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The Adventures of Baron Trumphausen

It is simply impossible to read the and not come away with the certainty that this administration is the most (morally) corrupt and dysfunctional in US history, and that it is headed by a president who was only saved from prosecution because the people working for him routinely had the good sense to disregard his orders.

Why the High Hopes for Trump’s Tax Returns Are Misplaced

With House Democrats making a push to get their hands on Donald Trump’s tax returns, there is an expectation among those wanting to see the president get toppled that these documents might constitute the smoking gun that will bring him down.But instead of a silver bullet, it’s more likely that the tax returns will be a relative dud, and here is why: There is simply no way that they are complete and accurate.As we and others have documented — and anybody with an open mind must surely realize — Trump is a crook and a charlatan.

We’ve Been Distracted During Mueller Time

The Mueller report on the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election is completed, and while US Attorney General William Barr summarizes that it clears President Donald Trump of collusion, confusion remains around the issue of obstruction of justice. At this stage, I can finally say something I haven’t felt comfortable saying since November 2016: I think we’ve largely been asking the wrong questions.

US Healthcare Disgrace: GoFundMe-Care Symptomatic of Extreme Inequality

Anybody who has spent time on social media has come across the heartwarming tales of people — many of them strangers — pitching in to help somebody in need. Often these stories involve medical problems, and the donations may make the difference between life and death. There is no doubt that these anecdotes represent the best of humanity — but they also illustrate the widening rift between the haves and have-nots, as well as the abject failure of the US to fix an atrocious healthcare system.

The Neocon Playbook Is a Recipe for Disaster in Venezuela

When Donald Trump promised that he would only hire the “best people,” maybe he should have been pressed on what, exactly, they would be good at. Because it’s clearly not running the US government. Over the past two years, it has become clear that liars, grifters, conmen, opportunists, and crooks seem to be drawn to the president like flies to … well, you know. Now, however, a situation is arising for which one of Trump’s “best people” seems ideally suited for forcing regime change somewhere in the Americas.

Did Jill Stein Help Elect Donald Trump?

In the final week of 2018, Michael Bloomberg the former mayor of New York, a Republican turned Democrat, and a possible future presidential candidate went on television to issue a remarkable challenge to fellow politicians: He would insist that every candidate in 2020 lay out a comprehensive plan to combat climate change.

Is the Era of Unrestrained Capitalism Coming to an End?

It is truly ironic that the world’s “elite” who gathered in Davos this week claim to be puzzled that people across the globe — frustrated by stagnating standards of living — are .

Saying Goodbye to the ‘Other Russell Baker’

I’ve been getting text messages and emails on the passing of the more famous version of myself: the columnist Russell Baker. Russell Baker had a knack for getting at the essence of human nature — a keen eye and winning voice, a sense of humor and irony we could certainly use in today’s messed-up world. He will be missed by many, and certainly by me.

What If the US, Like Germany, Bans Hate Speech in the Future?

Which do you agree with: America has too much online hate speech? Or, America has too much online free speech? Both complaints can apply to the same words. The difference depends on no more than whether you are the speaker or the listener. What comes from my mouth is free speech that deserves legal protection. You protest that what enters your ears is hate speech that must be prohibited. Hate speech is a byproduct of free speech.

A Rule Fit for a King

President Donald Trump, who hates being constrained by pesky things like laws, the separation of powers, or the Constitution, seems poised to invoke a national emergency to get his taxpayer-funded wall built along the southern border.   To save face after triggering a government shutdown over this issue, it is believed that Trump would use this move to seize land along the border and reallocate funds designated for real emergencies to deal with this made-up crisis.

Trump and GOP Lawmakers: Going Along to Get Along

Speaking truth to power is important — but it matters little if the words aren’t backed up by action. And there may not be a more apparent truth than the moral bankruptcy of the country’s most powerful person, President Donald Trump.

Our Favorite Cartoon Op-Eds of 2018

The outstanding work of our Images Department, which is headed by an artist who goes by the nom de guerre “DonkeyHotey,” is the main reason WhoWhatWhy has such a unique look. We are proud of our daily panoramas and other images, which add an engaging visual dimension to our stories.

