Happy Saturday friends! Some things I learned today: For Now, Trump to Keep Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies Okay, good. Now keep it that way!! Vox Media’s editorial employees are seeking to unionize I used to be dumb and afraid of unions. But now I'm less dumb! Proud to be #VoxUnion buddies with so many talented nerds. https://t.co/PIqKFW9m2a — Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) November 17, 2017 More good. Can we get some more ‘good’? Michigan students pass call to probe Israel investments The student government at the University of Michigan passed a resolution recommending the university’s governing body investigate its investments … Continue reading →
Good Morning Friends! I was surprised to hear that Puerto Rico canceled their contract with Whitefish, perhaps interestingly just two days after Bernie visited PR and said that the contract should be “nullified”. Puerto Rico Cancels Whitefish Energy Contract to Rebuild Power Lines Facing withering criticism from members of Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the governor of Puerto Rico moved on Sunday to cancel a $300 million contract awarded to a small Montana company to rebuild part of the island’s battered power grid. While government officials in Washington and San Juan have argued over how a company from … Continue reading →
I didn’t know much about Paul Wellstone in his time tbh. But I’ve heard plenty about him in the years since his untimely death. Wellstone’s Legacy: Doing What I Honestly, Truthfully Believe Is Right This week marks the 15th anniversary of the sudden death of Minnesota’s progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash that also killed his wife, daughter, several staffers and two pilots. His death in 2002 came days before a dead-heat election where he was seeking a third Senate term; it also came two weeks after he became one of 23 lawmakers to vote against the invasion … Continue reading →
Perhaps you heard about a post on Daily Kos a few days ago that basically went viral on twitter: Black activists unknowingly organized events for Russia, helping effort to create divisions in U.S. Uh oh, “unknowingly”? Black activists needed Russian trolls to tell them that something needs to be done?? It’s also deeply disturbing because it shows the lengths that the Russians are willing to go to in order to wreak havoc in our country. And mainly, it’s infuriating because it shows how black people are once again victimized—even by countries we don’t necessarily live in. As Conrad James said, … Continue reading →
In support of Bernie, who takes regular beatings from so-called liberal Democrats, but keeps right at it, and to cheer myself up a bit, I’m posting a little story today about a visit he has planned to head up north. US Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will speak about health care on October 29 at Convocation Hall in an event titled “What the U.S. Can Learn From Canadian Health Care.” Tickets for the event became available at 10am this morning and ‘sold out’ (they were free) in seconds. The comments under one story about the event were almost entirely … Continue reading →
Just a quick post in case anyone wants to comment on the debate on the tax plan that just began. Cruz is making his opening statement and he jumped right in with a claim that Bernie wants us all to pay more in taxes.
How are my birdie friends doing tonight? I thought I’d share a piece about Charles Darwin that I read today. It’s not recent, was posted in 2010, but I’d never see it before, and it was fun to read about some scientific research about altruism/sympathy/compassion (Darwin’s word for it back then was “sympathy”). In 1871, eleven years before his death, Charles Darwin published what has been called his “greatest unread book,” The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. His little-known discussion of sympathy in this book reveals a facet of Darwin’s thinking that is contrary to … Continue reading →
Real quick, thought I’d post an open thread for it in case anyone wants to share. This is the link I’m watching. The comments underneath are wonderful. Edit: I see that the link popped the feed right up, but if you want to see the great comments, click on the fb icon and watch it there instead. Pic up top is screenshot of comments when Bernie was waving his finger around earlier. … Continue reading →
What a tough week. I’ll bet I wasn’t the only one who felt a dark cloud over my head most of the week as I tried to process the Las Vegas tragedy. These shooting events are happening far too often to be able to fully process. And I think they have a dehumanizing effect that a deep, inner, part of myself cries out to be aware of, to fight against. We can’t allow ourselves to not care. Not only for others, but also for ourselves. My instincts tell me that we must continually be vigilant about maintaining our own humanity. … Continue reading →
Can you believe this? The no-bid contract was issued last week, as the company continued facing fallout from its massive security breach. The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans. A contract award for Equifax’s data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 — the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will “verify taxpayer identity” and … Continue reading →
Good Morning All! Quick update on today’s referendum, well perhaps I should say the attempt to hold a referendum, in Catalonia. The people seemed determined to vote. And the Spanish authorities are definitely not happy about it. Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid Catalonia’s independence referendum has descended into chaos, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court. Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. In the … Continue reading →
Prof. Richard Wolff on BBC talking about people questioning capitalism: Is capitalism in crisis? @profwolff says more than he’s seen in his lifetime #newsnight pic.twitter.com/BiT5e7cExF — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 28, 2017 Add whatever you like below! Cheers.
And would those lost jobs disproportionately affect women? Even worse, low-income women? From Bernie’s Sept. 13, 2017, editorial in the New York Times titled, ‘Why We Need Medicare For All’: The reason that our health care system is so outrageously expensive is that it is not designed to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, but to provide huge profits to the medical-industrial complex. Layers of bureaucracy associated with the administration of hundreds of individual and complicated insurance plans is stunningly wasteful, costing us hundreds of billions of dollars a year. As the only major country not to … Continue reading →
One of the pieces of Trump’s tax plan will ‘offer’ repatriation to companies with offshore cash to entice them to bring home some of the moolah they’re been hoarding. The tax rate being floated is 10%. Another official said Trump would propose a repatriation tax on offshore earnings of 10 percent, compared with the current 35 percent, the report said. What would those tax-dodging..I mean qualifying companies do with all of that incoming money? They have choices. They could: -invest in their core businesses (talk about vague wording! major wiggle room) -give out dividends to stockholders (the taxes on which … Continue reading →
This morning I awoke to the news that Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar are going to debate Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy about healthcare on CNN this Monday evening. My first reaction was along the lines of Sheri’s: Can't wait to watch!🐦 #MedicareForAll https://t.co/M9rhYHv0eb — Sheri ◀#RESIST▶ (@Sher_Bear64) September 22, 2017 Yay, I thought to myself. Let’s get it all in the open. Fight it out for all to see. Well, it would seem that wasn’t everyone’s reaction: Ex-Obama spokesman: Sanders debate with GOP on health care not a good idea Former President Obama’s National Security Council spokesman said Thursday … Continue reading →