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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paul Krugman: What's It Going to Take for Voters to Understand How Dumb the GOP Candidates Are?

Paul Krugman: What's It Going to Take for Voters to Understand How Dumb the GOP Candidates Are?

Tough talk from Trump, Christie and Jeb seems to fool an awful lot of people.

For some reason, it took Hurricane Katrina to expose the utter incompetence and disgusting lack of any semblance of humanity or leadership in the Bush Administration. Paul Krugman wonders in Monday's column what it will take for Republican voters to see these same features in their favorite tough guys today, like Trump, Christie and Jeb Bush.
Among the lessons that Krugman says should have been learned from Katrina, but clearly wasn't is "the huge gap between image and reality. Ever since 9/11, former President George W. Bush had been posing as a strong, effective leader keeping America safe. He wasn’t. But as long as he was talking tough about terrorists, it was hard for the public to see what a lousy job he was doing. It took a domestic disaster, which made his administration’s cronyism and incompetence obvious to anyone with a TV set, to burst his bubble."
Now, we have a Republican field chock full of tough talking "political poseurs," who are easily exposed by a modicum of digging into their actual record. Of course, Trump is the obvious example, but Chris Christie and Jeb Bush spring to Krugman's mind as well. On Christie:
Not that long ago he was regarded as a strong contender for the presidency, in part because for a while his tough-guy act played so well with the people of New Jersey. But he has, in fact, been a terrible governor, who has presided over repeated credit downgrades, and who compromised New Jersey’s economic future by killing a much-needed rail tunnel project.
Now that Christie seems pathetic, it is not that he has actually changed, it's just that the public has seen what he truly is. 
Then there's Jeb, "once hailed on the right as 'the best governor in America,'" Krugman writes, "when in fact all he did was have the good luck to hold office during a huge housing bubble. Many people now seem baffled by Mr. Bush’s inability to come up with coherent policy proposals, or any good rationale for his campaign. What happened to Jeb the smart, effective leader? He never existed.
Krugman attempts to be even-handed, to find similar examples on the Democratic side, but comes up short. "In modern America, cults of personality built around undeserving politicians seem to be a Republican thing," he writes.
Obama may not have turned out to be all that "starry-eyed liberals" had hoped he'd be, but he's not utterly incompetent. Clinton's e-mail scandal, ridiculous.
Then there's Trump, whose rise everyone, except perhaps Krugman, seems to find shocking.
Both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by Mr. Trump’s continuing appeal to the party’s base. He’s a ludicrous figure, they complain. His policy proposals, such as they are, are unworkable, and anyway, don’t people realize the difference between actual leadership and being a star on reality TV?
But Mr. Trump isn’t alone in talking policy nonsense. Trying to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants would be a logistical and human rights nightmare, but might conceivably be possible; doubling America’s rate of economic growth, as Jeb Bush has promised he would, is a complete fantasy.
And while Mr. Trump doesn’t exude presidential dignity, he’s seeking the nomination of a party that once considered it a great idea to put George W. Bush in a flight suit and have him land on an aircraft carrier.
Conclusion: Don't expect America to recognize this Emperor has no clothes for a long time.

This, that, Hogwarts, The fact-checker's guide to viral graphics contrasting Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Kim Davis, Religious Zealot in jail

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Bernie is, in my opinion, the only candidate in the race with a specific plan for #9 that KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS how to GET IT DONE in a way that SAVES MONEY and MOST IMPORTANTLY : HE IS ELECTABLE!
"The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?" -Bernie Sanders
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One of two candidates who fully supports universal, single-payer healthcare for all Americans! (The other is Jill Stein - green party)

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Like many Democrats, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) is tired of the ridiculous distraction that is the Hillary Clinton e-mail "scandal." It is turning the Democratic...

Follow the law or resign. ‪#‎marriageequality‬
Marriage equality is the law of the land. Follow the law or resign.

Federal judges don't like it when people ignore court orders and claim the law doesn't apply to them.
Just ask anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis -- who today ended up in jail.
Federal judges really don't like it when people ignore court orders and claim the law doesn't apply to them.

