Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tweet by Snake Oil Demagogue on Twitter

Snake Oil Demagogue (@SnakeOilPrez)
Donald Trump wants to prop up North Korea, build a Trump Hotel in Moscow, save a Chinese Telecom company and...destroy Amazon???

Which f*cking team is he on?

#TeamTreason

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Tweet by Fredon Moniteau on Twitter

Fredon Moniteau (@FMoniteau)
#OliverNorth blames Ritalin for school shootings.
Is everything about drugs, guns and money with this traitor?

#AMJoy #NRA #TheResistance #MAGA #Trump #FoxNews #Resist #ImpeachTrump #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/Fo9LzUFXY6

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'I'm raging right now': Dad of Santa Fe victim burns down Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for 'the most idiotic comments ever' j.mp/2LdIIwa pic.twitter.com/j3XwNNQRN0

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If You Haven't Slept Well Since November 8th, 2016

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Tweet by Bob Cesca on Twitter

Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go)
Your periodic reminder that nothing the president wrote on Twitter today is anywhere near the same universe as normalcy. Every tweet is damage to himself and damage to the integrity and reputation of the United States. Do not grow apathetic to it. Fight it.

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David Hogg (@davidhogg111)
for those of you that want to participate in #OrangeCaps but can't spray paint your caps, you can print out a price tag marchforourlives.com/price-tags/ and tie it to your tassel.

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Donald Trump Toys With Abuse Of Office In Beef Against Washington Post |...

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We will rock you: bagpipe, band & drummajors @ Sankt Galler Tattoo 2016

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How Mad Magazine made America think straight | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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How the NRA Sabotaged the BackGround Checks System — and 3 Fresh Ideas That Actually Could Reduce Gun Violence | Alternet

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Will U.S. Torturers Ever Be Held Accountable as War Criminals? - Truthdig

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Don’t claim Trump’s doing nothing: He’s destroying the federal government | Salon.com

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Tweet by Jen πŸ•³πŸšΆπŸ»‍♀️✌🏼❤️🀘🏼 on Twitter

Jen πŸ•³πŸšΆπŸ»‍♀️✌🏼❤️🀘🏼 (@ITMFA_NOW)
Overheard in my living room where my daughter and her friend are having a sleepover: when do you think it will happen at our school? who do you think it would be? what would you do? I would die if you died.. I fucking hate this so much... my heart is so heavy

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Tweet by Citizens for Ethics on Twitter

Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew)
During the campaign, Don Jr. met with George Nader, who informed him, "that the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president." Nader's now cooperating with Mueller's investigation. cnn.com/2018/05/19/pol…

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Trump Flips Out And Has A Total Sunday Morning Russia Scandal Meltdown

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STUDY: Rare Coffin Birth and Trepanation Explain Mystery of Skeleton of Italian Woman From the Middle Ages

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Putin Publicly Praises Trump, Blames Democracy For Trump’s Problems - The Intellectualist

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18 Everyday Things You Never Knew Even Had A Purpose – Urbo

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Database: How many children have experienced school shootings in America? - Washington Post

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'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir - The Roya...

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Trump Follower Never Knows

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Tweet by Kassandra Seven on Twitter

Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven)
"Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an arsenal of "nonviolent weapons" at their disposal. Here are 198 of them, classified into categories: nonviolent protest & persuasion, noncooperation & nonviolent intervention"

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@Defeat_GOP (@defeat_gop)
WHY IS THIS NOT THE DEMOCRATS SLOGAN FOR 2018? @TheDemocrats @HillaryClinton @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/b5iZVM9EO5

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Gun nuts are afraid we'll take their guns while the rest of us are afraid their guns will take away our children...

