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    the laws of nature

    What Economists Don’t Know About Physics — And Why It’s Killing Us

    by | Jul 2, 2016
    What Economists Don’t Know About Physics — And Why It’s Killing Us

    Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. — Kenneth Boulding

    The mantra of classical economists is “growth.” So fixated are they on growth that recessions are often referred to as periods of “negative growth.”

    The dominant economic paradigm: If we can keep growing the pie, everyone’s piece will get larger. Never mind that, as the pie grows, the greedy cut monstrous pieces for themselves and slivers for the rest of us. The foundational assumption itself is flawed. The empty promise of perpetual growth is based on folly …

     

     

    wrong side of freedom

    Pipe Dream: CIA as 1980s Crack Dealer

    by | Jul 2, 2016
    Pipe Dream: CIA as 1980s Crack Dealer

    Gary Webb’s book, Dark Alliance, casts dark aspersions on the United States. In its historical and hysterical opposition to “leftist” thought it has routinely allied itself with criminals. Obvious examples are the regimes it supported in Cuba prior to the revolution, the Somoza regime in Nicaragua prior to “its” revolution, dictatorships in the Philippines, Vietnam and… it goes on and on (just read some Chomsky).

    Alfred McCoy in his book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, documents U.S. alignment with heroine smuggling mafiosa where said mafia were allowed to import their product to the U.S. in exchange for union-busting and other undemocratic “services” by said thugs …

     

     

    mexico might take them

    As Obama Orders Texit Vote, Millions of Americans Celebrate in the Streets

    by | Jun 29, 2016
    Texit

    In cities across America – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Orleans – in stunning, giddy numbers, millions of Americans streamed into the streets to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive order Wednesday calling for a “Texit” vote to expel Texas from the union.

    The executive order came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law to limit the legal rights of women to abortions, and a week after the shocking “Brexit” vote in Great Britain to sever ties to the European Union.

     

     

    a civilization-wide challenge

    Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects

    by | Jun 29, 2016
    Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects

    Some commentators have reminded us lately of what originally inspired the nations of Western Europe to move toward unification. The impetus came after two horrific wars, originating in Europe, within the space of thirty years.

    In the immediate aftermath of World War II, after tens of millions had been killed and with much of Europe in ruins, some visionary European leaders understood the necessity of weaving the nations of Europe into a more whole order enabling its nations able to live together in peace, and to work together for their common good.

     

     

    adopting a two-round system

    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016

    by | Jun 28, 2016
    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016

    Perhaps the only good thing that may be said for the Electoral College is that every four years it relieves most of us of the burden of choosing the lesser of two evils from among major party presidential nominees. Once we know that a clear majority of the other voters in our state will be plumping for the Democrat or the Republican, we are free to vote sincerely rather than a strategically for any candidate that we like. And that includes the nominees of third parties. Blame the ‘winner take all’ rule …

     

     

    whole woman’s health v. hellerstedt

    Texas abortion law attacked women’s rights and the authority of the Supreme Court

    by | Jun 28, 2016
    Texas abortion law attacked women's rights and the authority of the Supreme Court

    At year’s end last December, on a radio show in the Shenandoah Valley, I was asked at year’s end for my predictions for the coming year. One prediction I made was that the Court would strike down the Texas abortion law. I thought that the decision might be as much as 6-3 (this was before the death of Scalia), with Chief Justice Roberts joining the majority. My reason was this: whatever a justice might think about abortion, if s/he cares about the authority of the Supreme Court s/he will refuse to accept this Texas law which is clearly an attack on that authority.

     

     

    choreographed hysteria

    Everything Broadcast News Gets Wrong About BREXIT

    Brexit ballot by PRO(Mick Baker)rooster

    Broadcast news coverage of the BREXIT Referendum has been nothing short of catastrophic. So bad is the quality of the journalism that, in keeping with the portmanteau usage, it should from here on be known as JOURNOCAT. Or perhaps INFOSTORT for ‘information distortion.’ Maybe NEWSCHLOCK or FUBARPROP would be more appropriate. You get the idea.

     

     

    twin facets - same struggle

    “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”

    by | Jun 24, 2016
    Nissan Autoworkers Workers Rally in Canton, MS on June 27, 2014 by Peoples World via flickr

    From their beginnings, the labor and civil rights movements have been deeply bound up in each other. Many of the watchwords of the 1960s, including “We Shall Overcome,” had been shouted in earlier struggles, on picket lines across the country. Tactics — from marches to sit-ins to boycotts — that had achieved shorter working hours, higher pay and human dignity for workers proved equally effective in the fight for racial equality. At the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., shared the platform with United Auto Workers (UAW) president Walter Reuther…

     

     

    called personal responsibilty

    A Simple Answer

    by | Jun 21, 2016
    Wayne LaPierre holding gun laws hostage by DonkeyHotey

    OK, we’ve all been waiting breathlessly for Congress to change the gun-control laws in order to make America safer. My lungs are about to collapse, aren’t yours? I was sure they’d take some action after Orlando, but the votes are in, and guess what? NADA.

