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Before news of it gets to you, and you mistakenly believe the nonsense gossip, this is the Op-Ed article that has started the whole “Clinton is Running” nonsense. Don’t believe a word of it, it’s all bald-faced speculation, written from a deep love of Neoconservatism.

[The] United States Is Still A Colony’: An Interview With Jacqueline Keeler On Dakota Access Pipeline…

The United States’ failing infrastructure strikes again,  as No word when evacuation order for 188,000 will be lifted as Oroville threat remains.

Canadian Citizen Denied Entry To U.S. After Muslim Prayers Found On Her Phone.

Watch Hedges and Taibbi make sense of the insane state of the union.

Four of Iceland’s main volcanoes all preparing for eruption.

Erasing yourself from the Internet is nearly impossible. But here’s how you can try.

How call centers quietly became the modern epicenter of precarious, exploitative work.

How White Women’s Studies Professors Erased Black Women.

America’s eviction epidemic.

TPP is dead, but its legacy lives on.

Passports and Visas: the Entire Rotten Show.

 

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  • Your Song of the Day…

    https://youtu.be/OWUZwkSa4eQ

  • notisaidthepig

    Oink!

  • kreskin

    Thngs are booming here in Ulyanovsk , all kinds of new construction going on … in the dead of winter no less . New highrise apartment buildings and large department stores all over the city ( 600,000 people ). Back home ( 20 min. North of Seattle ) even Sears at the mall is closing it’s doors . ROMNEY’s Sports Authority went under months ago , big commercial buildings still remain empty … they’re all over the place . America the beautiful and exceptional’s fat cats are international these days , they and the politicians they own don’t give a rat’s ass about country or infrastructure . I can just imagine what it will look like ten – twenty years from now .

    You would never know that the sanctions are still in affect , not by observing things here .

    • 17

      Don’t worry about appearances 10 years out. We have less than 7.

    • Edwin

      The cranes have been up in Korea for the 20 years I have been here. Buildings going up everywhere, all the time. It’s the same in many places in Asia (except Japan). It’s been non-stop. People’s salaries have more than doubled. Now they make the same as Canada and USA.

    • oodaloop

      Sports Authority: Another red nail for RMoney’s pillar of blood. The chain has struggled with $1.3B of debt ever since being swallowed in a leveraged buy-out in ’08.

  • 17
  • FaunaAndFlora

    Regarding white women’s studies professors…

    The picture of cute girlies taking selfies of themselves in their pussy hats says all you need to know about the sorry state of what passes as “feminism” these days.

  • 17

    Yeah, the old “Hillary’s gonna run again” line. I thought those same folks told us she was on her deathbed back in Oct-Nov. Now she’s gonna run again? How can that be?…She died, remember?

    • oodaloop

      They’ve been sending out beaucoup trial balloons since the voters rejected her. She’s running for prez again (It’s still her turn after all), she’s running for NYC mayor, Chelsea is running for Congress, etc, etc.

      She’s truly purposeless, lost and adrift now that she won’t be authorizing the latest batch of bombings and coups against resource-rich lands.

  • oodaloop

    Glenn Greenwald contemplates the confession by the establishment candidate for DNC chair, Tom Perez, that the primary was rigged against Bernie:

    https://theintercept.com/2017/02/09/tom-perez-apologizes-for-telling-the-truth-showing-why-democrats-flaws-urgently-need-attention/

    A failed, collapsed party cannot form an effective resistance. Trump did not become president and the Republicans do not dominate virtually all levels of government because there is some sort of massive surge in enthusiasm for right-wing extremism. Quite the contrary: This all happened because the Democrats are perceived — with good reason — to be out of touch, artificial, talking points-spouting automatons who serve Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the agenda of endless war, led by millionaires and funded by oligarchs to do the least amount possible for ordinary, powerless citizens while still keeping their votes.

    What drove Bernie Sanders’s remarkably potent challenge to Hillary Clinton was the extreme animosity of huge numbers of Democrats — led by its youngest voters — to the values, practices, and corporatist loyalties of the party’s establishment. Unlike the 2008 Democratic primary war — which was far more vicious and nasty but devoid of any real ideological conflict — the 2016 primary was grounded in important and substantive disputes about what the Democratic Party should be, what principles should guide it, and, most important of all, whose interests it should serve.

    ****

    So in Tom Perez’s conduct, one sees the mentality and posture that has shaped the Democratic Party: a defense of jobs-killing free trade agreements that big corporate funders love; an inability to speak plainly, without desperately clinging to focus-group, talking-points scripts; a petrified fear of addressing controversial issues even (especially) when they involve severe human rights violations by allies; a religious-like commitment never to offend rich donors; and a limitless willingness to publicly abase oneself in pursuit of power by submitting to an apology ritual for having told the truth.

    That is the template that has driven the Democratic Party into a ditch so deep and disastrous that even Vox acknowledges it without euphemisms.

    • EdgarHF

      That party is dead, put a fork in it.

      • oodaloop

        The zombie corpse, animated by cash from Wall Street plutocrats and L’il Debbie’s Pay Day Loan friends, will continue to haunt us for years…

        • 17

          Yep. The party won’t die, because it can’t. The system needs a perceived “counterbalance”.

          • EdgarHF

            To me the GOP and the Democratic Party are two law firms fighting over corporate customers to represent.

