Noam Chomsky on the 2016 POTUS election

Yeah, I know, I know. It’s Chomsky, so the RW loons will dismiss it as the worst of the left of the left. Plus, it’s on al Jazeera, so it’s a “muzzie” interview. And those same RW bastards won’t take responsibility for the fact that I will fight them to the end of my days because they hate me/fear me for everything I believe, everything about me. They will live on in some fantasy world where I want to hurt them. Republican voters, and especially Trump supporters, want someone to swing their big dick and stand down any opposition to PROTECT their frightened little selves.

I’m convinced the RW smells victory, and has become insane because of their fear that they’ll actually be in charge and fuck everything up like Bush did.

Having acknowledged the lunacy of the average Trump support/GOP voter, I found this interesting:

Renowned US academic Noam Chomsky says Bernie Sanders has the best policies of the Democratic presidential contenders, but does not have a real chance to win in a political system where elections are “mainly bought”. In the second part of an interview with Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera’s UpFront current affairs show, the MIT emeritus professor said he considered Sanders to be “basically a new dealer”. “I agree with him in a lot of things, not in other things,” Chomsky said. “I frankly think that in our system of mainly bought elections, he doesn’t have much of a chance.
“But if he were elected I think he would – of the current candidates – I think he’d be the one who would have, from my point of view, the best policies.”

Still, the majority of analysts still believe Clinton to be the likely presidential nominee to emerge from the Democratic primaries. If that was to happen, Chomsky told UpFront that he would absolutely vote for Clinton over any Republican, if he lived in a swing state.
“Oh absolutely… My vote would be against the Republican candidate,” said Chomsky, who lives in Massachusetts, a safe state for the Democrats.

Chomsky said there were clear differences between the two parties. “There are enormous differences,” he said. “Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a sceptic who says we can’t do it. “What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah.

I gleefully await the “Chomsky is an idiot” posts from “the right”.

Something tells me I’ll be waiting a while. They’ll be coming from the putative “left” because there’s nothing like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Edited to add the link.

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What an amazing ritual!

I have watched it four times now.

 

 


Emotional wedding haka brings New Zealand bride to tears: See the video
Jan. 22, 2016 at 4:32 PM
Eun Kyung Kim
TODAY
http://www.today.com/news/emotional-wedding-haka-brings-new-zealand-bride-tears-see-video-t68686
by Taboola
A series of chants, grunts and stomps from some wedding guests, along with chest thumps and tongue wagging, recently drove one New Zealand bride to tears.

It also prompted her and the groom to join their loved ones in the rousing ritual.

A large group of guests, led by the best man and groom’s brother, performed a traditional Maori haka at the recent wedding of Aaliyah and Benjamin Armstrong.”

This is the first time I have ever seen a haka. WOW! I am totally taken in by the tradition. It hits the inner core for me.

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Palin Endorsement Widens Trump’s Lead Among Idiots BY ANDY BOROWITZ

DES MOINES, Iowa (The Borowitz Report)—An endorsement from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is expected to widen Donald J. Trump’s already impressive lead among so-called “idiot voters,” an aide to the billionaire said on Tuesday.

While Trump was previously thought to have a lock on the idiot vote heading into the Iowa caucuses, a recent surge by Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, has put the idiots back in play.

::snip::

But even as the Trump campaign staffers celebrate the Palin endorsement, they recognize that they still have their work cut out for them to secure victory in Iowa. “Getting the idiots to support Trump is only half the battle,” the aide said. “Now we have to make sure that they make it to the caucuses without getting lost on the way.”

If Trump wins the GOP nomination, which is entirely possible given the idiocy of the GOP electorate (for whom I have ZERO respect), this could be the most interesting election ever.

A completely unqualified buffoon (Trump) vs. a Wall Street Masseuse (Clinton) or a Democratic Socialist with the guts to stand up for US (Sanders).

