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humphrey

Thanks for the post jcitybone.

humphrey

I tend to agree with this assessment.

https://www.thenation.com/article/its-not-a-government-shutdown-its-a-right-wing-coup/

Just as they did in October of 2013, the media is uniformly calling the selective starving of government by Republicans in Congress a “government shutdown.” It is anything but. The term “government shutdown” gives the public the false impression that the entire government is being shut down, when in reality, only a small percentage of the government gets shut down—and for starkly ideological reasons.

What we are really facing is a liberal government shutdown—which is to say programs designed to help the vulnerable and poor are gutted, while institutions designed to serve the rich and powerful remain unscathed.

If the last “shutdown” is any guide, the military, Trump’s luxurious vacations, soft power, our bombing of seven Muslim-majority countries, NSA bulk surveillance, agencies that prop up the oil and gas industry, the CIA’s arming and funding of Syrian rebels, and the FBI’s entrapment regime will remain entirely untouched. The parts of government that serve the poor and working class, however, will be first on the chopping block: libraries, tax collection, national parks, labor and safety regulators, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (which oversees the derivatives market), environmental regulators, financial regulators, welfare, and WIC will all be axed. Indeed, the one time the government got remotely close to undermining, even briefly, a pillar of the right-wing state, the powers that be arbitrarily decided to leave the Defense Department virtually untouched.

In principle, the criteria of what is and isn’t “essential” is determined by unelected agency and department heads using guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget based on a Department of Justice opinion authored in 1980 by then–Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti. That determination, according to McClatchy, defines “essential” activities as those that “protect life and property”—a fundamentally reactionary (and curiously unexamined) criterion that elevates property over justice, feeding people, and protecting the vulnerable.

humphrey

I’ve only been watching sports on my TV but I assume that it hasn’t changed much.

humphrey

Don midwest
Don midwest

Remember Joanne Leo from DK/TOP?

She for years ran What’s Up and I corresponded with her

She now has her own twitter feed and web site

She does good work

I stopped following her on twitter because she has too many tweets

Another alumnus of DK/TOP who has gone on to other things

polarbear4

I never thought about having too many tweets. Thanks.

humphrey

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

Crap

Learn once again how strong the establishment tie is to politics

And how willing we are to hope

humphrey

Not all veterans are having a hissy fit about the Syria troop withdrawal.

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

I am glad that she is staying involved.

polarbear4

M2. I was hoping she’d run again but this may be an even better position for her.

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

saw somewhere

ads on TV are not propaganda, but on the web they are

polarbear4

humphrey

This is happening everywhere. A benefit of control by the 1%.

polarbear4

Hoping this is my last for a while. ?

humphrey

Hopefully the list of those resigning keeps growing. It would be nice if Boulton was next.

orlbucfan

McGurk looks like what he is: a two-legged FRightwingnut war machine. 🙁 T and R, jcitybone!! An early Merry Christmas wish to you, your krewe, my fellow TPWers, and their krewes from east central FL. 🙂

polarbear4

And to you and yours, OBF!?❤️?

polarbear4

Oops.

humphrey

Don midwest
Don midwest

who cares about a missing $21T?

need to balance the budget of the US

orlbucfan

Whoever drew that image was definitely influenced by Ralph Steadman.

humphrey

polarbear4

The centrist health care group‘s acronym, PAHCF, reminds me of “pacify.” But then I already have issues. ?

polarbear4

Glad to hear this from Warren:

“People across this country have worked through for themselves the public debate on the government’s role in health care, and America has shifted,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a Medicare for All supporter and likely 2020 presidential candidate. “So the importance of persuading every one of the insiders that this is going to be a great deal for them has diminished.”

Maybe I wasn’t the only one who wrote her after she said something about having a new, incremental plan.

polarbear4

@Benny, you’re right. This one says 4 to 8 hours a day.

humphrey

polarbear4

If the image doesn’t show and if you like adorable images, click on the link.

polarbear4

polarbear4

“Buell is part of the Election Verification Network, a national network of leaders, experts and policymakers who put their election and voting machine expertise to use to solve election problems. Buell is the NCR Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.”

polarbear4

humphrey

WOW!The fossil fuel industry must have kept this hidden.

polarbear4

Wow. Thanks for catching this! I hope the families know that it’s not an isolated incident for their family. There might even be a class action in here somewhere.

