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polarbear4

I just noticed in that public policy poll from yesterday that though Harris and Warren were tied in third place behind Biden and then Sanders they put O’Rourke under Harris and Warren was followed by Booker. may have been an honest mistake but it makes a difference for the optics in these things.

polarbear4

I couldn’t remember if anybody posted this very short clip from the beginning of the Sundance film, Knock Down the House.

polarbear4

phatkhat

F2P is an oxymoron. (Free-to-Play, for any non-gamers.) Even old online sites like Pogo are going that route with their new and reworked games. Make the play impossibly difficult and sell powerups to help you pass the level. I pay to belong to their club (avoid ads), and I’m NOT buying powerups, too. I despise F2P games.

LieparDestin

Fortnite is the only game Ive seen get the formula right. 100% free to play but can buy cosmetic perks that dont affect gameplay and they are raking in hundreds of millions a month over the Triple A big budget super corporate game industry.

phatkhat

Never played it, and not even sure what kind of game it is – RPG, I’m guessing. I’ve tried a couple, and I just don’t “get” them. I know a lot of people who do play it.

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

Well look at this. A little behind the scenes activity.

humphrey

humphrey

Sad but it unfortunately it is true!

LieparDestin

Benny

I don’t buy it. She will get behind Kamala Harris or Amy Klochabar. Anyone but Bernie.

polarbear4

Agree. Playing with the left.

Benny

On the other hand, the baroness can share her donors with Harris, Booker, and Gillibrand, and create a lane for the more progressive candidates.

Benny

More Bernie bashing.

Bad mashup:

You will have to read the entire thread to get the first gist of the smear.

Afterwards, one should glance over this uploaded photocopy of an essay Bernie wrote in 1969 (which is what the tweetstorm is about). (This isn’t the same essay reported in the last campaign.)

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2157403-sanders-cancer.html

phatkhat

I’m sure they (TOP) are already pushing Harris. The GOP is already smearing her with “sleeping her way to power” which is somewhat consistent with her Brown affair. I don’t care, and there is a double standard, but the social conservatives will hammer her with this.

I very much dislike her to begin with. Always have. Ugh.

magsview

I’m already sick to death of seeing her name/face/PR. It’s gonna be a long fifteen months!

phatkhat

I ain’t reading Markos’ BS, but read part of the essay. Well, I know that a lot of “enlightened” people TOTALLY believe that only traditional medicine – allopathic traditional medicine, I should say – can cure anything. All natural healers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc., are charlatans. So this is the mindset brought to this argument, I’m sure.

However, I don’t think we pay enough attention to the mind-body connection, which definitely exists. Or to nutrition, for that matter.

Also, the essay is from 50 years ago! Science and times have changed. What was accepted then, like homosexuality being in the DSM, is not now. Psychology has definitely evolved. Medical science has evolved. Even some enlightened doctors accept that things like acupuncture work – my ortho guy does.

What next? Bernie’s an anti-vaxxer? LOL.

magsview

phatkhat

Bernie just laid out his platform… I got an email from simply “Info” this morning. Almost didn’t read it because I get so many of them. But the first line was intriguing, so… Here it is:

We are living in a truly unprecedented moment in history and the actions we take now, together, will determine not only the future of our country but the entire world. If there has ever been a time in American history when our people must stand together in the fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice – now is that time.

The bad news is that we have a president who is a fraud, a pathological liar and a racist. The good news is that the American people are standing up, fighting back and are demanding fundamental changes in our economic and political system.

The bad news is that we have a president who just shut down the government for 35 days because he couldn’t get an expensive and unneeded wall with Mexico, while 800,000 federal employees tried to survive without paychecks.

The good news is that federal workers and their unions fought back and, with the airline industry facing growing delays because of worker sickouts, the president relented and reopened the government.

The bad news is that the scientific community is telling us that climate change is the greatest global crisis facing the planet, while we have a president and Republican leadership who are working overtime for more deregulation of the fossil fuel industry – and even more carbon emissions.

