12/16 News Roundup and OT
Here’s a headline to get your attention:
AOC: NANCY PELOSI NEEDS TO GO, BUT THERE’S NOBODY TO REPLACE HER YET
But the left, she said, currently has no plan on how to fill the subsequent leadership vacuum.
“If you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse,” she told Jeremy Scahill during an interview aired Wednesday on Intercepted this week.
Pelosi cruised to reelection in a virtual caucus vote last month and will face a full House floor vote for the speakership in January. She’s expected to remain speaker but has almost no room for error, after a disastrous performance in the general election cost the caucus at least a dozen seats. With a single-digit majority, she can only afford to lose a handful of Democratic votes on the House floor or else she’ll be short of the required 218, which would then throw the contest back to the caucus.
The interview is in a podcast, embedded within the article.
More news, tweets, etc, in the comments. Happy Hump Day, birdies!
just sharing, haven’t listened to either one, yet.
Is the journalist affiliated with any particular news organization?
Richard is a fireball–big Palestinian supporter. I think he’s independent, but i could be wrong.
Dore attacks “sellout” David Sirota
Why is Dore attacking Sirota? Sirota has built his progressive cred for over 20 years. Dore comes off as some hysterical vidiot.
I have a succinct answer for Sirota: Because never in a million years will Biden do such a thing, no matter whether he could or not. This is gonna be an upward fight, not a “gift” from above.
Yeah, but what’s the deal with Dore? To people like me who don’t follow Twitter or watch a lot of video, he comes across as a hysteric at times. The FRighties and their media whores jump on that like stink on sh1t.
I found Dore hard to take when he was on the Turks and I definitely couldn’t take him when he started his own show. Can’t stand the way he attacks actual progressives and his jokes aren’t even funny. When he finishes taking AOC down, what are we left with? Dore? No thanks.
yeah. from the looks of it, he could really use AA. apparently he’s noticeably drunk on his show at times.
Dore is a jerk, at this point. Especially when he goes into attacking progs. He can be useful, though, as can his regulars. Chris Richards is also veering into strident black and whitism. I might quit following him. I argue, politely, with him sometimes.
Sometimes, these youngish guys get a platform and it seems to go to their head.
But I did think that his list of people who support fighting for M4A was interesting.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say Sirota’s running interference, but that is a terrible tweet. Why the hell he would engage in left-bashing at this juncture is beyond me, and shows terrible judgment. Setting up a straw man that somehow pushing for a floor vote takes pressure off Biden to do the right thing? What kind of propaganda bullshit is he on?
Don’t know him, but I share his disappointment. For Ocasio-Cortez to be so fixated on what we can’t do is appalling.
Amid Progressive Pressure, Congressional Leaders Planning to Include Direct Payments in Relief Package
And why is it the press is paying more attention to Hawley than Sanders?
Cos Hawley is a GOPuke, young and great for video imagery. Pizz on him. T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂
Missouri was red when Arkansas was still blue. Missouri is VERY Republican. I’m surprised McCaskill lasted as long as she did. She is an absolute DINO, and that’s probably it. She’s got the charisma of burnt toast. Hawley is an under-the-radar theocrat, but he has some presence. But, Bernie knows how to make temporary alliances for the good of the people.
Because they are still doing a Sanders Blackout. The DNC does NOT want him to look like a leader, because it makes Slow Joe look bad. Too many people might say, “Snap! I could have had a Sanders!”
Saw Sanders on with Wolf Blitzer a bit ago, was nice to see Bernie get a platform to express his dissatisfaction with the current situation.
Sanders on what’s missing in current stimulus proposal
The press loves Republicans. They have propped up their horrific policies for 40+ years now, when they should be laughed out of the room.
kinda like throwing paper towels, as someone tweeted.
How is that? $600 is a lot better than zilch, which looked like it was going to be the case. If the Dems win the GA races, they will vote for more. The only reason the Republicans caved was pressure from progressives (and Hawley) and the fact that these checks have emerged as an issue in the GA races.
probably someone who’s $5,000+ in rent debt who tweeted. lol. of course, even the $1200 is peanuts if you’re going to be evicted. If it were monthly, it could be a lifesaver.
yes, it’s better than nothing. OK, like throwing some groceries and a little gas. groceries you’re going to be eating on the street. or in the car you’re sleeping in.
it’s all relative. sometimes i tweet things that are meant to make a point, maybe not to say that $600 is exactly like paper towels.
