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by Bernard on
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In story: Open Thread 27 March

Re: Open Thread 27 March
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Current Affairs | Culture & Politics -
Any claim about nefarious doings by Vladimir Putin--for instance, that Russia hacked Vermont's electric grid, or that the Naked Capitalism blog is Russian state propaganda--is spread widely by pundits without particular regard for the actual substantiating evidence.

Of course, one may disagree with this. One may believe that the media's treatment of the Russia-Trump nexus has been sober and reasonable. But a new data point suggests otherwise: the New York Times recently published a piece on Russian hacking by Louise Mensch. And a world where the Paper of Record publishes Mensch is not a world with a sane public conversation about Russia.

Mensch is a British former Conservative MP and chick-lit author who these days spends most of her time on Twitter issuing frenzied denunciations of imagined armies of online "Putinbots." She is--and this is no overstatement--one of the least credible people on the internet.

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In story: Open Thread 27 March

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My, that's up there with Newt Gingrich's tweets about the ACA repeal last week

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 27 March - 2 April 2017

Feature Stories: Indoctrination and Repression
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Below are two radio broadcasts, for example, that reflect US American traditions and social cohesion, formed by a generational struggle to make this nation "great" in theory, if not practice. I hope you'll save time to listen to both in their entirety in order to apprehend the current condition of dystopia glossed by innerboob journalists. In truth, "The Trump Effect" is the mean, rather than the anomalous, measure of interpersonal relationships in the USA.

This American Life |109: Notes on Camp
in which a seemingly innocuous, bourgeois institution of learning collides with "cultural appropriation" and Total Vigilante Awareness.

Latino USA | Blood And Betrayal In The Southwest
in which cautious personal recollections of the Mexican-American War impugn the romantic image of the Texas Rangers and betray a profound antipathy among industrious European immigrants toward "undocumented migrants".

Background: War's End, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Since 1848 Native Americans and Mexican Americans have struggled to achieve political and social equality within the United States, often citing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as a document that promised civil and property rights. Although the treaty promised U.S. citizenship to former Mexican citizens, the Native Americans in the ceded territories, who in fact were Mexican citizens, were not given full U.S. citizenship until the 1930s.

See also US Census 1850; notorious US Office of Management and Budget Statistical Directive No. 15 (1997)bibliograph

by Cat on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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Yeah. Not clear how UK data law is going to work with EU, so will plan to get out beforehand. (And if I'm thinking that ...)
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-26 March

Re: Open Thread 13-26 March
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This ties in with another essay I read in Guardian

Guardian - Larry Elliot - Populism is the result of global economic failure

he rise of populism has rattled the global political establishment. Brexit came as a shock, as did the victory of Donald Trump. Much head-scratching has resulted as leaders seek to work out why large chunks of their electorates are so cross.

The answer seems pretty simple. Populism is the result of economic failure. The 10 years since the financial crisis have shown that the system of economic governance which has held sway for the past four decades is broken. Some call this approach neoliberalism. Perhaps a better description would be unpopulism.

Unpopulism meant tilting the balance of power in the workplace in favour of management and treating people like wage slaves. Unpopulism was rigged to ensure that the fruits of growth went to the few not to the many. Unpopulism decreed that those responsible for the global financial crisis got away with it while those who were innocent bore the brunt of austerity. Anybody seeking to understand why Trump won the US presidential election should take a look at what has been happening to the division of the economic spoils.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-26 March

Re: Open Thread 13-26 March
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As usual Jim Wright has important things to say

Stonekettle Station - Jim Wright - Winning Civilization

They (Republicans) have broken government.

If they can't make government work when they control the entire government, they have broken government. Quod erat demonstrandum.

And if government is broken, the country is broken.

So, it's not enough to win the White House and it's about more than winning elections.

It's about getting shit done.

It's about a functioning government.

It's about a functioning country.

It's about civilization.

Listen to me: Fanatics tear down civilization, always. Fanatics thrive on chaos and disorder and war and destruction. They revel in it. Fanatics are the howling barbarians at the gate.

Fanaticism is the enemy of civilization.
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For a nation, for civilization itself, to flourish, it's must go forward.

Winning the White House isn't enough.

Winning Congress isn't enough.

Winning the states isn't enough.

Winning isn't enough.

Civilization has to evolve.

Our country and our society must advance.

We can't keep going back and forth, swinging between liberals and conservatives. We can't keep going over the same ground. For civilization to advance it must build on its successes and learn from its failures. We can't keep fighting the same goddamned battles over and over.

Civilizations that don't advance?

They die.

By fire or by stagnation or by fragmentation, they die.

Every time.

Every. Time.

And the only way we go forward from this place we find ourselves at, is if both reasonable liberals and reasonable conservatives can find common ground, can compromise.  

