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  • This information has been done on several websites over the years. thought it might be time for a follow up considering the events that have taken place under Trumpcorp. I will add some thoughts in bold for each […]

    • Saturday T and R Jar

    • Good morning friends!

    • Kamala Harris Doubles Campaign Cash to Media Firm That Boosted Bernie’s Profile

      Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) more than doubled her spending in the third quarter on an online media firm that played a major part in boosting the national profile of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) during his run for the Democratic presidential primary, Federal Election Commission filings show.

      Harris, who is regularly floated as a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, paid Revolution Messaging LLC, a Washington, D.C.,-based online media firm, $255,000 from her campaign committee, Kamala Harris for Senate, between July 1 and September 30, according to its October quarterly report.

      The campaign spent a majority of this money—$234,737—on web advertisements, the filings show. The remaining $21,000 went toward campaign consulting. Harris’s campaign reported spending $508,270.03 the last three months, meaning that the $255,737 that went to Revolution Messaging accounted for more than half of its expenditures.

      The money that went to Revolution Messaging during the third quarter is more than double the $110,000 the campaign had spent on the firm during the second quarter. Harris’s campaign spent nearly $300,000 on its services during the first quarter and has now given more than $650,000 to the media firm this year.

    • This is long but worth every moment:

      Selective Feminism and the Myth of the Bernie Bro: The Backlash to Sanders and the Women’s Convention

      The media dedicated much time and energy to covering online abuse, towards women in particular, during the Democratic Primary. The vitriol was, and remains, disturbing. Posting a photo of a female campaign surrogate on Facebook, a man wrote, “Every time i see this… creature on CNN, I want to reach through the tv screen and choke her… (I don’t believe in hurting women… but i’m not sure if this is one).” Another surrogate, a black woman, has been called everything from a “bitch” to a slave to a “hood rat.” One man tweeted, “I hope you and your family die,” and another person told her to “just end her misery. A pill cocktail will do the trick…” There has even been actual physical violence against women: Two women were hit because of their allegiance to a candidate, one of them, a young woman of color, was struck by an older white man with his hand and cane.

      Readers may be familiar with the term “Bernie Bro,” but they might be surprised to learn that every attack cited above was made by Clinton supporters against Sanders supporters. Though the abuse of Sanders supporters has been ignored, the Bernie Bro trope is as strong as ever.

      The term has been employed by Hillary Clinton in her new book, What Happened, (and in follow up interviews) to explain her loss: “Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters online.”


      Perhaps the most stunning example of a double standard comes from coverage of actual physical violence—or a lack thereof. When chaos erupted at the Nevada Democratic State convention in May 2016 over the disqualification of delegates, several outlets, including The New York Times, The AP, Politico,The Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, NPR, MSNBC as well as then DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, reported that “chairs were thrown” by Sanders supporters and used the word “violent” or “violence” in reference to Sanders supporters. The journalist whose tweets were the basis of the “thrown chairs” story admitted he hadn’t witnessed them. And footage revealed that one unidentified man raised and then put down a chair. While NPR modified its language (replacing “Sanders supporters threw chairs,” with “brandished”) none of the other outlets ever updated or clarified their reporting.

      Contrast that to the coverage of actual violence—recorded on video—at another contentious delegate meeting a month later in New York, after Sanders supporters were ignored during a vote over the delegation chair for the DNC. Live stream video captures a white man, later identified as a Clinton donor, hitting Moumita Ahmed, a younger woman of color and Sanders delegate-at-large, with his hand and cane so hard you can hear a thwack. Not a single outlet which wrote about the “thrown chairs” covered this story except for Politico, which gave it one throwaway, and fairly victim-blaming, sentence in a story with the headline, “Sanders backers revolt, refuse to recognize Cuomo as delegation leader.”

      The double standard is glaring. Harassment against Clinton supporters is neatly packaged in the thought-terminating label of “Bernie Bro.” Targeting of Sanders backers—including actual physical violence—has no such propaganda vehicle, and is thus never brought up as a systemic problem, much less weaponized as a campaign attack. Those of us who are insulted and smeared by aggressive Clinton partisans simply don’t exist, our testimonies and experiences get erased or minimized. Not only is there still no concrete evidence that Sanders backers were any more toxic than anyone else’s, but by continuing to prop up the canard that they were, media outlets exploit the very real, widespread problem of online harassment, and transform it into nothing more than a cheap rhetorical bludgeon.

      • The Dem establishment demands unity within the party. I just don’t see that happening as they wont accept the progressive wing of the party. But we are slowly turning the tide in local elections.

    • Democrats reject proposal to force Bernie Sanders to join the party

      The Democratic National Committee on Friday rejected a resolution that would have urged independents such as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to “register or affiliate with the Democratic Party” next year, one of several small victories for the party’s left wing.

      “This puts salt in a wound that we need to be closing right now,” said James Zogby, the outgoing chairman of the DNC’s resolutions committee, as the measure was debated in a morning meeting. “The consequences would feed a Twitter debate that will not be helpful to any of us right now.”

      The resolution, introduced by three DNC members from California, attracted attention this week as one more skirmish between those who supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and those who supported Sanders. Bob Mulholland, the DNC member who pitched the resolution to the committee, argued that Democrats were losing potential votes by letting progressive voters work outside the party.


      “I thought we were Democrats here,” said Mulholland. “When the Yankees face off against the Dodgers, the only people who will be independent in that ballpark will be the umpires.”

      But the negative attention on the resolution helped sink it. Terry Anderson, a DNC member from Vermont, told the committee that the language had been sprung on them without warning and didn’t reflect Sanders’s alliance with his state’s Democrats.

      “It’s really troubling when you get your resolution package and you find out your state’s been named in it without any prior consultation,” said Anderson. “We’ve come to a solution that works for us, and we don’t need external voices telling us how to solve our primaries. Next year, Bernie will run for and win the Democratic primary, and he will win reelection — as an independent.

      • This Bob Mulholland dude has such a nice history!


        Bob Mulholland is the California Democratic Party’s “senior advisor and long time chief spokesperson”, known for intercepting registration cards of voters who had reregistered Green Party, and sending them back with a letter on state Democratic Party letterhead asking the voter to reconsider the change of party.

        Mulholland gained national attention for involvement in the Bruce Hershenson vs. Barbara Boxer campaign. Mulholland leaked a rumor that Hershenson was into porn and frequented a porn shop. Mulholland was fired by the Democratic party, but then rehired weeks after Boxer won.

        He is also known for his work to block a 2007 censure resolution against California Senator Dianne Feinstein for her vote to support the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey as United States Attorney General without a vote. He is quoted as saying “It is going to be thrown out and rejected. Sometimes people can’t anticipate or can’t understand the big picture.”

    • In CNN’s Tax Debate, Bernie Sanders Showed How Democrats Can Win with Socialism

      Had Wednesday night’s CNN debate on tax reform instead been one for the presidency, the odds for Democrats would look pretty good. Ted Cruz, an unlikable Republican, was pitted against Bernie Sanders, the country’s most popular politician, who articulated a common-sense vision for an America based on equality and a redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottom.

      But rather than embracing this bold vision, the Democratic establishment seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Following the debate, news broke that the DNC had pushed out a number of progressives from its leadership positions, including many who had supported Rep. Keith Ellison in his leadership bid against current chair Tom Perez, Obama’s Labor Secretary.

      One of the few correct things Ted Cruz said at Wednesday night’s debate was that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren represent “the heart of the Democratic Party.” This recent purge at the DNC raises the question of whether the party is interested in having a heart at all. Or, for that matter, in winning.

      To understand why Sanders’ brand of democratic socialism presents a promising way forward for Democrats, it’s important to understand that the GOP’s current agenda is both hollow and incoherent—on economic issues in particular.

      • So many people dont understand the capitalism as a whole functions at its best with common sense regulation and a good dose of FDR-Bernie socialism. Capitalism needs that type of balance. Any of the Ism’s cant operate on their own and be a benefit for the people.

    • Almost U.S. President Bernie Sanders Is Coming To Toronto

      For anyone who followed the Trump vs. Hillary Presidential race can probably recognize the name Bernie Sanders. He spent the very first half of the campaign season vying for the role of the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on where you stand) he lost to Hillary Clinton.

      Despite being 76 years old, Bernie seems to have a talent for connecting with the youth around the world and joining in on movements that matter to them. The now Senator of Vermont is heading to Toronto to discusses “Medicare for All” and will be speaking at the University of Toronto, discussing what the U.S. can learn from Canada’s single-payer health care system

      Unlike Barack Obama’s recent visit, admission will be free. The event will be located at U of T’s Convocation Hall on October 29th, at 11 AM. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the event’s start, and guests must be seated by 10:45 AM.

      According to the organizers, photo ID will be required for entry, seating will be available on a first come first served basis, and bags larger than 16” x 16” x 8” will not be allowed into Convocation Hall

      • Too bad. Should have been proud. Cowards.

      • I’m glad to hear that this video must have been recorded before Bernie bowed out.

        It would be extra awful if the organizers of the Women’s March Convention did even more groveling to those with Bernie Derangement Syndrome after news came out that Bernie wasn’t going to attend!

      • Once Berniecrats knock out some of the establishment Dems like Feinstein, Pelosi etc. they will have to accept that us progressives are for real and a force to be reckoned with. The day is coming slow but sure.

      • A fine example of voter disenfranchisement. But establishment Dems don’t see the problem.

        I will only list one of many articles.


        New York City (CNN)Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Tuesday called reports of voting irregularities in New York state “a disgrace” as local officials rushed to condemn the city Board of Elections for stripping more than 125,000 Democratic voters from the rolls.

        “It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York — where I was born, actually — tens of thousands of people as I understand it, have been purged from the voting rolls,” Sanders said during an evening campaign rally at Penn State University.
        In an email to CNN, Sanders spokesman Karthik Ganapathy called the state’s handling of the primary a “shameful demonstration.”

        “From long lines and dramatic understaffing to longtime voters being forced to cast affidavit ballots and thousands of registered New Yorkers being dropped from the rolls, what’s happening today is a disgrace,” he said.

    • Brutal Outlook for Healthy Wild Horses and Burros: BLM Calls for Shooting 90,000

      On Thursday, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recklessly voted to approve recommendations that call on the Bureau of Land Management to shoot tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros.

      At its meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado, the advisory board recommended that BLM achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities—both within three years.

      If Congress allowed BLM to follow through on the independent board’s recommendations, that would mean the government shooting at least 90,000 healthy animals. The advisory board has no power to control policy.

      The board also called for allowing international adoptions and sales, which have not been allowed before. During its deliberations, the board repeatedly referenced a proposal made by a private party to have American taxpayers pay to ship upwards of 20,000 wild horses to Russia—where they would serve as prey animals for big cats.

      “Killing tens of thousands of wild horses and burros would be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers who want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and who have invested tens of millions of dollars in their care,” said Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation.

      • Geez, you would think these “rough riding, i love America types” would at least not want to shoot such a macho iconic animal of the American West.

        The MSM has a duty to show the details of our wars, including those on animals. Maybe because they are completely defenseless, if the public watched wild horses being shot, it they watched polar bears dying in storms at sea, their carcasses washing up on shore, there would be an uproar.

        And if they saw children being blown to bits and people burning from the inside from phosphorous or any number of horrible deaths we inflict around the world, there would be an uproar, i would hope.

        So that brings up another question: How can we ensure that enough people get to know the “other,” really get to know them, so that it is NOT OK when our govt. ensures us that it is OK to bomb them to bits? Because people are good inside and are basically being slowly tortured by not having enough, not being enough and having it rammed into their heads that they should be afraid and that bombs are beautiful when they are over someplace else and arrrrrghghgghgh.

        • I would imagine that there are many NRA enthusiasts just drooling to try out the bump stocked weapons on these fine animals.

    • Gulf Oil Spill Off Louisiana Coast Is 2x Bigger Than Original Estimate

      LOG Exploration Company, LLC drastically underestimated the amount of oil its fractured pipeline spilled into the Gulf of Mexico last week.

      The oil and gas operator first estimated that it spewed about 340,000 gallons of oil. Now, according to a Coast Guard announcement, the company is now reporting a discharge of 672,000 gallons—about two times the initial estimate.

      A report from Bloomberg earlier this week suggested that LLOG’s original discharge estimate was already the largest in the U.S. since the 2010 BP disaster which spilled about 210 million gallons of crude into familiar territory.

      The flow has since been contained and cleanup is underway, according to LLOG officials. No shoreline impacts have been reported and there are no reports of personnel injuries.

      The Coast Guard said that since the pipeline is 5,000 feet underwater, the oil is likely to be “broken down into small particles and disperse(d) into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.”

    • New EPA Climate Change Website Doesn’t Mention ‘Climate Change’

      In the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to pretend that climate change doesn’t exist, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made dramatic changes to a website catered to helping states, local and tribal governments learn about global warming and how prepare and respond to the impacts of our hot new world, according to a new analysis from the watchdog group Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI).

      As you can see in the screenshot above, the website site was previously titled “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments.” Now, it’s called, “Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments.” Fifteen mentions of the term “climate change” were scrubbed from the original main page alone, and the old epa.gov/statelocalclimate URL even redirects to epa.gov/statelocalenergy.

      But that’s not the only change—the old site consisted of about 380 pages of content, while the new site consists of about 175. The current website leaves out vital resources including information on how local governments can invest in clean energy, curb emissions and adapt to extreme weather conditions.

      EDGI, which has been closely tracking changes to federal websites since President Trump took office, noted that this is the first example of returned content since the EPA began overhauling its climate change website on April 28.

    • Five seek to replace Vincent Fort in state Senate

      For 20 years, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Fort represented the residents of the state’s 39th Senate District.

      Now, five candidates are vying for the seat Fort left vacant in August when he signed up to run for Atlanta mayor.

      Four Democrats and one Republican hope to represent the predominately black district that stretches from Buckhead to South Fulton.

      The long district has 170,000 residents and spans an economically diverse string of neighborhoods. While the average annual household income is about $44,000 according to U.S. Census data, the gap between what the district’s poorest and richest residents make is vast, ranging from those earning as little as $8,000 a year to others living in million dollar homes.

    • This Dreamer Could Become The First Undocumented DNC Member

      Saturday could mark a historic moment for the undocumented community in the United States.
      The Democratic National Committee could appoint Ellie Pérez to be its first undocumented member in history, a move that would potentially allow the 26-year-old Dreamer from Mexico to take part in the 2020 presidential nomination process.
      Pérez has been nominated to be a DNC member for the next four years, which includes the next presidential election cycle. If appointed, she could potentially become a superdelegate and get to cast a vote for the party’s nominee at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
      “This nomination, this appointment to the DNC says so much about our party. We’re the party of opportunity, we’re the party of the people, we’re the party of change, and we’re the party of hope,” Pérez told Refinery29 on Friday afternoon. “We’re embracing the diversity of America and I think that’s the most important part.”

      • I’m glad for her but sad for our country. First, that we’re even having this discussion. Second, that this is such a political manipulation for the elections that it makes me want to cry. First they purge the Berniecrats, then they invite an undocumented immigrant.

        They’re very good at what they do.

    • Abolish the Drug Enforcement Agency

      And use the savings to help the poor.

      • And while were at it getting rid of ICE wouldn’t be a bad idea.

      • You can thank tricky prick/dick Nixon for the creation of the DEA. The agency has been corrupted by drug $$ pretty much since its inception. Kudos, T and R wi59!! Great and very important OT topic!! A lot of we informed American Voters have been dreading/watching this happen since Raygun and Nixon! 🙁

    • Lake Powell Pipeline will require state borrowing and higher water bills, Utah tells federal regulators

      Pipeline’s still-uncertain $1 billion-plus price tag will mean a tripling of some water prices , along with higher property taxes and impact fees on development.

    • Mountain Valley Pipeline still faces hurdles before construction

      The Mountain Valley Pipeline nailed a major milestone Oct. 13 by winning the blessing of a key federal agency. But the company can’t crank up the bulldozers yet.

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s order certifying the $3.7 billion interstate project noted that other federal and state agencies must weigh in before construction can begin on the 42-inch diameter buried natural gas pipeline.

      For example, FERC noted that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality “have the opportunity to impose conditions to protect water quality” tied to the Clean Water Act.

      FERC observed that Mountain Valley “must obtain all necessary federal and state permits and authorizations, including the water quality certifications, prior to receiving Commission authorization to commence construction.”

      Many pipeline foes have responded to FERC’s approval of the Mountain Valley project by vowing to concentrate now on convincing other regulatory agencies that the pipeline’s environmental, social and economic costs outweigh its benefits.

    • McCaskill wants answers after military and intelligence personnel files exposed

      Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants to know why thousands of files containing personal information of military and intelligence personnel were allegedly left unsecured and available for public download for months.

      The information was from job applications to TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based private security firm, and was acquired and improperly stored online by its one-time recruitment firm TalentPen. The files date back to 2009.

      But TigerSwan says it does not own a cloud storage system for the résumés and has blamed a third-party recruitment firm named TalentPen for the unsecure files.

      “This report raises serious question about the security protocols that TigerSwan has in place to prevent these types of breaches,” McCaskill wrote in a Friday letter to TigerSwan chairman James Reese.

      “Not only did TigerSwan expose servicemembers’ social security numbers and other private information, it left the information out in the open for almost a month before fixing the problem,” McCaskill said in a statement after the letter’s release.

    • Trump says he’ll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released

      resident Trump said Saturday he would allow the release of confidential files related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

      “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted.

      housands of documents related to Kennedy’s assassination are set to be released by the National Archives next week in compliance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which states that the federal government must release them by Oct. 26, 2017.

      Politico Magazine reported Friday that Trump administration officials were concerned that some of the documents created in the 1990s contain information on recent U.S. intelligence programs and might not be released.

      White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told the publication the White House is aiming “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” under the act.

    • You’ve nailed it, wi59. T & R!

    • Is Congress about to wreck the Grand Canyon and other national park treasures?

      One-hundred-eleven years and a few months ago, Theodore Roosevelt signed the landmark law that helped cement his place as America’s conservation president.

      The Antiquities Act is brief – just two sentences allow a president to set aside for federal protection “objects of historic or scientific interest”.

      It’s been used dozens of times by 16 presidents from both parties to preserve some of America’s most beloved wild lands and historic landmarks, laying the foundations for national parks and generations of family adventures. Many national parks – including South Dakota’s Badlands, Alaska’s Kenai Fjords and Nevada’s Death Valley – began as national monuments.

      Those lands are now facing a two-headed assault from Congress and the Trump administration, and the act itself faces an uncertain future.

      Within a few months of signing the Antiquities Act, Roosevelt chose the country’s first national monument – a hulking 1,267ft-tall butte that towers above the forests of eastern Wyoming. In his proclamation on 24 September 1906, Roosevelt called Devil’s Tower “such an extraordinary example of the effect of erosion in the higher mountains as to be a natural wonder”.

    • Revolution Is Racist. Populism Is Sexist. Economic Justice Is Homophobic.

      I’m liking where Caitlin is going with this. The last paragraph here hit me and as always, much more at the link.

      I am speaking about a total transformation in humanity’s relationship with thought. I know that sounds like a far-fetched and idealistic suggestion, but I just don’t think we’ll be able to survive as a species if it doesn’t happen. The best case scenario if this doesn’t happen is an Orwellian future dominated by the elites who control AI technology which will make the current propaganda machine look like child’s play, and the worst case scenario is extinction via nuclear holocaust or climate chaos. All of these things are pressing concerns right now, and we’ll probably have our answer as to what our fate will be within a generation or two. We are at evolve-or-die time.

