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Old 11-22-2017, 04:45 PM   #376
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Another Thanksgiving. Goodness knows, the tiny younglings have very little time to enjoy Christopher Robin's land of imagination. Their innocent beliefs are crushed all too quickly.

Shopping for the holiday, makes me sigh.

I still mourn the loss of Bread and Circus.

That store chain was murdered in 1992. John Mackey of Whole Foods is a greedy criminal Texas cunt that killed off good stores by illegal and un- ethical means. He was allowed to steal. He is still getting away with it. Sure, he pays fines when his private parts are in the legal wringer. Now, he runs the chain like a cult. 2007- 2008 Wall St. crash removed what options that average American citizens had. People are desperate enough to join his cult, in order to have a paycheck. Whole Foods is a mockery of what Bread and Circus was. People that worked at Bread and Circus were actually happy, because their promises were real.

What they do not say is the Ayn Rand is a roadmap to dystopia. Just another way to hide, and tell lies. $307,068.00 from Whole Foods was given to Rand Paul. John Mackey fought against Obamacare, and nearly everything that Democrats consider to be humane. Freedom and liberty for billionaires, but for average Americans, not so much. Corporations rule America, and that is so very good for John Mackey.

John Mackey Did not get around to killing off the mom and pop stores. He could not stop small farm markets.

The states affected are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and California. Amazon launched the Fresh delivery service a decade ago in Seattle, which was its first foray into the $800 billion grocery market and an attempt to get shoppers to buy fresh food online the same way they purchase books and electronics.

"We have made changes to our service area and discontinued delivery to select zip codes," Amazon said in an emailed statement Friday. "AmazonFresh continues to serve customers across the U.S. (Seattle, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more) and internationally (London, Tokyo, and Berlin)."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...hole-foods-buy


Amazon did not just buy Whole Foods grocery stores. It bought 431 upper-income, prime-location distribution nodes for everything it does,” tweeted Dennis Berman, the Wall Street Journal’s financial editor. Amazon is trying to become Walmart—not just an online megalith, but also a physical retail powerhouse with dynamic pricing and stocking strategies—faster than Walmart can become Amazon.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business...-foods/530652/


“There’s a fear of unions coming in, because employees are bitter,” the regional-office source said. “People talk about it in hushed tones.”

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2015...s-wall-street/

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Old 11-25-2017, 02:03 AM   #377
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OCTOBER 27, 2017 06:15 PM

In recent commentaries, former NPR CEO Ken Stern discussed his changing views after visiting with conservative evangelical Christians. His “Venturing outside of my own liberal comfort zone” appeared Oct. 26 in The Star. NPR contract reporter Brian Mann wrote this open letter in reply.

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/op...181378321.html


Two final points: The idea that you never grasped that NPR’s editorial process is more sophisticated than the one you describe in your essays is baffling. I’m not sure how you were spending your time when you served as NPR’s CEO. But the notion that our newsrooms fell into “groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be,” as you wrote in The New York Post, is pure nonsense. I’ve been part of that editorial process in various ways since the mid-1980s, and my editors have been diligent, informed and intellectually curious.



Finally, I want to call you out on your fairly blatant cultural tourism. You’re not the first one to pull this stunt. For decades city folk have been pulling on a pair of suspenders and spending a few Sundays in church with The Conservatives and then writing books in which you declare yourself shocked — shocked! — to find that they read books and talk in complete sentences and think about race in America. But the fact that you’re not the only city slicker to “spend an entire year” with “the other side” doesn’t make what you’ve done any less ridiculous.

And the fact that you dragged NPR into your pre-chewed “How I learned to love the hicks” narrative, when public radio reporters have been telling conservative America’s story with care and knowledge and intimate, deep, factual reporting for decades? That’s even more ridiculous.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:11 PM   #378
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Who is it, that reflects the image of Mr. Punch, today ?


