Showing posts from September 6, 2015

Not Satisfied With His War On Immigrants, Trump Picks A Fight With Native Americans

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[Racism as an election strategy. This is a fundamental problem with first-past-the-post voting. You can always win a majority of seat with a minority of voters so you can not only totally ignore but actively aggravate and despise everyone except those who will vote for you. *RON*]

By Emily Atkin, Think Progress, 1 September 2015
It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it.

On Tuesday, the Republican front-runner promised that he would reverse Obama’s decision if elected president. Restoring the mountain’s name to Denali, he said, was a “great insult to Ohio,” because former President William McKinley was born there. To be clear, Denali is located in Alaska, about 3,000 miles away from Ohio.

It’s unsurprising that Trump did not express concern…

The Republican Party’s Secret Sauce: A Poisonous Cocktail of Nationalism, Libertarianism & Theocracy

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[Pundits have called Trump a populist hero. But the truth of his appeal lies at the core of the GOP philosophy. This description certainly resonates with the come-backs I hear from Harper supporters on the Internet. *RON*]
By Heather Digby PartonSalon / AlterNet, 5 September 2015

A piece by Michael Lind in Politico Magazine this week makes the case that the Tea Party isn’t libertarian as was once widely assumed, but populist, which seems to be gelling into current conventional wisdom. And it’s true that the Tea Party was never libertarian in any doctrinaire sense. They certainly claimed to be for low taxes and against big government, particularly if it tried to create a system by which most Americans could buy affordable health insurance; but beyond that it always got a little bit vague. Its members talked a lot about liberty but they referred less to esoteric notions of property rights and individual liberty than to moral values and religion — …

Here’s What It’s Like Inside A Pro-Confederate Flag Rally

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[Note the shouts of "Trump 2016!" "This Black Lives Matter bull is racism that the government don’t see. It’s white genocide propaganda. They’re pushing folks to shoot cops and white people." *RON*]

By Alice Ollstein & Emily Atkin, Think Progress, 5 September 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 1,300 people were expected to attend a “Southern Heritage” rally in support of the Confederate flag on Saturday in front of the U.S. Capitol. Fewer than 50 showed up.

In the wake of this summer’s horrific murders of nine black churchgoers — committed by a manwho admired the Confederate flag — universities and state governments have faced heated calls to remove the flag from their public spaces. In response, many have taken down the symbols, prompting fierce backlash including pro-flag rallies in Alabama, Georgia, and now Washington, D.C.

In interviews with ThinkProgress, members of the small crowd said they wanted the U.S. government to…

Rising Progressive Leader in Britain Making Waves with His Plan Spread the Wealth

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[It will be interesting to see how he does. British MP Jeremy Corbyn is freaking out the political establishment with his ideas. By the way, inflation is a routine boogeyman of the 1% - they fear the ability of inflation to erode capital. *RON*]

By Ellen BrownWeb of Debt blog / AlterNet, 3 September 2015

Dark horse candidate Jeremy Corbyn, who is currently leading in the polls for UK Labour Party leadership, has included in his platform “quantitative easing for people.” He said in a July 22nd presentation:
The ‘rebalancing’ I have talked about here today means rebalancing away from finance towards the high-growth, sustainable sectors of the future. How do we do this? One option would be for the Bank of England to be given a new mandate to upgrade our economy to invest in new large scale housing, energy, transport and digital projects: Quantitative easing for people instead of banks.As his economic advisor Richard Murphy further explains it:

What The Uber Economy Means For The Future Of Work

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[The corporatocracy is looking to un-do the labour gains of the last 75 years. "policymakers are starting to ponder how to alter workplace policies to ensure that the gig economy can be an engine of income growth and stability for workers, and not just a license to print money for a handful of investors and CEOs." *RON*]

By Alan Pyke, Think Progress, 6 September 2015
Rideshare service Uber is facing the possible rupture of its entire business model in a key case that could have even further reaching implications for the U.S. economy. Uber is facing accusations that it illegally misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, therefore ducking responsibility for a variety of schedule and wage protections afforded to employees.

The cab service’s court fight is indicative of an urgent and much broader question facing the country about what it will mean to “work” in the future –- and what the person directing that…

Uzbek president bans teaching of political science

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[Repressive central Asian regime recalls Soviet era by outlawing what it calls ‘western pseudo-science’ that does not take the “Uzbek model” of development (i.e., criminal corruption backed up by a totalitarian state) into account.*RON*]
Alec Luhn, The Guardian, 6 September 2015
From a political scientist’s perspective, Uzbekistan is almost certainly an authoritarian government: the regime of President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the country since before the breakup of the Soviet Union, has imprisoned critics, held sham elections and each year forces millions of people to pick cotton for the state.

It therefore came as little surprise last week when the government banned the teaching of political science, on the grounds that it is a western pseudo-science that does not take the “Uzbek model” of development into account.

In a decree issued on 24 August and later made public, higher education minister Alisher Vakhabov ordered that the words “politic…

Migration crisis tears at EU's cohesion and tarnishes its image

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[There is a struggle going on to 'frame' this issue. Are these illegal migrants or refugees? Do you blame the victims for their struggles? What are the root causes of this massive out-migration? Until these issues are settled all we will see is more vituperation. *RON*]
By Paul Taylor, Reuters, 5 September 2015

Deep divisions over how to cope with a flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pose a threat to the European Union's values and global standing and may diminish its ability to act jointly to reform the euro zone and ease Greece's debt.

With harrowing images of drowning children, refugees being herded on and off trains and beaten by police, and barbed-wire fences slicing across Europe, the migration crisis is the moral equivalent of the euro zone crisis. In both cases, the principle of solidarity is being sorely tested.

By making the EU look ineffective, disunited and heartless, pitting member states against e…

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

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[Hooray for librarians! :-) "Without the librarian’s alertness, the materials might have been binned, or at best neatly restacked in some distant vault for the next 100 years." *RON*]

Stephen Walsh, The Guardian, 6 September 2015

An important early orchestral work by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, thought for more than 100 years to have been irretrievably lost, has turned up at last in a pile of old manuscripts in a back room of the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Igor Stravinsky composed his Pogrebal’naya Pesnya (Funeral Song) in memory of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, shortly after Rimsky’s death in June 1908. The 12-minute work was performed only once, in a Russian symphony concert conducted by Felix Blumenfeld in the Conservatoire in January 1909, but was always thought to have been destroyed in the 1917 revolutions or the civil war that followed.

Stravinsky recalled it as one of his best early works, but coul…