      • Yeah, that horse is D-E-A-D and I wish people would stop whipping it.

  • EdgarHF

    Bernie Sanders has been too busy sheepdogging for the DNC lately to be relevant. The interesting thing, that should be obvious, is the dems losing 6 percent of their base since the election. Supposedly that amounts to 14 million voters.

    http://observer.com/2017/02/nick-brana-new-progressive-peoples-party-bernie-sanders/
    “Voters are disaffiliating themselves from the Democratic Party: in November 2016, 31 percent of voters identified as Democrats, and in January 2017, 25 percent of voters identified as Democrats. Draft Bernie provides a progressive platform for the growing number of independent voters that are leaving the Democratic Party.”

    • FaunaAndFlora

      I’m not convinced that Sanders is sheepdogging for the DNC. Seems to me that he ran in the primaries because he was hoping to bring attention to a few pet issues such as universal healthcare, and that he was surprised by how well his messaged played to a significant percentage of the population. At this point, my guess is that he’s trying to figure out how to best use his newfound prominence in national politics. Could be wrong, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of doubt for now.

      • Edwin

        As a Canadian I have the luxury to just watch. ^_^

        I like Bernie a lot, but I don’t think he is the answer Demexiters are looking for.

        • FaunaAndFlora

          I don’t think he’s the answer either. For one thing, he’s getting a bit long in the tooth. Now, if they were talking about someone like Tulsi Gabbard, that might lead to something positive. I really hope she keeps her integrity and courage intact because she may just have the force of personality to get a new party off the ground. Assuming she’d be interested, of course.

          • notisaidthepig

            It would be great if he passed the torch, as it were, to someone like Gabbard or Turner.

          • FaunaAndFlora

            Yes!

      • notisaidthepig

        I agree with a lot of what you wrote. However, I do think I am seeing that Bernie has a blind spot where the Dems are concerned. There’s simply NO WAY that those in power will allow any significant and meaningful change to take hold. It will affect their pocketbooks and that’s why it won’t happen.

        I think it’s sad that Bernie doesn’t see that he has such clout that he can start a new party and win.

        • FaunaAndFlora

          I’d be surprised if what you’ve said isn’t part of it. He’s been working with some of those people for decades. Attachments have been formed. It would take a sociopath to not have a blind spot in that situation. I’d also like to see him use his clout to either start a new party or work within an existing “third” party, but like you said, he may not realize his strength.

          • notisaidthepig

            His unwillingness to even talk to Stein was a missed opportunity for the ages. If he got in the race to bring things to light and not with the intent to win, then why not join with her? Was he afraid what little clout he had with the Dims would be stripped? What does that say about him then? That he is as addicted to power as they are? He could have made a real difference. It’s just sad.

          • FaunaAndFlora

            It’s hard to say what he was thinking. On the one hand, it seemed like going with the Greens was the perfect opportunity for making a principled stand while championing the cause of third parties. On the other hand, doing so would have reduced his clout in the Senate and therefore his ability to represent Vermont. He also gave his word that he would support Clinton if she won (stole) the nomination, and I do believe he is a man of his word, perhaps even after it became obvious that it could be detrimental to his own goals.

          • notisaidthepig

            I think you can be a man of your word and change your mind, particularly when it comes to the fate of the country. And consider how they treated him!

          • FaunaAndFlora

            Sure. It’s up to each of us to decide where we draw that line. If I had been in his position, I probably wouldn’t have been so generous… assuming that’s what was going on. Our political class lives in an entirely different world than we do.

    • notisaidthepig

      Such good news! I hope they keep hemorrhaging voters. As Stein said, this is a “minority” party.

      • EdgarHF

        “I hope they keep hemorrhaging voters.”

        Rest assured. The Democrats are working on it.

  • Edwin
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    • notisaidthepig

      So perfect!

      • Edwin

        Hiya, Pig.

        • notisaidthepig

          Hi, Edwin. How are you?

          • Edwin

            No complaints. Hope you’re well.

          • notisaidthepig

            Same here. Are we: “Happy, in that we are not overhappy” as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern say?

          • Edwin

            I am not unhappy. ^_^

        • EdgarHF

          and hello Edwin

      • EdgarHF

        Hello Pig

        • notisaidthepig

          Edgar! What a pleasure.

  • MeanValueTheorem

    Looking to test your gag reflex? Ingested some poison and haven’t a stomach pump in sight? Ran out of Ipecac and you desperately need to fit into that dress this weekend? Read this! It’ll work like a charm!

    Hey Bernie Supporters : Stop Forcing Democrats To Agree To The Lie That The Primary Was Rigged — It Wasn’t

    The motivation for this piece may have something to do with the following article’s premise:

    God no! Please, just, no!

    Now wash that nasty taste out your mouth by reading this:
    IF YOUR PARTY DOESN’T APPEAL TO YOUNG PEOPLE, IT WILL WITHER AND DIE

    What the first article above is trying to accomplish, but failing miserably.

    • notisaidthepig

      I’m not going to take my medicine. You can’t make me!!! (((a pig pouts)))

    • EdgarHF

      “Hey Bernie Supporters : Stop Forcing Democrats To Agree To The Lie That The Primary Was Rigged — It Wasn’t”

      If you can’t trust Verizon who can you trust?

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