The Evening Blues - 11-20-17


The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes

Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features Delta blues musician Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes. Enjoy!

Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes - Ain't Goin'To Worry

"Television news is now entertainment, and the stories are being written by the people that have a special interest in them."

-- James Taylor

News and Opinion

In Yemen's 60 Minutes moment no mention that U.S. is fueling the conflict

Saudi Arabia's years-long blockade and bombing campaign in Yemen has gotten very little coverage in the United States, even as the extreme food and fuel shortages have developed into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Now, as the Saudi noose on Yemen tightens — leaving 7 million people facing starvation and another 1 million infected with cholera — the war is having its moment in the media spotlight.

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a 13-minute segment on the war’s devastating humanitarian toll. The program featured imagery of starving children and interviews with displaced people, all obtained after Saudi Arabia blocked “60 Minutes” from entering the country. ... Coverage on such a high-profile program is frequently enough to get politicians to pay attention to an issue, and the “60 Minutes” feature comes amid a growing debate about the U.S. role in the war. Just last week, the House of Representatives voted to say that Congress has not authorized American military support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Still, the program did not once mention that Saudi Arabia is a U.S. ally, and that U.S. support is essential for the Saudi campaign to continue. ... The U.S. has had the power to pull the plug on the intervention since the beginning. Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a 30-year veteran of the CIA, explained last year that “if the United States and the United Kingdom, tonight, told King Salman [of Saudi Arabia], ‘This war has to end,’ it would end tomorrow. The Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.” ...

Per “60 Minutes’s” framing of the conflict, the crisis in Yemen is a random tragedy happening on the other side of the world – manmade, but outside U.S. control. The truth is nearer the opposite. Without U.S. support, the humanitarian crisis would not exist on such a catastrophic scale.

Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim. But nothing about that alleged reactor in the Syrian desert turns out to be what it appeared at the time. The evidence now available shows that there was no such nuclear reactor, and that the Israelis had misled George W. Bush’s administration into believing that it was in order to draw the United States into bombing missile storage sites in Syria. Other evidence now suggests, moreover, that the Syrian government had led the Israelis to believe wrongly that it was a key storage site for Hezbollah missiles and rockets.

The International Atomic Agency’s top specialist on North Korean reactors, Egyptian national Yousry Abushady, warned top IAEA officials in 2008 that the published CIA claims about the alleged reactor in the Syrian desert could not possibly have been true. In a series of interviews in Vienna and by phone and e-mail exchanges over several months Abushady detailed the technical evidence that led him to issue that warning and to be even more confident about that judgment later on. And a retired nuclear engineer and research scientist with many years of experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has confirmed a crucial element of that technical evidence.

Published revelations by senior Bush administration officials show, moreover, that principal U.S. figures in the story all had their own political motives for supporting the Israeli claim of a Syrian reactor being built with North Korean help.
Vice President Dick Cheney hoped to use the alleged reactor to get President George W. Bush to initiate U.S. airstrikes in Syria in the hope of shaking the Syrian-Iranian alliance. And both Cheney and then CIA Director Michael Hayden also hoped to use the story of a North Korean-built nuclear reactor in Syria to kill a deal that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was negotiating with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program in 2007-08.

[Much more detail at link. - js]

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington

The Trump administration is threatening to shutter the Palestinian Authority’s representative office in Washington based on a provision of a U.S. law that has not been previously enforced. The State Department recently informed the Palestinian Authority that if it does not reenter peace negotiations with Israel, its delegation to the United States could be closed within months, though it did not specify a timeline.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed the Palestinians that the decision was made following statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for war crimes. ...

The Israeli television channel KAN reported in September on a plan “hatched” by the Israeli government and Republican lawmakers in the U.S. to “punish the Palestinians for their recent diplomatic advances, including their successful bid to join Interpol, the world’s largest police organization, and their ongoing efforts to have Israeli leaders tried at the International Criminal Court.”

Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closed

Palestinian officials have warned that they will freeze all communication with the US, following steps by the Trump administration to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) office in Washington, DC.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Saturday the PLO had been informed by the US Department of State of a decision not to renew the operating permission for the organisation's diplomatic office in the American capital. ...

Every six months, the US Department of State signs a waiver that allows the PLO office to remain open in Washington. The certification period for the current waiver ended this month. ...

