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Trump: I love Wikileaks

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on September 25, 2020

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Assange on Donald Trump and Wikileaks. It seems that Trump’s people promised Assange a pardon (if he would tell then who gave him Hillary’s e-mails). It has always been a main feature of Wikileaks that they don’t even know where they get the material (or if they do, they are certainly not going to disclose it).

Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London could have far-reaching consequences for press freedoms. The WikiLeaks founder faces an ever-evolving array of espionage and hacking charges related to the release of diplomatic cables that revealed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange faces almost certain conviction, if extradited, and 175 years in prison. “The American press has remained in kind of a state of denial for 40 years, really, since my case, that the Espionage Act has wording in it that could be aimed directly at them,” says Ellsberg, who testified in Assange’s defense at his extradition trial via video stream from the United States. “Now the American press is staring right down the barrel at the use of the Espionage Act against American journalists and publishers for doing journalism.”

Supreme Court

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on September 22, 2020

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RBG

By Czar Donic

It is obvious that the fake justifications for not allowing Obama’s last nomination to even be considered (Garland, with 11 months left before the election) will show what the Republicans really are. Moreover, they are intent to overturn a number of cases such as Roe v. Wade and the ban on pre-existing conditions). This is being used as a way to get trump’s incompetence in dealing the pandemic which has killed more than all of our wars combined, or at least will. Some months ago, back in March, I predicted, simply on mathematical intuition (if there is such a thing) at least a quarter million will die. It seems as though I underestimated.

At any rate, I’ve been asked and here oblige, with an interview about Ginsburg in Democracy Now:

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We look at the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the future of the Supreme Court, in a wide-ranging interview with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, where she is the senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter. Ginsburg died September 18 at the age of 87 after serving 27 years as a Supreme Court justice, where she became the most prominent member of the court’s liberal wing. Her death just 46 days before the November election sets up a major political battle over her replacement, with President Trump and many Senate Republicans vowing to nominate and confirm a right-wing judge to fill her seat by Friday or Saturday. In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died 269 days before the election. “Hypocrisy doesn’t begin to touch on that,” says Lithwick. “The court is profoundly misaligned both with popular opinion polling and with the will of this country.”

Dump Trump, or Trump — What a Dump

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on September 15, 2020

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What a Trump!

By

Czar Donic

A foreign policy feat credited in part to Kushner.

An old friend, fairly non political, was a bit irritated recently and sent this along as an indication of why.

Dump this Trump

OK, OK. So many upset that I ended this thing, so here is at least one more. I figured I’d let everybody know what they are really dealing with in this strange being so often called Mr. President.

No particular order – no coherence due this slimy subject anyway nor is any possible. I have also included what I wanted to be footnotes, but as a result of how these online “Blogs” (I’ve always hated that word for some reason) work, these footnotes wound up being endnotes. I think they are significant, but that is just my opinion (which is better than most people’s).

Still, we have a few ruling forces at play here: his narcissism and his sociopathy. It is a pretty foul combination. First, since he is the best there ever was (at anything), he deserves anything he wants. Second, every decision is governed by only one consideration or question: “What’s in it for me?” Nothing else is of any importance. People talk about his family as if he cared about them, but they forget that what they see as filial relations is really ownership. He owns them. They are the “fruit of his loins,” so to speak. They are his property, whether they realize it or not. (I’m not about to go into that mess and further; after all, what’s in it for me?)

As far as convincing anyone is concerned, here is a Republican strategist:

Rick Tyler-Still Right

@rickwtyler

· 3h

Even if every source went public about the disgraceful things Trump said about our men and women in the military, the Trump Q cult still wouldn’t believe any of it.

It has long been clear that neither of us could ever influence the other, facts remain stubborn things for both of us. I don’t know why we pay any attention to each other on Twitter, but stranger things have happened, hence the 2016 election.

I can still find things out though. For example, Trump said that people who joined the armed forces were “losers,” and those who were killed “suckers” Or was it vice versa?[i] So, was he wrong?[ii] It was certainly a very Marxian position to take, I’m sure of that. See, I know you can’t believe stuff that is on the Internet, but I found this in a book – several books, in fact. See, when the rich of two factions cannot work things out, they send the working class people of each faction to kill one another, and this works to the mutual benefit of both factions’ wealthy. It certainly sells weapons.

