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Hey Beto, you could have run against this clown, and won.


heard the siren call of the DNC



More like they were bought off.


i think Durbin’s biggest donor is General Dynamics.


The discussion turned into a big plate of ratio’ed. LOL.


An Idea Whose Time Has Come? UBI looks plausible now.

Enter Andrew Yang.


and they may have done it to themselves. by not caring for people during a pandemic, more have seen how necessary a ubi can be. but there is still so, so much organized oppo that i don’t see it anytime soon.


T and R, jcb!! 🙂 A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your whole family krewe including the pups. 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Thanks and right back at cha, obf.


I’m ready to leave the 2020 shit show behind, though early 2021 is gonna suck but light at the end of the tunnel covid wise. Happy new year to all, Yuge plans tonight, just staying home maybe an ole fashion or two and maybe Bennie’s will be open tonight? So close to a new years baby for jcity– happy birthday


I often like that Dore says things that need to be said but this ‘style’ is an absolute no go for me.


Dore is full of crap. I have never listened to his show, and won’t now.


yeah, MPP brought him onto some kind of advisory board. ugh. tiring and can say his stuff on his own, bit platform.

he does make a good point. are progressives willing to go on the MSM but not on Brie’s podcast? or others? i understand not going on Jimmy’s. lol


big platform.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Wow! I couldn’t force myself to listen to it. But sounds like quite a grifter to me.


yeah. i’m sorry i said that more personal stuff, but my “ally” caught me off guard comparing my disagreement with abuse. He later said it wasn’t personal. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Don midwest
Don midwest

“Those of Us Who Don’t Die Are Going to Quit”: Facing Piled-up Patients, lack of Gov’t PPE, Nurses Losing Hope

( ProPublica) – Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in an isolation room was dying of a coronavirus that had raged for eight months across the country before it made the state the brightest red dot in a nation of hot spots.

Cline knew she needed to protect herself before entering the room, where a second COVID-19 patient was trembling under the covers, sobbing. She reached for the crinkled and dirty N95 mask she had reused for days.

In her post-death report, Cline described how the patient fell victim to a hospital in chaos. The crash cart and breathing bag that should have been in the room were missing. The patient wasn’t tethered to monitors that could have alerted nurses sooner. He had cried out for help, but the duty nurse was busy with other patients, packed two to a room meant for one.

“He died scared and alone. It didn’t have to be that way. We failed him — not the staff, we did everything we could,” she said. “The system failed him.”

The system also failed her. Since the pandemic’s early weeks, Cline had complained that the Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs the nation’s largest hospital system, wasn’t doing enough to protect its front-line health care workers. She had filed complaints about inadequate personal protective equipment with the agency’s inspector general and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but they had done nothing. Many months into a pandemic, they were still having to ration masks and being asked to reuse them for as many as five shifts.

From Cline’s perspective and that of other health care workers I spoke with from the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, the lack of masks was a symptom of larger failures at the agency overseeing the medical care of 9 million veterans. The hospitals lacked staff and scrounged to find gowns, medical supplies, ventilators — everything needed to battle COVID-19.


Don midwest
Don midwest

What source of knowledge leads these nursing home staff to make this decision? Fox News? Trump? Can relatives inquire about the vaccination status of the staff?

Life is strange here in OH


Ed Yong writes for Atlantic

If the best prepared hospital in US says things are out of control, what can be hoped for long term facilities?

Hospitals Know What’s Coming
“We are on an absolutely catastrophic path,” said a COVID-19 doctor at America’s best-prepared hospital.

NOVEMBER 20, 2020

that was a while ago and things have gotten worse. Didn’t realize that there were 3800 deaths reported yesterday

Often have to go to yesterday because partial results come in during the day

Their global meter has data for 2 days back – I guess because of varying time zones around the world


Ed Yong posted a long article today. During the pandemic these articles are outside the paywall

This Dr Jha is a regular guest on democracynow

On the Fourth of July, Ashish Jha wants to host a barbecue at his house in Newton, Massachusetts. By then, the state expects to have rolled out COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who wants one. The process will be bumpy, but Jha is hopeful. He thinks that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will still be spreading within the U.S., but at a simmer rather than this winter’s calamitous boil. He expects to keep all his guests outside, where the risk of transmission is substantially lower. If it starts raining, they could come indoors after putting on masks. “It won’t be normal, but it won’t be like Fourth of July 2020,” says Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. “I think that’s when it’ll start to feel like we’re no longer in a pandemic.”

Many of the 30 epidemiologists, physicians, immunologists, sociologists, and historians whom I interviewed for this piece are cautiously optimistic that the U.S. is headed for a better summer. But they emphasized that such a world, though plausible, is not inevitable. Its realization hinges on successfully executing the most complicated vaccination program in U.S. history, on persuading a frayed and fractured nation to continue using masks and avoiding indoor crowds, on countering the growing quagmire of misinformation, and on successfully monitoring and countering changes in the virus itself. “Think about next summer as a marker for when we might be able to breathe again,” said Loyce Pace, the executive director of a nonprofit called the Global Health Council and a member of Biden’s COVID-19 task force. “But there’s almost a year’s worth of work that needs to happen in those six months.”

