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T and R, Ms. Benny, and the rest of the usual excellent TPW suspects!! ☮️😊👏


It sure would be nice to quit funding the MICC jobs program. Put the money into the actual war we now face: climate change.


and part of fighting climate change could be drawing down on the big ag and big forest clearing that fuels the other big threat. eisenhower was right and nobody listened and now they have the power to keep reformers out. we’ll keep coming from below. my only hope, thank god for something.


for one I’m sick n tired of the greed is good economy at the expense of a majority of Americans and the environment

Don midwest
Don midwest


on democracynow yesterday, as I recall, Lakota do not drink water for 4 days each year to be reminded about how sacred water is

Please watch this Bruno Latour lecture. His cosmology with air in the center, followed by soil,, and many more circles and finally on the edge, the deep earth. Rather than the thin layer, The Critical Zone which is hard to see, the new diagram puts The Critical Zone in the center, similar to the cosmology of Native Americans and others.

We are facing de-civilization. Will humans continue mass production or re-production? In the last year of WW II, Germany suffered half of their casualties as they went on a total war footing, while knowing that they couldn’t win. They were going to take down the country rather than give up.

Will humans do the same thing?

You can email me at donutter@att.net if you want further Bruno Latour material.

I have been on his path for 12 years and finally found someone to read his books with and now on his third book. Some of the later books read more than once, but I had to go back to the first work to understand the dramatic insights he has. After 40 years of work, with people in many disciplines, he has now been able to formulate the cosmological challenge for humans.

Bruno Latour, “From One Lockdown to the Next: A Change in Cosmology.”

His talk is the first hour. Then there are questions and answers.

With the “glove turned inside out”, putting the air at the center, then the soil, etc., he argues that the second lockdown is permanent. Like the Lakota. Humans should return to the earth. The radical implications of a change in cosmology back to those in the past.


i’m happy you found someone to read with, don!

wish i had more time to join you. i’m having to time myself on here, even, for a while, while i honestly purge this house. i am determined.


In the conservative Boston Herald of all places


Today it’s clear that on issue after issue, Sanders’ thunder on the left has carried the day among a majority of Americans, including substantial numbers of Republicans. Conservative attacks on Sanders-style proposals for universal health care, raising taxes on the wealthy, raising the federal minimum wage and other programs as “European socialism,” once tried and true, are increasingly falling flat.

So say the polls, in any event.

In announcing his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2019, for example, Sanders proclaimed “We say to the American people that we will rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, our rail systems and subways and our airports,” vowing to create millions of jobs in the process. And he promised to tax the rich to pay for it. “The wealthy and multi-national corporations in this country,” Sanders said, “will start paying their fair share of taxes.”

Americans are with him. Asked last month whether they would support President Biden’s massive public infrastructure plan even after passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID relief act, 77% of Democrats, 57% of independents and 61% of Republicans told Data for Progress pollsters that they would. A Morning Consult poll two weeks ago found that 54% of Americans supported funding those improvements by raising taxes on those earning over $400,000 a year and by raising the corporate tax rate. Unsurprisingly, this included 73% of Democrats. More notably, it included 52% of independents and 32% of Republicans. Fifty-seven percent of voters told the pollsters that they would be more likely to support Biden’s infrastructure plan if it included raising taxes on high earners; only 17% said it would make them less likely to do so. Forty-seven percent of Americans said they would be likelier to support the bill if it was paid for by raising corporate taxes, while only 21% said it would make them less likely to support it.

Raising taxes to invest in public infrastructure is not the only issue on which America’s political sands are shifting. A poll taken last fall by the Kaiser Family Foundation concluded that 53% of Americans supported a national health plan that would insure everyone. This included 58% of independents and 21% of Republicans. A contemporaneous Pew Research Center poll found that 63% of American adults believe that government bears responsibility for providing health care coverage for all, up from 2019. This included 34% of Republicans. And a recent Morning Consult poll found that a majority of Republicans support raising the federal minimum wage.

