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The middle ground to disaster.


Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters that elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach that will likely face heavy resistance from green activists.

The approach, which has not been previously reported, will set Biden apart from many of his Democratic rivals for the White House who have embraced much tougher climate agendas, like the Green New Deal calling for an end to U.S. fossil fuels use within ten years. That could make Biden a target of environmental groups and youth activists ahead of next year’s primary elections.

More than half of the crowded field of Democratic contenders, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Jay Inslee and Pete Buttigieg have backed the Green New Deal, and many have also called for a moratorium on drilling on federal land.

Biden has yet to comment publicly on the Green New Deal, and has said little about climate change in his campaign stops.

Referring to the outlines of Biden’s policy, Varshini Prakash, the director of the Sunrise Movement, which has been pushing candidates to endorse the Green New Deal, said: “We are ready and willing to call out the insufficiency of policies like that.”



Food for thought.







I don’t know how many moms of young children are here, or nannies. AOC wants your suggestions.


I have to admit bringing children to work would be disruptive for me as someone who doesn’t have children and need concentration for tasks. I would think it would be equally stressful for the parent & child, especially if one works directly with the public at least 50% of their job. But I think it’s helpful that AOC is inquiring.


Might include a nanny type or 2 to help out. It would bring a lot of mothers in who want to breast-feed and to be around their children and are well qualified and progressive. And some people thrive with a certain background, family noise going on.

Interesting discussion, really, as to what work would really look like if we include bringing in the next gen, the crying and all. otoh, Lots of endorphins, too, when babies fall asleep on your shoulder or giggle. 🥰

Your concerns would definitely have to be addressed, though.


It would be very disruptive for me, mostly because I love children and, since having any of my own wasn’t in my cards, tend to gravitate to them and would not get much work done!


Here’s how to get the hackles up at TOP.


I’m sure plenty of you are here thanks to the hate-click headline, but I’m making a serious case based off of Joe Biden’s own words. There are three core tenets to Trumpism, and Joe Biden is playing the liberal tunes to them all.
1. A Startling Lack of Policy Detail While Simultaneously Embracing Major Capital

Trump loves to make generic platitudes. He’s actually a pretty good salesman when it comes down to the basic nature of the profession. Biden is too. In 2016, Trump hammered away at the notion that trade and immigration had hurt the American worker, and “I alone can fix it,” yet each and every day we learn that all of Trump’s policies to “fix it” can basically be traced back to his personal bank account.
Joe Biden is similarly deceptive about what his actual plans are, as he recently “went light on policy, heavy on emotion” to Politico, saying “I don’t have time to completely lay out all the details” on his health care plan. Vox noted that Biden has really not told anyone what he thinks about health care (while his record proves he is almost surely very anti-single payer). Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is pumping out detailed, comprehensive policy damn-near every single day, so you have to wonder what Biden has been doing with his time (attending fundraisers with the health insurance industry, Comcast, and plenty of GOP donors).

2. The Desire to Return to a Past which Never Existed

There is a vast generational split in Democratic politics. Poll after poll proves that millennials and Gen Z are far more liberal than our older cohorts. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could even be considered something of a centrist in the context of your average millennial’s politics. We simply look at the political system through a fundamentally different lens than our parents and grandparents do, as demonstrated by this stark contrast in a recent poll question from Quinnipiac about what we all really want in a politician:

If you had to choose, which is more important in a presidential candidate: a candidate who you think would be a great leader, or a candidate who you think has great policy ideas?*

Age 18-34: 38% great leader — 54% policy

Age 35-49: 57% great leader — 39% policy

Age 50-64: 55% great leader — 39% policy

Age 65+: 54% great leader — 38% policy

*all generalizations about the “over and under-35 crowd” made from here on out are made acknowledging that these are nowhere close to defining majorities…but they are consistent…until they’re not…that’s significant.
Biden believes that Trump is “not the Republican Party” (according to Gallup, 91% of Republicans currently approve of Trump), and “history will treat this administration’s time as an aberration” (a new study confirmed—again—that sexist and racist resentment, not economic attitudes, was the main cause of Obama counties in Iowa shifting to Trump in 2016).