Since Trump was elected a little more than a year ago, he has made no progress on promises to forge a peace deal between Palestinian and Israeli officials. Instead, illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories have expanded exponentially and, for the first time in two decades, a new Israeli settlement is being built in the West Bank.

Donald Trump plans to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

Donald Trump has announced that the US will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the US “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said in a cabinet meeting.

US officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport in February as an act of terrorism. ...

Trump has faced pressure from congressional lawmakers to relist the country amid its advancing nuclear missile program, though some fear it could increase already heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Maybe Roy Moore will feel right at home on the Senate Armed Forces Committee:

DoD IG: US troops were told to ignore child sex abuse by Afghan forces

American troops were told to ignore the rape and abuse of children by Afghan security forces they were partnered with, according to a report released Thursday by the Pentagon’s inspector general. “In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command, or that it was best to ignore the situation and to let the local police handle it,” the report reads.

Although the report found that there was no written guidance telling U.S. troops to ignore abuse allegations, cultural-awareness training for U.S. personnel deploying to Afghanistan identified child sexual abuse as a culturally accepted practice in Afghanistan.

“There were a couple cases where service members brought it to commanders’ attention, and they said there’s nothing we can do,” according to an anonymous interviewee quoted in the report. “There’s no recourse to stop them from bacha bazi. Soldiers [were] told to ignore it and drive on.”

”Bacha bazi,” which translates as “boy play,” is a cultural practice in which “powerful or wealthy local figures and businessmen sexually abuse young boys who are trained to dance in female clothes,” the report reads. In 2015, findings by the Labor Department on “The Worst Forms of Child Labor” stated that “reports indicate that some government officials, including members of the Afghan National Police, Afghan Local Police, and the Afghan Border Police, have boys for bacha bazi and also have them work as tea servers or cooks in police camps.”

As Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup “Is Not the Answer” for Meaningful Reform

The Pentagon now has its largest military presence in war-torn Somalia since the deadly battle in 1993

The number of U.S. military forces in Somalia has more than doubled this year to over 500 people as the Pentagon has quietly posted hundreds of additional special operations personnel to advise local forces in pockets of Islamic militants around the country, according to current and former senior military officials.

It is the largest American military contingent in the war-torn nation since the infamous 1993 "Black Hawk Down" battle, when 18 U.S. soldiers died. It is also the latest example of how the Pentagon’s operations in Africa have expanded with greater authority provided to field commanders.

The growing Somalia mission, coming more fully to light after four American troops were killed in an ambush in Niger last month, also includes two new military headquarters in the capital of Mogadishu and stepped-up airstrikes. It’s driven by a major shift in strategy from primarily relying on targeted strikes against terrorists to advising and supporting Somali troops in the field, the officials said.

The new operations also come as a peacekeeping mission spearheaded by the African Union is winding down. That is putting more pressure on the fledgling Somali security forces to confront al-Shabab, a terrorist army allied with Al Qaeda that plays the role of a quasi-government in significant parts of the country.

Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find

If you tax the rich, they won't leave: US data contradicts millionaires' threats

In the classic Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged, the rich go “on strike” – withdrawing their services and disappearing from society in protest against taxes and regulation. Weary of carrying an ungrateful world on their shoulders, business leaders and other top income earners finally shrug, and leave the world without them. The book’s metaphor inspires political rhetoric to this day: if you tax the rich, they will leave. Variations on the threat are issued by well-off individuals all over the world – not least in the United States, where each state sets its own tax policies, and periodic warnings are issued that taxes on the rich will lead to millionaire migration to more obliging US states.

When Oregon voters passed a millionaire tax at the start of this decade, for example, the state’s richest resident, Nike CEO Phil Knight, warned the tax would set off a “death spiral … in which thousands of our most successful residents will leave”. As California considered similar taxes, policymakers cautioned “nothing is more mobile than a millionaire and his money”. In New Jersey, governor Chris Christie simply stated: “Ladies and Gentlemen, if you tax them, they will leave.”

To better understand elite migration across state lines, I analysed tax return data from every million-dollar income-earner in the United States. The dataset includes 3.7 million top-earning individuals, who collectively filed more than 45 million tax returns over more than a dozen years – showing where millionaires live and where they move to. ...

