Morning, like Boston Boomer, I too am at my wits end. I guess y’all realized that when I thought that Friday was actually Wednesday, and I posted my second Wednesday Reads this week. Everything has me out of sorts. I only have a few links to share with you today. The first one is a biggy, check this out:
Whether you believe Putin really has some kind of compromising material to make Trump do his bidding or if Trump is simply being nice to people who partially helped get him elected, or if you somehow still think, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that all this is much ado about nothing, the fact is President Putin is a very experienced former KGB officer. He has both the know-how and the intelligence to carry out very far-sighted and ingenious operations. We don’t know his endgame and neither do we know how much of his KGB training he still employs, but in light of current events, there may be a way for us to get a deeper understanding by studying the words of Yuri AlexandrovichBezmenov, a former KGB agent who defected to Canada in 1970.
In 1984, Bezmenov gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin from which much can be learned today. His most chilling point was that there’s a long-term plan put in play by Russia to defeat America through psychological warfare and “demoralization”. It’s a long game that takes decades to achieve but it may already be bearing fruit.
Bezmenov made the point that the work of the KGB mainly does not involve espionage, despite what our popular culture may tell us. Most of the work, 85% of it, was “a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare.”
What does that mean? Bezmenov explained that the most striking thing about ideological subversion is that it happens in the open as a legitimate process. “You can see it with your own eyes,” he said. The American media would be able to see it, if it just focused on it.
Here’s how he further defined ideological subversion:
“What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.”
Bezmenov described this process as “a great brainwashing” which has four basic stages. The first stage is called “demoralization” which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve. According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educateone generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country. In other words, the time it takes to change what the people are thinking.
According to Bezmenov…it seems this process may have been already completed. He referred to the “60’s hippie” generation. The baby boomers:
“They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov]. You can not change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception and the logic of behavior.”
Demoralization is a process that is “irreversible”. Bezmenov actually thought (back in 1984) that the process of demoralizing America was already completed. It would take another generation and another couple of decades to get the people to think differently and return to their patriotic American values, claimed the agent.
Sort of sound familiar to y’all? He may have been talking about the Baby Boomers, but perhaps he was a little off about the time frame of demoralization? And the targets?
In what is perhaps a most striking passage in the interview, here’s how Bezmenov described the state of a “demoralized” person:
“As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore,” said Bezmenov. “A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him [a] concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he [receives] a kick in his fan-bottom. When a military boot crashes his balls then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the [tragedy] of the situation of demoralization.”
It’s hard not to see in that the state of many modern Americans. We have become a society of polarized tribes, with some people flat out rejecting facts in favor of narratives and opinions.
Once demoralization is completed, the second stage of ideological brainwashing is “destabilization”. During this two-to-five-year period, asserted Bezmenov, what matters is the targeting of essential structural elements of a nation: economy, foreign relations, and defense systems. Basically, the subverter (Russia) would look to destabilize every one of those areas in the United States, considerably weakening it.
The third stage would be “crisis”. It would take only up to six weeks to send a country into crisis, explained Bezmenov. The crisis would bring “a violent change of power, structure, and economy” and will be followed by the last stage, “normalization.” That’s when your country is basically taken over, living under a new ideology and reality.
This will happen to America unless it gets rid of people who will bring it to a crisis, warned Bezmenov. What’s more “if people will fail to grasp the impending danger of that development, nothing ever can help [the] United States,” adding, “You may kiss goodbye to your freedom.”
Fucking hell, right?
In another, somewhat terrifying excerpt, here’s what Bezmenov had to say about what is really happening in the United States. It may think it is living in peace, but it has been actively at war with Russia. And for some time:
“Most of the American politicians, media, and educational system trains another generation of people who think they are living at the peacetime,” said the former KGB agent. ”False. United States is in a state of war: undeclared, total war against the basic principles and foundations of this system.”
Whether you think that is true may depend on your politics, but the reality of Russian active measures, as has been outlined in the recent indictments by the special counselor Robert Mueller, give Bezmenov’s words new urgency.
