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Explaining, Again, The Nazis' True Evil

Nazis don't always look like bad guys in funny helmets. The Nazis and other bigots in khaki slacks and bright polo shirts who marched in Charlottesville chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans I'd rather not repeat on a Saturday — or at all. But it's discouraging to feel that you have to explain, more than 70 years after Nazi Germany was defeated, why Nazis are still the menace that embody evil.

The 20th century saw a lot of state-sanctioned mass murder: Stalin, Mao, Mengistu and Pol Pot, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Ethiopia's Red Terror, the Great Purge, the Cultural Revolution, and more. In America there were lynchings and the cruelty of official segregation, which followed the end of slavery, and the massacre of so many Native Americans.

To cite one or another doesn't excuse any. But Nazism was something extraordinary. The laws on race and citizenship they began to impose on taking power in 1933, which were encoded in the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, invoked blood, soil and the twisted science of eugenics to make anti-Semitism and Aryan supremacy the law. They used those wicked decrees to begin to engineer the murder of millions.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/19/544641070/explaining-again-thenazis-true-evil

There is no such thing as "alt-left."

The so-called alt-left is just something made up by the far right to try to create a false equivalency between them and peaceful counter-protesters, and to deflect attention from indefensible activities.

Just my 2 cents.

X-The New World

"honest to goodness the bars weren't open this morning
they must have been voting for a new president of something
do you have a quarter?" I said yes because I did
honest to goodness the tears have been falling all over the countrys face
it was better before before they voted for what's his nam, this is supposed to be the new world
flint ford auto mobile alabama windshield wiper buffalo new york gary indiana don't forget the motor city baltimore and d.c. now all we need is don't forget the motor city
this was supposed to be the new world
all we need is money, just give us what you can spare
twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes or twenty of thirty beers
a turkey on thanks giving like alms for the poor
all we need are the necessities and more
it was better before they voted for what his name
this is suppose to be the new world
don't forget the motor city
this was supposed to be the new world"

I went to see X last week in Atlanta. This is just as relevant as it was in the early 80s!

Trump is Being Taken Apart, Step By Step

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Maybe James Comey shares little more in common with Hoover than former job titles, but he might be able to take down a president while he’s still living, and in broad daylight. For a lot of people, this is an example of a Deep State or an incompetent Establishment carrying out a coup that overrules the verdict the people made at the ballot box. And, it’s true, our clandestine services have been known to orchestrate coups and meddle in elections in other countries. The presumption in these cases is that this meddling is unjustified or even immoral, but I don’t know that people would have felt much differently about Watergate if they knew someone at the top of the FBI was leaking to Woodward and Bernstein. Nixon really had committed crimes and he really was committing more as he tried to cover his tracks. The way to make sure he was removed from office wasn’t to prosecute him. It was to make sure the people knew what he had done.

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/05/17/trump-is-being-taken-apart-step-by-step/

A Presidency Stalled And Sputtering

Since the Republican health care bill collapsed a little more than a week ago, President Trump's White House has struggled with a path forward. Trump is dealing with finger-pointing and infighting that threatens to derail his agenda, as well as nagging Russia investigations on Capitol Hill that are raising more questions than answers about his team.

And Trump has a real perception problem with the American public — he has the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in more than half a century.

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/01/522232180/a-presidency-stalled-and-sputtering

My 2 cents:

The conservative movement will die if there's no one to hate & demonize. Some people need that "us vs. them" mentality. When the Cold War ended, the political right didn't have the Soviets or the Commies to kick around anymore, so they turned on their fellow Americans.

My 2 cents:

I grew up in SWPA, & there were quite a few coal miners in my family.

Coal is all these people know. They don't want retraining. They want to be well compensated for doing a filthy, dangerous job. They don't want to hear that their way of life--a high school education followed by a career mining coal--is gone forever. They would rather cling to the past than try for a better future. They're in denial that natural gas and automation took their jobs. Trump saw that, & exploited it. He told them exactly what they wanted to hear. He won't be able to deliver what they want. Then the real shitstorm will begin.

After massive crowds at women's marches, what's next?

JANUARY 23, 2017 NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON—When Anna Afshar started seeing all the Facebook posts about the Women’s March on Washington last week, she was intrigued.

But when she arrived at her local protest in Indianapolis Saturday, she was shocked by the energy and turnout, and she left feeling newly inspired. About 5,000 people gathered with her in Indianapolis, joining an estimated 4 million others who marched in the nation’s largest cities on Saturday, protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump the day before.

“I was amazed at the attendance, amazed at the turnout of our state, which is pretty conservative,” says Ms. Afshar, an artist and mother who came to the United States 25 years ago from Russia and is married to a Muslim man. “Especially the speakers who spoke at the march, they inspired me to do more than just talk on Facebook with friends. Now I regret I didn’t take more time participating during the campaign.”

Across the country, liberal-leaning Americans who attended Saturday’s marches are still buzzing, many talking about the exhilarating sense of solidarity they experienced – as well as newfound purpose to get more involved in politics.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0123/After-massive-crowds-at-women-s-marches-what-s-next-video
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