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Shava Nerad
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My name is Shava Nerad and I endorse this message

For years, I have been blogging and bloviating here, giving you rants and analysis you just aren't going to find anywhere else.

Before anyone in mainstream media was calling out Manafort, you heard here that he was a danger to American democracy and a tool of the Russian Federation.

You've heard an insider view of the beltway and electoral politics, analyses of the military-cyber complex replacing the old military-industrial complex, critiques of the media as it shambles into the new jerusalem of social media to be reborn, and everything else in the world.

Well, on the second of July, it's Independence Day for me. I am moving into sliding scale subsidized senior housing in Cambridge MA. So my rent will be 30% of my income -- and that means, I am calling on every one of you who has enjoyed my insights into the world of politics, online policy, and international affairs to put a farthing in the tip jar at (one time payments)

or to (recurring payments)

to support my blogging.

I've been quiet lately, partly due to the amazing telenovela of my living situation (two weeks ago, they fired the executive director and chef at my assisted living, and the front office here is paying for my moving expenses which I expect is at the behest of the ombudsman, because trust me -- these people wouldn't give me a rotten apple out of the goodness of their hearts -- the whistleblower retaliations have continued despite all this).

Packing and moving is very stressful anyway when you are disabled. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

But come July I will be back in the saddle in a far better place, a studio apartment six blocks from Central Square in Cambridge, a couple blocks from three different apartments I used to live at over the years (because they were a very short walk to my offices at MIT). I'll be a few blocks from the Charles, and several nice parks, and a half block of good flat sidewalk from a bus that's two stops to Central on the Red Line -- and from there to the world.

Joseph, my son, is moving a half dozen blocks away in September, too, and plans to kidnap me to cook them curry in their larger kitchen on a regular basis. Yay!

Eight days left. How often does NPR and various spam you for fundraising? Right. I've been very sub-fusc. This is me saying, help keep the home fries burning. I do all of what I do living in poverty and a good deal of pain because as curmudgeonly as the pain often makes me, I give a damn.

I am currently living on less than $800 a month. Y'all can do better.

Please give a damn, back.

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Going to war with China as a deficit cutting measure
Sure looks good on paper...

We have a president who thinks he's clever about building up debts and then...just not paying them.

And he's been posturing a lot, saber rattling at China, which to me seems insane.

This morning, I just thought of a reason why Agent Orange might think it made sense. If we go to war with China, China holds more of the debt in US currency in the world. How would you more quickly erase the US deficit?


On November 7, 2016, debt held by the public was $14.3 trillion or about 76% of the previous 12 months of GDP.[5][6][7][8] Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.4 trillion, giving a combined total gross national debt of $19.8 trillion or about 106% of the previous 12 months of GDP.[7] $6.2 trillion or approximately 45% of the debt held by the public was owned by foreign investors, the largest of which were Japan and China at about $1.09 trillion for Japan and $1.06 trillion for China as of December 2016.[9]

Well, that would look good on paper as "debt forgiveness," wouldn't it.

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CBO report on Senate version of AHCA looks BAD
49 million off the rolls and...

omfg, this is really the gang that can't shoot straight...

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Patriotic slime -- it's not just an epithet anymore!
I just roflmao'd when I saw this craft project

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Trump and China: Watch Kashmir
China and Trump will talk about the road project through the Pakistani occupied/contested province

Trump wants China out of the South China Sea, and I've talked about how dependent China is on shipping for their food security.

Trump has pulled out of the climate accord likely in an attempt to weaken China and India's positions in world economics.

So now, Trump is meeting with China to discuss the project to run a land route (the The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC) as part of Xi's Belt and Road Initiative which is put forward as a peace initiative.

Remember, most wars among symmetrical partners are economic.

But as an Indian analyst on the BBC noted, India has fielded troops most recently against China and Pakistan, and there's no reason it couldn't happen again.

Watch this space, it's warm and heating up. It's more of the new Great Game.

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Yeah sure, Trump doesn't have any business relationships with Russia
Show me those tax returns, and your business info

A Russian bureaucrat who makes less than US$75K/yr poured millions into Trump's Florida properties. More tidbits about Russian Federation intelligence and military ties in the article.

This is what corruption inside a democracy looks like.

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Shocked by McConnell dumping gimps out of wheelchairs into jail?
It gets worse

Mitch McConnell is a polio survivor, and as a child was saved from life in a wheelchair by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's activism and cooperation with the nonprofit sector in establishing the March of Dimes and federally funded research into polio cures, which eventually lead to Salk's vaccine.

But McConnell spent a chunk of his childhood in rehab at Warm Springs in Georgia on money raised at the Presidential Balls and through FDR's own money, treating his "infantile paralysis" with month after month of intensive physical therapy so he'd have the hope of a normal childhood, and a normal life.

It was The Great Depression. There was no government health care yet. Medicare and Medicaid were yet to be established by the president who was dipping into his personal fortune and his busy schedule to help children like Mitch, and for the many Americans who -- when many Americans went hungry for want of the nickel it cost for a quart of milk -- sent a dime taped to a piece of paper in an envelope to the newly established March of Dimes.

This is the man who is ordering the Capital Police, who recently saved his colleagues from an assassin, to cuff and dump people with disabilities from their wheelchairs and haul them off, for the "crime" of littering his hallway with their Constitutional right to petition Congress for redress of grievances.

He is standing in the schoolhouse doorway. It will stand in history. He is standing because he can stand, because FDR made it so, and apparently he has forgotten, conveniently.

And his president and he are dooming a generation to poverty and disability and death. Including, incidentally, myself.

There but for the grace of God, McConnell.
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