The Evening Blues - 8-3-20



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Cow Cow Davenport

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This evening's music features blues and boogie-woogie piano player Cow Cow Davenport. Enjoy!

Cow Cow Davenport - Cow Cow Blues (Take B)

"One of the main lessons I’ve learned from the Trump era is that one can see literally anything as “a gift to Vladimir Putin” if they squint hard enough and are stupid enough."

-- Caitlin Johnstone


News and Opinion

Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil

In August 2011, as Libya’s rebels and Nato jets began an assault on Tripoli, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi delivered a speech calling on his supporters to defend the country from foreign invaders. “There is a conspiracy to control Libyan oil and to control Libyan land, to colonise Libya once again. This is impossible, impossible. We will fight until the last man and last woman to defend Libya from east to west, north to south,” he said in a message broadcast by a pro-regime television station. Two months later, the dictator was dragged bleeding and confused from a storm drain in his hometown of Sirte, before being killed.

Nine years on, after the outbreak of a second civil war, Gaddafi’s proclamation is not far from the truth – but as the US has retreated from the role it played in his downfall, a constellation of emboldened regional powers has descended on Libya instead. As the battle moves to Sirte, gateway to the country’s oil crescent, a potential showdown over control of Libya’s oil wealth is looming. ... In violation of an international arms embargo, the city and surrounding desert have been flooded with weapons and fighters in recent weeks as forces loyal to the government in Tripoli mobilise on one side of the frontline, and those fighting for General Khalifa Haftar, appointed by the rival parliament in Tobruk, line up on the other.

At stake is Libya’s greatest treasure: the largest oil reserves in the entire African continent. The majority of the country’s oilfields are in the Sirte basin, worth billions of dollars a year. Haftar’s forces, who are in control of Sirte, imposed a blockade on oil exports in January, causing revenues to plummet as daily production dropped off from around 1 million barrels to just 100,000 barrels a day. Forced to impose pay cuts for civil servants and currently spending from reserves inherited from the Gaddafi era, Tripoli is desperate to dislodge Haftar’s forces. ... The GNA’s main allies are the Muslim Brotherhood-friendly Turkey and Qatar, and to some extent Italy, which relies on the GNA to stop the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to its shores. Haftar is supported by leaders of the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who view political Islam as a threat to their own power, and by Russia, which is fresh from its successes in Syria and is intent on expanding its footprint in the Arab world. The UK government under David Cameron and France under Nicolas Sarkozy were instrumental in overthrowing Gaddafi – but while London now works diplomatically from the sidelines, Paris has kept a strong hand in events on the ground. ...

It may not have happened the way Gaddafi envisaged in 2011, but today he certainly wouldn’t recognise Libya, which has indeed evolved into a playground for foreign powers. The fate of Libya’s people is increasingly in their hands.

Portland: 1,000 peacefully protest amid withdrawal of federal agents

More than a thousand people showed up in downtown Portland early on Saturday to peacefully protest, about three days after the announcement that the presence of US agents there would be reduced – a deal that Oregon officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries to move on from months of chaotic nightly protests.

Friday’s overnight protest mimicked Thursday’s, which was the first time in weeks that demonstrations ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests.

The change in tone outside a federal courthouse that has become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents came after the US government began drawing down its forces in the liberal city under a deal between the Democratic governor, Kate Brown, and the Trump administration.

The fence that has separated protesters and US agents stationed at the courthouse was decorated with balloons and upside-down American flags sewn together with “BLM” painted across. At one point in the night a small firework was shot over the fence. As it sizzled out on its own, protesters pleaded with others to remain peaceful. Later, a few small fires were occasionally started outside the courthouse, with at least one put out by other protesters.

Unlike previous weeks, protesters were not centered mainly outside the courthouse, but scattered throughout downtown. ...

“Last night, the world was watching Portland,” Brown said in a tweet Friday. “Here’s what they saw: Federal troops left downtown. Local officials protected free speech. And Oregonians spoke out for Black Lives Matter, racial justice, and police accountability.”

Snopes Caught Doing Democrat Propaganda & Apologetics!