Only about 2.4% of US-based millionaires change their state of residence in a given year. Interstate migration is actually more common among the US middle class, and almost twice as common among its poorest residents, who have an annual interstate migration rate of 4.5%. While travel may be a classic “luxury good”, migration is not. Moving one’s home, life and family to a different place is mostly about people who have a poor economic fit with where they live, earn below-market incomes, and are struggling to find a livelihood. Higher income earners show low migration levels because they are not searching for economic success – they’ve already found it.

When millionaires do move, they admittedly tend to favour lower-tax states over higher-tax ones – but only marginally so. Around 15% of interstate millionaire migrations bring a net tax advantage. The other 85% have no net tax impact for the movers. Furthermore, almost all of the tax-migration moves are to just one low-tax state: Florida – where low-income taxes comingle with sun, sand and palm trees. Other low-tax states such as Texas, Tennessee and Nevada do not pick up any net tax-migration.

the horse race

Second woman comes forward to say Al Franken inappropriately touched her

A second woman has come forward and accused Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time since he took office as senator from Minnesota. According to CNN, Lindsay Menz, 33, said Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota. ...

Menz said her own encounter with Franken, which she described as “uncomfortable”, took place two years after he was elected to the Senate. Menz, who is now a resident of Texas, had stationed herself at a booth inside the state fair sponsored by her father.

Franken came by, she said, “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. “It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” Menz said, while noting the interaction lasted three or four seconds.

A photo released by Menz shows Franken standing close to her, although his hands are not visible. Franken told CNN in a statement he did not recall his meeting with Menz but said he felt “badly” for how she felt following their interaction.

New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush accused of unwanted groping and kissing

The New York Times has suspended one of its most prominent reporters, Glenn Thrush, after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior in an article from Vox.

Vox published screenshots from a text conversation between Thrush, a former Politico reporter hired by the Times in January to cover President Donald Trump, and Bianca Padró Ocasio, a 23-year-old journalist.

Padró Ocasio confronted Thrush about his behavior with a friend of hers, also 23, at at a colleague’s going-away party at a bar near the Politico newsroom. Padró Ocasio’s friend said the night ended after she resisted Thrush’s advances. ...

The writer of the Vox piece, Laura McGann, goes on to accuse Thrush of sexually inappropriate behavior. ... “Five years ago, when Thrush and I were colleagues at Politico, I was in the same bar as Padró Ocasio’s friend — perhaps the same booth — when he caught me off-guard, put his hand on my thigh, and suddenly started kissing me. Thrush says that he recalls the incident differently.”

the evening greens

Final Keystone XL pipeline approved just days after massive oil spill

Nebraska regulators have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, paving the way for the new project to be built despite last week’s major oil spill from the existing Keystone pipeline operated by Calgary-based TransCanada Corporation.

Five members of Nebraska’s Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve a 275-mile stretch of pipeline that would cut through the state — the final regulatory hurdle the $8 billion project needed to go forward. ...

The new pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada’s oil sands to Nebraska, where it will join the original Keystone pipeline. The route approved on Monday is not TransCanada’s preferred route, however. Greenpeace campaigner Rachel Rye Butler said in a statement that the permit “complicates” things for the company.

TransCanada said it would conduct a review of the ruling “while assessing how the decision would impact the cost and schedule of the project.”

Trump Cited Pittsburgh in Pulling Out of Paris Deal—But Mayor Says City Will Implement Accord Anyway

The U.S. Decided to Show Up for the U.N. Climate Conference — to Lobby for Coal

Most of the people in the room when the United States gave its sole presentation last week at COP23 — the United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany — were protesters. Around the 20-minute mark, 100 people — mostly Americans — stood up, sang an altered version of “God Bless the U.S.A.,” turned their backs to the panel of White House officials and fossil fuel industry representatives, and walked out. The event then continued before a room filled mainly with journalists.

Panelists soldiered on, peddling one of the Trump administration’s favorite lies: clean coal, or what Trump himself loves to call “beautiful, clean coal.” ...

Holly Krutka, a representative from Peabody Energy who spoke on the U.S. panel, offered her own explanation of what clean coal is. While she spoke in lucid and complete sentences, walking through the various efficiency technologies, she was no more tethered to reality than Trump. Like the White House’s own proxies, she framed continued coal usage as a moral and ethical imperative and a vehicle for bringing developing nations out of poverty: “While some people clearly believe there is no path forward for fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world, we don’t believe that is the case. The discussion needs to be not if we use coal, but how.” ...

