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jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/13/butterfly-sanctuary-border-wall-mission-texas

On any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of butterflies. In the spring and fall, monarchs and other species can blanket the center’s 100 acres of subtropical bushlands that extend from the visitor center to to the banks of the Rio Grande river, where their property, and US sovereignty, end.

“It’s like something from Fantasia,” said the center’s director, Marianna Wright. “When you walk you have to cover your mouth so you don’t suck in a butterfly.”

Today the most diverse butterfly sanctuary in the country, and other protected areas in the lower Rio Grande Valley along the US-Mexico border, are under threat. Last week, the US supreme court issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration to waive 28 federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, and begin construction on 33 new miles of border wall in the heart of the valley – and right through the butterfly center.

jcitybone

Don midwest
Don midwest

of course not

the purpose of MSN news is entertainment

oligarchs pay them to be dumb to the issues that matter

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magsview

What does Nancy “The Mom” Pelosi say about that? Does civility and decorum only matter in front of the cameras when the bully in the room is Trump? What about when the bully in the room is the MIC?

Nancy Pelosi mocks Trump’s ‘manhood’ after ‘wild’ Oval Office meet, says she tried to ‘be the mom’

polarbear4

Exactly. What kind of mom stands by while tens of thousands of children die of starvation that we enable? This has really brought up the absolute rage that’s been simmering. Who in the hell have we become to roam around the globe, killing and maiming, crashing down whole countries?

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I tweeted them, asking why. Hopefully, a ton of others will, too.

magsview

Paying for Crohn’s disease treatment in America is more stressful than my symptoms

The stakes are high. In order to keep myself healthy and avoid major surgeries like the one I had last year, I have to be consistently covered by good health insurance for the rest of my life. This means that future jobs or career avenues may be limited, based not on what I want to do with my life, but on what I have to do in order to keep living. This pressure dictates my future, or at least my perception of where my life can go.

And this describes my mental state before I even mention the parts about working up the courage to stick myself with needles, the potential to build immunity to the drugs, and the slight risk of cancer associated with them due to their prevention of chemical messengers that are key in the autoimmune process.

Of course, I am grateful that treatment for Crohn’s has evolved from simple steroid use to drugs that surpass what those little pills with bad side effects once tried to do. But, by far, the psychological effects of paying for Crohn’s treatment have outweighed the disease’s physical effects, and this, I think, says a lot.

https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/paying-for-crohns-disease-treatment-more-stressful-than-symptoms/

Benny

Thought-tweet of the day:

humphrey

Not a tweet but why didn’t any bankers end up in jail after the last economic crash?

Benny

I had that same thought. Bankers can fraud the people but a lawyer gets three years for bank fraud. I would get more time in the slammer for bank fraud.

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/13/elizabeth-warren-presidential-run/

To be clear: I am not endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president or saying that she is the perfect person to battle Donald Trump in 2020. The DNA test was a worrying misjudgment; a self-inflicted wound. She still lacks people of color in her inner circle. Her recent foreign policy address, while a step in the right direction, was nowhere near as radical as Bernie Sanders’s speech on U.S. foreign policy in 2017. And, unlike the socialist senator from Vermont, Warren is a proud capitalist who continues to believe “in markets right down to my toes.”

But it would be a mistake to write her off when the Iowa caucuses are still 14 months out and the presidential election itself is almost two years away. And while I understand why the right wants to engage in racist attacks about her ancestry, and misogynistic attacks about her being “schoolmarmy” or “screechy,” it is sheer madness for progressives to join in the trashing of a senator who — with the exception of Sanders — has done more than any other politician to shift the Democratic Party to the left in recent years. Why would anyone interested in justice or equality want to undermine or diminish her voice? Do they really need to go back and watch all those videos again?

In fact, I suspect most progressives will be energized by her campaign once she formally declares and begins addressing rallies in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash, Warren will be one of the more impressive and idealistic Democratic candidates come 2020 — with a better stump speech than Joe Biden, a more progressive platform than Beto O’Rourke, and a stronger critique of Wall Street than Kamala Harris and Cory Booker combined.

TheLeftistheCenter

I think the pseudo progressive lane of the primary is going to be the most crowded which will end up working against them all and likely lead to just Bernie and one person (likely Biden) from the centralist lane surviving the early states as they all split their dels into nothing.

The more I think about this ‘crowded field’ tactic the establishment is trying to use against Bernie the more I think it will fail because it just makes it easier for him to get a big early lead. Bernie won NH with practically all the votes, hes very popular there as a neighboring senator and he could easily pull 75% this time and make all the other candidates look very weak coming out of the state as they get 0 or 1 del and he gets 10.

humphrey

I will be curious to see where the endorsements of sitting politicians land. During the last primary they wouldn’t touch Bernie with a ten foot pole.

