Sunday, June 21, 2015

On This First Day of Summer (Reads)

I think it is way too soon to write off the neolibs who have poisoned the Democratic Party brand:

But while the ultimate fate of the TPP is still unclear, there’s one element of this ongoing fight within the Democratic Party that you should expect to see more of in the years to come. It’s not the rise of a more combative labor movement, though that’s certainly part of it. And it’s not the decline of the party’s neoliberal wing, though that’s happening, too. No, it’s something much less important, but much more amusing: the wails of outrage and self-pity from moderate Democrats who resent the party’s once docile, but now ascendant, liberal base.

Those "Democrats" are not Democrats, let alone are "moderate." They are economic libertarians or neoliberals, and their poison has ruined political discourse and policy for over 30 years.

Conspiracy Corner: Was UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold actually murdered in 1961 rather than being the victim of an accidental plane crash?

The crash has been a source of widespread speculation for decades, which has ramped up thanks to evidence uncovered in the last few years.

Searchers walk through the scattered wreckage of the DC6B plane that had carried Dag Hammarskjöld, in a forest near Ndola, Zambia, Sept. 19, 1961. (Associated Press)
That includes testimony from a former U.S. National Security Agency intelligence officer who claims he heard a recording of another pilot attacking the plane, as well as a Belgian pilot who says that he accidentally shot the plane down after being hired to merely divert it.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said a three-member panel appointed by current Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently travelled to Zambia to interview new witnesses and gathered new documents from public and private archives in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Belgium.

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