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Posted: Jan 8, 2023 - 12:32pm

 miamizsun wrote:

why?


Bolton brands Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua a ‘troika of tyranny’ in sanctions rollout (2018)

Too near/close to bomb them for regime change?
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Posted: Jan 8, 2023 - 8:59am

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record number fleeing authoritarian countries for the USA?
why?

Migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua processed in record numbers at U.S. border in 2022


Officials along the U.S.-Mexico border processed Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans 572,500 times in fiscal year 2022, a tally that eclipsed the number of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who entered U.S. immigration custody during that period, newly released government statistics show.

Historically, citizens of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, collectively known as Central America's Northern Triangle, have made up the bulk of migrants processed along the U.S. southern border, alongside Mexican migrants. But that trend was upended over the past year with the arrival of record numbers of people from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries, including Colombia and Haiti.

The seismic demographic change has posed significant operational challenges for the Biden administration. On one hand, the authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua have severely limited or rejected U.S. deportations of their citizens, while Mexican officials have generally refused to accept the return of migrants who are not from Mexico or the Northern Triangle.








Yes, although especially with Venezuela and Nicaragua, I wouldn't say they are authoritarian as much as simply failed states (and I'd even say failed due to some of our own influences) where authoritarians have stepped into a power vacuum as they are want to do.   I'd also say this is a cautionary tale for a land that spent days negotiating with nutjobs to elect a speaker of the house. 
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Posted: Jan 8, 2023 - 6:56am

record number fleeing authoritarian countries for the USA?
why?

Migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua processed in record numbers at U.S. border in 2022


Officials along the U.S.-Mexico border processed Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans 572,500 times in fiscal year 2022, a tally that eclipsed the number of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who entered U.S. immigration custody during that period, newly released government statistics show.

Historically, citizens of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, collectively known as Central America's Northern Triangle, have made up the bulk of migrants processed along the U.S. southern border, alongside Mexican migrants. But that trend was upended over the past year with the arrival of record numbers of people from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries, including Colombia and Haiti.

The seismic demographic change has posed significant operational challenges for the Biden administration. On one hand, the authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua have severely limited or rejected U.S. deportations of their citizens, while Mexican officials have generally refused to accept the return of migrants who are not from Mexico or the Northern Triangle.






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Posted: Jan 6, 2023 - 12:50pm

When American History Turns Into American Mythology
The book, which the editors describe as an “intervention” in long-running public discussions on American politics, economics and culture, is an authoritative and fitting contribution to the myth-busting genre — authoritative for the quality of the contributions and the scope of its enterprise, fitting because it captures in one volume the possibilities and pitfalls of the form. When you face down so many myths in quick succession, the values that underpin the effort grow sharper, even if the value of myths themselves grows murkier. All of our national delusions should be exposed, but I’m not sure all should be excised. Do not some myths serve a valid purpose?

Several contributors to “Myth America” successfully eviscerate tired assumptions about their subjects. Carol Anderson of Emory University discredits the persistent notion of extensive voter fraud in U.S. elections, showing how the politicians and activists who claim to defend “election integrity” are often seeking to exclude some voters from the democratic process. Daniel Immerwahr of Northwestern University puts the lie to the idea that the United States historically has lacked imperial ambitions; with its territories and tribal nations and foreign bases, he contends, the country is very much an empire today and has been so from the start. And after reading Lawrence B. Glickman’s essay on “White Backlash,” I will be careful of writing that a civil-rights protest or movement “sparked” or “fomented” or “provoked” a white backlash, as if such a response is instinctive and unavoidable. “Backlashers are rarely treated as agents of history, the people who participate in them seen as bit players rather than catalysts of the story, reactors rather than actors,” Glickman, a historian at Cornell, writes. Sometimes the best myth-busting is the kind that makes you want to rewrite old sentences.

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Posted: Dec 29, 2022 - 4:39am

Late Stage Capitalism   (merely a petty misdemeanor compared to our for-profit health care. And big pharma)

Airline passengers face extraordinarily high ticket prices amid flight cancellations

Despite price caps, some airfares have climbed to four digits during this week's travel nightmares.
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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 12:53pm

 westslope wrote:


"We're in a war. We're at war with Mother Nature."
— NY Gov. Kathy Hochul

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Going to war (sic) with Mother Nature is a really bad idea.  That silly rhetoric indicates that Gov. Hochul is either 'losing' or simply attempting to distract future voters for pure partisan gain.  Whatever happened to enlightened leadership?   

