Diaries

Q: on what grounds might US prosecutors appeal Baraitser’s decision?

Given that she’d ruled that even though she agreed with the Prosecution on virtually every other issue: January 4, 2021, assangedefence.org:

‘Judge blocks the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, ruling the abusive U.S. prison system could not protect him from suicide’:

“Judge Vanessa Baraitser agreed with the defense’s claims that the U.S. prison conditions Assange would face if he were extradited, including solitary confinement, Special Administrative Measures, and extreme restrictions at ADX Florence, would drive Assange to suicide. She ruled it would therefore be unjust to extradite Assange to the U.S. and ordered his release.

The U.S. will appeal the decision.’

Neoliberalism in current perspective (with Richard Wolff video)

In this diary, I laid out a brief argument: neoliberalism is a real term describing a real thing. The diary was a rejection of people who argue in the fashion of "well I don't use the word 'neoliberalism' because (insert excuse here)." Can you imagine people discussing "the way things are" without using words like "sociology" and without referencing the work of sociologists? It's on that level.

Buying the vote.

I call bullshit. I also know that it takes more than 51 votes (counting kambama) to make anything happen in the senate as it currently is governed.
No different than trump.

"The debate over $2,000 isn't some abstract debate in Washington. This is about real lives," Biden said. "If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now."

What's the matter with the left?

About 30 years ago when I was first getting involved in politics I came across an old 60's activist who offered me some advice. This advice I didn't want to hear.
He told me that some people on the left simply don't want power. That they are much more comfortable outside the system, raging against injustice, but in no position to actually accomplish anything.
I was young and idealistic, so I rejected his observation.

Election Fraud Lies: Over 432,000 Votes Removed From Trump in Pennsylvania, Data Scientists Say

In the spirit of bigger and bigger lies, the "data scientists" I debunked yesterday (Election Fraud Lies, Georgia Edition), are back with a 25-fold increased lie about the presidential election in Pennsylvania.

Who'da guessed? The rule of law might still be alive somewhere.

Edit: Read snoopydog's essay if you like some meat with your essays. Good job snoop!

I haven't seen (or gone looking for) much more than this reprint from CNN in Cuenca High Life: British judge rejects U.S. request to extradite Julian Assange to face espionage charges.

The Next Pope

Plans for the election of the next pope are well under way. In the last quarter of 2020, there have been indications as to what the next pontiff will say and do. He will continue to make meaningless policies and procedures about child sex abuse. So thousands upon thousands of children around the world will remain at risk of being sexually tortured. All will be severely traumatized for life. Many will die.

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