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Benny

Bernie on Anderson Cooper last night. It’s about the shutdown and also about the 2016 campaign staffer sexual harassment issues.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Monopolies continue to expand

Article by Matt Stoller who played a major role as an economist in Bernie’s campaign

The One Issue the Left and Right Can Agree On:
Even Tucker Carlson and Goldman Sachs are talking about the pernicious impact of monopolies in the U.S.

Heard him giving a speech saying that Americans do not like monopolies and there will be resistance. Agree. But monopolies are entangled with billionaires, various establishments including the military, so will take a huge change.

orlbucfan

According to reads posted in NC, Goldman Sachs is facing big trouble in the Malaysia banking scandal.

Benny

Another homemade Bernie2020 ad:

Don midwest
Don midwest

Queer Nature

Heard an interview on local low power FM radio. This is a radical group – a return to the earth.

Latour contrasts the humans with the earthbound, those bound to the earth. And there may be a war between them as seen in ongoing colonization of indigenous people. In any case, here they are.

Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project based on Arapaho, Ute, and Cheyenne territories (Boulder County, CO) that actively dreams into decolonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land, and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Co-envisioned by Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQ2+ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirit) and QTBIPOCs (queer and trans black and indigenous people of color). Queer Nature carries the story and hope that these spaces create new narratives of belonging for folks who have often been made to feel by systems of oppression that they biologically, socially, or culturally don’t belong. Queer Nature has collaborated with Wilderness Awareness School, the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University, Women’s Wilderness, and Rewild Portland.

Queer Nature

Benny

polarbear4

Oops, should have read thru. Double post.

humphrey

Lol. Everyone was on pins and needles waiting for O’Malley to state his preference.

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Benny

It is newsworthy as he had been telling some former supporters he was going to run again.

humphrey

Newsworthy to his half a dozen fans across the country. LOL ( sorry I just couldn’t resist this opportunity)

Benny

I liked him more than the baroness. I hope he will continue his work as a mentor for now.

TheLeftistheCenter

I mean he couldnt even get 5% with 2 other candidates what will he get with 20 others?

Benny

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polarbear4

Now there is a real progressive.

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Benny

15 Dem defections from voting for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. 12 voted other, in which Abrams, Biden, Duckworth, and Kennedy (as in Joe) were named. 3 voted present. Tim Ryan ended up voting for Pelosi. Joe Cunningham and Connor Lamb voted other.

humphrey

It looks like creepy Joe Biden has another fan.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/03/dianne-feinstein-2020-pick-joe-biden-1079024?fbclid=IwAR2A8P-luM4y1n4BGNsUov8c5YSfpc8bILiRFIQ32lOMfLJRDBEU1t2FooQ

Dianne Feinstein’s California colleague Kamala Harris may run for president. But Feinstein already has her preferred candidate in mind: Joe Biden.

The Democratic senator, fresh off reelection to a fifth term, told a pair of reporters on Thursday morning that the former vice president and Delaware senator is the ideal choice to run against President Donald Trump. This despite the fact that more than a half-dozen Senate Democrats, including Harris, are considering running for president in 2020.

“Joe was chairman of the Judiciary [Committee] when he came to this place. I’ve watched him as vice president, I’ve seen him operate, I’ve seen him perform,” Feinstein said. “He brings a level of experience and seniority which I think is really important.”

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LieparDestin

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New York Times’ Bernie Sanders PROPAGANDA Reaches New Level

TheLeftistheCenter

Its all about trying to lower his favorables before he even enters, the establishment can say what ever it wants, but its actions leave no doubt internally they are very scared of Bernie being flat out uncheatable once he gets in.

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OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Like the United States France prides itself as being a country with a strong tradition of “the rule of law”.

That is, unless that rule becomes inconvenient. Again like the U.S.

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GAG!

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https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/03/reporter-quits-nbc-citing-networks-support-for-endless-war/

A journalist with NBC has resigned from the network with a statement which highlights the immense resistance that ostensibly liberal mass media outlets have to antiwar narratives, skepticism of US military agendas, and any movement in the opposite direction of endless military expansionism.

“January 4 is my last day at NBC News and I’d like to say goodbye to my friends, hopefully not for good,” begins an email titled ‘My goodbye letter to NBC’ sent to various contacts by William M Arkin, an award-winning journalist who has been associated with the network for 30 years.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve left NBC, but this time the parting is more bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis,” the email continues. “My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus.”

