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  • willf commented on the blog post Providing Context for the People’s Climate March Sunday

    2014-09-20 12:56:18View | Delete

    Arun Gupta @ Counterpunch offers a different opinion on the event:

    How the Peoples’ Climate March Became a Corporate P.R. Campaign

    Environmental activist Anne Petermann and writer Quincy Saul describe how the People’s Climate March has no demands, no targets,and no enemy.

    Organizers admitted encouraging bankers to march was like saying Blackwater mercenaries should join an antiwar protest. There is no unity other than money. One veteran activist who was involved in Occupy Wall Street said it was made known there was plenty of money to hire her and others.

    There is no sense of history: decades of climate-justice activism are being erased by the incessant invocation of the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Investigative reporter Cory Morningstar has connected the dots between the organizing groups, 350.org and Avaaz, the global online activist outfit modeled on MoveOn, and institutions like the World Bank and Clinton Global Initiative. Morningstar claims the secret of Avaaz’s success is its “expertise in behavioral change.”

    IOW, The well intentioned (though weak) action on the part of some activists has predictably turned into greenwashing for US and multinational corporations.

  • willf commented on the blog post Study Shows Being Rich Makes You An ‘Asshole’

    2014-07-08 11:20:38View | Delete

    Who ever thought that the rich could be “shamed” into sharing their wealth? That’s not what social movements are for.

  • When Digby use to allow commenting back at her blog, her commenters there dubbed it the “Save Health Insurance Today” act.

  • Pretending the ACA is in any way efficient will just delay the desperately need conversation.

    But this is the reason Kevin Drum wrote his column. This is what he wants.

  • willf commented on the diary post Rebecca Solnit: The New Feminist Road Map by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-05-21 10:03:13View | Delete

    Gee I thought the book was going to be called “Rebecca Solnit Explains Things to the Rancid Far Left

    I’ll pass, thanks.

  • willf commented on the blog post Young People Are Heavily Aligned With the Democratic Party

    2014-03-28 13:08:52View | Delete

    Democrats need to figure out how to get young people to vote in non-presidential elections as well as getting serious about fixing our biased election system.

    Why the heck would they do that?

  • We all understand that the Wall Street Journal editorial page is enthralled with Paul Ryan, but that affection is clearly clouding its reason.

    I take it that this is your first time reading the WSJ editorial page?

  • willf commented on the blog post Obama the Divider

    2014-01-23 12:49:00View | Delete

    One of Obama’s biggest mistakes was repeatedly thinking he could forge bipartisan consensus. This misguided obsession with achieving bipartisanship was disastrous for his health care law, crippled the stimulus, lead to idiotic austerity, the sequester, and indirectly created rounds of debt ceiling showdowns.

    Jesus christ, you still buy that line of b.s.?

    Is that wool over your eyes self-pulling?

    The above paragraph gives us the framing that the wealthy party used to successfully sell a bunch of neoliberal policies as failed attmepts to pass liberal policies. But it’s bullshit.

    No one should still be buying it at this late date.

  • willf commented on the diary post Fresh Out of Jail Lauryn Hill is Hitting the Road – But Should She? by Laina Dawes.

    2013-10-14 10:56:04View | Delete

    Her first release since leaving jail is the single “Consumerism” in which the nonsensical lyrics suggest that there might be a few more emotional issues she needs to address. From Rap Genius: One simply has to read the lyrics quoted after this paragraph to see that they can hardly be called nonsensical, especially in the context [...]

  • willf commented on the diary post Russia vs. U.S. Gas “Cold War” Underlying Edward Snowden Asylum Standoff by Steve Horn.

    2013-08-19 23:39:27View | Delete

    What does this post have to do with Snowden? And why focus on Snowden anyway? The focus should be on the NSA.

  • What are their names? Why are they not mentioned in either the Mother Jones piece, or this post by Wright?

  • willf commented on the diary post Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the Edward Snowden Story by Tom Engelhardt.

    2013-07-19 16:03:16View | Delete

    You cannot engage and recruit people to your cause–assuming such a thing is a priority as opposed to just being smugly superior and elitist–and at the same time apply these sorts of exclusionary criteria or refuse to have substantive discussions with those who are leaning our way but who don’t clear whatever arbitrary bars we set [...]

  • Please show me where it does this. I thought that Ocare implanted the notion that one is required to reimburse society up front for when one becomes sick later. That’s the whole reason they started with a Heritage Institute plan and built it up from there.

  • willf commented on the diary post Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the Edward Snowden Story by Tom Engelhardt.

    2013-07-19 15:21:15View | Delete

    Speed the day.

    And thank you for your work and effort.

  • willf commented on the diary post Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the Edward Snowden Story by Tom Engelhardt.

    2013-07-18 16:55:32View | Delete

    If Snowden had blown the whistle before the 2012 elections, Solnit would have had a very different reaction to him.

  • willf commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 15:47:53View | Delete

    Nowhere in it were online petitions compared with trolling. Now I’m going to suggest that you read the post again. Please pay attention during the following paragraphs: online hostility can be accounted for by four distinct emotional systems hardwired in our brain, three of which we share with other animals—and one of which is found in humans [...]

  • willf commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 15:23:51View | Delete

    Psychological explanations are used to support the status quo. This. As Thers @ Whiskeyfire says (he used to post here @ FDL): It’s not about civility, it’s about controlling the argument so that you get to determine which kinds of speech are considered “civil” and which are not. And OB, you’ll have to point out to [...]

  • willf commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 08:58:06View | Delete

    And thank you for the very nice ad hominem.

    So, what Spocko did a few years back, generating “outrage” about hateful comments by KSFO in order to try and get the station to apologize (they didn’t, but some of the offenders were sacked), this is considered “Online Hostility?”

  • willf commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 08:22:52View | Delete

    So, online trolling is equated (as a form of rage) with activists and other concerned citizens signing (mostly useless) online petitions?

    Really? Online petitions are a form of unacceptable rage? People who just want to make world better by calling out other’s bad behavior are being vicious?

    Bullshit.

  • Justice Department whistleblower and Government Accountability Project director of the national security and human rights division, Jesselyn Radack:

    RADACK: I think Snowden’s outlook is bleak here, and instead of focusing on Snowden and shooting the messenger, we should really focus on the crimes of the NSA. Because whatever laws Snowden may or may not have broken, they are infinitesimally small compared to the two major surveillance laws and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that the NSA’s violated.

    Ding ding ding! We have a winner.

    Keep the focus on the NSA.

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