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      when they release the JFK assassination records.

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      Thanks for these!  I need to go back and look at all the posts I’ve missed!

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      thanks for the OP and the informative replies, @passionateprogressive and @mrdmk.

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      Thanks for bringing this to my attention; I’ve been watching just now and am nearing the end.

      A must-see primer, now that the U.S. appears determined to ramp up conflict with Russia again.

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      I don’t see why it’s our business to interfere.

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      the modern day tear-downs never seem to involve giving the areas back to the people whose neighborhoods were destroyed.  It always seems to be a developer pushing for it, in order to replace it with the developer’s own, gentrifying project, leaving the already heavily congested traffic to find alternate routes many miles out of their way.

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      I’d call it catering to their owners, not their audiences.

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      but not much of a news flash, given what’s being done to Assange, etc.

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      I’m extremely concerned about all the plastic packaging we’re producing, “recyclable” or not, and would welcome laws encouraging greater use of biodegradable alternatives.

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      thanks.

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      unless foreseeably likely to incite imminent violence or serious crime.

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      “Do Not Build a Fire on Your Auto,” or “No Weird Hair-Do’s Allowed”?

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      thus Assange rots in jail.  These “journalists” probably all went along with smearing him; they sacrificed their integrity – for what?  If they’d stood up, they and we all might be better off now.

      That we would come to this unless journalists did stand up to the 1% was obvious years ago, but those I knew personally refused to recognize what was happening – they blamed the steady stream of lay-offs on everything but the most fundamental cause.  I still struggle to understand that kind of blindness.

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      which I understand may be part of the ramping up of tensions over it between China and the US.

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      having someone die from drugs behind one’s place of business might still inspire understandable nervousness.  The restaurant might be open fairly late, too.  I don’t condone her misrepresentation, but I wouldn’t object to the gun-carrying.

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      that real property taxes are a terrible way to finance public schools.

      In general, we don’t tax the rich nearly enough; but/and there are also a lot of ways in which the current taxation structure is irrational.

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      Seriously, that’s supposed to be problematic?

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      that you should pay no more than 1/5th of your income for housing… that had to change as people’s incomes lost ground against costs (at the expense, of course, of savings).

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      (nt)

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      It’s a terrible; but I confess to a bit of schadenfreude.

      (The new movie, Judas and the Black Messiah, dramatizes the tactic well.)

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      I don’t think there’s any doubt he did what he was accused of.

      Free speech, b.t.w., entitles you to say what you want, but not necessarily to keep or get the job you want.  It’s totally irrelevant to this impeachment trial.

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      and I agreed with him on that part.  I’d like to hear from more lawyers about the second part, his technical ground for not voting to convict.

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      through most of the week, with flurries also continuing intermittently.

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      I’d appreciate a link to a recording of the full speech, if anyone happens to see one (just looked but don’t see one yet).

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      Not sure how persuadable, but he did stand up on the previous round.  His website form for emails is at https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/node/5853 ; his phone is (202) 224-2934.

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      Given the status of the courts’ and Pence’s decisions, to continue to incite the crowd at that point in time and at that particular place could have had only one purpose: to disrupt the Constitutionally-prescribed election procedure – which, had they succeeded, with or without violence, would have thrown the country into unimaginable chaos.  So, quite apart from whether he meant “fight” literally, or whether any actual violence might or might not have occurred, that chaos was a completely foreseeable possibility.

      So to put it broadly, Trump was either criminal, if he intended such a result, or if he really didn’t think things through or care about what might happen if the proceedings were disrupted, criminally negligent.

      If we don’t draw a clear line here, I can’t see where else we could draw it that wouldn’t be too late.

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      I’m curious, how did the mayor come to take office, if he wasn’t elected?

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      Thanks.

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      Adam Curtis’s documentary series for the BBC called “Century of the Self,” as well as his other docs.  “Century” traces the history of public relations from its invention by Bernays and through the decades before the series was made.

      Curtis is an insightful and wide-ranging free thinker and uses the BBC archive brilliantly.  You won’t be disappointed.

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      it’s rather dehumanizing – why don’t they say getting vaccines into people?

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      And they should also repeal a bunch of the previous tax cuts, which also mostly benefitted the 1%.

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      nt

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      he said YouTube said, “according to Wikileaks,” Oswald killed JFK???  Did he mean Wikipedia, or did I miss something from Wikileaks?

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      when there are so many, much better examples of white privilege.

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      “Take away the employer-run health care system, and businesses would… have to provide livable wages to attract workers [and] the military would lose one of its major mechanisms to acquire its cannon fodder.”

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      that were either legalized or invented along the way:

      Leveraged buy-outs
      Speculative credit derivatives (CDO’s, CLO’s, etc.)
      High frequency trading
      Consolidation of depositary and speculative investment banking
      Revolving door between Wall St. and its regulators
      Lax SEC enforcement
      Lax antitrust enforcement
      Lax enforcement of paper markets for metals and other commodities
      The power of the Fed to buy securities of unsound companies
      The power of the Fed to set negative real interest rates
      Mortgage-backed securities
      And many others accomplished via the tax code, trade agreements, etc.

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      24/7.

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      however sound DeepFuckingValue’s original analysis of Gamestop may have been, the stock is now in a huge bubble.  And a lot of the investors in the hedge funds being squeezed may be pensions or the like.  This is not to argue that the Redditors shouldn’t do what they’re doing; what I mean to argue is that the whole system is totally f—ed.  It should never have been possible for either Wall St. or the Redditors to create these bubbles in the first place; and the fall-out always is that the Wall St. execs and other 1%-er’s will get bailed out while those who can least afford to lose get hurt.

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      “We want to see the loss porn.”

      The Fed has created a monster.  Unfortunately, the rest of us will be caught in the cross-fire.

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      nt

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      the possibility of “suicided” is being investigated (were the victims distressed about their own conduct, or did they know too much about others’?)

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      at least one of the men involved disavowed support for either party and did have connections to antifa.

      I really think there are a lot of people who are pissed off about both the increasing incursions on our personal liberty and the looting of our economy.  And elites in both parties keep telling us that those rightly or wrongly deemed dangerous are working for the other party, but that’s not always accurate.

      Another e.g.: the way conservative pundits lump Biden, Bernie, and Stalin into one left-wing category.

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      there are too few voices critiquing establishment elites of any stripe.

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      You need to provide the context.

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      Just adopt rules to the effect that employers must provide the same benefits or cash equivalent thereof to every employee and independent contractor or free-lancer, prorated for hours worked.

      So if a free-lancer is hired to work 50% of the hours of a full-time employee, the free-lancer should in addition to their pay receive the higher of either 50% of the actual benefits payable to an employee or the 50% of whatever the employer would pay for such benefits if the free-lancer were an employee; AND if a single employee or freelancer were required to work 60 hours, they should receive 150% of the benefits or cash cost to the employer thereof.

      This would instantly eliminate employers’ incentives for outsourcing or dividing hours among more employees while also eliminating the incentives for squeezing excessive hours out of any single employee.

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      Call your congresscritters and make noise!

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      They’re doing an amazing job considering the circumstances.

      And they remain the most private means of communication short of meeting on a park bench.

      WPA Murals Stamps

       

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      should we not object to oppressive behavior here?

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      Hedges is the intellectual and is I think more insightful; but I like how Dore pushes him on the practicalities – like, yes, what about a third party?  Hedges dodged that question, or did I miss something?

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      i.e., to keep ICU beds from overflowing. They won’t necessarily protect you from getting the virus, or prevent you from transmitting it once you have it. That’s why, until most people are vaccinated or have acquired antibodies by getting the disease, we should still mask and socially distance, to reduce the spread to grandmas & other vulnerable people who aren’t yet vaccinated or who because of certain allergies or other conditions can’t get vaccinated.

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      The problem is that the Fed’s been flowing geysers of cash into Wall St., while Congressional actions and inaction have been steadily strangling Main St.   $2k checks would even things up a little bit, and are likely to do more for the real economy than the trillions pumped into Wall St.; but both are expenses that must eventually be paid on way or another.

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      too.  No one who actually does their homework could believe that.

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      at https://about.fb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/December-2020-CIB-Report.pdf , does not seem to be there now.

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      understates it in many ways, including w.r.t. the subtle and targeted psychological manipulation involved.

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      there should at least have been some kind of hearing, instead of letting legislators decide based on what they think they already know.  I don’t like the precedent this sets.

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      to GOP lawmakers who encouraged the insurrection.

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      He thinks he can come back from anything, and so far, he’s been right.

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      Per a Michael Moore video uploaded back on Jan. 9, posters were plastered all over the capitols.

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      we need to ensure there are consequences for anyone who broke the law in connection with this episode, including Trump.

      I’ve also seen conflicting reports re- whether impeachment would bar him from running again; if so, it’s worthwhile on that ground.

      That said, I also believe that we should be making every effort to build bridges to those Trump supporters who did not break the law, and to ameliorate the underlying causes of the anger, frustration, and fear that made them so susceptible to Trump’s manipulations.  Because I do agree with Chris Hedges that if we don’t, we’ll pretty quickly find another, more competent fascist in his place.

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      failure of agencies to share info?

      But also, who is “a source,” and why can’t they be named?

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      That said… this looks like it was shot before Trump’s speech?

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      or do they have to be used like a (surveillable) credit card?

      I’m aggravated too not to have heard any news of this – for all I know, I already threw it out.

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      how most health care workers feel about getting them – are they glad?

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      in tandem with the introduction of electronic voting and tabulation, starting in 2000.

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      heh heh

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      beginning at ca. 30:53 min.

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      that doctors instead lost autonomy to the insurance industry, which is even less accountable to doctors than the government would have been.

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      delayed health care in 2019 because they couldn’t afford it, and he thinks $2K is going to overheat us.

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      for agreeing to facilitate such facetimes & the like only upon condition that they be done safely.  This should of course be made clear up front.

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      “Now we’re finding out, weeks later, after the Max was cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to return to the skies safely, an Air Canada Boeing 737-8 Max suffered engine issues during flight. …

      “Engine issues shortly developed after the plane took off. The crew noticed the ‘left engine had low hydraulic pressure,’ said Aviation24.be.  Then more complications developed with the aircraft….

      “The crew was forced to declare a ‘PAN-PAN’ emergency, meaning the plane was in severe jeopardy and had to divert from its pre-planned flight route and land in Tucson.”

      More at https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/air-canada-boeing-737-max-declared-pan-pan-emergency-flight

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      Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, and Represent.Us – organizations focussing on the infrastructural issues upon which progress on so many others depends.

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      but if she considers Covid part of the propaganda used to keep us in our places, I wish she’d say so more clearly.  I do feel it’s being used as an excuse for a lot of oppressive initiatives; I don’t believe the virus is a complete hoax or not to be taken seriously.  We need more people willing and able to articulate clearly and rationally how to balance the challenges we face.

