• Jassongat became a registered member 2 hours, 44 minutes ago

    • If you go to Walmart late at night now, there are no cashiers. Only self-checkout. Pretty soon, they will get rid of cashiers altogether. (I try not to go any more than I have to. But there are a couple things no one else here has – KerryGold cheese being one of them.

  • Sen. Sanders met with JetBlue flight attendants at LaGuardia airport, who last week voted overwhelmingly to join the Transport Workers Union:

  • Stef Bragg became a registered member 3 hours, 17 minutes ago

  • Williammib became a registered member 7 hours, 48 minutes ago

  • Sasha Sherrill became a registered member 9 hours, 33 minutes ago

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    • Bernie Sanders Camp Says Ending Superdelegate ‘Debacle’ Key to Defeating Trump in 2020

      It was June 2016. Former Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner was just about to go onstage to introduce the Vermont senator at a San Francisco rally she estimated drew some 30,000 people. But just before she could, she noticed a “wave of despair” overcome the crowd as everyone, almost simultaneously, looked worryingly at their phones.

      Though California residents had yet to cast their ballots in the 2016 primaries, the Associated Press was reporting that Hillary Clinton had effectively won.
      The AP’s forecast was the result of the Democratic National Committee’s superdelegate system, which meant that Clinton needed only garner support from enough party delegates to win the presidential nomination. Now, members of the Sanders camp are leading calls to overhaul the system they say continues to leave voters disillusioned with the Democratic Party.

      “What happened in 2016 put a bad taste in the mouths of people who believe in fairness and transparency,” Turner, the president of Our Revolution, a progressive group inspired by Sanders’s presidential campaign, told Newsweek. “The general public may not necessarily get involved in the insider details of the DNC, but most voters know about this superdelegate debacle. That’s not the reputation I want my party to have.”

    • State Appeals Court Rules Valve Turners Can Proceed With Necessity Defense for Pipeline Protest

      In a victory for activists who shut down a tar sands pipeline as part of a multi-state protest in 2016, a Minnesota appeals court has ruled that the “valve turners” can present a defense that their action was necessary because of the threat that fossil fuel production poses to the planet.

      On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision (pdf) upholding a district judge’s October ruling that Annette Klapstein, Emily Nesbitt Johnston, Steven Liptay, and Benjamin Joldersma can present a “necessity defense” for participating in the #ShutItDown action, which temporarily disabled all tar sands pipelines crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

      State prosecuters had challenged last year’s ruling, claiming that such a defense would jeopardize the likelihood of a successful prosecution and “unnecessarily confuse the jury.” Monday’s decision means that those charged can call expert witnesses to exlain to jurors how tar sands crude is harming the planet.

      It is unclear if the prosecution will appeal the decision to the state’s Supreme Court.

      “If we get to present a necessity defense trial, and the jury has to grapple with full knowledge of our shared reality, the jig is up for the fossil fuel industry, and the end of their devastating business model comes into much clearer view,” said Johnston, who faces felony charges for shutting down the pipeline.

    • Flint crisis, four years on: what little trust is left continues to wash away

      LeeAnne Walters was one of the activists who brought Flint’s brown, lead-laden water to the world’s attention, thrusting plastic bottles of dingy liquid into camera lenses and the national consciousness.

      Four years later, you might think things have improved in the Michigan city. But Walters is still bathing her kids in bottled water, which she heats on the stove in four separate pots and a plastic bowl in the microwave.

      “I know as far as the lead in the water that’s OK, but it’s the lack of trust that was never rebuilt,” said Walters. “How do I put my kids in that, knowing they’ve suffered?”

      On Wednesday it is four years since the city’s water switched to the Flint river, without lead corrosion controls, prompting the public health crisis.

      In the aftermath, Flint received presidential visits, millions of dollars in donations and government aid. It is the subject of scientific studies. It has a Netflix series, Flint Town. Walters has now won the Goldman Environmental Prize for activism, which comes with a $175,000 unrestricted prize. And, importantly, the state of the water is improving.

      But, despite all this attention, regular people feel like little has changed since the crisis.

    • Thought this was interesting..

      But this week, when Ms. Reid was confronted with a new batch of homophobic writings from that same period, she said she had been the victim of hackers.

      That claim was called into question on Tuesday, when the Internet Archive, the meticulous online record-keeping nonprofit that hosted the archived version of her site, said it had found no evidence to support her claim.

      Late Tuesday night, MSNBC provided documents that show Ms. Reid’s lawyers alerted Google and the Internet Archive to the alleged hacking in December, shortly after her public apology but long before the latest batch of posts appeared on social media.

      If I am reading this correctly, Reid claims the Wayback Machine was breached but there is no evidence it was?

      The same tv personality who has relentlessly gone after Jane and Bernie Sanders’ marriage, chastised Bernie on Twitter about not being a real Democrat and criticized some writings of his in the past?

      I think her antics are worthy of publicity.

      • they sure have trouble accepting responsibility

        a good fit for MSM news

      • It would be odd to apologize for something that you didn’t do


        In her December apology, Reid wrote:

        “As someone who is not a member of the LGBT community I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person’s sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm. It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. There is no excusing it — not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions.”

        But after @Jamie_Maz and Mediaite published a second round of blog post images Monday, Reid disputed them, revealing that she consulted with a cybersecurity expert in December who “identified unauthorized activity” on her blog.

        Reid did not specify which posts she believed were fraudulent or which offensive comments she allegedly didn’t write. She offered no explanation for why she apologized for homophobic comments in December yet now claims a nefarious person must have hacked her.

      • http://thehill.com/homenews/media/384766-lgbt-group-rescinds-award-for-msnbcs-joy-reid

        A leading LGBT advocacy group rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media Award to MSNBC host Joy Reid on Tuesday amid a controversy surrounding newly-unearthed homophobic comments made on a decade-old blog.

        Liz Owen, director of communications for PFLAG National, said the group had invited Reid to honor her at their 45th anniversary celebration knowing about some posts that she had already apologized for.

        But it said revelations of new posts had caused it to rescind the invitation.

        “We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally,” Owens said of the older posts. “However, in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, we must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.”

    • Sanders at the Public Citizens Gala:

      • Hightower gives the same introduction for Bernie as he does at townhalls and rallies, but absolutely I enjoy his mastery of alliteration! I cannot make comments roll off the tongue as he does for that biting humor. Will Rogers with a little bit of color in the commentary.

    • topic of conversation for almost all of the 4 million residents almost every day

      the topic was DAY ZERO

      the day Cape Town South Africa was going to run out of water

      what if climate change was the topic of daily conversation of a little more than a fourth of US, that would be 100 million people

      that would force change

      this article from Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about the wake up call in South Africa

      What Cape Town learned from its drought

    • ‘Fox & Friends’ Has Total Meltdown Over Sanders Plan to Guarantee Every American a Decent-Paying Job

      Expressing disbelief that a politician would deign to embrace a widely popular idea that could bring massive numbers of voters to the polls and drastically reduce inequality, President Donald Trump’s favorite show “Fox & Friends” ran a segment on Tuesday sliming Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) plan to guarantee every American a decent-paying job as a mere “vote-buying operation.”

      “That’s what it is,” grumbled Fox News host Stuart Varney. “Fifteen dollars an hour, a government job with benefits guaranteed by the government.”

      In addition to scoffing at Sanders’ desire to give unemployed Americans jobs and pay them decent wages, the “Fox & Friends” panel was particularly appalled by the idea that the rich might be required to pay a bit more in taxes to fund the program.


      Fox News panelists are hardly alone in opposing Sanders’ ambitious proposal, which polls “stunningly well” nationwide.

      In an interview with the Post, Ernie Tedeschi, an economist who served in Obama’s Treasury Department, worried that the plan “would be extremely expensive.”

      Progressives, however, argue that the idea is hardly radical or unprecedented, pointing to the New Deal’s public employment programs as evidence that federal job initiatives can be both extremely effective and a good investment.

      “This is an opportunity for something transformative, beyond the tinkering we’ve been doing for the last 40 years, where all the productivity gains have gone to the elite of society,” Darrick Hamilton, an economist at the New School in New York, concluded in an interview with the Post.

      • So did the squirrels at TOP, claiming Bernie never has a way to pay for his ponies’ programs. They are almost as bad as FNC pundits.

    • Sanders Introduces Two Amendments to Strengthen Opioid Crisis Response Bill

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced two amendments to the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 under consideration Tuesday in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

      The first amendment put forward by Sanders would impose retroactive civil fines on companies and executives that illegally marketed and/or distributed an opioid product and would punish future illegal activity with jail time for executives. The amendment is similar to legislation Sanders recently introduced to hold opioid makers accountable for their role in the epidemic.

      “We have not yet held accountable the drug manufacturers for the product that they have created and sold, when it is quite likely they knew that the product they were selling was in fact addictive,” Sanders said. “It seems to me that what we have got to do is not only put federal money into fighting the opioid crisis, we have got to demand that those companies that manufactured the product and, in all likelihood, understood that product was addictive, understood that product was killing people, was wrecking human lives – they have got to be held accountable.”

      Sanders also renewed his call for the Senate to hold hearings with the executives of companies that manufacture opioids. “The time is long overdue that we do here in this committee what was done in 1994 in the House and that is bring the manufacturers of these opioids right here and under oath ask them what they knew and when they knew it in terms of the addictive powers of the products that they were selling,” Sanders said.

      Sanders’ second amendment would double funding over five years for the National Health Service Corps. The National Health Service Corps plays a vital role in strengthening the nation’s primary care workforce. Currently, there are grave shortages in primary care across the country, and the National Health Service Corps has 10 times as many applicants as they have scholarship funding to accommodate. These shortages are worst in many of the same areas that are hardest hit by the opioid crisis.

    • Arizona special election: Debbie Lesko holds on to seat for Republicans

      Republicans held on to a deeply conservative Arizona congressional seat on Tuesday night in a special election race to replace an incumbent lawmaker who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.

      The Associated Press called the race for Republican Debbie Lesko shortly after 8pm local time, when the results from the first batch of early votes showed she had an insurmountable lead over her Democratic opponent, Hiral Tiperneni.

