Stefan! LOL Pud's favorite nutter.
99% of you here are on 'the spectrum'. So stop yer in-fighting and unite as a rainbow-coalition of whack jobs.
The guy who wrote this is indeed a conspiracy theorist, lol. I read the full Putin-loving thing! How do you have a refugee crisis without Assad being mentioned; and Assad without Putin?
BTW, I fact-checked embitteredtroll's Soros conspiracy nutjobbery months ago. I found the anti-Soros propaganda to be among the most blatant & egregious bs'ing of perhaps all the nutjobbery on the spectrum that I've researched.
appears to violoate doj rules for comments; once again, clinton gets worse treatment than anyone else would; dangerous precedent for fbi
Also Dershowitz on Cnn saying the same...comparing to j edgar hoover
A Jewish employee of a newspaper owned by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, wrote an open letter to Kushner accusing him of “tacit approval” for a culture of antisemitic hatred surrounding Trump and challenging Kushner to do something to break it up. Dana Schwartz, an entertainment writer at the Observer, wrote “An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees” today. The Observer is a New York City-based paper that Kushner, the billionaire scion of a real estate family, bought in 2006.
Schwartz wrote that she became a target of antisemitic hate speech after she took issue with a Trump tweet posted Saturday that included an image that House speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called “antisemitic”. Schwartz challenges Kushner as a fellow Jewish member of the media to face what is happening in the barely concealed underbelly of his father-in-law’s campaign.
on the playlist...Loretta Lynn - Dark Moon
The life expectancy is six years less than the American national average. I was really quite appalled and quite shocked that something like that could be permitted to exist in the United States.
...In his conversation with WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman, Ferguson tells of the death spiral that is the coal industry and how it has already destroyed Appalachia and brought so much death to China.
contd from the Charles Ferguson interview:
Jeff: Where did you see the worst things?
Charles: Oh…well…I would say Appalachia is pretty hard to beat. There is a section of the film about the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, especially West Virginia. There’s much more about that, that I just didn’t have time to put into the film.
In fact, some people who saw early versions of the film that had more of that material, they said, “You know, you have to take this out. It’s too depressing. You will have trouble getting people to watch the film if you showed too much of this in the film.”
The impact of Appalachia, the coal in Appalachia has been…devastating economically, politically, in terms of public health, environmentally, aesthetically, in every way. It’s been just devastating. Black lung, the occupational disease the coal miners get from being exposed to coal dust is actually a growing problem in Appalachia now. It’s not declining, it’s getting worse. And a very high fraction of the people that I spoke to in Appalachia had black lung. Most of the coal miners that I spoke to had black lung. It’s a very rough disease. It kills your lung and it kills you. So there’s that.
Then there’s the impact of the chemical pollution caused by coal mining, both conventional coal mining and top of the roof coal mining. It polluted the water. I saw it myself personally and that water pollution has now been linked to a wide variety of diseases including many kinds of cancer. It devastates the environment and there are images in the film of what mountaintop removal coal mining looks like. It’s horrifying and the devastation is such that no other industry will locate in the region, which means that the region is totally dependent on coal mining economically. That of course means that the region is poor because coal mining doesn’t make people wealthy. And the result is a vicious circle where poverty and coal mining lead to more poverty and more dependent on co
Here's something smart. The director of "No End in Sight" has a new doc out on climate change. Parts of an interview:
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson — Inside Job, No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq — has created a new film, Time To Choose. And it is devastating.
It’s not only about the rampant, worldwide destruction of climate change; it is also about how climate change is leading to a highly volatile situation — global inequality.
...the degree to which the climate problem is linked to political corruption and economic inequality. That also is something that I had not understood at all and had not been aware of.
So it turns out that our energy system now, the conventional fossil fuel energy system, is one that’s controlled by a very small number of people in part because you only need a very small number of people to operate the oil industry.
That has caused an enormous amount of political corruption and economic inequality around the world and, of course, the people who own an oil industry, or oil company, are not very interested in alternative sources of energy that would reduce their wealth or their political power.
So you have enormous resistance from sometimes entire nations like Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela and sometimes from corrupt governments and powerful industries like the oil industry in Nigeria for example, even the oil industry in the United States.
Yes, energy is a very big business and people who control it currently make a lot of money and they stand to lose a lot of money if we address the climate problem and change the way we produce energy.
... was surprised that literally nobody would allow himself to be interviewed on camera. And that to me, that was telling, that said something...I think they were afraid of the truth
In fact, there are several law enforcement investigations underway now. The focus of the investigations is whether the energy industry lied to the public
A relic from the recent past, the most epic display of incompetence and hubris one can imagine. Watch and mourn what could have been, because it seemed likely we were winning over their hearts and minds. But then monumental blundering fk'd that up:
No End in Sight (2007)
The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, "No End In Sight" is a jaw-dropping, insider's tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials, Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. "No End In Sight" examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy -- the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military -- largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.