The White House stands alone on the world stage in its outright endorsement of climate denial, and many Americans — certainly those on the ground in Germany last week, and most of all the ones who interrupted Monday’s panel — are at odds with the Trump administration’s position. Yet baked into the climate negotiations themselves is a quieter kind of denial than the administration’s, in which climate policies are crafted not to align with mounting physical realities, but with the economics that got us into this mess in the first place.

Will You 'Promise to Protect'? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL

Shortly following the Nebraska Public Service Commission's "shortsighted and dangerous" vote to green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, a coalition comprised of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers living along the oil project's proposed route published a letter on Monday urging the public to join them in protecting sacred land from corporate exploitation.

Endorsed by Native tribes, green groups, and high-profile environmentalists, the "Promise to Protect" call to action argues that making "a concerted stand" against TransCanada's $8 billion dirty energy project "will make other fossil fuel companies think that much harder about their own expansion plans."

"Together we've stopped them for many years, and we are going to keep stopping them," the letter reads. "But we need everyone's help. We need you to take a stand no matter what land you live or work on. The struggle to save Mother Earth begins with you."

"For many years the tribes, indigenous leaders, farmers, ranchers, and allies everywhere have kept this pipeline at bay," the coalition notes. "That has been a great achievement. We honestly don't know if we can hold the line against Keystone XL forever—but we know that we have a chance."

The letter goes on to make several requests of those who wish to participate in the "creative resistance" against KXL that is expected to take shape in the coming months, including:

  • Commitment to entirely peaceful acts of protest, even in the face of "the pain caused by TransCanada's aggression";
  • Respect for "the leadership of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers in the action, and the plans and strategies of the front lines and their allies who have made promises to protect the land, water, and climate";
  • Preparation in advance of the demonstrations, including training sessions with organizers, so that "you're able to find the place you're most needed on any given day."

The fossil fuel industry "believes that with the inauguration of Mr. Trump, the obstacles in their path had disappeared," the letter concludes. "They are unaware of the rising tide of indigenous unity and the strong alliances with ranchers, farmers and the climate justice movement which grew stronger at Standing Rock. When the president approved the federal permits for KXL last winter, he asked TransCanada executives when construction would start: Our job is to make sure the answer is, no time soon."

Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked

The colour-coded Israeli ID system for Palestinians

Wall Street Wants to Kill the Agency Protecting Americans From Financial Scams

Signs of U.K. Misconduct in Assange Case

The US and Saudi Arabia Could Cause a War in the Middle East

A Little Night Music

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Heart Broken Man

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Tin Pan Alley

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - I'm Going Back Home, Bluebird

Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes & The Playboys How Long This Must Go On

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Louise, Louise Blues

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - No Place To Go

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Love Like I Wanna

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Rocking Daddy

Roosevelt Booba Barnes - Baby, Scratch My Back

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EyeRound's picture

the Mayor of Pittsburgh, today on Democracy Now and I'm really impressed with that guy! Haven't felt this positive in a long time. I hope the Mayor stays in politics and that there are more like him. The VA guv was ok also, leaned toward establidem.

Thanks, Joe, for another great news roundup!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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joe shikspack's picture

@EyeRound @EyeRound

i didn't have a chance today to check out all of the demo now segments, but ms. shikspack (who recommended it) concurs with you that the pittsburgh mayor is a hopeful development.

a happy turkey day to you and yours as well!

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Bollox Ref's picture

the world would be a better place.

There are other search engines out there. Let DuckDuck really go.

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from a reasonably stable genius.

divineorder's picture

@Bollox Ref on Firefox for 2 or 3 years and are happy with it.

Only occasionally will I dip into the dark side and use Google to search if I don’t get what I am looking for via DuckDuckGo .

OTOH my wife and I both skim the page everyday.

FWIW this morning while looking for info on RT being squeezed by google and twitter I decided to search google news page search box The search for ‘RT’ produced numerous links to RT site stories, but few results to other news orgs ABOUT RT.

Wonder when google will jack with their links on the regular google search page like they have apparently been doing with others.


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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

Wink's picture

my default search page for a year or so. I still have to use Google for some searches, but Duck is the one I use first.