Dear Larry Fink: it's time to stop lavishing your wealth on the police

This summer, as millions of Americans marched and put their lives on the line for racial justice and an end to police brutality, too many wealthy Americans have done nothing more than offer their solidarity and moral support. Our country’s most fortunate have gotten rich thanks to a system that has for centuries excluded fellow Americans from the nation’s prosperity. They can, and should, go beyond statements in support of racial justice and Black Lives Matter and put their money where their mouth is.

If America’s millionaires tried even one-tenth as hard to end police brutality as they’ve tried to cut their own taxes, we would be looking at a completely different world.

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, one of the largest financial management firms in the world and my former employer, is a perfect example of the problem with the way rich people approach these issues. Mr Fink has voiced a commitment to racial equity and said all the right things in the last few weeks, but he has not actually done what he professes to believe in. “As a firm committed to racial equality, we must also consider where racial disparity exists in our own organizations and not tolerate our shortcomings,” he said, in a statement published on 30 May.

Yet, at the same time as Mr Fink is sympathizing with a movement against anti-Blackness, he has remained a donor to the New York Police Foundation (NYPF), which pays for equipment and training and provides incentives for anonymous tips that lead to arrests. For the last three years, Mr Fink has served as co-chair of the NYPF’s annual gala. Funding and publicly supporting the NYPF means that despite his stated commitment to racial equity, Mr Fink has chosen to stand with a group of people who have murdered some of our fellow citizens. The police are clients of BlackRock, but Mr Fink can take a powerful stand for racial justice by making sure his personal contributions reflect his stated commitments. His dollars don’t have to reflect BlackRock’s client list.

America's Unemployment Crisis Is About To Get Worse!

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness

The $600 weekly unemployment insurance supplement enacted in March as part of the bipartisan multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street expired Friday, leaving some 25 million US workers laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic facing destitution. The loss of the federal supplement to state jobless insurance will cut benefits by up to 80 percent in some states, dropping the average national payment from $920 a week to $520, according to some estimates.

In addition, a moratorium on evictions of tenants in buildings with mortgages backed by the federal government, affecting 18 million of the 44 million renter households in the US, expired last week. This means that 11 million households could be served with eviction papers over the next four months, according to the global advisory firm Stout Risius Ross LLC. With home mortgage payment moratoriums also expiring, a vast growth of homelessness is looming.

Mile-long lineups of cars at food distribution centers have already become commonplace. A cutoff or reduction in the unemployment pay supplement will greatly increase the spread of hunger and even starvation in the US. Already, almost 40 million people do not expect to be able to make their next rent or mortgage payment, and nearly 30 million say they did not have enough to eat during the week ending July 21. The official unemployment rate, at 11.1 percent, remains the highest since World War II, and the government reported Thursday that new jobless claims for the week ending July 18 rose for the second week in a row, climbing to 1.43 million.

The Labor Department reports that 33.8 million workers are either receiving jobless benefits or have applied and are waiting to see if they will receive them. These workers account for fully 20 percent of the US labor force. ...

Under these conditions, the stalemate in Congress over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in either the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, amounts to a declaration of war by the capitalist ruling elite against the entire working population. This was underscored by the response on Wall Street, where the financial oligarchy reacted to the expiration of benefits on Friday by driving up stock prices on all of the major indices. The Dow climbed by 114 points and Nasdaq shot up by 157 points.

National Eviction Nightmare! People Chaining Themselves To Eviction Courts!

Anger With GOP Growing as $600 Unemployment Benefit Lapses

Americans angry with inaction from Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump on extending $600 a week unemployment benefits are accusing the government of not living up to its responsibility to care for the public during the Covid-19 pandemic as the boost in aid expired Friday.

"In the middle of this pandemic they're playing with us," said Candida Kevorkian, a 53-year-old California woman relying on the payments to survive, told the Washington Post Saturday.

The benefits are credited with keeping the economy from a complete collapse due to the ongoing nationwide Covid-19 outbreak and staving off a wave of evictions many advocates fear is coming now that the weekly infusion is gone. But the initial program, passed in the CARES Act in late March, only ran until the end of July.

House Democrats approved the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package which included an extension of the unemployment benefit boost, in late May, but GOP lawmakers in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took no action on the bill, instead presenting a competing bill known as the HEALS Act last month that cut the payment to $200 a week. That legislation was dead on arrival, however, not even generating necessary support within the caucus due to the level of spending.