Riddley Walker's post-apocalyptic Mr Punch


Deeply rooted in British culture, the anarchic puppet unsurprisingly caught the eye of American author Russell Hoban, and he gives him disturbingly vivid life


21 November 2017


The basics of Punch and Judy have remained fairly static since Samuel Pepys first saw a show in Covent Garden in 1662. But performers have always brought their own stories to it, renewing what Hoban calls the “rampant idea” of this Lord of Misrule for each generation. Mr Punch is at once timeless and flexible.

Glyn Edwards explained: “You can be incredibly earthy and primal and vulgar with the Punch character – but that’s not what you’d do for family audiences.”

He added: “It’s quite legit that Riddley Walker picks up the Punch tradition and makes it reflect his own personality and concerns.” Edwards’ own shows feature a Donald Trump puppet and he sometimes holds up a sign saying there will be “trigger warnings concerning crocodiles and strings of sausages, in case anyone’s had an unfortunate episode with those in their upbringing”.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/bo...yptic-mr-punch

One of the characters in the book has a primal reaction to the theme of cannibalism, hinted at by Mr. Punch the puppet. This man does not possess the detachment that modern internet age children have. Did he witness the devouring of a baby, at an early age ? The developmentally delayed man seeks to save the baby from the dagger wielding Mr. Punch. Shakespeare had something to say about this phenomenon.


Jane Goodall had a terrible shock

https://www.livescience.com/1518-fem...l-infants.html


A crudely formed puppet, made to voice the inner urges of violence. When was that ? When we were nothing more, than a part of the Earth. The wildlife of the Earth could count, construct, and remember, in a limited way. It was human beings, that constructed symbols.
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Old 11-29-2017, 12:40 AM   #379
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Trump

Inappropriately politicizing non-political events, everywhere he goes.

*disgusted expression*

Do you have to smear that garbage on everything, and everyone ?

Please don't Trump it up!
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:04 AM   #380
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Jamelle Bouie speaks his mind

For the Republicans in opposition to Barack Obama, it was rule or ruin.

If they couldn’t advance their agenda, then they would paralyze Congress, sabotage the courts, and hold the economy hostage to hyper-ideological demands. If they couldn’t set the terms of American governance,

For the Republicans in opposition to Barack Obama, it was rule or ruin. If they couldn’t advance their agenda, then they would paralyze Congress, sabotage the courts, and hold the economy hostage to hyper-ideological demands. If they couldn’t set the terms of American governance, then no one would.

Far from paying a political price for this behavior, Republicans rode it to the trifecta of federal power: a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and a president in the White House. Finally, they ruled. But in forging this path to power, the GOP abandoned any commitment to the public interest. The result is rule and ruin from a Republican Party that holds power but wields it in destructive, irresponsible ways.

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Pressed on why exactly they were doing this, few Republican lawmakers could even answer the question. They weren't legislating to solve problems or further the public good, they were legislating to achieve a narrow ideological goal, whatever the costs for actual, living people.
This tax plan is a fix for a problem that does not exist!


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It was awful to see how eager they were to free up the money used for medical care. As it is, it has been months since they let the funding for children's medical care lapse. The signs used at the protest sites listed all that would be taken away from the poor. Shelter, food, clean water, medical care, education. The money that provided the poor with the minimum.

These past ten years, cruel people, managing programs meant to help people survive, have been taking nasty in joy in denying help.

Now, the ultra wealthy are rejoicing that they will not be forced to help anyone but themselves, and those that are ultra wealthy, like themselves.

The human beings that labor to produce wealth for them, are to carry the burden by themselves. The mutual promise, is over.

Are we to return to the days of Tiny Tim, and his crutch, and the Cratchit family ?

Is this a return to people dying of "famishment."

Trump has been stripping millions away from programs that help people to survive, in order to get the false impression of numbers needed for his tax plan.

