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“The Four Freedoms” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This was FDR's State of the Union address in January, 1941. It was another speech that changed everything.

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Thursday roundup

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Wednesday roundup

Halt fiery presidential rallies for public safety reasons

“Trump should recognize that his campaign-style events are dangerous,” The speech wars continue. It's not about free speech, it's about taking away people's Moral Authority™ to speak at all.


Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Like always, the CIA is playing all sides against each other


Stop Making Excuses for Antifa Thuggery

Related - Journalists loved Antifa. Now they’ve turned on them.


Prices Should Rise During Crises Like Hurricane Harvey

“Prices should rise during emergencies. Price changes save lives. That's because prices aren't just money—they are information.


Appeals court backs First Amendment right to criticize police

No one is above the law and no one is above criticism.


Joe Arpaio May Have Been Pardoned, But He's Still a Whiny Bitch

Truth. I keep hoping he's going to disappear.

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Clean water

Anheuser-Busch Stops Canning Beer To Can Water For Hurricane Harvey Victims

Anheuser-Busch is sending more than 500,000 cans of emergency drinking water to Baton Rouge for families who may not have safe drinking water in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath.

"Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis. Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations," Brewmaster Sarah Schilling told FOX 5 News.

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Serving up hot meals

Keep It Simple And Stay Open: The Waffle House Storm Menu

The massive flooding in the Houston area has brought much of the city's commercial life to a halt. For those venturing out it can be hard to find a place to eat. The Houston Chronicle posted a list of bars and restaurants that are open in the aftermath of Harvey. It's not a big list. There are some cafes and diners serving up meals, but most of the locations are McDonald's or Waffle House restaurants.

Waffle House, the 24/7 comfort-food chain, is notable for keeping the doors open when hurricanes and natural disasters strike. The Federal Emergency Management Agency even measures the severity of a storm's damage by something called the Waffle House Index. When a Waffle House restaurant shuts down, it's really bad. "Waffle House stays on when the wind's blowing — they never close," Philip Strouse, FEMA's private sector liaison, told Yahoo Finance last year.

Well, Harvey's storm surges have been so severe that two Waffle House locations in the Houston area have indeed closed — one owing to flooding and one because nearby roads are impassable, said Pat Warner, Waffle House director of external affairs. But 30 Waffle House restaurants in Houston remain open, serving up hot meals and giving people a place to congregate and charge their cellphones.
     — Uri Berliner

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Mirror image

How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” about white nativism and protecting American traditions, history and Christian values is the lust for violence. Behind the rhetoric of antifa, the Black Bloc and the so-called “alt-left” about capitalism, racism, state repression and corporate power is the same lust for violence.

The two opposing groups, largely made up of people who have been cast aside by the cruelty of corporate capitalism, have embraced holy war. Their lives, battered by economic misery and social marginalization, have suddenly been filled with meaning. They hold themselves up as the vanguard of the oppressed. They arrogate to themselves the right to use force to silence those they define as the enemy. They sanctify anger. They are infected with the dark, adrenaline-driven urge for confrontation that arises among the disenfranchised when a democracy ceases to function. They are separated, as Sigmund Freud wrote of those who engage in fratricide, by the “narcissism of minor differences.” They mirror each other, not only ideologically but also physically—armed and dressed in black, the color of fascism and the color of death.

It was inevitable that we would reach this point. The corporate state has seized and corrupted all democratic institutions, including the two main political parties, to serve the interests of corporate power and maximize global corporate profits. There is no justice in the courts. There is no possibility for reform in the legislative bodies. The executive branch is a dysfunctional mess headed by a narcissistic kleptocrat, con artist and pathological liar. Money has replaced the vote. The consent of the governed is a joke. Our most basic constitutional rights, including the rights to privacy and due process, have been taken from us by judicial fiat. The economically marginalized, now a majority of the country, have been rendered invisible by a corporate media dominated by highly paid courtiers spewing out meaningless political and celebrity gossip and trivia as if it were news. The corporate state, unimpeded, is pillaging and looting the carcass of the country and government, along with the natural world, for the personal gain of the 1 percent. It daily locks away in cages the poor, especially poor people of color, discarding the vulnerable as human refuse.

