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How the Uniparty™gets its real business done: Cory Booker Joins Senate Republicans to Kill Measure to Import Cheaper Medicine From Canada. Even though this was largely a kabuki-dance and a “symbolic  amendment,” from Bernie Turncoat.

President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.

Lawyer sues Chicago police, claims they used stingray on him.

3D Printing Membranes Could Change Water Treatment As We Know It.

Unicorn Riot has an interview with of the folks who Scaled Vikings Stadium to Drop “US Bank DIVEST #NoDAPL” Banner.

…And Sometimes Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Political Commentators; Hi Nicole Kidman!

Matt Stoller brings us Today’s Village Wisdom, about the Democrats. Saying Democrats will change their right-wing economic policies is like saying a leopard will shed his spots.

General Ludd and his followers are much aligned by the Capital Class, but all progressives and folks in the Labor Class should regard them as role models.

World War III is on its way, says poll of Western countries.

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UnkaWillbur - May 26, 2017

Here' some links to nosh on, to start of your weekend. I hope everyone's weekend is great; me, myself, I'm planning on jumping out of a perfectly…

  • Today’s Song of the Day…Because the plutocrats are going to make America great again, If it harelips everybody in the US!

    https://youtu.be/cHcunREYzNY

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    The Forgotten Interventions

    The long history of US intervention in other countries’ elections has been omitted from discussions of Russia’s alleged meddling.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/russia-hacks-election-meddling-iran-mossadegh-chile-allende-guatemala-arbenz-coup/

  • 17

    .Data show the “American Dream” is a fallacy and Americans still don’t realize it

    Americans continue to kid themselves that if you work hard you can climb
    the ladder. But the perception and reality are moving farther apart.

    Economists at Harvard University recently published research
    on actual and perceived economic mobility in the United States and four
    European countries. They found an American public in denial. The data
    show that Americans believe the chance that a person who is born into
    the bottom 20% of households in income in the US can reach the top 20%
    in adulthood is more than 50% higher than in reality.

    https://qz.com/883348/americans-continue-to-kid-themselves-that-if-you-work-hard-you-can-climb-the-ladder/

    • kreskin

      It’s just a matter of effort and working hard ? J.C. , the stupid fucks in this country , I do believe that it is hopeless.

      • Dosido3

        The ones who aren’t brainwashed cheat and lie like hell. Then tell you they worked hard.

        • kreskin

          Millions of people in this country working awfully hard and they’re not getting anywhere

  • 17

    .Trump Team Targets Iran

    Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers, and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, but incoming President Donald Trump has chosen to lead his national-security team, only people who blame Iran and not Saudi Arabia, as being the main source of international terrorism.

    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/01/13/trump-team-targets-iran.html

    • kreskin

      Our supposed war on terror is as big of a joke as the war on drugs is .

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    .Russian Hacking – No Big Deal

    What the hell; we have been not only hacking but buying, influencing, even killing in elections around the world for the last century. Stop crying Liberal America.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/01/13/russian-hacking-no-big-deal/

    • panem et circenses

      Yeah but they had a monopoly for a while there after the Cold War. Now it’s more of a “free market” of fucking over other nations.

    • kreskin

      We have a history of overthrowing governments , for crise sakes ! The latest being the legitimate democratically elected government in Ukraine ! We’re in Syria right now , trying to oust President Assad , have become so desperate to do it that we made ISIS our allies … as the fucking Israelis suggested . .

      Bu bu bu but the Russians hacked us ! LMAO . Who cares ?

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    .Who’s the Real Manipulator of Elections?

    In berating Russia for alleged interference in the recent U.S. election, the U.S. intelligence community ignores the extensive U.S. role in manipulating political movements around the globe, observes Jonathan
    Marshall.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/13/whos-the-real-manipulator-of-elections/

    • kreskin

      It’s one big charade .The MIC , the Pentagon , our so called intelligence agencies , NATO , McBuffoon and his dainty little sidekick … they need that Russian boogie man . They will not let the cold war die .

      • Dosido3

        Darth Cheney taught me that they always need a boogie man.

        • kreskin

          Manufactured as needed , we will never run out of them .

