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If Putin lobbed a bunch of nuclear missiles at us, would Trump authorize a response?

Is a question I never thought I'd have to ask about a US president.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 07:45 PM (5 replies)

Putin has basically hobbled both the UK and the US with one racist vote in each country

UK is on a collision course with Brexit, and looks like it will kill itself on the rocks of that horrible decision. And it was a single, racist vote.

The US is in the clutches of a Russian-controlled halfwit. and that is the result of a single, racist vote.

Funny how racism makes our societies weaker (and how easily Putin exploited that weakness with not a shot fired). Christ, we're dumb as a collective.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 09:30 AM (8 replies)

Why We Fight - more evidence

Some people around here just about stroked out when I made this and additional claims last week:

* The ultimate corporate model of labor is slavery - free labor with no pay. We need government to prevent that, and make corporations pay for labor


Their point seemed to be that corporations often had good people in them- which I agree with - and to stop picking on our poor beleaguered corporate overlords - which I do not.

Then this morning I see this headline: Starbucks Has to Pay for Drips of Off-the-Clock Work

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/starbucks-has-to-pay-for-drips-of-off-the-clock-work

which is all about stopping wage theft where Starbucks, which I think we can all agree is one of the more benign corporate entities in the US, wanted to keep not paying workers for their total working time.

this was presented as

https://twitter.com/jonsteingart/status/1022586925385957376

"The Calif. Supreme Court decided a case that could add billions in labor costs to employers' bottom line by requiring them to pay employees for work time that previously went uncompensated " by Jon Steingart, editor at Bloomberg.

So, we have a corporation that wants (some) work done at zero pay. And a corporate news outlet crying about how it will cost employers "billions" to pay their actual wage. Boo hoo.

And this kind of "why won't people just work for free" framing happens all of the time, day in and day out, throughout the media.

Is it really a question that we need to STOP giving corporations the ability to buy and control our government?

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 09:05 AM (2 replies)

Why We Fight. DU, let's agree to agree to get corporations out of government

THE Major Problem that we face as people and citizens these days is corporate control of government. Why?

* The ultimate corporate model of labor is slavery - free labor with no pay. We need government to prevent that, and make corporations pay for labor

* The ultimate corporate model of trade is the swindle - they get all your money and provide nothing in return. We need government to control that, and protect us from fraud

* The ultimate corporate model of manufacture is pollution - they poison us with toxins freely. We need government to control that, and regulate what is dumped into our land, air, and water.

* The ultimate corporate model of information is propaganda - they control the flow of information to their own benefit and to the benefit of the status quo. We need government to provide media space for alternate voices that give us other viewpoints.

*The ultimate corporate model of foreign relations is war - they profit from the killing and domination of people in other lands. And eventually our own people. We need government to provide diplomacy that also values peace and the benefits of not being at war.

* The ultimate corporate model of government is totalitarianism - Decisions flow from the top down, power and wealth flow up. We need government to protect our right to have a say in decision making.

Notice that the GOP, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporations, has these models as their platform - Slavery, Fraud, Pollution, Propaganda, War, and Totalitarianism. It is because they are owned and run by corporations.

The opposite platform - Economic Freedom, Consumer Protection, Environmental Health, Free Press, Peace, and Democracy - should be what the Democratic Party stands for, and it should be what we can all here on DU agree are our common goals. The Democratic Party is our (only) means to those ends.


Therefore, there are three main rulers by which I measure Democratic politicians, messaging, policies, and actions. They are:

1. Democrats should fight the Republican Party vigorously - smartly, ferociously, and fiercely. The GOP goals of Slavery, Fraud, Pollution, Propaganda, War, and Totalitarianism should be opposed loudly and cleverly, with clear messaging. Democrats should stymie Republican/Corporate efforts at every turn.

2. Democrats should fight for policies that improve the situation of all people in this country (and the world), even (and perhaps especially) the most vulnerable among us. To the extent that that requires opposing the GOP, corporations, and their horrible policies, they need to communicate well and fight strongly.

