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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 6/20
« on: Today at 05:36:37 AM »
Hey-- a paper today! Hoping you are all well.

Doomstead Diner Daily 6/20

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Despite Trump, Wall Street is breaking up with fossil fuels

grist.org - Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and a founder of 350.org. He is a member of Grist’s board of directors. If you’re looking for good news…

The National Outrage Over Immigration Is Beginning to Get to Trump

[url=http://www.theatlantic.com]www.theatlantic.com[/url] - “The president was very firm in explaining why it’s so important that he gets this bill to his desk, so we can solve some major problems,” Majority Whip Steve Scalise told reporters after the meeting.

The Outrage Over Family Separation Is Exactly What Stephen Miller Wants

[url=http://www.theatlantic.com]www.theatlantic.com[/url] - First, it should be understood that Miller’s hardline approach to immigration predates his work for Trump. In 2013, as an aide to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, Miller made his name on Capitol Hill figh…

Opinion | You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Against Immigrant Children

[url=http://www.nytimes.com]www.nytimes.com[/url] - Catholic bishops in border states and cities have been particularly scathing. “Separating immigrant parents and children as a supposed deterrent to immigration is a cruel and reprehensible policy,” B…

Bipartisan group of ex-US Attorneys call for Sessions to end separation of migrant families

thehill.com - Dozens of former United States Attorneys signed onto a letter Monday calling for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were ke…

QAnon, the Crazy Pro-Trump Conspiracy, Melts Down Over OIG Report

[url=http://www.thedailybeast.com]www.thedailybeast.com[/url] - A man armed with a rifle and a handgun drove an armored truck to the Hoover Dam last Friday and started blocking traffic. He brought a homemade sign with him that said, “Release the OIG report.” Exce…

Jacob Soboroff Says HHS Will Not Release Pictures Of Migrant Girls And Toddlers

crooksandliars.com - MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff has been repeatedly asking for photos of the toddlers and girls taken into custody at the border, but HHS refuses. Start at seconds (Use current time from player) Despit…

Italian minister's Roma census talk causes outrage

[url=http://www.cnn.com]www.cnn.com[/url] - "The Italian Roma, unfortunately, you have to keep in Italy," he said, referring to Roma with Italian citizenship. Ethno-racial statistics have not been permitted in Italy ever since the overthrow of…

Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones

[url=http://www.pewglobal.org]www.pewglobal.org[/url] - Digital divides remain, both within and across countries By Jacob Poushter, Caldwell Bishop and Hanyu Chwe In recent years, there have been doubts raised about the overall benefits of internet access…

Jenne’ Andrews: Donald Trump’s Long Train of Abuses and Usurpations

voxpopulisphere.com - But for every hour we do nothing, small traumatized children are driven under Easter-egg tents inside chain link pens, 11,000 and counting. It is time for the American People to get some courage–to …

Here’s the thing about Rachel Maddow’s stunning on-air moment

[url=http://www.palmerreport.com]www.palmerreport.com[/url] - This evening, just as she was bringing her 9pm nightly MSNBC show to a close, Rachel Maddow was handed a breaking story about infants facing abhorrent conditions in Donald Trump’s camps. As she began…

Antarctica Is Losing Insane Amount of Ice. Nothing About This Is Good.

[url=http://www.livescience.com]www.livescience.com[/url] - Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the past 25 years, and that ice loss has accelerated rapidly over the last five years. In a new study, the most comprehensive to date of the continent's …

The Really Strange Way a Tick Bite Could Harm Your Heart (Hint: It Involves Red Meat)

[url=http://www.livescience.com]www.livescience.com[/url] - People with a rare red meat allergy may have a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people with higher levels of a particular antibody in their blood had an incr…

U.S. Military Involvement in Ukraine: NATO Expansion through Proxy War

U.S. Military Involvement in Ukraine: NATO Expansion through Proxy War

southfront.org - Written by Brian Kalman exclusively for SouthFront; Brian Kalman is a management professional in the marine transportation industry. He was an officer in the US Navy for eleven years. Although the U.…

