12/09 News Roundup – Sanders Congratulates Carrier’s Union Leader, The Women Who Built The Standing Rock Movement & More


Bernie Sanders congratulates union leader attacked by Trump

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated local union President Chuck Jones — who represents workers for air-conditioner manufacturing company Carrier — for becoming “the most famous labor leader in America” during a phone conversation recorded by CBS News on Thursday.

Jones had recently become the target of President-elect Donald Trump, who tweeted that Jones was ineffective as a labor leader after he criticized Trump.

“Well you know, if I did something to piss off President-elect Trump, so be it,” Jones responded, with a cigarette in hand. “We’re moving on, and we’re going to keep up the fight, Bernie.”

The conversation, which occurred after CBS News conducted a one-on-one interview with Jones, felt strikingly cordial. Lasting nearly three minutes, Sanders and Jones promised to hold President-elect Donald Trump accountable for his promise to confront corporate America.

“What we are going to do is we are going to remind Mr. Trump of what he said,” Sanders proclaimed. “But, believe me, we are going to do everything we can to make sure he follows through on the promises to made to the people in Indiana and to the people in America.”

Bernie also took the time Thursday night to appear on “All In With Chris Hayes” to call out Trump as a pathological liar:

Bernie Sanders thinks President-elect Donald Trump is a “pathological liar.”

The senator from Vermont and former Democratic presidential candidate appeared on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Thursday night, characterizing Trump as inconsistent and unpredictable.

Sanders said the looming Trump presidency presents Americans with a uniquely challenging future and said Americans need “to build a movement of millions of people who actually are following reality.”

“That’s the challenge,” he added.

“Real change in this country, I am more and more convinced of it, is not going to come from Capitol Hill. It’s going to come from grassroots America.”

Sanders’ comments appear to suggest Trump has not kept his campaign and post-election promises to “drain the swamp in Washington,” to rid the government of insiders who wield too much influence.

Trumps Lowest Common Denominator in his life AND Trumps entire Religion in 8 words AND Trumps Golden Rule IS: “Them that have the Gold makes the Rules”


 Yes, “Don the Con’” Trumps personal faith, his personal religion, is all based on the “Golden Rule” aka “Trumps Golden Rule” CLEARLY STATED IS:      “Them that have the Gold makes the Rules”. On any question about why or what he is doing the answer is the same: he always uses some version of the “Trump Golden Rule”, such as: Question: “Why did he appoint that Billionaire to that position?“ Answer: because, “Them that have the Gold makes the Rules”. Question: “Why does Trump believe about protecting the environment?” Answer:  “Them that have the Gold makes the Rules” Question: “What does Trump believe about … Continue reading →

AMA with Catlin Johnstone, Friday 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern


 Tomorrow afternoon (2pm Pacific time) r/WayoftheBern will be hosting an AMA with biting, progressive writer Catlin Johnstone, previously of the Inquisitr and now with Newslogue. She can be followed at: https://twitter.com/caitoz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaitlinAJohnstone/ Here are a couple opinion pieces she has written recently: http://www.inquisitr.com/3292084/shot-by-police-but-dont-have-a-criminal-record-dont-worry-conservative-media-will-invent-one-for-you/ http://www.newslogue.com/debate/142/Caitlin%20Johnstone And her Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4445783 We’re all big fans of her work and are happy to see this happen. Should be a good experience for everyone, hope to see you there! Pre-AMA discussion can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/5hasfa/caitlin_johnstone_ama_friday_2pm_pst/ … Continue reading →

12/08 News Roundup – Sanders & Ellison Stand With Striking Federal Workers, Standing Rock Inspires Pipeline Resistance In West Texas & More


Bernie Sanders joins striking federal contract workers for rally

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined hundreds of striking workers just blocks from both the White House and Donald Trump’s new D.C. hotel Wednesday to call on the president-elect to deliver on his promise of higher-paying jobs.