Go to the link to see the interview in full.
This got me to thinking about the people who feel there is nothing wrong with Russia intrusion. The tRump supporters that don’t give a shit of tRump shot someone dead on 5th Ave.
So take a look at some of the pictures/quotes/meme that are being shared on Pinterest, between these folks who I believe are the targets of the Russian demoralization campaign.
It is fucking ridiculous. And whatever proof is offered up, these people outright disregard it, nothing can change their minds.
The other day, I got my email from the Southern Poverty Law Center…
Weekend Read // Issue 89 Weekend Read: Mark Zuckerberg’s comments about Holocaust denial are disturbing
In an interview with a tech magazine published this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while he personally finds Holocaust denial “deeply offensive … at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down.”
After a burst of criticism, Zuckerberg clarified his remarks, but only with respect to his personal feelings about those who engage with Holocaust denial. His company’s policy, on the other hand, remains. On Facebook, it’s officially permissible to proliferate content that denies the crimes of Nazi Germany.
Zuckerberg’s stance is highly revealing about his own understanding of the historical context of Holocaust denial and how current hate groups operate. He fails on both counts.
At its foundation, Holocaust denial is a strategy to rehabilitate Nazism. George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, was “the first postwar American neo-Nazi to appreciate the strategic necessity of Holocaust denial,” according to a biographer, and helped popularize the lie that the Holocaust was a fraud concocted by Jews.
In 1978, recognizing the need for a subtler approach, Willis Carto founded the first major American Holocaust denial organization, the Institute for Historical Review. Still active, IHR projects a pseudo-academic sheen to promote denialism.
The SPLC currently identifies 10 active Holocaust denial hate groups, four of which have a minor presence on Facebook. These hate groups, however, remain on the fringe. What they never dreamed of is the resurgence in antisemitism online, enabled by social media companies like Facebook. Zuckerberg’s preferred approach, that the “best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech,” needs to be reconciled with that fact. As a private company, Facebook can have something to do with that “good speech.”
The intent of yesterday’s Rockwell and Carto is the same as today’s neo-Nazis at the Daily Stormer or on 4chan: to erode the public’s understanding of the Holocaust in order to make fascist and Nazi ideas appealing again. The danger grows as the years go by and fewer people alive today actually witnessed the events of the 1930s and 1940s. In a poll released earlier this year, 41 percent of all respondents and 66 percent of young Americans failed to identify Auschwitz as an extermination camp.
Zuckerberg’s refusal to address propaganda as hateful and obvious as Holocaust denial also bodes poorly for other vulnerable communities, such as American Muslims, a community regularly demonized by rhetoric espoused by even the president. As it stands, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant propagandists easily clear the low hurdles set by platforms like Facebook.
Whether Zuckerberg likes it or not, Facebook has an immense responsibility to fight hate on its platform. Last summer, the organizers of the deadly “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville used Facebook to promote their event, the largest white supremacist rally in decades. A year later, the company is still refusing to meet its responsibility.
Thank you for reading.
P.S. Here are a few other reads from around the web that are worth spending time with:
Holocaust study: Two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is by Julie Zauzmer for Washington Post
Facebook must adhere to German Holocaust denial laws, says Berlin by Reuters for The New York Times
Zuckerberg’s comments give Holocaust deniers an opening by Deborah Lipstadt for CNN
I wanted to share that email in its entirety.
This could be the next big case in Stand your ground laws:
Witnesses told deputies the two were arguing because Drejka was upset the woman parked there even though she wasn’t handicapped. The woman’s boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, of Clearwater, was inside the store to buy his little boy a candy bar, according to the store owner.
McGlockton exited the store to defend his girlfriend and shoved Drejka to the ground.
Drejka responded by taking out a pistol and shooting McGlockton in the chest. McGlockton ran back into the store where his five-year-old son was standing at the front door, watching the entire incident happen right before his eyes. McGlockton fell to the ground inside of the store and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Investigators say multiple people witnessed the shooting and called 911.
