Here we go (again)

On a never ending search for honest social media for the masses.

BRR is on a quest of disproving lies with truth and exposing corporations escaping punishment for theft by deception and then buying crooked justice with campaign contributions to millionaire politicians.

We do not live in a “post truth” era, we live in times of a free press hobbled by self-serving corporate interests. The times really are changing and those kinds of stories and actual good news will receive priority treatment on this blog.

So here we go…

14 thoughts on “Here we go (again)

  1. Newsworthy for 11/23
    This comment will be updated throughout the day .

    Opinion
    How Democrats Can Deliver on Health Care
    New Jersey shows the way. You got a problem with that?

    The 2018 election was marked by not how much Democratic candidates talked about the tweeter in chief, but how little. Instead they chose to talk about healthcare and look where it got ’em. Read more..

    Bernie Sanders: Lion of the Left, but Not the Only One Roaring

    Bernie Sanders can still get a crowd.

    At rallies across the country before the midterms, from South Carolina to Michigan to Nevada, people came to see the Brooklyn-timbred senator from Vermont. They rattled the rafters in Wichita, Kan. They screamed his name in Iowa.

    Yet as Mr. Sanders ponders another presidential run, what is not clear is whether he can still get the votes. Read more..


    Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes quits ‘extremist’ far-right group

    Move comes after the Guardian exclusively revealed that the FBI had categorized group ‘with ties to white nationalism’

    In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes publicly claimed to have quit the far-right group.

    The move came two days after the Guardian exclusively revealed that the FBI had categorized the Proud Boys as “an extremist group with ties to white nationalism”, in a briefing to Washington state law enforcement.

    In a sometimes rambling video, McInnes referenced the Guardian story and the prosecution of seven group members over a street brawl in New York city in October, as he offered reasons for resigning from the group. Read more..

    James Comey will resist House subpoena if hearing is not public

    Former FBI chief James Comey said on Thursday he will resist a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee on 3 December unless the hearing happens publicly, because House Republicans will distort anything he says behind closed doors.

    “I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions,” he tweeted.

    Read more..

    Facebook has gone from plucky nerd to class bully

    (CNN)On Wednesday evening — just hours before the Thanksgiving holiday — Facebook issued a statement in which it confessed that it had hired a public relations company to contact the press connecting its critics to the Hungarian financier, George Soros.

    George Soros has become a lightning rod for the far right and for anti-Semites across the world — and serves as dog-whistle shorthand for such groups. As one of the largest platforms in the world hosting such hate groups, Facebook knows this well.
    As such, a deliberate effort to brand its opponents in this way — as “Soros-funded” — demonstrates an almost malicious willingness to tap into both those feelings and those groups and setting them against critics of their social network. Read more..

    Never Trumpers On Parade

    While I enjoy all the Republicans on the cable tv shows, podcasts and papers slamming Trump 24×7, I realize they are doing it because they have nowhere else to go. I hope their liberal hosts don’t get burned in the end. Still, tweets like this are fun to read in these dark times.

    Can Justice Democrats Pull Off a Progressive Coup in Congress?
    The crop of new progressives arriving on Capitol Hill are ready to shake things up

    Last week, as a freshman class filtered through the halls of Congress for orientation, Fox News sounded the alarm about four of the elected members and the “radical new Democratic ideas” they’d come to advance: free health care, free college, the abolishment of ICE and an infrastructure project designed to address impending climate catastrophe that they’re calling the “Green New Deal.” Read more..

    Thanksgiving Grifters
    Grifters

  2. Newsworthy for 11/22
    This comment will be updated throughout the day .

    Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, rebuking President Trump for calling a judge who had ruled against his administration’s asylum policy “an Obama judge.”

    The chief justice said that was a profound misunderstanding of the judicial role.

    “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” he said in a statement. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” Read more..

    Opinion
    Of Monuments, Arguments, Vampires and Thanksgiving
    John Wayne, Brett Kavanaugh, my brothers Michael and Kevin, and me.

    I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Maureen Dowd. I love her when she sticks a hot poker in the soft underbelly of conservatives and I hate her when she does the same to liberals. And then I remember faults are never in short supply. In this reflective piece she explains how her position of being the lone liberal in a conservative family effects her relationships with her brothers. Read more..

    Canadian public opinion of U.S. hits 38-year low: survey

    Canadians used to hold the United States in high regard, but a new poll indicates public opinion of our neighbour to the south has soured.

    Just 37 per cent of Canadians surveyed looked at the U.S. with admiration, according to new research from Environics Institute, which has been tracking Canadian public opinion since 1976. Read more..

    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. Newsworthy for 11/21
    This comment will be updated throughout the day time permitting. I’m watching my granddaughters today which is a full-time job

    The word of the day is “realpolitik“: Realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism.

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    In Pardoning Saudi Arabia, Trump Gives Guidance to Autocrats

    President Trump has long viewed foreign policy as a series of business deals, stripped of values and idealism. But his 633-word statement on Tuesday about the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi showed the extent to which he believes that raw, mercantilist calculations should guide the United States’ decisions about the Middle East and the wider world. Read more..

    Opinion

    Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free
    Legalization will vastly expand our understanding of the ancient drug plant and how it can improve lives.

    When Canada fully legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, the internet giddily reimagined the CN Tower in Toronto peeking out from a thick haze and swapped the flag’s red maple leaf for its jagged-edged green cousin. Outsiders might titter about an entire populace turning into potheads, but legalization means some of the country’s brightest can now turn their minds to pot. Read more..

