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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
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Learn from the enemies of the west, who are vastly better at polemic. They made fake news, so they shout “fake news” at those who would expose it. I could explain it all in detail, if there were one – even one – democratic pol or pundit who was smart enough to get the importance. (Example, stop using “collusion” since DT has made it his word; switch to “cahoots.”) Fortunately, there are some truly smart folks on our side. The Mueller team is allowing all the attention, on all sides to focus on “Russian collusion” when that is so hard to prove, even when it’s blatant. But watch. It won’t be about “collusion”. It will be money laundering. Zillions and zillions and bags, crateloads, and numbers with countless zeroes. That’s what the Cohen deal is about.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/21/michael-cohen-strikes-plea-deal-with-prosecutors-790646

Prediction. Mueller will declare a curtain-period for a month or 6 weeks before the midterm elections, during which there will be no statements, no subpoenas, no grand jury meetings, no raids, but a continuation of work sub-rosa. It’s a minefield, and we have to trust that these guys truly are America’s best.

Oh, see how the leading Nazi-Klansman in America sings praises of Trump and Russia! Again, this isn’t just “collusion” (a fancypants word.) It’s “cahoots.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156488266773798&set=p.10156488266773798&type=3

As for pardons from Trump, which we can likely expect soon, well, god bless the Great State of New York, where charges are pending, in parallel to everything done by Mueller.
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The Kremlin and KGB remain the same, With the same goal, to undermine the western experiment in open-fair-accountable rule of democratic law. This enlightening article compares Moscow's current cozy support of the US radical right to their 1930s subversion via the American far-left. There are no essential differences. Indeed, some of the very same men are using some of the very same methods against us, as they did back when they wore hammer-and-sickle pins and sang the Internationale.

This time, though " it’s not a proletarian revolution. Instead, it’s a kleptocratic coup d’état: The modern Kremlin project seeks to undermine Western democracies, break up the E.U. and NATO, and put corrupt relationships rather than the rule of law at the center of international commerce."

Another excerpt: "Precisely because the analogy is so exact, it’s worth remembering why Golos and his network failed. In large part, it was because the center-left — especially the anti-Soviet wing of the American trade union movement — rejected Soviet-style communism in the United States. It’s also because, in the 1940s and 1950s, the American political establishment, Democratic and Republican, unified around the need to defeat Soviet-style communism in Europe. And it’s because, even in the depths of the Depression, the majority of Americans were never beguiled by the appeal of authoritarianism.'

Indeed, as I point out elsewhere, the most powerfully anti-communist element in the US was the American labor movement... the AFL-CIO etc., which pushed for containment of the USSR, not just isolationism. It was the Greatest Generation - and their favorite living person, FDR - who won the fight against extremism of right and left and led us into the most productive and free era in history.
http://www.davidbrin.com/nonfiction/1947.html

But back to Anne Applebaum:

"It’s not at all clear that we are in the same situation now. A wing of the Republican Party is preparing to double down and support the Russian autocracy, which it believes, mistakenly, is “Christian.” While the Pentagon and parts of the bureaucracy — the State Department, the FBI — certainly understand the need to push back in Europe, the White House certainly does not. Which side the Republican Party will end up on is anybody’s guess."

Oh, we are past guessing. It is down to individual Republicans, now. If just one million of them decide to turn away from Rupert Murdoch's raving-traitorous teat and rejoin an advanced, adult, scientific, fact-centered, compassionately practical civilization, then we'll prove we are not lesser men and women than our forebears, but worthy of the title, citizens.
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Remember how Omarosa Manigault-Newman said in 2016 that “every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.” Yet, even then, unlike other fools, she was eyeing possible escape plans. It turns out that, fleeing a sinking ship, she laced the doomed boat with mines that go off beneath every gun they fire at her. In an amazing, prodigal transformation, “she’s become the critic, the detractor, and the principle of revenge she once praised.” The ultimate reality star, aiming to fire“Mr. you’re fired.” And meanwhile wrapping herself in the flag of African-Americanism that she formerly spurned.

You have got to hand it to her! Though a ship of professionals – or disciplined fanatics, like the future Pence White House – would be much harder to pull such stunts upon. So yes, clever. Respect-worthy. I’m grateful for the savage repudiation of the lie machine.

Still, I am not obliged to admire or like. 

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/omarosas-tapes-are-booby-traps-in-her-mission-to-take-down-the-white-house.html

“Reality-TV folks don’t build their brands on respectability—their freedom from conventional constraints like being predictable and well-liked is their power—but they can pull off One Big Pivot in their careers. Usually, it’s where they claim that, yes, they were part of the circus, but things have finally gone too far and gotten so bad that even they must shine a light on it! Only those who’ve been in the muck know what to fix.”
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Posting for the weekend just a bit earlier for travel purposes. Here's part two of my explication of Adam Smith, and why liberals are stupid (not all of them fortunately!) not to rediscover this co-founder of their entire movement.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/08/rediscovering-adam-smith-part-ii.html
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“New in GOP logic: Antipoverty programs worked so well, we must get rid of them.” A report released last month from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors takes an amazing tactic to support new restrictions on the safety net. The right’s brain trust now assures us that comprehensive antipoverty programs are no longer necessary because 50 years of such interventions — yes, those same ones long hated, and their effectiveness belittled, by the GOP — have succeeded so spectacularly that poverty is largely a thing of the past.

