(Brooklyn Bridge, from the Manhattan Side, photo by Benny) “I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn.” ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind Last week, I spent some time in the Big Apple. I went to Manhattan first and saw the shows: revival of Hello Dolly! (which is about the Bronx & Manhattan, but the person who made it the most famous was Barbra Streisand, a native of Brooklyn); Oslo (winner of the 2017 Tony for Best Drama), about the Palestine-Israel back channels leading to the Oslo Accord in 1993 (and the …Continue reading →
Morning all. This is for those who don’t know the back ground of the Koch Bros. They are also the founders of Americans for (the 1%s) prosperity and now count the State of Wisconsin as one of their subsidiaries since they bought the elections of the WI supreme court and of course installed Walker as their puppet CEO in WI. They also support the Club for (The 1%s) Growth in Wi as well. 1. The family’s $100 billion fortune comes mostly from a massive network of oil and gas pipelines, and investments in other polluting industries like paper and plastics. …Continue reading →
Ajit Pai, formerly a Verizon corporate Attorney, is now head of the FCC. It is his stated intention to gut the net neutrality we worked so hard for recently, and turn it over to the big telecomms. Today, it is a national day of protest against his plan. This first link came from eBay to my email this morning. Have a look: https://netneutrality.internetassociation.org/action/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=ebay&utm_campaign=nn-action Common Cause has this: https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2020&autologin=true&s_subscribed=y Demand Progress: Home Scroll to the bottom for several links. Don’t just sit there – DO SOMETHING. TODAY!!!!! Even Netflix has suffered from Comcast throttling them. That’s how bad this is and …Continue reading →
As if shutting down a bridge and making schoolchildren pee their pants in engineered traffic wasn’t bad enough, NJ governor Chris Christie managed to force a shut down of the beaches ahead of July 4th weekend. When his approval rating was already at 15%. And then he decided to take his family and friends to bask on a deserted state beach. As average NJ citizens were turned away by state troopers, Christie’s children and friends were waved through. When asked why he thought it was acceptable for a public servant to use the state park when citizens weren’t allowed to access …Continue reading →
You Go Frogs A recent article in National Academy of Sciences Journal asserts that frogs were a primary beneficiary of the asteroid strike some 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. Known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event, the asteroid impact was so devastating that nearly 75% of all life on Earth was wiped out. Frogs, which have been around for at least 200 million years, were able to survive and flourish after this extinction event, asserts the authors, because of the frogs’ relatively small sizes, their post extinction adaptive behaviors, and abandoned ecosystems. The article’s authors, David Blackburn …Continue reading →
I’d never heard of Buddhist Economists or the Bancor currency. Umair Haque has, though. After World War II, the US and UK got together to design a global economic system to prevent the very mistakes that caused that catastrophe. Today we have just a superficial understanding of political economy: we think in binary terms of either “hate” or “economic anxiety”. Then, figures like the great JM Keynes had a more nuanced understanding of political economy. They knew that stagnant economies are like amplifiers of a society’s latent rage — that poverty feeds hate with anger. And so the point of the system …Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of Capitol Fax Birdies–it happened. Capitol Fax (the news from Springfield blog) reported a short time ago that IL legislature this week finally voted to override the disastrous veto of the state budget by Gov Bruce Rauner. While 5 did not vote, 71 were in favor, 42 (all GOP) against. I can’t say that Mike Madigan, the Speaker of the House is the hero on this one. Rep. Reggie Phillips, a Republican from Charleston, said he was “tortured by” the decision whether to override Rauner. Phillips’ district includes Eastern Illinois University, which was hit hard during …Continue reading →
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340732-dems-try-new-slogan-have-you-seen-the-other-guys Some good comments: “I thought this had to be a joke, but it’s not. Did the DCCC even consider what the answers to this dumb question would be? How about, ‘Yes, we’ve seen the other guys, and they are empty corporate tools, too.’” “The Democrats have encapsulated all they stand for in a few possible campaign slogans. The longer version would be ‘Vote for us! Yes, we stand for nothing, but that’s better than the shit the republicans are pushing!’.” “Either the leadership of the DNC is being paid by the Republicans to deliberately screw thing up for the Democrats, or …Continue reading →
Hello friends! Hope you all had a great 4th and are recovering well enough. As I catch up on the news this morning I’ll post the better findings in the comments and encourage you to do the same (as well as to write your own posts)! Until I figure out whats slowing us down I’ll skip the video of the day in the main-post to see if that helps a bit. Any issues can be reported in the comments, TPW-Mail, or tpwhelpdesk@[google].