Many of the striking workers fill low-wage jobs for federal contractors in the nation’s capital, such as cafeteria employees who work in the Capitol building. They’re calling for a minimum wage of $15.

“This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” Sanders told the crowd on a chilly December morning. “It is not a radical idea to say that if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty.”
“We’re telling Mr. Trump that when millions of us stand together we are going to win,” Sanders added. “No one is going to stop us.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is the favorite to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and Hollywood celebrity Danny Glover also spoke to the striking workers.

Ellison told the striking workers not to give up the fight: “If we’ve got to get arrested, we’ll get arrested,” he said.

I’ll put the rest in the comments. Have a great day everyone!

12/07 News Roundup – Noam Chomsky, A Blizzard At Standing Rock, Trump’s Transition, & More


Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders can win back Donald Trump supporters

Professor Noam Chomsky said that Donald Trump supporters could be enticed to vote Democrat again if the Bernie Sanders movement offered a real program for “hope and change”.

On the same evening that vice president Joe Biden said he might run for president in 2020, Mr Chomsky told the crowds at Democracy Now!’s 20th anniversary event that reigniting a “militant labour movement” could swing the next election.


“Suppose people like you, the Sanders movement, offered an authentic, constructive program for real hope and change, it would win these people back,” he said.

“I think many of the Trump voters could have voted for Sanders if there had been the right kind of activism and organization. and those are possibilities. It’s been done in the past under much harsher circumstances.”

Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, testified to congress that the success of the American economy was based on “growing worker insecurity”. Mr Chomsky pointed to this as an example of how workers have continued to suffer, even if the stock market is nearing record highs. It was one major reason why people voted for Mr Trump.

“You should also bear in mind what a remarkable phenomenon the Sanders campaign was. Here’s somebody unknown, came from nowhere, was using words like socialism which used to be a real curse word, no corporate or media support, no support from the wealthy, everything that has been crucial to win elections.”

Meanwhile, Water Protectors continue their fight in a blizzard:

A blizzard and freezing temperatures created disorder this week for protesters intent on celebrating their partial victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Many roads were closed due to dangerous driving conditions and some protesters were stranded along streets in cars. Volunteers searched tents, teepees and makeshift lodgings in the main resistance camp to make sure no one was snowbound.

“The weather conditions are real. You could die,” said John Shirley, a veteran from Anchorage, Alaska, who’s been at the protests for a week. “The wind is the big thing. It feels like there are needles going through you.”


The volunteers had turned the casino hotel into an impromptu shelter for members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies who’d been living at Oceti Sakowin camp, some of them for months.

The medical workers said that they’d treated more than 100 patients for dehydration, hypothermia and other conditions. Medics needed supplies to treat roughly 100 other patients with chronic diseases like diabetes and high-blood pressure, according to Rupa Marya, a doctor coordinating medical care.

Despite the inclement conditions, the festive atmosphere hasn’t been completely subdued. Native American protesters, who prefer to call themselves water protectors, led a celebratory powwow lasting hours during the blizzard.

12/6 News Roundup – Trump’s Team Aims To Privatize Native Lands, DAPL Decision Reactions & More


Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.

Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.


The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production. It could deeply divide Native American leaders, who hold a range of opinions on the proper balance between development and conservation.

The proposed path to deregulated drilling – privatizing reservations – could prove even more divisive. Many Native Americans view such efforts as a violation of tribal self-determination and culture.

“Our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred,” said Tom Goldtooth, a member of both the Navajo and the Dakota tribes who runs the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Privatization has been the goal since colonization – to strip Native Nations of their sovereignty.”

TYT covers the story here:

The rest of the news will be in the comments… Have a great day!

12/5 TPW News Roundup – Standing Rock Water Protectors React To Denial Of DAPL Permit


Standing Rock: US denies key permit for Dakota Access pipeline, in win for tribe

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the decision on Sunday, with the army saying it was based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said in a statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The army corps will undertake an environmental impact statement and look for alternative routes, the tribe said in its own announcement.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision,” tribal chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement.