'As crimes pile up, they become invisible': Western complicity in Saudi Arabia's dirty war in Yemen

'As crimes pile up, they become invisible': Western complicity in Saudi Arabia's dirty war in Yemen

[url=http://www.rt.com]www.rt.com[/url] - After three years of relentless conflict, it has been estimated that out of a population of 27.4 million, 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million are food inse…

Trump Announces US Space Force: 'We Must Have American Dominance In Space'

[url=http://www.informationclearinghouse.info]www.informationclearinghouse.info[/url] - Trump Announces US Space Force: 'We Must Have American Dominance In Space' Watch US Space Force will become a new branch of military that aims to ensure American's dominance in space. Trump wants Ame…

U.S. Quits UN Human Rights Council, Saying It’s Anti-Israel

[url=http://www.informationclearinghouse.info]www.informationclearinghouse.info[/url] - U.S. Quits UN Human Rights Council, Saying It’s Anti-Israel Haley says organization ‘makes a mockery of human rights’ June 19, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - The Trump administration withdrew fr…

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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 6/17 The Fathers' Day Edition
« on: June 17, 2018, 07:34:06 AM »

Doomstead Diner Daily 6/17 The Fathers' Day Edition

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Bitcoin Daily: Firms Invest $1.7B In Blockchain | PYMNTS.com

[url=http://www.pymnts.com]www.pymnts.com[/url] - Financial firms are investing $1.7 billion annually on blockchain technology per research from Greenwich Associates, Bloomberg reported. The research group also found that firms increased their block…


Psychologists Warns Parents Fortnite Is Dangerously Addictive

evoke.ie - Parents are being warned about the online gaming sensation Fortnite becoming dangerously addictive for children. The game which has been dubbed ‘Call of Duty for children’ has an astonishing 125 mill…


Turkey’s Election Is Too Close to Call, Bloomberg Poll Shows

[url=http://www.bloomberg.com]www.bloomberg.com[/url] - Turkey’s election this month could go down to the wire, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing a tougher battle to cement power or even an upset, according to a poll commissioned by Bloomberg. Er…


Palantir Knows Everything ABout You

wedacoalition.org - High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named Peter Cavicchia III ran special ops for JPMorgan Chase & Co. His insider threat group—most large financia…


Detroit Coalition Pursues Justice for Illegally Foreclosed Families - UNICORN RIOT

[url=http://www.unicornriot.ninja]www.unicornriot.ninja[/url] - Detroit, MI – On June 14, 2018, Unicorn Riot was live from a press conference held near the new home of Sonja Bonnett’s family. The community was celebrating both Bonnett’s returning to home ownershi…


Trump’s 2020 campaign is reportedly using former Cambridge Analytica employees to target voters

[url=http://www.theverge.com]www.theverge.com[/url] - Data analysis company Data Propria, led by a former Cambridge Analytica strategist, is reportedly working on President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. The Associated Press reports that Data…


Do probiotics and prebiotics actually work? Here's a conclusive study

bigthink.com - Do you take probiotics? The idea of a "healthy gut flora" might have gotten you laughed out of the room just five years ago, but they've slowly become far more accepted and are now firmly in the main…


“It Took Us Over a Week to Find All the Body Parts”

theintercept.com - The missile had struck around 11 p.m., killing 23 of the revelers, and wounding over 60, according to villagers who spoke with The Intercept. Most of the dead were in pieces. “It took us over a week …


Antarctica Is Losing Insane Amount of Ice. Nothing About This Is Good. - Famous

go.famousmaga.com - Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the past 25 years, and that ice loss has accelerated rapidly over the last five years. In a new study, the most comprehensive to date of the continent’s …


5 Ways Fatherhood Changes a Man's Brain

[url=http://www.livescience.com]www.livescience.com[/url] - Fatherhood can change a man's life. It also changes his brain, in ways that it seems to equip dads with the very same "baby sense" that's often attributed to moms. From an animal kingdom perspective,…


