Erin Jackson: Gold

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  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    March 14, 2022 at 10:34 am

    “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

    “Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

    – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (Random House; 1st edition (November 8, 1994). His writing continues to resonate in our troubled world.

  2. March 14, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Trump: “We will pass critical reforms making every executive branch employee fireable by the president of the United States. The deep state must and will be brought to heel.”
    Trump proposes a drastic expansion of presidential power. (Rupar tweet)

    imo…“Deep state”…invented by the right wing to get away with tyranny…code here for trump dictates everything.
    Fascism is legalized corruption and it will expand without rule of law. To preserve democracy we’ve no choice but to bring trump and co-conspirators to justice. America stand up! Enforce the law, take him off the field.

  3. March 14, 2022 at 12:17 pm


    Fmr Ambassador Yovanovitch:
    Trump Insiders Say He Would’ve Pulled U.S. Out Of NATO In Second Term

    “Donald Trump’s admiration for Vladimir Putin and apparent obsession with weakening Ukraine are discussed by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who was fired by Donald Trump and then testified during his first impeachment proceedings — in conversation with Joy Reid.”

  4. 6 ggail44
    March 14, 2022 at 1:59 pm

  5. 7 ggail44
    March 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

  6. March 14, 2022 at 2:04 pm

  7. March 14, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Why the West should help Russians learn the truth about Putin’s war in Ukraine

    By Vladimir Kara-Murza

    “Within a single week, all — literally, all — of Russia’s remaining independent media voices have been silenced in a coordinated effort by the prosecutor general’s office and the government’s main censorship agency.”

    “As the world’s democracies rightly prioritize helping Ukraine withstand Putin’s aggression,
    they should not overlook the other important task:
    helping Russian citizens gain access to objective information about the war and the Putin regime in general.

    Now that the Kremlin has silenced all independent media voices, democratic nations must step up efforts to provide news coverage for Russian citizens in the Russian language, as they did during Soviet times when Radio Liberty, the BBC Russian Service and other Western broadcasters reached millions of listeners inside the Soviet Union. (It comes as little surprise that Putin’s regime is cracking down on these outlets as well.)
    According to Soviet dissidents and Western analysts alike, foreign broadcasts played a crucial role in delegitimizing the totalitarian system in the eyes of its own citizens — and paving the way for the end of the Cold War.

    There are plenty of technological solutions that can help Russians overcome the government’s censorship firewall. It is only a question of will and committing the right resources.”


  8. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    McFaul apparently took a chill pill (after being called out on twitter by a whole bunch of people), and is back. I like to give credit where it’s due. He’s a good guy who just seems to have gotten a little too impressed with himself for a while there. IMHO.

    • 12 ggail44
      March 14, 2022 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, enough already with the “drama” and hair on fire constantly.

      Well done, J’OB 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👍🏾💜

    • March 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm

      Amb. McFaul gave a fabulous presentation in our town. He’s great, big turnout standing ovation.
      What’s happening in Russia and Ukraine must really hurt, after living there and knowing some of the key players. Emotionally devastating for all of us.

  9. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Wishing President Obama all the best as he gets through his COVID diagnosis. Praying for him every day – and his dear family! Our dear family!

  10. March 14, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    “In ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’
    Hanna Arendt looked at the essential role that propaganda played in gaslighting the populations of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, writing that “in an ever-changing incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, that everything was possible and nothing was true.

    “Mass propaganda” she wrote,
    “discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism: instead of deserting leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”

    (from The Death of Truth, MIchiko Kakutani 2018)

    • March 14, 2022 at 3:45 pm

      “Russia still uses propaganda to achieve these very same ends:
      to distract and exhaust its own people (and increasingly, citizens of foreign countries), to wear them down through such a profusion of lies that they cease to resist and retreat back to their private lives.

      A Rand Corporation report called this Putin model of propaganda “the firehouse of falsehood” –
      an unremitting, high-intensity stream of lies, partial truths, and complete fictions spewed forth with tireless aggression to obfuscate the truth and overwhelm and confuse anyone trying to pay attention. “Russian propaganda makes no commitment to objective reality,” the report observes: manufactured sources are sometime used, and so is manufactured evidence (faked photographs, faked on-scene news reporting, staged footage with actors playing victims of manufactured atrocities or crimes).”