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      Are you sure you understand what this means?  I read it as reining in the Fed’s power to pump money into the markets, which mainly helps the 1% at our expense – so I read it as a win.  (I could be wrong, but I believe the Fed’s “special lending powers” were to make near- or at-zero interest loans to banks, hedge funds, hollowed-out corps, et al., which they in turn have been using to speculate in the markets in ways that enrich their senior management without doing much if anything to help the real economy.)

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      good catch!

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      I consider the people who stock my grocery store to be a lot higher priority, but I’m not betting they’ll get it before July.

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      would post their best sources for this belief, I’d be glad to look at it.

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      @Ohio Barbarian!  Keep pointing out the things that matter!

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      collecting on a big bet.

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      although not mentioned: if the bridal party wanted to take the risk, that’s one thing; but failing to inform others in a situation like this should be a crime.

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      The documentary on his work, “Manufacturing Consent,” was revelatory for me back in the 90’s; it opened my eyes to the possibility of the kinds of bias and outright propaganda that we here all now understand prevails even at the NYT.  And Chomsky has for me remained one of the most reliable and important observers and analysts of political and social events worldwide.

      Do I agree with all his conclusions?  No.  He calls himself an anarchist; and while I think my own actual position on government’s proper role is in most areas relatively close to his, I also think that for most people ,”anarchism” conjures up something far more extreme, far more chaotic and less regulated than what Chomsky actually propounds – to my mind, his use of the term is inaccurate and counterproductive.

      But imho, his errors or faults are miniscule in comparison to his contributions.  He has been a giant of our times.

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      while I consider myself, or at least hope to be, extremely supportive of equity for LGBTQ people, I differ with some people’s opinions in 2 areas, and one of them puts me in agreement with Tulsi.  The two areas are:

      1.  I think athletic competitions should be divided up based on athletes’ general physical capabilities rather than gender.  Similarly to how in boxing, we don’t pit 300-lb. atheletes against 150-lb. athletes.  Different sports would call for different criteria; in some, height might matter most; in some, weight; in some, it’s possible that hormones make the difference.  I would hope it would be possible for athletes and specialists in each field to reach a consensus about the best ways to define classes within their particular sport; but gender alone does not seem to me always to be the best criterion.

      2.  I also have qualms about permanent surgical alterations to kids before they’re legally competent to make other important decisions. A contract with a kid is legally unenforceable because experience has shown that they tend to make bad decisions even about matters affecting their own welfare; they simply don’t yet have adequate knowledge, experience, emotional maturity, etc.  I realize that many LGBTQ people fully grasp their own sexual identities with great certainty from an early age; but I also know people who have identified differently at different points in their lives.  In sum, I’m not saying surgery should never be done, but I’d honestly like to see more R&D to help clarify when it’s the best option.  (And I can add for my family that we’ve never yet encountered a surgeon who didn’t think surgery was a good idea, but we’ve had several surgeries that did not deliver the results promised.)

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      I’ve found reports that they sold a ton of stock after the briefing and that they bought much smaller amounts, but I’ve found nothing saying they invested in a company that produces body bags.  I certainly wouldn’t put it past them, and what they in fact did may have been bad enough; and I realize that most people aren’t bothering their heads much w.r.t. accuracy in political advertising, but – call me old-fashioned – it’s easy to lose credibility, hard to get it back.

      AND the ad would be that much more powerful if it included a footnote with the source for the claim.

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      in pushing the Overton window 95% rightward by being “reasonable.”

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      I’d love to visit.

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      by demanding what they want, whether it was likely to materialize or not.  Bernie came close to winning in the same way, and even though he lost the candidacy, he transformed the debate.  In the context of D.C., rolling over only wins more abuse.

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      is a continuing problem/challenge.  I’ve seen Biden called a Marxist!  It would be hilarious if it weren’t tragic.

      I’m really not sure what to do about this.  I feel that part of it involves a neglect in education w.r.t. genuine critical thinking and logic, together with the vocabulary and diction on which those depend.  More and more people get their “info” through media and texts that mainly incite their instincts and emotions rather than eliciting rational thought, with the effect that when these labels are thrown around, they actually stick instead of discrediting the source, as they should.

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      of how we got here – one that many still don’t fully understand, since it’s still so little discussed in the MSM.

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      Whatever his faults, Bernie’s still worth more than most of the rest put together.

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      this photo rather clearly illustrates something I’ve been wondering about: does Kamala’s skin color vary depending on who she’s being marketed to?  Cf. her face vs. her hand.

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      whatever she wants!

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    • #384237
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      let’s give him a deadline.  Not too far off.

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      I think the problem has more to do with the social atomization and “greed is good” mentality fostered since the Reagan years.

      But sooner or later, we’re going to have to re-learn that while on the one hand, it’s true that protecting people from the consequences of their own decisions does not foster learning or responsibility, on the other hand, we’re all subject to misfortunes that no individual can cope with on their own – no man is an island – and there are also many feats that can only be accomplished when we work together.

       

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      but I wish business owners would focus on and enforce distancing, and hand-washing, and maybe we wouldn’t need the more drastic measures.  Buy good masks for your employees – you can make them pay a deposit on it, if you’re having problems with them disappearing – and FIRE those who don’t wear them properly; and enforce masking by customers as far as possible.

      I have yet to walk into an establishment in which employees were consistently masked – usually at least one is wearing it below their nose, or worse.

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      when we’re already struggling to pay those we have.

      The Fed should not have the power to do what it did for Wall St.  If it didn’t, Congress might have been forced to act; and if they’d been forced to act, there might have been more focus on whether, how much, and in what ways more money should be injected into which parts of the economy – rather than, e.g., bailing out junk bond speculators.

      We need a WPA.  We need to roll back all the many changes in our laws and systems that have resulted in the impoverishment of the 99% and the hollowing out of the real economy.

      I’m all for certain utilities being publicly owned, including more of them than most people probably think about; but I don’t see a need for public banks; I do see a need for much greater limitations on what banks can do and much tighter bank regulation.

       

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      it takes at least 10 years of hard work and hustle to build an independent base.  Is it possible some of the writers complaining don’t have the right timeline in mind?

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      Is it a party, or a movement for a party?  Can a movement that’s not yet a party be on the ballot?  If it’s actually a party, however larval, shouldn’t it just be called the People’s Party?  (I find “MPP” confusing.  And sorry if I’m cranky lately.)

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      Who’s Fisk?

      UPDATE: Ok, I looked him up, and I think I would have approved of him.

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      I’ve come to believe that most people are much stupider and more irrational than I ever imagined possible.  Even trying to talk with my favorite, liberally-oriented friends has been extremely frustrating – on the one hand, they’ve erred to the other extreme, with one gal in her 30’s with no comorbidities obsessing anxiously over Covid to the point of being unable to get a good night sleep for weeks; yet on the other hand remaining stubbornly, incomprehensibly head-in-sand about the historically proven dangers of such developments as mass surveillance and censorship.

      So I certainly don’t try to argue with anti-or reluctant maskers.  But I do try to very politely but persistently ask them to keep their distance.  And so far I’ve been lucky that they’ve sort of complied… but again, the stupid; even half the people who are supposedly trying to comply can’t seem to grasp what 6′ looks like, or understand that it’s 360º around you, not just the 6′ in front of your face.

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      if the photos are accurate, it looks like there were at least a dozen vehicles, although some could be accidental onlookers.  I understand the pros and cons but feel kind of p.o.’d that a handful of people so quickly and unilaterally destroyed something that someone else had gone to a lot of trouble to create and that was, after all, kind of cool and fun.  Like, at least give the rest of us a chance to put in our 2 cents about it.

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      part of the problem has to do with scale.  When any organization reaches a certain size, it’s too easy to hijack, the top is just too removed from those at the bottom, and transparency and accountability suffer.  This seems to apply to nations, corporations, religions, unions, etc.

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      starting with prosecuting banksters.

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      wondering about a class-based analysis, which seems to be the part the media never wonders about.  Whatever other issues may be involved, it seems to me that most people end up voting for what they believe most likely to benefit their pocketbooks; so if Cuban populations in FL comprise or are descended from Cuban plutocrats, I’d expect them to lean Republican.

      I have no idea if my speculation holds water w.r.t. Cubans, but until I see this aspect addressed, it’s hard to get on board with other explanations.

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      in less than 23 min.?

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      When Republicans are in power, they give everything away to the 1% and massively run up the deficit.  When Dems are in power, they capitulate to Republicans’ screaming about the deficit.  It’s been like clockwork at least as far back as Reagan.

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    • #380593
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      there’s a method to this madness – a strategic rationale for splitting forces.  Could have to do with marshalling support for a 2024 run, or protecting fellow Republicans… ?

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      Good to see something working beautifully.

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    • #380590
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      so please explain, @kelly.

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      there do appear to be some anomalies; and although I’ve seen nothing to make me believe they amount to enough to change the outcome, and it disturbs me that the “liberal” media continue to state categorically that there’s NO evidence of any fraud.

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      within the last month.

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    • #378368
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      Very helpful – I’m saving this whole thread for future reference!

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      but I doubt this is more than Republican fear-mongering to try to keep their base fired up.

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      about hospitals requesting permission from incoming patients to shoot and share video of them should they become seriously ill.  Even with faces pixellated out, I think a few of those bouncing around the net would have some effect.  I’d have no problem giving that permission re- myself (assuming it could be limited to use for purposes of promoting mask-wearing).

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      But it takes no account of syntropy, which, it occurs to me, could be described as a way of converting energy into information (i.e., while all this evolutionary struggle may be resulting in ever-increasing states of entropy, it is on the other hand also producing ever-increasing levels quantities and reaches of consciousness).

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      like she might have been on speed, maybe who knows what else.

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    • #377611
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      sick.

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      I’d like to make sure I’m not missing something re- why truckers in particular might rally against the Green New Deal.  Do they just listen to conservative talk radio all day?  Do they haul much oil?  Are they worried that they’ll have to purchase new, electric trucks?  Some other connection?

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      Maybe there’s hope.

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      I doubt even Trump believes he really has a shot at overturning the election without some pretty drastic moves.  And why bother replacing everyone on your way out, unless you’re trying to accomplish something during your final days that the old guard won’t cooperate with?

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      but wish there were more.  We need a deeper bench!

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    • #376245
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      We need MORE people who actually think for themselves – who question what they’re told, who dig for sources with proven expertise and accuracy, who think the implications through in a logically consistent way, looking for genuine insight rather than just for whatever will support their tribe’s leadership.

      We also need more people who recognize that we can be happier, healthier, and wealthier if we work together with all of our long-term benefit in mind.

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      Gotta add mine.

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    • #375016
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      Lol!

      @mrdmk

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      Remembering the cheating against Bernie, Russiagate, the censorship of info re- Hunter Biden, etc. …

      I blame the 1% factions on all sides; and on all sides, a majority of the 99% seem to me guilty mainly of gullibility.

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      I started to add one, but nevermind.

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    • #374471
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      Posted in the wrong thread.

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      at least $10,000 in clothing, bag, shoes, & jewelry right there (not including hair, make-up, plastic surgery, etc.)

