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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Thank God It's Giovedì"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:45am

If it's Thursday on The After Show with Wink & Justice; then Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it)!

In the wake of the Millionaire Welfare Rancher standoff, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) asked the Department of the Interior to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work; ABC News flexes it's corporate muscles bullying the non-profit, Center for Public Integrity, for not sharing their Pulitzer Prize win; and A Michigan Mayor bans an Atheist display in City Hall because it might upset the Christian Prayer Station there.

Our guest today on The Last Half is Wonkette, Kaili Joy Gray, who will be joining us to address the War on Women, rape culture and how we might stop it.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Hip Hump Day Wednesdays"

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Hip Hump Day Wednesday" on The After Show, where we put the hip back in your hump.

An Oklahoma school district is set to beta test the Bible Curriculum created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green; SCOTUS will hear a case about whether it is constitutional to lie in campaign ads; and Louisiana lawmakers refuse to overturn the ban on oral sex because it is a crime against nature but leaves necrophilia legal because it isn't.

We will also be joined on The Last Half with Daily Kos Front Pager and Justice's fellow editor on Black Kos, Denise Oliver-Velez.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

Who luvs ya, baby?

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Netroots Radio Presents: "A Piece of Broken Ribbon"

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 14 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "A Broken Piece of Ribbon" ~~

1 - The Smiths -- "I Started Something I Could Not Finish"
2 - The Replacements -- "Unsatisfied"
3 - Echo and The Bunnymen -- "Evergreen"
4 - The Psychedelic Furs -- "The Ghost In You"
5 - The Jam -- "Going Underground"
6 - Pet Shop Boys -- "West End Girls"
7 - Siouxsie and the Banshees -- "Christine"
8 - L7 -- "Andres"

Station Break

9 - The Stranglers -- "No More Heroes"
10 - U2 -- "Where The Streets Have No Name"
11 - Midnight Oil -- "Blue Sky Mine"
12 - Depeche Mode -- "Personal Jesus"
13 - The English Beat -- "Mirror In The Bathroom"
14 - The Specials -- "Ghost Town"
15 - The B-52's -- "Planet Claire"
16 - The Clash - "Police On My Back"

Station Break

17 - Tom Waits -- "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six"
18 - Halfhead Special -- "Quiet Gun"
19 - The Sugarcubes -- "Cold Sweat"
20 - Band of Susans -- "The Last Temptation of Susan"
21 - Beck -- "Loser"
22 - Cake -- "Nugget"
23 - The White Stripes -- "Seven Nation Army"
24 - Chumbawamba -- "Jacob's Ladder"
25 - Porno For Pyros -- "Bali Eyes"

Station Break

26 - Nouvelle Vague -- "This Is Not A Love Song"
27 - De Phazz -- "Slums of Monte Carlo"
28 - Frances Livings -- "Candy's Caravan"
29 - Kate Bush -- "The Red Shoes"
30 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
31 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Ballade de Melody Nelson"

Station Break

32 - 13th Floor Elevators - "Thru The Rhythm"
33 - Tripswitch -- "Stereogram"
34 - Quantic -- "Westbound Train"
35 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
36 - The Sound Defects -- "Peace"
37 - Yo La Tengo - "Don't Have To Be So Sad"

Station Break

38 - Seu Jorge -- "Carolina"
39 - Nando Reis -- "Pra Voce Guardei O Amor"
40 - Zeca Baleiro -- "Telegrama"
41 - Vanessa da Mata -- "Boa Sorte"
42 - Bebel Gilberto -- "Aganju"
43 - Rosalia de Souza -- "Bossa 31"

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You Know What's Stupid

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:38pm

Caring so much about tags. Tags exist here for one purpose, to help users search for diaries on a topic. They are not for making some point, that is what the fucking diary is for.
If you get so bent out of shape because the software doesn't display your tag the way you want it to that you call people an idiot, well maybe you need a different hobby.

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How do you form a movement that actually causes real change?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:33pm

I see OWS as a great success, for what it was. I say for what it was because it succeeded where it could and failed where it had no chance of success anyway.

The question is how do you make a movement that has a chance of success on all fronts?

