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Sanctions Work Sometimes

February 10th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Sanctions Work Sometimes · Found on the Web

Iran’s Dissidents Plead with US to Keep Up “Maximum Pressure”: heartbreaking that we were so close to the finish line. We’ll now likely pursue a strategy of propping up the regime as a counterweight to newfound-allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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Brian SIcknick Didn’t Get Murdered

February 10th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Brian SIcknick Didn’t Get Murdered · Found on the Web

MAGA Blood Libel: Why Are They Hiding The Medical Report?: he was cremated to “lie in state” at the Capitol‽ This smells, and you know that it’d be trumpeted if it had been “MAGA murder.” The fact that it’s not suggests that the truth is inconvenient for the story or those using the events of […]

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Died With Insurrection, Not From It

February 9th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Died With Insurrection, Not From It · Found on the Web

What Happened to Officer Brian Sicknick?: this stuff drives me nuts. If the facts don’t fit your narrative, you change your narrative—you don’t suppress the facts. I mean, if you’re honest or operate in good faith.

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Constitutional Hotfix

February 9th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Constitutional Hotfix · Found on the Web

Want to Fix the Senate? Repeal the 17th Amendment: yep. (I found this podcast episode on the subject persuasive.)

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Column: What can you do about the Trumpites next door?

February 8th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Column: What can you do about the Trumpites next door? · Found on the Web

What can you do about the Trumpites next door?: this is pathological. I don’t know how this sort of person re-enters the fray. What level of projection would one have to entertain to think that the neighbor cleared your driveway as a recruitment tool à la Hezbollah?

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Injustice Most Foul

February 8th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Injustice Most Foul · Found on the Web

Inside One Prosecutor’s Revolt Against DA Gascón’s Criminal Justice Agenda: wow, sounds like this guy complied with his boss’s order and then expressed his opinion of the order. What a travesty that the District Attorney wants blanket flouting of the legislature’s directive!

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Consequential Silliness

February 4th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Consequential Silliness · Found on the Web

AOC faces backlash as critics point out she wasn’t in Capitol building during riot: how dare they doubt her story even though she was across the street from where the violent rioters were. I mean, she could’ve experienced trauma from home watching it on TV. (I confess to taking a certain glee in those who […]

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Different in Kind

February 4th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Different in Kind · Found on the Web

Schumer Used Violent Rhetoric To Sic A Mob On Supreme Court Justices: this is what incitement sounds like. I don’t know why the mob listening to this didn’t storm the Court but maybe they weren’t let in, the bronze door is more formidable than some windows, or norms were quite different before the 1619 riots. […]

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Oh No

February 1st, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Oh No · Found on the Web

Chuck Schumer & Joe Biden – ‘Climate Emergency’ Powers: they should’ve limited the National Emergencies Act when they had the opportunity provided by the hated Trump. This is a trial balloon directed at one Maddow viewer in particular from the Senate leader, who won’t do it himself. “Sclerotic” doesn’t even begin to describe Congress.

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The Only Winning Move

January 30th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Only Winning Move · Found on the Web

Clarity in Trump’s Wake: this is a long essay but insightful in its sprawling. The people versus the elites; populism versus oligarchy. Trump was so close to what we needed—someone willing to take on the oligarchs but not susceptible to their weaknesses—but his lack of principle made him tack slightly nihilist. We are where we […]

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Naughty Boy

January 29th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Naughty Boy · Found on the Web

A Pass for Kevin Clinesmith: the FBI attorney who lied and falsified evidence that served as a predicate for FISA surveillance of a private citizen (plus all the people he interacted with) got 12 months probation, no disbarment, and $100 fine. This contrasts mightily with General Michael Flynn, who plead guilty to lying to federal […]

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The Seen

January 29th, 2021 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Found on the Web

Insurrection aftermath – Staffers struggle with trauma, guilt and fear: this article describes the trauma of January 6th that has led many Congressional employees to avail themselves of therapy and other mental health resources. There are oblique references scattered throughout that “a number of lawmakers and senior staffers … had been working remotely”—making one wonder […]

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Dynamic Stagnation

January 28th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Dynamic Stagnation · Found on the Web

Technological stagnation – Why I came around: I am unconvinced. He (and many others in progress studies) look at the big innovations of the past and dismiss the incremental ones that have characterized the modern era. One need only watch a few episodes of How It’s Made to marvel at the scale on which the […]

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Climate Catasrophe

January 27th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Climate Catasrophe · Found on the Web

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad: My mind absolutely reels at the implications of this, all handled with the stroke of a pen. This is whole ass’ing the global warming problem, a pillow held firmly over the face of the economy. I am now a climate alarmist after reading this.

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Not Right

January 26th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Not Right · Found on the Web

Greenwald – Ruling Class Define Insurgency As Anyone Who Has An Ideology Other Than Neoliberalism: this is not good. HR350 (text here) was recently introduced to combat the “domestic terrorism” Biden referred to in his Inaugural Address. This is a war on ideology straight out of Hoover’s COINTELPRO playbook minus the secrecy—they don’t need it […]

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Bastions of “Fact”

January 24th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Bastions of “Fact” · Found on the Web

Sen. Paul Joins ABC’s “This Week”: 97% of political scientists agree that the election was fair and free. Don’t be an election denier.

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Once Again

January 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Once Again · Found on the Web

Biden’s First Foreign Policy Blunder Could Be on Iran: so much of Biden’s public actions seem like a continuation of Obama’s policies. It doesn’t surprise me at all that his diplomacy would follow.

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The Philosophy of Grammar

January 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Philosophy of Grammar · Found on the Web

Principles of Grammar: this was published last month and I remember Peikoff’s lecture version of this quite fondly. Let’s see how it comes out in written form.

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Ostracism

January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Ostracism · Found on the Web

Florida bank says it has closed Trump’s accounts: it’s a private corporation and it can do whatever it desires with its property—people are free to boycott the company for its shunning. And it’s conceivable that every bank could similarly refuse to do business with him but he’d still have the option of cash. Every ISP […]

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Self-Censorship

January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Self-Censorship · Found on the Web

The Washington Post Memory-Holed Kamala Harris’ Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water: that crosses a bright line between “newspaper” and “mouthpiece.” It’s a private entity so it can sabotage its integrity as much as it wants but that’s an excuse to withhold judgement. Judgement is absolutely required; a robust culture of freedom […]

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