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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

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Sanders (and others) on the Charleston shootings

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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, noticing that their standard article summary ends with "Here's what you need to know." The line always bugs me, partly because it triggers flashbacks of bar- or newsroom idiot know-it-alls starting their spiel with "Look kid, sit down and let me tell you how it really is," partly because I don't understand why Vox's readership of successful or aspiring professional middle-class Americans, touchy in all kind of small ways, would tolerate being talked to like that.

The Robert Parry piece linked-to above led me to a partial answer, which I hereby respectfully submit, following lambert's foundational work, as a contribution towards A Theory of the Explainer Class. It's just high school, Jack. I don't mean this in the trivial sense that high school shapes who we are and we remember borne back ceaselessly into the past...zzzzzz..., but rather that the explainer class has never left the intellectual world of high school, which is why its members are so uniquely susceptible to, say, the threat of ostracizing ridicule (Parry's "big ha-ha!" journo consensus above), or unembarrassed by the exercise of unearned authority, such as Matty Yglesias, '03 Harvard philosophy BA who last week explainered, from his $1.2 million condo in Logan Circle, why a $15-minimum wage "is probably too high" .

Here's where I'd refine lambert's 20% of "functional and wannabe (strivers)" through the filter of undergraduate or at-most-masters education choices. 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)

HuffPo:

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)

Krugman endorses "strange bedfellows" strategy of TPP opponents

(We are indeed approaching the End Times.) Krugman:

I think it’s fair to say that the liberal intelligentsia has been somewhat radicalized by Republican extremism; making common cause with those who share your basic values matters more than it seemed to a couple of decades ago.

At least, that's how I interpret, in the headline, that slightly Delphic utterance. Read more about Krugman endorses "strange bedfellows" strategy of TPP opponents

I'm so glad somebody else hates how the tech business uses the word "ecosytem"

From this brilliant, must-read, long-form article by Paul Ford in Bloomberg, "What is Code":

When your app is done, you may sell it in an app store. And if users are excited to use your app, they’ll be motivated to buy more apps. Loops upon loops, feeding into one another, capital accruing to the coffers of the patient software giants. An ecosystem. “Ecosystem” is another debased word, especially given what we keep doing to the real, physical one around us. But if a few hundred thousand people are raising their kids and making things for 100 million people, that’s what they call it.

I thought I was the only one! Read more about I'm so glad somebody else hates how the tech business uses the word "ecosytem"

About the Donald...

Swampland:

Trump has always known that the pageantry of a presidential campaign is a near-perfect marketing opportunity. He has been running this ruse since 1987, the first time he ruminated about replacing the permanent political class that had made America a “laughingstock.” He has gone farther this time to sell the fantasy, hiring political staff in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. But the success of the stunt will still be measured in money, not votes.

After all, there are about eight billion reasons Trump won’t be president. He was pro-choice until recently. He supported massive taxes on the ultra-rich. He has advocated tightening gun laws. He backed single-payer healthcare, a policy that conservatives abhor even more than Obamacare.

Well, that's pretty amazing. Read more about About the Donald...

In the garden: Come ON!!

The whole front area is sewn with clover (next to sidewalk) and wildflowers (further in). But so far, only one wildflower has bloomed! (Aside from some pretty and discreet small white flowers.) That's it. Read more about In the garden: Come ON!!

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Bernie and the press

Enjoy the cute curmudgeonly socialist from Vermont who can't possibly win phase while it lasts. Directly Bernie gets within 10 points of Hillary there will be a dramatic change. Remember the attacks on Howard Dean? It will be all that and more. We will learn every negative thing about Bernie and his family, true and otherwise, relevant and otherwise. I hope that Bernie's team have a plan for that. Read more about Bernie and the press

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