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Experts Warn It Would Take More Than One General to Thwart "Illegal" Nuclear Strike, "What would happen if a president ordered a nuclear strike, but...

Experts Warn It Would Take More Than One General to Thwart "Illegal" Nuclear Strike
"What would happen if a president ordered a nuclear strike, but the commanding general refused, believing it to be illegal? The truth is, no one knows."
by Jon Queally

Just watched 'The Week The Landlords Moved In'

Just watched 'The Week The Landlords Moved In'.
Fascinating to see greedy, grasping landlords have to live in their own - often disgusting - rental properties, and slowly realise with horror that their profit-making tenants are actually, gulp... human beings.
Lots of bubble bursting and guilty realisations at how hard their tenants lives are and how little rights and security these people have.
It amazes me that people have to be shown the harsh, ugly reality of their selfish, money-grabbing actions before they develop any compassion, empathy or fairness.
Where is their imagination? Where is their morality?
Lots of teary-eyed declarations of 'That could have been me'... But isn't that bleeding obvious?!
Humans are bizarre creatures. So many are content to cause suffering if they are kept distant from it. But the minute they become face to face with it, they can't bear it and become determined to make amends.
That's why capitalism is so rotten - it encourages us to exist in isolation and to view each other as economic units to be exploited.
Conclusion? Develop our imaginations, cultivate empathy, fight this toxic system and realise what separates rich from poor is pure, old, luck.

'We gatecrashed the car industry's Christmas gala and delivered something very special to Volkswagan

'We gatecrashed the car industry's Christmas gala and delivered something very special to Volkswagan.
To say VW were embarrassed doesn't do it justice
Take a look at how it all went down!'
#NoMoreDiesel

Due out in 2019, if I can write fast enough: My first book, “Insurgency,” on the warring factions that are ripping apart the GOP as it tries to...

Due out in 2019, if I can write fast enough: My first book, “Insurgency,” on the warring factions that are ripping apart the GOP as it tries to survive under a president who isn’t much of a Republican.

Tune in to the STAR on Fox show tonite and come join us for the After Show with Me #TsMadison sponsored by FOX my guest tonite is #cotton played by...

Tune in to the STAR on Fox show tonite and come join us for the After Show with Me #TsMadison sponsored by FOX my guest tonite is #cotton played by my girl #amiyahscott

Thank you, Lizz Winstead!! Much love & admiration from ARRA

Thank you, Lizz Winstead!! Much love & admiration from ARRA.
"So in 2011, after seeing the widespread passage of TRAP laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers) across the country, Winstead started pouring her funny and fury into reproductive-rights activism."

Day 2 my #Lizzmas ornament -a-day posts! This is a handpainted ornament of Buddy and Edie #RIP2016

Day 2 my #Lizzmas ornament -a-day posts! This is a handpainted ornament of Buddy and Edie #RIP2016 . My sister Linda had had one made for the dogs of each of my siblings!It is delicate glass painted with an acrylic paint. Love having it even more now that Lady Edie is no longer here to destroy Christmas by eating chocolate, shitting it out and then eating her shit. #Memories #punkrockmarthastewart

Just when you thought this year's SF Sketchfest was finished announcing things we add Maria Bamford Jon Hamm Rachel Bloom Fred Armisen Zach...

Just when you thought this year's SF Sketchfest was finished announcing things we add Maria Bamford Jon Hamm Rachel Bloom Fred Armisen Zach Galifianakis Louie Anderson Lizz Winstead Laurie Kilmartin and MORE! #SFSketchfest
Read all about the 13 new shows and buy tickets now:
https://www.sfsketchfest.com/added-shows/

In honor of Doug’s birthday and the SEC Championship game I’m giving away 10 Free RF mini facials

In honor of Doug’s birthday and the SEC Championship game I’m giving away 10 Free RF mini facials. Just comment who your cheering for in the game this afternoon!! #wareagle #secchampionship #rfminifacial #gameday

Happy Birthday Doug ❤️ Glad I get to spend everyday with you but hope today is a little more special! I’m so excited about our next adventure...

Happy Birthday Doug ❤️ Glad I get to spend everyday with you but hope today is a little more special! I’m so excited about our next adventure with baby Hudson coming soon Love you more than you could imagine ❤️

Who wants great Lashes by Christmas

Who wants great Lashes by Christmas
Giving the gift of glamorous lashes just got better with our Lash Boost Gift + Get Special! Save an extra 10% and receive these beautiful cosmetic bags as well! Only available until Dec 20 or while supplies last so message me now to not miss out!!

Pretty sure this is what our ponies think we should do for them for Christmas!! #playtime #exceptthesnow #maybefor1day #teamhorseware, Make sure to...

Pretty sure this is what our ponies think we should do for them for Christmas!! #playtime #exceptthesnow #maybefor1day #teamhorseware
Make sure to follow them as they grant #horsewarewishes all season long.

Yeah, the accusations of sexual harassment are a turning point because consent, the principle of political obligation that regulates modernity--it...

