HomeUncategorized7/9 & 7/10 News Roundup – Beto-Mania Sweeps Texas, Sanders’ Statement On The Supreme Court Nominee & More
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phatkhat

Evidently some in tech are developing a concern for what their industry is doing to us…

https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1 (Medium will allow you three free articles a month, so if you have used them up already, it’s a paywall.)

https://heleo.com/conversation-the-father-of-virtual-reality-on-how-facebook-is-messing-with-your-mind/18641/?utm_source=newsletter_the_lift&utm_campaign=07_09_18

And then there’s this…

https://splinternews.com/us-threatens-to-pull-military-aid-from-ecuador-over-who-1827433005

I guess the US doesn’t really like brown children anywhere in the world. Sigh.

jcitybone

From Bernie:

Let us be clear: President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires. The coming Senate debate over the replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is about the future of Roe v. Wade, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, climate change, environmental protection and gun safety.

Brett Kavanaugh, contrary to 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, believes a president “may decline to enforce a statute . . . when the president deems the statute unconstitutional.” He ruled against a migrant teenager seeking to be released from custody in order to obtain an abortion. He believes a president can only be indicted after he leaves office and should not be subjected to civil suits while in office. He ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional. And he would not uphold the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.

I do not believe a person with those views should be given a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. We must mobilize the American people to defeat Trump’s right-wing, reactionary nominee.

polarbear4

i signed his petition. mostly to give him moral support.

magsview

Kavanaugh is anti-net neutrality. Now that corporations ‘are people too’ apparently they should be about to be anti-competition/pro-censorship/pro-customer gouging and all the rest.

Trump’s SCOTUS nominee: Net neutrality is ‘unlawful’

•Brett Kavanaugh argued last year that net neutrality violates internet service providers’ right to free speech.

Also, some of his statements/questions during the Ken Starr fiasco, about some of the more ** cough ** intimate details of his affair with Lewinsky, were downright creepy.

Bottom line, I hope without hope that Democrats & Independents can stop this appointment.

magsview

Dianne Feinstein Drafts House Candidates in Effort to Stave Off Party Endorsement Loss in California

With little chance of winning the California Democratic Party endorsement at an upcoming meeting, Dianne Feinstein is campaigning hard to prevent the party from endorsing her opponent, state Sen. Kevin de León, in the U.S. Senate race.

And she’s employing a series of House candidates to help make her case.

For weeks, Feinstein and her team have been calling, emailing, and texting the roughly 360 delegates of the party’s executive board, which is meeting this weekend in Oakland to decide the endorsement. It’s the same style of campaign run by candidates seeking a state party endorsement, only Feinstein is playing for the block. De León, say close observers of the race, is relatively close to securing the 60 percent endorsement threshold, one of the few avenues available for him to change the dynamic of the race, after finishing 32 points behind Feinstein in the open primary in June.

On Saturday, delegates received a letter from six candidates in flippable districts in the state, making the argument that they should vote for no endorsement in the name of party unity. “A divisive party endorsement … would hurt all down ballot candidates and our ability to turn out Democrats we desperately need to vote in November,” the letter reads. Feinstein’s campaign paid for the mailing.

The signers included Josh Harder, TJ Cox, and Andrew Janz, running in the Central Valley; Katie Hill, in northern Los Angeles County; and Katie Porter and Mike Levin, in Orange County.

Left unsaid in the letter is any reason why the party uniting around one candidate — de León — would somehow be divisive.

magsview

jcitybone

Why is he everywhere? Go away! Who gives a crap what he thinks.

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polarbear4

well said.

polarbear4

Democrats Ignore the Left at Their Peril. Midwesterners Aren’t Scared of Socialism — They’re Hungry For It

From the workers’ struggles in the 19th and 20th centuries that won the eight-hour workday to the growth of a fighting labor movement to my own election as a millennial socialist city council member in Chicago, Midwesterners have consistently backed socialist movements and socialist candidates that reject the political status quo and fight for the working-class values of solidarity and equality.