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Tweet by Tom Steyer on Twitter

Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer)
I want to say I did all I could to protect our democracy. We're in local communities building resilience. We're educating the public about the dangers of Trump. We're spending $30mm for youth turnout & to elect progressives to Congress. We're committed to truth & action. Join us. pic.twitter.com/yZ31RHezBB

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Tweet by Molly McNearney on Twitter

Molly McNearney (@mollymcnearney)
Here's how @tedcruz voted on every key gun safety bill. The gun lobby got their money's worth. Boy bye. #vote votesmart.org/candidate/key-…

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Tweet by Jeff Tiedrich on Twitter

Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich)
Donald Trump Jr., because when I need someone stupid enough to collude with multiple foreign entities while breaking any number of laws and not even try to cover his tracks, I turn to the halfwit perjury-monkey son of a failed game show host

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The Progressive Mind (@Libertea2012)
Is Trump adviser Bolton trying to undercut the president and kill the North Korea talks? rawstory.com/2018/05/trump-…

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#Resist 🌊 (@ZaibatsuNews)
HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' is a dystopian nightmare look at the Trump era j.mp/2Leulrr pic.twitter.com/dC0wmFRJqr

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Tweet by The Rude Pundit on Twitter

The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit)
Whole lotta paranoid gun humpers out tonight. Don't worry, you sweet psychopaths. Your precious murder tools are safe for now, no matter how many children die. Now go suckle at the NRA's teats and fall back to sleep.

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RDTdaily - Join the Resistance!RDTdaily

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Why 'Stand by Me' meant so much at the royal wedding

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Donald Trump Really Shouldn't Have Run for President

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Tweet by The Loyal Opposition on Twitter

The Loyal Opposition (@TheLoyalO)
NEW: Russia wasn't the only nation Trump colluded with to win the election.

We are now learning about more foreign help, & like Russia, they expect to be repaid with U.S. policy.

Note: It is illegal for foreigners to be involved in U.S. elections.
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Tweet by Treason Memes on Twitter

Treason Memes (@treasonstickers)
FUN FACT: 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia was left off the list of countries targeted by Trump's racist travel ban after Don Jr conspired with Saudis to get Trump elected

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Tweet by 🌟⚡️RoseπŸ’«✨ on Twitter

🌟⚡️RoseπŸ’«✨ (@MamaRose2017)
@DadsAgainstGuns I stand with #DadsAgainstGuns
#ChangesAhead

Calling for a #NationalStrike of Students, Teachers, Parents and Grandparents and every person who believes people are more important than guns‼️

#StrikeUntilCongressActs #NotOneMore #Enough
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A Manifesto of Resistance Christians

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Tweet by Tony Posnanski on Twitter

Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski)
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the GOP peeps who will lose their seat this November.

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Tweet by The Rude Pundit on Twitter

The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit)
There are racist pricks everywhere and, obviously, it's not going to be perfect or universal, but the last couple of times I was in the UK, I was amazed at the racial integration and the ease people have with it. So much saner than here. twitter.com/AndyOstroy/sta…

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Harmar Bald Eagles Live Stream

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Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drive to evening reception | IT...

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A Black Preacher Gave a Word, and 4 Other Blackity-Black Moments From the #RoyalWedding

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The New York Times Just Revealed a Second Trump Tower Meeting – Mother Jones

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/the-new-york-times-just-revealed-a-second-trump-tower-meeting/


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Tweet by Malcolm Nance on Twitter

Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance)
GROUND TRUTH. Unlike the draft dodging, device avoiding Trumps, The Royals are real COMBAT VETS, damn good looking & Salty as hell. #ROYALWEDDING twitter.com/bbcnewsbeat/st…

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Tweet by Laurence Tribe on Twitter

Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw)
It now turns out that Trump and his son Don Jr. were working not just with Russia but with the Saudis and any other foreign states willing to help the Trumps seize power. So ironic that the MAGA candidate was conspiring to Make American Gangsters Global & Greedy Again: MAGGGA!