The tax cuts will inflict massive pain on the roughly 200 million Americans who aren’t part of a high-income family. The focus to date has largely been on the obvious injustice of favoring the wealthy over the poor in tax cuts. But while the legislation certainly does put its thumb in the working family’s eye in that sense, it also sets up an even more direct blow down the road.

Even if Republicans lose their majorities in Congress and let the White House slip back into Democratic hands, the tax bill effectively locks in massive cuts to programs those same 200 million Americans actually use. All told, the legislation would force $150 billion a year in spending cuts — and the Republican party is sure to safeguard the Pentagon in that bloodletting.

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-tax...-51cc4bd2a00b/

The ultra rich, the very rich and the somewhat rich, poised against the middle classes, and the poor.

Congratulations, Republicans. Here is your chance to kill off Democracy. Will there be any difference between China, Russia, and the United States of America, if you are successful ?
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Conservative intellectuals acknowledge the bankruptcy of Republican party

(A Republican house divided against itself, is really fucked up! Apologies to Abraham Lincoln)

from the New York Times
"How the Republicans Broke Congress"


Mann and Ornstein put full blame on Republicans

"Congress no longer works the way it’s supposed to. But we’ve said that before."

(In 2006, Mann and Ornstein published a book, that made two assumptions. That Republicans and Democrats were equally at fault, and a remedy for the problem would be easy to find. Now, Mann and Ornstein perceive their misconceptions.)

(Baby, the Republican party has turned rogue. They hijacked the plane, and they have taken hostages. They will kill every hostage, if that is what it takes. They will take everyone aboard down with them.)

"In 2017, the Republicans’ scandalous tax bill is only the latest proof that both assumptions are wrong."

(The Republican party began a war on Congress. They no longer honored the traditions. They deliberately undermined the orderly process. Thanks to Republican fuckery, the public lost trust. The signal of a complete loss of cooperative spirit, was the complete refusal to accept Merrick Garland. McConnell would fuck over everyone to serve his own purposes, at the expense of ordinary Americans. This time he went too far. Thanks to the Republican efforts to nurture racism, bigotry, and prejudice, in America, every evil was allowed. No empowered government officials stepped forward to confront the nation wide spread of Extremist Right Wing disorders. White Nationalists and White Supremacists were generously funded and encouraged. This bought an infiltration of evil into the media stream.)

(The Democrats remained in major media streams that struggled to remain neutral. Democrats had no money to fund wide- reaching, independent media outlets to directly battle against lies, disinformation, and propaganda. No one was sponsored to go head to head with the Birthers, ect. Trump exploited the political system, when he wanted more publicity. Everything could be used as a scam for Trump, and elections were no exception. Sarah Palin's excesses pointed out the way for him. Trump changed his approach. He no longer needed to court both parties. He no longer needed the veneer of a decent human being. Trump made himself prominently featured in Extremist Right Wing media streams, to support racist leaning messages. He had no squeamishness about the Southern strategy. The Trump tradition was to exploit anything for money. Break any law, abuse any convention,bypass any obligation, ignore any decency. A scofflaw, for life.)

Trump’s election and behavior during his first 10 months in office represent not a break with the past but an extreme acceleration of a process that was long underway in conservative politics. The Republican Party is now rationalizing and enabling Mr. Trump’s autocratic, kleptocratic, dangerous and downright embarrassing behavior in hopes of salvaging key elements of its ideological agenda: cutting taxes for the wealthy (as part of possibly the worst tax bill in American history), hobbling the regulatory regime, gutting core government functions and repealing Obamacare without any reasonable plan to replace it.

The failure of Republican members of Congress to resist the anti-democratic behavior of President Trump — including holding not a single hearing on his and his team’s kleptocracy — is cringe-worthy. A few Republican senators have spoken up, but occasional words have not been matched by any meaningful deeds. Only conservative intellectuals have acknowledged the bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

(Baby, who will step forward, and reclaim the hijacked plane ? The last few Republicans with brains and backbones just sold themselves out. Trump is ready to crash the plane into a side of a mountain. He fears handcuffs, and a long stay in prison. He would rather cause a crash, and make a dash for it.)