Follow me and i'll explain what I see were OWSs weaknesses and hopefully we can figure out how to fix them.

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Metaphor Mondays"

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are. No Similes allowed. Nope. Not today.

There are three ways that White Welfare Rancher, along with his seditious army of Oath Keepers and White Militias can be frog marched to jail; A learning disabled High School student in Pennsylvania is convicted of disorderly conduct for using an iPad to record the bullies tormenting him; and A North Carolina woman called the police on a "Homeless Jesus" statue installed at a church in an upscale neighborhood.

Today The After Show visits with our regular guest on Metaphor Mondays' The Last Half, Will McLeod, for some astute analyses of World Events.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

Who luvs ya, baby?

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Netroots Radio Presents: "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers"

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 13 April 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers" ~~

1 - Skatalites -- "Simmer Down"
2 - Dennis Brown --  "Man Next Door"
3 - Peter Tosh -- "Downpressor Man"
4 - Black Uhuru -- "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?"
5 - Baby Huey -- "Hard Times"
6 - Nina Simone -- "Rags and Old Iron"
7 - The Charmels -- "Dear Uncle Sam"

Station Break

8 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
9 - Tinariwen -- "Afours Afours"
10 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Alle Psallite"
11 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
12 - Caribou -- "The Barn"
13 - Cafe Americaine -- "L' amour"
14 - Burning Hearts -- "Iris"

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Angle of Repose Friday

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Angle of Repose Friday" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.

A new rule will prohibit voters in Miami-Dade County from using the restroom, no matter how long the line; In another example of Right Wing projection, a Virginia GOP candidate says that there should be no abortion exception for incest because incest is sometimes voluntary; and Drug sentences for low level drug offenders could be shortened, if the GOP doesn't derail the measure.

We will also be joined today on The Last Half with Lynne Lyman, State Director of California for the Drug Policy Alliance, to discuss the onerous police practice of undercover operations in the state's high schools with particular emphasis on the travesty perpetuated on Daily Kos Diarist, dsnodgrass' son, now wending its way through civil court.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

Who luvs ya, baby!?

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Thank God It's Giovedì"

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:45am

(Netroots Radio is suffering an attack by internet monsters. Our crack tech staff are fighting diligently, but we are off the air currently. We will have a PodCast of The After Show posted as soon as possible.)

If it's Thursday on The After Show with Wink & Justice; then Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it)!

Sean Hannity inflames a brewing Range War out of Nevada; A study from Northwestern University shows the fear of becoming a racial minority makes Whites more conservative; and the Right Wing noise machine explodes over the IRS doing its job.

Our guest today on The Last Half is journalist Dara Lind of Vox.com, we'll be speaking about her recent articles on excessive force and brutality by the Border Patrol and other immigration issues.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

Who luvs ya, baby!?

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Dragged Over The Rubicon of Sanity by a Newtown Truther

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:56pm

At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say that the pioneering physical presence behind the creation of Occupy Wall Street is dead. The movement that it spawned is very much well and alive, but the locus of it the movement's beginning has been arrested and truncheoned into oblivion, as is evident to anyone who drops by what used to be Occupy's headquarters in Zuccotti Park. On the August afternoon that I visited, the only thing occupying the park were about a hundred folks in suits and business casual dress who were all sitting around with their caramel macchiatos and Chop't salads, discussing whatever it is stockbrokers and investment bankers discuss when they're on lunch break. It actually took me a good five minutes before I was able to locate the extinguished embers of the original Occupy Wall Street encampment over in the northeast corner of the park.

There were maybe a dozen people sitting in and around a few benches on which Occupy had set up shop for the day, although—truth be told—there wasn't much shop there to be set up. The most prominent feature of the mini-camp was the famed “People's Library,” which at that point consisted of a random assortment of about 20 books of the anti-capitalist, anarcho-communist persuasion. Other than that, all there was to signify that this gathering of people was part of any sort of ideological movement were a couple people who had small sharpied signs attacking corporate greed and the like by their sides.

