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The Michigan Republican Party has a bold new idea: characterizing the Obama administration as the villain in the Flint crisis.
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Obama was not the party who turned off Democracy in MI 
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The euro zone should restructure or break it up its a joke Germany, France and UK all have different agendas and other countries suffer because of their bullshit 
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Read introductory comments by working class hero +Ramin Honary​.
 
I would have asked the President about drone signature strikes and why he lets our military get away with disgraceful numbers of civilian casualties. I would also press him to pardon Edward Snowden and ask him why his administration is so hard on whistle blowers, and that national security is not an excuse for such moral transgression.

But these were three good interviews, and the President did such a fantastic job talking with these people. Obama is really a classy guy, right down to his core. It is so difficult for me to dislike him.
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Me, too, brother +Asbjørn Grandt​.
 
I'm having way more fun with this that I really ought to :P

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I am surprised more people are not talking about this. It is likely that Sanders actually had a small lead over Clinton in Iowa, not the other way around. It won't change the fact that it was a "virtual tie," as the mainstream media has been calling it, except for fucking CNN who called it a Clinton victory knowing full well that this would make Bernie seem less electable and impact his current lead in New Hampshire. With less than a week before the next primary election, it is probable that this audit will come too little too late.
Hillary Clinton bested Bernie Sanders by a razor-thin margin.
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The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.
OPINION: One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden. After five years ofMore
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I'd like to see John Pilger take a closer look at Sweden's criminal judicial system. Swedish jurisprudence is far from prudent, but well preserved - in alcohol. Moreover...
Carl Bildt, Sweden's former PM and  Minister of Foreign Affairs Had been trying to impress the CIA with his rabid, hawkish views for years. In the Wikileaked diplomatic cables, Bildt was described by the CIA as "a medium-sized dog with a BIG-dog attitude."
Praise be to those perspicacious CIA folks!
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Yes, "pro-rape" rallies are a thing.
So Roosh the Douche, a men's rights "activist" who actively promotes the subjugation of women (literally, I am not being sarcastic) and glorifies rape (again, not being sarcastic) has organized meet-ups for his fellow douches in cities in several countries around the world.

These delusional jerk-offs honestly and truly believe feminism has somehow succeeded in turning men into second-class citizens who are subordinate to privileged women. Their proposed solution is basically to make raping women legal.

Well then, maybe beating up douchebags should be legal too.
Daryrush Valizedeh, a blogger who penned the horrific "legal rape" argument last year, is planning a worldwide gathering Saturday for his pro-rape organization 'Return of the Kings,' in 43 different countries.Called "Roosh," the pig-faced hell-monster--who said raping women in private should be lega...
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Proud of you ladies . 
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OK it's the Onion. Pretty funny, though. Bernie wouldn't accept it.
 
NEW YORK—Grasping for any way to halt the Democratic candidate’s momentum, a coalition of wealthy donors reportedly pumped millions of dollars into Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign this week in a last-ditch effort to destroy his credibility.
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Quoting a large part of the article:
There are two dominant views about how presidents accomplish fundamental change.

The first might be called the “deal-maker-in-chief,” by which presidents threaten or buy off powerful opponents.

Barack Obama got the Affordable Care Act this way – gaining the support of the pharmaceutical industry, for example, by promising them far more business and guaranteeing that Medicare wouldn’t use its vast bargaining power to negotiate lower drug prices.

The costs of such deals in “the world we’re living in” are likely to be even higher now. Powerful interests are more powerful than ever thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision opening the floodgates to big money.

But such deals can be expensive to the public (the tab for the pharmaceutical exemption is about $16 billion a year), and they don’t really change the allocation of power. They just allow powerful interests to cash in.

Which takes us to the second view about how presidents accomplish big things that powerful interests don’t want: by mobilizing the public to demand them and penalize politicians who don’t heed those demands.

Teddy Roosevelt got a progressive income tax, limits on corporate campaign contributions, regulation of foods and drugs, and the dissolution of giant trusts – not because he was a great dealmaker but because he added fuel to growing public demands for such changes.

It was at a point in American history similar to our own. Giant corporations and a handful of wealthy people dominated American democracy. The lackeys of the “robber barons” literally placed sacks of cash on the desks of pliant legislators.

