I think this is an excellent essay on the state of voting and voters in the election coming up. I find political ads offensive, ads in general come to that and mute the sound, maybe you do the same. But I have come to realize the truth in John Cassidy’s essay. Some very significant fraction of Americans has just tuned out or, perversely, just votes a party ticket without understanding the truth about the candidates or the issues. That is the only explanation I can see for the continuing voting that occurs in Red value states, even though the policies they are voting for are horribly damaging to their lives. This also explains I think how people like Louie Gohmert or Steve King, or Ted Cruz remain in office.
They’re huge and ruthless and define our lives. They’re close to monopolies. Let’s make them public utilities
Broadband as a public utility? If not for corporate corruption of our political process, that would seem like an obvious solution. Instead, our nation’s wireless access is the slowest and costliest in the world.
Greg Palast: GOP Disenfranchising 3.5 Million Voters — Obama Doing the “Al Gore” (Rolling Over and Playing Dead for Money) — Electoral Reform, Anyone?
GOP-led Purge Threat to 3.5 Million Voters
Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voter rolls, especially targeting minority voters.
Al Jazeera America has obtained 2.1 million names from the target lists, kept confidential until now. Experts reviewing the lists conclude it is suspiciously over-weighted with Black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters.
From America’s CounterIntelligence hub, CounterPunch…
Will the Feds Soon be Targeting People With a “Bad Attitude”?
Healthcare workers should be equipped with air-purifying respirators because “patients and procedures generate aerosols, and Ebola virus remains viable in aerosols for up to 90 minutes,” they noted.
ere in one article are what I consider to be the dispositive trends shaping America. The only way this is going to change is if we can get people to vote, and to vote based on facts not fear — which of course is why the Right is hysterical about Ebola. Research shows that when people are afraid they tend to become more conservative and to vote for the right.
A living wage, retirement security and a life free of debt are now only accessible to the country’s wealthiest
Playtime is over. Serves Europe right for being an ignorant unethical pawn to US lies… As for John Kerry, he is, if anything, even more worthless than Hillary Clinton ever was.
Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine
Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated. This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.