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  • Reply to: The Python constricting American thought   40 min 19 sec ago

    @mimi As you correctly note, the tenor of my rant is despair. If reconstruction must be preceded by major destruction, then we, including our European friends, are in quite a fix. So, for now, I will try my best alligator smile.

  • Reply to: The Python constricting American thought   1 hour 6 min ago

    I agree with everything you say and feel the same way, but one can't simply allow it to overwhelm oneself.

    Be a believer in the unintended consequences, which are never predictable, never thought out. but will bring the 'awakening and change' you crave for. There will be war and may be that's what is needed. You can't avoid the destruction, before you start rebuilding. So, let's destroy what's oppressing us. What does it say: Don't we have the inalienable right to pursue our happiness? So, if it would make many of us very happy to destroy this gawd-awful system, then we just should do it and be happy about destroying it. It's your right. Given by the almighty even (according to USians).

    Heh, I don't like you sounding really, really hopeless. That's a no, no. And it's an order from a German friend. So, there, that's all I have to say.

    I don't know how to hug an alligator, but I could try. Smile

    Hugs.

  • Reply to: The Evening Blues - 4-18-18   2 hours 4 min ago

    @OLinda is described in a Mint Press News article.

    Back in 2013 the CIA and Riyadh have agreed on launching an operation under the code name the Timber Sycamore that is aimed at toppling Syria’s elected officials through the continuous training and supported provided to all sorts of radical militants. Under the deal the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the CIA takes the lead in training the rebels on AK-47 assault rifles and tank-destroying missile. Moreover, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar have all been involved in this criminal design, even though exact amounts of money that the above mentioned states handed over to the CIA will always remain a secret.

    edited spelling

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   2 hours 19 min ago

    @Wink

    The fact is Bernie stated that he was going to take his run all the way to the democratic convention and he didn't. He folded his campaign after the meeting he had with Obama. This disappointed his supporters. But I doubt that if he had gone all the way nothing would have changed the outcome of the primary. I'm not hung up on this though.

    What I am hung up on is that when he was asked if Her won the primary fair and square he said yes. This means that he ignored all the shenanigans that happened during it. There are the many things that we've discussed so I'm not going to rehash them. But for him to totally dismiss them is disingenuous to his supporters. We all knew that she didn't win it fair and square. People wanted him to acknowledge that. He didn't. The one thing though that he should have spoken out about was when Bill went to 4 voting places in Massachusetts and interfered with people being able to vote. This was against election law and he should have had some consequences for that. There weren't.

    If he wasn't going to even acknowledge election fraud, then why should anyone vote for him next time? What if things like that happen again? Will he just roll over again! Looking back at what he did, then why should anyone trust that he won't just do it again? Why should people give him more of their money?

    This is the problem I have with Bernie if he runs again. If they try to steal it again and he isn't going to do anything about it, then why should people get invested with him next time? The other thing is that none of his economic plans are going to happen unless the military budget is halved. Maybe he has a way around that, but if the budget stays as high as it is then that means that nothing is going to change regarding the USAs marching to hegemony? This is my biggest issue that I want changed. Climate change is second.

  • Reply to: "This was the perfect storm of negligence."   2 hours 47 min ago

    @EdMass

    ... And just to be argumentative, an AR-15 is not an "automatic weapon". It's a friggin 22 that looks scary ...

    Ummm... Not really. It's not a little "squirrel rifle 22" at all. The cartridge is a .223 Remington (5.56 NATO), which is considered a high power rifle cartridge.

    No-one has been able to purchase an "automatic" weapon for decades...

    Sorry, but that's just not true. I can go out tomorrow and buy one. You give the Feds $200 and they do a background check on you. D-U-N, done. I work with several men who own them, some having purchased them fairly recently. By the way, none of those I know who own them shoot them very often, as they cost a fortune to "feed." They can blow through $100 of ammo in a couple of seconds.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   2 hours 58 min ago

    @snoopydawg

    Who feels our grievances from last years election have been addressed and that Bernie will run as an independent and bypass all of that.

    The whole damn election was a scam and how can anyone think that it won't happen again?