Now this isn’t just Das Kapital, but also the German Ideology. An easier book to read about this sort of stuff is THE IRON HEEL, by Jack London. It talks about all the same sort of stuff that Trump seems to believe, only it is much better time spent if you want to check it out for yourself. I promise, there is no ice and snow to deal with, no dangers of nature – only dangers posed by fellow humans.

Another good book to read is REVELATIONS. The original handwriting is very messy and, again a book tells me, the author had a habit of keeping strange looking mushrooms around him, but it is still a lot of fun. Be sure to get the King James version as it is translated by a very motley crew of scholars under the direction of Sir Francis Bacon and commissioned by, of course, King James. I have been told that this King is still remembered as “the wisest foole in Christendom,” at least when he wasn’t head first in mud caused by falling off his horse while drunk.

Hunter Thompson liked the writing, but Ronald Reagan actually believed in it, every word.[iii] Ronnie thought the end of the world was coming, but Trump cannot be taken seriously as an Anti-Christ. No, for people who believe in some sort of Apocalypse, and of those who did know what the hell he was talking about, the only one of that type that I would place any credence in is Sir Isaac Newton. He said not BEFORE 2040. He didn’t give and end date however, but we do now know that the date is >= 2040.

No, the fruits of Trump’s loins are not the anti-Christ either, although some held out hope that Barron would metamorphosize. He’d have to be 60 years old, however, and shows no signs of anything. Of course, if you were the anti-Christ, I’m sure you would hide it as well, but 60 years old seems to be stretching it.

Trump does have some biblical traits, however. For example, if a woman grabbethed him by his secrets, he might just stone her then and there, or perhaps cut off her hand; in fact, stone her – with stones (a bt of repetition I never came to terms with until I heard about the strange mushrooms the original author used). Still, in 2040, he would be over 100 years old (if we let him) and that simply stretches things too far. No, clearly, he is a Marxist – no two ways about it. (I read it in a book.)

By The way, these things lately have been written perhaps a paragraph or so at a time, so sometimes new things surface in the mean time. This is one of those times. It seems that Trump knew all along how deadly this virus in and how quickly and easily it spreads at least by the end of January. All of his public lies after that were lapped up by Fox news and swallowed whole by his low life followers, or “base”. Furthermore, Bob Woodward recorded the statements, legally, while nobody else in the White House knew about it.

People are already criticizing Woodward for not reporting it immediately. That can be answered easily: even after these “relations," people attending Trump’s new spate of rallies are interviewed and too many, in fact all, say "this whole Covid thing is a hoax". I heard the word "hoax" used several times AFTER THESE QUOTES APPEARED. So how would making his “thinking” public make any difference?

We do have a new top secret nuclear system he designed and the rest of the world knows nothing about it, except Bob Woodward and us. You are not allowed to tell anyone else or you will be neutralized, so don’t mention it.

We just learned that we have a very small death rate increase due to this new plague. Our increase is only about 10% or so, while other countries have much larger ones. I’m not allowed to tell you the exact countries (actually, I forgot them) but, if a country had say one death and someone else died lately, that would be a 100% increase. We, on the other hand, already have 140,000, give or take 10,000, so another 30,000 deaths would only be a 10% increase. So, every day, we are getting better and better. Oh yes, back in March I predicted over a quarter of a million deaths as a result of this pandemic. It was based strictly on mathematical intuition and had nothing to do with knowledge of any sort of medical nature. At the time, it was resented as preposterous (except for one person who ventured millions). Well, it seems that I underestimated, but who cares?

That, combined with out new top secret nuclear weapons system should make all of you rest easier.

It seems incomplete to stop without warning what will happen with a second term (which is certainly possible). One day, recently, he listed all the Fox shows he watched that day. It amounted to five hours, at least. In addition, I was certainly not masochistic to watch them, but one fairly sane news program played excerpts from these shows. It happened right after the revelations and tapes from Woodward’s book. He mentions the coming pandemic clearly, in his own voice, and yet one sees people who still shout out that “it’s a hoax. It’s meant to destroy America!" They are to the point now where they won’t even believe it when they know he said it was real and dangerous!

