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Voters Repudiate Clinton

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[As simple a fact as it is, it's important to remember that this election also meant that Hillary was rejected. And as Yves Smith says, "The election outcome was based not just on Clinton being a terrible candidate on the merits, but on the abjectly poor conduct of the Clinton campaign." *RON*]
Posted on November 9, 2016 by Yves Smith

Even if Clinton manages to come out with a lead in the popular vote when California’s results are added to the evening’s totals1, the results are a stunning repudiation to pollsters, the punditocracy, the mainstream media, professionals in both major parties, and most important, to Hillary Clinton herself.

I seriously considered shorting the market first thing yesterday morning, and have the e-mail record to prove it. And this wasn’t confirmation bias since I decided not to vote for any Presidential candidate.

It was based on the fact that every single bit of anecdotal information I had from real people r…

Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them, Bridging Conviction with Compassion, and Meeting Ignorance with Kindness

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[Reason, empathy and polarization. You'd be foolish not to pay attention and prepare for what is coming. But you don't need to approach things like a Trump. "In the course of looking deeply within ourselves, we may challenge notions that give comfort before the terrors of the world." *RON*]

Maria Popva, Brain Pickings, 9 November 2016


“Unless we are very, very careful,” wrote psychologist-turned-artist Anne Truitt in contemplating compassion and the cure for our chronic self-righteousness, “we doom each other by holding onto images of one another based on preconceptions that are in turn based on indifference to what is other than ourselves.” She urged for “the honoring of others in a way that grants them the grace of their own autonomy and allows mutual discovery.” But how are we to find in ourselves the capacity — the willingness — to honor otherness where we see only ignorance and bigotry in beliefs not only diametrically opp…

BC Premier Christy Clark issues statement on US election result

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[2017 - the Year of (the Election and) the Pipeline. *RON*]
Jenni Sheppard, Daily Hive, 9 November 2016
Judging by the mood on the streets this morning, we’re not sure BC Premier Christy Clark speaks for most Vancouverites in her statement about the US election.

“On behalf of British Columbia, I would like to congratulate President-elect Donald J. Trump, as well as Governor Jay Inslee in Washington State, Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, and everyone else who pursued elected office,” said Clark.

Clark goes on to say the US is a close friend and partner of BC and said the province, alongside the federal government, will work diligently to protect that relationship.

“We will work diligently and with determination to ensure we protect and grow the relationship that is crucial to working families in our province, on issues like free trade and a new softwood lumber agreement,” she said.

But she did recognize the historic nature of Trump’s win – and Hill…

Trump Elected President by Wave of Angry White Voters Across Upper Midwest and South

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[More importantly, though, see these three: a) Trump suckers white working-class voters into putting him in the White House, b) White Won, c) Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration. That is, look for greatly expanded inequality under growing corporate rule, with intensified racial hatred (closely linked with growing inequality). *RON*]
By Steven RosenfeldAlterNet, 9 November 2016

The glass ceiling so many Democrats thought Hillary Clinton would shatter to become the first woman president came crashing down Tuesday night in what can only be described as a devastating and unexpected defeat for progressive hopes, values and agendas.

Clinton supporters grew numb as the night unfolded and the presidency increasingly grew within reach of Donald Trump, the Republican who models racism, misogyny, white supremacy and gratuitous violence, and marches lockstep to a far-right social agenda embraced by evangelical Chri…

Despite their differences Trudeau and Trump agree on one thing so far

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[2017 - the Year of the Pipeline. So much for our emission goals. See also: Canada must accelerate decarbonization of the economy. *RON*]
Brent Patterson, rabble.ca, 10 November 2016

While President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may seem like political opposites they do share at least one common goal --approval of the TransCanada 830,000 barrel per day Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

In October 2013, when Trudeau visited Washington as a Montreal MP he said that he supports TransCanada’s proposed pipeline that would carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast because it would be “good” for Canada and U.S. He added that his position may surprise some, the CBC reported.

"My support for Keystone is steadfast. ...The fact that I'd be talking positively about the project I think got people thinking about the fact that perhaps it's not as bad as it's been caricatured," said Trudeau.

Spoiled Americans now want to flee what they created

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[Arab schadenfreude. Americans assuming the world would welcome them with open arms as refugees fleeing a dictator of their own creation. *RON*]

Malak Chabkoun, Al Jazeera, 10 November 2016

Many Americans woke up on November 9 (or didn't sleep to begin with) panicking about the future of the United States.

Citizens of other countries, particularly in the Arab world, were probably observing this mass panic with a smirk, thinking, "and now it's their turn". Certainly, not out of spite, but in the hope that Americans would finally understand where they were coming from.

The reality is, citizens of the US - minorities or otherwise - do have reasons to feel fear and disgust under a Trump presidency, not only from his proposed policies of alienation and repression, but also from those supporters of his, whose white power aspirations have now been made official.

However, it is also true that citizens of the US, particularly Arabs and Musl…