Trump is not an aberration, and history has actually proven he is the logical conclusion of the Republican Party’s actions and stated intentions since at least the days of Richard Nixon. Like Trumpism, Bidenism is rejecting reality in favor of an idyllic period that never existed. The under-35 crowd is dragging policy to the center of the Democratic debate, and the fact that Elizabeth Warren cannot gain much traction gives you something of an idea about how well policy plays amongst the over-35 crowd. It’s difficult to see polling on policy flipped like that as anything but a rebuke of previous generations (and The West Wing). That naturally creates resentment. No one likes to hear that people think they’re wrong.


Part 2

Joe Biden is the [Neo]-Liberal Version of Trump

3. Resentment of a New Era

This is really what much of the Biden appeal is about. It’s not just a return to a more comfortable time, but a rejection of our current era as well. It’s not just Trump that the Biden ethos opposes—as you will see in my final Biden video below that is sure to be interpreted differently by different generations.
At its core, all politics is primal, as we are limited by the confines of our animalistic nature. Every generation has expressed its resentment towards generational change through its politics (back in my day, etc…), and there is no doubt in my mind that when millennials and Gen Z reach our older years, we will also curse the youths—doing kickflips and wheelies or whatever on their hoverboards while flying above the scorched, unusable farm land that used to be known as the Midwest, all while making a living by throwing parties in underwater Miami—meanwhile, we will all still be texting each other, pining for a simpler time where memes were a widely-understood form of conversation.

Damn Xillennails.

The last 40 years have conditioned folks to think of politics as a morality play—where we can create a metaphor for the America we imagine by simply banding together for Common Sense Bipartisan Solutions. That’s a fantasy, no different from Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again (Medicare, the Civil Rights Act and the New Deal were all shoved down an intransigent opposition’s throat by a liberal majority in Congress—their passage was anything but bipartisan). Politics is a battle for power and resources, pure and simple. That’s what history tells us time and time again. That’s why we find ourselves in a moment where Republicans have most of the power and resources, because they understand this fact far better than Biden-era Democrats do.

Younger folks have internalized this more fatalistic and cynical view of the political system embraced by the GOP, as our adolescence was defined by the Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis where no major decision-makers were put in jail for a Vietnam-like debacle and an event that wiped out at least 40% of middle class wealth. There is no justice, only power, therefore the only justice we will ever get is through taking power.

In 2016, two years before Joe Biden told millennials that he “has no empathy” for us, Stanford released a study which found that “young people entering the workforce today are far less likely to earn more than their parents when compared to children born two generations before them.”

$&#% Joe Biden

Joe Biden is clearly resentful of a new age which demands he answer for his crimes of a less civilized time. No one running for office utters such a demonstrative phrase in public like “I have no empathy” unless they mean it. This is Biden’s appeal: screw the complaining young folks—they’ve got it easy—us boomers had it real tough going to college while working 10 hours a week at the library to pay for it, just before the government threw a house at us at age 24 as we entered the economy during one of the most robust periods of wage growth in recent U.S. history. Those were the truly difficult years—besides, it’s not like these kids have to deal with the end of the world or anything.


What a depressing poll! How can anyone think that being a “great leader” is somehow separate from great policy?

If you don’t have “great policy ideas” what, exactly, would the next leader be leading with/towards?



Though Bernie is good, Tulsi is Gravel’s ideal president. 🤔

In the interview, he admits he is not seriously seeking the presidency, but just wants to get on the debate stage. Will the DNC actually allow someone who is not actually running to get a place on an already crowded stage?


Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel said in an interview that aired Friday on Hill.TV’s “Rising” that he thinks that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) would make the ideal 2020 Democratic ticket.

“In my mind, the ideal group would be either Bernie as president or Tulsi as president and Bernie as vice president,” Gravel, who served as a senator and congressman from Alaska, told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.