      Lesko, a former state senator, led Tiperneni, a doctor and political newcomer, by a margin of 53% to 47% in the race for a Phoenix-area seat that Donald Trump had won by over 20 points. The result, albeit preliminary, is unlikely to calm Republican nerves ahead of a midterm election cycle when the president’s party historically loses seats in Congress.

      Mike Noble, a Republican pollster in Arizona, said a race in a solidly coservative district, with older voters who are less likely to cross party lines, should not have been anywhere close to as tight as it was.

      “Republicans should not be hitting the panic button, they should be slamming it,” he said.

      • It will end up being a 5 point loss after all votes are counted in a heavily Republican and heavily old district. Tipirneni is running again in the general in which the race should be even closer.


        Arizona’s Eighth is significantly more Republican than the Pennsylvania district Lamb won last month, with heavy by-mail early voting adding to the demographic advantages the GOP enjoyed (including a district dominated by conservative white retirees). Forecasters suggested anything short of a double-digit Lasko win would be “in line with past special-election results that have pointed to a Democratic wave” in November.

        So Tipirneni’s apparent 47 percent looks pretty good.

        All in all, this is a contest that shows that “getting close” doesn’t only matter in horseshoes and hand grenades. It can matter, as well, in special elections viewed as harbingers of regular elections to come. Arizona Republicans had better get it in gear between now and November if they don’t want to lose one (or possibly two) U.S. Senate races. And Republicans nationally should resist the temptation to gloat over a win that should have been much bigger and easier than this.

      • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/04/25/democrats-didnt-win-in-arizona-but-heres-why-theyre-celebrating-anyway/?utm_term=.d0c5c3ecaa63

        On Tuesday, the Republican, Debbie Lesko, won her race by five points. Hours before the election, a progressive Democrat told The Fix that Lesko winning by seven or eight points would be a reason for Democrats to celebrate.

        “We see districts that are written off suddenly having progressive energy,” said Josselyn Berry with Progress Now Arizona, which organized with a number of other progressive groups in the district for Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. “A lot of people write off Democrats not being able to win in deep red districts. We are living in a new political reality, and we can’t assume what we always assume.”

        • No one expected the Dem to win, and I think it is a moral victory. More surprises to come in the future!

      • Not only a Republican, but the most nut job of all Republicans


        Rep.-elect Debbie Lesko, who narrowly won a special election in Arizona Tuesday night, is expected to join the House Freedom Caucus after she is sworn in, the conservative group’s leader, Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told The Hill.

        Both Meadows and former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) endorsed Lesko in her GOP primary earlier this year. And the Freedom Fund, the super PAC aligned with the Freedom Caucus, contributed to her campaign during the primary.

        “We felt she was the best candidate in the 8th district of Arizona. We look forward to having her join our ranks as a strong contributing member of the Freedom Caucus when she gets sworn in as a new member of Congress,” Meadows said in a Wednesday morning phone interview.

        “We have every expectation an invitation to join the caucus will be made and that she will gladly accept,” he added.

    • Fulfilling ‘Feedback Loop’ Fears, New Study Shows Melting Ice Could Spell Disaster Faster Than Previously Thought

      Bolstering concerns that so-called “feedback loops” should be considered a legitimate and serious concern, a new study shows that a worrying hypothesis put out just three years ago about the impacts of melting Antarctic ice may already have started coming true.

      In a paper published in Science Advances, researchers at the University of Tasmania and other institutions found that the melting of Antarctica’s glaciers has begun to trigger a “feedback loop” in which that melting’s effects on the oceans cause even more ice sheets to deteriorate, and so on.

      Chris Mooney of the Washington Post described the feedback loop phenomenon as “one of the most worrisome predictions about climate change” in an article about the findings.

      “What we found is not only a modeling study but is something that we observed in the real ocean,” Alessandro Silvano, one of the researchers, told the Post. “Our study shows for the first time actual evidence of this mechanism. Our study shows that it is already happening.”

    • Mulvaney, Watchdog Bureau’s Leader, Advises Bankers on Ways to Curtail Agency

      Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives on Tuesday that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, and revealed that, as a congressman, he would meet only with lobbyists if they had contributed to his campaign.

      “We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,” Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker from South Carolina, told 1,300 bankers and lending industry officials at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington. “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

      At the top of the hierarchy, he added, were his constituents. “If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I talked to you without exception, regardless of the financial contributions,” said Mr. Mulvaney, who received nearly $63,000 from payday lenders for his congressional campaigns.

      Mr. Mulvaney, who also runs the White House budget office, is a longtime critic of the Obama-era consumer bureau, including while serving in Congress. He was tapped by President Trump in November to temporarily run the bureau, in part because of his promise to sharply curtail it.

      Since then, he has frozen all new investigations and slowed down existing inquiries by requiring employees to produce detailed justifications. He also sharply restricted the bureau’s access to bank data, arguing that its investigations created online security risks. And he has scaled back efforts to go after payday lenders, auto lenders and other financial services companies accused of preying on the vulnerable.

      • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/04/25/daily-202-mick-mulvaney-s-confession-highlights-the-corrosive-influence-of-money-in-politics/5adfea2230fb043711926869/?utm_term=.4d6fa78636ee&wpisrc=nl_daily202&wpmm=1

        Mulvaney’s comments are especially notable because he’s been viewed for several years, by supporters and critics alike, as one of Wall Street’s best friends in Washington. “He was tapped by President Trump in November to temporarily run the [CFPB], in part because of his promise to sharply curtail it,” Glenn Thrush notes in the Times. “Since then, he has frozen all new investigations and slowed down existing inquiries by requiring employees to produce detailed justifications. He also sharply restricted the bureau’s access to bank data … And he has scaled back efforts to go after payday lenders, auto lenders and other financial services companies accused of preying on the vulnerable. [Mulvaney received nearly $63,000 from payday lenders for his campaigns.] But he wants Congress to go further and has urged it to wrest funding of the independent watchdog from the Federal Reserve, a move that would give lawmakers — and those with access to them — more influence on the bureau’s actions.”

        Mulvaney also announced during yesterday’s speech to the bankers he will likely end public access to a database used by consumers to file complaints against financial institutions. “The CFPB database has drawn 1.5 million consumer complaints on financial companies and products since its launch in 2011,” the Wall Street Journal’s Yuka Hayashi reports. “It includes the names of the companies that receive complaints and detailed consumer experiences. Advocates say having the information available to the public makes the portal effective by putting pressure on companies to respond to consumers. Businesses say it spreads unverified negative information about them. … Mr. Mulvaney said the bureau would continue to maintain a toll-free number and a website to gather consumer complaints and forward them to companies, but the database would be hidden from public view.”

        Democratic members of Congress are accusing Mulvaney of practicing pay-to-play politics. “This is supposed to be a government by the people, for the people. Not a government of the thieves and the money changers. Mick Mulvaney is a disgrace,” tweeted Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who sits on the Finance Committee.

      • This really showcases the corruption in the R party and it infuriates me because it’s almost with purpose to put stains on the government and the public citizen’s distrust of it. Exacerbates voting apathy.

    • Will Democrats Have an Antidote to Trump’s Fake Populism?

      In the United States, inequality and economic distress have spread over the past decades. Growing numbers in the working class struggle with depression, divorce, and addiction. Yet for years neither party’s establishment responded. Taxes grew more rather than less regressive. Expanded social investment was strangled by austerity policies. Labor unions grew weaker, and the minimum wage didn’t keep up with inflation. Deregulation and corporate globalization accelerated plant closings, with very little public assistance for families and communities left in their wake. It took the fake populism of President Trump and the furious indictment of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to end the silence. But why has Trump’s autocratic fake populism been able to exploit widespread popular grievances here despite Sanders and others demonstrating the force of a progressive populism?

      • The loud, obnoxious voice of the fundagelicals, who have far more political clout than their numbers should indicate. THEY overwhelmingly support him, sinner or not, because GAWD put him in office. (The Bible says ALL leaders are put there by God, LOL. Even [gasp!] Obama.) And he does their bidding with the rightwing activist judicial appointees, his “religious freedom” proclamations, etc. Perhaps they are hoping for a followup presidency of the Theocratic Pence. Anyhow, they are the source of a lot of woes. Racist to the core, as well.

    • This Is What People Whose Lives Have Been Upended by the Travel Ban Want to Tell the Supreme Court

      For the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency, the Supreme Court will begin hearing a case Wednesday in which it will decide the fate of one of his key policies. At stake is his travel ban, which bars entry into the United States by people from several Muslim-majority countries.

      The court has already allowed the ban to go into effect while it hears the case. That means that thousands of American citizens and residents, foreign students, and their loved ones are feeling the effect of the ban, which applies to most nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, as well as certain Venezuelan officials. We asked some of those people what they want the Supreme Court to know as it hears oral arguments on Wednesday. Here are some of the stories they shared

    • Texas Democrats Just Got a Huge Boost Thanks to This Court Decision

      On Monday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Dallas County Republican Party that would have kicked most Democratic candidates in the Texas county off the ballot.

      The lawsuit, filed in January, tried to keep 127 Democratic candidates from appearing on the March 6 primary ballot, in a county that tends to vote Democratic. The suit was later amended to apply to the November election, and the number of candidates whittled down to 82.

      The suit argued the Democratic party chair, Carol Donovan, did not properly authorize the ballots for most of the party’s 150 primary candidates. Had District Judge Eric Moyé ruled in the GOP’s favor, the suit would have disproportionately affected voters of color, who overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Democrats in the state, Randy Johnston, the attorney representing the Democratic Party in the case, told Mother Jones in January.

      The lawsuit named candidates for Texas’ state Senate and House, plus county judge, county commissioner, and justice of the peace. Many of those seats in Dallas County are typically held by Democrats. The suit was stalled for several months after Dallas County Republicans tried to get Moyé to recuse himself. Moyé is a Democrat, and has donated to local and national Democratic candidate campaigns.

    • This Might Be Scott Pruitt’s Most Destructive Move Yet

      Adopting a strategy successfully employed by the tobacco industry, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a sweeping new regulation that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use in developing its regulations.