Next.   Americans demonize Mother Nature?    



Americans believe in what they read, I guess. Even if this one is from Fox, the quote made it across to other media as well... so, we never know what's next. Americans love War, at least per the media.

If not, they shouldn't begin a war on the media, who have long lost their original democratic role by being bought, just like the rest of government; if any part of government has been left as "intouchable", i.e. not to be bribed at all.

The world's best "democracy" that can be bought. - What's the difference to a global oligarchy?

THEN, what next?

The worlwide belief in our western democracy-labelled systems seems dwindling, and only to be kept afloat with a further pandemic, much more lethal than the one before. - Help us, dear God!


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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 10:05am

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From the pacifist peace nation that brought us the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Poverty (and a few more honorable mentions like the War on Illiteracy), now comes: War on Mother Nature.

It used to be that you declared war on countries. Confusing times, I tell you.



"We're in a war. We're at war with Mother Nature."
— NY Gov. Kathy Hochul

————————————

Going to war (sic) with Mother Nature is a really bad idea.  That silly rhetoric indicates that Gov. Hochul is either 'losing' or simply attempting to distract future voters for pure partisan gain.  Whatever happened to enlightened leadership?   

Next.   Americans demonize Mother Nature?    


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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 7:24am

From the pacifist peace nation that brought us the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Poverty (and a few more honorable mentions like the War on Illiteracy), now comes: War on Mother Nature.

It used to be that you declared war on countries. Confusing times, I tell you.
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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 12:26pm

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Woke Imperium: The Coming Confluence Between Social Justice and Neoconservatism
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Posted: Dec 21, 2022 - 1:04pm

Warren, Jacobs Accuse Pentagon of Vastly Undercounting Civilians Killed by US Military
"Every time Congress is briefed about an instance of civilian harm, we are almost always told that the service member followed the proper protocol and processes," Jacobs told Politico earlier this month. "So I think it's clear that it's an institutional not an individual problem."

While it is notoriously difficult to track how many civilians have been killed by a military that, in the words of Gen. Tommy Franks, doesn't "do body counts," researchers at the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs estimate that combatants on all sides of the U.S.-led War on Terror have killed as many as 387,000 civilians as of late last year.

Airwars, meanwhile, said last September that U.S. airstrikes alone have killed as many as 48,000 civilians in nearly 100,000 bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen since 2001.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2022 - 1:03pm

Not a Joke, the Pentagon Wants to Name a Warship the USS Fallujah
Why is the U.S. choosing to celebrate its most murderous and merciless battles in Iraq
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Posted: Dec 16, 2022 - 8:41am

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Posted: Dec 16, 2022 - 8:31am

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Yes, would love to see two years of 'service to community' —> I honestly think young people would be on side for that.



A: what are you doing here? 

B: AmeriCorps/ VISTA, etc. are for just this sort of thing.
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Posted: Dec 16, 2022 - 6:06am

 phineas wrote:
Yes, would love to see two years of 'service to community' —> I honestly think young people would be on side for that.


I see the signs on the highway "this stretch is maintained by XX's money" and think, "no, someone needs to get off their ass and come out here and pick up."

Instead of incarcerating nonviolent criminals, make them clean up a block for a few months, or work in a food bank, or work at a library.
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Posted: Dec 16, 2022 - 3:03am

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OTOH, all Americans should be mandated to spend one or two years in military service or the equivalent.

For a large number of conscripts, military training would be cruel and unusual punishment.   Health....

Might want to include a social service option.  Or a play video games option.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2022 - 12:50pm

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Yeah but what about my bone spurs?

Ivy League educated... critical thinking about international issues won't be a problem when you need money and can't get it from US banks.  NEXT....

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Posted: Dec 15, 2022 - 12:46pm

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Yep, people need to have skin in the game.   Makes them pay closer attention to the world and the so called big picture.

Their decisions might be a little bit more enlightened as a result. Or not, as our education system is a shambles and not conducive to making critical thinkers.



Yeah but what about my bone spurs?
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Posted: Dec 15, 2022 - 5:40am

 Steely_D wrote:
OTOH, all Americans should be mandated to spend one or two years in military service or the equivalent.
 
Yep, people need to have skin in the game.   Makes them pay closer attention to the world and the so called big picture.

Their decisions might be a little bit more enlightened as a result. Or not, as our education system is a shambles and not conducive to making critical thinkers.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2022 - 4:15am

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