7.24.2016

The End of America

Another good one from StoneKettle Station.

The Latter Days Of A Better Nation, Part III

Here's a piece but read it all:

Everything is a worst case scenario. Fear. Terror. Panic. Fire and flood, invasion, war, plague and famine, chaos in the life support system. And if that's not enough, their mean spoiled little shithead of a God is always about to send in a hurricane or an earthquake or a flood or a Wall Street crash because he's pissed off and throwing a tantrum about some goddamned thing. Ebola. Iran. Vladimir Putin. Gay marriage. Transgenders in the bathrooms. The shambling 50-years-dead ghost of Saul Alinsky. United Nations troops marching on Texas. Black people in the streets. Islam in the schools. They're coming for our daughters, they're coming for our healthcare, they're coming for our Jesus, Oh My GOD they're coming for our guns! They hate us for our freedom, they hate us for our exceptionalism, they hate us because they anus. 
It's always some goddamned thing with these people. 
They crow about how great America is – this mythological magical exceptional America where everybody is either a straight white protestant who lives in a little house with a white picket fence and a giant H-1 Hummer SUV out front and farms the land from horseback with an American Flag and a Bible in one hand and an AR-15 Super Jesus Peacemaker in the other while the woman folk pop out little white Christian babies like Pez dispensers and God showers down Viagra from the sky in a rain of freedom and liberty Hallelujah and Amen or they're the fucking help and they know their place. 
These people, they harp endlessly about the greatness of this nation, how their God has chosen us – us – over all others, our military might, our fabled Constitution ... while at the same time crying endlessly like Chicken Little about how it's all so fragile that if you don't do exactly as they say, why, it'll all come tumbling down. Lights out, America. GAME OVER, MAN, GAME OVER!

Pence vs Kaine


 I don't know if he's right on Kaine but he nails Pence.

Pence was the safe choice. 
Pence is anti-everything. He's Anti-immigrant (including birthright citizenship), Anti-Federal Reserve (and all the Glenn Beck conspiracy nuts cheered), Anti-tax (he's a flat-tax guy and the conservative libertarians just wet themselves in glee), Anti-Education, Anti-EPA and a climate change denier, Anti-renewable energy (fossil fuels all the way and drill baby drill), Anti-Iran Deal, Anti-healthcare, Anti-abortion, Anti-stem cell research, Anti-evolution, Anti-Science, Anti-sex education, Anti-LGBT. 
About the only thing Mike Pence is for is God, Guns, and War and not necessarily in that order.

Neoliberalism

A good read here: Neoliberalism Is a Political Project

I think this about nails my view of the current US economy.
Yet while the capitalist class is doing very well, capitalism is doing rather badly. Profit rates have recovered but reinvestment rates are appallingly low, so a lot of money is not circulating back into production and is flowing into land-grabs and asset-procurement instead.

Trump and Russia?

Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing
 At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties.
Also this, Trump vs The R's
Trump is not the only politician to oppose sending lethal weapons to Ukraine. President Obama decided not to authorize it, despite recommendations to do so from his top Europe officials in the State Department and the military. '

So Trump is soft on Russia and his stance on arming the Ukraine is the same as Obama's?  I don't see all those Russian/Putin/Obama hating Trump supporters agreeing with this.

It might explain why Russia/Putin/Obama hater, Sarah Palin wasn't invited to the convention.

I guess, really, most of our ruling class are Russia/Putin haters so maybe this is D propaganda to lure R votes away from Trump.

7.16.2016

Saudi ties to 9/11

Bandar bin Sultan comes up a lot in this, Saudi Ties to 9/11
The report also mentions that numbers found in the phonebook of Abu Zubaydah, a detainee currently held in Guantánamo, could be traced to a company in Denver, Colorado, connected to former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
and
Bassnan and his wife received regular payments from the wife of Bandar bin Sultan. On one occasion, Bassnan is said to have received a check directly from Bandar’s account.
More on Bandar here: Bandar bin Sultan
Bandar has formed close relationships with several American presidents, notably George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the latter giving him the affectionate and controversial nickname "Bandar Bush".[11] His particularly close relationship with the Bush family was highlighted in Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. He was reportedly so close to George H. W. Bush that he was often described as a member of the former president's family.

MIsc

A pretty good summary of the R candidates's here: They could have picked

Israel's Right-wing government against Facebook

Fracking is Freedom!? I guess we can do this now that we don't really need that Saudi oil. Saudi Ties to 9/11

7.07.2016

HRC and Snowden

H. Clinton and Ed Snowden: Some Animals are more Equal than others | Informed Comment:

Yep the elite exist under different laws than the rest of us. HRC, Patreus, Bush, Jeffery Epstein, that "unnamed source inside the White House or Congress",  etc can do things that would put a less rich and powerful person in jail. The very poor also live under a different set of laws. A poor black man can be executed for doing something that a middle class white man might be allowed to do.

It's pretty shitty.

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7.06.2016

Tech Support

Why Tech Support Is (Purposely) Unbearable - The New York Times:
“Don’t think companies haven’t studied how far they can take things in providing the minimal level of service,” Mr. Robbins said. “Some organizations have even monetized it by intentionally engineering it so you have to wait an hour at least to speak to someone in support, and while you are on hold, you’re hearing messages like, ‘If you’d like premium support, call this number and for a fee, we will get to you immediately.’”

Bastards...

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7.04.2016

Hillary can get things done?

No More Mister Nice Blog talks about how Hillary is dreaming if she thinks she can work with the R's.

No More Mister Nice Blog: HILLARY CLINTON THINKS REPUBLICAN LUCY MIGHT LET HER KICK THE FOOTBALL:

He's right.

The D's slammed Bernie because his policies, like universal health care and free college weren't achievable but as the post above points out, HRC's smaller plans aren't going anywhere either.

The only chance progressive's have in overcoming the R's obstinance is a great leader, with a grand vision, who can convince the people it's the right direction. That's how Reagan started the turn against the New-Deal era and that's what it'll take to turn away from the "Reagan is God. Government is the problem " era.

Hillary ain't going to do it.

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6.30.2016

The Moral Economy of Tech

A good post here. Read the whole thing.

Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech:

Also (from the link), On the "lesser of two evils" thing.

"One of the candidates running for President this year has promised to deport eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as well as block Muslims from entering the country altogether. Try to imagine this policy enacted using the tools of modern technology. The FBI would subpoena Facebook for information on every user born abroad. Email and phone conversations would be monitored to check for the use of Arabic or Spanish, and sentiment analysis applied to see if the participants sounded "nervous". Social networks, phone metadata, and cell phone tracking would lead police to nests of hiding immigrants. 
We could do a really good job deporting people if we put our minds to it. 
Or consider the other candidate running for President, the one we consider the sane alternative, who has been a longtime promoter of a system of extrajudicial murder that uses blanket surveillance of cell phone traffic, email, and social media to create lists of people to be tracked and killed with autonomous aircraft. The system presumably includes points of human control (we don't know because it's secret), but there's no reason in principle it could not be automated. Get into the wrong person's car in Yemen, and you lose your life."

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