      The EPA administrator, who has come under fire from both parties for his personal conduct and ethical scandals, announced the changes at an EPA event on Tuesday, where he was surrounded by conservative allies and pollution skeptics. “I know many of you here have supported this through a number of years,” he told his audience, which did not include any reporters.

      For years, EPA critics have pushed Congress to forbid the agency from relying on the studies that comprise the bulk of the independent research on fossil fuels on public health. Their strategy aims to sow doubt about the health effects of air pollution, while slowing down or weakening future rules targeting particulate matter and ozone. The proposed rule is modeled after bills introduced by Smith in the House, which Pruitt described as the “codification of an approach.”

      The centerpiece proposal—restricting the EPA’s use of the best available science in crafting policy—has been tried before. The tobacco industry laid out its strategy to combat “secret science” in the EPA’s work to reign in cigarette smoke in a 1996 memo, according to The Intercept, claiming that it was impossible to know the accuracy of studies in which the researcher didn’t make all their raw data public. The fossil fuel industry latter borrowed the same strategy in an attempt to undermine the landmark 1993 Harvard “Six Cities” public health study on air pollution.

    • MSNBC’S Creepy Comcast Commercial Is Sinclair Lite

      One is compelled to wonder what influence, both subtle and direct, Comcast corporate has on its properties’ coverage on a day-to-day basis.

    • El-Sayed’s infrastructure plan banks on new debt, fees, taxes to spur investments

      Ramping up the importance Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure could play in this year’s election for governor, Democrat Abdul El-Sayed is proposing a new vehicle mileage tax on commercial vehicles to fund additional road repairs, a new statewide property tax to finance school improvements and making water for basic living needs free.

      The former Detroit health department director, who has run an upstart campaign for governor promising sweeping new programs, wants to create a multipronged statewide infrastructure bank that directs new investments into roads, public transit, underground water infrastructure, renovating and constructing new school buildings and reaching a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050.

      “It’s a big plan,” El-Sayed said in an interview with Crain’s. “But we’ve got a couple of problems with infrastructure: We don’t pay enough, we don’t pay the smart way (and) we’re always putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.”

      El-Sayed’s road-funding plan seeks the creation of a state transportation bank capitalized by $1.5 billion in the first year and $1.4 billion in annual contributions, relying on $600 million in fuel and vehicle registration tax increases that went into effect last year and imposing another $600 million tax increase.

      El-Sayed said he would target multi-axle commercial trucks with a mileage-based use tax for their additional wear-and-tear on the state’s roads.

      “If you’re using our public infrastructure to make money, you should be charged a bit more because you’re using that to make money beyond just getting around every day,” El-Sayed said.

      • The only problem with commercial-only road taxes/tolls is that it raises the price of goods for consumers. The trucking companies pass that toll on to their shippers, and those shippers add it to the wholesale price charged to retailers. They are not going to just suck it up. And the American Trucking Association and OOIDA will file a ton of lawsuits like they always do when this kind of thing comes up.

    • Progressives Draft Convention Resolution to Allow Unaffiliated Voters in Democratic Primary

      As the Democratic primary between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon continues to heat up, a group of progressive activists is pushing for the state party to change its rules and open up the primary to unaffiliated voters.

      New York Progressive Action Network, a grassroots coalition affiliated with Our Revolution, which grew out of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, is drafting a resolution that its members hope to introduce at the State Democratic Party’s nominating convention in May, the group’s co-chair, George Albro, told Gotham Gazette on Tuesday.

      The resolution will call for a change in the party’s internal rules to allow registered voters without a party affiliation to cast ballots in the Democratic primary, which is currently a “closed” primary where voting is restricted to registered Democrats.

      The potentially election-altering resolution will have to be signed by at least ten members of the party’s state committee and delivered 15 days prior to the convention in order to be included on the agenda, according to the party’s bylaws. It would need a two-thirds majority of delegates to pass. The group is guaranteed one signature — Jay Bellanca, another co-chair of NYPAN from upstate, is a state committee member from the 113th Assembly District — and Albro said the group was in talks with reform-minded lawmakers to support their resolution.

    • Our Revolution Calls on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline

      Our Revolution, the movement organization inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, on Friday called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the development of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. On Monday, Trudeau announced that the Canadian government would enter talks with Texas-based company Kinder Morgan to use government support for Kinder Morgan as it seeks to build the biggest tar sands pipeline on earth. The proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline would ship up to 890,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day from Alberta to the coast. The pipeline and tanker project could lead to the same climate warming impacts as 34 million cars a year.

      Deborah Parker, Our Revolution Board Member and former vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state denounced Trudeau’s actions saying, “We are concerned the rights of Tribal Sovereign Nations are threatened by the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people requires free, prior and informed consent which this pipeline project does not have. The Trans Mountain pipeline poses a grave threat to our environment not just for today, but well into the future. Prime Minister Trudeau must respect rights of indigenous populations and respect the laws in place to protect their land from degradation.”

      Jane Kleeb, Board Member of Our Revolution commented, “Instead of continuing to subsidize fossil fuels and line the pockets of Big Oil and Gas, while decimating First Nations’ treaty rights and landowners’ property rights, we are calling on the Prime Minister to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline and invest in renewable energy. We need to enact stronger protections for our climate, land, and water.”

      Jim Hightower, Board Member of Our Revolution also weighed in, asking, “Why do politicians keep kowtowing to greedy global giants like Kinder Morgan? It’s time they stop sacrificing our public health, Tribal sovereignty, small businesses, and entire ecosystems just so Big Oil bullies and pipeline profiteers can squeeze another dollar out of Mother Nature.”

      Sen. Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution stated, “In America and Canada, it is outrageous that fossil fuel corporations are using public funds to bail out projects that hurt people. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be the leader the world needs to act on climate, respect Indigenous rights, and stop this pipeline project once and for all.”

    • Strengthen Tribes’ Legal Case Against Enbridge Line 3

      A Minnesota judge has made an official recommendation to state regulators that a proposed pipeline to carry tar sands crude oil across the state should follow an existing corridor through two Indian reservations—and not the path preferred by the operator, Enbridge Corporation.

      The ruling complicates matters for the company, since it elevates the concerns of Native Americans who oppose the pipeline. The opponents said it gives them a better chance to fight the project.

      Enbridge’s proposal, before the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, would have skirted several reservations in a region rich with wild rice lakes.

      The judge’s instructions, while not the final word, could strengthen the legal footing of tribes who have already come out in opposition to the project, because any pipeline passing through reservation land would require tribal approval.

      “We have not yet been freed from this, but we feel that there is some hope for our case and are very grateful to the judge and pray that the PUC makes the same decision,” said Winona LaDuke, executive director of Native American environmental organization Honor the Earth..

      The alternate route recommended by the judge would cross through the Leech Lake and the Fond du Lac reservations of northern Minnesota. In a 434-page “findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation,” Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly made it clear that any new pipeline would require permission from those tribes.

    • Tree-sit protest against Mountain Valley Pipeline loses one of its stands

      A tree-sitter who blocked the path of a natural gas pipeline for nearly two months is no longer in a tree stand, which was quickly disassembled after the protester came down on Sunday.

      Mountain Valley Pipeline spokeswoman Natalie Cox said that one of two protesters in the Jefferson National Forest “voluntarily vacated their tree sit.”

      “The sit and all evidence found inside the sit was being removed from the tree and taken by the [U.S. Forest Service] police,” Cox wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon.

      It was not clear why the unidentified protester decided to come down.

      A second tree stand remains at the top of Peters Mountain in West Virginia, where the natural gas pipeline will cross into Giles County as it makes its way through the New River and Roanoke Valleys.

      Tree-cutting for the project began in early February, prompting civil disobedience from opponents who say it will destroy the sensitive ecosystems of mountainsides and streams.
      Appalachians Against Pipelines, which has provided regular updates on the tree-sit protest, said on its Facebook page Tuesday that “the second sit is occupied & holding strong!”

    • Following Spills, PA Stops Pipeline Work At Delaware County Site

      More than 100 spills have occurred during the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, and now, another troublesome spot has emerged in Delaware County outside Philadelphia.

      State officials say four spills have taken place in the past week at a construction site in Middletown Township. The incidents, known as “inadvertent returns,” occur when pipeline workers drill horizontally underground, and the drilling mud they use leaks.

      The Department of Environmental Protection said more than 8,000 gallons of the mud were released and cleaned up in the first three spills. The mud includes water and bentonite clay, and it did not cause any environmental impacts, DEP spokesman Neil Shader said in an email.

      When the fourth spill happened Monday, the agency required work to stop.
      Shader said the department will have to approve the pipeline developer’s plan to restart work.

    • Conduct of two pipeline protesters not clear in ND Supreme Court arguments

      Linking arms and carrying signs are apparently the known extent of two pipeline protesters’ conduct that led to their criminal convictions and joint appeal before the North Dakota Supreme Court.

      Justices heard arguments Tuesday in the second appeal stemming from criminal cases of the monthslong protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last fall, Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted Mary Redway and Alex Simon of misdemeanors from a march in October 2016 near pipeline construction in a pasture off State Highway 1806 in Morton County.

      “Frankly, I think it was a little mysterious to everyone what the acts by Mr. Simon and Ms. Redway were at issue here,” appellant attorney Sam Saylor told the state Supreme Court, asking the bench to reverse the convictions.

      Redway and Simon were arrested with 140 others for trespassing. Merrick convicted them of disorderly conduct and Simon of physical obstruction of a government function. He also sentenced them to days in jail as the first defendants from the DAPL protests to serve incarceration.

      They were the only co-defendants convicted at their trial with three others last fall. Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle asked why.

    • Indigenous People and Swiss pensioners challenge Switzerland’s biggest banks on oil pipeline funding

      Women from the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation and the Swiss Klimaseniorinnen (Senior Women for Climate Protection) are at Credit Suisse and UBS headquarters today demanding that banks stop financing oil pipeline companies. The activists have set up a tipi in front of the headquarters to protest the pipelines, which cut through land, threaten Indigenous rights and human rights, put drinking water and wildlife at risk of oil spills, and contribute to climate change.

      “Our goal is clear, there must be justice and accountability for banks and corporations. Indigenous Peoples are in danger, we need Europeans to act, to divest, to organise within their respective nations to make their banks accountable for Indigenous human rights abroad. We need Europe to stand and fight alongside us,” said Michelle Cook, a Diné/Navajo human rights lawyer.