Gravel went on to praise Sanders’s domestic agenda and Gabbard’s military service, adding that Gabbard would be his ideal choice for the top of the ticket.

“I think he’s got a great domestic agenda. I thought, back then, he was a little weak on foreign policy. He himself has admitted that he was weak on foreign policy, and he’s trying to bring himself up to speed,” he said.

“Tulsi Gabbard, in my mind, is the most ideal person to become president,” he continued. “She’s got six years experience on the Foreign Relations Committee, on the Armed Services Committee. She had the guts to take on Barack Obama over a military issue. She’s been in the service, she’s a major in the reserves, she’s had two tours of duty in Iraq.” (The House committee with jurisdiction over foreign policy matters is called the House Foreign Affairs Committee).


I didn’t bother to read the poll. It is not my day for fiction. Poll has Biden at 36%, Bernie at 18%.

This is a state where in 2016, Bernie won 60% to HRC’s 38%. I am sure it make sense to someone how HRC 2.0 is that far ahead there.

Poll: Biden doubling up Sanders in New Hampshire


If you want to know just how sick our society is read the comments. If you do not want to join the insanity, don’t

“I Don’t Know Who ‘I’ Am”: Bernie Sanders’ Brutally Honest Mayoral Memos

Sometime in the mid-1980s, about halfway through his eight-year tenure as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders flipped to a fresh page in a yellow legal pad and poured out his crippling sense of doubt.

“What can be done?” he scrawled.

“What is hard to see through is the total”—he scratched out “total” and tried again—“almost total degree of powerlessness which presently exists. We can make almost nothing happen.”

Sanders laid out a series of frustrations. He was fighting with the state over where the city dumped trash; there was a labor dispute at the fire department; the police department was in turmoil. The revolution in city government he had promised as a candidate in 1981 had become mired in the mundane.

“Maintaining a radical vision is extremely difficult when one is confronted on every corner with the force of suffocating force of the status quo,” he wrote.

Opposition research from Mojo or something else?


I didn’t bother going through the slides that make up this article (I hate those things), but you get the gist of what they are saying by the headline: Quite whining! It’s your fault!

How to live comfortably on just the minimum wage


Worth a look. 🦊


It was worth it! 🙂


Hey! The video in the blog post was cut off. As this is one of the few positive interviews (as far as it goes), I was interested in hearing the rest. The woman interviewer keeps nodding her head at Bernie’s statements. How did she end up on MSNBC? Will she be allowed to interview Bernie again?


I like the way she walks back to the desk saying, “Compelling, Ali!” in a feisty kind of way.

In an effort to find you the rest of the video, I clicked on the YouTube link and the second comment was this:

You cut him off mid sentence. That’s not good coverage.

The next comment was this:

Sanders is the only one I’ve heard my Republican Family and Army buddies sound excited for, finally done with Trump’s drama. I have hope for him.

so I kept reading the replies under that comment!

And I’m with you Bernie 2020 and I’m a black man from Florida

Yes, Bernie will pick up republican voters – families would vote for Bernie. He speaks to their needs, not the corporate fat-cats.

I agree, my ex-lifer air force mail man said he would have voted for Bernie instead of trump.

Yep. My Republican family wanted to vote for him last time!

I just have to say that because every time I say Bernie Sanders 2020 they say but red States and black people won’t vote for Bernie so I have to let them know then I’m Black and I’m from a red state and I am Bernie bro LOL

Same here. both my neighbors in my rural area voted for Trump, but they like & respect Bernie. Primarily because he speaks Truth to Power regarding the financial institutions !

and then a bunch more comments about MSNBC cutting Bernie off.


Thanks! That brightens my day.






It includes an interview with Lawrence Wilkerson whose opinions never seem make it Cable News as they are pushing for regime change.



With Mr. Sanders taking notice, the ongoing strike in Toledo has started to gain national exposure. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), who was considering a run for president, was expected to join the picket line 1:30 p.m. Friday.


