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OzoneTom

I have seen several stories on Billionaire Michael Dell’s statements at Davos. But any that mention this exchange are rare (I can’t find ANY). It is included in this video available on reddit:
Davos Billionaire on 70% tax: “Name a country where that’s worked — ever.” Co-panelist and MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson: “The United States!”

polarbear4

Wish the MSM would blare that one all day.

polarbear4

Several states just got new, barcode machines. Unless this is a red herring, they must know a way to rig it, as unpopular as he is.

jcitybone

Yeah that bipartisan crap worked out so well when you were VP. Bipartisan attempts to cut social security, Medicaid, etc. Republicans are such good partners. Getting $200,000 to speak to a conservative group and tout a Republican is very bipartisan. Bipartisan greed. Idiot

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/politics/biden-bipartisan-mayors-conference/index.html

Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his embrace of bipartisanship in a divided era Thursday, responding to criticism he has received for praising Republican congressman during the midterms.

“I read in the New York Times today that one of my problems if I were to run for president, I like Republicans. OK, well, bless me father for I have sinned,” Biden said as he made the sign of the cross while speaking to the United States Conference of Mayors. “From where I come from, I don’t know how you get anything done. I don’t know how you get anything done unless we start talking to one another again.”

Biden’s defense of bipartisanship offers a preview of a possible message the former vice president could embrace should he run for president in 2020. Biden often touts his work reaching across the aisle during his 36 years in the Senate as well as his two terms as vice president under President Barack Obama.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/426763-poll-biden-leads-among-dems-in-2020-primary-field

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the field of potential Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new poll.

Biden is supported by 26 percent of Democrats surveyed in a Morning Consult/Politico poll. He’s followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who took 16 percent, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at 9 percent.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll showed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) tied for fourth in the survey at 6 percent, while Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) follow at 2 percent each among Democratic respondents.

polarbear4

The old Rather peeks out now and again.

jcitybone

Very detailed article about where Bernie is at today. The author believes that Bernie still hasn’t made up his mind about running.

https://www.gq.com/story/bernie-sanders-unfinished-business?verso=true

But in other, more profound ways, Sanders has become an entirely different person. In the nearly four years since he announced his first presidential campaign, he has done more to remake the modern Democratic Party in his image than any politician since Bill Clinton—and that includes Barack Obama, who not only spent eight years in the White House but also was a Democrat. (As his friends and foes often emphasize, the socialist Sanders does not serve in the Senate as a Democrat but rather as an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.) Medicare for All, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free college—the issues that he championed during the 2016 Democratic primary and that Hillary Clinton dismissed as naive and unrealistic—are now mainstream Democratic Party positions. “We are where we are,” says Shakir, who’s now the ACLU’s national political director, “because Bernie forced the party to rethink everything.”

Having toiled his entire political career as a gadfly, Sanders is now a prophet. “The ideas we brought forth in 2016, which were considered, not only by the Democratic establishment but by the editorial writers, to be extreme and fringe and out of step with where the American people are,” Sanders told me, “are now what is in, by and large, the Democratic national platform and are being adopted by candidates across the country.” What’s more, the Democratic Party’s future—as reflected by the remarkable rise of the 29-year-old New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—has clearly tilted to the left. This development has been as satisfying for Sanders as it was unexpected. “We have had more success in ideologically changing the party than I would have dreamed possible,” he said. “The world has changed.”

Indeed, passing the torch could actually be liberating for Sanders—and not just because it would give him more time to spend with his seven grandchildren. “I do think his DNA, where he’s been over the course of his life, is he really likes agitating,” says the senior Democratic strategist. “There’s a freedom to it: the freedom of being an agitator versus the weight of being a standard-bearer. If you’re a standard-bearer, you have to start making compromises.”

And yet the idea of passing the torch has obvious downsides. For one thing, would any of the Bernie 2.0’s—to say nothing of the more centrist candidates, like Cory Booker or Kirsten Gillibrand or Kamala Harris, who are now singing from the Bernie hymnal—be as committed to his issues as Sanders is himself? “If Bernie’s not on the debate stage, the center of gravity shifts,” says one Sanders adviser. “How much will others stick to issues we care about if they don’t feel the need to compete with us?” What’s more, even if the other candidates were true believers, would they be as good at spreading the gospel as Sanders? “No one articulates these issues in the same way as him,” says the Sanders adviser.

humphrey

It is worth reading as it offers some insights into Bernie’s past and his thoughts. However I do have one quibble as it seems to joined together numerous interviews (taken over a quite large time period) thus missing what is actually Bernie’s present frame of mind.

orlbucfan

T and R, LD!! I hope Benny continues to post her evaluations of the Demo POTUS campaign as it moves along. She did an initial one a few days ago before she left town, and it was. superb! 🙂

jcitybone

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article224923110.html#storylink=cpy

But this cycle, a culture shift is undeniably underway. And that’s putting pressure on each of the existing and prospective Democratic campaigns, which are not only locked in a fierce competition for staff, but also face the risk of critics questioning their commitment to progressive principles if they fail to treat their own employees fairly.