      The Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation, organised by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), travelled to the heart of Switzerland’s financial district to demand that Swiss banks stop financing pipeline companies. They represent Indigenous Peoples from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota, the Diné/Navajo, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Louisiana’s United Houma Nation.

      They were joined by Klimaseniorinnen (Senior Women for Climate Protection), a people-powered movement of Swiss citizens over 65 who are suing the Swiss Government for its inaction on climate change.

      This protest is the latest in a growing international movement to stand up for Indigenous and human rights and take climate action against pipeline companies like Energy Transfer Partners, Kinder Morgan, Enbridge and TransCanada, along with the banks that fund them. Energy Transfer Partners sued groups like Greenpeace International in the United States for nearly a billion dollars for supporting the Indigenous-led movement opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.

  • Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves

    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) fired the small-donor fundraising shot that was heard around the political w […]

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    • https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/24/billionaire-democrat-tom-steyer-open-to-backing-beto-orourke-against-ted-cruz.html

      Billionaire Tom Steyer, one of the leading Democratic megadonors in the 2018 election cycle, suggested he could get involved in a Senate battle brewing in the red state of Texas.

      In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the founder of nonprofit group NextGen America said he has not ruled out backing Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, running against conservative Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

      “We are intrigued by Texas, and we are aware what we have to do in order to have an impact on a state that big. We need a lot of resources, but we have not made a decision to be involved with it,” Steyer said.

      • https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/24/beto-orourke-major-democratic-super-pac-donor-thanks-no-thanks/

        O’Rourke has long said he would not accept corporate PAC or super PAC money to his campaign, but he has no control over whether Steyer or anyone else runs ads on his behalf through an outside group.

        “He can still do it,” O’Rourke said. “Literally, not only do I not have any control but I’m prohibited by law from coordinating. Having said that, for he and anyone considering doing this, we don’t want that. It’s not the way to run this, and I’m convinced it’s not the way to win.”

        The El Paso Democrat was emphatic outside of the U.S. House chamber when asked about Steyer’s comments.

        “Thanks, but no thanks,” he said. “That’s my response. [I] don’t want it. That’s not how we’re doing this.”

        O’Rourke added: “This is going to be a real test for Texas and for the country and our democracy to see if people are a match for the PACs and the super PACs and the special interests and the corporations, and I’m all in on the people.”

        • A response that could very well have been a direct quote from Bernie.

          “He can still do it,” O’Rourke said. “Literally, not only do I not have any control but I’m prohibited by law from coordinating. Having said that, for he and anyone considering doing this, we don’t want that. It’s not the way to run this, and I’m convinced it’s not the way to win.”

    • LOL As if money from outside Texas is not going to roll in to try to save Ted’s ass


      Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argued Tuesday that the Democrat challenging him for his Senate seat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, is not being supported by “smart, tough Texans,” and instead is getting a lift from Hollywood and liberal politicians from the northeast.

      “First Rosie, then Al Franken, then Chelsea Handler, then Chuck Schumer, then Joe Kennedy, and now Elizabeth Warren…it’s clear that smart, tough Texans are the driving force behind Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s Leftist campaign!” Cruz said in a sarcastic tweet Tuesday morning.

    • BNB is great LD!

      Liz Warren Rolls Out Fundraising Email For Beto O’Rourke

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is fundraising for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke in Texas.

      “I believe in Beto – and I believe he would be a fighter for the people of Texas and all across the country in the United States Senate. But winning in Texas won’t be easy, and Beto’s campaign relies entirely on the support of grassroots donors like you,” Warren wrote in an email to her supporters Tuesday.

      The senator asks that folks “chip in today to fight for Beto,” reminding them that “we can win from Texas to Massachusetts and all over the country – if we get organized, stand together, and fight our hearts out – today, tomorrow, and every day until Election Day.”

    • http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article209739389.html#storylink=cpy

      A Texas Democratic donor is raising money for a super PAC to help Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke — against the wishes of the candidate, who has asked super PACs to stay out of the race.

      Dallas lawyer Marc Stanley told the Star-Telegram Tuesday that his group is gearing up to try to unseat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, following a Quinnipiac University poll this month that showed the race in a statistical dead heat.

      Stanley said the poll, combined with a private survey his group commissioned in February, “shows the time is right” to unseat Cruz.

      O’Rourke, a champion of campaign finance reform, has asked PACs to stay out of his race against Cruz. He’s raised $13.2 million for that contest, to Cruz’s roughly $12.6 million.

      “I’m not listening to what Beto O’Rourke says, I’m doing what I think is right for Texas,” said Stanley, who chaired former Texas Gov. Ann Richards’s campaign in 1990 in Dallas County.

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    • LD: this is one heckuva video/literary resume. No shite. Who/what can you send it to? T and R big-time!!

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  • Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will announce a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to […]

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    • Bernie Sanders has conquered the Democratic Party

      Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 was not universally welcomed, to put it mildly. His basic argument was that Democrats could assemble a cross-ethnic and cross-class coalition by offering big universal public programs like Medicare-for-all and free college tuition. But large portions of the party dismissed him as an interloper, a naive radical, or even just another entitled white male.

      Which makes developments since the 2016 election rather interesting: Quietly but steadily, the Democratic Party is admitting that Sanders was right.

      Let’s begin with the signature issue of Sanders’ campaign: a national single-payer health-care program, or Medicare-for-all as it’s known.

      Hillary Clinton, who ultimately bested Sanders for the party’s nomination, insisted the idea “will never, ever come to pass.” Fast forward roughly a year, and Sanders’ proposed Medicare-for-all legislation attracted 16 Democratic co-sponsors, including likely presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Corey Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).


      Then there’s the minimum wage. During the 2016 campaign, the Democrats were nervously tip-toeing up to $12 an hour as the new national minimum they wanted. But Sanders’ surprisingly strong bid for the nomination had its effect, forcing a $15-an-hour minimum onto the party platform. Since then, it’s been the Democratic default: The bulk of the party in the Senate has consolidated around a $15-minimum legislation.

      Meanwhile, a Democratic bill to make college tuition and living expenses debt-free has eight senators and 14 House members co-sponsoring.

      • Great article!! Thanks

        Note on the up and down arrows I hit up arrow

        then I wanted to reply, but accidentally hit down arrow

        then I took it down a couple of notches

        then I put in my up arrow and brought it back up to 4 (it was three)

        now I went back and took it down to 2

        and did not want to take it all the way to zero

        so while I am typing this comment, going back to see what I can do

        clicked up arrow and got it back to 4

        now am quitting the arrow game

        As an aside, a couple of days ago I posted the Onion piece on the DK/TOP pundit roundup which comes up every day. Pissed off the regulars but I did get at least one like

        Today I posted an article that the dems could blow it in 2020. Got a lot of comments that were thoughtful rather than just the You Hate Hillary, Why criticize dems? kind of stuff

        Then I went back to the article about dems in 2020 and found a link at the bottom which described how Rahm Emanuel had turned the dems into blue dogs around 2006 and later and how the establishment is going in the same direction again today.

        I again told my story about how a book had predicted the dems failure in 2010 which was written in 2007 if not before. In short, dems followed neo liberalism and war under Obama and would be punished when people realized it. Could not just run against W Bush. Needed to be for something.

        The article linked here shows actually the rapid change in the establishment dems (I can’t believe I just wrote that. What comes out of my fingers, my mind cannot vouch for. I have hated estab dems for so long, and the attempt to keep Hillary going that I am surprised as the next person that I wrote that)

        Long winded stuff, but maybe, just maybe, there might, there might just be the major shift happening. For sure, the world and the earth and everything else is in the balance…

        You are under no obligation to follow this link back to the place that has given so many of you PSTD and I know that you are consenting adults and you can follow your own volition, so with that warning, I give you the TOP/DK link to my comment over there. You don’t have to give me recommends or anything and probably it is a waste of time so I shouldn’t even be linking this.

        THis is just another possible shift. In short, not being treated like a turd means something, from one turd to DK

        this is not even coherent or funny or …


        • Thanks Don! I’m messing with the rating widgets as we speak (and took them off of posts entirely at the moment, leaving them only for comments) so hopefully will have that worked out soon enough.

          Went and took a look at the comments and see some thoughtful resposes, but the ‘ignorance’ is still quite strong! as well! They dont want to relitigate 2016, they want to relive it.

          And the Dems are not ‘waiting’ for Mueller to save them. We don’t need Mueller to save us and have been doing just fine in the past year winning elections on a wide-array of issues that are not Mueller.


          Why isn’t Donald Trump enough of a reason to get out and vote?

    • Embracing ‘the Sort of Bold Thinking We Need,’ Sanders to Introduce Plan to Guarantee Every American a Job

      With the goal of eliminating “working poverty and involuntary unemployment,” driving up wages, and curtailing income inequality, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is reportedly planning to introduce a federal jobs guarantee that would provide decent-paying employment to every American “who wants or needs” it.

      First detailed by the Washington Post’s Jeff Stein on Monday, Sanders’ plan would “fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, caregiving, the environment, education, and other goals.”

      “Under the job guarantee, every American would be entitled to a job under one of these projects or receive job training to be able to do so, according to an early draft of the proposal,” Stein notes. “Proponents trace the idea back to the New Deal Era, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pitched a ‘Second Bill of Rights’ to Congress in 1944. First on the list: the ‘right to a useful and remunerative job.'”

      In addition to providing workers with health benefits, Sanders’ proposal would also require that Americans employed by the federal program be paid at least $15 an hour, which supporters say would lift the wages of all workers by boosting competition with the private sector.

      “The plan’s authors envision millions of Americans getting hired under the proposal,” Stein notes.

      • When I was young, this led to a couple of jobs, some of the best I had. One for the county, and one, indirectly, for the city, working with people, helping them. It was called CETA then. It wasn’t completely comprehensive, like this one, but the idea is that we are more than willing to work hard, learn skills and become contributing members of society. Some of us then go on to sabotage ourselves, but that’s a different story! 😉

    • Cant seem to find the entire interview (but I admit to having not gone to the MSNBC mainpage), but heres what appears to be a larger bit than I posted yesterday.

