OpenThread: hacktivism, Soros...

    Ironic that the new hacktivism is taking on Open Society, the one that did so much to promote transparent organizations after the wall. But the target seems to be Soros' promotion of arguments for the Ukrainian protesters in Maidan - a rather contentious issue that pitted the US left against US government actions as rather colonialistic (unlike Russia's continued influence over Ukraine, which is simply

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    Trump's Populist Support Message? Horse Pucky!

    August 12, 2016 - WaPo - Wonkblog

    A massive new study debunks a widespread theory for Donald Trump’s success

    Economic distress and anxiety across working-class white America have become a widely discussed explanation for the success of Donald Trump. It seems to make sense.


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    Trump Is Right!

    Turns out Trump may not be the psychopathic liar we all (mostly) think he is.  I know!  SAD!  According to a secret investigative report by the New York Magazine, Obama and Hillary did INDEED found ISIS.  We can, of course, expect the journalists involved in the article to turn up missing in the coming days ...

    Read this AMAZING work by previously sad losers from a failing rag while you still can!!

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    Trump Shaking the Tree So All the Wacko Nuts Fall Out at One Time

    Is this a positive outcome of Trump?



    For years, I have always said that the right for one to freely express their opinion is a very positive thing within our crazy culture.

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    The Beatles meant little to me in the eighth grade. hahaha

    She Loves You Ya Ya Ya....?

    What the hell does that mean?

    But Love, Love Me Do....

    Well that was something else, to me anyway.

    Stereo Williams from The Beast reminds us of Revolver.

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    How Will NASA Fare Under a Trump or Clinton Presidency?

    The presidential race has narrowed to two major candidates: Trump and Clinton. We all know this by now — but did you know that neither candidate has said much about science?

    There’s already plenty to be concerned about, but a growing topic in the scientific world is the future of space travel. Will NASA receive more funding or more cuts? Unfortunately, the candidates have remained virtually silent about this.

    We've scraped together the bits and pieces of our candidate's views:

    The Donald: Forget About It!

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    what's the matter with the white-trash hillbillies of Appalachia?

    Alternate title: What's the matter with the Democrats' strategy toward the WTHOA? We're deep into the election woods right now, and Hillary (with lots of help from Donald Trump) is doing a pretty good job of locking in most demographics that make up the party's base. So I doubt any Democratic strategists are fretting about their expected failure to recapture West Virginia's once-gettable five electoral votes. It's sad that so many voters have lost all hope that they are buying what Trump is selling, but there's no way the party can promise them a turnaround. Those jobs are gone and they ain't coming back.

    Tim and Bernie's warnings

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.

     Yeats ,1919



    Letter to the Editor

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    Running Trump's Train High on Rogaine® - Economic Advisers?

    X-posted from the TPM Hive...

    August 5, 2016

    CNN Money - Election 2016 - Your money your vote

    Trump reveals his economic advisers

    Trump: "Empowering Americans by freeing up the necessary tools for everyone to gain economically..."

    The campaign's policy team will be led by Stephen Miller.


    Okay, as this keeps coming up, I thought I'd put together a list to help us track the seemingly all-important metric of "likeability" as it concerns our public servants and cultural heroes.

    More likeable than Hillary: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Francis, Al Franken?, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Snowden, Christiane Amanpour, Stephen Colbert-Jon Stewart-Samantha Bee, Joe Biden (or so they say), Elon Musk, Angelina Jolie, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Richard Holbrooke?, Tom Tomorrow, Barbara Jordan?, Kofe Annan

    Moderation vs. Violent Mood Swings

    It's been the perceived wisdom this season that Americans are outraged, and that solutions need to be drastic. But perceived wisdom, especially among self-interested media types, isn't always accurate, and doesn't always reflect what the populace expects. And change often comes when a dam bursts, not with steady trends - watching the water rise often does little to predict the outcome. (Plus my experience with earthquakes tells me that an aftershock can be worse than the original quake - effects do ripple).