Because today would have been the day that Harry Potter's son, James, started school, Kings Cross did this!!

After a New York Times analysis found Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton voted in synch 93 percent of the time during their two overlapping Senate years,...

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Krugman writes: "These days, media balance often seems to involve retroactively rewriting history to avoid telling readers that one side of a policy debate got things completely wrong." 

Senator Markey on Gun Violence

Last month, Ed published an op-ed in the MetroWest Daily News. In case you missed it, it’s below for you to read.

In the op-ed, Ed asks a big question: How many more gun-related deaths do we need to suffer before Congress takes action?

Of course, the answer should be simple: Not one more. Not one more child shot. Not one more family left to grieve. Congress should take action right now. Thanks to pressure from the NRA, they’ve failed the American people on this issue. It’s past time that changed.

Tell Congress: Take action to reduce gun violence right now. Click here to add your name.

Ed has always fought for stronger gun safety measures. And he’ll continue to do so.

Please, take a minute to read his op-ed below, and thank you for standing with him today.

Team Markey


MetroWest Daily News
Gun violence is preventable, not preordained
August 16, 2015
By Ed Markey, Guest Columnist

Congress has failed the American people on gun violence. Despite shootings in Lafayette, Chattanooga, Charleston, Newtown, Aurora and too many other cities across the country, Congress hasn’t passed any legislation to prevent future tragedies.

In Boston, Everett and Cambridge, five people shot to death overnight last Wednesday evening. Last month, a young innocent mother of three gets caught in the crossfire in Dorchester and loses her life. A record high shootings in Worcester in 2014.

Every member of Congress has received the letters and phone calls from concerned constituents: Not one more mass shooting. Not one more child shot. Not one more innocent life cut short prematurely by gun violence.

With each of these preventable tragedies, I ask myself: how many more gun-related deaths do we need to suffer before there is enough political will in Congress to ensure there is not one more.

Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are killed or injured by the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. During the first 204 days of 2015, one group reports there have been 204 mass shootings—one every single day. Sadly, most daily gun violence incidents are not covered by the media. But every community across the country has felt the toll. Our most vulnerable population, our children, suffer the most. In less than three years since the Sandy Hook shooting, there have been more than 125 school shootings. It doesn’t need to be this way.

But special interests like the National Rifle Association (NRA) don’t want Americans to understand this public health epidemic. Their stranglehold on some members of Congress means we are not researching the causes and strategies that would help effectively prevent gun violence. That’s why last month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y) and I introduced legislation to dedicate $10 million in funding each year for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. When we introduced the legislation last year, the NRA called it “unethical”. What’s actually unethical is the NRA’s efforts to block this life-saving research.

We in Massachusetts know that commonsense gun control measures save lives. There are fewer deaths by guns in states with stronger gun control laws. Banning assault weapons and getting rid of high capacity magazines are important first steps. During the Clinton administration, I was successful in leading the effort that stopped more than 500,000 semiautomatic assault weapons from coming into our country from China. In the wake of these recent mass shootings, we need legislation that gets weapons meant for war off our streets.

Most gun violence in America is committed using handguns, making universal background checks urgently needed, including on sales at gun shows. I recently joined Senate colleagues in letters to firearm dealers calling on them to halt gun sales until background checks are completed, especially “default sales” if the background check is pending beyond 72 hours. The majority of Americans voters, including most gun owners, support stronger background checks prior to gun sales. Gun trafficking should be a federal crime, and we need to close loopholes that allow killers like the Lafayette and Charleston shooters to acquire guns who would otherwise not be able under existing laws. We need to improve federal data collection and sharing between state authorities so background checks work properly.

Many killings are carried out by criminals with illegal guns that are stolen from law-abiding citizens who purchased them legally. To prevent this, last month I introduced the Handgun Trigger Safety Act to improve gun safety by ensuring that only authorized users can operate handguns. By utilizing 21st century personalized “smart gun” technology, we can help reduce the number of accidental gun deaths by stopping children and others from using unsecured, unauthorized weapons.

