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LieparDestin

orlbucfan

Hey JD/LD!! The usual suspects did their usual excellent job of manning our PW fort this weekend!! Happy Native American Day to yourself and your family> 🙂

LieparDestin

Thanks Orl! We are finally unpacked and done cleaning up the old place so I hope to have a post up in the morning!

ps: this is a great new video from Supaman that I of course encourage all to listen to even if not a genre one typically embraces.

humphrey

Not exactly sure how this works?

magsview

That’s some brutal truth right there.

magsview

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LieparDestin

Theres some bits in here I havent heard from him before:

LieparDestin

orlbucfan

T and R, Benny!! Biker hubby does not care much for football. I know the game and compromise by watching the boob tube, volume off. I listen to my Bucs via streaming Bucs Radio equipped with (“old-fashioned” and better) headphones. Saw that Jax-KC game. Jags got creamed, rats! Arrowhead Stadium has always been a bugger for the away teams, period. Serious stuff now. Michael is rapidly intensifying into a hurricane. It’s tracking N now, but is expected to curve NNE and head for the Panhandle. AGillum is heading back to Tallahassee as that town is in the strike zone. He will be our next governor. The environment is taking front page down here. Attracting a crowd of 1000 in Stuart is no small potatoes. That’s south of Melbourne on the eastern/Atlantic side, and the algae is a major disaster there. This ecological damage is serious and even the political deadbeats know it. Sick Rott will be history–HOO-RAY!! 🙂 🙂

polarbear4

yay OBF and thank Benny! Glad you are not in the strike zone, obf, and that Gillum WILL be guv! Last game i listened to was the Ducks (me) v. Stanford (my son). they started out gangbusters and then lost by one TD. 🙁

good to see LD back too. :O) Happy Indigenous Day, all, and have a great week.

humphrey

Of course this is subject to change.
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magsview

I hope you’re right about Gillum orl. Good luck with your state’s current challenges!

EyeRound
EyeRound

Be safe, obf, and + + for your Gillum spirit!

LieparDestin

apologies if a repeat..

https://news.gallup.com/poll/243539/americans-maintain-positive-view-bernie-sanders.aspx

Sen. Bernie Sanders is still viewed favorably by a small majority of Americans (53%) as he continues to be arguably the most prominent advocate for progressive policies in the U.S.

Sanders’ name recognition was fairly low a month before he announced his run for president in 2015 — 76% of Americans had no opinion of him or had never heard of him. But today, that figure is down to 9%.

In the more than three years Gallup has tracked Sanders’ favorability, his favorable ratings have consistently outweighed his unfavorable ones — only twice were they tied. Since February 2016, shortly after Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, his positive ratings began regularly outpacing his negative ratings by double digits, and majorities of Americans have viewed him favorably since June 2016.

In Gallup’s most recent poll, conducted Sept. 4-12, Sanders has a much more favorable image than either of the other major contenders in the 2016 presidential election — Hillary Clinton (36%) and President Donald Trump (41%).

jcitybone

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/bernie-sanders-shows-how-to-do-politics/

This shows you two things:

Bernie Sanders is not an idiot, and actually knows how to do politics.
The theory of economics that the criticisms were based on is balderdash.

The criticisms of the “Stop BEZOS” bill are interesting in light of the outcome. I think they show how a lot of people confuse “politics” with “policy”: the bill was not a good policy, therefore it was not good. That’s not necessarily the case though, and I think one of the reasons liberals have failed politically is that they think of politics as “designing the optimal policy” and have no clue how to actually build the political power that allows you to pass and implement the optimal policy. Bernie Sanders does know a thing or two about building political power—that’s why he managed to be the “Amendment King” in the House of Representatives, passing more roll call votes in a Republican Congress than any other member despite being a radical democratic socialist.

Sanders’ bill was criticized as a stunt. But that shouldn’t be a criticism, and we on the left need to try more stunts. Trump pulled stunts all the time, things that were mainly for the cameras and which he did to make a point (remember Carrier?). Stunts can be extremely effective, and the Stop BEZOS Act was a great one: it effectively drew attention to a real problem, and served as a means of public education. Through the headline “Bernie Sanders Threatens To Make Jeff Bezos Pay For The Food Stamps His Employees Receive,” people find out that Amazon employees are on food stamps. They wouldn’t necessarily have known that otherwise, and even though specifically designing a policy to recoup those benefits might not work in practice, it makes an important point.

humphrey

I could have missed it but I didn’t see much if any mention of Bezo’s actions or credit being given to Bernie on CNN prime time coverage. I am sure that it was similar on the other networks.

magsview

I was somewhat, pleasantly, surprised at how much credit I saw Bernie get actually.