The White House and the GOP Senate leadership floated a one-week extension for the benefits, but that fix—such as it is—was rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Thursday evening.

"We recognize the gravity of the situation," Pelosi told reporters Friday. "They don't."

Negotiations are, reportedly, ongoing—but the Republican-led Senate nonetheless adjourned for the weekend on Thursday.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Friday night the choice to leave town was "inexplicable" and urged his GOP colleagues to negotiate a workable solution to the ongoing crisis with House Democrats.

"I hear senators making $175,000 a year complaining that these 'lazy workers are getting so much money,'" said Brown. "People haven't sunk into poverty in significant numbers at all during this pandemic because of the $600 a week."

The fix is simple, 38-year-old New Haven, Connecticut resident Raven Holmes told the Post.

"Money is not a resource that can be depleted. It's a man-made thing," said Holmes. "If you need more make more."

"There are other countries—their citizens are fine, nobody is suffering, and everybody is healthy," she added. "All our government wants is money in their pockets, while the people are poor and starving and scrounging."

Nancy Pelosi says she has no confidence in Deborah Birx over handling of pandemic

House speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated an attack on Dr Deborah Birx, a senior scientist on Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, in television comments on Sunday as Birx defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic. Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, was asked on ABC’s This Week whether she has confidence in Birx, a renowned public health expert who has frequently appeared alongside Trump in briefings on the virus.

“I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no,” Pelosi told ABC. However Pelosi praised another scientist on Trump’s task force, Dr Anthony Fauci. Pelosi’s comments came as Birx made an appearance of her own on cable television, and warned that widespread coronavirus infections in urban and rural America mark a “new phase” for the pandemic in the US, as she doubled down on calls to wear face masks and observe social distancing.

“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread,” she said. The United States has the world’s largest number of cases at 4.6m, or one-quarter of the global total, and 154,361 deaths. Birx said mitigation efforts across the west and the south are beginning to work but warned that people need to take the virus seriously and employ significant safety precautions when cases first begin to tick up.

Pelosi’s comments built on a report last week that she criticized Birx to Republican counterparts negotiating a new coronavirus relief package.

Coronavirus California: state sees record number of deaths on four separate days

California capped its worst month of the coronavirus pandemic, reporting a record number of deaths on four separate days in just over a week. And even as the virus shows signs of slowing its spread in some regions, other pockets of the state still find themselves in the center of the storm.

California has tallied 493,140 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

July saw California overtake New York as the state with the nation’s highest case count. It ranks 28th in the nation for per capita fatalities, with 22 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey, by contrast, counted 177 deaths per 100,000 residents.

There are signs the spread of the virus is slowing. New cases ticked down in July’s last week, now averaging 8,322 a day. The positivity rate dropped slightly to 7.2% – a percentage point decrease from earlier in the month, but still above the 5% positivity rate the World Health Organization recommends before lifting lockdown restrictions.

Still, the state tallied 2,844 deaths attributed to the virus in July, roughly 800 more than any previous month. Thirty-eight of the state’s 58 counties – accounting for 94% of the state’s population – have now been placed on the state’s watchlist for infection trends that worry public health officials.

1.9 Million New Covid Cases in US in July

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose by 1.9 million and deaths from the disease by over 25,000 in the month of July, another sign of President Donald Trump's failure to slow the pandemic.

The numbers from July represent 42% of the country's total cases since the outbreak began and a 69% increase in infections altogether.


"It is extraordinarily widespread," White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told CNN Sunday. 

According to the New York Times:

Gone is any sense that the country may soon get ahold of the pandemic. The seven-day average for daily new infections has hovered around 65,000 for the past two weeks, more than doubling the peak average from the spring, when the country experienced what was essentially its first wave.

"It didn't have to be like this," tweeted Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. "We need a national mask mandate. Now!"

While cases increase around the country, GOP lawmakers from the White House on down continue to downplay the severity of the crisis and question the levels of infections. As Common Dreams reported, Trump on Saturday repeated the baseless claim that increased testing was to blame for the rise in cases.

