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LymphocyteLover's Journal
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November 23, 2023

The trump gag order conundrum -- Good piece on a very aggravating situation.

I think it would help if the legal system didn't buy the
ridiculous argument he makes that these charges against him are all politically motivated.


November 13, 2023

LA Governor-Elect Wants To Withhold Clean Water Until Women Who Seek Abortions Are Prosecuted


In September, the city of New Orleans and some surrounding parishes in south Louisiana began to prepare for at least three months of saltwater intrusion in the local water supply. President Joe Biden then declared the crisis a federal emergency and authorized funding for FEMA and other state agencies to mitigate the burgeoning crisis.

While months of extreme, record-high heat and lack of rainfall in and around the Crescent City are responsible for the crisis, some are pointing at current Louisiana Attorney General and Louisiana governor-elect Jeff Landry as partially responsible for the city’s ability to address the now circumvented crisis, as well as the decayed state of the city’s entire water infrastructure. Landry personally solicited the Louisiana State Bond Commission last year to withhold millions in funding from the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board due to the city government’s refusal to arrest and prosecute women in the wake of Louisiana’s total ban on abortion. The New Orleans Sewage and Water Board remains in desperate need of funding to tackle necessary repairs to its four water intake structures—one of which that has been inoperable for 34 years.

It's hard to describe how evil this is
November 12, 2023

With the world on fire, a cowardly, timid news media is a threat to U.S. democracy

By Will Bunch

"There was a shocking and incredibly important story on the front page of the New York Times last week. As reported by an A-team of journalists including two Pulitzer Prize winners, the Times warned its readers that Donald Trump — if returned to the White House in 2025 — is grooming a new team of extremist government lawyers who would be more loyal to their Dear Leader than to the rule of law, and could help Trump install a brand of American fascism.

You say you didn’t hear anything about this? That’s not surprising. The editors at the Times made sure to present this major report in the blandest, most inoffensive way possible — staying true to the mantra in the nation’s most influential newsroom that the 2024 election shouldn’t be covered any differently, even when U.S. democracy is on the line.

“Trump Allies Want a New Style of Lawyer if He Returns to Power” was the original online headline for the piece, as if maybe they were talking about colorful drawling Southerners with seersucker suits, rather than rabid-dog ideologues who would do the dirty work of overturning an election that career government attorneys refused to do before Jan. 6, 2021.

That “new style of lawyer” — pro-Trump, “America First” zealots who think the ultraconservative lawyers bred in the Federalist Society are too soft to carry out their leader’s autocratic call for a “final battle” against traditional democratic governance that he calls “the deep state” — was described, numbingly, by the Times as “more aggressive legal gatekeepers.” Their dangerous antidemocratic mission was blandly outlined as a plan to “take control of the government in a way unseen in presidential history.”"


November 8, 2023

On the Charge of Genocide, from Josh Marshall

I agree with him--
"One consistent feature of the last month has been the use and abuse of the word “genocide.” Charges that Israel was committing a genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza literally began the first day Israel started its retaliatory campaign against Hamas. I remember noting this because at that moment the scales of fatalities were overwhelmingly on the side of Israeli victims. But for many the retaliation against Hamas was already “genocide.” Genocide is the intentional physical destruction of an entire people, or at least a substantial part of it with the intention of eliminating the group. The term has expanded in various directions since it was first coined in 1944. To quote the United Nations: “To constitute genocide, there must be a proven intent on the part of perpetrators to physically destroy a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”

Nothing that has happened in the last month constitutes genocide, either in actual actions or the intent behind those actions. Not a single thing. And yet it has become almost a commonplace in discussions of the conflict to date. For many it is almost noted as an aside that it is treated as such a given. This is not only inaccurate by any definition. It is libelous.

There is a vast range of acts on the spectrum of brutality short of genocide. There are various crimes under international law short of it. To note that something is not genocide by any reasonable definition doesn’t validate it. It doesn’t mean it’s good, acceptable or even legal. It’s not genocide. It’s truly libelous."

-- Josh Marshall

November 6, 2023

The fact that traitor tRump has better poll numbers than Biden on national security

either shows a complete failure on the part of the news media (and yes, that includes FoxNews who is clearly treason and fascism friendly) or a completely bogus poll. I fear it is more the former.

