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Yep, seems most of the trolls who used to push the "apartheid" propaganda line are over at JPR now

bashing the Democratic party as worse than the Republicans and promoting their Trotskyite splinter groups that they never mentioned when they were here.

But while that's one easily identifiable chunk, the community that existed here before the election is clearly gone. I think it had more to do with the Admins' tolerance of trolls and disruptors who posed as Hilary supporters just to provoke division and animosity, and the elimination of community involvement through the jury system and Meta forum. They may have gotten rough at times, but they got everyone involved in the process and led to an open discussion of the problems that arose. Now posts just disappear with no explanation or discussion, and even those who participate in the new juries aren't told what most of the alerts are really about or even what the results are. That may have had the intended effect of shutting down personal attacks and bickering, but its also suppressed the basic debate and argument that I thought was DU's primary purpose and discouraged participation in general.

The root cause of suffering is ignorance of the fundamental truth

that all manifest forms are impermanent and transitory.

Yer welcome!

The Crawling Chaos

The blind idiot daemon sultan who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes.

Fuckface Von Clownstick works too.

I consider myself a member of the Sarah Silverman Brigade of the Bernie Revolutionary Forces.

I continue to support Bernie - for chairman of the Senate appropriations committee and leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

And I have no reservations about voting a straight Democratic ticket come November.

You can call me a "Bro" if you like, but I've never been a "Buster", and neither have most Bernie supporters. I think they're just being ridiculous, and there's nothing more that needs to be said about it.

It's a shame DU has become such a hostile and anti-Democratic environment.

It had such great potential, but as an experiment in mob rule it's degenerated into a blood sport for the most belligerent and fascistic bullies, with a distinct anti-Semitic undertone. We're already past the point where honest discussion and debate is possible.

What I find truly interesting

is the implication that the thinly veiled bigotry and hate-mongering that's become so prevalent here is so vile and disgraceful by real-world standards that the Democratic Party is repulsed by it and seeks to avoid any possible contact lest they be tarred by association with such disreputable filth.

There's been much discussion of late about how DU has changed over the years, perhaps the time has come to consider if the name "Democratic" still applies, or whether it has become a safe haven for something else.

I think the best way to promote progressive policies is to support Democratic candidates.

I don't always agree with everything they do, and sometimes I'm disgusted by how cowardly and conservative they can be. But I recognize that they're the only chance we have to make real progress, and I don't want to add to the constant shitstorm of abuse and vilification coming from the organized Republican reactionaries who just want to drag them down.

As much as I hate having to settle for the lesser evil at times, I've lived long enough to see what happens when the greater evil gets a free pass, and I know it makes enough of a difference to be worth fighting for.

So I don't really feel comfortable siding with either the bashers or the cheerleaders when things start getting nasty around here, and I don't see much point in wading into the crossfire. The term "third way" comes to mind, but that's already been appropriated by stealth Republicans. The term "middle way" has some interesting spiritual resonance but just seems wishy-washy in a political context.

Maybe I should start a "no-team" team for people who just don't fit into the extreme team purity squads and don't always agree on everything. Then again, maybe that's what most of the Democratic Party already is.

I dined with the Duchess of Lee

Who asked; "Do you fart when you pee?"

I replied, with some wit;

"Do you belch when you shit?"

And considered it one up for me.

Sorry folks, this is just getting too insane to take seriously.

Another candidate for The Journal of Irreproducible Results

These "reefer madness" propaganda pronouncements are consistently characterized by:

Politically biased agenda

Overt financial conflict of interests (funding from DEA or British political office)

Deliberate use of invalid methodology

Deliberate introduction of uncontrolled variables

No valid control group

Statistically insignificant sample size

Sensationalized claims made directly to tabloid press without publication in a legitimate peer reviewed journal

Sensationalized claims from a single source not confirmed by any other independent research and contradicted by previous large scale studies using valid methodology

This appears on its face to be just more of the same old lies from the same old liars. I expect that its premeditated fraudulence will become obvious once the details of its methodology and funding are exposed.
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