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I give up

Politics is bad enough, but when some female Marvel employees post a picture of themselves drinking milkshakes and the Men's Rights nitwits freak out and start ranting about SJWs, it's time to give up on the human race.


By fnord12 | July 31, 2017, 12:13 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage | Link



I said i was "objective", you idiot. Not an Objectivist.

Whatever that is.


By fnord12 | July 30, 2017, 7:20 PM | Boooooks & Liberal Outrage | Link



Do it. Take away their insurance.

This is indeed bonkers.


By fnord12 | July 29, 2017, 9:11 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



The Great Recession never ended

This has seemed obvious but it's good to see it spelled out and quantified. We need a major infrastructure spending stimulus bill. Bernie, Hillary, and Trump all campaigned on one, to various degrees. Hillary's was too small, Trump's relied on private corporations too much, and Bernie's was, ofc, just right (honestly, his could have been bigger too). But at this point anything would help.


By fnord12 | July 27, 2017, 2:11 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



More Jersey flooding

Scientists: 21 N.J. towns to face chronic flooding by 2035.


By fnord12 | July 23, 2017, 11:51 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Pathetic opposition party

Between the Thomas Frank editorial Min linked to below and this one by Steven Thrasher, the Guardian is on fire.


By fnord12 | July 22, 2017, 11:52 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Main Stream Media is Useless

I haven't been able to read most of it for the last year because it's turned into the "All Trump, All the Time" outlet.

Thomas Frank on how the media continues to fail:

It's about legitimacy, of course, and what's left of the respectable press is utterly captivated by the theme. It completely defines their war on Trump, for example. They know what a politician is supposed to look like and act like and sound like; they know that Trump does not conform to those rules; and they react to him as a kind of foreign object jammed rudely into their creamy world, a Rodney Dangerfield defiling the fancy country club.

I believe that the news media needs to win its war with Trump, and urgently so. But as long as they understand that war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy, they are going to continue to fail. Until the day they get it right, the world will burn while the in-crowd parties obliviously on.

I'm not holding my breath for the media to eventually "get it". What's worse is the people who still rely on them for information. Ugh.


By min | July 21, 2017, 11:42 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



The Russian perspective

Some nice background from Matt Taibbi.

Of course, no amount of rational context is going to defeat this level of ignorance from MSNBC hosts:

Yup, Yugoslavia was in the Soviet Union, and Slovakia was in Yugoslavia

By fnord12 | July 21, 2017, 11:35 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Seems like a real liberal champion

Kamala Harris seems to be the 2020 candidate that the rich Clinton backers are getting behind. So here is some background on her:

As California Attorney General, she was the champion of an extremely punitive truancy law (which mostly affects black and Latino youths). She supported the death penalty. She laughed at marijuana legalization. She supported using prisoners as slave labor. And yet she was not-so-tough on crime when it came to corporate criminals like Steven Mnuchin, now Trump's Treasury Secretary.

As a Senator, she's offered tepid, caveat-laden support for Single Payer ("as a concept, I'm completely in support of single payer, but we've got to work out the details, and the details matter on that."). She mainly seems to have come to prominence for her performance in the Russian Show Trials.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:28 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Why don't they know what they're sponsoring?

Whatever you think of BDS, a bill criminalizing it, with a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison, seems insane. Even more insane is that a lot of Democratic sponsors (not just supporters, mind you, but sponsors) of the bill don't even seem to know what is in it.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:21 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Flooding away Jersey's poor

Atlantic City meets climate change.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:19 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Individuals can't fix structural problems on their own

I've been saying this since Al Gore's movie ended with telling us to change our lightbulbs.


By fnord12 | July 17, 2017, 11:56 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Actually, going veggie is pretty great but i know how you people are

Maybe this is the pressure point we needed: either let us regulate the fuck out of these 100 companies or you all have to go vegetarian.


By fnord12 | July 13, 2017, 9:13 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Shell game

Taibbi:

Sanders, along with co-sponsors Elizabeth Warren and Robert Casey, offered an amendment... that would have allowed for importation of drugs from FDA-approved facilities in Canada...

Once again, Democratic discipline broke down. The amendment this time was beaten in committee, 13-10. Two Democrats, Patty Murray and Michael Bennet, both of whom accept a lot of pharmaceutical money, voted no.

Interestingly, two Republicans from states bordering Canada who voted for almost exactly the same measure earlier in the year - Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine - now voted no as well.

This often seems to happen with controversial bills. The math will allow a large-ish number of members to cast a vote in favor of a popular policy disliked by industry, but if there's any danger of it actually passing, there will suddenly be defectors or converts. The political damage is limited to just a few poor souls who have to wear the unpopular vote.

This is why you should never trust a politician like Cory Booker who tells you that he supports your issue but couldn't vote for this particular version of it because of some minor (bullshit) flaw.


By fnord12 | July 12, 2017, 7:45 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Life Comes At You Fast

Conservatives: Solar power will never work.

Also Conservatives: Solar power is working too well.

The linked article is also a good example of why the press sucks. There is absolutely no reason to print the baldfaced bullshit from the utility lobbyists with a straight face. "Unfair to homeowners who do not want or cannot afford their own solar installations" made me snort so hard i nearly lost a nostril.


By fnord12 | July 10, 2017, 8:44 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Jersey is a land of contrasts

The good: "New Jersey is at the top of the list for having achieved the greatest reduction in our prison population in the country -- a 35 percent decline since 1999."

The bad: "New Jersey has the worst racial disparities within our prison population in the country. "

Link.


By fnord12 | July 8, 2017, 12:10 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



"After 2016, Democrats should pick a side again."

Vox was Centrist Central during the primary, so it's interesting to see them increasingly put out pieces like this.


By fnord12 | July 7, 2017, 4:18 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Universal programs

Dovetailing with Ryan Cooper's article below, Jeff Spross has 4 dumb ideas that the Dems should avoid.


By fnord12 | July 6, 2017, 10:41 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Scourge of the Time Traveling Socialists

Odious loser and failed Hillary Clinton campaign strategist, Mark Penn:

Candidates inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and a host of well-funded groups have embraced sharply leftist ideas. But the results at the voting booth have been anything but positive: Democrats lost over 1,000 legislative seats across the country and control of both houses of Congress during the Obama years.

By fnord12 | July 6, 2017, 10:28 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Frontrunner Bernie

Yglesias:

  • gives a bit of behind-the-scenes about why unions didn't fully back him last time
  • shows Sanders addressing his foreign policy weakness
  • addresses the age thing
  • looks at why Warren won't work as an alternative
  • talks about how Sanders has "moderated" his views (which to me looks 90% like the Dems have come around to his way of thinking and 10% a misunderstanding about what happened with Heath Mello).

By fnord12 | July 5, 2017, 12:20 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Make government simple

Ryan Cooper.


By fnord12 | July 5, 2017, 12:10 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



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