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Leaving? Over a different point of View? Really?!?

I noticed JtC’s comment on a certain subject about folks packing up and checking out of this site over contentiousness in discussions.
Huh? I actually believed this site was For Those With Opposing Views.
If you’re gonna get Huffy ‘cause someone disagrees with you, Maybe you.should rethink your claims of Not being a Snowflake and what you really expect out of this Site.
A funhouse Reflection of Reality?
An Echo chamber?
Daily Kult?

Thursday Open Thread 11-23-2017

Morning and Happy Thanksgiving, may the day be filled with people and activities that you enjoy.

My favorite Holiday of the year. It was my Mothers Holiday. She hosted the event for 42 years bringing together both sides of the extended family and friends, up to 37 people in an 1800 sq ft house. No religious or patriotic overtones. Adjusting the time around those who had to work for the day, we caught up on each others lives for the past year, played games and stuffed ourselves with the harvest of the year.

Now a quiet day of reflection without the hectic house cleaning, preparation of food and creating enough space for everyone to sit, eat and park their cars. Grateful for the memories past and present calmness.

The U.S./Saudi Arabia Genocide of Yemen for Greed and Power

(This is a picture of skeleton thin children starving in Yemen. You'll have to use your imagination or search the internet, I don't have the stomach for it right now.)

(Note: I've got a little 6 month old grandson visiting for the holiday. When I saw the picture of the starving child in Yemen, I saw his eyes looking at me. Angry? You bet.)

Check Your White Privilege?

That is the title of an outstanding critique of the "white privilege" meme that has been tossed around recently:

Money quote:

But a significant question facing progressives today is whether the use of the term "white privilege" helps or hurts building the kind of solidarity needed to promote racial justice and reverse runaway inequality.

Why is moving the Overton Window not mentioned in 2016 election autopsies?

So, there is another major essay trying to understand and explain Trump's victory. In case you haven't seen mention of it yet, I am referring to The Nationalist's Delusion, by The Atlantic's senior political editor, Adam Serwer. It is an excellent, though lengthy read, which reaches the usual conclusion: white Americans are bigoted.

(Golly,what a surprise. Not!):DNC's fundraising woes continue with worst October in 15 years

DNC's fundraising woes continue with worst October in 15 years

The DNC is struggling to raise funds since former President Barack Obama left office
The monthly numbers are the worst October financially for Dems dating back to 2003
Washington (CNN)The Democratic National Committee's fundraising woes continued last month, when the party posted its lowest total for the month of October in at least 15 years.

(It’s Bill again): I published and then unpublished this the

day before yesterday because I thought it was funny but took it down because I could only find it in sources I didn’t like. Or trust might be a better word.

Now i’m wondering what the truth is about the situation. Did Bill do all this? Is ‘someone’ trying to put the final nail in the ‘two-for-the-price-of-one Clinton’s coffin? I understand fully that Bill most assuredly didn’t clean up his act after he left Washington in disgrace. Leoplard, spots, etc.

A vignette

On trial

Coming with wind

from over mountain

cold blows

and coal damns children

Needing a room without idiots

intoxication and hypocrites

does Medicaid pay?

Playgrounds behind gates


make bad laws

and, then, break them

never seeing bars

to wake them

On trial

beings loaned by universe

to this?

The "family values" crowd is MIA in the War on Thanksgiving

There really is a War on Thanksgiving(WoT), that commercially unprofitable holiday. It gets stronger every year. This year, we have the pre-Black Friday sales - pushing the Xmas shopping back to at least two weeks BEFORE Thanksgiving. In my town, the homophobic Salvation Army started their irritating, non-stop bell ringing on November first - three weeks before Thanksgiving. The junk email bombardment supporting this time-grab is completely out of control.

The End Of Western Civilization As We Know It

The environmental, climate, political, military and economic threats to the survival of Western Civilization are all well known here at c99p. The combination of existential threats (X-Risks) also threaten the complete extinction of all human life. The dystopian world of Mad Max Thunderdome may very well be a best case scenario.

Right now I'm focusing on the Republican/Trump tax cut plan, which every rational economist agrees is an economic abomination.

From In These Times:

True Confessions

I am 61 years old.

I admit, when I was in High School and then College I really wanted to sleep with a woman.

Did it happen? No.

Am I ugly? Or just awkwardly stupid?

All my friends were having "luck". Not me.

Finally found a wonderful woman and had 2 children.

37 years later. Here I be.

Don't regret anything.

Yet I believe I would have enjoyed the sex back in the day.

Oh well.