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David Reid, Black Kos managing editor explains its need at DailyKos (VIDEO)

Egberto Willies - 4 hours 8 min ago

I met David Reid, Black Kos managing editor, for the first time at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit. David and I sat down with DailyKos writer Armando Llorens for a drink and some positive chatter, this time around at Netroots Nation 2017.  Armando has been one of my most consistent critics, so it was fun talking to him in person. I interviewed David live on my Pacifica NetworkKPFT 90.1 FM HoustonPolitics Done Right show.

David Reid explained his reason for reluctantly creating Black Kos in a community that is Progressive even though he did not blog about racial issues. David alluded to the black blogger's dilemma. I found it refreshing that we saw things similarly.

David blogged about environmental and other issues. He rarely blogged about racial issues. Many place black journalists and black bloggers into a box where they give them notoriety on race issues but not other issues they may be providing substantive coverage of day in and day out. Black bloggers do not want their work judged through the prism of their blackness. Of course, this applies to just about every minority group.

In the early days, no one knew that David Reid was a black guy. David said that after a particular YearlyKos where they discussed the lack of diversity, he came out. Beforehand, he entertained many exchanges online in the DailyKos community when at the time no one knew he was black. David was sure then that at that point they did not filter his words through his race.

David said that the Black Kos members are mostly non-black. This reality fulfills one of his missions, intersectionality to break down self-imposed silos. His Black Kos group centralizes topics that relate to black people. However, he makes an important point.

"We have to get to a point where, ..." David said. "Everybody usually comes to activism because of one or two issues that really motivate you. There is a tendency for everybody to think that's the end-all, be all. That is the most important issue. I think we have to get to the point where we say, this may be my most important issue, but I am still going to support everybody within the movement on their issue."

David points out that because of a limited amount of time, one may not be able to participate fully. If free time is available, one's second and third choices can be chosen to work on effectively.

Interview with Black Kos Managing Editor David Reid


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The Moral Duty of the Elites

The Globalist - 5 hours 55 min ago

By Dirk Helbing

It is the moral duty of the elite to avert global disaster.

Faced with climate change, financial, economic and spending crisis, mass migration, terrorism, wars and cyber threats, it appears we are very close to global emergency.

Given this state of affairs, we are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet. Here, we present what should be decided during the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2017 and a reflexive preamble.

We acknowledge your efforts to improve the quality of life. However, these efforts have also caused a further increase in the consumption of resources and energy.

It appears that this is now driving our planet to the edge: Climate change affects the global water system, agriculture and the basis of the lives of billions of people. It causes environmental disasters, mass migration and armed conflicts. Moreover, it is estimated to threaten about one-sixth of all species on our planet.

There is still time

Nevertheless, global disaster is not inevitable — if we re-organize the world in a suitable way, as discussed below.

The lives of billions of people are at risk. It is the moral duty of politicians, religious, cultural, scientific and business leaders – in short: the elite – to avert likely disasters, humanitarian crises and ethical dilemmas as much as possible.

This requires bringing about the necessary changes of society on the way in a timely manner.

With the aim to “save the planet,” many have urged the world community to reduce carbon emissions drastically by 2030 and almost completely by the end of the century.

However, given that the world population has grown roughly proportional to global oil and gas consumption, such a drop would largely reduce the carrying capacity of the Earth for people — unless the reduction in carbon-based energy can be replaced by renewable energy in a timely manner.

New solutions needed

New solutions are needed not only for heating and transportation, but also for the chemical industry, because the production of plastic and fertilizer currently depends on oil. Altogether, a radical re-organization of major parts of our economy appears to be urgently necessary.

Even though philanthropy and engagement in responsible innovation have increased, this urgent transformation has not taken place to the required extent. To a considerable degree, this is because those who have “vested interests” in the old system have often obstructed change.

However, “vested interests” are no excuse for inaction or delays. Property and power imply responsibility. If this responsibility is not adequately exercised, power lacks legitimacy.

If people have to pay with their lives for “vested interests”, these interests clearly undermine the very basis of societies.

Human dignity, which underpins many fundamental values and human rights, is the imperative that all individual, political and economic action should be oriented at. It is the key value and central pillar of many modern societies and, according to many constitutions, must be actively protected by all means.

A final call to action

If humanity wants to bring a positive future or even a “Golden Age of Prosperity and Peace” on the way, we need to dramatically reform our basic societal institutions, e.g. the present financial and monetary system, our economy and society.

Even though it seems that the current organizational principles of our world have served us well for a long time, they are now often failing to deliver the right solutions early enough.

