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  • Happy Sunday Friends!  😀

    I should be doing bookkeeping, but it’s not nearly as fun as sharing things with you all.

    Arvol Looking Horse (the man on the right) is a formidable person.

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  • Former Military Leaders Want to Expand and Improve Child Care — to Increase Future Recruitment

    The American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C., organized an event this week w […]

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  • The Democratic Unity Reform Commission had their last meeting this weekend and issued a statement:

    “The meetings that have taken place over the past year and the reforms recommended by this body are a productive […]

    • Thanks, mags! Surprising that Ellison didn’t stick with getting rid of all of them. We certainly don’t expect him to “unify” away a core position. But half and the half voting with their state—great if it gets passed..

      If they have to vote with their state, why have them at all? Let the people do the voting.

      From the article at naked capitalism you posted yesterday mags, i guess the answer was obvious:

      NORMAN SOLOMON: Your last question first, I would say in response that Keith Ellison is in a bind and a box, really, when he lost a close election nine months ago to be chair of the Democratic National Committee to Tom Perez. Then Perez immediately invited him to be deputy chair. In that role, Ellison is supposed to be a team player, but when it comes down to these nitty gritty power issues, he’s pretty much in a hamstrung position. …

    • And this, from the same article:

      But in point of fact, this commission both reinforces the problem and reflects the problem that in this case, I’ve rarely seen anything as frankly weird and disingenuous from an institutional standpoint from a political organization, where it’s sort of like Tom Perez, the chair of the DNC, saying in effect to the Democratic Party base, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

      • The DNC still hasn’t figured out that were not going to fall in line like the Alabama Rs will for Moore just because the DNC says so. Were pissed about 2016 and we want some Berniecrats in real positions of power within the DNC not the corporate 1% lackeys now in charge.

        • If you ask me, Dems have overplayed their hand on Moore’s past behavior and that has had the effect of R’s rallying to Moore’s side to some extent.

          It feels like Alabama R’s now feel backed into a corner. And that might galvanize turnout for them. Some voters who really don’t like Moore, but would never vote for a Democrat, might have just stayed home. But now they’re pissed off.

          But…then there’s this from this morning:

          Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn’t vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election.

          The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate.

          “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I’d rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore,” Shelby told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

          Shelby just trying to avoid the Moore stank from landing on him?

          Shelby encouraged fellow Alabama voters to do as he did on his absentee ballot: to write in the name of another Republican for the office. Jones’s chances of victory would be significantly boosted if large numbers of Republicans abandon Moore in favor of various write-in candidates. Shelby declined to name which Republican got his vote.

          • Republicans voting for a write in is good–not as good as Republicans voting for Jones, but just as good as Republicans not voting at all. Less votes in Moore’s column

      • I don’t have time to listen to the video at this link, from C-SPAN of Friday’s meeting, but this snippet from the transcript was interesting, discussing “unpledged delegates”:


        I don’t think there’s any doubt that the perception was that the superdelegates were rigging the primary process, which greatly affected voter turnout because, of course, many thought, “What’s the point?”

    • Well if they are going to vote by the results of the state, I really don’t see much of a problem anymore. The problem with Clinton’s superdelegates is that she had them in her pocket to start off with and would keep them no matter the state vote. That seems to be eliminated

      • I guess a problem could occur when the state results are questionable, like when they purged all the voters from Brooklyn, or when, as is the case right now in NY, registration closed waaaay before the election–before most people even think about it.

        I’d argue the opposite, as above. If they’re voting with the state, why not get rid of them entirely?

        • If the state results are questionable, there is a problem no matter who the delegates are. I just think there are more important fights than worrying about the identity of delegates who have to vote in accordance with the state results. The problem with the Clinton superdelegates would be eliminated. No candidate would be able to amass voting support before a state actually votes. Superdelegates would likely be elected officials who probably would end up being delegates anyway
          And yes the NY registration process stinks. I will be registering in NY soon now that I have moved from NJ

      • I hear ya, but first that has to get officially voted in, and will there be a mechanism to prevent them from announcing their preference in advance to influence voters?

        I do agree, though, that it’s an improvement that they’d have to switch if the primary voters disagreed with the SD preference.

    • 100% of the SD’s must go not half,the correct number is ZERO!!!!!! any number more than zero is a no fly zone PERIOD–N0 terms, conditions or compromises!!!!!

    • I would also add that I’d still love to know who was responsible for adding to that perception of a foregone conclusion by broadcasting that Hillary had all the votes she needed before the people of California even had the chance to vote! Damn you AP!

