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  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Movie Review: “Braddock America”

    2014-11-23 11:23:21View | Delete

    It looks like the producers of this film did a great job showing the devastation that happened to Braddock PA when the 1% abandoned the rust belt and it’s workers.

    But I would be very, very remiss if I didn’t make you all aware of the nationally acclaimed work of filmmaker Tony Buba who was born in Braddock and has been making brilliant films about his home town for 40 years.

    You can check out his work here.

    Also that’s Tony in the last shot of the trailer, he’s the man laughing. (Full disclosure – Tony is a friend)

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Burying My Father Who Was One of My Biggest Fans

    2014-11-18 20:23:52View | Delete

    My condolences, Kevin. I’m certain your dad must have been a helluva guy, since you are a helluva guy, jr.

    Fifty-six is too young.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy by patrick devlin.

    2014-10-11 07:11:31View | Delete

    What are the “time costs” for “waiting to receive documents”? Postage? Is that a joke? What are “Navigating costs”?

    Things that add up, that’s what they are. I call BS on your claim to have ever actually been really broke. If you’d really spent time without sufficient money to navigate the nickle and dime nature of [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy by patrick devlin.

    2014-10-10 21:58:19View | Delete

    I wasn’t very impressed by “largely draw on details in media reports” for one state or testimony about “the distances constituents would have to travel” in another.

    I’m not particularly impressed by your cherry-picking. Estimates are being made because most of these onerous voter ID laws have (rightfully) court challenges and aren’t in place yet. [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy by patrick devlin.

    2014-10-10 18:17:57View | Delete

    From a study on the effect of requiring specific voter ID by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School:

    Drawing on published articles obtained through the Internet, media, and legal testimony, it identifies the documentation, travel, loss of work and waiting time costs incurred by three different individuals in each of three states—Pennsylvania, South [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Postcapitalist economic imagination by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-05 11:43:52View | Delete

    You don’t think this is just a tad utopian and unrealistic?

    Imagine, in 17th century London, if someone suggested that the day would come when all people would go to enormous effort and expense to avoid leaving their human waste in the public street. To suggest such a thing would have branded you as insanely utopian [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 10:05:16View | Delete

    Glad to see this happening. My hands-down favorite progressive site has been getting a bit creaky for a while now (Not unlike me, but that’s another matter)

    Can’t wait to see the improvements as they are rolled out.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben: A Future to March For by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-09-16 06:23:21View | Delete

    If I were to drive my car to New York to participate in this march

    You neglect to mention that there are 1000 organizations organizing bus trips – forty people on a bus put much less carbon into the air. Let me anticipate your response – yes the buses will also put carbon into the air. [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Over Easy: Who Invented Email? by msmolly.

    2014-09-05 18:29:14View | Delete

    Huffpo is to journalism as professional wrestling is to the olympics.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Over Easy: Who Invented Email? by msmolly.

    2014-09-05 18:11:15View | Delete

    There’s a 24 hour diner close by my house and when I work late into the evening, I’ll sometimes go there to unwind before going back home and going to sleep. There must be something about my face, because people will sit next to me and tell me their life stories. I don’t encourage it, [...]

  • Great answer, Paul.

    And great to see you on this digital space that I so love.

  • Ignore my #110. There was glitch and I though my earlier, similar comment did not go through – hence the repeat. You answered it, Dianne.

  • An aspect of the militarization of the police points back to the themes of the book.

    There are many people who see the state, or at least a too-powerful state, as necessarily repressive. It is this qualm that makes people leery of the idea of a socialist economy. How do you address these fears, especially when we see actual jack-booted thugs in action in a place like Furgeson? How do you see a more benevolent while powerful government arising and functioning?

    Paul, you address this a little @87. Your comment, if I’m reading it correctly, is saying that it’s a problem of consciousness-raising. That’s a tough row to hoe without good, concrete examples to point to. Are, say, the Scandinavian economies that kind of good example? Ia that enough to get masses of people to shift their thinking from the overall, “government bad” prevailing opinion in the U.S.?

  • An aspect of the militarization of the police points back to the themes of the book.

    There are many people who see the state, or at least a too-powerful state, as necessarily repressive. It is this qualm that makes people leery of the idea of a socialist economy. How do you address these fears, especially when we see actual jack-booted thugs in action in place like Furgeson? How do you see a more benevolent while powerful government arising and functioning?

  • This is a question for both Paul and Dianne:

    Do you think that younger union staffers have a more democratic sensibility than the more senior officials that are at the currently at the top of union leadership?

    This is something I believe I see, but it might just be wishful thinking on my part. Do you see this phenomenon as well?

  • Hi Paul,

    (It’s your friend Dean here.)

    In light of the projects that we share participation in – would you care to comment on how action at the community level helps with the problem of socialism’s bad rap. How does face-to-face activism in neighborhoods open up opportunities to connect bigger ideological issues with the problems people face day to day that they might not ordinarily see in a broader context.

  • This was beyond fascinating. Thank you, thank you for taking time to answer questions and for giving us your incalculably valuable insight into one of the most important episodes in our history.

    And thank you for being one of the few mensches in that den of snakes that was the Nixon White House.

  • Spocko,

    I had the same thing happen to me from Conservatives Without Conscience, down to discovering Altmeyer (and also Adorno)

    Can’t wait to hear Mr. Dean’s response to your question

  • Hello Mr. Dean,

    I was wondering what you think the investigators into the Iran-Contra scandal did wrong. Reagan and his version of the plumbers pretty much got away with it (at least without significant punishment)

    If you had been on the investigating committee, what would you have done differently?

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Right Wing’s Latest Target: Poor Children Who Need Food

    2014-08-26 13:00:10View | Delete

    This makes sense.

    I mean, look at the moral example of the super rich, who are mortified and humiliated at the practice of only paying 15% tax on their capital gains while the top rate on wage-earners is more than twice that.

    Oh, wait…

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