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"Y'know, ya'll talk about Russian oligarchs running the USA like it's a bad thing."

-- Conservative Thing To Say #543, coming soon to a conversation near you.

Lately I am reminded that conservatives rarely survive without wiser portions of the population restricting them from their own impulses. In these days, conservatism has become defined as whatever angers liberals; remove the liberals from the equation, allow the conservatives to fully experiment with their fuzzy libertarian/death cult ideas, and they're all dead in a generation. Our sense of community and patriotism has denied them Darwin's calculus.

We are required by circumstances and habit to save ourselves and these dysfunctional selfish/useless primates from their own urge for self-immolation. It's expensive. Without the constant drain conservatives place on society through general cheating and constant attempts to drive off the cliff, the better part of our society would probably already be lunching on the moon.

There are no good answers for us other than vigilance, honor, and education. But sometimes I wish I hadn't been born into these Dark Ages. What a waste of time this crap is. What a load of malarkey we have to wade through to get to the future.

Meanwhile -- conservatives Cheat, Steal, Lie About It, and eventually insist It's a Good Thing. Expect this.

"I like vodka. Don't you like vodka? What kind of unpatriotic Russia-hater are you? Vlad's a strong leader, he'll know how to make America great again." This from the man wrapped in a flag wearing a flag hat with a flag fanny pack and flag shoes and a flag belt waving a flag.

Man they're a heavy load. Heavy and they're not very brother-like. Just a little shove at the next corner --

But no. Must carry their dead weight into the future with us.


Yes We Can.

My band is charting on Reverb Nation; I request a little DU help to reach #1.

We're charting at #3 locally, #9 regionally, #218 nationally, and # 327 globally on the ReverNation Indie charts.

Please, give us a quick listen or watch one of the videos. Never been nearly this high up before. Very exciting.

The Murder Merchants on ReverbNation

Grateful for any help.


Roaming the streets of Sacto with a huge crowd of like-minded people is always a blast.

Would not miss this for the world.

And away we go!

'It will be a miracle if something terrible doesn't happen.'

From Digby:

The United States being unpredictable, bullying the world and keeping other countries off balance and unsure of whether we're going to blow up the planet may have precipitated world leaders treading carefully trying to figure out what's real and what isn't. But it won't last. A rogue superpower running roughshod will be undermined and eventually challenged. It's unsustainable.

Also, the president isn't -- shall we say -- cognizant of what he's doing. In fact, he's a fucking moron. That doesn't mean that he can't accidentally succeed in some respects. But let's just say the odds are against him vaunted "instincts" being beneficial for all of us in the long run. His instincts are narrow and feral, informed only by watching TV and inborn prejudice. It will be a miracle if something terrible doesn't happen.

Rumor: Are Mega-Billionaires Skinner and EarlG Manipulating DU Users With Russian Propaganda?

Ah, no. Nope. Not.

A few Russian or Koch-sponsored Democratic Underground users may be occasionally trying to do just that, but this community is pretty goddamned generally immune to bullshit. Usually you get to the Absolute Truth somewhere halfway down the thread, and if it's coming from babylonsister, kpete, H2OMan, hatrack, JudiLynn or any of the other dozens to hundreds of Seriously Cool DUers you can probably take the OP to the bank.

And that is why I live here, and happily pay for the privilege of my star.

I don't really think Skinner or EarlG or Elad are billionaires. But I do think they'd make good billionaires. The very best of billionaires.

Interviews with elderly people filmed in 1929.

Pretty amazing. Startling, even. Wow.

'Babylon Berlin' is us -- ninety years ago and six inches over. It's amazing.

I've never seen anything like this before. Shockingly artistic and intelligent, gripping, prescient. The Best.

It is intense, and made all the more so by the absolute reflection of the modern US crisis. What a story. Good Germans struggle against ruthless militarists to keep Germany from descending into brutal decay -- in 1929. It's terrifying, gorgeous and just so Real.

Modern humanity is a beautiful promise that carries a curse. People who love democracy struggle against people who do not. The proportion of those, and their relative strength and skillset, determines whether or not the democracy survives or fails.

Of course, the protectors of democracy play by rules that the destroyers do not. Opportunistic nationalism is an incompetent creed, practiced by the incompetent -- but because they have no guiding principle other than insect-thinking, they gain the advantage. People who will gerrymander and vote-suppress and coordinate with a foreign power get the upper hand over people who respect and observe the boundaries of civilized democratic behavior.

'Babylon Berlin' is about a time and place where the protectors of democracy became outmaneuvered and overwhelmed. It is, at its core, a heart-pounding horror story. Because we all know the ending.

It's not us. We just haven't been this close to true failure since the Civil War, and now our complacency and smallness are disappearing in the face of our possible destruction. They're going to lose, and we're going to fix this.

But in Berlin, in 1929 -- there were people just like us, who tried desperately to hold on to democracy and were washed away in conflagration.

They were so brave, to fight that fight and fail.

This is an inspiring, intuitive, important, action-packed thriller that burns with relevance. So good.

This will be our year.

I believe it.
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