With permission: Caitlin's on a run.

From down under, comes somebody that has a modestly full understanding of the current political atmosphere up here in benevolent land.
I know some here may not like the leangth of this but quoting will not do.
Go to her site for the full monty.

The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump

A great read from naked capitalism.

The New York Times Dual Endorsement of Klobuchar and Warren: This Ain’t It, Chief

Just a taste:

NYT: Good news, then, that Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic left.[1]
[1] A “standard bearer” that is number two in the national polls and raised four million dollars in two days after Sanders stabbed her in the back and accused her of sexism. Oh, wait…

Ain’t No Kind of Political Vision Anywhere

When a community has troubles coming down the line, when the people need some way to address those troubles… That’s when you need Vision. Not talking here about virtuous generalizations: “All people should be free,” “We need to respect nature” kind of things. Nor am I talking about ideological nor technological supposed “remedies.” Those have their place, but there’s a ton of things that are…


Matt Taibbi's Ubiquitous Brilliance !

Matt Taibbi's everywhere this month, especially over the past few days. As some reading this may remember (going back over a decade at "the other place"), I've been a huge fan of his for a long time. I was active in Boston political media, back in the early 80's, when his father, Mike, was a leading local newscaster there; and I met him (and worked countless times with his tv station's news staff) a few times, as well.

Politics: Get down to the REAL Nitty-Gritty

Politics: Get down to the REAL Nitty-Gritty

Being a politically aware person for some 58 years now (thank you Bolshevik-fleeing Granddad!) I’ve always been one of those people who frequent political discussion circles. I don’t exclude anyone on the basis they’re insane or dis/agreeable to my thinking or feelings.

Letters And Politics: a green New deal

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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

To fight climate change, we need another stimulus package, a green stimulus package.
Government spending to generate jobs is a strategy pioneered in Depression America. The President called it the New Deal. Now the United Nations wants governments to spend on green jobs to combat climate change.

At long last, I simply do not care

I've come to the conclusion that the corner of the internet into which I have been shoved is the practical equivalent of a fantasy role playing game. That is, my impact on politics in the real world from posting here (and c99p is the best) is about the equal of the impact I would have playing Fortnite. That is, zero. This lack of impact has been caused by the purchase and consolidation of both news outlets and political parties by the billionaire class.

American People Still Don't Get the Democratic Party

Imagine being in a desert -- barely alive and scorched. Imagine that there are hundred people with you all crawling through the desert floor trying to find water. And you do. You find an oasis with clear, shimmering water. You happily drink to your heart's content. You wonder where the other hundred people are.

Americans don't want change

*It's been a while since I've logged on and penned an essay, but life has been hectic.*

As we draw near to the midterms (or any election for that matter), we are drowned in the same messages that crop up every election cycle:

Americans want change.
Americans want a 3rd party.
Americans are hungry for someone who listens to them.

And it is all a lie.

The rebuttal is opinion polls.