The daily chimp for sunday, 29 april 2018 the smirking chimp electricity generation by source by country

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Why did working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 race, the answer is important because it will influence how Democrats campaign.

New research shows that we may well be on the edge of a civilization-destroying climate change event. And we must do something about it. Most Americans are at least vaguely familiar with the Irish Potato Famine of 1845, but few could tell you much at all about the much larger planet-wide famine of 1816. But Europeans can tell you …

Let me begin by saying that normally I wouldn’t care if the House chaplain were a lapsed Zoroastrian who’s now into pagan witchcraft. But these are far from normal times, what with the House being controlled by a "Christian" party that is openly hostile to Christianity. As was evidenced by the shameless ousting of the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, House …

Trump is not the source of our problems; he’s the result of them. Wait, you say, how can having a president with all the impulse control of an infant’s alimentary canal—a man with all the strategic sense of a six-year-old ADHD patient; a narcissistic, mendacious, sexist, bombastic, thug—not be the source of our problems? Well, to be clear …

Maybe Kansas deserves Kris Kobach. He is running to become the next governor of Kansas. He looks great on paper. He graduated with top honors from Harvard, attended Oxford where he got an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics, and from there went on to graduate from …

After a video of the arrest of two African-American men sitting in Starbucks without buying anything went viral, Starbucks scheduled anti-racism training. But their inclusion of the Anti-Defamation League in the training provoked another outcry and Starbucks capitulated. On April 12, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were …

When people aren’t carefully oriented to reality, the result isn’t just ignorance, it’s ignorance indulged and defended. People become addicted to their ignorance, doubling and tripling down on it, digging in their heels, unwilling to surrender it. It’s easy to see why. After all, if you couldn’t tell the difference between …

Deep down, even in the most jaded corners of our minds, I think we all knew that it wouldn’t take long. That those celebrities accused of sexual harassment and assault during the #MeToo movement would inevitably find a way to re-enter the public sphere, and do so quickly. There would, of course, be claims of newfound humility. Lessons learned. A respect …

Every now and then seemingly disconnected incidents occur around the nation that, taken together, coalesce into a clear social pattern. Events of the past couple of weeks paint a deeply disturbing picture of the perils of being black in America, beginning with the now-infamous police arrest of two African-American men at a Philadelphia …

"It’s a joke. The whole thing is a joke." That, spoken to the Washington Post, was an anonymous Trump adviser’s assessment of — what? In the article, the quote just sort of sits there, somewhat isolated, unconnected to any specific folly of a White House "convulsed by chaos and contradiction." It’s preceded by coverage of the administration’s …

When I was a teenager, my grandfather Harry used to dine with us most nights. After dinner he would deliver a homily, usually, "Beware the Russians!" Grandpa Harry warned us about the Russians because they had no ethics: they would say and do anything to win. If he was alive now, Harry would still fear the Russians, but he would also warn of Christians …

Most of the world recognizes May 1 — May Day — as International Workers’ Day. Here in one of the few countries that doesn’t, it’s worth pausing to ask how U.S. workers are doing. At an event last December, Fight for $15 organizer Terrence Wise recalled “going to bed at night, ignoring my own stomach’s rumbling …

The Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against the Republican party, WikiLeaks, and Russia. They blame everyone accept the candidate herself for her dismal performance against a disorganized and unhinged Republican candidate. If they were honest with themselves, they would see that her failure to move to the left or to …

This, from the Washington Post, was the headline news that came out of Trump’s bizarre call-in to "Fox & Friends" yesterday morning: "Trump acknowledged Thursday for the first time that his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen represented him in efforts to silence Stormy Daniels…. Trump earlier this month denied any knowledge of the $130,000 …

Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It’s the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we’ve been bombarded with a litany of scandals from the Oval …

The Koch brothers are oil magnates and billionaire GOP funders. They believe that their great wealth entitles them to rule over the many. For decades, they’ve been running a surreptitious assault on the rules that protect the majority of us from their abuse. From whacking our voting rights to busting unions, their intent is …

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who first gained Donald Trump‘s attention by devoting his life to the utter destruction of the EPA for the benefit of his friends in the fossil fuel industry, has turned that agency into a three-letter wrecking ball. He wholeheartedly believes that his agency’s role is to serve …

Madeleine Albright, without irony, has written a book on resisting Fascism. She has also published an op-ed in the New York Times pushing the same argument. Albright is alarmed and wants to warn the public to stop the fascism emerging under the Trump regime before it is too late. Unfortunately, moralism on the part of the infamous and notorious is …

An alien visitor, or even a foreign observer, might find it peculiar that the United States military falls under the auspices of the Department of Defense. The army I was a part of never defended a damn thing. In hindsight, I fought for little that was tangible, except maybe deluded policymakers’ notions of American interests …

Can a progressive populist movement be built in the rural areas and small towns that Donald Trump dominated in 2016? On Tuesday, People’s Action – one of the largest multiracial, people’s organizations in the country with 48 member organizations in 30 states – launched a major initiative to do just that.

From Portland, Oregon where a man screamed anti-Muslim slurs at two young women, and when two passengers stood up to intervene, they were stabbed to death, to Kansas where an arsonist burned down an American Muslim couple’s newly opened restaurant; from Georgia where at a local mall, a man attacked a 14-year-old American Muslim 8th grade girl while yelling …

How did the United States get rich? The textbooks tell us it was the “free enterprise” genie. The Founding Fathers, they say, had the foresight to construct a political and economic vision of a commercial republic, committed to private property, open markets, and individual liberty. Slavery was the only major …