Border Patrol Launches Militarized Raid of Borderlands Humanitarian Aid Camp

Camouflaged U.S. Border Patrol agents in armored vehicles launched a nighttime raid on a humanitarian aid camp in Southern Arizona on Friday. Agents zip-tied volunteers’ hands behind their backs, shouted at them with rifles raised, and confiscated their cellphones as well as the organization’s medical records. At least two helicopters hovered above the camp and a film crew documented the operation on the ground. Agents moved through camp structures and arrested more than 30 undocumented immigrants who were receiving treatment after trekking through the desert in the middle of heat wave. The humanitarian group, No More Deaths, a faith-based organization out of Tucson, believes the operation was likely part retaliation, part violent publicity stunt. The raid marked the second time in two years that the Border Patrol descended on one of No More Deaths’ aid stations immediately after the group published materials that cast a negative light on the border enforcement agency.

On Wednesday, the group shared documents regarding a remarkably similar raid on the same camp three years ago, which showed the Border Patrol’s national union clamoring for a crackdown on No More Deaths. On Thursday, less than 24 hours after the documents were posted online, Border Patrol entered the camp without a warrant and took an undocumented woman into custody. The agency then surrounded the location and set up a checkpoint to detain and search volunteers as they came and went. The camp remained surrounded until Friday’s raid.

Montana Thames, who gathered accounts from the detained volunteers, described the operation as a militarized show of force that featured the same Border Patrol tactical teams that were recently deployed to suppress protests in Portland, Oregon. According to Thames, who is also a No More Deaths volunteer, when agents entered the camp in Arivaca, Arizona, roughly 10 miles north of the border, they claimed they had a warrant but refused to show it. “They pretty aggressively got people out of there and then trashed the camp,” Thames told The Intercept Saturday. In addition to the aircraft hovering above the camp, volunteers reported the use of at least two dozen marked and unmarked vehicles, ATVs, and armored personnel carriers.

Some of the agents looked to be members of the Border Patrol’s BORTAC teams, the same commando-style units that were filmed bundling protesters into unmarked cars in Portland, volunteers said — photos from the raid appear to back up those claims. According to Thames, members of the tactical unit raised their rifles and shouted at volunteers while they were zip-tied. The decision to wait until nightfall to conduct the operation felt deliberate and produced “unnecessary trauma” for the migrants receiving care and volunteers alike, Thames said: “They started rolling in when the sun was setting, raided the camp when it was dark, and created a lot more fear and chaos.”



the horse race



Voting Rights Activist LaTosha Brown: Trump Is Hellbent on Undermining Democracy to Win Reelection

Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions

The media will reportedly not be allowed to witness Donald Trump’s formal renomination as the Republican party’s choice for president at its national convention later this month.

Citing coronavirus-related health concerns, a convention spokesperson told the Associated Press that media members would be turned away in order to assure compliance with state and local guidelines “regarding the number of people who can attend events”.

The announcement was highly unusual and would represent a historic departure from convention practices in modern times. An Arkansas newspaper, the Democrat Gazette, first reported the news. The Republican national committee, which organizes the convention, could not immediately be reached for comment.

‘United we stand’…? | Online campaign urges voters to ‘settle for Biden’ to oust Trump

Sanders Campaign Co-Chairs Applaud DNC Delegates for Continuing Medicare for All Fight

All four of the national co-chairs of Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign on Friday applauded the more than 700 delegates to the Democratic National Convention who have so far vowed to vote against the party's platform if it doesn't include a plank supporting Medicare for All.

"We stand with the grassroots activists who understand that the party must stand for extending Medicare to everyone," said former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen, and San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a joint statement.

"Many hundreds of delegates are speaking out now with clarity to insist that Medicare for All belongs in the Democratic Party platform," the statement continues. "They are correct to never waver in this fight for healthcare as a human right. During the last few months, millions of people in the United States have lost their jobs. They should not lose their healthcare."

The co-chairs released their statement after the DNC Platform Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted down an amendment that would have inserted support for Medicare for All into the Democratic platform, which is set to receive a final vote at the virtual Democratic convention next month.

Turner called the Platform Committee's vote against the single-payer amendment "shameful as hell."

Norman Solomon, national director of progressive advocacy group RootsAction, welcomed the comments from the Sanders campaign alumni as "a strong statement of solidarity" and "a boost to the organizing now underway with delegates to confront the failure of the party's pending platform to truly treat healthcare as a human right."

