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Web Log Purpose

A web log based on the principle that a civilized society deserves democratic government based on integrity. The premise here is the U.S. democracy has effectively been subverted by oligarchical forces which must be opposed with facts and rational thought. (An RSS feed is recommended.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bank Tellers Are Unionizing


Bank tellers at Santander banks in the U.S. have initiated protest actions against the Spanish banking behemoth.  The effort involves both bank employees and customers.

This effort is to be loudly applauded and comes not a moment too soon.

Bank Tellers Unionize

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trump Called Mentally Ill By Former Clinton Advisor

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Trump Called Mentally Ill By Politician Who Met Him

Our Military Leader can be called many things.  I do not object to the characterization of "mentally ill."   

Friday, August 11, 2017

Resisting Imperialism

The Trump agenda is in very many ways the same agenda as that obtained by the U.S. government for decades -- economic hegemony, if you will.  From the Spanish-American War to the Afghan War the interests of Big Business have been paramount.  The article here helps explain the situation.

Imperialism Can and Must Be Resisted

Noam Chomsky Has a Surprising Viewpoint on Allegations of Trump-Russian Collusion

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Noam Chomsky's Surprising Take on Allegations of Russian Collusion

Professor Chomsky has a surprising viewpoint on the alleged Trump-Russian axis.  While Prof. Chomsky may be overlooking some aspects of the scandal -- including what I think are likely illegalities -- his main point is well-taken.  It is one reason I have been relatively light in my treatment of this particular issue.

I am much more interested in the stolen election of 2016, which was a result of the efforts of what Chomsky calls the only organization in world history dedicated to the destruction of the planet -- the current Republican Party.*

*How different today's Republican Party is from the party of Lincoln!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Corporate Group Seeks to Eliminate Direct Election of Senators

The United States Senate is an undemocratic institution. Just do the math: Progressive California Senator Kamala Harris was elected in 2016 with 7,542,753 votes. Yet her vote on issues such as health-care reform counts for no more than that of conservative Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, who was elected in 2014 with 121,554 votes.

This is an absurd imbalance. In fact, the only thing that would make it more absurd would be if voters were removed from the equation altogether.
--  The Nation

In this treacherous new effort, the American corporate legislative council seeks to abolish the 17th Amendments guarantee of the direct election of Senators.  This hideous assault on our voting privilege threatens to turn the Senate into what it was before -- the province of legislators bought and paid for by wealthy tycoons.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Our Military Leader Advocates for Careless Treatment of Suspects

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In a shocking statement the commander-in-chief of the armed forces has advised police to use purposeful carelessness in dealing with suspects.

So much for the doctrine of innocent until proven guilty.  And so much for human decency and compassion.  As for morality, my mama always told me two wrongs don't make a right.

Go to Sunday School, OML*.  I'm sure they won't be physically harming you there.  And maybe you will be usefully edified.

Our Military Leader Advocates for Careless Treatment of Suspects

*Our Military Leader
And by the way, the only way for a senior citizen to learn the Golden Rule is in Sunday School.  You are too old for grade school.  And they don't teach the Golden Rule there anymore, anyway.   

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GOP Voter Suppression Goes Into Ultra-Drive

Greg Palast on the Thom Hartmann program explains the tie between the Trumpist White House and GOP voter suppression efforts.

This is a must-see video reference.  

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The House that Trump Built

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Here is an interesting article on the common taste of dictators, and how Our Military Leader fits right in.  

from Politico's online magazine:  
Trump's Autocratic Style

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Actor Robert Clary Speaks About His Experience During the Holocaust

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Well-known actor Robert Clary gives a human face to the victimization of the Jews under Hitler. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Earth Species, Including Man, Face Grave Danger in Future: Scientific Report

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The following reads like a billboard of warning and caution.  It is a report by Louis Dore about a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warning about a vastly increased rate of species loss.

The urgency here is obvious.

I will place a link to the full online report below the bulletins.

from The Independent --

study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has warned that species are being wiped out 100 times faster than in the last millennium....

and from the report:

"As much as 50 per cent of the number of animal individuals that once shared Earth with us are already gone, as are billions of populations.
"We emphasise that the sixth mass extinction is already here and the window for effective action is very short, probably two or three decades at most.
"All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.
The report added:
"The resulting biological annihilation obviously will also have serious ecological, economic, and social consequences.
"Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe."
Mike Barrett, director of science and policy at WWF-UK, told the Independent:
"From the destruction of forests to the poaching of iconic species, we cannot ignore the impact that humanity is having on the world. We know how to stop this.
"It requires governments, businesses and every single one of us to rethink how we produce, consume and value the natural world. We must act now before it is too late."