I later spent time trying to help such people who were of that ilk and willfully went off to Viet Nam in a patriotic fever. Years later, they experienced symptoms of PTSD, hallucinations that frightened them for their own lives, and saw more sane ones talking about the things he did, crying, and punching his fist into the wall of the room (conscience). It was at the VA, and in the substance abuse section, but the abuse was merely a symptom, a coping mechanism for what happened to them and what they did.

The people that spat on them when they returned did no good for anyone. That should have been reserved for Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon (whose secret plan to win was to expand the war to every other country in the neighborhood). Nixon gave us Pol Pot, not socialism. (On the other hand Nixon started the EPA, believe it or not, but today it is considered not “cost-effective".) Donald Trump is dismantling it right now.

At the same time, we see the west coast burning down[iv] (of course, Democrats). In one week, Colorado set it’s own record from snowfall and a record high temperature in a single week. Of course, like the pandemic, the climate stuff is another hoax!

Finally, the only solution for a chance at survival for the United States (and eventually the rest of the planet) is an overwhelming victory against Trump and any Republican running for office – especially the Senate. The people were so pissed off at what was going on in the country that they voted in this man in orange as a way to say "fuck you” to the "leaders". People who blame Putin are sadly mistaken — if you were Putin you would prefer Trump in charge of the United States.

Also, a quote from another book (Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Harper Collins) [too
bad about the proper footnoting, who is going to say anything about it?]: “Evangelical Choir launched into Jesus Is the Telephone Repairman on the Switchboard of My Life.” The older hymns are always the best, I say, how about you?

Goodbye and good luck!

September

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on September 1, 2020

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This would be better.

SEPTEMBER

BY

CZAR DONIC

It is finally September. Sirus is out of the sky, so the dog days are over. Get it? No? Don’t worry. Nobody cares anyhow.

So, again Bernie scared enough corporations to motivate them to rid us of Donald. The man who gets the most material support from big Pharma, Jim Clyburn, was chosen to anoint a successor. Frankly, we are ready to accept anyone just to be rid of this pure absurdity currently.

Donald warns that he must be elected to stop all this rioting. He has apparently forgotten who is President right now.

He needs to institute law and order. Hunh? His administration has produced between 100 and 200 indictments. He beat out Richard Nixon!

This is too obvious to be pointing out, really. COVID? Rather than drink bleach, perhaps everybody should get it and thus become immune. It worked in Sweden. No, I can’t go on. A critique of Trump is too easy and obvious. Forget it – Even Fox is getting weary.

LEFT WING?

So now we hear of left-wing forces. What forces? I mean, it once was work to be left wing. There was so much competition. I mean, you had to really work at it, otherwise you were just one of the crowd. You had at least to have a photo of Che on the wall just so people would talk to you. Today, people would look at it and ask “Who’se that funny guy with the beard or beret?” If they knew what a beret was, that is.

Socialist? What’s that? Oh, yeah, Pol Pot – some guy from the past in Cambodia I’m told.

I thought, somehow, after so many lost their health insurance with their jobs, there would be a rush to support Medicare for all. Nope. The people are too stupid for that. Pol Pot, don’t you know.

So why do you think I stopped doing this? I just told you. Read the above again if you don’t get it.

Neil Young sues Trump reelection campaign for using his music at events

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on August 5, 2020

SOCIOPATH IN CHIEF

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on August 1, 2020

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“I got Covid-19 because I wore a mask” –Republican politician from Texas (Gohmert)

Insanity or Stupidity?

By

Czar Donic

Well, we managed to last another month. This month and the next should end this crap. Trump’s attempt to postpone the election failed (even Mitch McConnell would not bite on that) bombed and wimpy Republicans have decided that many of them had better separate themselves from this nut. As to not accepting the results, he will have no choice and once the oath is taken he is no longer in Office. Biden will simply need to order him removed.

We post here an interview with Noam Chomsky, a fitting way to end, with his analysis and then remarks on Israel’s wild west takeover of Palestine. Without Trump, they know the game is up, so they will be working fast in the next 9 weeks or so.

Frankly, it is a relief that it is over soon. People are busy debating and hurtling insults at one another, deciding Biden is no choice at all, and so on, but the Bozo family has to move out and then it’s all over.

Don’t worry about him leaving – Actually, the Secret Service is in charge of getting rid of unwanted trespassers (which is what Trump will be).