      • not really a serious book

        obvious that neo liberalism has failed

        obvious billionaires running the world

        obvious wars failure but continue

        obvious people disappointed about the failure of the promise of globalization

        hillary promised more of the same in globalization

        trump promised return to a safe past

        the platitudes not working to address the issues

        but he is again making the point about dems need to face the issues

        just reading this blog today with other dems NOT TAKING CORPORATE $ is a major, major shift1

        Remember that DNC spent $750 M on 7 consulting firms

        • I haven’t read the book so cannot comment on that, but was surprised at some of the ‘truths’ that got told on that segment considering the outlet. He did a decent job of explaining the some of what has gone on in the past few years in a way that even the pundits were understanding it. I guess its a start anyways.

          And wow, 750 million! Imagine that spent on airfare to the Midwest instead.

      • I have not read the book

        The general frame is obvious and taken here to be a big deal in the interview.

        Here is an article that just came out on a more focused issue, the border and world wide migration as climate change happens

        we have a DMZ, a militarized zone in the US that has been going on for decades. The author linked an important book published around 1995 that set the stage for the reporting on these issues. That book had no comments on amazon.com

        The article begins with

        At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed what seemed to be a tank. For a second, I thought I might be seeing an apparition. When I stopped to take a picture, a soldier wearing a camouflage helmet emerged from the top of the Stryker, a 19-ton, eight-wheeled combat vehicle that was regularly used in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He looked my way and I offered a pathetic wave. To my relief, he waved back, then settled behind what seemed to be a large surveillance display mounted atop the vehicle. With high-tech binoculars, he began to monitor the mountainous desert that stretched toward Mexico, 20 miles away, as if the enemy might appear at any moment.

        That was in 2012 and, though I had already been reporting on the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border for years, I had never seen anything like it. Barack Obama was still president and it would be another six years before Donald Trump announced with much fanfare that he was essentially going to declare war at the border and send in the National Guard. (“We really haven’t done that before,” Trump told the media on April 3rd, “or certainly not very much before.”)

        the war zone is a place to spend $ on military equipment and to employ fighters to protect us from terrorists or people….

        Securing the Unsustainable

        At a global level, the forecast for the displacement of people is only expected to rise. According to projections, when it comes to climate change alone, by 2050 there could be between 150 million and 750 million people on the move due to sea level rise, droughts, floods, super storms, and other ecological hazards. Former Vice President Al Gore’s former security adviser, Leon Fuerth, wrote that if global warming exceeded the two degree Celsius mark, “border problems” would overwhelm U.S. capabilities “beyond the possibility of control, except by drastic measures and perhaps not even then.”

        At the same time, estimates suggest that, by 2030, if present trends continue, the richest one percent of people on this planet may control 64% of global wealth. In other words, what we may have is an unsustainable world managed with an iron fist. In that case, an endless process of border militarization and fortification is likely to be used to control the blowback. If the booming border and surveillance markets are any indication, the future will be as dystopic as a Stryker in the beautiful desert highlands of New Mexico — a world of mass displacements that leave the super-rich hunkered down behind their surveillance fortresses.

        The Border Fetish:
        The U.S. Frontier as a Zone of Profit and Sacrifice

    • I’m so sorry, @magsview, to hear about your friend. I know you will carry her light and love within you. And i know it is devastating to lose a close friend who is so young. All my sympathies. And a big bear hug to you. Glad you enjoyed the article. (A couple of days late.)

      • Thank you @polarbear4!! I truly appreciate your kind words. It was such a shock and I miss her terribly. You’re a very inspiring person & I’m fortunate to know you. {{{hug}}}

    • I’m having sticker shock! My Medigap just went up $80/quarter this year. apparently, it can be based on anything from zip code to whole state. gah. So come to think of it, that’s an approx. $320 total additional cost per year. And they cited my age! For Medigap, this is very worrisome–I’m YOUNG for Medigap.

      • Eh, like Medicare. Whatever pittance extra they give you for SS cost of living increases is EXACTLY the amount they raise Medicare payments. Meh. I’m working full-time again, now. Still at Home Depot. Maybe someday I can retire again, LOL.

        • I hear ya, phatcat. I’m really hoping to take off on a couple of private small-time ventures–coaching, mediating and nannying, but if it doesn’t work, I’m praying that Market of Choice still sees me as hirable in a year. Good luck!

          • I hear you both. I wish I could go back to work. I am physically internally disabled. Blechh! I just read an AI report that writers/editors are needed even with the high-tech developments. No surprise. Don m, have you heard anything from bobswern? T and R to the usual suspects!!

            • Have not heard anything from him for over a year or even longer.

              He made a last ditch attempt to point out the crap on DK and Kos himself. Then he went off into the sunset along with many others. But as long as they have MSNBC and Trump and the establishment dems, they can continue to wallow in the DK swamp.

              I have Bob’s email if you would like it.

              • Thanks! 🙂 He was my mentor on the economic nightmares like NAFTA, TPP, etc. I would like his email. I got his snail mail info back when we were all TOP regulars so it may be out of date. Email orlbucfan@gmail.com

            • Sorry to hear that , Orl. You seem indomitable! :0)

      • wi59 replied 1 day ago

        The End of Retirement-When you can’t afford to stop working

        Article is a long read but is this the retirement that awaits many of us?

        On Thanksgiving Day of 2010, Linda May sat alone in a trailer in New River, Arizona. At sixty, the silver-haired grandmother lacked electricity and running water. She couldn’t find work. Her unemployment benefits had run out, and her daughter’s family, with whom she had lived for many years while holding a series of low-wage jobs, had recently downsized to a smaller apartment. There wasn’t enough room to move back in with them.
        “I’m going to drink all the booze. I’m going to turn on the propane. I’m going to pass out and that’ll be it,” she told herself. “And if I wake up, I’m going to light a cigarette and blow us all to hell.”
        Weeks after leaving her job at Amazon’s warehouse in Fernley, Nevada, migrant worker Linda May still suffers from repetitive strain injuries. All photographs © Max Whittaker
        Weeks after leaving her job at Amazon’s warehouse in Fernley, Nevada, migrant worker Linda May still suffers from repetitive strain injuries. All photographs © Max WhittakerHer two small dogs were staring at her. May hesitated — could she really envision blowing them up as well? That wasn’t an option. So instead she accepted an invitation to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.A couple of years later, May found herself close to the edge again. She was working as a Home Depot cashier for $10.50 an hour, which barely paid for her $600-a-month trailer in Lake Elsinore, California. She wondered, not for the first time, how anybody could afford to grow old. She had held many jobs in her life — building inspector, general contractor, flooring-store owner, insurance executive, cocktail waitress — but none had brought even a modicum of lasting financial security. “Never managed to get myself a pension,” said May, who wears bifocals with rose-colored plastic frames and reveals deep laugh lines when she smiles, which is often. She knew she would soon be eligible for Social Security benefits, but at $499 her monthly checks would not even cover the rent.Soon after, though, May discovered the philosophy (and the extensive website) of a former Safeway clerk from Alaska named Bob Wells. In 1995, Wells had divorced, gone broke, and moved into a van. As he mastered the transient-survival arts — including “stealth parking” tactics to evade police and tricks for installing solar panels on vehicles — he shared them online. According to Wells, some “vandwellers” subsisted on $500 a month or less, a sum that made immediate sense to May. “If they could do it,” she thought, “I’m sure I could.”

        The End of Retirement

        • Wow. Thanks.

        • Great read! I’ve heard of this. Also of Quartzite – I follow some tiny house news which sometimes features people living in cars. I’m glad we are not reduced to that. For all the bravado, it sounds pretty lonely and scary.

          I’d say a good third of us at THD are of retirement age – or very close to it. I don’t take a lot home, but buy the Cadillac vision and dental insurance which we need, do a 401K for the matching funds, and buy stock at a 15% discount. I’m grateful that they hire us old-timers, but, yeah, we are reliable. Well, except when we have knee/hip/back problems, or when we get sick, like I am now. Two days I’ve called in with a bear of a cold. Now I have two scheduled days off to recuperate.

          I read some stats about truck drivers, too. That over half are over 55 and about a quarter over 65. It is one field where you can make a really good paycheck at an advanced age. But retirement isn’t for us regular people anymore.

    • (CNN)California Sen. Kamala Harris will join other leading Democrats in rejecting corporate PAC money, she announced in an interview on Monday.

      The decision marks a reversal from Harris, who refused at a town hall in Sacramento earlier this month to swear off corporate donations. Harris publicized her new position during a visit, taped Friday, with “The Breakfast Club,” a New York radio show. When asked by co-host Charlamagne Tha God about her earlier response, Harris said she had reconsidered.


      • ‘Pressure Works’: Kamala Harris Becomes Fifth Likely Democratic 2020 Contender to Swear Off Corporate Cash

        Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) followed the lead of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday when she announced that she would reject donations from corporate PACs, just a few weeks after a town hall attendee pointedly questioned her about her stance on such contributions.

        On the New York-based radio show “The Breakfast Club,” host Charlamagne Tha God asked Harris about the exchange she had with a constituent in Sacramento, who asked her if she would take money from political action committees representing corporate interests. When Harris told the audience member, “It depends,” he replied, “Wrong answer.”

        “I think that money has had such an outside influence on politics,” said Harris on Monday, two weeks after the exchange garnered attention. “…We’re all supposed to have an equal vote, but money has now really tipped the balance between an individual having equal power in an election to a corporation. So I’ve actually made a decision since I had that conversation that I’m not going to accept corporate PAC checks.”

    • Thanks to Rand Paul’s “Cowardly Flip-Flop,” Senate Committee Approves Warmonger Pompeo

      After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) decided to support President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo at the last minute in a “cowardly flip-flop,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday voted along party lines to advance Pompeo to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.

      “In voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against diplomacy today, and for a foreign policy even more inclined towards war,” Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action said in a statement following the vote. “Pompeo’s record of warmongering, climate denial, and Islamophobia speaks for itself.”
      In the days leading up to Monday’s vote, Pompeo was widely expected to advance to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations Committee. But Paul’s sudden reversal after repeated vows to oppose Pompeo gave Republicans on the committee just enough votes for approval, even in the face of united Democratic opposition.