The pandemic will end not with a declaration, but with a long, protracted exhalation. Even if everything goes according to plan, which is a significant if, the horrors of 2020 will leave lasting legacies. A pummeled health-care system will be reeling, short-staffed, and facing new surges of people with long-haul symptoms or mental-health problems. Social gaps that were widened will be further torn apart. Grief will turn into trauma. And a nation that has begun to return to normal will have to decide whether to remember that normal led to this. “We’re trying to get through this with a vaccine without truly exploring our soul,” said Mike Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota.

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us
As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget.

Don midwest
Don midwest

from twitter on single payer

Wendell Potterm @wendellpotter
As a former health insurance exec, I can tell you my old colleagues are gearing up for the mother of all propaganda campaigns to keep @JoeBiden & Congress from enacting a public option (or any reform for that matter). Don’t believe me? Let’s take a trip down memory lane… (1/7)
1:56 PM · Dec 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

When I was an insurance industry spin doctor, I helped plan & execute the playbook to keep much-needed reforms from seeing the light of day. The playbook is old, but it works like new. In the 1990s, we kept the Clinton reform plan from even getting a final vote in Congress. (2/7)

Our disinformation campaign weaponized terms like “government-run healthcare” & “socialized medicine” to scare Americans about the Clinton plan. In 2001, we deployed similar tactics to kill the bipartisan Patients’ Bill of Rights Act. (3/7)

Why? It would’ve enabled Americans to sue insurers for refusing to pay for care their doctors say they need. We won that fight too. My old industry was 2-0. (4/7)

By 2008, insurers had a proven recipe for success. In an effort to stymie the Affordable Care Act, the industry’s trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) funneled $100 Mil+ to the US Chamber of Commerce to finance the Chamber’s anti-ACA fear-mongering campaign. (5/7)

And now at the end of 2020, the new front group protecting health insurer profits (The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future) is resurrecting the same time-tested fear-mongering tactics against reforms that @JoeBiden & most Americans support. (6/7)

President-elect @JoeBiden , 12 million+ Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage since #COVID19 began. Don’t let health insurance industry BS (aka, malarkey) stop Washington from doing what is right.
The American people are depending on you. (/END

Don midwest
Don midwest

Paul Jay, who used to be, and possibly started, Real News Network, is now on his own

propaganda on Russian hack — ongoing scare tactics to maintain military budget

No Evidence of Massive Russian Hack – Larry Wilkerson


jcitybone posted the Gravel Institute tweet up top, but I couldn’t resist sharing this Newsweek headline as well:

Bernie Sanders Uses Trump Tweet to Bash GOP on Senate Floor: ‘President Is Right!’

Many expressed their support for Sanders on social media.

Newsweek included the following tweets in their story. Tweets do make a difference sometimes?

Good stuff.


Oh DRAT! That wasn’t the headline, not sure what happened there (operator error!), too late to edit.

Here is the correct headline that, coming from Newsweek, was worth posting I thought:

Bernie Sanders Dubbed ‘National Treasure’ After $2,000 Stimulus Appeal


You can’t make this stuff up:

Boris Johnson’s father says he’ll seek French citizenship, hours before Brexit

Stanley Johnson, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has said that he intends to obtain French citizenship — his comments coming just hours before the UK’s final transition out of the European Union.


Dr. Drew Pinsky, who apologized for downplaying coronavirus, says he has Covid-19

Previously, the doctor had called the pandemic “press-induced” but later apologized.


I have followed Brexit since before it was approved. I still don’t get how the Brits were so rooked by the same PR sh1t that the FRighties invented here.


Xenophobia, nationalism, propaganda, and I honestly don’t think it helped when Obama stuck his big nose into it. Obama has a patronizing streak that rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Obama Warns Britain on EU ‘Brexit’ Vote: ‘No Man Is an Island’

President Obama on Friday defended his controversial op-ed in a London newspaper urging the British to vote to stay in the European Union, saying he was merely offering his thoughts — and that he didn’t consider it hypocritical to do so.

“First of all, let me repeat: this is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make. I’m not coming here to fix any votes,” Obama said in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports staying in the EU. “I’m not casting a vote myself. I’m offering my opinion. And in democracies, everybody should want more information, not less, and you shouldn’t be afraid to hear an argument being made. That’s not a threat.”

Obama also answered critics’ charge that Obama would never endorse the United States joining anything similar to the EU. He argued that America has already sacrificed some sovereignty by being part of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and NATO.


PBO as in bad odor. Raygun groupie which helped him get elected.


Only Six Senate Democrats Voted Against Advancing $740 Billion Pentagon Bill

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined the Vermont senator in opposing the motion. Six Republicans also voted no.

In total, 41 Democrats — including Schumer and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — voted for the motion, paving the way for an override of Trump’s NDAA veto and effectively killing the prospect of a vote on $2,000 direct payments before the next Congress. View the full roll call here.

A final vote on the NDAA veto override is expected by January 2. Sanders made clear following the motion’s passage Wednesday that he plans to continue pushing for a vote on the direct payments.