With you polarbear. We should not be celebrating $600 in the least, while the liability immunity is still in the bill. Completely inadequate.
$600 better than nothing, and if not for Bernie there wouldn’t be anything in the plans for the people, but as Bernie said, it’s nowhere enough.
The richest country on the planet and the “best” they can do is $600? What a bunch of tight wads..
Does Jimmy Dore have any comments about how “sellouts” Bernie, AOC, and Pramila were instrumental in getting this movement to stimulus checks?
Hopefully our ally Briahna brings it!
U.S. retail sales decline more than expected in November
Nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since the summer
there may be a round of good car prices, as some who used stimulus checks for down payments realize the monthly is too high. And I expect some of the high end vans will also be available later on, hopefully right when I’m ready.
that’s kind of terrible, hoping to profit off of someone else’s misery, but if i have to sell something, i always hope it’s someone who needs it and will love it like i do.
the machines are fine.
too late to delete. if you want to, Benny, it would be fine. didn’t notice that it was the first tweet above. if not, well emphasis. :o)
Plenty of people dying down here. ICUs in my area hospitals are over 90% occupied with CV cases. That means the other seriously ill patients will either die or make it without the care they need.
Here, too, but Walmart’s lot is still packed, as well as some of the other stores. Oddly, the one least likely to be busy is Dollar General, or at least the smallest one of the THREE in town. I run in for ice cream, as they are the only ones that have Edy’s, LOL. Gotta have that Drumstick ice cream!
In the last month, our positives have gone from 520 to 897 (as of today), and added at least a dozen deaths. Seems that mostly the elderly are dying, and many VERY elderly, as in 90s. A lot in nursing homes. One of our local homes got noticed early on, and it seems they haven’t improved. It’s one of the big for-profit chain owned ones.
I expect our positives to be over a thousand by Christmas.
New figures out. 20 new positives and another death since yesterday. Our death to positive is about 3%, which is higher than a lot of places Hubs goes. Amarillo, TX, is only about 1.5%, and its population is a lot higher. We’re working on a 7% pos rate, and it’s because of the Trumpism – we ain’t wearin’ no stinkin’ mask! The local feed store doesn’t even have the sign up from the state.
I agree with AOC and i just started the article:
like if someone said you can have a completely, truly transparent voting process or M4A right now, I would choose the voting process. same for money out of politics. doing the procedural stuff isn’t glamorous, but it opens the door for tons of the good stuff to flood through.
I’m all for replacing Neal!
Dems side with GOP in protecting wall street hurts far more elections than activists trying to save Black Lives, so wont be surprised when they ignore the pleas of the the two candidates we are told ‘will save democracy’
The fact that it has emerged as a key issue in the GA races is directly responsible for MCConnell and the Republicans caving on sending out $600 stimulus checks. If they are approved, Ossoff and Warnock need to argue that, although better than nothing, the checks are not enough and Dems will provide more if they control the Senate
And raise holy h3ll if that craporate liability sneaks back in.
The corporations arent to worried, their congresscritters cant wait to have Moscow Mitch “negotiate” with Byedone Jan 20th
My dad was a teacher. I was a TA for 4 years, taught one in Jr High to avoid the draft and a year at Clarion St. in PA and finally 5 years at Bucknell University in Computer Science with my degree in Math.
Education is vitally important but at all levels it seems to continue to go downhill.
Here is an entire article.
Bob Shepherd: How “Reform” Ruined Teaching
Diane Ravitch’s blog
Bob Shepherd: How “Reform” Ruined Teaching 3 days ago
Bob Shepherd returned to teaching after many years in the education publishing industry, where he developed curriculum and assessments. He writes about what changed while he was away. Thanks to State and federal mandates, he found himself ensnared by standards.
I taught at the beginning of my career, had a successful career in educational publishing, and then returned to teaching at the end of my career. What a difference these years made!!!!
At the beginning of my career, I had English Department Chairpeople who were highly experienced teachers. The general attitude of administrators was that English teachers were the experts on English, History teachers the experts on History and the teaching of History, etc., and they pretty much stayed out of stuff that wasn’t their business. We in the English Department would hold regular meetings and discuss what was and wasn’t working in our classes, choose curricula, share tips and lesson plans and materials (many of which we had developed), and set policies and procedures. Once a year, the English Department chairperson would do evaluations of the teachers in his or her department. We made our own tests. There was enormous opportunity for innovation because we could actually discuss with one another various pedagogical approaches and curricular materials and make our own decisions. Our discussions/debates about pedagogy and curricula were vigorous and spirited. Many of the teachers were older women who had been doing the job for years. They were, almost to a person, scholarly and highly knowledgeable. The kids learned a lot.