  • Dosido3

    good morning, peeps. As far as celebrity political commentary goes, I agree with Mark Wahlberg who says celebrities should just stop talking about politics. They don’t walk in our shoes and have no idea what the reality is for folks outside the Hollywood bubble. Hear, hear! I disagree with the link above in that Meryl Streep “got it right”. No, she dissed fellow Americans with her condescending remarks about football and martial arts. I don’t think Nicole Kidman went out of her way to speak about politics, she was asked and was dancing around the question. Maybe she flubbed it, but she was put on the spot, ffs. Just my 2c.

  • Dosido3

    There was an interesting discussion yesterday on DDay’s twitter feed about the implications of the drug measure and Booker’s statement (geez, I’m already tired of that guy). Off to find a link. One thing mentioned was that many of the drugs Canadians offer are manufactured in the US and that they have already passed FDA inspection – because it’s the same drug!!! Ugh!

  • Dosido3

    Tower of Power update. One band member is pulling through his injuries and the doctors are cautiously optimistic for the other.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/2-members-of-randb-band-tower-of-power-hit-by-train-injured/ar-AAlPzby?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    • EdgarHF

      I got to see Tower Of Power open for CCR back in 1971. They stole the show.

      • Dosido3

        Wow. Totally jealous. I can understand how the show was stolen!

        • EdgarHF

          That was my first rock concert ever by the way.

          • Dosido3

            Wow! That’s awesome! I didn’t go to many concerts. I didn’t understand why I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as others until decades later. I have CAPD (an auditory disorder) and I get upset by very loud noise. I also never enjoyed crowds. But I wish I could get past that, because they are so fun. I watched a livestream of Outside Lands with Elton John last year and the fact that is live carries through even though I’m not really there. It’s still pressing my nose against the glass, but it’s real time.

            one of my rare concert experiences was Marshall Tucker at the Cow Palace. .38 special opened for them. It was nice, but I freaked about the crowds and “festival seating”. Spinners/Ray Charles Concert at the Circle Star was interesting because my girlfriends and I were the only white people there. But we had assigned seats…no problems.

            I think I’ve shared before that had I been hip enough to be in the know and my parents less strict, I could have gone to the Last Waltz. Ugh! Born too late!

      • kreskin

        Glad you found your brother , Edgar , hope you get to see him .

        • Edwin

          I hope it goes well for you. I know you’ll be happy to be back with your wife. I would find it exciting because I would love to spend some time in Russia. For you it might be more familiar and less exciting.

          Too bad about no washing machine. I got used to hand washing on my travels. If I have a clothesline I’m OK with it. Jeans are the only toughie.

          • kreskin

            Thanks , Edwin . Hopefully I can stay in touch with you guys .

          • Doubleplus

            Best of wishes with your move, Kreskin.

          • kreskin

            Thanks , D.P. .

          • Edwin

            We’ll watch for you. Russia intrigues me so.

            I stopped off there on my way to Prague. I wanted to layover for 5 days to see Moscow, but I had 2 big suitcases. I figured I could visit there after my year in Prague, but I didn’t get my work visa there and high-tailed it back to Korea… so I missed out completely. 🙁

            I had wanted to see Moscow and St Petersburg and the countryside in between. I had also planned to go to Kiev. Oh well. It wasn’t meant to be, I guess. Maybe one day in the future (??)

        • EdgarHF

          Sounds great Kreskin, and good luck to you. I still would like to see Russia someday. I was/am a Russian novel addict. I spoke to my brother last night, btw. I found out I had more vacation time on the books than I thought so I have changed me flight to March. It cost me $50 to change the date, but now I will not have to wait 8 months.

          • kreskin

            That’s great , Edgar , good for you .

      • kreskin

        Fogerty is still touring and goin strong . I was a big CCR fan back in the day .

        • Edwin

          I’m still a big CCR fan. Sound of an era.

          • kreskin

            Still a fan , me too .

  • thud

    Ah yes. Stingrays! You need not trouble yourself,citizen,about where the money to buy these comes from.https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161008/12004935747/documents-show-chicago-pd-secretly-using-forfeiture-funds-to-buy-surveillance-equipment.shtml

  • kreskin

    “Cory Booker Joins Senate Republicans to Kill Measure to Import Cheaper Medicine From Canada.”

    The pharmaceutical companies own those whores. To this day it is against the law the government for the us government to negotiate wit the drug companies for lower drug prices . Get that ? It is against the law !