Don midwest
Don midwest

double wow

continue to show no concern for humans nor the earth

orlbucfan

Sad but basic common sense.

humphrey

This tweet makes a good point.

Don midwest
Don midwest

A scholar talks about expert info and politics of fracking

I have not read the entire article, but important points about experts, politics, timing and activism

academia.edu is a free site to get many, many papers. I added a few search terms and now get too many articles. You can sign up for free. Try pipelines, or colonization, or indigenous people, rivers, etc. for search terms. Or particular people like Bruno Latour. (Ha. Had to insert that just for the fun of it. The only article I ever saw by him on academia.edu happened 2 weeks ago.)

Strategic ignorance and politics of time: how expert knowledge framed shale gas policies

the projects in the article are in France and Canada

Don midwest
Don midwest

WTF and some progress

MAJOR LIBERAL GROUPS SAT ON SIDELINES AS SENATE PASSED HISTORIC RESOLUTION ON YEMEN WAR

Backers of the effort approached the Center for American Progress, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union, and all declined to specifically endorse the resolution or become members of the activist coalition. And when a procedural vote on the resolution came to the House floor, it got the same kind of half-hearted support from Democratic leadership, falling just three votes short.

“This is an unprecedented assertion of Congress’s authority over declaring war that is an affirmation of structural checks on the presidency,” David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, a progressive group that mobilized grassroots activists in support of the resolutions, told The Intercept. “It will probably constrain future presidents’ decisions about whether or not to engage in military activities all across the globe.”

Before December 13, the Senate had never used its authority under the War Powers Resolution to force a president to end an ongoing war. (It did pass a resolution to end hostilities in Somalia in the 1990s, but U.S. troops had already left.) A previous Senate vote on the resolution was defeated back in March.

orlbucfan

It’s a crying shame that CAP has gone in such a Turd Way/DLC direction. I know Podesta helped found it, but it was a lot more open minded and thoughtful when it initially started than it is now. 🙁

polarbear4

CAP is lost. Amnesty international and human rights watch I’ve thrown in their lot with the Clintons. Disgusting that they did not push for this. ACLU truly surprises me.

Don midwest
Don midwest

a couple of tweets. Read from bottom up

Glenn Greenwald Retweeted

Jeet Heer

@HeerJeet
22h22 hours ago

It’s true that the left wants to win and change the world while liberals want to just cry about losing. Glad that Chait sees that.

Jonathan Chait

Verified account

@jonathanchait
Follow Follow @jonathanchait

Liberals tend to see the GOP as a cautionary tale; leftists tend to see it is a model to be emulated

polarbear4

A Christmas thought.

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

Don midwest
Don midwest

Ha! Figured out how to get tweet posted here

On the upper right corner, click pull down menu, and click on copy address to tweet

two tweets just came up and this is the second one. The next one precedes this one.

polarbear4

Don, that’s what I did it first too. There’s an easier way — if you go down to the lower right corner, there’s a little half box with an arrow going up. Click on that and a menu will open up. Click on copy link to tweet. That is easier for me, anyway.

Glad to see your posts. 🎄

What’s your Twitter name?

Don midwest
Don midwest

I don’t see the little box with an arrow going up on the bottom.

In my twitter feed it is on the top, on the right, with the arrow going down

My twitter handle is my name, Don Utter, but I almost never tweet. I use it like a ticker tape.

When I went away to Ecuador, I unfollowed some of the large tweeters. They are good, but it got to be too much. There is Kate Arnoff who is doing great stuff, Eric Holthaus who is a climate guy doing great stuff. I even got him to follow Bruno Laotur BrunoLatourAIME the AIME is for the title of his project An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence which has 15 modes to truth. He calls them felicity conditions.

I got Eric to follow Bruno because I sent him Bruno’s article on the Pope’s, Laudio Si which Bruno took as a major step. Eric has had a poem up at the top of his site and found this article of interest.