Within the current framework, time and again we got trapped in suboptimal solutions to complex coordination games, “tragedies of the commons” and problems of collective inaction.

In our highly networked cyber-physical world, linear thinking (the assumption that effects are proportional to their causes) and the ethics of small-group, face-to-face interactions in relatively simple settings are often leading us astray.

Fundamental change is inevitable. It seems that what needs to take center stage now is not how much money or power someone can accumulate, but how much he or she is benefitting others and the world. Apparently, our societies have largely lost track of this basic guiding principle.

A lack of imagination

Claiming that our problem is overpopulation of the planet reveals lack of imagination.

By now it is obvious that all traditional problem-solving approaches have failed to work.

Also, the attempt to revive historical forms of societal organization, empowered by Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, does not seem to work, as the recent experiences in various countries with technocratic Smart Cities approaches have shown.

However, if innovation within the current system is not sufficient, the system itself has to be reinvented and changed.

It seems paradoxical that – in times of an abundance of data and the best technology ever – centralized control attempts failed to boost our most advanced economies and societies to a new level of satisfaction and prosperity, sustainability and resilience.

The reason for this lies in the complexity of hyper-connected systems, in which processing power cannot keep up with data volumes and those cannot keep up with the combinatorial increase in complexity.

Such networked systems often behave in unexpected and counter-intuitive ways: Rather than the intended effects, one will frequently find side effects, feedback effects and cascading effects.

Artificial intelligence is not enough

Given these circumstances, centralized control attempts perform often poorly. Even the most powerful artificial intelligence systems will not be able to manage the overly complex and often quickly changing systems of our globalized world well enough.

As a consequence, a new, decentralized control paradigm is needed, which implies the need for modular designs, diverse solutions, and participatory opportunities.

Therefore, we need new ways of participatory decision-making as well as new designs of the monetary, financial and economic system. In the new framework we propose, co-creation, co-ordination, co-evolution and collective intelligence are the main underlying success principles.

©2017 The Globalist

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Open Thread - Cartoon Of The Day

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 2017-08-19 23:30

Many, many sides

— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) August 19, 2017

Open Thread below...

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Kelly Macias, a DailyKos writer intent on exploring difficult subjects (VIDEO)

Egberto Willies - Sat, 2017-08-19 23:08

I met Kelly Macias at Netroots Nation 2017, our relatively new DailyKos writer. I interviewed her live on my Pacifica Network, KPFT 90.1 FM HoustonPolitics Done Right show.

Who is Kelly Macias?

She is a writer, educator, and activist whose work focuses on race, gender, identity, communication, and conflict. She has worked with organizations in the non-profit, education, government and international sectors and has worked in 15 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. She has a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and can often be found working out her own life's conflicts on her yoga mat. Her work has been featured in Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, The Feminist Wire, The Baltimore Sun, Twenties Unscripted,

Macias has a PhD. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and can often be found working out her own life's conflicts on her yoga mat. Her work has been featured in Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, The Feminist Wire, The Baltimore Sun, Twenties Unscripted, Rain, and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism, Teaching Peace Through Popular Culture and The Qualitative Report.

An interview with DailyKos writer Kelly Macias

Dr. Macias said she attended Netroots Nation 2017 to connect with her Progressive colleagues from around the country. She said it also gave her the opportunity to connect with contributors and members of the DailyKos community. Dr. Macias stated that DailyKos is important to the Progressive Movement because it is about news and action where people are not just writing but activating.

Though she writes on several topics, Dr. Macias includes race and gender in her pieces. She said pushback is never far given that our Progressive family is not a monolith. Some sects need to be coaxed on subjects that are not readily discussed.

Dr. Macias presents a new and necessary voice to the DailyKos community

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C&L's Saturday Night Chiller Theater: Sherlock Holmes In Washington (1943)

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 2017-08-19 23:00

As I have mentioned on a previous occasion, I am aware that this "non-canonical" Holmes. That takes place 20 years after Holmes was supposed to have retired to the English countryside to keep bees.

I don't care.

This is Holmes and Watson versus Nazi conspirators operating in the heart of Washington D.C.

Fun for everyone.

Except Nazis.


