Beyond elimination – rethinking democracy

landesgemeinde rethinking democracy

That Donald Trump is a grave danger to humanity leaves no doubt. That his supporters and backers are criminal in their intention to ransack the world and blight the poor, the marginalised and the needy for their own gain is clear to see. But let not the looming catastrophe blind us to the fact that, above all, it is the functioning of the democratic system that needs fixing.


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Don’t talk about guns after a massacre

Don't talk about guns after a massacre

Seen from abroad this rabid attachment to guns, in which individuals proudly stockpile deadly weapons, despite the slaughter gun-possession leads to verges on collective madness. When are Americans going to have the courage to stand up and say "No!" to guns?


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Puerto Rico: ‘We are dying,’ says San Juan’s mayor

Puerto Rico: 'We are dying,' says San Juan's mayor

As Trump criticises the mayor of San Juan, how I wish that I could banish the man and his cronies to the most remote and devastated part of Puerto Rica.


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Trump guilty of crimes against humanity

Irma denying climate breakdown

Trump is guilty of crimes against humanity. Enough is enough. Let's call a spade a spade. As record-breaking Hurricane Irma devastates islands in the Caribbean and heads towards Florida, as Houston reels under the impact of Hurricane Harvey, as forest fires rage through the drought-stricken west coast of the US, not to mention massive flooding around the world, Trump stands up in front of oil workers in a North Dakota refinery and boasts about quitting the Paris climate deal and giving the go-ahead for several major oil pipelines...


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Climate breakdown says George Monbiot, not change

George Mombiot

Climate breakdown, not climate change. The words we use to discuss an issue like the impact of climate on the world have an important effect on the way we communicate and the way we understand what is happening. George Monbiot underlines this fact in an article entitled Natural Language saying: If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it. ...


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Every life matters!

Murdered Palestinian girl

Enough is enough. The violence has to stop! Eight-year-old Aseel Tareq Abu Oun was killed after being rammed by an Israeli settler's car, near Furush Beit Dajan area, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The girl was leaving a supermarket with a friend when she was struck and killed in broad daylight in front of her father. In a time of wide-spread violence and rampant disregard for life, it is so easy to banalise a death here and a murder there. Aseel Tareq Abu Oun was not just another victim. Every life matters! It is our responsibility to shout that from the roof tops...


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Who said climate change didn’t exist?

Who said climate change didn't exist?
Hurricane Harvey and climate change denial - just one more recipe for disaster. Who said climate change didn't exist? How is it possible to be so blind or short-sighted when proof is screaming at you from Texas as well as from many other places around the world? It's a crime to deny such massive devastation and prolonged hardship especially of the less well-off with the short-term goal of filling the coffers of a limited number of people...
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An Almighty Joke

Almighty joke
Almighty joke? Erect soldiers standing to attention by the path side to greet the day after a night of violent storms. Well at least the Almighty Architect had a sense of humour. Seeing the state of the world, there was some doubt about that. Or maybe he or she just had a limited palette of forms to chose from...
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Women are not objects to be used and abused

Women are not objects
Women are not objects. Yet news from around the world underlines how many men act as if they were, while key figures, like Trump, set a disastrous example. Today it was announced that a ten-year-old Indian girl, victim of repeated rape by her step father, has given birth after having been refused the right to abortion by the Indian Supreme Court. Meanwhile in England in a number of towns girls and women have been and still are being groomed then abused by gangs of men...
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Enough is enough, but beware damage by his minions

Enough is enough, but beware damage by his minions
Enough of the clown. That attention is so focused on him is not surprising. He knows how to hold media attention with his outrageous and shocking behaviour. People are understandably up in arms against his words and acts. Not only is he a staunch neo-liberalist out to rape the world and most of its people for the betterment of a select few, but recent events have reminded everyone that he is and always has been a racist...
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Race-hatred fanned by fawning authorities

Race-hatred fanned by fawning authorities
Race-hatred is being fanned across the U.S. but also in many other countries. Both right-wing politicians and certain media fuel discontent, repeatedly and incorrectly heaping blame on those who are different. The campaign for Brexit was a flagrant example of a nationalist, isolationist discourse with heavy racist undertones...
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Private military enforce corporate agenda

private security forces
Private military enforce corporate agendas. There is increasing recourse to private military not only to backup or even replace the army in conflict zones, but also to enforce the agenda of industrial conglomerates as in the eviction of peaceful demonstrators at Standing Rock who were attempting to halt the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed pipeline was against the will of indigenous peoples and disastrous for local water supplies and, more globally, against efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, These concerns were of little interest to the petroleum companies whose only idea was to make a quick buck at the expense of the Earth and the indigenous peoples. Hired security staff were on hand to enforce the will of the companies and the neoliberal administration...
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Word-ban: How to combat climate change