      If we’re to evolve, this will necessarily entail an overall shift in our species’ relationship with thought and belief. Propaganda works by constructing a pro-establishment narrative that the human mind can be duped into imbuing with the power of belief via sympathy and frequent authoritative repetition. If we’re to evolve to a point where propaganda no longer works on us, we’ll have to transcend this insidious mental habit of believing thoughts instead of using them as tools for our benefit.

      This would be possible because the aforementioned mental habit of imbuing thoughts with belief is the same tendency which makes it impossible for humans to be content with enough. When we’re lugging around a ton of believed thoughts about “me” and “mine” and “others” and “world”, believed thoughts which revolve around an ego who needs to be protected and secured against a hostile world, there’s an insatiable sense of lack, and an interminable fear of losing safety and security. These egoic mental habits are what lead people to fight, to be greedy, to be manipulated into supporting war and injustice because those people over there are trying to harm you or take what’s yours.

      Believed mental narrative is the primary obstacle to overthrowing the unelected power establishment which has loosely centralized itself in the United States. It’s also the primary obstacle to happiness and contentment.

      Everyone has had a glimpse of this possibility in themselves, however faint. Maybe in the wake of some deep personal trauma, maybe in the space between sleeping and waking, maybe that one time you tried psilocybin mushrooms in the eighties, maybe in a moment of deep contemplation, maybe when you got really “in the zone” during sports or art, or maybe in some spontaneous moment of stillness that took you by surprise. Everyone’s seen a glimmer of this possibility at some point, but they usually get lost in the ruckus of life or dismiss it as some insignificant anomaly and forget about it. That’s what’s real, though. That’s what’s true. That’s the part of you that can lead us home.

      • Very interesting!

        I’ve been told all my life that I ‘think too much’. So I’ll think about thoughts and this idea of using thoughts as tools.

        “These egoic mental habits are what lead people to fight, to be greedy, to be manipulated into supporting war and injustice because those people over there are trying to harm you or take what’s yours.”

        I think that may be at least part of the problem with so many people being super-resistant to immigrants. The prevailing belief that “those people” are going to take jobs and/or resources that would otherwise go to them. (5 immigration myths debunked)

        • Thanks for the link.

          I want to learn how to use thoughts, too, rather than let them use me. Makes a little happy shift in me. :O)

        • I do have a slight argument that Americans aren’t willing to take the same jobs. When I was younger, I worked construction and grounds crew and was fine with it and I know a lot of people would love to do that work. We have a guy on our neighborhood app that does grounds work for $10/hr. Friends who’ve worked picking orchards. Me who loves to take care of tykes and do some light housework. Just a few examples. Researchers, and more and more “middle class” jobs.

          If only we could just open up the continent, at least (before the world), to a government that had the best interests of us all at heart. Then we’d all receive similar wages, and there wouldn’t be a need for this kind of competition.

          AND of course I am for immigration still. Just pointing out that one “myth” may be a little off.

          “you may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one….” John Lennon

          • Fair enough (as Chris Hayes likes to say 😉 ).

            I will say that I don’t think think I could handle picking produce. I bet I’d fold within a week.

            One of the reasons I would like to see more undocumented immigrants be made legal is that I do think that they have the effect of suppressing wages. Why hire someone to do landscaping for $15/hr when you can use someone who will do it for $10/hr? (and of course not pay into worker’s comp etc).

            • Exactly. And that’s why business would rather keep them illegal/semi-legal.

              That’s what I naively thought might happen with globalization. I forgot it would be corporatization above all else.

              It seems the essence of Gaia, of the female part of us all, is so very disrespected. I don’t have a clue as to why, though.

      • I see and hear a lot of “I got mine so screw out mentality” out their. Sadly race or party doesn’t matter. Its a bad part of the human condition right now.

      • “you tried psilocybin mushrooms in the eighties,…”
        How about the lot of us who dropped plenty of LSD(crazy) in the 1960s and 1970s? 🙂

    • Trump Sides With Big Agriculture Over Family Farmers

      Even some Republicans are upset over this corporate handout.

      The rules themselves, originally called for in the 2008 Farm Bill, took way too long to get finalized. President Obama dragged his feet for a couple years, after promising farm communities he would protect them. After Republicans won Congress in 2011, they instituted a block on the rules in successive appropriations bills.

      Randall Jones, the acting administrator of GIPSA, bought the industry arguments. The public justification for withdrawal talked mainly of problems with legal analysis and administrative procedure. But, amazingly, GIPSA recognized that the rule would provide “broader protection and fair treatment” for meat and poultry farmers, “which may lead to more equitable contracts.” Still, after a cost-benefit analysis, Jones wrote that the savings to the agency from not having to enforce the rule outweighed any benefit for farmers.

      Mike Weaver, a (Republican Trump-supporting) chicken farmer and leader of the Organization for Competitive Markets, a group affiliated with Family Farm Action, called it “a slap in the face to rural America and America’s farmers and ranchers.”

      Will this backlash result in a rural-state turn away from Trump? Only if there’s an actual alternative in these regions. Farm-state residents over the past decade have seen the Democratic Party ignore their calls for help and the Republican Party side with their tormentors. No wonder they feel so powerless, and angry.

      • Here’s one Democrat who isn’t ignoring family farmers! Where is ‘stache’ on this?

    • Two things:

      LaDavid Johnson’s body was not recovered for two days, and his funeral is closed casket. It seems clear he was mutilated, probably because he was the only black in the four special forces.

      Second, it seems clear that Trump called almost no gold star families, otherwise why was the Pentagon getting the names and numbers of virtually all of them after Trump bragged that he called everyone of them?

      I vomit every day for my country.

      • Hi bebimbob. We missed you.

        This sounds awful.

      • Yep. Here they are trying to cover up for another of Trump’s lies.


        White House aides were “hustling” to secure an up-to-date list of soldiers who died this year after President Trump claimed in an interview earlier this week that he had contacted the families of “virtually everybody” in the military who was killed since he took office, Roll Call reported Friday.

        An email exchange between the White House and Defense Secretary James Mattis’s office reportedly shows the White House asking the department for information regarding the families of service members killed after the president’s inauguration in January.

        The White House asked for the information on surviving family members so Trump could make sure to contact all of them, according to Roll Call.

        The report said that the email exchange came hours after the president said in a Fox News Radio interview Tuesday that he had called nearly all of the families of those killed since he took office.

        “I have called, I believe, everybody — but certainly I’ll use the word virtually everybody,” he said.

      • Welcome back, bebimbob!!! We’ve missed you and Science Sundays!!!!

    • Va. Democratic Party Leaves Black Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Off Flyer (Then Blames Him for It)

      Angry voters in Virginia have been posting photos of a campaign flyer being distributed in Northern Virginia that features Democratic statewide candidates Northam and attorney general candidate Mark Herring—but no Fairfax. Fairfax was on previous flyers, but with only three weeks out, why would he be left off now ?

      “This is all about LIUNA,” said a Virginia campaign activist who wished to remain anonymous. “And the fact that the Virginia Democrats don’t have a plan for black voters.”

      The Democrat-leaning LIUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America) desperately wants two new natural gas pipelines built in Virginia that will create jobs across the state. Northam favors the pipeline. Herring favors the pipeline. Fairfax, a staunch environmentalist, has argued that impact studies should be done before pipelines of this magnitude are built.

      Apparently, in this age of draining the swamp and Democrats trying to reclaim their collective souls from corporate money, taking a principled stand on the environment doesn’t sit well with LIUNA. According to several Virginia campaign operatives, LIUNA has refused to distribute any flyers that have Fairfax’s image on them. The fact that the organization has given over $600,000 to the Virginia Democratic Party and the Northam campaign makes it easier for it to steamroll Fairfax

      Virginia Democrats agreed to freeze out the only African-American statewide candidate over one issue—and, to make matters worse, lie to reporters by stating that Team Fairfax signed off on being cut from their own party’s campaign materials.

      Not sure how much the fact that Fairfax is black has to do with it (rather then the usual ‘follow the $’ thing) but that fact that black voters PERCEIVE it as such will not help turnout!!

    • Oy! Just what the world needs.

    • There is not much coverage of this.

      Police violence during the referendum.

      • Thank you Benny!

        Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish Foreign Minister claimed that a number of the images that circulated online, which showed police violence, during the Catalonia independence referendum, as “fake”. 

        Dastis was confronted about that, went on to claim that “some” of the pictures were fake and if “use of force” HAD happened is was not a “deliberate use of force” it was “provoked use of force”.

        On Saturday, Thousands of people in Catalonia took to the streets to protest against Spain’s decision to strip Catalonia of its powers and rule directly from Madrid.

        Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoked article 155 of Spain’s constitution to “restore the rule of law, coexistence, economic recovery and elections in normal circumstances”.

        The Catalan President and his ministers have all been deposed, with Spanish authorities stepping in to govern.

      • Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

        BARCELONA (Reuters) – The Spanish government on Sunday urged Catalans to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region’s secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power.

        Sunday’s message came a day after Madrid resolved to take the unprecedented constitutional step of firing the Catalonia government, a last resort to thwart its independence campaign and calm fears of unrest and economic turmoil in the heart of the euro zone.

        This ties in quite nicely, and by nicely I mean fascistically, with wi59’s theme.

        Rajoy’s plan still needs Senate approval in a session set for Friday. Once it gains the expected approval Madrid can take full control of Catalonia’s finances, police and public media and curb the powers of the regional parliament for up to six months, until fresh regional elections.

    • I wish that I could do this with a slot machine. LOL

      • i wish i could do this period! LO)

      • Physics has confirmed and defined telepathy in living creatures. I hope people will stay on top of the human crap who will abuse it!

      • That is so cool! I would love to try using those machines.

        I hope this ‘evolution’ of BCIs (brain-controlled interfaces) can be used for more worthwhile applications than just factory work!

        It’s hard to tell how BCIs will affect the world this early in the game, but the American conceptual artist and self-described “experimental philosopher” Jonathon Keats has a vision of this mind-controlled future—and wants you to become a part of it. Keats calls it Mental Work Industries, and he’s billing it as the world’s first “brain-controlled factory.”

        Tucked away in a large room on the campus of l’Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Mental Work Industries turns visitors into futuristic factory workers who control manufacturing processes with their mind.


        For example, in the pic immediately above you post, using one’s mind to create a shield from police brutality.

    • Hopefully this will bring the facts to light.

    • Somehow I don’t think that this is the best way to deal with the impact of climate change!


      WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, part of an apparent effort by the agency to play down the threat of global warming.

      A new analysis made public on Friday found that an E.P.A. website has been scrubbed of scores of links to materials to help local officials prepare for a world of rising temperatures and more severe storms.

    • We went to the celebration of this win for the little guy yesterday. Robert Jesurum fought for several years to win back public access to a beach in Rye NH taken by millionaire Bill Binnie and his neighboring country club. I videoed some of the event. I’ll try sharing what I’m able to.

      • Thanks for sharing this nugget of good news David.

        Too bad court didn’t also uphold the paying of Jesurum legal fees. Maybe they don’t want to encourage others?

    • Robert Jesurum is wearing the white hat.

    • This tweet is TOO GOOD not to share. It pretty well sums up Tom Perez.

  • Benjaman Whitney became a registered member 1 day, 4 hours ago

  • Adelbert Boje became a registered member 1 day, 4 hours ago

  • Aissa Burks became a registered member 1 day, 5 hours ago

  • Coen Allen became a registered member 1 day, 11 hours ago

  • In support of Bernie, who takes regular beatings from so-called liberal Democrats, but keeps right at it, and to cheer myself up a bit, I’m posting a little story today about a visit he has planned to head up […]

  • Bernie Sanders will not attend the women’s convention, but instead will travel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose selection as a major speaker at the upcoming Women’s Convention s […]

    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc!

      • Thank you LD!!!!

        I so appreciate it when you’re able to find the time to do your daily round-ups. I realize how time-consuming it must be. And I so appreciate this platform for sharing news and views! 🙂

        • I wish I could separate everything out into their own individual posts and give my thoughts on them, and someday maybe I’ll cut back on content and do that… but for now I enjoy doing the roundups as I’ve been waking up and reading pretty much all the news on the internet for far longer than I’ve been doung the BNR… so its good to have some partners in ‘thought crime’.

          I know theres a lot of content I miss and I’m glad you all catch most of it!

          I have some more candidate posts to put together so those should go up in the coming days, and then oct 30th I am going to a meet and greet with candidate Todd Allen (TX24) which is not the district where I live but I know many people from ther (and Im dragging them with me) so hope to get enough content out of that for a post (Anyone with questions to ask, please submit!)

    • Oh yeah, from the WAPO article…

      Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), whose unrelenting criticism of the president has made her the most popular figure of the opposition to the Trump administration

      Is there some kind of polling to back that up?

    • Bernie Sanders bows out of Women’s Convention to make trip to Puerto Rico

      Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Thursday he will visit Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria, bowing out of his previously scheduled speaking gig at the Women’s Convention next week.

      “I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit,” the Vermont lawmaker said in a statement. “Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing.”

      In Puerto Rico, about 1 million Americans remain without running water and 3 million without power, CNN reported Wednesday.


      In a statement provided to CNN Thursday, convention organizers expressed their understanding of Sanders’ trip.

      “It is unfortunate that Senator Sanders will no longer be able to join us at the Women’s Convention next week,” the organizers said in an email statement to CNN. “But the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico – which is being exacerbated by the inaction of our federal government – is a critical matter. We understand his leadership is needed in Puerto Rico and, as always, we deeply appreciate his commitment to communities in need. We look forward to continuing to work with him on issues that impact women and all Americans.”

      Sanders concluded his statement by applauding “their historic work in putting together the march in January and all that you have done since,” he said. “My best wishes for a very successful conference.”

      • Bernie Sanders Skips the Women’s Convention Amid Outrage and Heads to Puerto Rico Instead

        Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is skipping the Women’s Convention and heading to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico instead, he announced on Thursday.
        The selection of Sanders as a keynote speaker at the annual convention was met with uproar after it was assumed he would be headlining the women’s event, which is themed “Reclaiming our Time.” Convention organizers were lambasted online after they announced Sanders’s participation, and a change.org petition lobbied to have him dropped from the opening act.

        But Sanders bowed out of the event himself. In a statement, he said that he felt compelled to head to Puerto Rico, where residents are still struggling after two massive hurricanes caused widespread damage. Most Puerto Ricans still do not have electricity, and 28% continue to lack access to drinkable water one month after Hurricane Maria struck.

        “Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing,” Sanders said in his statement. “The U.S. Congress cannot turn its back on the millions of people in Puerto Rico who, four weeks after the hurricane, are still without electricity, food and running water.”

        Even before Sanders dropped out, the Women’s Convention organizers, who led the women’s marches against President Donald Trump’s inauguration, tried to quell the outrage. They announced on Tuesday that Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow would be the opener, and not her male colleague. Senator Sanders was only scheduled to participate in an evening panel discussion, they said.

        • I’m sure everyone there will be looking forward to Stabenow’s scintillating opening speech LOL. Bernie going to Puerto Rico is a good thing for him

          • I have a funny (?) feeling Bernie’s little chat with “Ponzi Scheme” Teddy Cruz solidified his PR decision. He knows the battle that is brewing with the FRightwingnuts over getting PR the help it needs!

          • I agree. Id much rather see him in Puerto Rico as well. Theres a few speakers at the conference I’ll watch video of speaking but but I think his time is better spent in Puerto Rico with Mayor Cruz, hopefully it brings some big media attention to the situation there. That would be a help to many Puerto Rican men and women.

            There will be plenty more conferences and time for speeches in the future. Probably a CNN townhall and a few debates as well.

          • I live in Mi. and I have not been overly impressed with Sen. Stabenow.

        • Nina Turner. Full stop.

    • 51 GOP Senators Just Voted To Cut $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid To Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut

      Along strict party lines, the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday night voted to pass a sweeping budget measure—one criticized as both “despicable” and “horrific” for providing massive giveaways to corporations and the super-rich while eviscerating funding for social programs, healthcare, education, and affordable housing.

      The measure passed by 51-49 vote, with only one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joining every Democrat and the chamber’s two Independents who voted against it. Its approval now paves that way for massive tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations envisioned by President Donald Trump and the GOP in both the House and the Senate.

      “51 Republican Senators just voted to cut Medicaid by $1 trillion and Medicare by $500 billion so that millionaires and corporations can get a tax cut. It’s immoral and despicable,” said TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for Americans for Tax Fairness, in a statement immediately following the vote.


      In the wake of its passage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—who earlier this week called the proposal “Robin Hood in reverse” for taking from the poor to give to the rich— said the “Republicans’ budget is not a bad bill. It’s a horrific bill.”

      • What’s Even Scarier Than Donald Trump?

        onald Trump’s flailings are ever more terrifying. In the course of a few days, he tossed a grenade into the health-care markets that millions rely on, traduced the Iranian nuclear deal, threatened to abandon US citizens ravaged by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, continued to sabotage action on climate change, tweeted about censoring the media, and so undermined his own secretary of state that Republican Senator Bob Corker accused him of castration. For all of that, Trump’s grotesqueries are exceeded by a Republican Congress intent on a course so ruinous as to be, one hopes, impossible to sustain.

        This week, Senate Republicans will seek to push through a budget resolution for the current fiscal year. The resolution provides guidelines for spending and tax cuts, with projections for the next decade. Although its provisions are destructive and absurd, it has the support of virtually all of the Republican caucus.

        The resolution is designed to facilitate the passage of tax cuts with Republican votes only. The final package hasn’t been written yet, but Republican leaders have produced a “framework.” Its elements are perverse. We know that extreme inequality corrupts our democracy and impedes economic growth. As a detailed analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center makes clear, this bill will make it worse, with the top 1 percent pocketing over half of the tax cuts next year—and an obscene 80 percent by year 10.

        • Nothing unusual for a GOP president and congress. Because they are so extreme and crude, when we get middle of the road presidents like Clinton and Obama, we tend to think they are liberal while they are not.

        • A President Pence would qualify.

      • This vote shows that any Dem (no matter how much trouble they cause progressives) is better than a scumbag Republican. Of course, those establishment Dems need to be replaced by progressives, both for policy and for any hope of beating back the evil GOP. Establishment Dems are the reason Republicans are now ascendant.

        • AMEN!

        • Or it shows that the Dem party must crumble before we can get anyone who is enough better in policy to change our direction in a real way. As long as they still want to hurt us in very real ways, but just a tad better than the Republicans, I will not give them my vote.

          • Remember, we hear this argument every four years, and look where we are.

            • Well we have to beat the establishment Dems. Hasn’t happened yet–not easy for all the reasons we know

              • Did you see what Perez did yesterday? He got all of Keith Ellison’s backers out of the DNC! I have no hope for the Democratic party in my lifetime.

              • This is an oldie but goodie but still true today just change the players to to Neolib and Neocon

          • Actually I think the Dems with all their problems are more than a tad better than the Republicans. I dislike Clinton as much as the next progressive, but there are so many bad things that are happening under Trump that would not be happening under Clinton. That being said, Clinton’s defeat has wounded the establishment Dems, which gives progressives more of an opening to defeat them. Until then, get used to Republican rule.

            • There are a lot of greys here, for sure. And yes, there are valid arguments for both “sides,” imho. I’m hoping things like the meeting in W VA where Bernie got a standing ovation for bringing up MFA happens a lot more often.

              I’ll be canvassing and calling for James Barber for Commissioner in our county, a diehard Berniecrat who can work with establishment Dems, but not capitulate to them or get riled up, a skill I wish I had.

              It wasn’t that long ago that we at least had the Independents make a real showing with Perot. I’m thinking unaffiliated so I can still vote Merkley and some downtickets without the hassle of always changing.

