about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
The average person checks their phone 2600 times per day
Meanwhile ignoring everything else. A
third of Americans check their phones during meals.
Philip Morris just wanted your lungs. The App Store wants your soul.
I have been saying this for quite sometime now. Human obsession with these devices nurtures
self-aggrandizement and narcissism at the expense of other more beneficial social mores -- such as
acknowledging other people with some form of social communication like a nod, a smile, or just
saying "good morning" and "hello".
Humans with earplugs connected to their cell phones now regard
others with skittish looks and uncertainty, internalizing thoughts that are not receiving feedback
from the external realm. A large sub-group of persons are constantly feeding themselves
regular reminders about their world paradigms or sub-cultures and small group cliques.
interactions are breaking down in ways beyond the flight to suburbia and the reliance upon
self-driving vehicles. Sharing a common space during certain times of the day or night is not
recognized by a large group of people as something that instantiates interaction. They
don't feel or understand or even value random interactions with those perceived as strangers, and this
creates an inhibiting influence in such persons that disintegrates the community into spheres of
narcissistic delusion or obfuscation. People begin to not be able to relate to one another because
they are driven by their submersion in their own psychological bubbles.
This is the world we are now entering. A world in which the digital psychopathy starts to define
how people within a community or social group react with one another. Speaking to persons on the
phone is largely from behind a text message, rather than a voice. The use of video exchanges is
increasing, but the use of text messages to communicate and the regarding of our social media sites
for social sustenance is a factor in this disintegration. You now have lines of 11 or more people
waiting somewhere for something (at the post office, the coffee shop, the DMV, the bus stop, or the
and no one is interacting with anyone else or even considering doing so as the default position.
Instead the default position is to reach for the device that connects to the social media content
while ignoring the ambient environment of persons who are actually there.
You can listen to the full hour and 12 minutes of audio if you want. The above clip starts at
[SOURCE: | The Professional Left
Broadcast | 12 May 2017]
Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 31m 16s
Keeping the Fire Aflame
Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18h 18m 43s
Trump got played
That is Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (on the left) and the Russian Ambassador
Sergei Kislyak (on the right). Look at the faces y'all. Look how insecure Trumps face is, and look
how the two Russians are obvious laughing together at Trump. Read the eyes people. The Russian
eyes are confident and connected. Trump's eyes are distant, insecure, and worried.
If there was any doubt as to where Trump's loyalty lies, yesterday's hastily arranged Oval Office
meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov should confirm it: it lies with Russia.
Trump, even after firing James Comey the night before, decided to hold his first (and only) meeting
the following day with Russia.
No US media were allowed into the Oval Office, just Russian State Media. Really.
Think about the fact that the president allowed the Russian government to bring a load of
electronic equipment into the Oval Office today.
Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) May 11, 2017
Kremlin outmaneuvers White House over the dissemination of photos of a rare Oval Office meeting:
https://t.co/AXLQgd6UFI (Screenshot) pic.twitter.com/cG3Spo6u2S
USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 11, 2017
And now the White House is whining that the Soviets "tricked" them.
White House says Russia "tricked" them. Tick was letting state media bring a lot of
electronics into the Oval Office https://t.co/xDMGlgGoz7
Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017
Even worse, The Hill reports that this meeting was set up at the request of Putin. OMG. Could this
look any worse?
Yes. Ordinarily, Foreign Ministers NEVER meet the President in the Oval Office. They meet with the
Secretary of State and other fellow diplomats. This was pure propaganda for Putin, to prove to the
world that he could get Trump to do anything.
The Hill reports that during Trump's last call with his "boss," Putin specifically requested this
The White House spokesman said He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to. Putin did
specifically ask on the call when they last talked.
What else is Trump doing at the request of Vladimir Putin?
The man is so fucking obtuse. Self-proclaimed snake charmer aided by the well funded right-wing
media that funnels bullshit into the ears of vulnerable ignorant, insecure, ideologically-blind
persons. Which is only about 25% of the country by the way.
In case you did not know, the constitution was written by thoughtful people, James Madison being one
of the most thoughtful of historically political thinkers in our times. The Checks and Balance of
Powers that our forefathers created was by design to inhibit Despotism. The constitution is
imperfect due to the political realities at the time (the slavery issue, the power of big versus
small states, along with some ambiguity
of the courts of law) but it was conceived of by thoughtful persons.
In the year after the construction however, the various states and factions within each state had to
be convinced to vote for the document. Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and John Jay all put to
pen various essays that got published in the various newspapers and weeklies throughout the states.
There were 85 essays in all, and were collected and published as one in a 1788 book. At that point
they became known as "The Federalist Papers".
Here is James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 51 explaining why there is a need for the Checks and
Balance of Power.
But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department,
consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and
personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as
in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to
counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the
place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the
abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human
nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men,
neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
Indeed. If only humans were selfless, thoughtful angels.
~~hat tip to Charles Pierce who writes at Esquire, and is an amazing writer and distributor
of reliable information. Read. Him. Daily.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 51m 51s
Thank You Al Franken
This man is a true patriot. Back when the GW Bush administration was bumbling and fumbling
everything, he was behind an effort to push back called "Air America", which was a national radio
station effort to put out the message and the information necessary to mobilize and coordinate the
Yes he also worked with Saturday Night Live back in the 80's and 90's and is a comedian too, but the
intellect was never compromised.
God bless you Al. I was there the very first day that Air America inaugurated. I heard that very
first show. God bless.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 27m 26s
Keith Olbermann on the Comey firing
You cannot fire the man who is investigating you.
The best 8 minute summary on the topic that you will get in my opinion.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 18h 7m 25s
Chris Cuomo is a good TV journalist
I especially love his acute poignant sharp pithy sentences and the suave irrefutable way Chris tends
to make the obvious facts. But in this video, Independent Senator from Maine Angus King does the
To this day, many people still do not understand the significance and purport of the Nixon
administration and the eventual scandal that unwound the utterly corrupt and moral despicable
political individual that was Richard Nixon. Person's who lived in the period experienced the time
frame from the first Kennedy assassination until the resignation of Nixon as a complete
disintegration of trust and faith in the political system. Nixon is seen as responsible for
co-opting many of the movements during his presidency ... EPA and OSHA for instance. Environmental
Protection Agency is an executive cabinet level agency. The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration however is an agency within the Department of Labor. These departments of the government
were really due to pressure from Legislation by Congress, and Nixon's moves were really just brazen
political maneuvering. OSHA was created by a law passed by Congress and signed by Nixon in
December 1970; but the EPA was created by an executive order that same month -- as a political
maneuver to take some of the bite out of what Congress was legislating. Do you think Nixon actually
gave a shit about pollution? No. He wanted to make sure that decisions made were still in control
of the executive department. And so OSHA was split off from the EPA. Simple as that.
Which is why appointing thugs like Scott Pruitt to the EPA are worrisome, but no one ever hears
about OSHA ?