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|Soon your job will be replaced by an algorithm
The other day I happened to be on a train seated next to a manager from UBER - the mobile-app car ride network. He boasted to me that his company was now the most valuable transportation company on ...
|GOP too extreme, Germany's conservative party supports Hillary
Traditionally, Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), the party of Angela Merkel, have been closely aligned with the Republican Party. Merkel even supported (initially) George W. Bush and the US ...
|Günter Grass is dead
The New York Times reports that Günter Grass, Germany's greatest postwar novelist, has died: Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’
|Hard Duty: Teaching Evolution in Kentucky
Sometimes I feel like I live in a far-off land caught in a time warp. In Orion Magazine James Krupa writes with eloquence and humor about one of the toughest jobs in 21st Century America: teaching ...
|Russia invites European right-wing extremists to St. Petersburg conference
Vladimir Putin has been supporting right-wing political parties in Europe for some time. He is already a major financial backer of Marine Le Pen's Front National in France, which is poised to score ...
|WaPo Columnist: So what if we repeal O-Care and people die?
You know, sometimes it's really refreshing when conservatives openly reveal what they really think. Michael Strain, a "scholar" at the American Enterprise Institute, explains in the Washington Post ...
|President Obama's Amazing 2009 Stock Market Call
Presidents are usually not very good at predicting market trends, but back in the dark days of the global financial crisis, as we watched out retirement accounts diminish by 40% or more, President ...
|Putin supporting Europe's Far-Right Parties
Russian media portrays the events of last spring in the Ukraine as a US-engineered coup that put the "fascists" in power. But Putin is playing a dangerous double game as he accuses the US and NATO ...
|Everyday anti-Semitism in Europe
This week the New York Times had a front-page article on the re-emergence of anti-Semitism in Europe ( Europe's Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows ). Of course the article mentions the high-...
|Violent Anti-Semitism Seen in Pro-Gaza Street Protests in Germany
Seventy years after the mass murder of Jews at the hands of Nazis the following chant could be heard at "Pro-Palestinian" demonstrations on the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt and other German cities: "...
|Who said these words?
“We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from ...
|The Economy for the Common Good
I've been reading a number of diaries here that are basically rants against the capitalist system. We can agree the prevailing system is unsustainable and is leading the planet over a cliff, but ...
|America is NOT a "Fascist Corporate State"
I am tired of seeing diaries routinely recommended where the United States is described as "fascist Corporate State" run by a secretive "Corporatist Cabal". These are offensive to me as an American ...
|White Nationalist institute meets in DC - calls for "peaceful ethnic cleansing"
Just blocks from the White House, the National Policy Institute will be holding its annual conference. The conference promises a full agenda, with a roster of speakers well-known in the White ...
|German Critic of NSA Denied Entry into the US
This happened a week ago, and I'm still seething. The Bulgarian-German writer Illija Trojanow was boarding a plane in Brazil en route to Denver, where he had been invited to address a German ...
|German intelligence presents evidence that Assad is behind nerve gas attack
I know this doesn't fit into the popular narrative here that President Obama and John Kerry are lying to the American people about the Assad regime ordering the sarin gas attack on August 21, but ...
|Cabela's sold gun to mentally ill man - and threw in the bullets for free
A mentally ill man gets hold of a gun and kills his mother. Nothing unusual in gun-crazy USA, right? Hardly worth even mentioning. Except the story of how this clearly deranged man bought the ...
|Richwine Scandal Recalls Hitler's Ivy League Connections
As a Harvard PhD (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences) I was saddened and dismayed that the university I love would sign off on a dissertation that was based in part on discredited junk science. ...
|Niall Ferguson and Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Right-Wing Power Couple
Earlier today we learned about homophobic Harvard professor Niall Ferguson's blistering attack on John Maynard Keynes . Keynes was wrong, according to ...
|Germany and the US Invasion of Iraq - Ten Years After
Former German foreign minister and leader of of the Social Democracts Frank Walter Steinmeier has a nice piece in Der Spiegel recalling Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's refusal to join the Bush/...
