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Any truly permanent solution to our medical debt crisis must tackle the problem at the root. No one should have to choose between life-saving medical care or food and shelter, and in countries with free and universal healthcare, medical debt doesn’t exist.

In the meantime, we can back candidates who accurately diagnose the problem of medical debt and are willing to fight for indebted Americans who need help. Sanders’ plan gets us closest to a cure.



Sanders’s team is quick to remind cynics of his fundraising prowess, including the field-beating $25 million in donations he raised in the third quarter. (Warren hasn’t yet announced her totals; his nearest competitor, Pete Buttigieg, raised $19 million.) And the Sanders campaign says it doesn’t put a lot of stock in polls because, it argues, his core supporters are undercounted. As proof, they offer 2016, when underdog Sanders came within one percentage point of Hillary Clinton.

Having been through that puts them at a better starting position this time, even taking into account the ill will left over from the ugly Clinton-Sanders fallout, according to the campaign’s senior advisor, Pete D’alessandro.

“We brought in a high percentage of people that were not your usual suspects. Well, they’re on the list now. We’re going to bring in the next group that aren’t the usual suspects this time,” D’alessandro said. “When we find this group of new people that expand the caucus universe, we offset that other group that is never going to be for us anyway.”

The crowd’s answers revealed the same disdain for institutions—the media, corporate America, and Washington politics—that fueled Trump’s campaign. That’s a big reason Sanders thinks he can swing counties that supported Trump back to the Democratic Party. Time and again you hear it from the crowd at his rallies: Bernie is the only one they trust.

Isabella Cooke, a Des Moines high school student and youth activist, watched her mom caucus for Sanders in 2016. Now she’ll be old enough to caucus for herself for the first time this election.

“I know that by putting my support in him, that I can trust that those things are going to happen,” she said, adding that she was especially drawn to his climate plan. “I think that he specifically will not back down under any other influences.”


T and R, LD!! Hope JD is well, too. 🙂


Don midwest
Don midwest

and now for Planetary Politics

this is from a recent PhD in Wales, UK

Philip Conway @PhilipRConway 1h
For my part, I’m particularly interested in the connections that are made, and the conflicts that arise, between pluralistic knowledge traditions, including Indigenous knowledges, and the epistemic-governmental apparatus that is being formed around ‘Earth system science.’

here is the abstract for the article which is behind a pay wall. I am going to write to him and get a copy in a while. If you would like a copy you can let me know.

On the way to planet politics: From disciplinary demise to cosmopolitical coordination

Philip R ConwayFirst Published October 3, 2019 Research Article
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From climatic chaos to mass extinction, from ‘geoengineering’ to unprecedented urbanisation, world politics has, in recent decades, become inescapably planetary. Recent discussions concerning ‘Planet Politics’ are, therefore, timely. However, the debate, to date, has been limited by a number of conceptual and political problems. In particular, an apparent disinclination to address serious differences as regards the authority of natural scientific knowledge with respect to collective ontologies raises the question of what is truly political in planetary politics. Drawing on Gayatri Spivak’s concept of ‘planetarity’ and Isabelle Stengers’ ‘cosmopolitics’, this intervention consists of a diagnosis, a method and an alternative. The diagnosis is that this debate has yet to constitute a workable starting point for the very thought processes, and political processes, that those involved demand. The method is simultaneously ‘forensic’ and ‘diplomatic’ – that is, it focuses on bringing undisclosed and semi-disclosed conflicts into the open while, furthermore, ‘thinking through the middle’ of established polemical positions, enabling new possibilities. The alternative, then, proposes to distinguish a cosmopolitan agenda of global connectedness from a cosmopolitical process of situated coordination. Finally, it is argued that adding ‘planetary’ to our politics aptly, if counterintuitively, encapsulates the condition of ‘political multiplicity’. However, rather than lending weight to disciplinary consolidation, this encapsulation should serve to forge connections with problems of multiplicity of all sorts. That is, the purpose of planetary politics, as conceived herein, would be that of inventing speculative practices that maintain the possibility of unlikely alliances between disparate powers, and not only those of the nation state.

Keywords Anthropocene, cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics, diplomacy, planet politics, pluralism

and here is another article that is on the way

P.S. This article has a kind of sibling publication, titled 'The folds of coexistence: Towards a diplomatic political ontology, between difference and contradiction.' The latter should be out in Theory, Culture and Society in the next few weeks. It focuses more on 'diplomacy.'

— Philip Conway (@PhilipRConway) October 4, 2019


Brexit is an identical political disaster…in fact, it may end up worse for the Brits, Irish, Welsh than the crap we’re dealing with!


Is this what’s called moving the Overton window?? (Thank you Bernie!)

‘On some level, no one deserves to have that much money,’ billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in response to Bernie Sanders saying billionaires shouldn’t exist

On Thursday, in a rare move toward transparency within Facebook, the social media giant livestreamed its employee Q&A for anyone to see — and one brave employee asked Zuckerberg about being a billionaire.

“As the only billionaire I can consult this matter on, Mark, what is your perspective on Senator Sanders’ statement?” he asked.

I understand where he’s coming from,” Zuckerberg said. “I don’t know if I have an exact threshold on what amount of money someone should have. But on some level, no one deserves to have that much money. I think if you do something that’s good, you get rewarded. But I do think some of the wealth that can be accumulated is unreasonable.”


Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

He says, “… no one deserves to have that much money”. Personally, I don’t believe that “deserves” has anything to do with it. Noone NEEDS to have that money. And they especially don’t need to continue to feed their greed by bribing our politicians to give them tax cuts which diminishes the ability of the govt to help citizens who NEED to make a salary that would allow them to live; who NEED to be able to go to the doctor when necessary; who NEED to get their prescriptions filled at a reasonable price; who NEED good schools in their neighborhood, who NEED to have clean air and water, etc. I don’t know what the cut off should be but I’d bet that he could have all the things he has with 999 million dollars and still have a lot left over. WHEN DOES THE GREED STOP?!!!


I’m not sure greed ever stops with some people, for all sorts of reasons. I know people who have portfolios in the multi-millions who worry that they don’t have enough for a nursing home etc.

But I’m pretty sure that once you’ve hit a billion dollars your needs are surely being met.


Zuckerberg is just another example of the dipshit rich and the rest of us. He lucked out and has made damned sure the rest of us pay for his azz.


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