I loved teaching. The only reason I left was that the pay wasn’t great. I started a family, and the year I left, I almost tripled my salary.
Flash forward 25 years. When I returned to teaching, everything was micromanaged. We still had department meetings, but these had devolved into sessions in which the Department chairperson read to us the latest mandates from our administration or from the state. Curriculum materials were chosen for us and were HORRIBLE, test-preppy crap. We were expected to follow a day-by-day script from the state. Formal evaluations were done four times a year by APs or the Principal, using mandated checklists, and in addition, there were four other informal evaluations and a system of demerits for not completing an enormous list of requirements (if, for example, an AP came into one’s classroom and the standard, bellwork, essential question, daily vocabulary, and homework for the hour’s lesson weren’t posted on the board; if one’s Data Wall or lesson plan book (each class had to have a two-page lesson plan in a folder) were not completed and up to date; and so on (there were hundreds of such requirements–far too many for anyone to keep track of them). In short, the Department Chairperson and the teachers had lost all autonomy. We were expected to do enormous amounts of test prep because what mattered–to the evaluations of the students, of us, of the administrators, and the school–were the scores on the invalid, sloppy, ridiculous state tests. My pay depended upon the school’s state rating based upon those demonstrably invalid tests.
And the teachers had changed. They were mostly young. They were not scholarly and not knowledgeable. “What’s a gerund?” the 26-year-old English Department Chairperson asked me, looking at the month’s required grammar topics. “Oh, what’s that book?” a fellow English teacher asked me about a volume I was carrying. Never heard of this guy. YEETS?”
“Yeats,” I said. “His collected poems.”
“Oh, I don’t read poetry,” she said.
The Reading Coordinator informed us that our 9th graders had to read ALL of the Odyssey, in her words, “the ENTIRE NOVEL.” She freaking thought that The Odyssey was a novel!!! When we met to discuss a classical literature unit, she had no idea that the term referred to the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.
And there was enormous churn. Between a quarter and a third of the teaching staff every year.
To teach at all sanely, I had to pretend to be following the rules while secretly making my own curricular materials in the form of handouts.
I spent most of my time carrying out required tasks that were of ZERO value to my students, most of the related, in one way or another, to supposed “accountability.”
The profession had been utterly ruined in the name of “reform.”
a socialist economist finds a new way to criticize capitalism
quoting Kafka in the punchline for the article
He says there is no objective way he knows of to prove his hunch in this article.
other countries done much better — listed
a few months before the outbreak of the pandemic, Western countries, like USA were listed as the best prepared
why have we done so much worse than Asian countries?
been many attempts to explain it
this is most of the article
do you agree that he found a new way to go after neo liberalism?
his major research area is income inequality and unions
i can see how the consumerism that we are propagandized into from birth plays a big part in impatience, AND if the government had truly supported people and businesses there would have been a lot less of it.
made me think, tho, about how impatience goes with perfectionism and monkey mind and how we are also trained to value our monkey mind, our critical mind, at the expense of that space where we don’t need to grasp or demand or move. not as a permanent destination, but as a place to refuel and venture out again from.
as much as meditation “sells” right now, there is still an undercurrent of how it is airy fairy and selfish and maybe you can use it to accomplish great things in the corporate world. we are not encouraged to be ok with being still, perhaps bc we might find out how much junk we don’t need.
I think as well that Asians tend to have a more “collective” culture, where the individual is not as important as the society, and, therefore, people are more willing to give up their personal interests – at least temporarily – for the good of the society. We are brought up on individualism, which is good to a point, but we also stretch that into life being a zero sum game, which makes us insensitive to the plight of others. We tend to blame people for their own problems, when it is really the culture that spawned them.
I was taught at a young age as i played sports that the team was above the individual. On some teams i was what they call a stud now a days , on other teams i was average. the lesson learned was that WE had to pull together and sacrifice to accomplish the goal at hand. I’ve carried that concept with me my whole life and at work being in Management.
i’d wager you are a really good super.
Yes, me, too. When I was cadre in a leadership school in the Army, there were two cadre to each squad of students. My colleague and I always told our squad that we didn’t want to see any prima donna – they were a team. No stars, a team.