      The process did hit a slight snag as senators prepared for the final vote on Monday, however, as Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) was absent, requiring him to vote “yes” by proxy. Under Senate rules, a committee member who is not present cannot cast the decisive vote.

      While Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) suggested holding off on the final vote until later Monday night when Isakson could attend, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)—who initially voted “no”—decided to change his vote to “present,” allowing Pompeo’s nomination to promptly sail through with the committee’s stamp of approval.

      • Wonder what he got–carrot or stick? And here we are with are Blue is better than Red vote, again. Let’s have another couple of wars, shall we? It’s so weird. I met a youngish woman on a focused spiritual path. The reason she had the money to pretty much pursue this path single mindedly? She and others had made, sold and then sold the company that made a certain kind of military glove that was innovative. Just weird. I can’t really judge and she seemed nice enough….

    • Why Young People Are Joining Unions Again

      Young people are at a tipping point. They are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs. They experience suffocating levels of student debt alongside declining wages and income equality while watching companies monopolize entire industries, and sometimes even nationwide elections. Representation—actual representation—feels more like theory than reality.

      People are, finally, beginning to take notice of young people’s activism to fix that system. However, many are mistaking the new wave of media coverage dedicated to young people’s political activism for young people’s newfound political activism. It’s not that young people were ever politically dormant; it’s just that their activism has existed in places where older generations aren’t used to looking: on college campuses, like the Know Your IX movement and tuition equity campaigns for undocumented students, and inside activist movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #ByeAnita and #Occupy.

      Young people’s activism has existed in places where older generations aren’t used to looking

      And now, increasingly, unions.

    • As Wave of Teacher Strikes Slated to Continue, GOP State Lawmakers Aim to Jail Protesters

      While teachers in Arizona and Colorado plan to demonstrate later this week to demand higher salaries and greater government investment in the public education system, GOP state lawmakers are aiming to punish protesters, even as new polling shows the majority of Americans support paying teachers more.

      Several schools in Arizona and Colorado have preemptively canceled classes on Thursday, in anticipation of public school teachers across both states launching walkouts and demonstrations similar to those that have swept through Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia in recent weeks.

      Teachers in Arizona plan to walk out as part of the #RedforEd movement. The scheduled walkout comes after they issued a list of demands—including pay increases for all school employees, plus annual raises for teachers; restoring education funding to 2008 levels; and no new tax cuts—to state lawmakers late last month, and promised to protest if the demands were not met.

      In Colorado, meanwhile, teachers intend to descend on the state Capitol—as they did last week—to call for higher pay and more school funding, and oppose legislation that would slash retirement benefits. Two GOP state senators have responded by introducing a bill that attempts to bar teachers from striking, and threatens to fire, fine, or even jail those who do.

      • ISIS was formed in jail

        White folks dying of drugs got attention

        How about hundreds of HS kids jailed for protesting guns?

        How about hundreds of white folks jailed for protesting pipe lines?

        How about hundreds of Native Americans jailed for protesting the rape of their land?

        When the promise of a great future died, we are living in the ruins, and the kids see what we gave them, there are not enough jails to handle all the protesters.

        (and once again I have never been jailed even though I have been in many protests)

      • wi59 replied 1 day ago

        I would imagine that other public employees would at least march with the teachers as well. The other pubic employees may not strike with them but will show support and it happens to be an election year.

    • Group rallies against water shutoffs in Detroit

      Protesters called Monday for the city to stop shutting off water service for unpaid bills, saying officials are hurting poor families and need to adopt a water affordability plan.

      Hydrate Detroit— a nonprofit that provides water deliveries and helps with water restoration for families in the city— led a gathering of about a dozen people at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s west-side customer service center on Grand River.

      The demonstrators called for Detroit to suspend water shutoffs and allow amnesty for residents who can’t afford to pay their past-due bills.

      More than 17,000 residential customers in Detroit are at risk of having their water shut off, city officials say. The water department plans to begin visiting homes on May 1 with door hangers warning of shutoffs if those customers don’t take steps to resolve their outstanding bills.


      Also appearing at Monday’s rally were a few candidates for political office, including Abdul El-Sayed— a former health director for the city of Detroit who is running for governor.

      El-Sayed said he wanted to show solidarity with the residents who were at risk of losing their water service. Water, he said, is a basic necessity for survival and the city should be working with residents to ensure they don’t lose that access.
      “We cannot continue to treat it as a commodity,” El-Sayed said.

    • And the person responsible for this is a Dem—an incompetent Dem

      140,000 Arizona residents are missing voter ID cards for today’s special election

      According to the Arizona Republic, Maricopa County officials have not sent all voters the cards they can use to cast a ballot under Arizona’s voter ID law because of an issue with the company used to print the materials. The paper reports that just 60,000 ID cards have been mailed to people who recently registered or changed their registration, while about 140,000 have not been sent.

      Adrian Fontes, the county recorder who oversees elections in Maricopa County, told ThinkProgress on Monday that he’s not concerned with what he sees as a “little hiccup in printing.”

      “It’s not that big of an impact on voters because we have redundancies in our system,” said Fontes, a Democrat who took office in 2016 after he campaigned on a promise to fight voter suppression and expand the right to vote in a county notorious for voting issues. “Every voter already got either a ballot in the mail or they got a sample ballot in the mail.”

      Fontes added that people who don’t have the voter ID card should not be turned away from the polls Tuesday if they have other forms of acceptable ID.

      • https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/what-the-arizona-special-election-means/558737/?utm_source=feed

        Two women, Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a cancer-research advocate, and Republican state Senator Debbie Lesko, are vying to fill the House seat vacated by Republican Trent Franks, who resigned in December after it was reported that he asked a staffer to be a surrogate. Only two people have represented the area—which includes the suburbs to the north and west of Phoenix—since 1977, and Democrats haven’t even had a candidate on the ballot since 2012. But a string of surprising wins in Alabama, Virginia, and most recently in Pennsylvania, has given Democrats cause for hope even in the reddest of places.

        “It should be an unwinnable district for us,” said Andy Barr, a local Democratic strategist, citing the fact that Donald Trump won the district by a whopping 21 points in 2016. “It should not be possible for us to be in this position, and yet we are.”

        Tipirneni, a former ER physician, has made health care the centerpiece of her long-shot campaign, advocating for a Medicare-for-all-type public option. She’s also vowed to increase investment in public education, a pretty timely issue in the state: Arizona educators voted last week in favor of a statewide walkout to protest low pay and school funding. On this, the Democrat has positioned herself directly opposite Lesko, a longtime proponent of school choice who recently earned praise from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for sponsoring a law to expand Arizona’s school-voucher program. Lesko has also campaigned heavily on enhancing border security and been a passionate supporter of President Trump’s proposed border wall.

        • Anyone going to be monitoring this election today? If there is a large turnout, the FRightwing ID card “hiccup in printing” won’t matter.

      • WTF

        what if the dem party really protested the stolen election in 2000?

        what if they took election integrity seriously in the last 29 years?

        well, if the establishment can coast on the new deal even while taking it down, why rock the boat

        elections give legitimacy so politicians so they don’t want to rock the boat and point out corruption

        once getting on corruption, how far will it go

        so keep everything under the covers as long as possible

      • wi59 replied 1 day ago

        So–How long before the R’s scream voter fraud?

    • Mitt Romney’s Bid to Become Utah’s Next Senator Just Hit A Roadblock. Here’s What Happens Next.

      Mitt Romney seemed like a shoo-in to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch as the senator from Utah. But last night, after 11 hours of debates and posturing, delegates at Utah’s GOP nominating convention rejected the former presidential candidate in favor of State Rep. Mike Kennedy, a lawyer and doctor from Alpine, Utah, the same town that is home to former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
      Out of a 12-person field that included an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Kennedy beat Romney 51 to 49, after campaigning on opposition to Obamacare and the Common Core educational standards. Because neither candidate received 60 percent of the delegate votes, the loss means that Romney will face Kennedy in a June primary.
      Utah’s GOP nominating system is quirky—and this year’s was especially chaotic. (As the hours wore on, Romney volunteers threw Twinkies to exhausted delegates assembled in the hockey arena.) The convention system tends to favor far-right candidates, and allows an underfunded newcomer to upset more established candidates, as Chaffetz did in 2008, when he beat six-term incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon at the convention. Newcomer Mike Lee also knocked off three-term incumbent Senator Robert Bennett in 2010 this way.

      Romney spent between half a million and $1 million dollars—money left over from his presidential race—in the run-up to the convention; Kennedy just $31,500.

      • (Omit)

      • Tool

        Some twitter reaction

        imagine being taunted by Mitt Romney wearing a basketball jersey over a tucked in dress shirt

        no amount of triple doubles can make a soul come to terms with that

        Mitt Romney taunting Westbrook while wearing a jersey over a button-up kinda makes sense if you’ve ever played Church Ball on a Wednesday night with a bunch of Mormon guys.

        Mitt Romney rocking the jersey over a dress shirt like a sentient kale salad.

        Also, why does UTAH have a basketball team named JAZZ? I’d imagine Jazz was illegal there until, like, 1998.

        All politics is local.

    • Hillary Clinton unleashed foul-mouthed tirade in Trump debate prep session

      Hillary Clinton unleashed a “fuck-laced fusillade” on aides in a 2016 debate prep session, according to a new book about the presidential campaign by New York Times journalist Amy Chozick.

      The candidate was squirming with frustration over lingering concerns about her “authenticity” and racked with loathing for Donald Trump she was determined not to vent in public.

      “Aides understood that in order to keep it all together onstage, Hillary sometimes needed to unleash on them in private,” Chozick writes in Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling. “‘You want authentic, here it is!’ she’d yelled in one prep session, followed by a fuck-laced fusillade about what a ‘disgusting’ human being Trump was and how he didn’t deserve to even be in the arena.”

      Rife with such anecdotes, Chozick’s book, a copy of which the Guardian obtained from a bookseller in New York, is released on Tuesday. It comes hard on the heels of the current politics blockbuster, A Higher Loyalty by James Comey.


