A Night Of Hope

We needed that. Hopelessness and fear have been palpable for a year or longer now. Finally, a real and serious sign that the sane citizens of America are in this war to win it. The Huffington Post headline: The Future Fights Back, pretty much said it all.

Here’s A List Of Historic Victories Democrats Had On Election Day

Danica Roem’s win in Virginia against GOPer Bob Marshall, who called himself the “Chief Homophobe” and author of the state’s “bathroom bill”, was especially sweet since Danica Roem is a trans woman. She’s also extremely intelligent and gracious.

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Well, That’s Interesting… Samhain Edition

This morning we got the first taste of Mueller’s fire. The Manafort indictment was no surprise, his partner Rick Gates, a little off the radar, but as someone who still has regular contact with team Trump (Pro-Russian Lobbyist Is Lurking Around the White House) and Manafort’s right-hand man, really no surprise. Papadopoulos, though, this one is the big news. He’s obviously flipped to the government witness side of the equation.

George Papadopoulos Stipulation and Plea Agreement

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America Is Doomed

America is doomed, and watching this is torturous and exhausting. Every day is a new Trumpian rabbit hole of toxic tomfoolery.  But Trump is just a symptom of the illness. Getting rid of the symptom is not a cure. It will get worse. Much worse.

What is the root cause of this madness? Why can’t we have a relatively sane, functional government? Why is it so difficult? As a nation we have a lot of serious problems to address, but really, in all honesty, which of these problems is unsolvable? Take any one of them. Take the debt; take climate change and environmental issues; take campaign finance laws; take racial inequality and tension; take any goddamn issue that we now face– None of them are beyond our ability to solve, so what’s stopping us from solving them?

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The Fascists Target LGBT For Radical Scapegoating Globally

It’s just what they do now.

Fascists can, and do, target other minority groups for abuse, but, generally, that has to be done more quietly– more ‘dog-whistley’– because of all those historical red flags. If you’re explicit with your racism or antisemitism there will be some push-back from, what passes for, the moderate Right– less and less in the age of Trump– but whoever is still left pretending to be a decent human-being on the Right, they will have to come out against you, because, you know, the whole slavery, blatantly racist past, and the holocaust, and…

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It’s Worker’s Party Celebration and Columbus Day!

Senator Corker is getting a lot of press for calling out Dear Leader Trump. It seems that Corker, who is Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has had an epiphany since the campaign– He’s recently realized that Trump could, you know, kill us all. It’s nice that he’s had that realization and good that he has the courage to buck his party’s president and all… only this burst of insight and bravery would have been way more helpful BEFORE THE GODDAMN ELECTION.

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“Thoughts and Prayers”

“Thoughts and prayers” are falling like an avalanche from GOPer land. The “thoughts and prayers” of the gun apologists are pure mockery.

Naturally the GOPers don’t want to talk gun policy right now, or ever. ‘Too soon”.

Sarah Sanders Dismisses Calls for Gun Control: ‘Premature for Us to Discuss Policy’

If it’s too soon to talk about the Vegas mass shooting maybe it’s been long enough so we could talk about the Pulse Night Club shooting, or Sandy Hook? Oh, no, we can’t do that…

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Ragnarok –by Lance Akamai

I was working on a story when I got a call from a source I hadn’t heard from since December ’16, after the election (we’ll call him Oliver). That last meeting had left me a little unnerved and questioning his value as a source, and yet… there was something, in some way that I couldn’t exactly put my finger on, there was some truth and value in his information. Here’s a link to the story that resulted from that meeting:

An Interview With Ivanka Trump– by Lance Akamai

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It’s A Great Time To Be Alive

We’re here at a time when incredible things are revealing themselves on all sides. We’re seeing the collapsing of old post-WW2 structures. We’re seeing the limits and failures of dog-eat-dog capitalism. We are witness to exponential advances in technology that’s revolutionizing our lives, for better and for worse:

The technological advances are also leading to new and insidious methods of exploitation.

Of course it would be nice, too, if we were living in a time when we had a government that actually was for and by the people. Imagine if you or I really had a say in how our government worked. We would probably realize by now that Big Data desperately needs to be regulated– how and by whom it’s gathered, and how and by whom it’s used. The government in place at the moment is more interested in letting us, the average American, be exploited by the big tech data gathering entities, so, we’re pretty much on our own. It’s dog-eat-dog in the wild west, to mix metaphors. Why should a corporation like Equifax be able to ruin any person’s life, and that’s when they’re functioning normally? But the data they keep on you and me isn’t even safe. So, you and I can be exploited by them, and then by the hackers who steal our data, oh, and then by them again as they fail to inform the people whose data was stolen FOR SIX MONTHS. And the executives dump their shares of the stock BEFORE THEY ALERT THE VICTIMS. Then they send the victims to a hacker’s trap site.

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Every Day A New Humiliation

It’s humiliating just being an American these days. Every day is a new low. Every day is a fresh shit mist coating of shame. Donny talks like a chimp using sign language. He boasts about himself constantly. He threatens the world with nuclear destruction because it’s a day that ends in “Y”. He not only doesn’t criticize authoritarian regimes, he steals from their speeches:

Trump Uses Putin’s Arguments to Undermine the World

Oh, it’s good to be an American.

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