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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 good airplane! A small note regarding the site: yes,  my template modifications are going slowly; I hope to have them done by next week.

First up, our Plutocratic overlords are getting the vapors over their own security theater, as Bloomberg laments that our “leaky” “intelligence” services are “losing respect.”  All balderdash, of course, but illustrative of the little narrative our political masters like to run on us.

Over at Shadowproof, Jon Walker expresses undue surprise that Kevin “Numbers Confuse Me” Drum would gin up some fake numbers to justify the DNC’s outright rejection of progressivism. Of course, this isn’t an isolated editorial, as the media would have us believe, but an orchestrated campaign against single-payer.

Over at FAIR, Dean Baker points out that the (right-wing) deficit-scare tactics, used by Democrats and Republicans alike are what people should fear, and not deficits themselves.

Nina Turner tries to spin yet another loss for Progressives, in trying to change the DNC power structure, as “proof” that it can be done. Pro-Tip, Nina: It won’t happen, Go Green.

Finally, Lying Joe backs out, after too many plutocratic servants complain.

What’s been your favorite story this week, how’s it been spun?

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  • Here’s a little tune to start your weekend right, from Johnny Nash (on The Midnight Special)…

    https://youtu.be/NkwJ-g0iJ6w

  • notisaidthepig

    Did Quist win? I can’t imagine the Dim establish wanted him to squeak past Gianforte.

    • Nope, the authoritarian/right candidate, Gianforte, took the day, which, I agree, should make the Democrats happy.

      • notisaidthepig

        They couldn’t have planned it better. Oh, wait.

  • FaunaAndFlora

    Good to have you back, Unka. Gonna read your links while I have some lunch. Oh, and hope you land safely after jumping out of that plane. 🙂

  • notisaidthepig

    The long weekend is here!!!

  • Caitlin nails it again…

    You Only Hate Assad Because Your TV Told You To

    It’s a form of gaslighting where actually our own faith in our ability to judge a situation, and to some extent even our own identity, has been eroded and damaged to the point where we’re effectively accepting their version of reality.

    • kreskin

      Assad bad , Saudis good . We are living in the post truth era .

  • kreskin
  • kreskin

    Went to the market , got caught in a squall on the way back to the apartment . I enjoyed it , wife went into panic mode .This song comes to mind.

    https://vimeo.com/125064954

  • notisaidthepig

    Nina Turner is joining the Real News network with her own show? Wow. I love it. She continues to impress me. I like how in that clip she continues to be a thorn on the side of the Dims. How they must hate her! It will be interesting to see how the Ohio race for governor turns out. I’m sure the Dims will try to undermine her. Perhaps they will and that will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back as it were ‘causing Nina to leave the party. Progressives need a big name to leave the party and hopefully it will encourage others to leave as well. Let’s just say we need to drain the swamp!

  • notisaidthepig

    The fact that Lieberman would even be considered for FBI director tells you all you need to know about what’s going on in Washington. Ugh.

    • kreskin

      No kiddin .

  • LMAFAO @ The Title:

    Jimmy Dore Just Put His Foot So Far Up WaPo’s Ass It Came Out Mike Pompeo’s Mouth

    There are days I swear comedian Jimmy Dore is the one and only thing keeping the earth from flying off its axis. This man could have pointed his brilliant comic mind at earning bigass Steve Colbert plutocratic paychecks by stumping for the establishment and trying to make ecocidal corporatocracy look cute and funny, but he didn’t.

    • notisaidthepig

      I agree. Jimmy is a keeper. If only he would cut loose from TYT…..

      • His association with the Veal Pen Org, TYT, bothers me, sincerely, about Jimmy. I’m pretty much ready to take my foot off the brake and breeze on by, at the first sign of shepherding on his part. 🙁

        • notisaidthepig

          Purity test?

    • kreskin

      Excellent .

  • US-led air strikes have killed 225 civilians in Syria in the past month, including 44 children.

    Past month ‘deadliest on record’ for Syrian civilians killed in US-led air strikes

    “The past month of operations is the highest civilian toll since the coalition began bombing Syria,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency.

    “There has been a very big escalation.”

    • kreskin

      US / British hypocrisy knows no bounds . It’s disgusting beyond words .

  • kreskin
  • Good morning folks, I managed to avoid killing myself! 12k feet, About 70 seconds of free-fall and ~4 minutes of parachute time.

    This is the track I played, getting ready to go and, about 50 seconds in, out I went… Video to follow…

    https://youtu.be/MyFC87G0oCo

    • notisaidthepig

      Bravo!

      • I still need 19 more jumps, to get my “A” license.

