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(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?
Naderspeak.JPG, From WikimediaPhotos
(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.
danger, From FlickrPhotos
(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.
1941AlfredENeuman., From WikimediaPhotos
(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.
The Pentagon, From FlickrPhotos
(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.
Found on a wall near's headquarters, From InText
(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.
mueller, From FlickrPhotos
(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.
Death, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2019
How the Repubs are more pro-death than the Dems The GOP's environmental policies are likely to bring about a massive abortion of humanity. Denying medical care to people who can't afford it shortens lives. War is abortion of born people. Mistreatment of desperate asylum seekers is brutal. Odd that conservative Christians support these and other GOP policies.
Peace, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 27, 2019
A Call for a World Peace Concert In the 1960s, anti-war music, rock music, and folk music transformed culture and helped bring an end to the Vietnam War. It's time for a World Peace Concert similar to Live Aid and other benefit concerts
From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2019
Robert Wright's Nonzero and the growth of cooperative complexity Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, is an ambitious book, with a title that one might deem grandiose. But the author, Robert Wright, crafts a satisfying, readable tour de force that synthesizes human history, anthropology, game theory, biology, and ethics. The book speaks to hopes for progressive reforms and transcends debates about top-down versus bottom-up change.
The Pentagon, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2019
Uh-oh, defense spending may rise again, and the Democratic leadership is on board Democrats in Congress appear ready to give into most of Donald Trump's request for a $750 billion defense budget. There are progressive voices calling for fiscal restraint in the Pentagon, but they appear to be losing out to the hawks and to the power of pork from military spending.
President Barack Obama, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Why Dems should be furious at Obama Historians will look back at the presidency of Barack Obama as one that was both triumphant and tragic. The tragic thing about the presidency of Barack Obama was that he was given a once-in-a-generation opportunity to control the narrative, expose GOP corruption, establish a strong Democratic majority and save America from the forces of corporatism and militarism. He barely even tried.
Peace, From FlickrPhotos
(52 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 9, 2019
The movement to rein in U.S. militarism is gaining momentum An abundance of progressive legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives, setting the stage for eventual passage, when the Democrats take back control of the Senate: Medicare for All, H.R. 1, a Green New Deal. Next up: end the insane U.S. war-mongering, secrecy and military spending.
The coolest award I could ever receive #evn12, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 7, 2019
Washington State legislators want to amend the US Constitution. Is it risky? Efforts are underway in the Washington State legislature to amend the U.S. Constitutions to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The legislature is considering two resolutions to this end. One resolution calls on Congress to send to the states an amendment to the Constitution. The second resolution calls for the convening of a constitutional convention. Some progressives think the latter approach is risky.
Congress, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 25, 2019
Push-back from Congress on US meddling in Venezuela Several lawmakers in Congress have announced their opposition to U.S. military presence in Venezuela. Will others? Over the years, Congress has ceded more and more war-making power to the executive branch and has allowed interventions, proxy wars, and clone attacks, partly based on the Authorization of Military Force resolution that was signed on Sept 18, 2001, just one week after the 9/11 attacks.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 10, 2019
Bill Maher: "New Rule: The Republicans Are the Problem" Starbucks CEO and presidential candidate Howard Schultz is one of many people saying that both parties are equally to blame. And many leftists and socialists say the Dems are as bad as the Repugs. But Bill Maher makes a convincing and hilarious case for the idea that it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are most to blame for the mess that the country is in.
Robert Mueller No esta' claro que' cargos son ni a que' personas afectan, pero ya hay planes para que cualquier acusado pueda ser detenido a partir del prximo lunes, de acuerdo con CNN., From FlickrPhotos
(47 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2018
Hey, Russiagate deniers, it's time to throw in the towel. Russiagate deniers should have thrown in the towel months ago. The evidence is overwhelming.

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