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Posted 2 years ago on March 8, 2022, 8:05 a.m. EST by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ
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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

So IF the "Republicans Are On the Wrong Side of History—and Everything Else!" -- then why

the urge for the DNC to act as if they're GOPlite?!!! Truth is, they are RW too!! So d'U get that frf?!

ad iudicium?

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

As always you work to elect the GOP, do they pay you? Do you still kiss your picture of Trump and thank him for saving you from Hilary?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Abrasive, Evasive, Irrelevant, Obtuse & Unimaginative - and that's just the vowels; you clueless fkn moron!!!

You're waaay to The Right of me factsRfukt & you espouse voting for GOPlite as The ONLY solution for the U.$.A.!!

Now, you Clinton Asskissing, RW Halfwit; seeing as though you have zip to offer - see IF you can make sense of this!

"In the current political landscape, Fascism is on the rise and the threat to democracy is imperiled, both as an ideal and promise. A number of politicians now running for a variety of political offices - believe in conspiracy theories; embrace elements of white supremacy; espouse antisemitic ideology; are election deniers; and argue for White Christian Nationalism and policies that endorse voter suppression and the banning of books, among other repressive measures.

"All of these positions should be understood as toxic elements of a RW rhetoric fueling the neo-fascism embraced by most of the Republican Party .. a rhetoric of historical erasure, hate, bigotry and a politics of disposability. Fascism in the United States is no longer a spiraling improbability.

"While President Joe Biden claimed in a recent speech that the coming election puts democracy on the block; he still vastly underestimates the degree to which the resurgent right wing, could soon usher in a long period of - Fascist Politics in the United States!

"Neoliberalism has now created a society of monsters .. for whom pain and suffering are now viewed as entertainment. Warfare is seen as a permanent state of existence. Racism is accepted as an organizing principle of society. And militarism is centered as the most powerful force shaping masculinity.

"US Politics has taken an exit from ethics and thus the issue of social costs is divorced from any form of intervention in the world. These are the ideological metrics of political zombies. THE key word here now is atomization, and it is the curse of both neoliberal societies and democracy itself. Neoliberal capitalism now preys on the fears of the alienated, fearful, isolated and uninformed, to pour gasoline on the fires of racism, hate and bigotry.

"Progressives & The Left - have failed to take the current crisis seriously by working hard to address the symbolic and pedagogical dimensions of struggle All of this is necessary in order at the very least to get people to be able to translate private troubles into wider social issues.

"The latter may be the biggest political & educational challenge facing those who refuse to acknowledge that the current 2022 election is not only about those who believe in democracy .. and those who do not, but also about the possibility of the United States turning into a fascist state.

"If the election does not become a referendum on democracy, the American people will have to bear the burden of living in a number of GOP-run states that often punish anyone who isn't a RW white Christian nationalist, white supremacist or a supporter of fascist politics.

"The sinister nightmare of a Fascist Takeover - no longer resides in the works of dystopian fiction — it is here in the present, functioning as a lethal fairy tale defined by a contempt for democracy and heralding political doom.The threat of fascism is no longer a matter of speculation. It is about to be put to a vote in an election that could transport the unthinkable from being a provocative fiction to a cruelly excruciating reality."


et temet nosce!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Cutting Child Poverty was NOT worth it .. IF it could even be theorized, that rich people might end up slightly less rich"! - from:

radix omnium malorum - est cupiditas!!!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Republicans hate helping children, makes one wonder why they want to keep them alive so badly.

Now, they want a National Sales Tax of 30% on everything!


Maybe Democrats should let them do this as surely it would lead to the demise of the Republican party. But, at what point do Americans wake up and stop voting for these goons who are clearly against their own interests? I mean it's mind boggling!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"A cadre of 'moderate' Dems & Republicans - are joining together to revamp a political action committee to fight against progressive primary challengers to establishment Democrats"!