        • It is all an illusion when we get a Clinton/Obama presidency and we rejoice because we think they will go back to FDR ways. Obama even had a Democratic House and Senate and passed the corporate Obamacare bill. No single payer for them.

      • The Dems should raise a yuuuuuge stink about this, starting now.

      • This is very upsetting. I feel like crying. Wealth inequality will continue to grow, instability in our society will too, many people will suffer in real ways, become even more desperate and angry, and the state response to that will be to crack down on dissent even more.

        🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

      • Anyone know how the cuts will effect Medicare?

        • will cost more. never know by how much. Of course that happened under the previous admin, too. don’t the dollar difference. and i got a notice about a deductible, too.

    • I of course think a trip to Puerto Rico is quite important but the whole uproar leading to the cancellation of the Womens Conference appearance actually having an effect is a pretty damn big shame. It was manufactured outrage and now the organizers look about as spineless as they are compared to corporate, anti Bernie interests

      Regardless I’m glad Sanders will be in Puerto Rico with Mayor Cruz trying to help in a crisis instead, despite all the negative comments/tweets from the same people complaining he was going to the convention.

      • As a life-long progressive female futurist, I think the Bernster is correct. Puerto Rico is part of this country, and it’s in serious crisis. People are dying of disease, dirty water, thirst, heat stroke, and god only knows what else! 🙁 He is a sitting US Senator, and he knows how to fight the FRightwingnuts to get PR the $$help it needs. He also knows this will force the corporo-crap MSM to pay attention. I am so glad I avoid Twitter and Facebook! Who needs them? T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂

        • Plus he’s on the budget committee, which can/will play a big part in the relief efforts. He certainly won’t be throwing rolls of paper towels at people.

        • Plus, he gets out of the Women’s Convention that is turning into a fiasco.

          • Yes, I think it was a graceful way to avoid more controversy and possible booing/cheering etc. Too bad that was necessary, but it was strategic. Good for him.

            Stupid whole thing and too bad for the attendees and organizers who wanted to hear him, but best to battle over policy stuff as Bernie does every day.

      • My first reaction on hearing that Bernie wasn’t going to attend the Women’s March convention was, “NO!!!!!!!!!!!”

        The abuse from the hateful 8% (of Dems) was atrocious, unfair, venomous, undeserved, and unhelpful vis-a-vis bringing light and solutions to women’s issues.

        But for sure Puerto Rico needs the help! The idea that Trump gave himself a ’10’ for his response to PR is obviously absurd.

        And all of those hateful Hillary supporters who claimed that they wouldn’t attend due to Bernie’s presence will all be revealed to be the dreadful hypocrites they are if they don’t attend the conference now.

        Two (of the many) worries I have about this though:

        1) If Bernie doesn’t do something concrete to help PR it may make the situation there even worse and, albeit far less importantly, his detractors will use that against him.

        2) I think this empowers the haters as they’ll view this as a victory and double down on their destructive campaign against everything Bernie does. I can only hope that with their small numbers that they will be drowned out by the voices of reasonable and loving people!

        • I have read that Warren and others are working on a PR debt relief bill, wouldn’t be surprised if Bernie was part of that, maybe something will be announced.

          Also just by showing up it ‘helps’ with a contrast of how Trump treats people vs how Bernie does. I’m sure we will see many hugs.

          I’m with you on #2, but its not like they werent doubling down already. once I think they see that their ‘win’ wasn’t really a ‘win’, it may make them pause and think. And regardless… anything Bernie/Nina do is going to be ripped to pieces just because they are truth tellers and that’s not allowed. Everyday I see more and more people catching on to the tactics, thus Joy and Joan’s ever expanding ‘blocked’ list.

          I saw a Susan Sarandon tweet about Ironstache that had about 40 comments, about 35 of them were in support of Cathy Myers. Made me happy.

        • I think he made a brilliant choice. He is out of the middle of the nasty conference fiasco over MEN speaking at a woman’s convention and really showing an interest in Puerto Rico. He will be able to show where they need help and put pressure on the President to do more than talk.

          PS We all know the speaking controversy was started by the Clinton backers, especially Joy Reed.

      • He made an excellent choice. The Womens Conference is turning into a farce.

    • Bernie Sanders to Campaign with Local Candidates

      Senator Bernie Sanders will join Somerville and Cambridge’s Our Revolution groups on Monday to support several candidates who are running for local office.

      The two Our Revolution groups have endorsed 17 candidates running for Cambridge’s City Council and Somerville’s Board of Aldermen and School Committee.

      “Local Our Revolution groups in Somerville and Cambridge have been organizing for months to continue the political revolution we started with the Sanders campaign,” Rand Wilson, union organizer and Our Revolution Somerville member, said in a statement. “The candidates—both incumbents and challengers—have embraced the political transformation needed to fix our broken political system and our rigged economy.”

      Sanders will campaign the with slate of candidates at 9:30 Monday morning at ONCE Somerville. The event is sold out.

    • Bernie Sanders in Rollinsford Sunday

      ROLLINSFORD — Former presidential primary hopeful and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, will be in town Sunday for the Strafford County Democratic Committee fall fundraiser.

      According to the latest Granite State Poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and released Wednesday, while nearly all likely Democratic primary voters are still trying to make up their minds in the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are early front-runners. Interest in the 2020 primary is greater than at this point in the last two electoral cycles.

      Sanders headlined the Strafford County Democratic Committee fall fundraiser in 2014 as well when his message was about the importance of voter turnout and more than 200 packed the American Legion Hall to hear from the independent senator as he traveled around the country.

      According to a statement, the annual fall fundraiser is to support efforts to elect Democratic candidates in Strafford County.

      “If you’ve been paying attention you know that it is of utmost importance to participate and support our actions at this time,” the statement reads. “Please join us for food and solidarity and to hear from the man with a unique voice, who attracted record breaking crowds across the country and started a movement.”

      • Here’s what Rober Reich had to say about that:


        If you want to understand the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of today’s establishment Democratic Party, I urge you to read this drivel that appeared recently on the oped page of the New York Times by Doug Schoen.

        Schoen – whom Dick Morris brought into the Clinton White House in 1994, advised Hillary Clinton in 2016, and is now a political columnist for Fox News – is exactly wrong when he argues that Democrats need to become closer to Wall Street. His logic is why the Democrats are now in the minority almost all over America. And if they listen to him, they’ll remain in the minority.

        The most powerful force in American politics is anti-establishment. On the right, it’s the authoritarian anti-establishment – Bannon’s vicious, nationalist, racist Trumpism. The only viable alternative is an anti-establishment democracy movement — to get big money (and Wall Street) out of our politics, and reclaim our political economic system through fundamental reform. I’ve spent years fighting Dick Morris and his clones, like Schoen, on this. Beware them.

      • How much closer to Wall Street can they get?????!!

        Obama spoke to Carlyle Group last month for craps sake! Remember them? See war profiteering Sham Iraq Invasion edition.

      • Why Democrats Don’t Need Wall Street

        Schoen argues that there are more people who self-identify as moderates than liberals, ignoring the fact that most moderate swing voters hate Wall Street.

        Schoen’s op-ed fails at policy and fails at politics. Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because of her wild, raging, left-wing populism — she lost because working-class voters who haven’t gotten a raise in years don’t think Democrats are willing to fight for them.

        Please note that the writer of the piece is Mike Lux who:

        served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1995 as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison.

        Lux is now:

        Mike Lux is a co-founder of Democracy Partners, a political consulting firm with a mission of building the progressive movement.

        It sounds like Lux has his fingers on ‘the pulse’ far more than Schoen.

        And it also sounds like Hillary would have been wise to listen to Lux last year:

        Hillary, Embrace Your Inner Bernie

        Because she is who she is, Hillary will always have trouble convincing people she isn’t part and parcel of an establishment they don’t trust.

        It isn’t just Democrats who are spitting in the eye of the establishment in case anyone hasn’t noticed, and the classic swing voters are looking for a big shake-up in what they perceive as a corrupt system. Beyond that, though, is what I would call the Steve Phillips argument: as Steve argues so eloquently in his new book, the numbers don’t lie. Democrats have a governing progressive majority if they inspire, engage, mobilize, and turn their base out to vote.

    • ‘People Are Dying’ But Trump Gives Himself Perfect ’10’ for Puerto Rico Response

      Despite an estimated one million people still living without drinking water, 80 percent of the island wihout electricity, and fresh reports that people are “dying” on the island, President Donald Trump stirred outrage on Thursday by giving himself a perfect “ten” on his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

      “The people in Puerto Rico are dying,” said National Nurses United (NNU) vice president Cathy Kennedy, who returned Wednesday from a two-week relief trip with the union’s Registered Nurses Response Network (RNRN). “Nurses have been going out into communities, where all they ask for is water and food. And when you have to make a decision of who’s going to get the food today or the water — we shouldn’t have to do that. The United States is the richest country in the world; Puerto Rico is part of the United States.”

      Yet Trump told a different story about the recovery in the Oval Office on Thursday, speaking to reporters as Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello looked on.

      “I would give myself a ten,” he said. “We have provided so much, so fast.”

      • A Month Later, U.S. Is Failing with Its Food and Water Crisis in Puerto Rico

        It’s been a month since supercharged Hurricane Maria delivered a devastating blow to Puerto Rico, and people are still suffering without food, water, and electricity. This is America in 2017, and there is only more climate chaos ahead thanks to the tight fist that fossil fuel interests have on climate policy. What will the response be to this new normal—deadly hurricanes, horrific and deadly wildfires, and their equally deadly aftermath? The past few weeks of climate disasters during this historically vicious season have shown that we need to move swiftly off of greenhouse gas-spewing fossil fuels. They have also shown that if we don’t prioritize an equitable and just response to these unnatural disasters, more Americans will continue to face climate-fueled humanitarian crises.

        And the Americans that will be most adversely affected are the vulnerable—children; elders; pregnant women; and low-income communities and communities of color. Puerto Rico is one of the starkest environmental justice stories of our time, and a reminder that our response to disasters must protect everyone going forward. This is our first test of humanitarian response within our borders to mass numbers of people lacking food and water, and in Puerto Rico, where 3.4 million Americans live, the Trump administration has failed miserably.

      • Maybe a “10” on the paper towel toss his release was good (snark)

    • Bernie Sanders sides with SNP over ban on fracking

      The SNP’s decision to ban fracking has been hailed as a “very significant step” by Bernie Sanders, the US senator and figurehead for the American left.

      Mr Sanders, who rose to prominence after challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the US presidency, posted a message on his Facebook page offering congratulations for the move, which has been hailed by environmentalists but criticised by many in the scientific community. He said: “Congratulations to Scotland for taking the very significant step to ban fracking following enormous public opposition to the practice.”

      The Vermont senator went on to describe fracking as a “danger to the air we breathe and to our water supply” and claimed the technique, which is widespread in America, is “highly explosive”.

    • Ben Jealous brings his campaign for Maryland governor to Busboys & Poets

      One of the reasons Ben Jealous is running for governor is to bring back “the Maryland dream.”

      “The only thing more powerful than the American dream is the Maryland dream,” the former NAACP president said. “We’ve got to get back to Maryland being the Maryland that brought us here in the first place — the place that we knew where, if we put down roots here, our children could dream a little higher and our families could succeed a little more.”

      More than 100 people came to Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville on Thursday to support Jealous’ campaign, according to event organizers, with some staying the whole time and others quickly dropping in to hear him speak. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was originally supposed to attend the event but was unable to come due to ongoing Senate votes.

      Jealous, who announced his candidacy on May 31, has campaigned on adopting a Medicare-for-All system, raising the minimum wage to $15 and reforming the criminal justice system, among other issues.


      Jealous spoke about his plan to end mass incarceration and use the saved funds to end student debt.

      Greenbelt resident Julie Phelps, a former comptroller at the University of Maryland, said this point particularly resonated with her.

      “I thought he was right on … when he said our politicians never ask how much it costs to incarcerate our young people — our young men especially — but they always, always ask how much it’s going to cost to educate them,” she said.

    • Randall Woodfin: A son of Birmingham becomes mayor

      The first line of Randall Woodfin’s official autobiography on his mayoral campaign website is: “I am a proud son of Birmingham.” In our nation’s history, Birmingham, Alabama will forever be tied to some of the most troubling and tragic imagery of the civil rights movement — from the bombing of a church that killed four innocent little girls to African Americans braving fire hoses, police batons and attack dogs in their struggle to end racial discrimination and secure basic rights. While we have yet to wipe out discrimination and its attendant consequences, our nation— including Birmingham — has made some progress. The proud son of a city once tarnished as regressive and hostile to the plight of its African-American residents, will lead its 23 communities and 99 neighborhoods on a progressive platform as its next mayor.

      For many, Randall’s win was unlikely for obvious and not so obvious reasons.

      Randall suffered a family tragedy during his campaign to unseat William Bell, the seven-year, two-term incumbent. He lost his nephew in a shooting death. And sadly, it was not his first brush with the gun violence plaguing Birmingham. Five years earlier he lost an older brother in a shooting death. Before running for mayor, Randall amassed an impressive resume as a public servant, but his first foray into politics proved unsuccessful, running for a seat on the Birmingham Board of Education in 2009 and losing. As he tells it, in losing, he ended up winning. He won the attention of the community and local stakeholders, and won time to prepare and hone his message for another run in 2013 that would prove successful.

      When this former city attorney and board of education president decided to run for mayor, he chose to do so on a progressive platform in a region of our nation not synonymous with progressive politics. Our Revolution, a progressive political organization that works to organize and elect progressive candidates, backed his run, helping to turn out the vote with volunteers, text messages and calls, including calls recorded by Bernie Sanders endorsing Randall’s candidacy. As a Morehouse College alumnus, Randall relied on his close relationship and extensive ties to the Atlanta HBCU. Morehouse alumni held events and fundraisers on his campaign’s behalf and canvassed Birmingham, knocking on doors and getting out Randall’s message.

    • Democrats in 6th District race to debate Sunday in Palatine

      All eight Democrats making primary bids for the 6th Congressional District are scheduled to debate Sunday in Palatine.

      Officials from grass-roots organization People Over Party and The Coalition for a Better IL 6th say the 2 p.m. event at the Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks St., is the first time all declared candidates in the March 2018 primary will appear together in public.

      They include Sean Casten, a scientist and clean energy entrepreneur from Downers Grove; Becky Anderson Wilkins, a Naperville City Council member and business owner; Carole Cheney, a congressional aide from Naperville; Amanda Howland, a Lake Zurich attorney and College of Lake County trustee; Kelly Mazeski, a Barrington Hills planning commission member; Jennifer Zordani, a Clarendon Hills lawyer; Grace Haaf, a small-business owner; and Palatine data analyst Ryan Huffman.

      Organizers say topics include the economy, health care, immigration, education and the environment. The event is free and open to the public.

    • A month after Stockley verdict, demonstrators stay in the streets

      “Governor Greitens, you said during your campaign that if you had been governor during Ferguson the protests would have been done in two days,” Wes Schnitker said through a bullhorn outside of the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis on Friday, October 12. He directed the 100 or so protestors to repeat after him.

      “Today marks day 28,” Schnictker said, and they repeated. He said it again with such intensity that his voice cracked and his face turned red. The protestors repeated with the same fervency.

      “Today marks day 28. You lied.”

      There have been a few scattered self-care days, but more than a month after people took to the streets in response to the not-guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial, a diverse, multi-generation coalition of people continued to stage direct actions.

      “Y’all know I don’t say much because I want the young people to speak, but you all have to keep going,” said Reverend Darryl Gray as they stood in front of the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton waiting to march.

    • Kentucky legislators and state employees react to pension plan

      Governor Matt Bevin proposed plan Wednesday to deal with a public pension shortfall. Though the plan doesn’t end the pension system, people still have concerns, some voicing them in Frankfort Thursday night.

      Three Kentucky legislators talked to around one hundred people at Bondurant Middle School about the pension plan, saying, quite simply, they’re not happy with it.

      Some say they feel as though they are being punished. That’s because, as Senator Reggie Thomas puts it, the new plan, that eventually moves current worker to a 401(K)-style plan, is like a bait-and-switch.

      “I just don’t see how you can justify changing the rules in the middle of the game and affecting something as important as people’s retirement security,” said Thomas.

      • Walker in WI is still trying to find an end run to end Wi’s Pension plan which is the best run in the nation. If he wins another term I expect him to turn it over to wall street.Their salivating to get their hands on it.

    • Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing ‘Left in the Cold’ at DNC

      Sparking concerns that party leadership is making the same mistakes that have rendered them increasingly powerless and without an inspiring vision, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is reportedly carrying out a massive staff shake-up in which veteran progressives are being purged and “left out in the cold.”

      “This doesn’t bring the party together, it deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck,” James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter who was ousted from the DNC Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter Thursday.

      According to Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News, Zogby is hardly alone.

      “[S]everal key longtime officials have lost their posts” since the staff changes began,” Seitz-Wald writes, a fact that many have interpreted as “retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.”

      “The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented,” Seitz-Wald added.

      • This will only make the DNC flounder more and easier to ignore

      • That awful Buzzfeed is spreading a malicious rumor that we might be well to be aware of:

        Drama Unfolds Between Democrats Over Rumor About Ousting Three Black Women DNC Members

        A rumor that pro-Bernie Sanders Democrats have proposed removing three prominent black women as at-large members of the Democratic National Committee set off a fury here at the party’s fall meeting, lighting up tensions between anti-establishment progressives and chairman Tom Perez as Democrats rushed late Thursday to find out where the rumor had come from and what motives drove it.

        Kleeb dismissed the rumor broadly as a smear attempt by establishment forces. “Whoever’s doing it [is] this little cabal of people who just love to create drama, especially around Bernie folks, who they see as some threat,” she said.

        The corrupt establishment running the DNC will stop at nothing to ostracize their left wing, even wielding identity politics as a sword.

      • Big pharma owns both parties, there is just too much money to be made on pills that cost <$1 to make and sell for 10 or even 1000 times as much, leaving plenty of margin to oil the wheels of congress.

        I didnt even know about the bill that prevented the DEA from going after bulk pill shipments written by Repubs, ignored by Dems and signed by Obama.

        I always believed the main reason we went into Afghanistan was to get the opium flowing and nothing I have seen since has done anything but solidify that belief.

    • ‘Ecological Armageddon’: Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear

      A new study published Wednesday, revealing populations of flying insects like bees and butterflies plunged more than 75 percent in German nature preserves over the past 27 years, has scientists calling for further research into probable causes such as climate change and pesticide use, and raising alarms about a potential “ecological Armageddon.”

      “Insects make up about two thirds of all life on Earth,” noted report co-author Dave Goulson, a professor at Sussex University in the United Kingdom.

      “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon,” he said. “On current trajectory, our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world.”

      Goulson was part of a team of European scientists who studied population levels in 63 nature reserves across Germany from 1989 to 2016 by setting up malaise traps that captured more than 1,500 samples of flying insects.

      They tracked the rapid decline across 96 unique location-year combinations in Germany, which is “representative of Western European low-altitude nature protection areas embedded in a human-dominated landscape,” as they wrote in the peer-reviewed study, published in the journal PLOS ONE.

    • #ProtectTheArctic: Senate Battle Underway to Stop GOP From ANWR Drilling

      Conservation groups and Senate Democrats have come together in hopes of thwarting Congressional Republicans’ attempts to include a provision in the federal budget resolution that would allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska.

      The legislation does not explicitly mention ANWR, but calls on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to pass additional legislation to raise $1 billion over the next decade—which environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers warn would likely come from drilling for oil in the refuge that has been federally protected for the past 40 years.