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Texas 'thoughts and prayers' Republicans cash more NRA checks than anyone else

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International Swamp Alert: Chinese bank offered $150,000 tickets to dine with Trump in Dallas

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Donald Trump's ex-wife: Trump kept book of Hitler's speeches by bed - Business Insider

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Tweet by SYNningSaint #OpFuckBaba on Twitter

SYNningSaint #OpFuckBaba (@synningsaint)
@rmasher2 They specifically called out students who walked out

Santa Fe had a walk out

Santa Fe was then targeted by a domestic terrorist, who was exposed to @DLoesch's radicalizing messages

We know who radicalized the shooter

Demand she be held accountable for the deaths she caused

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Tweet by Jim Roberts on Twitter

Jim Roberts (@nycjim)
In yet another Trump Tower meeting, Junior and other campaign aides met with Gulf emissary offering help to win election. nyti.ms/2IV6EpU pic.twitter.com/KEAG11ivvd

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Trump Voters Can't Be Won Over; They Have To Be Outvoted | Crooks and Liars

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Royal Wedding: ‘Stand By Me’ Performed By Karen Gibson And The Kingdom C...

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Famous royal wedding guests: Who was there?

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“Bob Mueller Didn’t Say That” | The Last Word | MSNBC

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Casey’s Rainy Day

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The Royal Pops: Pops and Circumstance

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Tweet by SCROTUS on Twitter

SCROTUS (@_NotFakeNews_)
People are calling for death for the FBI informant that spied on Trump, legally. They are calling this person a traitor to America. So this person, doing their job, by trying to stop treason, is a traitor?

Republicans would rather watch this country burn, than run by DNC.

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Tweet by J.D. Evermore on Twitter

J.D. Evermore (@jd_evermore)
All these shootings because we have too many doors, sea levels are rising because of rocks falling into the ocean, hurricanes devasting cities because of gay sex. Maybe we shouldn't put complete fucking morons in charge of anything anymore.

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Tweet by NF Hope on Twitter

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Tomorrow is the big night! Join us for the York City's 2nd Annual @NFHopeConcert at 7:30pm at @subculture. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are still available at: nfhope.org/nfhope/NYC pic.twitter.com/IwwFU6HT5C

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Attorney Michael Avenatti continues destroying 'ultimate circus act' Giuliani in blistering MSNBC interview

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Octopuses are not aliens, but boy are they a bunch of beautiful weirdos pops.ci/bfeGN4 pic.twitter.com/ArPW0pnQOi

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Meghan Markle’s ancestor was one of black baseball's greatest | Daily Mail Online

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Watch MSNBC's Rachel Maddow connect all the Trump staffers who have suspicious ties to Russia

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Tweet by ❄️Allie Wen❄️ on Twitter

❄️Allie Wen❄️ (@alliewen21)
I am not the Tolerant Left.

I am the Appalled Left.
I am the Compassion Is Not A Weakness Left.
I am the Sick Of Your Racist, Sexist, and Other-ist Left.
I am the Get Your Laws Off My Body Left.
I am the Health Care Is Not A Privilege Left.
I am the Resisting Left.
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Tweet by Renato Mariotti on Twitter

Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti)
The @washingtonpost confirms the FBI counterintelligence source met with Trump aides Carter Page, Sam Clovis, and George Papadopoulos during the campaign was not was "imbedded" in the campaign as Trump and Giuliani falsely claimed. Shocking that the FBI suspected all three men. twitter.com/shaneharris/st…

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Omfg they're going to ban doors before they ban assault rifles twitter.com/TomNamako/stat…

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Tweet by HabitualLineStepper on Twitter

HabitualLineStepper (@AdrianNichols)
Ted Cruz said the kids killed in Santa Fe today made a "sacrifice". No, you dumb fucking asshole, they were murdered. #SantaFeHighSchool

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Trump Has Done Huge Damage to the American Republic. Can It Be Fixed?

Trump Has Done Huge Damage to the American Republic. Can It Be Fixed?

Can the Republic Recover from Donald Trump?

There will be a lot of pieces to put back together, all at once, when he is gone.

(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)

On Monday, at the Center For American Progress's annual Ideas hootenanny, Sally Yates made a point that has stayed with me all week as the deep, underground web of corruption in this administration* expanded to almost every point of the political compass. It is almost impossible to keep track these days. It's almost impossible to keep from tangling the various strands of it: Michael Cohen's alleged dealings with the Qataris, Jared Kushner's alleged dealings with the Qataris, Michael Cohen's alleged dealings with Stormy Daniels, Paul Manafort's alleged dealings with various Volga Bagmen, and who knows what all else is under there.

