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 →
It was brought to my attention this morning that a certain ex-Presidential candidate will be just a few miles away from me tomorrow. Connecticut braces for Clinton-mania, madness When Hillary Clinton set out to break barriers, doorbusters wasn’t part of that plan. As if it was Black Friday, Clinton’s upcoming book-signing Saturday at Costco in Brookfield is being met with hype and hand-wringing in a town that hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. To say that I became annoyed may be a tad understated. The last time that she was in my area, as far … Continue reading →
Happy Saturday progressive friends! A blustery one here today in CT. We are just north of the real action, weather-wise, today. Cool and great for the yardwork and housepainting I’m about to tackle. Saw this just now and wanted to share what I think is a misleadingly-titled story from The Intercept: Senators Promise to Amend Israel Boycott Bill After Backlash First of all, I don’t read any ‘promises’ in the story and, second of all, forget amending the bill, scrap it! Sen. Ben Cardin (MD): “A lot of the co-sponsors are pretty strongly committed to the freedom of speech,” Cardin … Continue reading →
This guy is great. Why a 94-year-old war veteran started a podcast to save democracy Harry Leslie Smith is deeply disturbed at how democracy has become endangered. He’s convinced young people can be the planet’s salvation – and he’s reaching out to them one podcast at a time “We are at a dangerous crossroads for society and democracy,” Mr. Smith said…“I believe the world is in just as dangerous a state as it was when I was a teen, watching democracy dissolve all across Europe.” He was having a bit of trouble catching his breath, and paused before his next sentence: … Continue reading →
Happy Saturday Friends! Just a few things to share. Please add what’s perking your interest in comments! The G20 in Hamburg has been quite intense. The name of yesterday’s protests, ‘Welcome to hell’ notwithstanding, most protestors were peaceful: pro-refugee, pro-environment, a fair number of anti-capitalists with a sub-group of provocateurs-some of them those all-in-black young men with masks we’ve come to expect, lighting some cars on fire (20 or so), and throwing some rocks at bank windows. Here’s a pic of protestors being hit with water cannons. The protestors were told that they were not allowed to block transit routes: … Continue reading →
Whoa. The request seems very intrusive – is it legal? “last four digits of social security number if available” and “Please be aware that any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public.” Some are already worrying that they are preparing for voter suppression. I don’t know about that, but it’s not as though Kris Kobach has a good record in that regard! May 12, 2017: Kris Kobach, the ‘King of Voter Suppression,’ Will Lead Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission. Be Afraid, Very Afraid. I sat down with Dale Ho, director of the … Continue reading →