& -- "With President Joe Biden’s former campaign manager, as the PAC’s only consultant and a defense contractor executive as its treasurer, the Moderate PAC — not to be confused with the older - "Moderate Democrats PAC", stands to be an exemplar of the Democratic Party’s Corporate-Friendly, Centrist Wing. Its financial heft, though .. comes from the other side of the aisle: So far, a Republican megadonor - Jeff Yass, the richest man in Pennsylvania, is virtually the only one putting money into the group"!!

“The corporate-backed establishment will stop at nothing to prevent more bartenders, nurses, principals, community organizers, and regular people from entering the Democratic Party in Congress, ”The Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas, said in a statement to The Intercept. “They would rather buy elections than let any working-class progressives even run. They will do everything in their power to make themselves richer at the expense of robbing poor and working-class Americans”!!! FROM:

Note --- "The Moderate PAC, created to go after progressive primary challengers, received all its money from one source: Republican megadonor Jeffrey Yass."

cave - anquis in herba!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

"Oligarchs run the United States..." says Bernie Sanders. Yes they do.


"Oligarchs run Russia. But guess what? They run the US as well." Yup.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NOTE: "For a generation of millennials raised on digital noise, Sanders became, in 2016, the political equivalent of a rare vinyl record: tangible, authentic - a reliable source of timeless indy riffs. For all but the most self-righteous of those fans; a strident few believed him a sellout for eventually endorsing the “Centrist” Biden ... he retains that appeal (strange to think, that the progressive hero of the land-of-the-next-new-thing is an octogenarian; stranger that both his most visible political rivals are, too). Sanders has written a new book partly aimed at that millennial generation, its day-glo title is It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism – reminding the young of their age-old rights and responsibilities.

&: "The driving narrative of the book is outrage at the obscene wealth inequalities in the world’s richest economy. One of the things that Biden had the temerity – in the Wall Street Journal’s view – to raise in his SotU address was a billionaire minimum tax“because no billionaire should pay a lower tax rate than a firefighter or a schoolteacher”.Under the proposed tax on annual gains in wealth, tech billionaire Elon Musk for example, would have paid upwards of $20bn a year through the pandemic.Sanders would go further but he concedes it’s a start.In his book he refers to America’s billionaires as oligarchs.He hopes the pejorative will finally start to catch on." - FROM YOUR EXCELLENT LINK!

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

French teens are now in the fight against retirement reforms and this could change things.

"Teenagers piled up bins to blockade high schools in Paris and other cities."

I am struck by the difference between France and the U.S. It boggles the mind how they are willing to fight for their rights and how here in America we practically lay down to be rolled over. Getting shot is now the number one cause of death for children in this country. Go to school to get shot. Work 'til you're dead. Put all your income toward housing. Go into debt to go to college. Go into debt if you get sick. Good luck if you don't have a car as public transportation barely exists. Why do we put up with all of this?


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Marianne Williamson: "The United States has a higher level of poverty than any other advanced democracy. Other countries call it 'American style deprivation'." - FROM:

per aspera - ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NOTE: "Quirky, kooky, a joke ... but why is Marianne Williamson so popular with the young? - by Arwa Mahdawi:

"The self-help author is less an outsider, more a no-hoper in the 2024 White House race but Democrats should study her appeal." However the geriatric Establishment ass-kissers are too busy kissing 1% ass!

et verbum satis sapienti!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Observe - "Conservative Democrats’ Lucrative Career Path"! by Andrew Perez & Walker Bragman:

"Democratic senators who oppose core party agenda items & upset the base, can’t lose — because if they do, they get paid"!

"Much ink has been spilled trying to understand what’s motivating Sens.Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz & Joe Manchin', D-W.Va., to try to gut so many of the popular progressive policies in Democrats’ health care, climate, and anti-poverty spending bill.Why would the senators be so content angering their base and potentially threatening their chances of winning reelection down the road?" + by Prof Michael Hudson:

et ergo - fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Re. the US Railway Workers and their potential strike - Citations Needed have done a first rate explainer - with two labor reporters, who have been reporting on this process over the last 3 years.

