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Posted in: Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans' path to power See in context

I know US voters are fickle. Biden's off to a good start, pushing 60% approval rate. But lots can change between now and 20214.

After the Trump regime, the US is more divided than it's been in modern history. As Lindsey Graham said (I know, he'll flip-flop and reverse himself tomorrow then reverse that), Trump is the R's best choice. However when 68% of Americans do not want him back...

68% of public does not want Trump to remain a major political figure in the future

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/01/15/biden-begins-presidency-with-positive-ratings-trump-departs-with-lowest-ever-job-mark/

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Posted in: Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans' path to power See in context

McConnell himself described Trump's contention as an “unhinged falsehood.”

That 'unhinged falsehood' continues to be echoed by the majority of Republicans, especially the Qanon, Oath Keeper, Proud Boy plus the dozens of other extreme right and white nationalist groups in the Trump Republican faction.

Now it looks like the Republicans are split with the Trump faction fighting with the McConnell faction, with the Mike Pence faction staying out of sight for now.

It will be interesting to watch which of the anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian Republican factions comes out ahead.

Fortunately for now they remain the minority party representing a minority of Americans.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

liberals were deeply concerned with numbers and popularity

Equating the popular vote in what has been called the most fair election ever with radio popularity ratings? More alt right dream logic. Maybe the new term instead of dream logic should be (the family name of the most recent ex-president)-ism. 0r just (the family name of the most recent ex-president)-logic.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

20 million daily people listening to you

not one liberal radio host that can top that

Is your point Limbaugh was another MSM type? I guess for the alt right MSM is bad except when it's good. Alt right dream logic.

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Posted in: Blinken to hold virtual 'Quad' meeting with Australia, India, Japan See in context

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet virtually

All government leaders at all levels need to have more virtual meetings. Travel costs are expensive. Virtual meetings are one of many ways to reduce government spending while also reducing the amount of energy used and pollution emitted.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

the ones who are always against hate

You lost me at 'always', a word typically used by extremists only able to see issues in binary terms.

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Posted in: Biden's $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers? See in context

reduce America's vast financial inequality

Therein lies the problem. The 'greatest economy in history' Trump and his minions touted has been just that - for the 1% caste.

While millions of Americans go homeless, stand in food lines unable to provide enough food to feed them, lose their jobs, and have limited prospects for finding work.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

Conservatism? I'd call it far right wing hate mongering. Limbaugh was a forerunner to the Hannity, Tuckers who have done more to rile up the country's angriest and further deepen divides in the country. He was one of the far right's media members pushing for Trump to split the country even further. And like Hannity etal got much richer doing so, became one of the 'elite'.

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Posted in: Olympic minister Hashimoto reported to be top pick to replace Mori See in context

Talking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Hashimoto, a 56-year-old lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party, declined to comment.

She declined to comment? Have the LDP old boys told her she's already talked too much?

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Posted in: China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers See in context

“The regulators want to control the entire procedure of information production,”

Governments in authoritarian states control information and the media. China a prime example.

China, like Russia and other authoritarian states, hires keyboard warriors that use social media sites in nations with bits of democracy remaining to push anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian messages. While using 'western' social media the keyboard warriors attack the free, for-profit press. And are supported by many 'westerners' also pushing pro-authoritarian, anti-democracy messages. For example US Republicans.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at McConnell, calling him 'dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack' See in context

Mike Pence (he of 'hang Mike Pence' fame) has been rumored to run for president in 2024. By then will he have forgiven his Trump? Will the Trump/Qanon/Proud Boy faction forgive him, welcome him back as one of theirs again? Will the McConnell faction see Pence having appeal beyond the world of the religious right? His running could further split the R's.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at McConnell, calling him 'dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack' See in context

Trump's right about McConnell. Whether Republican senators who side with McConnell win again remains to be seen.

Either way the Republican Party remains the party representing a minority of Americans.

It will be interesting to watch whether the Qanon/Proud Boy/Oath Keeper/anti-democracy/pro-authoritarian Trump faction prevails, or the country club/banker/anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian McConnel faction.

