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Don midwest

GOP Lawmakers Now Admit Years of Obamacare Repeal Votes Were a Sham

Of course.

Obama was a tool so he didn’t go for single payer right from the start when dems had all three branches.

Don midwest

Enemy of action is HOPE

Say what??? In 2008 we voted for “hope and change

Material from Bruno Latour. Clive Hamilton is an Austrian Ethics professor.

Some context: this is from Bruno’s Gifford Lectures. Earlier he notes the difference between police action, where there is a third party that can mediate, and war. Terrorism is a police activity. The New Climate Regime is a war. Gaia is on the attack.

Clive Hamilton, in another of those many books that made me
lose quite a lot of sleep, Requiem for a Species – Why we Resist the Truth
about Climate Change (sorry, I can’t help sharing with you some of my
most frightening readings — how I wish I could quote from more
cheerful titles!), claims that the enemy of action is hope, this
unquenchable hope that things will get better and that the worst is not
always for sure. Hamilton argues that, before anything can be done, we
have to uproot hope from our desperately optimistic frame of mind. So,
it is with many qualms that, at the beginning of this lecture, I post the
sombre Dantesque warning: ‘Abandon all hope, ’or in a less dark gothic
style ‘Abandon all hype ye who enter here.’

Carl Schmidt was more of a Nazi than Heidegger — Latour continues

To understand why this state of war has been generalized, it is best
to turn to the writer who has defined this situation as being one, as he
calls it, of exception: the toxic and unavoidable Carl Schmitt, the main
expositor of ‘political theology.’ His key notion of the political, as is well
known, is deduced through the definition of the enemy — hostis not
inimicus — a concept that should not be confused with any moral,
religious, commercial or aesthetic attitude toward fellow humans (nor,
in spite of Schmitt’s adherence to Nazism, with any militaristic
appetence for the gore of battlegrounds).

A couple of pages of Schmidt and police action and war

To address the situation that the climate scientists have not had an effect

If I have been even marginally right in the previous lectures, you
will have gathered that Gaia is unfortunately no longer ‘disinterested’ in
what we do. It has interests in our actions. The complex set of natural
sciences that compose climatology will no longer be able to play the role
of indisputable and final referee — not because of the spurious
‘controversy’ over the anthropic origin of climate change, but because
of the number of loops they have to establish, one after the other, to
make us sensitive to Gaia’s sensitivity. This is what I have called their
post-natural, post-epistemological situation. Strangely enough, Nature,
at least the sublunary Earth, has been placed into a ‘state of exception,’
that is, in a situation that obliges everyone to make decisions because of
the ‘extremes’ of life and death. Gaia and the Earth system sciences are fully engaged in a geostory that will turn out to be just as ‘full of sound and
fury’ as the history of olden days — and, yes, probably ‘told by an idiot’ as
well! This is the argument I wish to pursue, no matter how slippery it is.

This is from Lecture 5 of a 6 part lecture. There will be a book out later this summer on this but in the couple of years since the lecture he added 2 more chapters.

Too much more here. Bruno has been pointing out for decades that the modern dichotomy between Nature and Culture allowed a passive Nature, a backdrop. But issues have crossed this divide for years and cannot be handled with our institutions, politics, law, economy, etc.

The reason for this fragmented piece is HOPE and War.

And I know full that this fragment has not presented a convincing argument. It has taken Bruno many years, many books, and much other work that I continue to be amazed at the insights.

In an article, Clive Hamilton notes since of what has been done to the earth, it has already altered its orbit and the 50 million year cycle of ice (I think that was the stuff he mentioned) will be missed because of the new orbit.

Off to let a contractor in and hopefully to get some time on the house that I am painting and doing small fix up. It is so much easier to work on a house that does not have anyone living in it.

Benny

For those who missed the Warren-Sanders rally in Boston last night, here’s a link to the recorded event. Bernie in particular was fabulous to watch as he gave the DNC some harsh criticism they can take to the bank.

https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalRevolution/videos/1456694184382793/

Benny

Here’s a synopsis by CNN. The only thing they left out is that Bernie is introducing legislation on Monday calling for supporting free tuition at public colleges and
universities.

