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https://thinkprogress.org/chowdhury-ny-senate-9c6b46420c56For most politically active, progressive 16-year-olds, participating in the democratic process might involve volunteering for a campaign or joining a high school young Democrats club. Tahseen Chowdhury has a different idea.

Though he isn’t old enough to vote, the junior at Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School launched his campaign last month for New York state senate. Chowdhury will be challenging Sen. Jose Peralta (D) in Queens’ District 13 in September 2018.


This was in the comments. https://medium.com/@louisweeks_16301/liberal-tea-party-327f586cbe3eSo

I am writing this in response to a story here on Thinkprogress concerning a brave young man, a teenager, who is standing up to the corrupt Democrat leaders in his party and he is wanting to take a stand against it.


OK both links disappeared, Fake News?


Here is a link I found, does this work for everyone else? Perhaps the linking field the problem for you la58?

This 16-year-old is sick of fake Democrats, so he’s running for office himself

Here’s Chowdhury’s web page (he certainly look older than 16!):



What is the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and why should I care?

What is the problem?

When you open up the list of State Senators in New York, you’ll notice there’s a Democratic majority. Then you ask yourself, why are progressive policies so hard to pass? Here’s why. The Republicans effectively have a majority in the State Senate, even though more Democrats have been elected to that office.

How does that work?

While the Republicans are working together, caucusing with each other, and cosponsoring legislation, there are eight rogue Democrats who call themselves the IDC. The IDC votes along Republican party lines even though they were elected as Democrats, against what their constituents elected them as.

Peralta, the person Chowdhury is challenging, is part of that IDC.

Also from Chowdhury’s website:

•The IDC and the Republicans are proposing legislation that increases their salary by $30k while the communities suffer.
•IDC members receive Committee Chair positions after joining as a gift from the Republicans. Currently, the process is under investigation.


And this link works for me for your other post from the Medium:

View story at Medium.com

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Don midwest

Princeton prof writing on CNN
Democrats, take your cues from Bernie Sanders

Has the Bernie quote that the democrats lost, not repub won

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Chris Hedges on The Age of Anger
The Age of Anger

The nihilism and rage sweeping across the globe are not generated by warped ideologies or medieval religious beliefs. These destructive forces have their roots in the obliterating of social, cultural and religious traditions by modernization and the consumer society, the disastrous attempts by the United States to carry out regime change, often through coups and wars, and the utopian neoliberal ideology that has concentrated wealth in the hands of a tiny cabal of corrupt global oligarchs.

This vast, global project of social engineering during the last century persuaded hundreds of millions of people, as Pankaj Mishra writes in “The Age of Anger: A History of the Present,” “to renounce—and often scorn—a world of the past that had endured for thousands of years, and to undertake a gamble of creating modern citizens who would be secular, enlightened, cultured and heroic.” The project has been a spectacular failure.

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Is rationality the new religion? Yes

Here is a lecture by David Suzuki, Canadian environmentalist, in Sydney in 2016

Until a couple of years ago, his “rational” approach to climate change was clear to me: how can those people deny science?? We all need air, water, etc.
David Suzuki – For Thought: Hope for the Planet

That is what I thought until I started figuring out Bruno Latour

He says that we are in the most religious age in history: religion of facts, science, and progress with which we squashed the indigenous people and the earth

I was going to add some of Bruno’s material to Chris Hedges article above, but it is too complex to describe

You may recall that Chris Hedges has a MA in theology from Harvard and a couple of years became an ordained minister and his ministry is in prisons

Bruno gave the Gifford Lectures in 2013 and rewrote them and the translation will be out this summer. The theme of the lectures is Natural Religion. His piece is on religion, politics and science.

Just to pud down a reference which is probably too much for anyone before the translation comes out, here is a grad student summary of the book with a lot of French in his summary of the bookComplete series of notes on Latour’s ‘Face à Gaïa’

For a short summary of the Gifford lectures which were in 6 parts, here is the Gifford web pageFacing Gaia: A New Enquiry Into Natural Religion

There could be no better theme for a lecture series on natural religion than that of Gaia, this puzzling figure that has emerged recently in public discourse from Earth science as well as from many activist and spiritual movements. The problem is that the expression of ”natural religion” is somewhat of a pleonasm, since Western definitions of nature borrow so much from theology. The set of lectures attempts to decipher the face of Gaia in order to redistribute the notions that have been packed too tightly into the composite notion of ”natural religion”


There were 6 lectures. The book is expanded to 8 chapters.

Point of posting this: philosophy is generally far from the immediate, but with the rapid climate change, Bruno’s approach to untangle modernity and the enlightenment, hopefully will be useful to add insight and clarity to the many movements moving earthbounds back to the earth.