“Anyone that has been a field organizer or a regional field director knows the amount of hours each of these races takes,” said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, the progressive political organization aligned with prominent new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “If we’re not actively and proactively negotiating with workers to make sure it’s not only the campaign that benefits but also the workers, we’re not progressive.”

That pressure is expected to be especially strong on potential candidates closely linked with the labor movement, including Sens. Sherrod Brown and Sanders, should they run.

polarbear4

I can’t believe that we aren’t up in arms about this.

humphrey

Obviously there is quite a divide as to which side various governments align.

https://twitter.com/WarriorReports/status/1088449279440474112

magsview

I can’t believe Canada sided with Trump on this. Just awful. It’s all about the oil baby!!

The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014.

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

humphrey

Trudeau is not a replica of his father.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada–Cuba_relations

Canada has maintained consistently cordial relations with Cuba, in spite of considerable pressure from the United States, with the island being one of the most popular international travel destinations for Canadian citizens.

Canada established diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1945, and maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations following the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Cuba was the first country in the Caribbean selected by Canada for a diplomatic mission.
Relations were especially warm in the 1970s and 1980s during the time when Pierre Elliot Trudeau was the Prime Minister of Canada. Trudeau spent three days in Cuba and sparked a lifelong friendship with Fidel Castro. The visit was also the first by a Western nation to Cuba since 1960.
Fidel Castro was among Pierre Trudeau’s pallbearers at his funeral in 2000.

magsview

That’s for sure.

A good advertisement for NOT installing the (privileged & out-of-touch) children of politicians into any kind of position of power.

orlbucfan

That’s for damned sure!

polarbear4

At a time when the earth cries out for us to stop using oil.

magsview

Yes! Have we learned nothing?

orlbucfan

Glad I don’t have kids to answer to!

polarbear4

Astounding the number of South and Central American countries supporting the coup.

humphrey

They are afraid of the CIA or maybe they were installed by a combination of the CIA and the State Department. Sanctions can be very frightening to a poor country.

humphrey

humphrey

I have no idea what is happening over there but there is this.

magsview

On twitter yesterday the trending ‘Venezuela’ thread was full of anti-Maduro accounts, some of which were stupid enough to mention that social media was down there yesterday. So……where were all those accounts tweeting from??

polarbear4

Yep. We know now that the McResistance and the right have sophisticated networks of social media bots.

magsview

Thank you polarbear! It heartens me to see you and @Humphrey aren’t falling for the disinformation!!

humphrey

Here is the actual account of the person quoted by Allday. LOL

https://twitter.com/emojupiter

magsview

The account has now gone into protected status. Boom, one troll account down, thousands more to uncover.

orlbucfan

You guys/gals deserve Medals of Freedom for wading through that swamp! 🙂

polarbear4

There’s a lot of good reporting, too, and quirky and funny and sweet stuff. I avoid the trolls when possible. I’ll prolly have to give it up one day—-it’s addicting! ??????

humphrey

It’s better for your health rather than being hooked on drugs.??

polarbear4

?

magsview

About which part? Trump trying to enact a coup? Or Trump turning U.S. diplomats into potential hostages? All of it?

Donald Trump’s ship of fools is heading for the rocks in Venezuela

Pompeo’s statement on Wednesday evening instructing US diplomats in Caracas to ignore Maduro’s order to leave the country was especially rash. The diplomats could become virtual hostages in any prolonged internal power struggle.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/donald-trump-venezuela-nicolas-maduro

So many Americans have been brainwashed about Venezuela. Did you see Gillum’s tweet?

polarbear4

Yes. The whole McResistance crowd seems to be one big Reaganite.

polarbear4

magsview

Venezuelan general says US-backed ‘criminal plan’ risks civil war

The head of Venezuela’s armed forces has thrown his weight behind the embattled president, warning that the country could be thrust into a devastating civil war by what he called a US-backed “criminal plan” to unseat Nicolás Maduro.

In a live address to the nation on Thursday, the defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, accused the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaidó, the United States and regional allies such as Brazil of launching an attempted coup against Maduro that risked bringing “chaos and anarchy” to the country.

“We are here to avoid, at all costs … a conflict between Venezuelans. It is not civil war, a war between brothers that will solve the problems of Venezuela. It is dialogue,” said Padrino, declaring unwavering support for “our commander-in-chief, the citizen Nicolás Maduro”.

