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The Koch brothers and their network, the financiers backing the Republican party, are telling Republicans not to vote for Trump-uncare. What was that about a house divided?

Trumpery doesn't understand technology and change. And, as you might guess, he's a laughing matter and no joke. Along with which, he threatened a 17-year-old girl who created a satire website with kittens clawing him. The question remains: how did this philandering, lying, cheating, abusive jerk manage to hijack the religious right? He's so far from the moral high ground that he couldn't find it with a compass and a platoon of Marines. But the religious right's ancestry is racism and bigotry, and it has returned to its roots with him.

Meanwhile, during the Senate hearing on the Gorsuch appointment, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that one of his previous rulings was wrong, wrong, wrong in every way it could be wrong. Yes, unanimously. The decision concerned education for disabled students -- Gorsuch said it could be as little as legally needed, and the court said no way to that.

A long long opinion from SIIP traces how what has happened here fits into Russian plans, and where we fit into it. A future article is to suggest some remedies.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:09 am
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* There has been horrific, persistent, large scale, deadly flooding in Peru with displacement on a scale I honestly can't wrap my head around. Want to help? https://www.ammado.com/community/193613

* "London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39359158

* "Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices:" http://longnow.org/seminars/02009/feb/13/social-collapse-best-practices/

* We appear to have bombed a refugee school in Raqqa.

* "Russian paid Manafort millions to help Putin influence US:"

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* "Trump case a lesson in intelligence gathering:"

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* "Nunes muddies Trump probe with abrupt claim of new evidence:"

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* All nominations still under discussion need to be haulted. People who have clearly committed felonies (Flynn and Manafort) need to be arrested right away, and there needs to be a full proper independent inquiry to see who else needs arresting. This isn't some piddly blow job situation; this is a safety and security of the Nation and the World situation.

* "Rep Schiff: Trump Russia case now 'more than circumstantial':"

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* "Russian info-war tactics in US election continue:"

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* "No, it Really is that Bad:" http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-is-really-is-that-bad

* "SCOTUS integrity damaged by GOP stolen seat:"

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* "Franken questions Trump & Gorsuch’s judgment:"

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* "Former GOP chairman charged with voter fraud:"

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* "Dahlia Lithwick - The Politicization of Neil Gorsuch's SCOTUS Confirmation - Extended Interview:"

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* "Sanders: AHCA is tax plan to help the wealthy:"

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* "The Barbarians Inside the Gates: Can the Center Hold?:" https://medium.com/bioneers/the-barbarians-inside-the-gates-can-the-center-hold-25ea6408bd5e#.i3b13f53n

* "Why Is A Hate Group Meddling In An Illinois School Board Race?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-is-hate-group-meddling-in-illinois.html

* This has got to be the Alaska equivalent of Florida Man. "Snake found on a plane. Yes, really... snake on a plane:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39349326/snake-found-on-a-plane-yes-really-snake-on-a-plane

* "Africa's Sean Spicer & Not Coming to America:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Why Is President Trump Campaigning Again?:"

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* "Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Trump's Hard Power Budget :"

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* "Steve Bannon's Bathtub Musings:"

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* "The WERD: Screw Unto Others:"

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* "Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer:"

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* "Great Moments In Women's History:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Tackles Weed And The White House's (Unrelated) Paranoia:"

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* "Josh Lucas Had A Machine Gun Pointed At Him:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds: Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars :"

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* NWS Obviously. Wait past the credits. "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody :"

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* I spent so many years trying to fight Doctors who were trying to gaslight me into agreeing that I wasn't sick, including that time I spent half a decade trying to convince someone to do something about Heberton, the tumor colony that was literally killing me, that even after years of dealing with a practice where the Doctor's are willing to actually treat me, it is always a huge relief that they do instead of making me waste huge amounts of energy I haven't got fighting for treatment. Decades of training has made me used to being told I am imaging whatever happens to be actively trying to kill me, which of course plays in "fun" ways with my childhood abuse. I really have no words for how I feel every time a Doctor just tries to fix what wrong instead of trying to retraumatize me out of laziness and/or prejudice.

The lab results weren't back yet, but the x-ray was definitive. This is the first pneumonia I've had in the half decade or so since I was vaccinated against it. I used to get it most years, so the vaccine was so worth it. I started antibiotic number three this morning, one of the alarmingly strong ones. At least it's only once a day, and I'm off my arthritis meds for the duration as I don't like making holes in my stomache. My body pulled one of it's little chronic illness rebellions this evening, though it is hard to tell if it's the pneumonia or the antibiotic or both or neither. They made need to change antibiotic depending on what strain it tuns out to be, but odds are I won't. This has been a bad one, acute more than half the time between the beginning of February and now. In it's own way it's been worse than the six months of lung MRSA.

In other news, Squirrel is recovering well from the influenza and Tavy has been trying terribly hard to be good, poor wee beastie.

* I feel like people get intimidated by "elite" culture. People with a lot of time and money to devote to things like studying Shakespeare or classical music or high end art have a very human interest in making these things into something only the very wealthy and highly educated have a right to enjoy because they are the ones who can tease out the nuance. The thing is though that music, art, dance, theater have mostly been available to everybody to some degree. Shakespeare was for the Groundlings as well as the toffs. Church music had to reach the peasant and the rag picker as well as the Queen, King, and the Princes of the church. Art had patrons and sure, the stuff in palaces were for the very rich, but the same painters put the art on public columns and in churches too where everyone saw it. Music and dance have always belonged to everyone even if certain types were more common in one setting or another. even opera had cheap seats when it was new. The barrier between the art of the rich and the art of the poor is a very modern thing, even though we all grew up thinking there was this line between popular and high art. It is bull shit. If you like something and enjoy it, there is nothing wrong with that. your tastes may change with age and exposure and/or study, but never let any one tell you that something that gives you pleasure isn't good enough, and a hundred times that never let anyone tell you you aren't good enough to understand and enjoy something. If it makes you feel something, than that bit of music/art/theater/dance/poetry/whatever worked on some level. That needs to be enough.

