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The Fire Next Time

That's the title of a righteous rant by Gaius Publius posted over at Smirking Chimp. After detailing how the fascist FISA surveillance bill would not have passed without 65 Blue Dog votes Gaius Publius points this out:

If Democrats Want the Support of Millennials, They Should Cut Ties with the Fossil Fuel Industry

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Carillion Collapses

So what the heck is Carillion and why should we care?

The company that runs Britain is near to collapse. Watch and worry: Carillion builds schools, roads, hospitals – and it’s meant to be a big part of HS2. What’s more, if it goes bust, the bill will be picked up by taxpayers

Why we should care:

‘The US is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’: MLK, Jr. 1967



Were he alive today, how sad and sick he would be to know that it’s still true 50+ years later, and that the Empire hadn’t heeded his visionary warnings.  But of course, his socialist, radical warnings were what got him assassinated, weren’t they?  That the amerikan military budget is now close to a trillion dollars, and that this President has even upped the ante on Obama’ Nuclear Posture, according to leaked documents on the DoD’s draft means the hegemonic impulses of the Empire are more frantic than ever, which many radical leftists believe  indicates an Empire in its final throes.

(Our next war): Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

(Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

The Flop that was the CES show

Given how doom-and-gloom I was in my last OP, I thought that I should at least rise to the level of schadenfreude. As a lifelong techie, I have been saddened by the utter triviality and banality of apps that have made some 20-somethings into billionaires. My reaction to the CES news before this story was "what crap. who would buy it?".

So, have a good laugh about the faceplant by the tech class.

(Leaked? Really?): RUSSIA HAS UNDERWATER NUCLEAR DRONES, LEAKED PENTAGON DOCUMENTS REVEAL

Ohhhh really? RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! Crank up the hysteria folks! Apparently we aren’t beating the war drums loud enough for the MIC.

RUSSIA HAS UNDERWATER NUCLEAR DRONES, LEAKED PENTAGON DOCUMENTS REVEAL

Russia is in possession of an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review confirmed.

The Globalized Company Store

Well-meaning lefties sincerely ask "Does the economy serve the people, or do the people serve the economy?"; as if asking that question will put the 1% on the defensive. But, clearly, the economy has been reduced to the stock market, the stock market has been reduced to a handful of massively overvalued tech companies, and the central banks supply zero-interest liquidity to keep those stock prices in the stratosphere. The real world? The massive unemployment, the crumbling infrastructure?

The Weekly Watch

The Unfulfilled Dream


"WE MUST SEE NOW THAT THE EVILS OF RACISM, ECONOMIC
EXPLOITATION AND MILITARISM ARE ALL TIED TOGETHER...YOU CAN’T
REALLY GET RID OF ONE WITHOUT GETTING RID OF THE OTHERS...THE
WHOLE STRUCTURE OF AMERICAN LIFE MUST BE CHANGED."

—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., May 1967


I never met Martin Luther King, Jr. I was only 14 when he was murdered (perhaps by our own government). However, I later worked with many people who were his friends...so called foot soldiers of the movement. So although we never met, he influenced me. I think he influenced our nation, helping us reach for a higher morality and better society. He was a human, and like us all continued to grow and evolve throughout his life. I think he was really maturing and carrying the movement forward when he began the poor people's campaign. Today I want to look at the dream which has yet to be realized, and the new effort to revive the poor people's campaign.

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