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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 27,675

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How @#$%ing Stupid Are We?

I'm so goddamned mad at the TPP garbage that I've gotten the idea to write a pamphlet or book about all the ridiculous stuff going on, titled:

How @#$%ing Stupid Are We?
It's *your* fault America's this screwed up, and only *you* can fix it.

It would be a compilation of all of the provably dysfunctional nonsense that voters have let happen to America, that are just power-screwing us every day, things like "free" trade, outrageously expensive and crappy health care, insane military spending, absurd wars, upside-down tax policies, and so forth.

Just stupid, stupid stuff that we do to ourselves, for which their are easy fixes that are proven to work whenever they've been tried.

We won World War II in two theaters and put people on the Moon, now we can't even tie our shoelaces without severing a finger.

Talk me down - I'm sure it's a dumb idea and I'm just mad right now. I'll probably reconsider in about 5 minutes, grrr.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 09:31 PM (87 replies)

"We'd love for you little people to have rights, but..."

"We'd really love for the little people to have rights, but we just can't swing it."

"Sorry!!!"

"But once it's law... we can work together to make it better! Yes, we can!"

It was uplifting to read that the bipartisan TPP will give the developing world a break: The US and other developed countries have backed off their demand that sanctions be immediately imposed on countries that violate worker protections. Instead, there'll be... discussions.

U.S. compromises on labor rights in latest round of TPP negotiation.

Discussions! LOL! "Say, about those children locked in factories for a week at a time... no worries, that class of people were bred for that sort of thing. Could you pass the Grey Poupon? Thanks ever so much."

So microwage countries will be able to drive labor costs even lower, and grab more American jobs. And the rich all over the world make even more money, and everyone else gets @#$%ed even worse.

Yay!

Anyone else sick of this sick abuse of the 99%? Would it be unfair to call this effort sociopathy?

I'm of a mind to get off my fat ass and do something to help stop this awful abuse-in-the-works.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 05:53 PM (52 replies)

If King George III had a brigade of flying monkeys, would he have put down

the rebellion by the American colonists?

What if the colonists had boomerangs?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 08:10 PM (31 replies)

I worship Greenwald?

Oh, brother.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 11:47 PM (1 replies)

Iraq War Resolution: the most important vote in the past 3 decades?

Most important vote in Congress, that is.

If not, what do you think was more important?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 10:36 PM (73 replies)

The 99% have been getting crushed for the past 30 years

I'm utterly flummoxed as to why we'd pin our hopes on those who've led us in a losing battle during that time - or even worse, have led the enemy's attacks on occasion.

It makes no sense, sorry.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 03:45 PM (41 replies)

Berlin: US is "possible suspect" in new Merkel incident

German authorities announced today that they have asked the US Ambassador in Berlin to return to "answer some questions", just days after he was summoned to discuss the arrest of a German intelligence officer accused of spying for the US.

"Very late last night, a guard noticed a small bag in flames by the front door of Chancellor Merkel's residence. The guard used his foot to extinguish the flames, and found his foot covered with a fetid, dark substance - it appears to be some sort of animal excreta, perhaps from a dog. We are sincerely hoping, for the sake of what's left of our relationship with Washington, that forensic analysis does not indicate it is from a Portuguese Water Dog"

The American Ambassador was not directly available for comment, but a spokesman reported that "Hey, you know, things happen, it's a rough world out there. Maybe some people, I have no idea who, got a little irritated about all of the German whining about US spying. Maybe a little less whining, and Chancelor Merkel wouldn't have these problems, who knows?"

When asked about the incident at today's press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated "Of course, it would be inappropriate to discuss this mucky situation at this time. Certainly, Germany is a very close ally, and the President has made it clear to CIA Director Brennan that the war actually ended 69 years ago, and we didn't even waterboard them then, so don't even think about it."
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 06:16 PM (0 replies)

Measuring the average American's economic well-being using stock prices

Is like measuring a person's health by the size of their doctor's bank account.

Just as docs usually make more when their patients do worse (more procedures are needed), the stock market usually does better when corporate earnings are boosted by squeezing the 99%. As is happening today.

It's just nuts. Amazing how people can be so buffaloed by numbers.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 08:34 PM (63 replies)

Why is it so important to blame Nader for the 2000 election?

Seems like 90+% of DUers (at least in this poll) don't primarily blame Nader:

Gore not becoming President: whose fault?

Why does a small group of folks find it so critical to attack Nader for this disaster?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 12:38 PM (117 replies)

Just thinking a nice thought

A couple of years ago, the conversation was something like this:

Republicans: "We need super-duper austerity! Cut everything!"
Democrats: "Well, that's a very serious proposal that we'll consider, and no doubt we need lots of austerity. But how about just super austerity, banker bailouts and free trade? And cutting - not slashing - Social Security?"
Competent Economists: "We need the opposite of austerity, you scheisskopfs!!!"

It's now more like:
Republicans: "We need super-duper austerity! Cut everything!"
Democrats: "You suck, except for that Christie fellow, we like the cut of his jib. Of course the bankers need more bailouts, but we'll start reducing them. And of course we still need more free trade."
Elizabeth Warren et al: "Put bankers who break the law in jail. No more bull#%^* free trade agreements, or cutting Social Security. Attacking the 99% must stop."
Hillary: "No need to hate on bankers, Liz."

The conversation has shifted. This is good.

Our country is still a disaster from thirty years of lies, corruption, and stupidity. But every recovery needs to begin with a change in direction, and I think we have that.

Now if we can just replace one of the Inquisition crowd at SCOTUS with a person who's cool owitj math, science, and facts...
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 11:29 PM (33 replies)
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