Bernie Sanders criticized Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign in Boston Friday night at a progressive rally alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying the Democratic nominee’s loss revealed the need for the “fundamental restructuring of the Democratic Party.”

The Vermont senator also said some Democrats believe the voters who backed President Donald Trump are racists, xenophobes and “deplorables,” a word Clinton famously used.

“I do not agree,” he said.

“It wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election,” Sanders added.

He ran through Democratic losses in recent years — checking off the Republican-controlled House, Senate, governor’s offices and state legislatures — before saying that Republicans are “a right-wing extremist party who has an agenda that most Americans soundly and roundly disagree with.”

“How in God’s name do they win elections?” Sanders said. “And the reason is, in my view, that the time is long overdue for fundamental restructuring of the Democratic Party. We need a Democratic Party which is not the party of the liberal elite but a party of the working class of this country.

“We need a party which is a grassroots party, a party where candidates are talking to working people — not spending their time raising money from the wealthy and the powerful.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-boston-rally/

The article notes that Warren was not on the stage when Bernie made those comments.

CaliforniaPat

I watched it online on his Revolution site and it was well worth watching. Warren spoke first and Bernie was not on the stage (guess that she wasn’t on the stage when Bernie spoke was important to CNN). Warren’s speech reminded me of her speeches for Clinton so was not very impressed but Bernie’s speech was great. Yes, he slammed the Democratic party but they need to be slammed. This morning I got an email that 1.5 million watched the speech online.

Benny

And finally, here’s the YT. Bernie is on the stage about 1:10 mark.

wi59

@Humphrey Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww Crap, for a fleeting nano second I thought common sense returned to the Dem party. Good one!!!!

Benny

Bernie Sanders Ideas Are More Popular in the Trump Era (Tim Black)

polarbear4

he was robbed! i’m with you, Tim.

Benny

Trump Claims to be for the Working Class, but his Staff Hail from the Top .1

New documents released Friday night by the White House revealed hard numbers showing how President Trump, who campaigned as a champion of the working class, has surrounded himself with a circle of wealthy advisers.

The disclosures showed that Trump’s top aides have generated millions of dollars from Wall Street, Hollywood, real estate and the media, holding a slew of investments that intensify the administration’s challenge in navigating potential intersections between officials’ personal finances and their policymaking roles.

Together, 27 White House officials had assets worth at least $2.3 billion when they joined the administration, according to an analysis of their filings by The Washington Post.

The list of well-heeled White House officials includes a number of high-profile advisers, such as Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who have hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate holdings, as well as numerous middle- and lower-level staffers who populate the West Wing.

Top economic adviser Gary Cohn, for example, a former top Goldman Sachs executive, reported assets worth at least $250 million. Another top aide, Baltimore-based real estate developer Reed S. Cordish, had assets worth at least $197 million.

Julia Hahn, the 25-year-old aide to chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, reported investments worth between $1.1 million and $2.5 million.

The new disclosures — filed by about 180 members of the Trump administration and released by the White House starting late Friday — show how Trump has tapped members of the financial elite to serve as his closest aides.

The White House on Friday held up the affluence of its staffers as a badge of honor.

“The president has brought a lot of people into this administration, into this White House, in particular, who have been very blessed and very successful by this country and have given up a lot to come into the government by setting aside a lot of assets,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who filings show had assets worth between $2.9 million and $6.6 million.

Read the rest at http://wapo.st/2omvCE4

I think the 25 year old aide to Bannon’s income is what stood out for me in this article.

wi59

Basically the White House(executive branch )has been acquired by Goldman Sacs as it’s latest subsidiary. I could have used Hostile takeover as well.

polarbear4

To be fair, it already was for quite a while.

Benny
wi59

Good one Benny, I used to watch that cartoon way way back. Forgot about how well that fits today with Trump Inc.