Here are the first few paragraphs ending with the start of a paragraph ..

But how can one speak of a cry coming from the earth?

Bruno’s 1991 book, We Have Never Been Modern, brings together humans and non humans. I “read” that book when in Ecuador. It is a short book but strange. After “reading” 10 of his books and around 50 articles, I still had to struggle with that book but it was worth it to further understand what he is up to.

In short, he is not ready for prime time. But smaller pieces like this article are. And he makes the case about the true significance of the Pope’s statement. Before I went to Ecuador I did a fast read on a Ph. D. dissertation ” The Political Theology of Bruno Latour” which was excellent. It is not yet posted. This has engaged me in many disciplines: anthropology, sociology, science studies, geography, international relations, art, fiction, etc. and I just keep chugging along.

Here is Bruno

The audacity of the Laudato Si! encyclical is equalled only by the multiple
efforts to deaden as much as possible its message and effects. Once again,
ecological questions, as soon as they are introduced into the regular course
of our familiar thought patterns, modify from top to bottom the attitudes
of all the protagonists. ‘How can a Pope dare to speak of ecology?’ ask both
the faithful who expect an encyclical either to reinforce a doctrinal matter
or clarify some moral question, and the indifferent who have never
touched an encyclical in their lives, nor expected anything at all from the
magisterium of the church. Many of the faithful block their ears so as not
to hear the voice calling for radical conversion (§-114. “All of this shows the
urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution”) while
the indifferent prick up their ears to listen to the voice of someone who
they don’t for a second imagine could be ‘on their side’ (§-145. “The
imposition of a dominant lifestyle linked to a single form of production
can be just as harmful as the altering of ecosystems.”)

Like all major religious or political texts, Laudato Si! requires a realignment
of all established positions and requires one to take a stand in the midst of
battles that one did not know to be so violent, nor that the Church could
play a part in them. The church has long been alienated from political,
moral or intellectual innovation, and until now limited to a more or less
strict preservation of the ‘treasure of faith’ and to bringing in the moral
police. And now it is sending a message putting it at the heart of the most
vital arguments as if it were still present in history. What? Has the Pope
written a new Communist Party Manifesto? Some are scandalized, others
rejoice. Everyone is surprised. We must shut this down immediately! The
Vatican belongs to the past, it can’t be in the present…

And yet, if the power of Laudato Si!’s innovation is so strong, it is because its
author—and this text, surprising as it may seem for an encyclical, does have
an author, a pen, a voice—it is because of, it seems to me, two major
innovations: the link between ecology and injustice; the recognition of the
power of the earth itself to act and to suffer. In a really interesting way, these two innovations are associated with the strange word ‘cry’ for which
Francis is the channel, amplifier and interpreter (‘clameur’ in French, ‘grido’
in Italian):

§-49. …a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it
must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment,
so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. (emphasis in
the text)

Here, already, is a turn of major importance. Ecologists, whether they are
superficial or deep, remain obsessed by the ‘nature’ that they want to
defend or protect. They always seem less concerned by inequalities,
injustices or misery. To the point where, on the political scene, people
continue to oppose those who are preoccupied by ‘ecological questions’
and those who put ‘social questions’ first, not to forgetthe strange
opposition, on the left as much as the right, between ecology and economy.
The encyclical fixes this with one phrase: there is only one cry, and it is not
coming at all from the former clamorers of ‘ecology’ and ‘society’, but from
‘the earth’ and ‘the poor’. Every word matters. The earth is not just any
corner of nature, the poor are not just any humans, any social beings.What
makes their cry all the more violent for those getting ready to listen is that
it still remains unarticulated.

But how can one speak of a cry coming from the earth? ….

The Great Clamor Channelled by Pope Francis

polarbear4

Thanks, Don. I always appreciate your BL material.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I tend to think that our own coup on voting and money in politics is more serious than the Russian involvement in the 2016 election

Emptywheel, aka, Marcy Wheeler thinks Russian involvement is more serious than I do, but more important is her ongoing excellent coverage of the Muller hearings and other topics. She is now up to 154K followers on twitter and when I started going there on a fairly regular basis about 6 weeks ago, as I recall, she had a little over 140K followers. And I will bet that the people who follow her on twitter read the tweets and her articles.