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"UAW Reformers Are Taking Over Their Union; That’s Good For The Entire Working-Class"! by Jane Slaughter:

Note: "In a historic election, the rank-and-file caucus in the United Auto Workers has won several top positions, potentially even including international president &, it's a landmark victory that anyone who wants a fighting labor movement should celebrate"! Meanwhile, please also try to note - this sad info:

"Frustrated railroad workers consider allying with a third party after a push for paid sick leave failed in Congress"!!

per aspera ad astra et caveat - anguis in herba!!!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Oligarchs run Russia. But guess what? They run the US as well!" Bernie Sanders [Tim Daly]

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Democrats are spitting Bernie Sanders talking points 'cause there’s an election coming up. But

they're all going to turn back into Joe Manchin as soon as the votes are counted!" from this tweet:

So frf - despite a few exceptions to that ^ analysis - d'U get the essential stone cold truth of that Tweet?!

Pushing to vote for GOPlite Democraps isn't helping the U$A's 99% much is it?! Care to explain why?!

Just saying "Kill The GOP" is all very well, however - when d'U admit to the other side of The Problem?!

per ardua ad iudicium et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Have you heard of this thing called primaries?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Primaries" - U say? Yep and here's "Why progressives must build state power" .. OUTSIDE THE DUOPOLY & the Zero-Scum Game; Corrupt, Corporate Con'Troll'ed con - that is U$A's demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy!!! Hear &/or read it - weep, & organize outside DEMocraps or REPugnants!! Get it?!

ad iudicium?!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Your love and defense of the GOP is unrelennting. So you think AOC should not have ran in the primary? Now I know she is a woman but don't fear her skirt.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Have you any idea WTF is actually going on?! Please see the following two links for significant clues:

Now go find one post or comment here where I defend the GOP, you 'Zero-Sum Game' cranky old idiot!!

et nosce te ipsum!!!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Informant warned FBI weeks before Jan. 6 - that the far-right saw Trump tweet as 'call to arms'!" by Ryan J. Reilly

"The email,which has not previously been made public,adds to the mounting evidence that the FBI had intelligence warnings that Jan. 6 was a major threat."


[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

You do know that only Republicans ( not the Cheatose(R) kind, though ) know how to govern well, don't you ? Does anyone recall the U.S. Federal Reserve's statements about holding interest rates low because inflation risks were still minimal ? Gone by the wayside as we can now see them in the rearview mirror and look backward while driving forward.

Who said that "post-Soviet" Russia would become a major problem ? Not the Democrats ! Germany's got the Social/../Christian Democrats and their Nordstream 2 thwarting Green agenda, right ? We've got the floppy wilted-on-the-stick RetardICan't/RetardIAm U.S. Green agenda ( Weststream 0 for years at least as lease of land for exploration means no flow of gas or crude at the wellheads { with interest rates shooting high worldwide there'll be much less capital to be burnt up in exploratory drillings for fluidic fossil fuels } and even higher ethanol content E15 as the Cheatose(R) had tried to do, to rust out low-duty-cycle gasoline engines such as boats' and lawn mowers', as flip had been complaining here for quite a while already, implies lowering gas mileage, driving up food costs worldwide more for Global Springs Colors' Revolutions { we'll be creating more crippled veterans and cadavers to calm things down worldwide again unless we're as matter-of-factly calling our soldiers as being "suckers" as before,} and stalling/rusting engines ) and the Big-Reset Red button presented to Lavrov, after "post-Soviet" Russia had invaded post-Soviet Georgia. Now to truly reset, we might have to press the connected Big Red Reset button.