Yeah, the accusations of sexual harassment are a turning point because consent, the principle of political obligation that regulates modernity--it doesn't matter unless "all men are created equal"--is now at large, invading all other spheres of life, including the workplace. Look at it this way. Public opinion--mere gossip--is the practical embodiment of consent. But now public opinion is not merely a matter of electoral politics and polls. And so consent has become the principle of social obligation at the workplace. That is what the labor movement always wanted. That is what socialism always stood for. From political to social democracy, comrades, by way of feminism. !

Cataract surgery today, apparently successful because I'm home, watching TV, and reading

Cataract surgery today, apparently successful because I'm home, watching TV, and reading. The disconnect between the technical capacities and bureaucratic imperatives of this health system could not have been on better display. I was there five hours for pre-op testing, all of which involved the same forms, the same signatures, the same questions. At the moment of entry to the OR, I was answering the same questions, and the interlocutors were filling out the same forms, for at least the 8th time. The surgery itself lasted 12 minutes and I was released a half hour later.

BY THE WAYSIDE by Jeff Putnam, [Chapter Three, Chapter Four

BY THE WAYSIDE by Jeff Putnam
[Chapter Three, Chapter Four. Published in 1992; cut and commented upon by the author in 2016]
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I'd just left the hospital when a thunderstorm was bouncing water off the street and I ducked into one of those little bars that has FRANKFURT on the awning. What better way to celebrate? Bratwurst and German-style beer...
For someone who'd lived in Spain for so long, my Spanish was rotten. I did the buying for us, yes, and I understood all the numbers and price-words as well as any Spaniard, but I still had to point at a lot of the things I wanted or sculpt them in the air.
Here in the bratwurst bar before I had my first beer down I'd told everybody that I'd become a father today in brazen bad Spanish and the bartender set up the next one on the house and the guy sitting next to me the one after.
To judge from the number of children on the Barcelona streets it was surprising that Spaniards would make such a fuss over another one. But when the new arrival in question belonged to a tourist, to someone who couldn't speak their language...?
Trying to assign a motive was hopeless. Being this close to the Maternidad the jolly bartender must have had men just become fathers popping in every day, and what's more important, men whose reason for being in this neighborhood had just ended. He'd have been an idiot to give away drinks on the basis of paternity, and he couldn't have been an idiot—this bar was well-stocked, -maintained, -patronized.
To make a long evening short, I got shit-face drunk, and spent so little I had enough for a cab when I emerged. The rain had stopped, so even if a cab didn't come right away, it was a beautiful night to be standing on the street full of the drinks good people had sported me, thinking of Nena tucked away in her nursery and France in slumber not so very far away where I'd be able to express myself again.
All the lights were out on our street in Sarriá, but it wasn't that late. My head had cleared on the ride home and instead of wishing for a soft place to lay it I was ready to celebrate some more. Being dry again wasn't the reason, there was plenty of good sherry upstairs. I needed to unbosom the gratitude and joy that was still welling up inside.
I'd heard of private clubs where one could drink all night. The cab driver knew where there was a good one. I had him wait outside our place while upstairs I shaved and put on the safari jacket Lena had bought me "for shopping." I'd vowed never to wear it unless I were stalking game, but it had pockets with snug buttons where some of my France money would be safe...Safer than it was in the hiding place.
The cab driver turned out to be mistaken about the all-night bar. I'd used the words fiesta, felíz and others gleaned from packaging and Christmas cards to describe what I was looking for. What I found was a kind of drug-dream atmosphere. Actually, the layout was interesting and would have been fortunate if anyone had wanted to talk—lots of levels and comfortable places to plop down. Yet no one was talking. Everyone was listening to hyper-repetitive modern music and seemed to be dealing with an inner torment that had all the earmarks of withdrawal. Yes, but not from alcohol or there would have been more drinking going on. This must have been where rich junkies came to nod.
I stayed at the bar and threw down a few quick zombies. I kept scanning the large irregular room to see if anyone was coming out of it. Drunk as I was I knew enough not to mention newborn children in a crowd like this.
The bartenders might have been giving me dirty looks. No doubt my wellbeing was out of place, but I'd been watching a clock all day and had lost interest in what it had to say.
Everything was getting hazy, but that didn't keep me from reading a lot into it. This was my big night out on the town, my blowout...and breakfast couldn't come soon enough.
This time my cabdriver spoke English, but I'd have been better off if he hadn't. In chatting with him I mentioned that I planned to leave for France soon to look for work singing opera. He must have known that I didn't know Barcelona because he dropped me at the Opera Bar well down the Ramblas. There I was having café con leche in what I later learned was one of the principal meeting places of Barcelona vicelords and thieves.
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When I came to, a woman was leaning over my table kissing me, her hands on both sides of my head. Instinctively I felt for the upper left pocket of the safari jacket. Unbuttoned, empty. Then I felt the upper right, the lower left, the lower right and the secret pockets. Buttoned and empty, all. I started on the pants pockets.
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"I nodded off…" She was squinting at me, amazed that I was taking everything so well.
She ought to have known something I wasn't going to tell her. People who've never had any money take large losses better than millionaires take small ones.
As to what I should have known: if she had seen what had happened she knew that a large sum had been involved and wasn't troubling herself to help me recover it. If my analysis of the situation was even close, I didn't want her on my side...
For long. She'd been kissing me and she was beautiful and I wanted to know if she were interested in me for anything but more of what had been taken from my pocket. Also, if she were from Iowa, as she seemed to be, and worked in the Barcelona underground, my all-night blowout would have led to something interesting. If she wanted me to be on her side I might not have wasted my thousand after all.
We went to another place and had a bite together and it turned out that she was a tourist from Illinois, and had been trying to console me. She'd been as innocent as I to have gone to the Opera Bar in the madrugada. She too had thought the people looked sinister. She too had been up all night drinking. Yet she'd seen so many sinister-looking Spaniards by now who had turned out to be nice...
"I'm afraid it's my fault you got robbed. I knew you were pretty far gone when I sat with you, but so was I. It happened while I was in the restroom. I didn't get a good look at the people who ran out because they were in silhouette."
[The above account is a fairly exact rendering of what happened during one of the worst routs of my life. It still amazes me that I continued to abuse alcohol for decades afterward and made life difficult for so many good people. I have a fair memory of the young woman who was kissing me at the Opera Bar when I came to, but because the tricks of memory have always been especially perverse in my case, I remember her clean white Reeboks better than anything else about the entire evening. God help me.]