TheLeftistheCenter

I think without the coronation they will be a lot freer to support who they like, where last time no one wanted to go against the queen when they knew the whole system was being rigged to lead her to victory, which means she would likely be Pres and being known for keeping a ‘shit list’, no one wanted to be on it.

The other issue that might bite the establishment is the ‘Trump boogieman’ they have created that is so scary even centralist Dems will vote for anyone on the left who can beat him, making it easier for non left Dems to support Bernie out of fear of Trump, he becomes by far the less scary of the two.

jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/812041/beto-new-bernie

What Bernie and Beto have in common is not necessarily policy, but the ability to engage this kind of person, voters who normally wouldn’t care about elections and to transform them into political animals who believe that change is possible by working within the system rather than bitterly watching from the sidelines. At his best, Obama had this quality too. I think we frequently forget that an eloquent, inspirational call for national unity is what launched him on a faster-than-light trajectory from state legislator to president in the first place. From what national Democrats saw of Beto this year, he seemed willing to speak truth to power even when doing so might cost him politically. The moment that took his Senate campaign from underdog longshot to national sensation was from August, when he was asked if it was “disrespectful to this country, to the flag, to service members” for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

It’s not just that he went where few leading Democrats would go (although Sanders said much the same thing almost a year earlier) but also the jaw-dropping, Ta-Nehisi Coates-level wordsmithing that he seemed to pull effortlessly out of this back pocket. The dude seems fueled by caffeine and earnestness and a genuine belief that there is a different way. His invite-you-into-the-kitchen-for-dinner shtick makes him the stylistic twin not of the unapproachable Obama but of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — at heart it is an effort to demystify politics, to convince skeptics and cynics that they are voting for a real person. It’s why his refusal to accept money from PACs and his decision to discourage support from SuperPACs and their inane, paint-by-numbers TV ads so endeared him to young people, who generally laugh at and are repelled by that kind of thing.

This is definitely not how I wish voters made their decisions, and it’s far from clear that Beto should be the candidate. Rhetoric is one thing. But Democrats need a president who knows that words alone are not going to break the fever on the Republican right, someone willing to employ the full Constitutional powers of the office to make change, and who understands the danger to the republic posed by the implacable, immovable Republican extremists in Congress. If happy talk about bipartisanship is what it takes to get elected in this country, then so be it. But God help us all if he really believes it. It may be that when primary voters get a closer look at candidates with more progressive voting records, longer experience, and equally impressive rhetorical skills, like California Sen. Kamala Harris and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, they will forget all about Beto.

And his policy record is fair game for what should be a spirited primary campaign. His voting history puts him in the most conservative third of the House — in the Senate, he’d be slightly to the right of the median in the Democratic caucus, right about where Amy Klobuchar is. If you knew nothing else about him, it might be fair to position him ever so slightly on the right flank of the Democratic Party, and he’ll almost certainly need to unambiguously endorse some ideas that are quickly becoming litmus tests on the left, including some version of Medicare-for-all. And if he’s not willing to do this, I don’t think he stands much of a chance. Remember, though, that the pre-election narrative was that Beto had lurched too far to the left during the campaign. It doesn’t seem like a stretch for him to continue along that path.

humphrey

I posted this video previously but it fits very well here.

For those who missed it.

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humphrey

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/421043-senate-votes-to-end-us-support-for-saudi-war-bucking-trump

The Senate approved a resolution Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, dealing a significant blow to President Trump amid heightened tensions over the death of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senators voted 56-41 on the resolution, which would require the president to withdraw any troops in or “affecting” Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda.

The resolution would still need to be passed by the House before it could be sent to Trump, who has threatened to veto it. The House on Wednesday narrowly approved a rule governing debate on the farm bill that included a provision that would prevent lawmakers from forcing a war powers vote this year.

Still, the Senate vote Thursday underscores the depth of frustration with Saudi Arabia on Capitol Hill, as well as the escalating gap between the White House and Congress on the relationship between the U.S. and the kingdom.

humphrey

I guess that it shows 41 senators are still licking the bootstraps of the MIC.

humphrey

humphrey

In the second half of a one two punch.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/421287-senate-passes-resolution-naming-crown-prince-responsible-for-khashoggi

The Senate easily passed a resolution Thursday naming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as “responsible” for U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying.

The measure, which was introduced earlier Thursday, passed the Senate by voice vote in the afternoon. It will now go to the House.

