Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Grilled-cheese, with the hyphen, and a cocktail

"Valerie Plame resigns from Ploughshares Fund after tweeting anti-Semitic article".  "After article was rejected and publishers yawned, Walt and Mearsheimer dropped ‘The Israel Lobby’ in 2005" (Weiss).  You could (and should) argue that this is the book that stopped WWIII.

Problems with democracy:  "According to Emmanuel Macron, the days of popular sovereignty are over" (Meyssan) and "Theresa May Takes Her Darkest, Most Desperate Turn Yet".

"Marchers demand Haiti's president step down".  "Haiti: Thousands march against new budget".  Do a Google News search - you won't find much.

"Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout" (Johnson).   They just slipped that in, almost without notice.

"The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols" (Ford).  It is curious (or not) that we hear so much about the guys involved in constitutionally-protected political protest, but literally nothing about the extreme right-wing groups involved in actual terrorism (against abortion providers and non-white people), while police repression and mass incarceration as methods of social control continue without comment.

"Pakistan army pushed political role for militant-linked groups".  Nothing new.

"Canada to Sanction Venezuela".  "Trudeau Government seeking to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro" (Engler). Neo-nazi foreign policy.

"Canada’s Disgrace: “Ottawa Supports Illegal Coalition Tasked with Destroying Syria and its People”" (Taliano) referring to "Canada's RCMP Caught Trying to Demonize Muslims by Engineering False Flag Terrorism" where a judge criticized RCMP false-flag 'terrorism' where they entrapped defendants with severe problems and vulnerabilities in a police-engineered plot.  This is a shockingly righteous decision, by Madam Justice Catherine Bruce (who almost immediately retired), given how cravenly the entire Canadian judiciary has fallen in line behind the Islamophobic police state.

"Crackdown in Catalonia".  Another example of the rich northern guys deciding they are tired of supporting the lazy feckless southerners, but heavily cloaked in a weird soppy identity politics kumbaya shit!  Quebeckers tired of independence when they realized that living next to the biggest psychotic asshole in the world required the protection of a larger political union.  In Europe, the big asshole is Germany, and do Catalonians think they'll do better battling the asshole by themselves?  Still, the over-reaction by the Spanish state would make anybody want to leave.

"How She Lost".  The problem with running a campaign purely on demographics is that you assume voters are static in their possible choices, and this is built into their very identity.  This is profoundly racist/bigoted, and leads to two problems:
  1. your assumption that votes are 'in the bag' means you lack incentive to provide any positive policy proposals for the benefit of your 'locked-in' supporters beyond airy platitudes, and thus can lazily avoid making any hard choices in an attempt to appeal to everybody;
  2. people resent being taken for granted on the basis that they have no choice but to vote for you, and, in response, either vote differently, or don't vote.

"The Long Night Ahead".

"Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians?"  They are trying to pull Mercer in as a Russian agent!!!

You have to keep clicking on 'more replies' to get the whole thread, but it is worth it!:  tweet (RespectableLawyer).  These are the kind of motivations and issues that propel real history.

"Grilled-cheese, cocktail among terms now deemed OK by Quebec's language watchdog".
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