Nature vs Culture divide but there has been growth in the Second Nature, economics. Everything has a monetary value so they say. Computation and info systems and pocket computers are the consumerism quest.

So, this is another extremely important, essential area that AOC is dealing with. Trump says we can’t tackle the environment because profits will be lost.

AOC Is Making Monetary Policy Cool (and Political) Again


I loved this tweet. “Unc” lol.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Part I

this is a main reason for the push back against Bernie

don’t want to get too many people involved in politics

need to keep the right people involved.

I am putting this in 2 parts so the entire comment shows up.

This is a series of tweets by the economist leading the charge against monopoly, Matt Stoller. He has worked with/for Bernie for many years. Nor on Bernie’s staff now.

He points out blindsides of dems, the very mass that needs to be kept in check.

Tweets from Matt Stoller, economist, anti monopoly expert, etc.

1. I’ve thought a lot about why the left largely ignores @Chris_arnade’s remarkable book, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, a book on poverty and class in America. I think it’s because he challenges the core identity of Democrats, and they can’t see in the blind spot he identifies. 7:03 AM – 7 Jul 2019

2. The Dems are not a working class party, but an upper class party. Dem primary voters are wealthy and educated. Nearly all of them have gone to college. Three in ten have post-graduate degrees, and four in ten make $100k+. A third are over 60.

3. When Dems discuss social problems, it’s largely a performative dance focused not on addressing those problems but using those problems to validate their own social status. They are charity oriented, not liberty oriented.

4. Chris’s book is not about the poor, or the ‘back row’ kids, as he puts it. It’s more about the front row kids. It’s about how we choose to not see ourselves as human beings with social needs that are no different than those in crack houses. Meaning, connection, love, food.


See also, Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank. His argument (which Stoller is amplifying) was so persuasive it got him basically banned by the media, so he’s working on a book. Depressing, as it’s a very good book.



Warren is the only other one in the race I could vote for without sticking my finger down my throat a long, long way.


She is an (ex-)? GOPuke who keeps showing her stripes by defending capitalism, etc.


Rhetoric like that doesn’t help. She is for tightly regulated capitalism. Fact is, if Bernie weren’t around, every one of us would be jumping up and down for her because she’s so much better than the others in the race (I give Inslee points for climate, but not so much on other things). We’ve been spoiled by Bernie, that’s all.


Wrong. She’s an ex-GOPukelican, and I have always been wary of her and the Turd Way crowd.


The lesser of 22 evils?
(22 is a guess as I am not sure how many are currently in the DNC race to the bottom.)


I hear ya! Def not my first choice, but compared to the other ‘not-Bernies’ she might be palatable. Palatable like unsalted matzo bread, but..edible.


I would’nt stick my finger down my throat but would hold my nose rather tight as I don’t really trust her -way to cozy with wall street, taken to much money from them so she “Owes” them now. She’s better than another 4 of Trumpcorp

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