Federal Government

Excellent description of why Trump was elected and who will rule

Submitted: Jan 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The spread of Trump's debt can in large part be attributed to the process known as "securitization," when debt is repackaged into bonds and sold off. More than $1 billion of debt connected to the president-elect has been handled in this way. -- Lauren McCailey, Common Dreams, Jan. 5, 2017.

And so, again we run into the obfuscation of securitization, this time in its disastrous political manifestation. Gretchen Morgenson, who explained the financial shenanigans that produced the Great Recession, got at one of the root causes behind Trump's election in the short, cogent article below.

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Three of Fisk's stories

Submitted: Jan 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I found some relief from depression about the coming kleptocracy and decade's long daily slaughter in a form of journalism nobody I know does better than Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the Independent (UK), He writes book reviews that are stories in themselves, soaked in the blood and history of the region in which he has been a resident and Arabic speaker for decades.

Whatever the wit and wisdom of that agonized region is, few Westerners seem to grasp it or care to. Perhaps the region's tragedy, above even the lethal, zooming drones and the equally lethal droning of zealots' cries, is only fully seen and felt by the old gods of the Greeks, who are perhaps immortal after all. The Arabs are more hospitable to Plato and Thucydides than are the lords of the Superpower, these days, who don't pause to wonder why the New Testament was written in Greek.

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Arms and The Donald

Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
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Hark, the herald angels sing

Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

. “Angels help us resist, Seamus,” I said. “They are the ones who give us the information and the courage to speak out when we would rather just hang out.  Our angel’s protest sign is good news! Our angel is reminding us that Trump isn’t our president. Right? We can still be good people, even though we have a terrible president.”

 Frida Berrigan, Commondreams.org, Dec. 24, 2016

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Federalist # 68: The Electoral College

Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Heightening the tension in recent weeks: Clinton actually won the popular vote by about 3 million — making Trump the worst-performing winner in the popular vote since 1876.1. -- CNNWire, Dec. 18, 2016

 

2016

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Clinton campaign's political mis-, mal-, and nonfeasance in Michigan

Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-14-16

Politico

How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election

Across battlegrounds, Democrats blame HQ’s stubborn commitment to a one-size-fits-all strategy. Edward-Isaac Dovere

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Baseline #7: Energy

Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

12-13-16

bloomberg.com

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Baseline #6: Plutocracy

Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-15-16

Common Dreams

Trump's Cabinet Wealthier Than One-Third of US Households Combined

In addition to uber-wealthy, Huffington Post notes Trump's cabinet "is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history"

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