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    Trump at lectern before backdrop with elements of logo "TRUMP"

    Years ago I wrote a blog about a female presidential candidate and folks were unsettled with regard to my hypotheses through their comments.

    Lately on shows like Lawrence O'Donnell we are presented with experts who feel that donald is a narcissacist or manic depressive or whatever.

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    Hey Dick Day: Donald's "Intelligence" Report- Page One

    The first report . . .

    Here are 30 ways Drumpf can increase his intelligence:


    Hack Attacks - Quo Vadis?

    My biggest objection during the time we helped remove Qaddafi was not a condemnation of regime change, but "what's the precedent?" Unless you're the Supreme Court in 2000 writing a "one-time-use-only" clause into your work, or even if, there's the constant concern in both foreign and domestic policy that a new clever "remedy" will be copied and extended in ways we find unreasonable but ways the bastardizers think wholly fair. Thus part of the history of how Republicans have mimicked and abused Democratic strategy in the Senate or amazingly refused to take any action on a Supreme Court nominee based on a fairly meaningless comment by Biden lots of years ago.

    "The married women of Bucks County"

    A new T.V. show, "The married women of Bucks County" will begin streaming on major networks next week and is being advertised so vigorously on websites like the New York Times that you want to slam your laptop because the print won't move when you click it.

    I wanted to understand why Hillary Clinton is still being panned by the media and all I see is ads for emotionally unavailable, well-to-do ladies taking their parents to therapy while calling the bank to transfer funds into their kids' checking accounts. The dresses of these ladies do not suggest sexual availability, they aren't in a drunken stupor at a bar with their single friends, and don't finish off the night with a new tattoo or running down traffic signs on the way home. Why in hell would anyone watch a show about financially secure women who you couldn't entice out to a clandestine lunch if your life depended upon it.? In any case, I am annoyed that no one is analyzing Hillary Clinton's speech---except for brain trusts like Chuck Todd.

    A Home run

    A good mix of nuts& bolts and aspirations.

    I won't go down the path of whether it would have been better with Bernie. What should concern us is whether she wants  what we want her to want.

    And whether we think she can get it.

    Well with respect to the second, probably not.  Probably no one  could. But at least as she leaves the starting gate tonight she's heading in the right direction.

    It was more than "good enough" it was pretty darn good. If you'll pardon the intense language. 

    Just a link

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    Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg

    I wrote about the possibility that a woman would become President of the United States of America.

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    Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden.jpg

    I am watching this guy now.

    The Vice-President of the United States of America for 7+ years.


    Folks making fun of him the last eight years or more.






    Anything else you might add Dagbloggers


    Bernie would be doing better

    bernie-hillaryToday, Donald Trump would probably beat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup 538's Nate Silver predicts. Ah but the election won't be held today you reply.

    I gotta bad feeling about this...


    Hillary Clinton is snakebit.


    Just when the Dem convention was starting to cast serious shade on Donald Trump's cred as an impressario, and just when the DNC hack story was taking the right spin for us, just now, when Sarah Silverman (Precious Blood of the Sweet Baby Jesus I could fu...umm, never mind) had put us in our place

    tis not as deep as a well

    nor as wide as a church door  but tis enough, twill do*

    Night two  twill do.

    As you think of Bill's reminiscence ,right now, you're smiling.   

    Well at least I am. So that'll have to do. Do you remember anything about last week that makes you smile? Does "lock her up" do that? Or do you feel vaguely dirty? As if you see someone being beaten up, who deserved it. But enough already.

    Day 1 was a success!

    Despite where we started from, where we ended was quite OK.I'll take it !

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    Who Really Benefits From All The Political Infighting?

    One thing is sure . . .

    There can be little doubt that the cable channels and print media are raking in the dough from commercials and ads while covering the internecine warfare within both bodies on both sides of the ticket.


    We are truly looked upon as sheep.


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