      In recent weeks, environmental, wildlife, and natural resources groups have sounded alarms about the importance of preserving ANWR. Conservationists Martin Roberts and George Schaller wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday:

      The Arctic refuge must continue to be preserved as a symbol of America’s natural heritage. It remains a healthy ecosystem supporting wildlife, and native peoples as they adapt to profound climate-related changes. True wilderness holds a spiritual value that can nourish us. That is why the American public enjoys its national parks, monuments, and other protected areas.

      There will always be pro-development forces and those with political agendas who are prepared to dismantle, cripple, gut, and destroy our natural heritage for short-term gain, heedless of the long-term cost to us as a civilization. In that effort they forget that everything we want, need and have comes from nature.

      Congress should stop its headlong rush to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and extraction. Surely patriotism encompasses the protection of the most pristine and beautiful representations of America.

      • Video Shows Oil Company’s Plans to Drill Arctic From Artificial Island

        The Liberty Project has posted a video about its proposal to build the nation’s first oil production platform in federal waters in the Arctic.

        The video was quietly uploaded two months ago and shows Hilcorp Alaska’s plan to build an artificial gravel island and undersea pipeline for its offshore drilling project in the Beaufort Sea. Frankly speaking, the five-minute clip—with its all-American voiceover and electric guitar riffs—is something you’d expect from a pickup truck commercial.

        According to the Associated Press (AP), the man-made island—located 5.6 miles off shore—would consist of a 24-acre base on the ocean floor that’s about the size of 18 football fields. It will have sloped sides that lead to a work surface of 9 acres, or about seven football fields, allowing room for 16 wells, including five to eight conventional production wells.

        Hilcorp estimates it could extract up to 70,000 barrels per day for a total recovery of 80 million to 150 million barrels over 15 to 20 years.

        Hilcorp insists that it is committed to safety and its technology is sound, but environmental groups have warned about the company’s record in Alaska, including its months-long gas leak in its underwater pipelines in Cook Inlet in the Spring.

      • I did see a bit of good news on that front this morning:

        BNP To Halt Shale Oil Financing, Expand Funds For Renewables

        Banks are realizing they can get a political win and avoid stranding their assets by not investing in oil and gas

        •French bank says shale, oil sands projects harm environment

        •BNP also won’t fund oil or gas projects in the Arctic region

        BNP Paribas SA pledged to stop financing shale and oil sands projects, expanding earlier commitments in support of global efforts to tackle climate change.

        I hope that becomes a trend.

        The lender’s financing for tar sands, Arctic oil and other carbon-intensive fuels totaled $1.94 billion last year, ranking it 17th among international banks, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network and other environmental groups. That’s down from $3.74 billion in 2014.

        I realize that there will probably be others that step in if they see money to be made, but it still seemed like a little bit of good news.

      • The Russian/Uranium deal that Clinton/Obama okayed and the Clinton Organization got much kick backs from is all over Fox TV news. The word is getting out but the regular press/cnn/msnbc, have chose to ignore it. The Congress is now going to open hearings on it so it should get more interesting.

    • Scientists Discover Sea Levels Rose in Sharp Bursts During Last Warming

      Scientists from Rice University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies have discovered that Earth’s sea level did not rise steadily but rather in sharp, punctuated bursts when the planet’s glaciers melted during the period of global warming at the close of the last ice age. The researchers found fossil evidence in drowned reefs offshore Texas that showed sea level rose in several bursts ranging in length from a few decades to one century.

      The findings appeared Wednesday in Nature Communications.

      “What these fossil reefs show is that the last time Earth warmed like it is today, sea level did not rise steadily,” said Rice marine geologist André Droxler, a study co-author. “Instead, sea level rose quite fast, paused, and then shot up again in another burst and so on.”

    • Quitting Coal: New Global Survey Names the Companies, Countries and Cities

      More than a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal power business, according to new research from CoalSwarm and Greenpeace. This represents nearly 370 large coal-fired power plants—enough to power around six United Kingdoms—and equivalent to nearly half a trillion dollars in assets retired or not developed.

      While many generating companies go through this rapid makeover, the research also shows that a total of 23 countries, states and cities will have either phased out coal-fired power plants or set a timeline to do so by 2030.

      “Before 2014, no major jurisdiction had completely phased out coal,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, energy analyst at Greenpeace East Asia. “What we are witnessing now is the beginning of a major overhaul of our energy system—one that can address climate change and air pollution. Governments now need to speed up the shift to 100 percent renewables and ensure a just transition for workers and communities affected by the coal industry’s downfall.”

      To date, six countries, states, provinces or cities have completely phased out coal power since 2014, and an additional 17 have announced a coal power phase-out date of 2030 or sooner. Three of the G7 economies, and a total of eight EU countries, have decided to phase out coal—the Netherlands joining the list only this month. Indonesia, the third largest builder of new coal power plants after India and China in recent years, also said it would not start more coal projects in its main grid.

      “Global investment in coal has crashed as a result of a dramatic fall in new projects in China and India, with money flowing increasingly toward lower-cost renewable energies,” said Myllyvirta.

    • Kids Harmed by Portugal Fires Reach Key Crowdfunding Goal for Climate Lawsuit

      As Portugal reels from its worst wildfires on record, seven Portuguese children have met an important crowdfunding goal for their major climate lawsuit against 47 European nations.

      More than £20,000 ($26,400) was pledged by 589 people, allowing the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)—the nonprofit coordinating the lawsuit—to identify and compile evidence to present to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. GLAN now has a new stretch target of £100,000.

      As Climate Home News reports, Mariana (5), Leonor (8), André (9), Simão (11), Sofia (12), Martim (14) and Cláudia (18) are suing the countries over their failure to tackle climate change.

      “In June of this year these children watched their district burn as a result of the worst forest fires in their country’s history. The fires, which have been linked to climate change, claimed the lives of over 60 people,” the crowdfunding page states.

      “Tragedies like this are becoming the new norm because governments in Europe and beyond are failing to make the necessary cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions.”

    • Pushing Toxic Chemicals and Climate Denial: The Dark Money-Funded Independent Women’s Forum

      The Independent Women’s Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has taken money from tobacco and oil companies, partners with Monsanto, defends toxic chemicals in food and consumer products, denies climate science and argues against laws that would curb the power of corporations.

      IWF began in 1991 as an effort to defend now Supreme Court Justice (and former Monsanto attorney) Clarence Thomas as he faced sexual harassment charges. The group now says it seeks to “improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty.”

      A key message of IWF is to shift the blame for health or environmental problems away from corporations and toward personal responsibility—for example arguing that parents, not food companies, are to blame for America’s obesity problem.

      According to data collected by Greenpeace USA, IWF has received more than $15 million in funding since 1998, largely from right-wing foundations that promote deregulation and corporate free reign.

      IWF’s leading contributors, with donations topping $5.3 million, are Donors Trust and Donors Capital Funds, the “dark money ATM of the conservative movement” connected with Charles and David Koch. The funds channel money from anonymous donors, including corporations, to efforts that champion corporate agendas, as a Greenpeace investigation established.

      • Tell it, Jimmy! :O)

      • I am starting to think Bernie will run indy or 3rd party, but plans on demonstrating first that he has tried every thing he can to work within it, so as to alienate as few of the party faithful as possible.

        If hes to win as a 3rd party/indy hes going to need many current dems to vote for him, not all but many and so hes got to go through all the motions first to show the public hes tried everything he can within and now its time to do without.

        • That’s my thought all along. He is going to do everything they want (except give them his list) but part of the ‘unity tour’ was to get a bit of a list going for the DNC, its nowhere near the size of Bernie’s primary donor list. He will also be building up enough allies in congress/senate etc, while also putting in an entire new structure on the local level, potentially helping a third party run should the Dems not hold to some sort of agreement where they would let him run again ‘even though hes not a registered democrat’

          That’s a big rambly because I was in a hurry… but… it about covers my thoughts, no matter how far out there they may seem.

          • With 41% of voters indy’s and growing Bernie just might pull it off, Their are a lot of R’s and D’s that are pissed. Only the hardcore fanatic’s on each side would be voting R or D like usual .

    • Brooklyn Political Roundup, October 18: Another challenger for Dan Donovan’s seat

      Michael DeVito, Jr., a veteran of the U.S. Marines, is the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the 2018 election for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island House seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan.

      DeVito will officially announce on Saturday at a rally on Staten Island that he is running in the 11th Congressional District. He is currently an educator at the New York Center for Interpersonal Development.

      “Like everyone who lives in this community, I want what is best for my family, both now and for the future. If we continue to work together, we can get the fair shake we all need and deserve. We can realistically solve our collective problems, be it jobs and economic development, the security of our nation, transportation and infrastructure issues or any problem facing us. The time for talk is done, and the time for action is now,” DeVito said in a statement.

      Just for the record, from my interactions with them on internets, Michael and his wife are good people.

    • UN condemns Australia on Indigenous detentions and asylum policies

      Australia’s castigation before the UN has continued for a second day, with the human rights committee condemning Western Australia’s practice of jailing fine defaulters, and specifically highlighting the death of Indigenous woman Ms Dhu in custody.

      The WA attorney general has promised to amend the laws by the end of the year.

      Australia is currently before the committee for the periodic review of its human rights record, and the issues of Indigenous incarceration and asylum policy again dominated committee criticisms.

      Dhu, a 22-year-old Yamatji woman, died in custody in Port Hedland on 4 August 2014, less than 48 hours after being arrested for $3,622 in unpaid fines. She had never been jailed before.

      The committee criticised the Western Australian government for failing to comply with a coronial recommendation to scrap the law allowing people to be jailed for unpaid fines.

      “The case of Ms Dhu once again calls for justice,” human rights committee member Duncan Muhumuza told the Australian delegation.

    • Native Americans Push for Indigenous Chapter of NAFTA

      The National Congress of American Indians agreed this week to support the efforts of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations to add an indigenous chapter in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

      The proposed chapter would ensure indigenous representation from all three NAFTA parties, the United States, Canada and Mexico. The trade deal is currently being renegotiated, and talks are expected to go into next year.

      The indigenous chapter would also cite the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and seek to prevent any deal from negatively impacting Native Americans.

      The two groups met in Milwaukee on Tuesday at the five-day National Congress of American Indians 74th Annual Convention and Marketplace to begin working to establish the chapter request.

      AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde applauded the NCAI’s support in a statement.

      “I thank the National Congress of American Indians for passing a unanimous motion supporting in principle an Indigenous Peoples Chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA and supporting our work to protect Indigenous rights,” he said. “This is a strong show of solidarity by the First Peoples of Turtle Island and a strong message to the nation-states involved in the negotiations. Our inherent rights, treaty rights and international rights in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be respected in the negotiations and in any final agreement.”

    • Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms

      Around a blazing fire in the ‘Namgis Nation Big House on Tuesday, British Columbia Premier John Horgan told members and hereditary chiefs from eight Indigenous nations that he would honor the provincial government’s campaign promise to protect wild salmon, and meet with a delegation from the nations to continue discussions. But Horgan did not commit to the nations’ main demand to revoke licenses from fish farms operating in their waters.

      Six of the nations are six weeks into occupations and protests of two commercial fish farms off northern Vancouver Island. The nations say they’re not moving until the fish farms do.

      Occupation leaders from the ‘Namgis, the Mamalilikulla, and the four nations of Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw say the fish farms — run by Norwegian aquaculture company Marine Harvest — do not have permission to operate in their territorial waters. They, and the hereditary chiefs of the Tlowitsis and Mumtagila nations standing in solidarity with them, are calling for the eviction of fish farms throughout the Broughton Archipelago.

      The activists say farmed Atlantic salmon are causing harm to nearby native Pacific salmon and other animals on which they rely. More broadly, the stand is about who holds the legal rights to these waters.

    • First Nations-led renewable energy generation in B.C. offers promising path forward

      These are exciting times in British Columbia for those interested in building sustainable, just and climate-friendly energy systems. The recent change in government could mean a shift away from a corporate agenda driven by the needs of a massively energy-intensive fracking and LNG industry towards one that prioritizes action on climate change, First Nations’ self-determination and community-scale economic development. Indeed, First Nations-led renewable energy generation offers a promising path forward for each of these.

      The momentum that First Nations have already built in this area, combined with developments in renewable energy technology, means they are well-positioned to be leaders in B.C.’s transition to a sustainable energy system.

    • Tar Sands Pipeline that Could Rival Keystone XL Quietly Gets Trump Approval

      You’ve probably heard of the Keystone XL pipeline. But what about Line 67, also known as the Alberta Clipper?

      Nine years ago, both were controversial proposals to ship oil from Canada’s tar sands into the United States. But while Keystone XL is still awaiting approval and continues to draw protests, Line 67 quietly secured a federal permit last week to ship even more crude than Keystone would.

      On Oct. 13, the State Department approved a long-awaited permit that allows Enbridge, which owns the pipeline, to pump up to 890,000 barrels per day across the border between Canada and North Dakota, en route to Superior, Wisconsin.

      “Enbridge has built the equivalent of a Keystone XL pipeline without gaining the kind of attention that Keystone got,” said Kenneth Rumelt, a senior attorney and professor at Vermont Law School who represented several environmental and indigenous groups in a challenge to the project. “Other than our suit, it largely slipped under the radar. But really, this is a quiet Keystone XL pipeline.”

    • Nearly two dozen activists have been arrested where nuns are protesting a pipeline

      Months ago, when the nuns and the activists built a chapel in the proposed path of a Pennsylvania pipeline, they said that if the bulldozers came to tear up the nuns’ land and put a pipe beneath it, they might stand in the way of the construction equipment to block it with their bodies and their prayers.

      That day arrived on Monday.

      In a dramatic showdown in a cornfield, owned by Catholic sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, 23 people stood holding hands and singing hymns until they were arrested and charged with defiant trespassing.

      “I feel really frustrated with our courts and our government,” Barbara Vanhorn, a local resident who came to the nuns’ cornfield to join the protest, said to NPR. The oldest of the 23 people arrested at 86, Vanhorn said she worries that the natural gas pipeline, which will carry the products of fracking in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, will damage the environment. “They’re giving in to these big, paying, lying companies that are trying to destroy not only our country but the world.”

      According to the local Fox News station, 11 of the protesters who were arrested are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. NBC News reported that one protester, who suffered an apparent panic attack after his hands were zip-tied behind his back for more than an hour, was taken to a hospital.

    • Two in pipeline dispute found guilty by Calhoun County jury

      Two people were found guilty of trespassing over their protest of the installation of a crude oil pipeline in a jury trial Thursday.

      The trial for Emma Schmit, 23, of Rockwell City, and Tosun Mahmud Fitil, 36, of Omaha, began last week in Calhoun County. After one day of hearing from witnesses the jury recessed until Thursday at 1:40 p.m. when closing arguments were heard.

      Schmit and Fitil were arrested while protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Oct. 29, 2016, on property where the pipeline was being constructed in Calhoun County.

      The five women and one man of the jury took a long time, deliberating for more than two and a half hours before delivering their guilty verdict.

      Ricki Osborn Stubbs, assistant Calhoun County attorney, said the two planned on being arrested that day. She asked the jury not to help them spread their message regarding climate change.

      “Did they have this planned? Yes,” Osborn Stubbs said. “Going to trial? I’m sure that’s what they knew when they were going to get arrested. They’d be here — media — trying to get their issue out. Trying to get you to help them. I’m asking you not to do that.”

    • Maine does not need a natural gas pipeline from Quebec

      This past month, Gov. LePage again proposed constructing a natural gas pipeline, this time to carry fuel from Quebec to Maine. The stated goal of the pipeline would be to lower Maine energy prices through the use of cheap natural gas. While the governor did not provide a cost estimate, experts place the figure in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

      Unfortunately, this proposal ignores the energy shift currently underway across the United States. The development of cheap, green energy and its proliferation is happening and developing pipelines that carry “dirty” fuels is simply short-sighted. The costs of wind and solar have fallen to the point that they are competitive with traditional energy sources. Therefore, the development of these renewables should be a priority because of the significantly lower health and environmental costs associated with them.

      Natural gas is often touted as a bridge fuel by the fossil fuel industry. But while proponents are correct that climate-changing emissions that result from the combustion of natural gas are 50 to 60 percent less than those emitted from a new coal plant, this thought process blatantly ignores the litany of health issues that are seen in areas where natural gas fracking is occurring.

    • ‘A huge difference’: Next to Nestlé bottled water pipeline, a creek trickles

      At the end of an unpaved road that snakes through the San Bernardino National Forest, you come to Strawberry Creek, which flows down from the mountains through a rocky canyon.

      Head upstream and you’ll clamber over boulders and through the brush until you arrive at a fork in the creek.

      On one side, the eastern branch is a free-flowing stream that pours over rocks and cascades into pools. On the other side, the creek’s western fork is just a trickle — a series of shallow puddles hidden in a thicket of trees and bushes.

      The stark difference between the two creeks may be a result of Nestlé’s bottled water operation in the national forest. While the company doesn’t use any water from the eastern watershed, its steel pipeline runs alongside the creek’s west fork to a series of boreholes and water collection tunnels on the mountain slopes above.

      The sound of flowing water fills the air along the eastern creek, but along the western creek, the canyon is quiet except for the sound of water gushing through the pipeline.

      Amanda Frye, a local activist who opposes Nestlé’s use of water from the forest, said she was surprised when she reached the confluence of the creeks and saw such a contrast.

    • Hmmm… nothing to see here. Move along…

      Pipeline Company Donates Thousands To Northwest Iowa Emergency Crews

      The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline that runs diagonally across Iowa, from the northwest to the southeast, is making donations to emergency responders in Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties. In fact, they’re making the donations in every county the pipeline crosses in Iowa and three other states.

      Mike Futch, vice president of Energy Transfer Partners, explains the motive.

      The pipeline crosses 18 counties in Iowa and also carves a path across Illinois and North and South Dakota. Futch says they want to be good corporate partners with every county the pipeline touches.

    • Oxford accused of ‘social apartheid’ as colleges admit no black students

      Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies by the former education minister David Lammy.

      The data shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015, the first time the university has released such figures since 2010. Oriel College only offered one place to a black British A-level student in six years.

      Similar data released by Cambridge revealed that six colleges there failed to admit any black British A-level students in the same year.

    • Canada faces battle for pharmacare scheme to make medicines free

      In his campaign for universal publicly funded healthcare in the US, Bernie Sanders has repeatedly held up Canada’s system as an example, highlighting the pride Canadians take in the idea that medical care is a right for everyone.

      But his legislation would aim to go further, addressing a critical shortcoming: that Canada is the only developed country in the world with a universal healthcare system that does not cover essential medications.

      “It’s a big issue, a big problem,” Danielle Martin, a Toronto doctor, told Sanders in a recent podcast. “I have patients who take their pills every other day, or who take them for a few weeks and then have to wait until the cheque comes in to fill it again.”

      The gap, said Martin, was partly because Canada’s system was designed in the 1960s, when prescription medication was less of a focus for care. Today Canadians, however, face the second-highest drug costs in the industrialised world, after Americans. And they are forced to cover those costs either out of their own pockets, or through a patchwork of provincial and private drug plans.

      The result has left many in Canada choosing between meeting their basic needs or complying with the doctors’ orders, said Hassan Yussuff of the Canadian Labour Congress. “If you’re not fortunate enough to work for a sizeable employer that has the resources to provide you with benefits, you’re left on your own,” he said.

    • Land of milk and money: Qatar looks to farms to beat the Gulf boycott

      “The boycott has been great thing for Qatar in a way,” Dore said. “It has been a wakeup call to the entire country. It has made them aware of all the opportunities that are there, and not just in farming. Nearly 80% of its food came from its neighbours. It sometimes takes war or the threat of war to make countries look at their food security. Look at the common agricultural policy in Europe.

