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Sam Seder explains why Donald Trump actually matters

Don't Be Fooled: Republicans Fear Donald Trump
Brilliant analysis of what Donald Trump is likely to say in the first debate. Read more about Sam Seder explains why Donald Trump actually matters

Skepticism on Dylann Roof's "manifesto" and website

I saw the story of Dylann Roof's website break on my Twitter feed this morning, and in a just a few hours it's in the New York Times. The site contains images of Roof, as well as a manifesto in text. Here's the text (icky). Here's an image (icky): Read more about Skepticism on Dylann Roof's "manifesto" and website

Bernie Sanders, New York ballot access, and seriousness

As matters stand now, Sanders can't get on the Democratic ballot unless he registers as a Democrat or gets the permission of the Democrat Party, because of a law named Wilson-Pakula. Capital New York: Read more about Bernie Sanders, New York ballot access, and seriousness

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Trumka should call a general strike for Monday, and tell everybody to hit the streets with TPP messages - or else, resign.

Probably illegal, but at least it's not treason, like the TPP.

Here is the lovely email I got from, today:

Fast Track Resisters,

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Scott Walker's budget FAIL

Scott Walker changes timing on 2016 announcement

With Wisconsin's state budget impasse dragging on for another week, Gov. Scott Walker is changing the timetable when he may officially get in the presidential race — now linking it to the budget year, rather than when he actually signs the budget.

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The Scott Walker Kleptocracy

Scott Walker's Wisconsin jobs agency gave out $124 million without review

More than two dozen awards worth more than $124 million were made to companies without a formal staff review by the underwriting department of Gov. Scott Walker's economic development agency, it reported Friday.

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75% of Canadians Polled Never Heard of TPP

From: From 75 per cent of Canadians unaware of TPP negotiations: poll

Fully 75 per cent of respondents said they had never heard of the TPP before being asked about it by the pollster.
The telephone poll of 1,002 Canadians was conducted June 3-12 and is considered accurate within plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

Louisville Fraternal Order of Police goes completely round the twist

Check this out:

And here's page two: Read more about Louisville Fraternal Order of Police goes completely round the twist

Sanders (and others) on the Charleston shootings

From the Twitter:

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On the Playing Fields of the Georgetown Day High School

In my four decades in national journalism – I started at the Associated Press in 1974 – I have grown increasingly concerned about how Americans respond to information, or put differently, how propagandists package their messaging to elicit the desired response. In an age of cynicism, the trick is to get the “big ha-ha!” – convincing you to laugh at the target whether deserved or not. --Robert Parry, the other day

Not the least interesting feature of having moved to the US in my early 20s is the occasional discovery of qualities many Americans seem to enjoy but that I, Buenos Aires-bred, instinctively recoil from. The roguish charm of the rote George Clooney character, for example, is one that I can't help but associate with overbearing grifters, so some of the guy's ur-roles are as odd to me as though someone had thought to cast Ricky Roma as the lead in a romantic comedy.

I thought of this social dissonance while exploring that peculiar embodiment of American credentialed meritocracy that is Vox, Read more about On the Playing Fields of the Georgetown Day High School

"Why we fight"

I posted this over at NC in response to the TPP House vote, but I thought I would repost it here with a few changes and additions, and see wha..t you all think, and especially what you think I should change or add.

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Rather than go through the parliamentary detail, let me expose my personal and editorial biases, and comment on the question of “Why We Fight,” primarily so readers are clear, but also as (to be frank) a troll prophylactic.

I’ve been listening to the revolutions podcast before bed, from which I’ve drawn a few lessons. One is that revolutions are not infrequent in human affairs; the podcast has gone through the English revolutions of the 1600s, the American Revolution, and is now at the French Revolution; we just decapitated Robespierre. To come are Haiti and Russia, and perhaps more. Second: Both revolutions themselves, and the build-up to them, are protracted affairs with unknown flashpoints. That the ancien regime was sclerotic was known by a lot of smart people in the 1750s, and they all tried to fix it; but the revolution itself did not begin until 1789. Third: It’s foolish to romanticize revolutions, because they tend to kill a lot of people. Be careful what you wish for, especially when it’s others who will be doing the dying! Fourth: Accident and happenstance matter a lot. If Louis XVI’s character had been stronger, perhaps he would have kept his head, and France would have ended up with a Constitutional monarchy (and not a cascade that looks like Napoleon -> French Empire -> German nationalism -> German unification -> World War I (millions) -> World War II (millions). Not that causality in history is linear; but I think you can see how the butterfly of Louis’s vacillation could have created a vast, chaotic outcome. Finally: Victory belongs to those with organizational capacity who, when they see power in the street, can pick it up (as the Roundheads, the Jacobins, and the Bolsheviks show). Morality and justice are, I would say, very necessary, but most certainly not sufficient. Read more about "Why we fight"

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TPP: Fast –Track Is Back: Shall It Pass?

Well, that didn't take too long. The wonks in White House, the Republican Leadership. And the “free trade” Democrats, have hatched another devious process for passing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. It has the following steps

– Step one: the House passes a TPA bill without passing Trade Adjustments Assistance (TAA); then

– Step two: the Republicans in the Senate give assurances to Senate Democrats that TAA will be passed by the Senate and later the House; Read more about TPP: Fast –Track Is Back: Shall It Pass?

House Republicans to bring a "clean" Fast Track bill to the floor TOMORROW (Thursday)


WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to breathe new life into President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Thursday by bringing up a stand-alone bill to give the president expedited authority to speed major trade deals through Congress.

Copy edit: "plan to breathe new life" should read "breathe unlife." TPP is a zombie. Read more about House Republicans to bring a "clean" Fast Track bill to the floor TOMORROW (Thursday)


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