“The sheer scale of Wednesday’s Democratic surrender was truly a sight to behold,” wrote The Daily Poster’s David Sirota and Andrew Perez. “And it probably ended the chance for more immediate aid to millions of Americans facing eviction, starvation, and bankruptcy… Democratic senators in fact provided the majority of the votes for the measure that lets the defense bill proceed without a vote on the $2,000 checks.”


It was always a possibility that Democrats would get too scared to halt a major Pentagon bill in order to help millions of Americans get $2,000 survival checks — in fact, as we wrote earlier this week, it was very likely that they would back down the moment any bad-faith critic so much as waved a flag and said “support the troops.”

And capitulation became even more likely when Clinton-era Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, corporate Democratic pundits and billionaire-owned elite media outlets began parroting a series of eerily similar let-them-eat-cake talking points against the survival checks — which McConnell promptly used to bludgeon proponents of the bipartisan initiative.

But even appreciating all of this — and also knowing that many Democratic leaders still cling to an outdated austerity ideology — the sheer scale of Wednesday’s Democratic surrender was truly a sight to behold. And it probably ended the chance for more immediate aid to millions of Americans facing eviction, starvation and bankruptcy.

The day began with Sen. Bernie Sanders following through on his promise to deny unanimous consent for the Senate to advance a $740 billion defense authorization bill, until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allows an up-or-down vote on legislation that would send $2,000 survival checks to individuals making less than $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000.

Sanders’ move forced McConnell to ask the Senate to pass a formal motion to proceed on the defense bill, which would let Republicans move forward on the Pentagon priority without a vote on the $2,000 checks. The motion created the moment in which Democrats could have stood their ground and cornered the GOP leader.

Instead, as Republicans saber rattled about the need to pass the defense bill, 41 Democrats obediently voted with McConnell, allowing him to move the defense bill forward without a vote on the checks. That included “yes” votes from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and vice-president elect Kamala Harris, the lead sponsor on a bill to give Americans monthly $2,000 checks during the pandemic. One day before her vote to help McConnell, Harris had called on the Republican leader to hold a vote on her legislation.

Only six members of the Senate Democratic Caucus mustered the courage to vote against McConnell’s maneuver — Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Van Hollen, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey and Ron Wyden. Democratic senators in fact provided the majority of the votes for the measure that lets the defense bill proceed without a vote on the $2,000 checks.


Biden spokeswoman promises pivot from Trump-era press relations

“I think more than any point in history, and I don’t want to be overly dramatic … part of the job of the White House press secretary is to rebuild trust with the American people,” Psaki told National Public Radio in an interview released on Thursday.

“My goal every day will, of course, be to be truthful and transparent and to help peel the curtains back for not just the media and reporters, of course, those are the people in the room, but for the American people,” she said.

Why did she say that being truthful and transparent will be her “goal”, why couldn’t she have simply said, ‘I will be truthful and transparent’?

One other key difference from Trump administration press relations, Psaki noted, will be a significant reduction in anonymous leaks coming from inside the White House. Reporters over the past four years have feasted on leaks from sources close to Trump, many of whom spoke to reporters to settle internal political scores or, in some cases, to shine a light on what were perceived to be the dangerous shattering of norms.

Psaki said. “Our goal is for there to be a return to policy processes and policy briefings and policy experts who are going to be out there explaining what a COVID package may look like or what we’re going to do about immigration.”

Again with the “Our goal” thing, why not just say, ‘we will be out there explaining what we’re doing’?

While many reporters are welcoming Psaki and the promise of a return to the less outwardly combative pre-Trump relationship between the White House and the press, others are raising red flags. Some are pointing out that Biden, as well as the previous Obama-Biden administration, do not have the best track record regarding transparency or even their treatment of the press.


It’s like “access” to healthcare instead of providing actual care.

Her goal thingy is a Hedge.


Screw her and Byedone.


Crips, Baghdad Bob was more credible than anyone Trumpcorp trotted out as Press Secy. a slug could slime over the bar that was established by Trumpcorp’s people. Psaki has a low bar to maintain



‘A real bad precedent’: Australia criticised for Antarctica airport plan

Multibillion-dollar project is unnecessary and damaging to wildlife, say scientists

Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure project: a new airport and runway that would increase the human footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%.

The mega-scheme is likely to involve blasting petrel rookeries, disturbing penguin colonies and encasing a stretch of the wilderness in more than 115,000 tonnes of concrete.

The government in Canberra says the project on the Vestfold Hills of Princess Elizabeth Land is necessary to provide year-round access for scientists and emergency teams to Davis research station, Australia’s most southerly base in Antarctica. Strategic concerns are also a consideration; Australia is keen to counter China’s growing presence on the frozen southern continent.

Why not, icebreakers and the melting Antarctica go so well together after all.

Shipping the materials from Hobart is expected to take more than a decade and about 100 icebreaker voyages.


And then they’ll build a hotel and eateries, hoping for tourism. I hope the ice shelf they build it on falls off.


there should only be an international presence for true science there and the rest should be off limits to all