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Krystal Ball: Debunking the myth that Bernie Sanders is unelectable

She's good on analysis. Clearly a progressive, but she argues well, and with the proper scorn, too, as these shenanigans are beneath contempt.

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DC Cretins Chastise Warren For Ruling Out Offensive Nuclear Strikes

Warren is sane and correct. This should always have been the policy. But to voice this tiny piece of nuclear sanity -- far less than what is actually required, which is total and permanent nuclear disarmament ASAP -- is to brand oneself as stupid, crazy, or both.

Populist Bernie Ad Is Trump’s Kryptonite (And He Knows It)

BLS: Men who do not work during their prime years: What do the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth data reveal?

The labor force participation rate of prime-working-age men (ages 25 to 54) has been mostly falling since the late 1960s, with steeper declines during recessionary periods. In 1969, the labor force participation rate of men ages 25 to 54 was 96 percent, and in 2015, the rate was under 89 percent.1 Prime-age men who were out of the labor force in a given month increasingly reported they did not work in the previous year.2 Time spent not working has implications for future job and earnings potential, as well as for the well-being of the individual and his family.
This Beyond the Numbers article examines nonworking status across two generations of men. It evaluates whether men’s prior work history as well as education, family structure, personal health, incarceration status, and living situations differ between nonworkers across the two cohorts and between nonworkers and their working peers within cohorts. The article uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79…

100% Correct: "Trump Keeps Cracking Down on Legal Immigration Because His Base Loves Cruelty"

"The Trump campaign confirmed last week that it would not stop airing ads that use the dehumanizing term “invasion” in touting the president’s tough-on-immigration approach, even though that same language was echoed by the El Paso gunman who murdered 22 Latinos last week. Trump’s campaign ran more than 2,000 ads using the term in the lead-up to the massacre. The president long ago made clear that there will be no “pivot” to the center and no fake appeal to the entirety of the nation he’s nominally tasked with leading. He understands as clearly today as he did on the day four years ago that he descended his golden escalator, that his one and only path to victory is to play to the cruelest instincts of the GOP base — and that the way to win them over is with unadulterated hate."

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Yes, if you support Trump, in any fashion--even if you're not actively fighting him and his merry band of fascists--you, whoever you are, are scum. Total. Scum. 

If that hurts your wittle fe…

Federal Judge Continues Chelsea Manning's Confinement and $1000 a Day Fine

"Manning could be jailed for another 400 days and owe $144,00 [sic: $441,000 is the figure] because of an unprecedented decision by Bush-Appointed Judge Tenga. Kevin Gosztola discusses the latest development."



Truthout article.

Capitalism in Crisis | Yanis Varoufakis

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American Jews Lead Nationwide Protests to #CloseTheCamps

People for whom Never Again is more than an ethnonarcissistic, trauma-mongering, passive-aggressive, Israeli-crimes-whitewashing slogan.

Of course these real Jews are called Fake Jews by the fake Jews annoyed by the live presence of an alternative. People like Stephen Miller and various ex-friends of mine.

Oh, well.

Joe Rogan Experience #1330 - Bernie Sanders

Anand Giridharadas: How billionaires prevent social change

India’s Looming Ethno-Nationalist Catastrophe

In the long list of enemies maintained by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of India (BJP), the Muslims of the northwestern state of Kashmir have always held a special place. The only Muslim-majority state in India, and one guaranteed notional autonomy under Article 370 of the Indian constitution, Kashmir is routinely depicted by the right-wing Hindu BJP as the ungrateful beneficiary of Indian munificence, accepting endless sops while returning the favor with acts of terrorism and support for Pakistan.
The BJP on Monday announced in unilateral fashion that it would dissolve Kashmir’s special status and divide the state into two parts, one of which is to be ruled directly from Delhi. The proclamation was accompanied with a curfew in the state that included the house arrest of prominent Kashmiri leaders, the severing of all internet, cellphone, and landline connections, and the deployment of thousands of additional troops in what is already, with nearly a million soldiers, one of the mo…

Robert Fisk: As India and Pakistan – and America and Iran – go toe-to-toe, now is the time to recall the scorched corpses of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

So this is a very good week, as we typically ignore the commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for us to remember the nuclear threat in the Middle East. At least one nation in every potential conflict in the region – from the Indus to the Mediterranean – is a nuclear power or a prospective nuclear power. India against Pakistan and vice-versa, the US with Iran, the Israelis with Iran – or just about any other Levantine power – and the Saudis versus Iran, and Iran against almost anyone else except Syria. 
Oh yes, and Donald Trump has just pulled out of the Cold War Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia – blaming Russia for violating the ban on missiles ranging up to 3,400 miles. All Russia’s fault, says Mike Pompeo. The treaty is now “dead”, the Russian foreign ministry confirms. So it’s time, perhaps, to re-watch those old documentaries of the the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and the bomb codenamed “Little Boy” and the brilliant mushroom cloud and all those scorched cor…

Bill Black: Trump's China Trade War Increases Risk of Recession

"Trump accuses China of currency manipulation because their currency devalued in the wake of his tariffs. However, as Bill Black explains, this accusation has no basis in fact. Instead, Trump's trade war only increases the likelihood of a recession."

Nichols and May: Take Two

Two of the funniest people ever, especially May.

Greenland Melts under a Heat Dome

I've studied nuclear war for 35 years -- you should be worried. | Brian Toon

For the first time in decades, it's hard to ignore the threat of nuclear war. But as long as you're far from the blast, you're safe, right? Wrong. In this sobering talk, atmospheric scientist Brian Toon explains how even a small nuclear war could destroy all life on earth -- and what we can do to prevent it. A professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Brian Toon investigates the causes of the ozone hole, how volcanic eruptions alter the climate, how ancient Mars had flowing rivers, and the environmental impacts of nuclear war. He contributed to the U.N.’s Nobel Peace Prize for climate change and holds numerous scientific awards, including two NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. He is an avid woodworker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

The Heir to the Byzantine Throne in Barbados

A tale of modernity, basically: the Roman Empire ended in a British colony.

Down by the River (2009 Remaster)

Forgot how great this song is.

Mark Blyth - A Brief History of How We Got Here and Why

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Eventually, We Will All Be Climate Refugees

While I was in Iraq reporting on the occupation from 2003 to 2013, the man who was my primary interpreter was named Harb. Harb’s son miraculously managed to escape war-torn Baghdad and move to the U.S. with his wife and children. Both doctors, the courageous couple has managed to create a safe home and life for themselves and their children, along with Harb’s wife. (Harb is now deceased.) They live in Tampa, Florida. My head swims while pondering the multilayered irony of Harb and his family. They all had to flee Baghdad when the violence escalated, as the occupation wore on. First, they fled to Damascus, until Syria imploded. Then they fled to Beirut. “Now I am a double refugee,” I remember Harb telling me, laughing (he always laughed at his tragedies), when we spoke during that time. He had by then managed to get all of his children out of Iraq, each of them now safely relocated to more stable countries. Then for roughly two years he and his wife sat in Beirut, waiting, until their v…