Drejka is a legal concealed weapons permit holder and will not be charged because of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The store owner tells ABC Action News that Drejka has a history of assaulting people in the very parking lot the shooting took place. A man who frequents the store told ABC Action News he had a run-in with the man who opened fire just one month ago. Rich Kelly says the man picked a fight with him over a parking spot, using racial slurs, and even threatening to kill him. Now, a month later, a similar case, ending with a father killed in front of his 5-year-old son.
Of course the national coverage of this same shooting neglects to mention the killers former history of assault.
“[It’s] sad to see [McGlockton] die in front of his son. … For a parking lot [space.] For a stupid reason. Just to argue, just to find someone to argue with,” said store owner Ali Selous, who told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV that McGlockton was in the store buying candy for Markeis Jr.
Read that article and see what I am talking about. They purposely edit out the store owners statements.
Have you seen video of that duck boat in the water? The one that sank?
The NTSB, responsible for investigating civil transportation accidents, said that gauges determined that two duck boats on Table Rock Lake on Thursday evening faced winds up to 73 miles per hour, one mile short of hurricane force winds. Waves crested as high as 4 feet.
I can’t believe people would have gotten on that boat in that weather…
It looks like the company has had problems before, so much that workers sought to organize amid safety concerns:
The duck boat tour attraction on which 17 people died in Missouri previously operated in Baltimore until 2009, when it closed a month after workers sought to organize because of safety and scheduling concerns.
Divers in Branson, Mo., recovered 17 bodies from Table Rock Lake on Thursday evening and Friday after a Ride the Ducks boat sank during stormy weather. Wind gusts had reached 65 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Fourteen others survived, two of whom were hospitalized in critical condition.
In a statement posted to its website, Ride the Ducks Branson, which was acquired by Ripley Entertainment last year, said safety is its No. 1. priority. The company said it would be closed for business while it assists the families and supports the investigation.
Ride the Ducks operated tours of Baltimore and the city’s Inner Harbor from 2002 to 2009, allowing tourists to pass by historical sites on land before the vehicle would enter the harbor. At its height, the company gave up to 40 tours a day on eight vehicles in Baltimore.
The company ended its tours of Baltimore in September 2009, when a Ride the Ducks executive told the Baltimore Sun that investing more in the Baltimore branch was not worth the cost.
But a union representative said at the time the company had ended its Baltimore operation to retaliate against drivers and guides who had complained about the safety of workers, passengers and the amphibious vehicles. The company had 23 seasonal employees and six who worked year-round, the Sun reported.
There has not been another duck boat company in Baltimore since Ride the Ducks left, said Sara Warfield, vice president of communications for Visit Baltimore.
Phil Ornot, then a United Steelworkers organizer, alleged to the National Labor Relations Board that the company had intimidated, coerced and threatened staff. The union filed a petition to organize Ride the Ducks workers a month before the company announced it was closing the Baltimore attraction.
Read more at the link….
The last article I have for you, circles back to the first article….
Mike Cernovich was celebrating on Friday, at least for a few hours. Disney had just fired James Gunn, the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, over crude jokes about pedophilia and rape Gunn made on Twitter between 2008 to 2011.
Cernovich had mobilized his network to have the tweets show up in all corners of the internet ― and in Disney’s executive suite ― and he was rewarded when “James Gunn” shot to the top of Twitter’s national trending topics.
“I couldn’t sleep. I was up until 3 a.m.,” an exuberant Cernovich told HuffPost on Friday. “That’s a lot of real sick stuff.”
Cernovich had claimed a scalp. This was what the far-right propagandist lived for, these kamikaze moments. They kept him going. They got him high. They allowed him to cling to a dank relevancy, even as it slips through his fingers.
“I’ve been a very good boy since Pizzagate,” he said, as he watched Disney dispatch Gunn.
