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Mike 03

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What they are doing does not initially appear to be rational

in the sense that it does not seem to serve their self interest. But I think they value the feeling of belonging to that more than most people understand. And it's true that they have poor prospects in every other avenue of life, so it becomes even more important to them to belong to this and have enemies to blame for their failures. So, in a sad way, it is rational. But IMO they'll be sorry they felt the need to do this because the consequences won't be in their favor in the long run, unless their ultimate objective is to destroy this country and themselves right along with it.

From Russia with Blood by Heidi Blake

Subtitled, The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West

It's absolutely riveting and shocking. It's the fifth book I've read about Putin's Russia and I'm leaning towards it being my favorite because it clearly explains some things the other books glossed over.

They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin.

The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control.


"making huge inroads with blacks and Latinos"

Wow, just off the top of my head...

First off, I agree with so many of yours:

90s only? (I think these are all 90s albums)

Siamese Dream
Hole - Live Through This
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
U2 - Achtung Baby
Belly- Star
REM - Automatic for the People
The Breeders - Last Splash
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie
Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
Elvis Costello - Mighty Like a Rose
REM - Adventures in Hi Fi

"But my god, how could you forget Sonic Youth, Dirty?"
"Oh, yes! Add that to the list..."

But there's also Zooropa... This is so hard...

Actually, there are so many. That was a great decade.

Everything is backwards and upside down.

The last two books I've read have been about Russia since Putin took over. And what scares me are the similarities. We're moving in the direction of nothing making any sense.

A bar would be the last place I'd go

When people have a few drinks they start to feel warm and fuzzy and throw caution to the wind, feeling invincible, getting up in each other's faces, hugging, kissing, singing old songs, dancing... until that fifth or sixth drink when things turn ugly. Then they are shouting and spitting in each other's faces over stuff that happened twenty years ago.

Yeah, I don't understand this talking point some Dems have that we should

"turn the page" on this administration, move on and forget about holding people accountable. My fantasy is that the Biden administration hires so many forensic accountants that children deciding what to study in college think, "Wow, I want to be a forensic accountant because there are so many job opportunities in Washington!"

I'm loathe to ever make predictions about what Trump can pull off.

But some of the facts as they seem to be unfolding:

There are more of us than them.
Trump is asking "them" to take foolish life-and-death risks.
Many of "them" are taking these foolish life-and-death risks.

It seems to me like the pool of "them" will grow smaller at a faster rate than our pool of smarter, more cautious people. Now, unfortunately, this excludes the people who are forced back to work against their better judgment, or the pool of individuals in long-term living residences, who are in a terrible predicament, and I worry about them.

Also, as Trumpsters begin to lose family members and friends to this virus, or watch their lives destroyed by contracting it (and surviving), some may finally see what's happening here.

For me it keeps coming back to all of the dead and dying Americans, and that all the spin in the world can't hide a growing mountain of corpses, and this president's utter indifference to all the suffering and dying. The other thing you can't hide is an overwhelmed hospital system.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Have You Ever Seen The Rain (CCR cover)

Maybe he won't even care about that because he'll be fixated on

trying to salvage the Trump Organization. He'll have so many deals in tatters, so many investigations into his finances, and so many lawsuits that unless there's a lot of money in it he might eschew politics altogether except for the occasional RW interview. Maybe I'm wrong but I expect most of the conservative movement to distance itself immediately from Trump, since he will no longer be of any practical use.
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