    • March 14, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      “Russian propaganda, which was extensively exported in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. election
      and elections in Europe, is cranked out quickly in response to breaking news, and it’s endlessly recycled, in high volume at high spin rates, through various media channels to feed the perception of multiple sources.

      Because Russian trolls are unconcerned with veracity or inconsistencies,
      they can often get their fictional version of events out before legitimate news organizations can post accurate accounts, taking advantage of the psychological tendency of people to accept the first information received on a topic (and, as the Rand report observes, then “favor this information when faced with conflicting messages”).

      The sheer volume of ‘dezinformatsiya’ unleashed by the Russian firehouse system –
      much like the improvised but equally voluminous stream of lies, scandals, and shocks emitted by Trump,
      his GOP enablers, and media apparatchiks – tends to overwhelm and numb people while simultaneously defining deviancy down and normalizing the unacceptable. Outrage gives way to outrage fatigue, which gives way to the sort of cynicism and weariness that empowers those disseminating the lies.”

      (Michiko Kakutani 2018)

  11. March 14, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    The Big Lie About Iraq
    Trump’s Big Lie
    Putin’s Big Lie

    Big Lies lead to killing for the sake of killing, our lives are worthless, expendable, a figment of our imagination. How far will we let Big Lies go?

  12. 23 amk for obama
    March 14, 2022 at 8:40 pm

  13. 25 amk for obama
    March 14, 2022 at 10:15 pm

  14. 27 ggail44
    March 14, 2022 at 11:30 pm

  15. 28 ggail44
    March 14, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Rock & Roll? Dolly is and has always been Country.

  16. 30 ggail44
    March 14, 2022 at 11:38 pm

  17. March 15, 2022 at 3:56 am

    Great way to get your day going! Dropping this here, frivolous but not so. Love the beat, lyrics are ….

  18. 33 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 8:06 am

  19. 34 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Germany is reversing decades of closer ties with Russia.

    They – we – dreamt that Europe might now be “free and whole”. People might soon be free to choose who governed them – whether they lived in Berlin or Prague, Warsaw or Budapest and perhaps, just perhaps, in Moscow and St Petersburg too.

    I am back in Berlin – a city facing up to the fact that that dream is now dead thanks to Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and to bomb its people into submission.

    Germany’s leader, Chancellor Olaf Schulz, spoke of this being a historic turning point. In German they have a word for it (they have a word for everything). It is zeitenwende.

    Mr Scholz announced his country would now offer real military aid to Ukraine.

    A few weeks before, his government had been mocked for its offer of 5,000 helmets to equip the Ukrainian army. The head of the German navy had to resign after he observed that all Mr Putin wanted was respect and that he probably deserved it.

    The German chancellor has now pledged to spend more – €100bn (£84bn) more – on defence. What that means is that this country will soon become the biggest military power in Europe and the third biggest in the world – behind only China and the United States.

    Not so very long ago, that prospect would have been greeted with fear abroad and protests at home.


  20. 35 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Good. Call thug war criminal’s bluff. Show west means business.

  21. 36 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 11:20 am

  22. 37 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Yet another proof the traitorous thugs are pootin’s stooges.

  23. March 15, 2022 at 12:42 pm

  24. March 15, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Leaked Kremlin Memo to Russian Media: It Is “Essential” to Feature Tucker Carlson

    The Russian government has pressed outlets to highlight the Fox host’s Putin-helping broadcasts.


    —-GOPQ likes his bio-chem lab lie more than his Nazi lie.
    —-How is Carlson not aiding and abetting, giving comfort, etc?

  25. March 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Readout of the March National Climate Task Force Meeting

    MARCH 15, 2022

    “The Task Force focused on how agencies can continue supporting the President’s commitment to addressing Putin’s Price Hike from his unprovoked war against Ukraine, minimizing pain at the pump here at home, continue rapidly deploying clean energy, and keep reducing emissions that cause climate change.