My dad taught me how to deal with bullies, because he was one

[url=http://www.fastcompany.com]www.fastcompany.com[/url] - “Teddy, what’s three times five?” It’s asked in a voice I can’t ignore. advertisement “Fifteen.” “And what’s four times five?” More demanding now. “Twenty,” I say, dreading the next question, knowing…


It’s Not Collusion, It’s Corruption

[url=http://www.theatlantic.com]www.theatlantic.com[/url] - So Sarbanes led a task force to put together what Democrats have dubbed “A Better Deal for Our Democracy.” It’s a hodgepodge of mostly recycled proposals to change campaign-finance laws, tighten lobb…


Aftermath of the Trump-Kim Summit: Unilateral Denuclearization, Continued US Military Threats, Economic Sanctions

[url=http://www.globalresearch.ca]www.globalresearch.ca[/url] - Michel Chossudovsky reporting from Seoul, South Korea, June 16, 2018 The Trump-Kim Summit Joint Statement includes an unwavering commitment on the part of the DPRK to carry out a complete denucleariz…


Pittsburgh cartoonist says he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump

One of Rob Rogers’ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoons.

[url=http://www.theguardian.com]www.theguardian.com[/url] - A cartoonist who lost his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes his searing portrayals of Donald Trump were the most likely cause of his firing. Rob Rogers was terminated on Thursday by the pap…


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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:21:51 AM »
http://cubanet.org is not exactly a communist-friendly organisation, is it?  It is probably run by people who so hated the Cuban Revolution, that they fled to the US, and assisted by CIA funding and directing, spent years digging up the dirt to trash Che's cult status.

Times Online, which thought that article was sufficiently anti-communist to publish it, and it becomes "history" and gets quoted as "true", part of what everybody "knows" about Che.

North Koreans who fled their country can be expected to say bad things about North Korea, and the South Koreans and CIA are keen to publish them.  The Kim dynasty didn't want to have a famine, but they were sanctioned by the world on US say so, and the US/world was happy for them to starve and blame Kim for it.

Defectors from Russia, like Soljenitsyne, can be expected to say how awful the gulags are, and they win Nobel Prizes for their writings to publicise them better.  This doesn't happen by accident. It is all part of the brainwashing plan.

Even John Oliver is used tell a lot of lies about Venezuela's revolutionaries on his comedy program.  You wouldn't think it would make any difference, but somebody thinks so.

After a revolutionary war, lots of people have blood on their hands.  How many people will have to be executed after the US Revolution?  Everyone in the White House, all of Congress, the Supreme Courts, and all their lawyers, the Army Generals, the Police, Wall Street, and lots more.  The best you can say is "They (leaders) are all as bad as each other - totalitarian murderous scum bags."  When you justify it with "because they are communists!", that's where the propaganda training shows.

If you need a good book.  Che Guevara by Jon Lee Anderson is it.  I consider Che a hero.  I also see him as someone who made some bad choices but anybody who knows anything about Che knows he walked the walk and talked the talk.  He stood for what he believed in right down the line.  A dog to be respected.  A man but for the evils of the United States and our ongoing rape of Latin America would have lived out life quietly as a doctor somewhere in the Argentine. 


But perhaps his life could not have stayed quiet.  Some dogs are disposed to greatness and the world would have vexed his sensitive soul to greatness in some other way than the 1954 Guatemalan coup which changed him to his core.  His deep compassion for humanity unstoppable.

"The Motorcycle Diaries" is a film about Ernesto and a friend making a trip through South America in 1952. It's based on Che's memoirs. As well as being a road movie, the film is a coming-of-age film; as the adventure unfolds, Che's youthful pleasure-seeking is superseded by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. You can see a conscience awaken.

My own view of Guevara is far more akin to KD's. I trust NO official histories of "great men." Churchill was an over the hill disgraced Tory whose mulishness became an exact fit for the times in which Britain found herself. Moreover, he was determined that History would be told in his own voice. (You get a better hearing from history when you write it.)

One rarely gets a fair portrait from a man's detractors. And it has been the official policy of the USG to traduce all things communist since 1919. Coming up on 100 years of hatred, boys and girls!