        • Shohanna

          I would be so afraid of screwing up. I just totally panic at the thought of even FLYING much less falling through the air to my possible death. **vigorously shakes head no** Oh, god, you are a God to me. /nod

          • notisaidthepig

            I couldn’t agree more!

          • LOL, thanks, in that case: All your sins are forgiven, my child, rise and go in my grace. 😉

            I’m not good with heights myself, when the floor isn’t solid, but once you”re out the door, there’s just too much, well, experience? data? Sensory overload? to be afraid. Maybe that’s the Adrenalin kicking in.

            But let me tell you, the endorphin high is better than anything ever produced by a plant or other such ritualistic method.

          • Shohanna

            Wow. Sounds amazing! I am not afraid of heights. I am afraid of falling. There is a distinction and I am not sure how to describe it. lol

    • kreskin

      Congrats , Unka .

      A friend of mine went up , came back down in the same plane he went up in , completely humiliated . This was in front of his wife , kids , friends … everyone . He ran out of nerve , said no way
      .He had always talked about doing it someday , so his wife bought the class and jump for him as a birthday gift . This was at the airfield in Snohomish , Washington .True story .

      • Ann Watson

        It takes some nerve to decline to decline in the expected manner than to incline in those circumstances. ; )

      • It’s bloody difficult to take that step. I’d never give anyone any guff about it, truly!

        • kreskin

          Felt bad for him , I didn’t give him a hard time about it , sure did laugh when he told me though . How humiliating ! I would have had to go through with it .

          • cass

            I’ve done it several times and love it!

    • Shohanna

      **feels the free fall on her feet** That is enough to give me a panic attack. Don’t mind heights at all, nope. It’s the falling I am afraid of.

      Congrats. I could never do it. lol

  • notisaidthepig

    Wow. This long weekend has gone by in a blur of mopping floors, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, attacking the bathrooms, ironing clothes, etc. It’s endless. 🙁

  • notisaidthepig
    • kreskin

      A shocker , isn’t it ?

  • notisaidthepig
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  • No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack’s Excellent Libyan Adventure

    Too bad more people in Britain and the West hadn’t paid attention to what happened in Mali two years ago. Too bad they hadn’t thought too much about the chain of jihadi proxy interventions that the United States and its allies, or about the connection with the chain of jihadi attacks in Western countries. Too bad they hadn’t recognized the continuing arrogance of the Western (U.S./NATO) and Middle Eastern (Gulf, Israel) powers who think they can unleash and re-leash these jihadi fighters at will. Too bad they don’t understand the contradiction between mourning the bombing of Manchester and crying for the bombing of Syria.

    • Ann Watson

      Too bad that so few comprehend the idea of life lived under the continuing threat of the bomb. Only when that threat is brought home to them can they understand. And yet, those responsible for it all continue to evade the fallout of their actions. It is not those who promote war who suffer but the unfortunates who have no say who pay for it all.

    • kreskin

      Our hypocrisy and blindness is really inexcusable .

  • notisaidthepig
    • kreskin

      Absolutely hopeless as long as these two corrupt self serving slobs remain in office . If I had my way they’d be selling hotdogs and sweeping up peanut shells and popcorn at Century Link field .

  • kreskin

    It’s Wednesday morning here , I just turned 66 . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF1bG5LUcs

    • Congrats! When we’re this old, every birthday really is a day for celebration!

      https://youtu.be/PdsXQVQRWXM

    • notisaidthepig

      Happy birthday, Kreskin!

    • Shohanna

      Happy Birthday Kreskin! <3

    • cass

      Happy Birthday!

      • Hansjurg

        What happened> Where do we go now?

        • cass

          They took it down. All the issues over the past month finally came to a head. I’m not surprised, however it’s a shame. thanks for reaching out and keep in touch!

          • Hansjurg

            When will these stupid humans learn that the internet was MADE for flamewars? If you don’t like somebody, just block ’em and forget ’em.

            Now none of you will see my stunning review of Smurfs: The Lost Village until it’s published in The Nation and wins its Pulitzer.

            Good luck!

          • I didn’t ask 17 permission to post this so I hope he doesn’t mind, but he set up an emergency round up.
            http://biggerwoodshed.blogspot.com/2017/06/emergency-regroup.html?m=1

            I expect to see that Smurfs review 🙂

          • cass

            Thanks!

          • cass

            Exactly…and learning to respectfully agree to disagree.
            Smurfs: The Lost Village- love it and best of luck with that 🙂
            Hope to see you around!

