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Triumph Of The Oligarchs

It's more than likely that you have the wrong impression about the condition of the economy. Most people think we're in a recession, or a depression.
Most people are wrong. We're in a bubble. A massive bubble of historic proportions.
In fact things are so good that some people never want things to change.

In the second quarter 2020 household net worth hit an all-time record.

It sounds good, but ...

There's a new app out that promises to provide secure, privacy oriented, covid-19 tracing warnings to users who opt in. If you get close to another user who has tested positive and agreed to anonymously tip people off that they have been exposed, you will get an alert, but only that you were recently near somebody who tested positive.

The Weekly Watch

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Accepting Defeat

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard M Nixon

‘The time has come’: Melania Trump tells husband to accept defeat, report says

Fox News host Laura Ingraham advised President Trump on Friday to "accept defeat" with "grace and composure" in an extraordinary shift in messaging.

By repeatedly denouncing the accuracy of the outcome, even before it has been confirmed, he is giving his supporters a green light to spend the next four years blatantly defying a Biden government, and generally causing public mayhem, on the grounds that the Democrats “stole” the election from Trump, and that the new government thus has no democratic authority of mandate.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/08/the-dangers-of-trump-not...

Amerikan War, Inc.™ satire doesn’t get any better that this

‘Biden Will Have The Most Diverse, Intersectional Cabinet Of Mass Murderers Ever Assembled’, Nov. 9, 2020, Caitlyn Johnstone, substack.com (CC)

“Well you’ll be happy to know that the next US president and his crack team of ventriloquists are assembling a cabinet of mass murderers that’s as diverse, inclusive and intersectional as America herself.

It’s been obvious for a long time that Joe Biden’s cabinet would be packed with Obama holdovers, war pigs and whatever primary opponents he owes favors to, but now that he is the media-anointed winner of the presidential election we’re getting a bit more confirmation on who they’re expected to be.

Friday Open Thread ~ "What are you reading?" edition ~ Debris

When Sarah’s mother, Penny, got sick four years into our marriage, we decided to move back to Mississippi, considering it penance for the sins of our youth. We signed a lease on a house, a white one-story on the historical register with a wraparound porch and angels, stars, and the moon painted on the transom above the front door.

Voters sent a clear and unmistakable message that they don't like conservative Democrats

If you watch MSNBC you probably believe that if it wasn't for some local politician in Seattle whispering the word "socialist" within earshot of a microphone, then right-wing Democrats in Minnesota and Florida would have won their elections.

Hot Air

Transformational Government
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Are we fundamentally going to embrace the idea that we are a multiracial democracy. The history of the country suggests that when we are faced with that question we will double down on violence. That White America will choose violence to defend its way of life. … That they will in fact exact a certain kind of violence to defend that view. … America is always talking about changing but it never changes. … It makes no sense that we would actually go back to the politics that produced Trumpism in the first place.

We can’t allow these folks to disentangle Trumpism from the Republican party. … We can’ allow them to disentangle these two things. They are one in the same. So what are you asking for when you talk about reaching across the isle? What are you asking us to do when you talk about reaching across the isle in unity.

We won’t do that again. That’s not going to happen this time. … We need to get beyond these narrow labels. We need to get to transformational government. We need to get beyond big government and small government and smart government and get to transformational government. … We need to understand what defund the police means. Budget your values. Budget your values. That’s what it means at the heart of it. Why are you spending 60 -70 percent of your municipal budget on policing when you have education, social services and the like.

Stop lying. Stop lying. … today begins the hard work. … We have to break the political frame that got us into this political mess in the first place.

Eddie Glaude, Princeton University

The original article he wrote, Don’t Let the Loud Bigots Distract You. America’s Real Problem With Race Cuts Far Deeper is here.
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A Tale of Two Squeakers

In 2016, Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College and the Presidency to Donald Trump, nevertheless holding a substantial lead in the popular vote. Her defeat came from losing very close states going to Trump by less than 1% of the vote.

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Wisconsin -- 10 Electoral Votes Trump won by 0.8% of the vote, a margin of 23,000

Pennsylvania -- 20 Electoral Votes Trump won by 0.7% of the vote, a margin of 45,000

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