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I’m going to look into him a bit more, but so far Josh Mahoney sounds like a good alternative to that awful Tom Cotton.

“I believe that Arkansas needs a strong voice in Washington that fights for the people and not special interests. I will fight for wages that are equal to our hard work, make sure everyone has the opportunity to pursue an education that will bring them prosperity where they live, and insure that no person has to choose between feeding their family or paying for healthcare. I plan to continue taking this message across Arkansas so that every Arkansan has the ability to reach for their own American dream.”



A one-cell organism has more brains than Cotton.


Haha, I can’t believe you made me laugh about Tom Cotton! 🙂




Still one more than Trumpcorp has


1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets

The push for convenience is having a stark impact on gridlock, roadway safety and pollution in New York City and urban areas around the world.


Sorry for the NYT pay wall. I managed to read this article somewhere along the way and it was pretty appalling.


It’s like these people become their own class of robots. “Must escape humans. Earth. Go to space.”

Instead of, “I get up every day ready to invest my time and my money to bring this world back from the brink. I’m making great investments and I’m reconnecting to my community. I can’t think of a better way to go.”


Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Works Toward A More Perfect Union

This concept is not one meant to outline a final destination, but to inspire a continuing journey. Our job is not to eventually form “the perfect union,” because there is no such thing, but to work together for greater dignity and equality, toward a vision of a more democratic society.

This sentiment is embodied fully in Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign motto: not me, us. Sanders, and the movement supporting him, understands that we must now organize, mobilize, and empower each other in order to move democracy forward. From voting rights, to economic and racial justice, Bernie’s campaign is about working toward the vision of a more perfect union.

The historical struggle for greater democratic control has always been met with the opposing forces of fear, greed, and oppression. We know this. And we know progress is never achieved without a fight. The forces that oppose real change tell us that we do not deserve more, are not worth more, and will be punished if we consider trying to push for greater freedom and equality. This is not new.

Bernie knows this, and that is why he has made his campaign about the empowerment of working people. This campaign is about all of us who volunteer and work for the values of democracy and the project of building a more perfect union.

We support Bernie’s campaign because we know we must harness our collective power. We realize that there is no one person who can steer this ship back on course, because this ship can only be righted when all of us pick up an oar and row together with our collective strength.



Naomi Klein and Youth Environmental Leaders to Join Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez in Iowa for Climate Crisis Summit

“We’ve never seen something like this in U.S. history. In 2020, Green New Deal voters could determine who wins the Iowa caucuses, and from there the presidency.”

“The climate crisis is an international challenge and we are ready to take it on with a Green New Deal,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Monday in a tweet promoting the summit, which is set to take place at Drake University in Des Moines.

The Sanders campaign said in a statement that the summit on Saturday “is set to be one of the largest gatherings in Iowa to confront climate change.” The event will feature national climate leaders like Hirsi and Precht-Rodriguez as well as local Iowa activists.

“Sen. Sanders probably has the most intensive climate plan on the circuit right now,” Hirsi told Vox. “I think a lot of young people are hearing Sanders’ message and waking up.”

“The climate crisis is everything,” Hirsi added. “It’s healthcare, it’s racial justice, it’s criminal justice—everything. It’s our lives on the line; lives are already being lost because of it.”

The day after the Climate Crisis Summit, Sanders plans to go on a “Green Jobs Tour” across Iowa’s conservative fourth congressional district.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Naomi Klein has a new article just up on The Intercept

Forged in Fire: California’s Lessons for a Green New Deal

This is a real enactment of Extinction Rebellion

people don’t want to die

the article features Chico CA as a town forced to Face Gaia (she doesn’t use that term) and deal with the entangled changes required

she begins with an angry exchange from a man who lost everything in Paradise CA

and goes into heroic response to help survivors

but then the previously homeless show up and the need for widespread change is clearer





I don’t know her, but I gather I will GET to know her! Also, she has 144k followers.


Alexis just retweeted this:


Bernies gonna get writers cramp, a lot of Exc. orders to sign to undo the damage trumpcorp caused.




this is fantastic! No wonder TPTB fear Bernie and Jeremy so much! Thrilling.

Don midwest
Don midwest

have had this link up for a couple of days waiting for time to post it

Conquistadors tumble as indigenous Chileans tear down statues:
Mapuche protesters in south launch attacks on symbols of Spanish colonial rule and distant government in Santiago

The statues have been targeted amid the worst outbreak of political unrest in Chile since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, after what began as a protest over subway fares transformed into a nationwide uprising demanding dramatic changes to the country’s economic and political system.

The attacks on symbols of Spanish colonial rule have provoked a war of words recalling debates in the US over monuments to Confederate generals, or in the UK regarding prominent statues of slavers and imperialists.

and we saw that Bernie brought up colonization and imperialism. I don’t recall when this was brought up at the level of a presidential election. But I am only 76 years old so didn’t hear about it during the 19th century.


I just read this and, at its heart, imperialism includes a racist subtext, one that also justifies control of other country’s resources (of course), but it occurs to me that a Bernie pullback from imperialism could be argued via that fact?

(Teddy) Roosevelt’s policy justified numerous and repeated police actions in “dysfunctional” Caribbean and Latin American countries by U.S. marines and naval forces and enabled the founding of the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This approach is sometimes referred to as “gunboat diplomacy,” wherein naval forces and marines land in a national capital to protect American and Western personnel, temporarily seize control of the government, and dictate policies friendly to American business, such as the repayment of foreign loans. For example, in 1905 Roosevelt sent the marines to occupy the Dominican Republic and established financial supervision over the Dominican government. Imperialists often framed such actions as almost humanitarian. They celebrated white Anglo-Saxon societies such as found in the United States and the British Empire as advanced practitioners of nation-building and civilization, helping to uplift debtor nations in Latin America that lacked the manly qualities of discipline and self-control. Roosevelt, for instance, preached that it was the “manly duty” of the United States to exercise an international police power in the Caribbean and to spread the benefits of Anglo-Saxon civilization to inferior states populated by inferior peoples. The president’s language, for instance, contrasted debtor nation’s “impotence” with the United States’ civilizing influence, belying new ideas that associated self-restraint and social stability with Anglo-Saxon manliness.




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