A. O. Scott of The New York Times called it "exacting, enraging" and said "[Charles Ferguson] presents familiar material with impressive concision and impact, offering a clear, temperate and devastating account of high-level arrogance and incompetence." Scott said "most of the movie deals with a period of a few months in the spring and summer of 2003, when a series of decisions were made that did much to determine the terrible course of subsequent events" and wrote "the knowledge and expertise of military, diplomatic and technical professionals was overridden by the ideological certainty of political loyalists." Scott also remarked, "It might be argued that since Mr. Bremer, Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Wolfowitz declined to appear in the film, Mr. Ferguson was able to present only one side of the story. But the accumulated professional standing of the people he did interview, and their calm, detailed insistence on the facts, makes such an objection implausible." Scott concluded, "It’s a sober, revelatory and absolutely vital film."
Rob Nelson of the Village Voice said "Masterfully edited and cumulatively walloping, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight turns the well-known details of our monstrously bungled Iraq war into an enraging, apocalyptic litany of fuck-ups." Nelson said the film "is certainly a film about failure, perhaps the ultimate film about failure. Or maybe a film about the ultimate failure?", also writing that the film "is less a work of investigation (or activism) than history." Rob Nelson wrote, "Focusing on the war itself, Ferguson is chiefly interested in compiling a filmed dossier of incompetence—not so much to argue that the war could have been won and won early, but to suggest that the magnitude of arrogant irresponsibility will carry aftershocks as far into the future as the mind can imagine." Nelson also said, "Ferguson's approach is at once relentless and, with the help of Campbell Scott's flat narration, chillingly calm and composed." Nelson wrote, "The evidence speaks for itself, and No End in Sight—addressed to those who'll be swayed against the war by ineptitude more than immorality—is the rare American documentary that doesn't appear to preach to the converted, or at least not only to the converted", also saying "For those of us who've opposed the war for years, the movie is at once intensely frightening and, it must be admitted, disturbingly reassuring." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 4 stars and said "This is not a documentary filled with anti-war activists or sitting ducks for Michael Moore. Most of the people in the film were important to the Bush administration." Ebert concluded, "I am distinctly not comparing anyone to Hitler, but I cannot help being reminded of the stories of him in his Berlin bunker, moving nonexistent troops on a map, and issuing orders to dead generals."
"No money was lost. The State Dep didn't have a good way to keep track of monies spent on some projects.
This bad tracking of spending is a leftover from the Bush Administration. When the Obama State Dept was informed of these problems, they fixed them.
But no money was lost. It's a rightwing lie.
A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion in contracts over the last six years.
In one case involving State Department operations in Iraq, officials couldn't provide 33 of the 115 contract files requested. Those missing files were for contracts worth $2.1 billion.
A State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf, says that the $6 billion hasn't gone missing and calls it a "bureaucratic issue" that's being addressed.
The report by the State Department's Office of Inspector General recommends establishing a centralized system for maintaining, tracking and retaining files. Other recommendations include random checks of contract files and holding accountable those responsible for maintaining files.
the lengths sleazebags and swindlers will go to.....
Demagoguery is an appeal to people that plays on their emotions and prejudices rather than on their rational side. Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians — that appeals to the worst nature of people.
and his family members' futures, lives, in many respects; and his brand
I called him a train wreck for years, and that his family should've reigned him in. I'velost all sympathy for them, watching how they enable him.
and yet, he panders to anti-semites, etc relentlessly. His appeal is built around the these dog-whistles, and often openly so
BTW, as I've written about years ago, this goes hand in hand with conspiratorial nutjobbery. And he's the conspiracy candidate for conspiracy whack jobs.....Panders in that way, and it is clearly tied to bigotry,
Even Melania...google: Melania said Julia Ioffe provoked anti-semitic attacks and death threats
She blamed a jewish journalist who wrote a profile of her for GQ
And on , and on...Go look at the tweets and images they use and how prolific they've been; and how relentlessly they bully and threaten journalists and others.
Not to mention Drumpf's own tweets and retweets and constant pandering to the worst instincts and worst #$%$
google: "anti semitic trump supporters"
his supporters have turned twitter into a vile shythole
The whole thing is worthless.
This is reliable, from politifact:
- By and large, Muslims want to embrace an American identity
-Several academic studies in the past decade have demonstrated that Muslims do indeed want to become integrated with mainstream American life.
- Notably, Pew found some striking similarities between the views of American Christians and American Muslims.
For instance, about half of Muslims said they thought of themselves first as a Muslim, rather than as American. A different Pew survey found a nearly identical fraction of Christians in the United States, 46 percent, saying they thought of themselves first as Christian, rather than as American. And near-identical percentages of Muslims and Christians said there was no conflict with being devout in their own religion and part of a modern society. (Sentiments about identity were similar among native-born and foreign-born Muslims, though those born after 1990 had a somewhat larger preference for a Muslim identity.)
Jen’nan Ghazal Read, an associate professor of sociology and global health at Duke University, pointed to data from Pew and other sources showing similar rates of religious practice and beliefs among Muslims and Christians in the United States:
-Substantial evidence confirms that Muslim Americans want to have an American identity and think that doing so is achievable. In fact, their preferences for self-identification mirror those of Christian Americans.
The data show that American Muslims want to be both American and Muslim. That’s different than the widely recognized "melting pot" model where immigrants of generations past blended in fully in their new country based on a shared religion and culture. But the reality is that for most Muslim Americans, religion and race would have made it impossible for them to follow that course in the first place.