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polarbear4

Even the Nation has a mealy mouthed intro to this article. Almost half sounds like a quasi- justification, and then you get to a little about the pre-crisis years.

magsview

So many people too scared to buck the official narrative on Venezuela. That country has been so demonized over the years!

Benny

orlbucfan

Give me a friggin’ break!

magsview

Yes, it’s quite apparent who the MSNBCLINTON’s favored candidate is. Chances are that I won’t be watching, reading, or taking to heart, any of their crap anytime soon.

Benny

Protesters Raise Funds To Transport Trump Baby Blimp In Time For President’s El Paso Rally

In less than a day, activists from El Paso raised enough money to transport the mocking Donald Trump baby blimp to the Texas city in time for the president’s first campaign rally of the year on Monday, which is expected to center on his demand for border wall funding.

The “Baby Trump Does El Paso” GoFundMe page had $4,086 as of Friday, easily meeting a $3,500 goal. Extra funds will be donated to the Annunciation House in El Paso, a nonprofit that provides support to immigrants.

The GoFundMe campaign’s organizer, Laura Valdez, noted in a post that the blimp was “already on its way” from California.

The president’s welcome to the city may be a bit chilly in several ways. El Paso officials are furious that Trump falsely characterized their city as “one of the most dangerous in the nation” before a border barrier went up. In fact, contrary to Trump’s State of the Union slam, El Paso has been one of America’s safest cities for decades. The border barrier wasn’t constructed until 2008.

“It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall,” said Sheriff Richard Wiles.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) sent Trump a letter Thursday demanding an apology for his State of the Union statements. She attacked the president’s “outright lies” and “cheap attempts to use our community as a political prop.”

Additionally:

polarbear4

orlbucfan

Cockroaches and spiders (YUCK) will survive.

wi60

and twinkees and the fast food that under the car seats

magsview

To say that losing insects would be devastating for the food chain is a wild understatement.

Benny

Warren has used “Enough is Enough” twice in her speech. Wonder where she got that? 🙂

polarbear4

No kidding. I’m so disappointed that she jumped to her feet to applaud Trump on the “no socialism “ part. I would definitely still vote for her, but she is making it harder every day.

Benny

She took a jab at Trump about tax returns, but a bit at Bernie too. FWIW, I support all of the candidates and the current POTUS to release at least 5 years of tax returns.

polarbear4

I support tax returns, too. That clapping just seemed like a slap to Bernie and AOC, though. And it felt obsequious.

Benny

She should have kept seated while applauding, as Pelosi did. But perhaps she was trying for an optic of winning back Trump voters who originally voted for Obama/Clinton.

Benny

Warren is covering her bases, filling in the spaces Hillary did not, co-opting many of Bernie’s.

magsview

Warren definitely gives the appearance of one who has learned from other people’s mistakes and from other people’s successes. I can see a LOT of planning for her run.

polarbear4

polarbear4

One reason Maduro is so despised by the opposition is that he refuses to follow the neoliberal economic prescription of austerity, privatization, deregulation, etc. Such refusal makes Venezuela almost unique in Latin America now. As Brazilian professor Dawisson Belem Lopes has written (July 15, 2017), “…Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru have proud neoliberals serving as presidents these days,” even though the “neoliberal experience of the 1990s was simply disastrous for Latin Americans.”

polarbear4

Mexico has less of a neoliberal, now, but how sad is it that we’ve helped install so many in South America?

This article says that food distribution is actually in the hands of private corporations that are withholding. And the reason Canada jumped on board so quickly is because Venezuela “revoked authorization” for mining ventures.

More disturbing and unreported events in the article.

magsview

Yes, a lot of their food is distributed by the wealthy company owners. The ‘one who controls the spice’….kind of thing. (Dune reference)

During my visits there (pre-Chavez) certain basic foodstuffs had their prices set by the government. Bread was kind of high, equivalent of $2.50 USD (or so) which was a lot for the majority of the population who made less than $500/month. I used to wonder about the reasons for the cost controls, but now I wonder if it was to prevent the rich people from hoarding food (like they do now) so as to drive the prices up.

polarbear4

I had not gone very deep with Wolff. It seems like I mostly saw videos of his, which can be troublesome for me.

He’s pretty radical. 🌝

Benny

Here’s a link to the PBS recording of Liz Warren’s kickoff speech. She arrives about the 52 min mark in the video.

Benny

Legit criticism. She’s had 6 weeks to get her digital team together. What gives?

humphrey

Regardless of her positions (many that I like) I have serious doubts that she could withstand multiple attacks from Trump and the GOP.

magsview

Joy Reid brought three guests on this am, heard two of them discuss Warren during the five minutes hubby had tv on (he’ll tune in at times but only for a few minutes then off the tv goes) and the Cherokee woman (sorry, didn’t catch her name, but she sounded very knowledgeable) wasn’t at all happy with the way white people try to claim Cherokee ancestry and was negative on Warren

Then the Latina woman doubled down on negativity and pivoted to how little Americans understand their own history re: Native Americans/Mexicans.