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Posted in: Charge dropped against woman who made false claim to police about Black man in Central Park See in context

Whatever happened to "believe all women"?

The article shows the judge and DA 'believed the woman'.

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Posted in: Federal lawsuit accuses Trump, Giuliani of inciting deadly Capitol riot See in context

politically motivated litigation aimed at slowing down a Trump resurgence, yuck

That's a perspective. Another is criminals violently attacked the capitol. 5 people died as a result. Hundreds of lives, including the lives of members of congress, their families, support staff and others were put at risk by the criminal's violent acts. 140 police officers were injured defending the capitol from the mob.

The majority of Americans want to know who all was responsible for the assault.

But it could well be if Trump is found to have played a role in inciting the mob, he will see a resurgence among those in his far right base. After all, the criminals who attacked the capitol are among his largest support groups. They would be pleased seeing their Trump take further responsibility for having led them.

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Posted in: Federal lawsuit accuses Trump, Giuliani of inciting deadly Capitol riot See in context

Of course all truths re the insurrection need to come out. Those found to have participated in Trump's failed attempt to violently steal the election need to be tried. The voters need to know which politicians supported and encouraged Trump's deadly mob to attack the capitol. 

But given the Republicans have fully accepted Qanon, the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and dozens of other violent white nationalist and other far right groups into their ‘tent’, groups among the most violent of the capital attackers, the R hierarchy know they cannot risk losing that part of their base.

The Republicans will continue to do whatever they can to protect their Trump, the ‘leader’ of the Republican Party, and the extreme right base following him. The R’s will continue to do whatever they can to protect Trump and his base. Fortunately they remain a minority party.

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Posted in: Riot lawsuit just part of Trump's post-impeachment problems See in context

Trump filled courts with judges he and his fellow ultra-right Republicans knew were acceptive of and willing to defend predatory business practices - like his, for example - and who had low regard for the rights of citizens other than those at the higher ends of the economic ladders. The judges were typical Republicans whose platform for decades has been protect the wealthy and their powers while limiting the powers of the 'others'.

I doubt Trump will see much more than a wrist slap and maybe some fines in any of the cases. His base - US and 'foreign' - will continue to send him money for his defense. Which he'll use to pay off his debts.

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Posted in: Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riot See in context

Looked pretty peaceful from what I watched

Did you watch something shown by Qanon, RT, Breitbart?

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Posted in: Frigid Arctic air, winter storms grip much of U.S. See in context

Stay warm everyone.

Typically when cold 'weather' events occur climate change deniers, be they representatives of oil states like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran etc., big oil employees and/or shareholders, or any number of fossilized believers wanting a return to the putative 'great' days of the 1950s try to debunk the reality that the climate is changing.

While a small but vocal minority of people might use the faulty logic of, "it's cold where I am, therefore global warming isn't real," even schoolchildren know that weather isn't climate.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/01/30/this-is-why-global-warming-is-responsible-for-freezing-temperatures-across-the-usa/?sh=47255b01d8cf

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Posted in: Biden faces pressure as U.S. sets new course on immigration See in context

Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day,

How's predatory capitalism working out around the globe for those not at the top of the economic ladder? How's authoritarianism working out around the globe for those not at the top of the economic ladder?

Honduran boys whose family wants to seek asylum 

Here are some global corporations in Honduras.

https://www.glassdoor.com/Explore/browse-companies.htm?overall_rating_low=3.5&page=1&isHiringSurge=0&locId=108&locType=N&locName=Honduras

Honduras, the second poorest country in Central America, suffers from extraordinarily unequal distribution of income, as well as high underemployment.

https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/honduras/#economy

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Posted in: Biden faces questions about commitment to minimum wage hike See in context

Biden's a centrist. It was Trump, his Republicans and right wing media that tried and continue to try to push the notion he is left. Biden is even slightly more centrist than Obama.

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Posted in: Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riot See in context

“attempting to hold President Trump accountable,”

The majority of Americans do hold Trump accountable. It's only most Republicans and the mobs made up of Qanon, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and the dozens of other extreme right, white nationalists the Republicans have welcomed into their 'tent' who don't. The R's and their extreme right backers continue to cheer their Trump on.