|Student fights back against Jindal and his Stupid
Bobby Jindal has received high praise from David Brooks and the wise village pundits for exhorting the GOP to "stop being the party of stupid." But what Brooks, Gregory, Brokaw et al fail to ...
|Catholic priest: women bring sexual violence on themselves
The women of San Terenzo in northwest Italy got a instructive "Christmas message" from their local priest, Fr Piero Corsi. If they are worried about their physical safety, Fr Corsi had some choice ...
|Glock: Austria's Deadliest Export
When I first heard about the terrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut I knew instinctively that a Glock semiautomatic pistol would be found on the scene. Glock psitols have been used in nearly ...
|German reporter goes underground at Patrick Henry College
Amrai Coen, a writer for the German weekly Die Zeit, wanted to visit Patrick Henry College, but the college administration refused her visit since the school had "bad experiences with foreign ...
|Brimelow: Romney failed to capture enough White (i.e. American) votes
I'm really enjoying the palpable despair of our leading white supremacist "thinkers" John Derbyshire and Peter Brimelow concerning the election results on Tuesday. On his racist blog VDARE, ...
|Students in Mississippi Enraged by Obama's Reelection
Evidently the ugly protest is still happening now : Mitt Romney won the state of Mississippi's six electoral votes yesterday, but some students at the University of Mississippi were not at all ...
|Daredevil Parachutist Baumgartner: "We need a moderate dictatorship."
Felix Baumgartner dazzled the world with his jump from 23 miles in space. He has appeared on all the morning talk shows and is heralded by the as a true hero. Unfortunately, the more he opens his ...
|Woman President of Mississippi Tea Party: Women Shouldn't Vote
How ironic is it that while the world prays for the recovery of Malala, the brave Pakistani girl who risked her life so that girls and women could achieve equality, some women in the US long for a ...
|German Bishops: Pay up or burn in hell
The Roman Catholic Church in Germany is not funded by voluntary donations of church members, as it is in the United States. Rather, the state collects a "church tax" which is then transferred over ...
|German court acquits rapist; 15-year-old victim "did not resist enough"
This story has outraged many in Germany and beyond: A German teenager who said she was raped by a 31-year-old man was told by the judge she had not defended herself enough for the law to convict ...
|Only one role for women in Randian Revolution
Ayn Rand took a rather dim view of her own sex. In a famous television interview she stated that a woman should never become president. And in her novels even her most powerful female characters - ...
|Peter Brimelow: Sikhs to blame for white supremacist rampage
Remember Peter Brimelow? He is the White Nationalist activist who made a big splash at the CPAC event in Washington DC last February. His panel discussion on "The Failure of Multinationalism" was ...
|Similarities between the Texas GOP Platform and the program of the German neo-Nazi party
I strongly encourage anyone interested in the current state of politics in the United States to read the (pdf warning) 2012 Platform of the Texas Republican Party . I can't think of any single ...
|The real reason Republicans oppose health care reform
Many people were perplexed by Senator Mitch McConnell's statement on national television recently that 30 million Americans without health insurance was "not an issue". Likewise there was shock and ...
|Christo-Fascist Leader Bryan Fischer: German Nazism a "Homosexual Movement"
A terrific diary yesterday drew our attention to Jane Mayer's eye-opening article in The New Yorker on the evangelical "Christian" radio broadcaster Bryan Fischer and his pernicious influence on ...
|Germany's solar power the equivalent of 20 nukes
Solar power production in Germany has reached a milestone: 22 gigawatts per hour: German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power ...
|Facebook Billionaire Peter Thiel: It sucks that women have the vote
Peter Thiel is a darling of the media for the moment and was even featured last evening on "60 Minutes". But the segment focused on his plan to encourage students to drop out of college and there ...
|Dutch priests abused boys and then ordered their castration
More horrific stories are emerging from the Roman Catholic Church's child sexual abuse scandal. This time from the Netherlands, and the crimes happened decades ago but the stories are just now ...
|Murdoch's MarketWatch a Refuge for White Nationalists?