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      out of millions of people on both “sides” who would mostly just like to get on with their lives in peace, there are always a tiny percentage who are dangerous to themselves and others; and so of course there are a handful of violent incidents; and the media on both sides fixate on & hyperventilate re- these and give the impression that ALL liberals or ALL conservatives are as dangerous as the few nut cases; and this has gone on long enough that anxieties on both sides have seriously escalated.  And 99% of it is complete b.s. and just completely unnecessary.

      So sure; try to be prepared and alert; but mainly, everyone needs to calm the f*ck down.  I doubt that either Trump or Biden is enough better than the other for anyone to die for.

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      “The scholars offer guidance on how this can be achieved, including: …. Securing commitments from corporate media organizations and governments to tackle the dangers of misinformation and media concentration.”

      Corporate media have colluded intimately, if not always consciously, in creating the current extreme polarization and, behind that, have long carried water for the forces that have created the economic distress and other conditions that have fueled the more extreme “populist” reactions.  Through their frequent myopia and even downright falsehood, the media have at least partly earned the name of “fake news.”  Why in the world would anyone expect the media to voluntarily and responsibly “tackle the dangers of misinformation and media concentration”???

      In particular, how exactly are we to interpret “tackle the dangers of misinformation”?  If they mean, require all organizations advertising or posting on social networks to fully disclose their ownership, funding, and senior management in an easy-to-find and -undertand place and format, I’m all for it; if what they mean is censor, sorry but that is inconsistent with the concern for free speech.

      You can have free speech, or you can have censorship.  You can decide you’re going to censor certain things – most people seem to agree on censoring certain kinds of pornography, for example – but as you enlarge the universe of things you censor, you shrink the universe of free speech.

      This bullet point risks undermining everything else they have to say, which is too bad.  They should replace it with something more along the lines of, “Enact and enforce restrictions on media monopolies.”

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      most on the right have no clue about the deep division between establishment Dems and true progressives.  The 1% tell everyone that Bernie et al. are crazed radicals; they tell Republicans that establishment Dems are crazed radicals posing as more moderate; and everyone but the true progressives believes what they’re told.

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      I’d appreciate it.

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    • #373827
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      Hope you’re right.

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      you know why.

      Plus, he only p.o.’d the 99% and their serfs.

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      However, I’m becoming very concerned about the idea I’ve been encountering lately here and elsewhere that somehow out of massive destruction something better spontaneously emerges.  I don’t think human history supports that idea; rather, the “something better” is usually the product of either long, slow, highly painful evolution, or a helluva a lot of careful research, discussion, and design.

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      It has as often as not served as a bulwark, rebuking abuses of power and protecting the weak.  Is its record perfect?  No, far from it; and the bending of the arc of justice has indeed often been tragically slow.

      But the changes we need have nothing to do with removing checks and balances!  That’s akin to burning it all down and thinking something better will magically arise from the ashes, like in Iraq – not.

      Yes the Court has in recent years made some bad decisions – Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and their decision to weaken restrictions under the Voting Rights Act stand out – and no doubt there will be more decisions I dislike in the future.

      But it’s beyond question that the levels of both integrity and common sense shown by this branch of government have through the years generally been far higher than those evinced by the other branches.  Look at how angry Republicans are with Justice Roberts because damn him, he keeps siding with what’s right instead of with Republican donors!

      I agree with Abby insofar as she criticizes the Dems and puts the responsibility on us to agitate and act in our own behalf, but those observations if anything undermine the suggestion that the S. Court needs to be abolished.

      Because most if not all of the changes that would really help us are within the power of Congress; among other things, imho, we need to:

      (1) institute a program like that propounded by Represent.Us, closing all the loopholes that enable big money to buy our government,
      (2) restore the restrictions on media ownership that were repealed when Pres. Clinton signed the Telecom Act of 1996, restore net neutrality, and add other protections against big money or governmental control of news media,
      (3) restore Glass-Steagall and other restrictions on Wall St., and possibly also abolish the Fed,
      (4) restore labor law, and
      (5) other measures.

      Indeed, the results in many of the “bad” opinions from the Supreme Court could have been – could still be – fully reversed by legislative action at the federal or state level, as the Court frequently points out!  I believe this is the case with the Voting Rights Act, for example.

      Should the Constitution be amended by passing the Equal Rights Amendment and to protect against disparate treatment based on gender?  Imho, yes; and there are probably other changes worth considering.

      But I find this “burn it all down” mentality terrifying, not because I’m afraid of radicality in general, because I’m not, but because those proposing it appear to have little or no understanding of either the systems they want to destroy or what kind of systems could replace them that might have a chance to serve us better.

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      He’s merely tried to pressure Assange into revealing the source for the DNC leaks by escalating the persecution.

      If Trump wants to pardon Assange, he can do it whenever he wants.  If he does pardon him on his way out, it would tend to show he’s more than the massively narcissistic, Hitler wanna-be that I’ve taken him for.

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      sharing this in other fora.

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      But apart from that, I’m glad the author has noted the size of news organizations as a likely part of the problem.  She’s not based in the U.S., so she can be forgiven for not mentioning the Telecom Act of 1996 signed by Pres. Clinton, which enabled the massive consolidation in the media that took place during the following years, in which we went from thousands if not hundreds of thousands of competing outlets to a situation in which just 6 megacorps control 95% of traditional media worldwide.  The same thing is of course happening online.

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      thanks for posting it.

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      … I think Trump will do just about anything to try to hold onto power; but if a victory for Biden looks clear as of election night, I doubt Trump will succeed in stealing it.

      A lot depends on what happens at the state level, and Republicans have a lot of control at that level and may be able to muck up the count.

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      Until then, all you’re really talking about is campaign messaging.

      Beyond that, I doubt Biden’s got enough marbles left to think much of anything.

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      That was part of what was so scandalous about it; it was about as close as you could get to admitting the decision was bad law without saying so.

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      I’m not sure I understand what the author means – that referring to a “birthing parent” rather than to a “mother” is appalling?

      I could imagine a situation in which a woman contemplating abortion would prefer not to be called a “mother.”

      Yes, words matter; but I can only keep up with so many ways of avoiding offense, especially when they seem to change every few years.  Isn’t the important thing really the intent, as manifested in actions?

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      you’ll find more of it on media they don’t control.

      If you want info re- malfeasance re- Russian elites, you’ll find more if it on media they don’t control.

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      He’s offering to fulfill the minimum requirement.

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      are some of what the IRS should have been auditing instead of the middle and lower classes.

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    • #370955
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      Energizer BERNIE

      GO BERNIE!!!

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      Looking to see if it was recorded.

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    • #370937
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      Biden is a Republican-Lite neoliberal and I’ll be shocked if his cabinet is any friendlier to the 99% than Obama’s was.

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      because I lived in a city with a legacy of socialism.  That city also had the best public highway and park systems of any place I’ve lived or visited.

      Too much of that sort of thing has been dismantled through the myriad defundings that followed on Reagan’s successful appeal to individual, short-term greed.  There are certain areas in which the collective can do more to promote everyone’s long-term good than any plethora of choices could.

      The solution is not “choice,” but a recognition that we need to prioritize education and to restore the many mechanisms that used to make it possible to fund it.

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      I find it notable that Bernie’s been campaigning so hard for Biden while Obama’s done little or nothing – and notable that that’s been so little acknowledged in the media.

      Wonder if they’ll have the gall to blame Bernie if Biden loses.

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      because we have a right to know about corruption on the part of our government.

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      I have to agree.  A lot of it has been either repetitive or speculative, and beyond getting accurate info, there’s not that much we can do about it.  And meanwhile, a host of other important issues have been ignored.

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      they should carry shotguns.

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      at this point, the problem is not some kind of naive, misplaced faith in the power of capitalism to solve problems; it’s the recognition that one way to get rich is to get the gov’t to give you money.

      If R&D dollars are given to scientists who work for the gov’t, the recipients are at least indirectly accountable to the people.  If they’re given to corps., large amounts can be siphoned into sr. exec pockets, with no meaningful accountability.

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      Apart from that, note that the article doesn’t even try to consider the time and energy wasted by consumers in dealing with our chaotic system.  From the time I left my employer’s insurance until I qualified for Medicare, I estimate I spent several thousand hours analyzing and selecting plans, trying to find decent docs & other providers on my tiny “in-network” lists, dealing with claims paperwork, tracking down billing discrepancies, etc.  Multiply that by any number of insureds and we’re looking at huge losses in productive man-hours and quality of life, not to mention the effects in stress and on actual health.

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      The rest of us are not.

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      Rudy has been promising major revelations for months if not years, but they’ve yet to materialize.  I thought maybe he was holding back until closer to the election, but if that was the strategy, he may be waiting too long, given the volume of early voting.

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      in other parts of the world, and medical authorities are (or should by now certainly be) aware of the need to distinguish between relapses and reinfections – that’s one reason there aren’t more confirmed reinfection cases, because the only way to be pretty sure it’s not just a relapse is if the person happened to get tested after recovering, and tested negative.

      This is the first description I’ve seen in which the reinfection was worse than the first time.

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      in my realization that the Dems must on some level be complicit with the 1%.

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      decades of movies while spending more time at home… I missed a lot of them when they first came out… the differences in values, culture, propaganda, etc. are frankly shocking once you start looking at them in close juxtaposition with each other, with those aspects in mind.

      The really great movies from every decade, made by independents or visionaries powerful or clever enough to control their product, are classic and still ring true.  But many others are transparently about creating or reinforcing consumerism or other attitudes convenient for the 1% at the time the movies were made.

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      which is what they’d get by placing the boxes at gun shops, etc.  This would make more sense as a Dem strategy.  Or is this some kind of double-cross thing where initially the Repubs are blamed but then it’s falsely “revealed” to have been the Dems, and Trump can claim cheating?

      (But didn’t the plot to kidnap the MI governor turn out not to be by far-right people, as originally characterized in the media?)

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      Personally, although there are tons of people incarcerated, impoverished, or in conditions otherwise too dire to leave them with the wherewithal to take up a fight about climate change, I think that if the fight can be won at all, it can be won without those people; so I would not try to convince them or those close to them to focus their energy on issues like climate change.

      That said, I think Chomsky’s priorities are correct.  Some problems are inherently more fundamental than others.  Climate change, nuclear war, and the fascistic colonization of essential info infrastructures may soon make all other issues moot.  And I don’t think it’s too much to ask almost anyone to vote.

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      Why not wait ’til after the election, since Trump might lose?  Unless you want to make sure you can replace either one.

      Of course, we probably need a similar commission w.r.t. the Speaker.  😉

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      I fear many will read it as justification for their own aggression – to prevent what they will characterize as a coup against Trump.

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      this is altruism on IBM’s part.

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      there’s an exception to confidentiality rules that allows (or even requires?) docs, lawyers, et al. to reveal matters told to them in confidence when doing so would (or might?) prevent (likely?) harm to others.  The challenge of course is in deciding how likely it is that disclosure would in fact prevent harm.


      @FedUp

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      Thanks!!!

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      @jerry611

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      but appalling, yes.

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      a significant risk of false positives.

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      to see how big the gap is between what happens and how the media spins it.