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Posted in: Quake knocks out 20% of Japan's refining capacity See in context

Quake knocks out 20% of country's refining capacity

Long passed time for earthquake prone Japan to reduce its reliance on burning huge amounts of fossil fuels.

More conservation, more alternatives to burning fuels.

Of course fossil fuels will probably always be burned, but Japan, like the rest of the world, needs to burn much less.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Excuse me Graham, did you mean Trump vowed to rebuild the GOP or continue to dismantle it?

Graham, like McConnell, Cruz and so many other shape shifting politicians has wet fingers in the air constantly checking constituent's moods. They'll bend and distort to keep their base. Like so many other pols, they have no life outside politics. For years they have been caught on video flip-flopping and lying. They are mini-mes of their Trump, the most dishonest, unethical politician in US history. Vote them out.

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Posted in: Impeachment isn't the final word on Capitol riot for Trump See in context

slant the news in another direction

What is it with 'Republican' supporters and their constant attacks on a free, for-profit press. In the world of Republican's market capitalism, isn't 'for-profit' the purpose of most if not all businesses. For-profit businesses market their products to specific audiences. As do media outlets. Do 'Republicans' want to put more limitations on business saying outlets can only 'slant' news in directions fitting Republican perspectives? And weren't Republicans just expressing concerns about 'free speech'?

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Posted in: Impeachment isn't the final word on Capitol riot for Trump See in context

This is all documented and easily found on all major news agencies.

Thanks. I'm aware. What I want is a bi-partisan group to make that clear so the global far right's 'it's MSM bias' claims can be muted. Somewhat.

However, I'm aware most Trump supporters will still not believe any report from anyone questioning their Trump. Among Trump's true believers are those who actually believe in aliens firing lasers to start forest fires and shape shifting alien reptiles running pedo rings.

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Posted in: Impeachment isn't the final word on Capitol riot for Trump See in context

When you’re all wired up on adrenaline

And your cult leader says 'march peacefully' and 'fight like hell', and after hearing 'trial by combat', no doubt many of those wired on adrenaline did NOT choose the 'march peacefully, i.e. 'FLIGHT'' option.

Trump, his son and Rudy were fully aware they were further winding up an already wound up mob. They wanted them to FIGHT. And they did.

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Posted in: Impeachment isn't the final word on Capitol riot for Trump See in context

What I would like to hear is what any of the numerous intelligence agencies were aware of about the 'planning' done by Trump's violent support groups, and whether Trump had been informed of what the agencies knew.

But given throughout his time in office Trump ignored intelligence reports that did not fit his needs, it could be he intentionally ignored them. It looks clear he did NOT want his violent mobs met with much opposition by security forces.

As a result, 140 security officials were injured in the line of duty and the deadly attack, the most violent assault on the capital since the 19th century put the lives of hundreds of people at risk.

After Trump, his son, Rudy and others fed red meat to a wound-up mob which included many there to kill politicians they disagreed with.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

We’re a big tent.”

Once again the 'big tent' meme. The R's are fully aware their country club/banker base is not large enough to win the White House in a fair election. They know for them to do so requires accepting Qanon, the Proud Boys and the dozens of other violent far right, white nationalist groups into their 'tent'.

The R's know their Trump is the hero of the extreme right. For decades the R's have had a platform based primarily on maintaining the wealth of the wealthiest and ensuring their 'demographic' limits the roles of 'the others'.

The R's continue to show they care first and foremost about themselves, little about the republic and the majority of US citizens.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life.

When he'll continue to get his Magastanian followers to contribute more money hoping their Trump can build an even stronger thugocracy, one where even more of the Qanon, Proud Boys, alt right militias of all sorts join forces to further attack the republic.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him See in context

Trump and his Republicans have thrown down the gauntlet. They have clearly shown they want their tyranny of the minority to prevail. They have accepted into their ‘big tent’ America’s most violent and extreme elements by siding with Qanon, Proud Boys and the dozens of other extreme right, white nationalist groups. Look for even more and even worse violence to follow.

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