      This is from Washington Post, so read with grain of salt as always:

      What happened on Monday was that the Associated Press received commitments from enough superdelegates — just enough superdelegates, in fact — to put Clinton over the top. With 23 more superdelegates in hand, Clinton reached the 2,383 mark, and the AP made the call.

      Understandably, that out-of-the-blue determination prompted even more frustration and confusion than was already expected. How was the AP sure that those superdelegates wouldn’t change their minds? Why release new totals the day before the critical primaries in California? Who were the superdelegates that made the difference?

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  • A video of a starving polar bear led to calls for climate change denialists to confront the real-world effects of global warming this week. Taken by a Canadian conservationist and photographer and posted to […]

    • Rebuilding Jim Crow Nation
      “Love conquers all but the Muslim ban.”

      “President Trump scapegoated Muslims — dehumanizing and casting them as outsiders and others — when he ran for office. Now,” said Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary, “the U.S. Supreme Court is complicit in Trump’s attacks on their rights. In allowing the Muslim ban to be enforced, our country is discriminating against people because of their religious beliefs; that goes against the core American value of religious freedom — a founding ideal of our nation and the bedrock of our democracy.”

      I would only add that the values at stake here aren’t simply American, but human. National boundaries are artificial constructions. Someday their aggressive “defense” will be seen to be as obsolete as the Dred Scott decision. A nation that cares only about itself and fails to acknowledge the well-being of the whole planet is waging war on the future.

      • I could not bring myself to watch the starving polar bear, pb4. I remember warnings about the Arctic heating up years ago. They would show clips of polar bears trapped on ice pieces caused by the heating. These poor creatures died from either starvation or weather conditions which stopped them from swimming to safety. As far as Maggot Brains goes, he’s just another distraction c/o the corporate fascists who bribe both parties. T and R!!

        • I don’t blame you, orlbucfan. I often skip videos like this myself.

          I suppose this is more for sharing with people who maybe think climate chaos is a problem, but have never seen its real effects. Not only do I weep for this icon of strength and beauty, but humans are also experiencing effects in other parts of the world. One day, if not already, a photographer may be taking a photo of a child instead of a polar bear.

          • Yes the video is important but I could not watch it either–the photo was enough. So sad. Hopefully, people in the future will be able to see bears like the one in your avatar

        • I can’t watch it either. So heartbreaking. 🙁 🙁

          As far as “Maggot Brains” goes, see attached pic, courtesy of Lee Camp. Don’t get me wrong. DT is a wrecking ball. But he is also doing a great job as distractor-in-chief.

          • Yes. I can just picture all the destroyers (aka our leaders) licking their chops as the money and power roll in.

            I still find it hard to believe that so many around the world can be so heartless and soulless as to put the world through all that their “laws” and “agreements” and “wars” are causing.

        • Same here, I could not watch the film. Just seeing how thin and emaciated he is in the picture is heartbreaking.

    • Both Parties Pushed Trump Toward Reckless Action on Jerusalem

      Trump’s announcement is actually the culmination of years of pressure by a large bipartisan majority of Congress and leaders of both political parties towards the White House. It represents the fulfillment of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which mandates that the United States move its embassy to Jerusalem, though the bill allows a president to waive that requirement every six months if deemed in the national interest.

      In the Senate, the bill was cosponsored by such prominent Senate Democrats as Joe Biden and John Kerry and only one Democrat (the late Robert Byrd) voted no. On the House side, just thirty out of 204 Democrats voted no, along with the independent then-Congressman Bernie Sanders.

      Since then, every President has taken advantage of the waiver to prevent such a provocative move, despite continued bipartisan pressure from Congress. As recently as this past June, just days after Trump issued his first waiver of the requirement, the Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a resolution re-affirming the 1995 law and calling on President Trump “to abide by its provisions.” Co-sponsors included such leading Democrats as majority leader Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden.

      Schumer has openly encouraged Trump to move the embassy and previously criticized his “indecisiveness” on the issue.

      Support by Congressional Democrats and party leaders for moving the embassy is not due to demand from their constituents. A recent poll shows that 81 percent of Democrats oppose moving the embassy while only 15 percent approve. And polls show there is not strong support for such a move among American Jews, either. This is an extreme example of how the Democratic leadership and Congressional delegation diverge from their constituencies on major foreign policy issues.

      • Why now if I understand correctly this was bi-partisan under Clinton and every president since Trumpcorp left it as is recognizing the turmoil it would cause. Until the religious passions simmerdown over their peace will be fragile at best .We can broker a peace agreement but the real parties involved have to want that more than war and I don’t think their at that point yet- a little give and take will have to happen as well.

