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LieparDestin

After 2016 the MSM realized the power of independent journalism/commentary on Youtube, etc and then led a crackdown with Dems to either cut off advertisement funding or label them fake news (see: adpocalypse), Russians, etc.

I expect we will see an increased effort to go after Patreon, Substack and other new platforms soon with the charge that they are all right wing media associated with qanon and conspiracy theories.

LieparDestin

humphrey

Reassembling the old team!🙄

https://thehill.com/policy/international/527173-biden-taps-longtime-adviser-blinken-for-secretary-of-state

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday formally announced the names of his intended national security team as he moves forward with the transition process amid continued efforts by President Trump to deny the results of the election.

Biden released a spate of announcements Monday afternoon, including his intention to nominate Antony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy adviser, to serve as secretary of State.

He also announced his plans to tap Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Homeland Security secretary, Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence and Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Blinken’s nomination drew praise from foreign policy and national security experts who reacted to earlier reports that Blinken was expected to be nominated for the key Cabinet position charged with reasserting the U.S. position on the world stage.

humphrey

humphrey

LieparDestin

polarbear4

bare minimum gets you a B. yikes. Paris Accord we’ve been yelling about for years. Iran Accord–my god–it was insane to pull out of it.
trump’s legacy–you can still cause a ton of death and misery and get a “very good” grade. he really did serve their purpose. hill must be laughing so dam hard.

humphrey

Torabs
Torabs

Useful, it pays to know your enemy (direct link here). For every bad decision this duo makes, we need to be ready to throw these ties in their face.

Benny

wi62

The Banksters, the MIC, Health care and Pharma did well

humphrey

humphrey

Speaking of getting rich!🤔😮😲

https://nypost.com/2020/11/14/biden-cancer-initiative-spent-millions-on-payroll-zero-on-research-report/

A cancer charity started by Joe Biden gave out no money to research, and spent most of its contributions on staff salaries, federal filings show.

The Biden Cancer Initiative was founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,” according to its IRS mission statement. But it gave out no grants in its first two years, and spent millions on the salaries of former Washington, DC, aides it hired.

The charity took in $4,809,619 in contributions in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and spent $3,070,301 on payroll in those two years. The group’s president, Gregory Simon, raked in $429,850 in fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019), according to the charity’s most recent federal tax filings.

Simon, a former Pfizer executive and longtime health care lobbyist who headed up the White House’s cancer task force in President Barack Obama’s administration, saw his salary nearly double from the $224,539 he made in fiscal 2017, tax filings show.

Danielle Carnival, former chief of staff for Obama’s cancer initiative, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, took home $258,207 in 2018.

The charity spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel that year. The following year, the travel expenditure swelled to $97,149, and the nonprofit spent $742,953 on conferences, tax filings show.

Torabs
Torabs

Similarly good read. Dirty dog corruption in plain sight. We need new laws re: these lobbyists in everything but name.

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

jcitybone

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a34733508/reagans-showtime-racism-matt-tyrnauer-ian-haney-lopez-donald-trump/

But a new documentary series is suggesting that Reagan and Trump have a lot more in common than is often imagined. Matt Tyrnauer’s The Reagans takes a critical look at both Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan, whose White House tenure was marked by telegenically sunny glamour and an economic philosophy that would hollow out the American middle class. The four-part Showtime series examines the Reagans from their years on the Hollywood B-list to conservative superstardom and the presidency, and dedicates most of its second episode to the dog-whistle racism Reagan deployed to court white voters. Dispensing with the gauzy nostalgia that can in time envelop even some of the most controversial presidencies, Tyrnauer examines the strains of toxic ideology and rhetoric that served as the spoonful of racist sugar to help the supply-side economics go down, and paved the way for Trump’s rise.

“The Republican Party has consistently used Reagan for their moral authority, but I think that there are many aspects of the Reagan presidency that do not hold up under scrutiny and cannot be used as the basis for a moral argument for Republicanism,” Tyrnauer tells Esquire. The “huge amount of dog-whistle racism that came from Reagan’s own lips,” he says, “was under-reported in the time and has been virtually erased from the popular imagination.”

