Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gladfly talks about how to oppose without becoming a monster

Another blogger, "Gladfly" wrote something that is a bit odd with this statement:
If we tolerate the intolerant, if we give them equal time to offer their point of view and don’t aggressively counter their views, they will inevitably resort to violence and wipe our side out.

The KEY, IMHO, is the "EQUAL TIME" part. Of course, EQUAL TIME has at its root an AGGRESSIVE COUNTER.

There is a lot of value to EQUAL TIME. If equal time was much more prevalent, then we'd have less troubles. It is much like an escape value.

So, when the race for the US Congress #D18, had closed debates with only Saccone and Lame, the R and the D, but did not include the L -- BIG PROBLEMS. The hope of equal time vanished. The media freeze out of the third party means that the 1-on-1 race can get overly negative.

Furthermore, the folks on the fringe see that the democratic process is hopeless.They don't vote.They further depart normal society. They have grounds to be unto themselves, festering -- and that can easily lead to violence.

Screw you WTAE, KDKA, WESA. The PG too. What they did is not at all close to equal time. Even CNN didn't put the 3rd party candidate's name and vote total on the screen in its election night coverage until that vote total was 2x the margin between the D and R. #FAIL.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Fwd: Dan Kovalik book Discussion

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Don't forget Dan Kovalik's discussion of his book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia next Friday:


Friday, March 23, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Church of the South Hills

by Dan Kovalik
How the CIA and the Deep State use fear of Russia as a diversion to continue their policy of permanent war

"A powerful contradiction to the present US narrative of the world…  As shown here, fake news is thriving in Washington, DC." OLIVER STONE

Dan Kovalik is a highly respected international labor lawyer with the United Steel Workers Union and law professor at Pitt.  An internationally-recognized Human rights activist, Dan has travelled more than 30 times to Colombia and Venezuela, as well as many other areas in Central and South America, the Congo, Iran and other critical hotspots. His firsthand accounts and union perspective are critical contributions to Americans' understanding of US military and intelligence activities around the world.  Dan will discuss why the current saber-rattling and threats of nuclear war towards North Korea and Iran should be of concern to us all!
Dan's latest book, The Plot to Attack Iran, will be available soon from Amazon

Anyone involved in important domestic fights, such as healthcare, the environment, labor rights and union drives, immigration, discrimination, upcoming elections, etc., should be interested in this presentation.  US military wars and fronts around the world, as well as how the yearly increasing already bloated military budget for these adventures will greatly impact budgets here at home.  Available funds for domestic programs and every struggle down to the local and community level will be affected.  Please attend this important event.



Fwd: Announcement: Laurie Fenton Ambrose of Lung Cancer Alliance to join us (3/29)

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Dear Mark,

I'm pleased to share that Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO of the Lung Cancer Alliance, will join us for The Atlantic's upcoming program, Cancer and the Community: Pittsburgh. She'll discuss her work championing research and fighting stigma in a conversation with The Atlantic's Washington Editor at Large, Steve Clemons.

We'll meet at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 29 and would love to have you with us. Please let us know if you're able to attend by responding to this note or clicking the RSVP button below to register.

I'll be in touch next week with the afternoon's agenda, and don't hesitate to write with any questions in the meantime.


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Thursday, March 29th
4:30 - 6:15 pm ET

Time to apply for the 2018 staff for our efforts with Summer Dreamers: Swim & Water Polo Camp and more

The 2018 efforts are going to include a site at U-Prep in the afternoons with PPS Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo. Other help is needed on the Northside in the mornings with The Pittsburgh Project. In the evenings, swimming is going to happen at Citiparks' outdoor pool at Ammon Rec Center on Bedford Avenue and Memory Lane on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday evenings we expect to go to north to Moraine State Park for open water swimming.

Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends are the times we keep reserved for travel to other pools around the region.

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Pyramid PGH from Duquesne University Media on Vimeo.

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Mental Health insights - suite of article via Molly

From: Molly Anderson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fwd: Neoliberalism described

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From: John H

This evening I was planning on sending out another missive on some new or revived outrage threatening all which most of us hold near and dear.  However, I was looking through my latest copy of The Baffler, No. 38 (an excellent periodical, by the way) and came across this really well-done article on neoliberalism.  This immediately caused me to change my mind.  This is unusual in that neoliberalism, while pervasive in this nation and throughout much of the rest of the developed world, is an extremely difficult ideology to pin down in less than two or three hundred pages of dense text.  Though the author, Eugene McCarraher, certainly does not capture all of the many nuances of neoliberalism in these nine pages, he does fairly well describe some of its most salient features.  In particular, the critical nature of neoliberalism as a quasi-religious theology with significant differences in the rules pertaining to the neoliberal priesthood and those the rest of us are forced to obey.  I heartedly encourage you to take a few minutes and read this piece.  It will be well worth your time.  And, if it piques your interest, get a copy of Philip Mirowski's wonderful book on neoliberalism Never Let a Serious Crisis Go To Waste and read it.



Fwd: New Raspberry Pi 3 B Plus Released

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  • 1GB RAM
  • 64 Bit CPU
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