      “The people that have shot themselves in the foot are the Saudis. If the blockade was lifted, there is so much pro-Qatar sentiment and nationalist pride that the people will buy Qatar milk, not Saudi. I think the whole environment will completely change. Our challenge is to get enough milk. If we can make enough milk, the people in Qatar will buy it.”

      Dore says his farm will be more productive than its Saudi counterparts, with a labour ratio of one person per 75 cows, as opposed to one per 45. His cows will also stand on rubber mattresses, and automated scrapers will remove their waste. “We are going to produce enough manure to turn Qatar green,” he said.

      Self-sufficiency in food is only one test of whether Qatar can withstand the blockade and perhaps even emerge stronger, ready to receive tens of thousands of visitors to the 2022 World Cup.

      • Certainly not great for animals or the environment, but for Qatar itself, finding any way to be self sufficient is probably a good idea.

    • Colin Kaepernick Was Mocked and Threatened for Taking a Knee. He’s Also Winning.

      In the summer of 2016, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, respectively. Their deaths were videotaped, and the footage went viral. People mourned. People raged. People protested. And, starting with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL players—in a historically unprecedented fashion—joined this fight. They took a knee or sat or raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem precisely to make people—fans, sponsors, media, team owners—uncomfortable and raise awareness. Now, after 14 months, what do we know?

      Kaepernick might have sacrificed his career for this movement. The other players who either took a knee with Colin last year or started this year have received death threats. They’ve lost sponsors. They’ve been threatened with suspension by team owners. They were mocked by sports-media hucksters, who laughed at the thought that they were accomplishing anything. They’ve had their jobs imperiled and been cursed by a president who, despite his own behavior, has the nerve to lecture people about patriotism. Yet they still persevered. And what did it get them? This week we found out.

      First, before the meetings had even started, Roger Goodell co-signed a letter on NFL stationery with Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin that was sent to the US Congress in support of a bill called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017. The bill would reduce minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. The letter read, “Over the last two seasons, one particular issue that has come to the forefront for our players and our teams is the issue of justice for all.… These expressions of player advocacy aptly capture the challenges we currently face as a nation—ensuring that every American has equal rights and equal protection under the law.” It’s hardly radical legislation, but in the era of Jeff Sessions and his dreams of an extra-strength New Jim Crow, it matters.

      Then, at the meeting between Goodell and a select group of team owners, no changes to the rules were made to coerce players to line up, helmet in hand, for the playing of the national anthem, much to Trump’s Twitter rage. NFL owners are now basically acknowledging that Trump’s call to “force players to stand for the anthem” would cause a full-scale rebellion. This was a victory: an affirmation both of what’s in their collective-bargaining agreement and of their First Amendment rights.

    • Jeremy Corbyn Could Be the Next British Prime Minister. Now Comes the Hard Part.

      Having lost its majority following a snap election in June, the Conservative Party now limps from one self-inflicted disaster to the next. Ministers turn up to Brexit meetings without briefing papers or a clue, are laughed out of negotiations, and then come home with their tails between their legs, only to talk tough and hope nobody noticed. At home, inflation is set to reach a five-year high (in no small part thanks to Brexit) and growth has stalled, leaving much pain in the population and little room for maneuver in the polity.

      All of this makes what was unthinkable just a few months ago now a distinct possibility: Jeremy Corbyn, the hard-left leader of the Labour Party, could be the next prime minister. Labour now holds a three-point lead over the Conservatives, and Corbyn’s approval ratings are better than May’s. The September 23 cover of the libertarian Economist, no fan of the Labour leader, featured a cartoon of Corbyn coming out of 10 Downing Street with the headline The Likely Lad.

      Given the immense effort it took to get to this stage, progressives should be delighted. But given the likely challenges of the next stage, that delight should, perhaps, be tempered with more levelheaded strategic thinking—the kind of thinking that could benefit from some input from the left in Greece and Brazil, who’ve been here before, and from the American left, who may get there yet.

      The Labour manifesto was pretty much a boilerplate social-democratic program, calling for wealth distribution and increased public investment. Nonetheless, given the forces that made it possible, the prospect of a Corbyn government is bound to spark capital flight and a run on the pound. In 2015, the first time an anti-austerity government was elected, in Greece, capital (with the help of European Union hard-liners) effectively staged a coup—forcing the government to abandon its election promises and accept the agenda dictated to it.

      • Let the capital go. It doesn’t “force” anyone to do anything. It will come back and cooperatives will spring up. We cannot continue to let the financial industry to bully us. Remember, they threatened Marshall Law in our own crisis in 2007-08. We should have played it out. First of all, they wouldn’t actually need it, most likely. Second, let the velvet glove come off the iron fist so we can have a real resistance, not a McResistance.

    • To Get Hurricane Rebuilding Money in Texas, Contractors Must Promise They Won’t Boycott Israel

      If you’re a Texan looking to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you’d better not boycott Israel.

      That’s the message being sent by the state, which has banned any contractor who supports the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, campaign from receiving state funds.

      If you’re confused why the two things are related, look to a bill that Texas’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law in July. House Bill 89 prohibits the state from entering into contract with a business unless it “does not boycott Israel; and will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract.” The law applies even to businesses that would refuse to buy products made in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land — as it defines Israel as both Israel proper and “Israeli-controlled territory.”

      To see how this law works in practice, check out a sample application for a Harvey rebuilding contract from the city of Dickinson, Texas. The contract includes a section that requires the applicant to verify that they do not currently boycott Israel and will not do so during the duration of the contract:

    • In New Ruling, Federal Judge Refuses to Erase Joe Arpaio’s Conviction

      A federal judge ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not erase his conviction for criminal contempt of court, rejecting arguments from Arpaio and the Department of Justice to vacate all the rulings in his criminal case.

      “The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case,” Bolton wrote in a four-page opinion.

      Arpaio immediately filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on Thursday night.

      Bolton’s ruling is consistent with guidance on the Department of Justice website that “a pardoned offense would not be removed from your criminal record.” Notwithstanding that language, the Justice Department previously agreed with Arpaio’s lawyers that his conviction should be erased. It’s not yet clear whether the federal government will agree with Arpaio on appeal as well.

      • I wonder how much the chairman of BofA gets paid?

        • Well look here!


          Salary $20.2 million (2016)

          In 2012, Moynihan, alongside several other CEO’s, faced heavy criticism from Senator Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) in a report titled “Top Corporate Tax Dodgers”. According to the report, Moynihan’s Bank of America paid no federal income tax in 2010 and received a $1.9 billion tax refund despite making $4.4 billion in profits. The report also includes criticisms of Bank of America’s use of tax havens

          Maybe we should downgrade BofA

    • This story has flown under the radar but it is good news for progressives everywhere.


      Jacinda Ardern has said she is “privileged and humbled” to become New Zealand’s next prime minister 26 days after the country’s electorate cast their votes.

      At an eagerly awaited press conference on Thursday, the kingmaker Winston Peters announced that his New Zealand First party would throw its support behind Ardern’s Labour party.

      This will allow Labour to form a coalition government with NZ First, along with the backing of the Green party, which means Ardern, 37, becomes New Zealand’s third female prime minister.


      Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand politician and the incoming Prime Minister of New Zealand. She is the Leader of the Labour Party, having taken office on 1 August 2017. She was first elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election and has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

      Ideologically, Ardern describes herself as both a social democrat and a progressive.A supporter of the labour movement, she opposes tax cuts for high-income earners as supported by the National Party and supports a welfare state that provides a safety net for “those unable to support themselves”. On cultural issues, Ardern is a supporter of same-sex marriage, having voted in favour of the marriage equality bill in 2013, and supports the liberalisation of abortion laws.

    • Bernie is brilliant! He got himself out of the quagmire called a ‘Women’s Convention’ and is going to Puerto Rico! Too bad for the so called Women’s Convention, they would have had many more viewers if he was speaking. I know I was planning to watch him but now will not watch any of the convention. It is a farce of an organization that backs Clinton.

    • Tim Black on the DNC.

  • First brought up by Benny last night and interspaced in the open thread it is important enough to keep track of it on it own.

    More in the comment section.

    • Lets get started!

      DNC Chair Tom Perez Gives Up on Unity, Rewards Loyalists

      This week in Las Vegas, the DNC Unity Commission is meeting in conjunction with a DNC meeting. DNC Chair Tom Perez will formally announce his appointments and nominations to DNC positions, a list of which was leaked. The shake-up has already drawn criticisms from progressives, as four prominent supporters of Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the progressive who ran against Perez in the February 2017 DNC chair election, were removed.
      The first trans-person elected to the DNC, Barbs Siperstein, was removed, along with Ellison’s former secretary, Alice Germond, and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. Our Revolution Board Member James Zogby was demoted from his Executive Committee seat to an at-large nomination. “I’m concerned about the optics, and I’m concerned about the impact,” Zogby told NBC News of the changes. “I want to heal the wound of 2016.”
      Supporters of Ellison and Sen. Bernie Sanders are drastically underrepresented in Perez’s selections, and the nominations are weighted toward loyalists to Perez and Hillary Clinton. Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile was nominated for an at-large position and appointed to the Rules and Bylaws Committee—a divisive pick given Brazile’s record of violating the DNC Charter during the 2016 primaries at the benefit of Hillary Clinton. CNN severed ties with Brazile after leaked emails revealed she tipped off the Clinton campaign to difficult questions preceding a CNN debate and town hall. No Sanders supporters were appointed to the rules and bylaws committee.

      • Rules and bylaws are important–similar to “it’s who counts the votes.” What a sham. And a shame.

        Sorry I have been out of touch. I’m finding that once I start, it’s too hard for me to disengage, so I’ll just be here and there. Just didn’t want y’all to worry. :O)

      • They’re pretty much asking those of us who stayed but don’t feel we’ve changed much to go, along with the purge. We’ll purge ourselves, thank you.

    • Doubt it would happen but just watched this:

      • I don’t see this happening either. But what has not been discussed is that the new Slate proposed by Perez has not seen a vote yet and won’t until this weekend. I’m glad some of the news is breaking here, JPR, and WotB.

        And crickets over at the orange purgatory.

    • What on earth is Perez thinking?

    • This certainly is the truth.


      A Democratic National committeeman from California has put forth a resolution asking Bernie Sanders, along with Maine Senator Angus King, to officially join the party by replacing the “I” (for “independent”) with a “D,” making their casual cohabitation with the party a full-blown marriage.

      Sanders should (and probably will) give this proposal what it deserves: a polite no thank you!
      For those versed in the petty squabbles that turn leftists against liberals and vice versa, this conflict is familiar. For those not in the know: Sanders and King are technically independents but caucus with the Democrats; Sanders is currently the chair of the Senate Democratic Outreach Committee. Whatever you call him, Sanders is obviously incredibly popular among Democratic voters, running surprisingly strong against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and coming out at the top of a much too early poll of New Hampshire Democrats about possible 2020 contenders.
      But the centrist, pro-Clinton wing of the party has been somewhat (dare I say) bitter about the Vermont senator’s refusal to go full Democrat. In her election memoir, What Happened, Clinton made sure to note that “he isn’t a Democrat—that’s not a smear, that’s what he says.” In September, former DNC chairman Don Fowler, who has called upon Sanders to officially join the party, told Politico, “The Democratic Party has treated Senator Sanders exceptionally well. We collectively let him run in our primaries when he declared he wasn’t a Democrat—I count that as a great favor, and an opportunity almost no one else has ever received.”

      • “The Democratic Party has treated Senator Sanders exceptionally well”.
        We havent forgotten the convention so here’s to the DNC

      • “We collectively let him run in our primaries when he declared he wasn’t a Democrat—I count that as a great favor, and an opportunity almost no one else has ever received.” Yes, b/c you thought he would be an example of the “far lefties” like us, Trump as far right, and you could cruise to the nomination with that set up. It was not a “favor.”

    • I’d sure like another report on this though. Nearly all of the tweets and other secondary reporting is based on the NBC news which broke about the beginning of the CNN Sanders/Cruz debate.

      I noticed each time Cruz brought up Bernie and the Democrats, Bernie avoid answering for the Dems and only spoke for himself. He also made note of his independent status (alluding to the DNC proposed amendment that he and Angus King should become Dems or else).

    • Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing ‘Left in the Cold’ at DNC

      Sparking concerns that party leadership is making the same mistakes that have rendered them increasingly powerless and without an inspiring vision, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is reportedly carrying out a massive staff shake-up in which veteran progressives are being purged and “left out in the cold.”

      “This doesn’t bring the party together, it deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck,” James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter who was ousted from the DNC Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter Thursday.

      According to Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News, Zogby is hardly alone.

      “[S]everal key longtime officials have lost their posts” since the staff changes began,” Seitz-Wald writes, a fact that many have interpreted as “retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.”

      “The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented,” Seitz-Wald added.

      Some of the other prominent progressives who have been shifted to less influential positions or removed altogether include:

      Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender DNC member who backed Rep. Keith Ellison over Perez in the race for DNC chair;
      Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party; and
      Alice Germond, former DNC secretary.

      Germond, who was removed from her role as at-large member, told NBC that she assumed her ouster “had something to do” with her support for Ellison.

    • D.N.C. Chair Purges Dissenters in Surprise Shake-Up

      he Republican Party isn’t the only political establishment in shambles following the shock election of Donald Trump last fall. In a move that exacerbated the vast intra-party rift exposed during last year’s presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has stripped a number of longtime party officials of their “at-large” delegate status or leadership positions, while appointing a slate of 75 new members that include Clinton campaign veterans, lobbyists, and neophytes.

      Perez revealed his picks this week, ahead of the D.N.C.’s first meeting since he was elected chairman. Upon perusing it, progressive party members were incensed to find that he had demoted a number of veteran delegates who’d backed either Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in his bid for party chairman against Perez, or Sanders in 2016. (Ellison, who now serves as Perez’s deputy, was widely viewed as a proxy candidate for the more liberal, Sanders wing of the party.) Those ousted include Ray Buckley, James Zogby, Alice Germond, and Barbara Casbar Siperstein, NBC News reports. “I’m concerned about the optics, and I’m concerned about the impact,” Zogby said of the D.N.C. shake-up. “I want to heal the wound of 2016.”

      To add insult to injury, Perez also tapped several individuals who have lobbying or corporate-interest backgrounds—a move that has sparked criticism in the past. The pack of new delegates includes Joanne Dowdell, a registered lobbyist for Fox News parent company News Corp; Harold Ickes, a veteran of the Clinton White House; and Manuel Ortiz, a lobbyist for CITGO Petroleum Corp and Puerto Rican interests. At least 10 additional Perez-tapped superdelegates have previously been registered as lobbyists, Bloomberg reports.

      • I have to admit that it doesn’t really come as a surprise to me. After the bullshit that went down during the primary, during the election of the DNC chair and the leadership contest for the head of the California Dems the corporate Dems (the Obama Clinton wing) are not going down without a cutthroat fight. The future of the Democratic party depends on the progressive wing coming out on top!

      • Guess they’ve decided that so many folks are so busy trying to survive that they’ll do anything to avoid another Trump, as long as they make pretty speeches about “single payer” and minimum wage.

        May well be right.

    • The establishment dems are just hastening their own demise, but I am starting to wonder if thats the flaw or the plan. I have always believe the meme about dems snatching defeat from the hands of victory as being a hidden truth that they dont want to win the big games just pretend they are trying.

      Now im starting to think they just want to end the charade completely and just collapse to the repubs with the establishment feeling they are entrenched enough to hold off any new party. They cant raise money, are losing members, have lost a huge amount of positions at all levels of government and yet still continue to follow the exact same path.

      I never believed the dems are stupid or inept and most things they make unforced errors on are intentional, which is why i think the partys establishment core is intentionally self imploding, the game was only needed until other piece which are now in place were put there.

      The oligarchs dont need politicians anymore they will just run things directly as Trump and his cabinet shows, but lucky for us they lack the subtle touch of the political class as well as being too factionalized, so in the end will be so heavy handed the game will be over.

      We have reached the point that the only way to save the country at this point is to break it first, the corrupted bones are too melded and need to be rebroken to be reset and the only saving grace is those who wield the sledgehammer that first broke it are still swing away harder than ever.

      • Very thoughtful, excellent comment. I agree with the last paragraph. Climate Change/Nature will break the political corruption in this country if nothing else does. I know how I’m voting, and that I will vote, and it will be counted! T and R, humphrey!! 🙂

    • Interesting tidbit! When I did a google search TPW came out as #3 in the last 24 hours.


      At least that was the result when I did my original search.

    • People like Brazile should not be super-delegates!

      Primary Cheater Donna Brazile Among Those Nominated by Tom Perez to Become DNC Delegates

      Finally, Brazile was also one of the campaign geniuses responsible for Clinton not campaigning hard enough in places like Michigan—she preferred instead to drive up the vote in inner-city locations like New Orleans and Chicago. Why? Because she thought it would be embarrassing if Clinton won the electoral college (which she thought was a given) but lost the popular vote.

    • The chance of this happening is as likely as me winning the Powerball and I don’t even buy the tickets.

    • Talking about unity. Ha!

    • The DNC way of thinking. Duh!

    • I am glad that this is happening!

    • Completely unrelated but I am not sure that this is the best decision.


      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced on Thursday he would travel to Puerto Rico to meet with officials in the wake of Hurricane Maria instead of addressing the Women’s Convention next week.

      “I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit. Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing,” Sanders said in a statement.

      • It is somewhat related, so I’m glad you posted it. Bernie is doing what is right for the US. Congress will have to appropriate the money in the upcoming Budget Resolution, so it’s a smart move.

        • Looks a little like caving, though, which we don’t want. And he could win over many hearts and minds there, I imagine. And it takes him out of the silly spat.

          But yeah, if it will help get funds to PR, then it’s more important.

    • Perez has some followers including this corporate Dem.

    • It even made the Washington Post.


      LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee kicked off its annual meeting with a now-familiar drama — a public spat between the party’s leadership and its frustrated left-wing activists.
      The latest argument began after DNC Chairman Tom Perez nominated a new slate of members for little-known but influential party committees. That slate, slightly younger and more diverse than the last one, did not include some of the highest-profile supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential bid and Rep. Keith Ellison’s failed bid to run the DNC, which had been backed by Sanders (I-Vt.).
      “It’s a lot of really good people who deserved better,” said James Zogby, a longtime DNC member who is being replaced on the executive committee. “I’d say they’re making way for new blood, but it’s not that at all. We were Keith Ellison supporters. The optics of it are bad.”
      Ellison (D-Minn.), who was made deputy chair of the party after his defeat, was among the new nominees to replace Zogby, and through a spokesman he noted that he’d given Perez a list of contenders for the jobs. One of the highest-profile Democrats removed from the new list was Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC. The new list — which, according to DNC spokesman Michael Tyler, was based on recommendations from state parties — included a different transgender member, Marisa Richmond.

      (bolding by me)

      I am beginning to understand what is happening. (see bolding) The states controlled by the Clinton wing ushered in the changes to the delegates!

    • The battle isn’t over yet!

    • Just maybe all the negative flack that the Unity Commission has been getting is having an effect.

      Ray Buckley is back after being removed!

    • It is comments like this that can help.

      You’ve already lost us, Tom. This would help us reconsider and end superdelegates.

    • Here is some of the negative press.

    • Oh please! Just bend over while we keep screwing you!


      Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez on Saturday called for party unity, rather than uniformity when it comes to political differences.

      “We should never confuse unity with unanimity. Unity doesn’t mean you have to be a rubber stamp,” he told a crowd of party members during the DNC’s first meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., according to reports.

      Perez told the crowd that the DNC is stronger when unified, calling organization over targeting demographics the key to success in winning future elections.