Ask the people in post-Soviet Ukraine now whether it's better to have butter before guns. Guns or butter is never a good choice to have to make. Guns and bread (with cold water if necessary) are far better than bread and butter with no guns if one's living next to a rabid "post-Soviet" Russia. Actually, the U.S. is living NEXT to that rabid one ( recall the Space Age ushered in by Sputnik's achieving long-duration orbital free fall in 1957 C.E. ) but we certainly have guns and are willing to use them to kill it if it pounces. Security is a state of mind ( e.g. my Mom, the quintessential city-girl who hated mosquitoes { this is why her dismissive inadvertent killing of the male serpentine deity in Ningbo/Ningpo was such a disproportionate punishment for his repeatedly scaring her kitchen-maid/cooking-companion neighbor making her scream and fall ill frequently 《Mom told me that she, in her gungho moment of zeal, wanted to get rid of the "nuisance" once and for all, for the neighbor; the two of them chased him into a hole in the side of a wall but with his tail still stuck outside of the hole being held down; my Mom fetched a pair of fire-stoking tongs to forcefully pull him with, back out of the hole and he became both limp and dead; she said remorsefully that she didn't know that serpents shouldn't be pulled backwards -- doing so amounted to an act of execution for the serpent -- that's a quintessential city-girl dealing with the countryside core of daily cooking<my Mom and my Big Brother were initially "illegal" migrants in our shantytown north of Boundary Street on the leased-to-the-British-for-99-years Chinese side but the British didn't do any raid to remove Chinese nationals so it was still an integral part of mainland China but under British-Crown Colonial rule by a Governor appointed by Queen Elizabeth/Elisabeth II; universal government-[primary & secondary]school education, free vaccinations, and medical care were given REGARDLESS of one's legality-of-residency status despite a rather leaky-when-famines-floods-or-political-turmoils-struck-nearby-mainland border; [Hong Kong native villagers, e.g. Sai Kung, 西貢, fishing villagers whom the British probably called pirates, fought the British to stay Chinese when Hong Kong's leased part was let to British so there was a sort of "Hong Kong's New-Territory Chinese¡but not Ching/Qing because Ching/Qing had ceded them without their knowledge to the British! Concession peace treaty" with the British Empire; 99% Chinese ethnicity and homogeneity probably mattered in the governance and provision of social welfare]; this was 50 years ago in a farflung colony but to this very day the U.S., the so-called "wealthiest country in the World," still hasn't achieved the same; yeah, the British were "gasp, horror of horrors: Socialists !">; due to Mao Zedong's hairpin policy turns to gain power in Cage-of-Crabs Party, she moved to live with my Grandma in the ancestral chieftain's dwelling; terrible things started happening after the serpent's death.. 》 because both mosquitoes and clan-neighborhood blazes were eaten and warded off by the deity }, was living in Shanghai's French Concession during Japan's initial occupation; what stopped the marauding Imperial Japanese Army from setting foot in the French Concession was a courageous blocking act by the Frenchman in charge; France loomed large and powerful in the Japanese troops' mind so they left the French Concession alone for years ) so when Democrats had projected weakness, it invited rabid hounds' aggression.

Do you hear Ukrainians calling for butter to put upon their bread right now ? No, they want guns more than butter, right now. ( 兵者,國之大事,死生之地,存亡之道,不可不察也。) Arms shipments into or out of Kaliningrad/Königsberg can likewise be subject to bombing. The U.S. has a history of discovering Weapons of Mass Murder, i.e. the "monster hiding under the bed." ( Saddam succeeded in gaming with U.N. inspections to feign that he had WMM.) I had to crawl under the bed every night to "clear" it out at my kid's request ( or really demand -- parents should be able to understand this childhood no-sleep protest easily ! ), before bedtime. It was a great relief to my kid that "D[e]ad" wasn't eaten alive ! It obviously helped ( as I was Dead with Alive characteristics, very Chinese indeed: cf. "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" "fierce hot [decades-long-already Chinese Civil] war with no casualties" ) but why do kids always dream up these "monsters under the bed" and do you know how often we cleaned the bottom of the bed ? With my body clad in pajamas ?