The good news is that at the grassroots level, here and around the world, more and more people, led by the younger generation, understand that we need bold initiatives to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

phatkhat

The bad news is that at a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the 3 wealthiest Americans own more wealth than the bottom half of our country and 46% of all new income is going to the top 1%, we have a president and Republican leadership who want even more tax breaks for billionaires.

The good news is that poll after poll shows that the American people want the wealthiest people in this country and the largest profitable corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes. They understand that instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires we should be rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and investing in health care and education.

The bad news is that the middle class continues to shrink and millions of Americans today are working for starvation wages. Many of them are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive and receive little or no family leave or vacation time.

The good news is that in state after state, community after community, legislation is being passed guaranteeing a living wage to all workers of $15 an hour. It is very likely that a $15 per hour minimum wage bill will be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this session. My Senate bill for a $15 minimum wage now has 31 co-sponsors.

The bad news is that we have a corrupt political system that allows billionaires to spend unlimited sums of money to elect candidates who represent their interests. We also see widespread voter suppression and extreme gerrymandering.

The good news is that there is overwhelming support to overturn the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and good progress is being made to strengthen our democracy. In the last election, voter turnout soared and young people participated in record-breaking numbers. In Florida, as a result of a citizen referendum, 1.4 million people who served time for a felony conviction will have their voting rights restored.

The bad news is that, tragically, institutional racism continues to remain strong in the United States. The already large wealth gap between whites and blacks is growing wider. There is a massive level of racial disparity in terms of health care, education, housing, social mobility and access to capital.

The good news is that the younger generation today, the future of our country, is the least racist in our history and is prepared to fight for racial justice. Further, we are seeing more and more people of color running for office – from school board to Congress – and many of them are winning. They, and all of us, will do everything possible to end the scourge of racism in the United States.

The bad news is that we have a dysfunctional health care system which leaves 30 million Americans uninsured, even more underinsured and costs far more per capita than any other country on earth. We are also forced to pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

The good news is that the American people now overwhelmingly support a Medicare for all, single payer program which guarantees health care to all Americans as a right, not a privilege, Medicare for all will also expand benefits for seniors by including dental care, audiology and optical care.

The bad news is that hundreds of thousands of young people are unable to afford to go to college, and millions more are leaving school deeply in debt.

The good news is that cities and states across the country are moving to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities, and there is widespread support for that idea. In a highly competitive global economy the American people know that we must have the best educated workforce in the world.

phatkhat

The bad news is that there is now a massive, well coordinated attack against women’s rights. In many states it is increasingly difficult for women to exercise their constitutional right for an abortion, or to even receive the birth control they need. Pay inequality remains prevalent, as does sexual harassment on the job.

The good news is that there is widespread opposition in this country to repealing Roe v. Wade, and the newly elected Congress is strongly pro-choice. Further, as a result of the effort of the women’s movement, in workplaces both large and small there are now new policies in place to protect a woman’s right to do her job without discrimination or harassment.

The bad news is that we have a criminal justice system in this country which is severely broken. We have more people in jail than any other country on earth – disproportionately African-American, Latino and Native American. Unbelievably, hundreds of thousands of Americans are in prison right now simply because they cannot afford cash bail.

The good news is that millions of Americans, including some conservatives, are coming together in the fight against mass incarceration, mandated minimum sentencing, the cash bail system, police brutality and the failed war on drugs. At long last, there are now district attorneys and prosecutors who want to reduce the prison population, not increase it. Americans increasingly understand that we should invest in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration.

The bad news is that we have a demagogic president who is targeting undocumented immigrants in a racist manner for cheap political gain. This is a president who ended the DACA program and has authorized the separation of tiny children at the border from their mothers.

The good news is that the American people have consistently made clear their desire to see the restoration of DACA and comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for the more than 10 million undocumented people in this country.

Let me conclude by thanking all of you for standing with me in the fight for justice. We should all be extremely proud that over the last few years, on issue after issue, we have made enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda. Ideas that just a few years ago were considered “radical” or “extreme” are now supported by a strong majority of Americans.

