Happy Tuesday friends! There is a lot going on so will just get straight to things with Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk asking people to support Sanders’ call for Medicare-For-All. There will be a lot more in the comments on the topic and many others, and as always I welcome your contributions/opinions/etc.
Hello TPW’ers! All the news I am catching up on will go in the comments as usual but first wanted to say a quick ‘Happy Birthday’ of sorts as the site URL is now a year old though we did not really start posting until further down the road. I thank you for joining me and putting up with all the various frustrations along the way and if you care to voice them in the comments, I’m more than happy to listen! [PS:I found/fixed the disappearing comment bug, so you can cross that off your list for now].
And now on to the news:
We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property. Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. From high above, continents now appear as an endless property patchwork of green and yellow farms, beige suburban homes and metallic gray city blocks stretching from sea to shining sea.
The central logic of this regime is productivity, and indeed it has been monstrously productive. In tandem with the industrial revolution, the fruits of billions of acres of dispossessed and parceled indigenous land across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Ireland and Australasia enabled two English-speaking empires—first the British and then the American—to rise to global dominance. The latter remains the most productive economy in the world.
Property also embodies and upholds a set of values and relationships to land. It propagates a utopian vision called the American Dream, wherein hard work, land and a home are platform for boundless opportunity or at least escape from capital domination. It separates humanity from all other animals and cements man’s mastery over the natural world and all living things.
While property has transformed the world, its flaws have never been more apparent. Open land on the frontier, if it ever actually existed for the common man’s taking, is long gone. Homeownership no longer provides the economic security it once did, and appears out of reach for younger generations. The richest one percent holds more wealth than the rest of the world combined. At the same time, environmental degradation and climate change proceed at a terrifying pace.
Our capitalist property regime and economic system have succeeded at producing remarkable surplus. But the benefits of this system too often flow to a small fraction of the population, while land, water, air and people pay the long-term price.
Morning All A couple links (below) to get started, Bernie on CNN on health care-“America didn’t want the GOP version” and also the escalating costs of Trumps security by the SS- Huff post. Getting way our of hand. His 8th weekend of golfing since being sworn in. If Obama had done this much the GOP would have demanded that he stop in the name of the hard working taxpayer. SO R’s where is the outrage on behalf of the taxpayer? Oh I forgot it’s ok if an R president does it. Have a great day TPW’ers. Hopefully the links work. … Continue reading →
And Baby Makes Five Hadrons are heavy nuclear particles composed of either 2 quarks called a meson, or three quarks called a baryon. Recent work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has led to the discovery of five new variants of the Omega-C baryon, which are composed of two strange and one charm quarks. You can read about this important discovery here and here. To learn how the LHC works, click on the video above. Strokes and Spiders A report out of Australia confirms that a harmless ingredient called Hi1a in the otherwise deadly venom of the … Continue reading →
It’s the weekend! Just a few items to get a thread started. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section. Hope you have a great day!
About 90 minutes ago, the House called recess just as the #Wealthcare bill was to come to a vote. The bill appears to be yanked is dead. Paul Ryan gave a presser (see below). … Continue reading →
Everything else will be in the comments, have a great day!
Good morning everyone! A big thank you to Benny and everyone else who was involved in the roundup yesterday while I was out sick. In-fact I am still pretty sick so not quite sure how long I’ll be around this morning but did want to actually manage to get a post up. Starting it off with TYT/Cenk’s video response to the NBC story on the Justice Democrats that I posted a couple days back, and then everything else will go in the comment section. Have a great day!
Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day!
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank?
During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his “political revolution” could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders’ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections — and setting their sights on their own.
This week, Justice Democrats merged operations with another anti-incumbent group founded by former Sanders aides, Brand New Congress, which started last year.
“The point is we’ve watched this party over the last decade lose over 1,000 seats, lose a national election to least popular nominee in history, Donald Trump, and now we’ve seen poll after poll showing the Democratic Party less popular since election day,” Brand New Congress’ Corbin Trent said in an interview. “What we think is the American people are ready for a new direction.”
It’s a step farther than previous liberal efforts, which have fielded challenges to establishment favorite Democrats in open races but generally not against elected party members.
Lots more news in the comments. Have a great day!
Good morning all! Starting the day off with video of Bernie in Vermont this past Friday and will put all the rest that I am catching up on in the comments.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., dropped out of the U.S. presidential race about eight months ago, but many of the supporters who showed up to hear him speak at a town hall event at the Vermont Technical College Friday afternoon acted as if the campaign had just begun.
“If there is a silver lining in the midst of the Trump election, it’s that millions of people are asking (what they can do about it) and getting involved,” Sanders told a crowd of hundreds filling the Judd Hall gymnasium during a half-hour speech that was marked by frequent outbreaks of cheering, and a standing ovation.
Sanders urged those in the audience to let legislators see and hear their opinions.
“Get involved. Run for school board. Run for the board of selectmen. Start thinking about the legislature. Put pressure on your government. … It is not just elections. It is fighting, for example, for the transformation of our energy system.”
Sanders sounded familiar themes during his talk, and related most of the country’s ills to a massive income inequality in which, he said, the wealthiest tenth of one percent of the country own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.
VX Explained Following the assassination of Kim Jung-Nam (half brother to North Korea’s current dictator Kim Jung-Un) last month at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport, I thought it might be worthwhile to explore what VX nerve gas (Kim Jung-Nam’s supposed killing agent) actually is. Our friends at the University of Nottingham, and founding contributors to the Periodic Table of Videos, offer this information, and with my hearty thanks. Gene Silencing Using a technique called RNA interference, researchers at Imperial College have developed a new and apparently very potent LDL cholesterol reducing drug called Inclisiran, which “switches off” a gene responsible for … Continue reading →
I am happily distracted from politics by NCAA basketball. In the comment section below I will insert a few things to get the conversation started. … Continue reading →
Happy Friday everyone! I’ll put all the Bernie, Trump, Democratic party, pipeline/environmental, etc. news in the comments but kicking off with a music video as part of my quest to highlight Indigenous hip/hop artists:
Hope to see you in the comments, have a great day regardless!
Good morning everyone! Starting off with just one of the many articles written on Sanders being the most popular politician in America
A Fox News Poll released Wednesday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Planned Parenthood, ObamaCare, and Vice President Mike Pence are all viewed more favorably than President Trump.
Favorable ratings from Fox poll:
Planned Parenthood +25
The poll of 1,008 registered voters was conducted March 12 to 14. It found that 43 percent approve and 51 percent disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, with 30 percent strongly approving and 45 percent strongly disapproving. Respondents were also asked to say if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of several people, groups, and items, and Sanders came out on top, with 61 percent having a favorable reaction and 32 percent unfavorable, followed by Planned Parenthood (57 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable); ObamaCare (50 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable); and Pence (47 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable). Only 44 percent had a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent had an unfavorable view.
One example of why that may be:
More Bernie news & more in the comments! have a great day!