Exactly HOW would you measure that for the truth? Short of MRIs, this may be a good way to find the truth.

I was out in W. Kansas this week, and indeed, if the people are not from south of the border (which as come to be the majority now), indeed Conservatives did not put on their Happy Faces last week.

Maybe Conservatives Just Think They’re Happier Than Liberals
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/maybe-conservatives-just-think-theyre-happier-than-liberals/

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Eye Candy

only about 6 minutes of waterfalls in Iceland (Niceland).

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My gif to y’all

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http://www.salon.com/2015/03/13/a_new_degree_of_pettiness_why_is_the_u_s_really_sanctioning_venezuela/?source=newsletter

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“Torture report provided rare public accountability for CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate report on the CIA‘s post-Sept. 11 brutal interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even for doubters of the investigation’s assertion that torture did not work.”

I have been telling my Congressmen/woman that it is time to reshuffle the CIA, break it down and rebuild it. It is necessary to have an agency with the same mission as the CIA. However the CIA has become, I told them, so criminal in nature that it needs to be totally purged of administrators and some operatives. The politicization litter within it has totally disabled it’s ability to follow it’s mission. I cited that the CIA hauls drugs into the country to expose to our children, and that CANNOT, WILL NOT, SHOULD NOT be tolerated anymore. Suddenly, we have all this crap coming out about the CIA.

I can hardly wait for more Snowden files to be released. The worst of it is yet to come, I am assuming.

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NYT on Podemos.

 

The latest opinion polls show Podemos as being the most voted-for party in Spain. It is not “radical left” by a longshot – it’s pretty much what the Socialists were in 1982, before the fell into the “third way”.

 

If I didn’t know better I’d say that the author is “unsympathetic”. Details are lacking – all in all, a pretty shoddy piece of journalism that might have been written by a gifted but naive highschool student for the school paper.

 

Whatever happened to the NYT? Did it feel the need to go third way and dumbify itself in order to compete with Faux?

 

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Well, I have a registered corporate name, will have a fiscal license on Monday, and my client has informed me that I will not only carry on with them in Spain, but that I will also have Portugal, perhaps 20% more billing starting in April.

 

I haven’t broken the news to my boss yet (we have a big trial on the 16th), but on the 17th I will be giving him the news of his life. I have an office for 300€/month, I’ve bought a computer, have a domain, hosting and email, and am about to go off on my own!

 

Nervous as fuck, but at least my client is happy enough with me to offer another country! With another client or two and I’ll be sitting pretty.

 

 

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The demonisation of Russia risks paving the way for war.

 

Worth a read.

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Strauss???

 

It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth

 

Some pearls:

 

“Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom’” was a sophomoric diatribe by the Catholic son of a wealthy oil magnate, published by the small right-wing Henry Regnery Press. In it, Buckley rejected the principles that had enabled social progress for centuries and laid out a mind-boggling premise: The Enlightenment, the intellectual basis of Western Civilization, was wrong.”

 

“As a member of the Bush administration famously noted to journalist Ron Suskind, “the reality-based” view of the world was obsolete. It was no longer viable to believe that people could find solutions to societal problems by studying reality. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” this senior advisor to the president told Suskind. “We are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.””

 

These people would have no problem with another “final solution”. They’re our Taliban, our ISIS, and FAR more dangerous. And they have both r’s and d’s after their names.

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Bah, humbug! He was just a follower.

Reading this, I learned a tad about Carl Scmitt. That guy was a real winner, and perhaps the basis of neoconservatism and the “imperial presidency”.

 

Some ideas are just wrong. And for the life of me I can’t see how anyone can reconcile democratic ideals with such a worldview as these people (and their followers) have perpetuated.

 

Nazism is illegal in many countries, rightly so. Yet, in the US of A, such a zeitgeist is reflected in the political mainstream in a singular example of cognitive dissonance.

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