Open Thread - Friday, December 7, 2018

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.
– George Washington Carver

How the funk are you? Had enough pop politics, pundits and blathering funking idiots? How about we do our own funkin' thing.

I think Friday Funk has been in a music rut. Today the goal is to break out some different funkin' tunes.

I noticed quite a few essays on the current sorry state of affairs. It is funked up, and most of what is passed off as news is funkin' bullshit.

I am liking the funk Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is stirring up.

AOC is making Charlie Brown Chuck Schumer look bad worse.

To all the freshman congress critters, question authority and fight stasis. These funkers are too comfortable. I want to see them sweat.

Do not take no for an answer and persist.

Have a great weekend! The thread is funkin' OPEN.

That's what I'm funkin' talkin' 'bout.

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Raggedy Ann's picture

AOC is holding her own. She, along with her newly elected "progressive" cohort, is helping expose the "man behind the curtain" instead of ignoring. I read where the freshmen congress critters are in bipartisan workshops (corporate presenters=4, labor presenters=0 - AOC) and Gary Cohen formerly from Goldman Sachs told them they are way over their heads and don't know how the game is played, to which Rashida Tlaib tweeted, "No Gary, YOU don't know what's coming - a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits." I think 2019 is going to be very interesting as everyone settles into their new roles.

Additionally, AOC has vowed to pay her interns $15/hr, whereas Schumer was soliciting for an unpaid press intern. He quickly changed his tune and offered pay. The ground is beginning to tremble under the feet of some of these dead-weight congress critters! Lovin' it!

Nice new tunes to write a comment by - thanks, Tim!

Have a beautiful day and weekend, folks! Pleasantry

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

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@Raggedy Ann  
would give a shout-out to the 99% in France and around the world, by appearing on the House floor and speaking, live on C-SPAN, wearing one of those yellow warning vests.

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@lotlizard
It would be awesome, indeed! Pleasantry

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

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@Raggedy Ann @Raggedy Ann

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"The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment—the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world."- Sebastian Marincolo

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@NCTim
to watch it all unfold! GoodDrinks

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

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https://www.taz.de/SchuelerInnen-Proteste-in-Frankreich/%215557284/

Dozens of 12- to 20-year-old middle and high school students on their knees, their hands behind their heads or handcuffed behind their backs and facing the wall. These are not scenes of a military coup or repression in a dictatorship.

This is France in December 2018 in the suburb Mantes-la-Jolie, to the west of Paris. There, after clashes at a protest against reform, 148 middle and high school students were arrested for “forming a mob,” resisting orders, or alleged involvement in violence or property damage.

"Now there’s a well-behaved school class," sneers the voice of a police officer from off-screen. Another instructs the intimidated adolescents to be quiet and to look straight ahead. The short video was undoubtedly taken by a member of the police and then spread via Twitter before it was deleted.

Too late. The short film has already been shared thousands of times by people shocked at such methods of repression. The newspaper Le Monde writes that the video is authentic, actual footage taken on Thursday in Mantes-la-Jolie.

The article goes on to report that student protesters have shut down 200 schools. Furthermore, in a suburb of Paris two students have been seriously injured by rubber bullets shot by the police.

Updated to add what’s ahead for this weekend, according to Zero Hedge citing Le Figaro:

France deploys 89,000 cops amid fears Of Yellow Vest rebellion on Saturday

Updated again with tweet from France24 reporting that the government is dispatching armored vehicles to Paris.
https://twitter.com/FranceNews24/status/1070721819672543237

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@lotlizard

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@lotlizard being held at gun point by French police.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~Dr. Cornel West

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu

@lotlizard

Too typical of neoliberals and other members of the right. (Yeah, I said it: neoliberals are rightists, and perhaps not even among the best rightists. I'm done with misleading euphemisms like "centrists" and "center right." The are rightists with a lot of rules about what is and is not politically correct languaging. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, they use the N word.)

In honor of Tim's funkin' Friday open thread, I'll add funk 'em, though in any other venue, I'd say fuck 'em twice.

I wore a hoodie during summer in solidarity with Trayvon Martin's family. I can sure wear a damned yellow vest in solidarity with kids being abused by funkin' neoliberals.

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@lotlizard and how some argue that they aren't all bad, most are good, and we shouldn't paint them all the same way based on the actions of a few.