Indeed, despite what Duckworth or anyone else might think, socialists have a long history in this region. Eugene Debs, whose labor and political activism in the around the turn of the 20th century made him the most important socialist organizer in American history (and one of Bernie Sanders’ icons), is from Terre Haute, Indiana. “Sewer socialists” governed Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin for decades, including Victor L. Berger, who in 1910 was elected to the House of Representatives — the same position Ocasio-Cortez is on the verge of winning this November.

my bold.

polarbear4

Endorsing ‘Violence and Extremism Among His Base,’ Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Who Inspired Right-Wing Militia’s Armed Takeover of Public Lands

This is what I’m talking about. Every time there is a high profile way for Trump to stick it to us, he’ll do it. And I admit he is, as someone below found Arundhati Roy saying, insane. I’d add, in a dangerous way and it’s sickening that the whole country isn’t in revolt. Of course, our corpses aren’t exactly leading the way. Nor our congress critters.

Socialist millennials and Bernie–hella yeah!

BTW, hoping to read Roy’s latest. Arundhati Roy Returns to Fiction, in Fury
After twenty years of activism, the author of “The God of Small Things” delivers a scarring novel of India’s modern history.
someday. Loved God of Small Things years ago.

Now I read more psychological/spiritual stuff. Saying “spiritual” makes me uncomfortable. Maybe more like ways to integrate practices that bring us to our best selves. Or something. aaack.

polarbear4

From the book:

At magic hour, when the sun is gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke. When the bats leave, the crows come home. Not all the din of their homecoming fills the silence left by the sparrows that have gone missing, and the old white-backed vultures, custodians of the dead for more than a hundred million years, that have been wiped out. The vultures died of diclofenac poisoning. Diclofenac, cow aspirin, given to cattle as a muscle relaxant, to ease pain and increase the production of milk, works—worked—like nerve gas on white-backed vultures. Each chemically relaxed milk-producing cow or buffalo that died became poisoned vulture bait. As cattle turned into better dairy machines, as the city ate more ice cream, butterscotch-crunch, nutty-buddy and chocolate-chip, as it drank more mango milkshake, vultures’ necks began to droop as though they were tired and simply couldn’t stay awake. Silver beards of saliva dripped from their beaks, and one by one they tumbled off their branches, dead.

polarbear4

America’s Addictions: Opioids, Donald Trump, and War
Overdosing in 21st-Century America

And yet the photo of that Pentagon briefing is deceptive. It leaves out a key group still in the room: those addicted to an American style of war-making through which, year after year, the still-theoretically dominant power on the planet only seems to induce the spread of terror movements, disorder, destruction, and the displacement of increasingly large populations (contributing to a global refugee crisis that is, in its own way, helping to remake the planet).

Missing from that photo are the characters who have OD’d on U.S. military power and yet can’t stop mainlining it in ways that have become all-too-familiar since 2001. I’m thinking of the generals of the U.S. military, the men who have led an endless set of campaigns as part of what those inside the Pentagon are now grimly referring to as an “infinite war” leading nowhere. And they’re strung out. As Mark Perry reported recently in Foreign Policy, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis and other American generals, unlike the president’s new civilian counselors, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are not eager for the next potential war, the one with Iran that already looms on the horizon. They understand that they could launch such a conflict successfully, destroying much of Iran’s military (and its nuclear facilities), and still, as with Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and so on, somehow not get out.

And yet, much as they don’t want a bright, shiny new war (and who could blame them under the circumstances), they can’t imagine leaving the old ones behind either. And that’s America’s war addiction in a nutshell, one that has long had in its grip most of elite Washington and the rest of a national security state set up around a style of infinite-war-making that must always be fed with ever increasing numbers of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to those dollars, we, the taxpayers, could be thought of as so many street-level drug peddlers in this country’s war equivalent of the opioid epidemic. The politicians who feed those dollars into the military maw would be the doctors who prescribe opioids, understanding full-well their ability to hook patients. And the Military-Industrial Complex — the giant weapons companies and the warrior corporations that now go into action in lock-step with that military — would be the drug companies that have profited so off the opioid crisis even as they stoked it

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wi60

Yep a war based economy while the US infrastructure and middle class is in free fall

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