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rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:27pm PT
TGT...and next , the rich eat you...rj
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
Gee, TeaGeeTea...that's a lot of text.

Musta took all day to download that email on your 386 Compaq.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
90% of all literate people not only know "corporations are fictitious people" but in fact have known this since long before you apparently did.

Better let Mittens know, he thinks they're real people.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:35pm PT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/02/hillary-clintons-book-sales-dropped-even-faster-in-week-three-than-in-week-two/


meanwhile Blood Feud is # 4 today

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/ref=sv_b_2

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Feud-The-Clintons-Obamas/dp/1621573133/ref=zg_bs_books_4
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:39pm PT
You got nuthin', doncha TeaGeeTea?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:43pm PT
TGT...Big deal on the Hillary book sales...You think Democrats are into idol worship like you tea-baggers..Americans vote to keep your party from ruining the country...If your party weren't so backwards , life would be better for Americans..glad your bank account is still doing well...rj
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:54pm PT
Every society is ruled by a consensus. The consensus rarely comes from the bottom up. Usually it's imposed from the top down.

The consensus is what the people running things believe. It's their equivalent of common sense.

The United States is not run by the voters. It's not run by the people. It's run by a consensus. That consensus is what the elites think is true. That consensus is not exactly the same among Democrats and Republicans, but it does overlap in significant ways.

The first point of the consensus is that bigger institutions are better because they are smarter. This isn't limited just to government. It also encompasses the corporate world. And the merger of governments, corporations, academics and non-profits into one large conglomeration of consensus.

The movement of executives from the non-profit, to the political to the corporate spheres, in no particular order, is really how our society is run. Even when each group remains in its own sphere, they make interdependent decisions with companies and government institutions acting as executive leaders and treating non-profits and academics as the expert class.

Pull back and we're run by a single giant corporation whose leadership is very complicated and competitive, but whose leaders come from a common culture and who call on the consensus for their ideas.

Using elections to shift that consensus is very difficult because at the top the consensus extends across both parties and much of the governing of the consensus is not subject to voter review.

Maintaining the Consensus requires unhealthy doses of contempt for the people. The central article of the Consensus is that it can make life better by controlling people. It's not an idea that can be sustained without believing that most people are basically inferior.

Considering that the Consensus does draw from an elite, Ivy League grads, aggressive businessmen and financial geniuses, it's not extraordinary that its members would think this way. And yet the country's Founders, who were also the elite, believed in crowdsourcing politics long before the existence of Wikipedia. Meanwhile today's elite, heavily spiced by the Dot Com crowd, dismisses the idea of allowing the people to run their own lives.

The members of the Consensus extrapolate from their own leadership skills and success a chilling contempt for the ordinary person and a certainty that he can and should be manipulated. It never occurs to them to think otherwise. Their experiences with their voters and their employees only reinforces their certainty that the ordinary person is unfit.

The various layers of government bureaucracy, from the DMV clerk to the local cop, share this same certainty. The more regulations they have to learn, the more their jobs seem to be those of experts coping with the ignorant masses. They become natural members of the Consensus because they have to know ten thousand regulations to do their job and the irritating public doesn't know any of them.

The expert class of the Consensus expands with each regulation and freedom contracts with each regulation.

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/06/our-consensus-rulers.html
dirtbag

climber
Jul 2, 2014 - 07:59pm PT
Boo hoo hoo TGT. Times they are a changing.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 2, 2014 - 08:03pm PT
Funny...I don't remember you complaining about all of the executive decisions that your Shrub made during his reign of errors...?

You really do need to quit your whiney whining, TGT. You are too old to cry like a little girl.
dirtbag

climber
Jul 2, 2014 - 08:07pm PT
But Obama is black.

Worse, he's half black.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2014 - 08:08pm PT
How Fox News and Drudge Push The Mexican 'Germ Invasion' Myth

100 years ago, the KKK accused migrants of spreading disease. Fox picked up where they left off.

The Guardian / By Laura Murphy


July 2, 2014 |
http://www.alternet.org/mexican-germ-invasion-just-rights-latest-anti-immigration-myth

Late last week, before President Obama gave up on pressuring Congress on comprehensive immigration reform in favor of his familiar executive actions, media outlets began pressing a familiar non-news item.

The local CBS station in Dallas/Fort Worth reported that "four or five [US Border Patrol] agents have tested positive" for illnesses such as chicken pox or tuberculosis, ostensibly contracted at their border posts. With over 18,500 agents stationed along the Mexican border, the headline probably should have been something like "Border Patrol Agents Unusually Healthy Among Americans". Matt Drudge preferred, as usual, a more pernicious threat: BORDER PATROL AGENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR DISEASE CARRIED BY IMMIGRANTS.