  • Reply to: Pullin’ their Counterpunches? (you decide)   3 hours 2 min ago

    @Alligator Ed

    . . . possibility as well (we can file that under "intimidation.")

    I suspect that many, many people in both the government and the media, have had it explained to them by very powerful and influential interests that if they don't play along with certain agendas, there are certain "secrets" about them that will be revealed that will destroy their careers/livelihoods. (Today, for example, a piece came out on Russia Insider about the independent journalist Wayne Madsen and how he publicly alleged that Lindsey Graham is being blackmailed into taking his ardent neocon/warmongering positions by the threat of revelations about his homosexuality. I don't know if that allegation is ultimately true, but it appears plausible enough that I just can't dismiss it; it would certainly explain a lot.)

    As for Louis Proyect, I've never followed this doofus closely, but I've read enough to conclude that his opinions and perspectives on so many issues have been completely full of shit. Why pay him any mind? Because he bills himself as some kind of a Marxist? I'm not sure I buy it.

    And let me ask one more question: Is it possible that Proyect, like so many "liberal interventionists," is just another Israel-firster? Remember: The first generation of neoconservatives were all Trotskyite Marxists.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   3 hours 3 min ago

    @Mark from Queens

    Over at that insane asylum called a progressive political blog reminded me why I loved your writing so much. Smile

  • Reply to: Tested Negative for Lyme   3 hours 7 min ago

    @QMS Radiologically, brain imaging can be identical. Spinal fluid positivity in early cases of either can be falsely negative.

  • Reply to: Tested Negative for Lyme   3 hours 10 min ago

    @Lookout Besides Lyme, many other parasitic diseases are transmitted by tick bites--often with long latent periods before the onset of symptoms. If it gets into your brain, your effed.

  • Reply to: America is Falling Behind in Renewable Energy, & That Makes Us Dangerous   3 hours 13 min ago

    @k9disc

  • Reply to: America is Falling Behind in Renewable Energy, & That Makes Us Dangerous   3 hours 15 min ago

    @QMS

    Opening the future to innovation seems to be contrary to all but the multi-nationals that can control new technologies and make money from it.

    The basic premise is this: the elites care not one whit about you or me--only what they can squeeze out of us till we drop of pollution-induced diseases or radioactive fallout from our imperialistic wars. Only a few of the 99% appreciate in how much contempt we are held by the elites--if they even deign to think about us at all. Just think about the love and concern for everyday people manifested by the CIA in bringing down the Twin Towers and numerous airplane crashes carrying just one target--too bad for the rest of the passengers getting on the wrong plane.

  • Reply to: "This was the perfect storm of negligence."   3 hours 26 min ago

    @snoopydawg Didn't the astronauts bring back moon rocks or was it green cheese?

    Talk about autopsies, why don't we review Scalia's autopsy? Oooops. He was incinerated along with the pillow on his head.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   3 hours 26 min ago

    even though that's Not my sentiment.
    @TB mare
    There's been a lot of work post-2016 Election.
    Almost All of it has happened Without Bernie.
    We still Feel the Bern, though, know the legacy.
    Bernie's legacy will last a generation. Maybe more.
    The kids know who he is.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   3 hours 33 min ago

    that expected him to storm the gates at Philly.
    @Pricknick
    Everybody else paying attention, following the "long game," are still there, still with him.

  • Reply to: "This was the perfect storm of negligence."   3 hours 37 min ago

    @Strife Delivery Some of the parties named in the suit probably do not belong in the suit. For instance, mental health facilities rarely "cure" anybody of psychosis or personality disorders. Custodial care and medication are all that they realistically be expected to do. An involuntary commitment is not the determination to be made by any mental health facility even though they may recommend such a move. Such commitment requires a judicial finding.

    "Preserve and protect" has been made a mockery by Clintonite Scott "I'm Terrific" Israel and the FBI station chief who apparently was too busy hunting for Russians sneaking around Broward County. The station chief is every bit as derelict in pursuit of his sworn duties as is Rod Rosenstein.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   3 hours 40 min ago

    that "if the people find out what we've done we'll hang."
    @travelerxxx
    from her lips...