"One nationwide poll after another, as well as primary election exit polling, have shown that Medicare for All has majority support," Solomon said in a statement Friday. "Increasingly, the absence of support for Medicare for All from the top of the Democratic Party is bad politics as well as inhumane."

More than 700 delegates to the Democratic convention have signed a petition pledging to vote against the party platform if it doesn't endorse Medicare for All. While most of the signatories are Sanders delegates, organizers of the petition say some delegates for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden have also signed on.

DNC Corruption Exposed by Bernie Sanders Representative!



the evening greens


Much more disgusting detail at the link.

Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People

In the five books authored by President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley rails against “environmental extremists,” endangered species protections, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Al Gore — all of whom, in his view, would illicitly limit private development on the lands of the West. He had another target too: policies supporting Native nations’ treaty rights. Pendley has been the acting leader of the BLM, which is responsible for managing the nation’s public lands, for more than a year. With confirmation hearings expected in the coming weeks, his long history of attacking Indigenous people is getting new scrutiny.

For years, Pendley was head of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a right-wing organization that has fought multiple high-profile cases favoring private property rights in states west of the Mississippi, including in Native territories. In court and in his voluminous writings, Pendley attempted to undo protections for sites considered sacred to tribes; fought Justice Department efforts to support Native voters’ rights; argued in favor of toppling key legal precedents that uphold treaty rights; and made statements about Native identity and religion that Indigenous scholars and attorneys call deeply offensive.

In his 2006 book “Warriors for the West,” for example, Pendley suggested that Native people may soon cease to exist. “The day may soon come when Congress and the Supreme Court will be asked to take a serious and very hard look at whether there remains a need for the federal government’s policy of paternalistic protection,” Pendley wrote, apparently referring to the U.S. government’s legal obligation to fulfill treaty commitments, known as its “trust responsibility.” The statement continued, chillingly, “The day may come sooner than many expect given that, with ever-declining blood quantum per tribal member, recognized tribes may soon be little more than associations of financial convenience.”

Pendley’s views on Indigenous people have engendered fierce opposition to his nomination to lead BLM — with his positions on “blood quantum” being only the latest to come under scrutiny. ... Pendley, who has lately come under fire for his views on racial justice, worked for the Interior Department in the 1980s as well, and his record there provides further evidence that he could prioritize private development over treaty rights. As acting assistant secretary for energy and minerals under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, Pendley sought to delay oil and gas industry royalty payments owed to Indigenous people, according to documents shared with The Intercept by the Western Values Project, a public lands and accountability nonprofit. ...

Of course, Pendley’s critics are urging Senators to reject the attorney. “William Pendley’s record of actively working against the interests of Native Americans and tribal governments during the Reagan administration and while heading up the right-wing lawsuit factory Mountain States Legal Foundation should be as disqualifying as his racist and bigoted views,” said Jayson O’Neill, director of the Western Values Project. Instead, given what O’Neill called the “culture of corruption” promoted by Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, “They are actually trying to promote him.”

Some 8,000 evacuate as California wildfires spread east of Los Angeles

Apple wildfire: thousands ordered to evacuate as southern California blaze grows

Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled the flames in triple-digit heat. The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters, was straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties and consumed more than 23sq miles (about 60sq km) of dry brush and timber, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

There was zero containment early Sunday. The cause is under investigation.

Nearly 8,000 residents of Riverside county were told to evacuate their homes on Saturday, the County fire department said.


Also of Interest

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

How Cops Can Secretly Track Your Phone

Lawrence, Kansas, Could Elect a Radical Prosecutor

When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media

Two months since the riots, and still no “National Conversation”

UK Refuses to Release Information on Assange Judge Who Has 96 Percent Approval Rate in Extradition Cases

Austria Confirms OPCW Report On Skripal Faking by the British – Vienna Exposes Financial Times Lies and Cover-Up

Untold stories of Jewish resistance revealed in London Holocaust exhibition

Pompeo: US Would Take Action If Iran Arms Embargo Ends

US Supreme Court Halts Citizen Initiative to Fund Education in Idaho

The Hijacking of Police Reform by Wealthy Opportunists Resembles the Harm Done to Public Schools

Amazon Had a Campaign to Destroy Competitors “the Way a Cheetah Would Pursue a Sickly Giselle”