The American public was angry and frustrated. Roosevelt channeled that anger and frustration into support of initiatives that altered the structure of power in America. He used the office of the president – his “bully pulpit,” as he called it – to galvanize political action.  

Could Hillary Clinton do the same? Could Bernie Sanders?
Clinton fashions her prospective presidency as a continuation of Obama’s....

After the 2008 election [Obama] turned his election campaign into a new organization called “Organizing for America” (now dubbed “Organizing for Action”), explicitly designed to harness his grassroots support.

So why did Obama end up relying more on deal-making than public mobilization? Because he thought he needed big money for his 2012 campaign.

Despite OFA’s public claims (in mailings, it promised to secure the “future of the progressive movement”), it morphed into a top-down campaign organization to raise big money.

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No candidate or president can mobilize the public against the dominance of the moneyed interests while being dependent on their money.
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Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe

The lizard brain of Tony Abbott still rules this country. Conservatives hate science and conservative governments hate data. They want to run things along ideological lines and without incumbrances such as "reality" and "evidence".

The government is determined pursue its path of ignoring climate change and this will have ruinous consequences in the coming decades. They abolished the only price signal for carbon emissions and gave the greenlight to Carmichael mega coal mine, one of the most damaging fossil fuel projects on the planet. Now they are gutting the only institution in the country that can can measure and model the changes happening to our climate.

Turnbull is a fraud and a huckster. He has conned Australia's middle class but his policy settings and priorities are exactly the same as Tony Abbott's.

We really need to kick these bastards out.
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"But Rubio's line of criticism didn't target Obama. It targeted the very idea that anti-Muslim bigotry is a problem worth confronting, implying that such bigotry is not just permissible but indeed serves an important function.

"Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque," Rubio said at a New Hampshire town hall. "Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam."

Rubio then compared anti-Muslim bigotry to friendly sports rivalries, and argued that Obama's speech was really the thing causing division. "But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other — that I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly," Rubio said. "We can disagree on things, right? I’m a Dolphin fan, you’re a Patriot fan." He warned that Obama was dividing America "along ethnic lines and racial lines and economic lines and religious lines.""
Rubio's comments on President Obama's mosque visit showed when and why the media tolerates Islamophobia.
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Just when you thought the Republicans couldn't get any worse lol ever heard of the monster raving loony party in UK should do some of their policies 
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Excellent comments in the post I stole off the home page of +Ramin Honary​, hero of the working-class.
 
Iowa Caucus Vote Recount: now Sanders and Clinton are even more closely tied than what was originally thought. Quoting the article:
The slim margin by which Hillary Clinton won the Iowa caucuses shrank even narrower after the Iowa Democratic Party said Sunday it found counting errors in five of the 14 precincts it double-checked.

The Democratic Party announced Sunday that Clinton won 700.47 state delegate equivalents (SDEs) to Sanders' 696.92 SDEs -- a razor-thin percentage of caucus goers equal to 49.84%-49.59%.

The party determined that Clinton lost .122 SDEs in the recounting, Sanders gained .1053 and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley gained .0167.

"I would like to thank the campaigns and local party leadership for working so hard on caucus night and in the following days to ensure that our results are accurate," state party Chairwoman Andy McGuire said in a statement.

The Sanders campaign is conducting its own review of the results.
The slim margin by which Hillary Clinton won the Iowa caucuses shrank even narrower after the Iowa Democratic Party said Sunday it found counting errors in five of the 14 precincts it double-checked.
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+Brenda Schouten-Beckett I just did a comment on the original which shows my work, but I figure that if the error rate holds across all precincts, Hillary's lead could decrease by as much as 13.9 state delegate equivalents.

That's just too significant in my book for Iowa to claim being finished with verifying results. It would actually make Bernie the winner by a larger margin than is currently claimed for Hillary.
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By just trying to figure stuff out like everybody else, I have come to the unavoidable conclusion that this is class war and make no mistake.
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You might find some material in my posts that you can use in your daily struggle to free the working class from the fear, ignorance and slavery under which we have been trying to survive for so long.  If my ideas are of any use to you I hope you will spread them to others. 

