Category Archives: pseudo-freedom

South Carolina, Kansas Republicans block Trump challengers – Los Angeles Times

Canceling primaries, caucuses and other voting is not an unusual move for the party of the White House incumbent seeking a second term, and allows Trump to try to consolidate his support.
— Read on www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-07/states-gop-scrap-2020-presidential-preference-votes

Trump putsch against democracy in GOP! 😜🤬

Blowing the Whistle on Russian Hybrid Tactics – Visegrad Insight – American Academics also corrupted by Russian and Chinese investments

the Russian propagandists, on the one hand, are trying to whitewash the Putin regime, and on the other hand, they create the impression that, for example, Russia Today is no worse than CNN and works in the same weight category. This is not true.

Source: Blowing the Whistle on Russian Hybrid Tactics – Visegrad Insight

Via Aleksey Godin

More parents who oppose vaccines are choosing home schooling in California – Los Angeles Times “should misguided love, self-delusion and anti-vax profit minded prophets be allowed to kill children…”

Since California mandated that virtually all kids be vaccinated to attend public school, there has been a big increase in families opting for home schooling.

Source: More parents who oppose vaccines are choosing home schooling in California – Los Angeles Times

The GOP Doesn’t Have a Line in the Sand | Dame Magazine

Whether this country can recover and restore itself to a functioning democracy is an open question, but the answer will be “no” without a drastic change in tactics by all of us, without a recognition of the challenges we face and the nature of the Trump/Republicans’ war on democratic values. For Trump is unraveling, becoming more unhinged and erratic, more despotic, almost by the day. He is in open cognitive decline. You don’t have to be a shrink or neuropsychologist to see it. Read the transcript of any of his recent speeches: He is incoherent, free-associating, and paranoid, as he warns that his live TV appearance will be “leaked.” He mixes up words, can barely utter a complete sentence. (Don’t mock his confusion of “oranges” for “origins.”  It’s a function of dementia, not stupidity.) That cognitive decline would be scary and destabilizing enough on its own, but married to the character traits of a sociopath, it is even more dangerous. The rage and lack of capacity, the flailing, the insults, the paranoia and conspiracies, the self-aggrandizement, the raw hatred, the lies, the attacks on others, the rejection of facts, the assaults on the most basic of democratic institutions,

Source: The GOP Doesn’t Have a Line in the Sand | Dame Magazine

Trump’s emergency: the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat | Simon Tisdall | US news | The Guardian

The declaration, or attempted diktat, is the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat. It trashes convention, and co-equal Congressional rights and oversight. It is the product of an immature, egotistic mind. And it is based on a lie – namely, that Trump repeatedly promised he would make Mexico pay for the wall, not US taxpayers. More than anything, the wall is physically as well as politically divisive – and division is a trademark of Trumpism. It features in almost everything he does, whether the issue is race in the US, gun control, press freedom, Venezuela, Iran or the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump is not alone in his myopic, fearful outlook. Walls, or the more euphemistic, antiseptic “separation barriers”, have been proliferating globally in recent years – in the West Bank, between India and Pakistan, and between EU countries, the Balkans and the Middle East. Another may soon be erected, in one form or another, on the island of Ireland. The world can be divided into those who build walls and those who build bridges. There is no doubt which side Trump is on.

Source: Trump’s emergency: the arbitrary action of an instinctive autocrat | Simon Tisdall | US news | The Guardian