The Occupy contingent in Zucotti Park in August 2013

After walking around for a few minutes and talking to some of the folks who self-identified as being part of Occupy, it became very clear that whatever wheat was here two years ago has long since gone, and all that's left is a little bit of winnowed chaff. For the most part, the Occupiers I met in Zuccotti Park could be categorized as pleasant, harmless members of the societal fringe, many of whom were associating themselves with Occupy Wall Street out of necessity and not shared ideology. Many of the Occupy members with whom I spoke were unemployed and several of them were homeless, crashing with friends when they could and sleeping in churches and shelters when they could not. The group that was gathered there when I visited included a number of folks who could be identified as belonging to the popular conception of contemporary American Far Left; people who, without having enough time to know them well, can only be remembered in one's mind unfairly as an amalgamation of similarly constituted people one has interacted with before. In many respects, they seemed to be a sort of human equivalent of The Island of Misfit Toys; a group of predominantly kind souls who, for one reason or another, just weren't cut out for the world in which they'd been born.

And then there was Trent. If anything, Trent is living testament to the theory that says ideologies exist in a circular continuum rather than a linear one and that fanaticism does not discriminate based on the stated belief system of the fanatic in question. I honestly could not tell you whether or not Trent is a right-wing or left-wing extremist—I can only tell you that he is an extremist with a very nebulous grip on reality and a propensity for embracing conspiracy theories and having homicidal ideations. I can't pin an exact age on Trent, but if I were to guess, I'd say that he was in his late twenties. He hid his buzz-cut, dunnish red hair underneath a baseball cap and had two of those pointed metal studs sticking out from the center of his chin. Trent was wearing a pair of jean shorts and a t-shirt with the iconic picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo walking across the street in single file for the cover of Abbey Road. Figuring we had some sort of musical common ground between us, I tried to strike up a Fab Four-related conversation while he bummed a cigarette from me, but soon found out that he wasn't exactly wearing the shirt as a sign of affection for the band.

“I'm just into metal man” he told me while motioning with his hand for me to let him use my lighter. “That's the only real type of music. Fuckin' Slayer and Anthrax and Motorhead...”

“Do you ever listen to classic rock?”

“Nah,” he said, clearly revulsed by the thought. “I can't stand that shit. Skynard and Allman Brothers and all that? That's some redneck, hillbilly shit. All those fuckers like is country.”

I had touched a nerve. It was time to backtrack and get away from Southern Fried Rock. “Well, do you like Led Zeppelin or The Who or The Stones...”

“I fucking hate hillbillies!” Trent screeched, completely ignoring my new line of inquiry. “My step-dad was a hillbilly and he was a giant dick, and my mom was a hillbilly and she was slut. I hate 'em.”

“Alright man. No hillbillies. Got it.” I said, not wanting to disagree with a man so volatile that the mere mention of Lynard Skynard would make his hackles stand on end.  

“I'm telling you, we need to fight back!” he told me. “The time for teaching's over, man. They had their time. It's time to start executing people.”

“You mean, like, metaphorically executing people?”

“No, I'm talking, like, firing squads and machetes and shit. All the politicians man. They all gotta go.”

“But, what about due process?” I asked, in a vain attempt to drag the conversation back across the rubicon of sanity.

“Fuck due process!” Trent told me. “These motherfuckers gotta go. We need to all rise up and, you know, when the revolution comes, we're just gonna mow all them bitches down. That's how its gonna happen man. They're gonna come for our guns and we're gonna fight back! They're already trying to do it. Like, that assault weapons ban? Total bullshit.”

“How is it bullshit, Trent?”

“The government just wants to take all our guns! They're gonna open up a national gun registry and everything. That's why I make sure all my guns are unregistered.”

“That's reassuring.” I mumbled to myself as Trent kept on talking.

“You know the government was behind those shootings up in Sandy Hook, right? No kids died man...it was all a front! I heard this one guy who has a house right next to Sandy Hook say he didn't hear a goddamn shot. Not one.”

“That's...uhhh...” I was at a complete loss for words. Trent was not.

“It's all made up. Those kids never really existed...and the parents? They're all actors. Two of 'em got caught down in Florida. Their name was actually Goldberg or something. I forget what name they used for the cameras, but they were actors. The government just wants an excuse to take your guns from you.”

