Here’s a Thing I Never Thought I’d See

Ok then. First off, congratulations to Catriona Gray. This year’s Miss Universe was born in Australia, but remained proud of her Philippine heritage. After finishing high school in Australia, she moved to Manila, Philippines. Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 but was also Miss World Philippines in 2016. The talented star earned a black belt … Continue reading Here’s a Thing I Never Thought I’d See

Why People Are Terrible (Fashion, Politics, and Success)

Why are people so obsessed with celebrities, fashion, cars, brands, bling ... all of that Kardashian bullshit? Why can't they focus on what really matters? by David Wong Cracked If you're already a fashionable trendsetter in your social group, feel free to skip this one! For the rest of us, an awards show red carpet interview … Continue reading Why People Are Terrible (Fashion, Politics, and Success)

Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out

If you believe "progressive" is a brand to be marketed, then you're not one by Ralph Nader Dec 12, 2018 In November, about 25 progressive Democrats were newly elected to the House of Representatives. How do the citizen groups know whether they are for real or for rhetoric? I suggest this civic yard stick to measure the determination … Continue reading Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out

War, Propaganda, and Smears: Piers Robinson

Julie Hyland interviews Piers Robinson for WSWS Professor Piers Robinson is the chair in politics, society and political journalism at the University of Sheffield. Much of his research focuses on the interface between propaganda and war. His 2002 book, The CNN Effect: The Myth of News Media, Foreign Policy and Intervention, examined news reporting in a … Continue reading War, Propaganda, and Smears: Piers Robinson

The Gilets Jaunes have blown up the old political categories

  France’s neoliberal order trembles as the yellow vest revolt shatters established political conventions. The new terrain presents both dangers and opportunities. by Jerome Roos ROAR Dec 11, 2018 The present order is the disorder of the future. — Saint-Just (1767–1794) As I write these words, a veritable earthquake is rippling through French politics and society. … Continue reading The Gilets Jaunes have blown up the old political categories

Labour must seize this moment to bring down May’s government

Is it a real D-Notice? I don't know. However, the BBC website does not show anything about Yellow Vests, France, or Macron on the front page at this moment. Teresa May is in trouble. Macron is in trouble. Is Trump in trouble as well? French Revolution? American Revolution? May you live in interesting times... by … Continue reading Labour must seize this moment to bring down May’s government

The Bad Ideas-Industrial Complex

Why must taxpayers subsidize rabidly partisan think tanks? by Mike Lofgren  Common Dreams Dec 11, 2018 One of the integral components of Beltway ecology, along with the Pentagon, intelligence spooks, contractors, and lobbyists, is the think tank. Whether it’s called a foundation, an institute or a trust, it’s not only as important as the other … Continue reading The Bad Ideas-Industrial Complex