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Are There Seventeen Reality Based Republican House Members on Climate Change?

Hard to believe, but for reasons that I cannot discern, seventeen (17) Republican Congressional members have signed a "resolution" calling out Trump and his new EPA chief on their views that human caused climate change is not proven. Color me surprised and skeptical, but also hopeful.

This is what hate looks like

Residents of Casa Ruby, a LGBT youth community center and shelter in Washington, D.C., were preparing to turn on a movie on Sunday afternoon to distract themselves from the cold late-winter day.

But before they could settle down in their warm, safe space, a visitor stood up, assaulted a staff member, threw a brick, shattered the glass door, and threatened to return to kill someone.

Depression is a Sane Response to Our Times

I haven't been posting any essays of late. There are a number of reasons for that, some personal. But the prime cause of my absence here can be summed up in one word: depression. Since last year, I have been struggling with that condition on a daily basis. One could call it a mental disorder were there not so many reasons, so much that has happened and continues to happen. To my mind it is a sane response to an insane world.

Open Thread - Rants, Muses, Books & Music (and Some Cooking Too).

It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.

Brain hacking, part 3: sensing

Before we get into this, I came across an article which brought home to me the complexity of the information I present and try to explain. The particular article had nothing to do with what this effort is about. It was, instead, a tirade (?) about how Wikileaks was actually colluding with the Russians by presenting lines of code which the author said definitely proved her point. In so doing she presented lines of code, first in full, and then simplified for us illiterate hicks.

Vox as neoliberal propaganda for "intellectual" narcissists

Even though, as I pointed out in my previous diary, the "Left" is at best a point of pride on a few Facebook profiles, the Right feels obliged to restrain any sort of deviance because, you see, austerity planning has its beneficiaries. So they run articles in places like Vox warning us that phenomena like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are not the solution to our problems.

The Sad State of America

Preface: This is just my uneducated opinion...and the rantings of a mindless lunatic.

The sad state we find ourselves in today hasn't been the republicans or the democrats fault, but a combination of both corporate bought and sold political parties, not to mention a population that seems to be able to only think in terms of binary logic. "You're either with us, or against us".

Northern Syrians are not demanding a separate state from Syria

One wonders how many who support, as I do, a Free Palestine, and denounce Israel's occupation of, ethnic cleansing and apartheid of the Palestinian people will in the next breath denounce the Kurdish people's century long battle for justice and equality.

There is no "Left" in America.

& I cringe every time I see that term, "the Left," used as if there were some sort of "Left" group with some sort of power in America. I see people here and elsewhere who call themselves "leftists," as if they had some sort of "Left" to join. I suppose it's harmless. Of course, it's now fashionable to criticize "the Left," just as it's now fashionable to blame Russia for Trump.

Anti-Capitalist Meetup- Swann's Way: anarchist cybernetics & organizational dynamics in politics


I came across this published dissertation that while symptomatic of the state of academic process in terms of using some rather tired methods, it also showed that some interesting ideas do happen.

Think ‘Lost in Translation’ for the Trumpian age

Under neoliberalism, Schools of Management at least in the non-US context, can tolerate some interesting research and where occasionally, heterodox ideas can be explored, like New Mexico State University management professor David Boje’s explorations in postmodern theory. Needless to say, most business schools remain committed to neoliberal curricula of capitalist apprenticeship training.

Similarly, venture capital and advanced technology has toyed with a variety of ideological concepts and to imagine that an anarchist notion can combine with science beyond Kropotkin becomes still fancifully pre-modern and utopian and yet still possible despite the anachronisms.

Occupy or at least its lessons remains an example that can resist the current misogynist urge resident in many RW technocratic communities.

We do need to engage with it beyond the academic because the forces of (neo-)reaction have made it clear that they are will to ally themselves with the worst aspects of modern capitalism in order to achieve the worst of human objectives that we now see as the objectives of ethno-nationalism(sic).

Sunday Album Open Thread: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Some Albums really stood out for one reason or another, but never seemed to get the recognition they deserved. There are others that I just like to play every once in a while.

The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

Naturally, this is an open thread too.

Them Russians Them Russians

America you don't really want to go to war.
America it's them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia's power mad. She wants to take
our cars from out our garages.
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader's Digest. Her wants our
auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.

Breaking: Repeal of Godwin's Law!

Before celebrating repeal, let's establish what Godwin's Law actually was, and, more importantly, was not. First, Godwin's Law was not a prohibition or condemnation of mentioning Hitler or Nazis or the Holocaust. Heck, it's not even a claim that you lose a debate if you mention Hitler. But...even if it were: So the eff what? Surname aside, Godwin had no more authority over what gets posted on the internet and the effect of posts on the internet than you or I.