Saturday, July 22, 2017

Colbert on Tromp's voter suppression commission

It's a solution for a problem that doesn't exist, meaning voter fraud. In the last election just 4 cases were uncovered, not the 3 million Tromp claimed. The real problem that must be fixed by the commission is that too many Democratic voters would upset Repugnantan victories and that is what must be stopped. If left to a democratic vote of the people Repugnantans would hardly ever win, so they must suppress the vote as much as possible. To their credit, they have done an effective job of overturned democracy.

The myth of mathematical reality

Great article on how the economics profession uses mathematical models to justify itself, despite the profession's repeated failures to accurately predict the simplest of empirical realities. I'm reminded of the math used to justify the neo-Piagetian model of hierarchical complexity (MHC), which model was used to justify Wilber's integral model. A lot of empirical, neuroscientic research since Piaget has proven some of his basic theses to be wrong. And yet the MHC continues to proceed with a mathematical model that is divorced from those empirical realities.

They even refuse to look at cognitive science developments like Where Mathematics Comes From, which investigates the neuroscientific biases of mathematical models, because their sacred math is a direct access into a metaphysical, Platonic reality. Like in the article they hold on to an outdated astrological model, a worldview that refuses to acknowledge updates in empirical science: The Cult of the Metaphysical Mathematical Models.

Why Repugnantans are impotent

Devastatingly accurate Forbes article by a former GOP Precinct Committeeman on why the Repugnantans cannot govern: They deny observable, provable reality, blinded as they are by a failed ideology. An excerpt follows. I highly recommend the entire article.

"When ideology rules all, acknowledging dissonant facts is treason. Reality, in that way of thinking, is a mere construct owned by history’s winners. This brand of cult reasoning explains why Republicans despise journalism, deride universities, and disregard the advice of scientists. Within the walls of the GOP cult, those who concern themselves with accuracy, who allow themselves to be constrained by empirical measures, are seen as history’s losers. They are destined to be forgotten, obscured in the shadow of The Great Men.

Republicans may keep winning elections, but they will never be able to govern until they can grapple with these four realities. Each item on this list is measurable, provable and broadly regarded as obvious. Failure to acknowledge these four truths means being as categorically, empirically wrong as it’s possible to be in the otherwise mushy, gray realm of politics:

Friday, July 21, 2017

AG Sessions discussed campaign-related matters with Russian Ambassador

Despite denying it repeatedly,  newly released intelligence intercepts show Sessions to be an inveterate liar. This report said the following. See it for the incriminating details. It's almost jail time for the Swamp.

"Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials."

Right to Vote Amendment

From Representative Keith Ellison:

The Republican Party knows they can’t win elections on policy alone. So a long time ago they decided to get creative and find ways to dishonestly exploit the system to their advantage.
One of the key tactics they’ve relied on is voter suppression. By disenfranchising Americans who would be most hurt by their policies, they know they can increase their chances of winning.
For years, the GOP has perpetuated myths about “voter fraud” while pushing state laws that create an unfair barrier to the voting booth for low-income Americans, senior citizens, students, and people of color.
Now Trump is taking that strategy to the next level. This week marked the first meeting of his “Election Integrity Commission” -- which he created after baselessly claiming he lost the popular vote due to “millions of people who voted illegally.”
Trump’s commision is investigating a problem that doesn’t exist and he knows it. And we know they’ll stop at nothing to institute suppressive voter laws at the national level.
While study after study has debunked the voter fraud myth, millions of Americans were kept from the polls in 2016 due to restrictive voter laws.
In Wisconsin alone, an estimated 200,000 votes were suppressed. Trump won the state by 22,748 votes. It can’t be overstated -- voter suppression is one of the most critical issues facing our democracy. 
The Right to Vote Amendment would not only protect future voices from being silenced, but also restore the vote for those who have already been unfairly marginalized and shut out of the system.
Thank you for standing with me.
In solidarity,
Keith Ellison

Blight House seeks to smear Mueller

Yep, as Mueller and his team are going to open Tromp's Russian financial ties the Blight House is now seeking dirt on the investigation in preparation to discredit anything they find. Meaning instead of refuting the truth of what they find they will try to divert attention from the revelations by once again calling it fake news. Also it can and likely will be used as an excuse to fire Mueller and quash the investigation. Standard dictatorship tactics.

Tromp's revealing NYT interview

In criticizing Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself on the Russian affair, which was the rightful and legal thing to do, Tromp reveals that said recusal was a violation of a loyalty oath. So the top cop of the US government is not to be loyal to the law and the Constitution but to a dictator? Tromp also expects special prosecutor in the Russian affair, Mueller, to be servile and avoid looking into Tromp's Russian financial ties. And if he does then "you're fired." Again, a dictator's perspective.

Colbert visits the Russian pee pee hotel room

Where the alleged tape was made of two prostitutes giving golden showers while Tromp gleefully watched.

A true American nails Tromp

Well said, and accurate.

Comparing Burger King workers in Denmark and the US

Another social democracy versus vulture capitalism comparison that tells us a lot about the human values of each system.