Good times…

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Rome

Me, in front of the "world's bellybutton", Roman forum.
Me, in front of the “world’s bellybutton”, Roman forum.
Another private portrait, smiling child. VM
Another private portrait, smiling child. VM
A view of one of many rooms dedicated to ancient to ancient statuary. Amazing collection, but being xtians, most have their private parts mutilated or covered by added fig leaves.
A view of one of many rooms dedicated to ancient to ancient statuary. Amazing collection, but being xtians, most have their private parts mutilated or covered by added fig leaves.
Charming study of lovers, Capitoline Museum (CM)
Charming study of lovers, Capitoline Museum (CM)
One of my favourites, the "Dying Gaul", a masterpiece. CM
One of my favourites, the “Dying Gaul”, a masterpiece. CM

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Charming work of a child playing with a dramatic mask. CM
Charming work of a child playing with a dramatic mask. CM
Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor. CM
Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor. CM
Stewie posing from Trajan's Market.
Stewie posing from Trajan’s Market.
A view of the Monti neighborhood.
A view of the Monti neighborhood.
Trajan's Market with an exposition of modern abstract sculpture
Trajan’s Market with an exposition of modern abstract sculpture
Temple of Antininus Pius and Faustina. Note rope marks on columns - the xtians tried to pull down the edifice, luckily fruitlessly. They still built a church inside of it, bastids.
Temple of Antininus Pius and Faustina. Note rope marks on columns – the xtians tried to pull down the edifice, luckily fruitlessly. They still built a church inside of it, bastids.
Claudius, from Vatican Museum
Claudius, from Vatican Museum
One piece of rose granite, from the frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla, now in the Vatican
One piece of rose granite, from the frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla, now in the Vatican
Decorative statue. Love the way the smile is depicted. Vatican Museum (VM)
Decorative statue. Love the way the smile is depicted. Vatican Museum (VM)
Another, VM
Another, VM
Godess, with glass-inlaid eyes. VM
Godess, with glass-inlaid eyes. VM
Allegoric statue, part of a series. Representative of the harvest. VM
Allegoric statue, part of a series. Representative of the harvest. VM
Private statue from loving parents. VM
Private statue from loving parents. VM
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Off to Rome

Yet again… Thursday to Monday, a quick getaway, to absorb some culture (and cuisine).

Also going to deposit the last of my dad’s ashes in a couple of spots he would have appreciated – where Caesar was killed and at the golden milestone (he always thought he was the belly-button of the universe).

If I take any interesting pics, will post.

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Another clusterfvck on the way?

On one side we have Trump blaming Billary and Obama for creating ISIS (risible), and on the other we have S. Arabia and Iran cutting diplomatic relations.

The whole world knows that US public opinion is fvcked up – and many countries are adept at manipulating it, especially during the US campaigning season (which is 2 out of every 4 years).

And now there’s the Trump card. The man who was a Billary supporter 3 years ago is playing the public opinion game, cueing up support from the batshit crazy ignotards that seem to be the base of the GOP.

He’s probably trying to combine the TPer deskthumpers and the neocon GOPer elite in a new coalition that might keep the GOP in one piece – but who the fvck knows? The problem is that whatever Trump is doing he’s doing it for domestic consumption – and saying fvck it all to the US’ international interests.

That’s a leit motif in US politics – the rest of the world doesn’t matter inasmuch that the political message is for the “electorate”. Policy takes second hand with regards to domestic , electoral, policy.

The “beauty” of this leit motif is that, in the end, it really doesn’t matter. With the exception of the neocon interlopers, regardless of who wins the election and despite the electoral sabre-rattling, foreign policy remains virtually the same, no matter who wins.

Perhaps Trump would be different? Will he really be as apeshit crazy stupid as he appears?

Trump should not be allowed to win, or indeed be nominated. But I am adamant that one should vote for one’s convictions and not out of fear of a greater evil. To vote out of fear is to let the next, even more apeshit crazy, candidate move the fulcrum further towards insanity.

 

My last OP was from Beyond the Fringe. Even under JFK the rest of the world had a hard time distinguishing the “two” US parties (although in the vid it shows that the GOP once had a progressive wing).

 

If the parties don’t want to change their spots, it’s OUR responsibility to force them to do so. In Spain we’ve had the luck of discovering Podemos and, on the right, Ciudadanos – which are breaking apart the hegemony of the 2-party system, despite electoral laws which are every bit as 1-sided as they are in the US.

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