And stronger gun control measures must be part of a package of interventions that includes early detection and treatment of mental health issues and substance abuse. This will help identify high-risk individuals and get them assistance before tragedies occur. Individuals, families, friends, health professionals, and law enforcement all have an important role to play in helping vulnerable individuals get the professional support they need.

The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable. It’s time to put real gun control measures on the books. It is time we end the stranglehold the NRA has on gun control policy in our country. Smart gun safety policies should not be about partisan politics; they should be about saving American lives, every day, in every way we can. I will not give up this fight. Failure to address this crisis is simply not an option.

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As a footnote, here's information about Congresswoman Maloney: 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y)

Hightower: Labor Day rebellions are spreading across the land

It's time for the new issue of the Hightower Lowdown:

More than just a day at the beach
The rebellious spirit of Matthew Maguire's first Labor Day is spreading again across our country. Join the parade!
The rebellious spirit of Matthew Maguire's first Labor Day is spreading again across our country. Join the parade!
Today, it's easy to ridicule what Labor Day has now become for many of us: Just a day off to go golfing, take a swim, watch a ballgame, crank up the grill, and do some 12-ounce elbow bends. But, in the spirit of the very first Labor Day, America's grassroots have come alive again with organizing campaigns to reverse the rampant inequities and abuses being perpetuated by the plutocratic powers. Read the new issue to learn more!
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Blood on the Mountain tomorrow

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, Sept. 4, Blood on the Mountain is coming to Charleston, WV. From the producers of The Appalachians and Coal Country, “Blood on the Mountain is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia.” Come see this documentary that includes commentary by CRMW Co-director Debbie Jarrell and volunteer Gary Bone. Film co-director Jordan Freeman interned with CRMW and was on staff for a while. Get your free ticket here and bring a friend!

WHEN: Friday, September 4, 2015
6:00 PM Reception at the Culture Center, WV Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E
7:00 PM Film starts, discussion follows screening featuring special guest speakers (runtime: 93 minutes).

WHERE: WV Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV, 25305

WHO: Blood On The Mountain, Directors Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman, and special guests to be announced.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities to pitch in and help out:

Peachtree Creek cleanup Sept. 12: This Day to Serve event, conducted by the Tadpole Project with help from a mini-grant from Volunteer West Virginia, is your opportunity to get your feet wet in one of the most beautiful spots in the Coal River Valley. We’ll be cleaning from the mouth of Peachtree Creek to Peachtree Falls. The Tadpole Project will provide bags, gloves, drinks, and snacks. Meet up at the CRMW office directly across the street from the Naoma Post Office at 10:30 and bring a friend.

If you can’t make it, can you pitch in $25 to support the Tadpole Project’s ongoing work to keep our river and streams clean for kids and other living things?

Stream Protection Rule hearings through Sept. 17: The federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is hosting a series of hearings for residents to voice their thoughts about the long-awaited Stream Protection Rule.

Upcoming hearings are:
Thursday, September 3 - Lexington, KY
Thursday, September 10 - St. Louis, MO
Thursday, September 10 - Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, September 15 - Big Stone Gap, VA
Thursday, September 17 - Charleston, WV

All hearings are 5:00-9:00 PM. We recommend arriving 30 minutes to an hour early to sign up for your 2-minute speaking slot. Details about locations are here.
Look out for talking points to come, or contact us and we’ll get them to you.

Winter is coming. Can you help us winterize?
The Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation is a big building with lots of room for meetings, events, volunteers, and visiting groups. It’s also a big, old, drafty building that’s hard to keep warm in the winter. To keep warm, save on heating bills, and reduce our carbon footprint, we’re filling in gaps and insulating.

Your tax-deductible donation of $25 covers a 39-foot roll of insulation and three tubes of caulk. Your help now will keep the space warm and cozy when Santa comes to see the kids in December.

