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Good morning friends!

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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.

polarbear4

So Revolution Messaging will work for the highest bidder, revolutionary or not, it looks like. Too bad.

humphrey

Its all about the money. They are good. Now they are trying to make Kamala Harris into something other than a corporate Dem.

polarbear4

Too bad. Hope they can work for more than one candidate.

CaliforniaPat
CaliforniaPat

She can spend 100 times more and I still will not vote for her. I didn’t vote for her for governor and I will not vote for her as president. Another Clinton politically but a bit nice is my estimation of her. Middle of the road to conservative. Is following Bernie cause she want to be president only not because she believes in his politics.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.

humphrey

This Bob Mulholland dude has such a nice history!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Mulholland

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.”

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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.

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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

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polarbear4

Too bad. Should have been proud. Cowards.

magsview

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!

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humphrey

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

I will only list one of many articles.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/politics/new-york-primary-voter-problem-polls-sanders-de-blasio/index.html

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.

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humphrey

Oh come on! There is profit to be made with pollution in the capitalist system. /S

LieparDestin

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.

polarbear4

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.

humphrey

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

LieparDestin

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.”

LieparDestin

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.

Eileen R
Eileen R

I am glad there are many people and groups that are concerned enough to keep track of these things.

LieparDestin

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.

humphrey

I sure hope that Fort is successful in the Mayoral race.

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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.”

polarbear4

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.

LieparDestin

Abolish the Drug Enforcement Agency

And use the savings to help the poor.

humphrey

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

orlbucfan

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! 🙁

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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.

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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.

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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.

humphrey

I don’t care what McCaskill has to say. She should be replaced with a good Democrat.

LieparDestin

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.

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polarbear4

You’ve nailed it, wi59. T & R!

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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”.

polarbear4

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.

magsview

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)

polarbear4

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)

polarbear4

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

magsview

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).

polarbear4

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.

orlbucfan

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

magsview

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.

magsview

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

bebimbob

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.

polarbear4

Hi bebimbob. We missed you.

This sounds awful.

humphrey

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

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/356504-white-house-scrambled-after-trump-interview-to-secure-list-of-fallen

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.

orlbucfan

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

magsview

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!!

humphrey

Oy! Just what the world needs.

polarbear4

the “Czech Trump.” Let’s hope not.

humphrey

There is not much coverage of this.

Police violence during the referendum.

magsview

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.

magsview

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.

humphrey

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

polarbear4

i wish i could do this period! LO)

orlbucfan

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

magsview

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.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59dn3b/mental-work-industries-automation-brain-controlled-factory

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

humphrey

Hopefully this will bring the facts to light.

humphrey

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

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/climate/epa-climate-change.html?emc=edit_th_20171021&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=47719915

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.

David

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.
http://nhpr.org/post/nh-supreme-court-upholds-rye-beach-public-access-opposed-wentworths-owner#stream/0

magsview

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?

David

You can donate here to help. People were donating at the celebration. A CCANH rep was there:
https://www.ccanh.org/sanders-poynt/

David

Robert Jesurum is wearing the white hat.

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orlbucfan

David: the photo is upside down. Thanks and I rec’d your comment!! 🙂

David

It’s right side up on my phone (where I sent it from) and upside down on my laptop. I also tried sending a video with no luck. Any advice you have would be helpful.

humphrey

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

humphrey

Here is another good one.

humphrey

Jimmy is correct!

humphrey

Wow! Look at the makeup of the DNC rules committee.

It certainly does look familiar!

Clicking on the list will make you gag.

eve

And I’ll add what I believe to be a very sad but unavoidable corollary to this shameful DNC putsch.
Barack Obama is on board with it on behalf of the Democratic National Committee’s/Hillary Clinton power structure.
And if so, it implies that the principal financiers of Obama’s and Clinton’s power want to keep things the way they are – the banks powerful….errrrr too big to fail…. and the country engaged in endless regime change wars sending out young people out all over the world to keep our thumb on things while we inevitably recruit indigenous angry young people to attack our soldiers….

Very very sad and discouraging….

Shame on them.

humphrey

Jamarl Thomas on the DNC Unity Commission.

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