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Soapbox Saturday: From Prohibition to Pot, Communists and ISIS – How the Propaganda War Works

We all wanna get the bad guys, so the trick is to define who the bad guys really are!  Government propagandists have pointed at boozers, then stoners and commies, and now religious nuts, keeping the whack-a-mole focus right where they want it as they line the pockets of Haliburton, et al with $50 per cup of coffee and other swindles on the American public.… Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Giant Sucking Sound

Do you feel like you are falling behind?  Well 90% of Americans are indeed hearing a giant sucking sound as the money is gobbled up by those at the top.  Geoff shares this chart from Daily KOS which shows that “for a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Our Blind Spot About Guns

Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:

If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest

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Rutherford Institute for Civil Liberties

Are you worried about civil rights and the evil eyes of Big Brother?   Check out The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization  committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms and the integral human rights of all people. The Institute provides legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.  … Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Gas Gone Wild!

Mary Allan returns to the Daily Revolution with sad observations on gas prices.
When I began driving, my daughter’s father gave me a black, Ford Falcon which had belonged to a retired teacher in Alton, Illinois.
I felt free as a bird, and if I saved Eagle Stamps which I had received at almost every store where I shopped, and filled a book, I could exchange the coupons
for a full tank of gas which lasted forever.… Read the rest
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Soapbox Saturday: Unemployment worse than you think

Remember, jobless workers are not counted as being part of the labor force unless they are actively looking for work, and the decline in the unemployment rate since its peak has mostly been the result of workers dropping out of — or not entering — the labor force.… Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: Free Markets and Public Competition

Dean Baker says “People who like the market to determine outcomes should be happy with the idea of having the government compete on a level playing field with private sector firms.

If private firms offer a lower price or a better product, the government will be driven from the market with little harm done.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Lucky Duckie

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!

Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
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Soapbox Saturday: The Yes Men

Wow! Talk about telling the truth where it really matters.  The Yes Men aren’t really pranksters so much as whistleblowers.  Dressing up as VIPs and crashing press conferences and meetings, they actually tell the truth about starving children, toxic waste and the general rape of planet Earth, nature and humanity by the insatiable devouring of everything in sight to maximize profits for shareholders as required by law.  … Read the rest

Occupy Wall Street Activists Mark 2 Year Anniversary Of Movement

Soapbox Saturday: Where is the Outcry?

With a tanking economy, out of control spending and utter disregard for the future one might expect social concerns to drive people to the streets in protest.  So where are they? Robert Reich says three reasons stand out.  First, the working class is terrified of losing what little they have left; second, students are afraid of ruining chances for a job; third, Americans are just cynical and have given up on meaningful change. … Read the rest

Wild Friday: Prancing Elites

Stay Fabulous Alabama: Small Town Accidentally Hires Black Drag Queen Dance Troupe for Christmas Parade. Outrage, Hilarity and Great PR Ensue
Stay Fabulous Alabama: Small Town Accidentally Hires Black Drag Queen Dance Troupe for Christmas Parade. Outrage, Hilarity and Great PR Ensue

Valentine’s Day Fun: Outrage erupted in an Alabama town when the Prancing Elites, all-male dance troupe was mistakenly asked to perform. … Read the rest

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Soapbox Saturday: RustyRocket Wants A Utopian Revolution

When asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman, Russel Brand posited

Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot. Is utopian revolution possible? The freethinking social architect Buckminster Fuller said humanity now faces a choice: oblivion or utopia.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: NSFW Pope Song

I love Tim Minchin as a clever social commentator.  He reminds me of a modern, foul-mouthed Tom Lehrer with his witty ball-busting ballads.  But clearly this song came out before the latest pope started showing a different sort of compassion.   But does the new pope really represent “no more business as usual?”  Watch this interview on ABC news wherein a victim of church abuse expresses hopes that the new pope’s choice of names and his history of humility will work to repair hundreds of years of damage, the clear inspiration for Mr.… Read the rest

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Flex Your Postcapitalist Imagination

Soapbox Saturday: David Harvey’s new book is The Seventeen Contradictions of Capitalism. Why focus on its contradictions? Harvey says  “The analysis of capitalism suggests that there are significant and foundational contradictions. Periodically those contradictions get out of hand and they generate a crisis.… Read the rest

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12 Mandela Quotes

Soapbox Saturday: A few Nelson Mandela quotes which you might have missed:

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials.… Read the rest

Fire Brand Pops Culture in The Kisser!

In 2013 (another made-up imaginary concept) we cannot afford to giggle, drivel and burp like giant, pube-covered babies about quaint, old-fashioned notions like nation, capitalism and consumerism simply because it’s convenient for the tiny, greedy, myopic sliver of the population that those outmoded ideas serve.
In 2013 (another made-up imaginary concept) we cannot afford to giggle, drivel and burp like giant, pube-covered babies about quaint, old-fashioned notions like nation, capitalism and consumerism simply because it’s convenient for the tiny, greedy, myopic sliver of the population that those outmoded ideas serve.
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Tim Minchin to Graduates

Geoff introduced me to Tim Minchin, the Australian comedian’s delightful address to graduates and notes “I looked Minchin up on Wikipedia and near the end of the article found this.  Wonderful!”

In his beat poem Storm, which centres on Minchin having an argument with a “hippie” who believes in various New Age alternatives in lieu of actual medicine, he states: “Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed.

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No More Paper?

Trickling down the pipe from our local County Clerk of the Circuit Court of Pinellas County Ken Burk is this lovely petition for the permanence of paper.  Your pad may be nice for some things, but for some things you might still want to fall back on old, faithful dried out tree pulp.  … Read the rest