Thursday, January 26, 2017


Trump announced that he has selected former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon to head his Small Business Administration. Among Trump's picks she is not even remotely the most scary, but she is gag worthy.

In a short and tragicomical interview former financial regulator Bill Black says Linda McMahon's career involved exploiting workers as independent contractors and sabotaging small businesses.


It's hard to focus since so many facets of our society are under attack. We are living in dark times indeed.

Here's a happy tid bit:
(Naomi Klein

Friday, January 13, 2017

(Mike Lofgren @

Donald Trump’s victory has spurred commentary about the “death of liberal democracy,” but the seeds of that demise were planted in the 1980s amid elite orthodoxy in favor of neoliberal economics, argues Mike Lofgren.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


(Cory Doctorow @

Disclaimer: Calling Bullshit has been developed by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West to meet what we see as a major need in higher education nationwide. We will be proposing this course for future inclusion in the course catalog at the University of Washington. At present, however, Calling Bullshit is not an official course, nor is it otherwise endorsed by the University of Washington.

The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void 
History After “the End of History” 
By Andrew J. Bacevich

What Is a Country For? 
Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia 
By Rebecca Gordon

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(Glenn Greenwald @

Speaking simply as a bag that talks, I have always found that in interviews Edward Snowden sounds far more reasonable and capable of reasoning than his detractors. 

I'm beginning to love Big Brother. War IS peace. Freedom IS slavery. Ignorance IS strength. For a while there I was concerned about our future. I love the smell of truthiness in the morning!

Monday, January 9, 2017


( transcript)

( video interview)

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others: we are interested solely in power, pure power. Power is not a means; it is an end.... The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
--George Orwell
In this interview with The Real News Network, I argue that while it may seem hard to believe that Trump has appointed to high government positions a number of religious fundamentalists, conspiracy-theory advocates, billionaires, misogynists, climate-change deniers and retrograde anti-communists, this should come as no surprise given the anti-democratic conditions that produced Trump in the first place. Not only do these individuals uniformly lack the experience to take on the jobs for which they were nominated, they are unapologetic about destroying the government agencies in which they have been put in charge.
These appointments are indicative of forthcoming policy decisions that will increase the attack on democratic institutions and public goods, as well as the degree to which power will be further consolidated in the hands of the financial elite. While there is little doubt that Trump's gaggle of appointees represents a deep embrace of ignorance and crony capitalism and a disdain for the institutions that give legitimacy to the social contract and the welfare state, these administrative heads also represent the front guard of the dark times that are to come, times that will be marked by a combination of state repression and unchecked collusion among big corporations, banks and the ultra-rich. Yet not only has Trump turned a number of important cabinet positions over to the most criminogenic elements of neoliberalism, he has also filled cabinet and high-level positons with generals, ensuring that the militarization of American society will not simply be continued, but accelerated. This mix of incompetent and mean-spirited billionaires and generals represents support of the worst elements of militarism and neoliberalism -- a war on education, support for austerity policies and an attack on social provisions, the poor, workers, unions and the most vulnerable. Under Trump's administration, a war culture will morph with an updated version of the Gilded Age. Trump's government of billionaires and militarists makes clear that the next few years will be governed by ruthless financial elite who will give new meaning to an updated version of authoritarianism that will accelerate the misery, suffering and exploitation of a wider sector of American society. 
-- Henry A. Giroux

Thursday, January 5, 2017



If hypocrisy were criminalized Mitch McTurtle would be serving a life sentence in a maximum security terrarium. 

America is preparing to inaugurate as president its most outragious ham and burglar. Birds of his feather should be jail birds together. Trump appointees seem to share as their most meaningful quality, not qualification, a profound and disgusting conflict of interest. 

For example:

(The article)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Nixon famously said it's not illegal if The President does it (video), ironically he had his comeuppance. Since his time U.S. presidents and legislators have dodged accountability for crimes both small and incalculable. As the next administration prepares to open the corruption flood gates, they are taking steps to protect themselves.


(Chris Hedges at

Every time I hear the word "privatization," I imagine the vast amounts of public money absorbed by the unscrupulous rich, to the detriment of the vast majority. I hate greedheads.