Using archival footage and interviews with journalists, experts, and members of the former president’s circle, including his son Ron Reagan, Sunday’s episode examines the ways in which Reagan utilized racism that tapped into the nation’s oldest bigotries while being just subtle enough to be denied. He kicked off his run as 1980’s Republican presidential nominee with an appearance at the Neshoba, Mississippi county fair, where he professed his commitment to states’ rights. Lauding federalism at a campaign could seem reasonable enough, but the subtext is insidious. Neshoba county was infamous for the 1964 Freedom Summer murders of civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, and appeals to states’ rights have long been used to justify southern states’ refusal to enact civil rights measures. By touting himself as a states’ rights candidate near the site of one of the nation’s most famous hate crimes, Reagan offered voters a racism that was both obvious and unspoken.

Despite his long and well-recorded track record of racism, Reagan remains a Republican standard-bearer, a symbol of days before the rank partisanship of Newt Gingrich, before the incoherence of Sarah Palin, before the malevolent incompetence of Trump. During one 2015 primary debate, his name was mentioned 45 times. “One of, if not, the main reason I made this was to shine a light on Reagan’s racism,” says Tyrnauer, “and to try to make it unacceptable for politicians who stand on Reagan’s shoulders to get away with a kind of nostalgic message about the good-old days of Reaganesque Republicanism.

polarbear4

wow. may have to pay for a month.

Benny

Look for Black Friday specials. I got showtime for 2 months for a dollar per month in October. I intend of course, to cut them off when they are up for renewal next month.

LieparDestin

We rotate around the various streaming platforms. got netflix last month and enjoyed The Queens Gambit and a few other things I needed to catch up on.

While you have Showtime I highly recommend Billions. One of the best shows around imo

Benny

I watched the first few episodes of Billions. More edgey than Wolf of Wall Street but similar.

I enjoyed The Crown on Netflix.

humphrey

Benny

I wonder if John Roberts is calling the shots on these?

polarbear4

everyone who said Bush would be harmed by Gore’s suit and so it couldn’t go.

LieparDestin

They are in now and nothing Trump can do about it, despite him thinking they owe him/he owns them. They can fulfill their federalist legacy much more discreetly when he is gone. The GOP symbiotic relationship with Trump will come to an end soon while the Pences, Cottons, Haleys and other religious fundamentalists will take up where he left off, just more ‘respectable’

jcitybone

https://www.cnbc.com/squawk-box-us/

Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz told CNBC on Monday that President Donald Trump’s persistent attacks on election integrity could hurt the GOP in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, which will determine the balance of power in the upper chamber.

“If he continues to disillusion voters … by saying that the elections were rigged and that your vote doesn’t matter, this could have severe consequences for the administration in trying to keep those two seats Republican,” Luntz said on “Squawk Box.”

wi62

I think a few well placed ads about Americans losing thier homes and cant afford a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner all courtesy of these Two R crooks running in Ga that refused to do anything for Corona relief

humphrey

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/17/trump-will-leave-office-soon-we-cant-let-him-escape-accountability-his-misdeeds/?outputType=amp&utm_source=reddit.com

We’ve heard this idea that we should “move on” before. Twelve years ago, Barack Obama said that when it came to the fact that his predecessor had initiated a program of torturing prisoners that was not only a moral abomination but also did incalculable harm to America’s image in the world, “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

No one was ever held accountable in any way. So what would happen to an official who was an active participant in the torture program, first overseeing a “black site” where torture took place, and later supporting the destruction of videotape evidence showing the brutality of the agency’s torture program? In a country where moral principles reigned, she wouldn’t be able to get a job in a McDonald’s, so profound would be the disgust at her actions. But today she’s the director of the CIA.

Biden’s desire not to get bogged down with the misdeeds of the Trump administration is certainly understandable. But it doesn’t have to involve him at all. Congress has investigatory power, and Democrats will hold the House and perhaps the Senate as well. There are many topics they ought to investigate — the way Trump used the presidency to line his pockets, the conflicts of interest that might be revealed by his tax returns, horrific policies such as the separation of immigrant children from their parents, the repeated and blatant violations of the Hatch Act — so we can understand whether changes need to be made in the law to prevent them from recurring in a future administration.

The difference between the two parties on this question is just extraordinary. As I’ve said in other contexts, Republicans are the party of “Yes we can” while Democrats are the party of “Maybe we shouldn’t.” They’re forever afraid that someone will criticize them or that being too tough will backfire, something Republicans never worry about.