Love Suzuki. thx.


and yet Hedges spurned Bernie and those who supported him. still haven’t forgiven him for that. his words seem hollow to me now–i used to adore him and was shocked at his response to Bernie.

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50 years ago read a book about medical treatment of drug addicts

maybe now that whites are doing in, and while there is a slight chance of not using drug wars to attack and disenfranchise minorities, maybe even the occupying army is getting the message

NYT article
When Opioid Addicts
Find an Ally in Blue:
Across the country, police leaders are assigning themselves a big
role in reversing a complex crisis, and not through mass arrests.

Another area where Trump/Sessions are out of touch

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A conservative atty on the Comey leaks

I follow Jonathan Turley on twitter. He claims that it is the most followed legal blog on the net and a law prof confirmed that to me

Sometimes I am pissed at him. But this article looks solid.

OPINION: Defending James Comey redefines America’s law on leaks


Great pic.


Someone on twitter alerted me about an upset in San Antonio’s city council races, in District 9, specifically.

A man name John Courage (great name or what?) prevailed in the “stubbornly conservative” district.

“I understand the conservative nature of the district,” Courage said. “But the district is more conservative when you talk about some of the national issues, and the wedge issues that have a national flavor to them. But when you’re talking about local issues, in your neighborhood, in your community, I think people have a different view of those issues.”

As he blockwalked across the district, Courage developed a ready answer for the inevitable questions about his party leanings.

“I’d say, ‘I’ll answer that question for you, but first let me ask you this: Is there a conservative or a liberal or a Democratic or a Republican way of filling a pothole or replacing a light or putting in a sidewalk?’”


Also the more progressive candidate won the mayoral runoff.


The city of San Antonio is poised to usher in new leadership after a Saturday runoff election that saw incumbent mayor Ivy Taylor defeated by city council member Ron Nirenberg.

While the race was nonpartisan, Taylor’s campaign used the runoff to deride Nirenberg as “Liberal Ron,” an attack that emerged after he won the endorsement of Castro, a national Democratic star. Nirenberg cried hypocrisy, pointing out that Taylor had the support of Van de Putte, the 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Toward the end of the night, two of Texas’ progressive organizations, Progress Texas and the Texas Organizing Project, issued statements celebrating Nirenberg’s victory.

“This election is a lesson in base vote 101 — if you want to win progressive voters, candidates need to demonstrate that they share progressive values,” Progress Texas’ executive director, Ed Espinoza, said in a statement.

The state’s new “sanctuary cities” law played a prominent role in both mayoral races. In San Antonio, Taylor disagreed with the city council’s decision to join a lawsuit against the law, calling it “premature” and voicing concern that Gov. Greg Abbott could retaliate by vetoing funding for the Alamo. Nirenberg supported the lawsuit and argued Taylor was trying to have it both ways on the issue.


He was at PS, but I didn’t get to meet him. Bernie mentioned everyone who Our Revolution supported and won, and those who fell a little short too (Thompson and Quist).





Bernie’s not taking any blame. Only the consultant class is blaming Bernie.


I’m not sure if I’m only seeing consultants in my twitter feed or not, but Hillary supporters accuse him all the time of being responsible for her loss. Everything from daring to oppose her coronation, to not dropping out sooner, to him criticizing her Wall St speeches, to, well, just making her look bad in general.

And his well-attended rallies really rankled!


Ummm, in politics, if you do something, that’s what you did. When someone tells people about it is called honesty.


This is the internal resistance Corbyn had to overcome. Yesterday I saw Joy Reid whine that Hillary would have been a “normal, centrist” president….


It’s the same here. Many Dems prefer Repubs. Great to see truth finally out.


I don’t usually like to ‘go negative’ but Kamala Harris appears to be a fraud.

Federal judges order California to expand prison releases

Most of those prisoners now work as groundskeepers, janitors and in prison kitchens, with wages that range from 8 cents to 37 cents per hour. Lawyers for Attorney General Kamala Harris had argued in court that if forced to release these inmates early, prisons would lose an important labor pool.

Prisoners’ lawyers countered that the corrections department could hire public employees to do the work.




What the hell is going on with Dem centrists pushing Romney on us??!!

Biden goes to Romney’s private conference over the weekend, encourages Romney to run for Senate, and now this:

Romney reveals that Clinton nudged him to consider Trump’s secretary of state overture

Romney, appearing before a group of major Republican Party donors here, said that he reached out to Clinton last year after getting a phone call from then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence informing him that he was on the shortlist for secretary of state.

