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3 hours ago, Paul Rigby said:

Though Neil Young wrote three of my favourite songs – “After the Blackstone Deal,” “Heart of Hipgnosis” and “What did you do to my potatoes?” –  the fact is that there is no hypocrite like an ageing Canadian hippy.

There is much profanity in what follows, and the expose is all the better for it:

https://youtu.be/dTn9cHGPmUw

Well, Jimmy Dore gets two things right in this moronic, inaccurate YouTube harangue.

1)  Neil Young is no intellectual, (duh) and

2)  Young made a deplorable, homophobic slur in 1985.  Shame on him for that.

But Neil Young is no hypocrite.  Just the opposite.  Has there ever been a more sincere, tactless, (and, at times, simple-minded) rocker in history?

Frankly, I'm not surprised that Young is being attacked now by the Fox News "Freedom fries" coalition for objecting to COVID disinformation at Spotify.

(Remember when the Fox News-watching Iraq War jingoists started attacking French fries in 2003, after Dominique de Villepin debunked the Bush/Cheney administration's WMD propaganda?)

There's more to this Neil Young/Spotify story than people realize.

Mark Sumner just published a good review of the subject.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/29/2077459/-Spotify-s-policies-are-expressly-designed-to-encourage-deadly-disinformation-about-COVID-19

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5 hours ago, Matt Allison said:

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"Detroit, Michigan, is among the U.S. cities with the highest homicide rates. There were a total of 328 murders reported in the city in 2020, or 49.7 for every 100,000 people — well above the national homicide rate of 6.5 murders per 100,000."

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https://247wallst.com/city/detroit-mi-reported-one-of-the-highest-murder-rates-in-the-us/

Matt--- I had an uncle doctor in Detroit. He made a comfortable living doctoring guys on union health plans. I visited Detroit many times. Life was good. 

In 1960 Detroit was the richest (per capita) big city in the US, which is to say the world. 

Sad to see what the leadership class has done to Detroit, and done to America. 

"In 1960, the richest per capita city in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was Detroit. Today Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, the largest American city to do so." ---MIC, 2013

https://www.mic.com/articles/45563/detroit-bankrupt-to-see-detroit-s-decline-look-at-40-years-of-federal-policy#:~:text=In 1960%2C the richest per,American city to do so.

You know who let China into the WTO and got us the NAFTA deal?

President Clinton. 

It was about 25 years ago the Donks severed their ties with their historical base, and became globalist toadies. They have never looked back---indeed, having such worldly outlooks, they linked arms with the national-global security state. 

A sad story. 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Ron Bulman said:

The most ardent immigrationists in US history were...the slavers. 

Cesar Chavez wanted to limit immigration. 

The modern Donk Party wants open borders for trade and labor. 

I wish I was making this up. 

 

 

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With all of the historic real news happening right now--Russia, the January 6th investigation, Voting Rights sabotage, Omicron deaths, cryptocurrency collapse, etc.-- I couldn't figure out why Ben was suddenly ranting about urban decay and crime in Detroit and liberal "Donk" cities.  Where is this coming from?

Here's the answer.  Ben has been watching Faux News.

After their "Patriot Purge" and anti-vax narratives became untenable, Rupert Murdoch's propagandists at Faux, apparently, needed a new bogus narrative to rile up their MAGA base...

Detroit.  Donks causing urban decay, crime, and poverty in black inner cities.

Fact-checking Fox News’ narrative on “America’s Crime Crisis”

The truth about rising crime is way more complicated than Fox makes it seem

https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/fact-checking-fox-news-narrative-americas-crime-crisis

January 28, 2022

 

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9 hours ago, Paul Rigby said:

Though Neil Young wrote three of my favourite songs – “After the Blackstone Deal,” “Heart of Hipgnosis” and “What did you do to my potatoes?” –  the fact is that there is no hypocrite like an ageing Canadian hippy.