    So, how about looking at the problem from a whole different perspective? One that takes away the need for laws and court hearings and the involvement of governmental agencies.

     

     

    satire on the campaign trail

    America’s Savior is A. Tad Semple

    by | Jun 21, 2016
    America's Savior is A. Tad Semple

    My brother and sister Americans, let me introduce myself: my name is Arturo Tad Semple. Fearing someone might think I liked longhair classical music, or read books, or attended foreign movies, or watched PBS, or was born in Italy or France, or god forbid, Kenya, I dropped the “Arturo” years ago in favor of just a simple, less confusing “A.” I hope this information makes it easier to understand why I am known as A. Tad Semple.

    I prefer it that way. It is an unique name and is easy to remember. And it fits me.

     

     

    it depends

    Jobs Produced by Investment?

    by | Jun 20, 2016
    Employment Applications Not Being Accepted

    That’s a question I asked in connection with our utility’s plan to make $41 million in capital improvements in the next five years. The consultant who put together the list and the necessary funding strategies for the JWSC claimed that was a question he’d never considered.

    In trying to find an answer to how many jobs are produced by a million dollar investment, I discover that it’s a question that is being asked all around the globe, but no firm answers are forthcoming. Everything’s relative and depends on local conditions. Duh!

     

     

    unequal opportunity

    People to Legislature: How long?

    by | Jun 20, 2016
    People to Legislature: How long?

    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture of the Year. A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended with a fire that killed 76 people, including David Koresh. The Unabomber’s first bomb injured computer scientist David Gelernter at Yale University. The first version of Microsoft’s Windows NT operating systems was released. Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston was the number one song.

     

     

    future reality

    Give Me a Congress Whose Priority is the Good of the Nation

    by | Jun 13, 2016
    People in Voting Booths by © stevecuk

    Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall’s campaign, that should be seen as one important means toward the ultimate goal, which is to move the nation forward.

    There is every reason to believe that the Republicans in Congress would try to do to a new Democratic President what they’ve been doing for more than seven years to the current Democratic President: use their power to obstruct progress on all fronts.

    For that reason, a wise Democratic campaign must also minimize Republican power in Congress.

     

     

    paying your dues

    Democratic Party Super Delegates Are a Feature, Not a Flaw

    by | Jun 11, 2016
    "Super Delegates" by Randall Enos

    Blame Facebook for this post. Got into an online conversation with a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter who had a jaundiced opinion of the Democratic Party’s “super delegates.” The few basics I offered about how our political parties work came as news to him, as he thought they would to most people. I thought they would to almost nobody. In case he’s right and I’m not, I’m filling out here what I told my fellow Facebooker.

     

     

    celebrity bully

    I Was Wrong about Trump

    by | Jun 8, 2016
    The Celebrity Candidate Writers Room Whiteboard is by DonkeyHotey

    There’s been a change in how I see Donald Trump.

    A few months ago, I saw him as an accomplished actor, able to pick what role to play for the occasion– such as to become the dominant figure in the race for the Republican nomination. I believed he had understood how he could tap into the passions simmering in a large part of the Republican base and ride those passions to power.

     

     

    our collective mood is foul

    America’s Ghost Dance with Trump

    by | Jun 3, 2016
    America's Ghost Dance with Trump

    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.”Matthew 7:15

    In watching aghast the incomprehensible ascendancy of Donald Trump, I am struck with a sense of déjà vu. Where else have I heard of a people, drowning in despair, who clutch for a life raft of false promises? And then it comes back to me.

     

     

    angry bernie birds

    #tweet#haters#

    by | May 30, 2016
    Angry Tweet

    I didn’t think it would happen to me. I thought I was so open minded; basically a wild-eyed radical gently easing into being a nice liberal.

    Live and let live. Well, no more.

    I like to think that I am an informed, conscientious world citizen. On Twitter as ‏@hidingunderhere I follow 930 news feeds and supporters for all types of candidates and issues from places all over the earth. The feed has been my loyal companion when I want to find the truth, because recently the mainstream media #MSM has failed to cover almost everything, choosing 24/7 McTrumpNews instead…

     

     

    Hope y’all gits bit by a rabid ’coon

    A bit of a gripe from Down Under

    by | May 27, 2016
    Johnny Depp in immaculately styled rugged hat

    Johnny Depp has been generating a lot of free publicity back home in the US. Free for him that is – Australia is paying for it. You might remember that in April of this year Mr Depp and his wife, Amber Heard – or is it “then wife”, I don’t really follow what passes for the lives of film and TV stars – brought their two pampered mongs, Pistol and Boo, on a little jaunt to Australia where their daddy was filming yet another blockbuster aimed at children and adults under 15. Problem was…

     

     

    persuade your supporters

    A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

    by | May 26, 2016
    Bernie Sanders - Caricature by DonkeyHotey

    Show us how you’ll campaign, as the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party to take power away from the obstructionist Republicans in Congress, which must be overcome for anything to be accomplished now matter whether it’s you or Hillary who wins the White House.