It has been a very long time since Bernie Sanders could be ignored. If once it could be said that he was ahead of his time, it must now be said that Americans are catching up to him.




ooops. was going to share, and then saw that the article starts off with every tired dismissal of Bernie as if true.

still, good for robbins for admitting and writing the rest of the article. lol


How about the group of educated, informed Americans (granted, a minority) who supported these positions long before Bernie won his first political campaign? 🙄


Mondaire Jones


White supremacists are closer to restoring Jim Crow than at any time in memory. They are staging an assault on the right to vote: reducing early voting, restricting registration and reversing the rollout of voting by mail. We all know why: They need to entrench their diminishing hold on power by disenfranchising voters of color.

As a member of the most diverse Congress in U.S. history and one of the first openly gay Black members of Congress, I know that we are closer to building a true, multiracial democracy than ever before. But twice before in our nation’s history, we have tried to build a multiracial democracy. And twice before, white supremacists have devised ways to disenfranchise people of color.

We now find ourselves at a crossroads. For the first time in 10 years, the Democratic Party controls Congress and the White House. Building a multiracial democracy will not be easy. But if we do not act now, it may soon be impossible.

Now is the time for a Third Reconstruction — one that abolishes Jim Crow once and for all. That means making voting as easy as possible for everyone, by establishing automatic voter registration, protecting our voter rolls from purges, and ensuring universally accessible ballots for seniors, people with disabilities and anyone else who needs an accommodation. That means restoring that right to the 5.2 million people, disproportionately Black and brown, who have been disenfranchised because of felony convictions.

Second, we must end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts. That’s the distorting system that has evolved to permit politicians to choose their voters rather than voters to choose their politicians. Congress’s power to right this wrong is beyond dispute. As even Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the Supreme Court in 2013, the Constitution’s elections clause gives Congress the “authority to provide a complete code for congressional elections.” Until we end partisan gerrymandering, a declining White minority will wield it to deny communities of color the representation they deserve — packing them into safe districts to waste their votes or spreading them out to diffuse their power. Meanwhile, QAnon conspiracy theorists will continue coasting to victory in general elections after prevailing in Republican primaries. These are distortions of our democracy.

Third, we must end the pernicious power of Big Money, which converts the racial wealth gap into a political power gap. An under-told truth of our politics is that the donor class often anoints the candidates who make it on the ballot. That donor class is overwhelmingly White and conservative. And that big-money gatekeeping disproportionately excludes candidates of color, who rely more on small donations.

Public campaign financing would amplify the voices of communities of color. The For the People Act, commonly known as H.R.1 or S.1, would match every dollar donated up to $200 with $6 raised from penalties on corporations that have broken the law. A $50 donation would become a $350 donation. In New York City, a limited, small-donor matching program has already fostered more representative donors and candidates for city offices.

This transformation of our democracy will not happen overnight. But Congress can bring us closer than ever before by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — uncompromised. If we squander this opportunity, future generations will not — and should not — forgive us.



On Jan. 6, the world saw the threat posed by a slice of White America to freedom and democracy. Three months on, most people still do not understand the movement’s depth and endurance — or its history. While the nation has never had a stronger, common commitment to equity for all people, these darker, authoritarian forces are determined to use every resource they can to ensure that injustice prevails.

Most scholars who study the second half of the 20th century in the United States would recognize the term “massive resistance.” The call from Sen. Harry F. Byrd (D-Va.) in 1956 sparked 50 years of ongoing defiance of racial inclusion. The past 30 years of white nationalism in federal politics helped seed the rise of mass incarceration between 1994 and 2012, and the crippling of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. The historic election of President Barack Obama in 2008 only intensified this movement. This resistance movement helped Republicans win 12 governor’s offices and 958 legislative seats between 2010 and 2016. Now those state legislatures are moving almost in lockstep to restrict access to the ballot for people of color.