While the Republican bill in the United States Senate continues to suffer from recent setbacks, residents of Wisconsin have remained committed to stop the Ryan-Trump Health Care Plan. At stake is the loss of health coverage for 22 million Americans, with a direct impact to Milwaukee’s underserved population.
One of the challengers for Paul Ryan’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic congressional candidate Cathy Myers, launched a petition drive to stop the roll back of vital ACA protections. The 1,600 signatures were collected to urge a No vote by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.
“The Ryan-Trump Health Care Bill stacks the deck against working people, middle-class families, and anyone who has a pre-existing condition. Whether your health care covers patients with genetic disorders as rare as Jack’s or people who have undergone routine C-sections like myself. The bottom line is that this bill touches all of our lives, and so many stand to lose.”
Among those supporters delivering the petition was a 9-year-old boy named Jack, who Myers met on a motorcycle trip through Wisconsin in early June. Jack suffers from a rare genetic disease, and his situation highlights the dangers proposed by the pending bill, which would end his medical treatments.
“I was born with this pre-existing condition that makes me have no antibodies. It’s called Bruton’s X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia, or XLA,” said Jack. When asked what would happen if he lost his health care, he added, “Basically, I dіе.”
Kicking off the holiday weekend for a lot of you. Since work has been really crazy the last few months (and a few more to go) I want to thank all as you as links and comments have kept me informed. Usually do a quick fly by at night just up voting. so happy 4th to all and a couple of links to start the day. The World’s Most Reputable Countries In 2017: The U.S. Feels The Trump Effect: Were now 38th the next president will be going on a would wide apology tour once Trump is done to repair …Continue reading →
On September 14, 2001 Barbara Lee strode up to the podium and made this speech to explain her vote against the AUMF in Afghanistan. x Rep Barbara Lee was the lone dissenting vote. The AUMF passed 420-1 in the house. We have now been at war in Afghanistan for almost 16 years. Her courageous vote that day echoed Jeanette Rankin’s lone vote against declaring war on Japan and entering World War II. As Lee explained in her speech: “We are not dealing with a conventional war,” she said. “We cannot respond in a conventional manner. I do not want to see this …Continue reading →
This morning I had my invisible bee-keeper’s hat on while looking in the Villagers’ honeycomb at the other place. They adore their neoliberal heroines, Joy Ann Reid, Nanci Pelosi, and of course, former Queen Bee Clinton herself. Once in awhile, the baroness does something that hits the right notes of the middle class professionals (and to a certain extent, working class); in this instance, it was an address to conference attendees of American Library Association yesterday morning in Chicago. The Villagers posted a tweet to the CNN recording of Clinton’s speech, but as the speech was worth $125,000 pd by …Continue reading →
Do you ever notice when Bernie is listening to an opponent or some misguided TV personality makes an unsubstantiated comment that borders unfairness? Bernie’s ears prick up and one can see the waggling of the finger signals that he wants to call that person to the floor where most of us reside. Today I had a similar reaction when I saw this news in the OT and I wanted to bring a little more attention to it. It’s Jason Chaffez’s demand musing that Congress receive housing stipends in addition to their $174,000 annual salary, free gym, and heavily subsidized health …Continue reading →