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On November 6, 2018 33 Senate Seats and 435 seats in the house of representatives and 14 governorships will be up for election. Vote like your life depends on it!

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A Glossary of Extremist Language

There is no such thing as Alt Left

SNIP:

Alt-Light

The “alt-light” comprises members of the far right who once fell under the “alt-right” umbrella but have since split from the group because, by and large, racism and anti-Semitism are not central to its far-right nationalist views, according to Ryan Lenz, the editor of Hatewatch, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Members of the alt-right mocked these dissidents as “the alt-light.”

“The alt-light is the alt-right without the racist overtones, but it is hard to differentiate it sometimes because you’re looking at people who sometimes dance between both camps,” he said.

The two groups often feud online over “the Jewish Question,” or whether Jews profit by secretly manipulating the government and the news media.

Antifa

“Antifa” is a contraction of the word “anti-fascist.” It was coined in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s by a network of groups that spread across Europe to confront right-wing extremists, according to Mr. Pitcavage. A similar movement emerged in the 1980s in the United States and has grown as the “alt-right” has risen to prominence.

For some so-called antifa members, the goal is to physically confront white supremacists. “If they can get at them, to assault them and engage in street fighting,” Mr. Pitcavage said. Mr. Lenz, at the Southern Poverty Law Center, called the group “an old left-wing extremist movement.”

Members of the “alt-right” broadly portray protesters who oppose them as “antifa,” or the “alt-left,” and say they bear some responsibility for any violence that ensues — a claim made by Mr. Trump on Tuesday.

But analysts said comparing antifa with neo-Nazi or white supremacist protesters was a false equivalence.

Cuck

“Cuck” is an insult used by the “alt-right” to attack the masculinity of an opponent, originally other conservatives, whom the movement deemed insufficiently committed to racism and anti-Semitism.

Alt-Light

The “alt-light” comprises members of the far right who once fell under the “alt-right” umbrella but have since split from the group because, by and large, racism and anti-Semitism are not central to its far-right nationalist views, according to Ryan Lenz, the editor of Hatewatch, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Members of the alt-right mocked these dissidents as “the alt-light.”

“The alt-light is the alt-right without the racist overtones, but it is hard to differentiate it sometimes because you’re looking at people who sometimes dance between both camps,” he said.

The two groups often feud online over “the Jewish Question,” or whether Jews profit by secretly manipulating the government and the news media.

Antifa

“Antifa” is a contraction of the word “anti-fascist.” It was coined in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s by a network of groups that spread across Europe to confront right-wing extremists, according to Mr. Pitcavage. A similar movement emerged in the 1980s in the United States and has grown as the “alt-right” has risen to prominence.

For some so-called antifa members, the goal is to physically confront white supremacists. “If they can get at them, to assault them and engage in street fighting,” Mr. Pitcavage said. Mr. Lenz, at the Southern Poverty Law Center, called the group “an old left-wing extremist movement.”

Members of the “alt-right” broadly portray protesters who oppose them as “antifa,” or the “alt-left,” and say they bear some responsibility for any violence that ensues — a claim made by Mr. Trump on Tuesday.

But analysts said comparing antifa with neo-Nazi or white supremacist protesters was a false equivalence.

Cuck Cuck” is an insult used by the “alt-right” to attack the masculinity of an opponent, originally other conservatives, whom the movement deemed insufficiently committed to racism and anti-Semitism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/politics/alt-left-alt-right-glossary.html?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email&_r=0

What Trumps decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement means for your wallet

Our planet is warming, putting at risk not only our physical well-being, but our wallets.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark international deal signed in 2015 to limit global warming. The U.S. joins only two other countries, Syria and Nicaragua, in rejecting it. The decision comes after the hottest year on record in 2016, in which temperatures were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid-century mean. Scientists say global temperatures may rise by 7 degrees Fahrenheit before the end of the 21st century. As climate change escalates, cities are building sea walls, seeking new water sources for drought-stricken land, and storm-proofing their infrastructure in preparation. But while impending environmental impact of rising temperatures may be the most tangible, the often-overlooked effects on our pocketbooks may be just as worrisome, according to David Stookey, author of new book “Climate-Proof Your Personal Finances” published the Savvy Families Institute, an organization he heads that is based in Rhode Island.