I know the number one thing hurting Biden right now the most is inflation. The reasons for inflation are complex but have little to do with what Biden has done, but he gets unfairly blamed for it.

Biden has been the most pro-worker and pro-civil rights president of my life, and gets no credit for this.

He's done the most on climate of any president, and has fought for student debt relief and for gun control and for DEMOCRACY, and has gotten no credit for it. He's pursued more humane border and immigration policies and gets no credit for it.

All this and people on the left see Biden supporting our deepest ally in the Middle East after the worst terrorist attack they've ever suffered and it's like, well, I'm out. God help us, politics is exhausting.

November 4, 2023

It may well be impossible to document all the ways that Republicans have screwed this country

over in the past 50 years... but has anyone tried to do this in deep detail?

I mean the list is incredible, from guns to racism to sexism to healthcare to the economy to the environment to the news media to national security to criminal justice to our very democracy to outright treason.

All things that government should be doing, they have made so much worse, degrading American society in the process.

And still they are a viable political party?

It just perpetually angers me.

November 2, 2023

Kim Kardashian is very concerned about climate change


From Climate reporter Emily Atkin--

So when I saw Kim Kardashian’s new commercial for the SKIMS Ultimate Nipple Bra— which is essentially a bra with built-in hard nipples—my first reaction was to laugh. It pokes fun at the climate crisis in both a dark and racy way.

Here’s what the whole thing says:

The Earth’s temperature is getting hotter and hotter.
The sea levels are rising.
The ice sheets are shrinking.
And I’m not a scientist,
but I do believe everyone can use their skillset to do their part.

That’s why I’m introducing a brand new bra with a built-in nipple.
So no matter how hot it is, you’ll always look cold.

Some days are hard. But these nipples are harder.
And unlike the icebergs, these aren’t going anywhere.

See, it’s very funny! Except for one, super small, teeny-weeny thing:

Kim Kardashian, the person telling us this joke, is not doing it to ease the existential burden of living through the climate crisis—a burden she, a billionaire, does not personally have to grapple with.

Kim Kardashian, billionaire, is telling us this climate joke…to sell shit. Fossil-fuel derived shit. While she flies in a private jet that annually emits 610 times more than the average person emits in a year; while she operates multiple billion-dollar businesses dedicated to fueling unhinged consumerism of fossil fuel-derived plastic products; while she refuses to disclose the emissions of those businesses; and while she tells the rest of the world to be “realistic” about climate solutions.

The ad posted on Instagram by Kim Kardashian

The View discusses the ad

November 2, 2023

Joe Biden Is a Morally Decent President in a Time of Hate. An appreciation of the administration's response to 10/7.

Great piece from Jonathan Chait

Despite the vocal and frequently unfair denunciations the Biden administration has received from left and right alike for its response to Hamas’s terror attacks and their aftermath, I believe the policy is broadly correct. The administration’s response to the war in the Middle East has five main components:

1. Publicly embrace Israel in the wake of the October 7 terrorist attack and endorse its right to self-defense.
2. Privately warn Israel’s government not to rush into an expansive military response.
3. Denounce antisemitism.
4. Denounce anti-Muslim bias.
5. Endorse emergency military aid to Israel.

Progressives have greeted this combination of positions with horror, and its backlash has combined public protests by hundreds of Democratic staff, holding demonstrations at congressional hearings, with a level of vitriol that far exceeds anything it has previously raised against Biden.

The left’s dissent grows out of the belief that essentially any military response by Israel is wrong — either due to Israel’s indefensible occupation or because it will inevitably kill innocent Palestinians. I sympathize with both points, even though I am not willing to follow the logic of either one of them fully to the conclusion of ruling out any military response.

November 1, 2023

Charlie Kirk gives a master class in antisemitism

Truly gross and blatant


"Kirk said that Jewish people control “not just the colleges; it’s the nonprofits, it’s the movies, it’s Hollywood, it’s all of it.” Kirk also said ”the number one funding mechanism of radical, open border, neoliberal, quasi-Marxist policies, cultural institutions, and nonprofits" is “Jewish donors.”

Claims [like this} that wealthy Jewish people and donors control major institutions and Hollywood are common antisemitic tropes."

Videos of him making offensive statements






And people wonder why so many people are antisemitic...

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