    • thud

      Actually what needs done is to strip the language out of the MMA(Lil’Georges baby) so Medicare can negotiate even as Medicaid and the VA already do so.Congress had to hold the vote open on that stinker until 4:30AM to get it passed.

      http://www.ncpssm.org/PublicPolicy/Medicare/Documents/ArticleID/1138/Issue-Brief-Medicare-Drug-Negotiation-and-Rebates

      • kreskin

        Yep , If I recall correctly that was one of the first moves that Dubya and company made . I was furious , it blew my mind. .

        • thud

          Was that Boehner who was found to be passing out checks from big tobacky while on the floor then? No idea of shame. Not much has changed.

    • Dosido3

      Oh but Booker is fighting racism and Jeff Sessions’ appointment so … Yay for identity politics /s

    • EdgarHF

      Don’t forget those fuckers tally votes beforehand. Once they know they have enough votes to throw a monkey wrench into the works some will voted yea only because there are already enough votes to kill the bill. They can then pretend to their constituencies they fought for them. They turned that tactic in an art form when pushing the ACA through congress.

      • kreskin

        Yep , that is absolutely true . It’s all set up and agreed upon before hand .

  • Dosido3

    Brock suddenly loves Sanders Commentary
    https://trofire.com/2017/01/11/clinton-cheerleader-david-brock-suddenly-loves-bernie-sanders/

    Shorter commentary: Brock is a parasite.

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      Sorry, Farron. But where did you get the idea that there’s a “new” Democratic party coming?

      • Dosido3

        on Twitter maybe. NDP claims to be progressive alternative. I think they a/k/a “The New Democratic Party” are trying to get something going.

  • towerofbabel

    File Under Thanks Obama:

    Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump
    https://theintercept.com/2017/01/13/obama-opens-nsas-vast-trove-of-warrantless-data-to-entire-intelligence-community-just-in-time-for-trump/

    • 17

      So if everyone’s got everything now, I guess there’s no more need for “17 Intelligence Agencies”, right?

      • towerofbabel

        So you are coming clean about your nefarious activities?

        • 17

          You’ll never get me to snitch, copper!

          • kreskin

            Show me da money , I’ll talk !

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  • kreskin

    From the BBC : ” Google and Face book promise to do more to combat fake news .”

    Here is comes , folks , outright censorship . Welcome to fascist America .

  • Dosido3

    Protests at UC Davis lead to canceling of speech by Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos

    https://twitter.com/lanow/status/820150476268183554

  • EdgarHF

    I can’t help it. When I go past a train wreck I just got to gawk. I took another gander at C&L. I can not believe I was ever loyal to that site. The place is a disgusting clown car of obvious propaganda. They are no different than InfoWars. The commenters there are mean spirited and disgusting. I’m not perfect but I at least attempt to be honest with other and myself. I know I should get over with it, but I feel like I have been betrayed by the Democratic Party AND their followers. They completely ignore, at C&L and other DNC fake news sites, all the crap the Democrats are currently doing. It is all Red baiting all the time. They are very careful at the art of propaganda, they muddy the waters reporting on the “dossier” and election hacking, not outright reporting the BS as fact. That way they can deny they are liars. But, they are crooks and liars. They do not care at all who they hurt. They are no better than the right wingers they attack.

    • The place was only ever as good as it’s commenters, and all the good ones have left (and most of those are here!).

      • Dosido3

        My only curiosity, really, is what KK’s pathology is. Because her true colors came out in their full glory in the last 12 – 18 months. That said, she’s perfect for the job she’s doing.

        • kreskin

          $ , thought she was doing herself a favor … career wise , Hilz was not supposed to lose. She jumped in with both feet , can’t turn back now .

          • Edwin

            They probably promised her a cushy job in Hillary’s Ministry of Truth. Now she’s stuck at C&L with the miscreants she invited in. Stupid bitch.

        • Power over other pigs, recognition by pigs with power over her, all the usual animal motivations…

          🙁

        • Edwin

          If you do a bit of digging with her name and google, you’ll quickly learn she’s a nasty bit of goods that everyone would be advised to steer well clear of.

      • kreskin

        Exactly , there was a really good group of long time regulars there at one time , I didn’t even bother to read the blogger’s pieces … most of the time .