Which leads to this disheartening line in the NBC News story:

One of the reasons [Biden] has given aides is that he believes investigations would alienate the more than 73 million Americans who voted for Trump, the people familiar with the discussions said.

You have got to be kidding me.

Those 73 million Americans voted for the most corrupt president in American history, a con man and a liar and a bigot and a tax cheat and a sexual predator and someone who as we speak is poisoning our democracy on his way out the door. And Biden is worried that exposing his misdeeds will hurt their feelings?

We can’t simply act as though the four-year ordeal we all just lived through was nothing but a bad dream. We need to understand the full scope of the damage and how our system failed to stop it. In some cases, that will involve investigating Donald Trump and those who helped him, and if there’s a way to hold them accountable, that’s just what we should do. It’s not a distraction. It’s an obligation.

wi62

At least if they find trumpcorp and his ilk guilty it might be a deterrent in the future

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-set-veto-defense-bill-over-renaming-bases-honoring-confederates-n1248467

President Donald Trump is threatening to veto legislation to fund the military as one of his final acts in office unless a widely supported, bipartisan provision to rename military bases honoring Confederate military leaders is removed, according to White House, defense and congressional sources.

Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump has privately told Republican lawmakers that he won’t back down from his position during the campaign that he would veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act if it includes an amendment to rename the bases.

A senior administration official confirmed Trump’s conversations with Republicans and his veto threat. “He’s said that,” the official said.

Trump’s stance has put in doubt legislation that had been agreed to by Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate. It has sent members of Trump’s party scrambling to find a path for the defense bill, which outlines military policy and funding, and put them on a collision course with Democrats.

While some Republicans are now shifting their positions to align with Trump, Democrats are refusing to budge on the agreed-to amendment, threatening passage of the legislation.

Democrats are balking, saying Republicans are buckling under pressure from a lame-duck president. Three dozen Senate Democrats [including Bernie Sanders] wrote a letter urging that the provision remain.

polarbear4

Great! Defund away.

jcitybone

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/covid-stimulus-biden-democrats_n_5fbbcd05c5b61d04bfa2e4c4

President-elect Joe Biden supports congressional Democrats in holding out for a more comprehensive coronavirus relief package than Republicans have been willing to support, a spokesman for the presidential transition said Monday.

The New York Times had reported over the weekend that advisers to Biden wanted Democratic leaders in Congress to “reach a quick stimulus deal with Senate Republicans, even if it falls short of the larger package Democrats have been seeking.” On Monday, Biden’s spokesman called the story “incorrect.”

For months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have pushed for a large stimulus bill they say is needed to jump-start the economy and provide additional relief to millions of Americans suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The President-elect fully supports the Speaker and Leader in their negotiations,” Biden transition spokesman Andrew Bates told HuffPost when asked about the Times story on Monday.

Nearly 12 million people are set to lose federal unemployment benefits next month unless lawmakers agree to a deal extending relief measures they passed early in the pandemic. A moratorium on evictions, student debt forbearance and tax breaks are also at risk of expiring.

Democrats have been pushing for a multitrillion-dollar package of new relief while Republicans remain flatly opposed to a large spending bill. The monthslong standoff threatens to kneecap a sputtering economy saddled with historically high unemployment claims that are on the rise once again.

humphrey

humphrey

Speaking of window dressing.🙄

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/527189-biden-selects-john-kerry-for-climate-czar

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named former Secretary of State John Kerry as special envoy to lead his administration’s efforts to fight climate change.

Kerry will be the “climate czar” for the incoming administration, coordinating programs that are expected to stretch across multiple agencies while leading efforts at a White House that may need to look for avenues beyond Congress to advance climate priorities.

“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is. I’m proud to partner with the president-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy,” Kerry wrote on Twitter.

Are you going to ban fracking Joe?

NYCVG

Well, Biden has promised to restore the Paris Climate Accords. Kerry’s appointment seems in alignment with that goal.

All the other actions that need to be taken….Who knows?

humphrey

polarbear4

John Ketchup

jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/11/joe-biden-administration-national-security-picks-defense-department

Joe Biden’s early national security picks cashed in after their time in the Obama administration by consulting for defense contractors or working for think tanks funded by the defense industry and the US government, or both.