“So, the government is coming to take away all of our guns?”

“Nah, they're only really concerned with the assault weapons. They're fine with pistols and rifles because you have to keep pulling the trigger and reloading,” Trent said, pantomiming some sort of reloading action as he spoke.

“What about shotguns?”

“Yeah, shotguns are cool too, but not SWAT shotguns. Those are the ones with the hole in the back extra handle so you can just—'pop, pop, pop'—right in a row. They're also going after hollow point rounds. They don't want people having ammo that can actually do any damage. That's why I've been stocking up on ammo. You know all the bullet manufacturers stopped making bullets?”

“They did what now?” I asked, the incredulity in my voice escaping before I had a chance to mask it.

“Yeah, they stopped around Christmas. I mean, they still have some inventory left, but they're not making any new rounds. Why? Because all of the ammo companies are owned by the government. They're all in it together because they don't want people to be able to defend themselves.”

“So,” I said, thinking out loud, “the bullet manufacturers are in cahoots with US government to try and make the American people defenseless. What about the gun manufacturers?”

“No, the gun manufacturers aren't in on it. Remington and Smith & Wesson and all them are legitimate businesses, like, they all started out small back in the day and grew.”

“Okay, but if the gun companies are still operating but the bullet companies aren't, won't you eventually just run out of bullets?”

 “I've been stockpiling 'em,” Trent told me. “I've got enough saved up to protect myself. If the federal government wants to take my guns away, I say, go ahead. Try it and see what happens.”

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Hip Hump Day Wednesdays"

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Hip Hump Day Wednesday" on The After Show, where we put the hip back in your hump.

Arizona police arrest three undocumented immigrants seeking sanctuary in a Catholic Church; Conservative pundit and failed comedian, Ben Stein insisted that only government-sanctioned religion could save poor Americans from their own self-sabotage; and Pat Robertson prays that God will remove Obama from office before it's too late.

We will also be joined on The Last Half with long time Daily Kos diarist, tmservo433, to discuss the recent convoluted, if not illegal, legislative maneuverings of the Kansas GOP.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

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♥☮Free Cecily♥☮ Trial Day Three-Pack The Courts!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:00am

New York City-Trial For Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan

Supporters of Cecily are calling on activists and friends to #PackTheCourts and serve as witnesses each day of the proceeding.

9:00 am (Court ends at 4:30)
Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre Street
New York, New York 10013
Dress Attire, Business/Casual

Trial Begins For Occupy Wall Street’s Cecily McMillan. Activist Faces 7 Years In Prison After Beating By NYPD Left Her Unconscious.

Feb 12, 2014 Cecily McMillan's Attorney Martin R Stolar

Tentative Schedule Of Events

April 7th-Admissions of Evidence/Jury Selection

April 8th-Jury Selection Continued Day-Two

April 9th-Jury Selection/Opening Arguments Day-Three

April 10th-No Court

April 11th- Jury Selection Continued 7 out of 12 (and 4 Alternate) Jurors Selected Prosecution Case

April 14th-Defense Case Opening Arguments Have Begun

April 15th and 16th Tues And Wed-No Court

April17th-Defence Witnesses

April 21st-Closing Arguments

April 22nd-Jury Deliberation

Also; Cecily doesn't need or deserve, to have any police conviction following her around either.

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Netroots Radio Presents: "Romance is a Grotto of Eager Stones"

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:50pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 7 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres:

 ~~ "Romance is a Grotto of Eager Stones"  ~~

Hour One

1 - The Jesus And Mary Chain -- "April Skies"
2 - Mission of Burma -- "Dead Pool"
3 - 'Til Tuesday -- "What About Love"
4 - Concrete Blonde -- "Mexican Moon"
5 - Kate Bush -- "Running Up That Hill"
6 - The Psychedelic Furs -- "Love My Way"
7 - Devo -- "Beautiful World"

Station Break

8 - Tom Waits -- "Heart Attack And Vine"
9 - Bob Dylan -- "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine"
10 - Cake -- "I Will Survive"
11 - Porno For Pyros -- "Freeway"
12 - Halfhead Special -- "Splinter"
13 - Nirvana -- "You Know You're Right"
14 - Karen O  -- Hello Tomorrow"

