Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy – BBC News

What in the World: A new report finds that an elite few dominate US policy….

Source: Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy – BBC News

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This is the trash that the Republican Party scrapes up to be a Supreme Court Justice. In the United States of America. In 2018. Very impressive.

CNN: Two Republican senators urge committee to hear out Kavanaugh accuser before vote https://www.diigo.com/annotated/7ba20bf547894b5079c37ae8258904a6

Yeah. 🙂 I think the least you could do is take the hour or so to hear out the accuser before the vote; you know, the vote to decide who’s going to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States of America for life.🖕

Beatriz at Dinner review – Salma Hayek takes on white privilege in savage drama | Film | The Guardian

A standout turn from the often under-utilized actor is one of the many joys of this carefully choreographed dinner party satire that acts as a cutting allegory of Trump’s America

Source: Beatriz at Dinner review – Salma Hayek takes on white privilege in savage drama | Film | The Guardian

I could not have put this any better myself I’m sure.  So I’ll just post this as is.  🙂  I highly endorse the use of the word “savage” in the lede.

I hope you watch the movie and enjoy it!

I watched this movie at a time in my life when I could probably most feel it.  I think it deserves to be linked with Movie Recommendation: The New Age in that context.

Web log status update

Hello, friends!  🙂

I’m getting much more comfortable with WordPress.com and am starting to customize my site and its structure.  Along those lines I realized my About menu item wasn’t doing what I thought it was doing so I fixed that.

Man!  CMSes have come a long way!!!  It’s such a delight to see.  CMSes and putting structured data online, on the Web, used to be my purpose in life and it’s so good to see how they’ve developed.  These tools are so powerful, much easier to use, and aesthetically pleasing.

My greatest relief is probably that there remains a sense that standards-based technologies are the golden path.  HTML, CSS ECMAScript — all of these are blessings.  I’m thrilled that Flash is almost a memory.  (Starting to get off track here.)

Anyone remember PHPNuke???

Okay, I’ll shut up now.  🙂  Have a nice day!  Thank you for reading.

-Ali

Movie Recommendation: The New Age

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This movie has stuck in my brain for a looooooooong time.  I’ve likely had dreams about it.  It has picked at me off and on forever and I don’t completely understand why I am only now getting around to watching it again.

It seems like a very timely story and should be useful to people enduring America in the post-World War II fantasy we’ve propped up for ourselves to play in for a while until it’s time to grow up and get real.  And by “real” I mean real ancient Greek civilization, because they knew what time it was.  Then the idiot Christians (no offense, Jesus, because you were probably a cool guy yourself) kept pouring water on the Greeks until the entire Earth forgot everything important.  But that’s another story!!!

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Rhode Island governor sees off leftwing challenger in Democratic primary

Rhode Island governor sees off leftwing challenger in Democratic primary

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/12/rhode-island-democratic-primary-challenge-matt-brown?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

During the bitter primary campaign, he sought to cast Raimondo as a “Republican in disguise”.

“It’s time to change what it means to be a Democrat in 2018,” Brown said in a campaign ad.

My condolences, Rhode Island. 😔 I’m sorry you failed to recognize the opportunity you had to take a small step in the correct direction.

It’s either true or it isn’t.

For way longer than I suspect most likely people have been engaging in spin and manipulation of language for the purpose of deception. Here we have the president’s spokesperson obviously lying, answering questions that weren’t asked, dodging questions, making statements instead of giving answers, etc. And all thoughtful people are dutifully confounded by how this is allowed to happen much less continue to happen as long as it has in this shared, nightmarish, national farce of ours.

However those same pretentiously thoughtful people should examine the kind of bullshit they’ve tolerated, endorsed, sanctioned, reprinted, published, syndicated, aired, or even produced themselves.

When one opens the door to deceit the game is over. Or I should say rather that the game is just beginning. Because what you have in that case sadly is merely a game, a poor substitute for the sincere pursuit of truth; a game that we see like those on television where the only kind of cheating that isn’t vigorously encouraged is the kind that gets you caught. In other words cheating is absolutely okay; it’s the getting caught that is wrong. The former is called “playing hard”. The latter is called “cheating”.

So for every conservative idiot who holds her nose while Sarah Huckabee Sanders says two plus two equals five I would say that the door that is now widely ajar was first opened by the likes of Frank Luntz, Richard Nixon, Newt Gingrich, and way earlier than that. But I’m just talking about this country right now and this era. When you start to trade the truth for mere victory, however insignificant it might seem at the time, you then breach the dam and it becomes only a matter of time until the value of truth is lost entirely and all gravity is gone.

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