Manchinema, Beast of Dem Apocalypse?

John Oliver:

“I’m not sure which stage of capitalism we’ve reached if we’re now kayaking out to a politician’s yacht to beg him to help the poor, but it’s got to be one of the last ones. I’m pretty sure it goes: ocean on fire; bookstore billionaire [Amazon’s Jeff Bezos] leaves the planet; then boat bitch says no, and it is basically over at that point.”


38 thoughts on “Manchinema, Beast of Dem Apocalypse?”

  1. as for naming them the Beast of the dem apocalypse, these lines from rev 13:11-17 (NIV) seem applicable if not to them but also to the former guy and his disciples:

    11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.
    12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
    13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.
    14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
    15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
    16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,
    17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

  2. those two however still do not excuse the recalcitrant progs in the house who also seem to prefer burning the whole thing down (including their party and their own positions of power) if they don’t get their way.  

  3. Actually, that sounds like the two-shot vaccine. Ha!

    “The oil has infiltrated the entirety of the (Talbert) Wetlands. There’s significant impacts to wildlife there,” she said. “These are wetlands that we’ve been working with the Army Corps of Engineers, with the Land Trust, with all the community wildlife partners to make sure to create this beautiful, natural habitat for decades. And now in just a day, it’s completely destroyed.”

  4. That area of California is a mess of pipelines and old wells, onshore and offshore.  The pipes are often old and in bad shape, not only from the water but also the shifting land.  The breaks happen all the time, but usually not in such a massive and ugly manner. 


    “Hair is great at soaking up grease. Each hair adsorbs three to nine times its weight in oil. Its porous structure is the reason birds and furry sea mammals such as otters are particularly affected by spills: the grease sticks to their feathers and fur.“

    “Matter of Trust’s hair mats have been used in major oil spills,…”

    “Human hair is becoming a major player in ocean cleanups as a free, highly effective resource that never runs out.“

  6. Fork around and find out file:

    Know what happens if one of those birds happens to decide to switch parties and become a republican?

  7. BiD, i wouldn’t call “nothing changes” if mitch is once more in power.  he will again eliminate the filibuster to serve a slim GOPer majority, there will be no scotus nominees confirmed no matter who dies or resigns, the rich will have their taxes cut and enviro regs will be weakened even more.

    sturge is right about the gavel. 

  8. yeah, much as it may be hard to swallow it’s imperative to play nice with the recalcitrant on both sides of the dems.

  9. anyone for boycotting FB to save the world… or at least democracy as we know it?

    Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, “conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.” Scott Pelley reports.

  10. FB will only change those evil al-gore-rhythms if they see the current algorithms are hurting their pocketbook

  11. Facebook putting profit before public good, says whistleblower Frances Haugen | Facebook | The Guardian

    Frances Haugen, 37, said the thousands of documents she had collected and shared with the Wall Street Journal and US law enforcement showed the company was lying to the public that it was making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.


    “The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimise for its own interests, like making more money,” she said.

  12. No more than I visit Facebook they would never know I was gone.  And I never click on any ad or link there. I’m the customer who would have kept Zuck from becoming successful.

  13. They call D.C. “Hollywood for Ugly People” for a reason- it’s filled with attention whores

  14. BlueBronc…  I haven’t been able to get into FB all day.
    Pogo… I’m with you… I never click on an ad or link there.  I basically use it to keep up with my  sister, my relatives in Canada, a few friends that no longer live around here… and a few private groups I’m on (such as a chatroom for my craftsmen’s guild).  I rarely post on my own timeline.  

  15. Truck Fump.  From WaPo:

    Biden administration reverses Trump rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from abortion referrals

    The Biden administration on Monday revoked a Trump-era rule that became a flash point in the abortion wars by forbidding clinics that receive federal family planning aid from advising people about ending their pregnancies.

    The new rule for the half-century-old family planning program known as Title X will allow health centers to receive the federal funds even if they refer patients for abortions. It takes effect Nov. 8.

    The rule reverses a move initiated in 2018 by former president Donald Trump to appeal to the social conservatives crucial to his political base, siding with them in a long-running battle with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other family planning groups.

    “Today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction,” Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a statement accompanying the revision.

    Federal health officials issued the rewrite as the nation’s abortion laws have been thrust into the forefront of legal and political debate. Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that cemented abortion rights in the United States, is under fresh attackas the high court’s composition has grown increasingly conservative.

    A month ago, a divided Supreme Court said that a new Texas law, which seeks to ban nearly all abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, could go into effect while the statute’s legality is fought out in the courts. And the high court is reviewing a Mississippi law, blocked by lower courts, that would prohibit almost all abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.

    Critics of the Trump administration’s rewrite of Title X policy — mainly reproductive rights advocates and other civil libertarians — derided it as an “abortion gag rule”that constrained what doctors and other health practitioners could discuss with patients.Rather than heeding the restrictions, affiliates of Planned Parenthood, which serve about four in 10 of the program’s patients, as well as other health centers, forfeited the Title X funds that had been a main support of their work.

    Good for Joe and his administration.

  16. If Repugz won’t raise the debt ceiling, the stock market suffers. Don’t cave to Repugz. It’s in their own self-interest to raise the debt ceiling. Weasels.

  17. Not a good day.  A friend of more than 40 years lost her husband of 30 years over the weekend due to Parkinson’s.  How do you comfort a widow that you know is mourning the great love of her life that she first met as a teenager and finally married when the time and history came together.  

  18. possible that someone wanted a whole lot of somethings deleted or rewritten and paused/caused FB outage in order to see that happened. 

    too odd just before major public hearing to be a coincidence. ‘course it could be related to the pandora papers and not to the documents the whistleblower released.   still very very odd timing.

  19. Jamie – No fix, but to have a friend available to call on when needed will be a comfort to her at some point.  I’m sorry for your loss, too. 

  20. patD – Agreed. I figured Suckerberg to be the kind to punch himself in the face(book) to look like a victim, but your scenario makes far more sense.
    Turn off the lights so nobody can see what happened to the weapons.

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