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      Wallace clearly fears Trump, or someone.  Should be the other way.

      Seeing who can hold their own is relevant up to a point, but there needs to be a limit, with mic’s cut for too continued interrupting.

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      Not sure what happened, but if y’all fixed something, thank you!!!

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      In case you didn’t actually read the article, it lays out facts showing that “the story behind the September 2011 release by Wikileaks of those unredacted documents is entirely different from the story the court and public is being told. The Guardian has conspired in keeping quiet about the real version of events for one simple reason – because it, the Guardian, was the cause of that release.”  Fwiw, I can confirm that the facts set out in the article are consistent with the original accounts at the time of the release, though they were soon enough ignored and distorted by every “mainstream” media outlet.

      As Caitlyn J. has put it:

      “News reporters and news outlets are showing us what they are right at this moment. If they are not speaking out for Assange’s freedom right now they are telling you that his persecution poses no threat to them. They are telling you that they never plan on doing anything that might hold power to account with the light of truth. They are telling you that they will side with power every time. They are telling you they are propagandists.”  (More at https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/09/17/news-media-who-ignore-the-assange-trial-are-admitting-they-dont-care-about-journalism/, and it’s well worth reading the whole thing.)

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      Hmmm!


      @coldmountaintrail

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      @mrmickeysmom, the message just says, “ERROR: Your topic cannot be created at this time.”  Just tried again and got the same result.

      The post has 542 words and nothing but plain text, except I did use the quotation button on a couple of quotes.

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      on a Mac, same as I’ve had for a long time; never had this problem before.

      Just tried again; no luck.  The error message I get just says, “ERROR: Your topic cannot be created at this time.”

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      of people Biden’s owners would prefer you vote for in the future.

      Interesting that Kamala’s missing.

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      I’m interested to know if the artist is offering this up just because he’s a Bernie fan, in which case, is he hoping it can go somewhere?  Or if it’s funded by someone else, & if so whom & why?

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      it was the plan.

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      it posted but it took a super long time.

      Open to advice.

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      Anyone got any clue what’s going on, or why I couldn’t post a longer post?

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      Any trick to it that I need to know?

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      this could possibly be related to Maxwell and Epstein’s suspected blackmail-related activities as much as to anything else.  Did she still have dirt on someone the Clintons wanted to influence?  Or did she get to have dinner with him because she had dirt on him?

      I think we tend to fixate on the sexual aspects, and I don’t at all mean to brush those off; but the power aspects are possibly as or more important w.r.t. an incident like this.

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      the mask gives them the ability to doctor the audio.

      They’re probably desperate for anything that might help make him seem less senile.

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      I’m skeptical that we’ll get the right kind via venture capitalists.

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      I’m aware of no possible motivation for the Trump admin’s persecution of Assange other than (1) to silence him, (2) to serve as a warning to other potential whistleblowers and publishers, and/or (3) to coerce Assange into betraying his source and his mission, which would benefit Trump both by deterring future potential whistleblowers and probably by helping put to rest the idea that the DNC emails were “hacked.”  (It might be worth making this point to Trump supporters who are sympathetic to Assange – of which there seem to be many.)

      Note too that the fact that Seth Rich is dead, assuming he was the source of the DNC emails, does not relieve Assange of the burden of confidentiality.  I’m sure there was no “unless you’re dead” clause in Assange’s original promise of confidentiality, for one thing; for another, potential whistleblowers are usually concerned to protect their families from blow-back as well as themselves.

      Finally, as we know, Obama declined to prosecute under the Espionage Act, although he kept investigation into that potential line of attack open.  That said, it’s also the case that Assange did not complete his sentence under UK law for jumping bail until this year; i.e., so long as Assange was effectively silenced within the Ecuadorian embassy and then in jail for his UK sentence, there was no need for Obama to push the US case.  Once that sentence was completed, the US had to press charges and seek extradition, if it didn’t want to see Assange freed to resume his communications with the public and his activities with Wikileaks.  So Trump’s hand was in that sense forced in a way that Obama’s wasn’t (my point being that while it helps Assange’s argument to point out that Obama could have prosecuted the Espionage Act case and chose not to do so, that could be more about Obama refraining from taking an unpopular step when it wasn’t yet necessary rather than Obama being more just or reasonable).

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      that restoring those cuts are going to be nigh on impossible.

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      The markets have been on the brink of imploding since last fall.  The worst component of the situation is that the cheap debt that the Fed’s been making available to big players in the markets has been used to fuel stock buy-backs and dangerous speculation in credit derivatives and other instruments that in no way contribute to jobs or real products or services.  If the house of cards collapses, the fall-out will be ten times or more worse than after the crash of 2008; if it doesn’t, we’ll likely see the dollar debased to the point that a loaf of bread costs a small fortune.

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      at least once per day on other platforms.  What’s going on is such a travesty, I think it could really help re-frame the entire Wikileaks saga.  At any rate, we have the power to stop this persecution, but only if we all make as much noise about it as possible.

      In fact, I just checked and Murray’s report on Day 10 is up; I’ll do a new OP on it.

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      If you’re talking to someone who’s truly undecided, telling might work.  But in my experience, if you’re talking to someone who’s already leaning the other way, the most effective approach is to spend your ENTIRE first contact with them doing “active listening”:

      Ask them about their own problem(s).
      Listen to the answer(s) (without comment, except to say in a non-leading way, can you tell me more about that? or is there anything else that might be helpful to know?)
      Once you’re sure they’ve finished, try to repeat back to them exactly what they told you, as closely as possible in their own words.  Let them tell you any corrections or refinements, then try to repeat those back to them as closely as possible in their own words, until they confirm you’ve got it exactly right.
      Then LEAVE IT at that.
      Do NOT try to counter their facts or arguments; do NOT suggest alternative views; and it’s best not even to share experiences of your own that you think might be similar.  Let the moment be all about them, not your or others’ experiences, info, feelings, beliefs.  Be there solely to learn about them, not to tell them anything.  Then graciously take your leave.

      The next time you talk with them, start by spending some time doing the exact same thing.  Depending on the response you get, you might begin to ask about an alternative point of view.  But go slow; and be open to having your own mind changed.

      It’s a courtship, not an argument.

      I learned about this through some work I did with a white allyship group, working with some psychologists to try to develop a teachable protocol for safe conversations about race.  I found it quite difficult to do, since I can be impatient and also have an awful lot of thoughts and ideas of my own; but I do believe it’s the best approach.  It’s hard to feel you’ve gotten very far if you aren’t going to have repeated contact with the other person; of course – it’s best in situations where you’ll run into them again.  But if the other person already has a clue that you’re on the “other side,” but you spend your entire time with them truly listening and trying to hear them, and then you walk away, I have a feeling you’ll actually have done your side more good than if you’d told them anything more about your position.  At least you’ll have helped establish that we’re not all benighted *ssholes.

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      thanks, @mrdmk !!

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      to Fort Hood.

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      that the arsonists are antifa, and spout all kinds of poison about it.  I ask for evidence; hear crickets.

      The way people on ALL sides leap to embrace any figment that might warrant further extremity in their respective tribal orthodoxies is both frightening and disheartening.

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      @alcina, thanks!  I concur in the gagging response.

      My own suspicion would be that that is the product of paid-for p.r. (remembering Hillary’s army of trolls).

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      Is there a link or something else?

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      He was a keen and eloquent observer and analyst of our times, as well as an effective activist.  We need more like him.

      If you’re not familiar with him, an easy way to get some of the benefit of his thinking is to watch him speak in videos online.  I first stumbled across him in this video of him and Cory Doctorow – very entertaining and informative!

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      because the DNC installed a corpse and a Hillary clone?

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    • #355448
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      who are the police and the military going to side with?

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      We need to ask what his handlers will do, or what Harris will do.

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      And please feel free to suggest improvements, additions, alternative forms of action!

      Tweet generally; tweet at your gov’l reps; tweet at news media outlets:

      Julian Assange has exposed crimes and corruption on the part of governments and megacorps around the world. He’s being tortured and imprisoned for publishing the truth. The powerful won’t save him; it’s up to us. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      Assange’s extradition hearing starts Sept. 7. He has not seen his lawyers in 6 mos. and probably will not have seen them again prior to the hearing. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      If Assange is in fact extradicted for trial in the U.S., his jury will most likely be constituted mainly by employees of the CIA and FBI, since those are the major employers in the district in which he’s been indicted. #FreeAssangeNOW#FreeAssange

      Under current charges, Assange faces 175 years in prison, assuming the indictment is not revised to call for the death penalty. It has been strategically revised before. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      These are just a few of the many outrageous facts surrounding Assange’s prosecution, which long ago lost even the thinnest veneer of justice. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      What we allow TPTB do to the least of us today, they will do to the rest of us tomorrow. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      The First Amendment belongs to everyone, not just journalists. #FreeAssangeNow #FreeAssange.

      The First Amendment is first for a reason: without it, you can kiss the rest goodbye. #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange

      Journalists: If you don’t like being called “fake,” be better. Demand that we #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeAssange.

       

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      have been massive in all industries; but it’s interesting that the purchases have been overweight in fossil fuels.

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    • #354437
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      The Dems held umpteen primary debates in their efforts to shove Bernie off the stage; and now they want few.

      I fear Biden will be demolished.

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      @MistaP

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      They just don’t want to do what it would take to fix it, since that would include liquidating all the insolvent banks and companies, prosecuting their executives or at least barring them from running any more financial institutions, and investing in the real economy instead of exotic financial instruments that pay off no one but themselves.

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      they want to win.

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    • #353476
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      as to what we can do?  I have been sharing info with friends and acquaintances; who else can we speak out to?

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      I wonder if he thinks it sounds sad?  Wonder about the result if she sang perkier opera.

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      and I’m glad he’s starting to get that; but I resent his broad-brushing of boomers.  I got a degree from a good university in the 70’s during a recession and the height of stagflation, and felt lucky to get a job as a file clerk.  I’d worked since I was 16, some of my jobs about as menial as it gets, and I certainly don’t recall looking down my nose at other laborers.

      I really think there’s a kind of sickness that comes from working in the media… a lot of people suck up to you because they want you to cover them favorably.  When media ownership was consolidated and a lot of jobs were lost, I saw several former media people undergo rude awakenings as they adjusted to other lines of work.

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      like your graphic (“I wonder…”)

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      but I love Nina!

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      ???

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    • #352874
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      going to run out of gas first?

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    • #352873
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      they punish the wrongdoer instead of the whistleblower.

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      to Harris, or to whoever will be pulling Biden’s strings.  Because Biden has no real force left in him (even if he doesn’t immediately drop dead or resign).

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      what would be meaningful would be if the individuals who lied and profited were jailed and forced to disgorge their profits.

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      for dismantling mail sorters?

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      I get that, thanks, but my comment was aimed at the MSM (or at least at public radio); i.e., they covered it, now they’re not covering it, presumably because they prefer to protect Congressional Dems and avoid giving Trump any credit.

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      we think disintegrations such as more than brief power outtages are imminent.  (I realize they could happen at any time, but.)