Anyway, Yates asked the assembled: What is going to happen when this administration is finally, blessedly over? It is a very good question and there is no very good answer to it. Nobody knows how many people, if any, are going to be convicted when all this shakes out, let alone how many of them actually might go to jail. Can we recover from the common high-end venality while simultaneously putting the political norms back in place? Can we reform the global damage done to American credibility while simultaneously getting back to sensible financial and environmental regulations? Is it possible to get the country back to normal on 10 levels at once?

I am not as optimistic as I once was.

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First, a lot of the damage has been done through the enactment of policies that conservative Republicans have been slavering for over the past 50 years. They are one aging heartbeat away from finally having a solid majority on the Supreme Court, and the president* has been salting young Federalist Society bots throughout the federal judicial system. Further, before there ever was a President* Trump, Mitch McConnell demonstrated that Democratic presidents were not entitled to fill Supreme Court vacancies that occur on their watch. Under the glare of all the nonsense, conservative Republicans have achieved a lot of what they've been trying to do since Ronald Reagan stepped onto the Capitol rostrum in 1981.

Second, and as important, if this president* leaves office at any point prior to the end of his second term, I fear that the reaction among his supporters is liable to be loud and violent. They're already primed, by the president* and by his pet media, to believe almost anything as long as it demonstrated that They, The Deep State are conducting a slow-motion coup. (The latest fever dream is that the Obama administration planted an FBI mole in the Trump campaign so as to throw the election to Hillary Rodham Clinton. That's only been flying around for a couple weeks and I guarantee you that it's already set in concrete out there.) The president* is not likely to sprout a conscience any time soon. There is no way that this can end well.

This is serious business, and the time to start thinking about it is now. It's possible that this administration* will collapse all at once. It is also possible that we'll be reading early morning tweets well into 2024. The elevation of Donald Trump caught the institutions of government by surprise. That's bad enough. It's important that the end of him does not do the same thing.

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Outside of mocking the Intellectual Dark Web for the Stan Lee pretension of its name, I've pretty much stayed away from that whole Internet hooley. But, holy mother of god, this profile of Jordan Peterson in The New York Times is, as the kidz say, lit. In fact, Peterson comes off as the patron saint of sampling one's own product.

Mr. Peterson's home is a carefully curated house of horror. He has filled it with a sprawl of art that covers the walls from floor to ceiling. Most of it is communist propaganda from the Soviet Union (execution scenes, soldiers looking noble) — a constant reminder, he says, of atrocities and oppression. He wants to feel their imprisonment, though he lives here on a quiet residential street in Toronto and is quite free.

Take Peterson out of his current celebrity cocoon and make him a shopkeeper in Bugtussle, and mothers are telling their children to cross the street rather than pass his house. He's Boo Radley, except for real.

Jordan Peterson

(Of course, the Intellectual Dark Web takes care of its own; here's another charter member, leaping to Peterson's defense and falling into the orchestra pit. Jungian archetypes!)

The left, he believes, refuses to admit that men might be in charge because they are better at it. "The people who hold that our culture is an oppressive patriarchy, they don't want to admit that the current hierarchy might be predicated on competence," he said. Mr. Peterson illustrates his arguments with copious references to ancient myths — bringing up stories of witches, biblical allegories and ancient traditions. I ask why these old stories should guide us today.

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"It makes sense that a witch lives in a swamp. Yeah," he says. "Why?" It's a hard one.
"Right. That's right. You don't know. It's because those things hang together at a very deep level. Right. Yeah. And it makes sense that an old king lives in a desiccated tower." But witches don't exist, and they don't live in swamps, I say. "Yeah, they do. They do exist. They just don't exist the way you think they exist. They certainly exist. You may say well dragons don't exist. It's, like, yes they do — the category predator and the category dragon are the same category. It absolutely exists. It's a superordinate category. It exists absolutely more than anything else. In fact, it really exists. What exists is not obvious. You say, 'Well, there's no such thing as witches.' Yeah, I know what you mean, but that isn't what you think when you go see a movie about them. You can't help but fall into these categories. There's no escape from them."

