Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day! .@SenSanders: "Stop picking on the poor. Stop picking on undocumented." pic.twitter.com/zrQxYyhc3W — Chris D'Angelo (@c_m_dangelo) March 21, 2017 From HuffPo’s environmental reporter, Chris D’Angelo: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined some 100 demonstrators outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters on Tuesday to send a message to President Donald Trump: Stop terrorizing immigrant families. “For the last many hundreds of years, wonderful people against … Continue reading →
Well there is no shortage of things happening in the world, so lets get right to it with the Bernie & Cruz debate. The rest of the news/videos/etc will go in the comments, always glad to see familiar faces and certainly am welcome to some new ones as well!
Echoing the populist message that earned him millions of supporters in his bid for the White House, Sanders called on the United States to join “every major country on earth” to declare that “healthcare is a right,” not a privilege.
But when Sanders asked Cruz if he agrees that Americans are entitled to healthcare, the Republican — and Princeton University champion debater — turned the question back on Sanders.
“Rights mean you have a right for government not to mess with you,” Cruz said, rattling off a litany of rights under the Constitution. “It’s access to healthcare….If you think healthcare is a right, why on earth did you help write Obamacare that caused six million people to have their health insurance canceled?”
Referencing Hunter, the Texas salon owner, Cruz accused Sanders of “denying her what you say is her right.”
Sanders wasn’t amused. He countered that Americans, including Hunter, the salon owner, have “access” to purchase multi-million dollar properties owned by people like Trump, for example, but that doesn’t mean they can afford to buy them.
Happy Sunday All! Wanted to share a few things, first a short vid showing the line to get inside to hear all the speakers, including Bernie, speak on behalf of health care policy in Michigan: The line in Warren, MI where it's 28°, waiting to see a 75-year old talk health care policy. 🎶Times are a-changin'🎶 pic.twitter.com/67ItkJ0kPx — Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 15, 2017 Here is a link for that rally: Here’s is Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood discovering that perhaps she’d backed the wrong candidate last year: In case anyone ever doubted that people would show up to fight … Continue reading →
9 Summaries and links to Recent actions by the ACLU of North Dakota – supporting the Save our Water Protesters and covering some of the many legal issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline – 3 possible action items: you can send the ACLU of North Dakota some $ love at this link – you can like the ACLU of North Dakota Facebook page here – you can follow the ACLU of North Dakota Twitter page here 1) ACLU Urges Justice Department To Investigate Militarized Response at Standing Rock Protest ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights call for an end to law enforcement … Continue reading →
As we follow what’s happening on the ground as indigenous people and others from all over join the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, it’s easy to forget to ask where the money’s coming from. As it turns out (and I’m sorry to say), the largest chunks of the money behind DAPL come from California, in particular hedge funds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Journaiist Will Parrish, writing for the North Bay Bohemian, digs up a whole lot of surprises about the “Bay Area investment [that] fuels America’s tracking boom — and the pipeline protests” … Continue reading →
Good morning Peeps. ND is stepping up its’ aggression against Peaceful Water Protectors over the weekend. Rubber bullets, batons and possibly live ammunition (to shoot down a drone over Tribal land) were used. Democracy Now has a special report up regarding what happened: From http://www.democracynow.org/ We go to North Dakota for an update on the ongoing Standoff at Standing Rock, where thousands of Native Americans representing more than 200 tribes from across the Americas are resisting the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is slated to carry oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields through South Dakota, Iowa … Continue reading →
Are you on Twitter? The NoDAPL Water Protectors are asking for help to create a Twitter Storm climaxing during the debate, asking why they are not talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the need to protect our water. Here’s the text of their request on Facebook, from Noelle Garcia. She explains what a Twitter storm is, why they want to create it, and what to include in your Tweet (including samples of what to say): noelle garcia to International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock The American Indian Center of Chicago is asking people to share plans to start … Continue reading →
Veteran journalist Chris Hedge says though Clinton’s rhetoric on Muslims is more palatable, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of ‘bombing our way to peace’ in the Middle East
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In case you didn’t know, Ruth Bader Ginsberg has inspired fan art, from tattoos to T-shirts to music to GIFs and memes and posters, a book — “The Notorious RBG,” and now, an art exhibit at Los Angeles’s Skirball Center (in the works for 2018). Here are excerpts from the article about it by Cristian Farias, in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ruth-bader-ginsburg-museum_us_57ee87dce4b024a52d2e95e1?section=§ion=us_arts Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gearing up for the start of a new term at the Supreme Court, which kicks off next week in Washington and may or may not promise a lot of thrills and chills. But far from the court’s marble corridors, in Los … Continue reading →
This is long but very information and gives me hope that there are still reasonable people in this world. Published on Aug 22, 2016 Speakers: H.E. Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic Alfred Marder, President of the US Peace Council Mary Compton, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council Henry Lowendorf, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Head of the Syria Delegation Joe Jamison, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Member of the Syria Delegation Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, Member of … Continue reading →
When I first arrived in southwestern Virginia 30 years ago, there were still a few cut and sew factories scattered about. There were quite a few more just east of us in what’s known as Southside Virginia, along with numerous furniture factories. That mix of small to mid-size textile and furniture manufacturers were even more prominent just below the border in North Carolina, with still more in South Carolina. There were plenty of stresses on those businesses, but there’s no doubt that the passage of NAFTA in 1994, which encouraged capital flight to find cheaper labor, pretty much finished them … Continue reading →
Roots Action, which, as you may know, was founded by anti war activists David Swanson and Norman Soloman and journalist Jeff Cohen has an important petition on the rootsaction.org web site to the Secretary of the Army against punishing Chelsea Manning with solitary confinement for her own recent suicide attempt: http://rootsaction.org/featured-actions/1249-urgent-chelsea-manning-is-being-charged-for-her-own-suicide-attempt Chelsea, as you may know, as an act of conscience, leaked info about the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan as well other classified info listed at the bottom of her Wikipedia page to inform us what was being done in our name with our tax dollars and … Continue reading →
OvershootDay.Org On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. From Gawker: Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year. According to the Global Footprint Network, an international think tank concerned with environmental sustainability, … Continue reading →
25+ New election links, must reads, videos and posts 8-5-2016 – Politico’s ‘How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes’ Finally Gets Close to Real Solutions – With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play. If this century has shifted our trust from away from our neighbors toward machines, it might be time to switch back again. Eight countries in Europe that once flirted with digital voting have seen six go back to paper; Britain counted its Brexit votes by hand. Even if the vote were … Continue reading →