      The struggle inside the Clinton campaign for message clarity is starkly illustrated by Chozick with a three-page section listing 84 possible slogans the campaign considered but discarded. Rejects included “You’ve earned a fair chance”, “A new bargain we can count on” and the succinct “No quit”.

      Apart from issues with authenticity and messaging, the campaign struggled with an internal generation gap that spawned disagreements on everything from basic strategy to the question of how to handle Trump’s attack over sexual assault allegations against Bill Clinton, Chozick reports.

      • Well I’ve had some fuck-laced fusillades about Trump and I’m racked with loathing about him so I can’t really blame her for that.

    • This is funny yet not funny regarding Trump’s demands for loyalty over competence amongst his cabinet hires…

      Ronny Jackson, Trump’s V.A. Nominee, Faces Claims of Overprescription and Hostile Work Environment

      The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is examining allegations that President Trump’s nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department oversaw a hostile work environment as the White House physician and allowed the overprescribing of drugs, according to congressional officials briefed on the committee’s work.

      They have also received claims that Dr. Ronny L. Jackson drank too much on the job.

      The allegations, which have been under investigation since last week, forced the postponement of Dr. Jackson’s confirmation hearing, planned for this Wednesday as senators scrutinize the nominee’s time leading the White House medical staff. Officials familiar with the allegations against Dr. Jackson declined to offer precise details but said that they suggest a pattern of behavior, not just one or two isolated incidents.

      The committee did not announce a new date for the hearing.

      Dr. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy who serves as the White House physician, was already expected to face difficult questioning during his testimony before the committee. Last month, Mr. Trump fired his first Veterans Affairs secretary, David J. Shulkin, an experienced hospital administrator and veteran of the V.A. medical system, and then chose Dr. Jackson largely out of personal affinity.

      The White House did little or no vetting of his background before announcing his nomination on Twitter. Before serving as a White House physician, Dr. Jackson had deployed as an emergency medicine physician to Taqaddum, Iraq, during the Iraq war.

      The Senate only received paperwork from the Trump administration formalizing Dr. Jackson’s nomination last week.

    • Arizona election is bellwether of Democratic enthusiasm in GOP stronghold

      Arizona’s eighth congressional district in Phoenix’s western suburbs is perhaps best known as a winter retreat for midwestern snowbirds – a sunny destination for retirees where cars share the road with golf carts. What the conservative district is not known for is electoral suspense.

      Yet on Tuesday the Republican stronghold will play host to a special election that is being closely watched as a potential bellwether of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the fall midterm elections.

      Arizona has emerged as a centerpiece in the battle for control of Congress 2018, featuring one of the most contested Senate races in the country. Republicans are defending the seat being vacated by retiring senator Jeff Flake, while Democrats are bullish on their chances of winning an open congressional seat. Meanwhile, the state’s other senator, John McCain, has been absent from Washington since December while he recovers form an aggressive form of brain cancer in Arizona.

      In the eighth congressional district, Republican Debbie Lesko, a state senator, is the strong favorite to replace Trent Franks, the veteran GOP congressman who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct. But Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a political newcomer and former emergency room physician, has mounted a competitive challenge for the seat, with polls showing a tightening race in the final weeks of the campaign.

      Few expect an upset here. Early voting returns favor Republicans and recent polling show Lesko winning by anywhere from 10 and six points to a virtual tie. Donald Trump won the district by 21 points in 2016.

      • Will there be any live monitoring of this race? Thanks gang! 🙂

      • wi59 replied 1 day ago

        I get the feeling that this will be called early for the R–to many early voting R’s and a dominated R district. Not that i’m into moral victories anything under a 10% loss would be a good showing for the Dem. But that’s why we get to vote. I’ll check some sites until I turn in for the night-maybe a west coast Tpw’r will update. It will be 10pm WI time when polls close there.

        • The reliable sites I follow say it won’t be decided until 11PM(EST). I am following the turnout percentages. If they are high, the demo has a chance.

    • Pennsylvania golf club apologizes for calling police on black female members

      A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course.

      “I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. “It was a horrific experience.”

      Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview golf club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper.

      At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren’t keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue.
      On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.

      The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the country and world, Thompson said. They’re very familiar with golf etiquette, she said.

      • wi59 replied 1 day ago

        You just have to wonder what’s gotten into people these days, I realize Trumpcorp has emboldened the weak minded among us to do this BS but its getting out of hand.

    • Gina Haspel’s CIA appointment will delight torturers around the globe

      Donald Trump’s nominee to become the next director of the CIA has ignited great moral anguish in the US, but from Bangkok to London and beyond we should all be alarmed.

      Gina Haspel, who has worked at the CIA since the 1980s, stands accused of running a notorious CIA facility in Thailand where a Saudi terrorist suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was subjected to waterboarding and other forms of “enhanced interrogation techniques” – which our experts at Freedom from Torture would have no trouble recognising as torture. She then reportedly ordered the destruction of videotapes of these torture sessions, which smacks of a cover-up.

      At the very least, there are serious questions for Haspel to answer in a court of law. The Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights has called on German prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for her under universal jurisdiction laws against torture, and the international criminal court is also considering evidence against her. But the chances of her facing international justice are slim. Instead, Haspel stands to be granted command of the entire CIA, the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

      This lamentable state of affairs could have been avoided had Barack Obama complied with the United States’ obligations under the UN convention against torture to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the CIA’s torture programme. He refused to do so, as part of a misguided theory that the best way to stop future torture by the CIA was to “look forward as opposed to looking backwards”.

    • New York Denies Water Quality Certification to NESE Pipeline

      New York State just denied water quality certification to the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, a pipeline that would involve the installation of approximately 17.4 miles of 26-inch diameter natural gas pipeline within New York State waters. In explaining its denial, New York stated that the pipeline’s water quality certification application was incomplete, preventing New York from making an informed determination. This is one step toward victory in permanently blocking the pipeline—without water quality certification, the natural gas pipeline cannot go forward within the state. But the fight is just beginning.

    • New Report Details Dozens of Corrupt Border Patrol Agents—Just As Trump Wants to Hire More

      In the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump requested that Congress give Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enough money to hire 5,000 new agents to patrol the US-Mexico border as part of his immigration crackdown. The move raised eyebrows among immigration activists and experts, who had been monitoring the agency’s poor discipline record and had seen cases of corruption spike in the wake of such hiring sprees.
      New records obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveal that their concerns may not have been misplaced. Since 2016, there have been 40 cases of corruption-related charges against CBP employees, including 13 since Trump took office. Overall, 80 Border Patrol agents and 127 CBP officers have been arrested or charged with corruption-related crimes since 2004. Records show that between February 2017 and mid-March 2018, CBP employees racked up charges including embezzlement, human smuggling, theft, bribery, breaking and entering, money laundering, providing false statements, and using firearms during drug-related crimes.

      • Border Patrol agent found not guilty of murder in Mexican teen’s 2012 death

        José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was on Calle Internacional, four blocks from his home in Nogales, when 16 shots punctured the night. Ten bullets struck him: eight in the back, two in the head. He died where he fell.

        The 16-year-old was not a victim of street crime. All the shots came from the United States, from the gun of a Border Patrol agent aiming through the fence which separates Arizona from Mexico.

        It was 10 October 2012, when a young life ended and a closely watched legal saga began. A single question threaded a family’s grief and argument about border security and the US constitution: was it murder?

        The agent, Lonnie Swartz, said he fired in self-defence against rock-throwing drug smugglers. Prosecutors said the agent calmly, deliberately and unlawfully took a life, acting as judge, jury and executioner, and that his uniform should not shield him from justice.

        On Monday, a jury in a federal courtroom in Tucson, Arizona, found Swartz not guilty of second-degree murder and said it could not reach a verdict on two lesser manslaughter charges.

      • This Sheriff Was Booted by DHS for Racism. Now Trump Wants To Enlist Him in Deportations

        A North Carolina sheriff’s office had a “pattern of racial profiling,” but that hasn’t stopped Trump’s ICE from inviting it into the 287(g) program.

        • wi59 replied 1 day ago

          Hey a Trumpcorp kinda guy not surprised just disgusted by this and the not guilty finding on LD post about the Border guard murder lack of justice

      • i hope this backfires so bad for them. Maddow’s voice is sooo irritating–haven’t heard it in awhile.

    • Judge: Need for proposed Enbridge pipeline but should not be built on proposed route

      In a report that could carry significant weight with state regulators, an administrative law judge said Enbridge has demonstrated a need for its proposed new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

      However, Judge Ann O’Reilly said in the report released Monday that the pipeline — a replacement for Enbridge’s current Line 3 — should not be built on the company’s preferred route. Instead, a new Line 3 should be constructed parallel to the existing pipeline.

      Those recommendations could make the controversial pipeline project more complicated. The current Line 3 crosses the reservations of two American Indian bands, both of which are opposed to any new pipeline. Getting tribal consent would be a tough task for Enbridge.

    • Minn. court sides with climate change activists in pipeline case

      The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on the side of climate change activists Monday in a case over an oil pipeline protest.

      The four activists — one from New York and three from Washington — admit they broke into Enbridge Energy property in northwestern Minnesota in an effort to stop oil from flowing through a pipeline.

      The activists’ case is headed to trial in Clearwater County later this year. They’ve asked the court if they can use what’s known as a “necessity defense” to argue they needed to shut off the flow of oil in order to address climate change.

      The judge on their case granted the request. But state prosecutors challenged the decision and the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Feburary. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which represents business interests in the state, filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the prosecutors’ argument.

      But the state appeals court dismissed the challenge in their ruling Monday, making way for the activists to call experts on global warming to testify during their trial.

    • Trans Mountain pipeline another colonial project asserting jurisdiction over Indigenous lands

      Kinder Morgan is nothing less than reconciliation on trial. The company’s recent claims to the “untenable” economics of the Trans Mountain pipeline may derail the project for now, but there will be other pipelines, and the problem of jurisdiction will not go away.

      oday, Justin Trudeau fights tirelessly to assert national jurisdiction to see the planned pipeline to completion. In the face of extraordinary Indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain project, and without a trace of the tears that fell for reconciliation, Trudeau asserts that this infrastructure is “in the national interest and it will get built.”

