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2024-04-17 17:23
Harris County Attorney Christian Menafee is ready to take on Kenny Boy Paxton in a legal battle over the county's guaranteed income. (Kenny Boy should just leave well enough alone; if Harr… Read More
2024-04-15 18:40
I'm not sure that the NAIA's ban on post-hormone supplementation transsexual (transgender?) athletes is totally wrong, to put it mildly. I am sure that sex and gender aren't the same thin… Read More
2024-04-13 15:59
Contra Robert Paxton, who Corey Robin says wrote "the book" on fascism, I reject the idea, espoused by Paxton three years ago, that Jan. 6, 2021 made Trump a fascist.It's not whether the Cap… Read More
2024-04-09 18:09
At a minimum, per this LA Times piece, Shohei Ohtani looks like a naive sucker for his blind trust in body man/Man Friday/interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.At a maximum, per this story linked withi… Read More
2024-04-03 17:56
Smithsonian Magazine asks a good, and partially rhetorical, question, that is, why isn't dental care considered primary health care?First, as it discusses around the edges, and as I know in… Read More
2024-03-30 15:22
Yes, Julian Assange was granted the right to appeal his extradition to the US, which the British court said could still eventually happen if the US offered sufficient guarantees of potential… Read More
2024-03-29 14:00
Adjusting emissions to vehicle size is part of how Dear Leader's EPA killed its own Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards. The piece notes that EPA is now, more than a decade… Read More
2024-03-28 14:54
I have written briefly about Flickr photographer Randy Langstraat before, mainly on Twitter. I have noted his claims to have "captured" sunbursts, which he frames to shoot at the edge o… Read More
2024-03-27 14:05
Reddit may just be the front page of the internet in one way. Its algorithm for what subs it shows me is at least as stupid as Twitter and Fuckbook showing me what accounts I "should" follow… Read More
2024-03-23 16:17
Along with Eric Lipton he is a pseudoscientist on GMOs. (This is not to endorse them, but it's to oppose pseudoscience.)If not an outright antivaxxer, at least a fellow traveler. More here… Read More
2024-03-22 14:19
Instead of boasting about winning the Pennsylvania Green Party primary, shouldn't Jill Stein rather be concerned that she left 25 percent of the vote, and 20 percent of the delegates, on the… Read More
2024-03-21 14:00
Let's lead with that. The Monthly has a story about how a LOT of bands are ditching South by Southwest this year. Why? The U.S. Army being a sponsor and other issues related to the genocide… Read More
2024-03-20 14:00
If Andrew Cockburn is going to do a thin update of his Harper’s piece from a year ago that I refuted at that time, then I shall do the same, as we await the likely inevitable result of… Read More
2024-03-18 15:12
From Off the Kuff, Kuffner in his weekend link dumps posts stuff without comment, and I'm taking silence as assent.The weirdest of a couple of weeks ago? He's got a piece from some sort of "… Read More
Texas Progressives Offer Primary Wrap, More
2024-03-14 14:42
We'll start this with a primary wrap. The vouchers wingnuts affected SBOE races as well as Texas House races. That's even when Strangeabbott endorsed incumbents. That said, per links on a Ku… Read More
2024-03-12 14:09
File this under "cluelessness from the field":If you’ve got duopoly primaries like we do here in WA, this is a good way to fill them out— Jason Call … Read More
2024-03-08 15:00
I was blocked by Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat two weeks ago. I discovered that when Jeet Heer was quote tweeting over just how bad of hasbara he was spouting:I remember when the hasbara was b… Read More
2024-03-06 15:00
Unless noted otherwise, all posts are from February.No. 10? A Texas Progressives roundup that began with Christofascist Tim Dunn.No. 9? I didn't start this until March 5 and a post from yest… Read More
2024-03-05 15:00
Six anti-voucher Texas House Republicans have somehow escaped Gov. Greg Abbott endorsing their opponents. No word from Strangeabbott on why. The Trib adds that Abbott's endorsement carries m… Read More
2024-03-04 15:00
All links are to the Texas Tribune.First, climate change is real, it's getting worse, and it's exacerbating an already extant winter wildfire season in West Texas. That said, to expand on th… Read More
2024-03-03 00:18
I'm talking regional, above county level, Rethuglicans, and Democraps where available.I think David Spiller holds on to HD-68. Kerri Kingsberry may win local Cooke County, but not the whole… Read More
2024-03-01 15:31
David Rieff, the sole child of Susan Sontag, is definitely the type of person I'd call a public intellectual.I became Twitter friends with him on a previous account, the one that Elmo's Jack… Read More
2024-02-26 18:51
John Scalzi fellates BlueSky, while ignoring that "blocking" there sounds no different than blocking on Twitter, and that BlueSky was a project of "Blue Balls Ice Bath" Jack Dorsey when h… Read More
Reddit IPO Has Many
2024-02-23 19:03
Nine months or so after the Reddit "strike" (and ensuing hypocrisy by the moderators at r/NBA and perhaps elsewhere) over Reddit putting the dinero squeeze on third-party mobile apps in lead… Read More
2024-02-20 16:59
Independent Political Report says a new "Liberal Party" is forming. It's some state parties from the old Libertarian Party, pre-Mises Mice takeover. Per the piece, and contra what the founde… Read More
2024-02-19 15:00
RFK Jr.'s SuperPAC blew $7 million on that controversial Super Bowl ad (I wasn't watching, but heard about it), only to piss off his own family. We probably should say "piss off his own fam… Read More
2024-02-15 15:00
Norman Solomon wonders if Nancy Pelosi's smear job against pro-Palestianian protestors isn't part of once again reviving Russiagate for the 2024 elections. (Don't forget the NYT went down th… Read More
2024-02-12 15:00
THAT is the bigger reality than just a record-setting January.Yes, the neoliberal wing of climate change scientists, or climate change Obamiacs as I call them, the Michael Manns and Katharin… Read More
2024-02-09 15:07
Caught snatches of the live argumentation in front of the Supreme Court on NPR. Here's one of the stories from Thursday. SCOTUSBlog has more.A few thoughts, with an intro before that.First… Read More
2024-02-08 15:07
Cooke County Republican Women had another candidate forum Feb. 1, and it was a doozy. The House District 68 race features a wingnut incumbent vs a wingnuts squared, wingnuts on steroids or w… Read More
2024-02-07 18:01
First, I think it's kind of funny that Wallbuilder Joe has either actually pissed off, or else, more likely, caused major loss of face at home, to Mexico's President Andrés Manuel L&o&hell…Read More
2024-02-06 15:00
All posts in the 10 most read of January actually were from last month.No. 10? A personal roundup of oil and gas pollution and infrastructure issues.Ninth? A Texas Progressives roundup of ea… Read More
2024-01-31 19:00
Texas GOP Vice Chair Dana Myers is challenging jefe Matt Rinaldi for the leadership role over Rinaldi's ties to Defend Texas Liberty/Nick Fuentes.  That said? The Austin Chronicle… Read More
2024-01-25 20:09
At one time, I thought getting rid of downvote buttons on social media sites was a bad thing. I even argued with others about that.I stand corrected.The downvote is hugely abused by people o… Read More
2024-01-24 15:30
Biden now has a leg back up on Abbott in one area: the DOJ report on Uvalde, releasing more information about the clusterfuck that Strangeabbott continues to do his best to try to hide. Kuff… Read More

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