Station Break

15 - Charlie Hunter -- "Fine Corinthean Leather"
16 - Breathe Owl Breathe -- "Lake Light"
17 - Sufjan Stevens -- "For the Widows in Paradise"
18 - Les Baxter -- "Acapulco"
19 - Jean Pierre Mirouze -- "Sexopolis"
20 - The Shaolin Afronauts -- "The Scarab"
21 - The Budos Band -- "Mark of the Unnamed"

Station Break

22 - Parov Stelar -- The Mojo Radio Gang"
23 - The Jazzual Suspects -- "This Beat"
24 - Gramatik -- "Muy Tranquilo"
25 - Gasoline -- "The Hardest"
26 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
27 - Paul Desmond - "Take Ten"
28 - Mingus Amongst Us -- "Jump Monk"

Station Break

29 - Quantic -- "The 5th Exotic"
30 - Loop Guru -- "Karma Marga"
31 - Cyro Baptista and the Banquet of the Spirits -- "Noia"
32 - Gypsy Devils Orchestra -- "Ave Maria"
33 - Miles Davis  -- "In a Silent Way - DJ Cam Remix"
34 - Nina Simone -- "See line Women - Joseph Remix"

Station Break

35 - The Sound Defects -- "Angels"
36 - Glen Porter -- "The Devil's Chariot"
37 - Woods -- "Rain On"
38 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
39 - Thievery Corporation -- "State of the Union"
40 - Club Des Belugas -- "Hip Hip Chin Chin"

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Street Prophets Coffee Hour: Changing the Scrip

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:03pm

This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour and all topics of conversation are welcome. Today's suggested topics are Spackling and the New Economy.

Beyond the Spackling: Some Notes From the New Economy by lehman scott is an important diary, published yesterday, that was overlooked by the readership of Daily Kos and deserves greater consideration.  


What makes this diary important because it moves the conversation from theory into practice. I think it is worth the time to visit the FaceBook page of the Mid-Michigan Time Bank and read the comments about "trading" time.

Beyond the fold lets consider alternatives to the American dollar, and why creating an alternative is needed.  Or, because it is Street Prophets Coffee Hour share with us your experiences with spacking or anything else.

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Metaphor Mondays"

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are. No Similes allowed. Nope. Not today.

A Georgia cop pulls his service revolver on a group of eleven year old Black kids for building a tree house; The mayor of Pasadena, Texas dropped a 9mm Baretta during a city council meeting, "triggering" a felony investigation; and A cognitive neuroscientist at Tufts University says the internet has ruined our brains for serious reading.

Today The After Show visits with our regular guest on Metaphor Mondays' The Last Half, Will McLeod, for some astute analyses of World Events.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

Who luvs ya, baby?

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Netroots Radio Presents: "The Indifferent World That Rivers Through"

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:46pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 6 April 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Indifferent World That Rivers Through" ~~

1 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Jubilate Deo"
2 - Woods -- "Pick Up"
3 - Iron and Wine - "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car"
4 - Sibylle Baier -- "The End"
5 - Vashti Bunyan -- "Here Before"
6 - Suuns -- "Sunspot"
7 - Dead Man's Bones --" Lose Your Soul"
8 - Sparklehorse -- "Sea Of Teeth"

Station Break

9 - Pernice Brothers -- "Baby In Two"
10 - Daughter -- "Candles"
11 - I Break Horses -- "Hearts"
12 - Toro y Moi -- "So Many Details"
13 - Local Natives -- "Palms"
14 - Pink Martini --  "Bolero"
15 - Mercedes Peon -- "Maravilha"

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The End of Capitalism

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:15am

I just finished reading The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism.  It was fascinating and opened my eyes.  Jeremy Rifkin, the author, convincingly demonstrates that capitalism will become a niche market within the next three decades and that most large corporations will go bankrupt--inevitably, due to market forces, rather than because of activism or government activity or populist revolution.  Here at dKos I got into a debate in the comments of a diary about the end of capitalism, and I can now say that I was wrong.  Capitalism is ending, and so are private sector jobs.  Here are some quotes:

The Collaborative Commons is already profoundly impacting economic life.  Markets are beginning to give way to networks, ownership is becoming less important than access, the pursuit of self-interest is being tempered by the pull of collaborative interest, and the traditional dream of rags to riches is being supplanted by a new dream of a sustainable quality of life.