Every time I quote Jim, I abuse fair use privilege (and he cares about that. A lot) But it's the only way I can show the gist of the arument he builds. Go read the whole thing, it's much better than the the fragment I x-posted.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Ah, didn't see that here, posted it in OT as well

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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As Rachel Maddow noted, with all the details about the Russian connections, that Flynn and Manafort seem to be willing to testify and plea bargain their way out of trouble, the fact that their easy win legislation failed isn't even remotely their biggest problem right now

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 27 March - 2 April 2017

Dulles Bros. Meddling and Interference
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Let's recap.
The congressional intelligence committees were created in 1977 following recommendations of the Church and Pike committees that investigated crimes committed during the Vietnam War by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency.  These crimes included illegal domestic spying in violation of U.S. law throughout the war.  The intelligence committees were given responsibility for oversight of the intelligence community, which had been in the hands of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees from 1947 until 1977.

The Disappearance of Bipartisanship on the Intelligence Committees

They're merely mostly dead.

by Cat on
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Last Week -100 was pretty busy for US hawks led by T. Roosevelt, but the US was first among belligerants to recognize the Soviet Union.

By directly declaring war, rather than saying that the war began, for example, with the sinking of the Housatonic on February 3rd, the US can later demand compensation for the ships sunk right up to the time the US declared war.

Today -100: March 27, 1917: Of Russian Jews, declarations of war, Belgiums, and crying czars



by Cat on
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hmm, yes, well, let us recall Der Spiegel is the only organization that "produced plausible information that Merkel's mobile was targeted by the US eavesdropping agency". Germany's top prosecutor started an investigation to corroborate the proof, then dropped it. And, finally, in 2015, Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone

The White House never outright denied spying on Merkel, but it did say that it was not currently spying on her phone calls and would not do so in the future.

So. Here we are wondering, idly, Wwhen the NYT will publish the Flynn Tapes? And why a US Rep on the House Intelligence committee relies on anonymously "hacked" Paul Manafort's daughter's text messages to prosecute the patriotism of the POTUS?

by Cat on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

Re: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?
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I think ET ate my comment, new attempt.

Collaborating against England cna be done as seperate states.

Generally for a new larger state you need a movement pushing for the identity. Examples include Germany and Italia but also Pan-Slavism and Scandinavianism.

Without that, the only thing I see as a possibility is a weak Scott-Irish federation, with the aim of sneaking Scotland back into the EU. This would be if the Spanish leadership saw Scotland joining Ireland as a much less threatening example then Scotland joining the EU. Perhaps something could be made of UK leaving the EU creating a unique situation, etc etc.

Shades of my suggestion years ago of Turkey joining Luxembourg in the federal state of Greater Luxembourg with extensive home rule for Western and Eastern Luxembourg.

But overall, I think it is unlikely. Then again, we are entering a kind of chaotic politics, so who knows?

by fjallstrom on
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In story: Open Thread 13-26 March

A summary of the scandal so far
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Medium - Yonatan Zunger - From Russia, With Oil

In the past week, there have been several startling revelations about the investigations into Donald Trump, his closest allies, and their ties to Russia. Not only has the existence of two investigations, one by the FBI and one by the House Intelligence Committee, been confirmed, but there is increasing information as to just what is being investigated: an alleged deal for Trump to advance Russian interests as President in exchange for 19% of the Russian state oil company Rosneft and Russian intelligence assistance in winning the election.

This news has been spread over a tremendous number of articles and even Twitter threads, rather than in a single big headline. So today I would like to pull together all of these reports, and make it clear what things are known for certain, what things have been reported and sourced but not confirmed, and what things are still speculation.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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Also vaguely software related: I think comment ratings on frontpage stories show up as  [Hidden Comment] in the user page. Had me seriously wondering if I missed some big flame war.
by generic on
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More neo-lib brain rot then...
Sipping champagne in the bunker, true to form.

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 27 March

Re: Tweets that haven't aged well
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If you're a 7-year old, it may even be true....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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Has this got anything to do with Brexit?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 27 March

Tweets that haven't aged well
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by generic on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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Does anyone know how much work it would take to update Tribex to be compatible with the latest versions of Firefox? I would be happy to contribute to the cost if someone here has the expertise.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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FB as promotional vehicle makes sense. However, once you're writing on FB you're writing what FB allows you write. Probably not a good idea.

In other news, I'm planning to move ET to Linode servers in Germany rather than London in the next year. (Unless Linode open an Irish data centre, which is conceivable.)

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 27 March - 2 April 2017

Living On the Planet
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In story: 27 March - 2 April 2017

Living Off the Planet
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A three weeks old roundup from Josh Marshall, focusing only on the confirmed - Occam Razor style - facts. (part 2)
by Bernard on
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News and Views

 27 March - 2 April 2017

by Bjinse - Mar 27, 12 comments

Your take on this week's news

 20 - 26 March 2017

by Bjinse - Mar 20, 50 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 27 March

by Bjinse - Mar 27, 4 comments

Like a flash of lightning in the clouds, we thread in the flicker.

 Open Thread 13-26 March

by Bjinse - Mar 13, 38 comments

He was going to thread forever, or die in the attempt

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