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Playing Hardball à la Française

The socialist government of French President François Hollande has decided to play hardball with both the student and trade union movements, setting up a showdown with a very uncertain outcome. The government threatens to completely outlaw protests against the recently passed labor reform bill that would dismantle the social safety net currently enjoyed by French workers.

Economic growth averages 2.2% since Obama stimulus

There are the 4 major components to economic growth.

1) Energy

2) Resources

3) Workforce growth

4) Productivity increases.

We’ve hit peak oil, peak fish, peak iron. Workforce growth peaked at around 1970 in the US. Of these 4 components only productivity has been increasing during the last 30 years. This is why 6% to 12% economic growth hasn’t been seen in decades.

Clara's Miracle

Clara sat in an aisle seat at the performance hall of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, smiling at us, holding her sheet music, because she would lead off the evening's program. Relaxed, she happily chatted with her mother, brother, sister-in-law, one niece and our adult children. Clara was about to walk onto a stage for the first time in decades and perform, but looked as if she had not a care in the world. I, on the other hand, was terrified.

Meet the Press et al are State Propaganda Shows

I had an epiphany this morning. Well, not really an epiphany, more like an affirmation. It's certainly not something I've not known for a very long time. But it was kind of an epiphany in that my experience had a certain sudden clearness to it and an "insight into reality caused by a commonplace occurrence".

Or maybe I just want to say something.

The Berniemobile at Bisbee's Pride Parade

My partner, sphinxmoth, has been the leader of Bisbee for Bernie, Democratic precinct captain and assistant chair in our county, poll watcher, vote-counting watcher and helper, and addressed the County Board of Supervisors, urging them not to certify the Primary vote here in Arizona until some issues were cleared up. No dice; they had a deadline. I have helped her however and whenever I could, around the margins of my job. This campaign is certainly not over, for either of us.

George Orwell explained by former KGB defector--useful idiots

While rummaging aroud YouTube today I came across an intriguiging video dating to the "end" of the Cold War, or so we are lead to believe. Two years ago, I would have brushed aside the critique of the U.S. body politic as a cynical, self-serving, self-aggrandizing statement by one Yuri Bezmenov

Why there needs to be an educational revolution to accompany the political revolution

Currently I am working on an essay, and researching the literature on "sustainability" in preparation. And in all likelihood you could put most of that literature into the paper shredder, and delete most of its electronic files, and in the end you would be endangering neither the planetary ecosystems nor the people who live within them one bit.

Why?

Lancet tackles worldwide lack of transgender healthcare

Despite the recent flurry of media attention that has been directed toward transgender people, they and their health needs remain poorly understood, experts say.

Yesterday The Lancet published a series of articles on the health, social and legal conditions in which transgender people live.

Many of the health challenges faced by transgender people are exacerbated by laws and policies that deny them gender recognition.

Which chromosome brings the hate?

 photo XY_zpspubtmgt8.jpgOf course you are aware that around the country there are legislative efforts to force transgender people to use the bathroom and locker rooms reserved for the sex we were assigned at birth. In some places, it is phrased rather as requiring those facilities to be segregated by chromosomes.

Awkward, that. As a society, we have never determined assignment of sex at birth by a test of chromosomes. I'm 68 years old and, as far as I know, I have never had my chromosomes tested. Ever.

I find it stranger still that the forces calling for this anti-transgender discrimination have such little regard for science in general. These are people who believe the universe was created between 6000 and 7000 years ago, that a woman was created from the rib of a man, and that Jesus rode to Sunday School on the back of a dinosaur.

Celebrating the Day of the African Child

"War in our time is always a war against children. And if the children of other countries are to be granted an equal right to life with our own children, then we must use our extraordinary human ingenuity to find nonmilitary solutions for world problems." - Howard Zinn.

The Methare Ghetto Kids dancing in Nairobi

Bernie Should Beg For Forgiveness!!!

He should prostate himself before the almighty Democratic Party and plead to be pardoned for daring to fight for the weakest!

He should grovel before the anointed one for daring to take on the DNC!

He should donate a pound of his flesh to the Party grandees and pray to be absolved of all his sins!

He should abandon all hope like the rest of you oiks!

We won, so fuck you!

Oh and by the way

You should get on the bus in the name of #partyunity!

How Hillary turned the Democratic Party into the New Republicans

No snark. Over at Salon:

We are literally watching the Clinton campaign drain any claim to nuance, critical thinking, reasoned logic, and attention to facts from the Democratic party.

There is a real difference in the aggressive, hawkish, illogical tone of the Clinton campaign that differentiates it from those of Democrats in the last decades.

Sanders' Live Stream...I hope

I did not RSVP for the live stream because of the weird stuff I read here about some of the sign ups. So I started looking around to see if I could find it being run somewhere. Here is what I found, and I hope it works. If not, can someone, please, post a running transcript for those of us who are not plugged in? Thank you.

Some questions and thoughts in preparation for the Bernie town hall

So, I threw my back out and couldn’t sit for long at the computer—and on the same day, my computer started turning itself off abruptly every time it booted up! (I think there may be a fan/overheating problem). I’m now relegated to my laptop, and relatively short stints at keyboard.

Facebook Now Blocking Re-post from Philly Protest Movement Sites as "Abusive"

It now seems that Facebook is blocking attempts to share or re-post content from sites that are involved in the March on DNC and other protest groups, by blocking users from sharing those posts and displaying to them the following message:

The action attempted has been deemed abusive or is otherwise disallowed.

To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you've read and understand Facebook's community standards.

art as frustration

i'm a glassblower from wisconsin, been on the torch since late 2011-early 2012 when i was still focused heavily on sculptural metalworking and sculptural metal turning. i went back to school after many years of working culinary, everything from dishwasher to pastry chef, saladier to banquet chef at the biggest venue in town. before i continue, i want to stress that this is a rant, and not a call for sympathy or for help. fuck all that, we've all got our problems.

ACLU, Fearing Police Crackdown on Protests at DNC, Sends Letter To Philly Mayor - Must Read

The ACLU of Pennsylvania recently sent a letter to Mayor Kenney today, June 15, 2016, regarding its concerns involving ongoing discussions, formal and informal, between City officials and about the marches, rallies and other events scheduled to occur during the Democratic Convention. The ACLU of Pennsylvania has been meeting with City of Philadelphia officials, both formally and informally.

A life cut short

 photo Devin_zpsqiq4vtkn.jpgTen days ago a charred body was found in a burned out car in New Orleans East (The 9th Ward). That body has now been identified as Devin Diamond. The Nola Coroner's Office has classified the death as a homicide. The victim was beaten to death before the car was torched.

Although described as a male by the Coroner's Office, further investigation reveals that Devin had begun transition.

George Melichar, who knew Diamond through a French Quarter retail job, said the two had a conversation on the subject several months ago.

When I asked her if she identified as a man or a woman, she told me that she would answer to both. But being that she was transitioning, I felt that it was the best to refer to her as a woman, and she agreed.

Devin was very loved, and Devin was very kind. And that's what makes this more difficult. In addition to losing a friend, we lost an LGBT leader.

--Melichar

The Democratic Party wants to cram the same voters into a smaller tent

I never thought I'd end up being that guy. You know, the guy arguing on Facebook until he gets defriended. I didn't even think it was an argument. To me, it seemed like a strongly worded discussion among Liberals. Hillary's name didn't even come up once.We were two people on the same side of the liberal fence. We never even mentioned the candidates by name. So how did it come that karateexplosions is no longer my friend on Facebook?

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