Arkin makes clear that NBC is in no way the sole mass media offender in its refusal to question or criticize the normalization of endless warfare, but that he feels increasingly “out of sync” and “out of step” with the network’s unhesitating advancement of military interventionist narratives. He writes about how Robert Windrem, NBC News’ chief investigative producer, convinced him to join a new investigative unit in the early days of the 2016 presidential race. Arkin writes the following about his experience with the unit:

That’s about as charitably as it could possibly be said by a skeptical tongue. Another way to say it would be that plutocrat-controlled and government-enmeshed media networks hire reporters to protect the warmongering oligarchic status quo upon which media-controlling plutocrats have built their respective kingdoms, and foster an environment which elevates those who promote establishment-friendly narratives while marginalizing and pressuring anyone who doesn’t. It’s absolutely bizarre that it should be unusual for there to be a civilian analyst of the US war machine’s behaviors in the mainstream media who is skeptical of its failed policies and nonstop bloodshed, and it’s a crime that such voices are barely holding on to the fringes of the media stage. Such analysts should be extremely normal and commonplace, not rare and made to feel as though they don’t belong.

humphrey

I am glad that someone put it this way.

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humphrey

The comment I was replying to suddenly disappeared. Oh well.

polarbear4

I might have replaced with this one. ?

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magsview

Happy smiles! 🙂

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humphrey

Not really surprising that NBClinton would offer Brock this opportunity.

humphrey

Just another example thatClinton operatives are leading the way in the trashing of Bernie.

magsview

If anyone is “poison” it is David-Brock-the-lying-political-operative-for-hire.

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magsview

That’s the second person I’ve seen using the word “poison” to smear Bernie (and his supporters).

humphrey

The talking points have been distributed.

Benny

I wasn’t aware that the chaplan had to be voted on.

magsview

I didn’t know really anything about this, so looked it up and found this:

The current House Chaplain is Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., the first Jesuit priest to hold the position.[2][3] Conroy was sworn in May 25, 2011.[3] Conroy was asked to resign by House Speaker Paul Ryan, with an effective resignation date of May 24, 2018.[4][5][6] Approximately two weeks later, Conroy rescinded his resignation and announced his intention to remain in the role after objections to Ryan’s actions were raised by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.[7]

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

Benny

Lowering healthcare costs=protect ACA and insurance industry donors at all costs.

magsview

I realize that twitter has a limited number of characters available, but “lowering healthcare costs” could mean many things. Does she mean lowering premiums? Lowering deductibles? Lowering co-pays? Or, does she mean lowering costs for health care providers?

If it’s the latter, that will only increase profits for the industry, right?

Benny

In the video clip, she says lowering health care costs and prescription drugs.

humphrey

The healthcare industry and big pharma just sit back with a cheshire cat grin. Business as usual.

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polarbear4

Again, the kibble.

humphrey

No surprise!

The Green New Deal is missing.

Benny

She mentions the Committee in the clip but not GND.

humphrey

Whats not to like about a toothless committee?

magsview

Is this true??

TheLeftistheCenter

Yep and if not mistaken I think there is a picture of the congress standing up and clapping except Bernie.

humphrey

Good one!

Benny

It’s maybe from the SOTU last year as Bill Nelson is in that pic.

Benny

I guess it’s a good thing he wasn’t having a glass of wine or beer with the new senator.

humphrey

Certainly better than the Republican she beat. Now Joe Manchin will have a soulmate in the Senate.

Benny

It’s comical to watch Pence try to contain his smile with Sinema. He said three times in that clip he looked forward to working with her.

Benny

He likely had a Jimmy Carter moment, but I don’t expect Pence to confess in Penthouse magazine. 🙂

Benny

Surely Webb isn’t a masochist.

Benny

Kevin Brady, fmr Way & Means Chair, supplied an amendment to the House Rules package, to make permanent the tax credits for kids (they were doubled in the last tax bill) and personal exemptions extinctions permanent (held over by the last Congress).

They are voting now to block that from the package. I hope they do. I want the personal exemptions back and the ability to deduct my mortgage/state income taxes.

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Benny

GOP senator calls on Congress to end shutdown without border deal

Gardner is the first Senate Republican to call for ending the partial shutdown even without a deal on President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

“I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it last Congress, we should do it again today,” he said.

Gardner says the onus will then be on Democrats to explain why they don’t support more money for border security after they voted to spend an additional $46 billion on the border in 2013.