LeBron v. Trump: A Tale of Two Schools

When LeBron James criticized President Donald Trump in February, Fox News host and frequent Trump apologist Laura Ingraham told the basketball star to “shut up and dribble.” Fortunately for hundreds of kids in James’s hometown of Akron, OH, he did not follow her advice. Earlier this week, James opened the I Promise School, a public elementary school that he co-founded. Through his foundation, and based on his personal struggles at that age, he wanted to create a unique learning environment for kids at risk of falling behind.

Not Who We Are? Racism Is as American as Apple Pie

When the effects of the Trump administration’s family separation policy became big news, a lot of people commented that “this is not who we are” or that “America is better than that.” Sadly, they are mistaken, because ripping (brown) children away from their parents is exactly in line with the US’s long history of deep-seated racism.

Enquête sur l’homme au couteau

Soit, je viens d'être désignée à la tête de cette C.A.T., de cette cellule anti-terroristes pour vous apprendre à dépister, à chercher et à trouver de nouvelles pistes. J'appelle un chat, un chat... je suis réaliste mais ça ne m'empêche pas de faire œuvre d'analyste et de me demander si derrière le chat, il y a ou il n'y a pas un rat.

Musings of a Mass Shooting Survivor

A version of this article was previously published December 2017.We had been watching a puppet skit about an angry kid who shoots his entire family at dinner. It was hilarious, and we were still laughing when the dean stepped onto the stage and announced that a gunman was on campus and that at least one person was dead.

Why the March for Our Lives Might Be a March for the Ages

We all know the story. On Valentine’s Day, an expelled 19-year-old returned to his old school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, three teachers and 14 students.

Another Modest Proposal: Let’s Help Trump by Surrounding Him With Gunslingers

In response to the Florida school massacre, the White House had President Donald Trump participate in an unusual, media-filmed “listening” session with mourning parents and students. Trump listened — how could he not? He is being pressured to do something about gun violence in America. This most recent slaughter, and the remarkable public response to it, led by young people, is creating a potentially inexorable emotional wave. So he proposed a solution. More guns.

Legalized Pot: What States Hoping for Extra Revenue Get Wrong

Editor’s note: Pot is back in the news following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s that federal prosecutors will once again pursue marijuana cases in states where the drug has been legalized. That doesn’t sit well with the affected states, which hope to amass additional tax revenue from the pot businesses now legal under state laws. That leads one WhoWhatWhy contributor to ask: “Are they all high?”

Banned Seven Words: Censorship or Good Strategy?

The uproar over the ban of a list of words that has roiled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and now the rest of the country, is understandable. The list, which a Health and Human Services official advised be omitted from the CDC&;s budget documents, would make any scientist weep. Transparency advocates have raised legitimate concerns about censorship.

Reality Check: Don’t Buy into the Myth of ‘Tax Reform’

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to quickly pass sweeping “tax reform” legislation this year. While his entire plan remains something of a mystery, one element stands out: Trump has insisted on reducing the corporate tax rate to 15%.Any debate on tax policy is fraught with confusing terms, doublespeak and a whole lot of obfuscation.As the GOP’s efforts to fundamentally alter the tax code are about to kick into high gear, WhoWhatWhy has prepared this primer to cut through the rhetoric and pull back the curtain on this “reform.”

Don’t Confuse Tax Cuts with Tax Reform

un débat Bien ForMaté

 
Il y a des formes qui éclipsent le fond. Qu'on le veuille ou non, elles nous retiennent et nous les retenons consciemment ou inconsciemment. Elles se détachent du fond, et nous attachent au piquet de l'instant. Elles exercent sur nous une certaine pression et produisent chez nous une impression qui n'évolue que très rarement. C'est d'un naturel qui n'a rien de naturel.

Les chiens de garde

  La philosophie nous enseigne la servitude. Elle la justifie et la légitime au profit des bourgeois qui, depuis la Révolution Française, se sont agrégés sans difficulté à nos dirigeants. C’est là principalement le contenu du livre polémique rédigé en 1932 par Paul Nizan : Les chiens de garde.

L’anarchie est morte, vive la démocratie !

L’anarchie, aujourd’hui, c’est un folklore. Se réclamer d’un monde sans ordre revient presque à promouvoir un chaos digne des pires barbaries de notre Histoire. Pour tout dire, tous ceux qui, depuis quelques décennies, se revendiquent comme anarchistes, s’accaparent outrancièrement une fierté et un prestige plus proches de la mystification que de la vertu. Ils sont les idiots utiles à toute réelle entreprise révolutionnaire.