    Trump wanted to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey – report

    I think this story is analogous to the first blub in WaPo that announced their had been a break-in at the Democratic offices in the Watergate building. Read more..

    Sarah Palin mocks Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘basic civics’ knowledge, falls into Twitter ratio abyss

    Today in basic Twitter lessons: the ratio.

    A ratio is what happens when a tweet’s endorsements — as measured in retweets and likes — are vastly outnumbered by criticism in the form of replies.

    Also, a ratio is what happens when Sarah Palin tries to mock someone else for botching an interview. Read more..

    White House authorizes use of force for troops stationed at border: report

    The Trump administration allowed troops to engage in some law enforcement activities and potentially to use deadly force, according to a report by Military Times on Wednesday.

    The order, which loosens the engagement restrictions on military personnel at the southwest border, was not signed by President Trump, but by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
    Read more…

  4. Newsworthy for Tuesday 11/20

    Trump’s fluke election was such an astonishment that it lent him an almost magical aura, making him seem less an idiot than an idiot savant, a man who could transcend the usual rules of politics. Read: Donald Trump Fails, Again
    The orange emperor has no clothes.


    Break up Facebook (and while we’re at it, Google, Apple and Amazon)
    Robert Reich
    Big tech has ushered in a second Gilded Age. We must relearn the lessons of the first, writes the former US labor secretary. (Read: in The Guardian)

    He was the man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. As a member of the Navy SEALs, he became renowned as one of the iconic military officers of the post-9/11 era. And after retiring four years ago, Adm. William H. McRaven took on a huge challenge as chancellor of the sprawling University of Texas System. Read: Trump’s Criticism of Architect of Bin Laden Raid Draws Fire

    Given Trump’s natural scientific instinct, you don’t need a B.S. from Trump University to know how frustrating it must be to be contradicted repeatedly by “experts” — some in his own administration! Read: In WaPo

    Clara Jeffrey drills down on trump’s asinine “forest floor” remarks in this Twitter thread.

    All the .pdf’s above have active links but they are not highlighted in the document, you have to drag your cursor around until it changes to a finger or arrow or whatever. Dragging is a drag, especially when you find a link that leads to a firewall you can’t break through. If you want to read something you find and I have access let me know and I’ll get it for you if I can.

  5. Already there is controversy, as expected, over some changes Democrats are proposing for the next session of the House. The biggest sticking point now concerns requiring a super majority vote to approve a tax increase on the bottom 80% of tax payers. Sounds like a reasonable plan but not when you consider you cannot have Medicare for All without raising everyone’s taxes. Requiring a super majority vote automatically gives Republicans the ability to stop any bill for Medicare for all.

    Not everything in the proposal is bad, most are very good but anything that hamstrings major healthcare reform is a non-starter. You can read the entire draft here.

  6. Newsworthy News Nov. 18

    The reason it is so easy to track Trump’s lies is he keeps retelling the same ones over and over. The media’s big fail is they focus on what he’s trying to say and often ignore the lie they are trying to explain. If Trump was a Democrat who lied like Trump the daily headlines would be “The President Lied Again”. So, we now exist in a media world where his lies are just accepted to the point people say we live in a “post truth” world and there’s nothing you can do about it. Wrong. The way to defeat a repeating lie is with repeating the truth.

    There’s more than meets the eye regarding the federal court judge’s ruling reinstating CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass. For one, the judge was appointed by Trump, but wait there’s more

    How one Californian responded when asked about Trump’s visit to the area decimated by fire: “My kids lost everything. I voted for him – and now? He can kiss my red ass,” Ellsworth said. “What he said was ridiculous. It hurts my heart. A lot of us voted for him and he [talks] down to us?” Thankfully the lack of humanity by the president it countered by an outpouring of giving by others.

    This Sunday’s editorial of note concerns the ongoing problem of policing those with the most among us. We now see Obama’s failure to punish Wall St. robber bankers in 2009 has led to an even worse situation (shituation is more like it) where we now find America’s top cop a practitioner of the same dark arts as Wall Street and Facebook for that matter of lying, cheating, stealing and then counting on government to save them from paying the price. Read all about it.

    The Democrats success in the 2018 is due to a lot more than just improving with white suburban women. The slow rollout of election results that began with a “too bad for the Democrats, better luck next time” meme masked the reality of a slow rolling blue wave, or blue rising tide or series of blue tornados across the county. Read more.

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  7. Newsworthy

    While catching a lot of shit for playing games with cities over the choice of a place for new headquarters (which was a game in a game), Jeff Bezos admits one day Amazon will fail

    There are many positive benefits with the new crop Democrats entering Congress next year. Among the best is the fact they are young and diverse and know the good and evil of social media. That knowledge will be essential in reigning in Facebook. This NYT piece by the editorial board touches on all the bases.

    Last news bit I wanted to share concerns the latest kerfuffle over Brexit. The longer it takes to finalize, the more people’s attitudes change over the reason for doing it. For example, a main reason initially was over immigration, now only 17% of Britons find that to be an issue. So, why go forward with Brexit if it’s so bad? A better question is why it can’t be stopped? Turns out you just can’t say “fuxit” about Brexit.

  8. First thing I want to do is thank all the listeners who made last month the most listened to month ever for BlueRootsRadio. Total listening hours surpassed 1000 for the first time. This is pretty remarkable considering the only hours that count are for listeners in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. When you include all other countries it’s about twice as much but because there are no licensing agreements with those countries the hours don’t count but that’s OK.

    So thanks everyone!

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