The resolution, spearheaded by outgoing Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is nonbinding, but it puts the Senate on the record about the crown prince amid growing frustration on Capitol Hill over the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

“Unanimously the United States Senate has said that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. That is a strong statement. I think it speaks to the values that we hold dear. … I’m glad the Senate is speaking with once voice unanimously toward this end,” Corker said shortly after the vote.

Passage of the measure marks a significant break from President Trump, who signaled this week he was standing by Saudi Arabia despite mounting backlash over the journalist’s killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Khashoggi was living in Virginia and served as a columnist for The Washington Post before his killing.

Minutes before the vote condemning the crown prince on Thursday, the Senate also bucked Trump and approved a measure pulling U.S. support from the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, marking a dramatic U-turn from less than nine months ago when senators couldn’t even get the resolution out of the Foreign Relations Committee.

polarbear4

At least the senate knows how important it is to take back their war powers authority.

magsview

wi60

Sadly support for the Suadi’s would go thru some political backdoor especially weapons systems and intel reports.

magsview

Fallon’s twitter profile:

Executive Director, @wedemandjustice. Former aide to @EricHolder, @HillaryClinton and @chuckschumer.

!

humphrey

It must have been painful for Brian Fallon to make that statement.?

TheLeftistheCenter

I guess i have a different view of many of these establishment people, I see them more as slaves to a system, where they have sold a piece of their soul to buy success within it. I do not think they sold their whole soul or at least not most of them (Hillary im not so sure :P), so even though they play along with the establishment, that doesnt mean they don’t hate things about it (they may even hate the fact they are slaves to it).

I think he could very legitimately feel pleased this is happening while still being an establishment tool, anyone with any soul left at all can see what a horror show the Yemen war is.

humphrey

Speaking of Hillary (and John Kerry) at the recent Wedding in India.

polarbear4

How sick that an elected official doesn’t “know a damn thing about it.”

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humphrey

I guess his saying is: “When in doubt Vote with the Republicans”.

TheLeftistheCenter

I did say ‘well most…”, but yeah obviously some have sold it all or just never had one.

magsview

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This is good as there is no shortage of materials used in construction.

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/421276-tasmania-builds-first-road-out-of-recycled-glass-bottles-and

An Australian state built its first road made out of recycled glass bottles and plastic bags, ABC News Australia reported this week.

The section of a road outside Hobart, Tasmania, an island state off the southern coast of Australia, incorporated an estimated 530,000 plastic bags, 168,000 glass bottle equivalents and toner from 12,500 cartridges in each kilometer, ABC reported.

Kingborough councillor Richard Atkinson said the local council authorized the project in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment.

“If you work out how much single-use plastic is in this 500 metres of road, it’s about equivalent of two years of single use plastic collected from Kingborough,” Atkinson told the outlet. ”If it’s successful we’ll continue to use it for all the rest of our roads.”

The project is cost-effective for the council overall, Atkinson said. He said the asphalt made out of recycled materials is more expensive initially, but will last 15 percent longer than traditional asphalt.

humphrey

Those darn millennials!

humphrey

Chuck schumer is still hard at it!

humphrey

humphrey

At least Tom Brady has accomplished something. Steny Hoyer not so much.

humphrey

What a team!

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/421331-sanders-warren-meet-ahead-of-potential-2020-bids

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) met Wednesday night amid speculation that each will run for president, but reportedly did not seek to coordinate their ambitions.

While both senators are anticipated to throw their hat into a crowded ring of Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination in 2020, neither sought the support of the other or tried to dissuade the other from running, two Democrats briefed on the discussion told The New York Times.

Sanders and Warren are known to be close and speak frequently.

“I talk to Elizabeth Warren every single day,” Sanders said Thursday on MSNBC. “The fact that two senators get together to chat becomes a big deal, that’s a real problem for the media.”

polarbear4

I fervently wish that they were talking about a united ticket.

wi60

Who knows they might well be having that conversation

humphrey

Betsy DeVos haz a sad.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/13/betsy-devos-student-loans-1063442

The Trump administration said Thursday it will cancel thousands of borrowers’ federal student loans, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to kill.

The move comes as DeVos is being forced to implement a package of regulations that created more protections for student loan borrowers who were affected by a school closure or defrauded by their college.

A federal judge in September ruled that DeVos’ efforts to stop the 2016 “borrower defense” regulations from taking effect was illegal. And in October the same judge rejected a bid by for-profit colleges to immediately stop the regulations, clearing the way for them to take effect.

Education Department officials said Thursday that they will cancel the loans of about 15,000 borrowers who qualified for “closed school” loan discharges but who haven’t yet applied for that benefit. Those student loans total approximately $150 million.