All but five Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee last year voted for a homeland security funding bill that allocated $1.6 billion for border fencing. Democratic leaders have since retrenched their offer, proposing $1.3 billion — the same amount Congress appropriated for fiscal year 2018 — for border fencing.

“We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open,” Gardner said, referring to the funding number for border fencing that Democrats have already agreed to.

Guess some of his donors are subcontractors who aren’t getting paid.

magsview

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I did not know this:

humphrey

Quelle surprise!?

Benny

Uh, my lunch hasn’t settled. 🙂

Benny

I still don’t think voting for PayGO is an equal trade. It’s small treat, not a good bone.

Benny

Benny

This is a cheap comment, but anyone notice that Trump’s rug looks a bit out of alignment with his forehead in this presser?

humphrey

After copying AOC’s kitchen scene I don’t think many politicians will mimic this. LOL

TheLeftistheCenter

That attack was by far the funniest thing of the day so far, the conservatives are so stuffy that they actually think a video of her dancing and having fun in HS is some kind of attack.

Benny

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According to TYT, Tulsi voted no on PayGo.

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Expect more attacks.

humphrey

Some advice with regards to the attack.

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humphrey

Results of the Paygo vote (new rules package).

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/423780-house-approves-new-dem-rules-package

The House on Thursday approved a Democratic rules package with just a few defections from progressives despite concerns on the left about the resolution’s “pay-as-you-go” provision.

The rules were approved by a largely party-line vote of 234-197. The House will take up two additional portions of the package in coming days.

Three Republicans, Reps. Tom Reed and John Katko of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.) voted for the package. Three Democrats, Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) voted against it.

TheLeftistheCenter
polarbear4

Tweeted. Thanks. Still confused but listen.

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One more from Caitlin Johnstone. It a good one!

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/clinton-crony-says-bernie-supporters-must-be-silenced-for-2020-primaries-8aecd0d42ae8

Well, like it or not the dust has barely settled from the November midterms and the 2020 presidential race is already underway. Campaigns are being launched, names are being floated, “Gosh look what an ordinary person I am!” videos are being live streamed from politicians’ kitchens, and we are already seeing many of the same toxic patterns from 2016 resurfacing from many of the same toxic people.

NBC News has published an op-ed by Republican political strategist-turned Clinton advisor and Dem strategist David Brock titled “Bernie Sanders’ fans can’t be allowed to poison another Democratic primary with personal attacks — Bashing Beto O’Rourke (and every other Democrat) doesn’t help liberals’ cause in 2020. It only helps Trump.” The article explicitly blames Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on supporters of Bernie Sanders who criticized her during the primary, and makes it clear that such criticisms must be forcefully and aggressively fought against this time around.

“I’m hardly the only political observer who blames Hillary Clinton’s general election defeat to Donald Trump in part on personal attacks on Clinton first made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his backers,” Brock’s article begins. “Those attacks from her left laid the groundwork for copycat attacks lobbed by Donald Trump — and, in the process, helped hand the Supreme Court to the right-wing for a generation.”

If you want a quality illustration of what a manipulative sociopath David Brock is, contrast his obnoxious, dishonest accusatory screed with his open letter to Sanders at the beginning of 2017 titled “Dear Senator Sanders: I’m with You in the Fight Ahead”. Brock apologized for his harsh attacks on Sanders, gushed about the way Bernie “electrified millions” with his campaign and pledged to work with him to harness that energy against Trump. Brock wanted something from Sanders (control of his base in this case), so he smothered him in flattery; now people are criticizing Beto “Like Obama, only white” O’Rourke, and all of a sudden Sanders is back to being a red commie menace whose “character attacks” are to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss. Brock has no relationship with truth beyond his ability to twist it to get things he wants.

Hillary Clinton is to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss, actually, as well as the strategists like David Brock who were behind her spectacular failure to defeat a historically unpopular reality TV star Republican. Establishment Democrats are trying to sell the narrative that “You progressives disobeyed us in 2016 and what happened was your fault; you will obey us this time,” while progressives are saying “No, you ignored us in 2016 and what happened was your fault; you will listen to us this time.” The early 2020 presidential race is repeating the same battle of official narrative manufactured by corporate elites versus the organic zeitgeist — the way ordinary people are feeling inside as a result of the conditions their government has put them in. I’m not sure how much coverage I’ll be giving to the US presidential election this time around, but it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out.

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humphrey

You beat me to it as was going to post this one.

polarbear4

Another view. So will read what gunnels has to say.

humphrey

This hardly comes as a surprise.

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