  • Reply to: Pullin’ their Counterpunches? (you decide)   3 hours 46 min ago

    The first issue which is well made by wd is that the "Syrian CW attack" is pure bullshit (if I am misinterpreting this essay, please club me over the head). To believe that a man under continuous violent attack (Assad) from multiple sources, who is successfully defeating his foes (with help of course) would then do something so insane as to be incomprehensible. Insanity is not conducive to winning wars of survival. Trump knew this was bullshit and every of his advisors, including Boiling John Bolton, knew this is crap--but, hey, any excuse to push for a bigger and better war. An injection of common sense would necessarily lead to this conclusion--if one is interested in the truth. Obviously many are not.

    This brings up the second point. Why are so many heretofore respectable journalists now going to the dark side? Cenk was bought out for $12M, so no mystery there. But why Amy Goodman? Why Glenn Greewald? Why the other rags (or blogs) listed? Are they too being paid off? Money? Is that the sole reason? Intimidation? Possible. Whatever the reason, it will be long forthcoming before it is revealed. The foci of realism remaining in the media are becoming continuously constricted.

    As more people are allegedly becoming "woke" every day, why and how is this perversion of logic AND humanity becoming more and more prominent?

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   3 hours 53 min ago

    dysfunction that is the duopoly. And I doubt he's going to do anything differently in 2020 than he did two years ago.
    @Big Al
    Keep pumping the message.
    Keep pumping the message, baby.
    I know many on here think I'm a Bernie worshiper, but that's only becuz I worship Bernie the idea. Not Bernie the man. 2016 was about the idea that The Beltway fucks could be beaten. The idea that $27 contributions could beat multi-million dollar Wall Street donations. It was (and still is, in my book) David vs. Goliath. Robin Hood vs, the King.
    Yes, Bernie is an Imperialist (more like a Israel supporter, but I can live with Imperialist). Yes, he's this and he's that, and he's Not the perfect progressive candidate.
    But name one that's more progressive. I can live with the impurities. And, no! He's Not going to dismantle the duopoly in his lifetime. Or our lifetime.
    Who's going to do that? A politician?
    Only voters can do that, and I don't see that happening any time soon. Although many many Bernie groups - and other groups - are pushing it.
    Bernie can't win the Dem nomination in 2020 any more than he could in 2016. And, not for nuthin', but Bernie ran in 2016 to set up a (better) run in 2020. As Ed Schultz points out. I can't imagine Bernie believing by the Ides of March 2016 that he would be that close to Her Highness. But, he can't win the Dem nomination in 2020 any more than he could in 2016. Hillary will spend every nickel she has to make sure that doesn't happen. Bernie needs to run as an Indie or not run at all.
    What do we gain with a Bernie victory? More than what we would have "gained" had Her Highness beaten the Trumpster in 2016. And maybe a Dem Senate. If nuthin' else it gains us another four years on the playing field. Four more we might not get should Trump win.

  • Reply to: Class and how they use words to hide reality   3 hours 58 min ago

    Somebody at CAP may be out of a job. I tried to find the report and came up empty. Can you provide the link? Thx.

  • Reply to: The Infantilization of Americans   4 hours 5 min ago

    @dkmich

    the last 7% they don't have and then tell 'em to go to hell.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   4 hours 9 min ago

    @LEFTYFRIZZLE

    They are giving him everything he wants. Around 10 democrats voted to destroy SS along with the republicans. The balanced budget amendment would mean that every year the budget has to be deficit neutral and if they need more money for the wars then they would have to raise taxes on their masters. This means that they could also void domestic spending to make ends meet. This would send the economy into a huge tailspin and make the Great Depression look like a cakewalk. That they even considered it is scary.

  • Reply to: Class and how they use words to hide reality   4 hours 11 min ago

    on a pike.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   4 hours 13 min ago

    @Wink I remember a while back reading about someone from the DNC saying that Bernie was the official "outreach coordinator" for the democratic party. If that suits you better. Because just as in 2016 his entire focus will be on beating Trump and the republicans and that can only mean via the democratic party.

  • Reply to: "I've Got a Helluva Story To Tell": Ed Schultz Spills The Beans on MSNBC Collusion Against Bernie. The Media Blackout on Bernie Was Real.   4 hours 15 min ago

    @Mark from Queens