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Video: ‘Human identity reduced to a computer formula’ – Slavoj Zizek on biohacking experiments

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 22:10
For the very first time, researchers in the US have created a synthetic DNA strand which can be used to hack computers. RT LIVE Subscribe to … Via Youtube

Baltimore: Robert E. Lee Statue Replaced With Statue of Pregnant Black Woman

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 22:00
Chris MenahanInformation LiberationAugust 18, 2017 A statue of Robert E Lee in Baltimore was taken down this week only to be replaced by a “lady liberty of black power.” From The Blaze: Artist Pablo Machioli and a few of his friends erected a papier-mache statue of a pregnant black woman holding her fist into the air, […]

Time to Impeach Trump

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:54
President Donald Trump waves from his motorcade vehicle after departing Trump Tower on August 16, 2017, in New York City. Trump is traveling to Bedminster, New Jersey, as fallout continues from his comments on the violence in Charlottesville. (Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images) This story wasn’t published because of advertisers or corporate sponsors, […]

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:53
Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Two of the U.S. government’s supposed allies are supposedly not allies of each other but enemies of each other, but, away from the glare of the ‘news’media, they actually work together with each other to control, by means of their secret actual alliance with one-another, a substantial, if not […]

Imperial Death Spiral

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:52
Photo by katesheets | CC BY 2.0 In the midst of what is quickly becoming a political crisis, or rather a crisis for the political class, the stated and implied solution coming from establishment sources is to return to the pre-Trump era as if (1) this were possible and (2) there were no viable explanations […]

Total solar eclipse: What you need to know (VIDEO)

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:51
The continental US will experience its first total solar eclipse in 40 years on August 21. Here’s everything you need to know about the celestial event, from how it happens to how to watch it safely. A total or partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, putting us […]

The 5 Traits That Define Trump And Guarantee He Will Never, Ever 'Pivot'

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:30

There are five basic personality traits that Donald Trump displays that explain every action he takes, every word he utters, every tweet he twitters, every position he maintains, and every flip he flops. They overlap in their effect, and reinforce one another into the model of duplicity, stupidity, arrogance and incompetence that infests the White House now. Everything Trump does reflects this personal pathology, a toxic cocktail betraying a diseased brain.

He is a narcissist

Professionals often differentiate between grandiose narcissists, who really believe the world revolves around them, and covert narcissists, who think their natural gifts deserve to have the world revolve around them, but are actually compensating for a glaring shortcoming known but to them which, if revealed, threatens their social standing. I believe narcissism is narcissism, and the flavor depends on whether you’re talented and introspective enough to realize the outer shell is, indeed a shell projected to others whose approbation is locked into your idea of self-worth, or whether the outer shell is all there is.

Trump is the grandiose type; other than the shell, there is no “there” there. In fact, like so many on the Right these days, introspection would kill him via suicide. If they had the gene to process irony, they would collapse under the weight of their own shame. But Trump’s projection is not a defense mechanism, not even subconsciously. It’s unwarranted, overweening arrogance, completely oblivious to his own hubris.

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Video: Expansion of Terrorism: Spain & Finland play a minor anti-ISIS role

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 21:09
There are more and more cases of the same families, sometimes even the same people, being exposed to terrorist attacks in Europe. RT spoke to … Via Youtube

Trump hints decision on strategy for 17-year-old US war in Afghanistan

RINF - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:34
US President Donald Trump has hinted that his administration has come to a decision on a course of action regarding the country’s 17-year old war in Afghanistan, but offered no details following a meeting with his top national security advisers at the Camp David presidential retreat near Washington. “Important day spent at Camp David with […]

What Germany can teach the U.S. about remembering an ugly past without glorifying it

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Fred Kaplan writes: President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he’s “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments”—thus furnishing further proof that he knows nothing about history or culture or beauty, much less the reason why monuments are built […]

The test of Nazism that Trump failed

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Timothy Snyder writes: “No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person.” So the president said at a news conference in February. These words left me uneasy. A moment ago, as I was looking at photographs of young men in Charlottesville, […]

Boston: Small speechless rally disperses in face of massive counter protest

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Today, Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate. We should work to bring people together, not apart. — Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 19, 2017 The Washington Post reports: Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned […]

‘Donald Trump brought me here today’: Counterprotesters rout neo-Nazi rally in Berlin

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
The Washington Post reports: “There is only one side — the good side,” cried Eva Kese, mustering a smile as she fought back tears. “Your hate has no place here.” Kese, 30, stood Saturday facing a crowd of about 500 neo-Nazis. They were gathered on the outskirts of the German capital to commemorate the 30th […]

The rise and fall of Steve Bannon

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:25
Ryan Lizza writes: In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump. After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief […]

The dark minds of the ‘alt-right’

War in Context - Sat, 2017-08-19 20:24
Olga Khazan writes: Some of the protesters who marched through Charlottesville last weekend were described as “alt-right,” a newish term that has been used for everyone from white supremacists to economic populists. But what does it actually mean? The Associated Press recently issued guidelines discouraging journalists from using the term “generically and without definition” since […]


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