But the imbalance today is striking, and frightening. Our democracy requires vigorous competition between two serious and ideologically distinct parties, both of which operate in the realm of truth, see governing as an essential and ennobling responsibility, and believe that the acceptance of republican institutions and democratic values define what it is to be an American. The Republican Party must reclaim its purpose.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1720564

The mogwai/gremlins attached to the Republican party are wild-eyed, and are laughing with joyful hysteria. "Let the great destruction, begin," the mogwai/gremlins scream. "Let everything fall into ruin. The worst of the worst will break everything, and there will be nothing left. This is our will, this is our wish."

"Fuck you, world!"
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Experiments with Proposition 2 1/2

May 21, 2008


Newton's rejection Tuesday of a $12-million property tax override is the latest of more than a dozen votes this spring on proposed property tax increases. Towns and cities are complaining of fast rising costs, but their record of persuading voters to increase taxes is decidedly mixed. Here is a quick rundown of the highlights:


COMPLETED
Newton - rejected $12-million override for schools and city services
Georgetown - Passed $91,000 override for fire department; five debt exclusions failed.
Groveland - $172,340 override for continuation of a road improvements project failed.
Hamilton - Passed two overrides: $1,288,322 for schools; $177,444 for town operating budget.
Ipswich - Passed $1,491,000 override for schools.
Rockport - Passed $2,735,000 debt exclusion for various expenditures.
Rowley - Passed $450,000 debt exclusion for pumper truck.
Wenham - Passed $601,267 override for schools; $153,000 debt exclusion for town equipment.
Brookline - Passed $6.2-million for schools and services
Canton - Passed $4.5-million override
Natick - Passed $3.9-million override for schools, library and police
Randolph -- Passed $5.5-million for schools and services
Shrewsbury - Rejected $1.5-million override
Holbrook - Rejected $2.8-million override
Chelmsford - Rejected $2.8-million override
Sudbury - Rejected $2.8-million override
Wayland - Passed $1.9-million override
Harvard - Rejected $786,000 override

PENDING
Beverly - June 3 special election - $2,500,000 override for schools
Winthrop - June 10 special election - $1,550,453 override; $996,361 for schools; rest for other town needs.
Marblehead - Town Meeting passed debt exclusions of $21.8 million and $395,000 for school projects; must be approved at special election June 17.
Swampscott - Town Meeting passed capital exclusions of $300,000 for a fire truck and $150,000 for road improvements; must be approved at a special election, date to be announced.
Franklin - Considering a $2.8-million override June 10


We bit the bullet, and said yes, we will pay more. A few dollars more, would insure that there would be money to keep the momentum forward. Either, we were a community, or we were selfish arseholes. We believed in democracy, or we did not. The wealthier communities were a thin line away from some of the most poverty stricken communities.


oooo! A lovely quote popped up.

“Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism." - Neil Gaiman.

When Wall Street threw a hysterical fit, it is as the libraries that suffered. Up and down the coast, there were closures. Some libraries closed permanently. The towns unwisely went along with Wall Street's recommendations, and ended with pig trough leavings, spewn all over their faces. Each community dragged itself upward, and plodded forward, haphazardly. Services were cut down, or just cut. The image of imaginary money evaporated. The pots remained empty. Volunteers had bills to pay. Even tiny, ancient grandmothers were told to earn their own coins.

The old line, of "how does wealthy person remain wealthy," did not change that much...


2017, and we have arrived at the same spot. The hogs are ready to feast at our expense , again.

The harvest has been good to them, yet they squeal and shriek that they are starving. The rich fat gleams on their cheeks, and their eyes are bright and intensely focused. They get what they want. They would not have chosen to give their patronage to those, that would not...