The painful truth about Covid and the economy – Trump is to blame

How a rural US sheriff’s department was able to obtain a military-grade vehicle

Removal of US troops worries German communities

TikTok, Epstein, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Cubans bid farewell to Eusebio Leal Spengler, the saviour of Havana

Krystal Ball: The Case Against Kamala And Her Power Coddling 'Ambition'

Leftist Author Reveals The Big Lie At The Center Of College For All


A Little Night Music

Cow Cow Davenport - The Mess Is Here

Cow Cow Davenport - I Aint No Iceman

Cow Cow Davenport - Jim Crow Blues

Cow Cow Davenport - Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here

Cow Cow Davenport w/Ivy Smith - State Street Jive

Cow Cow Davenport - Texas Shout

Cow Cow Davenport - Slow Drag Blues

Cow Cow Davenport w/ Jim Towel - I've been Hoodooed

Cow Cow Davenport - Back In The Alley

Cow Cow Davenport - Atlanta Rag


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@gjohnsit

great stuff, thanks!

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enhydra lutris's picture

of the Skripal Hoax. Like Sherlock's Dog that Barked in the night, the interesting part is the massive coverage by mainstream US media.

I also found the following headline veery interesting:

Amazon Had a Campaign to Destroy Competitors “the Way a Cheetah Would Pursue a Sickly Giselle”

Was that by any chance Gisele MacKenzie, because she's been dead since 2003?

be well and have a good one.

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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 --

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@enhydra lutris

heh, i guess the u.s. newspapers couldn't bestir themselves to report on the skripal hoax because they figure that the vast majority of their readership won't remember that far back. no sense reminding them of their role as propaganda peddlers for government agencies and corporate entities.

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@enhydra lutris and it's still unclear to me what exactly transpired.

However, it's something much larger and outside Helmer's beat. Major corporate fraud and implosion, the latter has been developing for the past month and a half. Not as big as Enron but a very similar MO.

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@Marie

i was disappointed by how poorly the article was written. it was very hard to follow. on the other hand, the information within it is worth paying attention to.

i am hoping that somebody(ies) will follow up with a better laid-out set of facts.

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@joe shikspack @joe shikspack in this instance.

The Financial Times story of how they came into possession of the secret, full OPCW report on Novichok on Wiltshire is completely screwy. Assuming that they do have copy of that report -- a not insignificant assumption -- and then spinning it to say that the opposite of what was in the public summary report is inexplicable. There's a hidden agenda by someone going on here, but the what and who escapes me.

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@enhydra lutris
Good evening enhydra lutris,
I was bitching this morning, all dejected about the weather and then,
BOOM. Rainstorm this afternoon. A real monsoon, wind, rain, even hail.
Gawd I love the smell of wet desert.
A bunch of bats were zooming around just now,
maybe looking for bugs brought out by the rain.
I had a good one after all.

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It didn't have to be this way.

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@Azazello
indeed a wonderful thing and bats too, glorious. I once had the opportunity (luck) to be out in San Felipe wash where the Cal Parks types had piled a heap of downed tamarisk to be dealt with later right at dusk and the bats were going crazy, cavorting around and just missing me by inches as I stood there.

be well and have another good one.

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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 --

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Trump blasts Birx after she warns coronavirus pandemic is 'extraordinarily widespread'

Trump’s attack comes after top White House officials admonished House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for undermining trust in Birx.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/03/trump-blasts-birx-after-coronav...

President Donald Trump on Monday slammed White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx after the public health official said the pandemic was “extraordinarily widespread.”

Trump’s attack comes shortly after top White House officials admonished House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for undermining trust in Birx.

“So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”

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@ggersh

heh, trump ought to watch out who he says nice things about so that he doesn't wind up having to lash out at them in the same news cycle and looking like a fool.

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@joe shikspack It's been working very well for him for the past five years. He's a continuous 180 gyration machine and his fans, with the memory of gnats,m only respond approvingly to his most recent outburst

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@Marie

ok, point conceded. being a stumblebutt moron doesn't seem to reduce his appeal.

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will not leave everybody in the dark tonight at the East Coast. As if we had not enough dark news all around us.

Stay as safe as you can. Thanks for the Cow cow blues. Somehow I could not bring cows and blues together in my mind, but now I can.