It is clear Warren is not MSNBC’s first choice..

Benny

Elizabeth Warren Is Officially Running For President Warren’s official entry into the race to win the Democratic nod to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 has been expected since she announced the formation of an exploratory committee in late December. She joins a field that already includes three of her fellow Democratic senators ― New Jersey’s Cory Booker, California’s Kamala Harris and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand ― and could soon include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, along with a host of other candidates. She launched her campaign with an introduction from Rep. Joe Kennedy III, winning the blessing of the highest-profile member of the first family of Democratic politics, and with the backing of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and fellow Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey. “We need a leader that will restore the solidarity that Donald Trump stole,” said Kennedy, a former student of Warren’s at Harvard Law School. “A leader that will bring us together to confront our great threat: A system that protects the powerful and the privileged.” There’s a practical reason to announce in Lawrence ― it’s a quick, 10-minute drive to New Hampshire, which hosts the first-in-the-nation primary ― but the symbolic reasons to choose the former mill town 40 minutes north of Boston instead of a more prominent locale are stronger. The Bread and Roses Strike, which was led in large part by women, immigrants and immigrant women, is a rich historical text for Warren to invoke during a speech announcing her bid. It allows Warren to connect to a landmark moment in labor history, and it also links her directly to one of just a handful of majority-minority cities in her home state, giving her a chance to show her appeal to the voters who may ultimately decide the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. “It’s about immigrants, it’s about women, it’s about workers’ rights, it’s about pay equity,” said Mary Anne Marsh, a Boston-based Democratic strategist. “It’s about everything Elizabeth Warren has spent her life fighting for.” The Bread and Roses strike began in response to a pay cut of 32 cents a week. The roughly 30,000 people who worked in the mills were crowded into tenement houses, having arrived in Lawrence from more than 50 different nations. Seven of the eight people who worked in the Mills were either immigrants or the children of immigrants. At the city’s dominant employer ― the American Woolen Company ― half of the employees were women between the ages of 14 and 18. While doctors in Lawrence had a life expectancy of 65, more than one-third of mill workers died before age 25. The strike quickly led to clashes with local police, and a state militia was called in. The International Workers of the World organized the strikers, and soon news of the strike was dominating the nation’s newspapers. Wealthy suffragettes, believing their struggle for the right to vote was linked to that of the strikers, began supporting them financially. To draw additional attention to the cause, the mothers of Lawrence sent their children by train to New York City, a so-called “Children’s Exodus.” The sight of the malnourished children drew more sympathy to the strikers’ cause. In late February, as a second group of children prepared to leave for Philadelphia, police began clubbing them and their parents. The violence drew further condemnation, and soon both the U.S. House and Senate began investigating the conditions in Lawrence. In March, owners agreed to a 15 percent raise for the mill workers, to give double pay for overtime and to improve safety conditions in the mills. The eventual agreement ending the strike was read aloud in Arabic, Polish, Armenian and a slew of other languages, reflecting the diversity of the strikers. Snip Journalist Bruce Watson, in his book on the strike, “Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream,” wrote that in 1912, “the great rudder of a stable society, the middle class, had not yet been invented.” But within months of the end of the strike, Warren noted, Massachusetts became the first state in the country with a minimum wage, part of a newly empowered labor movement that would soon win a 40-hour work week and the elimination of child labor. In Warren’s telling of American history, the middle class that the strike helped create over the following decades has fallen by the wayside. “This wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t inevitable,” she said, pointing the finger at power-hungry lobbyists, misguided Republicans and the corrupting influence of corporate money on politics that she said had derailed progress on everything from gun control to climate change. “Over the years, America’s middle class had been deliberately hollowed out.” To fix it, Warren argues, involves more than throwing Trump out of office, and requires a more aggressive form of liberal politics. “Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected,” she said during her 40-minute speech. “Corruption is a cancer on our democracy. And we will get rid of it only with strong medicine ― with real, structural reform.” But Lawrence’s story is as much about immigration as it is about labor. “The city of Lawrence symbolizes what our country stands for. The wave after wave of immigrantswho come to this country seeking a better life,” said Juana Matias, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who previously represented Lawrence in the Massachusetts State House. “Warren coming to Lawrence demonstrates the commitment she has to the middle class.” Instead of the polyglot immigrant community that existed in 1912, Lawrence today is dominated by immigrants from the Dominican Republic and emigres from Puerto Rico. The city, which is nearly three-quarters Latino in a state that is roughly three-quarters white, has struggled. A 2014 story in Boston Magazine labeled it “The City of the Damned,” documenting a state takeover of the city’s failing public schools, a high crime… Read more »

Vermonter
Vermonter

That’s Industrial Workers of the World — not international. Women were deeply involved in leading the strike, especially Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (who should have a movie made about her). Mother Jones was there too. Joe Hill helped strikers learn English by singing songs, such as “You Won’t Get Me, I’m Part of the Union”. One interesting thing about the Wobblies is that they didn’t favor written agreements with the bosses. A verbal agreement was better because if the boss tried to cheat or mistreat the workers, everybody dropped their work and went out on a wild cat strike. The Wobblies were so effective that something had to be done about them. After World War I, they were rounded up and put in concentration camps.