By now, it should come as no surprise that Cernovich, who played a key role in manipulating public opinion during the 2016 election, was involved in the campaign against Gunn. The far-right propagandist has been locked in an endless war against the mainstream media, and at the end of 2017, had warned his “enemies” that he planned to use their tweets against them. He would dig up “fireable tweets.”
The goal was to gull conservative voters during the presidential election. It worked: Almost half of Trump’s supporters bought into Pizzagate, according to a December 2016 YouGov poll. A mob started harassing and threatening the pizzeria and nearby businesses. Eventually, a rube with an assault rifle stormed into the restaurant and fired off a few rounds. (Cernovich has since deleted all his Pizzagate tweets.)
Even after Pizzagate, however, Cernovich continued to bewilder the press, which has consistently failed to appreciate that trolls like him will fight dirty, with any weapon available.
You need to read the entire piece.
To understand Cernovich’s war on the press — and his gripe with Bernard and Berger — requires a familiarity with the alt-lite, a group of nativist “Make America Great Again” propagandists and grifters who got their name because of their ideological proximity to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement.
Cernovich is a ringleader in the group, whose members include anti-Muslim Laura Loomer, British fascist and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec and Lucian Wintrich, a smarmy white supremacist-friendly correspondent for The Gateway Pundit, a far-right propaganda outlet. These dirty tricksters, several of whom have received press credentials from the Trump White House, all work to subvert the real media.
The alt-lite’s fake news ecosystem sprouted from the far-right fever swamp created by Fox News and a tireless effort by movement conservatives to demonize the media. But the new breed of alt-lite ratfucker is feral, with an ability to directly sway gullible minds through social media. Twitter and other social media platforms have abetted the rise of frauds, racists and fascists who spread lies and can easily form cybermobs. This is a worrisome development for the truth business.
One of the best ways to hurt journalists in the social media era, Cernovich knows, is to tar them online; to destroy their reputations. Too many news outlets exist in financial distress. Overworked journalists can be sidelined by harassment campaigns. And many media companies are now run by business-school graduates allergic to controversy and given over to a reflexive political correctness. One flip statement by a reporter on social media can cause lasting professional damage. All of which plays to the strengths of the alt-lite.
This bit is an important part:
Twitter and other social media have abetted the rise of frauds, racists and fascists who spread lies and can easily form cybermobs. This is a worrisome development for the truth business.
So…please read that whole thing…
And try to have a good day, this is an open thread.
I didn’t realize that today was Wednesday…
Here are a few cartoons:
To quote the director of national intelligence when he found out Trump invited the president of a hostile foreign power to the White House, “Say that again!?” • #putinwhitehouse #whitehouse #whitehouseinvitation #dni #directorofnationalintelligence #dancoats #saythatagain #foxinthehenhouse #henhouse #treasonoustrump #traitorinchief #whitehousevisit #trumpputin #editorialillustration #illustrator #digitalart
After the Trump/Putin meeting in Helsinki, it is abundantly clear that Trump is an arm of the Kremlin. Any doubts there used to be are gone. The Trump dump hit the fan. • #treason #traitor #traitor45 #traitortrump #trumptreason #treasonoustrump #peepeetape #steeledossier #blackmail #trumpcolluded #collusion #mueller #muellerprobe #russiagate #shithitthefan
If Trump were president in 1987, the Berlin Wall would still be standing. He would’ve sided with Gorbachev. • #surrendersummit #treasonsummit #treasonoustrump #trumpputin #trumppuppet #putinspuppet #trumpputinsummit #electionhacking #impeachtrump #impeach45 #impeachtrumpnow #impeach45now #threattonationalsecurity #foreignanddomestic
Daily Drawing 597 – July 17th, 2018 Clown Card 20 "T is for Treason" Sean C. Jones @seancjonesart https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/16/republican-lawmakers-call-trump-putin-meeting-shameful/788752002/ https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/07/16/trump-traitor/irG5qZscfaHd4oy6yc4r2L/story.html http://thehill.com/homenews/397231-dictionarycom-shares-definition-of-traitor-after-trump-press-conference-with-putin https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/16/politics/john-mccain-statement-trump-putin-summit/index.html #dailydrawing #artofscjones #scj #seancjonesart #dumptrump #unamerican #trumpracist #traitor #treason #conman #demagogue #misogynist #liarinchief #votedemocrat #freepress #creep #spoiledbrat #sexist #moralsnotpolitics #vegasstrong #vegas #lasvegas #lasvegasart #tippyelvisartcollective
This is an open thread.