While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.

From TYT Politics:

More in the comments, hope to see you there!

Sorta an open thread but my main point is the screwing of Keith Ellison.


 The remnants of Clinton world ….DNC ….Moderates….Dinos…. Establishment….1% are not going to give up without a fight. They have held power for TOO long. It is starting with the now purist idea that the chair of the DNC should be a Full time job. But It was certainly not an issue when dear Debbie was in charge since 2008. A parting shot was launched by Howard Dean as he quit the leadership contest.   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/308547-dean-drops-out-of-dnc-chairmanship-race Dean did not say whom he would support. But he said the chairmanship must be a full-time job, a hurdle to Ellison’s bid. “I know … Continue reading →

Science Sunday #24


 Diamond Are More Than a Girl’s Best Friend Scientists at the Cabot Institute of the University of Bristol in the UK have discovered that they can turn nuclear waste into small batteries that last for thousands of years. Graphite blocks used to “moderate” nuclear reactors become themselves radioactive and must eventually be disposed of, at considerable expense. But this radioactive graphite can be transformed into small black diamonds that naturally give off a small electrical current. The outer layer of the radioactive graphite is just carbon 14, a trace isotope of carbon used to determine the age of items made … Continue reading →

Facebook versus Face-to-Face: As Shared Realities Have Disappeared, so Have Our Shared Truths



A lot of folks have begun talking about “fake news” and more broadly, the widespread decline of shared truths, of commonly agreed-upon sets of facts about issues critical to most of us.  This is an enormous and daunting problem for our country, especially given the political and cultural polarization that it has helped foster.  Many people are debating how this has come to be, but at least one of the underlying causes has received scant attention:  The loss of functioning community, of shared realities in our day-to-day lives.  I’m speaking here not of community in the realm of the “community of social workers”, but in the Ghostbuster sense of the word, that is, ‘actual physical contact’.  If you think we’ve evolved beyond that, I hope you’ll read on.

In his essay, “The Vanishing Commons”, Jonathan Rowe quotes a man who explains why his luxury yacht-building business is booming: “Rich people can go to a beautiful hotel and pay $3000 a night for a suite.  The trouble is, when you go down the elevator you are in the lobby with people who paid twenty times less.  My clients don’t like that.”   Of course, the very rich have separated themselves from the hoi polloi for centuries.  But that trend has accelerated and broadened in recent years, with the number of gated communities in the US increasing from about 2000 in the 1970s to over 50,000 today.  It’s not just the rich that seek to insulate themselves from the wider community, but increasingly middle income people as well.   Especially, though not exclusively, White people.  Whether motivated by fear, racial animus or the hope for higher property values, the result, according to a recent study by Renaud LeGoix and Elena Vesselinov, is that “gated communities are significant contributors to segregation patterns at the local level”.

Enclaves for the rich or gated communities for the upwardly mobile are but two of the ways we have walled ourselves off from one another, eroding every day, face-to-face interaction.  There are at least three other critical trends that steadily increase our collective estrangement.  First, the decline of public spaces, like plazas, town squares, public playgrounds and parks, means fewer places for people to gather, play, eat lunch, or talk, without the requirement of membership, permission or payment.  In some places this has resulted from a general decline in the community or neighborhood, but in many more it is an outgrowth of the push to privatize what were historically public or common goods, a trend that Jonathan Rowe believes has “reached an epidemic level”.

A second critical factor is the decline of broadly-based voluntary civic associations, including groups like the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), the Elks, rural associations like The Grange, and many more.  While far from inclusive, especially in terms of race and gender, these groups did provide a relatively level playing field across economic class, where working folks and professionals debated issues, developed skills of  governance, and worked through differences within organizations that were local, yet connected to regional, state and national bodies as well.  Theda Skocpol estimates that in the 1950’s 3 – 5% of all adults in the US held leadership positions in one of the twenty largest voluntary associations, meaning that tens of millions of people from all walks of life likely were regular participants.   Rotary, Kiwanis and other civic groups still operate today, but with a far smaller proportion of the public involved.

