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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Michael Screnock ... Walker Crony appointee, WMC secret favorite ... WI Supreme Court bias

Right Wing Hits Panic Button as Their Spending on Michael Screnock Skyrockets: Republican Party of Wisconsin and Right-Wing Cabal at Nearly $670,000 in Spending With a Week to Go Before Primary Election 20180213

MADISON, Wis. — State Republicans and their allies have pushed the panic button on the race for the state Supreme Court, already forking out nearly $670,000 for the benefit of the campaign of Michael Screnock before the February 20 primary election. Spending by right-wing special interests like the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Republican Party of Wisconsin to elect high court judges is not new. But, One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin noted, with such massive outlays already occurring, Screnock could be on the receiving end of record amounts of spending to try to boost his electoral prospects if he advances to the general election.
“The right-wing cabal in Wisconsin has always opened their checkbooks to pack the state high court with their favored judges,” commented Beilman-Dulin. “But with a nearly $670,000 down payment on Michael Screnock with a week still to go before the primary election, they seem poised to set records on this race.” ...
Michael #Screnock ... #Walker Crony appointee, #WMC secret favorite ... WI Supreme Court bias -
 WI #SCOWI - #GOP #GriftersOnParade <- defeated

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Don't Go Down This Road: #Tolls ... #Vos and #Fitzgerald - Discriminates - More Bureaucracy - Poor Planning

Moving people from point A to point B can be done in so many ways - bike, walking, train, bus, or other mass transit, even closein neighborhood (re)development.  WI GOP seems to favor policy that covers up "public costs" and obscures benefits and allows them to hide implied "taxation".

If you can afford it you can drive on it; if you can afford a car.  This reinforces inequality.  It most likely harms the environment further; in short and long term ways.

Which private interests benefit (the developers, the landowners, the operating authority) and when - what is the timeframe.

Basically the GOP wants to create and lock in yet another bureaucracy far removed from public scrutiny.

Fitzgerald Pushes For Toll Roads In Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader: Open Road Tolling Is Only Way State Will Qualify For Influx Of Federal Funds Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 10:50am By Shawn Johnson

... While the next state budget debate is still more than a year off, the issue of transportation funding received renewed focus after President Donald Trump called for a new federal infrastructure plan.
Trump's plan would offer states a chance at increased federal funding for infrastructure projects as long as states put up most of the funding themselves. 
That could be difficult in Wisconsin, where the state has delayed major road projects because of a lack of revenue and Republicans who run state government have been unable to reach an agreement to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees. 
When Gov. Scott Walker was asked about Trump's plan last week, he said he'd be open to raising the gas tax as long as the state cut taxes by the same amount somewhere else. 
Fitzgerald said he wasn't sure that could ever pass the Senate, and even if it did, he said it wouldn't be enough to tap into federal funds to pay for a backlog of road projects that he estimated at $6 billion. ...

Market Economy versus Market Society: Inequality and Civic Decisions - TED - Michael Sandel

Here's a question we need to rethink together: What should be the role of money and markets in our societies?

Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life

Don't Go Down This Road: #Tolls ... #Vos and #Fitzgerald (Stooge for #Trump in DC)- Discriminates - More Bureaucracy - Poor Planning - Market Society vs Market Economy - #Sandel 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Trump wants a crisis. Will it lead to violence?

The question is how will Trump use it ... or rather abuse it.

For example, DACA was humane, so like the sleeping dog, he kicked it to create a crisis and he thinks to create a hollow political advantage.

Will this, lately, "Wall Street" 1175 decline be an excuse.  I read that the TREASURY borrowed $500 Million last year.  Their new projection is the "Trump tax cuts" are going to cause Treasury to borrow $1 Trillion this year -- reduced tax receipts.  This may be the real crisis ... how will Trump abuse it?

GOP Tax Bill: 2017 - Recession even Depression More Likely not Expansion - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  12/04/2017
Somethings are reasonably understood.  Shock systems and they behave in unpredictable ways.  Politicians,  democratic political leaders and not so democratic leaders use the chaos they create to take even more unreasonable steps.

Genocide, demonizing ... how and why!  How do you stop it ... not with just speeches!

Political correctness. Free speech. Terrorism. On this week's Radio Replay, we look at the language we use around race and religion, and what that language says about the culture in which we live. This episode draws upon two of our favorite podcasts, "Is He Muslim?" and "Hiding Behind Free Speech."

Ervin Straub

Ervin Staub (born June 13, 1938) is a professor of psychology, emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding director of the doctoral program on the psychology of peace and violence.[1] He is most known for his works on helping behavior and altruism, and on the psychology of mass violence and genocide. He was born in Hungary and received his Ph.D. from Stanford. He later taught at Harvard University.[2] He worked in many settings, both conducting research and applying his research and theory. He worked in schools to raise caring and non-violent children, and to promote active bystandership by students in response to bullying, in the Netherlands to improve Dutch-Muslim relations, in Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo to promote healing and reconciliation.[3] He has served as an expert witness, for example, at the Abu Ghraib trials,[4] lectured widely on topics related to his work in academic, public, and government settings in the U.S. and other countries, and is the recipient of numerous honors.
His most recent book is Overcoming evil: Genocide, violent conflict and terrorism. 2011. New York: Oxford University Press.

#Trump wants a #crisis ... The question is how will Trump use it ... or rather abuse it.  #DACA was humane so Trump canceled it to create an #immoral "local" humane crisis at home.  Various faces of #Genocide - lies to create it and chaos!