In the coming era, both capitalism and socialism will lose their once-dominant hold over society, as a new generation increasingly identifies with Collaboratism.  The young collaboratists are borrowing the principle virtues of both the capitalists and socialists, while eliminating the centralizing nature of both the free market and the bureaucratic state.

Solar cells are capturing more solar energy that strikes them while reducing the cost of harvesting the energy.  Solar efficiencies for triple junction solar cells in the laboratory have reached 41 percent.  Thin film has hit 20 percent efficiency in the laboratory.

If this trend continues at the current pace--and most studies actually show an acceleration in exponentiality--solar energy will be as cheap as the current average retail price of electricity today by 2020 and half the price of coal electricity today by 2030.

What's becoming apparent is that a growing number of giant capitalist enterprises across a range of commercial sectors that are already facing plummeting profit margins will not be able to survive for very long against the rising tide of near zero marginal costs in the production and delivery of goods and services.  Although the thousand or so highly integrated, vertically scaled megacorporations that currently account for much of the world's commerce are imposing and seemingly invincible, they are, in fact, highly vulnerable to a collaborative economy that is quickly eating away at their already precariously low profit margins. Basically he's saying that almost all megacorporations are going to go the way of the music, publishing and newspaper industries--the "Napster effect" writ large.

This book inadvertently explains a lot about the current economic state.  It makes sense now that multinational corporations are acting so rapaciously--they are not fighting for more profit, they are fighting for their actual continued existence.  Whether you believe what Rifkin says or not, clearly the powers that be believe it.  His predictions also explain banks' and hedge funds' recent interest in land, including farmland, and commodities.  In quickly arriving age of material and energy abundance, the only places of scarcity will be raw materials, land, and the food grown on that land.

His book is similar to Kurzweil's predictions about the future and exponential growth.  Change is coming faster than most of us expect, especially in the areas of robotics, AI, renewable energy and 3D printing.  He spends most of his time talking about the Commons, which is useful and good--I have a deeper understanding of the larger forces at work and the history behind them.  However, his vision of a happy and collaborative and distributed future, where most material goods are nearly free, ignores the dark side of such a future.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Equality: How the Far Right Co-Opted American Populism

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:32pm

The diehards always show up first. Go to any protest or march and odds are you'll see them before you see anyone else. They're there before the cops and before the media and before the organizers themselves. All you have to do is look for a small handful of aged men and women huddled around a park bench or a street corner with a trove of pre-made signs and placards resting on the ground, some of which have probably been used at multiple rallies for various causes. In spray paint and sharpie marker, they shout out their slogans: Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out; Tax the Rich; Freedom From Austerity. Each one brims with the type of anti-government, egalitarian fervor that has characterized grassroots American progressive movements since the agrarian populism of the late 19th century and which has become central to the success of the Occupy movement.

That Occupy and the perpetual hot mess that is the American Left have recently seen an uptick in prominence shouldn't come as a surprise given the dire state of the American worker and the fact that we find ourselves living through a sort of Second Gilded Age. What has been both surprising and eminently foreseeable is the fact that rural and suburban whites, groups which had for the first 175 years of the republic's existence usually reacted to plutocratic injustice and economic hardship by shifting left towards groups like The Farmer-Labor Party and embracing social welfare programs like those in The New Deal, have reacted to recent financial and political crises by sprinting to the right.

"I feed you all!” was a lithograph created by The Grange Movement, a agricultural advocacy group and fraternity that was a precursor to the Prairie Populist movement of the 1890s.