Perhaps this coincides to that uptick in those who now report to have ‘heard’ of him?

humphrey

Newspapers and social media covered it well but cable news was lacking.

magsview

I don’t look at cable news almost at all anymore. But I did see CNN.com cover Bernie’s influence on the Amazon thing.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Yeh, even Reuters ran a couple of Bernie photos in their Bezos story on Reuters TV, giving Bernie full credit.

polarbear4

From the same article–i didn’t realize that Bezos cut other benefits at the same time. Doesn’t say what benies.

LieparDestin

Frank Waln’s New Music Video for “Wokiksuye” Honors Indigenous Peoples Day

On Oct. 8, while some people in the United States may recognize Columbus Day, award-winning Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead — by dropping a brand new video for his song “Wokiksuye”, which he calls “the most fun project I’ve ever worked on.” The clip, shot back in July, was conceived, directed, and filmed by children and teens from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

That’s thanks to the Outlast Film Camp, a volunteer organization that worked with Frank to create the music video. It was filmed on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is right next to the Rosebud Reservation, where Frank grew up. The camp’s mission is to teach underserved youth of color film and media skills—thereby empowering them to reclaim their narratives and tell their own stories.

“Outlast brings together film and media professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds to conduct hands-on workshops,” camp founder and director LaTerrian McIntosh—whom Frank calls “LT”—explained. “During camp, students learn technical skills which they then use to create unique projects of their choosing.”

Frank Waln made the music, but the campers were completely in charge of the visuals. “They did the makeup, picked the locations, everything,” he says. “They prepared by watching Beyoncé’s ‘Formation.’ Every shot and scene is their way of showing the world what life on the rez is really like.”

And for him, that intention goes hand in hand with the song’s message: “The song’s title and hook are, in Lakota, ‘Wokiksuye,’ which means ‘remembrance,’” he said. “‘Wokiksuye Mi Oyate’ means “remembrance of my nation’; ‘Wokiksuye Mi Tiwahe’ means ‘remembrance of my family.’ It’s really important to remember who you are, where you came from, and those who came before you.”

LieparDestin

magsview

magsview

jcitybone

I disagree on a lot with Heitkamp but I really hope she can beat this jerk

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/politics/heidi-heitkamp-kevin-cramer-metoo.amp.html

“The better part of my career in public life has been working with victims,” said Ms. Heitkamp, a former state attorney general. “Did you ask him how many victims during this process he actually sat down with, and survivors he sat down with, and visited with personally?”

Then Ms. Heitkamp’s voice grew thick with emotion.

“I think it’s wonderful that his wife has never had an experience, and good for her, and it’s wonderful his mom hasn’t,” she said. “My mom did. And I think it affected my mom her whole life. And it didn’t make her less strong.”

With tears welling in her eyes, Ms. Heitkamp stared intently at a reporter and continued: “And I want you to put this in there, it did not make my mom less strong that she was a victim. She got stronger and she made us strong. And to suggest that this movement doesn’t make women strong and stronger is really unfortunate.”

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/410382-dem-senator-says-kavanugh-wants-to-rule-on-behalf-of-the-powerful

But Merkley argues that while the issue of whether the president can be indicted is valid, Kavanaugh is also out of touch with the average American, saying the judge has lived his entire life among rich and powerful.

“He’s lived his entire life among a privileged group of people, born to private schools, and wealth and doesn’t understand [what] the ordinary Americans face in this country and he certainly didn’t get the values of basic integrity inculcated in his life and that just means he should never be able serve on the court,” the Oregon senator said.

jcitybone

Ain’t it the truth

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humphrey

magsview

I have relatives that live there. The good news is that I believe the fire has died out. The blast was widely felt, with buildings shaking.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Hope your family there are all safe and sound and that no one else was hurt.

orlbucfan

^^^^^^^Me, too, mags!

humphrey

This obviously is not a good thing.

https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/TRUMP-EFFECT-COURTS/010080E30TG/index.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter

Republican President Donald Trump has made transforming the federal judiciary one of his top priorities. Now in his second year of office, Trump has appointed 26 judges to the U.S. appeals courts — a record pace. By comparison, Democratic former President Barack Obama appointed 55 appellate court judges during his eight years in office. Trump appointees are on track to tilt the ideological balance on several appeals courts in a conservative direction.

humphrey

Just when you think that Fox News is completely in the tank for Trump. We get this!

magsview

wrong place

wi60

Trumpcorps version of”Pravda” state controlled media.

magsview

A different viewpoint:

magsview

Why are they doing this? Is it for the money? Is this really the best thing for the party they claim to love? Do they really need the money and the limelight that much??

Hillary, Bill Clinton to go on tour this year

The Clintons announced Monday they will visit four cities in 2018 and nine in 2019 across North America in a series of conversations dubbed “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.” It is being produced by tour promoter Live Nation, the company behind Michelle Obama’s massive tour to promote her new book as well as tours for Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and other music heavyweights.

The Clintons will hold joint conversations at the shows and share “stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in public service, while also discussing issues of the day and looking toward the future,” Live Nation said.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

I looked up ticket prices for the Inglewood CA event (The Forum next May) and they range from $59.50 – $375.00.

humphrey

I think that there are two reasons. First they know that their followers will gladly part with their money. (the Clintons have an insatiable appetite for more$$$$$$) and secondly she wants to remain in the spotlight so that by popular demand she will come to the rescue of Democrats and beat Trump. BARF!

orlbucfan

Couple of wholly despicable biped lowlife!

wi60

☝☝

polarbear4

The Clintons really have an “in” with Hollyweird. Part of her “success” in 2016.

humphrey

After the Nov. elections when we all need a break. Then there is this!

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/08/democrats-debates-2020-elections-853029

With the first debate coming as early as spring 2019, candidates are already sweating over how to make sure they’re on the stage.

The first Democratic presidential debate is still months away, but the sprawling field of prospective contenders is beginning to grasp a crushing reality: Any candidate who fails to make the cut for the first debate stage is likely to see their candidacy implode.

The kickoff debate could come as early as spring or summer 2019 — and the prospect of it is already accelerating the timetable for Democrats to raise money, hire staff and raise their profiles beyond an asterisk in national and early-state polls.

“By the early spring at the latest you’ll be seeing debates, and I think probably in the first quarter of 2019,” David Axelrod, a top adviser to former President Barack Obama, said on his podcast recently. “I think the sense of urgency among Democrats, and the sense of possibility among potential candidates is such that you’re going to see that.”

magsview

This fellow makes a good point.

magsview

Things getting surreal.

magsview

Nobel prize in economics won by Nordhaus and Romer for work on climate change and growth – as it happened

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to two American men for work on climate change and sustainable growth

William Nordhaus is being recognised for his work on the damage caused by climate change.

Paul Romer has examined how economists can achieve a healthy rate of economic growth.

The models that Nordhaus and Romer have created have helped with the development of economic growth, and with combatting climate change, we’re hearing.

They have taken macroeconomics to a global scale, to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, the Nobel Prize committee say.

More here.

magsview

polarbear4

Could Killing of Washington Post Writer by Saudi ‘Murder Team’ Finally Put Crack in US Support of ‘Criminal Regime’?
“If this is true – that the Saudis lured a U.S. resident into their consulate and murdered him – it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in response.

The killing, if confirmed, would mark a startling escalation of Saudi Arabia’s effort to silence dissent. Under direction from the crown prince, Saudi authorities have carried out hundreds of arrests under the banner of national security, rounding up clerics, business executives and even women’s rights advocates.

“If the reports of Jamal’s murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act,” Fred Hiatt, the director of The Post’s editorial page, said in a statement. “Jamal was — or, as we hope, is — a committed, courageous journalist. He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom. He is respected in his country, in the Middle East and throughout the world. We have been enormously proud to publish his writings.”

Khashoggi may have been considered especially dangerous by the Saudi leadership, analysts said. His criticisms of the royal family and its vast powers were delivered from his self-imposed exile in the United States and could not be dismissed as the complaints of a longtime dissident.

polarbear4

double post. if you click on the t0p one, you can see who they are and what was written.

polarbear4

humphrey

It appears as if this wasn’t a one time occurence.

Trump probably like his style.

magsview

That MBS guy seems to do whatever he wants, disappear whoever he wants, take over whoever’s bank account he wants, kill anyone he wants.

Yet he was lauded by almost every person of influence when he last visited.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman toured Hollywood, Harvard and Silicon Valley on US visit

Royal met a host of household names from Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey to Dwayne Johnson and Sir Richard Branson

and

The marathon sprint has already seen Bin Salman receive a warm welcome from Donald Trump at the White House. The leaked schedule – including sumac-crusted halibut with Trump and coffee at Starbucks with former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg – sheds light on the crown prince’s ambitions beyond Washington, with sights set on leaders spanning the tech titans of Silicon Valley to Hollywood’s rich and famous. As well as Trump, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and George HW Bush were all thought to be meeting with him.

It would appear that no one dares stand up to him.

polarbear4

what’s this about, anyway, especially for the tech and govt. people, who can surely do background checks on his govt.’s actions! i can sort of understand that some celebrities may just take his acceptance at face value, it reflects very poorly on Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos.

polarbear4

How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen
The royal touch

Little wonder that, for this and his other lobbying work, Lampkin earned a spot on the “Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns” list compiled by the Washington publication the Hill.

Lampkin’s story was anything but exceptional when it comes to lobbyists working on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was, in fact, very much the norm. The Saudi government has hired lobbyists in profusion and they, in turn, have effectively helped convince members of Congress and the president to ignore blatant human rights violations and civilian casualties in Yemen. According to a forthcoming report by the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative program, which I direct, at the Center for International Policy, registered foreign agents working on behalf of interests in Saudi Arabia contacted Congressional representatives, the White House, the media, and figures at influential think tanks more than 2,500 times in 2017 alone. In the process, they also managed to contribute nearly $400,000 to the political coffers of senators and House members as they urged them to support the Saudis. Some of those contributions, like Lampkin’s, were given on the same day the requests were made to support those arms sales.

polarbear4

“Stunning”: State Court Silences Climate Experts Set to Testify in Valve Turners’ Necessity Defense Trial
“Four days before trial, for no apparent reason, the court eviscerated our defense, and essentially overruled itself.”

What’s stunning is that they can even DO this. Disgusting.

humphrey

Not that it will have much impact but a good cause.

polarbear4

Wow. I’m not always elated with Macron, but if this is totally transparent and true, I vigorously applaud.

‘No More Torture,’ Says France. Not So the United States
It will be hard for Washington to keep holding itself up to be the world champion of human rights when its torturers are hard at work inflicting unspeakable punishments on suspects.

Torture, ‘disappearing’ and judicial executions would no longer be sanctioned in France, even in extreme cases. Macron called France’s repression in Algeria ‘a crime against humanity.’

The record of the war is ghastly. Tens of thousands of Algerian suspects were rounded up at night, thrown into prisons, and tortured – many to death – using electric generators attached to their genitals or lips with steel clips. Intense beatings and use of masked informers were common. Many FLN suspects were sent to the guillotine.

The superb film ‘Battle of Algiers’ recounts ferocious efforts by French elite paratroopers and security forces to crush the FLN network. `We far outdid the Nazi SS and Gestapo,’ boasted one particularly sadistic French general.

As a result of the Algerian War, torture spread to France’s metropolitan security services and even regular police. But this is always what happens when torture is used. It spreads like a virus.

Back in 1995, then President Jacques Chirac admitted that French police, not Germans, had rounded up 75,000 French Jews and sent them to German concentration camps. France’s right was outraged.

Now, France’s right is denouncing President Macron for finally telling the truth and opening France’s secret archives

Which raises the question of torture by US occupation forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and of similar crimes by its satraps Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and by Israel. Under President Donald Trump, the US is going in precisely the opposite direction as France. Trump and his cohorts have lauded the use and efficacy of torture and called for its wider and more intense use in America’s modern colonial wars. The CIA’s new chief led one part of the torture program in Southeast Asia

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polarbear4

Homeless America

Chris Hedges focuses on the homeless in Oregon, mostly Portland.

polarbear4

Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran

Documented examples, here’s the conclusion:

Iranian leaders have repeatedly said they do not want war with the US (AP, 9/27/18), but US corporate media, despite frequently characterizing Trump as a “mad king” (FAIR.org, 6/13/18), continue to play an instrumental role in rationalizing a future war with Iran. Should such an intentional catastrophe come to pass, we can hardly say that this would be America gone mad; war is not aberration, it is always presented as the next sane choice. This is America.

humphrey

I guess because it doesn’t involve Russia there will be few repercussions.

https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/410486-nyt-rick-gates-sought-plans-to-use-fake-online-identities-in-trumps-2016

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, sought proposals from an Israeli company in 2016 to create fake online identities in an effort to aid President Trump’s campaign, The New York Times reported Monday.

Gates reportedly solicited plans to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help Trump defeat his opponents in the Republican primary, as well as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Gates sought a proposal from a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence officers, Psy-Group, to use fake identities to sway 5,000 Republican National Convention delegates by attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), an opponent of Trump’s at the time, according to the Times.

Mark Mazzetti, one of the Times reporters who authored the story, said Monday on CNN that the firm proposed using “40 to 50 people to create thousands of different identities — fake personas on Twitter, Facebook, et cetera.

No doubt Rachel will be all over this. Oops I forgot it isn’t Russia.

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