      “We will not win the future by re-litigating the past. Our unity is our greatest strength,” he told the crowd before a contentious vote on new party members, BuzzFeed News’ Ruby Cramer reported.

    • Hmmmmmm! I wonder is she was a Clinton supporter?

    • To me this is not a very good superdelegate justification.

  • Genevieve Iron Lightning is a young Lakota dancer on the Cheyenne River reservation, one of the poorest communities in the US. Unemployment, addiction, alcoholism, and suicide are all challenges for Lakota on the […]

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    • By now most of you know that Indigenous/Native American/First Nations/ etc issues are very important to me so there will be more like this in the future. Also I’m not making any promises, but I’ll finally try and get an Indigenous version of a Monday Night Mixtape post up this week.

    • Genevieve Iron Lightning, what a wonderful name!

      Aka’Stands First Women’.

      This video was hard to watch through, my emotions high. Seems like a really great program. Well worth the view. My heart goes out to their community, I so hope that their youth thrive!

      • It’s certainly hard to watch (especially at first, as these kinds of things usually are), but the hope and optimism Genevieve has ultimately overrides the more depressing bits.

        For a lighter moment heres some more Native teens embracing their culture:

  • ‘Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting you!’: Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders ribbed each other nonstop at CNN’s debate

    Sen. Bernie Sanders went head-to-head with Sen. Ted Cruz in a CNN town hall debate on the […]

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      Thanks to last nights livebloggers!

    • ‘Robin Hood’ and other key takeaways from the Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders tax debate

      Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders agree that America’s tax code needs an overhaul. And that’s about it.

      The political polar opposites, participating Wednesday in a CNN debate, highlighted the yawning policy divide that confronts conservative and liberal lawmakers of all stripes as they prepare to take on a monumental task that’s stymied Congress for decades.

      With these two loquacious senators, however, the split was crystal clear.

      Cruz, the Texas Republican, pitches the GOP revamp as a way to streamline the code and “lower taxes for each and every person.” Sanders, the Vermont Independent, sees instead a “massive tax break for the wealthy” that comes at the expense of low- and middle-income earners.

      Cruz got Sanders to admit that the GOP’s idea to double the standard deduction was a “good idea.” But just as Cruz cheered the common ground — a “miraculous night,” he joked — Sanders quickly objected to the elimination of the personal exemption and other related tax provisions.

      “You have to look at it in a comprehensive way,” Sanders said.

      • Cruz, Sanders debate tax reform in CNN town hall

        As the Senate gets ready to make a major move on tax reform, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont faced off in a CNN town hall debate Wednesday night to discuss efforts to overhaul the tax code.

        CNN’s Jake Tapper, anchor and chief Washington correspondent, and CNN’s Dana Bash, chief political correspondent, moderated the debate, which was in Washington.

        Cruz began by defending the Republican’s tax plan, and called on Congress to lower taxes overall.

        “Bernie and the Democrats want every one of you watching today to pay more taxes, and Republicans want to lower the taxes for each and every person watching this debate,” Cruz said.

        He later said the objective of tax reform should be cutting everybody’s taxes.

        Sanders said that although he supports “a tax cut for the middle class and working families,” he does not support tax breaks for the most wealthy individuals.

        “What this entire proposal is about is to give tax breaks to people who don’t need it,” Sanders said during the debate, adding it would be at the expense of other programs that working families depend on.

        • Yeah, especially the estate tax. Arseholes like the Kochs, tRumps, Mellons, Bushes, Clintons (they wish), you-get-the-drift are obsessed with eliminating it. That way their worthless heirs pay nothing to inherit. Beyond absurd! T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂

    • In tax debate, Ted Cruz aims to make Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren the face of Democrats

      Ted Cruz spent Wednesday night’s nationally televised tax debate portraying his counterpart Bernie Sanders, along with the Senate’s other top liberal, Elizabeth Warren, as the face of the Democratic Party.

      The CNN debate was supposed to be about the Republican tax plan. But, starting with his opening comments, Cruz tried to reframe the conversation to focus on the Vermont senator’s vision of transforming the U.S. into a high-tax country with Nordic-style social democracy.

      “Bernie and the Democrats want every one of you watching today to pay more in taxes,” Cruz told the audience in his first comments.

      After an early skirmish with Sanders over the estate tax, Cruz informed him that “you and Elizabeth Warren represent the heart of the Democratic Party.”

      Later, he mused that “the lesson the Democratic Party took from [the 2016] election was Hillary Clinton was too moderate, and I think the Democratic Party is the party of you and Elizabeth Warren.”

    • Cash In: Sanders Leads Pack in Fundraising

      Thinking about running against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2018?

      If so, consider this. According to his latest campaign finance report, submitted to the Federal Election Commission last weekend, his senatorial campaign fund has an astounding $5.86 million in cash on hand.

      It would be virtually impossible to spend that much money in Vermont, even if Sanders were to face a real challenge. Last time around, Sanders managed to spend $2.6 million in defeating Republican John MacGovern by a massive 45 percentage points. He couldn’t possibly do much better, even if he spent twice as much this time.

      So what’s he doing with all that money? A lot of it goes to fueling the machine: fundraising, strategy and consulting. But a goodly chunk has been spent on his large, enthusiastic campaign-style rallies across the country.

    • Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in 2020 New Hampshire poll

      Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading former Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical matchup of the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary, according to a new survey.

      Sanders, who won New Hampshire in his unsuccessful bid to upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, maintains stronger support in the state than any other presidential hopeful of his party. That includes party luminaries such as Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to the University of New Hampshire’s survey.

      Most Democratic primary voters (58 percent) are undecided or could not provide a name when asked in an open-ended question whom they would support,” the Granite State Poll found. “Democratic primary voters most recently mentioned Bernie Sanders (14 percent), Joe Biden (five percent), Hillary Clinton (five percent), Elizabeth Warren (four percent), and Joseph Kennedy III (four percent).”

      Sanders’ support rose when the respondents were provided a list of potential candidates. That question revealed 31 percent support for the self-described socialist, compared to 24 percent for Biden and 13 percent for Warren.

    • Bernie Sanders Is Coming to Somerville

      Bernie Sanders is coming to Somerville on Monday, where he will stump for progressive candidates in local elections.

      The Vermont Senator says he’ll be at Once Somerville, the music venue, at 9:30 a.m. to rally behind a pack of candidates in Cambridge in Somerville who are running for school board, city council, and board of aldermen. The election for those seats is on November 7.

      He will also “be discussing how we can make local government work for ordinary citizens,” Our Revolution says on its website, adding, “Join Bernie and our candidates for local office as we fight for livable wages, affordable housing, and quality public education.”

      Candidates backed by Our Revolution include Somerville’s Matt McLaughlin, Will Mbah, Jesse Clingan, JT Scott and Ben Ewen-Campen, and Cambridge’s Vatsady Sivongxay, Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan, Dennis Carlone, Jan Devereux, and Jeff Santos, along with Foxborough state Sen. Paul Feeney.

      • DNC resolution pressures Sanders to join Democrats

        The measure is clearly aimed at Sanders, who is on the shortlist of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. And it exemplifies the continual unease among some Democrats about turning their party over to a candidate who won’t fully embrace them, as well as the frustration of Sanders supporters who see the repeated attacks as only meant to needlessly cut the senator down.

        The resolution, sponsored by California DNC member Bob Mulholland, lauds both senators’ contributions “to key Democratic causes” but argues that “a strong and unified Democratic party … puts us in the best position to win elections.” It goes on to call on the party to “urge” Sanders and King to “register or affiliate with the Democratic Party in 2017, 2018 and beyond.”

        “If Sanders plans on being part of the Democratic Party family in 2020, let’s ask him to be part of our family in 2018,” Mulholland told The Hill. “I can’t believe our team, the DNC, is not in favor of people running as Democrats.”

        Mulholland went on to suggest that he believes that, since Sanders has sought to have a large say in the direction of the Democratic Party, he should fully commit to the party.

        “Sanders runs around the country screaming at people to adopt his policies. The least the DNC can do is urge him to run as a Democrat in 2018 in the era of Donald Trump,” he added.

        • Yes “runs around” and “screaming” tells me all I need to know about this Mulholland joker.

        • Mulholland saying that Bernie is “screaming at people” is pure unadulterated bullshit meant to trigger HC supporters who can’t handle Bernie’s message so resort to shallow attacks about Bernie ‘wagging’ his finger and whatnot.

          Also, Mulholland sure didn’t gain too many fans on the left side of the spectrum by saying this:

          “There’s only two real teams in the presidential election in 2020, and that’s Trump versus a Democrat,” Mulholland said Tuesday night. “And with Trump running the White House, we need more people to call themselves Democrats and stop standing on the sidelines.”

          Not to mention that the fact that TPTB do everything they can to KEEP the number of “teams” to two, which is part of why so little progress happens! They get to keep up with the ‘us vs. them’ false scenario. Both major parties LOVE that! Good for fundraising and keeping people in line.

          • Another thing. Hey! Mulholland! I thought you ‘resist’ people were all about impeaching Trump! Shouldn’t you have said that 2020 will be a battle against Pence?!

          • Standing on the Sidelines, unlike Sec Clinton who is helping elect a Mayor in Birmingham, elect a mayor in Atlanta, holding televised debates for MCA, Taxes, etc. Putting on press conferences on gun bump bans, ripping into GOP corruption on the house floor, speaking at womens conferences as well as travelling promoting local candidates, etc, etc. Sideline Sanders…yeah, that so fits….

        • Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Become a Democrat

          The truth is that the Democratic Party needs the Vermont Senator more than he needs them.

          But Sanders is hardly standing on the sidelines—by some measures he’s the most popular politician in America, and his Medicare-for-all legislation has served as a rallying cry for people across the left, including many Democrats. And it might do the party more harm than good to count Sanders as a member. His status as an independent has been integral to his recent political success, and can actually serve as an asset to the Democrats.

          uh huh

          Some Democrats who object to Sanders clearly don’t dislike him because he’s an independent; they dislike him because of what he represents. On Wednesday, the New York Times published an op-ed by a former Bill Clinton pollster that blames “Hillary Clinton’s lurch to the left” for her election loss and implicitly criticized Sanders for “demonizing banks and Wall Street.”

          But if you look at Sanders’s popularity, it’s hard to believe that left-wing politics are what doomed Clinton. He’s earned his status as a progressive standard-bearer because he’s been willing to stick to progressive policy views and force Democrats to come to him. Declaring himself a Democrat would make him look weak-willed, and alienate some of his fans who might otherwise vote for progressive Democrats.

          • Bernie has more money right now than the whole DNC. Almost twice as many people like Bernie (57%) than identify as Democrats (30%).

            Seems like we’re more of a party than the DNC is.

            • Across the aisle, the Democratic National Committee had raised $46.3 million by the end of August with $6.8 million cash on hand.

              May I ask? How can DNC raise $46 million (in first nine months of 2017) and only have $6.8 million in ‘cash on hand’?

        • Here’s hoping Turd Wayer Mulholland bites the dust. He can also take the DNC and stick it where the sun don’t shine!!

      • Rewarding Brazile for her giving the questions to Hillary in advance shows that the DNC has learned absolutely nothing. Tom Perez magnifies his incompetence with this maneuver! This surely will help the anemic fundraising!

    • How Climate Change and Wars Are Increasing World Hunger

      Around the globe, about 815 million people—11 percent of the world’s population—went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.

      Between 1990 and 2015, due largely to a set of sweeping initiatives by the global community, the proportion of undernourished people in the world was cut in half. In 2015, UN member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which doubled down on this success by setting out to end hunger entirely by 2030. But a recent UN report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again.

      As evidenced by nonstop news coverage of floods, fires, refugees and violence, our planet has become a more unstable and less predictable place over the past few years. As these disasters compete for our attention, they make it harder for people in poor, marginalized and war-torn regions to access adequate food.


      Around the world, social and political instability are on the rise. Since 2010, state-based conflict has increased by 60 percent and armed conflict within countries has increased by 125 percent. More than half of the food-insecure people identified in the UN report (489 million out of 815 million) live in countries with ongoing violence. More than three-quarters of the world’s chronically malnourished children (122 million of 155 million) live in conflict-affected regions.

      At the same time, these regions are experiencing increasingly powerful storms, more frequent and persistent drought and more variable rainfall associated with global climate change. These trends are not unrelated. Conflict-torn communities are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters, and crop or livestock failure due to climate can contribute to social unrest.

      War hits farmers especially hard. Conflict can evict them from their land, destroy crops and livestock, prevent them from acquiring seed and fertilizer or selling their produce, restrict their access to water and forage, and disrupt planting or harvest cycles. Many conflicts play out in rural areas characterized by smallholder agriculture or pastoralism. These small-scale farmers are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Supporting them is one of the UN’s key strategies for reaching its food security targets.

    • Sorry you’ll have to click the link for the charts:

      Two Graphs Explain Why California’s Wildfires Will Only Get Worse

      The deadly wildfires ripping through Northern California are just the latest in a season of record-defying natural disasters in the U.S. As the death toll passes 40, reports of Californians hiding in pools as their houses burn and scenes of devastated homes and vineyards add to 2017’s apocalyptic picture of how climate change is impacting America today.

      As the Trump administration guts environmental protections and undermines science, California is one of the states leading the way on climate action. Ironically, experts agree the state can expect devastating fires like the ones in Napa to become the new normal. Drier and drier conditions and creeping temperatures in the American Southwest, definitively linked to climate change, serve to create tinderbox conditions for massive, catastrophic fires to explode.

      A quick look at two sets of data shows exactly how climate change has impacted California’s susceptibility to wildfires—and what the state can expect as the planet continues to warm.

      The past 10 years have been among the hottest years on record. It’s no coincidence that 13 of California’s largest 20 fires by acreage burned have occurred since 2000, and 10 of those in the past decade. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014, 2015 and 2016 are the third, second and first hottest years on record to date, and each of these years hosted its own record-breaking fire in the state.

      It’s worth noting that this graphic only covers fires through 2016. The fires in Napa have already burned more than 240,000 acres—surpassing all but three of the fires on this infographic. As of Tuesday, firefighters are still working on 12 blazes still burning in the state.

      • September 2017: Earth’s 4th Warmest September on Record

        September 2017 was the planet’s fourth warmest September since record keeping began in 1880, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and NASA this week. The only warmer Septembers came during 2015, 2016 and 2014. Minor differences can occur between the NASA and NOAA rankings because of their different techniques for analyzing data-sparse regions such as the Arctic.

        • By appointing Pruitt to lead the EPA Trump is attempting to MAHA (make America HOTTER again).

      • Boss brought up a golf course that burned up that just a week earlier had held a PGA event (if I got him right), said that he’d seen Fox news covering that fire and said they called it a “crime scene”. So he was under impression that the fire had been set intentionally.

        Very misleading of Fox, they are contributing to climate change denial!

        Of course Fox is very good at contributing to ignorance in general..

    • Mnuchin Gives Away the Game: “It’s Very Hard Not to Give Tax Cuts to the Wealthy”

      For weeks President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been peddling the demonstrable lie that their tax proposals are primarily geared toward helping the middle class, not the wealthiest Americans. But in an interview with Politico’s Ben White published Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave away the game, admitting: “It’s very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy.”

      “The math, given how much you are collecting, is just hard to do,” the treasury secretary added.

      But as The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney notes, the math is not hard at all. In fact, the White House’s own tax framework, released last month, had a useful suggestion: add in a higher top marginal rate.

      “An additional top rate may apply to the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the reformed tax code is at least as progressive as the existing tax code and does not shift the tax burden from high-income to lower- and middle-income taxpayers,” the framework says.

      When asked about Mnuchin’s comments during Wednesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t deny that the rich would benefit enormously from Trump’s tax plan. Instead, she claimed that cutting taxes for the middle class remains “the focus and the priority.”

    • Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Plant-Based Food Company

      Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, but eating a burger doesn’t have to come with a side of guilt.

      Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in Beyond Meat, the makers of the world’s first vegan burger that’s famously known to look, smell and even taste a lot like the real deal.

      The company’s staple Beyond Burger is made mostly from pea protein. Beet juice gives it a red meat-like color and allows it to “bleed” like a regular beef burger when cooked.

      “Livestock production is a major contributor to carbon emissions,” DiCaprio said in his investment announcement. “Shifting from animal meat to the plant-based meats developed by Beyond Meat is one of the most powerful measures someone can take to reduce their impact on our climate.”

      “The company’s ability to create appealing, healthy meat directly from plants will go a long way in helping everyday consumers take action on climate change,” he added.

      • I love peas and I love beets, so maybe I’ll try this if it’s not too expensive (I rarely eat beef as it is). Has anyone every tried them? I just googled and the burgers go for around $12/lb apparently.

        The closest plant item that tasted like beef that I’ve ever had was some grilled portobella mushrooms. They way they were prepared, if you closed your eyes you could have been fooled into thinking you were eating grilled steak.

        Portobello Mushrooms Grilled Like a Steak

        Grill, slice, serve over greens, yum.

      • DiCaprio is very smart, plus he’s gaining more and more green cred.

        • He worked with Thom Hartmann on The 11th Hour years ago, and has been doing good things for the climate for probably even longer. Wish more stars would find the time to care about something. It’s not like Leo’s lacking in the ‘having fun’ department either.

    • World’s First Floating Wind Farm Will Power 20,000 Homes

      Scotland has officially switched on the Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm.

      “Hywind will provide clean energy to over twenty thousand homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

      The 30 megawatt wind farm, operated by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., consists of five turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

      “This marks an exciting development for renewable energy in Scotland,” the First Minister continued. “Our support for floating offshore wind is testament to this government’s commitment to the development of this technology and, coupled with Statoil’s Battery Storage Project, Batwind, puts us at the forefront of this global race and positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.”

    • Warnings of ‘Big Pharma Coup’ as Trump Considers Drug Exec. for Health Secretary

      With media reports indicating that President Donald Trump is leaning toward selecting former pharmaceutical industry executive Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen warned in a statement Wednesday that Azar’s appointment would essentially complete “Big Pharma’s coup of the healthcare sphere.”

      “Just days after denouncing ‘out-of-control’ drug prices, President Donald Trump appears set to show he doesn’t mean it by naming a former pharmaceutical company executive to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Public Citizen president Robert Weissman. “In his public statements, Alex Azar has made clear that he is opposed to measures to restrain drug company profiteering and limit improper marketing and favors weaker drug safety approval standards.”

      Azar spent a decade as an executive with the pharma giant Eli Lilly, where he directed the company’s sales operations. Before joining Eli Lilly, Azar served as deputy secretary of the HHS under George W. Bush.

      As Politico reports, Azar also happens to be “one of the many drug industry executives” who contributed to Trump’s presidential campaign—a fact that runs counter to the president’s frequent criticism of elected officials who take cash from pharma executives.

    • Despite Puerto Rico Disaster, Vulture Firms Relentlessly Seeking Billions in Debt Payments

      As Puerto Rico continues its struggle to manage $95 billion in Hurricane Maria-related damage stacked atop its $74 billion of pre-existing debt, investigative journalists have revealed the 10 biggest financial firms that “are still fighting to get billions out of the bankrupt island as it tries to rebuild.”

      After a months-long investigation by In These Times and Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI), the team published their exposé on Tuesday.

      “The popular narrative of Puerto Rico’s debt holders is that they are ‘small’ individual bondholders—rookie investors who trusted their savings to financial firms,” they write.

      “But our investigation reveals that some of the most aggressive players demanding debt repayment in Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy court are so-called ‘vulture firms,'” the report continues. “These hedge funds specialize in high-risk ‘troubled assets’ near default or bankruptcy and cater to millionaire and billionaire investors.”