It looks as if people will be evicted and unemployment insurance reduced as Bozo does not seem likely to get the new FBI building built next to a new hotel, but it is all conjecture. Who knows for sure? Maybe everyone will have to survive on 70% of what they get now.

One thing I am confident about in addition to the above is that the death toll from Covid-19 will reach a quarter of a million by the end of the year. No special medical or political expertise involved, the numbers just look that way, that’s all.

Chomsky is here and summarizes everything nicely. He has more or less stopped his linguistic contributions although he retains an interest in Artificial Intelligence. One of his major contributions was to show that Behavioralism is a farce, although it remains the mainstay of Psychology studies. The cognitive aspects are now at least recognized. He was to have three debates with Skinner long ago, but Skinner was crushed during the first and never returned. RIP. Another interesting observation is that prior to puberty languages are far easier for people to learn and pick up than later on. That has never been investigated.

So, Noam is still alive down in Arizona, just not going out anywhere. He has a great deal of experience on observing political and social events, and he seems right on target here. We present the entire transcript here:

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As the U.S. corona virus death toll tops 150,000, we spend the hour with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, who says decades of neoliberal policies that shredded the social safety net and public institutions left the country ill-prepared for a major health crisis. “We should understand the roots of this pandemic,” he says.

AMYGOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll has topped 150,000 on Wednesday, the highest of any nation by far. The hardest hit states per capita are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Idaho, Tennessee and Georgia, a list that includes all seven of the original Confederate states.

Today we talk about COVID and so much more as we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more than 50 years, now laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. Author of more than 100 books. Professor Chomsky spoke with Democracy Now!’s Nermeen Shaikh and I on Thursday, from his home in Tucson, Arizona about the coronavirus crisis.

NOAMCHOMSKY We should understand the roots of this pandemic. If we do not understand the roots and extirpate them, there is going to be another and worse one coming. So far we have been kind of lucky. The coronavirus, pandemics, epidemics are very serious, and there are many possibilities. So far, all the ones that have happened in the last ten or 15 years, either the virus has been very deadly but not very contagious, like Ebola, or very contagious but not very deadly, like COVID-19. What happens when the next one comes along that is both very contagious and very deadly? We are in deep trouble. Deep. Much worse than this. Much worse than the so-called “Spanish flu,” which ought to be called the Kansas flu by Trump’s logic. It originated in Kansas the century ago. We may be facing something much worse than that.

There are ways of dealing with it. After the SARS epidemic in 2003, scientists knew that another one is very likely. They warned against it. They presented policies that could be carried out. They weren’t implemented, in part because of deep institutional pathologies. The drug companies who are the obvious candidates for dealing with it can’t, by straight capitalist logic. You don’t spend money to try to prevent a catastrophe ten years from now. What you do is try to make money tomorrow. That is the logic of the system. So the pharmaceutical companies were ruled out by capitalist logic.

The government could step in. The government, in any event, does most of the basic research for vaccines and drugs, almost all of them. So they could have stepped in, create laboratories, and plenty of unlimited resources. But they are blocked by the neoliberal plague. Remember Ronald Reagan—that government is the problem, not the solution, which means we have to take decision-making and action out of the hands of government, which has a flaw; it’s somewhat responsive to the population. We have to shift it to unaccountable, private tyrannies, which are totally unaccountable to the population. That is the meaning of Reagan’s slogan. That is the fundamental principle of neoliberalism. We’ve been suffering—the world has been suffering from it for 40 years, except for the tiny percentage who have become super rich and extremely powerful. Well, that blocks the government.

Nevertheless, there were things that the government could do. When the Obama administration took office, in the first few days, Obama called the presidential scientific advisory board, which had been established by George H.W. Bush, the first Bush, who had some respect for science. Obama called it. He requested that they put together a pandemic reaction program, a way to deal with a pandemic if it comes. They came up with a report a couple weeks later. It was implemented. It was in place until January 2017.

Trump came into office, the first few days, dismantled the whole system. Nothing. That’s part of the general wrecking ball. “We have to destroy everything that Obama did. We have to wreck everything.” Because it is the only way to look like you are doing something. Happening all over. So that went.

There were programs of U.S. scientists working in China with Chinese colleagues to try to detect and identify coronaviruses. Most of them are deep in caves. It’s very dangerous work. Some have been killed, Chinese scientists. But they were finding them and identifying them and testing them. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is the main center for investigating this. Trump canceled the program.