Reinforcing these trends of physical segregation and civic disengagement has been a third factor, the increasingly autonomous nature of commerce and shopping.  Chain stores and big box retailers emphasize speed and efficiency in the shopping experience, dramatically reducing social interactions when compared with independent retailers and farmers markets.  On-line shopping makes it easier still to get what we need – or want – with little or no interaction with people, let alone our neighbors.  And that impact is in a sense, self-promoting, with the meteoric rise of Amazon helping to shutter over 100 million square feet of retail store fronts, according to an analysis by the Institute for Local Self Reliance.  More autonomous shopping, fewer actual places where people might run into one another in their community.

Into this perfect storm of disengagement from one another and our communities, an array of social media platforms have arisen to help “connect” us, to provide “community” without place.  Being unbound by the limits of particular places – limits of ecology, of culture, of economics or human history – social media communities often become self-absorbed and self-perpetuating, insulated from outsiders, and nurturing of extreme points of view.  Facebook is not the only venue where this happens, just the most prominent one.  Its design fosters group-think, aligning cultural and political sympathies as tightly as buying preferences.   And it propels the inexorable decline of actual communities of place, which by comparison are, after all, a pain in the ass.

With all of the disengagement from our neighbors and communities, it should not surprise us that the language of debate in this placeless world is so often vitriolic, fiercely resistant to new information, skeptical of ‘facts’.   Discounting solidly researched analysis or accepting the seemingly preposterous is much easier when our realities are deeply segregated, and our relationships increasingly disembodied.   If Facebook were but a small part of how we interact with one another, how we get our news, how we experience the world, it might be different.  But just as Amazon’s rise has hastened and benefitted from the fall of brick and mortar retail shops, Facebook’s emerging dominance has made face-to-face community seemingly obsolete, at once cumbersome and painfully limiting.   Yet it is precisely those limits, those shared realities that can instill a bit of empathy for one another and with that, a modicum of humility about what we know and what we don’t know.

Many Saturday mornings the line at our farmers market booth includes libertarians, quiet conservatives and liberals; readers of The Nation and folks who listen to Glen Beck.  You can be sure that there are some very strong disagreements on economic, environmental and social issues in that queue.   But there’s no shouting, no hateful, dogmatic pronouncements.  What would happen if I stopped bagging produce and asked what everyone thought about climate change?  Or Black Lives Matter?  Or the president-elect?  I honestly don’t know.   I do think, however, that the realities we share, around food, our land and our local economy, may bind us to each other just enough that we’d actually listen, perhaps even consider a discomforting fact or two.  Maybe, only maybe.  Even so, compared to Facebook’s placeless world, this face-to-face community at least has a common place from which to begin the search for shared truths.


Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer and sustainable development consultant based in Abingdon, Virginia.  His book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up was published by the University Press of Kentucky in June, 2016.  He writes and speaks widely on these issues, and also produces a weekly, five minute You Tube series, “Take Five with Tony”.

Open Thread 12/2 A place to comment til things get back to normal.


 Not sure if this will work but what the heck I will give it a try. Tulsi Gabbard just took the floor of Congress to demand Obama protect Standing Rock.   Tulsi Gabbard just took the floor of Congress to demand Obama protect Standing Rock (VIDEO) I am not very good with handling new posts so I will add a few links in the comment section.

12/01 TPW Open Thread – The System Is Broken Edition


Ok as you see in the post below I am still fighting through the issues and we may or may not be able to see this post 5 minutes or even 5 hours from now. Anyhow… A couple links to start you off with:

Matt Taibbi Interviews Bernie Sanders – Bernie Sanders: Where We Go From Here:

President Obama talked after the election about winning Iowa by going into counties even if the demographics didn’t “dictate” success there. This seemed to be a criticism that the party had decided to ignore big parts of the country.

I talked about that in the book. That’s exactly what we did. We had 101 rallies in that small state. That’s grassroots democracy. You speak to three-quarters of the people who end up voting for you. In New Hampshire, we had just a zillion meetings – far more people came out to our meetings. If you had the time to do that around the country, the world becomes different. The assessment has got to be that not only did we lose the White House to the least-popular candidate in perhaps the history of America, certainly in modern history, but we’ve lost the Senate, we’ve lost the House, we’ve lost two-thirds of the governors’ chairs in this country. We’ve lost 900 seats in state legislatures throughout the country in the last eight years. Maybe it might be time to reassess?

Is there any way to read that except as a massive repudiation of Democrats?

No. I can’t see how any objective person can. It speaks to what I just mentioned; we cannot spend our entire life – I didn’t, but others do – raising money from wealthy people, listening to their needs. We’ve got to be out in union halls, we’ve got to be out in veterans’ halls, and we’ve got to be talking to working people, and we’ve got to stand up and fight for them.


Bernie Sanders writes – Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump

Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous.

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce a deal with United Technologies, the corporation that owns Carrier, that keeps less than 1,000 of the 2100 jobs in America that were previously scheduled to be transferred to Mexico. Let’s be clear: It is not good enough to save some of these jobs. Trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without having their pay or benefits slashed.

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?

In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country.

Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives. Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be re-evaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America.

More in the comments (if we make it that far)

No Money, NODAPLE…Take Your Money Out!


 Facebook is reporting that there is  a large group assembled in San Francisco right now trying to take their money out of Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo today, and some of the banks have shut their doors to these people and won’t let them in to close accounts. https://www.facebook.com/AyanaYoung11/videos/1372844302728450/ Jordon addresses the supply blockade in the middle..I loved his segment of the young Water Protectors sledding but I didn’t see them in this vid. 11/30 In a related protest, Reuters has reported today that prosecutors suspended charges against Deia Schlosberg, a documentary maker arrested while filming as environmental … Continue reading →

11/30 TPW News Roundup – N.D Police Want to Deny Standing Rock Water Protectors Food and Shelter


Ok so I know I just posted saying I didn’t have time to post anything, and if I do I’m not even sure it will go through or people will see it. Not to mention the whole question of if the comments will even work but… I can’t pass up spreading this:

North Dakota Police Want to Deny Standing Rock Protesters Food and Shelter

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered thousands of Native American and environmental activists to leave the federal property on which they’ve been protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The evacuation order came days after the federal government set a Dec. 5 deadline for the protesters to clear out, but neither state nor federal officials had said how, exactly, they planned to get everyone to comply. It appears we now have the answer: by making them too cold and hungry to stay put. Via Reuters:

North Dakota law enforcement will begin to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project in an effort to force demonstrators to vacate the area, officials said on Tuesday. … Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp…, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. …

The building materials intended for the site are a top priority because the camp is not zoned for permanent structures, Fong said. Propane tanks also will be blocked because they have been used in attacks against law enforcement, she said.


Standing Rock Protesters Warned Of Fines As North Dakota Tightens Grip

North Dakota officials on Tuesday moved to block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, threatening to use hefty fines to keep demonstrators from receiving food, building materials and even portable bathrooms.


State officials said on Tuesday they would fine anyone bringing prohibited items into the main protest camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s “emergency evacuation” order on Monday. Earlier, officials had warned of a physical blockade, but the governor’s office backed away from that.

Law enforcement would take a more “passive role” than enforcing a blockade, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

“The governor is more interested in public safety than setting up a road block and turning people away,” Herr said by telephone.

Officers will stop vehicles they believe are headed to the camp and inform drivers they are committing an infraction and could be fined $1,000. These penalties should serve as a hindrance, according to Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

“So that effectively is going to block that stuff (supplies), but there is not going to be a hard road block,” Fong said by telephone.