It is for this kind of dialogue for which the bong was invented, and the phrase, "Like, wow, man," was coined. Actually, it reminds me most of the intricate thoughts about the universe entertained by…The Most Awesome Man On Television.


This, from The Washington Post, does not make me feel secure.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halverson announced last week that a container of ammunition for an automatic grenade launcher fell off a Humvee on May 1 near Parshall in the northwest part of the state. The search ended over the weekend after Minot Air Force Base personnel exhausted efforts to find the missing ammunition, spokeswoman Danielle Lucero told the Bismarck Tribune . The ammunition is safe as long as the container is intact, according to the Air Force. Halverson said the ammunition won't operate in another device without "catastrophic failure." But people should evacuate and call first responders if the ammunition is located and found damaged.

The ammunition for the grenade launcher, by the way, belonged to the people tasked with keeping out nuclear missiles secure. "Falling off the truck" is an acceptable excuse for bootleg CDs and knock-off handbags. I don't want to see grenades for sale on a card table in midtown Manhattan, next to the umbrellas and caricatures of Al Pacino.

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Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Misty Mountain Hop" (The Tin Men): Yeah, I pretty much still love New Orleans.

Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: In anticipation of the tsunami of Anglophone tripe soon to wash over us, here's the 1922 wedding of Princess Mary to Viscount Henry Lascelles. Princess Mary declined to attend Elizabeth's wedding because Edward and Wallis were not invited. Her son's memoir was titled The Tongs and the Bones. No, I don't know what that's about. Nice film though. Very brief. And no sound! That would be a blessing on Saturday. History is so cool.


If you don't think there is a general wildness unleashed in this land, consider that both the guy who shot up the Mar-a-Lago lobby and the guy who murdered 10 people at a Texas high school were both Nazi-semi-curious guys with guns. Also consider that both of these events happened on the same day. This is not normal.


Is it a good day for dinosaur news, LiveScience? It's always a good day for dinosaur news!

Have you ever wondered how momma dinosaurs sat on their eggs without crushing the poor little spalpeens? Of course, you have.

These small-to-humongous dinosaurs, known as oviraptorosaurs, laid their oval eggs in a doughnut-like circle, and these nests had different shapes depending on the size of the dinosaur. Smaller oviraptorosaurs either had no doughnut hole or a small one where they could sit with their eggs around them, while larger oviraptorosaurs created nests with big holes in the center where the dinosaurs could plop down without squashing the eggs located in a circle around them, a new study finds.
Oviraptorosaurs were bizarre-looking dinosaurs. They had parrot-like heads and toothless beaks, and some sported head crests, much like modern cassowary birds do. These dinosaurs ranged in size from a few dozen pounds (Nomingia, for instance, weighed about 80 lbs., or 37 kilograms) to a few thousand pounds (Gigantoraptor weighed up to 4,400 lbs., or 2,000 kg).

And their mommas took good care of them, because, like all dinosaurs, oviraptorosaurs lived then to make us happy now.

Because The Committee knows its audience, it knew that this week's Top Commenter would come from the post about the Colorado wingnut lady who was allegedly turning big bucks on a very weird conspiracy theory about how we all have secret money in accounts opened for us at birth. Top Commenter Stephen Beard came through with bells on.

I'm starting a letter-writing campaign (I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy, okay?) to get me some of that Treasury money and live up to my increasing reputation as a grifter of the first order. Besides, I could use the cash.

You are hereby awarded 82.19 Beckhams for your demonstration of good old American entrepreneurship, good sir.

I'll be back on Monday with whatever scams become obvious over the weekend. Be nice and play well, ya bastids. Stay above the snakeline, or I'm telling Megan Markle's father on you.