Remember to renew your Kroger Community Rewards enrollment or sign up to support Coal River Mountain Watch.
If you shop at Kroger, it’s easy to support Coal River Mountain Watch without spending anything extra. Just gohere, have your Kroger card handy, and select Coal River Mountain Watch as the group you want to support. Then all you have to do is use your Kroger card when you shop, and Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase to support our work.

Thanks for all your support, and have a great day!

Vernon Haltom
Executive director

CounterCurrents: Saudi Arabia And UAE Prepare For Major US-Backed Ground Offensive In Yemen, In Syria, Putin Calls Obama's Bluff, Joins War Against ISIS, US Empty Rhetoric In GLACIER Conference

Dear Friend,

If you think the content of this news letter is critical for the dignified living and survival of humanity and other species on earth, please forward it to your friends and spread the word. It's time for humanity to come together as one family! You can subscribe to our news letter here You can also follow us on twitter, and on Facebook,

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Binu Mathew

Aylan Kurdi: The Toddler Who Has Become A Symbol Of The Refugee Crisis In Europe

Aylan Kurdi has become the symbol of the refugee crisis in Europe. He was washed up dead on the shores of Bodrum in southwest Turkey. The three year old toddler drowned in the Mediterranean Sea along with his five-year-old brother Galip and mother Rihan. The father, Abdullah, survived. The pictures of Aylan lying dead on the beach went viral on social media and now he has become a symbol of refugee crisis in Europe

Thousands Of Refugees Held At Budapest Train Station 
By Markus Salzmann

More than 3,000 refugees—the majority of them families with children—have been held at the Budapest East Train Station in miserable conditions since the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban blocked the access of refugees to the station. Hundreds of refugees participated in a demonstration Wednesday demanding the right to continue their journey to Germany. They shouted slogans such as “freedom, freedom!” Jeering could be heard outside the station as angry refugees shouted at the hundreds of heavily armed police blocking the main entrance

European Police ‘Scarier Than ISIS Terrorists’ 
By Finian Cunningham

Go back to their countries? Yes, that’s right. You know the war zones that haughty European states like Britain and France have ignited and inflamed in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in Africa. Which makes you wonder: who are the real fascists? The anti-immigrant mobs on the streets, or the coiffured politicians in fancy suits and plush government offices?

In Syria, Putin Calls Obama's Bluff, Joins War Against ISIS 
By Eric Zuesse

According to German Economic News (September 1st, based on reports from ynetnews and others), Russia's President Vladimir Putin has apparently decided to establish in Syria a military base with thousands of soldiers and sufficient air power to do in Syria what the Obama Administration won't, which is to defeat ISIS and the other jihadists

US Empty Rhetoric In GLACIER Conference 
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

Not only the USA but all the countries having stake in the Arctic region must ponder with true spirit to understand the adverse consequences of the exploration and exploitation of the region. All nation states are in the same boat in which USA has boarded; future awaits for human civilization where such boats will capsize in the ocean of disasters, not in remote future but in the years to come

The Rise Of The Inhumanes 
By Paul Craig Roberts

America’s descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice (sic) Department officials who trample all over the US Constitution. Last year America’s First Black President nominated David Barron to be a judge on the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Barron is responsible for the Justice (sic) Department memo that gave the legal OK for Obama to murder a US citizen with a missile fired from a drone

The USA Needs Disruptive President Trump 
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

We must imagine something akin to electric shock therapy applied forcibly to the political system. Many urgently needed reforms will never be pushed by any conventional Republican or Democrat. In our delusional democracy ordinary elections can no longer produce the cleansing that our filthy, corrupt system needs

Root Causes Of The Cleavages In The Ecological Left 
By Saral Sarkar

There indeed are some cleavages in, generally speaking, the ecological left movement. That does not necessarily mean that any group is sectarian. The differences are genuine and they might be overcome through further thinking, reading, discussion, and joint activities. I have identified four root causes of the cleavages

The Problem Of Labor And Democracy 
By Jon Kofas

The value system of the bourgeois society is reflected in our daily institutional dealings. This issue was perfectly captured when Pope Francis wondered why it is that media goes into a hysteria mode when the stock market drop by a couple of percentage points, but never mention that a homeless woman dies on a park bench in the middle of winter in New York city? What does it say about society when its entire focus is on markets that benefit the small percentage of the rich, while the many problems of the many are ignored?