If we had wanted Cheatose(R)nomics, we'd have voted for Cheatose(R). We still need some crude oil and natural gas for smooth transition to high-efficiency-energy usage, co-generation ( when I bake bread in my small oven, I get a pretty hot disinfected surface atop the oven; my spiritual godfather was a Conservative { let a natural-born sharp scalpel stay as a very sharp scalpel but let it cut out cancers to save lives instead of jugular veins and carotid arteries of innocent victims of crimes } : rather than fundamentally changing people, we hitch them onto more-suitable-for-them missions; { yeah, I figured out why my Mom brought roasted pork and live-killed-fresh chicken as offerings despite my spiritual godfather's being a vegetarian because Confucius, the other deity in the temple, had to be a meat eater; his becoming my spiritual godfather was a solution proposed to my Mom to head off a potential future problem with me he uncovered as he revealed my case of illness -- I'd certainly recover and live but.. would that be a good thing ?} in a large society with many roles, we can afford freedom of choice for people; here's why Leftists failed, right from the philosophical start by viewing people as cogs or stampable with great force into such cogs/cannon fodder { I couldn't believe that there were actually ¿Russian? people still boasting of the great number of Soviets sacrificed by the Geneva-Conventions-defying Stool-in to compensate for his idiocy } to serve the elites, not as individuals whose desires are to be respected and realized as much as possible; "yes, we can" change to get people what they need and probably what they want but they must have some "flexibility" in their preferences for give-and-takes to happen for maximizing mutual happiness; people-centric societies are indeed far happier than party-centric societies,) and renewable energy but we must get off of the nonrenewable energy sources as quickly as we can or stretch them out by using them at a very reduced rate as long as we can because our huge dependence on nonrenewables will foment revolutions, wars, deaths, destruction on vast scales { especially when the "sundae" has been sucked dry and we've heard that windy sound loud and clear }. The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine were both triggered by fossil fuel usage and dependence ( aside from the fact that there was just too much milk-and-bean-incubated Stool-in Poo-tin to be liberated as me-Thane. 自殺崖, 回頭是岸。I wasn't stupid so I virtually reached the scenic viewpoint on the big suicide rock by watching YouTube(R) videos; I was on same level across from but not on THAT rock, as a young kid following along ¿adults?, but I pulled back on the advice of an adult who was ahead & returned from suicide rock; I still need to improve my self-control, though, because my kids had A+convinced me to climb a so-called "guard"-railed precipice with them; having discovered how dangerous that cliff was on our climb up to the summit, we took a long gradual roundabout "scenic route" to get back down; I had mountaineering experience {including sucker foolhardy adventures}: "one should never climb up something until knowing at least one, preferably many feasible climb-down paths" & "climbing down the same climb-up path" was scarier so I said, "We'll see great & beautiful sights !" -- it was, of course, missing the epinephrine/adrenalin cheating-death-by-skin-of-a-tooth heart-pumping-hard-&-fast heavy-breathing high, so meh it was, but safe.)

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

So Nixon and W Bush those govern well? I disagree.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Hungry Babies, Regrettably - Are Just the Price of the Free Markets - Pete Buttigieg"! by Branko Marcetic:

From which ... "Pete Buttigieg says that in a capitalist economy .. the government doesn’t and shouldn’t make baby formula. But around the world, even in the United States, the public sector has stepped in to correct market failures."

Wasn't this guy a Dem POTUS wannabe?!!! IF he had been chosen, U'd kissing his RW ass too, right?!!

Can U see what the problem is frf & my needling U aside,what are your ideas for any Pro-99% Politics?!

per ardua ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB: "Dark Money Fuels the Anti-Abortion Movement’s Push to Control State Legislatures"!

"Millions have been quietly funneled into stacking courts with anti-abortion justices and authoring perilous legislation." Also consider ...