Word-ban
Word-ban! How to end climate change? Easy. Ban the use of the word! In his visionary novel, 1984, George Orwell wrote: In the end, we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.  Out of sheer greed and/or ideological short-sightedness, Trump and his neoliberal buddies are using the same tactic to do away with climate change: ban the use of the expression and those words related to it...
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Disaster Cookbook, NotMyPresident /

Elect an illiterate president

Elect an illiterate president
An illiterate president - the ultimate recipe for disaster. Understanding requires knowing the necessary words and being able to develop the concepts that underlie that understanding. Without the words, understanding the world is just not possible. Having an extremely limited vocabulary implies that the person is incapable of grasping even the simplest concepts let alone the complex interplay and interconnectedness that characterise the modern world...
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Disaster Cookbook, NotMyPresident /

Make war for the few to get richer

Make war for the few to get richer
Make war for the few to get richer. On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, in threatening North Korea Trump uses the same bellicose language as President Truman’s warning to Japan before bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Except the circumstances and the motivations are very different...
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Donald Trump, disaster incarnate

Donald Trump, disaster incarnate
Donald Trump, disaster incarnate. Trump's reckless and incompetent approach to governance is nothing short of a disaster-creating machine. Naomi Klein in No is Not Enough. Defeating the New Shock Politics. While there are so many recipes for disaster trumped up or exploited by the gang of neoliberals currently making a power grab around the world, one of the central factors of disaster is Trump himself...
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Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence

Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian has published an interview with Felicity Lawrence, recent recipient of the Orwell Prize for investigative journalism. Here is how the introduction to the interview begins: Felicity Lawrence has reported on some of the most challenging issues facing the modern world, from corporate power – especially in the food system – to migration, the re-emergence of slavery, climate change, and global tax avoidance. ...
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Blame, divide & build walls

Blame, divide & build walls
Blame, divide and build walls. As a recipe for disaster, what better than dividing up the population, blaming certain minorities for all the ills and then building walls. Not only does it throw the world into disarray, but it undermines the natural and very necessary human reaction to disaster: solidarity...
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Disaster Cookbook, NotMyPresident /

Privatise & militarise the police

Privatise & militarise the police
More and more money is being spent on militarising the police supposedly because of the threat of terrorism and armed crime by migrant populations. But a quick look at some of the articles and links quoted below shows that it is not terrorists who are the major target of police repression and violence, but rather marginalised populations and dissidents...
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Deny climate change

Deny climate change
Why deny what the vast majority of scientists say is proven? Why turn a blind eye on the increasing number of extreme weather conditions worldwide? Just take, for example, the latest report published in Science Advances and reported in The Guardian predicting the weather by the end of the century that could kill even the healthy in some regions of the world if nothing is done to halt global warming...
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Kill the pig!

Kill the pig!
"Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" was what the stranded boys chanted as they ran rampage on their island in search of one of their number to slaughter. Surely it is unlikely to see such a scene from William Golding's Lord of the Flies in what is supposed to be one of the most sophisticated societies in the world.  Yet the American president just encouraged police chiefs to take justice into their own hands and wreak violence on the 'bad guys'. He's taking down the very structures and limits that make our lives livable.  And he is doing so purely in the interests of a small group of very rich people who will profit from the chaos he is spreading...
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Undermine the state

Undermine the state
Irrespective of who his audience is, Trump has to talk about himself and vilify those who are or that he imagines are against him. Here he was addressing 12-16-year-old scouts. His behaviour lastingly tarnishes the image of the Presidency and his actions wreak havoc on the state...
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It’s important! Kimberly Crenshaw on Intersectionality

It's important! Kimberly Crenshaw on Intersectionality
Understanding what is happening in our complex society requires thinking of situations in terms of the interaction between simultaneous factors taking place on multiple levels. But even if we do think in these terms we can still miss gross injustices or patent failings in our well-meaning actions. Why? Because if we consider situations from separate multiple perspectives, many things that happen at the intersection of these perspectives or factors fall through the cracks and we fail to see injustice or violence or disempowerment or disqualification that happen just there...
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Vilify immigrants

Vilify immigrants
Donald Trump vilifies illegal immigrants by treating them as 'animals' who 'slice and dice' beautiful young girls.--
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Ban transgender military

Ban transgender military
In a typical angry blast of early morning tweets, Trump kicked transgender people from the US military. That's over 15'000 people. Ostensibly a manoeuvre to gain support from certain US Senators for Trump's budget and his Mexican border wall who are against the military paying health costs for transgender people...
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Devil’s Bargain

Devil's Bargain
Devil's Bargain. Striking book by Joshua Brown about the relationship between Bannon and Trump and the frightening ideas that underlie and drive Bannon's action behind the Trump campaign and subsequent presidency...
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Assist bombings in Yemen

Assist bombings in Yemen
Thousand's die every day from cholera in Yemen in an epidemic provoked by bombings by Saudi-led coalition with arms provided by the United States. Just another of those 'success' of the American president who was proud of signing such an enormous arms deal with the Saudi's. Enough of profit at the expense of human lives and wide-spread misery and suffering..
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Faster than a car!