        • Edwin

          Me too. Near the end I got to the point I didn’t bother to read most of the blogger crap I just went in the threads for the comments.

          Susie, Nicole and Karoli think they built that site, but we did.

      • Edwin

        We built the site up for them over the years, made it a rockin’ place, and they stabbed us in the back for H->r.

    • Dosido3

      Your use of “gawk” reminds me of a Joan Didion essay from the White Album. It was about the traffic in LA and she spent some time with the engineers who monitor the flow. When traffic slowed down even though an accident wasn’t blocking neighboring lanes, they called it “the gawk effect”. Don’t let C&L slow ya down. Professional drivers learn the lesson, pick up the pieces and walk away. Don’t look back.

      • Edwin

        I love to ridicule them. They deserve it. Karoli reads my shit. (Hi Karoli)

        If she didn’t she would not have tweeted about me. +_+

        • EdgarHF

          She is a fucking cretin,

          • Edwin

            It’s hard for me to decide who is the worst over there. They have all shown their true -nasty- colours this year. They are all hateful assholes.

    • kreskin

      Fake liberal / progressives , using libs and progressives for clicks , clicks = dollars . They shit on their regulars , thought that they were making a wise move . After all , Hillary Clinton couldn’t possibly lose to Donald Trump , could she ? They didn’t need the Bernie bros ! LMAO

      They got a rude awakening , have been in panic mode every since. Are still in denial . It just breaks my heart , Edgar .

    • kreskin

      We should have NEVER settled for less evil . This is the result .

    • Edwin

      I had a look in yesterday (I don’t look every day) and they’d gone off the deep end more so than most days. They are completely unhinged and big on deceit and scare-mongering.

      It wasn’t like that many years ago when we started going there. Now it’s one of the worst on the internet…. and they weren’t even (cough cough) … in the tank for anyone.

      Check out this bullshit from chief liar Karoli:

      Seriously, David [Axelrod] . Just sit down and listen to what the wise and
      respected Representative has to say. Listen to all of us who are
      absolutely in hair-on-fire mode over a stolen election not by our own
      Republican party this time, but someone outside of our country. Over a
      stolen election that may well install a puppet friendlier to Russian
      interests than our own.

      http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/just-hush-david-axelrod-let-john-lewis-be

      • EdgarHF

        I love the John Lewis story. Lewis tosses out the first insult, Trump tweets an insult in kind and it’s OMG Trump insulted a hero on the eve of MLK day. Those fuckers are discrediting themselves. But, now they can use Trump as cover for advancing their neo-liberal bullshit. The uniparty just wants to wallow in the mud,

        • Edwin

          If it weren’t for Trump they would have no blog. No one would show up to read the garbage they post on a daily basis. Karoli is an utter failure as editor. She is lazy and stupid.

  • [sigh]

    Justice Department Report Shows Chicago Police Routinely Use Violence And Lie About It.The city of Chicago, police, and leadership within the CPD and its police officer union “acknowledge that a code of silence among Chicago police officers exists.” This “code of silence” extends to “lying and affirmative efforts to conceal evidence,” the Justice Department found.

  • Cornel West’s words sting, but we must heed them“We hit the streets again with Black Lives Matter and other groups and went to jail for protesting against police killing black youth. We protested when the Israeli Defense Forces killed more than 2,000 Palestinians (including 550 children) in 50 days. Yet Obama replied with words about the difficult plight of police officers, department investigations (with no police going to jail) and the additional $225 million in financial support of the Israeli army. Obama said not a mumbling word about the dead Palestinian children but he did call Baltimore black youth ‘criminals and thugs’.”

    • Edwin
    • kreskin

      Except for his skin color he is no different from those who have preceded him , completely out of touch , a fucking elitist . The power went to his head.

      A let down ? That’s the understatement of understatements . GOOD RIDDANCE , BARACK OBAMA !

      • EdgarHF

        How can he be out of touch? He has his fingers on the pulse of his donors.

        • kreskin

          He’s in touch with the high rollers alright .

  • towerofbabel

    Who wants to get high and watch a Bauhaus Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87jErmplUpA

    • Edwin

      It looks pretty kewl. I don’t have anything to get high on. 🙁

      • Shaykayvah

        I do. Here, have some…

        • Edwin

          🙁

          • Shaykayvah

            Sorry brother.