There were simulations run of a pandemic as late as October 2019 warning of what would happen. No attention. The Trump administration isn’t interested. So when the epidemic finally hit, the United States was singularly unprepared. After that comes a series of grotesque inactions and actions. For a couple of months, Trump refused to admit that it was happening.

Other countries were doing things. In Asia, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, they were reacting. Some of it, South Korea, which was one of the first places hit, never had to go to a lockdown because they dealt with it rationally. They identified the places that were hot spots, controlled them, tested, traced people for contacts. Countries pretty much functioned. Vietnam has reported zero deaths, and apparently that is taken quite seriously by leading U.S. specialists. The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, which monitors the international situation, records zero deaths from Vietnam, which has a 1,400-mile border with China. South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia are doing quite well. And Europe, they delayed in quite a way, but they did finally act. As you mentioned, the curve has sharply reduced since March for most of Europe. Some of them, like Norway, Germany, doing quite well in this respect. People are traveling through southern Italy almost like normal.

It has gotten so extreme that, as you know, Europe has banned American visitors. The United States is such a pariah state that Americans are not permitted to go to other countries. Other countries won’t allow them in. This is kind of mimicked in a horrible way in Brazil. Bolsonaro just denies that it’s happening. “It’s just a mild flu. Don’t worry about it. Brazilians are strong. We don’t care.” So big meetings of right-wing Bolsonaro supporters dancing in the streets and spreading the virus, and Bolsonaro says fine.

And one of the really world-shaking crimes that is being carried out is the destruction of the Amazon. That affects the whole world, not just Brazil. It’s basically genocide to the indigenous populations. Scientific predictions are that on our current course, the Amazon will shift in about 15 years from being a net sink of carbon dioxide to a net emitter of carbon dioxide, sometimes called the lungs of the Earth. The forest absorbs huge amounts of carbon dioxide. It will start emitting them instead. A little further down the road, the Amazon, under the current course, will just turn into savanna, no forest anymore. Devastating for Brazil and the other Amazonian countries. Devastating for the world. It’s one of the main oxygen producers of the world.

At every level, we are racing madly towards total catastrophe under the leadership of sociopathic fanatics. It is as if some evil demon decided to take over the human species and drive them to self-destruction. Much of the world is trying to counter it, almost all of the world, but the United States and Brazil are the extreme cases of racing with dedication towards disaster.

Going back to this election, that is the reason why it is the most dangerous, the most significant election in history. Why Trump is, in fact—this may sound outrageous, but it’s true—Trump is the most dangerous figure in human history. The Republican Party today is the most dangerous organization in human history. You can compare Trump to, say, Hitler, the Wannsee declaration in 1942, called for killing all the Jews, tens of millions of Slavs, not destroying humanized society. There has been nothing like this. Nothing.

The Republican Party, we know how they shifted. You go back just a decade or so, John McCain, 2008, was running for president. His program had some pretty weak, but some policies directed to global warming. The Republican Congress was beginning to contemplate global warming, policies to restrict global warming. The Koch brothers, a superrich energy corporation, got wind of this. They had been working for years to prevent it. David Koch, one of the Koch brothers who died recently, launched an incredible campaign to make sure that the Republican Party would turn to denialism. They bribed senators, intimidated others with the threat of running counter-campaigns against them. Huge lobbying campaign. Astroturf campaigns. A massive juggernaut. The party shifted, dropped all of its efforts to deal with climate change. It’s now a party led by denialists.

AMYGOODMAN: As you talk about this denialism and the science denialism, first dealing with the climate crisis and then extending to the pandemic, both threatening life on Earth, with President Trump now holding a daily coronavirus press briefing without the scientists, you have Anthony Fauci throwing out the first ball at the Washington Nationals game, the chief infectious disease scientist, who won’t play ball exactly with the White House, so he is not in the coronavirus briefing. You have Dr. Birx. President Trump says she’s right outside, but she is not a part of this news conference. Do you think reporters who are sitting in the White House briefing room should refuse to be there unless scientists are there and unless President Trump wears a mask?

