Richard Wolff at Counterpunch says "The Neoliberal Drive to Privatize Everything is Running Out of Gas," but what if Republicans are just waiting until they regain the keys to Congress, be that this election or next? Not that we should ever allow them behind the wheel again, but I always fear that Americans have short memories, even when one party tries to nullify the people's will in an election, and I hate to beat a dead horse, but if Democrats actually accomplish something worth accomplishing with the power they have, they can head off Republicans getting control again, at least in the short term. And yet, as Mr. Wolff says, Mr. Biden ain't taking advantage of this situation the way he could, even if he seems to be doing more with the opportunity than Mr. Obama did. There's a solution in there, somewhere.
Jesus Mary and Joseph another sore loser cries "fraud" after losing an election, this time in Peru. And where a coup attempt failed in this country because a) our institutions have somehow survived 40 years of right-wing assaults and b) the coup ringleaders were awful leaders, I don't see Peru doing as well, not just because it's a closer race than Biden-Trump was, but also because right-wing racism is even more out in the open than it is here. (By the way, the leftist candidate who won enjoys the support of the rural poor. See, Democrats? That could be you, too.)
Ada Rajkovic at FAIR notices something missing from TV coverage of border issues: the words and stories of actual refugees! You'd think their voices would count for something, after all! And even when they do talk to a refugee, it seems like it's only for a few seconds. Maybe they don't know any refugees! I mean, it is possible, since media personalities tend only to talk to powerful people and each other these days. (And remember: when they call it a "crisis," they lie. And when they call it an "invasion," they insult the memory of everyone who ever had to endure an actual invasion. Words do mean things, after all.)
Sen. Sanders (I-VT) makes a list of things he won't support in an infrastructure bill, like gas taxes and electric vehicle fees. I wouldn't support any of these things, either, but this will be an interesting test -- does the right think it can make the nation's most popular Senator into an "enemy of bipartisanship"? If they think that, they have their work cut out for them -- after all, Bernie Sanders is the fellow who got applause for supporting Medicare-for-All at a Fox News town hall. (Seriously, though, electric vehicle fees? It's like Republicans just hate any kind of progress.)
Finally, when I hear that anti-vaxxers kept out of a Foo Fighters concert say their plight is like "segregation,"all I can say is waaaaaaaah. What was segregation like again? Being forced to walk and talk and eat and drink and live and work and play and get jobs and health care separately from your fellow human beings because of something you couldn't control, i.e., the color of your skin; you have considerably more control over whether you get a COVID vaccine. Segregation also involved getting the crap kicked out of you by police on a fairly routine basis. I keep having to explain this to people, and I think they're not listening because they know I'm right but don't have the guts to admit it.