More:http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/what-trump%E2%80%99s-decision-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-agreement-means-for-your-wallet/ar-BBxn5OR?ocid=ob-fb-enus-280

A primer on the long list of successors if a president is removed

1. Vice President of the United States-Mike Pence
2. Speaker of the House-Paul Ryan
3. President pro tempore of the Senate-Orrin Hatch
4. Secretary of State-Rex Tillerson
5. Secretary of the Treasury-Steven Mnuchin
6. Secretary of Defense-Jim Mattis
7. Attorney General-Jeff Sessions
8. Secretary of the Interior-Ryan Zinke
9. Secretary of Agriculture-Sonny Perdue
10. Secretary of Labor-Alexander Acosta
11. Secretary of Health and Human Services-Tom Price
12. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development-Ben Carson
13. Secretary of Transportation-Elaine Chao
14. Secretary of Energy-Rick Perry
15. Secretary of Education-Betsy DeVos
16. Secretary of Veterans Affairs-David Shulkin
17. Secretary of Homeland Security-John Kelly
https://www.facebook.com/newsandguts/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

Republican Congressman Wants to Scale Back American Elephant Ivory Ban

"He has a history of making bizarre arguments in favor of legalizing the trade of endangered wildlife"

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Throughout his 23 terms in Congress, Rep. Don Young has developed a reputation with animal rights activists and conservationists as one of the leading “villains.” In January 2017, Young introduced a bill that would scale back former President Barack Obama’s nearly total ivory ban, which was enacted in July 2016 and makes exceptions for “bona fide antiques and items with small amounts of ivory.”

Snip:
He previously said in an interview with Rolling Stone that environmentalists are “self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots” who “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”


http://observer.com/2017/04/congressman-don-young-elephant-ivory-ban/

The coded language of the alt-right is helping to power its rise

By Steven Petrow Columnist, Civilities April 10


I’ve always said that I appreciate all my readers, both those who agree with me and those who don’t. But lately I’ve been puzzled by the new slurs directed at me by some of the latter. Many I didn’t even understand, so I did some digging.

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But here’s the nasty undercurrent: These new words are intrinsic to the alt-right’s rise, according to Lakoff. He connects this to the Nazis and the coded language (prime example: “the master race”) that eventually allowed them to topple governmental institutions. “The strategy is to control discourse,” Lakoff points out. “One way you do that is preemptive name calling . . . based on a moral hierarchy.”
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Snowflake. This is no compliment, even if you like to think that you’re one of a kind. At best, it’s a derisive term for someone considered entitled, which to those using it includes people of color, LGBT folks, students — even Meryl Streep for her pro-kindness stance at the Golden Globes. Sarah McBride of the Human Rights Campaign told me that it’s often used against LGBT people in reference “to pronoun usage, particularly nonbinary pronoun use, and the efforts on college campuses to be more aware and affirming of people’s pronouns.” Used in a sentence, via Urban Dictionary: “Hey snowflake, Trump won, deal with it.” With one word you’re dismissed as weak, feminine, juvenile — a loser.

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More at link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-coded-language-of-the-alt-right-is-helping-to-power-its-rise/2017/04/07/5f269a82-1ba4-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.263263d549ba

Resistance Analysis

Today's Trump news conference was not chaos...

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Energize his base

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Coins from years of travel

I have inherited coins from travel. My late family member worked for the airlines and traveled the world. I have world coins from may different places. I have no idea how to sell them or convert them. I am in the process of downsizing.

Any advice?