About that ridiculous shit show from tRump yesterday:
In a scathing opening monologue on Tuesday, CNN anchor Erin Burnett slammed President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Damage control, the president claims he misspoke once in his disastrous summit with Putin,” Burnett said on CNN. “Did the dog eat his homework too?”
During his press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump initially said he did not “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible for meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election. When asked if he would condemn Russia for its election interference, Trump refused to back the US intelligence community’s assessment, and instead, railed against the FBI and his political opponents.
“My people came to me … They said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said at the summit on Monday. “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia.”
“I will say this,” Trump added. “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
“How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?,” Burnett said in her monologue. “The president’s excuse for his embarrassing press conference where he sided with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence chiefs does not add up.”
President Donald Trump couldn’t help but add one of his favorite phrases to staff-prepared remarks today.
When trying to convince the world that he actually meant to say he saw no reason it “wouldn’t” be Russia who interfered in the 2016 elections rather than “would,” the notes written in the margins of his prepared remarks – in all caps and in big, black Sharpie – read “THERE WAS NO COLUSION.”
Now, given how many times the president has seen and spat the word “collusion,” you’d think he’d know how to spell it at this point. Even more than the flimsy-at-best explanation of his remarks, perhaps this ought to alarm us, as it indicates beyond a doubt that no matter how familiar Trump appears to be with something, he refuses to absorb correct information about it.
One more thing about the statement tRump made yesterday:
She is not the only one to bring up that point, that tRump looked like a hostage reading off a prepared document…I thought the same thing when I saw the tape.
And just a couple more tweets:
Yeah, curlygramma is right…Maddow’s show was awesome last night.
So simple and very true, why not hold hearings on all those questions that we ask daily here on the blog?
Then there was this horror news breaking on The Last Word:
Read the alert at the bottom of the screen on the picture in this tweet:
Fucking hell…let me say that again…fucking hell!
Cartoons, if you please:
Check out the date on that one.
Those lies are gonna get ya!
This is an open thread.
I know that I have posted this picture before, but it has special meaning today….
Her Derby name is “Bomba”
I wanna make a derby comic pretty bad and I might just use her as char, I loved drawing her. *Printing it so I can have it as motivation for the comic*
Many body positive blogs have been reblogging this today making it skyrocket in notes. I just wanna thank you for the comments, the notes and asked I’ve received and welcome to all new followers. I really appreciate it!
I’ve been asked regarding having this pic as a print and t-shirt, etc
Again thank you so much ♥⚡!
Innit lovely? She is so fuckingfantastic, I had to buy some “merch” with this roller babe on it…
Ok, that is enough diversion for now, let’s get to the bitterness:
I appreciate Sarah Kendzior more than I can say, but honestly, I do dread her twitter post as well…because she is so spot on. It seems like you can go back through her feed and find just how prescient her threads have been:
In October 2017, U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson died in a hail of gunfire while fighting off militants in Niger. Soon after, his widow, Myeshia Johnson, received a call from President Donald Trump. After coldly telling her that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” Trump failed to remember the slain soldier’s name, leaving Johnson shocked and crying.
“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?” she said.
As the U.S.’s deranged president threatens to go to war in Syria and possibly beyond, it is worth re-examining how Trump views the troops whose lives he is putting on the line. For all his macho posturing and exhortations about his beloved generals, Trump–a draft dodger who referred to avoiding STDs as “my personal Vietnam”–has long treated veterans and their loved ones with contempt. This contempt is not rooted in an aversion to the military as an institution–Trump bloated the military budget and has been striking the Middle East while threatening North Korea and other states–but an aversion to the concept of service to one’s nation itself.