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the little things you can do are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. On Twitter @wink1radio. (-1.9) All about building progressive media.

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@Bollox Ref

google is really starting to piss me off, too. there's no doubt that it is using its virtual monopoly position in improper ways and the company needs some serious antitrust actions filed against it. its tentacles are attached to far too many things and its data harvest is far too large and dangerous to individual liberties.

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The Age of Absolutism is on the horizon in Germany.
Germany and the Age of Political Absolutism

German election: Preliminary coalition talks collapse after FDP walks out

Oh boy, as you may know, Germany had elections on Sept 24, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with Angela Merkel as her candidate for Chancellorship, didn't have the absolute majority and had build a coalition government. The Social Democratic Party didn't want to continue the "Grand Coalition" with the CDU, so the CDU started coalition negotiations with the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party, the FDP, our liberals. Those talks lasted eight weeks.

Because the FDP's walk-out, Germany in a situation it was never in, since 70 years. And the media goes nuts over it. We are going back into the dark ages, it shouts from hyperactive journalists' corners.

Apparently nobody expected that last minute withdrawal of the liberals, the FDP (Free Democratic Party). Uh, oh, the blame game is in full swing. All Merkel's fault, bad leadership performance during the coalition negotiations, no, no, all the Liberals' fault, how could they withdraw, they withdraw from the responsibility to serve the country, no, no, no, no, all the Social Democrats fault, they didn't want to govern anymore, though they could have accepted the coalition with the Christian Democrats from the beginning.

Jeesus, what an opera performance.

I am not long enough back in Germany to get a feeling for what the Green Party, the Liberal Free Democratic Party are really all about, but I know one party a bit, and that is the Bavarian Sister Party CSU, whose equivalent in all of our other "Bundesländer" (our equivalent to the US states) is called Christian Democratic Party, the CDU. The CSU was the fiercest force against the immigration policies, which Angela Merkel was promoting (this was an internal conflict within the CSU/CDU) and presented most forcefully by a certain Mr. Seehofer, a knucklehead conservative).

All of the sudden, it was said, the CSU had accepted a compromise in the migration policies, and everything was therefore okey, dokey since Sunday morning. Dare anyone to not respect the Christian Democrats to have done their utmost to build a coalition. Yes, the Green Party has almost lost their face completely to compromise their ideological policies in migration and energy policies to kiss the feet of Mr. Seehofer. And now the evil Liberals come and say: See you, bye, bye, enough is enough.

Well, I am a bad girl. I don't mind the FDP walked out. At least that brought into the limelight how much of hypocritical liars all parties are. The Social Democrats were indistinguishable from the Christian Democrats in the past four to eight years, they lost badly in the past election and therefore said, the population has send them a mandate to "get lost" and not be part of a government coalition anymore. Which is now judged as a cop-out.

The Bavarian sister party CSU can't be serious in making a last minute turn in their ideological opposition in the asylum and immigration policies. Who would believe that be nothing but the old emperor in new clothing, naked stupidity to bamboozle the German voters. And the Green Party can't be serious to compromise with the CSU. That's smells a lot of selling out for the sake of being in the government.

Now, we have the dark ages, imagine, since Weimar we have some methods to actually enforce new elections, but it's our President, who kicks in and declares to dissolve the parliament and call for new elections within 60 days. That is political absolutism, man.

Or he could declare a new candidate for chancellorship, and if the parliament then accepts HIS suggested candidate with relative majority, he can accept and nominate then the new candidate as Chancellor. That's the dark ages, for sure.

Another option would be to govern in a minority government and for each legislative actions the government would have to go and beg from the various parties for support. That would be a chaotic mess par excellence. Why I don't know, but the wise men say so.

I don't know what was more entertaining tonight. The discussions about the consequences of the collapse of the coalition building process or the way the international press reported about it. At least it was more entertaining than those buttock and breast grabbing idiots over at your side of the pond.

I heard the euro is going down because of it Germany's bad behavior, so i will invest in popcorn, though I don't like to eat popcorn.

Strange times. I hope my snarkiness shines through all of it. Have a good night.

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enhydra lutris's picture

low calorie. Packs densely for travel and then expands greatly with a little heat. I hadn't thought of it, but I might invest in it myself.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

mimi's picture

@enhydra lutris
nothing much in the mouth and sticks in between the teeth, while cutting sometimes your tongue.