A government that is paralyzed and unable and unwilling to address the rudimentary needs of its citizens, as I saw in the former Yugoslavia and as history has shown with the Weimar Republic and czarist Russia, eventually empowers violent extremists. Economic and social marginalization is the lifeblood of extremist groups. Without it they wither and die. Extremism, as the social critic Christopher Lasch wrote, is “a refuge from the terrors of inner life.”
     — Chris Hedges
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NeoNotes - We need our ideas challenged

I believe that competition makes us honest. I believe that the "free market" applies more to just products and services, it applies to ideas and creeds and politics and practically anything else human. I believe that no one person and no one group has all the answers.

And yes, I know I've said all that before. But for me, it's as certain as the Earth beneath my feet and the stars above my head.

We need our ideas challenged. We need to argue with each other and wave our fingers under each others noses.

We don't need violence in the streets.

We don't need scapegoats.

And we don't need people using some undefined Moral Authority to prevent others from speaking.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Tuesday roundup

A Report on the Huge Price Cuts Just Made By Amazon at Whole Foods

The free market makes it better, cheaper, and more available.


First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California

You didn't really need that money, did you citizen?


Huge Pension Fund Makes Example of Tiny California City

It's not just one, and they aren't all small towns


Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

“Don't build in flood plains, and especially don't rebuild in flood plains.”


Ruby Ridge lessons for fighting right-wing extremism

Prepare yourself. The speech wars are going to get nasty.


'Antifa Attack Peaceful Right-Wing Demonstrators in Berkeley'

Violence at rallies is not about free speech, it never was. It's about shutting the other guy up.

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Antifa violence in Berkeley

“Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley”

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Private citizens to the rescue

“Cajun Navy's on the way: South Louisiana springs into action to help Texas amid Harvey floods”

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Civilization

Civilization is an enormous improvement on the lack thereof.
     — P. J. O’Rourke

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Truth from the Federalist - worth your time

“America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced”

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Monday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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NeoNotes — Racism in response to oppression

I see one group excuse their violence and their racism because of their narrative. This one group gets a pass but others do not. That's certainly privilege and it hurts their case.

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“Five Cities That Got F*cked by Hosting the Olympics”

“Every four years with the Olympics, municipalities compete to host the winter and summer games and virtually always plunge their cities and sometimes even their home countries into massive debt and insolvency.”

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When Trump supporters ask why I don't trust him…

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Individual

“The smallest minority is the individual…”

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Liberty secure

“…guard even his enemy from oppression.”

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For future reference - What Trump first said about Charlottesville

“Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: 'Some Very Fine People on Both Sides'”

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Thorium is the future

There is exactly one technology that produces power without adding carbon to the atmosphere, won't melt down, and will burn nuclear waste without risk.

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Busting a move

“Cop Stops to Bust a Move With Senior Dancing Alone on the Street”

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Snuggles

“Depressed, 100-Lb. Dog Who Lost Her Cat Best Friend Happily Adopts Four Foster Kittens”

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NeoNotes — Consider historical context to violence

What is to stop someone else from deciding that it's a good cause to thump you over the head? Once the excuses start, what's to protect you from the politics of the day?

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85% of Americans support free speech over not offending others, says survey

“73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For”

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“John Cena Reacts | Fans Surprise John Cena | John Cena Loves the Internet | Cricket Wireless”

“John Cena fans surprise him in this emotional reaction video”

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Not going for the win

“The Taliban Tried To Surrender And The U.S. Rebuffed Them. Now Here We Are.”

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Thursday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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“Rocky Balboa Fight For His Boxing License”

“Rocky Balboa Fight For His Boxing License”

The 1976 original was a classic. There's no doubt about that.

The sequels weren't nearly as good. After a while I was pretty sure that Sylvester Stallone was just cashing in. Which was his right, it's just that he was going through the motions.

Then Rocky Balboa came out. That was another classic film. You could take the original Rocky and this film and you wouldn't need any of the films between them.

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“It's Trump's fault?”

Never slaves & never Nazis

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☆ Circus of hate - revised

Yep, it was almost as if it were scripted. A myth for the ages.

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Hero brother

“10-year-old boy delivers his baby brother and saves his life”

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Wet dogs

“Small Town Gives Dogs Their Own Pool Day”

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Cured

“Peanut Allergy Cured In Majority Of Children In 'Life-Changing' Immunotherapy Trial”

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Name calling for politics

“Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left”

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Tuesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Defending scoundrels

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
     — H. L. Mencken

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