In any case, this just came through. It took a year of reporting and FOIA requests to be able to write this article. Marcy tweeted this

Don midwest
Don midwest

The Democratic Party these days has a lot in common with Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader: it has a gift for self-destruction, even when handed victory. Clinton, Kerry and Biden all ran for president a combined five times between them, going back to 1988. It was a debacle every time.Thankfully that’s not the complete list. There are almost three dozen names being thrown around, some of them very appealing, with more to come. But we keep hearing a lot about those six. They’d never make it to a nomination, and if they did they’d never win. Meanwhile they’re cluttering up the field, making it more difficult for the next generation of Democrats–the less known, the better–to emerge. With self-centered saboteurs like that I’m not sure Donald Trump has much to worry about.

Flashback: Democrats’ Arafat Complex

But 2020 candidates have yet to develop a coherent message that makes Trump irrelevant not because of his failings, which were no secret even in 2016, but because Democrats have something better, urgent and essential to offer. It’s not as if, from health care to inequality to affordable education to climate change to immigration–yes, even immigration, Democrats–we’re lacking in crises begging for solutions. So far, they’ve not making the case.

the viral video of a young girl in Sweden the other day calling politicians onto the carpet for ignoring the earth

maybe the HS students in FL are too old to do this and we need a pre teen girl to tell the establishment what is up

any candidates??

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

When I went to Ecuador unfollowed Jonathan Turley, the Republican professor at Georgetown law, public intellectual.

I just looked him up and found this article he published in The Hill. He seems to publish almost one article a week in various places.

Maybe it was because I was away for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t realize this about the Steel Memo.

It was funded by the Clinton campaign. They lied about it. It led to various acts in the Justice Dept under Obama and some stuff continued under Trump. It was a major part of the case that Russia hacked our election.

Maybe, without the Steel dossier, there would have been no Muller investigation. If that is the case, in the end it worked out because the investigation has put many criminals in the Trump circle into jail and awakened the public about the criminals in politics and corporations.

The Steele Dossier and the perils of political insurance policies

This was just published yesterday

Benny

polarbear4

humphrey

Golly! What a surprise. This coming from a Clinton crony.

Neera has called for reinforcements.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lockhart

Joseph Patrick “Joe” Lockhart (born July 13, 1959) is a spokesman and communications consultant, best known for being the nineteenth White House Press Secretary from October 5, 1998 to September 29, 2000, during the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In 2016, it was announced that President Obama and his family planned to rent Lockhart’s Kalorama home after he left office.[14] It was later revealed that the Obamas purchased the house from the Lockharts in May 2017, saying that it made sense to own the property since they would remain in Washington for at least another two years.

humphrey

I guess that I had better get this one in quick before being told to stop😁

From a NYTIMES article.

Beto O’Rourke Once Supported an El Paso Real Estate Deal. Barrio Residents Remember.

EL PASO — At a special City Council meeting in 2006, a billionaire real estate investor unveiled his vision for redeveloping downtown El Paso. To replace tenements and boarded-up buildings, he proposed restaurants, shops and an arts walk rivaling San Antonio’s River Walk.

Representative Beto O’Rourke, one of hundreds attending, wasn’t exactly a disinterested party.

Not only had he married the investor’s daughter, but as a member of City Council, he represented the targeted area, including a historic Mexican-American neighborhood.

Over the next two years, Mr. O’Rourke would defend the plan before angry barrio residents and vote to advance it. At other times, he would abstain. Business owners who opposed the plan accused Mr. O’Rourke of a conflict, citing the involvement of his father-in-law, the billionaire developer William D. Sanders.

humphrey

Ok. Just a bit more from the article.

Mr. O’Rourke was perceived by many as siding with the moneyed elite against angry barrio residents, small business owners and even the Jesuit priests who ministered to the immigrant community at Sacred Heart Church.