There is much profanity in what follows, and the expose is all the better for it:

https://youtu.be/dTn9cHGPmUw

A little shoddy research here from Dore. First off , it's sounds pretty clever for Dore to say Young did it to "get some ass." Dore didn't know that Neil Young had been married to Darryl Hannah now for 4 years. Which is a bit unforgivable considering Dore's from LA , celeb town. But he mangled his dates. Young sold half his catalogue in Jan 2021. Then Blackrock purchased it in October 2021. Dore dramatically asks if Young is going to buy back his music to get it out of the hands of Blackrock?  That's sort of a phony emotional plea. Young has no more control over that than anyone who sells something to someone who eventually sells it to a third party. Though I'm sure there's a lot of education that these artists should be made aware of before their transactions to the corporate state.

Part of the omitted back story is that both Young and Joni Mitchell were polio victims, and vaccines saved their lives.

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W. Re: Young I shouldn't have said "I brought the house down". I never dressed in a flannel shirt. Unfortunately you can't impersonate Neil, without it sounding like a parody.

As a lot of people , I loved Neil's first albums up to "Harvest", and a few selected albums/cuts since. He's always said he thought his first solo album was overproduced but I thought that was a real good album. I've seen him a couple of times solo, a couple of times with CSNY, and a couple of times in his Bridge series he's done every year in the Bay area as a charity for autism as he and Pegi had an autistic child. I've seen him sing with Paul Mc Cartney, Paul with Tony Bennet.

I've met him personally once, and I know  people  who use to run in his circles and some who used to work for him. Yes he's not that smart, and I'm not that crazy about him personally. 

I do have a positive story about Neil though. My mother was an artist who painted tile murals and fired them in a kiln. She'd paint murals for  churches and community centers.  My Father built a retirement home in the coastal Redwood mountains about 5 miles from Neil's ranch. One day Young and Peggy  (Pegi) did a neighborly stop by to their home to look at my Mother's art work and say hello. I'm sorry they never got a photo but they didn't really know who he was except to have casually heard about him as a neighbor.

 

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4 hours ago, Steve Thomas said:

At his rally in Texas, Donald Trump called for "massive protests" in Washington, New York, and Atlanta if the vicious and racist prosecutors do anything illegal against him.

Buckle your seat belts.

Here it comes.

Steve Thomas

Confederate Flags, Conspiracies, and the Ghost of JFK Jr.: What I Saw at Trump’s Bananas Texas Rally

It’s part roadshow and part religious revival, but the show is a grift and the religion being revived is fascism

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-texas-rally-conspiracies-ghost-of-jfk-jr-1292592/

January 30, 2022

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Without a hint of irony, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said the upcoming elections are a race between “Patriots and Traitors,” suggesting that the side that isn’t on trial for seditious conspiracy is the traitorous one. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said the election was stolen and that Marxists want to “take away the country from us.” Gov. Abbott made an abstruse comparison between Biden’s response to the Russian army at the Ukraine border to the Texas-Mexico border, doubling down on the idea that immigration is a part of a planned invasion.

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Yep, that speech was written by Stephen Miller and gone over with a fine-toothed comb by lawyers. Notice how carefully Trump read it off the teleprompter.

People get very desperate when they know they're going to prison, and both Trump and Miller know that prison is their ultimate destination.

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I hope everyone is following what the congressional committee is finding out about the insurrection.  

If you are you will understand why the GOP wants it to go away.

This was a real attempt to subvert the constitution and if it had not been for Pence, it may have succeeded.  The arms were shipped into Virginia and the Oath Keepers had arranged for three Quick Reaction Forces to deploy in and around the capitol. I am about halfway there in thinking that the changes Trump made at the Pentagon were part of an arrangement to delay any National Guard presence and prolong the siege.   By my accounting, there were nine deaths due to this attack both in the assault and in the days that followed.  Trump probably knows he is in real legal trouble on several fronts and he wants to try again for a civil war if he is caught.   If that occurs, I am now beginning to think that he might replace W as the worst president ever in my hall of shame.

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1 hour ago, James DiEugenio said:

Trump probably knows he is in real legal trouble on several fronts and he wants to try again for a civil war if he is caught. 

Jim,

Calling for mass protests in the same speech saying that he will pardon the January 6th rioters if he is elected President in 2024 kind of says it all, don't you think?

Talk about giving someone license...

Steve Thomas

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Conservatives rave about Jordan Peterson because they like his instincts.

But then under questioning......

They try to steal elections.

As an impartial referee, I score it Australia 1, Canada 0.

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