The United States is a decade or two away from being majority non-White. The Republican Party has been quietly trying for years to delay that moment; now it isn’t even trying to hide its efforts.

In the wake of increasing violence against Asian Americans, Latino migrants, American Indians and African Americans, now is the time to break the traditions of white nationalism in the nation’s civic institutions. From the military and law enforcement to finance and philanthropy, the United States must rid itself of white supremacists.

The Biden administration has an opportunity to deliver justice for a nation still bound by segregation. If it misses the chance this year and next, it may be a generation before another opportunity arrives.



Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat, made history in November when he became one of the first two openly gay Black men to win a seat in Congress.

As a representative of Rockland and Westchester counties ― largely affluent, white suburban communities north of New York City ― he is also part of a wave of progressive lawmakers proving they can win in historically moderate territory.

Jones sat down with HuffPost last week to explain why he’s not planning on working with Republicans any time soon, why he thinks President Joe Biden’s performance has been a “pleasant surprise,” and why he sees abolishing or reforming the filibuster as a key test for Biden.




Excellent read, jcb. 👍



Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she wants to hear more from Joe Biden’s administration regarding its delay in restarting refugee admissions into the United States.

“I don’t know why there’s a hold-up. I want to understand why this hasn’t already happened,” Warren told HuffPost on Monday.

Biden is on pace to accept the fewest refugees of any modern president, including Donald Trump, according to a new report by the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian relief organization. Only 2,050 refugees have resettled in the U.S. halfway through the fiscal year.

Upon taking office, Biden announced he was going to raise the limit on admissions to 62,500 people and lift the cap again next year. The pronouncement followed Biden’s campaign promise to lift the cap after the Trump administration’s draconian cuts to the program.

“The United States’ moral leadership on refugee issues was a point of bipartisan consensus for so many decades,” Biden said in February. “It’s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged.”

But Biden still hasn’t made the policy change official by signing the required presidential determination. His administration hasn’t given a reason for the delay, nor has it given a date when he plans to do so.

“The president remains committed to raising the cap,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week. “When it’s signed, we will update you all.”

Warren isn’t the only Democratic lawmaker pushing for answers regarding the Biden administration’s refugee policy. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, said she has repeatedly urged the administration to lift the cap.

“I know the difficulties of going through the vetting process and can’t imagine the disappointment felt by too many as we postponed their ability to call the United States their home,” Omar said in a statement last week. “Abandoning those who fled unthinkable atrocities does not align with the values we hold as Americans—nor does it align with the promises set by this administration.”


she’s still hoping for president someday. imho


That time has passed for her and others in the boomer generation. Its time for the next generation.



Mr. Stringer, with his significant war chest and roster of prominent endorsements, is competing for the city’s most progressive voters along with Ms. Wiley and Ms. Morales. Left-wing activists, alarmed by the perceived strength of Mr. Yang and Mr. Adams — two more centrist candidates — are strategizing about how to elevate a contender or group of contenders more aligned with their vision.

A number of organizations, from the left-wing Working Families Party to the United Federation of Teachers, are in the midst of endorsement processes, which could help voters narrow down their preferred candidates. Decisions may come as soon as this week.

Mr. McGuire, in particular, was embraced as a favorite of the business community early on — with the fund-raising to prove it — but there are growing signs that other candidates may also be acceptable to the city’s donor class.

Mr. Yang has been courting Mr. McGuire’s donors, encouraging them to take something of a portfolio management approach by investing in multiple candidates who are supportive of the business community, according to someone with direct knowledge of the conversations, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. The Yang campaign declined to comment.

The question for Mr. Yang is whether that attention translates into votes — and rivals are aware that it could. Mr. Yang has no government experience, he has never voted for mayor and his record of business success is uneven. Many New Yorkers — elected officials, voters and party leaders — have serious questions about his managerial capabilities and the depth of his city knowledge.

