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MARCH 14, 2020
Corporate Media Condone Destruction of Venezuela’s Voting Machines

The vast majority of Venezuela’s voting machines were incinerated on March 7 in a fire that engulfed the main warehouse of the National Electoral Council, or CNE, outside Caracas.

An unknown militant group styling itself the “Venezuelan Patriotic Front” claimed responsibility for the arson attack, which comes as the Maduro government and moderate opposition factions continue high-level negotiations to hold parliamentary elections in a bid to overcome the country’s current standoff.

Given Western journalists’ moral outrage over the dubious allegations of widespread “meddling” in the 2016 US presidential election, consistency would have mandated a similar response to such a brazen attack on Venezuela’s democracy.

Instead, corporate outlets followed the familiar script of blaming the victim, repeating the US State Department talking point that the Venezuelan electoral system is “rigged” (, 5/23/18) and floating outlandish conspiracy theories.


just like ours.


Don midwest
Don midwest



Biden NOT in favor of needed Green New Deal actions

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

Hat’s off to you, orl. Thx for getting this started.


Of course, one can never be too sure of how these things play out, but all this can’t be too helpful to Trump’s (and other Republicans) re-election chances..

Countries closed borders, cities from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Madrid closed bars and restaurants, schools closed more classrooms and hundreds of millions of people closed their doors on one another as the authorities took ever more drastic steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The consequences of China’s harsh measures to halt the virus — restricting the movement of about 700 million people at one point — became apparent on Monday when the government released economic data showing industrial output falling to its lowest level in decades and unemployment rising at its highest rate ever in February.

While the economic ramifications of China’s approach are still playing out, Beijing did succeed in slowing the rise of new infections, as the total number of cases outside the country has for the first time surpassed those inside it.

The Federal Reserve, seeking to steady financial markets, cut interest rates to near zero and said it would buy hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. government debt. But global stocks still tumbled on Monday.


The NY Times has an interesting chart showing which professions are at greatest risk. For those who can get through the paywall, you can try the incognito tab on google.

Workers in a number of professions facing elevated risk earn less than the national median wage. Many of these workers in low-paying jobs do not have paid sick leave, and many could still go to work sick to not lose income.


As coronavirus spreads, sowing panic and economic dislocation, unions across the country are using the crisis as an opportunity to call for priorities that were dismissed as left-wing fantasies not long ago—and now seem like common sense.

Virtually every union with members in a position to be exposed to the illness itself or to its economic side effects (which is to say, almost everyone) has reached out to members with tips about how to navigate the crisis. Many, particularly those representing front-line service workers, are also speaking to reporters, holding press conferences, and issuing press releases about the failings of the government and corporations to deal effectively with the needs of working people. AFGE, which represents federal government workers, criticized the Trump administration’s lack of guidance about what to do as the virus spread. The Association of Flight Attendant’s called Trump’s European travel ban “irresponsible,” and criticized the administration’s “failure to adequately test for the virus, failure to contain the spread, suppression of advice from leading scientists, and failure to consult with stakeholders.” Most unions called for immediate paid sick leave policies, some targeting individual companies where union members work, and others calling on the government to create a national paid sick leave program to bring the United States in line with the standards of the developed world.

Demands of different unions vary based on their membership, but all coalesce around public health and economic security. The Chicago Teacher’s Union called on city leaders to promise that teachers and staff would not lose any pay in the event of a school shutdown. It also broadened its focus to the entire community, demanding that “the City take all action within their authority to support fifteen days of paid sick leave for all CPS parents and Chicago residents.”


Another poll with with a big Biden lead but Bernie leading with young voters and Latinos. Perhaps Bernie can make some inroads if less older voters show up tomorrow because of the virus, but turnout is likely to be down overall and Biden already has a big lead among those who have voted.

If Bernie does go 0 for 4 tomorrow and by fairly big margins, I’m not sure what the future of his campaign will be in this time of the virus. I don’t think the debate last night is going to change the picture much.