        • Yes, declaring that Jerusalem is more Israel’s than Palestine’s, in effect, is very confrontational. I am unsure of Palestine’s willingness to participate in peace talks. I believe they will if they also believe that it is aimed towards a truly fair outcome.

      • A top official in the Palestine Liberation Organization warned Wednesday that President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be met with violence from extremists.

        PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said many of these extremists and “nuts” are already looking to commit violent acts, and will use Trump’s decision as an excuse.

        “He has given all extremists and nuts all over the world who are ready to commit acts of violence a ready-made excuse, a perfect excuse,” she said. “Because he has provoked spiritual sentiments, religious feelings to the point where we don’t how far the ramifications will go.”

        “In one blow, President Trump has destroyed not only the chances of peace but the stability and security of the region as a whole,” Ashrawi added. “He has undermined his closest allies in the Arab world. He has also taken a position that is absolutely illegal and in violation of international law.”

        “He has disqualified the U.S., sadly, from playing any role in peacemaking,” she said.

      • Read elsewhere that both Clinton and Obama agree with Trump’s action.

        • oh geez. unity schmunity.

        • That’s bizarre. If they agree with it, why didn’t they waive it?

          • Trump mocks other presidents for being all talk on Jerusalem promise

            “I fulfilled my campaign promise – others didn’t!” Trump tweeted early Friday.

            In the montage, Bill Clinton is seen in 1992 saying: “Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel and must remain an undivided city accessible to all.”

            George W. Bush, who is seen in 2000, says: “As soon as I take office, I will move the United States ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”

            And Barack Obama is seen in 2008 saying: “I continue to say that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel. I have said that before and I will say it again.”

            But Trump’s predecessors never made formal declarations about the city’s status and signed national security waivers every six months that kept the US embassy in Tel Aviv.

    • I Was Banned From The WTO For Defending People’s Rights
      Trade deals must not be negotiated in secret.

      Trade deals affect people’s everyday lives from the food we eat to the energy we use, and should not be discussed in secret, behind closed doors. Yet sadly, this is exactly what is happening at this year’s upcoming World Trade Organization meeting in Buenos Aires from 10-13 December.

      Friends of the Earth International has been advocating for a fair and sustainable trade agenda for over two decades, yet this is the first time we have been banned from participating in the WTO.

      In an unprecedented move, the Argentine government revoked our accreditation, together with 60 individuals from a diverse range of trade unions, farmers’ and consumer rights organisations.

      The official reason for our ban is that we have “been making explicate calls for violent protests on social media, desiring to create scenes of chaos and intimidation.” Yet this information can be disproved simply by checking our Twitter account, which has never made incitements to violence.

      “Locking people out of the WTO will only further undermine its legitimacy.”
      At the same time, we do not shy away disagreeing with many of the pro-corporate policies and deals being pushed by the WTO and the Argentine government, which are often stumbling blocks for action on climate change.

      • Reminds me of the DNC and how they are treating Bernie people.

        • Not sure I like what I hear going on at the ‘unity’ meeting this weekend. Sounds like they did their best to keep many people out, by either not informing them of meeting times, or just being really quiet about it. I read that people who had indicated interest in attending were never contacted or only heard 48 hrs. before the actual meeting where it was even to take place!

          I wonder how it went today, the last day. Certainly would be surprised if there was any kind of agreement to do away with any superdelegates.

          DNC’s Unity Commission Further Dividing the Party

          • Agree. To them, unity means shut up and elect us even if we’re in the corpse’s pocket.

            • Just found this. Many are not satisfied though:

                • It does have a certain similar feel of what went on during the so-called platform committee meetings last year. People pouring their passions into reforms just to have Clinton-wing people shoot them down, ultimately. That’s what it felt like at least.

        • At one point, URC member Nomiki Konst shouted from her seat on the dias that the amount of money being spent on consultants was “fucking corruption,” to a smattering of cheers from the small public audience who attended the meeting.

          At one point in the deliberations, the URC recessed for lunch and the deliberations continued behind closed doors in a private session where the URC’s reform plan was placed on a large screen and debated by members
          Though the DNC’s bylaws state that its meetings must be open to the public, in a bit of irony, journalists were not allowed to attend these lunch deliberations.

          • At one point, URC member Nomiki Konst shouted from her seat on the dias that the amount of money being spent on consultants was “fucking corruption,” to a smattering of cheers from the small public audience who attended the meeting.

            Too bad it wasn’t a roar.

