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Why did the Dems lose? It's even worse than you might think

The Democrats' internal research has been quietly churning out autopsy reports regarding the 2016 election debacle, and the results are disastrous.
Unlike the GOS, they don't blame the loss on racist Bernie supporters, nor Putin! Putin! Putin!

"Billions" in New War and Imperialism Spending but No Money for Border Wall. The Joke's on Us


Late night quickie. I haven't had a chance to analyze what they're doing, this is a summary taken from a CNN article that came up. Here's what the article describes as what's in and what's out. Notice how it's mostly small change with a rather innocuous "billions for new defense spending, including the global war on terrorism".

Beltaine with Walter Crane!

This Essay is one I published over at TOP in 2015, with a few changes and updates. It develops an idea which I find fascinating: that the International Labor Day, May 1, is the extension of the ancient Holy Day of Beltaine, and part and parcel of its resurgence in modern times. And the artwork of Walter Crane is pretty cool, too!


The Weekly Watch

It's All About Oil


Jonathon Robin

Pollution and spillage,
plunder, rape, pillage,
Earth’s face is turned.
Earth’s beauty burned
Earth’s shame discerned
in climatic warning.

In city and village,
factory, tillage,
Man’s pride is spurned,
Man’s ashes urned,
Man dust returned
with climactic mo[u]rning.

The Language of the Progressive Movement

History tends to repeat because us flawed humans refuse to learn the lessons of history.
That is not a bold observation.

Today, much like 120-some years ago, the United States finds itself in need of a strong progressive movement. Right on queue, a progressive movement is beginning to grow.
However, today's progressive movement seems oblivious to the lessons to be learned from its first incarnation.