  • kreskin

    Neighbor’s son is a simple policeman here in Ulyanovsk , he’s just starting his vacation , 50 days off … full pay . Most workers get at least a month off … with full pay .

    Not always the case anymore , things are changing , that wonderful capitalism ya know .

    • notisaidthepig

      As a teacher, I best be quiet about time off. 😉

  • Remember: It’s only “Fake News” when it speaks against the interests of the ruling class.

    Sort of linky: See Here

    HELP! Youtube has suspended our account!!!! They said something about community guidelines and being constantly reported as spam…someone is on the attack to get us shut down. Why do people do this?

    • Shohanna

      That sucks, your video was taken down.

      • It’s the video of the Resistance Chicks. Who, if you haven’t seen them, are worth checking out. At least some of their videos are on FB.

        • Shohanna

          I don’t have FB. haha But it’s kewl.

  • notisaidthepig

    State Dept official stumped for 20 seconds when asked why US slams Iran but not Saudis (VIDEO)
    https://www.rt.com/usa/390269-saudi-arabia-america-state-deparment/

    This could be the most uncomfortable State Department press briefing moment yet. Duringa press conference about US President Donald Trump’s recent trip to the Middle East, AFP journalist Dave Clark asked a department official why the US criticizes the Iranian elections and its record on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia.

    • These are all great. When you’ve got this many good links, you should post them together as a new post!

      Ping me when you’re around, and we can get you started, unless you already know how to use the WordPress post tools, then you’re ready to rock!

      • Shohanna

        Hmm. Never thought of that. lol

        • Hansjurg

          What happened? Where do we go now?

          • Shohanna

            No idea Hans, No idea. All I know is it’s gone. lol Probably hit up Exile again, last current thread.

      • notisaidthepig

        Why thank you. Just like Sho, I never thought of that! I’m a little hesitant to create a new post but why not? I know nothing about WordPress. Give me a few days until school ends and I can find some more time. Oink!

        • Hansjurg

          What in the Sam Hill happened? Where do we go now?

          • notisaidthepig

            Hi, Hans. I went to see my mom and when I returned TFLC was gone. As I told Fixer, I guess 17 was successful with his scorched-earth policy. Perhaps it’s best. Do you remember Alan? He’s in the midst of creating a website but it’s not ready yet. Here’s my email: athoszubiaur@gmail.com. Stay in touch and hang on. We’ll have a place shortly. Oink!

          • notisaidthepig

            I want to be careful with my address. Did you get it?

          • Hansjurg

            oops. Nope. Give me three minutes and then give it to me again. Gotta’ pee lol

          • notisaidthepig

            See below again and let me know so I can scrub it once again.

          • Hansjurg

            okay scrub it and write mine down, but I’m a hermit and I almost never check it

            hunkymcfabulous@gmail.com

          • notisaidthepig

            I got it but are you serious? That email address is hysterical!

          • Hansjurg

            I almost never use email or a phone unless I know I’ve got something incoming, so if you send me something and I don’t reply don’t feel offended.

          • notisaidthepig

            No worries. I won’t.

          • FaunaAndFlora

            New music site. Grand opening tonight. Be there or be square! 😉

            http://dancininmebones.blogspot.com/2017/06/test-post.html

          • Hansjurg

            🙂

            I got a new name for ’em:

            President Larfleeze and the Orange Lantern Corps!!!!!!!!!!!!

            It’s funnier if you’re an immature comic nerd.

      • FaunaAndFlora

        Hello Unka… Thought I’d let you know about a new music site in case you feel like spinning some tunes.

        http://dancininmebones.blogspot.com/2017/06/test-post.html

  • notisaidthepig

    The U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against ISIS in Raqqa, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price
    https://theintercept.com/2017/05/30/the-u-s-has-ramped-up-airstrikes-against-isis-in-raqqa-and-syrian-civilians-are-paying-the-price/

    On April 24, a group of Syrian women bundled themselves and their children into a car and attempted to flee the small town of Tabqa, outside of Raqqa. In recent months the sleepy principality had become the site of raging battles between Islamic State militants and U.S.-backed proxy forces, waging a campaign to drive ISIS from the country. Packed into the fleeing car were 11 people, including eight members of the al-Aish family: three women between the ages of 23 and 40, and five children, the youngest one just 6 months old.

    • kreskin

      Murder incorporated , the U.S. government .

  • notisaidthepig

    Canada’s Political Landscape Undergoing Realignment?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYYv2xbrWzg

    Nora Loreto, author of “From Demonized to Organized,” talks about four
    important political shifts that took place in Canada in the past week
    and what this means for Canadian politics

  • notisaidthepig

    Vanessa Beely On White Helmets, Syria w Sane Progressive Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p8oGQ4RPFQ

  • notisaidthepig

    An Indigenous Woman Is Now Standing for President of Mexico

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvzpvDOqPnE

  • notisaidthepig

    No one does reviews like Jeff Jensen. Enjoy!