    • Will ‘The Last Jedi’ Betray Luke Skywalker’s Turn Toward Nonviolence?
      With the release of a new Star Wars movie approaching, many fans want Luke Skywalker to become an even deadlier warrior, while still claiming to be one of the good guys

      I noticed this trend in Rogue One and assumed the military had inserted their tentacles into the film. I see it in so many films and shows, nowadays. Legal psyops, subtly played.

      With new Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” approaching release next week, fan theories abound about the possibility of Luke Skywalker becoming a so-called “Grey Jedi,” a knight who rejects dogmatic views about good and evil and strives to balance the Light and Dark sides of the Force. In other words, many fans want Skywalker to become an even deadlier warrior, while still claiming to be one of the good guys.

      Why so much excitement for such a morally dubious hero? Perhaps we need only look to our present cultural and political moment for the answer. With the Democratic establishment offering only a weak resistance to the far right’s open embrace of fascism, many on the left are anxious to fight fire with fire and uncritically accept the antifa movement’s “punch a Nazi” black bloc tactics. Meanwhile, the average apolitical moviegoer just wants to see the good guys, whoever they might be, kick some ass — which is to be expected after years of escalating violence in Hollywood films that increasingly portray protagonists as loner anti-heroes.

      If the Grey Jedi fan theory is correct, many critics will praise the film as a sophisticated commentary on today’s complex, dark, pluralistic society. Yet, what Disney is most likely to promote is a worldview that says violence is the answer to all our problems — albeit violence approved by “the very serious people” of the establishment.

      In the real world, however, there is no middle road when it comes to violence, or justice. Killing has devastating consequences for the human spirit, regardless of which side is doing it. Only sociopaths are able to kill without remorse and psychic trauma.

      In fact, modern psychological research suggests that the heroic young Skywalker himself exhibited the traits of a sociopath through much of the original Star Wars trilogy. But his refusal to kill his father, Darth Vader, in “Return of the Jedi” concludes his story with a clear cut rejection of violence and any moral shade of grey.

      It would therefore betray his character arc, if Luke Skywalker became anything other than a staunch pacifist in “The Last Jedi.”

      Our innate resistance to killing

      One helpful tool to analyze “Star Wars” is the groundbreaking five-year research study, “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.”

      • I liked Star trek TOS as they told a lot of stories that reflected the time when it was made even subjects that the media spent little time on or somewhat taboo.

        • I always preferred ‘Star Trek’ flicks over ‘Star Wars.’ ST stories had more substance to them. SW always reminded me of expensively produced cartoon/video games.

    • I saw this before but didn’t want to post it because of PB4. I know its part of nature thinning the herd sometimes but this is due to mankind’s activity -different story. If mankind doesn’t change their ways we will simply fall way of the PB. Mother earth may make so man cannot survive here any longer. Its time to forget the R and D voting and start voting for people that will admit climate change is caused by mankind’s activity and put forth policies that will save earth for our kids and grandkids. Its the 4th quarter and were running out of time to do the right thing.

      • Thanks, wi59! And thanks for thinking of me–that was sweet. As hard as these are to look at, I want more people to see this and to see what the photographer from NatGeo says about this and climate chaos. And all the evidence out there…. Maybe it will change just a few minds and hearts.

    • Thanks pb! Did you see where Jeremy Corbyn is taking on global corporations? He’s very brave I think.

      • This story came from the London Economic:

        Watch Jeremy Corbyn’s full speech to the United Nations

        Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the United Nations officials at Geneva’s Palais de Nations on Friday is well worth a watch.

        Whatever you think of the Labour leader’s politics, the speech was thought provoking on topics from growing inequality and tax avoidance to human rights and climate change.

        It’s all good, but here’s a small snippet:

        all over the world people are standing up and saying enough to the unchained power of multinational companies to dodge taxes, grab land and resources on the cheap and rip the heart out of workforces and communities.

        That’s why I make the commitment to you today that the next Labour government in Britain will actively support the efforts of the UN Human Rights Council to create a legally binding treaty to regulate transnational corporations under international human rights law.

        Genuine corporate accountability must apply to all of the activities of their subsidiaries and suppliers.

        Impunity for corporations that violate human rights or wreck our environment, as in the mineral-driven conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, must be brought to an end.

    • This is why there’s been so little media coverage of the Paradise Papers

      The British mainstream media is refusing to cover the Paradise Papers because most of the avoiders own the newspapers, James O’Brien has claimed.

      Speaking on LBC today O’Brien launched a scathing attack on Telegraph owners David and Frederick Barclay, Daily Mail owner Jonathan Harmsworth and The Sun and The Times owner Rupert Murdoch for gagging the damning financial data leak.