Mind you, we all expected this phase two of the plan by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and the oligarchy — (less so, Donald Trump) — to first give huge tax gifts to the rich and then use the resulting supernova deficits as an excuse to undercut help for the poor.

For the record, Many of us who oppose the Fox’d insanity are not dogmatically against finding out what works, efficiently and stopping what doesn’t. Indeed, serious/sober Entitlements Reforms were fully negotiated back in the early 1990s, under Bill Clinton, between moderate Democrats and sane Republican politicians… when such existed. Among the many crimes of Dennis “Friend to boys” Hastert was driving a stake through the heart of reasonable, negotiated entitlements reform, then burning the body and burying the ashes.

But never mind that. Consider the stunning declaration that “there’s almost no poverty in the U.S. because Great Society programs mostly worked.” This op-ed takes on the stunning calumny of that disingenuous position, by showing how the problem has not gone away, and any person of conscience should demand we improve our methods – or find new ones – to erase poverty’s curse. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-abramsky-poverty-20180810-story.html (Though if you compare today to 1960s images of gap-tooth hillbillies and illiterate sharecroppers and coldwater tenements, certainly the nature of poverty has changed.)

But I take another tack. “So now you are admitting that the endeavor that was started by the WWII Greatest Generation (who adored FDR) and carried forward by Lyndon Johnson, pushed by labor unions but resisted tooth and nail by generations of Republicans…actually worked well? Despite all your raving and screaming jeremiads, it worked?”

Um, then, who, across our political spectrum, has credibility, right now?

Let me surprise you by saying “not far-lefties.” If the entire right has gone bonkers-corrupt-treasonous-loco, there certainly are some at the opposite extreme who have a peculiar and deeply harmful mania… absolutely never to admit that any reform ever did any good at all. In a puritan fetish that would make Miles Standish proud, they insist that nothing good has come of 70 years of liberal efforts to reduce race and gender prejudice or poverty or to protect the environment. Faced with voluminous evidence — e.g. from Steven Pinker and Peter Diamandis — that our liberal society has achieved great things — for example reducing the fraction of world children who are hungry to the lowest rate in human history and ensuring 90% of kids go to school — their response is volcanic rage.

Their reason? A loopy notion that - were we ever to admit how far we’ve come - good people would feel less incentive to work at the rest of the effort needed, to save the world. It is a patronizingly offensive reflex and a deeply harmful one, when bragging about the effectiveness of liberal reform is exactly how to sell more of it.

And so we have truly entered Bizarro World, where right-wing think tanks extoll the effectiveness of the measures pushed by FDR, Johnson and ML King - hoping thus to end those programs. Meanwhile, far-lefties pour venom at anyone who points to progress achieved by those reformers. I have to ask… who writes this crap?

And what happened to a nation of rational minds, committed to pragmatic, ongoing progress?
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Your Halloween costume, a week before the election. But wear it all of October. Don't let it start a fight. Let it speak for itself.

Decent quality: https://www.ebay.com/i/323227531747?chn=ps

Here it's cheap enough to buy several as favors/gifts. Pass it along. It's a thing.

https://www.tintoyarcade.com/civil-war-union-blue-hat.html?language=en&currency=USD&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIssW6gsnw3AIVkNdkCh1YHgy6EAQYAyABEgISZPD_BwE
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In an important step toward an accountably transparent world, offshore owners of British property will be forced to reveal their true identities or face jail sentences and unlimited fines under draft laws that aim to end the UK’s reputation as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering. Overseas criminal gangs were using British property transactions to launder billions of pounds in corrupt funds. Parliament’s foreign affairs committee went further earlier this year, saying that corrupt Russian funds laundered through the UK, including via property, posed a threat to national security.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/23/offshore-owners-of-british-property-to-be-forced-to-reveal-names

This has got to be just the beginning, or we will have that Helvetian War.
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Yep. The intent, all along. Name one relevant Trump endeavor that does not advance the interests of Vladimir Putin. Next he hands them high oil prices... and Iran. The KGB agent is rebuilding the USSR, with help from - and by helping - the CSA to defeat the USA.

https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEMUY4_VRwcuYJXNfOW-0FP4qGAgEKg8IACoHCAow1tzJATDnyxUwiK20AQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen
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Blog posting about some scientific matters of possible interest. Lifespan extension? Was there a "bottleneck" of human males, 9000 years ago? Is sanctimony-addiction being used against us?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/08/bio-scientific-problems-and-quandaries.html
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The ammo Omarosa Manigault-Newman has given us is not a silly he-said/she-said spat about “n-words,” but utter refutation that Donald Trump is a “good judge of character.” Every week, people he appointed as “special, brilliant, the best” wind up denounced as “treacherous, crazy liars… the worst.” Whatever the merits of any one case, and whoever is lying – (in this case likely both) – no Hannity incantation can spare your mad uncle from one dissonant truth:

Donald Trump chooses people he later decides to hate.

It’s the central fact that no one can evade. Appointing good people is a president’s #1 job. But he’s absolutely proven to be a lousy judge of character...

…including that “stable genius" he sees in the mirror.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/13/omarosa-claims-trump-is-physically-ill-just-this-side-functionally-illiterate-in-new-book.html
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