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Reasons For Hope: Bernie's Town Hall, Jill Stein's Upcoming Live Discussion with Glenn Greenwald and Abby Martin, and Matt Taibbi's Surgical Takedowns of Propaganda, Lies and Distraction

As the snow now steadily falls in NYC for perhaps the last winter storm of the season (always fine by me, the storms that is), I find myself ruminating a little on the flickers of hope within the darkness of despair of this bizarre time of media and government propaganda.

MAGA Jobs!: Trump Inks Weapons Deal with the Clown Prince

According to RT this morning:

“US President Donald Trump brought several pictures of American weapons to a meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He boasted of multibillion-dollar sales of arms to the kingdom.

Showing a sign to journalists at the meeting that read “12.5 billion in finalized sales to Saudi Arabia,” Trump boasted about all the money that US defense contractors would be getting for their products.

The Anti-war Movement Picks Up Steam

Here it comes:

As of now, the Pentagon and US leadership are in denial and not ready to face reality. The people of the United States, in solidarity with people of the world, must act now to end the war culture and convince US leadership that a new path is necessary.

Join the days of action!

April 14-15 – National Days Of Action to End the Wars at Home and Abroad.

ЯUSSIAИ Gov't Caught Red-handed Fixing Elections

Putin.png A shady company that claims to "fix" elections around the world has been linked to the ЯUSSIAИ government -- er, wait a minute. It's actually the British government.

For a little background on Cambridge Analytica (recently of Donald Trump election fame) and their shady dealings, here's an excerpt from a Channel 4 undercover report:

(Who DIDN‘T have access?): Facebook data-mining also used by Tinder, FarmVille and Obama's 2012 campaign

Hahahaha. Fuckerberg has been selling and ‘allowing’ data mining of Facebook for years. Cambridge Analytica is dirty dirty dirty. And now we find out Obama & Co. did the same. (That’s just a couple of ‘organizations’ to which Fuckerberg sold or gave it’s bread-and-butter subscribers personal information.)

I don’t know if The Clinton Creature got our personal info directly from Farcebook, but she certainly had access to it through the Obama organization.

Democrats 'Blue Dog Mafia' prepares to wage war against progressives

It's no secret that the Democratic Party would rather lose to a Republican than win with a progressive. The Democrats prefer to at least pretend that they embrace progressive values, and thus get those progressive votes...until now.

Democrats want Zuckerberg to increase censorship

Being acutely aware of their dim chances to retake either houses of Congress, the Dems have begun their fight for even more censorship on FaceBook. Zuck's "algorithms" (i.e., censorship tools) apparently weren't strong enough to stop those 13 Russian operatives, working feverishly in St. Petersburg, disseminating ads for puppies and other sinister things AFTER the election. Nope. Not good enough.

Dems want Zuck on the House floor to explain...you know, explain, explain what?

Continuing Fire, Fury, Torches, and Disinformation over Ukraine

March 16 (alternately 18th, according to some) marked the four-year anniversary of the 2014 referendum in Crimea that resulted in reuniting with Russia.

Yes, this is longish, but I believe that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

The Weekly Watch

Blooming Idiots

Spring has sprung in Alabama. It's the deep flush of sudden color...an orgy of botanical porn. Amidst this explosion of life is the insanity of our government, economic system, and environmental degradation. It is the nature and power of life to be hopeful...positive about ourselves and our future. But I don't see how we manage the transition to a sustainable global system. However, I thought it would be a worthwhile topic and I hope you will share your views.

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Political Scientists To The Rescue!

of Neoliberalism and the Democratic party:

They don’t convene separate conferences or publish a journal teeming with rationales for Democratic failure. But their methods are strikingly uniform—as are their arguments. They share a stolid insistence that statistical analysis of a handful of quantifiable facts from past elections can predict with scientific confidence voter behavior in the next one.

Looking like they really want their war with Russia

Teresa May gets to play the role that our country usually plays when wars are being planned and she is thinking about which steps to take to push the world into another war.

UK to 'consider next steps' after Moscow announces expulsion of British diplomats - May

a mental health break: wd’s backyard birds & bugs slideshow



mr. wd and i grew all the flowers, cannabis, and veggie flowers.  given that butterflies and bees have been so scarce over the past few years, i try especially hard to get photos of those glorious and helpful critters.  you’ll notice that i’m blown away by the reproductive parts of flowers, including the wee flowers within flowers within flowers…in some varieties.

A breath of fresh air - voices of sanity from Russia

Why do the leaders of 'Five Eyes' now come across as clowns? None of these people are statesmen in the normative sense. Whenever we see them placed in contrast to their Russian counterparts, they come across as truly ignorant buffoons giving knee-jerk responses to matters of international law. They treat leaders of foreign nations as if they were the opposition in their local elections - with disrespect and disdain.

Cortland MeetUp Sat. April 7

Cross our fingers the third time's the charm. After two snow-outs we're hoping the weather gods shower us with anything except snow and ice on Apr. 7th! Rain check April 14.
Same place and time, Doug's Fish Fry, 5-7pm.
So, if you're in the area stop by and say hello to Steven D and riverlover!
Doug's has a fabulous fish fry and sea food! And cold beer, natch.
Hope to see you there!

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