Faster than a car!
Ivan Illich famously said that the bicycle was faster than the car, all considered. Of course, there are some preconditions to be fulfilled before that can be true which have more to do with society than bicycles or cars...
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Humour, Thought /

Stop blockade of Gaza

Stop blockade of Gaza
In a supposed drive to stamp out terrorism, the systematic blockade of the Gaza Strip has led to intolerable living conditions for the Palestinian population. How can a nation that was a victim of the Holocaust afflict such suffering on fellow human beings? ...
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Lonely man hangs out with longtime friend

Lonely man hangs out with longtime friend
The White House admits Trump hung out with Putin at the end of an official dinner with heads of state at G19+1. According to a report in the Guardian, they sat apart and out of earshot and had an animated conversation assisted only by Putin's translator...
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Energy companies go uncontrolled

Energy companies go uncontrolled
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to dump 700,000 tons of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean...
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Who’s the boss?

Who's the boss?
Remember the tiny Trumps? Gotta laugh! Better than crying or ripping your hair out. And I bet laughing at 45 has far more impact than screaming at what he says and does...
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The Brexit blokes!

The Brexit blokes!
How Brexit blokes do business: with no papers but also no women, at least that's the impression this photo gives of the core negotiators...
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This is not a poem | Anthony Anaxagorou

This is not a poem | Anthony Anaxagorou
This is not a poem written and read by Anthony Anaxagorou.
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Sabotage anti-smoking treaty

Sabotage anti-smoking treaty
Multinational PMI invests millions to sabotage anti-smoking treaty according to documents revealed by Reuters...
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Coldplay & Big Sean – Miracles (someone special)

Coldplay & Big Sean - Miracles (someone special)
Not scared to be strong! Miracles performed by Cold Play and Big Sean...
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Criminalise abortion

Criminalise abortion
Trump and his team of male thugs at work undoing women's reproductive rights...
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Questioning research

Questioning research
Beyond the question of the responsibility of major corporations in funding research to further their vested interests ...
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Poke fun at climate change scientists

Poke fun at climate change scientists
One tactic of the current US president and his hand-picked band of thugs is to poke fun at scientists investigating climate breakdown...
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Protect Net Neutrality

Protect Net Neutrality
If the Trump administration gives  Internet access providers the right to pick and chose how they grant access to the Internet, it opens the door to partitioning the Net between haves and have-nots, with ultra high-speed broadband services for the rich and pitifully slow Internet, if any access at all, for the poor and marginalised...
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Naomi Klein: No is not enough

Naomi Klein: No is not enough
Naomi Klein's book, No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics. is thought-provoking, inspiring and extremely moving...
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Disaster Cookbook Gallery

Disaster Cookbook Gallery
Recipes for disaster: the cookbook liberally employed by NotMyPresident in its original form as an electronic illustrated picture book for wayward children that inspired the raping of the earth and the subjugation of its peoples...
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Fear-mongering

Fear-mongering
The message of 45 in his Poland speech was all about fear, painting images of a world teetering on the brink of disaster...
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Big place in the world

Big place in the world
This car roared so loud even though it was driving the wrong way into the car park. It sounded like the garage forgot to re-install the exhaust pipe after the last tuning. Maybe it was that noise that made the driver use two spaces to park. Some might say it demonstrates an inability to park correctly. I suspect it was not a question of failing dexterity but rather an exaggerated sense of place in the world. There's a lot of it going on...
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From information to opinions to decisions

From information to opinions to decisions
By delegitimising media and expert opinion, and thus removing any possible checks and balances, it could be argued that Forty-Five produces political discourse as if it were publicity...
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Brexit: Outstanding Questions

Brexit: Outstanding Questions
Time and time again partisans of Brexit reject calls for caution and a more measured stance about leaving the EU by attacking the person and their past. Rather than consider the wisdom of John Major's words they portray him as an embittered loser. Exactly the same tactic was used when Tony Blair spoke out about Brexit...
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The ‘Greatest’ Show on Earth 