    And let’s hear the speech you’d make to your followers to motivate them to do all they can to make sure that Donald Trump doesn’t become president. You’ve said yourself how vitally important that is. Let’s hear how well you can persuade your supporters to see what you see about the urgency of stopping Trump…

     

     

    on civil disobedience

    Comfort Zone or Sacrifice Zone?

    by | May 25, 2016
    Construction to begin never by Public Herald

    I’m old enough to remember a time when metro Atlanta had gotten big enough to be a serious obstacle in the way of getting myself and my young sons from where we lived in Alabama to the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia or North Carolina. Also big enough to have what had to be if not the biggest the very best independent bookstore on the planet, Oxford Books in Buckhead (d. 1997). But small enough to be usable. You could get in and out in one day and have a not too stressful metropolitan good time without a police escort…

     

     

    only once every four years

    What Should a Morally Responsible Republican Do Now?

    by | May 18, 2016
    Trump Lemmings jumping into a black hole

    This is not addressed not to those Republicans who think Donald Trump is an appropriate kind of person to be President of the United States. If you like what you see, go ahead and vote for him.

    It is addressed rather, to those Republicans who have regarded Mr. Trump unfavorably because they saw him as lacking the character and temperament necessary for our nation’s highest office. (Reports indicated not so long ago that quite a few Republicans felt that way.)

    I would like to ask those Republicans: Given what you saw about your party’s nominee, can you now vote for him?

     

     

    take it to scotus

    How Obama Can Break the Impasse on the Supreme Court Vacancy

    by | May 15, 2016
    How Obama Can Break the Impasse on the Supreme Court Vacancy

    The Republicans are getting away with their disgraceful strategy of blocking the whole constitutional process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy. All signs show that although roughly two-thirds of voters do not think this stonewalling is right, the issue is simply disappearing from view and thus is falling off the radar as an electoral factor.

    Something should be done, and it can.

     

     

    brought it on ourselves

    Questions arise now that presidential contest is almost settled

    by | May 13, 2016
    Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Caricatures by DonkeyHotey

    You must admit that social media has been a mighty contributor to this 2016 political season.

    In another way of saying this: look what we have done to ourselves.

    We couldn’t get enough of Trump, or Bernie, and every so often, some of the other presidential candidates. So we turned inward, creating more bizarre buzzing for the political year.

     

     

    wrong-headed idealism

    Nocturnal musings

    by | May 11, 2016
    Schoolhouse Rock’s “The Great American Melting Pot”

    Sometimes, in the still of the night, I think I hear the American culture coming apart at the seams. Sometimes it’s the popping of a stitch. Other times it’s an alarming rip. But the culture is definitely showing signs of strain.  I don’t think this is normal wear and tear. I think the culprit is zeal connected to bad ideology, zeal fueled by ignorance often masquerading as enlightenment.

    A moment’s thought, for instance, reveals that Political Correctness undermines the most precious provision of the Bill of Rights: free speech.

     

     

    money is the enemy of peace

    Nukes Gone Away (we wish)

    by | May 11, 2016
    Trident sub: "Isis has nothing on us, Skipper. We hold the whold world hostage."

    The Beyond War movement in the 80s used to cite several “illusions” that perpetuate our drift toward what Einstein called, unparalleled catastrophe – a nuclear war. The illusion I have in mind is the belief that we can continue to war and survive. If we in fact do continue to war we will, sooner or later, have a nuclear war. The nuclear winter, radiation poisoning, and physical damage that would follow such an event would make the survivors envy those tens of millions killed in the immediate explosions…

     

     

    bigotry still king

    Evading the hypocrisy

    by | May 10, 2016
    Southern hypocrisy meter

    I’m planning a road trip to see America with two of my sons. We are mapping out an itinerary circling the country and finding well-known, quirky, and interesting destinations. The hardest thing so far has been planning the trip without passing through states that have jumped on the deny people’s rights to get elected bandwagon.

    I know Tennessee recently passed legislation making the Bible the state book, but the governor vetoed it. Georgia is waffling on their version of discrimination in the name of religious liberty and safe restrooms after several major businesses in the Peach State protested.

     

     

    beast in the darkness

    We’re All in the Sacrifice Zone Now

    by | May 4, 2016
    A digger in one of the Rhineland open-pit coal mines

    Sacrifice zone: a geographic zone that has been permanently impaired by environmental damage or economic disinvestment. These zones are commonly found in low-income and minority communities. (Wikipedia)

    I grew up in the shadow of Appalachia. My hometown, Bluefield, wasn’t Appalachia, but you could see it from there. Just twelve miles from home the coalfields began: Pocahontas, VA; then Anawalt, Gary, and Coalwood, WV, in rapid succession, the latter made famous by native son Homer Hickam in his trilogy Rocket Boys, The Coalwood Way, and Sky of Stone.

     

     

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