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      I remember when the CARES Act was passed, the was a fair amount of talk on public radio (the closest I get to direct consumption of so-called MSM) about how inadequate the initial $1,200 was going to be and how Congress would surely have to provide more soon; but once push came to shove and the only one who looks to be doing much for us that way is Trump, it seems to me that I’m not hearing much about it.

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      but I do.

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    • #350853
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      The basic ideas are ancient beyond attribution, and there’s only so many ways you can say them; just google “love is more powerful than hate.”

      And strictly speaking, plagiarism is about stealing the exact words, not the ideas.  Sometimes it’s a close call – how many words have to be different?  But in this case, I think he got past that threshhold.

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      traditionally progressive people have been backing away, moving to the center” – really???  Who is she thinking of???

      The progressives I know are if anything moving leftward.

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      he’ll leave Jay Powell to inflate existing benefits into worthlessness.

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    • #350045
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      When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media

      This understanding is crucial when when corporate-owned platforms have replaced traditional public fora and the corps. that own them claim they’re exempt from the First Amendment.

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      @sofarfromheaven, that assumes corporate management is mainly about corporate profitability, rather than mainly about management compensation.

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    • #349498
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      The real economy had been hollowed out over the previous decades, and after pumping money into the markets via QE for over a decade, last fall the Fed resorted to the extraordinary measure of pumping yet more into the repo market.

      And the things they’re doing now make all that look like patty-cake.

      The economy was a crisis waiting to happen.

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      remembering who owns them – I doubt it’s ever been mainly about beating Republicans; I think it’s been mainly about keeping progressives out.

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      thanks!

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      Invited?  Wandered in when they forgot to lock the door?

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      .

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    • #348908
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      it would make more sense for YouTube to ban the politicians who are exposed as secretly corrupt.

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      Here, in broad brush, are just a few:

      1. Direct bail-outs or aid via Congressional stimulus legislation.  I don’t know what the ratio, but I’m guessing that for every $1 of stimulus you got, megacorps got a lot more.

      2. Outright purchases by the Fed of bonds and other instruments issued by companies that should have been allowed to fail.

      3.  Low-interest loans from the Fed that ultimately dilute the purchasing power of the dollar, impoverishing us through inflation…

      4.  …and that are used used to pump up stock values, which enriches the stockholders, including company execs, whose bonuses are tied to stock price…

      5.  …and that are also used for speculative activity on Wall St. that also extracts wealth from companies without investing in anything that might enhance real productivity or trickle down to lower-level workers.

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      ?

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      the grocery business is booming.

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      FDIC reserves are wholly inadequate to cover even the $250,000, should banks start failing.  One reason why the Fed’s printer’s going brrrr.

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      for cops to kill innocent civilians.

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      the Repubs want the overall number to look lower, and Dem governors and mayors in “hot spots” want their numbers to look lower?  Although there certainly seem to be high numbers in Repub-controlled areas, too.

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      as a way to muster sympathy toward himself or antipathy toward protesters; or as cover if it turns out the shooting was unwarranted.

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      an actual lien for that much on identifiable property doesn’t normally get filed without some kind of lead-up.  He has to have received notices beforehand; i.e., if it were just a clerical error, it could have been straightened out before getting to the lien stage.  Which means, he probably did pay some kind of sum in settlement of the amount owed, even if he didn’t pay the full amount.

      Which in turn means, either (1) he did pay a substantial sum; (2) the IRS let him off for an insubstantial sum because he was so close to bankruptcy that it made more sense to do that than to spend more resources pursuing a larger amount; OR (3) they let him off for little or nothing for political or other corrupt reasons.

      Fwiw, the few facts mentioned above might also tend to suggest that the lien must have been on property of some value (otherwise why bother).

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      I arrived there as a Democrat soon after the 2000 elections.  But the longer I was there, the more educated I became about Dem pols and the party – and the more disillusioned.

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      the strategy might have worked better if they’d encouraged masking and social distancing.  As it is, scoffers include more Republicans, so they’ll likely be hit harder than they would have otherwise.

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      It appears to me from what I’ve read that the risks/benefits of this drug are uncertain and require more research – and that people on both sides are reacting at least partly on the basis of their politics rather than knowledge.

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      and kill someone who didn’t deserve it.

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    • #338266
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      bent on wreaking as much death as possible.

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      because my income was below the Federal Poverty Line – it was too low to receive an ACA subsidy; and my state did not expand Medicaid.  So I paid over $14,000 for premiums, plus deductibles and co-pays… and this was for an HMO plan with a very tiny list of “in-network providers.”

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      the rich are so rich they’ve been buying up a lot of real estate as one of few places to park their money that should theoretically hold value over the long term even if the markets crash and the dollar’s printed into worthlessness.  So this is another area where uncertainty is unusually high.

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      I do think economic motivations tend to fuel racism more than the reverse, so they seem to me at least somewhat more fundamental.

      But, e.g., I agree that the class argument cannot win unless it recognizes racial inequity as a bigger and more integral part of the overall problem than people like Sanders seemed to grasp.

      I’m no expert on these issues, but as far as I understand them, I’ve liked Chris Hedges’ take on them.

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      And happy birthday!

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      Good work!

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      I can’t understand why that didn’t work for so many before her – did they not take that precaution?  Did the ghouls somehow find all the insurance files?

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      a conversation between Reed & Chris Hedges.

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      Credit to the dept. for firing them and making the disclosure, not that there would have been any other reasonable way to deal with it.

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      they posed a serious and effective threat to them; the powerful needed to shut them down and make an example of them.

      (So I don’t think it’s just about vengeance; it’s also an effort toward control.)

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      Thank dog for Hedges & his guests.

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      Police need to decide: are they trying to be our heros, or are they trying to be a mafia?

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    • #326394
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      “WTF Popo,” among others!

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      Replace fiat money with fiat electronic tokens (much more easily surveillable), force us to accept them if we want UBI; so the rich could afford privacy and the poor would be surveilled.

      Negative interest penalizes us for saving for education, a home, retirement, or other goals – we must consume consume consume!

      And re- voting, you wouldn’t dare vote on anything controversial unless you could afford to lose both the economic benefit of your tokens and your power to vote on future issues – so only the rich could really afford to vote?

      I love your creativity, but there seem to be some serious ramifications.

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      Similar to Zoom but solid on privacy.

      Skype used to be a good option; haven’t used or researched it lately.

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    • #324822
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      I appreciate their effort toward rational discussion, and I think it’s important for people like this at different points on the progressive-conservative scale to listen to each other and find points of common ground; so thanks for bringing this here.

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      since I’m not knowledgeable about UAW; but I’ve speculated w.r.t any organization – whether it’s a nation, corporation, church, union, etc. – that once it gets past a certain size, there start to be too many layers between those at the top and those at the bottom; transparency and accountability suffer, and the top becomes both a target for and more vulnerable to corruption and hijacking by sociopaths.

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    • #322857
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      since I’m not knowledgeable about UAW; but I’ve speculated w.r.t any organization – whether it’s a nation, corporation, church, union, etc. – that once it gets past a certain size, there start to be too many layers between those at the top and those at the bottom; transparency and accountability suffer, and the top becomes both a target for and more vulnerable to hijacking by sociopaths.

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      add allure to fascism?

      I disapprove of the censorship regardless; just trying to understand the logic.

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      …if the police manage by whatever means necessary to incite us to violence (see also the bricks), it would justify Trump in invoking the Insurrection Act and thus in bringing in the full force of the military, is that it?

      Or is this just a test-run for future refinement of tactics, equipment, and how we react?

      Lately my paranoia can’t seem to keep up.

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      we haven’t committed enough violence to justify actually invoking it – yet.

      This could go far to explain the bricks, and why the police have been so openly provocative.  It wouldn’t take a large team to get a bunch of bricks distributed.

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      that they seem to believe that if we just get rid of all the bad guys, we won’t need government anymore – some kind of leaderless, crimeless society will spontaneously arise in its place.  If we could get rid of entropy along with the bad guys, maybe that would be true, but.

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    • #320610
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      First they came for Assange…

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      I don’t think businesses should even be allowed to re-open unless they do require masks, social distancing, etc.

      If they DO that stuff, then I can see an argument for shielding them from liability.

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      and I wouldn’t put it past him; but just to be clear, the video’s obviously been edited.

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      “My mask protects your mom.”

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      but I do.

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      we can’t use WHO tests, order production of PPE, or share Covid research because that might cut into profits.

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      their identifying their businesses as hazardous to health.

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      hiccups

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      he’d be in Belmarsh prison (or equivalent).

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    • #317272
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      to me it seems that the interpretation of Biden’s actions as right or wrong depends on whether the fired investigator was actually doing a good job or not – i.e., was he fired because he wasn’t genuinely investigating, or because he was?   Naturally, the investigator himself says he was doing a good job, and Biden says he wasn’t; I feel I need some evidence besides what those two have to say about it.

      Am I missing something?

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    • #317055
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      I’ll confess I started this poll because I and the other people whose lives I know much about are much busier.  Everyone’s been trying to figure out how to transform or replace their employment, re-schedule or transform planned events, figure out how to pay their bills or negotiate reprieves, apply for assistance, care for kids or elders at home, etc.  Just getting groceries takes 3 times as long as it used to, what with waiting in line to get into stores that are trying to allow for social distancing, waiting to get near the goods you want without getting too close to the old lady who’s reading every label on the shelf, hunting for out-of-stock supplies, dropping things off to those who are more at risk, and disinfecting everything once you finally get home… not to mention trying to keep up with the flood of news, not just about Covid but about how Wall St. and various Big Bros. are trying to exploit it, and then trying to figure out what one can do to slow them down….

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      he resurfaces with all the dirt he claimed to have found on the Bidens.

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    • #315700
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      This was an extremely important vote, and there was adequate notice about it.

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      Remember, the Dem establishment thought it would be a great idea to help make Trump the Republican candidate, on the theory that Hillary could beat him; see also Russiagate.  And the librul media speak as if it were feasible to shelter-in-place indefinitely, never discussing those who can’t work from home or live off their savings.  In short, yes, I think much or most of the push to re-open mainly comes from 1%’ers who don’t mind sacrificing peons to profits, and to peons themselves who need income; but I also wouldn’t put it past elements in the Dem establishment not to want to cooperate with bringing about any seeming rebound in time for the election.

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      again.

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    • #314682
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      And that horned cat – wow!

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      Some good ones!  Sorry I often forget to look for these, but I’m always glad when I remember – thanks for finding and bringing them, @gryneos!

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      It’s such a small sacrifice, and might actually help keep the number of cases from exploding and thus help keep businesses open.

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    • #312175
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      @hasslecat, @jimlane, and @eridani!

      It seems to me that we’ve got to organize, one way or another; and at this point, it seems clear that trying to do so within the Dem Party is futile – they control too many means of cheating.

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    • #312092
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      Harming himself or others should always be prevented if possible, of course; but short of that, at some point, protecting him from the consequences of his own actions can reach a point of doing more harm than good.  And if he is a danger to himself or others, he belongs in someone else’s custody.