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Supreme Court is relentlessly funding and empowering Christian fascism. It not only overturned Roe v. Wade, ending a constitutional right to an abortion, but ruled on June 21 that Maine may not exclude religious schools from a state tuition program.

"It has ruled that a Montana state program to support private schools must include religious schools. It ruled that a 40-foot cross could remain on state property in suburban Maryland. It upheld the Trump administration regulation allowing employers to deny birth control coverage to female employees on religious grounds. It ruled that employment discrimination laws do not apply to teachers at religious schools. It ruled that a Catholic social services agency in Philadelphia could ignore city rules and refuse to screen same-sex couples applying to take in foster children.

"It neutered the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It watered down laws allowing workers to combat sexual and racial harassment in court. It reversed century-old campaign finance restric­tions to permit corpor­a­tions, private groups and oligarchs to spend unlim­ited funds on elec­tions, a system of legalized bribery, in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission.

"It permitted states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. It undercut the ability of public sector unions to raise funds. It forced workers with legal grievances to submit their complaints to privatized arbitration boards. It ruled that states cannot restrict the right to carry concealed weapons in public. It ruled that suspects cannot sue police who neglect to read them their Miranda warnings and use their statements against them in court. Outlawing contraception, same-sex marriage and same-sex consensual relations are probably next. Only 25 percent of those polled say they have confidence in Supreme Court decisions.

"I do not use the word fascist lightly. My father was a Presbyterian minister. My mother, a professor, was a seminary graduate. I received my Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. I am an ordained Presbyterian minister. Most importantly, I spent two years reporting from megachurches, creationist seminars, right-to-life retreats, Christian broadcasting networks and conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with members and leaders of the Christian right for my book American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, which is banned at most “Christian” schools and universities.

"Before the book was published, I met at length with Fritz Stern, author of The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the Rise of the German Ideology, and Robert O. Paxton, who wrote The Anatomy of Fascism, two of the country’s most eminent scholars of fascism, to make sure the word fascist was appropriate.

"Fascists promise moral renewal, a return to a lost golden age. They use campaigns of moral purity to justify state repression. Adolf Hitler, days after he took power in January 1933, imposed a ban on all homosexual organizations. He ordered raids on homosexual clubs and bars, including the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin, and the permanent exile of its director, Magnus Hirschfeld. Thousands of volumes from the institute’s library were tossed into a bonfire. This “moral cleansing” was cheered on by the German public, including German churches. But the tactics, outside the law, swiftly legitimized what would soon be done to others.

"I studied at Harvard with theologian James Luther Adams. Adams was a member of the underground anti-Nazi Confessing Church in Germany led by the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. Adams was arrested in 1936 by the Gestapo and expelled from the country. He was one of the very few to see the deadly strains of fascism in the nascent Christian right.

“When you are my age,” he told us (he was then 80), “you will all be fighting the Christian fascists.”

"And here we are.

"The billionaire class, while sometimes socially liberal, dispossessed working men and women through deindustrialization, austerity, a legalized tax boycott, looting the U.S. Treasury and deregulation. It triggered the widespread despair and rage that pushed many of the betrayed into the arms of these con artists and demagogues. It is more than willing to accommodate the Christian fascists, even if it means abandoning the liberal veneer of inclusiveness. It has no intention of supporting social equality, which is why it thwarted the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"In the end, even the liberal class will choose fascism over empowering the left-wing and organized labor. The only thing the ruling oligarchy truly cares about is unfettered exploitation and profit. They, like the industrialists in Nazi Germany, will happily make an alliance with the Christian fascists, no matter how bizarre and buffoonish, and embrace the blood sacrifices of the condemned." - EDITED FROM:

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Chris Hedges' "American Sadism"


Tough to watch and absorb this stuff but Hedges gets it.

What direction are we going in? Can we change it?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Meghan Marohn, missing for over 3 months, a lovely, intelligent soul, handles the question and answers at the end of "American Sadism" with Chris Hedges. Here's to hoping she is found soon.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Journalist Chris Hedges spoke at 'The Sanctuary for Independent Media' in Troy, NY on June 27, 2021 & in this talk, Chris speaks about the societal sadism, which he says ...

