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"Who Goes Nazi? Office Edition," Lyta Gold, Current Affairs

The intro para; read the original piece linked below (no pay wall), too. A classic, and useful right now; moreso as the months pass.

It’s been 78 years since Dorothy Thompson published her iconic “Who Goes Nazi?” in Harper’s. “Interesting and somewhat macabre,” Who Goes Nazi? is a game you can play with your friends and acquaintances (although, for your safety, play it in your own head, not out loud). The rules are simple: Look around a group and ferret out who would go Nazi under the right conditions, and who never, ever would, no matter what. In her piece, Thompson described playing her game at an imaginary dinner party. We present to you, updated for the 21st century: the Office Edition. After you’ve finished reading, try it out at your own workplace (again, in your head, or with very trusty coworkers).

It's funny cuz it's true. 

Here's the rest.

Existential climate-related security risk: A scenario approach MAY 2019, Breakthrough - National Centre for Climate Restoration

Admiral Chris Barrie, AC RAN Retired

In 2017-18, the Australian Senate inquired into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security. The Inquiry found that climate change is “a current and existential national security risk”, one that “threatens the premature extinction of Earth- originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development”.

I told the Inquiry that, after nuclear war, human- induced global warming is the greatest threat to human life on the planet. Today’s 7.5 billion human beings are already the most predatory species that ever existed, yet the global population has yet to peak and may reach 10 billion people, with dire implications absent a fundamental change in human behaviour.

This policy paper looks at the existential climate-related security risk through a scenario set thirty years into the future. David Spratt and Ian Dunlop have laid bare the unvarnished truth about the desperate sit…

D-Day: How the US Supported Hitler's Rise to Power

Truth hurts, but it will set you free.

Part 2:

Yeah, fuck Medicare for All, because THIS is "freedom": [Insured] Family swamped by avalanche of bills after son’s death: 'It’s continuous'

Insured, mind you. They have insurance. Thing is, the idea is that to make a profit, you have to deny and delay care, and try to force the patients and their families to pay up, if you can. Profit. It's fucking disgusting.

So, yeah, here's a taste of what's coming, and, uh, gee, ya think this pisses people off to the point where they hurl their vote at a fool like Trump? Who among the Democrats will even try to fix this? Right.

James was just seven months old when he died in hospice. But the Cavatore family would be haunted by an avalanche of bills for years to come, despite having medical insurance.

 “I got one bill, and it was $1.1m,” said Federico Cavatore, the boys’ father. “I joked to myself, I said, I’m going to frame this and put it in Thomas’ room and say, ‘This is why you’re getting a scholarship to college.’” The Cavatore family’s situation is a graphic illustration of an American health system, where medical bills can feel like a second trauma, even for those wh…

Here's a video that will help win Trump the White House again

All Trump will have to do is play strings of videos like that -- and tons more -- while doing his usual bullshit to beat this fool.

Establishment Democrats: "How dare anyone make a video of Biden's record--and entirely accurate, un-fake video? The Republicans would never have thought to do that! Oh, by the way, let's publish fifteen hit pieces a day on Sanders, calling him a totalitarian dictator loving Commie, as well as a cheap, rich kike."

You: "That's absolutely consistent and right because the New York Times said so!"

You know, the fool we're all being told is the Safe Bet. Right.

(I should say that the administration, unlike what Sunkara says in that link, is well on the way to fascism. He shouldn't downplay that in order that people "risk" more with Sanders. That's bullshit: shit is dire; Biden's a disaster as he may not beat Trump and can't--cannot--beat Trumpism; ergo: support Sanders. And I don't think Sunkara…

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Is an Attack on Our Freedom of Speech

And here's some more, from the excellent Mehdi Hasan, on another prong of the fascist--yes, "fascist" is exactly the right term--attack on the media, the never-ending, entirely obvious, purely sadistic gaslighting.

But most of my Very Adult Friends hate Assange. And don't get, really, anything at all. Mostly on purpose.

Jonathan Cook: Don’t be fooled: Media is still selling out Assange

Some: Rather than address the important legal, political and journalistic questions surrounding the Assange case, the Guardian and other papers that collaborated with him turned his persecution into nothing more than a simple-minded Hollywood drama, with Assange reduced to the satirical description offered by Australian journalist Caitlin Johnstone of a “stinky Nazi rapist Putin puppet Trump supporter”. No, the reason why the Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other media suddenly care about Assange’s fate has nothing to do with principle – legal or journalistic. It has nothing to do with the First Amendment, which has been under threat since Assange was forced to hole up in Ecuador’s embassy in 2012, after he was granted political asylum. These same newspapers ignored the political reasons Assange was in the embassy so they could pretend he had simply run away from a sexual assault investigation in Sweden. They also ignored or ridiculed the ruling in 2016 of the Unite…

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s “Economic Boom” Is a Sham

Recent interview at Truthout.

I actually don't agree with him on impeachment; the rest is as obviously true as it would be if anyone, let alone a genius, turned toward the important issues.

The Really-Existing For-Profit Media Does Not Have Your Best Interests at Heart

Unless you're rich and/or a professional*. Which is why they're so easily tarred as fake news by sectors of the population sick of reading how some asshole in the Hamptons is eating bespoke yogurt at 5:30 am before his gluten-free enema, coached workout, and limo to Wall Street where he'll fuck everyone else in the world as hard as he can...and be rewarded for it.

Here’s the deal:

1. Newspapers Won’t Save Us, even though they're superior to any other form (for the most part), and because you can't explain complex issues in anything but extended prose. I know: no one reads: another reason we're going fascist.

2. A Million Extinctions Eclipsed by One Royal Grandbaby, courtesy of video news, though the print reports on this nightmare, which is only one of a many, were quickly buried. No one gives a fuck: you don't see ads with the awful truth.

Ultimately, this persists because it's what we want or at least tolerate. Too venal and stupid to live: that’s us! As…