I always liked and trusted Lawrence Wilkerson. Here he speaks on a podcast with Paul Jay.

What if Trump Won’t Go? – Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
(46:34 minutes long)

There is a transcript of it. I like Wilkderson's honesty. What he says about Bolton is worth to remember. Because since Bolton he is critical of Trump, people seem to forget that Bolton is "no angel" either.

If you still have electricity, something to listen to, when hunkering down. I listen right now and find it very worthy and in a way a little bit encouraging what he says about the younger generation.

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“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Dr. Gabor Maté

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@mimi

we just had a nice rainstorm this afternoon that cooled things off considerably. there's a tropical storm warning up for the southern part of my county (the part that is right on the chesapeake bay) but so far, we haven't had any serious wind here. the forecast, though, is for rain pretty much all week.

i am not terribly concerned about trump not leaving office if he loses. i'm sure that the problem will get sorted out.

trump's actions to interfere with the election, i think will be far more consequential than than his response to the results.

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@joe shikspack

I love that area and took lots of black and white photos of the light houses and ships. I’d love to get back there some day. What’s your favorite spot?

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“When police break the Law then there is no Law - just a fight for survival.” - Billy Jack

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@snoopydawg

this is a fair drive for me, but the wildlife here is spectacular and changes from season to season: blackwater national wildlife refuge

i recommend it for birders especially, but it's just a really nice spot to spend some time and see what flies in.

the bay is huge and there are neat places on both shores, not to mention some of the islands in the middle. it's a great place to bring your camera.

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This is dated July 29 so maybe someone already posted it. From the NYTimes channel:

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett
"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

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@WoodsDweller

that's a pretty good video, thanks! i'm glad that the regular people of america have the world's sympathy.

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@joe shikspack
But the world's oligarchs and powers in the political elite are all pretty much the same when it comes to betraying the 99 percent of people. Mafia, clans and criminal organizations outperform each other here as well.

May be we all need more courageous physicians...

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“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Dr. Gabor Maté

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But it’s okay to send kids and staff back to schools across the country? Barron Trump’s school will offer online classes only, but then it’s still okay for those in the public realm to get their tushes back to school. And work since Trump deigned teachers as essential workers.

Link

Homeland Security Is Quietly Tying Antifa to Foreign Powers

Clinton admits that the democrats rigged the primary.

This looks creepy and something right out of Orwell.

And now you can clean your brain on this cute dawgs video.

Still hot here, but it’s still a dry heat. 6% humidity. And breezy today, but we have lots of fires burning here and on the border with Arizona. Colorado too I think. Smokey air creeping in.

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“When police break the Law then there is no Law - just a fight for survival.” - Billy Jack

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@snoopydawg

apparently teachers belong to a class of people that are to be sacrificed for the greater economic good of rich people.

wow, dhs doesn't need j. edgar's help to engage in six degrees of kevin bacon with alleged anarchists. they're as good at it as democrats are at six degrees of kevin putin.

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@joe shikspack

I thought DHS was just mad about people fighting our own terrorists the ISIS dudes.

Caitlin is going nuts with cop apologists. Not sure if this is what she’s talking about, but if not she’ll flip when she sees this doozy.

Lots of people are agreeing with him, but there are some fighting back against the stupidity.

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“When police break the Law then there is no Law - just a fight for survival.” - Billy Jack

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@snoopydawg

twitter reminds me of the cb radio craze, when lots of quite average americans decided that they would like to talk like truckers.

i think that twitter has evolved a style of its own, much like trucker-speak, but it doesn't have a good name or glib description yet.

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@joe shikspack
we all figured that if we could talk like Burt Reynolds we'd all have a chance to bang Sally Field. Or maybe that was just me. 10-4 good buddy!

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett
"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

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@WoodsDweller

i think that in order for that to work, you also had to look like burt reynolds. Smile

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@joe shikspack

Burt Reynolds centerfold flashback!

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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How very sad for so many people who are in the middle of them.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2020/aug/03/californias-appl...

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Matt Taibbi reviews Thomas Frank's new book: Kansas Should Go F--- Itself

Rania Khalek & Richard Medhurst Discuss Lebanon's Economic Crisis, US Imperialism

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It didn't have to be this way.