Among Arizona voters who are considered likely to participate in the Democratic primary for president, support currently stands at 51% for Biden and 31% for Sanders. Tulsi Gabbard is backed by just 1% and candidates who have dropped out of the race also get support from early voters, including Mike Bloomberg (5%), Elizabeth Warren (3%), Pete Buttigieg (3%), and Amy Klobuchar (1%).

Sanders actually leads Biden among Latino voters (48% to 41%) and voters under 50 years old (56% to 28%), but this is more than offset by Biden’s strong advantage among larger voter blocs, including white voters (55% to 26%) and those aged 50 and over (64% to 16%). Just over half of likely Arizona primary voters report having already cast their ballots. Biden has a 50% to 27% lead over Sanders among this group. Among those yet to vote, the race stands at 51% Biden and 36% Sanders.

“Biden has a strong advantage going into the primary. This is because much of his support has already been banked in the early vote. The closure of many polling places due to COVID-19 means it is uncertain how many voters who planned to vote on Tuesday will actually show up,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Don midwest
Don midwest

people like Greenwald and Max Blumenthal have pointed out the cold war card being played by the democrats

there is an article from a couple of years ago when Biden went to China and had high praise for them

now that out country is probably more dependent on China than any other country, it is an ongoing dance to keep it as a partner and a bad guy to justify military spending


that is more than enough for now

like a ticker tape — one after another worth seeing

i recall decades ago when I occasionally watched TV and the news stories on all the channels were on the missing white girl

these days the pandemic has broken through the crap to show that all life is entwined

well, some of the time but not in a way that points to the need for Green New Deal


This pandemic has opened many eyes to the class divides and it will be interesting to see what happens if we ever get back to ‘normal’. (likely Not much if Biden wins)

As I mentioned in a previous post Im a contractor for a super large s&p 500 insurance company that deals with pretty much every large corporation there is.

Travel has been banned and all colleagues are working from home BUT the office remains open and we contractors are required to be here. Obviously we contractors are not paid near as much as the company staff but are essential in maintaining the operations at risk of sickness (we work in a skyscraper with tons of people and packages coming and going), something we already know of course but now has been shown to all.

The latest email Ive received :

Email is going out by ***** for Dallas, he is not closing the Dallas office. **** sent a worldwide email letting colleagues know if there manager agrees for them to work from home, it’s up to that manager. The office remains open and your team must be available.


I’m so sorry LD. I am questioning my own work commitment right now. it’s overwhelming in a way. If Bernie was in, the parents I work for would not have to worry. They could stay home with the children

Don midwest
Don midwest


Watching a John Anthony West interview and enjoyed the quote about the only thing as strong as “an ideas time that has come” is “an idea that doesnt know its time has gone”.

I missed the debate but will watch shortly



As the government considers what we, the public, should do for the airlines, we should ask, Just what have they done for us?

The United States economy needs an airline industry to function. The industry is in that sense not a “normal” industry, but rather what was once called a common carrier or a public utility: a critical infrastructure on which the rest of the economy relies. The major airlines know that unlike a local restaurant, they will never be allowed, collectively, to fail completely. In practice, the public has subsidized the industry by providing de facto insurance against hard times in the form of bailouts or merger approvals. And now here we go again.

We cannot permit American and other airlines to use federal assistance, whether labeled a bailout or not, to weather the coronavirus crisis and then return to business as usual. Before providing any loan relief, tax breaks or cash transfers, we must demand that the airlines change how they treat their customers and employees and make basic changes in industry ownership structure.

The question of what the public should demand from an airline bailout raises questions that transcend the business of flying. The next several weeks will leave behind many economic victims, including nearly every provider of in-person services. Many small retailers, restaurants and other businesses, like caterers or fitness instructors, face grim prospects. Yet it is the economy’s big players, like banks and airlines, that are the best at asking for (and getting) government assistance.

During the last economic crisis, we largely let individuals suffer while helping out the big guys, leaving behind deep resentments that still fester. This time around we should start from the bottom instead of the top.