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      sort of a custom vaccine for each individual.

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      I’d like to know what this is all about – if there’s a credible source?

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      is that wearing masks is such a miniscule sacrifice compared to the hoped-for benefits.

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      as of this morning, 76% of respondents still had not received any stimulus payment.  So the reference in the article to checks received two weeks ago is mostly N.A. in my universe.

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      Is it the she-demon in chief, or some lesser one?

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      what can they can use to buy/extort your cooperation (you didn’t want your employer to know you were looking for a new job?  You want your kid to get into that school?  Etc.)

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      with his usual brilliance.

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    • #308271
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      First the system said it couldn’t tell me anything yet; then it said the data entered didn’t match their records.  Haven’t given up yet…

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    • #307506
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      Or is it about people who are desperate for income, who see mountains of cash shovelled at those responsible for hollowing out our economy, exposing the boldfaced fraud behind all the claims that we can’t afford free healthcare, we can’t afford free education, etc., while pennies are thrown to workers?

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      Thanks so much for all you do to keep this place and all of us going!

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      worth reading the whole thing.

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      that they can’t qualify for an ACA subsidy if their income is too low.

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      and it’s not clear to me that she’s on staff.

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      in the wealthier, whiter neighborhoods.  It could be because those people travel more, or it could be because that’s where the tests are being done.  But I have no doubt they’re getting better care.  See, e.g., “Brooklyn teacher denied coronavirus test three times now on life support” at https://thegrio.com/2020/03/27/brooklyn-teacher-rana-zoe-mungin-coronavirus/ .

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      We should all have in place Directives to Physicians and the like, legally confirming our wishes if we’d prefer people pull the plug on us past a certain point.  I need to re-do mine; the old one is obsolete.  But where do I get it notarized?

       

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      “WE.”  Now what does that remind me of…

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      do they do the same with all the products that will go into them?

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      I’m actually having more contact with some of my favorite friends.  We’re all busy people, but we’ve started doing Skype hangouts, which I’ve enjoyed much more than I expected.  In a way, it makes it easier to get together – we still have to make it fit everyone’s schedules, but we eliminate some of the rigamarole like driving time.

      Honestly, I’ve wondered whether on some collectively unconscious level, we’ve engineered something to force ourselves to slow our lives down and simplify our lives, in at least some ways.

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      From https://popularresistance.org/truthdig-employees-stop-work-to-protest-labor-conditions/?fbclid=IwAR0uLX9bkoFv9-mYQbw6LYRuOega3ME-clyvf55pfnZe_wGpPyWI51RSN8s :

      Update: March 13 – Friday marked the third day of work stoppage for 16 members of Truthdig’s editorial team – including senior editors, columnists and copy desk staff – to protest unfair labor conditions and attempts by Publisher Zuade Kaufman to remove Editor-in-Chief and co-owner Robert Scheer. Though such group action is protected according to the National Labor Relations Board’s guidelines for concerted activity, Kaufman had immediately shut participants out of all functional aspects of their work, including access to their Truthdig email accounts and access to the site itself. She had also not responded to the group’s good-faith request for negotiation.

      These actions on the publisher’s part are not in keeping with Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act, which states it is an unfair labor practice for employers to “interfere with,” or take adverse action against, those engaged in protected concerted activity.

      The publisher pulled a story posted on Truthdig Wednesday to explain to readers the reasons for the stoppage and to call for good-faith negotiations with management about work conditions and future steps toward unionizing. NLRB guidelines stem from Great Depression-era legislation created to ensure workers’ rights.

      Update: March 12 – The full staff of copy editors sent this message to Zuade Kaufman, the publisher of Truthdig, today.

      We, the undersigned Truthdig copy desk members, have voted to support our colleagues in their efforts to address concerns voiced in their letter of March 11. Accordingly, effective immediately, we will not work until the editorial staff member return to their positions and substantive negotiations on the issues begin. We are taking this action because we believe that resolution of these issues will allow Truthdig to continue the vital mission it has pursued under your leadership.

      [Original letter:]

      This letter is to announce that the undersigned members of Truthdig’s editorial team, Executive Editor Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor Jacob Sugarman, Foreign Editor Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Book Editor Eunice Wong and blogger Ilana Novick, along with columnists Chris Hedges, Lee Camp and Paul Street and cartoonist Mr. Fish will begin a work stoppage, effective immediately. 

      In recent months, as has been publicly reported, Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman and Editor in Chief Robert Scheer have been engaged in an ongoing dispute. That dispute is approaching its nadir as we are concerned Ms. Kaufman is attempting to take control of Truthdig, thus effectively removing Mr. Scheer from the website he co-owns and co-founded. This is unacceptable to us.

      Since the website’s launch in 2005, Robert has helped guide Truthdig’s editorial voice, fearlessly exposing the corruption of Republican and Democratic administrations alike—an exception that proves the rule in progressive media. While liberals have largely turned their back on Julian Assange in recent years, Robert has remained one of his greatest champions. And as the mainstream media has resorted to the most cynical form of red-baiting against Sen. Bernie Sanders this election cycle, he has pushed back against it at every turn. 

      Robert is the rare editor who urges readers to examine the legitimate alienation and rage of those pushed aside by globalization and de-industrialization, rather than allow the election of Donald Trump to be blamed on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Under his guidance, Truthdig has stood beside Occupy Wall Street, Wikileaks, the indigenous people of Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and countless other protest movements that have challenged entrenched power. We believe that he is irreplaceable.

      But this work stoppage is ultimately about more than just Robert. For years, the Truthdig staff has worked under conditions that it feels fall well short of the website’s progressive values. Those include, but are not limited to, employment conditions that very possibly flout California’s labor laws. To ameliorate this situation, we are asking that management honor the following requests:

      *Robert retain his position as Truthdig’s editor in chief 

      *The editorial team retain its independence from publishing

      *Full-time staffers (anyone working more than 32-hour weeks) receive no less than 10 paid vacation days per year, excluding national holidays. Those working between 20 and 30 hours per week will receive 7 paid vacation days, while those working between 10 and 20 hours per week will receive 5 paid vacation days, respectively

      *Full-time staffers be compensated if they are ineligible for the company’s health insurance plan

      *Full-time staffers receive four month’s paid parental leave

      *Copy editors be compensated for full shifts 

      *All staffers be paid double for federal holidays or enjoy a full day off at normal rates

      *All staffers receive annual performance reviews and scheduled pay increases

      *All staffers be issued new contracts to ensure compliance with labor laws

      This list remains a work in progress, but management’s willingness to negotiate with the editorial team would demonstrate that all are acting in good faith, paving the way for future unionization. We maintain that a progressive publication cannot, and more essentially should not, exist without a union. 

      To reiterate, we are not striking because we want to harm Truthdig or anyone at the publication. Quite the opposite: We are striking because we care deeply about the website and are committed to its long-term health. We hope to receive a response in a timely fashion and that this work stoppage will be short-lived.

      Sincerely,

      Chris Hedges

      Kasia Anderson

      Jacob Sugarman 

      Natasha Hakimi Zapata

      Eunice Wong

      Ilana Novick

      Mr. Fish

      Paul Street

      Lee Camp           

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      out of the change under his couch cushions.

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      So I take it they mean a week from tonight, or is that tonight?

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      They’ve been attacked and undermined for years; I couldn’t blame them for giving up, but we need them like never before!

      Fwiw, I try to tell them how much I appreciate them at every opportunity.

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      But disgusting and outrageous come to mind.

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      The discount windows are open to all comers.

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      his handlers are afraid he’ll reveal further dementia, and his owners are fine with how Trump’s handling things.

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      I think a higher proportion of older people still get most of their news from the more traditional media, which means that most of them have little and largely distorted knowledge of Bernie and his views.

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      search “Operation Mockingbird,” and don’t rely on Wikipedia too heavily, since it’s been heavily edited by spooks.

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      I think your reports will be helpful.

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      if it’s true that the virus was created in a Wuhan lab by a doctor trained in the U.S., as some reports claim.

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      Always worth hearing from.

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      it will open more eyes to the perfidy of all establishment factions.

      I was hoping it might do that in time to help Bernie’s campaign, but no such luck; but the times may be a reason for Bernie to hang onto his platform for as long as possible.

      Unfortunately, during the last debate, he seemed to lack the in-depth understanding of our financial system that would help him make parts of the case that could be made; Warren could probably do this better.

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      to my surprise, although I picked a Medicare Rx plan that was more expensive and supposedly more comprehensive than the one recommended to me, it covers much less of the cost of my prescriptions than my old Obamacare insurance did.

      I’m spending a huge portion of my income on premiums and uncovered medical expenses, even though I’m relatively healthy.

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      https://democraticunderground.com/emoticons/hi.gif

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      @tk2kewl

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      as Clinton did last time.  Sometimes Biden sounds super coherent, and other times not all there.

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      https://go.cnn.com/?stream=cnn

      I wish Bernie had a better grip on the Wall St. issues, for when they do come up; but so far CNN’s mostly fixated on corona.

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      in which case, he’ll try not to bloody Biden.  But he’ll use this debate stage as his last, best chance to promote his agenda.

      May angels be with him.

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      No one’s asking you to stop living.  But hospitals are already near capacity and will almost certainly be overwhelmed before we’re through.  Doing what we reasonably can to slow the spread will save lives.

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      I don’t care if there’s an audience – the DNC’s been rigging the audiences along with nearly everything else anyway – viewers will have less to distract from the candidates’ actual words and delivery.

      I want to see Biden have to speak for an hour out of the two-hour debate, or cede more time to Bernie.

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      …OOOOOOOO!

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      I do hope Bernie continues to push for it.

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      I’m sure they hope to cancel any debates between Biden and Trump, too.

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      😥

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      …it claims that the described division among women was “the reason feminism failed.”  Granted, there’s been a lot of tension between women of different economic classes, which may well have been a factor, and I don’t want to minimize it.  But the main constituency served by encouraging women to work rather than stay home with the kids was the 1%; and I believe they’re the ones that, directly or indirectly, were the driving force behind making working moms the norm.

      Think about it: working moms doubled the labor pool, kept wages down, and reduced entitlement payouts, and disguised the fact that wages and standards of living were declining – each parent might be making half as much, but with both working, it didn’t look so bad.

      Also, I’m not sure I’m clear what part of “failed” you have in mind.  With respect, e.g., to the fact that women still make much less than men for the same work, again, I doubt it was the more educated, better-off women who were primarily responsible for that; to me it again seems to have to do with the 1% protecting whatever advantages them, combined with the fact that, whether you’re white collar or blue, it’s scary to risk starting a fight with your boss.

      All that said, however, I’m glad for your thoughtful description of a tension that probably was a significant factor.

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      …I wouldn’t go.

