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Foreigners Rigging Our Elections: A Modest Proposal

Russians opened Twitter and Facebook accounts, and used them to say bad things about Hillary Clinton and good things about Trump. They took out Facebook ads that did the same, and organized political events along similar lines.

That's what they're being accused of, anyway.

Just one problem: none of that is election fraud.

The Weekly Watch

Travel is Fatal to Bigotry, Prejudice, and Narrow-Mindedness

It is About the Journey Not the Destination


It is time for a vacation from the daily news. Join me in a journey from the northeast mountains to the southwest corner of the state as I flow south down the Alabama watershed all the way to the gulf... where I'm spending the week. Alabama is not only alphabetically gifted, it also has a diversity of ecosystems and an extensive river system. This journey focuses on natural history and curios along the way.

There's no turning back...Here we go over the waterfall...

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The Cultural and Political Revolution of 1960

THE YEAR 1960

Edward Thompson famously characterized the 1950s as the ‘apathetic decade’ when people ‘looked to private solutions to public evils’. ‘Private ambitions’, he wrote, ‘have displaced social aspirations.
. . .
The year 1960 will always be remembered for the birth of a new social consciousness that repudiated this culture of moral apathy fed by resigned powerlessness.

MIT study says Uber wages are horrible

Finally some data about what a racket Uber/Lyft/AirBnB are.

MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks

The researchers found profit from ride-hail driving to be “very low”. On an hourly basis, the median profit was $3.37 per hour, with 74% of drivers earning less than the minimum wage in the state where they operate.

RNC and DCCC agree that the real enemies are progressives

Did you ever get the feeling that Democrats would rather lose to a Republican instead of win with a progressive?
You may have suspected it when internal DCCC documents are full of Republican talking points that undermine popular progressive policies.

The War On Teachers has hit a tipping point

Last week the teachers of West Virginia went out on strike due to low pay and weak health benefits. On Thursday things got interesting.

Tuesday night, state union leaders and the Governor Jim Justice reached a deal, and the teachers were expected to be back at work on Thursday.

They didn’t go.

American Politics is like Syria minus Assad

Has US politics begun to sound to you like a South Front report on the war in Syria? [NOTE] Not sure what your party stands for anymore, or who is behind the IP poster child of the month? Not sure who is about to stab you in the back? Well, that means the Empire of Chaos's US operation is going according to plan.

(RUSSIA! must be sick of our threats): ‘Listen to us now’: Putin unveils new Russian nuclear arsenal

And who didn’t see this coming?

‘Listen to us now’: Putin unveils new Russian nuclear arsenal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall © Grigoriy Sisoev / Sputnik

Upstate New York Meet-up for March 3rd Canceled

Due to expected winter storm, the meet-up scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd, in Cortland, NY, has been canceled. We will advise everyone when we have an alternative date. I personally would like to look at April dates at this point. Weather this winter has been too erratic to aim for March in my humble opinion. Please suggest new date(s) in comments. Thanks.

Why I prefer union organizing over #FightFor15 and Universal Basic Income

Don't get me wrong. I don't oppose raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Nor do I oppose the idea of a Universal Basic Income.
Both ideas are better than what we have now, and I'll be happy if either or both are implemented.

However, there is a flaw with both ideas that I just can't overlook:

Neither of these proposals empower the workers.

META – How Down-Voting Destroys Communities

Everyone here has seen this happen. It's an experience we have all shared.

Every community has an elaborate drama they cloak around the bedrock-destructiveness of down-voting. The belief is that the community must be armed with a weapon to defend against a line that must not be crossed. In the end, down-voting is pawned off as "democratic." The community manager says, "Let the users decide." But it is really nothing more than cheapness and laziness that results in negligence toward the entire community.

Let's look at how this works.

The Revolutionary Autonomous Zapatista Movement in Chiapas: a Primer

(This is a reprise from 2013 I’d titled: ‘Israelis help crush the Zapatistas & Here’s why‘.  That reason will come toward the end.  These militant indigenous and their allies are one shining example of  those who threw off the yokes of their neo-colonialist by oppressors shouting Basta! , and  acting on their militancy.  Against all odds, their communities are still alive and growing today.)

(The Empty Suit calls for a ‘conversation’): Barack Obama isn’t happy with Facebook and Google, either

President Hopey-Changey Transformational Transparency doesn’t like ‘alternative’ opinions.

Barack Obama isn’t happy with Facebook and Google, either

He wants them to “have to have a conversation about their business model.”
By Peter Kafka on February 27, 2018 6:50 am

Google and Facebook aren’t just incredibly profitable tech companies — they are “public goods” with a responsibility to serve the public, says Barack Obama.

Seth Rich Boulevard to Open in Moscow

The lovely tree-studded Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane in Moscow is getting a new name. In a ceremony in early March it will be renamed Seth Rich Boulevard in Honor of Seth Conrad Rich, the slain activist who leaked the derogatory emails of the Democratic National Committee that proved election rigging against Hillary Clinton's presidential opponent, Bernie Sanders.

Rich was killed near the White House a year and a half ago. He was not robbed. He was conscious and speaking when the police arrived, but it is unknown what he said. The Democratic Committee worker was shot by an unknown assailant(s) just days before he was to testify in a lawsuit brought against the DNC for election rigging during the Democratic Primaries — and twenty days after it was learned that the downloaded emails were in the hands of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The DNC has denied any involvement in his murder, which has never been solved by the police or the FBI, who are still in possession of Rich's personal computer..

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