      The Paradise Papers investigation showed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens, but it has been largely swept under the carpet by the mainstream media.

      Some of them manage to hide news about the Paradise Papers while at the same time figuring out a way to try to damage Corbyn when they sorta do include stories about it!

      Harmsworth’s Daily Mail also saved its coverage of one of the biggest financial leaks this century to the tenth page where it also took aim at Corbyn for speaking out about the Queen’s tax affairs.

      U2 frontman named in Paradise Papers detailing offshore tax arrangements

      • So maddening, isn’t it? This is Caitlin’s number one issue–how the media distort our “reality.”

    • Here’s a little something different.

      Canadian researchers say you can improve memory with this one weird trick

      Here’s a study tip just in time for exam season: if you want to remember something, read it out loud.

      It’s called the “production effect” — a term coined by the Canadian researcher who discovered it, Colin MacLeod, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo.

      Typing something out or writing it down also results in variations of the production effect on memory. Even mouthing something without producing sound seems to trigger the effect. But what appears to work best is speaking it aloud.

    • A dog called Odin survives California wildfires after refusing to abandon his goats

      As the raging California wildfires encroached upon Roland Handel’s home, he had to make a split-second decision — try to force his dog Odin into the car, or leave him behind.

      Odin is one of two great Pyrenees who take turns guarding the family’s eight goats from coyotes and mountain lions, and he was on duty the night the fires broke out.

      “At night, Odin won’t leave the goats,” Handel told As It Happens host Carol Off. “When I approached, he sat down in front of the goats, and I know that look. He wasn’t moving.”

      With flames racing towards his property, he said there was no time to load the goats into a trailer.

      “I had my 14-year-old daughter and we had to get out,” (Roland Handel) said.

      So he opened the gates so the animals could flee, then drove off with his daughter, their three other dogs and two cats all packed into the family car.

      “The cars behind us on the road had fire pouring out of the windows just minutes after we left,” he said. “It was life and death.”

      “By the time we were going down the road, you could hear the twisting metal of transmission towers falling and propane tanks exploding,” Handel said. “I’ll never forget it.”

      But Odin had a mission.

      Odin survived with all eight goats. ‘He didn’t lose a single one,’ his owner said.

      “I couldn’t believe it,” Handel said. “Everything else is gone. There’s nothing.”
      Odin ran up to him and showered him with kisses, he said. The dogs paw pads were burnt and his bright white fur was singed orange.

      “He looked small and he was limping. He was lying down a lot. He was clearly exhausted.”

      Odin is expected to make a full recovery.

      A group of deer had gathered with Odin and the goats, Handel said, perhaps also taking advantage of the brave pooch’s protection. The deer scattered when Handel approached.

      He believes the dog led the other animals to a clearing at the centre of a high outcropping of rocks to avoid contact with the flames.


    • Ro Khanna working hard to sound like he’s on our side. I hope he keeps it up and walks the walk.

      This is what he was responding to (it doesn’t show up for me)

      • Is this true? Anyone know? Whether or not Ellison would be able to run in next election?

    • A super-silly news item today (I’m beginning to wonder how long monarchies will last. They seem so….old-fashioned):

      So I trolled them with this video. A must-watch 😉

      Pennsylvania lawmaker tells colleague ‘I don’t like men’ after he’s touched

    • Ohhh, who’s this?

    • We’re having our first snowfall of the season.

      Stores were packed yesterday, and today most everyone is hunkered down. Looks like about five inches, no biggie.

      One commenter said this:

      Just like in Kenya! Each child needs to bring a piece of wood for the stove! Can we say hot lunch!

      This is a comment from a facebook posting of that pic:

      Bill Briggs
      All of my grandparents were hauled to school in a very similar rig – seriouisly . . . some of them were thrilled when the stove was installed


    • OK. So I just had to add this.

      track Santa.

      Fun. I’ve always thought it would be fun to code. Apparently, this is how people start to learn, even at universities.

      You can create your own little game, too. And color ornaments for different causes.

    • Cathy still doing us progs proud:

    • Time for this bear to enjoy the lights on the tree. Thanks everyone! And here’s to a relaxing and renewing Sunday. 🎄 🐻 ❤️

  • Any one can use bitcoins to purchase Litecoins (an additional virtual currency) through companies like BTC-E or Kraken. It will not be lengthy prior to we have a number of virtual currencies getting traded in virtual currency exchange houses. The fleeting nature of standard client relationships with currency exchange houses coupled with the…[Read more]

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