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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 6/15
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:57:50 AM »



Note that publication in this space of the DDD will be both occasional and opportunistic for the next week. I will be traveling and visiting family, attending a wedding and such, and Diner stuff will be subject to bandwidth, time and opportunity.

Doomstead Diner Daily 6/14

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Comey Broke From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe, Watchdog Finds 

finance.yahoo.com - Former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and Justice Department procedures in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the law enforcement agencies’ image of impartiality even tho…

The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election

fivethirtyeight.com - This is the tenth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were underrated by most of the American media. Hillary…

Exclusive: Michael Cohen believes Trump and his allies are turning on him

[url=http://www.cbsnews.com]www.cbsnews.com[/url] - CBS News has learned that Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, believes the president and his allies are turning against him. Sources familiar with Cohen's legal problems say …

Analysis | The president of the United States was just accused of persistent charity fraud

[url=http://www.washingtonpost.com]www.washingtonpost.com[/url] - Eric Trump, left, Ivanka Trump, then-President-elect Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in January 2017. All four are named in a lawsuit by the New York attorney general for widespread charity fraud. (Jabin …

What's Up with This 'Half-Fish, Half-Bird' in China?

[url=http://www.livescience.com]www.livescience.com[/url] - At least that's how people have been describing this unusual creature since a video of the catch went viral online, showing the strange fish gasping for air as onlookers exclaimed. China's Guizhou Ur…

Most Americans express positive views of country’s growing racial and ethnic diversity

[url=http://www.pewresearch.org]www.pewresearch.org[/url] - A majority of Americans continue to say the United States is a better place to live as a result of its growing racial and ethnic diversity. About six-in-ten U.S. adults (58%) say that having an incre…

NYPD Disputes Gang Database Numbers — but Its Math Doesn’t Add Up

theintercept.com - Shea suggested that concern that the database was serving to criminalize young children was misplaced. He testified about the ages of those in the database: Seventeen people entered into the database…

We now know the neuroscience behind a spiritual awakening

bigthink.com - We often think of spirituality as something wholly outside of science. Though they seem diametrically opposed, could there ever be a marriage between the two? Might not science inform spirituality an…


Water Protector Sentenced To Time In Federal Prison For DAPL Protests

popularresistance.org - Michael “Little Feather” Giron, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, was sentenced to thirty-six months in federal prison this week. He is the first person to be sentenced to serious p…


George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

voxpopulisphere.com - Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: abov…


The Chomsky Challenge for Americans

[url=http://www.informationclearinghouse.info]www.informationclearinghouse.info[/url] - The tenacious hold of pious U.S.-exceptionalist dogma leads to soul-numbing two-facedness. In May 2009, a U.S. airstrike killed more than 10 dozen civilians in Bola Boluk, a village in western Afghan…


Confronting America the Torturer

[url=http://www.informationclearinghouse.info]www.informationclearinghouse.info[/url] - June 14, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Later this month on June 26, the United Nation’s will observe a Day for Victims of Torture. Before 2002, America would have heralded this day, joining in…


Fox News Source Confirms Sarah Sanders is 'Weighing Future Options' After She Bashed A CBS Report on Her Pending Resignation

[url=http://www.alternet.org]www.alternet.org[/url] - Sarah Huckabee Sanders Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons A Fox News report suggested on Thursday that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is “weighing future options” outside the White House. On …


Watch: President Trump Says He Wants Americans to Obey Him Like North Koreans Obey Kim Jong-un

[url=http://www.alternet.org]www.alternet.org[/url] - President Donald Trump on Friday told Fox News that he wants American citizens to show him the same reverence that North Koreans show leader Kim Jong-un. During a surprise interview with "Fox & Frien…


Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From

[url=http://www.atlasobscura.com]www.atlasobscura.com[/url] - There are thousands of individual rules for proper grammatical use of any given language; mostly, these are created, and then taught, in order to maximize understanding and minimize confusion. But th…


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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 6/14
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:18:35 AM »
Note that publication in this space of the DDD will be both occasional and opportunistic for the next week. I will be traveling and visiting family, attending a wedding and such, and Diner stuff will be subject to bandwidth, time and opportunity.