“Mr. O’Rourke was basically the pretty face of this very ugly plan against our most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said David Dorado Romo, a local historian who added that the episode had resurrected longstanding race and class divisions in the city.

polarbear4

Okay, will they now say the NYT IS attacking Beto?

And there is a program for MAGA peeps—automatic retweets.

humphrey

Oh Darn. I can’t seem to find a similar tweet to this individual during the primary.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brock

Correct the Record

In late 2013 Brock founded Correct the Record, described by The New York Times as Hillary Clinton’s “own personal media watchdog,” keeping track of all negative news surrounding her.[29] Brock had first come up with the idea for the group that summer. “Having left the State Department,” he said, “Clinton didn’t have the kind of robust operation that one would have if one was holding public office. That’s where I saw the need.” The organization, whose staff “is crammed into a newsroom-style bullpen in the back corner of the offices of American Bridge 21st Century,” “keeps constant watch for any conceivable attacks against her, and then aggressively beats them back before they take hold.

Priorities USA Action

In early 2014, Brock was named to the board of Priorities USA Action as the super PAC also announced its support for a possible Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign

The Los Angeles Times has described Brock as “integral to Hillary’s run” for the presidency in 2016. A March 6, 2015, article in National Review noted that while other “Democratic kingmakers” were “in retreat” in the wake of the news that Hillary Clinton had “used a private e-mail account on a private server to avoid public scrutiny while secretary of state,” Brock remained fiercely loyal. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in 2015, Brock insisted that Clinton had violated no rules by using a private email server.

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks criticized Brock’s negative coverage of the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, specifically the invention of the “Bernie Bro” controversy. Uygur said that Brock’s January 10, 2017 open letter of apology to Sanders and his voters was disingenuous because it was motivated by a desire to raise money from wealthy democratic donors and to foster a perception of himself as being a member of the U.S. progressive movement.

Benny

polarbear4

A stable elder speaks. Thanks.

humphrey

In general that article is an attempt to stir up a controversy against supporters of Bernie.
No surprise that it comes from NBClinton News.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/inside-bernie-world-s-war-beto-o-rourke-n951016

polarbear4

MSDNC is in on it, too.

humphrey

Benny

I think this is a smoke screen to take the attention from Kamala Harris…to ensure she doesn’t garner negative press at the get-go.

humphrey

He doesn’t exactly beat around the bush. LOL

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

It is not just Wisconsin and Michigan where are up to shenanigans.

polarbear4

SayMerry Christmas to Dot for us, @jcitybone. ?

humphrey

That wonderful tax cut was like a “piece of coal for Christmas” for the middle class.

humphrey

Bernie calls out Boeing!

https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/TheBattery/archives/2018/12/22/bernie-sanders-calls-out-boeing-for-firing-pro-union-north-charleston-workers

Boeing is feeling the burn after the plane manufacturer fired six employees who supported a union effort back in May.

In a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sherrod Brown of Ohio accused the company of mounting a “campaign of intimidation” against flight readiness technicians at the company’s North Charleston campus.

In May, technicians voted 104-65 in favor of joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). In the days leading up to the vote, Boeing mounted an aggressive “vote no” campaign that included a voter guide for workers to to oppose efforts to organize. Boeing is currently appealing its employees’ vote with the National Labor Relations Board.

Now, Sens. Sanders and Brown are saying the company retaliated against workers who sought representation.

“It is alarming that instead of negotiating with the IAMAW, Boeing has instead pursued a campaign of intimidation against the flight readiness technicians,” the senators wrote.

polarbear4

One of the MIC corpses, you know they’re doing fine. WTH. I’m not a dentist rich people or even corpses, if they try to do it right by their employees and by the world.

There must be a couple out there.

polarbear4

Against not a dentist.

humphrey

Even Rand Paul can occasionally have a repeatable tweet.?

humphrey

polarbear4

Just got home from some work.

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn Greenwald tweets

How come “America is Already Great!” didn’t resonate as an inspiring campaign motto?

is in response to the following tweet

polarbear4

Firewall. But not s fun headline. Next Financial Calamity….

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