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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
http://china.usc.edu/confucius-analects-13

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from.
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Facts that privileged Americans don’t want us to know

The following facts should have been reported by the mainstream media, but unfortunately most of that media is controlled by the very people who have reason to hide the facts.

(Article from November, 2018, but still relevant.)

Tax haven cheating is much costlier than the annual safety net – but the IRS keeps getting CUT

Offshore hoarding of private American wealth is estimated to be $3.3 trillion (4% of U.S. $82 trillion financial wealth).

The safety net costs about $400 billion per year, or, including Medicaid, about $900 billion per year.

Our own country is the world’s second biggest tax haven

Record low unemployment? Yes, because ONE HOUR of work counts as employed

... The unemployment rate also fails to include those who have given up looking for work – 4% more Americans than in the year 2000.

We’re gradually giving away our country’s wealth to the children of the rich

Anywhere from 35 percent to 55 percent of U.S. household wealth is inherited. It’s going to get worse.

... $59 trillion will be transferred from American estates by 2061... That’s almost as much as the total financial wealth in the U.S. today. But, as Robert Reich notes, in 2014 only 1.4 out of every 1,000 estates owed any estate tax. So most of the money to be passed down from Baby Boomers will be going to kids who never earned any of it and won’t have to pay any taxes on it.

As we keep shooting each other, our leaders keep cutting mental health care
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Life expectancy in the US is falling. Discover what the life expectancy is in your neighborhood and how that compares to the national average with this interactive map.

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2018/12/us-average-life-expectancy.html
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No matter what the NRA propagandists will try to tell you the #1 category of gunshot deaths in the US is suicide. Since firearms in the US are largely owned by white men this is a lot of white guys checking out early. They are not being served by the toxic politics & culture surrounding firearms.

They get lied to, ripped off, then they die.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/13/health/gun-deaths-highest-40-years-cdc/index.html
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The campaign finance threat to Trump just got more severe

A key question in the whole trump/Cohen/affair/payoff issue is whether trump knew that Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were being paid specifically in order to influence the election. [Footnote]

FTA: The point here should be obvious: Both Cohen and AMI are now on-record saying that the intent of the payment to McDougal was to influence the election. And we know that Trump was aware of this payment before the election, because a recording of Cohen and Trump discussing it was leaked to the media in July.

... What the new revelation in that news release does, though, is serve as a reminder that prosecutors have a lot of other evidence collected from AMI, Pecker and Cohen, which may serve to strengthen the argument that Trump was well aware of why AMI was making that payment.

... If Trump was aware of the existing agreement -- or if Trump was that unidentified other member of the campaign -- his assertion that the McDougal payment was unrelated to the campaign is severely undercut.

This situation may make it easier for Mueller to argue that trump knew what he was doing with the payoffs.

Footnote: Unsurprisingly, white collar criminals (who tend to be rich) have it easier than blue collar criminals (who tend to be poor): If you're a blue collar criminal, then "ignorance of the law is no excuse": If you broke the law, then you're guilty, period. But if you're a white collar criminal, then ignorance of the law is an excise: If you don't know you're breaking a law -- and more importantly, if the prosecution can't prove that you knew -- then you're innocent: You get off scot free!

"Wait a minute," you say, "that's ridiculous! That implies that it's extremely hard to convict white collar criminals! They must get away with crimes All. The. Time." Answer: Yup, they sure as hell do. You see, most congresspeople are, themselves, white collar criminals -- or at least their friends and relatives are -- so they don't want white collar criminals to get convicted. "Equal under the law," my ass.

If you're looking for a good reason to bring out the guillotines, this should do it.
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A new take on population visualization by using 3D height maps https://buff.ly/2AZAUKh
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#labor #workersrights A bit of good news in the mix. Restaurant & hospitality workers are starting to get predictable schedules in some US cities due to labor rights ordinances.

"The bill requires eligible employers to start giving their employees a good-faith estimate of their work schedule when they’re hired. That doesn’t have to be a precise weekly schedule, but it must include things like the average number of work hours employees will be scheduled on each week, whether they’ll be needed for on-call shifts, and times they can and cannot be expected to work. Starting in 2020, eligible employers will also have to post detailed work schedules 10 days in advance; that time frame changes to 14 days in 2021. If hours aren’t included in the designated work schedule, employees can decline to work them."

Because the US doesn't really have effective social insurance or safety nets everybody who isn't independently wealthy or who cannot rely upon family resources has to work. Generally at whatever job they can scrounge up because we also don't have affordable post-secondary education. Working at jobs with irregular hours or "just in time" scheduling is punishing for the workers. It frequently means they can't attend classes, or schedule family time, social time, or child care. Life gets reduced to work, eat, sleep, recover, work, on an endless & futile cycle.

Employers want flexible scheduling because it increases profits but all of the costs supporting those increased profits are born by workers. Costs that frequently show up as stress illnesses, drug abuse, domestic violence, & suicides among working people. That needs to change and ordinances like this are at the edge of that change.

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/11/philadelphia-fair-workweek-on-call-scheduling-workers-fight-for-15/576709/
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Another #smockinggun is found.
Russia gets 63% of it's export revenue from fossil fuel sales. Prompt action on climate change would cripple Russia's economy. Monthly fossil fuel exports from Russia are upwards of $24 US monthly.*

45's administration in the White House is ordering IPCC representatives to ignore the scientists findings on climate change in order to favor Russia & other oil interests. There's your quid pro quo for support of Trump.

*https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/exports
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Are we tired of winning yet?
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Every human is deserving of basic rights that include a vote in their own governance, food, clothing, shelter, freedom of expression, freedom from violence, education, & medical care.

No exceptions.
10 December is #HumanRightsDay!

Standing up for the rights of others means standing up for the humanity we share.

ℹ️https://on.unesco.org/2UoH4wl #StandUp4HumanRights
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