3. Democrats should have as a goal the gradual minimization of corporate influence over government, realizing that that is an ideal unlikely to be reached, but earnestly to be wished and fought for. The current model we work in, where the government is up for sale to the highest corporate bidder (or to the most devious foreign mafia), will not further our goals and needs to be changed as rapidly as it is possible to do so without harming people.


That means, that if I find people advocating that Democrats shouldn't fight hard, then I will speak out against those people. If they are Democrats, I will vote for them while hating their attitude, against Republicans. But I am going to call that strategy out.

That means, that if I find people advocating that Democrats should adopt corporate policies like Slavery, Fraud, Pollution, Propaganda, War, and Totalitarianism, then I will speak out against those people. If they are Democrats, I will vote for them while hating their attitude, against Republicans. But I am going to call their policies out.

That means, that if I find people advocating that Democrats don't fight corporate control of government, then I will speak out against those people. If they are Democrats, I will vote for them while hating their attitude, against Republicans. But I am going to call those fucking anti-human policies out.

And I don't want to hear shit from people on this board about calling out behavior that is weak against the GOP, weak against corporations, and weak against true Democratic principles. If we cannot agree that the policies of the GOP and their corporate masters are ANTI-HUMAN and fight against them, then how can we build a humane society together as a human community?

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jul 24, 2018, 08:03 AM (43 replies)

Thank you, me too

That does seem to be the message.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jul 24, 2018, 05:07 AM (0 replies)

Terrified moderate Dems terrified by the "Sanders Wing" that might actually help people

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/sanders-wing-party-terrifies-moderate-dems-here-s-how-they-n893381

Terrified Third Way Dems apparently include:

former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio

Iowa state Sen. Jeff Danielson

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill

former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn


According to the article, they are all scared of "anger", rocking the boat, abolishing ICE, fighting in an "uncivil" way, single-payer healthcare, going after Democratic voters rather than trying to court Republican voters fed up with Trump.

Here's my favorite quote from the article:


"You're not going to make me hate somebody just because they're rich. I want to be rich!" Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, a potential presidential candidate, said Friday to laughs.


ha ha ha!!! That's funny because hating the rich is obviously what motivates the progressive wing of the party. Not actually wanting to take care of ourselves and our fellow citizens. Oh ho ho, Rep Ryan, you hilarious comedian.

Many of these people in the article are nominally Democrats, and we aren't supposed to criticize Democrats. I will say, however, that I disagree with their election strategy.

this asshole again

https://twitter.com/Comey/status/1021132108381683712

"James Comey

@Comey
Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership."


One reply, seen at Eschaton:

https://twitter.com/pixelatedboat/status/1021218825159626752/photo/1


Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:56 AM (23 replies)

How wonderfully successful Putin has been at fucking over the UK and the US

he engineered Brexit and Dumbshit using some online trolls, some quislings (Boris Johnson, Mitch McConnell), and the thing that made both of our societies most vulnerable: Racism.

As far as I can see, the drive for both Brexit and Dumbshit were appeals to Racists. And it worked out for him in spades. While the UK drives itself into a ditch, neither able to pull off a brexit or pull out of brexit, the US is tying itself in knots trying to figure out how to rid ourselves of this moron and his accomplices.

Putin has masterfully leveraged our racism (or our fellow citizens' racism) against us, causing both large powers to shoot ourselves in the face, at extremely low cost.

I have to hand it to that little asshole, he's certainly improving Russia's place in the world by lowering ours.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 12:33 PM (10 replies)

Before Trump's meeting with Putin, Fox couldn't stop gushing about how "strong" he is



LOL
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jul 17, 2018, 09:09 PM (1 replies)

Who ever would have thought that after the SC put our government up for sale in Citizens United

that it would be bought by a hostile foreign government. Whoops!

Oh well, “independent expenditures do not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption.”, right Justice Kennedy?
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jul 17, 2018, 08:56 AM (7 replies)
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