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Farm Bill Fails to Pass the House Because Paul Ryan Is an Inept Speaker

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Friday, May 18, 2018

MY HEART WILL GO ON - ENTER SANDMAN - ONE (Celine Dion/Metallica Smoosh-UP)

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"Pawfficer Donut" Becomes Michigan's First Police Cat | The Daily Show

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BUB vs VACUUM

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Sante Fe Shooting at Texas High School Leaves 8 Dead - Only 1 Freedom Requires This Sacrifice

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The Four Horsemen of evangelical hypocrisy: How they whitewashed Donald Trump | Salon.com

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Dimitrios Pagourtzis identified as Santa Fe High School shooting suspect: CBS News

Dimitrios Pagourtzis identified as Santa Fe High School shooting suspect: CBS News

Dimitrios Pagourtzis identified as Santa Fe High School shooting suspect: CBS News

The name of the Santa Fe High School shooter in custody is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, law enforcement sources told CBS News.

Pagourtzis is reportedly a 17-year-old student at the school. He lives in Santa Fe, Texas.

Authorities have not officially named him as the suspect.

Students told local news outlet CW39 that the Santa Fe High School suspect was wearing a "Born to Kill" t-shirt. The same shirt was posted on Pagourtzis' Facebook page on April 30.

Students also said Pagourtzis was wearing a trench coat and "big boots."

MORE: Here is the "Born to Kill" custom shirt that #SantaFeHighSchool shooting suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, posted on facebook in recent weeks. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/T24s5pEa6p

— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) May 18, 2018

According to KHOU 11, "There were also photos of Nazi regalia." A photo of his trench coat shows USSR and Nazi medals, along with a Cthulhu pendant.

MORE: #SantaFeHighSchool shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis posted disturbing FB photos in recent weeks including "Born to Kill" custom shirt. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/GruXL8mpD5

— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) May 18, 2018

Pagourtzis was also following gun-related accounts on Instagram. The caption on his Instagram said "we all die sometime."

His Facebook and Instagram accounts recently became inaccessible.

Payton Bailey, a 16-year-old sophomore at Santa Fe High, told BuzzFeed News that Pagourtzis frequently wore a trench coat. She said someone had once told her that he "believed in evil."

Another student described him as quiet. "He never talked to anyone," sophomore Avery Garza told BuzzFeed.

Pagourtzis killed at least eight people and wounded several others as he opened fire inside the school on Friday. A law enforcement official told the Houston Chronicle he was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, a pistol, a shotgun and pipe bombs.

"There's multiple fatalities, it can be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of the Harris County Sheriff's Office told reporters.

Police found explosive devices at the high school and in nearby areas.

"Be on the lookout for any suspicious items," Santa Fe Independent School District Police Chief Walter Braun said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, staff and our community. Please pray for SFISD."

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Open Thread - Brand New Metaphor For Trump Administration | Crooks and Liars

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Fox News Employees Fret Over New Initiatives for Diversity, Inclusion - Muslim Prayer Rugs, Trans Respect

Fox News Employees Fret Over New Initiatives for Diversity, Inclusion - Muslim Prayer Rugs, Trans Respect

Fox News Employees' Heads Are Exploding at the Prospect of Having to Show Basic Human Decency

Roger Ailes' empire in 2018.

God bless Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair, for including this amazing detail in his account of how new rules based on simple human decency are harshing various mellows in the headquarters of the Fox News Channel.

But as Fox News adapts its 1950s workplace culture to fit the times, staffers are on edge. According to sources, Fox News recently installed a "meditation room" complete with Muslim prayer rugs in Ollie North's office in the network's Washington bureau.

Glorious. Of course, Ollie was one of the Reagan administration's pointmen in its effort to reach out to the Muslim world back in the 1980s, so he has a long history in multicultural affairs, and missiles.

Staffers now attend mandatory sexual harassment training, and the employee intranet includes a section for gender-transition policies and guidelines. "People are terrified. They kicked Ollie North out and put in a prayer room. We've got a new trans policy. You're not allowed to be transphobic," one source said. Other changes that would have been alien in the Ailes era include the creation of a workforce and diversity council. "People's heads are blowing up," one insider said.

Snowflakes in springtime.