    • As Trump Denies 17-Year-Old Abortion Access, Court Battle Exposes Broader Problem

      The Trump administration’s refugee office is preventing an undocumented 17-year-old from receiving a court-approved abortion, and according to documents and reports that have surfaced since the ACLU filed two lawsuits on the teen’s behalf, she’s not the first. ”

      The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has effectively banned abortions for undocumented pregnant minors who enter the U.S. alone and are detained in federal immigration shelters by requiring “shelters to get its approval before releasing girls for abortion-related services―approval that officials have refused to grant,” Elise Foley explains for the Huffington Post.

    • Pruitt Threatens to ‘Purge’ Scientists Who Refuse to Be Fossil Fuel Puppets

      In what climate researchers and activists are denouncing as a blatant call to “purge” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of experts who refuse to toe the fossil fuel industry line, EPA chief Scott Pruitt told the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday that he is planning to rid his agency’s advisory boards of scientists who have received federal grants, arguing that such funding compromises the “independence” of their work.

      Climate experts and advocacy groups quickly pushed back. Jennifer Sass, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), highlighted the fact that Pruitt never questions the independence of scientists bankrolled by big polluters.

      This fact, Sass argued, lays bare Pruitt’s “single goal,” which she said is to “get rid of scientists who tell us the facts about threats to our environment and health.”

      “Now the only scientists on Pruitt’s good list will be those with funding from polluters supporting Trump’s agenda to make America toxic again,” Sass concluded.

    • Documents Reveal Active U.S. Support of Indonesian Mass Killings in 1960s

      Newly declassified files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirm the extent to which American officials supported the killings of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s, as the U.S. worked to keep Southeast Asia from falling into Communist control.

      The U.S. supported a narrative pushed by the Indonesian military that blamed Communists for a failed coup in 1965, targeting the anti-American President Sukarno.

      This narrative emboldened the Indonesian military, paramilitaries and others to oversee the killings of 500,000 Indonesians who were suspected Communists, including students and union members.

      “The U.S. was following what was happening very closely, and if it weren’t for its support, you could argue that the army would never have felt the confidence to take power,” said John Roosa, author of the book Pretext for Mass Murder, about the events, in an interview with the New York Times.

    • 2018 cost of living adjustment shortchanges America’s retirees

      What’s been hailed as the largest Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in five years doesn’t go very far in the real world where retirees live. The 2.0 percent boost in COLAs for 2018 amounts to only $27 a month for the average retiree — barely enough for a prescription co-pay, a tank of gas, or a bag of groceries.

      What’s more, average beneficiaries will see their COLAs almost completely wiped out by rising Medicare Part B premiums. Those premiums will likely go up by $25 per month in 2018, making the math pretty simple. Many retirees will net only $2 extra per month, which might buy a cup of coffee but not much else.

      In 2018, the average Social Security benefit will be about $1,400 a month. That’s hardly a lavish amount considering that almost two thirds of seniors depend on Social Security for at least half of their income, and one-third rely on it for at least 90 percent of their income.

    • Exclusive: Dem megadonor Steyer calls on govs, mayors to support impeaching Trump

      Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer sent a letter to mayors and governors urging them to publicize their stances on impeaching President Trump and call on federal lawmakers to support his removal from office.

      Steyer addressed the letter to all 50 governors and 2,000 mayors of cities around the country, who he said, “have a duty to speak out.” He accused Trump of “violat[ing] the Constitution, the office of the Presidency, and the trust of the public.”

      Steyer’s latest letter, obtained by The Hill, comes a week after he penned letters to Democratic congressional offices and Democrats’ House and Senate campaign committee, demanding that they support impeaching the president if the party regains control of Congress in 2018.

      The Democratic megadonor and environmental activist points to criticism of Trump from within the Republican Party and his own Cabinet and condemns the president for “actively sabotaging” ObamaCare and his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

      • I think that Steyer should stick to environmental issues for all the good that this initiative will produce.

    • Even After Equifax and Wells Fargo, GOP Sides With Big Financial Institutions by Elizabeth Warren

      The Equifax data breach and the Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal have given America a peek into business practices at some of America’s biggest financial institutions. In both companies, a related practice popped to the surface: forced arbitration clauses.

      These little clauses, often buried in a fog of fine print, are a way for the companies to slither out of accountability when they cheat their customers. And Senate Republicans are on the verge of ramming through a resolution that will allow companies like Equifax and Wells Fargo to continue using these tricks to get away with even more misconduct.

    • Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.

      As the war on terror enters its 17th year, it’s clear that abuses of power by one administration lead to abuses by the next.

    • Insider Threat Program Training and Trump’s War on Leaks: A Chilling Combination for Whistleblowers by Jesselyn Radack

      The ongoing targeting of whistleblowers is contrary to a free and open democratic society, especially one where the First Amendment protects freedoms of speech, association, and the press.

      • Mark Sanford’s Fundraising Struggles Are Real

        U.S. congressman Mark Sanford has more than $1.5 million in the bank in his bid for a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the scandal-scarred politician collected just $83,000 in contributions during the most recent fundraising quarter according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

        That’s a terrible showing … especially for a candidate who gets off “dialing for dollars” (something most candidates hate doing).

        “That’s odd for him,” one former Sanford staffer told us. “Very odd.”

        Indeed it is. For all of his faults as an elected official (and trust us, they are legion), the one thing Sanford has always been able to do exceedingly well is raise money.

        Well … and naval gaze.

        Not anymore, it seems …

        Sanford’s anemic total for the third quarter of 2017 was eclipsed by his GOP challenger, state representative Katie Arrington (who raised $120,000 in one month) and by Democrat Joe Cunningham (who raised $100,000 over three months). Arrington has tons of buzz surrounding her bid, while Cunningham has been running a smart, aggressive campaign in anticipation of the upcoming general election.

    • Jealous Endorsed by Booker, Religious Leaders for Md. Governor

      Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, who has already garnered numerous endorsements in his bid for Maryland governor, will receive a big one Thursday: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

      The two will appear at 5 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville to meet with supporters and talk about Jealous’s vision for Maryland.

      Afterwards, Jealous will travel to Galilee Baptist Church in Suitland and receive another prominent endorsement from the National Capital Baptist Convention, a group of religious leaders from the D.C. area which supported Gov. Larry Hogan three years ago.

      “I’m honored to receive this endorsement as we continue building a broad, diverse coalition to get Maryland back to doing big things,” Jealous said of the convention’s backing. “As a civil rights leader and community organizer, I have worked closely with faith leaders in Maryland and across the nation to make life better for working families.”

      The Rev. Charles McNeill Jr., president of the convention, said Hogan failed to follow through on his campaign promises to provide jobs and appoint some people from the community to specific positions.

      “We can’t even get something as simple as an appointment,” he said. “I am not going to support a candidate that reneges on any promises.”

      • Im all for Jealous but this is something I/everyone should get behind:

        Alec Ross, candidate for Maryland governor, pitches voting by mail, online and in jails

        f elected governor, Democrat Alec Ross wants Maryland to vote by mail, by smartphone and from jail cells.

        Ross unveiled a broad campaign promise Monday to expand access to voting, and part of that promise is to allow incarcerated people to cast ballots while still behind bars.

        “I don’t understand how stripping people of their citizenship became part of punishments,” Ross said. “It doesn’t make sense to me. They’ve lost their freedom, but they haven’t lost their voice.”

        Last year, Maryland lawmakers restored voting rights to convicted felons on parole, but left in place a prohibition against felons voting while locked up.

        Only two states, Maine and Vermont, allow felons to vote while in prison.

        Although jailhouse ballots are the most provocative piece of Ross’ multi-part plan, he said two of his ideas would most quickly increase access to the ballot box: universal voter registration and a month-long early voting period.

    • 1st District candidates report congressional fundraising

      The most recent federal campaign finance numbers are in for the 1st Congressional District, and they include the first look at Democrat Cathy Myers’ fundraising.

      While things could change in the 10 months before the primary election, Myers’ contributions so far are the lowest of any candidate, $53,987 from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.

      Myers, of Janesville, is running against Randy Bryce of Caledonia for the Democrats’ nomination to take on Rep. Paul Ryan.

      Myers lists total income of $82,512, which includes a $28,525 loan and an ending cash on hand, as of Sept. 30, of $20,076.

      Bryce, who has received extensive national news coverage, reports receiving $1.46 million in contributions with ending cash on hand of $1.03 million.

      So now that they’ve noticed he’s picked up extensive national news coverage, will a journalist ask why Cathy doesn’t get even any coverage, let alone equal or ‘extensive’. ?

      • I trust McGrath less than I do Bryce, though their rise to fame ($$$) has been quite similar:

        McGrath takes big financial lead over Thomas in Democratic primary to challenge Barr

        Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath jumped out to a large financial lead in the Democratic primary to challenge Republican Andy Barr for his Central Kentucky congressional seat.

        In the first few months of her campaign, which was officially announced in August, McGrath outraised state Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, by a seven to one margin, pulling in $771,532 to his $109,034.

        McGrath’s total put her among the top fundraisers for the quarter, which ran from July to September, including other insurgent Democrats looking to take long-held Republican seats. Randy Bryce, the Democrat challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, raised more than $1 million in the quarter.

        National attention certainly helped McGrath. Her announcement video garnered the attention of several national news outlets, raising McGrath’s profile nationally. Though the McGrath campaign said it raised $77,414 from 703 Kentucky donors, 90 percent of the money raised came from out-of-state donors.

    • Congressional Candidate Dan Canon Calls On Lawrence County To Act

      Dan Canon, Congressional candidate in Indiana’s 9th district, issued the following statement after Lawrence County’s County Commission failure to renew their needle exchange program.

      “This is inexcusable. With the public health emergency across the district, state, and nation, elected officials have a moral obligation to act to solve the opioid, Hepatitis C, and HIV crises,” Dan Canon said. “Cutting access to any program that seeks to mitigate these crises is morally bankrupt, at best. These programs are a necessary response to the utter devastation we’ve seen in Scott County and elsewhere. Lawrence County officials know full well that our people will die as a result of this move. We call on these county commissioners and other elected officials to use the full resources at their disposal to help solve this issue before it gets even further out of control. The people of the Ninth District deserve better.”

    • A new generation of candidates makes clean energy a campaign centerpiece

      According to polling and public opinion analysis, support for strong action on climate change and clean energy is an across-the-board winning political issue.

      Yet progressive candidates for high office have historically downplayed those issues, as has the Democratic party — both in the 2016 national election and even in the wake of the recent unprecedented string of superstorms.

      But a new generation of candidates are taking a new approach, refusing to be silent or even defensive on these issues, which are overwhelmingly popular with voters. They understand that Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change and want to see climate action.

      ThinkProgress spoke with four such candidates who are currently running in Democratic primaries. Each has their own remarkable story:

      •Rebecca Otto, Minnesota’s state auditor who’s running for governor, is a former science teacher who is shouting from the rooftop — her solar rooftop — about her clean energy plan for the state.
      •Sean Casten, a clean energy entrepreneur, is running for Congress in Illinois’ 6th District on a clean energy platform. Why? “Once an engineer, always an engineer.”
      •Sam Jammal, a former Tesla and SolarCity employee running for Congress in California’s 39th District, is bringing his expertise and passion for clean energy and the good-paying jobs that come with them.
      •Diane Russell is running for governor after 8 years in the Maine House of Representatives. She plans to undo the anti-renewable, anti-climate policies of Maine’s current governor, Paul LePage, who she calls, “Trump before Trump.”

    • 3rd Congressional District candidates talk foreign policy, education at BYU debate

      The three top-polling candidates in the 3rd Congressional District special election squared off on issues including foreign policy, guns and education at a debate at Brigham Young University on Wednesday night.

      While the three candidates could agree on a few issues, such as banning “bump stocks,” the tool that allowed the Las Vegas gunman to convert a semi-automatic weapon to act like an automatic weapon, there were many other issues that painted stark contrasts.

      Health care is one such issue. While Republican front runner John Curtis emphatically stated that he wants to see free-market forces at work in healthcare, Democratic opponent Kathie Allen says health care is not a commodity, and as such does not respond to free-market forces. Allen has supported single-payer health care throughout her campaign.

      Jim Bennett, a moderate running in the newly-created United Utah Party, outlined his approach for a system that provides catastrophic coverage.

      Bennett and Allen both heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of foreign affairs when asked about the United States’ relations with North Korea — particularly his tendency to take to Twitter on the issue.

      “I think that I might start by taking Donald Trump’s phone away,” Allen said. “I think we absolutely have to respect the negotiation process with North Korea.”

      • Curtis sidesteps Trump in Utah congressional debate while Allen and Bennett take president to task

        John Curtis stood quietly at the podium while his two opponents in the race for Utah’s vacant congressional seat took turns criticizing President Donald Trump.

        “Our president has gotten us to the brink of nuclear war,” said Democrat Kathie Allen during a debate Wednesday night.

        “There is no more reprehensible element of the Trump administration than the immigration policies,” said the new United Utah Party’s Jim Bennett.

        “I think that I might start by taking Donald Trump’s phone away,” Allen added to laughs from the crowd of roughly 200.

      • 3rd District Candidates Tussle Over Health Care, Partisanship in Debate

        Democrat Kathie Allen, Republican John Curtis and the United Utah Party’s Jim Bennett tussled over everything from gun control to tax reform to increased partisanship in Washington.

        One area where the candidates couldn’t be more different is health care. Allen is a lifelong physician and supports Medicare for all.

        “Health care in this country has become about profit,” she said. “And as long profit is the motive and we’re paying large CEO salaries and we’re failing to address other crucial issues of the health care puzzle, such as access and quality, nothing is going to be solved.”

        “But I believe ultimately the way we lower costs and increase competition is by returning back to free market forces,” said Curtis, who favors private insurance. “I’ll take my bet with the free market over a government-imposed program any day.”

    • Democratic divisions in California complicate hope for national party gains

      Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues.

      The conflict could complicate Democratic hopes of winning as many as nine congressional seats in the state, a cluster that would go a long way toward helping the party grab the House majority in next year’s midterm elections.

      The Republican civil war has been on full display, with forces aligned with former White House adviser Steve Bannon challenging the GOP establishment and incumbent lawmakers. In California, where Democrats control all levers of power in state government and no Republican has won a statewide election since 2006, the party is feuding over who is doing a better job resisting Trump.


      Democrats counter that whatever discord exists is a symptom of unprecedented energy that will help them next year, but acknowledge they’re in new territory.

      “I’ve never seen the type of grassroots political activity I’ve seen since the election,” said Mike Levin, one of several Democrats — all of whom back single-payer health care — vying to face vulnerable GOP Rep. Darrell Issa in San Diego’s northern suburbs. “I’ve grown up here and I think we’re just going to have to wait and see. All I can do is talk about our priorities.”

    • Indigenous communities call for ‘reconcili-action’ 10 years after UN report

      A Halifax event marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sparked motivating discussions on reconciliation and how to achieve it — sooner rather than later.

      The declaration, adopted by the United Nations in 2007, is a comprehensive report outlining “individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples from around the world.” It reports on issues like culture, identity and community. When it was originally adopted, Canada voted against the declaration, but formally announced its support in May 2016.

      Over 100 people turned out for a panel discussion and workshop at Halifax’s Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre Wednesday afternoon, co-ordinated by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. A diverse crowd heard commentary from seven Indigenous panelists whose experience ranged from law and education to the lasting effects of residential schools.

      Mi’kmaq educator Jude Gerrard spoke about the importance of ensuring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission isn’t strictly an “academic” process.

      “When I think about the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples back in the early 90s, there was no action from that,” he said. “With the TRC coming out, with the calls to action and talking about reconciliation — I think it’s time for us to start talking about ‘reconcili-action.'”

    • Native American Leaders Meet In Milwaukee, Push For Climate Action

      Native American leaders meeting in Milwaukee this week at the convention of the National Congress of American Indians are asking the Trump administration to do more to combat climate change.

      Tribal leaders speaking at the conference say recent wildfires and hurricanes that have destroyed housing and other resources are a sign of rising global temperatures, and that federal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed.

      Their call for change comes days after the Trump administration signed a rule to rollback the Clean Power Plan, and months after the United States announced it would abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, an international agreement to reduce pollutants.

      Frustrated by the lack of action at the federal level, Jodi Gillette, former senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the Obama administration, said some tribes aren’t waiting for Washington.

      One example being the low-carbon energy generation by the Forest County Potawatomi.

      “They have 30 kilowatts of solar on top of their tribal building. They’re adding 5 megawatts of power to power their casino. And they’re piping in the biogas generation plant heat back into their water system to do their laundry,” Gillette told the convention Tuesday.

      She also praised efforts by the Oneida, Ho-Chunk and Menominee tribes to reduce carbon emissions.

    • How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis

      onald Trump was not wrong. Hours before his nominee for “drug czar” withdrew from consideration over his part in a law limiting the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on pharmaceutical distributors feeding the US’s opioid epidemic, the president took a shot at the influence of drug companies over Congress.

      “They contribute massive amounts of money to political people,” he said, standing next to Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

      “I don’t know, Mitch, maybe even to you,” he added.

      Trump was right on both counts. Pharmaceutical companies spend far more than any other industry to influence politicians. Drugmakers have poured close to $2.5bn into lobbying and funding members of Congress over the past decade.

      Hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone to McConnell – although he is hardly alone. Nine out of 10 members of the House of Representatives and all but three of the US’s 100 senators have taken campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies seeking to affect legislation on everything from the cost of drugs to how new medicines are approved.

    • Anyone in CA district 39?

      Please don’t vote for Steve Cox.

      More on that if you need it..

    • Judge to hear arguments on tribe’s pipeline contingency plan

      A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River.

      The idea is part of a fallback plan proposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in August in case U.S. District Judge James Boasberg eventually decided to allow the four-state pipeline to continue operating while federal officials do more study on the $3.8 billion project’s impact on the tribe.

      Boasberg ruled on Oct. 11 that oil could keep flowing from western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois, as it has been since June 1. President Donald Trump earlier this year pushed through the pipeline’s completion.

      On Wednesday, Boasberg conferred with attorneys on both sides of an ongoing tribal lawsuit against the pipeline and set a timeline for arguments on Standing Rock’s proposal. It includes increased public reporting of pipeline issues such as repairs, and implementation of an emergency spill response plan — including equipment staging — at the crossing beneath the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir.

      The tribe gets its water from the reservoir and fears harm from any spill. Standing Rock is the leader of four Sioux tribes hoping to convince Boasberg to shut down the line, which Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains is safe.

    • ‘People Over Pipelines’ October event opposes Enbridge pipelines in Wisconsin

      An event to protect Wisonsin’s water, land, and communities from Enbridge’s tar sands pipelines — People Over Pipelines — takes place Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at 2700 S. Central Ave. in Marshfield.

      Enbridge is moving forward on plans for another oil pipeline through the heart of Wisconsin — the Line 61-twin or Line 66. The pipeline could jeopardize major waterways (like the Namekagon River, Wisconsin River, and Rock River), property rights, the safety of communities, climate, and more.

      Information on the lessons learned from pipeline fights around the country will be provided, as well as an opportunity to hear from those threatened by the proposed pipeline, including tribal members, Enbridge easement-holders, environmentalists, youth activists and more.

      The event features speakers such as:

      •Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Alliance, sharing the long story of building up an unstoppable coalition to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.
      •The Minnesota Youth Intervenors, who were granted full intervenor status in Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement process, allowing them to take an unprecedented role in fighting the pipeline based on concerns about climate change.
      •Paul DeMain, owner of Indian Country Communications, who has documented the extreme actions of Energy Transfer Partners used during the Dakota Access fight.
      •Mark Borchardt, founder of 80 Feet is Enough!, who has led the fight to protect property rights from Enbridge’s potential use of eminent domain.
      •Paul DeMain, Bear Clan, Oneida/Ojibwe

    • Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate

      Children in the for-profit foster care system are dying at alarming rates, but the deaths are not being investigated, and autopsies are not even being attached to the now-closed case files, a two-year investigation has found.