    Twin Peaks recap: ‘The Return: Parts 3 and 4’
    http://ew.com/recap/twin-peaks-season-3-episode-3-4/

    Garmonbozia is a nonsense word on this side of the TV screen. But when we go through the looking glass and into the realm of Twin Peaks, the word is real and means something heavy. “Pain and sorrow.” For the predatory demons of the Black Lodge, “pain and sorrow” is foodstuff. They convert the paired feelings into creamed corn — literal creamed corn — and slurp it up from their cupped hands. Manners! Didn’t their mother teach them anything?

    • I need to watch,.

      • notisaidthepig

        You do. TP continues to be unlike anything else on television (I think….since I don’t really watch tv!).

  • notisaidthepig
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  • kreskin

    George Carlin , We Like War

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaS2bRGS86c

  • notisaidthepig
  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s Legislative Director Maggie Garrett on C-SPAN, talking about how vouchers divert desperately needed public resources away from the public school system.

    Education Conference Examines School Choice and Free Speech on College Campuses

    • notisaidthepig

      We just won a victory here in Nevada at the state level with the new budget. No funds for vouchers. Hurray!

  • LOL@Caitlin. And she’s right. This kind of display of utter arrogance is why we must never let this rapacious, bellicose authoritarian anywhere near the reigns of power.

    Hillary Clinton Continues To Assure America That It Made The Right Choice

    “I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost,” Clinton said.

    • kreskin

      All she’s doing now is making an ass out herself . That was bad .

  • notisaidthepig
  • notisaidthepig

    ‘Not good for America or world’: Musk abandons Trump advisory role after Paris deal withdrawal
    https://www.rt.com/usa/390530-musk-trump-paris-advisory-councils/

    • The kayfabe is hot and heavy. I’ll have more to say in my weekend roundup, tonight or tomorrow (whenever I get a chance to post it, LOL.)

    • The_Fixer

      Hey, Mr. Pig. Hope you see this. What’s going on at FLC? I got nothin’, and all my Disqus comments from there are gone. This is the only way I could think of to get a hold of anybody.

      • notisaidthepig

        Hi, Fixer. Glad you were able to get hold of me! It seems 17 has single-handedly brought down TFLC. Not too sure what happened but I have some idea…. Here’s an email where you can get hold of me: athoszubiaur@gmail.com. Stay in touch.

      • 17

        Cathy pulled the plug. It was her site, and her choice to make.

        • The_Fixer

          I have since learned that.

          Too bad, I will miss the people and the interactions I had with them.

  • kreskin

    Listen to this thing , as evasive as Hillary Clinton is , cannot give a straight answer. She’s a complete fraud , folks . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffwzXuwHZ7c

    • notisaidthepig

      (((vomits)))

    • notisaidthepig

      Warren is part of the problem. She made a political calculation and she’s going to pay for it because we won’t forget. Hey, Warren, I have a message for you,”Fuck you.”

      • kreskin

        it’s sickening listening to her , she’s as phony as Hillary Clinton is .

      • Warren is, in the classical sense, a court jester: Her job is to criticize the king and his court… up to a point. But always to remain loyal to the Crown, in the end.

        I knew this by a sort of osmosis, when she accepted the senate position as a consolation-prize when Obama made it clear he wouldn’t fight The Right, on anything.

    • FaunaAndFlora
  • kreskin

    Helloooooooooooooooooh , anyone home ? Kreskin here , checking in for the midnight shift . Sorry , I’m a little late .

    • I’m tardy getting a new post up.

    • Nancy

      hey kreskin-glad I found you…not sure if you got cathy’s email for the new blog link…she asked if I saw you around to pass it on.
      http://thefarleftchat2.blogspot.ca/
      hope to see you there!

  • Shohanna

    Hey guys.. Anyone around?

    • notisaidthepig

      I’m here…

      • Shohanna

        Hey Noti

        • notisaidthepig

          Hello. What the fuck happened? I went to see my mom and returned to…the site is gone!

          • 17

            Cathy pulled the plug.

          • dayanmao

            Isn’t she special.

          • 17

            She had that right., just as Unka had the right to shut this site down once. She’d had enough.

          • dayanmao

            Of course she did. She also had the right to run the site into a ditch.

          • Dosido3

            Hi! Jesus, I had just started a convo with you yesterday then – poof!