Romney, who was golfing in Hawaii when he received the call, said he told Pence at first that he would have to think about it. He then turned to former secretaries of state, including the just-defeated Clinton, to ask whether he should consent to the offer.

“In each case, each of them said, ‘Please, please take that job if it’s offered to you. We’d very much like to see you serve in that capacity,’” Romney said.


Same as your post about GB just above. Some Labour “moderates” will prefer May to Corbyn and some Dem “centrists” will prefer Romney to Sanders.


It occurred to me that if Manning sometimes seemed to have difficulty interpreting the effect her actions had on the world, it was in part a result of the extraordinary isolation she had experienced even before her arrest, in her childhood in Crescent, when she longed for a solution for her pain. Later, in solitary in Kuwait or Quantico, or in the special housing unit at the U.S.D.B., that isolation had been made physical: The “feedback loop” she had spoken of to me had been torn. Now she had the ability to live publicly and openly as she always knew she was, and she was adjusting to the idea, sinking into it as if it were a cold pond. More than once, as we walked the streets of New York, I felt I was in the presence of someone coming fully alive for the very first time. Manning told me she understood that her identity and the actions that led to her arrest have long been tangled up in the public imagination, sometimes in uncomfortable ways: An appellate brief filed last year by Manning’s legal team implied that the Army’s inability to treat Manning’s gender dysphoria was a contributing factor in the leaks. Manning didn’t want to discuss “hypotheticals,” what would have happened if circumstances were different, but she was adamant on one thing: “What I can tell you,” she said, “is that my values would have been the same. The things I care about would have been the same.”

One morning, at the end of an interview, Manning handed me a white envelope. Inside was a note from a 14-year-old trans boy. “I just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re gonna be free in a few months,” the boy had scrawled in pen, “and that I’m proud of you (is that weird thing to say?). You’re an inspiration.” Manning placed the note back in the envelope. If she was being honest, she said, she never particularly wanted to be a role model. I asked if Manning’s life would have been different if she’d had such a person. She stared down at her hands. “I don’t know how,” she said finally, “but it would have been better.”


At the 2017 Summit, The People Speak was part of a Saturday night program following Bernie’s speech. The People Speak had actors/activists who read various speeches of those in the fight for justice; it was sort of like a “American Experience” performed live. One of the speeches read was the statement by Chelsea Manning:

“First, your honour, I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry I hurt the United States.

At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. Although a considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions.

I understood what I was doing, and decisions I made. However, I did not fully appreciate the broader effects of my actions.

Those factors are clear to me now, through both self-refection during my confinement in various forms, and through the merits and sentecing testimony that I have seen here.

I am sorry for the uintentended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people.

The last few years have been a learning experience. I look back at my decisions and wonder how on earth could I, a junior analyst, possibly believe I could change the world for the better […] on decisions of those with the proper authority.

In retrospect I should have worked more aggressively inside the system, as we discussed during the […] statement, I had options and I should have used these options.

Unfortunately, I can’t go back and change things. I can only go forward. I want to go forward. Before I can do that, I understand that I must pay a price for my decisions and actions.

Once I pay that price, I hope to one day live in a manner that I haven’t been able to in the past. I want to be a better person, to go to college, to get a degree and to have a meaningful relationship with my sister with my sister’s family and my family.

I want to be a positive influence in their lives, just as my Aunt Deborah has been to me. I have flaws and issues that I have to deal with, but I know that I can and will be a better person.

I hope that you can give me the opportunity to prove, not through words, but through conduct, that I am a good person and that I can return to productive place in society. Thank you, Your Honor.”

I thought it was quite a tribute, considering the others ones read by visionaries such as Chief Joseph, MLK Jr, etc. I believe it was read by Laura Gomez (from Orange is the New Black).



This seems to be a talking point for the White House now. And it is ridiculous. Not because politics in Washington isn’t vicious — it certainly can be and is — but because Ivanka and Eric Trump’s father’s political rise was marked by probably the nastiest and most bare-knuckled brand of public campaigning that we’ve seen in modern history.

In case you’ve blocked out everything that happened between June 2015 and November 2016 (which is understandable), here is a quick refresher of the things Donald Trump did as a candidate:

Called his chief opponents “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crooked Hillary” and “Little Marco”
Suggested “Lyin’ Ted’s” father may have taken part in the Kennedy assassination
Said he would put “Crooked Hillary” in jail when president
Seemed to allude to potential violence again and again and again
Continued his years-long effort to question the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s U.S. birth and, by extension, his entire presidency
Appeared to mock a reporter’s physical handicap
Suggested a judge was inherently biased against him because the judge’s Mexican heritage
Said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wasn’t a war hero because he was captured

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