      Infrastructure development has always driven Indian policy in Canada, laying the blueprint for national economic ambition. Train and telegraph lines gave shape to the numbered treaties. Trade routes forged the navigation maps for roads and highways. Forts became settlements and cities. Infrastructure transformed homelands into frontiers of extraction leaving a meagre land base of 0.2 per cent of the country to Indigenous peoples.

      When Canada was born in 1867, it barely existed as a physical space. To make it into a country, it needed land, and to access the land and bring it under settler control, it needed infrastructure.

    • Testing the Legal Power of Art to Stop a Pipeline

      It’s not easy to stop the construction of natural gas pipelines, but several years ago the ecological artist and activist Aviva Rahmani came up with an ingenious idea: what if you could protect threatened landscapes by turning them into art? She’s been taking her sprawling land art projects “The Blued Trees” and “The Blued Trees Symphony” to locations in New York, Virginia, and West Virginia, in hopes that by having them protected by the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), she can prevent the use of eminent domain to seize lands where the artworks are situated for pipeline construction.

      “I regard the legal aspects of ‘Blued Trees’ in the long lineage of social practice and social sculpture art,” Rahmani told Hyperallergic in 2015. “It is about shaping systems, a far more complex idea than protest. The fact that it was designed for pipeline corridors is about culture jamming site specificity in the art world. I’m not just saying ‘no’ to something — I’m suggesting another way of experiencing the world we live in, which includes environmental ethics and our legal system.”

      On Wednesday, by way of testing out the effectiveness and legal limits of Rahmani’s projects, the Cardozo School of Law Environmental Law Society, the Art Law Society, and the Intellectual Property Student Association will carry out a mock trial of “The Blued Trees” and “The Blued Trees Symphony.”

    • Roanoke County police deliver pizza, sandwiches to pipeline protesters in tree stands

      After provisions ran low in two tree stands occupied by pipeline protesters, Roanoke County police used plastic buckets on a rope to send up pizza and bologna sandwiches to the two women.

      The police officers, who have been keeping a close watch on the mother-and-daughter team of tree-sitters, were told for the first time Sunday that they needed food.
      “Their requests were accommodated immediately,” county spokeswoman Amy Whittaker said.

      • Huh, interesting. But good.

        I found a facebook video of this food delivery. The policeman says, “Questions for you before I just send something up, do you have any allergies?”

    • Judge asked to reject pipeline protester’s evidence request

      The government is asking a federal judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

      Prosecutors contend authorities properly obtained the shrapnel and clothing from Sophia Wilansky while she was hospitalized in Minnesota following her November 2016 injury. They also said the evidence could be key to a criminal investigation into a violent clash between demonstrators and police that’s become the emblematic skirmish of the protest.


      Wilansky was hurt in a clash that began when protesters tried to push past a blocked highway bridge near their main encampment but were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays. Police said protesters threw objects including rocks, asphalt and water bottles.

      Authorities maintain the explosion that injured Wilansky was caused by a propane canister that demonstrators rigged to explode. Protesters contend the blast was caused by a concussion grenade thrown by officers.

      Wilansky, who has undergone several surgeries, sued the FBI and other federal agencies in February in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, seeking the return of the evidence or the opportunity to have the items analyzed by a forensic scientist she hired. She hopes it will bolster a civil rights lawsuit she plans to file against law enforcement seeking money damages.

      In his response filed with the court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Baune said the seizures were legally done and the items are evidence in a grand jury investigation into the altercation.

      • What a tough trial going on right now for Wilansky!

        I have to wonder if its potential to become precedent is fueling at least some of the heavy and intense legal manoevering.

    • A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

      The past three popes have invested deeply in the forgiveness-begging business, offering official apologies for the church’s sins against Jews during World War II and Indigenous people in Bolivia, among others.

      But Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops said late last month that Pope Francis would not apologize in the foreseeable future for the boarding schools where, for more than a century and a half, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend in an effort to obliterate their cultures and languages.

      About 70 percent of children went to schools operated by the church.

      Now, the Canadian House of Commons is poised to consider a motion to ask those bishops to return to Rome to seek a papal apology, fulfilling a specific recommendation for healing the rift between Canada and its Indigenous people by a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented the abuses at the schools.

      “This wasn’t the work of a few bad apples,” said Charlie Angus, a practicing Catholic and New Democratic Party member of Parliament who introduced the motion, which is supported by the government and likely to pass. “The church’s role was enormous.”

      • 🙁

        Sometimes this pope seems pretty good, but there are many holes in that particular tapestry.

    • <a href="https://ssir.org/articles/entry/respecting_the_rights_of_indigenous_peoples_as_renewable_energy_grows&quot; rel="nofollow"Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Renewable Energy Grows

      Addressing climate change requires that we transition quickly to renewable energy while grounding our efforts in human rights.

    • Indigenous Brazilians set up camp to lobby for their rights

      Hundreds of indigenous Brazilians set up camp in the nation’s capital Monday at the start of a week of speeches, protests and celebrations as they lobby the government to protect their rights.
      Many indigenous groups say President Michel Temer’s government hasn’t done enough to protect their lands from encroachment by business interests.

      Military police in the capital of Brasilia said around 1,000 people gathered Monday. Organizers said they expected that to grow to around 3,000.

      During last year’s Free Land Encampment, a protest turned violent. Police fired tear gas, and demonstrators responded with spears and arrows.

    • The Infiltrator and the Movement

      In 2010, Lisa Jones was on holiday in Italy with her boyfriend of six years, Mark Stone. The couple were popular environmentalists from the UK: Mark had played a key role in the 2005 anti-G8 protests in Scotland, assisted political movements in over a dozen countries, and even co-founded an activist logistics company, the Activist Tat Collective. The pair had travelled together, gone to festivals together, and mourned the death of Lisa’s father together.

      During that holiday, Lisa unsuspectingly pulled Mark’s passport out of the glovebox. The passport showed that Mark Stone was actually Mark Kennedy, father of two, and would help Lisa discover that Kennedy had been in the police force for two decades, deployed by the state to penetrate political threats to the status quo.

      Eight years later, we know that over 150 undercover police officers infiltrated over one thousand British political groups across four decades, forming long-term relationships with women, fathering children, and engaging in some of the most radical direct action.

      Police officers appeared in court under false names, stole the identities of dead children, and spied on the grieving families of black people killed in police custody. These sensational revelations have captured extensive media attention, but much of the scandal’s coverage has decontextualized the operations, neglecting their political aims and impacts. Undercover policing, in fact, is just the sharp edge of an entire armory of political policing. Managing, keeping tabs on, and even crushing political threats to the status quo is a steadfast feature of most modern capitalist states. It’s crucial for the Left to understand how political infiltration has functioned historically in the UK, and draw out the strategic lessons this history might contain.

      • I did not know about the (new-ish?) significance of the color red for Native Americans-to honor missing and/or murdered indigenous women (which I know is a big problem in Canada).

        Terese Mailhot doesn’t like the symbolism, which is obviously her right, especially with her history.

        Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Don’t Hang a Red Dress For Me

        The red dress appears ghostly and impersonal, especially after it’s become so familiar and synonymous—I have come to resent when editors choose the red dress over a human face for stories about murdered and missing women, because I wonder about the danger and benefit of giving a cause to protect human life an image with no features, or life, or blood, or viscera.

        Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Don’t Hang a Red Dress For Me

        Btw, Mailhot’s book Heart Berries is getting some wonderful reviews. I’d love to get my hands on a copy. It sounds very powerful.

        ‘Heart Berries’ Shatters a Pattern of Silence. Don’t be fooled by the title. Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir, published under the romantic, rather forgettable name “Heart Berries,” is a sledgehammer. In a book slender enough to slide into your back pocket, Mailhot reckons with the wages of intergenerational trauma.

    • This Union Nurse and Outspoken Progressive Could Become Iowa’s Next Governor

      Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), is wearing gray sweats and a hoodie and has the sleeves-rolled-up mix of grit and weariness of a man who’s been doing social justice work in Iowa since the 1970s. He pounds the table as he talks about how the Democrats have talked a great game for decades, but done little. “I am sick and tired,” he says, “of being sick and tired of being fucked over by bullshit promises on the campaign trail.”
      This election cycle, Espey thinks things will be different. “That right there,” he says, jabbing a finger toward a photograph in a photocopied article on the wall of CCI’s offices. “That right there is a movement candidate.”

      The candidate is Cathy Glasson, an intensive care nurse and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local president who’s running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

      The GOP’s aggressively antilabor agenda has inspired CCI to set up a PAC and take its first plunge into state-level politics, working on behalf of Glasson. She fits the 43-year-old community organizing group’s vision of movement politics: Her candidacy emerged from her role as president of SEIU Local 199, which represents healthcare and education workers in 20 bargaining units across the state. And she foregrounds issues that her six Democratic opponents shy away from: Big Ag’s role in Iowa’s water pollution problems, for example, and the need for single-payer, universal healthcare.

    • And now, for something a bit different (but not really because we care about the environment and wildlife here):

      The Bahamas Are Filled With Flamingos Once Again

      On the island of Great Inagua, the flashy birds have made a huge comeback.

      One of the Caribbean’s greatest conservation success stories began in the early 1950s, when ornithologist Robert Porter Allen, Audubon’s first director of research, arrived in the Bahamas’ southernmost islands to discover only a scant hundred or so flamingos—one of the last breeding colonies of American Flamingo. Thanks to the efforts of Allen and others, the Bahamian government preserved roughly half of Great Inagua as a national park, and the island’s flamingo population now tops 80,000—outnumbering human residents by more than 80 to 1.

      Morton Salt is Inagua’s biggest employer. Audubon helps train guides for a bird-based ecotourism program on Great Inagua that aims to diversify islanders’ income. Tarra Lindo now earns part of her living by showing visitors Inagua’s flamingos and other birds. “Our ancestors were in the business of hunting the flamingos,” Lindo says. “Now our generation is in the business of protecting them.”


    • Remember the story about PR going to Solartopia?

      Turns out Musk was part of the solar push, at least. So I guess he’s sort of a good guy/bad guy. Since there was that other story about him not treating his workers so great. trying not to let them unionize, iirc.

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