NOAMCHOMSKY: Yes, I think so, and I think they should do much more. They should be pointing out constantly what I just said: we’re dealing with the most dangerous figure in human history, backed by the most dangerous organization in human history, and give the facts. Not only the pandemic, but the much more serious threat of environmental disaster and the growing, very severe threat of nuclear war.

In my opinion, every newspaper should have on the front page an image of the Doomsday Clock. You know all about this, but every January, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists gathers—the main scientific journal dealing with these issues—gathers scientists, political analysts to try to give an estimate of the security, the state of the world security. Started shortly after the atom bomb, it has been going on for 75 years. The minute hand is moved closer or farther—it oscillates—closer or farther to midnight, depending how dangerous the world situation is. Midnight means we are finished.

Every year that Trump has been in office, the minute hand has moved closer to midnight. Two years ago, it reached the closest it had ever been. This last January, the analysts gave up minutes; they moved to seconds. A hundred seconds to midnight. Since January, Trump has made every one of the issues that they have brought up worse. There were three major issues. One is of course the threat of nuclear war, second the threat of environmental catastrophe, the third the deterioration of democracy. Which does belong, because it is only with a vibrant democracy of informed, engaged public that we can have any hope of escaping from the two existential crises.

Since January, Trump has succeeded in making all three crises worse. I mention the nuclear weapons issue, considerably worse thanks to Trump’s actions. The environmental crisis of course getting worse, as he continues to press for maximization of the use of the most dangerous fossil fuels, cuts back through his EPA representatives and others, cuts back on the efforts to mitigate the crisis through regulatory means. And democracy, it’s pretty obvious; the executive branch has been essentially cleansed of independent voices. Nothing but sycophants of Pompeo variety. “We were sent by God to save Israel.”

The Inspectors General who were imposed by Congress, by the Republican Congress to monitor malfeasance of the executive branches, purged. Trump in fact went out of his way to humiliate the senior Republican senator, Charles Grassley, who had spent much of his career imposing these monitors. The attorney for the Southern District of New York looked into the Trump swamp; fired. Congress, turned by McConnell, used to be called the greatest deliberative body in the world. Now it is a joke. Doesn’t do any deliberation. It does essentially nothing except try to race through as many appointments of young, ultra-right judges as possible so they can pack the judiciary for a generation. The only other thing it does is figure out ways to pour money into the—dollars into the pockets of the rich, like the tax scam. That’s the Senate, the greatest deliberative body. Proposals come from the House for legislation; McConnell just cans them. Don’t look at them. That is not the role of the Senate.

Going back, that’s why they should be putting the Doomsday Clock on the front of every newspaper. Show us what the United States is doing to the world. To itself and the world. That should be in front of everyone’s attention. And there are many other things that should be done. There should be major protests now, everywhere, against the use of military force to occupy American cities and to crush peaceful dissidents. This is intolerable in a functioning democracy. We can’t sit by and let it happen, just let it proceed step by step until we reach real catastrophe.

AMYGOODMAN: Professor Noam Chomsky. When we come back from break, he talks about Israel’s threat to annex the West Bank, the upcoming U.S. election and more.

As the world races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Noam Chomsky says any successful treatment must be accessible to everyone, and he warns that President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization will hamper the international body’s efforts to distribute medicine in countries racked by poverty and war. “There’s at least one country in the world that is showing genuine internationalism, providing medical aid and support for people that need it,” Chomsky says, and that is Cuba.

David is still kicking!

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 25, 2020

Hard to Believe

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 22, 2020

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This is Hard to Believe

By

Czar Donic

(Or why one more edition.)

This was put out by Move On, and is probably underestimating the problem. However, it is a good place to start. Politicians have been telling us that we do not need the “Medicare for All” type healthcare because most people prefer the healthcare benefits they get with their jobs. Once fired (or we use the term "laid off”), they loose that healthcare. Still, we are also told that such healthcare is SOCIALIST and Pol Pot was a socialist. People believe that.

Now, what they do not know is that the original leader of Cambodia, Prince Sianook (or however it’s spelt), would not let us into his country to continue with Viet Nam. Nixon’s "plan" to end the war included invading Cambodia and, with the help of Henry Kissinger, depose the guy. Eventually, this Pol Pot took over, so a Republican administration put him into power.