On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Biden has chosen his longtime aide, Tony Blinken, to serve as secretary of state and will name Jake Sullivan, his senior advisor and a former Hillary Clinton aide, national security adviser. Former Obama Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy is considered the favorite to be secretary of defense.

After leaving the Obama administration, Blinken and Flournoy founded WestExec Advisors, a secretive consulting firm whose motto has been: “Bringing the Situation Room to the board room.” Flournoy and Sullivan have both held roles at think tanks raking in money from defense contractors, and US government intelligence and defense agencies.

Last week, two board members from Raytheon joined a small group to brief President-elect Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris on national security issues. One of the two Raytheon board members, Robert Work, has also worked for WestExec.

Biden has been facing calls from Democratic lawmakers and progressive advocacy groups to end the revolving door between government and the defense industry. One-third of the members of Biden transition’s Depart­ment of Defense agency review team were most recently employed by “orga­ni­za­tions, think tanks or com­pa­nies that either direct­ly receive mon­ey from the weapons indus­try, or are part of this indus­try,” according to reporting from In These Times.

Meanwhile, defense executives have been boasting about their close relationship with Biden and expressing confidence that there will not be much change in Pentagon policy.

wi62

Wonder where Blommie will figure in on a position for Byedone, i mean he dropped 100 mil at least and wants an ROI

LieparDestin

I guess this shows that the Biden admin solution for climate change involves a lot of Recycling.

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

Benny

problem is that plastics recyling has not lived up to its promise.

polarbear4

it’s regressed in Oregon. a whole ton of things no longer eligible.

LieparDestin

Isnt everything (mostly) bundled up and shipped overseas for processing, only for the final product to end up being resold back here? Seems more cost efficient to build more infrastructures and create more jobs for that kind of thing in states, then require more us manufactured products to be made from the recyclables.

polarbear4

yes. we need a training program for master recyclers and plants built, until we can RElearn to do without.

wi62

Like any promise Byedone made im waiting for the BS to settle and actually see if anything happens

LieparDestin

Someone more optimistic than me..

LieparDestin

Benny

Good ol’ neoliberals. Once in awhile, we get a chicken bone.

wi62

I was thinking a Sparrow bone as the rich dont like sharing 🙂

polarbear4

applauding this is sad and disappointing, to me. neoliberal policy. smh

NYCVG

I may be ignorant on this matter but I’m actually pleased to see Kerry in this role.

Ambassador to Iran would have also worked for me vis a vis John Kerry.

LieparDestin

I just think his promotion of fracking as a solution to climate change is a bit shortsighted in regards to enviromental impacts and that his role in spreading it through the world as SOS has done more harm than good. He may ‘care about stopping climate change” but.. so do a lot of highly qualified people with far more expertise who dont happen to be buddies with all the big players in the various industries.

polarbear4

i can’t take caring about climate change seriously with a history like that.

jcitybone

https://www.axios.com/biden-john-kerry-climate-envoy-c8f09519-41b1-439a-8b88-f4ddd1f5b2e0.html

President-elect Joe Biden is naming former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special presidential envoy for climate change.

Why it matters: The transition team’s announcement sought to show that it will be an influential role, noting that Kerry — a former Massachusetts senator and the Democrats’ 2004 presidential nominee — will be on the National Security Council.

“This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” the transition team said in a statement.

More broadly, Biden’s climate plans aim to marshal a wide-ranging federal approach that involves many agencies, which increases the importance of having some kind of coordinating official.

The big picture: Kerry has been involved with climate efforts for decades. He led the failed effort to steer a sweeping climate bill through the Senate in 2009-2010, and was later secretary of state during the negotiations that led to the Paris climate agreement in late 2015.

As secretary, Kerry also made climate a conversation point for all his bilateral meetings worldwide, since the problem transcends national borders. He also traveled above the Arctic Circle and to his seventh continent, Antarctica, to see the effects of global warming firsthand.

He’s remained active on the topic too even outside of government, helping last year to launch the bipartisan “World War Zero” coalition designed to marshal public support for stronger policies.

LieparDestin

Benny

I guess this is what helped credential him: