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Don midwest

George Monbiot on neo liberalism. A racket

George Monbiot on Neoliberalism: “A self-serving racket”

The link above is for one 2 min interview. Here is a link that has several parts and a total of 16 min. It includes the one above

An interview covering neoliberalism, migration, Brexit, Trump, community-building, climate change, democracy, power, globalization, and lots more.

His new book just came out

How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

Leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it

“Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices, wells will still be dug and bridges will still be built, but only for the few. Food will still be grown, but it will not reach the mouths of the poor. New medicines will be developed, but they will be inaccessible to many of those in need.”

George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do.

While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.

polarbear4

Love Monbiot. Thanks.

polarbear4

Now that image of Bernie hugging the woman is something beautiful. thanks!

Listened to opening call of draft Bernie for the people’s party, and decided I agree with Josh Fox–let’s maybe not start another Party, but keep it a movement. I was a little surprised that they didn’t open up the lines for comments and questions, so I sent this opinion to them in a reply. Encouraging, though, to have another large group pushing for Bernie, keeping his name in there, etc.

They may be connected in some way to Indivisible.

Josh Fox said that what made him turn to this was the Tom Perez election. He was on fire, about all the people around the country, from so many walks of life, for so many reasons.

jcitybone

It is so hard to pick who’s the worse of all the Trumpsters

https://thinkprogress.org/sessions-cannabis-heroin-same-e619459efc74#.p6r44nizo

Marijuana users and heroin addicts are basically the same, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia.

“I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” said Sessions. He went on to call for a revival of hardline ’80s- and ‘90s-style “educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs.”

“Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life,” Sessions said.

For someone on a bar stool arguing with his friends, this would be a stupid but harmless “hot take.” But for the top law enforcement official in a nation of 320 million people, it’s a malicious string of lies intended to justify dangerous policies.

Sessions’ mockery of the idea that marijuana could help people struggling with opiate addiction is especially frustrating to Steve Miller, who retired as a sergeant after 18 years on a suburban Detroit police force and now works as a private investigator at a lawfirm specializing in medical marijuana cases.

“He’s out of reality in that statement. Marijuana has proven to be very beneficial medically for people. And there are studies coming out now showing it is helping people get off their opiate and heroin addictions, and showing it helps kick alcohol addiction as well,” Miller, one of many law enforcement professionals who advocates to end marijuana prohibition, told ThinkProgress. “I don’t know where his medical training comes from that he makes these statements.”
Sessions: Legal pot drives violent crime, statistics be damned

The idea that routine marijuana use is a “life-wrecking dependency…only slightly less awful” than heroin addiction is also medically absurd. Once chemically dependent upon heroin, the human body will tear itself apart if forcibly deprived of the drug. A heroin addict pursuing her next hit or pill is fleeing hours and hours of vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle pain. Someone deprived of their nightly joint might be a little cranky, a little on edge, a little less hungry the next day when they get up and go to work.

orlbucfan

I swear to god, this is almost an actual repeat of 1980-81 when the Raygun Regime took control. Only difference is the FRightwingnuts have wrecked the protective buffers we had at the federal, state and local political/legislative levels. They didn’t have the media control like they do now. Sessions is so stupid, he’s incapable of pulling his head out of his arse. He still thinks it’s 1981. Man, is that yahoo in for s surprise!!

orlbucfan

T and R to the usual suspects!! You know, I am getting real sick and tired of certain so-called “liberal” “progressive” bloggers insulting the Bernster. Not on here, thank gawd!! He’s been called an “imperialist” and a “sociopath.” These are actual quotes. If these people aren’t paid trolls then they are just plain stupid!! End of rant. 🙂

jcitybone

Who knows where the DNC will go and what “advice” they will take, but it’s good to see Jayapal on the advisory team

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/324193-perez-creates-advisory-team-for-dnc-transition

It also includes activists like DeRay McKesson and Astrid Silva, along with freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), a progressive endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). McKesson is a key civil rights figure who played a major role in the Black Lives Matter movement, and Silva is an undocumented immigrant who recently gave a Spanish-language response to President Trump’s state of the union.

polarbear4

some good news. :O)

humphrey

To show where Trump’s soul is!

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/324316-trump-proposed-budget-nixes-funds-for-meals-on-wheels

President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint includes nixing Meals on Wheels, a program that provides meals for the poor, elderly and veterans.

Trump’s proposed cuts include $3 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, which includes Meals on wheels among other housing and community programs.

But tax cuts for the rich is just peachy keen

jcitybone

Also bye bye to job training for seniors and disadvantaged youths

polarbear4

I’ll have to look up job training for seniors…. thx

humphrey

This is how a PERVERTED Republican mind works!

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/324311-found-40-billion-for-the-federal-budget

Discussions about the federal budget take center stage this week, sparking conversations about where to cut and where to increase funding. One important issue to consider is how we might reduce waste and improper payments in order to infuse more resources into vital programs that are struggling financially.

Medicare wastes more taxpayer dollars than any other program government-wide, with more than $40 billion lost annually. It’s outrageous that the federal government allows such rampant wasteful spending to persist while it is in dire need of funding to bolster important healthcare programs — whether to extend full Medicare coverage, improve health services for veterans or extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

But a big increase in military spending is just what the doctor ordered.

For sure there isn’t one iota of waste ate the Pentagon!

humphrey

A happy story for a change!

humphrey

Finally somebody actually gets it and speaks the truth.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/rand-paul-john-mccain-unhinged-putin-236128

Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday called Sen. John McCain “unhinged” for accusing him of supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday morning on MSNBC. “I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.”

Anyone who would consider Sarah Palin for VP needs some help!

jcitybone

Pass the popcorn. They both suck. Vicious Republican infighting is all good.

wi58

Beyond help, Just proves we need Berniecare for all.

humphrey

Here is video and Rand Paul makes his point in the first 3 minutes.

wi58

Who woulda thunk, Bernie +29 in a FOX POLL!!!!

humphrey

I saw some or the wingnuts comments about the poll. I just smiled to see their heads explode.

humphrey

I am hoping that the hatching is successful.

humphrey

Are the Democrats going to blame the Russians for hacking McDonalds?

If you can make out the tweet it is kind of funny.

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