In these very difficult times, despair is not an option. For the sake of our kids and grandchildren, the struggle must continue. Black, white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, male or female, gay or straight, let us proudly stand together and create the kind of country we know we can become.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

phatkhat

Really long, but damn spot on. This says to me louder than anything, that he is going to run. We are in a financial bind, but as soon as we are out of it – soon – I will send him $27. :o)

And I REALLY hope he gets someone better than Weaver to run his campaign this time.

magsview

Sen. Bernie Sanders will have a new campaign manager if he runs for president in 2020.

Jeff Weaver, the longtime aide who led his 2016 bid, will not return to the role if Sanders enters the race, a source familiar with the planning process told CNN.

Weaver confirmed in an interview that his position will be changing, most likely to senior strategic adviser to Sanders

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/politics/jeff

-weaver-not-returning-bernie-sanders-campaign-manager/index.html

polarbear4

Right on, Bernie! And environment! And voting machines.

orlbucfan

Solidarity. Rising fist!

humphrey

humphrey

Benny

LOL, good thing I can’t drink coffee!

orlbucfan

GAG!

humphrey

humphrey

orlbucfan

I still don’t get the hysteria over this play. Rap music in the 18th century? Say what? NOT!

humphrey

Gag! She is so proud of herself.

humphrey

polarbear4

This one story should go viral. It will separate the people without empathy who were likely never to vote for Bernie and those with empathy, who just might have a second thought about voting for Harris.

humphrey

Note that Byers works for NBClinton that now seems to like Harris.

https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1089916606258520065

humphrey

Wow! He is out of touch with reality. (that he is an opinion writer for Bloomberg News explains it)

polarbear4

humphrey

I’ll bet that “the Resistance” could supply the answer to this.

polarbear4

Benny

I bet the baroness would approve of the Venezuela coup too.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

I guess that it is a bandwagon.

magsview

The #RESIST crowd is all over it:

Benny

I love the counter narrative with AOC dancing and Beto in his punk band.

That same tweeter (who posted the one I posted up thread) must be paid by Clinton inc. This was opp research they would have released on Bernie if they could have.

polarbear4

Glad is can be so blasé about it. ?

humphrey

This could easily apply to many counties. When the US says jump. The response is “how high?

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/28/if-the-world-understood-sovereignty-it-could-end-all-our-problems/

My own Australia has of course joined the chorus of US lackeys who are refusing to recognize Venezuela’s only legitimate and elected government, recognizing instead the presidency of some guy named Juan who decided to name himself Venezuela’s president with the blessing of the United States government. A statement from our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne, reads as follows:

“Australia recognises and supports the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, in assuming the position of interim president, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and until elections are held. Australia calls for a transition to democracy in Venezuela as soon as possible.”

Australia supported the Lima Group’s early call for Nicolas Maduro to refrain from assuming the presidency on 10 January, relayed through our non-resident Ambassador to Venezuela.

We now urge all parties to work constructively towards a peaceful resolution of the situation, including a return to democracy, respect for the rule of law and upholding of human rights of the Venezuelan people.

It was only a matter of time before such a statement was issued. Australia has long served as Washington’s basement gimp, marching to the beat of US foreign policy on all issues no matter how idiotic or dangerous for as far back as I can remember. My country has seamlessly transitioned from British colony to US military/intelligence asset without ever once raising its head toward anything resembling national sovereignty except once briefly in the mid-seventies, which saw a CIA/MI6 coup oust our elected leadership here. This coup was preceded by our then-Prime Minister’s discovery that Australian intelligence officers had been operating as proxies of the CIA to overthrow the Allende government in Chile in yet another sovereignty-violating coup, one which has often been compared to what we’re seeing in Venezuela today.

humphrey

Droopy Billionaire Commerce Secretary Doesn’t Understand Hunger

humphrey

I don’t expect many will watch the videos. My point is that progressive youtubers are working together.

It will be necessary for the upcoming primary

magsview

magsview

humphrey

humphrey

Makes sense to me.

humphrey

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