commented on The Trump Revolution That Began With Brexit Ends in the Netherlands
By making the entire election about scary, scary foreigners - Wilders' party came in third behind 2 other parties currently in government that had over the last few years adopted his shtick, minus the most extreme insults - vast numbers of people voted yet again to have their pockets picked.
The big winners in this election are really he beneficiaries of the current neoliberal government which looks set to continue: companies that have reaped the benefits of privatization, deregulation, and austerity policies. Health insurers, banks, dodgy "educational institutions" that rip off the vulnerable, etc.
The system works.
source: I live in the Netherlands.
Oct 9, 2016
commented on Second Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog
Everyone knows Hillary is in the tank for Wall Street. That's what the Democratic primary campaign was about. Bernie couldn't close the deal and Wall Street won, as it usually does.
Nobody cares about those leaks because they confirm something that was already obvious: Clinton is a triangulating politician dependent on donations from plutocrats who tailors a message to the audience. Good luck trying to sell that "dog bites man" story.
What's much more interesting is why the latest Trump tape has former endorsers running for the exits. It's also utterly unsurprising - everyone knows Trump is a narcissistic boor, and he's ALREADY SAID TERRIBLE SHIT ABOUT WOMEN IN PUBLIC, FOREVER. From here it looks like they were looking for an excuse to bail in light of the poll numbers after the first debate.
I'd revel in schadenfreude except I think there is a decent chance that the GOP might sort out a way to force Trump out, get the election thrown to the House of Representatives through some legal chicanery, and/or having retained slender majorities in both houses impeach Clinton and Kaine for the high crime of being Democrats immediately upon their inauguration. If I've learned anything from the last 20 years of American politics, it is that comity and respect for the electorate is utterly dead.
Nov 14, 2015
commented on Terrorists Attack in Paris
Can we please all think a little more critically here? Coordinated attacks like this one appears to be aren't demented "terror-for-terror's-sake" art projects out of the minds of some comic book villain.
The organizers have goals, and expect the reaction to the attacks (rather than the immediate carnage inflicted) to advance them. Who the organizers are may never be known with certainty, but the lens of qui bono certainly narrows the possibilities.
Regardless of who's actually responsible, my most fervent wish is that the assholes on all sides expecting to profit from these events (whether they are hoping to start a war for religious reasons, or for mercenary ones, or hoping to ride a wave of fear to advance their own careers) are disappointed.
Aug 22, 2015
commented on Seattle to Get Seven New "Hyperlocal" Low-Power Radio Stations
NPR's shameless and vigorous lobbying (coordinated with the NAB) against LPFM is why I stopped contributing to NPR affiliates 15 years ago. Completely unacceptable, and I will never contribute another dime to them until they acknowledge and apologize for their role in stalling LPFM for over a decade.
Support your community radio stations instead.