Financialization & Microcredit: The Misinterpretation- Microfinance, 
NGOs And Neoliberalism In Bangladesh Part II 
By Farooque Chowdhury

Does the capital involved with financialization enter into the business of small-scale, household-level production and petty trading, cow-goat-duck rearing, rickshaw pulling? Data related to these are available, and that provides the answer to the questions raised here

Withdraw False Charges Against Debaranjan
By Concerned Citizens

Arundhati Roy and other concerned citizens condemn the foisting of a false case on Debaranjan, member of the Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangathan (GASS) in Odisha

Northern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka Passes A Resolution Demanding 
International Investigation Into War Crimes Against Tamils 

Questioning the credibility of Sri Lankan state agencies to investigate war crimes against Tamils C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on 1st September passed a resolution rejecting the domestic inquiry process being proposed by the USA and other powers. In the new resolution, the NPC has once again demanded a credible international investigation mechanism. Mr Wigneswaran, the NPC chief minister, who was a former Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka, cited previous examples of domestic failures including the earlier commissions that had international participation. Explaining the nature of crimes and legal circumstances prevailing in the island, the suggestion of domestic mechanism would be a ‘travesty of justice’ the CM proclaimed in the resolution

Public Institutions And Instances of Sexual Harassment 
By Parvin Sultana

Few days ago a news item in a popular local news channel caught my attention. A distinguished professor of a college who works also as the Co-ordinator of the IGNOU study centre made an indecent proposal to a student in exchange of high grades in assignments. The entire telephonic conversation between the Professor and the student was being played on the news channel. While the Professor misusing his office should be shamed but merely shaming him will not minimize the repeat of such offence

02 September , 2015

Saudi Arabia And UAE Prepare For Major US-Backed Ground Offensive In Yemen 
By Niles Williamson

The Saudi-led, US-backed assault on Yemen, now entering its sixth month, continues to take a devastating toll on the country’s civilian population. At least 36 workers were reported killed Sunday after a Saudi-led coalition jet fighter bombed a water -bottling factory in the Abs District of Hajjah Governorate

Golwalkar: How The Breed Of Kerala Hindus Was Improved By Namboodiri Brahmins 
By Shamsul Islam

M. S. Golwalkar cited in Organizer, January 2, 1961, p. 5. : "Today experiments in cross-breeding are made only on animals. But the courage to make such experiments on human beings is not shown even by the so-called modern scientist of today. If some human cross-breeding is seen today it is the result not of scientific experiments but of carnal lust. Now let us see the experiments our ancestors made in this sphere. In an effort to better the human species through cross-breeding the Namboodri Brahamanas of the North were settled in Kerala and a rule was laid down that the eldest son of a Namboodri family could marry only the daughter of Vaishya, Kashtriya or Shudra communities of Kerala. Another still more courageous rule was that the first off-spring of a married woman of any class must be fathered by a Namboodri Brahman and then she could beget children by her husband. Today this experiment will be called adultery but it was not so, as it was limited to the first child."

Political “Dementia” In Kashmir 
By Mohammad Ashraf

Most of the politicians especially from the so called mainstream in Kashmir seem to be suffering from a severe memory loss medically known as “Dementia”!

State of Emergency: Murder Epidemic Hidden in Plain Sight 
By Mickey Z.

What if I were to to tell you about a genuine state of emergency, a lethal epidemic of which the exact numbers will never be fully known? I’m pretty sure you’d have a few guesses as to what I mean… but I’m also pretty sure those guesses would be inaccurate. What I’m talking about here is Male Pattern Violence. Sex-based violence. The global terror war being waged by males against females for centuries. What I’m talking about is femicide