Doomstead Diner Daily 6/14


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More and more Republicans are turning on scandal-plagued Scott Pruitt

[url=http://www.vox.com]www.vox.com[/url] - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's nonstop scandals are finally beginning to test the patience of some of his staunchest political allies. The latest Republican to question …

Analysis | The Energy 202: 'He’s the head of the EPA, not the Sultan of Brunei.' Conservative group runs ad calling for Pruitt to go

[url=http://www.washingtonpost.com]www.washingtonpost.com[/url] - THE LIGHTBULB President Trump shakes hands with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt after speaking about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord in front of the White …

She says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center

[url=http://www.wsws.org]www.wsws.org[/url] - L. Francis Cissna, the Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced this week the creation of a new office that will be focused on identifying American citizens who “che…


U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen

foreignpolicy.com - With all eyes turned toward the summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen prepared to dramatically ramp up the conf…


American Medical Association calls for ban on assault weapons, amid congressional inaction

People gather on the two-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting to remember the victims and call for an end to gun violence on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

thinkprogress.org - The American Medical Association (AMA) on Tuesday pushed for a ban on assault weapons, amid demands from its membership of doctors that the organization take a stand against gun violence. The move co…


Opinion | Trump’s North Korean fantasyland

[url=http://www.washingtonpost.com]www.washingtonpost.com[/url] - One of the costs of the Trump era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is seen through the prism of whether you are for or against the president. Consequently…


Doctor Pulls Out Blood-Sucking Leech From Man's Nose In Horrifying Video

[url=http://www.ndtv.com]www.ndtv.com[/url] - A 51-year-old man from China had been suffering nosebleeds for over a week when he finally made his way to the hospital. A shocked doctor quickly figured out what was causing his suffering: a blood-s…


Critics are asking why the CEO of a nonprofit shelter that called police on Senator Merkley makes as much as $770,860

[url=http://www.newsweek.com]www.newsweek.com[/url] - Critics are questioning why the CEO of a Texas nonprofit children's shelter that called police on Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley for trying to enter the facility, where detained immigrant children a…


The Brexit traitor trope: how hard-right fantasies put us all at risk | Owen Jones

Daily Express front page with headline: 'Ignore the will of the people at your peril.'

[url=http://www.theguardian.com]www.theguardian.com[/url] - Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts were a menace. So were the Nazi sympathies of many British aristocrats in the 1930s. Today’s ascendant far right poses its own unique dangers, using familiar tropes that h…


Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

PHOTO: The CAL 3 proposal would split California into three new states: Northern California, California and Southern California.

abcnews.go.com - California residents will get a chance to vote on a measure to divide the Golden State into three separate states, election officials said Tuesday. Proponents of the CAL 3 initiative submitted more t…


Here's how the Trump administration is trying to shut down DACA

Image: President Donald J. Trump departs for G7 summit in Canada

[url=http://www.nbcnews.com]www.nbcnews.com[/url] - In a motion filed late Friday, Justice Department lawyers told a judge in Texas that the program violates federal immigration law. Assuming, as expected, that the judge grants the request from DACA o…


Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah planning to depart the White House

Image result for sarah sander raj shah

[url=http://www.cbsnews.com]www.cbsnews.com[/url] - Two of the most visible members of the Trump administration are planning their departures, the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil. Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal …


 

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Did you know Groucho Marx's brother was an inventor? 
 
Zeppo Marx might have been the "straight man" among his brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Gummo), but he got his chance to laugh all the way to the bank in other ways. The youngest member of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team, Zeppo (whose real name was Herbert Manfred Marx) had a knack for mechanical processes and founded the Marman Products Company in Inglewood, California, in 1941. The company's biggest (and most infamous) claim to fame was producing the clamps used to secure the atomic bomb dropped by the Enola Gay on Hiroshima during World War II. In fact, Marman clamps are still used in a variety of spaceflight systems, including the Cassini orbiter. In addition to his work on the Marman clamp, Zeppo Marx also earned two patents for early heart rate monitors and another patent for a heating pad.

Making their Marx:
 
֍ Groucho Marx hosted The Tonight Show for two weeks after Jack Paar quit. He also introduced Johnny Carson as the show's new host in 1962.

֍ The Marx Brothers originally wanted to be singers, but after a commotion caused by a runaway mule :D interrupted an early show, Groucho got the crowd roaring with laughter, and a comedy team was born.

֍ Chico once impersonated Harpo on the TV game show I've Got a Secret and got away with it.

http://www.wisegeek.com/did-the-marx-brothers-have-any-talents-besides-comedy.htm
No, I had never heard about Zeppo and Marman Clamps. Pretty cool.

I am old enough to remember Groucho from his TV show, and remember those black and white TV movie matinees of the Marx brothers, although I probably never saw half of 'em. They were old then.

Groucho Marx was incredibly naturally funny. Brilliant ad-libbing.....with him it seemed like it was all ad-libbed.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/AJ9J4M5xN3k&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/AJ9J4M5xN3k&fs=1</a>
I didn't know any of this. Great find. "You Bet Your Life" was a staple on TV for me as a kid. I. remember the duck dropping down if someone said the secret word.

Eddie's point about Groucho being a great ad-libber is true. He was also reputedly quite the ladies' man. And  I did not know that Groucho Marx hosted The Tonight Show for two weeks after Jack Paar quit, and introduced Johnny Carson as the show's new host. I remember that Paar quitting was news, but I was only 12 and late night TV was not on the menu for school nights.

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Economics / Re: The real economic numbers
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:44:43 AM »
Michael Snyder was a major Trumpovetsky supporter and is running for CONgress under the Donalditry banner.  He's also a major Christian Fundy who believes we are entering the Rapture and only Christians will be Saved.

RE

That may well be true, and you know how I feel about funny Christopaths. But what he is stating are opinions which are often heard here, such that you could class them "mainstream Diner:"

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Inflation is massively understated, which has a tremendous effect on our GDP numbers as well.

If accurate inflation numbers were being used, we would still be in a recession right now.

By a variety of measures the U.S. economy appears to have not grown much, if at all, since the turn of the millennium.

In the end, all that any of us really need to do is to just open our eyes and look at what is happening all around us.  We are on pace for the worst year for retail store closings in American history, and this “retail apocalypse” is hitting rural areas harder than anywhere else…

We are living in the terminal phase of the greatest debt bubble in global history, many nations around the globe are already experiencing a very deep economic downturn, and our planet is literally in the process of dying.

Don’t believe the hype.

Things have not been “good” for the U.S. economy for a very, very long time.

Each of these statements seems an obvious truth to the miscreants who somehow make their way to this corner of the internet. So what's the problem?

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Sound the Trump-ettes
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:32:39 PM »
It says here that Hof will get his money when Trump damn right well says he’s going to get his money.  Anybody who thinks otherwise will find themselves taking the Terry Sanford exit out of the party. Likewise Corey Stewart, an overcooked potato preaching the Neoconfederate gospel. Very big down here among the draoolers and window lickers. Trump will probably campaign for him, and otherwise make noise, and gin up his 26% of the electorate. But I doubt that will be enough to beat Kaine.

On the other hand,  it’s a long time until November, and anything can happen.

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Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:04:55 AM »


Narrator: ...and that's how Canada tricked Donald Trump into paying for The Great Canadian Wall.

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Geopolitics / Re: The Korea thread
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:22:40 AM »
Yes, Nobel Peace prize has become a hideous joke. Obama getting one and Trump being even considered for one is simply disgraceful. Dennis Rodman might as well be next.

And Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning got the fucking slammer for their reward. How fucked up is that?

The world's gone friggin insane.  :exp-angry: :exp-angry:
                   

Don't forget Reality Winner.

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Geopolitics / Re: The Korea thread
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:51:26 AM »
@Surly

Sorry. I missed that you had posted it. I do usually check your feed.

@GO

Robert DiNiro is more like Trump than he is different. Maybe a nicer guy, fwiw. They both talk shit all the time.

No problemo. I remembered having read it, I just wasn't sure whether I had posted it up on the DDD.

The article rewards close reading, the title notwithstanding. The parallels are many, in terms of personal failings, and the global fallout therefrom.



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One of the many things that Wilhelm was convinced he was brilliant at, despite all evidence to the contrary, was “personal diplomacy,” fixing foreign policy through one-on-one meetings with other European monarchs and statesmen. In fact, Wilhelm could do neither the personal nor the diplomacy, and these meetings rarely went well. The Kaiser viewed other people in instrumental terms, was a compulsive liar, and seemed to have a limited understanding of cause and effect.

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Wilhelm was a compulsive speechmaker who constantly strayed off script. Even his staff couldn’t stop him, though it tried, distributing copies of speeches to the German press before he’d actually given them. Unfortunately, the Austrian press printed the speeches as they were delivered, and the gaffes and insults soon circulated around Europe.

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The Kaiser reserved particular abuse for political parties that voted against his policies. “I regard every Social Democrat as an enemy of the Fatherland,” he said, and he denounced the German Socialist party as a “gang of traitors.” August Bebel, the Socialist party leader, said that every time the Kaiser opened his mouth, the party gained another hundred thousand votes.

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Wilhelm’s patronage of the aggressive, nationalistic right left him surrounded by ministers who held a collective conviction that a European war was inevitable and even desirable. Alfred von Tirpitz, Germany’s Naval chief—who realized at his first meeting with the Kaiser that he did “not live in the real world”—consciously exploited Wilhelm’s envy and rage in order to extract the astronomical sums required to build a German Navy to rival Britain’s, a project that created an arms race and became an intractable block to peace negotiations.

A major difference is that Trump does not appear to have suffer a full-blown mental and emotional collapse as Wilhelm did on occasion. Although Trump has "retired to one of his palaces," there are no reports that he has wept and complained that he’d been victimized. He saves that for Twitter.

Businesses hate uncertainty; governments even more so. Diplomacy is completely antithetical to the kind of shoot-from-the-lip ad libbing (no homework and no reading) Trump prefers. Given what history tells us about the consequences of erratic leaders making gut-based decisions, and the outcomes, this article constitutes a warning flare.

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« on: June 13, 2018, 04:08:54 AM »

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Geopolitics / Re: The G7 thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:40:13 PM »
True enough.

The effects of manufacturing job loss were even greater in textiles than in automaking. OTOH, those low, low prices at the house of the smiley face.

Like most treaties, trade issues are highly nuanced with many, many interlocking parts. And the issues can never be reduced to a bumper sticker slogan,demagogues notwithstanding.

You may find them highly nuanced, but the 1% and Occupy Wall Street folks understood it for what it is.Two or three minimum wage part time jobs for the OWS group with no benefits clarified it for them and of course the benefits to the 1% group are your specialty, no need to talk about the disparity between the two.



Did you even look at the article? I was trying to have an evidence-based discussion.

I was really anti-NAFTA for the most part of its existence. And I certainly was during my own involvement with Occupy. I am still uncertain about its utility. I've had people whose opinions I respect argue with me about my position, which led me to re-examine it.

I don't purport to understand NAFTA and its repercussions. All I can say with certainty is that there are dozens, maybe hundreds of interlocking parts involved. There are wins and losses. I also know that coincidence is not causation. Have manufacturing jobs in the US gone in the shitter because of NAFTA or because of automation? I think the answer is "yes."

There is danger in ripping up treaties, as with the Iran treaty. The current junta has demonstrated its contempt for traditional statecraft. So far, his tendency to "go with his gut" has resulted in a couple of days of changed headlines. What will the long terms effects be? Who knows.

As for me, I prefer my leaders without tantrums.

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The Diner Pantry / Re: 🐔 Doomstead Diner Dinner Special: 6/12/2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:23:57 PM »
                       

Artist? This one new to me.

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