Faut-il réviser l’Histoire pour appréhender la vérité ?

Difficile d’écrire aussi raisonnablement qu’un Spinoza. Une philosophie agencée suivant l’ordre géométrique ; une Ethique par delà toute cacophonie lyrique. Pourtant ce chef d’oeuvre de la pensée occidentale a malheureusement peu inspiré les hommes, plutôt enclins à justifier leurs errances par la kyrielle de fables saturant notre Histoire depuis ses balbutiements littéraires.

Psychologie des foules

La foule est conduite presque exclusivement par l’inconscient. Ses actes sont beaucoup plus sous l’influence de la moelle épinière que sous celle du cerveau. Les actes exécutés peuvent être parfaits quant à leur exécution, mais, le cerveau ne les dirigeant pas, l’individu agit suivant les hasards des excitations.

Oligarchie

N’ayons pas peur de le dire : nous sélectionnons lors d’élections une poignée d’oligarques qui nous volent le pouvoir. Sous le masque de la démocratie notre République prospère d’oligarchie en oligarchie (oligoi : petit nombre, arkhê : gouvernement), où « les hommes au pouvoir écrivent les règles de leur propre pouvoir. »

Von Trier et Hitler : l'opprobre est sur la Licra, pas sur moi | Rue89

La dénonciation du racisme et de l'antisémitisme est pervertie Pas n'importe laquelle. Celle qui doit échapper à la judiciarisation de la pensée quand les qualifications pénales ne peuvent pas incontestablement la régir. Entre la loi et le délire, dans notre démocratie, il y a de la marge ! En définitive, force est de constater qu'avec cette absence qui m'a été imposée, un double mouvement contradictoire se dessine qui est infiniment préoccupant pour la République.

Old Holborn: Waiting for that riot.

I mean, it's not as if Labour haven't tried. They have poked and prodded and needled and Tazered the sleeping beast of Britain and all they managed to achieve is to make it shift a little in its slumbers. The British still refuse to riot. So now our government has resorted to ordering us to do it. 'There will be riots this summer', they say. 'Your invitations are in the post and we expect you all to be there'. Weather permitting, naturally.

Exposed: the great GM crops myth - Green Living, Environment - The Independent

Entendez-vous parler ici ou là, d'une crise de l'alimentation ?

Va-t-on, à nouveau, être exposé à ce colonialisme misérabiliste qui consistera en l'envoie de tonne de riz à Haiti et en afrique ? Qu'on en finisse avec leur agriculture déjà quasiment éradiquée...

Commençons par en finir une fois pour toute avec les OGM.

Exposed: the great GM crops myth - Green Living, Environment - The Independent

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor Sunday, 20 April 2008

Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.

The study – carried out over the past three years at the University of Kansas in the US grain belt – has found that GM soya produces about 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent, contradicting assertions by advocates of the technology that it increases yields.

JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATED - GERALD FORD BOOK

JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATED - GERALD FORD BOOK

EXCERPTS FROM THIS AMAZING FINAL BOOK BY PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD:

"I completely replaced cabinet and staff. You may recognize some of my appointees: George H.W. Bush - Director, CIA Richard Cheney - Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld - Secretary of Defense Alan Greenspan - Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors"

PeoplePC - News

PeoplePC - News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned Friday that the huge profits generated from piracy and counterfeiting are fostering terrorism.

Terror groups are taking their cues from organized crime and funding their operations with money they make committing intellectual property crimes, he told a gathering of Silicon Valley executives.

"Criminal syndicates, and in some cases even terrorist groups, view IP crime as a lucrative business and see it as a low-risk way to fund other activities," Mukasey said. "A primary goal of our IP enforcement mission is to show these criminals that they're wrong."

Mukasey, who did not elaborate and did not take questions, said his department is devoting increasing resources to prosecuting such crimes and filed 7 percent more IP cases in 2007 than in 2006 and 33 percent more than in 2005.

Before Friday's speech, Mukasey met privately with representatives from companies including Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc.

Le monde selon Monsanto - ARTE

Le monde selon Monsanto - ARTE

Très bon film. Il n'y a rien d'inutile, on voit que l'auteur a pris un soin poarticulier pour nous exposer les faits. J'apprécie beaucoup la discrétion avec laquelle elle réussi à nous montrer son indignation face à ces personnages infréquantables et pire. Chapeau !