  • Now defines nearly every cultural, social and political experience in the United States.

  • Is expressed in the greed of an oligarchic elite that has seen its wealth increase during the pandemic by $1.1 trillion while the country has suffered the sharpest rise in its poverty rate in more than 50 years.

  • Is expressed in extra-judicial killings by police in cities such as Minneapolis.

  • Is expressed in our complicity in Israel’s wholesale killing of unarmed Palestinians, the humanitarian crisis engendered by the war in Yemen and our reigns of terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

  • Is expressed in the torture in our prisons and black sites.

  • Is expressed in the separation of children from their undocumented parents, where they are held as if they were dogs in a kennel.

Chris Hedges goes on to say ...

that .. The historian Johan Huizinga, writing about the twilight of the Middle Ages, argued that as things fall apart ... sadism is embraced as a way to cope with the hostility of an indifferent universe. No longer bound to any common purpose, a ruptured society retreats into the cult of the self. It celebrates - as do the corporations on Wall Street or mass culture through reality television shows, all the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, the grandiosity and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and - the incapacity for remorse or guilt. Get what you can, as fast as you can, before someone else gets it. This is the State of Nature, the “war of all against all” Thomas Hobbes saw as the consequence of social collapse, a world in which life becomes“solitary, poor, nasty, brutish - and short.” And this sadism, as Friedrich Nietzsche understood, fuels a perverted, sadistic pleasure & the cultural and social forces that have given rise to extremism in the United States.

Meghan Marohn moderated a Q&A following the talk - and ... "Here's to hoping she is found soon"!

respice, adspice, prospice et fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Where is Meghan Marohn?

This environmental activist, teacher, poet, and all around good person has been missing for over 4 months.

Keep her name out there.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago


Let's "Keep her name out there"!

et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Tribute to Meghan Marohn on what would have been her 43rd birthday from the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Lovely. R.I.P. Meghan.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider "Who Killed Meghan Marohn? Body of Missing 42-year-Old New York Teacher Found in Massachusetts Woods" - by Nandika Vinal Chand:

"Peter Naple - Marohn's brother, told The Berkshire Eagle last week, that even though they are going to continue to determine that those are Meghan's remains, they are fairly certain that it's her's. He said the family is heartbroken." - And also try to see:

désolé ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

"The Disappearance of Meghan Marohn," written by her friend, Chris Hedges.


"She gave too freely of herself. She was an easy mark for anyone with a sad story. She should have built better defensive walls. She was too good for this world, too trusting, too caring, and too vulnerable. She paid for this by having her heart broken many times. She carried under her exuberance the weight of sadness that comes with loving without restraint."

"Meghan lived in the real world, the one many around her could not see. This was her curse, and her gift."

Yes, let's hope they find this special lady soon, and that she is okay.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Was Meghan Marohn stalked before she disappeared in Lee? A writer friend says yes"!

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Silence regarding Meghan Marohn's death from the District Attorney and police is appalling. Some kind of update for her family and friends is necessary.

Meghan was an Occupier, an environmental activist, a teacher, a poet and an all around beautiful person and it matters what happened to her and she deserves justice.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Again "Meghan was an Occupier, an environmental activist, a teacher, a poet and an all around beautiful person and it matters what happened to her and she deserves justice." Also consider..

requiescat in pace.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Hedges and another friend both say Meghan Marohn was stalked and terrified of her stalker.

Here is her friend Anna Mercury's truly beautiful and moving essay about her deeply loving, profound and emotional relationship with Meghan:


And, yes, she is still missing. Law enforcement hasn't given an update since early April.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Grief is a fair-weather friend. In the moments of crisis and chaos, it holds back, waiting patiently for the waters to calm so it can clear its throat and say, “Excuse me.…” I’d been wondering when it would knock on my door through all this — knock and present itself properly, I mean — and at last, it did. It arrived the day we found out Roe v. Wade had been overturned, when my first thought was: I’m glad Meg isn’t here to see this.