I also inherited coins in slabs. I suppose a coin dealer would help with that or sell on an auction site?

Thank you for reading!

Did McConnell Put Warren Right Where He Wants Her?


Senate GOP boss elevates left‘s hero, maybe because she‘s not strongest 2020 Democratic option

Sure, he’s a really buttoned-down guy working to prevent the Senate from getting totally bottled-up, but there are solid reasons to suspect Mitch McConnell wants a “Nevertheless, she persisted” hoodie as much as anyone.

The majority leader is obviously much more Brooks Brothers than Raygun. Still, he may well realize that his latest grandmaster move in the never-ending game of electoral chess requires ditching the rep stripe tie in favor of some printed-on-demand slogan swag.

After all, what would Machiavelli wear?
This is a counterintuitive view.

Conventional wisdom is the Kentucky Republican bungled things really badly this week, delivering an enormous public relations gift to the Democratic Party and one of its most prominent voices by having the Senate kick Elizabeth Warren out of the debate on confirming Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

[Warren Blocked From Speaking During Sessions Confirmation Debate]

This view was buttressed by McConnell’s mansplaining tone — “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” — that spawned a thousand T-shirts and threatens to magnify a gender gap rooted in the view of GOP leaders as inherently sexist and out of touch with women voters.

More: http://www.rollcall.com/news/hawkings/mitch-mcconnell-elizabeth-warren-strategy?utm_content=bufferd6531&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer









More:http://www.rollcall.com/news/hawkings/mitch-mcconnell-elizabeth-warren-strategy?utm_content=bufferd6

INVESTIGATIONS Cenk Uygur Exposes James O'Keefe

He's a Walking, Living Troll'
The "Young Turks" host weighs in on Project Veritas' big scheme to humiliate the media.

Snip:

The news was not lost on "The Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur.


"How sad that the president of the United States of America is calling these low-level trolls," Uygur remarked. "But that's because they are part of the Republican machine... they killed ACORN... a group that helped poor people with legal issues, health issues, and yes, voting issues, and that's why they were politically targeted—to make sure that they didn't get poor people to vote because Republicans think [the poor] vote more for Democrats. And the media went along with it, gave it tremendous coverage. Some Democrats [even] went along with it, and [Project Veritas] actually had a real political effect. Now they've got the ear of the president!"

Footage captured by TYT shows O'Keefe announcing his plans to "humiliate" the media, with hundreds of hours of newsroom audio allegedly in his possession.

"Now, I understand that it's ironic here, that we're giving you coverage of Project Veritas," Uygur acknowledged. "But that's because we have these exclusive tapes to show you their intention."

"Whatever you do, do not take these guys seriously," he pressed. "They're walking, living trolls... they never break real news, they always have a political agenda, and it doesn't have anything to do with actual facts."

Video and link:
http://www.alternet.org/investigations/project-veritas-brings-donald-trumps-media-war-new-level-revealed-new-investigative

bannon Takes Control -While Trump lies, the former Breitbart chief seizes the reins of power.

SNIP:
While the liberal comedians and right-wing pundits agitate themselves about crowd sizes, odd tweets and imaginary voter fraud, Politico and the Hill supply some data points about the all-important paper flow in Washington. Steve Bannon, the former Goldman Sachs executive-turned-Breitbart news chief, is running the government, while the president argues with actresses.

Politico reports that the executive orders Trump has been signing were prepared and coordinated by Bannon. Various Cabinet secretaries and congressional leaders were not consulted, according to the story. Such procedural corner-cutting is not inconsequential when it comes to spending $25 billion of taxpayer funds or running the CIA.

But whatever the eventual costs, the current reality seems to be that Bannon—not his White House rivals, chief of staff Reince Priebus or Vice President Mike Pence—decides what piece of paper gets put in front of Donald Trump's pen.

The Breitbartization of the White House comes as no surprise to people at the conservative news site.

MORE:
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/bannon-takes-control
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