    The Task Force echoed the President’s belief that this moment underscores the need to accelerate – not slow down – our transition to a clean energy future that will strengthen U.S. energy independence. They noted when electric cars are powered by clean energy, homes run on clean electricity, and our grid is more resilient and reliable, autocrats like Putin won’t be able to weaponize fossil fuels against other nations.”

    Full: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/15/readout-of-the-march-national-climate-task-force-meeting/)

  26. March 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Western Sanctions Against Russia ‘Clearly A Message’ For China Says Sen. Murphy

    “We have the ability to come together—even for a country like Russia which had integrated itself fairly well with Europe and the United States—and break that dependency,” says Sen. Chris Murphy.
    “That is clearly a message to China. That is a message that they are listening to right now.”


  27. March 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    “One of the pregnant women photographed fleeing Mariupol’s bombed maternity hospital has died,
    along with her baby.”

    (Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media)

  28. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    March 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

  29. March 15, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Fearing dwindling options,
    Ukrainian mother flees basement with son for border’s safety

    Anna Pereguda, a Ukrainian mother of a four-year-old boy, describes her decision to leave her family’s basement shelter and find safety from Russia’s assault over the border into Hungary, to Ali Velshi.


  30. March 15, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Domestic Terror And SCOTUS:

    Ginni Thomas Attends 1/6
    And Clarence Thomas Wanted To Hide Trump’s Records

    “Ginni Thomas’s admission that she attended Trump’s 1/6 rally along with her husband…”


    —-Ginni and Clarence Thomas were at the Jan 6 rally.
    —-Ginni and Clarence Thomas were at the Jan 6 rally.

    Ay up.

  31. March 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    ohhh myyy goodness

  32. March 15, 2022 at 6:48 pm

  33. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    March 15, 2022 at 6:58 pm

  34. March 15, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Barack Obama Turns TV Host
    For ‘Our Great National Parks’ Docuseries; Netflix Five-Parter Sets April Debut

    “The 44th President of the United States is going to front a five-part docuseries for Netflix next month.
    Taking his post-White House career to yet another level, Barack Obama will appear in and narrate the internationally spanning Our Great National Parks.

    Set to launch on the streamer on April 13 and spanning five continents, the five-episode Our Great National Parks was first announced on February 5 last year. At the time, as a part of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground shingle’s Netflix slate, there was no hint that the former Commander-in-chief would be anything more than an EP on the series.

    Yet, it makes sense when you consider the two-term President, best-selling author, and multiple Grammy winner’s history.”


  35. March 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm

  36. March 15, 2022 at 7:36 pm


  37. 66 Dudette
    March 15, 2022 at 9:08 pm


  38. 67 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 9:54 pm

  39. 68 ggail44
    March 15, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Pete on Fire!

  40. 69 amk for obama
    March 15, 2022 at 10:13 pm

  41. 70 Dudette
    March 15, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    For when you need a good chuckle! 😆

  42. 71 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Trash gonna be trash.

  43. 72 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 8:36 am

  44. March 16, 2022 at 9:11 am


  45. 74 tnmtngirl1
    March 16, 2022 at 9:14 am

    President Zelensky speaking. Thoughts on his repeated requests????

    • March 16, 2022 at 10:10 am

      Just ended…”I have a need”. Wondering what Congress members said afterwards. What guts and fearlessness this President Zelenskyyy – you could weep for a thousand years. Putin trying to turn the clock back – his war crimes must be clearly documented. Zelenskyy is right that being a strong leader means being a leader of Peace.

      Ironic that Congress itself was attacked recently by Putin-supporting Trump lovers. imo the Putin fan boys should be on their knees and dumping Trump – they’re both killers.

    • 76 amk for obama
      March 16, 2022 at 10:21 am

      Great leader. Fighting a war criminal raging maniac on one hand, doing diplomacy on the other with world leaders. Talk about multitasking so skillfully.

  46. 77 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 9:59 am

    West is waking up to the reality.

  47. 78 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 10:24 am

  48. 79 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Russia’s state TV hit by stream of resignations.