Comment une telle firme a-t-elle pu subsister aussi longtemps ?

WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM

WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM

HOW TO SUCK MORE MONEY OUT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW TO SUCK MORE MONEY OUT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE... Posted Mar 16, 2008 02:16 PM PST Category: DICTATORSHIP Step 1: Use taxpayer money and additional ticket fees to add tons of security to make airport travel a painful experience.

Step 2: Sell travelers a card to let them go back to boarding planes hassle free like they used to before all the added security.

Net effect? People still get on the planes like they used to, but are now suckered into paying for security systems and paying more to ignore them.

Such a deal

( commentaire de Michael Rivero de whatreallyhappenned.com :) )

Banks Urging U.S. to Adopt the Trading of Emissions - New York Times

Banks Urging U.S. to Adopt the Trading of Emissions - New York Times

La messe est dite. La mode du "global warming" n'a rien à voir avec l'écologie, c'est un business. Les écologistes d'aujourd'hui, ceux qui ne sont pas tombés dans le panneau, ont tout à refaire... C'est la pollution qu'il faut combattre, pas le climat... Mon opinion.

PARIS, Sept. 25 — A group representing some of the world’s leading banks will urge the United States and other industrial nations this week to move quickly to introduce a lightly regulated system for trading carbon emissions permits.

Permit-trading systems offer banks a potentially vast new business.

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MODERN HOLOCAUST ~~ MODERN METHODS « Desertpeace

MODERN HOLOCAUST ~~ MODERN METHODS « Desertpeace

Carlos Latuff est un grand illustrateur. On trouve quelques-uns de ses dessins sur ce blog. Pupliés avec la mention "Copyleft".

Il a fait une video pour expliquer son engagement pour le peuple Palestinien

source: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/message-to-the-people-of-palestine-from-carlos-latuff/

Costa Rica recognizes ‘Palestine’ | Jerusalem Post

Oui, la Palestine est un pays !

Costa Rica recognizes 'Palestine' | Jerusalem Post

"We would like to express our disappointment over this regretful decision of the government of Costa Rica to establish full diplomatic relations with the 'state of Palestine,' " Mekel said. "This act of Costa Rica totally contradicts the traditional friendship that characterized its relations with Israel since its establishment."

A DOCTOR SPEAKS FROM GAZA « Desertpeace

A DOCTOR SPEAKS FROM GAZA « Desertpeace

My sleep was largely interrupted , last night so was my my daughter’s. The shooting was so heavy against different areas of the city , as well as different parts of the Gaza strip , the jet fighters sound was too loud as well as the helicopters sound.

This morning 28th of February it is disproportional open war , civilians pay the price , 15 people were killed , as an outcome of last night attack , including 3 months old baby 1000 children were killed in the last 5 years alone

SARKOZY: SIONISTE EXTRAORDINAIR? « Desertpeace

SARKOZY: SIONISTE EXTRAORDINAIR? « Desertpeace

Sarkozy... Pouah!

Last week, Mr. Sarkozy was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t shake hands with anyone that didn’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The gravity of his statement is very real, since accepting Israel as an exclusively Jewish state amounts to condoning and embracing racism in its most fundamentalist forms. It is very much like insisting that France should belong exclusively to the Catholics and that the non-Catholic citizens of France would have to come to terms with their inferior status as lesser citizens who eventually would have to choose between embracing Catholicism or expulsion.

Smoking Mirrors

Smoking Mirrors

Une pierre peinte par Manu Vilard, mon pote

People are that stupid that if you say something over and over they figure it has to be true because why else could you say it over and over on mass media?

Cet article est vraiment interressant comme panorama de la situation actuelle. Au sujet des élections aux USA en 2008.

J'ai une petite remarque sur la stupidité

Ils ne sont pas stupides. C'est qu'ils pensent tout savoir. Ils ne pensent pas, comme certaines personnes très bizarres, qu'ils pourraient apprendre quelque chose comme : "la TV, le cinema de masse, les masses médias et les systèmes éducatifs mentent et manipulent, vous vendent et vous empoisonnent. Vous dirigent, et n'ont pas plus de considérations pour nous que nous n'en avons pour notre planète. Nous enlèvent la possibilité de vivre une vie simple basée sur la coopération, l'entente et l'amour. Bref, ils nous détruisent le peu de temps que nous avons dans cette petite vie. Ce système est fait pour aliéner".