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@Azazello

that taibbi review of frank's book is quite excellent. i'm looking forward to the useful idiots interview with him.

thanks!

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@joe shikspack And Taibbi manages to eat a bit of humble pie.

Taibbi, and perhaps Frank as well, leaves out a major piece of discrediting populism for the past hundred years; raised to empty symbolism by Democrats at the end of 2016. So stale that it only works on loyal Democrats and not those that early on bought into it and began rejecting elements of New Deal socialism.

Much as I said a few days ago: "Yet both groups are bombarded with images of their opposite extremes, with predictable results: we all hate each other." [emp added]

wrt the Liberal Lament - why do they vote against their own interests - they don't. On government and economics there hasn't been any difference since 1992. Hence, Congress going along with whatever Trump wants.

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I would get almost no views, be on numerous watch lists, and have MiBs come to my door in the dead of night.

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"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

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@WoodsDweller

now that deserves to go viral.

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So I watched that interview a few days ago. The gentleman seems be sincere and on the right side and all that. But, wow. He had no answer at all when Jimmy asked him why he’s sticking with the Dems. I mean, he just folded. He didn’t even give a straight answer about not voting blue no matter who. He kind of sidestepped that one too.

Again, I don’t doubt this guy’s intention or whatever, but damn. At some point these folks have to realize they’re part of the problem! He keeps mumbling about the people but the people aren’t the problem. It’s a rigged game. It’s nice I guess that he wants to publish the list of everyone who voted against the anti-corporate money amendment, but ultimately, so what?

JD points out that progressives have lost ground in the Dem party since 2016. Again, this guy has no response. Sigh. I just don’t see how this helps.

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The only way Joe Biden is “going to be like FDR” is that he will die in office and leave a shitty vice president as a replacement.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

yeah, dreams of reformers die hard and very slowly. and just when you think they're dead, they rise as zombies.

i don't know what it's going to take to get people to finally abandon dreams of reform in order to scrap and rebuild from scratch, but it may be coming when the system inevitably collapses under the weight of its corruption.

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@joe shikspack

I can’t tell which is which.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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@gjohnsit

that's pretty funny. i've been kind of amused by the stories of armed right-wing morons hearing rumors and convening vigilante squads to protect places that nobody is going to bother to invade.

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@gjohnsit Yeah the Trumpies were afraid of "Antifa" out in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Antifa, needless to say, didn't show up.

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"Faith in philosophy means the refusal to permit fear to stunt in any way one's capacity to think." -- Max Horkheimer

My local sheriff was supported for re-election by that sector of the county where meth is the economy. The cooks had his re-election political signs in their yards. So obvious. Signals sent. The cooks and users tell me about the arrangement, and of course, as their attorney, their disclosures go to my grave undisclosed.
I have defended a few clients that more than likely fell victim to parallel construction.
TLOML and I took a business trip, stayed at a motel in Arkansas, watched cable news. We flipped from MSNBC to FOX. He hung in there, I lasted 3 minutes. Every word was enough to make Bernays orgasm, if the bastard was alive.
You just do what you do and I will be glad and it will be that one thing in life that is worthwhile because it turned one head.

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@on the cusp

wow, every time i have travelled and wound up in a place with cable, i zip right by msnbc and fox (cnn too) as they are just unwatchable. after a quick peek at the weather channel, i usually turn it off.

i hope everything is going well with the office reconstruction and you guys are healthy and happy.

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@joe shikspack I opted for going outdoors to sit and drink a beer, he opted for the fascination of the propaganda.
When I came back to the room, he had to tell me how propagandized TV is now.
Reconstruction of my office is really going well, I should be back in it in 6 weeks or so.
Gotta say, TLOML is doing well, and as long as I am alive, that is his status quo.

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That Tinport Dictator lacks the cuteness though of little of tin figures.

Nevertheless tinpot dictators wear tin foil hats, right?

Getting confused again. I must get myself a hard hat now. /s

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“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Dr. Gabor Maté

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Thank You Michael Moore. Love the card-board moon experience.
I will get the book, the memoir of Oliver Stone "Chasing the light".
Oliver Stone’s Reel History
What a miserable childhood, I thought, reading this.

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“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Dr. Gabor Maté