The 'Greatest' Show on Earth 
This ad proclaims that you can meet the characters of a well-known film in this tiny railway station. As a marketing concept, it is already a thing of the past. Now the biggest television show on Earth has invaded all our lives. It's on our TVs, on the radio, in all our newspapers worldwide and in every nook and cranny of the Internet, every day and all day long. It's in our conversations and maybe in our nightmares. The Forty-fiver Show. You are probably sick of it, if not worried sick by it...
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Checks and balances

Checks and balances
There's a key lesson to be learnt by Americans from the disastrous Brexit process. Theresa May wanted to bypass parliament and dictate her own path but the judiciary said otherwise. The right-wing press tried to shoot the judges down, but the fact remains that an individual does not govern alone in our countries...
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A load of hot air

A load of hot air
Météo Suisse has announced we are in a for a big storm this evening along the Jura mountains. It has been code-named Trumpette. This last snippet of information was unofficially provided by the official Russian Disinformation Agency under the leadership of an ex-KGB boss known to be lurking in the Kremlin...
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Tromper

tr_mp_r
Many think that the surname Tr**mp has its origins in the musical instrument consisting of a twisted metal tube through which hot air is blown via pursed lips to produce a throaty, almost bodily sound designed to impress enemies in battle. Others maintain that the word springs from a long
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Missed chances

Missed chances
With hindsight, the US election result seems evident, even if we hoped/prayed for something else. Unfortunately, viable alternatives were not on the cards. The cracks that have been appearing in representative democracy (including the sterile deadlock of a polarised two-party system in the US) and the related bureaucracy have generated so much dissatisfaction that there was a giant, but partly hidden, reservoir of votes up for the grabs...
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The Forty-fiver syndrome

The Forty-fiver syndrome
There are a good many people like Forty-five* in the world, brash, outspoken individuals who insist they have the answer to the problem at hand. Each of us has come across them. Forty-fivers have an inflated sense of their worth but have no idea that they lack the competences needed for the task they insist on doing...
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The Hinkley black hole

The Hinkley black hole
Hinkley Point: a black hole through which Britain will disappear in a cloud of invisible toxic smoke while the Chinese and French tiptoe away...
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Utility versus quality of life

Utility versus quality of life
Would you plant a stinky dustbin right in front of your door so that it greets anyone come to see you? Probably not. Then why have the local administration built a waste collection site right by the station where potential visitors arrive in Saint-Blaise?
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Universal bullshit

Universal bullshit
The map depicts those parts of Switzerland where the Swiss Post may no longer be required to deliver post in the very near future as cuts are made in so-called universal service. No doubt this evolution is the impact of extensive internet penetration, the liberalisation of postal services, sparking fierce competition particularly in parcels, and a general tendency to slash the budgets of state-run services...
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Screaming mad? Who cares?

Screaming mad? Who cares?
Many of the pictures of Forty-five* published in the press, not to mention his unpredictability and his ravings on stage, point to some form of mental trouble. Yet American psychiatrists have shied away from speculating on his sanity or lack of it, afraid of coming away smattered from a messy combat, as if a diagnosis at a distance would undermine their credibility, putting them on a par with astrologers...
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A dance for life

A dance for life
For all its cry of sadness and rage - at the Orlando shooting tragedy - this music/dance video by Sia, with the dancer Maddie Ziegler, is a call to life...
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Nano what?

Nano what?
Research showed that, breathed in through the nose, nano particles of Magnetite (an oxide of iron) entered the brain via the olfactory nerve. These nano particles are thought to play a role in degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer...
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Fracking politicians (1)

Fracking politicians (1)
Have they become so dumb, so deaf, so blind, so hopelessly unfeeling, so caught up in petty squabbles if not bloody skirmishes, wary of friends and foes alike, so enamoured of their own words that they are ensnared in their own bullshit, so worried about sinking ratings, their eyes riveted on opinion polls and the rumblings of social media,...
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Outrageous wins hands down

Outrageous wins hands down
It's almost as if the candidate is seeing how far he can go before he gets booted out on his ears, except that the more outrageous the things he does and says, the more despicable they are, the more the mass of his supporters clamour for him to do more and ultimately be elected.
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The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade

The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade
The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade are at work again. Boris the Johnson is quoted as saying to press in the US: “Brexit means us being more outward looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic on the world stage than ever before.” There is a very precise word for such nonsense, bullshit...
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Challenging democracy

Challenging democracy
Why so much disrespect directed towards politicians? The buffoons, the liars, the twisters-of-truth, the fear-mongers, the hate-makers, the racists, the wall-builders, the divide-and-conquerors, the off-with-her-headers, the its-their-faulters, the power-hungry führers, the mad hatters, the control freaks, the drug-pedlars-for-sportlers, the you-know-who-I-meaners...
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