Exactly the thing to invest in... but not eat. Smile

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joe shikspack's picture


thanks for the explanation!

it seems to me that all over the world, people and factions are not in a mood to compromise - and in a number of cases the factions are pretty evenly matched resulting in stalemates. in the u.s. that is, of course, by design, but in other countries like kenya there could be some much more serious repercussions.

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mimi's picture

@joe shikspack
to the Kenya stalemate situation. It wasn't on my radar and I am grateful you put it back on.

Your EB helps a lot. If herds of humans weren't in need for their cozy tribal homey comfort so much, we actually could have more social justice and more peaceful communal life, but, helas, apparently each of us feels safe only in their own herd. Something went wrong in God's creation of humans, I guess.

How complicated and exhausting and depressive our own actions really are.

Better listen to the blues than have them. Yes 3
Music 2
Sorry for being so late in a response. I can't keep up with reading on time.

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enhydra lutris's picture

Firefox and Chrome/Chromium. Each has deficiencies and shit it won't do. I stuck DuckDuckGo into Firefox and left Chrome with Google. Zo, I toggled over to der Chrome popped up a new tab and used it to Google RT, many selections, articles about RT and pages by RT (International News, US News, etc.) I went to the RT US News page and skimmed it and discovered something amazing - a little banner announcement at the top of the page saying:

Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for Chrome. Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

joe shikspack's picture

@enhydra lutris

yeah, i run several browsers as well. firefox was my main one until the last update, when its new version wouldn't support most of the plugins that made firefox worth using. so i am in-between browsers now. i gave up on google's news page ages ago, because it rarely has the stories that i am interested in, or if it does, it always seems to feature the most conservative spin on them.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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joe shikspack's picture


the weekend went reasonably well. the in-laws came and went, no blood was shed (the scrabble board was kept in abeyance). Smile

but seriously, it was a busy weekend, much food was consumed, assorted places of interest were visited and there seemed to be smiles all around.

now, it's on to the next round with turkeys at ten paces and the mashed potatoes of the damned. Smile

i hope you and jb also had a great weekend!

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smiley7's picture

Just an éllo; going full speed on missing cylinders, but love is hanging around, all is good with more stormy skies forecast, good music at hand.

Thanks for the news and blues.

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joe shikspack's picture


yep, there has never been a day here that the music isn't better than the news. Smile

hope you're feeling well and preparing for what i hope will be a fine season of skiing ahead.

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Raggedy Ann's picture

I've missed the EB but have been so busy. I'm taking a little breather to skim the headlines and catch some tunes.

We went to the New Mexico Philharmonic Saturday night - they were doing Led Zeppelin music. It was awesome. I'm not sure the elderly season ticket holders were too thrilled. One woman said, "I just don't like it when he screeches." and sat down for the second half. We loved it.

Have a great evening and a lovely holiday weekend! Pleasantry

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"If there is not justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government." Emiliano Zapata

joe shikspack's picture

@Raggedy Ann

good to see you!

heh, i can imagine that led zep could be a challenging listen for a lot of classical music fans. on the other hand, i'm fine with led zeppelin and with the whitening of the beard and hair, it won't be long until i qualify for the fogey club. heh, i never challenge anybody who gives me a senior discount on sight. Smile

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MarilynW's picture

Charlie Rose accused by eight women of sexual harassment.

His response:
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.

“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

It's all wrong. I don't know where to begin, but

hinting that some of it was consensual "pursuing shared feelings?"

"All of us, including me" ? nice try at deflection.

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joe shikspack's picture


there seems to be a considerable disconnect between the severity of the behaviors described by several women over a long period of time and rose's breezy reaction to it in his apology. i can't decide whether his apology was written by his lawyer or his publicist or both in coordination.

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MarilynW's picture

@joe shikspack

Who says "pursuing shared feelings" except a lawyer?

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earthling1's picture

Keep it up ladies(And guys). Until they are all run out of office, and Hollywood, and the fake MSM. Cretins all.
This is how we will take America back, by default.
Who's a thunk this is how the Establishment would be destroyed.

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joe shikspack's picture


when you think about it, sexual peccadillos are about the only reason that works relatively consistently to dump unwanted politicians.

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