I had a patient once who eventually told me about his activities in Cambodia. He also told me that if he did tell me, he would be killed and so would I. He was captured and tortured. He said that the pulling out of his toenails and fingernails was the worse, but not the only part. Obviously, he suffered from PTSD and he used drinking to deal with it. He eventually shot himself in the head. I have not yet been killed, but if they want to kill me, I’m available. Just so everyone remembers that it was a Republican administration.

Still, rest easy. Universal healthcare will not require your nails to be pulled. (Not even in the South.)

These are from Carlos Latuff, inspired by the fact that he noticed both Google and Apple have eliminated Palestine from their maps. I once had fun with the fact that some Israeli lobby ranked him the third most "anti-Semitic" entity in the world. I thought he should be proud as ranking fourth was "European Football Fans". Now imagine how many European football fans there are. The number is in the millions, yet Latuff managed to beat all of them! In other world, one of the top three in the world, and being in the top three of anything is quite an achievement. (No, I do not remember the organization, but who cares?)

Now, why did I announce that I had nothing more to say?

It got too easy. Where is the challenge in finding the absurd in Trump’s actions?

For example, Trump has talked to Roger Stone more in the last few months than to Dr. Fauci. Why? Easy, Fauci lacks a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. Ask a silly question, … .

In the UK people carry signs saying: ALL AMERICANS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Bill Kristol and George Will have been making sense lately. That is how low we have sunk. I must admit, however, that George Will was always correct in his pronouncements concerning Baseball, especially Chicago baseball.

A poll result recently revealed that 3 our of every 4 Americans trusted Fauci rather than Trump on pandemics. That scared me because I wondered where they found the fourth guy. Under some rocks, I suppose? How is that possible? It doesn’t make any sense to me.

Remember Trump announced that he was the “Least racist person in the world” and also a “very stable genius.” He took a cognitive test and said that the doctors were amazed. At what?

The new rule is that all facts about the pandemic be sent to the government, and bypass the CDC. The CDC publishes it’s data.

Florida had more deaths in one day from the disease than Germany, the UK, and Japan, collectively, all in one day. Of course the Governor is a Republican.

The Mayor of Atlanta made mask wearing mandatory and the governor is suing her for that. He is a Republican.

And where is Antifa when we need them? Trump has invaded Portland Oregon with soldiers wearing camouflage outfits and they are well armed. Is this the work of the Secretary of Education’s brother? Or is he using federal troops? Sieg Heil, Trump.

Well, I suppose there is nothing more to say, but I am reminded of an exchange in the movie Casablanca. Some Nazis are questioning the saloon owner Rick about the German advances. Finally, they get to the point of Germany invading the United States. At that point, Rick warns that there are “a few neighborhoods in New York” that they might be advised to avoid. When Trump was talking about perhaps invading Chicago, that exchange immediately came to mind as there are some areas of Chicago even I was careful to avoid. In fact, one seemed to develop a sixth sense about even crossing certain streets into what would be an entirely different neighborhood. Now, I am sure that the exact neighborhoods have not remained the same geographically, but they certainly do exist. Then there are the Chicago Cops to contend with as well. They will take their lead from the Mayor (whether they like her or not) and if she orders, as did Dick Daley once “To shoot to maim or kill,” you can count on them to so.

To be sure, Barack Obama or any other member of past administrations would give the same opinion. Still, Donald, if you are ready to Rumble, there is a place that will give you a good contest.

US Holds Two-Minute Pause In Beating Of Protesters To Mark Death Of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 18, 2020

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The Out And Abouter

img_6405At 1:00 AM EDT this morning police forces across the United States paused in their beating of Black Lives Matter protesters to mark the passing of one of America’s great civil right’s leaders, Congressman John Lewis, who was himself badly beaten by the police 55 years ago for making the audacious claim that black lives matter. 

“We just felt moved to show the world that we are more than comfortable supporting the Black civil rights movement, as long as it’s six decades after the fact,” said a police officer in Los Angeles, as he stood between a disabled protester and the wheelchair he had just bodily removed him from.

“It felt like the right thing to do, to pause our non-aggressive aggression against peaceful protesters, and just take a moment to recognize the life of a man who first fought for justice in the streets in the 60’s, while reflecting…

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new math

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 7, 2020

I have finally learned Trump’s logic and mathematics as well as his statistical methodology. See, Gauss and Spearman were wrong. 99% of thermonuclear explosions are harmless.

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