The Breakfast Club 8-5-2014

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VotSquare paper.li for Monday, 4 August 2014

A Lead Story: Israel: Shooting Deaths after West Bank Protest, By Human Rights Watch

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Operation Israel Massacre versus U.S. Imperialism

The reaction to Israel's heinous assault on Gaza has been met with significant opposition and disgust from most on the left, including conservative mainstream establishment progressives. It appears that the time worn excuses the Zionist government of Israel has used to justify it's regular "Operations" to further their homeland agenda are wearing mighty thin among those that value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Real Times in Baltimore

I have been offline for the past month during our move to the Los Angeles area. But life has gone on for other people elsewhere, so I have a lot to report over the next week or so.

 photo henderson_zps051dee77.jpgTwo African American transwomen have been murdered in Baltimore in the past six weeks. Most recently the body of Mia Henderson was found in a northwest Baltimore alleyway.

When other folk are killed, you know all about it,. But where are the flowers, where are the candles and cuddly toys for Mia? Where are the leaflets asking people to come forward with information? There’s none of that.

--Michele Moore, 31

As usual media reports revealed Henderson's birth name and past criminal history.

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The Breakfast Club: 8-4-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Sunday Train: Fast and Slow Transit Should be Friends

As noted this week at The Overhead Wire:

There has been a lot of chatter recently on the issue of fast vs slow transit. This week is the perfect time for this discussion as two major United States transit projects of differing stripes opened up; the Metro Silver Line in Washington DC and the Tucson Streetcar.

On the one hand you have neoliberal Matthew Yglesias as the neoliberal "let us explain to you why There Are No Alternatives (TINA)" site Vox saying:

Without a dedicated lane, a streetcar can't really run much faster than a bus under ideal conditions. And since unlike a bus, a streetcar can't shift out of its lane to avoid an obstacle, in real-world circumstances it's likely to move slower than a bus. There are some objectives related to real estate development and tourism that this kind of project can serve, but they're nearly useless in terms of transportation.

And on the other hand you have the piece by Robert Steuteville at Better Cities and Towns, Place Mobility: Sometimes good transportation is slow, which observes:

The Portland streetcar has been a catalyst for $4 billion-plus investment and up to 10,000 housing units in the Pearl District and other neighborhoods close to downtown. All of these people and businesses have Place Mobility. They use the streetcar for quick trips and to make connections — it doesn't matter that it moves very slowly because they don't have to go far. But the new people and businesses in the Pearl and downtown are not the only beneficiaries. All of the existing businesses and residences also benefit from rising Place Mobility.

When a streetcar -- or other catalyst -- creates a compact, dynamic place, other kinds of mobility become possible. The densest concentrations of bike-share and car-share stations in Portland are located in the area served by the streetcar. That's no coincidence. You can literally get anywhere without a car.

Of course, much of the "debate" falls into the logical fallacy of the false dichotomy, as if there is a choice between either having slow transit or having fast transit, when the reality is that we not only need both, but that improving either one improves the utility of the other.

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It's Time for US to Stop That.

I see that alot, people saying the "U.S. has to stop that".  Saw it this morning relative to supporting Israel.  Alot of people are out there saying that, "we need to quit giving Israel money". 

Notice the "We".  We need to.  No one ever says who the we really is.  Is it our government?  Is it "We the People"?  Is it whoever said it and the toad in his/her pocket? . 

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VotSquare paper.li for Saturday, 2 August 2014

A Lead Story: Israel's New 'Censorship' Demand to Media , By Greg Mitchell at Pressing Issues.

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The Breakfast Club (Out on the Sea Alone)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault. 

 

 

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