Benny

polarbear4

Have to say, this is a good thing!

humphrey

As if one could trust Kavanaugh.

Benny

It was a hit against Collins and Murkowski.

orlbucfan

There are two RW yahoos on this court who are beginning to worry about the FR fascist crap that controls the country. Alito and Head Supreme what-ever-his-name-is/Roberts? They are worrying about their legacies. Screw them!

humphrey

I wonder if she shows this to her mother?

Benny

A bit cynical, but probably some relevance to 2020.

humphrey

humphrey

Sorry for the double comment.

humphrey

Speaking of a non story. I wonder if the US will overthrow the government in France?

humphrey

Crickets over here but the protests are being treated violently!

https://www.rt.com/news/451055-yellow-vest-france-protests/

Link contains some gruesome videos but it is reality.

orlbucfan

Nope.

polarbear4

Doesn’t hurt to hear it twice. 😉

Benny

Is it not recalling or possibly just not familiar with all of Bernie’s tweets, but isn’t this the first time in this election cycle that Bernie has clearly defined MfA as single payer, compared to the rest of the candidates?

humphrey

CNN caught red handed manipulating the news.

humphrey

orlbucfan

You Know, I hope the frigging Congress will finally do its job. They stopped doing it right around the time when Raygun got in.

humphrey

Benny

https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1094325465026826241

I might add that I’ve not seen a senator’s foreign policy advisor be so active on twitter before.

humphrey

Max Boot is a neocon warmonger. But CNN and the Washington Post give him a platform to spew his thoughts.

Benny

He sells newspapers in print more than via tweet.

orlbucfan

Max Boot is a FRightwing a-hole! How do these things get all this attention?

humphrey
humphrey

orlbucfan

The timing is beyond suspicious.

humphrey

I don’t think that “turn the other cheek” is a winning strategy in today’s environment!

humphrey

polarbear4

Benny

That explains why she’s on MSDNC as a frequent guest.

polarbear4

Somebody here posted about a free station on Roku called Pluto. Pretty neat – – I’m watching RT Live right now. TYT. Other stuff.

Benny

TYT got better on their main show, but I’m still miffed that Jordan got the boot and we’ve only seen David Siorta as a guest on Rebel HQ, and doing any new reporting.

LieparDestin

I posted about Pluto the other day as its a good way for access to TYT without resorting to waiting for it to be put up on youtube. I still think they cover too much fluff issues and like Benny says need to do a better job with their better journalists.. but in comparison to the ‘msm’, its at least watchable and occasionally even informative.

polarbear4

Thanks for letting us know. RT, too

polarbear4

Didn’t watch so didn’t know.

Benny

I didn’t watch it either. Der Herr is a terrible orator.

polarbear4

orlbucfan

T and R, jcb!! I saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a dear pal today. You want to talk about wicked????!! I am still buzzing just like I always felt after going to a live concert. 🙂

Benny

I may rent it closer to the Oscars.

polarbear4

Benny

humphrey

Benny

humphrey

No real significance (or maybe it explains a few things) I just found it interesting.

humphrey
humphrey

Another day and more murders! But we only hear about Venezuela.

humphrey

Instead of reigning in overseas interventionism we get this!

.https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/2819-2/
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https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/2819-2/

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the situation in Venezuela:

“I support the decision of the National Assembly, Venezuela’s sole remaining democratic institution, to recognize Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as the Interim President until full, fair and free elections can be held. The United States must respect legitimate democratic processes, and support the right of the people of Venezuela to protest and defend their human rights.

“Nicolas Maduro’s regime of repression and impoverishment for his personal enrichment continues to gravely violate human rights, and must be condemned swiftly by the full international community. His recent decision to block bridges and cut off channels of food and supplies imperils the health and futures of the Venezuelan people, and must be immediately reversed.

“During this perilous time, the United States must support the people of Venezuela.”

polarbear4

This is scary. How is there no protesting? I suppose I can look at myself and say we’re all too busy and too tired and too sick to protest? But it’s more like Democrats now think this is OK. And the people I depend on to speak up are absent.

At this point, I’m spending tomorrow offline (not tonight 😉). Maybe I can contribute to peace by finding it at least a little more within, cuz this stuff brings up shock and rage.

Does she, and they, even realize what they’re approving of? running a covert regime change just like we did in so many countries. Our MSM is helping— we don’t see the Chavistas wearing red or the Yellow Vests—everyone is brainwashed by Russians—we don’t get the histories or the facts.

The point is they are basically murdering people for oil, for minerals, and to install another right wing government.

humphrey

humphrey

To think that he wants to be President. HAH!😫

polarbear4

Everyone brainwashed by Russians—sarcastic. What tweeter centrists say.

polarbear4

polarbear4

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