ZUCKERBERG’S ALLIANCE W/FOX “NEWS” GROUNDS FOR RESIGNATION

He is utterly incapable of running Facebook, or any other corporation that solicits the public trust.

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WATCH THE STRZOK HEARINGS AND WEEP FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The House GOP shows us what treason looks like.

And Strzok is what patriotism looks like.

Are the Democratic leaders paying attention?

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STRZOK LECTURES HOUSE GOP ABOUT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THEY’VE ABANDONED

Their railroading of Peter Strzok for the alleged offense of having political opinions gets stopped in its tracks.

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KAVANAUAUGH “DISMISSIVE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF JUDICIAL RESTRAINT”

Judge Kavanaugh is the quintessence of far-right-wing judicial activism.

Read Steven Perlstein’s 2012 analysis of one of Kavanaugh’s environmental-regulation toxic judicial emissions.

Cody Fenwick at Alternet links.

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TRUMP’S SIGNATURE PROJECTION

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”

Trump has about one-and-a-half rhetorical gambits in his arsenal, and projection is the most frequently deployed.

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SUPREME COURT AS A LAWLESS AGENT OF HUMAN EXTINCTION

Hello, Bret Kavanaugh, and his fanatic opposition to environment regulation.

Brad Plummer in The New York Times lets you know just how ominous is Judge Kavanugh.

He loves legislating from the bench to cripple the US government’s capacity to do just about anything to protect the health and welfare of Americans.

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TOO BAD ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

In Harper’s, Kevin Baker chronicles “The Death of a Once Great City: New York and the Crisis of Affluence.”

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THE TRUMP-JUSTICE KENNEDY AXIS OF CONSPIRACY

Seth Abramson tweets a comprehensive thread about it.

“It’s common for SCOTUS Justices to decide—privately and personally, in consultation with family and (sometimes) close friends—when they’ll retire on the basis of who occupies the White House. But clandestine negotiations between a Justice and sitting president are different.”

And much, much more. . .

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McCONNELL’S PAROXYSMS OF MANUFACTURED OUTRAGE

Sen. McConnell is like a Method actor using his own emotions to inform the character’s–

except in this case, McConnell’s using his very anxiety about whether he can pull off his latest mau-mau against America–remember he told Trump that he might not be able to deliver 50 votes for Kavanaugh–to launch into hyperventilating, hypocritical attacks on the Democrats for knowing exactly who the Judge is and opposing him.

Boo-hoo. .  His boy Brett isn’t being treated fairly. . .

Spare me.

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HERE’S WHAT I SAID

I waited two hours to speak at today’s City Council hearing on the Tech Hub tower, but was glad to do so because it was a result of so many people showing up and speaking their minds!

“Good afternoon. My name is Joel Lobenthal. I am here as a downtown resident to insist that the City Council approve the Tech Hub project only if it concurrently constructs zoning and landmark protections that will safeguard the surrounding neighborhood and neighborhoods.

“We know that Tech Hub is meant to spearhead massive commercial development of the blocks to the south and east, which will–which could–virtually destroy what remains of their unique character. We already have seen one picturesque and historic low-rise building after another demolished to make way for massively scaled, inappropriately sited condos, hotels, and New York University dorms.

“I have spent fifty years wandering the Village, where I’ve lived most of my adult life and have seen not only the topography but the character radically change–and not for the better.

“Speaking of Luchow’s [an earlier speaker had brought it up], for my nineteenth birthday, my grandmother, born in 1897, book me to dinner at Luchow’s. She had been going there for sixty years. Luchow’s was of course later torn down to make way for an NYU dorm. That tradition, that lineage and continuity were destroyed.

“Until the 1990s this North East pocket of the Village housed many small, , independent used bookstores where as a budding and aspiring writer I spent many a hour browsing and too many a dollar purchasing. They had been seeded throughout these blocks for decades before I found them. My father, who is eighty-eight, remembers them from his student days in the 1940s. Now they are all gone, forced out by wildly inflated rents. Only the Strand remains, which I believe owns its building, which has made its survival possible.

“To reiterate, no protections, no Tech Hub. Thank you.”

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