Serving one’s country is a sacrifice, and sacrifice terrifies Trump. The idea that one would risk oneself–out of love, loyalty, or duty–is alien to him. Sacrifice, to Trump, is a sucker’s bet, a gamble beyond his comprehension–but one he is all too willing to let other Americans make.
In July 2015, Trump insulted John McCain, who was tortured as a military prisoner in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump scoffed. “I like people who weren’t captured.” The comment shocked the audience, but it is completely in line with Trump’s worldview. What offends Trump about McCain is not that he was captured, but that he was willing to risk being captured–especially for a cause greater than himself.
This is not to say Trump does not thrive on disaster. He began his career profiting off the financial ruin of New York City (“When bad times come, then I’ll get whatever I want,” he told Barbara Walters in the 1980s) and continued to spout this philosophy before his presidential run (“You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have, you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great,” he told FOX News in February 2014.) Trump loves a catastrophe if he is its beneficiary.
…Trump, with his visceral revulsion at the concept of service, is still the greatest danger. It is Trump whose past has finally caught up with him; it is Trump who stands the most to lose; it is Trump who unilaterally can launch nuclear weapons. Trump has shown that human beings have little inherent value to him. If Trump senses he may have to make a personal sacrifice, he will sacrifice the world instead.
This is a post from April 2018. I think Sarah resent the link today because it makes a point about the latest events from the past week. Even with the news and confirmation that Russia fucked with our election…tRump is still going forward with the planned one on one meeting with his handler Putin. (I mean that with all sincerity.)
Here are some signs from London’s protest of Trump:
If you click that link and go directly to the instagram site, you can scroll through about 6 more pictures in that particular post. Or you can just more your arrow up to the middle edge of the picture above, and you should be able to scroll through the images as well….
Despite the American corporate media’s efforts to obscure the radical, irreverent, and often obscene signs on display across the United Kingdom on Friday, the disgust hundreds of thousands of Britons feel toward Donald Trump and Trumpism could not be suppressed as they took to the streets en masse to show their opposition to the U.S. president’s hate-filled policies.
Below, we present some of the greatest signs from Friday’s demonstrations, which “drastically exceeded” the expectations of organizers in both size and spirit.
I think that one above is my favorite….
LONDON—The first protestors began assembling on Portland Place, just outside the BBC’s London headquarters, on Friday morning. They carried signs. “FEED HIM TO THE CORGIS,” said one. “TANGERINE TYRANT,” read another. “BOLLOCKS TO TRUMP.” “IKEA HAS BETTER CABINETS.” “TRUMP IS A TOSSER.” “I HAD TO FIX MY PRINTER FOR THIS.”
This image is floating around my Facebook groups:
Wow, is that a joke?
Notice the ZTA sticker on the back of the car window? Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity | The official website of ZTA
Here is another picture making the rounds:
As far as “jokes” are concerned, these next few links are not jokes:
A Michigan judge ruled last week that children do not have a fundamental right to learn how to read and write.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Public Counsel, the nation’s largest public interest law firm, on behalf of Detroit students that sought to hold state authorities, including Gov. Rick Snyder (R), accountable for what plaintiffs alleged were systemic failures depriving children of their right to literacy, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I’m shocked,” said Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the newspaper reported. “The message that it sends is that education is not important. And it sends the message that we don’t care if you’re literate or not.”
The suit also sought fixes to crumbling schools that, among other measures, Detroit Public Schools Community District officials reportedly said would amount to more than $500 million.
The state had argued for dismissing the suit, with the city’s lawyers saying local officials are “all too familiar with illiteracy’s far reaching effects.”