          • dayanmao

            I know, I posted a nice, cordial reply and went to post and the pop up read “Invalid Argument”, I was like WTF? What did I do?

          • Dosido3

            LOL, same here. I thought it was my device or disqus acting up. Then I felt adrift when I tried again today on my desktop. O.o

          • dayanmao

            Yeah, me too. If for some reason she wanted to ban me – then go ahead, it’s her site. I got over it shortly – but I’ve still got my opinions.

          • Dosido3

            oh, didn’t know that. I just show up and pop off about the headlines. I rarely get “into it” with another poster. sigh. It’s harder to mod a blog than it looks, I guess. So where do you hang out. I feel like an intruder here at Unka’s just because another Site of the Damned and Banned blew up. But in my defense of gatecrashing, I have been lurking here of late – not commenting because I’m still learning how to navigate the new digs here.

          • dayanmao

            Well, I departed flc about 2 months ago, got a heads up and went back and checked in. It was a disaster IMHO – that’s why I posted “What’s all this then?” Hardly a controversial post.

            It was more than clear what’d happened – and it was the reason I left. If those involved want to fill you in, they can. I don’t want to be speaking for anyone else.

          • Dosido3

            Thanks. I don’t really need to know the drama – I look for people I like to hang out with and rant about the shit show in the news. They help me keep up with the spin. That’s all I’m looking for. I usually only hang out in one or two places at a time and rely on aggregators like Smoky. He’s awesome. I’ve lost track of MeanValueTheorem who was also good at this or at least had supremely perceptive takes on things.

          • dayanmao

            Me too. It’s kind of a shame, but there’s not much one can do about it.

          • notisaidthepig

            Oh, how I miss MVT!

          • Hansjurg

            I liked Smokey too. I tried to let him do his thing and get the stuff on the side you guys would never see otherwise. (sigh) I really had some fun, there.

          • Ann Watson

            Smoky has just started following me, hopefully he’ll see where we all are and join us.

          • FaunaAndFlora

            I went back to the old Troy Press threads and left a message for Smoky.

          • Ann Watson

            Good thinking! ; )

          • FaunaAndFlora

            Do you have my email?

          • Dosido3

            Hi F – no I don’t have email. I don’t usually do email with commenters – no offense to anyone – just my personal policy. Thanks, though.

          • Dosido3

            oh, but if you are starting a new thing, I’m open!

          • FaunaAndFlora

            That’s what this is about. Just want a way to keep you in the loop. Since we both have private accounts, that’s kind of hard without email.

          • Dosido3

            can you post it here? I’m going to hang out here as well as any new place, not an either/or…

          • FaunaAndFlora

            That’s what I’ll do unless Unka closes this thread.

          • Dosido3

            ok…go for it! 😀

          • FaunaAndFlora

            That’s what I meant. I’ll also check in here every day or so to make sure the thread hasn’t been closed. If it does close before a new site is up, are there other places that you could be found?

          • 17

            Fauna, if you or others need, I can set up an “emergency” page at my other site, where you and others can regroup until everyone gets their bearings.

          • Blue Basilisk

            That’s nice of you to offer!

          • 17
          • FaunaAndFlora

            Thank you!

          • FaunaAndFlora

            Scroll down. 17 left a link to a temporary place to meet up in case this thread closes. See you soon!

          • 17

            Fauna, Sorry to bother you, you’ve got mail.

          • FaunaAndFlora

            No bother… A reply is in the mail.

          • Dosido3

            agreed. but it might have been nice to get some notice…just saying. Not that she owes anybody anything at all, just woulda been nice.

          • Shohanna

            I wish I could tell you. Woke up last night and it was gone. Sorry Noti! (Hugs)

          • Blue Basilisk

            Same here! I came back after a few days away and suddenly everything is gone!

          • Hansjurg
          • Blue Basilisk

            Thank you!

    • FaunaAndFlora
      • Shohanna

        Thank you!! How you been? You alright? I am good here. 😀

        • FaunaAndFlora

          I’m doin’ just fine, Sho. Thanks for asking.

  • Dosido3

    Hi Unka, I feel rude for not saying hello…nice to see you are back. I’m still learning the ropes of getting around your new place.

    • notisaidthepig

      Unka seems to have closed shop again. I sent him an email but I’m still waiting for a reply. Can’t say I blame him….

    • FaunaAndFlora
      • Hansjurg

        I got a temporary ban at The Hill for using the word “libtard” in a satire piece…and me a pinko! lololol

        • FaunaAndFlora

          You’re so incorrigible! That’s why I love ya! 😉

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