"I met Meghan Marohn in the summer of 2019. My boyfriend at the time knew her from environmental activism in Troy, New York, and they’d been arrested together at an Extinction Rebellion protest earlier that year. They’d all laid down, “like selkies” she said, on the Brooklyn Bridge. They blocked traffic to try to convince someone, somewhere, to give a shit that the planet is dying around us and taking us with it.

"Meg was released from jail early that day. A call came in from home: there’d been a family emergency. She assumed immediately that it was about her father, who has cancer. It wasn’t. Her mother, Ellen, also a teacher like Meg, had suffered an aneurysm and was dying in the hospital. Meg made it up to Albany just in time to say good-bye before her mother’s body went cold."

"Fifteen weeks and I can’t put the pieces together. None of us can. There’s an argument to be made for a suicide and an argument to be made for an accident and an argument to be made that she just up and disappeared, but there is no evidence for any of that. The police say there’s no evidence of foul play either, but there is also no evidence of anything.

"She just vanished. With every passing day without a body, I wonder more about foul play. My mind can fall down rabbit holes to unbearable atrocities. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the facts to seal them shut.

"Today, I’m drinking rose tea with cardamom, honey, and almond milk. It tastes like springtime in Olympia, like sitting in the yard with you, like that tree you hugged down by the river. It tastes like our endless car ride phone calls. It tastes like typewriter poems. It tastes like a good picture of the moon."

Excerpted above, are the ^ first three, the final & another two paragraphs from your link. It's not looking good tbh.

spero meliora ...

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Was he in the Bush or Nixon admin? What do you do when there's a Repubilcan in the WH? Do you just sleep though those years? Were you sleeping through the Trump years?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

It's The Obama Years that you slept through that should be the real matter under scrutiny - you pseudo-

liberal; de facto RW; fucking reactionary idiot!!! You have had the opportunity to reply and comment with

something useful on your own post and thread and yet chose to try to squabble with me!! Your late night

drinking and drunken morning posting is utterly self defeating, dickhead! Now go reflect prior to replying:

"What ... you do when there's a Repubilcan in the WH" is give people Real Alternatives; NOT GOP-lite!!

I will be watching what happens in Arizona closely and can I hold you responsible, if Kari Lake gets in?!

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"David Graeber on the Extreme 'Centre'!" (3m 15s vid)

And RIP David Graeber; Feb 12th 1961 - Sept 2nd, 2020

requiescat in pace et - MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

After all you have seen, all you want to do is to bust the left apart so people like Trump can win, it's hard to tell if you are a Republican or just stupid. I did watch the utube nothing I haven't been saying for decades, but still I know you got to push in the primary then vote to defeat the GOP in the general, "making a point" with your vote by voting 3rd party is stupid as shit.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Why Liberal Have To Be Radicals"!

So ... who wrote that OWS Forum Post & why frf?! And it is GUARANTEED that I have N0TH1NG to do

with RWNJ GOP!! And indeed that your own "centrist" views are much closer to those eedjuts that mine

ever could be!!! As usual, you've nothing to offer the young other than more of the same RW "Centrism"

that has led to the present scenario of Corporatocracy and pro status quo inertia, that U love so much!!

ergo - nosce te ipsum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

The House Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol Insurrection - held a

surprise hearing at 1pm ET - on June 28th, 2022; Democracy Now! live-streamed it:

"Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to then-President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, shared dramatic details in her first public testimony, including how Trump lunged for the steering wheel of his limousine to divert the driver to the Capitol on January 6, & - that Meadows and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought pardons. Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican, said Donald Trump’s allies had been intimidating witnesses. Watch Wednesday’s show when we will bring you highlights."

e tenebris lux?!