The unique thing about populism is that it's an amorphous ideology that doesn't belong to any one side of the political spectrum. The American Populist movement started out at the end of the 19th Century with a leftist bent, advocating for the rights of small farmers in opposition to the Democratic and Republican Parties, who were controlled by corporate interest and generally acted as their surrogates. These pioneering populists, who came principally from the south and the plains states, promoted a platform that called for, among other things, a graduated income tax, government control of all railways and increases in public works projects in the event of a depression. Keep in mind, the people advocating these reforms were comprised primarily of poor white farmers. Can you imagine rural whites coming out in large numbers today to demand a progressive tax structure and further government intervention in their lives? The idea of the city liberal and the country conservative has become so deeply rooted into our collective American consciousness that the very idea of a political universe that deviates from it seems patently absurd. The only problem is, it's not.

As recently as 80 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt pulled in 89.9% of the popular vote in the Deep South.I'll wait while that little statistical nugget sinks in, and then I'll repeat it again in case you've managed to convince yourself that you just hallucinated reading it. FDR, arguably our nation's most progressive President and the architect of the largest social welfare and economic recovery program our country has ever seen, received nine out of every ten votes in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina during the 1936 Presidential Election.(1) And all of this is more than a quarter century before the passage of the Voting Rights Act, meaning that the overwhelming majority of these votes were cast by rural whites, the same people we consider to be intractably conservative today. So, what happened? The answer, as it does with most of American history, lies in race and class.

In many ways, the Prairie Populism of the 1890s serves as an ideological forerunner of the Occupy movement today. It was a grassroots movement that sprung up in response to tremendous income inequality and an accumulation of wealth in the hands of a small class of robber barons and aristocrats who exploited their workers for financial gain. Ideologically, the early populist movement was a throwback to the old Jeffersonian notion of the independent yeoman farmer being the bedrock of democracy. Of course, these yeoman farmers are now all but extinct in the US due to the almighty hand of agribusiness. The corporate hoards at Monsanto and Arthur Daniels Midland have gobbled up nearly every acre of land in sight for their profit, encouraged by an expanding, globalized economy and corporation-friendly regulatory agencies to stoke the fire of their own excess at the expense of those who need every bit of what they have. They have been able to do this, in large part, because the ever-dwindling yeomanry subscribed to Jeffersonian views on race as well.

A good example of this is Thomas E. Watson, a US Congressman and native son of Georgia who was instrumental in the founding of the state's Populist Party. Watson was born five years before the first shots of The Civil War were fired, two miles outside of the town of Thomson, GA. Well-to-do land and slave owners at the time of his birth, the Watson family would quickly see their financial security evaporate as they lost the bulk of their wealth during the war and Reconstruction. Watson's family lived just north of Sherman's March to the Sea and there's little doubt that Watson saw the Union soldiers marching through McDuffie County, looting homes, setting fires and leaving Sherman's Neckties(2) as parting gifts. After earning his law degree and serving a brief stint as a state congressman, Watson was elected to the the US House of Representatives after aligning himself with the Farmer's Alliance, a newly formed populist group of Southern farmers who had been mobilized by the bereft post-Civil War economy based primarily around sharecropping. In the early 1890s,Watson tried to recruit for the Alliance by appealing to class solidarity over racial division, calling on both poor white and poor black farmers to band together and fight back against the new monied elite. Despite the extreme destitution in the South at the time, Watson's vision of a racially unified populist movement never came to fruition and, after a making a failed bid for the Vice Presidency on a Populist ticket with William Jennings Bryan in 1896, Watson decided to exchange a platform of unity with one of bitter division.

By the turn of the century, Watson had divested himself of his progressive notions regarding racial solidarity and African-American suffrage in order to become a virulent bigot. After two dismal Presidential bids in 1904 and 1908, Watson became Georgia's foremost trumpeter of White Supremacist vitriol, calling for the reorganization of the Ku Klux Klan and attacking “Jew libertines”, Roman Catholics and African-Americans in his two publications, Watson's Magazine and The Jeffersonian. Anyone who has had occasion to read some of nauseatingly bigoted rhetoric of the early Jim Crow South knows the sorts of epithets and racist falsehoods that were promulgated by white Southerners (and Northerners) back then, and Mr. Watson's distinct brand of Nativist bile need not be repeated here. However, it is worth noting that in 1915, Watson played an instrumental role in the death of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American factory manager who had been charged with the death of a white woman.

