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Do Not Despair, Progress is Possible

  “I love being a millennial, because my framed Obama poster becomes ironic at will.”     I wrote this joke for a show in 2014 that I knew would have an older crowd, and people laughed.  It wasn’t only a joke. I actually do have a framed Shepard Fairey ‘Progress’ poster framed and hung on the wall of my office, staring hopefully over my shoulder as I write this.  Its meaning to me has drastically changed since 2008, because I have changed, and the country has mostly stayed the same. […]

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Primary the Democrats

In the first concrete measure of the political realignment currently shifting the two major American political parties, Democrats stopped a chance to lower the price of drugs for people.   Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Thune (R-SD) voted for an amendment introduced by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) intended to lower prescription drug prices while establishment Democrats Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Patty Murray (D-WA), among others, voted against it, effectively killing the bill.   Designed to lower prescription drug prices by allowing cheaper drugs from Canada to compete with the […]

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War Is Not Humanitarian

The Economist released this opinion piece (with no byline, so I guess it’s an editorial?) describing how the failure of the US to directly intervene with air support, and potentially troops on the ground, in Syria led to the current situation in Aleppo.  Similar pieces have been flooding well-meaning blogs like Upworthy, mainstream news sites, and saturating the pages of left-leaning commentary like the Atlantic and Salon.  All of them express the same regret – that Western nations and their militaries failed to “do something” to prevent the horrors in […]

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DAPL Construction Continues in Violation of the Law

Celebration, as always, was premature.   Energy Transfer Partners, in a brazen defiance of the Army Corps of Engineers and the will of the people of Standing Rock, have announced that they will defy the administration’s order to deny the easement required for their drilling and continue construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  They will pay a fine of $50,000 per day for the violation, with the assumption that the incoming administration will reverse the order and potentially forgive the fines. They are probably right.  The president elect and his […]

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Trump Surrendered to Carrier

Trump did not ‘save’ 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant. He did a couple things, some of which I’m okay with: 1) He and the state of Indiana offered about $7M in tax breaks to Carrier. The jobs saved are higher paying manufacturing jobs, averaging about $70K, per year. This means that he made the jobs a net wash for the company in the first year, before any value derived from their work is factored in. He essentially paid Carrier our tax dollars to keep those people hired. I would […]

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You’ll Be the First to Go

  I once asked a good friend of mine what he thought of skinheads.   Adam was a punk in every sense of the word.  He looked the part, with a two-foot liberty hawk, a gallery of tattoos and piercings that ran the gamut from scrawled anarchy symbols to H.R. Giger recreations.  He lived it too, living in free-gan squats while he worked as a piercing artist by day and bouncer at the Middle East by night.  He was a brilliant guy, a far better student than I ever was, a […]

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#J20 Strike, Resist, Disrupt

We’ve set the date.   Or rather, the 20th amendment to the US Constitution set the date, and we have RSVP’d.  Leftist and anti-fascist groups all around the country are planning a massive strike and protest on Inauguration Day to demonstrate to the new president, and his most noxious supporters, that any racist or authoritarian views they may hold are a minority and will be resisted.  That any actions they intend against any minority or vulnerable individuals or groups, including mass deportation regardless of legality, hate crimes, ethnic discrimination, registration, or […]

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