After the National Review announced it was parting ways with John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg for their racist rants, Derbyshire told Gawker in an interview that he would continue writing about "...
|How Romney steamrolled women in Massachusetts
Since the Boston Globe put most of its content behind a paid firewall, I'm not sure how many folks saw Joan Vennochi's terrific piece in today's issue: Romney's Real Problem with Women . Joan ...
|Derbyshire: No regrets for my "mild racism"
The Gawker has published an interview with ex-National Review columnist John Derbyshire after that publication ended its relationship with him for a blatantly racist piece he published elsewhere. ...
|Court Upholds Racial Profiling in Germany
There are frequent diaries on DKos about how social justice prevails in Germany and how the German social safety net, workers' rights, etc. are superior to conditions in the US. But there is a ...
|Right-wing eZine sinks to new low; calls for "Black Genocide"
The Web site Alternative Right is a forum for "intellectual" racists. Contributing editors include Peter Brimelow, the white supremacist founder of the anti-immigration website VDARE, who was a ...
|Santorum: JFK makes me "throw up"
On Meet the Press today David Gregory played a clip from John F. Kennedy's magnificent speech from 1960 on the separation of church and state, which provoked a strong reaction from Santorum. He was ...
|Bain to GM in 2009: Drop Dead!
Desperate Mitt has been running around his "home state" of Michigan the last couple of weeks trying to explain why his advice "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" was a great idea. Now he's practicing ...
|Santorum: Obama follows a "phony Christianity"
How low will Rick go to win the Tea Party vote along with the evangelical Christians? Pretty low, evidently. Today, he went after President Obama's faith :Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator ...
|You die, I win! Deutsche Bank bets on Americans' life expectancy
Deutsche Bank outraged many when it took $11 billion in bailout funds from US taxpayers and bought money-losing ...
|Romney: I will end federal funding for Planned Parenthood
People are justifiably outraged about the decision by the Susan Komen Foundation to eliminate all financial support of Planned Parenthood. No doubt there are many moderate Republican women who ...
|David Brooks Lauds "Bell Curve" Author Charles Murray
Who can be surprised? In his NYTimes column today David Brooks extolls the latest book by Charles ...
|Lest We Forget: Mass-Murderer Anders Breivik Salutes "Allies" in GOP
Recently, the accused Norwegian "Christian" terrorist Anders Behring Breivik underwent another psychiatric evaluation and it was determined that he is indeed mentally able to stand trial for ...
|Forbes to Maine Governor LePage: You Lie!
Forbes may be a favorite magazine of America's 1%, but at least it adheres to standards of journalistic integrity. In the most recent issue, Forbes ranked the 50 states in terms of ...
|Der Spiegel:"GOP Freakshow" Damaging America's Reputation
Did you ever have a crazy relative - an Aunt Mabel from Tupelo or an Uncle Archie from Queens - who made you cringe whenever he or she would open their mouth? When they came to visit you would live ...
|A Libertarian Four-Step Solution for Healthcare
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is a German-born economist and writer. He is considered the most important philosopher of the Libertarian movement today, and the leading theoretician of the "Austrian School" of ...
|George Will: JFK Built Berlin Wall
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, so to mark the occasion one of our illustrious right-wing pundits, George Will of the Washington Post ,
|UPDATED: Right Wing DEFENDS Anders Behring Breivik
While the world reacts with horror and revulsion at the killing of 94 mostly young people in Norway by the conservative "Christian" terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, some on the Right have actually ...
|Norwegian terrorist a right-wing fanatic
I'm sure all of us have been following the terrible tragedy in Norway as a terrorist bomb and shooting attack killed at least 17 people. For most of the day, our "fair and balanced" media have been ...
|Catholic doctors in Germany offer "cure" for homosexuality
In the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church gays and lesbians are "objectively disordered" and homosexual behavior is against divine and natural law. So a group of doctors in Bavaria - the home ...
|Right-wing US students join forces with German extremist group
Youth for Western Civilization YWC) is a far-right student organization that is aligned with the most racist elements of the Tea Party. The goup even has ...
|Deutsche Bank breaks US law, ruins lives
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was enacted in 2003 to protect US military personnel and their families from creditors while they are on active duty serving their country. But the law ...