About half of the borrowers who will now receive loan discharges attended campuses owned by Corinthian Colleges, the chain of for-profit colleges that went bankrupt in 2015. The remaining students attended other schools that closed at some point between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 4, 2018.

humphrey

A big hint. This won’t hurt Bernie.

humphrey

I guess this is how we find out where the priorities are.

humphrey

Depressing!

humphrey

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/7-year-old-migrant-girl-taken-into-border-patrol-custody-dies-of-dehydration-exhaustion/2018/12/13/8909e356-ff03-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.981564320958

A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

The child’s death is likely to intensify scrutiny of detention conditions at Border Patrol stations and CBP facilities that are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the United States.

According to CBP records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about 10 p.m. Dec. 6 south of Lordsburg, N.M., as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.

More than eight hours later, the child began having seizures at 6:25 a.m., CBP records show. Emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, and according to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.

polarbear4

Awful. The House votes to allow it for tens of thousands in a distant land, while we do it here, too.

I blame the msm as much as the admin. This whole private prison thing should’ve been exposed a long time ago. Including the housing of immigrants. Long ago.

humphrey

I like this.?

polarbear4

The excitement builds.

TheLeftistheCenter

I’m not sure there is a prior example of this in American history where the public side of the campaign was revved up and read to go before the actual campaign was even announced.

If the party wasn’t so corrupt (and the media, all the establishment really) there would be no question who was the best candidate, his ground game, fund raising, popularity, polling match-ups, experience, everything points to Bernie.

polarbear4

“The friendly folks at US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that federal authorities have arrested 170 immigrants who came forward to sponsor migrant children in government custody. This is the result of a new, fun rule the Department of Homeland Security put into effect this summer. It allows immigration authorities to examine the criminal background and legal status of anyone who attempts to sponsor the unaccompanied minors — usually parents or close relatives already in the country. They can even check the papers of any other adults living in their home, including Grandma.

It’s a masterclass in evil: Use defenseless children as bait to lure immigrants to the authorities. It’s like when scofflaws show up at police headquarters to collect their “free prize,” which is actually just jail. Of course, this is far more repulsive because the government is preying on immigrants’ concern for the well-being of their family members. This is usually why it’s Lex Luthor who kidnaps Lois Lane or Martha Kent. You don’t see Superman holding Lex’s sister hostage in return for an orderly surrender. Although ruthlessly efficient, it would lead to a much shorter and more depressing movie. “

https://www.wonkette.com/totally-non-evil-ice-arrests-170-immigrants-trying-to-free-kids-from-baby-jails-2623187058.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

humphrey

Sneaky bastards! May they rot in hell.

humphrey

I wish that I had the talent to do something like this.?

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humphrey

I see that LoneStarMike has a twitter account. A little publicity won’t hurt.

He is always welcome to post his work here.

polarbear4

humphrey

Oh my! I find this quite interesting.

I regularly read Moon of Alabama and find his work informative.

This could be quite a bombshell if true.

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/12/british-spies-planted-a-mole-into-the-bernie-sanders-campaign.html

The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation. It seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Three weeks ago internal budget proposals and member lists of the Integrity Initiative were posted anonymously on some website. We discussed those in detail under the headline: British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns:

The Initiative, and its parent organization the Institute for Statecraft, are registered as a Scottish charity at a disused Scottish mill. The mill is owned by one of the institutes directors, Daniel Lafayeedney, who was a member of an SAS Regiment and later of the British Military Intelligence.

The British government confirmed that it paid £2.2 million to the Initiative but it refused to disclose “the nature and purpose” of the funding citing “national security”. It also confirmed that three of the employees of the Initiative are members of UK Forces.

But the issue goes much deeper. Former British ambassador Craig Murray just published a bombshell that traces the Initiative to a much larger spying operation – British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft:

In early 2016 Simon Bracey-Lane claimed to support Corbyn and worked as a ‘volunteer’ for the Bernie Sanders campaign where he became a “full fledged field organizer”:

Bracey-Lane has worked his way up the Sanders campaign but immigration rules mean he can’t get paid. Instead, he’s pledged to follow the campaign to the end, while using his savings to meet basic costs.

There is more in the article but I don’t want to overquote it.

humphrey

THis is probably unrelated but it makes me wonder.

https://www.politico.eu/article/theresa-may-hires-former-obama-campaign-chief/

Theresa May hires former Obama campaign chief

Jim Messina was part of the Tory campaign team for the 2015 general election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May hired Jim Messina to join her campaign team ahead of the June 8 election, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Messina, who was part of David Cameron’s Tory campaign team for the 2015 general election, previously worked as Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and as a campaign manager for his re-election bid in 2012.

He also advised Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who took charge of a minority government in October last year.

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