Yep...Tom Watson Actually Titled His Essay, "The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert."

Originally sentenced to death in 1913, Frank had undergone a lengthy appeals process during which Watson used his periodicals to hurl Anti-Semitic epithets and assert the supremacy of the white race. In June of 1915, Georgia's governor commuted Frank's sentence to that of life in prison, a decision which outraged Watson and his white supremacist counterparts. In August of that same year, a lynch mob stormed the prison where Frank was being held, abducted him from his cell and promptly hanged him.To this Watson said:

“Frank was legally under sentence of death when the Vigilance Committee6 took him out, and hanged him by the neck until he was dead. All power is in the people7. Courts, juries, sheriffs, governors draw their authority from this original source: when the constituted authorities are unable, or unwilling to protect life, liberty and property, the People must assert their inherent right to do so.”

In 1913, White America asserted their inherent right to protect their life, liberty and property. In 2013, White America exercises the right to Stand Their Ground through the exercise of legally authorized, deadly force if, “he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.” If a black woman so much as thought about asserting her right to life, liberty and property in 1913, she would be thrown in jail and possibly lynched. If a black woman tries to Stand Her Ground in 2013 by firing a gun into the air to get her physically abusive husband out of her house, she's given a 20 year sentence in prison.

When many populists talk of the rights of the people, they often don't mean all people. Rather, the history of American Populism is rife with instances of racial injustice masquerading as a crusade for personal liberty. It's not coincidence that the 20th century's two most influential American populists figures were Alabama Governor and noted segregationist George Wallace and Roman Catholic media pioneer and rabid anti-semite Father Charles Coughlin. Just as Watson did, both men used populist rhetoric in order to exploit the racial and religious prejudices of white, Christian America during turbulent times and gain a substantial following. It is only through the froth and venom of these racially rooted double standards that working class Whites have not turned their bloodlust towards the men who legitimately oppress them.

The inflammatory rhetoric that we hear today from the likes of Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk is not by any stretch of the imagination novel. Like almost all of humanity's myriad endeavors, they are but variations on themes that have been played out for millennia. There are few meaningful differences between a Father Coughlin and a Glenn Beck that can't be chalked up to the peculiar circumstances of the times in which they live. Both are men who took advantage of a burgeoning medium of mass communication and dire economic straits to cultivate a culture of hysterical fear and loathing amongst their followers. The main difference is that Father Coughlin's movement was snuffed out by progressive, sweeping New Deal Reforms that forever American life for the better, feeding and housing and providing steady work for tens of millions of Americans. However, during the economic collapse in 2008 and The Great Recession which followed, there has been no progressive force to counteract that reactionary onslaught of the emboldened American Right. Barack Obama, whatever you might think of him, is most certainly not a progressive. He is a centrist New Democrat and, even if he were immensely popular President--which he isn't--he is incapable of counterbalancing the vitriol and conservative fervor of the far right. There was no heir to FDR's ideological throne in 2008 and there were no bold new reforms like Works Progress Administration or the Tennessee Valley Authority. There's not much of the left left in the Democratic Party anymore and, until it makes a resurgence, the populist mantle will remain squarely in the hands of the right.

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(1) Even more amazing is the fact that in Mississippi and South Carolina, arguably the two most staunchly conservative states in 21st century America , 271,724 out of 277,579 votes were cast for FDR in the 1936 Presidential Election. That's nearly 98% of the vote total for those two states. To give an idea of how unreal that is, the best Ronald Reagan managed to do in an individual state when he wiped the floor with Mondale in '84 was 74.5% in Utah.

(2) “Sherman's Neckties” was the name given to railway rails that had been heated up and twisted into loops so that the Confederates could not reuse them. They were so named because the rails bore a resemblance to a necktie when bent.

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Angle of Repose Friday

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Angle of Repose Friday" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.

There are too many white people in clinical trials and it is a bigger problem than you think; A former California state lawmaker and co-founder of the Tea Party Express, told a group of conservative activists that liberals were wicked for working to help the poor; and Founding Father enthusiast Allen West's new book is filled with fake Founding Father quotes.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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