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Parkland Teens Speak Out Following Texas School Shooting: “You Didn’t Deserve This” – Mother Jones

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Karen Silkwood remembered | Green Left Weekly

Karen Silkwood remembered | Green Left Weekly

Karen Silkwood remembered

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BY SHARYN JENKINS

Twenty-seven years ago, US anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood was killed in a car crash many suspect was deliberately caused by the Kerr McGee nuclear company.

Karen Silkwood will be remembered as someone who fought an uphill and often unpopular battle against the ruthless nuclear industry. She is an inspiration to all who believe in environmental justice and workers' rights.

Silkwood grew up in Nederland, the petrochemical heart of Texas. Following an unhappy marriage and bitter divorce, in which she lost custody of her three children, she moved to Oklahoma City to look for work. In 1972 she began work in the Kerr McGee Metallography Laboratory.

Work at Kerr McGee was not pretty. Silkwood discovered numerous violations of health regulations: exposure of workers to contamination, faulty respiratory equipment, plutonium samples stored in desk drawers and plutonium samples taken to local schools for show and tell.

Because the plant provided just two showers for the 75 workers on each shift and allocated no paid time for workers to shower, most workers left the plant unshowered.

Within a few months of being employed at the plant, Silkwood was elected as the first female committee member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union at Kerr McGee. Alarmed at the health risks faced by workers, she collected evidence to expose the poor health and safety standards.

Her first hurdle was to get the workers onside. High unemployment meant people were desperate for a job and union membership was at an all-time low.

Kerr McGee was also seen as a "respectable" company because it was supported by the Atomic Energy Commission. Set up by Congress, the AEC had power over ownership of factories and over all substances from which atomic energy can be generated, plus research and development facilities.

The union warned Silkwood to work quietly because corruption in the nuclear industry was rampant. But nobody suspected the lengths to which the industry was prepared to go to protect its interests.

While she was collecting evidence, Silkwood's phone was bugged, her movements monitored and, worst of all, she was deliberately contaminated with plutonium. The contamination was so severe that after her death all the clothes and other belongings removed from her apartment were put into sealed drums to avoid contaminating others.

After months of gathering evidence Silkwood decided to go public with the evidence she had collected, and made contact with a New York Times journalist prepared to print the story.

On November 17, 1974 Silkwood attended a union meeting, and then headed off on a 40-minute drive to a nearby town to hand her evidence over to the journalist. She never arrived.

Fourteen kilometres down the highway her car left the road and hit a concrete culvert. Found by a passing truck, Silkwood was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

The car accident was highly suspicious. Silkwood was an experienced rally driver, yet tracks from the car indicated that it had gone for some distance on the grassed area to the side of the road. These marks would be consistent with the car being forced off the road.

The evidence that she intended to give the journalist was never found, although she had it with her when she left the union meeting.

Many sympathisers suspected that Kerr McGee (possibly with the support of government agents) had Silkwood murdered, but there was no evidence. However, a civil suit was filed against Kerr McGee for the Silkwood's contamination by plutonium at the plant.

In 1979, Silkwood's estate was awarded US$10.7 million for personal injury and punitive damages. Kerr McGee appealed the decision, and the appeal reduced the damages to just US$5000.

The litigation continued, and in 1986, 12 years after Silkwood's death, Kerr McGee paid US$1.3 million dollars in an out-of-court settlement. Kerr McGee closed its nuclear fuel plants in 1975.

At the time of her death, Silkwood was just 28 years old. From all accounts, she was a loyal, strong, vibrant and determined person, who stood up for what she believed in and would not ignore something if it was wrong.

Silkwood's battle did not end with her death, or even with the closure of Kerr McGee's plant. It continues every day in a world where a company's "right" to make profits still triumphs over workers' rights to safety.

[Green Left Weekly, along with the Capricorn Conservation Council will be screening a film about Karen Silkwood in Rockhampton on August 4. Check the Activist Calender (page 30-31) for details.]



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America’s ‘War on Terror’ Has Cost Taxpayers $5.6 Trillion | The Nation

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