Cortland MeetUp Sat. April 7

Cross our fingers the third time's the charm. After two snow-outs we're hoping the weather gods shower us with anything except snow and ice on Apr. 7th! Rain check April 14.
Same place and time, Doug's Fish Fry, 5-7pm.
So, if you're in the area stop by and say hello to Steven D and riverlover!
Doug's has a fabulous fish fry and sea food! And cold beer, natch.
Hope to see you there!

(Crazy Legs fell again?): Hillary Clinton fractures wrist after slipping in India resort bathtub, report says

Hillary Clinton fractures wrist after slipping in India resort

Hillary Clinton's visit to India suffered another setback this week as the former secretary of state fractured her wrist after slipping in the bathtub at the five-star resort where she was staying, according to a report by DNA India.

A breath of fresh air - voices of sanity from Russia

Why do the leaders of 'Five Eyes' now come across as clowns? None of these people are statesmen in the normative sense. Whenever we see them placed in contrast to their Russian counterparts, they come across as truly ignorant buffoons giving knee-jerk responses to matters of international law. They treat leaders of foreign nations as if they were the opposition in their local elections - with disrespect and disdain.

Theme and Variations on a theme by Hillary, section 1, part A

I came across this vintage article, but like classical music never seems to lose its allure. Just as a great Bach fugue withstands re-hearing many times, we are able to re-enjoy some sweet tastes of the recent past.

Theme: I shudda won--You Americans are stupid!

Variation 1: The Russians hacked me to death.

Part A: It's because of them that I had no platform.

Why No Investigation Into FBI, Justice Dept. Collusion With Democrats To Spy On Trump? Turns Out, There Is One

Some of us were just talking about this the other day.

Why No Investigation Into FBI, Justice Dept. Collusion With Democrats To Spy On Trump? Turns Out, There Is One

Criminal Justice 101: Means, Motive, and Opportunity

The "Iraq has WMDs" level of hysteria being whipped up about the Skripal poisonings by the Empire's propagandists is bad news. Ignoring it will not work; but "proving a negative" is the classical dilemma created by a false flag attack. Nevertheless, there must be constant pushback against constant propaganda.

I offer the following conversational gambit for dealing with the Kool Aid Drinkers you may encounter: means, motive, and opportunity.

‘The Real Agenda of the Gates Foundation’ by Jacob Levich

Knowing that many of you have a similar sort of (cough) regard for Gates and other philanthrocapitalists (alternately called by the Wrong Kind of Green collective: the non-profit industrial complex) as mine, when I’d stumbled upon this more readable, searchable format of this work by Jacob Levich, it seemed that posting it as a PSA would be a good thing to do.

Thursday Open Thread 3-15-2018

An introduction to world religions in college explored the idea of learning how other cultures viewed the world around them as a method to clarify ones observations regarding their own culture. Internet Sacred Text Archive opens the door to thoughts and opinions from different times and cultures.

If using a non-native language to think about an solve a problem can improve rational decision making and reduce cultural bias, imagine the potential benefits of applied cultural literacy.

Teresa May's Claim Russia Poisoned former Spy with Nerve Agent Contradicted by UK Ambassador to OPCM last year

You may have heard that former spy, Sergey Skripal, a was poisoned in UK with “a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia” known as ‘Novichok.’ Naturally, everyone blames Putin, including every major US media outlet, despite the failure to produce any evidence that Russia is responsible. But who cares about proof, right? Well, the OPCW does.

Six impossible things before breakfast

How does a sane person deal with the insanity that is America today? The party line on just about every topic one might mention is the wrong side of stupid. The media zeitgeist is to ignore our falling apart ecology, economy, infrastructure, educational system, political system, and foreign policy. Our duty is to worship the crooks on Wall St. and the warmongers in the Pentagon, both of whom are robbing the citizenry blind while providing negative value to the 99% with their "services".

Young Americans On Fire!

And it's not just gun control. There is an epic cultural transformation occurring that may very well put the cultural revolution of the 60's to shame:

Robert Reich: 6 Ways Millennials Will Clean Up the Mess Baby Boomers Left Them (Video)

Millennials are different from boomers in 6 important ways that will shape the future.

1. Millennials are more diverse than boomers—so as millennials gain clout, expect America to become more open.

"Just stop, Hillary. Please." heh

Top-rated opinion piece on WaPo right now from Kathleen Parker (admittedly, self-described "mostly right of center").

"She can’t let go.

She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places — and then hit a pandering low that puts a catalogue of others to shame.