Benny

The Humanist Report reported this tweet:

I asked him (not the Humanist report folks) if this was his idea of a April Fool’s joke.

polarbear4

haha! it’s almost painful to watch the establishment folks pretzeling in their denial of why they really lost the election and whose fault it really is that Trump is in the WH.

Sadly, including some friends, acquaintances, relatives, and colleagues. The Party Machine, it runs deep.

Benny

Not an April Fool’s Day Column at The Hill:

Some Democrats are still sour about the party fumbling what had been seen as a sure-fire victory and question decisions made by the Clinton campaign, including those that led to an exodus away from Democrats among working-class voters.

Former Vice President Biden gave voice to that criticism this week when he criticized the Clinton campaign’s lack of focus on the middle class.

And progressive supporters of Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders still view Clinton with a healthy dose of skepticism. They harbor ill will about the primary process and have doubts about the authenticity of her leftward shift on issues like trade and free college.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a Sanders confidante who supported him during the primary, said that it’s important that Clinton brings her “very devoted constituency” to the “fight.” But he argued that progressives have won the battle for the soul of the party and that Clinton’s role should not be to relitigate it.

“Moderation and centrist positions are not where our base wants to be right now,” he told The Hill.

“She needs to reinforce the policy side about where we are going, reinforcing the [positions of] the base.”

The space may be unfamiliar for Clinton, who has occupied a prime seat at the Democratic table since the early 1990s. That’s why, even at 69, rumors persist about a potential return to public office.

While she hasn’t ruled anything about her future steps, friends say she “has been gathering feedback for weeks on how she can be most helpful,” in rebuilding the party and on specific issues, said one longtime adviser who has spoken to Clinton in recent days.

“She can’t sit still,” the adviser said. “There’s no clear leader in the party. Bernie certainly hasn’t stepped up. So what does she have to lose now?”

Who is the “adviser” that Clinton is continuing to listen to? It doesn’t appear to be Rep Grijalva.

http://thehill.com/news/campaign/326805-dont-look-now-hillarys-back

Benny

Not an April Fool’s Day Column at The Hill:

Some Democrats are still sour about the party fumbling what had been seen as a sure-fire victory and question decisions made by the Clinton campaign, including those that led to an exodus away from Democrats among working-class voters.

Former Vice President Biden gave voice to that criticism this week when he criticized the Clinton campaign’s lack of focus on the middle class.

And progressive supporters of Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders still view Clinton with a healthy dose of skepticism. They harbor ill will about the primary process and have doubts about the authenticity of her leftward shift on issues like trade and free college.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a Sanders confidante who supported him during the primary, said that it’s important that Clinton brings her “very devoted constituency” to the “fight.” But he argued that progressives have won the battle for the soul of the party and that Clinton’s role should not be to relitigate it.

“Moderation and centrist positions are not where our base wants to be right now,” he told The Hill.

“She needs to reinforce the policy side about where we are going, reinforcing the [positions of] the base.”

The space may be unfamiliar for Clinton, who has occupied a prime seat at the Democratic table since the early 1990s. That’s why, even at 69, rumors persist about a potential return to public office.

While she hasn’t ruled anything about her future steps, friends say she “has been gathering feedback for weeks on how she can be most helpful,” in rebuilding the party and on specific issues, said one longtime adviser who has spoken to Clinton in recent days.

“She can’t sit still,” the adviser said. “There’s no clear leader in the party. Bernie certainly hasn’t stepped up. So what does she have to lose now?”

Who is the “adviser” that Clinton is continuing to listen to? It doesn’t appear to be Rep Grijalva.

http://thehill.com/news/campaign/326805-dont-look-now-hillarys-back

polarbear4

Bernie has stepped up. If they allowed him, he’d be the leader, no sweat. He is certainly MY leader.

wi59

Agreed, Dem establishment has done every thing they can to keep him down

Benny

I’m finally just seeing this video clip, now labeled Mel Brook’s Parody of Trump…circa 1974.

polarbear4

Haha! you had me. :O)

polarbear4

Go ducks.

Benny

Sorry they lost, but they had a good run!

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