Channel 11 in Dallas also reported that one of the children among the 52,000 who have crossed US borders in the last few months has been diagnosed with H1N1 virus (also known as "swine flu"). Congressman Henry Cuellar blamed the potential problem on "some of these countries where they don't have great health care systems." Perhaps he was talking about the United States: Now that H1N1 is the predominant flu strain in the US and Canada, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 2,008 of the 2,815 reported cases of the flu in the US this seasonhave been identified as H1N1. That means that if you had the flu in the US in the past nine months, it is more than 70% likely that you were infected with the swine flu, just like the sick child trapped in Texas.

A little informed comparison can be helpful: a study of mortality among US school teachers suggests that they contract autoimmune illnesses at a rate disproportionate with the general population. Also: the subway is a major conduit for the spread of influenza, including swine flu.

Fortunately, we haven't begun a Typhoid Mary-style campaign against every American who used public transportation, taught a middle-school class and/or sneezed this year. But the myth of diseased hordes of immigrants has a long history in the American imagination, and now it is inflaming anti-immigration sentiment at a time when we need to address the real humanitarian needs of the people who cross our borders in search of opportunity.

While President Obama said on Monday that he is working to "address the urgent humanitarian challenge on the border", the conservative radio host Bryan Fischer suggests that the real "humanitarian disaster" is the threat the children pose to US citizens' health. (He also thinks "children are now dying at the border because of Obama".) Dr Marc Siegel preemptively declared on Fox News that the immigrant children were "a big health crisis" despite the fact that the US Department of Health and Human Services vaccinates and screens every recovered child.

The result of this false reporting is widespread public anxiety that immigrant populations pose a threat to the health and safety of US citizens. And the usual "not in my neighborhood" cries have gone up on social media, insisting that the women and children who have recently migrated in huge waves should not be allowed a safe space to live in the United States while their cases get sorted out.

The howls are particularly egregious if it means the latest migrants to America live anywhere near the apparently full-blooded Americans who do not recall their own immigrant heritages or their ancestors who were wrongfully accused of contaminating the nation in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

more....
crankster

Trad climber
Jul 3, 2014 - 06:24am PT
Once again, good news for the country is bad news for Republicans.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

It was the fifth straight monthly job gain above 200,000 - the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom. Over the past 12 months, the economy has added nearly 2.5 million jobs - 208,000 a month, the fastest year-over-year pace since May 2006.

Friday's report from the Labor Department made clear that the U.S. economy is moving steadily closer to full health after having shrunk at the start of the year.

June's job gain followed additions of 217,000 jobs in May and 304,000 in April, figures that were both revised upward. Monthly job gains so far this year have averaged 230,833, up from 194,250 in 2013.

The unemployment rate dipped last month to its lowest level since the financial crisis struck at full force in the fall of 2008 with the bankruptcy of the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers.

The gains were widespread. Factories added 16,000 workers. Retailers brought on 40,200. Financial and insurance firms increased their employee ranks by 17,000.

Job growth has averaged 272,000 over the past three months. In May, the economy surpassed its jobs total in December 2007, when the Great Recession officially began.

The number of long-term unemployed has dropped by 1.2 million over the past year to just under 3.1 million. That is half what it was three years ago.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:13am PT
once again obama's approval rating hit the....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:18am PT
Job growth my arse,, you mean PART TIME employment making more working poverty level folks eh. More folks that will fall into medicare categories of the ACA. Damm brilliant plan..
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:23am PT
obama has been voted as worst president since WW2!

33% named obama worst second is bush at 28%

RONALD REAGAN = best president since world war 2 !!!!
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:35am PT
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas

Jul 3, 2014 - 07:23am PT
obama has been voted as worst president since WW2!

33% named obama worst second is bush at 28%

RONALD REAGAN = best president since world war 2 !!!!

It's the Republicans' fault.

Like always.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:43am PT
The three dumb asses above would be much happier if it was a 288,000 negative job loss like back in 2008.

Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:50am PT
It's the Republicans fault.

Like always.

uh no.... if those numbers are right, think about that for a second or two.

Bush : Not totally but largely responsble for the economic crash, cranking up the debt to fund war based on pure lies, manipuated by or comlicit with Darth Vader

Obama: , handed a sh#t sandwich economy which despite being obstructed every step of the way by partisan institutionally entrenched rascists, practicers of voodoo, creationists, and rank supporters of the 1 percent, somehow gets a major healthcare reform implemented and has maintained a steady climb out of the economic pit.


And the american people rank him the worst. Any Moron could see that whatever his faults, you could be doing much, much worse on all counts.... except for perhaps skin color and allegience to the 1 percenters.

No its not the Repugs fault, its all your fault.
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:56am PT
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM

Jul 3, 2014 - 07:43am PT
The three dumb asses above would be much happier if it was a 288,000 negative job loss like back in 2008.

Good one, Bob.

You really PWNed us!

Plus marks for creativity and relevance.

You rock!

DURRRRRRR!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:56am PT
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_big_idea/2009/11/obamas_brilliant_first_year.html


And then America elected a majority of republicans to the house.

Losers.

Sketch...go hump on Ron's leg.
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