Archive for the 'Are you revolted enough yet…?' Category

HOW ARMENIAN TEENAGERS PLAY THE ALT-RIGHT…

December 8th, 2016

Via Mano Singham: Where do these stories originate? A BuzzFeed investigation finds that Macedonia is the home to many such stories and that young people there, some teenagers, are making a financial killing by feeding into the fantasies of gullible Americans. Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a […]

[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

December 7th, 2016

In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. [Update at 0557 on 9 December: What’s Next For The Dakota Access Pipeline? Good question. ] [Update at 0429 on 8 December: Winters are long and cold in the […]

OUR TODDLER-IN-CHIEF* & THE POST-TRUTH AGE…

December 5th, 2016

No, really, Wiley isn’t kidding… And the Anoesis News Service is launched… *Trevor Noah has that story…

EVERYTHING ALWAYS COUNTS, ALWAYS…

December 2nd, 2016

I respect Barbara Kingsolver. I think her books, fiction and nonfiction, are great examples of American writing. She is engaged, passionate and informed, but like most American voters, she doesn’t have a clue about what just happened in America and what needs doing to repair the mistake. Everything doesn’t suddenly matter, everything has always mattered […]

FACTS ARE FACTS ARE OPINIONS ARE REALITY…?

November 30th, 2016

So today I’ve came across one of those intersection points that I love so much when Diane Rehm and Scott Adams both take on reality in Trumpian America. First, here’s what Adams’ wrote: The mainstream media and the public now accept the idea that Trump ignored facts, science, and even common decency… and still got […]

NEW SPORTS FACILITY DESIRED BY CAVS?

November 29th, 2016

How would you like to buy Billionaire Dan “Casino” Gilbert a brand new arena here in Cleveland? Well, he and LeBron James may just want that from Cuyahoga County taxpayers before long. The same tax payers still haven’t nearly paid for JUST the overruns on the first arena—Quicken Arena. That bill was presented to taxpayers […]

IS GOOGLE ALERTS SHADOWBANNING DAPL NEWS…?

November 28th, 2016

Back on 5 November I created a Google Alert to follow daily news on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I haven’t received an alert since Wednesday, 23 November. What with all the holiday activities, I looked away until this morning. Boy, was that a mistake. A lot has happened since last Wednesday, not the least is […]

TRUMP DIDN’T MAKE IDIOTS OF US ALL, MATT…

November 27th, 2016

So, Matt Taibbi, writing in President Trump and How America Got It So Wrong paints the blame with a broad brush, but there some, and I take no glee in this, who knew Trump was a real threat and believed that Bernie Sanders was the only person who could beat The Great Pumpkin Jack O […]

DAMN STRAIGHT WE SHOULDN’T TRUST TRUMP…

November 26th, 2016

This morning Jill Miller Zimon writes in In Trump do not trust that we should not: [T]rust Donald Trump, unless you want to be disappointed, repeatedly. Not because he lies. Not because he exaggerates. Not because he has evil intent. But because he will always put himself first. In Donald Trump’s case, putting oneself first […]

THE TIME IS NOW TO EXIT YOUR ECHO CHAMBER…

November 25th, 2016

I’m catching up on the news sources that I am allowing back into my space this morning and reading Matt Taibbi’s ever excellent work at Rolling Stone shows that my own news fast idea was far from original. Taibbi, in After This Election, Turn It Off for Rolling Stone, writes: Most of what we consume […]

READING THE TO-DO LIST ON SATAN’S FRIDGE…

November 25th, 2016

And absolutely: Fuck You 2016…

KEEF KNIGHT COMMENTS ON SCOTT ADAMS…

November 24th, 2016

Since last August I’ve been following Scott Adams’ Master Persuader theme concerning the inevitable (Adam’s called the election on 13 August of LAST YEAR) and no matter how much you hate our president-elect, you owe yourself the time to read Adam’s analysis, if for no other reason than to be best equipped to deal with […]

GODZILLA—DR. ROBERT CIALDINI—EMERGES…

November 22nd, 2016

So, about two years ago Oliver Burkeman wrote in This column will change your life: false reasons for The Guardian, about how people convince us to elect them to public office. That column now, in retrospect, seems a template for the past 15 months. Everyone knows politics is a cynical game: to last a week […]

THIS COULD BE YOUR BARRICADE… CLIMB UP…!

November 20th, 2016

Yesterday I wrote that the barricades will crumble unless there are people standing behind them, adding to their strength against the barbarians at our gates. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus could be your barricade. You can’t have a revolution if you don’t show up. CCPC Political Director Steve Holecko emails: As the sobering impact of […]

THE BARRICADES WILL CRUMBLE WITHOUT PEOPLE…

November 19th, 2016

Yes, I understand that this posting violates my no news rule until after Thanksgiving, but I trust Ralph Nader far more than the usual crew and he’s offering his unfiltered opinion on events, not news, so deal. Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants […]

JACKSON FORGETS WHERE HE CAME FROM

November 17th, 2016

Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor from the most deprived area of the city has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants downtown gets! It has self-determination. It gets what […]

CLARENCE DITLOW: 1944-2016…

November 12th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writing in The Guardian Angel for America’s Motorists, remembers: America’s motorists are less safe today with the passing of their Guardian Angel—engineer/lawyer Clarence Ditlow, the Director of the Center for Auto Safety. The generating force behind the recalls of millions of defective motor vehicles, Mr. Ditlow pressured the federal auto safety agency and […]

TOO CLOSE TO CALL AND THE MORNING AFTER…

November 9th, 2016

So, I’m off to bed at 0204. I will be very, very surprised if I don’t wake up to news of Donald Trump’s victory. For years I have tried to tell my friends here in Cuyahoga County that there is a great dissatisfaction in the rest of Ohio—and now, clearly in the rest of the […]

THIS EXPLAINS OUR 18-MONTH NIGHTMARE…

November 8th, 2016

Via Mano Singham… Then Seth Myers throws a couple of mazeltov cocktails on the campaign. (My favorite bit though, comes at the 5:50 timemark.)

I’M A LARK AND I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…

November 8th, 2016

I’m a Lark, a person who is at his best before noon. I know that there are owls out there who can’t think straight before noon and so what I prefer is counter to their best interests, but I also think that we’re at our bests when our internal clocks actually synchronize with the natural […]

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