Some left-wing leaders are beginning to discuss what it would take to stop him. So far, no serious anti-Yang effort from them or from unions supporting other candidates has materialized.



Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang drew a cascade of criticism from his Democratic rivals and others after he suggested on Sunday there should be more enforcement of unlicensed street vendors, the latest flare-up that could galvanize progressives against the political upstart’s surging campaign.

With only 10 weeks to go until the mayoral primary, the majority of Democratic New Yorkers appear to be undecided about the eight leading candidates, although several polls have shown Yang to be leading the pack. Progressive groups are beginning to rally against Yang, who is generally more centrist and pro-business. The Working Families Party, which has been influential in state races, is expected to hold their endorsement process this week.

On Monday, Stringer, who is currently the city’s comptroller, held a press conference in Corona, Queens to condemn Yang’s remarks.

“How can you claim to love New York City and want to throw hard-working New Yorkers in jail?” he said, surrounded by activists and elected officials. “This is a criminalization of poverty.”

Stringer added: “That’s why we cannot have a mayor that tweets first and thinks second.


Stringer has actual civic experience; Yang does not.



As the primary race for New York City mayor heads into the final 10 weeks, a left-leaning group — buoyed by a new poll showing popularity for its chief policy goals — is gearing up to make a public case against frontrunner Andrew Yang.

The political action committee “Our City” recently commissioned a survey that found 56 percent of likely voters are unsure who to back in the eight-way Democratic primary — a race Yang has dominated since his entry in January. But the same 509 voters said they are looking for a candidate committed to shifting resources away from the NYPD, expanding affordable housing and increasing taxes on high earners to underwrite the city’s recovery from Covid-19.

That does not describe some of Yang’s positions, though he has led every public poll, quickly raised donations and commanded news cycles — all to the detriment of other well-funded campaigns that claim to be more in sync with the progressive movement.

The organization said candidate rankings are not available until the pollster, progressive think-tank Data For Progress, finishes analyzing results with regard to the ranked-choice voting system debuting in the city this year. Several people familiar with the survey said Yang maintained a healthy lead, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and former City Hall attorney Maya Wiley trailing him.

With what it considers a clear mandate for a policy platform — if not a specific candidate — Our City says it’s time to begin warning voters about Yang, an entrepreneur turned presidential candidate who is skeptical about raising taxes on the wealthy and has embraced working with the private sector on the city’s recovery.

“We want to make sure that a progressive candidate wins the mayoral race, and make sure that no voters go in voting for a conservative, nonprogressive candidate and that’s definitely Andrew Yang,” Gabe Tobias, who leads Our City PAC, told POLITICO in a recent interview. He said fundraising for the PAC is getting underway.

Tobias said Adams, a former police officer who supports real estate development and has amassed union support, does not present as much of a threat to the left flank of the party.

“I think Eric Adams’ positions are very far from progressive positions in most areas, but we are more concerned about progressives voting for Andrew Yang than we are about them voting for Eric Adams,” he added.


The attacks will get more intense on Yang, its now about how he responds to them.


If I was a NYC voter, I would not vote for Yang. He has too many red flag alerts now. First, his POTUS campaign and now the mayor’s race. NYCVG has done a superb job following the race for us Nesters. 😊👏


EMILY’s List spending is actually good here.


With less than two weeks to go before the all-Democratic April 24 runoff, EMILY’s List has launched what Politico reports is a $341,000 TV buy in support of state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. This appears to be the first negative TV commercial of the campaign directed against Peterson’s foe, fellow state Sen. Troy Carter, though a pro-Carter PAC recently launched a spot against Peterson. Carter led Peterson by a 36-23 margin during the March 24 all-party primary, but no one has released any polls since then that might indicate whether Carter still has an advantage for the second round of voting.

