The view from Egypt: Trumpism, Putinism, Bolsonaroism finally on the defensive
Bill, you are so right about the Times coverage. The Guardian was much worse - steadily beating the drum about Biden's low approval ratings, about dissention within the Democratic party, using imagery like wheels falling off, etc., etc. Truly abysmal. Michael Moore was much more on point, with a few caveats. Lula's win in Brazil was truly a victory for the planet. Things could be a hell of a lot worse right now. Also good that inflation numbers ticked down a bit - dastardly Repugs were using inflation like a cudgel in their misinformation campaigns, More important, the Fed should pause rate increases to see what the impacts of their many drastic rate increases turn out to be - there's always a time lag. Robert Reich has been so effective and energetic - Warren as well - calling out corporations for doing what you would expect them to do in an Oligarchy with cartels in all major industries - exacerbate inflation to their hearts' content, raising prices far beyond any higher costs they've incurred. The capitalist bible says: fair to charge whatever markets will bear. When there are cartels in industry, due to absence of effective regulation, these supposed principles of capitalism just funnel more money from the 99% to the 1%
Just wanted to add more good news from tiny Benicia, CA in the heart of very conservative Solano County! Valero Oil has a very large refinery here and has been spending BIG$$ on very deceptive advertising to get their chosen City Council candidates elected on Tuesday. There are two Council positions open AND it looks very likely that not one, but both of Valero's chosen are going to lose. THAT would be very good news indeed! And very encouraging to "anyone possessing either a brain or heart". ;-) 💜
Thank you for this, Bill...so important to highlight and celebrate successes to temper the long-term fatigue so many of us feel in the fight!
Rejoicing here in Michigan for the many wins for climate champions and defenders of the democratic system. Proud that Michigan is demonstrating what can be accomplished through fair redistricting.
Love the picture !
We the rational, must begin to realize the reality we we must make in ourselves. The transition from adversarial to egalitarian relations ( One People/ One Planet) : Economically this means from Central Bank System: BIS etc. using Fiat currency in a fractional Reserve monetary system to Electronic Exchange ( IRTA.com) which is currency directly backed by Productivity ie: Foods and Services. This makes money only an exchange NOT power as it is in Industrial Civilization: a transition to this is the key to a new civilization ( new values and technology) . Please see IRTA.com and Limits to Growth: MIT on YouTube
Things definitely came out better than they might’ve been. I think the Democrats have to make climate the campaign issue moving forward since enough people get it now. Thanks for your smart words.
I find it heartening to read this information, and almost impossible to view with a cold, sober eye. But this is civilization we're talking about and it's time to get real, so: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6996265078903734272/?origin=SHARED_BY_YOUR_NETWORK.
BTW I'm well into your book now (The End of Nature 1989) – I'm so ashamed I needed this long to get to it!! – and there are some parts in there that turned out to be very very weighty,. Although, civilized people being what they are, I'm assuming that especially these sections that don't deal with the science were largely ignored, sadly.
No wonder I don't read the NY Times. Sunday paper good wood fire starter, last all week. Thomas.