Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Neolib Posing as a Progressive vs. a Reality TV Star Posing as a Fascist | This Can't Be Happening!

A Neolib Posing as a Progressive vs. a Reality TV Star Posing as a Fascist | This Can't Be Happening! I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic Party nomination for president, and I won’t heed Bernie Sanders if, as he has vowed to do, he calls on his supporters to “come together” after the convention, should he lose, to support Clinton and prevent Donald Trump or another Republican from becoming president.

Here’s why:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Article: How the "Dumbest" Country Became the Leader in Technology and Innovation | OpEdNews

Article: How the "Dumbest" Country Became the Leader in Technology and Innovation | OpEdNews

Meet the presidential candidate who makes Bernie Sanders look conservative | Grist

Meet the presidential candidate who makes Bernie Sanders look conservative | GristJill Stein has a plan to win the presidency.

Her idea is almost genius in its simplicity. There are 43 million Americans with student debt, Stein tells me over the phone, and if every one of them cast their ballot for her — the one candidate who has promised to cancel their debt — she could get a plurality of the vote and win the general election. “Young people are discovering that they can check the Green box and reclaim their lives,” she says.

It’s a nice thought, especially now, when the average student with loans leaves school $30,000 in debt. But unfortunately for Stein, it’s not really true that 43 million votes would take the presidency. America, as anyone who voted for Al Gore in 2000 will remember, doesn’t elect presidents through a popular vote. We elect them through the Electoral College — and if no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives gets to pick the president. This is one of the many problems with our electoral process, Stein says — a system designed to discourage people from voting. She has a plan to fix that too.

Let’s demilitarize the military: The Pentagon may pose the single greatest threat to our democracy - Salon.com

Let’s demilitarize the military: The Pentagon may pose the single greatest threat to our democracy - Salon.com
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.
Item: Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by Iranian revolutionary guards, precipitating a 24-hour international incident involving negotiations at the highest levels of government to secure their release. The Pentagon offers conflicting reports on why this happened: navigational error, mechanical breakdown, fuel depletion — but not intelligence-gathering, intentional provocation, or hormonally induced hot-dogging.

Item: The Pentagon, according to a Reuters exposé, has been consciously and systematically engaged in thwarting White House efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and release cleared detainees. Pentagon officials have repeatedly refused to provide basic documentation to foreign governments willing to take those detainees and have made it increasingly difficult for foreign delegations to visit Guantanamo to assess them. Ninety-one of the 779 detainees held there over the years remain, 34 of whom have been cleared for release.