“We members of the armed forces know well the consequences [of war], just from looking at the history of humanity, of the last century, when millions and millions of human beings lost their lives,” Padrino added, flanked by the top brass of Venezuela’s armed forces.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/24/venezuela-maduro-guaido-defense-minister-civil-war

If the military stays broadly loyal to Maduro, Trump and his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, who has led the charge for regime change in Caracas, will have failed to meet the first, elementary requirement for successful coup-making: ensure the guys with the guns are on your side.

polarbear4

Thank God the military continues to back the legitimate government. Please stay strong, Venezuela.

orlbucfan

Bolton and orange moran–couple of real “heavy” IQs. NOT!

wi60

Bolton wants a Benghazi 2.0 and since theirs oil and profits at risk, US troops will follow.

jcitybone

Regardless of how one feels about Maduro and Guaido, how the US is approaching this is very dangerous.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/donald-trump-venezuela-nicolas-maduro?CMP=share_btn_tw

Donald Trump’s implicit threat of direct US military intervention in Venezuela is a high-risk gamble that could backfire calamitously. By publicly and aggressively backing the opposition’s bid to supplant him, Trump has presented Nicolás Maduro, the country’s incumbent president, with a very personal, existential challenge.

If Maduro reacts, as he has in the past, by using violence to suppress his opponents, or if he arrests US diplomats who ignore his order to leave the country, Trump may face a daunting choice between rapid escalation, including possibly sending in US forces, and a humiliating climbdown.

It seems clear that Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader, has the backing of many if not most Venezuelans. Less evident, so far, is whether military chiefs and key army units will uphold his self-declared alternative presidency. Given the history of disastrous US interventions in Latin America, Maduro’s denunciation of a coup by the “gringo empire” carries considerable weight.

Then there is the added complication of strong Russian and Chinese support for the current regime. Moscow has condemned the attempted takeover. Maduro was feted in Beijing last autumn, where he was offered a financial bailout.

If the military stays broadly loyal to Maduro, Trump and his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, who has led the charge for regime change in Caracas, will have failed to meet the first, elementary requirement for successful coup-making: ensure the guys with the guns are on your side.

magsview

Bolton is the scariest of the bunch – a terrier-like zealot who seizes on an issue and worries it to death, impervious to facts or reason. He acted thus over Iraq, urging George W Bush to invade on what wiser heads knew were bogus grounds.

orlbucfan

Not sure which one is the bigger dimwit? Orange moran or Batshit crazy Bolton?

polarbear4

Are usually don’t love people calling other people idiots and dummies, but this one gets an LOL.

polarbear4

magsview

Wow. That’s sick.

You know what they say about radical homophobes, eh?

polarbear4

K. Last one. For a while. ?

humphrey

I don’t speak Spanish but I think that this is taking place in New York

Looks like big money is supporting the coup in Venezuela.

humphrey

polarbear4

Beyond the oil, they want right wing dictation power wherever possible.

polarbear4

Dictatorship

LOL. Call the stenographer!

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

magsview

Davos 2019: Swedish teen activist sleeps in tent in –18C temperatures

Thunberg, who arrived in the Alpine city on Wednesday after a 32-hour train ride from Stockholm, tweeted a picture of herself in her sleeping bag on Wednesday evening in which she could be seen wearing a scarf and a woollen cap.

The image of Thunberg in her tent is in stark contrast to the general atmosphere of luxury during the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos where hotel rooms can cost thousands of dollars, and where private jets – not trains – are the usual form of arrival.

“I didn’t know what I expected but it is a very, very weird place at this time because there are black cars everywhere and people walking around in suits. I am not used to that,” Thunberg said in an interview on Wednesday night.

It seems like it’s very closed. There is only one kind of people here,” she added.

magsview

humphrey

Here is one for orl.

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/01/24/new-secretary-state-ertel-dressed-blackface-halloween-2005/2649161002/

Michael Ertel, the newly appointed Secretary of State of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has resigned after photos emerged of him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim in blackface at a private Halloween party 14 years ago.

The photos obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat were shown to the Governor’s Office on Thursday morning. Hours later it issued a statement.

“It’s unfortunate. He’s done a lot of good work,” he said, adding that he accepted the resignation because “I don’t want to get mired in side controversies.”

