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.
The stock market has been on a record run. So should you jump on the bandwagon?
Consider a few charts measuring stock values in different ways.
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.
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.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report for Trump and the Republican's "American Health Care Act" has come out.
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.
Conservatives have been vocal about the need to insure "religious freedom," but it rings rather hollow after we learn that Christian evangelicals believe they are the people most discriminated against in today's world.
That is, of course, just crazy-making.
Today I ran into this article on FB that could have been, should have been, fake news. I googled it to see if it was real. I didn't find it in the American press, well, because it isn't Trumpor propaganda.
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".
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.
& 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.
Remember when Aleppo was an international crisis that had to be stopped?
At least that is what the American media said.
‘Aleppo is falling, Mosul liberated’
'Hell' in Aleppo, 'Collateral Losses' in Mosul
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.
As per usual, I've misunderstood what the links were provided in the articles - GINA already is law. What is proposed will change it substantially. Here's the Wikipedia cheat sheet on current law
One thing that has always frustrated me about discussions about economics by liberals is that the discussion rarely progresses past the topic of taxes. As if simply raising taxes on the rich would cure society's ills.
The majority of Americans oppose laws that would force transgender people to use bathrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificates according to new polling from the Public Religion Research Institute.
Fifty-three percent of respondents oppose such laws, 39% favor them, and nearly 10% have no opinion.
I've just finished reading an intense article by Andre Vltchek about the impact of Obama's 'Good War' on the people of Afghanistan that has profoundly affected me.
I have no words....
Starting this week and lasting into the summer there will be a series of elections/events that could totally redefine the political and financial system of Europe.
Mike Lofgren is a former congressional staff member who served on both the House and Senate budget committees. His book about Congress, The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, appeared in paperback on August 27, 2013.
http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/21/anatomy-of-the-deep-state/ I like that book title!
I happened to spot this on the rec'd list of TOP.
Naturally, the diary is written as if the GOS put him in his place. Which only proves that there is no brain trust over there, because even a casual reading of the exchange shows just how one-sided it was.