Friday, 19 February 2021
quote [ Relentlessly chasing the elusive political center isn?t just shortsighted?it?s downright disastrous. ]
Vulnerable Democrats fill prisons to win votes - The Academic Times
And then, across the pond, you've got Macron repeating far-right talking points about universities teaching IslamoLeftism and in the UK Starmer saying "For too long Labour has failed to realise that the only way to deliver social justice and equality is through a strong partnership with business? Under my leadership, that mind-set will change."
So, neoliberalism is continuing to push forward into a nice Eco-Fascism right on schedule. Fun times ahead!
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
quote [ Here is Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)'s full 13-minute video montage of the Capitol insurrection.Warning: Some of the images shown here may be disturbing.Sign Up:... ]
Good summary video... rough watch.
Friday, 5 February 2021
quote [ Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state?s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. ]
Lol, bringing back the slavery of Company Towns as "innovation."
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Citations Needed Ep. 128: The ?Healing? Con???How Warm and Fuzzy Appeals for Unity Are Used to Protect Power
quote [ Nima: ?Biden Calls For Hope And Healing In Speech,? NPR writes. ?Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for return to Sept. 11 unity,? says The Chicago Tribune. After the 2014 Ferguson unrest CNN headline read, quote, ?Obama: Now is the time for peace, healing.? The San Diego Union-Tribune has told us, quote, ?Filmmaker Ken Burns aims for healing with new documentary about Vietnam War.? Everywhere we turn columnists, celebrities, pundits, and politicians are insisting we have ?unity,? we ?come together,? promote ?peace? and, of course, work to ?heal? our divisions.
Adam: On its face these concepts sound fine enough, I mean, who doesn?t like peace? Unity sounds great, who wouldn?t want to heal wounds? After all, wounds are bad. But in the majority of political contexts, these warm and fuzzy buzzwords rush past the messy and difficult work of justice, substantive change, or reparations and get straight to the part where everyone just feels good about themselves. ]
Citations Needed is back for 2021, great listen. Mod, comment, watchlist for more great content and be sure to smash that something button because this whole bit has gotten away from me.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
quote [ The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it?s buying influence, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot ]
Governments paradoxically support industries with massive negative externalities, since those very industries must be adept at influencing politics to survive, hence they dominate public policy despite being deleterious to the public interest.
Friday, 15 January 2021
quote [ Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. ]
An interesting deduction in this commentary. There's also one on the right wing media growth in the UK (thumb source).
Sunday, 10 January 2021
quote [ A majority (55%) say that President Trump is ?a great deal to blame? for the actions of those who charged the Capitol, with another 11% saying he is ?somewhat to blame? ? Biden is the biggest culprit in the eyes of Republicans, at 52%, compared to 28% for Donald Trump and 26% for the Congressional Republicans who opposed certification of the election results. ]
There are consistent results in a separate PBS NewsHour-Marist poll.
Is Trump to blame?
Independents 62 35
The same event can be seen so differently, just because of one?s political beliefs
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
quote [ Thread by @MyDickerson: Breaking news: after a year spent celebrating "essential workers," @vons, @pavilions, and @Albertsons stores in California are firing unionized delivery drivers and replacing them with "inde...? ]
Prop 22 also has a fun super duper majority required for legislative changes - https://calmatters.org/politics/post-it/2020/10/california-amendment-threshold-proposition-22/
Sunday, 27 December 2020
quote [ What does it mean when UN member states refuse to provide information to their own Special Rapporteur on Torture? ]
Heard about this on the radio some time ago. This is an in-depth interview with the investigator by a Swiss outlet.
Apart from deducting the whole Wikileaks case, this gives some insights into how states usually manage jurisdiction and investigation requests and how it won't work this time.
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
quote [ The president is said to be planning to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently when he leaves the White House on January 20. Some of his neighbors, however, have written a letter to Palm Beach authorities and the US Secret Service saying that Trump has no legal right to live there full time.
The Post said it obtained a copy of the letter, in which it says the neighbors mentioned an agreement that Trump signed in 1993 when he sought to turn what had been a residence into a private club.
Under the terms of the agreement, no guest is permitted to stay at the club for more than "three non-consecutive seven day periods" during one year. ]
Just another example of how he has spent his entire life. Even with all the publicity, he just goes ahead and ignores an agreement he has made.
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