“Widespread illiteracy has hampered the City’s efforts to connect Detroiters with good-paying jobs; to fill vacancies on its police force, and to grow its tax base,” said lawyers for the city. “Illiteracy, moreover, has greatly exacerbated the effects of intergenerational poverty in Detroit.”
So, here is the decision:
U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III acknowledged the importance of literacy in his ruling on Friday in a 40-page opinion.
“Plainly, literacy — and the opportunity to obtain it — is of incalculable importance,” Murphy wrote. “As plaintiffs point out, voting, participating meaningfully in civic life, and accessing justice require some measure of literacy.”
But he concluded that those points “do not necessarily make access to literacy a fundamental right,” adding that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the past that the importance of service “does not determine whether it must be regarded as fundamental.”
Wait a minute…wasn’t there a fucking PSA campaign called, “Reading is Fundemental.”
Oh no, it was an actual charity, the biggest one no less, founded in 1966!
Reading Is Fundamental is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to make an impact and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy non-profit, Reading Is Fundamental maximizes every contribution to ensure all children have the ability to read and succeed.
Click the link up top to find out more information and see ways you can get involved in the programs.
In other reading news: South Carolina police object to high-school reading list | Books | The Guardian
A police union in South Carolina has challenged the inclusion of Angie Thomas’s multiple award-winning novel about police brutality, The Hate U Give, on a school’s summer reading list, describing it as “almost an indoctrination of distrust of police”.
The intervention from the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 came after Wando high school’s ninth-grade class was asked to read one of eight novels over the summer holidays. Two of the titles upset the police union: The Hate U Give, which follows a teenage girl after she witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend by a police officer, and Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys, which sees a teenage boy trying to overcome his distrust of the police after he is wrongly suspected of shoplifting and then beaten by an officer.
Hey, check out the name of the cop leading the objection, ironic?
In fact, there are eight books on the reading list, only two of which tackle police brutality. Thomas’s book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, but also includes a character, the main protagonist’s uncle, who is a black police officer and positive role model. It has won prizes including the Waterstones children’s book award, while All American Boys is the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers award for outstanding children’s literature.
You can read more at the link above, here is a screenshot of Blackmon from the local news link:
Then of course….there’s Maude:
Former Vice President Joe Biden claims that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked the Obama administration from warning the public about possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Anyway, that is all I have for today.
I am hoping to start working out and skating so that I can build up to becoming fresh meat at a roller derby somewhere. I have already picked my name out, Fanny Bigguns.
“Feel the Girthquake as Fanny Bigguns rolls on by….”
Yeah, my big ass should be able to block pretty darn good. And, it can maybe help get rid of all this angst I’ve been building up over the last few years.
This is an open thread.
Facebook is in the news again. When I logged on to Facebook to get some cartoons, I had over 30 alerts…it has been a while since I’ve been on any social media. Avoidance. That is my motto these days.
Well, Johnson wasn’t one of the two senators who voted against the support of NATO, so there is that…
Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe.
The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.
The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels. He will also travel to the United Kingdom and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.
Thanks to Dak for sending me the twitter link to those images…
Dick Durbin has been busy:
And Durbin tweeted this too, back on the 7th:
Smoke and mirrors is the way that the Trump administration operates. Deflect attention from something critical by focusing the news cycle on something altogether different. This coming week will be focused on the SCOTUS nomination, which means the appointment of former Sessions staffer Brian Benczkowski to head the Department of Justice Criminal Division could fall through the cracks unnoticed — and that could be disastrous. Benczkowski “previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.”
For more information click on the link above…
Feinstein is also calling attention to this matter:
It looks like Benczkowski is going to be comfirmed anyway:
Fucking Manchin. I wonder what the Russians have on him…for his continued support of tRump? Must be a boy in his “golden showered” past….because if it was just a woman, in this climate today…where a president can payoff porn stars without any negative affects, an affair with a woman is just no big deal.
In other news:
Oh, one more thing:
I can’t take anymore, here are the cartoons.