      The investigation, conducted and released in rare bipartisan fashion by the Senate Finance Committee, looked closely at one of the largest private providers of foster care services, the MENTOR Network.

      The companies and agencies charged with keeping foster children safe often failed to provide the most basic protections or take steps to prevent tragedies, the investigation found.

      In the wake of the report, shares of the MENTOR Network’s parent company, Civitas Solutions, traded sharply downward, but quickly rebounded amid a lack of press coverage.

      By pushing the report to colleagues, Sen. Ron Wyden, the committee’s top-ranking Democratic member, said he and panel chair Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, are trying to “light a big fire around” how important it is to fix the child welfare system’s flaws.

      The report was prompted in part by a BuzzFeed investigation into the company two years ago. The committee found that 86 children had died in the company’s care over a 10-year period, and the firm had conducted internal investigations in only 13 cases.

    • Journalist acquitted of protest charges

      One year after her arrest, the first journalist to go to trial in connection to last year’s pipeline protests has been acquitted.

      Sara Lafleur-Vetter was filming for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested on Oct. 22, 2016, with 140 other people near the Dakota Access Pipeline easement by State Highway 1806.

      After a daylong misdemeanor court trial with four co-defendants, Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick dismissed the misdemeanor charges of physical obstruction of a government function, disobedience of safety orders during a riot and disorderly conduct.

      Defense attorney Amanda Harris had motioned for a Rule 29 judgment of acquittal after the court heard testimony from several law enforcement officers throughout the day.

      “There’s no evidence against her. All it shows is she was working,” said Merrick, referencing still images of Lafleur-Vetter with cameras and equipment. “She was out there working.”

      Lafleur-Vetter, the only defendant from Wednesday’s court action to have all charges dropped, said Merrick’s decision shocked her. She also said media in the courtroom and her journalist credentials may have helped, but left her with survivor’s guilt.

      “As a journalist, I have a lot of resources and people who vouch for me, while my co-defendants do not,” she said.

    • @Benny I believe has way more detail on this:

      Shake-up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted

      A shake-up is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.

      The ousters come ahead of the DNC’s first meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, since Perez took over as chairman with a pledge earlier this year that he would unite the party that had become badly divided during the brutal Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton 2016 primary.

      Complaints began immediately after party officials saw a list of Perez’ appointments to DNC committees and his roster of 75 “at-large” members, who are chosen by the chair.

      The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented.

      Those who have been pushed out include:
      •Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee;
      •James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001;
      •Alice Germond, the party’s longtime former secretary and a vocal Ellison backer, who was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC; and
      •Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee.

      • Longtime Officials Ousted in Shakeup at Democratic National Committee

        Several longtime officials at the Democratic National Committee have lost their positions ahead of their first meeting since Tom Perez took over as chairman.

        The DNC is facing particular criticism for the over-representation of Clinton backers on its Rule and Bylaws Committee, according to NBC News. That committee helps create the rules for the party’s presidential primary.

        Many members that were ousted were supporters of Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D., Mich.) bid to run the DNC. Ellison became vice-chair under Perez.

        The announcements exposed a rift between Ellison and Perez, who have publicly expressed their support for each other since the election of Perez as chairman.

        One DNC committee member pushed out, James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, expressed displeasure with his ouster.

        “I’m concerned about the optics, and I’m concerned about the impact. I want to heal the wound of 2016,” Zogby said.

      • Buckley loses spot on DNC Rules Committee as part of apparent shakeup by new national party chairman

        New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley was among several veteran party officials caught in a shakeup at the Democratic National Committee as the party’s new national chairman, Tom Perez, prepared to host his first meeting since taking over the top post earlier this year.

        Some of the changes appear to be rooted in continued hard feelings at the DNC as a result of the bitter battle for the 2016 presidential nomination between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Buckley, as state party chair, stayed neutral in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary contest.

        At the DNC’s summer meeting in Las Vegas, Buckley was not reappointed to a post on the powerful DNC Rules Committee – a post he had occupied since being named by prior Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz – New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Wyatt Ronan told WMUR.

        Also, Buckley was not among those appointed to the national party Executive Committee by Perez. But, according to Ronan, Buckley still could be elected to a post on the Executive Committee by the Eastern Regional DNC members.

        Ronan confirmed that Buckley told reporters after learning of the shakeup, “I understand the chair can do as he pleases, but still, it’s all just very disappointing.”

    • Democrats Plan to Name Lobbyists, Operatives as Superdelegates

      The Democratic Party this week plans to name 75 people including lobbyists and political operatives to leadership posts that come with superdelegate votes at its next presidential convention, potentially aggravating old intraparty tensions as it struggles to confront President Donald Trump.

      The new members-at-large of the Democratic National Committee will vote on party rules and in 2020 will be convention delegates free to vote for a primary candidate of their choice. They include lobbyists for Venezuela’s national petroleum company and for the parent company of Fox News, according to a list obtained by Bloomberg News. At least three of the people worked for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in 2016 while also casting ballots as superdelegates.

      The superdelegate system has been a focus of complaints from supporters of Sanders, the Vermont senator who challenged Clinton, and activists on the left, who have said the party’s nominating system is rigged in favor of corporate interests. While most superdelegates are elected to a public or party office, the at-large DNC members are chosen by party leaders.

      The appointment of active corporate lobbyists as at-large members of the 447-member Democratic National Committee has aroused controversy in the past.

      “I will register my customary objections” to the selection of at-large members, said Christine Pelosi, a California-based vice-chair of the DNC who in February authored a proposal to bar the appointment of corporate lobbyists as superdelegates. The national committee voted down her proposal.

      • Super delegates need to go the way of the dinosaur. Their only good for rigging the primary candidate that the DNC Neolibs want to shove down our throat. The DNC didn’t learn a F%$#ing thing from 2016.

    • Obama Returns to the Campaign Trail

      In his first public campaign appearances since leaving office, Barack Obama today stumps for two Democratic gubernatorial candidates: Phil Murphy in New Jersey and Ralph Northam in Virginia.

      And it will be interesting to see which issues Obama raises — health care (probably), Iran (probably not), Gold Star families (unlikely) — because whatever he says will probably get attention from the current Oval Office occupant.

      As the New York Times writes, Obama’s trips today to Newark and Richmond are about firing up African-American voters. “Mr. Obama’s appearances on behalf of Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Ralph S. Northam, in Richmond and the financier Philip D. Murphy in Newark — two white candidates in predominantly black cities — come as Democrats struggle to inspire African-Americans to vote this year. While Mr. Murphy appears comfortably in the lead in New Jersey, the race in Virginia is close.”

      Obama’s event in New Jersey begins at 3:30 pm ET (with him taking the stage after that), while the Virginia campaign stop begins at 7:30 pm ET (with Obama likely hitting the stage in the 8:00 pm ET hour).

    • Trump Sides With Big Agriculture Over Family Farmers

      Even some Republicans are upset over this corporate handout.

    • No Sanctuary in Fire-Stricken California’s Immigrant Communities

      Toxic smoke, destroyed homes, and fears of deportation are hitting immigrant communities all at once across Northern California.

    • Bernie talked a lot about the Koch brothers last night, said that the $300 million they plan to spend (this year? next year?) to get things their way is chump change. He was right.

    • Got our tickets to hear Bernie this Sunday. Same place we met him in Sept 2014.

      • Hope to hear all about it!

        • Yes I will. There is a YouTube of when we saw him before he decided to run. Look up Bernie Rollinsford Legion September 2014. My GF and I have some pictures with him that we cherish. His tireless energy is remarkable as is his caring and devotion to all of us.

          • I’ll certainly look it up! Always interesting to see the difference between pre candidate Bernie and then post… (ok well there isn’t one, which is whats so fun)

            I somehow have not yet gotten a picture WITH Bernie, so theres a bucket list item for me. Quite happy to have managed to grab some selfies with Jim Hightower and Nina Turner last weekend.

            I’ll be going to a meet and greet for candidate Todd Allen here in Texas on the 30th so will try and get enough material to make a post out of that event.

      • Wow! Bernie just doesn’t stop. Please let us know how it goes.

        In this age of cynicism, distrust and disgust toward the status quo and establishment politics, government and economics, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is undeniably, hands down, the most popular public servant in America.

        Furthermore, Senator Sanders’ ideas and solutions about the economy, health care, education, the environment, social justice, immigration and campaign finance reform are every bit as wildly popular as he is! I, personally, no longer view “Bernie” as an individual politician as much as I do as a massive movement of the people.

    • “Confounds the Science”. Great anti-Trump parody video from Not Simon & Garfunkle. They really do a good job mimicking S&G. The lyrics are spot on.

    • For all of the state of emergency this guy (Spencer) caused in Gainesville, FL, at the U of FL:

      Little bit of shouting, but most of the seats were not filled.

    • Cute picture of the day!

  • Just a quick post in case anyone wants to comment on the debate on the tax plan that just began.

    Cruz is making his opening statement and he jumped right in with a claim that Bernie wants us all to pay more in taxes.



    • Tip Jar for the 99%.

    • Bernie – the plan is Robin Hood in reverse. Robbing from the poor to give to the rich.

    • Bernie:
      The plan gives tax breaks to those who don’t need it by cutting programs people need like Pell grants.

    • Cruz:
      Bernie going to tell you about all the free stuff he’s going to give you.

    • Cruz:
      being a jerk, keeps using the word “confiscate”, says Bernie’s going to confiscate (rich people’s money).

    • Bernie:
      Ted, that’s a great speech! But it has nothing to do with the truth.
      (they’re talking about estate tax)

    • Cruz is so awful. He just claimed that he’d received over a billion donations from the grassroots. Bernie made him correct himself. Billion, million, easy to get confused Cruz said.

    • Bernie making fun of Cruz said he’s comparing union campaign contributions with millions of members to campaign contributions of TWO people (Koch bros).

    • Bernie just crunched Cruz’s tax plan and Cruz didn’t remember his own plan –to funny.

      • we just both used the word “crunched”! zing

        That was funny, though, when Cruz claimed that he didn’t remember the WSJ analysis on his lousy flat tax plan.

    • SALT – state and local tax deduction.

      Note: If we, hubby and I, couldn’t claim our property taxes on our federal tax return we’d be so screwed. That might be the thing that finally takes us down. Sorry to sound dramatic, but it’s true, I crunched the numbers.

      • Millions of Americans are in the same boat 28 million of us

        • Repubs don’t seem to realize (or do realize but don’t care?) that many people would have to sell their houses, but who would buy? It would be so disruptive to the housing market. I imagine that it would make housing prices drop.

    • Bernie mentioned the deficit–he still hasn’t had enough rebuttal time to connect the dots–when you give tax breaks to the most wealthy, then there isn’t enough money to pay for Medicare. He did point out that the revenue neutrality isn’t there, doesn’t create enough jobs to make up the revenue.

      Isn’t peculiar that Rethugs get amnesia when it comes to tax breaks and the budget deficit?

    • Ohhh, Bernie brought up the extra $70 Billion Ted voted to give the military – of course Cruz pounces and says Bernie wants to cut the military budget!

      (I don’t like the way that Cruz puts words in Bernie’s mouth)

    • And then CNN cuts off Bernie and says we have to cut away to make $$$$> Let Bernie finish for once

    • I am watchingq but unfortunately I find it difficult to watch and type at the same time.

    • There is not much correlation between wages going up and corporate tax reductions. Most folks aren’t employed by the Fortune 500, which is what the GOP plan benefits.

    • Bernie is pointing out programs to help the working poor that would have to be cut for corporate welfare. How stupid is that, Ted?

    • Bernie to Ted:
      “You didn’t run as a right-winger, you ran as a Republican”


    • Ted is trying to red bait in the discussion. Resorting to short hand used in Red State blog.

      • Totally. In the beginning he was throwing the word “confiscate” around. Dog whistle word to try to paint Bernie as a commie.

      • Bernie: a little higher tax for more services–higher quality at a lower cost. Nothing is free–Ted keeps talking about give aways–but his benefit the Fortune 500.

    • More short hand “left wing comedy writers” by Ted.

      Most good comedy writers are liberal or at least center left. GOP hasn’t much in the way of a sense of humor.

    • Danish citizen just landed a sucker punch on Ted for “demonizing European health care systems.”

    • Sigh, Bernie accidentally walked into the trap and possible soundbite that Americans would be willing to pay the same percentage of taxes as Europeans. That’s not what he believes. Bernie sees raising taxes for more benefits in general.

    • I hate Ted’s red baiting comments, but it is good practice for Bernie if he wants to run for POTUS again.

    • Love it, Bernie weaponized Pappy Bush’s comment about Raygun’ s Voodoo Economics!

      And Bernie got another bite: Ted Cruz thinks Social Security is a ponzi scheme!

    • Bernie called out Ted for red baiting too. Yea!

    • Yes Ted! Don’t “red bait”!!!

    • 2.4 Trillion projection for budget deficit or adding to the debt. Wow.

      • Ted managed to both cast shade on the non-partisan agency who came with that analysis AND say that he didn’t even have a figure! Grrr.

    • Ugh, Ted got to talk right up to EVERY SINGLE AD BREAK!

    • Ted doesn’t mention his tax breaks for the rich who don’t need it!

    • Bernie wins the debate!

      • I’m biased 😉 but I think he did too. He finished strong. I hope people really look at the plan and see for themselves. It’s an awful plan!

    • Bernie finished with a strong summary statement: corporate welfare vs life and death for women, children, and cutting support to attend college for students. More burdensome debt for generations beyond the boomers –the inference that debt would be hard to pay for unless there is horrific austerity.

    • Now CNN is going to rip apart Trump for his comments to the fallen soldier’s widow!

    • I wish Bernie would have added this:
      GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away

      Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.

      • So disappointed that a woman would say something so awful!

        When I was a teenager I thought that women in power would be better than men. But then came Margaret Thatcher, and unfortunately far too many other women too, including all the centrist neolibs that we have nowadays, and that ideal was dashed to bits by time I was twenty.

    • There is a small clip of the debate at this link.


      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday slammed the GOP tax plan as a “Robin Hood proposal in reverse.”

      “They are taking from the working families and the poor and they are giving to the rich. It’s a proposal that must be defeated,” he said during a CNN Debate about the tax plan with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

    • T&R to all that chimed in, Been switching back and forth between Bernie and Designated Survivor. TV President Kirkman id a hell of a lot better President than Trumpcorp. The series has touched on several of our current issues

    • This is important, imo, I hope Bernie emphasizes this point going forward:

    • This one is good too. Facts are good.

    • Last one is Bernie’s closing statement:

    • Child tax credit question: audience member is pointing out that child tax credits don’t help those who can’t utilize itemized deductions. Even if they could benefit from itemized deductions, the form is so frigging complicated– not easy for anyone to do the 1040A long form.

    • There are a bunch of clips of the debate at this link.


    • This exchange is a winner for Bernie!

      • What is so fine about that moment was the Danish guy was prepared to challenge Bernie further about Bernie’s aspirations for the country and ended up defending the Danish health care system because of the swiftness of it to start cancer treatments on his own mother. I noticed Bash and Tapper grew quiet as they were caught off guard, but not as much as Ted was.

    • DNC Meeting not starting well

      Several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.

      The ousters come ahead of the DNC’s first meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, since Perez took over as chairman with a pledge earlier this year that he would unite the party that had become badly divided during the brutal Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton 2016 primary.

      Complaints began immediately after party officials saw a list of Perez’ appointments to DNC committees and his roster of 75 “at-large” members, who are chosen by the chair.

      The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented.

      Pray tell, who got demoted or pushed out?

      Those who have been pushed out include:

      Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee;
      James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001;
      Alice Germond, the party’s longtime former secretary and a vocal Ellison backer, who was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC; and

      Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee.

      The moves exposed a rift in the partnership between Perez and his deputy chair, Ellison, who have publicly broadcast their “bromance” since Perez tapped the lawmaker for the post in a show of unity after their hard-fought race earlier this year for the party’s chairmanship.

      “I’m concerned about the optics, and I’m concerned about the impact,” Zogby said of the changes. “I want to heal the wound of 2016.”

      “I understand the chair can do as he pleases, but still, it’s all just very disappointing,” Buckley said.


      Germond has been on the DNC since the 1980s.

      “It is quite unusual for a former party officer who has been serving on the DNC for like forever to just be left out in the cold without even a call from the chairman,” said Germond, who was a vocal Ellison backer for DNC chairman. “So I assumed it had something to do with myself support for Keith.”

      “I understand that I fought very hard for Keith Ellison. And I understand that to the winners go the spoils,” she added.

      The DNC denied any retaliation, saying the changes were an effort to diversify and freshen the party’s leadership and that all the party’s officers had a chance to offer input. They touted new additions like Marisa Richmond, a millennial black transgender activist, and the first DREAMer member, Ellie Perez, to point to the DNC’s efforts at diversity.

      “This year’s slate of at-large DNC member nominees reflects the unprecedented diversity of our party’s coalition,” said DNC spokesperson Michael Tyler.

      “This slate doubles millennial and Native American at-large representation, provides unprecedented representation for our allies in the labor community, and increases the presence of Puerto Rican at-large members at a time when the Trump administration refuses to take responsibility for the millions of Americans who are still suffering through a major humanitarian crisis.”

      The DNC has been under intense scrutiny from party activists since the 2016 presidential primary between Clinton and Sanders, and some had feared this week’s appointments could reignite those tensions. Others worried about replacing people with years of institutional memory with inexperienced newcomers in the effort to bring in new blood.

      “Keith suggested names for DNC at-large membership and committees. Some were selected and some were not. In the end, the selections are the perogative of the chair,” Ellison spokesperson Karthik Ganapathy said in a terse statement.

      Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC, said, “I can’t speak for Tom (Perez), but you talk about diversity — I’m extremely diverse: Jewish, veteran, transgender, lesbian, grandparent, small-business owner.”

      Despite the shakeup, Zogby, is still the co-chair of the party’s Unity and Reform Commission, said, “This is a family. We’ve always operated that way.”

      Interesting this news broke while Bernie & Ted were debating.
      Wonder what Nina thinks about It?

      Mirrors what has been happening at the Orange bubble too.

    • T and R, mags!! 🙂 I didn’t watch it as I can’t tolerate yahoos like Cruz. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, huh, Ted? I hope whoever runs against him wraps that one around his worthless FRightwingnut neck and chokes him!!

  • Here’s a snapshot of the remarkable citizens driving this movement for change in #NY19. Jeff Beals went out to a recent #FasoFriday in Kingston and saw friends old and new, all driven by different outrages to push […]

    • Tip Jar! Link clicks helps a lot for posts like these where all the content is on the mainpage. So if you get a sec… go ahead and drop in with even the most generic of comments!

    • I have donated to Jeff a few times already. He impressed me when he talked to he at the Dutchess County Dem fundraiser in the summer. I’m still registered in NJ so even if I do decide to vote in his district (instead of the district that Poughkeepsie is in), I wont be able to vote in the primary because of the ridiculous NY registration rules.

    • Beals looks good! I’m not in NY-19 but if I were he’d get my vote. I remember that this was the district that Zephyyr Teachout lost. She lost to Faso. Sorry, but somehow that makes the ugly issue of “election fraud” raise its head–at least, in my mind. Hope Beals–as well as other great candidates–have developed a way around that little (!) problem.

      LD thank you for this post and for this great site. My Log-In attempt worked PERFECTLY today!! 🙂

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