We wait for the bill to arrive at our doorstep, once, again.
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The Huguenots of Spitalfields

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The wooden spools that you see hanging in the streets of Spitalfields indicate houses where Huguenots once resided. These symbols were put there in 1985, commemorating the tercentenary of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which brought the Huguenots to London and introduced the word ‘refugee’ to the English language. Inspired by the Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival, I set out in search of what other visual evidence remains of the many thousands that once passed through these narrow streets and Dr Robin Gwynn, author of The Huguenots of London, explained to me how they came here.

Spitalfields was the most concentrated Huguenot settlement in England, there was nowhere else in 1700 where you would expect to hear French spoken in the street. If you compare Spitalfields with Westminster, it was the gentry that stayed in Westminster and the working folk who came to Spitalfields – there was a significant class difference. And whereas half the churches in Westminster followed the French style of worship, in Spitalfields they were not interested in holding services in English.

Huguenots were religious refugees, all they needed to do to stop the persecution in France was to sign a piece of paper that acknowledged the errors of John Calvin and turn up at church each Sunday. Yet if they tried to leave they were subject to Draconian punishments. It was not a planned immigration, it was about getting out when you could. And, because their skills were in their hands, weavers could leave whereas those whose livelihood was tied up in property or land couldn’t go.


It was such a big migration, estimated now at between twenty to twenty-five thousand, that among the population in the South East more than 90% have Huguenot ancestors.

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2013/04/...-spitalfields/

Missionaries and dragoons chased the "religionnaires


About three quarters of Reformed Church members stayed in France. In the face of the “dragonnades” and all kinds of persecution that intensified between 1685 and 1700, most of these recanted.

They officially became Catholic, as stated by King Louis XIV in the introduction to the Edict of Fontainebleau (1685) : “the best and the great majority of our subjects that used to belong to the allegedly Reformed Church (“Religion Prétendue Réformée” or RPR) have become Catholics” (« la meilleure et la plus grande partie de nos sujets de la dite RPR” ont embrassé la catholique »). They were called the New Converts (N.C.).

Refusal of Extreme Unction was considered a relapse of faith. If people recovered, men might be sent to the galleys and women to prison. In case of death, the body was dragged along the public highway and your legacy confiscated.

The churches were pulled down, pastors expelled, possessions of the consistories given away to hospitals and convents.

The possessions of those who had chosen to emigrate were confiscated. Conversely, if their heirs were obedient new converts, they could have the goods and not pay any taxes on them.



Suppression of secret meetings ("Assemblies")

Anyone considered guilty of attending a secret service or a “Church of the Desert” meeting was sentenced to imprisonment or the galleys, and preachers to the gallows. Some pastors who had emigrated put their lives in jeopardy by returning to France, answering the call of the Preachers. Six pastors were arrested in Paris, sentenced to life imprisonment and jailed in Fort Sainte-Marguerite, off the coast at Cannes.

From 1686 to 1689, “conspirators” from the Cévennes, who were on their way to secret meetings, were arrested and deported to the West Indies. About one thousand left that way. Three years later, the king abandoned this measure.

https://www.museeprotestant.org/en/n...religionnaires

Catherine de Medici had her hands full of rebellion, inside the palace, and outside the palace. Her time had passed, and inequality increased. Starvation is not a good way to test loyalty.


Come the revolution, blood flowed in the streets until nearly everyone was sickened. Is our American Anti- Revolution any less bloody ?


Here we are, in 2017 and another nation forces an Emperor upon America. Schemers and deluded followers have been persuaded to clamor for an Emperor, after the nation operated independently for so long.


The domination of nations by royalty ended long, ago. England had the wisdom to have temporary rulership when King George went mad. Yet, a separate faction places a madman on a fantasy throne, and proceeds to overturn sanity.
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Ward: Just don't lose sight of whose rights are being violated!

Anderson: Don't put me on your perch, Mr. Ward.

Ward: Don't drag me into your gutter, Mr. Anderson!

Anderson: These people are crawling out of the SEWER, MR. WARD! Maybe the gutter's where we outta be.


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