|Catholic Politicians in Germany Call for Married Priests
A group of prominent Catholic politicians in Germany have written a letter to the German Bishops calling for an end to celibacy requirements for priests. The unusual action was precipitated by a ...
|The German magazine Spiegel blasts DKos for criticizing Palin
A diary on the recommended list once again upholds the German magazine Der Spiegel as some sort of a paragon of progressive thinking. Readers of DKos should know that the magazine ...
|POLL: Hatemonger of the Year
In this season of glad tidings let us also remember those who brought hate into our lives in 2010. This year was an especially good year for purveyors of hate: We had a sitting black president ...
|"J.R. Ewing" Shoots from the Hip
Those Kossacks of a certain age will remember the TV drama Dallas and the arch-capitalist JR Ewing, whom everyone loved to hate. The actor who played JR, Larry Hagman, now 79, is traveling ...
|New Maine GOP House Speaker Stole $1.6M from Taxpayers
This month Maine voters elected a Tea Party governor (thanks to a 3-way race) and turned control of the State House over to the Republicans for the first time in 30 years. Governor-elect LePage got ...
|Sex for Nuclear Disarmament?
Today I woke up to the latest GOP abomination. Evidently Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona has vowed to torpedo President Obama's New Start nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Because, after all, Kyl's boss ...
|Former German chancellor accuses Bush of lying in memoirs
We all know that George W. Bush lied to us and continues to lie in each interview he gives on television to promote his book Decision Points - itself a compendium of half-truths and ...
|Rabbi in Israel calls for genocide of Palestinians
Religious fundamentalism poses a threat to any secular, liberal society. But in Israel, ...
|GOP Fanatic Sentenced for Threatening Susan Collins
It's become an everyday occurrence that right-wing fanatics are arrested for making death threats against Democrats. In their sick minds, they are simply doing their patriotic duty and exercising ...
|German central banker: Muslims "ruining" Germany
You think Islamophobia is bad in America? Quite possibly it is worse in Europe. The Swiss voted to prohibit minarets in a public referendum. In France Sarkozy is scoring political points by going ...
|Racism and Antisemitism - Two Sides of the Same Coin
Racism and antisemitism are two sides of the same coin, and both find expression on same Web forums. Alternative Right is a Webzine devoted to academic racism and espouses a "science-based"
|The Tragedy of Afghanistan - 1842
The First Anglo-Afghan War lasted from 1839 - 1842. British troops captured Kabul in 1839, but the occupation proved extremely unpopular with the Afghan people. A violent insurgency eventually made ...
|Glenn Beck: Americans Hate the World Cup
I don't know about you, but I plan on watching the US soccer team play against Ghana later today. In fact, I want to watch all the matches (Germany vs. England promises to be a classic). But, ...
|Anarcho-fascism: the libertarian endgame
While looking into the world of Rand and Ron Paul and their supporters, I came across one of the guiding lights of the libertarian movement, Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Hoppe is a leading ...
|Cop Killer involved in Beck's 9/12 Project
A diary here on DKos has some information concerning the murder of two police officers ...
|Academic racists upset at Rand Paul
The white-hooded intellectuals over at Alternative Right are fascinated and conflicted by the success of Tea Party candidate Rand Paul. On the one hand,
|Child-beating Bishop of Augsburg resigns
Ho-hum. Another priest accused of pedophilia? This has become so common that it is hardly newsworthy. The difference here is that the priest under discussion is Walter Mixa, the Bishop of Augsburg. ...
|Bush DID find biologic WMDs - in Germany
I would have expected Laura Bush's new memoir Spoken from the Heart to be a full-throated defense of her husbands failed presidency. But I have to admit I didn't expect she ...
|German neo-fascists see Tea Party as model
Junge Freiheit (literally " Young Freedom ") is the most influential paper of "academic" right-wing extremism in Germany. The Berlin weekly ...
|Hans Küng: Ratzinger engineered church cover-up of abuse
On Monday Pope Benedict XVI will mark five years at the helm of a Roman Catholic Church deep in crisis. Like many, I was hopeful that a brilliant writer and thinker like Joseph Ratzinger could ...
|UPDATED: John Derbyshire tells black law students they are inferior
The National Review's resident white supremacist intellectual John Derbyshire was invited by the Black Law Student Association at UPenn Law School to speak about government's role ...
|Wingnuts celebrate "whiteness" of Duke basketball
Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils and the other teams for making the final four! What a great achievement. But while most of us were cheering the amazing display of basketball skills from all ...
|What did Pope Benedict know and when did he know it?