EMILY’s ad features a jazz band (this is a spot airing in New Orleans, after all) playing as the narrator argues that Carter is “out of tune”—here a saxophonist sounds a discordant note—and only “pretend[s] to be progressive.” The commercial goes on to declare that Carter is “endorsed by Republicans” (a statement that’s followed by a harsh piano chord bringing the music to a halt) and that he “doesn’t support the Green New Deal.” By contrast, the narrator says, Peterson is the one who “is on beat with us” and praises her for “fighting for COVID relief and affordable healthcare for our community” as the band plays harmoniously.

Both Carter and Peterson are campaigning as ardent Democrats, but Peterson, who would be the first Black woman to represent Louisiana in Congress, is arguing she’s the more liberal of the two. Notably, while Peterson has called for a Green New Deal, Carter merely characterized it as “a good blueprint” that won’t be in place for a long time and that he doesn’t support. Carter, for his part, has insisted he’d have a far easier time working with Republicans than Peterson, who is a former chair of the state Democratic Party.

Carter, as the EMILY ad points out, does indeed have some prominent Republican backers, including Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. Those GOP supporters could be an asset to Carter if they can help him appeal to the district’s bloc of Republican voters, but only if they don’t cost him Democratic support; EMILY is hoping that its advertising will make it tough for Carter to strike that balance.

Both contenders also have some high-profile local Democrats in their corner. Carter is backed by former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who resigned in January to join the Biden administration, as well as East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams, who was elected last year on a platform emphasizing criminal justice reform. Peterson, for her part, has the support of Gary Chambers, a vocal progressive who took 21% in the first round in March, plus New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Carter is also getting some help from American Jobs and Growth PAC, a conservative group that until now has never supported any Democrats. So far the PAC has reported deploying just $21,000, however, and with early voting already underway, it doesn’t have much time left to ramp up its spending if it wants to make an impact.



Nearly 400 state and local elected officials from across the country signed a letter calling for an outright ban on new federal permits for fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure after the Biden administration imposed a temporary moratorium on such permitting on federal lands.

The letter, signed by more than 375 officials and released Tuesday, also called on the federal government to end fossil fuel industrial subsidies, revoke oil and gas permits for sites within 2,500 feet of homes or schools and “support a just transition to clean energy for workers and communities impacted by fossil fuels.”

The letter, addressed to President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), further calls for a nationwide fracking ban by 2025.





Money has been enshrined as a form of free speech in American politics. This has translated into enormous power and influence over the machinery of democracy. The predictable outcome is the peoples’ democratic will is smothered, if not wholly ignored by elected officials; what political scientists describe as “plutocratic populism” is doing the work of American neofascism and autocracy.

Gangster capitalists are escalating their exploitation of the rainforests, jungles, and other crucial habitats and wilderness areas. This only increases the likelihood that other pandemic-scale diseases such as COVID-19 will spread from animals to humans.

How have the plutocrats responded to these crises and others? Instead of displaying social responsibility, many of the world’s richest individuals and families are building bunkers, buying fortified islands or even making ultimate plans to abandon the planet.

What is it like to be a member of that social class? Chuck Collins knows. He was born into the Oscar Mayer meat and cold cuts family fortune. At age 26, he was compelled by conscience to give away his inheritance in an act of solidarity with the poor and broader community. Living his principles of human solidarity and social change work, Collins is now director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Collins is also the author of several books, including “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good” and “Is Inequality in America Irreversible?” His new book is “The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions.”

In this conversation, Collins explains how wealth hoarding negatively impacts American society, and how the very rich use the “wealth defense industry” to hide their assets in order to avoid paying taxes — and to remain above the law in other ways as well. Donald Trump is a prime example of that corrupt and dangerous plutocratic class.

He also discusses the unspoken cultural rules of the wealthy and the antisocial values and beliefs which guide their lives. At the end of this conversation, Collins debunks right-wing talking points about “the death tax” and “makers and takers” that are used to propagandize far too many “working-class” Americans into voting against their own economic self-interest.