Then I thought of stuff like this and how they're ALL on the other team. They ALL do the dirty work for the rich, just like the military. So the excuse that most are good people just doesn't cut it.

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@Big Al
Many businesses think so too, because the cops protect them and not the people. Cops go around breaking laws all the time in the name of "pursuing enforcement!" (my term.). Many of these people are returning vets who think everyone is the enemy. I have no use for cops. I have no use for the military. They are all the same - not in our favor but in the favor of the elite they choose to protect. Bad

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@Big Al … are some of our weakest citizens. Most are ex-military, brain washed and not too bright. They include Nazis, white nationalists, KKK and products of local corruption. Never trust a cop. Just ask their wives/ex-wives. Speaking of da man, check out Tacoma Black Party, above.

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@Big Al

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@lotlizard

But most of all, of the Clintons because they took Blair from liberal to neoliberal, just as they did with many Democratic politicians and politicians in other nations. Remember when Blair was called Clinton's poodle

In 1998, with First Lady Hillary Clinton, From began a dialogue with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other world leaders, and the DLC brand – known as The Third Way – became a model for resurgent liberal governments around the globe.[18]

In April 1999, he hosted a Third Way forum in Washington with President Clinton, Prime Minister Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Prime Ministers Wim Kok of the Netherlands and Massimo D'Alema of Italy.[19]

For all the misery that eventuated from this, I hope there actually is a hell. From and the Clintons sure are suffering enough in this realm. And, nol, Hillary's losing to Trump and low ticket sales on the Clintons' speaking tour don't feel like no ways enough.

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lotlizard's picture

According to tradition, Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) visits folks’ homes on the evening of December 5th.

None of this “do not open until Dec. 25th” nonsense Smile

Christmas (“Kerst”) will still be an occasion for big family get-togethers, feasting, sacred music, and spiritual reflection, but in the Netherlands and Flanders the great gift-giving season all pau awreddy is already over.

P.S. The “Dad” or “Papa” (Edwin Rutten) in the video is exasperated by his kids’ unrealistic gift wish-lists and is singing: “I’m not Santa Claus, you know! I don’t have a money tree in the yard! My net worth is negative! If banknotes start sprouting from my back, you’ll be the first one I’ll tell.”

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@lotlizard

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

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@The Aspie Corner Heh, everybody needs to sell commercials.

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I wish the best for AOC and the other 'younguns' who are coming into the House. The corporate/fascist corruption has been going on for so long, it's institutionalized and brazen. If we're to have any chance to combat climate change, the corruption has to be targeted and cleaned up fast. Rec'd!!

Talk about funky. Smile

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Some yahoos make me want to change species!

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@orlbucfan

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gulfgal98's picture

It starts sometime tomorrow after raining all day and then is predicted to continue until Monday morning. Our street is a main cut through so it does get plowed early, but I probably will not be walking until at least Tuesday, depending on ice. Predictions are 8-13 inches. The dogs should have a ball playing in that stuff.

I was skeptical about AOC and how she would be once she got to DC, but I am very happy about how she continues to shake things up. I hope she can maintain fighting the system. We need a lot more like her.

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@gulfgal98
congress critters standing up to the establishment.

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@Raggedy Ann Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope they can continue to remain independent of the corporate and deep state influences.

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@gulfgal98 Unlike Western NC, Panic will set in. I hope it hold off until overnight Saturday. Saturday is Southern Culture on the Skids Christmas party @ Cat's Cradle.

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"The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment—the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world."- Sebastian Marincolo

In 2007-08, Obama re-taught me a powerful lesson I thought I'd learned much earlier: Wait and see. As to AOC and the other allegedly progressive Democrats elected in 2018, when campaigning like Sanders 2016 was "a thing," I'll wait and see.

Have a great Friday and weekend, Caucusers. Meanwhile, this goes out to Charlie Brown Chuck Shumer:

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@HenryAWallace

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enhydra lutris's picture

thickness mostly invisible ice on cobblrstones, trex type decking and the like making them slippery and "steam" raising where patches or morning sun sublimates said ice film. Can't really listen to the tunes at the moment, that will wait until we get home. Today, once we unload might be a good day for writing saturnalia cards, heh

Everybody have a great 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

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Let's talk about the establishment of funk:

Rick James

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Beware the bullshit factories.

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@Timmethy2.0

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