          • Edwin

            Poor me.

  • towerofbabel
  • Doubleplus

    Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?
    by GREGORY ELICH

    There are too many inconsistencies and holes in the official story. In all likelihood, there were multiple intrusions into DNC servers, not all of which have been identified. The public ought to be wary of quick claims of attribution. It requires a long and involved process to arrive at a plausible identification, and in many cases the source can never be determined. As Jeffrey Carr explains, “It’s important to know that the process of attributing an attack by a cybersecurity company has nothing to do with the scientific method. Claims of attribution aren’t testable or repeatable because the hypothesis is never proven right or wrong.”
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/13/did-the-russians-really-hack-the-dnc/

    • Edwin

      They knew radical terrorists took down the World Trade Center within minutes, so why not “Russians hacked the election”? What’s not to believe?

    • Short answer: No!

      😀

      Good to see you.

  • Doubleplus

    Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works
    by CJ HOPKINS
    The primary aim of official propaganda is to generate an “official narrative” that can be mindlessly repeated by the ruling classes and those who support and identify with them. This official narrative does not have to make sense, or to stand up to any sort of serious scrutiny. Its factualness is not the point. The point is to draw a Maginot line, a defensive ideological boundary, between “the truth” as defined by the ruling classes and any other “truth” that contradicts their narrative.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/13/why-ridiculous-official-propaganda-still-works/

    • Edwin

      Like this??

      Cued up to funnest part (I squealed out loud– wasn’t expecting.) If you like that you might want to listen to the whole thing, like I just did. (Corbett Report)

      https://youtu.be/8aw1oyqSKH0?t=53m45s

      • Doubleplus

        What a perfect example, thanks for posting this.

        How have you been? I’ve been missing the hell out of all y’all ever since RT decided to crash his blog…such a short-sighted move on his part.

        • Edwin

          good thx.

          RT swung his dick around once too often. Where you hanging out these days?

  • Ann Watson

    3D, how to print the future.
    3D printing has the potential to provide everything we need.
    Replicator anyone? (Star Trek)

    • Well, not quite Star Trek replicators which are based on Star Trek’s transporters, which are full of ifffy technological ideas, but there will come a point where they’ll work just as well as the Trek ones. 😀

      • 17

        Uh huh. Where’s my jetpack?

        • It’s on your back, problem is the fuel-to-propulsion ratio isn’t good: find a better fuel. 😉 😛

          • 17

            The only thing on my back these days is the old lady.

      • Ann Watson

        You are an expert on these matters, I can tell. ; )

    • panem et circenses

      3D printing and automation have the potential of drastically changing the labor force and distribution of wealth, but I wouldn’t put complete trust in them because those with more will do just about anything to retain their positions of privilege over the masses.

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  • EdgarHF

    I actually posted a comment on Townhall today. I doubt they will like it.

    • EdgarHF

      They already deleted it. It was a harmless comment about the hypocrisy of the two wings of Uniparty. Alternet deleted a comment of mine too today. I guess I should not have mentioned Rahm Emanual when commenting about an article going crazy about Trump’s attack on public education.

      • 17

        Let’s be careful out there.

      • kreskin

        Turns out those supposed progressive blogs / bloggers are nothing but Clinton loving neoliberals .

        It’s sickening.

      • FaunaAndFlora

        Must be doing something right if you’re offending both sides.

  • EdgarHF
  • At long last, I am justified…

    Masturbating at work is a doctor-approved stress relieverPsychologist and life coach Dr. Cliff Arnall agreed. “I would expect a masturbation policy to result in more focus, less aggression, higher productivity, and more smiling,” he told Metro. “Certainly taking a masturbation break for boredom or an escape would increase work focus.”

    • “𝘚𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺’𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘧.”

      Well, of course… always… stress-relief… motivations pure as the driven snow…

      • 17

        Safety First!

  • kreskin

    You guys gotta watch this . LMAO .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut0TaegQ-kw

    • It’s all about the last 30 seconds, which I’ve seen about 137 times, and it just keeps getting funnier, every time.

      • kreskin

        Would be a big hit over at C & L , wouldn’t it ?

        • 17

          It would.

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