    When Marina Ovsyannikova burst into Russian living rooms on Monday’s nightly news, denouncing the war in Ukraine and propaganda around it, her protest highlighted a quiet but steady steam of resignations from Russia’s tightly controlled state-run TV.

    Hours after Marina Ovsyannikova’s on-screen resignation, three other resignations came to light.

    Channel One colleague Zhanna Agalakova quit her job as Europe correspondent while two journalists have left rival NTV. Lilia Gildeyeva had worked for the channel as a presenter since 2006 and Vadim Glusker had been at NTV for almost 30 years.

    Rumours abound that journalists have also headed for the door at All-Russia state TV group VGTRK.

    Journalist Roman Super said people were quitting its Vesti news stable en masse, although that has not been confirmed. However, renowned TV host Sergey Brilev quashed reports that he had resigned, pointing out he has been on a business trip for more than a week.

    Maria Baronova is the highest-profile resignation at RT, formerly known as Russia Today. Former chief editor at RT, she told the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg this month Mr Putin had already destroyed Russia’s reputation and that the economy was dead too.

    A number of other RT journalists have also resigned, including non-Russian journalists working for its language services.


  49. 80 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 11:51 am

    • March 16, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      as always…it must be stated that the majority of DEMS in Senate have voted on issues to protect our democracy…there are the GOP obstructionists and few DeMs who have joined them who stand in the way…our goal has to be to increase our DEM footprint in the Senate…as a PA Dem…that is my mission to send Conor Lamb to the Senate👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  50. 82 Dudette
    March 16, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    I dunno how I missed this! ❤️

  51. 84 Dudette
    March 16, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Huge earthquake near Japan, tsunami warning in effect

  52. March 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Fact Sheet: Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

    MARCH 16, 2022

    “This week, President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation passed by Congress as part of the Omnibus appropriations package.

    One of the driving forces of President Biden’s career has been fighting back against abuses of power.
    That force led him to write and champion the groundbreaking Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as a U.S. Senator, landmark legislation that first passed in 1994. In the nearly three decades since, he has worked with Members of Congress from both parties to pass legislation to renew and strengthen VAWA three times: in 2000, 2005, and 2013. Each time, he worked to expand access to safety and support for all survivors and increase prevention efforts. Preventing and responding to gender-based violence wherever it occurs, and in all of its forms, has remained a cornerstone of the President’s career in public service—from VAWA reauthorization to a national campaign to combat campus sexual assault to reforms to address sexual assault and harassment in the military.

    While incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault have declined significantly since VAWA first took effect—and efforts to increase access to services, healing, and justice for survivors have improved with each iteration of VAWA—much work remains. ”


  53. March 16, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you President Biden for writing and championing VAWA decades ago.
    —Thank you.

  54. 90 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    A cornered rat is dangerous for it can jump in any direction to attack.

  55. 91 amk for obama
    March 16, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Whille the traitorous thug calls him a genius.

  56. March 16, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Russia’s Tactics As Dark As Anything I’ve Seen In My Life’: USAID Administrator
    Fmr Ambassador Power

    The number of Ukrainian refugees reaching over three million people is discussed by USAID Administrator Samantha Power.

    Power says of Russia, “When you intentionally strike civilians, it’s a war crime.”

  57. March 16, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Marie Yovanovitch, fmr US Ambassador to Ukraine:

    “we also need to meet the moment. Ukraine is the front line of freedom right now.
    This is a struggle between freedom and tyranny.

  58. March 16, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Tanks, bombs, shootings: Ukrainians describe Russian takeover of villages

    Witnesses describe soldiers shooting people dead in the street and confiscating phones and laptops


    —-heinous crimes.

    • March 16, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      Fmr Ambassador Bill Taylor to Ukraine to Chris Hayes:

      “So China is walking a very complicated, probably fine line that they don’t want to — they don’t want to reject the Russians, but they’re not supporting them. They abstained in the U.N. twice. And so, they’ve not been supportive of the Russians and they may not be.”

  59. March 16, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Why even a “limited” no-fly zone is a bad idea
    There’s a new idea for a Ukraine no-fly zone. It doesn’t work any better than the old one.
    By Zack Beauchamp


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