      Check the sources on the headlines from zerohedge below – some seem more reliable than others – and read the articles.  I don’t think it’s all hype, and I do think TPTB are more worried about the economy than our health:

      Coronavirus Can Stay In Air For 30 Minutes, Travel Twice ‘Safe Distance’ According To Study, https://www.zerohedge.com/health/coronavirus-can-stay-air-30-minutes-travel-twice-safe-distance-according-study

      Johns Hopkins Doctor Warns, ‘What Happened In Wuhan Could Happen Here’, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/johns-hopkins-doctor-warns-what-happened-wuhan-could-happen-here

      Airport Says DHS Not Screening People Coming Into US From Virus-Stricken Italy Or South Korea, https://www.zerohedge.com/health/airport-says-dhs-not-screening-people-coming-us-virus-stricken-italy-or-south-korea

      Leaked Covid-19 Documents: Hospitals Prep For 96 Million Infections & 480K Deaths, https://www.zerohedge.com/health/leaked-covid-19-documents-hospitals-prep-96-million-infections-480k-deaths

      US Not Prepared For “Coronavirus Winter” As Containment Window Passes, https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-not-prepared-coronavirus-winter-containment-window-passes

      “We have to stop fooling people into thinking this is only by close contact where I have to be within 2 or 3 feet. We’re going to see much more transmission.”

       

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      If we can’t get the $ out of Congress, where are all the foundations we’ve given tax breaks to all these years (Gates, Clinton, et al.)?

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      that reporting by MSNBC and Maddow.

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      nice voice!

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      [self-delete.]

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      Maybe this is too broad brush, but my own take is that “they” are whoever has the dough to fund campaigns – and that’s a bunch of feudal lords who cooperate with one another when it suits them but battle one another when it doesn’t – and that in shopping for nominees, all that really matters is that the nominee is plausible enough to win votes and will be loyal to the interests of their funders, either because they consciously agree with their funders’ priorities or because their loyalty is for sale.

      I don’t think it’s always a question of elaborate conspiracy, early pre-selection, and grooming; I think there are phases when the funders basically tell ambitious politicians to go for it and we’ll see who comes out on top, and then they back whichever one they think will best serve their interests and can get elected.

      That said, I think you’re right that there get to be various in-circles.  I’m sure Pete and Amy have done their careers some good in this cycle and will be kept in mind for future needs.

      Just my own speculations.

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      I’m willing to believe that many of his opponents consciously believe they’re doing the “right” thing; but because they lack Bernie’s integrity, they fail to interrogate themselves closely enough to discover where they’re misled by their own self-interests and cowardice; and this leads to slips of the tongue, flip-flops that seem to be for the wrong reasons, etc., which reveal that their purported progressiveness is only skin-deep.  Put them next to Bernie, and it’s clear which is the real deal.

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      that a lot of better journalists have been pushed out of the MSM, e.g., Chris Hedges, John Pilger, Bill Moyers, James Risen… even poor old Ted Koppel, who helped oust Carter, turned out to be too liberal for the MSM’s owners.

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      to pay for a vaccine.  Maybe even to gang up on the maker/distributor to lower the price.

      This does not look like a case where denial or delay pays; denial could mean paying for hospitalization in the very near term.

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      to do things purportedly to benefit Bernie, disguised to look like they came from Russia, to try to lend credence to rumors that Russia’s interfering on Bernie’s behalf.

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      Instant classic; sorry I missed it ’til now.

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      to me, that’s an indication that someone’s going to be financing her and perhaps paying her off in some other way.

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      even though I get the best plan available, it’s gotten so I can hardly find an in-network doc that’s got any kind of reputation with his peers.  AND, when my previous employer had us on United Healthcare, a situation arose that I could account for only if they were getting a kickback from the supplier (they were requiring me to buy an inferior piece of equipment that cost more than the alternative).

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      meaning “p.r.” in its most manipulative sense.

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      if it weren’t awful.

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      Trump only has 28.2 million, and he works at it full time.

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      they must have made a psychotic break from reality.  Great overview for people who don’t know Bloomberg’s record.

      Can’t believe Chris Matthews compared Bernie’s supporters to Nazis when there’s a real one in the race.

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      Yes, I agree that he’s comparing both Trump and Bernie to terrorists – he could have set the scenario up as Trump and Bernie rescuing the passengers from terrorist pilots, which would probably seem a more appropriate interpretation to most of us here; but he didn’t.  Among the implications is of course that the passengers are stupid, ignorant, or deceived.

      Really interesting also that he explicitly referred to the “OWNERS” tearing their hair – the owners of the political parties!  Who risk having us all leave the party if they ignore our will too obviously.

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      We’ve seen it before, e.g., with Assange – real dirt is best, but if they can’t find any, they’ll make it up.

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      thanks!

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      My impression was that in 2016, Hillary had them locked up pretty early on – she had to, in order to enable the narrative that she’d amassed a big lead.

      I’d be interested to see his exact words on superdelegates in 2016, or on asking for their support.  I’m sure he was against the idea of superdelegates, but so long as they exist, it’s less clear to me that he’d reject their support – it’s not quite the same as accepting donations from Wall St., or is it?  Would the superdelegates expect favors in return?

      In the current race, he may feel it can’t hurt to ask.  A few might even be starting to see the light; and it looks like every delegate will count.

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      because of life-expectancy issues.  It does no good to fight for and win a Bernie Presidency, only to see it handed back to the enemy.  Honestly, I’d feel my monthly donations had been completely betrayed.  Liz is the only corporate Dem I’d make an exception for; I wouldn’t be happy about her, but I retain a shred of hope that she’d do noticeably better for the 99% than Bernie’s other corporate competitors.

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      be smoke blown to try to undermine Bernie’s legitimacy and help build the argument for letting superdelegates pick another candidate (i.e., Bernie wasn’t really the democratically-selected choice of Democratic voters, because he got his lead thanks to sneaky Republicans, Russian hackers, etc., so it’s ok for the supers pick someone else).

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      if you don’t hang with the unconverted.

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      calling for a blacklist or any other “mean” stuff?

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      This is NOT just an info-war; it’s a p.r. war.  If solid research and analysis came readily to most people, they would have woken up long ago.  Remember that many are working three jobs, plus the 1% has been working on eliminating critical and creative thinking from school curriculae for decades.

      We don’t have the luxury of sitting back and blaming our fellows for their laziness or ignorance; if we want to win, we must make the truth as digestible, relatable, and compelling as possible! – we must work just as hard at selling them on the truth as our opposition is working to sell them lies.

      Accurate, sourced info is crucial; but equally crucial is when and how we deliver it!  We must work to make it as short, clear, and timely as possible; to approach them with love and respect; and to present our info with artfulness as well as integrity.

      A few quotations to help bring home these considerations:

      Giving people the facts as a strategy of influence [has been] an enterprise fraught with a surprising amount of disappointment.  – Harry Overstreet

      We can’t do it alone; the idea is that you do it.  We spend our efforts getting [the information] to you and allow you to publish it.  But you’ve got to turn it into a story and make it moving to the population.  – Julian Assange

      When the pictures are powerful and emotional, they override if not completely drown out the sound.  – Lesley Stahl, quoting Reagan aide Dick Darman

      A modern economic system demands mass production of students who are not educated and have been rendered incapable of thinking.  – U.N.E.F. Strasbourg

      It wasn’t necessary to completely suppress the news; it was sufficient to delay the news until it no longer mattered.  – Napoleon Bonaparte

      A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.  – C.H. Spurgeon

      There is a crucial difference between knowing shit and expressing it in way that will make people give a fuck.   – William Powhida

      What is most educational is most aesthetic and what is most aesthetic is most educational.   – Nam June Paik

      (Citations available upon request.)

       

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      how irrelevant the MSM have made themselves.

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      We’ve got to fight them with well-presented, well-sourced facts!

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      😄

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      and only too plausible, since Trump seems to radiate hatred.  I would have preferred Trump’s narrative (that he won because he’s the champion of the economically disadvantaged) to be the correct one, since I expect Bernie would have better odds of winning over people motivated primarily by economics rather than by depression (anger).

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      be the last one to leave.

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      You could also call it Rockabilly.

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      I’m already paying 25% of my income just for medical insurance and care.  If I paid 25% of my income for taxes in total and medical care were free, I’d be better off.

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      I think I’m disappointed – I don’t know about Nunes, but I’m in favor of Clinton-related matters.  Is the DoJ investigating anything re- the Steele Dossier?

      I’d be curious to know who appointed the judge.  From the article, it sounds like Nunes might be trying to invoke a law that’s not well-suited to his cause – like maybe he should be suing for defamation, although that requires proving that the claims against him of ethics violations etc. were not true, and maybe he can’t?  But it might also be the case that Nunes could prove his case if he could get discovery, which the judge’s ruling presumably precludes.

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      Thanks!

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      I hope we have the chance to see Obama’s assurance tested.

       

       

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      I grew up up north and subsequently lived in the south.  I found a definite difference in attitudes – even decades after my experiences up north, the people in the south remained markedly more uptight about sex.  From what I observed, it does seem to me to have had to do with more powerful religious influences in the south.

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      :heart:

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      Assange once said that it was “not a state actor.”  I’ve seen no direct quote that the leak came from an individual (i.e., strictly speaking, it could have come from a non-state organization or collective).  And yes, Wikileaks offered a reward for info re- Seth’s murder.

      I personally think Assange has said all he can say without violating source confidentiality, and I admire his integrity for sticking to that.

      My guess is that Assange’s people have been asking for a pardon, and Trump obviously got around to considering pardons but as usual wanted something in return, and a specific denial re- Russia was the quid pro quo Trump chose to ask for.

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      Bloomberg might also make them look a bit further left?

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      @caliny  or am I just missing it?  I’d like to read the rest; thanks!

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      They don’t know who to deal with someone they can’t bribe or blackmail.

      That said, you know they won’t hesitate to make sh*t up about him.

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      What part of not jeopardizing others’ lives do they not get?

      Plus, if it turns out you have it, wouldn’t it be best to find out and get treatment immediately?

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      You buy up all the media, cr*ppify it, and use it to brainwash the population into going along with whatever serves your interests rather than their own.

      Or you buy a lackluster company, pledge its assets as security for a ton of debt, lay off half the employees and use the savings and debt proceeds to buy back the company’s stock, driving up the stock price and triggering a massive pay-day for yourself, leaving the company an empty husk.

      Or you securitize some assets guaranteed to tank, sell shares to pension funds, hedge against the assets’ tanking, and sit back and wait for the inevitable pay-off.

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      Meanwhile, the Iowa re-canvass drags on…

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      Ucchhh.

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      Thank you!

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      it’s vampiric.

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      😀

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      If a centrist bows out, are her/his delegates bound by her/his voters’ preference for Bernie as second choice?  It seems to me that only works to the extent the bow-out happens before delegates are allocated; if they wait ’til the convention, do the candidate’s delegates even know what her/his voters’ second choice would have been?  And even if they do, are they bound to vote accordingly?

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      against the rules?

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      I don’t think the Dems care all that much if they lose.  It would only matter to them is if voters defect to a third party.

      I like the music he uses at the closing – anyone know what it is?

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      [Self-delete.]

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      Fwiw, TX is heavily gerrymandered in favor of conservative/rural areas.  Not sure if the polls take that into account.

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      he can count on the DNC & MSM to do it.

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      after all, they believe it’s worked for Trump.