Aaaaand Trump announces his new pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s a glimpse of the headlines of the future. Trump has long said he would only appoint a judge who would overturn Roe v. Wade, ending a woman’s access to abortion. Get ready for a confirmation battle. • #brettkavanaugh #kavanaugh #supremecourt #scotus #scotusnominee #scotuspick #supremecourtjustice #theendtimes #roevwade #roevswade #herbodyherchoice #reproductiverights #womensrights #feminism #presidentialpardon #abortionrights #prochoice #standwithpp
Happy Fourth of July everyone. This burger is going to be cooked well-done. Just like you like it, Donald. Served with lots of collusion. May all your cookouts be merry. • #michaelcohen #cohen #mueller #robertmueller #muellertime #fourthofjuly #july4th #july4thbbq #4thofjuly #4thofjulybbq #grilling #cohenwillflip #pleabargain #collusion #trumprussia #russiagate #russianmeddling #trumpcolluded
Gotta say I was really rooting for Russia to win the World Cup, if only see Trump’s congratulatory note to Putin. But sadly they were eliminated by Croatia in an exciting end to the game. • #worldcup #worldcup2018 #worldcupfever #teamrussia #teamcroatia #trumprussia #trumprussianpuppet #russiagate #russiancollusion #collusion #putinspuppet #putinsbitch #crybabyinchief #fifa18 #fifaworldcup #fifaworldcup2018 #fifa
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I don’t know, WWWWD?
She sure as shit wouldn’t be standing by, while tRump and his evil minions take down the United States….
It feels like we are living in some kind of bad Hollywood B-picture, the kind where all the really crappy disaster clips the studio has in their stock footage, are spliced together to illustrate just how bad the bad guys are…. I mean, out of nowhere…there is always a huge octopus monster attacking a building or bridge in that montage, right?
In our reality, tRump is the huge monster attacking our civil and human rights, along with American Democracy.
I haven’t been on my laptop in 4 days, yeah…since I wrote my last post for the blog. My cell hasn’t seen much action either. It has only been charged up once in those four days. Like Boston Boomer said in the comments recently, and I am just putting it into my own words here…avoidance is key to survival. Avoidance to news. Avoidance to tRump.
My form of avoidance has been movies and an occasional foray into the realm of Instagram.
Here, take a look at some of the things you can escape too:
"In this photo, I tried to bring the intense and stacked living conditions that Hong Kong is famous for into perspective for the viewer. With so many people living in small spaces, it's strange to see all these amenities empty. As a solo traveler, I’m often alone in crowds and this photo resonates with me. I barely scratched the surface of this incredible urban environment, but this image really summarizes my experience here." — Gary Cummins, photographer. The winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest have finally been announced, and they include a stunning collection of photographs that celebrate Earth's biodiversity and human endeavor. Selected from more than 13,000 entries, the winners were taken by photographers of all levels around the world and were judged in three categories: Nature, People, and Cities. This photograph earned an honorable mention in the Cities category. Go to the link in bio to see the full galley of winning images that highlight the breadth of Earth's diversity. (📷: Gary Cummins/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) #environment #earth #people #diversity #culture #cities #natgeo #nationalgeographic #travelphotographeroftheyear
There is also commentary and activism:
Today, more than 400 girls from 24 countries and 35 U.S. states are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the @GirlUpCampaign’s 7th annual Leadership Summit! We’ll hear from inspiring advocates, leaders, #ladybosses, and Girl Up girls who are making change! YOU can watch the whole thing on our Livestream! Tune in July 9-10, 9am-5pmET at GirlUp.org/Summt . . . . . . #girlupcampaign #girlup #superherosunday #girlslead18
All the images and links above are from Instagram.
So, why do I bring all that up now. I don’t know, but today I could not bring myself to read anything in the news.
This is truly an open thread. If you can post any news items in the comments, that would be much appreciated.
Just cartoons for you today, there have been enough personal fireworks for me…please share your thoughts and any items that you come across along the way.
This next cartoon is from 2016…
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