Later, in civilian management, my leadership style wasn’t appreciated so much. I tend to do participatory management, and MY bosses wanted me to be authoritarian. Corporate BS.
Benny, did you forget your TIP JAR? If I missed it, we’re tipping double today cuz you deserve it. :O)
Hey, Benny! I missed your Pootie post yesterday…
I’m late, but … Nicky.
I’ve had two wonderful orange toms named Nicky, both of whom have crossed the bridge. Nicky-Nu was shot by a hateful neighbor back in 2000, and he looked sooooo much like this guy. I adopted an elderly guy off death row at the shelter in 2012 who looked like Nicky-Nu, and named him Nicky-Paws. He passed on New Year’s two years ago. He was a sweetheart.
Whatever you name him, he’s gorgeous!
goes well with Nico.:O)
Nico also reminds of Lou Reed
i think i like this version better
it’s that guitar rush, like “heroin.”
AOC has quickly become a very accomplished politician. Out of the squad, I think Rashida is the one who remains the most “real”. I am looking forward to Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman arriving on the scene.
Omar is good, but she sometimes is not in control of her mouth or her Twitter fingers. I never really thought much of Pressley. But, they are still better than the majority of the Dims. I think Katie Porter and Jayapal are rising stars, and both of them are better than AOC, who mostly owes where she is to Bernie.
Jayapal is one shrewd cookie. The only reason she can’t run for Speaker is she wasn’t born here. I’ve watched her ever since she was elected. I love Rashida cos she is a bulldog who fights for her district, and we political nuts across the country know it. AOC is the lightning rod for the FRighties. I hope she survives for her district’s sake. Katie Porter is much more liberal/progressive than Pressley. I so hope our firebrand Ms. Nina can join this posse. 🙂 Our joke of a rep down here is Stephanie Murphy, just another dimwitted DINO. 🙁
I like both Porter and Pressley, but note that recently Porter voted for the defense budget while Pressley voted against. That’s a big deal to me.
Interesting as the two of them are pure moderates. Probably had to support the MICC cos it’s the big job creator(🤮🤮💩) in their districts.
Sometimes that is a YUGE factor in keeping the electorate happy. Even Bernie has voted a few times for stuff his voters wanted, whether or not he did, himself. If they don’t vote for their constituents, then we complain they aren’t thinking about US. Between the proverbial rock and hard place.
When divorce is definitely a good thing
Okay, let’s start doing the math. This woman is worth a ridiculous fortune even divorced from Bezos. So, what is so great about her? How many billions did she settle with him on the divorce? More than 1B, you can count on. I am NOT impressed. How about she starts getting behind such changes as in going back to progressive income taxation. She backs it with her dough as well as her mouth and tweets. Ya think?
Yes that’s true. But looking at it another way, that’s almost $6 billion that wouldn’t have been donated if it stayed under Bezos’s control. So the divorce was a good thing.
If you look into how Amazon started, she was the brains and motivation for little Jeffy. She DESERVED what she got in the settlement, especially since it was him that decided he needed a newer model. (The new model, IMO, looks like a midnite streetwalker.) Rich men seem to be like that.
I think it’s great that she is using her money to help people who need help NOW, and not when the govt. gets around to it. Perhaps she will back some progressive goals down the road, but kudos to her for feeding the hungry and keeping the lights on for many.
I recall that she got 30 something billion when they divorced. Now she’s worth 50 something billion. I praise her for her charitable gifts but I’d like to BAN BILLIONAIRES. Bring their money in from off shore and pay their damn taxes.
True. BUT. OTOH. She is directly benefiting people who need help now. Giving to groups that are helping people with immediate needs like food and utilities. What is the effing government doing???? Allotting big billions to the Pentagon, but resisting a stimulus after people have been hurting for months, and even wanting to give liability protection to the big corps who hurt them. The pandemic is worse than ever, but they don’t want to help the little folks. $600. Maybe. This is sick.
Supposedly MacKenzie plans to give away most of her fortune, which may take awhile, since it multiplies fast when you have that much. It may well be that she actually ends up doing more for people this way than if she were paying it in taxes – which would be channeled to breaks for Wall St., etc.
i’d be more impressed if she used it to help change the system so that we are self-sufficient–our govt. our money and not left to syncophantic praise of billionaire largess.
but yeah, it’s something and since we are powerless to change things at the moment, it’s very meaningful to those who benefit. grates on me, though.
T and R, Ms. Benny!!🎄☮️😊👍 If the Nest needs backup help in opening, let me know. 😊✊