This profile was updated on September 28, 2015.  The photo is from July 2, 2015. My beliefs have evolved since I began posting on social media in the summer of 2012. If you are looking for consistency, you are probably in the wrong place here. I think we need to be flexible in our understanding of how our world works and when I circle somebody it is because I can learn something from that person. Learning means adjusting our beliefs.

One thing never changes with me. I think the only life worth living is in service to the working class. I am not on Google+ looking for friends but the people I have included in my circle of working class heroes have become my friends and family.

You will notice that less than ten percent of the people who have circled me get admitted into the circle of working class heroes.

In order to be a hero of the working class it is important to remember we are citizens of the world and It is our responsibility to make sure all the children of every nationality inherit a clean, safe and peaceful world from us.

Following that thought, I believe it is important to realize there is an alternative to toxic capitalism that is destroying our world. I want you to take a look at a wonderful little book which is FREE to download from the blog page of Brian Rush (see the link on the lower left corner of this profile). The title is "Reclaiming Socialism" and it's only 48 pages long. It is a must-read for every rational adult. You'll find this publication under "nonfiction" on Brian's blog page.

Because many white people are bewildered about relations with Black brothers and sisters, I want to recommend the work of Tim Wise, specifically his book "White Like Me" and the YouTube documentary by the same name.

As you'll notice, my stream is used in the service of working class politics.  My rules are pretty simple.  If you have a desperate need to label people you will be frustrated here. This is an exchange of ideas to build a progressive movement, not a forum for self-absorbed individuals to trot out all their credentials and judge the methods and priorities of other progressives.

It is my habit to process huge numbers of posts every day and share the ones I think would be helpful to build a grass roots movement. I expect everyone to be an adult and check the authenticity of these posts. Heroes of the working class correct me all the time if I make a mistake. I am not interested in writing Sacred Scripture here. This is social media and I do not always check out every single post. Let's take responsibility for our own conclusions.

I do not engage trolls, libertarians or any other neocon vermin. If you get your jingles out of insulting others or getting an angry reaction, don't bother to try to infest my stream. I block about 60 trolls a day and I am pretty fast at it 


People who only want some stimulating banter would be better served by Facebook or one of the other predatory sites.


This is class war and make no mistake about it.

Some rough talk goes with the progressive movement. I am also outraged at the behavior of neocons, disgusted by the unbridled selfishness of libertarians and frustrated by the frightened majority which appears to be paralyzed by the influence of the presstituted mass media. However I'm asking you to try to keep it a little bit clean for the gentle people who visit my streams hoping to find some help.

I have been quite remiss myself with regard to careful posting recently and resolve to clean up my language (a little) and to avoid posting when I am sleep deprived. I have found that posting in a non-optimal state requires me to apologize to others the next day and that is counter-productive to my purposes here on Google+.

It is my policy to separate any and all religious beliefs from politics.  There is no place for religious dogma in government. My posts do, however deal with morality that is universal to all belief systems.

I will mute people who make fun of my religious friends.
However, since I consider any form of evangelizing a precursor to colonial invasion, for me religious talk has no place in a progressive stream. That warning  includes my atheist friends who can be just as annoying as any evangelist by trying to convince (themselves and) others that their way of seeing the universe is the only one. A person's religion is private and I expect my religious pals to STFU about their meditation habits and dogmas on my streams.  That is what your own streams are for. 

Jokes about fundamentalism and other extreme expressions of monotheistic organized religion are hugely entertaining and have an educational place on my streams. What I do not tolerate are hurtful remarks based on the assumption that if someone recognizes a higher power or subscribes to spiritual hypotheses which can be reflected in their posts, that they are fair game for ridicule. 

My working hypothesis is that we are all interconnected and my happiness is dependent on yours.  We are citizens of the world and masters of nobody and no thing. We are caretakers of this planet and have a responsibility to future generations to leave our planet more beautiful than we have found it.

Special note to whatever NSA loser has been assigned to me and my friends here on Google+: if you have been chosen to follow my posts, know that you must be at the bottom of the food chain and are not likely to advance. You may as well join us because you are just being used. It is my sincere hope you realize you are on the wrong side of history.


Also, I anthropomorphize companion animals. Deal with it.

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