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Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, activist, writer, and programmer. My op-ed pieces have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and elsewhere. See and for my writing, meme images, musical creations, and animations.

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Donald Trump giving birth to a demon, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 17, 2022
AI-generated images about Donald Trump Some AI-generated images making fun of Donald Trump. The AI has gotten scary smart.
CIA Logo, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2022
Summary of The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the C.I.A., and the rise of America's secret government Summary of David Talbot's book The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles and the Rise of America's Secret Government. Allen Dulles comes across as a supremely evil man who aided Nazis, overthrew democratically elected governments, authorized assassinations of foreign leaders, and (allegedly) helped plan the assassination of JFK.
West Midlands Police - Birmingham city centre protests, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 18, 2022
Can non-violent protest and civil disobedience achieve justice in this era? Some progressive activists call for mass protests, civil disobedience, strikes, boycotts, tax refusal, or other forms of nonviolent resistance to injustice. This essay discusses how the right wing and neoliberal opponents of progressives will likely be able to subvert and undermine such resistance.
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2022
Warning to Dems from antiwar conservatives: Dems' militarism "is going to bite them pretty hard very soon" Antiwar conservatives vow to make Dems pay for supporting out-of-control militarism such as the war in Ukraine.
Only we get to do that, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Putin is a neocon's wet dream come true You gotta hand it to the people in the U.S. MiC (Nuland, etc) who planned the situation in Ukraine. They backed Putin into a corner, made him look bad -- which he is -- and covered their tracks. Yes, the U.S. provoked the war. Yes, Putin felt that he needed to defend his people. And, yes, the U.S. has launched plenty of evil and stupid invasions all over the world. But the MiC won the messaging war and Putin is evil.
Billionaires, save us! But aren't they the problem?, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 28, 2021
The situation is dire, but the GOP is fragile Progressives' highest priority should be to stop the GOP from winning in 2022, because if the GOP wins, we lose on every other issue. This may require some painful sacrifices. But there are rays of hope.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 20, 2021
A difficult discourse about Dems and abortion This is a difficult and necessary discourse about abortion rights. It may piss some people off. Democrats have election after election and many other issues over the single wedge issue of abortion. And now the Supreme Court has a solid conservative majority, so Roe vs. Wade is likely to be overturned. Here's why the Dems mismanaged the issue.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2021
The New York Times regrets that Afghanistan may distract from the need to fight China and Russia The New York Times continues its tradition of promoting a militaristic foreign policy.
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 29, 2021
On the stupidity of preparing to wage war with China Despite disastrous wars against poor, third world countries Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the U.S. is preparing to to wage war with China, a technologically advanced nation four times its size. And the U.S. is doing this in China's backyard. How stupid is that?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 11, 2021
Sam Harris' false equivalence In a podcast dated Jan 11, 2021 Sam Harris denounces both Trump supporters and BLM social justice activists and calls them both "grotesque" and hysterical. This false equivalence reveals Harris' biases.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
The U.S. is preparing for war with China The Pentagon is releasing videos promoting preparations for war with China. Congress is funding a Pacific Deterrence Initiative meant to confront China. Do Americans know or care?
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Yes, Nader and his supporters DID cause Gore to lose to Bush Many progressive writers have claimed that it's a myth that Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose the 2000 presidential election to Bush. They're wrong. Here's why.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Warning: a summary Anonymous, a self-styled "senior Trump administration official," has written a book A Warning as a follow-up to his (or her) September, 2018 op-ed in the New York Times, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration." The Warning describes a White House in chaos, with aides struggling to protect America from an impulsive and ignorant president.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 17, 2019
How conservatives and evangelicals are smarter than Dems and progressives Progressives and Democrats like to look down on conservatives, including evangelicals. But the facts suggest that it's the progressives and Democrats who aren't so smart. This article has some painful truths for progressives and Dems.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Dems agree to a horrible National Defense Authorization Act House Dems agreed on a compromise National Defense Authorization Act that eliminates virtually all the progressive amendments that had originally appeared in the bill this summer.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 22, 2019
UFOs, Climate Change, and Trump: an explanation There has been a recent uptick in UFO sightings, as reported by U.S. Navy pilots and others. The explanation for the uptick is related to the climate change crisis, as described in this video.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 7, 2019
Do it, Jeff! A poster seen on a wall a few blocks from's headquarters in Seattle, WA suggests a focus for activism.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 1, 2019
The debate about Russiagate and the fight against Trump On social media and online discussions, there's a big battle between believers in and deniers of Russiagate. It's highly politicized, with progressives like Glenn Greenwald supporting the views of Fox News and other defenders of the president. Deniers of Russiagate go too far -- the Russians did interfere in the election, and their were numerous links between Russian and Trump. But the Mueller Report was no silver bullet.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2019
Cenk Uygur of TYT is a believer in Russiagate Surprise, surprise. Cenk Uygur of The Yong Turks sounds like a true believer in Russiagate in this youtube video describing apparent connections between Trump and Russian oligarchs via Deutsche Bank loans.What is Trump trying to hide? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: .com/trial Read more here: ...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 25, 2019
Bernie Sanders Speaks at the DNC Summer Meeting Matt of the Zach and Matt show posts a video of 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sander's full speech today at the 2019 Democratic National Committee Summer Meetings. Senator Sanders makes the case for why Democratic voters should choose him to be their nominee against Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

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