It’s the weekend! Just a few items to get a thread started. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section. Hope you have a great day!
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!
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!
Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders battle over Obamacare: the highlights
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.
“Access doesn’t mean a damn thing,” he said.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Food and Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says the people need to tell the Democratic establishment that it’s too late for incremental changes to address the climate crisis:
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse HRC has decided corporatist Virginia Senator Tim Kaine should be added too her short list of Veep picks. Her pick is widely viewed in Washington as a sign of her governing intentions. The former SoS has spent weeks attempting to woo progressive Bernie Sanders supporters. Choosing from one of the handful of names on her short list: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) or Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) would signal that her camp is taking progressive concerns seriously. True Progressives are watching with a skeptical eye, concerned what the signal will be. … Continue reading →
I love this movement, the people, Bernie and his positive politics. For the first time in my life, I feel uninhibited, positive, highly motivated, and find my resolve strong and true. I love that so many of us are forever changing this year too. There is no going back on any of this! Despite all that has happened, there is Bernie doing what it takes to press onward. And here we are, changed, growing more potent, getting smarter, firm in our resolve, lucid and eager for more! We are FOR things rooted in genuine human need. Human need created by … Continue reading →
From DemocracyNow! Following Sunday’s killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, after a week of protests sparked by the fatal shooting by police of resident Alton Sterling, we speak with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is in Cleveland, where Democracy Now! is covering the Republican National Convention. Her son is a police officer, and her husband is a retired police officer. “Good police officers prop up bad police officers, and they won’t tell, they won’t talk about what is wrong within this system,” Turner says. “We have to have good police officers call out their … Continue reading →