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Fox news channel logo Friday, November 9, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Don't buy from Fox News advertisers: Progressive, Capital One, Applebees, IHOP, Match.com, Angie's List, Home Advi Fox News is a malevolent and destructive force. Not only is the network's programming becoming increasingly extreme, deceitful, and racist, but Fox News is also functioning as Donald Trump's personal propaganda operation. Please contact Fox News' advertisers and ask them to stop advertising on Fox News. Meanwhile, don't buy from them or patronize them.

Junius Bassus on a biga (two-horse chariot) followed by four horsemen representing the factions of the Thursday, November 8, 2018 (12 comments)     

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Galloping towards the Apocalypse Is the USA headed for the breakdown of civil society? The evidence is pointing that way. Almost half the population is deranged, living in fantasy world of conspiracy theories. The Left is divided. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fall makes the problem much worse. The conservative Supreme Court may prevent Dems from investigating Trump or from stopping him from firing Mueller.

Welcome to Bust! Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (10 comments)     

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On the logic of lesser-of-two-evils An examination of the logic of lesser-of-two-evils, with reference to the elections of 2000 and 2016.

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Repugs, Dumbs and Dumbers: a rant Heaven help America! On the one side we have evil Repugs. On the other side we have Dumb Dems and the even dumber progressives.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, August 2, 2018 (21 comments)     

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Socialism, even democratic socialism, is quite different from progressivism Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez call themselves democratic socialists, but lots of experts agree that they they are just social democrats. Democratic socialists want public ownership of the means of production. Social democrats are OK with private ownership as long as it's well taxed well regulated and well balanced by an ample safety net. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez should be less sloppy in their choice of words.

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Fake news about "global cooling" Right wing websites have been promoting a deceptive headline about alleged "global cooling" since 2016. The explanation is that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

Saturday, December 16, 2017     

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Donald Trump dreams of a "white" Christmas [[TrumpWhiteChristmas]] I'm dreaming of a "white" Christmas With every Fascist I appoint Where we fill the prisons And people listen to skinheads marching in the streets. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every stupid tweet I write. May my policies help the wealthy and the white And may there be no Latinos or Muslims in my sight.

Hunter gatherers Thursday, October 26, 2017 (10 comments)     

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Was the Noble Savage noble? Or savage? There has been a debate in the press recently about whether the state (nation) is fundamentally a source of exploitation and war, or whether it's a source civilizing influence on humans' natural brutal nature. The debate has echoes of Thomas Hobbes and Renee Descartes, as well as echos of FDR versus the Koch brothers. In short, is the Noble Savage noble or savage?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017     

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Review of Martin Nowak's Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed How can cooperation emerge in a world of selfish individuals ruled by Darwinian competition for survival? This is the question that Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University, discusses in Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed. Nowak say, "I propose that 'natural cooperation' be included as a fundamental principle to bolster those laid down by Darwin."

Evolution of Everything Saturday, July 15, 2017 (19 comments)     

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Review of Matt Ridley's Evolution of Everything A review of Matt Ridley's "Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge." Ridley's book is an imbalanced, libertarian attack on government, regulation, environmentalism, public education, and taxation.

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Donald Trump sings: Don't know much about history Donald Trump sings "Don't know much about history"

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Republican Jesus How Jesus would preach if he were a Republican. He would eliminate Meals on Wheels. He would repeal your health care, and ....
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Don't Blame Trump: He did everything he could to prove hte was unfit to be President Friday, February 3, 2017 (27 comments)     

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Hillary was swift-boated: Blame the GOP Propaganda Machine The most striking and scary thing about the 2016 election was that a candidate as bad as Donald Trump could win. How could that happen? Yes, Hillary and the Democrats made policy and tactical errors that suppressed turnout and allowed Trump to pursue his populist playbook, but the main cause of GOP victories is the formidable propaganda machine of the Republican Party. Almost half the country live in an alternate reality.

President Obama, from behind Thursday, November 10, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Obama and other reasons for the election debacle As leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama bears a large proportion of responsibility for the election debacle. Though he saved the economy, he sold out to Wall Street and the Pentagon, and he allowed the GOP to set the agenda and blame Democrats for the decline of the middle class.

socialism Thursday, April 21, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The Revolution will not be pleasant Millions of young, motivated progressives are participating in Democratic Party primaries, caucuses and meetings, thanks to the leadership of Bernie Sanders. But many hard-core leftists (Socialists and Anarchists) still insist on fleeing from the Democratic Party. What are they afraid of? Dealing with unpleasant corporate Democrats? Majority rule? A little hierarchy?

Dick Cheney Monday, March 28, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Ten reasons why WA superdelegates should support Bernie Sanders Washington State Democratic caucus attendees overwhelmingly voted for Bernie Sanders, but the governor and most other superdelegates say they support Hillary Clinton. Here's why the superdelegates should switch their votes to Hillary.

Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday, October 17, 2015 (50 comments)     

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Is Sanders' democratic socialism compatible with capitalism? Bernie Sanders has said that he's a democratic socialist and that he's not a (casino) capitalist. And he lists Scandinavian countries as models that the U.S. should emulate. But Scandinavian countries have private wealth and corporations. Does Sanders support capitalism as long as it's regulated? Or does he want to do away with private ownership unless the owners are worker cooperatives?

Why Politics Sucks in America Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 comments)     

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How President Obama and his supporters damaged the Democratic Party In 2008 I donated hundreds of dollars and many hours to the campaign of candidate Barack Obama. When he won on Nov. 4, 2008, I texted "Happy day!" to my brother. Within a year I had sorely regretted my support for Obama. I wrote articles, submitted resolutions, and advocated for accountability, to save the Democratic Party from looming catastrophe. In this article I collect evidence showing how Obama betrayed his party.

Image from the article on The Market Business Saturday, April 25, 2015 (5 comments)     

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Apparent anti-semitic headline on TheMarketBusiness, recommended by google The news aggregator site, news.google.com, recommended an apparently anti-semitic article by The Market Business. The headline reads "To Meet jews Donors, Ted Cruz heads to Vegas." The article is largely ungrammatical.

Washington State & Local Taxes Monday, November 17, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Look who doesn't pay their fair share An analysis of publicly available, aggregated income and tax data from the IRS shows that residents of rich zipcodes manage to avoid progressive taxation. They pay little or no more in taxes, as a proportion of income, than many poorer zipcodes.

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