The child sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic priests in Germany began to unfold early this year with one school in Berlin but now has expanded to nearly every archdiocese and has even touched ...
|Senator Tom Coburn's Terrible Prayer
Can you believe that a US senator actually prayed aloud on the senate floor for the death or incapacitation of a fellow senator? That is exactly what Sen. Tom Coburn - a medical doctor, no less - ...
|Was Pope Pius XII a saint?
Pope Benedict XVI has taken the next steps in the beatification of Pope Pius XII, Benedict's predecessor during World War II.
|Trafficking in Hate for Profit
I monitor neo-Nazi and other Internet hate sites in German. A number of these sites actively deny the Holocaust and attract thousands of visitors. Holocaust denial is a crime under German law, ...
|Cardinal: Richard Dawkins leads to National Socialism
I watched the Catholic Archdiocese in Maine lead a campaign of lies and distortion against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in overturning marriage equality in my state. So, from now on, I ...
|My LTE on Susan Collins published today
Today is a sad day in Maine after the voters here were frightened into overturning marriage equality but one bright spot for me was that Maine's largest newspaper, ...
|Americans not dying fast enough for Deutsche Bank
It seemed like a fool-proof business plan: establish a fund to buy up the life insurance policies of elderly Americans and wait for them to die. At their death, distribute the insurance pay-off to ...
|Vatican welcomes bigoted Anglicans
In a surprise move, Pope Benedict XVI has driven a wedge into already-divided Anglican Church by welcoming "traditionalists" - ie, those who reject the ordination of women and gay people - into the ...
|German Election Open Thread
Polls will be closing in a few minutes as Germans elect a new national government. It is all but certain that Angela Merkel will remain Chancellor, but the make-up of the Bundestag (Germany's ...
|Camille Paglia: Unhinged Birther
Anybody else hear Camille Paglia this week on NPR's OnPoint show? The self-proclaimed "feminist icon" gave her stamp of ...
|Success of the Public Option in Germany
The recent issue of Forbes Magazine has a (for Forbes!) surprisingly ...
|History Lesson: Private Health Insurance in the Third Reich
Right-wing Republican activists and "Tea-Baggers" have been showing up at town hall meetings with posters of President Obama photo-shopped to look like Hitler and have been asking their ...
|The Mind of Senator Jim DeMint
I haven’t given up on tea parties.” - Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) to the National Press Club, July 9, 2009 I became intrigued with the mindset of ...
|Pope Benedict Appeals for New Economic Order
Pope Benedict has issued his Third Encyclical - Caritas in veritate (Charity in Truth) - which addresses the global economy and its inequalities. It is a long, dense piece and can be read ...
|Scientists Visit the Creation Museum
The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky opened in 2007 to present an account of the origins of the universe, life and mankind according to a literal interpretation of the Bible. The museum is ...
|TNR Editor Compares James von Brunn to "DKOS bloggers"
Just listening to "Talk of the Nation" on NPR which today deals with the question " Is Right Wing Extremism on the Rise ?" ...
|GOP Activist Compares Michelle Obama to Gorilla
We all know that the GOP has been a refuge for racists, teabaggers, and conspiracy theorists of all sorts. But prominent Republicans usually keep their thoughts to themselves, or at least try to ...
|German Family Seeks Political Asylum in US (w/Poll)
A German family has moved to Tennessee and is seeking political asylum in the United States. Germany is a democratic nation and close ally of the US. So why would a German family seek political ...
|Karzai Legalizes Rape in Afghanistan
I was just alerted to this on the Web site of Der Spiegel , but evidently President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has signed ...
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