It is also absolutely valid NOT to like something, even when everyone seems to be telling you you should. Everyone has a right to their own taste and don’t like anyone tell you different.

* I despise everything about the commercial where the girl mocks her mother on line for #having a cold because #every one gets them so #shut up.

* "The Walking Dead Gives Us a Tasty, Satisfying Filler Ep:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-walking-dead-7x14/

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

Interesting Links for 23-03-2017

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:24 am
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"Let me be clear: nationalism and patriotism are not the same thing. It's vital we differentiate between the two." -- Kamala Harris, 2017-02-17

"Man if only they taught this in high school wait I think they teach in high school It's the WWI unit" -- Bryant Francis, (reply)

good morning, it's 23 march 2017

Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:08 am
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Wow. I'm out of evens.

Trump/Russia was explosive yesterday. NO, REALLY, IT'S ANOTHER LEVEL. "Schiff: There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion." Just saying that. We found out via AP Exclusive that "Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin." Specifically politically. The "Former Trump campaign chief 'offered to help Putin advance interests'." And "The FBI may already have Carter Page on a major crime: 18 U.S.C. § 1001, punishable by up to 5 years in prison."

And of course GOP is stonewalling - or actively interfering - in the investigation. "Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way" reports the Democratic leader on the committee; there's more details on that in "Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted." Basically he went to Ryan and Trump (who is being investigated!) to give them insider information not even given out to Democrats on the committee. Shit like that is why McLean's is saying, "Party or country? The Republicans choose a side." (Spoiler: it's not country.) And useless faux renegade Senator McCain is saying, "Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes."

We have more adventures in neofascism - "Gorka changes story from "I have never been a member of Vitezi Rend" to "I never swore allegiance formally."" is pretty neat. More on that in "Gorka Hedges, Evades on Vitezi Rend Tie." Also, "Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny" and we now know "The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July" and Democrats want to know why that wasn't disclosed during the endless BUT HER EMAILS releases of the campaign.

I include as a contextual rerun, "Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says." Regular contacts, he said.

In health care, they're LITERALLY REWRITING THE BILL AS I TYPE THIS. No. Really. There'll be no CBO score and nobody will even know what's really in it tomorrow. "Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists it'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement" and "Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour" are the stories. This is no way to write legislation, but then - it isn't really supposed to be.

Regarding the Supreme Court, the two stores today are "While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong" and "Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”."

The terrorist attack you didn't hear about yesterday was in New York City. "Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People" and "Racist Maryland man who fatally stabbed black New Yorker admits his intent to kill African-American men," and the latter story gets real specific - this was a white supremacist racial attack straight up intended to incite terror. But, you know, somehow it's different. Because white guy. I specifically picked stories that did not make a big deal about how well the murderer was dressed, WHICH WAS THE LEAD IN SOME STORIES.

A couple of stories on antl-LGBT activities: "This Bus Is On A Road Trip To Convince You That Transgender People Aren’t Real," and "DeVos funds group suing against transgender rights." The lawsuit is against a school, for allowing a trans student (a boy) to use the boys' washroom. And yes, DeVos's foundation helps fund the group suing.

An interview and reaction to that interview: "Trump's Diplomat: How Rex Tillerson Is Translating 'America First' Into Foreign Policy" and "Rex Tillerson is clearly out of the loop and out of his depth in Trumpland."

"Advocates call on lawmakers to resist environmental cuts in Trump budget" is focused locally, but applicable generally.

The article "Amazing Disgrace: How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?" has a misleading headline; the fundamentalist movement wasn't "hijacked," this is what it always was - but the article itself makes that case fairly well.

In more basic corruption, "Despite a Trust, Ivanka Trump Still Wields Power Over Her Brand."

In border cruelty, we have a story about an event from a few years ago: "U.S. border officers told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death." They had a test on hand that would've confirmed the liquid was meth in 2-3 minutes. They waited an hour to call for medics. Both officers are still employed. We also have "Khan Breaks Silence on Canada Travel Cancellation" - the story from a couple of weeks ago regarding his trip cancellation to Canada? Maybe not so well reported, maybe overstated on his part. He was in fear that he wouldn't be allowed to return, and given that this has actually happened this week to citizens, that's not so unfounded. But he wasn't placed under an individual travel ban.

You might recall another story from last month, about the GOP majority leader in Hawai'i being forced out for Trump criticism; well, she's no longer a Republican at all. "Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump."

Finally, a couple of more local-scope stories, but they're flavourful: "Wisconsin Republican urges cuts to college aid to keep poor students from buying ‘goodies and electronics’" and "Former Colorado GOP chairman Steven Curtis charged with voter fraud." Yes, it's the new cruelty and the same old irony. What fun.

Today's going to be extra lively as the unread, unevaluated Newest Version GOP healthcare bill is schedule to come up for a vote, and who even knows what else will spin out of the Treasonart. (I thought those blades got recalled, but I guess not.) ADVENTURES!

It's March 23, 2017; this is the news )