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      Doesn’t saying trans women should compete against women implicitly perpetuate the assumption that there are characteristics inherent to womanhood that differentiate women’s performance from men’s that have nothing to do with size or strength? – i.e. that simply identifying as female should exempt you from having to compete against men because no woman can ever be as good as a man?

      I hope I’m not utterly benighted about this – please help me by explaining if so – but it seems to me that although gender identity is extremely important for many purposes – how you think of yourself, how you prefer to present yourself, sometimes who you’re attracted to – it has little or nothing to do with how fast you can run or how high you can jump.

      I think forcing people into categories based on gender causes more problems than it solves in at least some areas, including sports.  We have “heavyweight,” “midweight,” etc. categories in boxing; couldn’t all sports be broken down similarly, if necessary also taking hormone levels into account, and possibly age?  Such categories would still be somewhat arbitrary, but less so than gender, and the competition would be more fair.

      I think the same approach should be applied w.r.t. who holds doors for who, who gives up their seat, etc.

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      [Self-delete – duplicate.]

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      I stumbled into a scene like this while camping (though the lights were not colored).  Photos cannot do them justice.

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      The one above isn’t working for me, but maybe I just need to re-boot.  But if not, here it is: https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-belief-that-everything-will-be-fine-once-trumps-gone-is-more-dangerous-than-trump-8c76c411a4a7 .

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      Uccchhhh.

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      Thanks for the heads-up.

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      😭

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      I don’t understand the pretext for the ejection. Trespass on a public college campus? That a genuine legal thing?

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      Sorry the platform won’t let me “like” this!

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      Another article misinterpreting perfidy as incompetence.

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    • #265372
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      Really helpful primer on DNC organizational structure and operations – thanks!

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      Did the judge rule for or against the protesters?

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      I don’t see the “change” mentioned in your post heading.  The media other than Fox have expressed horror regarding Trump and his supporters since before he was elected.

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      After Iowa, I don’t think we should take ANYTHING for granted.  Even I was shocked at the extent and brazenness of the cheating.

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      I hate getting news from video talking heads, but agree this was worthwhile.

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      I agree it needs attention.  Just searched and couldn’t find anything on it; any further evidence needs to be documented.*  It may not be illegal, but it could help undermine Buttigieg.

      *(If anyone here doesn’t know how to do screen captures of video or other stuff you see on your computer, pls “google” it or let someone know; it’s easy once you know how.)

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      I think the media are doing all they can to keep our attention divided among various horses in the race, so the superdelegates will get to choose the candidate.

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      Who transcribed this?

      UPDATE: The fellow who put this online refers to these numbers as being “after ‘quality control,'” so I presume they were transcribed by either the Iowa or the national Dem Party.

      It occurs to me that a great way to handle caucus results would be simply to have each precinct captain take a photo of their worksheet and email it in, and then have the central admin not only count the results but also put all the photos online, so that anyone who wanted to check them could do so.

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      Agree with all of the above.  The more occasions for citizens to engage in face-to-face conversation and persuasion, the better.

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      Interesting.  Fwiw, I’ve made numerous posts about IA and not gotten that warning; but I’ve probably got too few followers to matter.

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      LoL, again!  Thank you so much for finding and bringing these to us!

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    • #264522
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      I happen to think Britain’s better off out of the EU; but it seems all the wrong people have been in charge of negotiating it.

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      GOOD FOR YOU!!!

      (All I know is that at least some jurisdictions have rules limiting where and how you can approach voters.)

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      Bernie wasn’t the only one whose numbers were adversely screwed with – wondering what Warren will do.

      That said, Buttigieg’s possibly the smoothest talker in the bunch; whatever rebuttal time he’s given, he’ll use well.  It might behoove his attackers to strategize how to do the most damage while triggering the least number of rebuttals, if that’s possible.

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      I. do. not. believe. it.

      This is f*ckery.

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      Fwiw, I thought I heard or saw some report early in the process – I want to say I heard it on NPR early in the evening – that they only had 14 people answering the phones, because they were relying on the app.

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      Good; but where’s the list, where are the particulars?

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    • #264308
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      H*ll yeah!  The cavalry finally gets here!

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    • #264301
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      I’m glad for the facts to get a bit of coverage.  They’ve been out there all along, but buried under sh*tstorms of spin.

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      It also seems beyond ironic that the Dems spent three years hyperventilating about how Trump sought to undermine our democratic elections by asking for more info about a rival, only to turn around and sabotage democracy in Iowa.

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      Thank you for your efforts!  And the interesting report.

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      There are plenty of bigger injustices for women to object to, and plenty of stronger bases for objection to Pete’s proclamation, without trying to make identitarian issue out of Pete’s proclamation.  I personally worry that finding a feminist nit to pick in places where it’s questionable when there are so many more serious battles to be fought undermines the feminist cause.

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      You’ve probably considered that the only use they’ll make of your info is to hone their p.r.?

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      Hey I’ve participated in bunches of elections, and my expert opinion is that technologies beyond paper should stay the h*ll out of it.

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    • #264100
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      Re- Perez’s call for a “re-canvass,” wth is it that they’ve been doing all this time, if not that?

      (I’d “like” the O.P. if I could, but the platform’s not letting me.)

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      Great video; also the one of Pete in King’s previous post!

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      Thank you.  I’m a math idiot, too, and am grateful for those who aren’t!

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    • #263534
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      I’m on pins and needles!

      The idea that Bernie went into the caucus with such a big lead, thanks to the donations and hard work of so many people, but might have “lost” through such brazen Dem Party theft just bugs the h*ll out of me.

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      Fwiw, I wasn’t aware of that narrative about Bernie – if anything, I had the opposite impression, that the narrative was that he’d only draw support from the more progressive, urban areas, and that that was one of the strikes against him.

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      I love seeing these reports – don’t stop posting them – but I’d love them more if they had more behind them than a single unsupported tweet.

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      I’m not sure they care greatly whether Pete’s ultimately prevails, although I don’t think they’d mind; their imperative is merely to prevent voters from uniting behind Bernie.

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      I do not see an image, and the platform won’t let me copy the URL.

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    • #263005
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      I hate to say it, but they put Bernie’s odds in Iowa at 69%.

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    • #263001
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      Is this as of today’s date?

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      I hope Bernie has lawyers and that they’re seeking an immediate injunction requiring the deposit of complete copies into the court registry of any and all records, communications, etc. relating to the caucus, the “Shadow” app, all precinct reports, tallies, and “quality control” efforts, etc., and against the destruction of any originals.

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      Wtf – they lost “the counts”?  “Preferential Preference Forms”?  Source?

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      For starters, they need to seek an immediate injunction against the destruction of any and all records, emails, etc. relating to the caucus, the app, all precinct reports, tallies, and “quality control” efforts, etc., and requiring the immediate deposit of complete copies into the court registry.

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    • #262490
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      He should be comfortable there.

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    • #262448
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      LoL!

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    • #262429
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      So a post- re-alignment lead of > 4.5 points over Buttigieg, based on results from 60% of the precincts.

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    • #262406
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      Hey, people, erasing a lead as big as Bernie’s takes time!

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    • #262354
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      I’ve yet to see a decent explanation of why DNC cheating isn’t fraud.  I don’t care if they are a private corporation; if you misrepresent you’re going to do one thing (play fair) – indeed, if you even just knowingly allow your agents to give that impression, and you fail to correct it – and other people invest their money, time, or effort in reliance on that misrepresentation, you may or may not have any strictly contractual liability to those other people, but it’s still fraud.

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      The Keystones Cops of corruption.

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      [Self-delete –– the crowdsourced results took a while to load.]

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      Again, Bernie continuing to honor his agreement not to run 3rd party would be like contractors continuing to do work for Trump after he’s stiffed them.

      I don’t know what Bernie will do, but Iowa materially changes the picture.

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      I have to say, after what happened in 2016 & since, I can’t understand why Sanders people left the premises before the precinct captains did.  I realize they’re tired, but after putting in so much time and energy, to leave during those last crucial minutes or hours seems nuts.

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      Does anyone know why Sanders’ campaign has results from only 40%, while Buttigieg claims results from 77%???

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      I hope it doesn’t mean they’re collecting the paper records and “harmonizing” them with the electronic results.

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      Thanks for helping me hang onto a sense of humor.

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      I’ve had public radio on for much of the last two days.  Although they’ve spoken about the Iowa caucus repeatedly, they’ve mischaracterized the polls as showing no clear leader and have managed to avoid any mention of Sanders whatsover until about 5 min. ago, though they’ve spoke of Buttigieg and Warren repeatedly.

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      I’m so sorry, Deadpool.  It sounds very hard for everyone, including you.

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      This is the kind of lead it’s hard to cheat away.

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    • #260781
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      Well that paint was really interesting.  I noticed it actually loops, rather than really being continuous for 10 hours.

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    • #260773
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      Any Constitutional problem with this?

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      The Dems likely could have had all the witnesses they wanted if they’d been willing to let the Repubs have all theirs.

      Here’s what they’ve set up instead: Bolton’s book will come out this spring, and whatever it says, it’ll be impossible to actually do anything meaningful about it – the whole issue has been pre-defused.  Meanwhile, Trump’s sitting on a pile of dirt about the Bidens, which he’ll hold until the DNC succeeds in installing him as the candidate.

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      WTF???!!!?!?

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    • #260294
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      Has the DNC offered any rationalization for the change?

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      I <3 NINA!

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    • #260285
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      The only “never Bernie” people are bankers and their lackeys.

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      Excellent info.

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      I believe that’s been part of the Dem strategy all along.

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      Of course they are.

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      I can dislike Hillary without making more out of this than it is.  Avoidance of service of process is pretty standard procedure when you know you’re going to be sued – why make it easy for them, if you don’t intend to concede?

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      Here are some counter-arguments: Trump has not asserted executive privilege or any other litigable defense against producing the subpoenaed information.  Even if he had, it was pointed out in the arguments this afternoon that the Constitution gives Congress the sole power of impeachment and to determine the rules for their proceedings; requiring them to go to Court in order to enforce subpoenaes would make that power subject to the judiciary.  Also, the impeachment power was included partly to provide a means for removal between elections; but litigation in the courts would take years.

      Granted any Congress could use their subpoena power to harass a Prez just because they don’t like him; but that’s a lesser harm than simply allowing a Prez to flat-out defy all requests for info, no matter what atrocities the Prez might be trying to hide.

      Believe me, I’m thoroughly jaded/disgusted with most Congressional Dems and their choice of grounds for impeachment (reflecting their efforts to hide their own corruption).  But Tump’s obstruction has been totally unprecedented and if not opposed, would render the power of impeachment a nullity.

      Honestly, I can see arguments both ways; but just as I’ve been in favor of interpreting the law in such a way as to give Trump latitude to investigate corrupt Dems, I’m in favor of interpreting the Constitution in such a way as to give Congress latitude to investigate corrupt Prez’s.

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      I can’t agree with the author that Bernie should sink to the level of his opposition.  His power comes from his adherence to truth, justice, and the law.  We have not yet exhausted those means.

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