The photo was taken in 2005, eight months after Ertel was appointed Seminole County supervisor of elections and two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

After the Democrat texted the photos to him last week, Ertel, 49, identified himself as the white man in blackface and red lipstick, wearing earrings and a New Orleans Saints bandanna, and falsies under a purple T-shirt that had “Katrina Victim” written on it.

orlbucfan

His blackface makeup was a bad joke and it was so poorly applied, it was beyond ridiculous. Ah, Floridumb…where all the crooks like Sick Rott come to rob and die.

magsview

humphrey

humphrey

Tapper Grills Gillibrand On Past Views: ‘Were You Racist?’

humphrey

I wonder if Kamala Harris will get the same treatment?

humphrey

Trump Does Coup-By-Tweet Of Foreign Government

humphrey

A bit coarse but spot on.

jcitybone

This is good

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/24/politics/elizabeth-warren-2020-tax-plan-50-million-assets/index.html

Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to release a proposal to impose a new “wealth tax” on Americans with net worths of $50 million or more, according to documents provided by her presidential campaign.

The purpose of the new tax would be to slow down and reverse the increasing concentration of wealth among the country’s wealthiest households — a cornerstone of the progressive political agenda and Warren’s campaign.

It is among the first and most serious steps taken by a top-tier Democratic presidential hopeful to address what has become, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street movement, a key issue for the party and a marker of a shift left that began during the 2016 primary and has accelerated during the Trump presidency.

The proposal calls for levying a 2% tax on Americans’ wealth above $50 million, with an additional 1% tax on billionaires, according to a letter written to Warren from University of California Berkeley economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, who are well known for their work on income inequality and taxing the rich. The Washington Post first reported on the plan.

humphrey

orlbucfan

Two interesting facts about Liz’s past:
#1–she was a GOPuke until 1995;
#2–she voted for Rayguns.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

humphrey

In the battle of the 2 Senate votes to reopen the government

Both failed. The government remains closed.

jcitybone

humphrey

At least he got 3/3 correct.

humphrey

polarbear4

And Tulsi. Thank you!

polarbear4

Thank you soooooooooooo much, Bernie! Bravo.

humphrey

At least one country seems to get it.

wi60

Whats on the mind of voters Post election

Marquette poll finds support for Gov. Tony Evers’ agenda, including nonpartisan redistricting reform

On health care, school funding, the minimum wage, criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization and redistricting, voters backed the new Democratic governor’s positions, according to a poll by Marquette University Law School.
“The people overwhelmingly agree with Governor Evers that we should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, increase funding for special education, raise the minimum wage, and take steps toward marijuana legalization,” Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said in a statement.

An overwhelming 72% of those polled said they support legislative and congressional district boundaries being drawn by a nonpartisan commission rather than the state Legislature, as Evers favors. That’s compared to just 18% who said the Legislature should continue to draw the boundaries.
Nearly two-thirds of voters — 62% — wanted to use Obamacare funds to expand the state’s BadgerCare Plus program to provide health care to more people — an idea Evers has championed. Twenty-five percent agreed with GOP lawmakers and opposed the expansion.

Fifty-five percent of voters disapproved of the lame-duck legislation Republicans approved in December that limited the powers of Evers and new Attorney General Josh Kaul, also a Democrat. Thirty-one percent approved of the measures.

On the federal level, 43% of voters say President Donald Trump was most responsible for the partial government shutdown over the border wall. Another 7% say Republicans in Congress are responsible, while 34% blamed Democrats and 14% said all are equally responsible.
“Both of them are suffering in the sense that there is a ‘pox on both your houses,’ ” Franklin said. “But, that doesn’t mean that it’s all equally balanced, in that Trump takes more of the credit or blame for the shutdown. But it’s mostly blame.”
A narrow majority of voters — 51% — said they oppose building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, while 44% supported it.
Just 29% of voters support the federal shutdown, while 66% oppose it.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/24/marquette-poll-job-ratings-donald-trump-tony-evers/2660778002/

jcitybone

????????????????

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/426851-kudlow-federal-workers-impacted-by-shutdown-are-volunteering-in-part

President Trump’s top economic advisor on Thursday said federal employees were “volunteering” to work amid the partial government shutdown in part because of their “allegiance to President Trump.”

“They honor us and they do it because of their love for their country and the office of the presidency and presumably their allegiance to President Trump,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said while speaking to reporters at the White House briefing room. “They’re doing it. Give them some credit. There are a lot of wonderful people in this country.”

humphrey

Kudlow is delusional. A perfect fit for the Trump administration.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Haven’t read yet.

humphrey

Real scandals don’t matter just trumped up ones that got rid of Lula and Dilma Rousseff. That is how Bolsonaro came to power.

humphrey

polarbear4

Very cool.

humphrey

Just a bit of difference!

polarbear4

So tonight myrecs are a hybrid of guest and pb4 and I’ll quit talking about this now. ?

humphrey

I am not certain but if you are not logged in it shows up as guest and if you log in the regular name shows up.

humphrey

polarbear4

What’s with that? Makes 0 sense.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

??LOL??

humphrey

polarbear4

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