FROM H

FROM H.R.:
"Repugnants have long wanted to destroy all New Deal reforms. They had neoliberal Demoncraps like the Clintoons and O'bomb-a-nation working with them toward fulfilling that goal. With this Draconian tax bill, they aim to destroy Social Security and Medicare for seniors and affordable health care for working people."

RACIALLY SEGREGATED SCHOOLS ARE ANOTHER WAY WETHEPEOPLE BECOME DIVIDED FROM EACH OTHER

RACIALLY SEGREGATED SCHOOLS ARE ANOTHER WAY WETHEPEOPLE BECOME DIVIDED FROM EACH OTHER.
"Noliwe Rooks argues that educational apartheid has existed throughout the history of the United States, and continues to this day. Not only is this segregated education an abomination, but it also has been a revenue source for white school districts, entrepreneurs and even philanthropy. Rooks sees hope for change in the resistance of young students who are demanding accountability."- READ MORE:

WHY DON'T AMERICANS GET SERIOUS ABOUT *A*L*L* THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM SEXUAL BULLYING???? IT DOESN'T ONLY HAPPEN TO WORKING WOMEN ON THE JOB

WHY DON'T AMERICANS GET SERIOUS ABOUT *A*L*L* THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM SEXUAL BULLYING???? IT DOESN'T ONLY HAPPEN TO WORKING WOMEN ON THE JOB. AND SOMETIMES, WHEN A WOMAN FIGHTS BACK IN THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN... SHE WINDS UP GOING TO JAIL.

I WATCHED THIS GUY BEFORE BREAKFAST THIS MORNING AND IT WAS TORTURE TO HEAR HIM LIE THROUGH HIS TEETH AND TELL US WHAT HE SEEMS TO THINK WE WILL...

I WATCHED THIS GUY BEFORE BREAKFAST THIS MORNING AND IT WAS TORTURE TO HEAR HIM LIE THROUGH HIS TEETH AND TELL US WHAT HE SEEMS TO THINK WE WILL BELIEVE. PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY ARE AWAKE AND AWARE WHO DON'T OCCASIONALLY MAKE A POINT OF LISTENING TO " THE ENEMY" ARE PART OF OUR PROBLEM, IMO. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A LOAD OF BS BEFORE BREAKFAST TO MOTIVATE A PERSON TO STAND UP FOR THEIR PRINCIPLES.

PS: IT'S NOT JUST THE BILL THAT HAS BEEN ALL BUT PASSED, IT'S ALL THE *P*O*R*K* THAT NONE OF US KNOWS ABOUT THAT'S BURIED WITHIN THE 450 PAGES OF A...

PS: IT'S NOT JUST THE BILL THAT HAS BEEN ALL BUT PASSED, IT'S ALL THE *P*O*R*K* THAT NONE OF US KNOWS ABOUT THAT'S BURIED WITHIN THE 450 PAGES OF A BILL, THAT, IF IT ONLY COVERED THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN TOLD IT COVERS, COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ON 50 PAGES.
"So why are the Democrats not making more noise about a giant reverse-Robinhood scheme, that at least on the Senate side, also includes moves to gut Obamacare by ending the tax penalty for not carrying health insurance. If passed, that provision would allow millions to drop their coverage, which in turn, would raise premiums for everyone else. Remember how last summer Dems rose in the House and Senate to remind Republicans that tens of thousands of voters in their districts would lose their healthcare?
The answer — and it’s a theory, but one honed from covering national politics — is too many Democrats across Congress are still beholden to wealthier constituents, whether individuals who contribute to their campaigns, corporate employers who threaten to leave if they don’t get more corporate welfare, or people in their social circles who get invitations to Kennedy Center galas."- READ MORE: