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What would AOC have to lose?

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There have been a lot of new, admittedly far more interesting personalities entering American politics in recent years. Notably on the left of course has been Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who emerged on the scene and caught national attention when she primaried and defeated one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington in 2018, Joseph Crowley, with an entirely grassroots funded campaign. …


Right-wing propaganda outlets help conservatives deny reality

During eight years in office, President Barack Obama was dogged by the false rumors about his birthplace. Many of them were spread on World Net Daily, a right-wing conspiracy site. (NASA/Joe Kowsky from Flickr)

My brother worries about my mental health because I spend so much time looking at right-wing media. Viewing right-wing media is like staring at the sun. It can damage your organs. So, I do it through filters such as Right Wing Watch, Media Matters and Mediaite that aggregate this kind of information. But sometimes, you click on a link and get exposed to the full horror of right-wing propaganda.

That’s what I did a few days ago when I clicked on a link that took me to the World Net Daily website. World Net Daily (WND) is notorious for conspiracy-mongering…


White nationalism makes strange bedfellows

From left, former President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr)

Ialways thought Stephen Miller, the immigrant-hating offspring of Jewish refugees, was the only Jew who socialized with neo-Nazis. But it turns out he’s not alone.

You would think that Jews and neo-Nazis would be natural enemies, like snakes and mongooses, or Black people and the police. Attempting to exterminate a race tends to make permanent enemies. And even though the Holocaust happened almost 80 years ago, neo-Nazi views are still with us, and they still contain a large element of anti-Semitism.

The delusional QAnon conspiracy theory is recycled anti-Semitic slurs. Elites drinking blood? That’s been around for hundreds of years…


Meet the new Big Tech lobbying group, the Chamber of Progress

Photo: Marco Verch | CC-BY-2.0

Adam Kovacevich, formerly Google’s head of policy and external affairs, has launched a new lobbying group called the Chamber of Progress. The group’s advisory board includes a number of Washington and Big Tech insiders, and their list of “corporate partners” contains essentially all of the big names from social media and the gig economy.

According to Axios, Kovacevich “describes the group as a ‘new tech industry coalition devoted to a progressive society, economy, workforce, and consumer climate.’” This comes across as incredibly disingenuous considering the recent actions of many of their “corporate partners.” Perhaps the most spectacular example is Amazon’s…


GOP won’t bail on Gaetz until he’s indicted

Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

2021 may have already gotten its juiciest political scandal. It involves Rep Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.,) underage sex, prostitution and drugs. However, the scandal is so fast-moving, there may be new revelations by the end of the day.

The scandal has also taught political watchers several lessons about both political parties.

Here are a few of them:

Republicans don’t give a damn about family values

The whole family values thing has been a running joke in the Republican Party for a long time. This line should have been sunk when Donald Trump, a thrice-married libertine whose wife did girl-on-girl porn, was named as the 2016 presidential candidate.

And to…


From Tyler Merber on Wikimedia

And I was nowhere near the Capitol.

2021 had the makings of a good year. Four days into it, I had moved into a new home and finally set up my office the way I wanted it. I’d just published an essay on Medium that I was moderately satisfied with. That evening I was walking through my new neighborhood, thinking about what I might write next. It seemed to me that there was a threat that someone would try to threaten the upcoming vote certification, and I started wondering how the security services might have to respond. I’ll admit that’s a little odd, but I come by…


“But other than that, Happy Easter!”

Source: BBC

After being effectively banned from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the wake of the January 6th riots at the Capitol Building, I’m sure there is no one who likes former President Donald Trump being cut off from his favorite tool of communication with the public less than Donald Trump himself. After all, social media platforms were his tool of choice to bypass the media, and foster his own narrative while garnering the attention and approval from loyal supporters he has spent arguably his entire life craving. …


How could a serial loan defaulter ever be a ‘good businessman?’

Trump supporters (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

If I read another article about people who voted for ex-President Donald Trump because he was “a good businessman,” I’m going to scream. I just read another such report in The New York Times that claimed Trump scored more Latino voters than expected because of his z”business expertise.” “In focus groups, Equis Labs’ interviewers noticed that Mr. Trump’s history as a businessman was seen as a positive attribute by many Latino voters, who viewed him as well positioned to guide the economy through the pandemic-driven recession. Partly as a result, the analysis found, many conservative Latino voters who had been…


Has the pressure been working?

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

As some of my critical readers have pointed out, I sometimes sound like a broken record when it comes to my thoughts on Joe Biden, and his handling of issues such as the $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, his approach to dealing with Republicans and of course, the cancellation of student loan debt. Considering these are some of the topics I care about the most, naturally I’m going to be following and discussing the developments surrounding them. That said, recent reports seem to indicate that the President is at least appearing to shift his position on using his executive…


Gaetz scandal includes underage sex, orgies, drugs

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

When I heard that Rep Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was involved in a sex scandal, the first thing I asked was, “With a woman?” For people like me, who study the news in-depth and read between the lines, it was just a matter of time before Gaetz was ensnared in a sex scandal. After all, he currently lives with 19-year-old Nestor Galbán, who he claims is his son, but has no adoption papers. Also, Gaetz’s “son” has lived with him since he was 12 and has been presented as an “intern” and “page.” He announced he was his son last year…

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