This is what the stenographers in the MSM do with regards to Pentagon reporting.




Can HRC file a plagiarism suit against Biden? She said the same thing. She could get things done by working with Republicans.


For wi60:


Like McConnell they want to make Evers a one Term Gov.


Nearly all the world’s countries sign deal to prevent plastic waste – except US

Almost all the world’s countries have agreed on a deal to improve the way they deal with plastic waste and prevent so much of it from getting washed or dumped into oceans and rivers – with the glaring exception of the United States, the United Nations announced on Friday afternoon.

A “legally binding framework” that affects thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of UN-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous chemicals that threaten the planet’s seas and creatures.

Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Program says the “historic agreement” linked to the 186-country, UN-supported Basel convention signatories, meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, means countries will have to monitor and track movements of plastic waste outside their borders.

The deal affects products used in a broad array of industries, such as health care, technology, aerospace, fashion, and food and beverages.



I’ve definitely noticed a growing awareness.

Payet said the negotiations, which began 11 days ago and brought together 1,400 delegates, had gone much further than anticipated.

Officials attributed the progress partly to growing public awareness worldwide – reinforced by documentary films by British naturalist David Attenborough and others – of the dangers of plastic pollution, especially to marine life.

The new rules will take a year to come into force. But Payet said the signatory countries had said they did not want any delay, adding that the plan was to “hit the ground running”.


Florida schools reject law allowing teachers to carry guns

The Guardian finds that none of the state’s largest school districts plan to allow teachers to carry weapons

Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, signed the bill into law on Wednesday that expands a campus “armed guardian” program established in the wake of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school massacre to include trained teacher volunteers.

But after leaving Florida’s 67 counties to make their own decision about allowing teachers to participate, the scale of opposition quickly became apparent. Following the bill’s passage, the Guardian canvassed the 25 largest school districts by size, covering more than 2.3 million of the state’s 2.8 million school-age children, and established from interviews, a study of public statements and resolutions passed by school board members, that none were planning to allow their teachers to be armed.

Additionally, several district superintendents have spoken out strongly against the law, including those in Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough and Orange counties, the four most populated districts with a combined student count of more than 1 million.


Our obsession with growth is ruining the planet. A Green New Deal can save us

We seem to be caught between parallel universes. You may have caught a glimpse of the first last week, when GDP was announced to have grown by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, a “blockbuster” result that the White House economic adviser Kevin Hassert told CNBC is “absolutely” sustainable in the coming months and years. With unemployment at its lowest levels since 1969, Democrats eyeing the 2020 elections are starting to worry the economy might even be too good, making it more difficult to beat Trump next year.

The other universe made itself known on Monday, with the publication of a new report on global biodiversity from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES). Nature, researchers found, is in its worst shape in human history. As one scientist put it: “We are eroding the very foundations of economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

The IPBES chair, Sir Robert Watson, urged that it’s “not too late to make a difference” but said it would require “transformative change”.

“By transformative change,” he added, “we mean a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.”

In one world, the US economy should proceed full speed ahead to gobble up as many resources as possible as soon as possible. In the other, reckless resource use is wrecking the planet. The trouble is that these two universes aren’t separate at all: the world in which GDP growth is valued above all else is the same one making life on Earth increasingly difficult, for humans and the ecosystems on which we depend.

Kate (Aronoff) then makes an interesting observation:

It’s here where the Trump boom offers an unlikely opportunity. However “sustainable” it might be in strictly short-term economic terms, it’s plainly suicidal in the long run. What’s made this boom remarkable, though, is that continued spending and dwindling unemployment haven’t triggered inflation in the way economists might expect. The idea that the economy needs to maintain some “natural” level of unemployment to avoid rising prices doesn’t seem to hold much weight any more, although has been a belief held to by policymakers across the political spectrum. The Trump White House is an odd candidate to show that old, bipartisan neoliberal economic dogmas are bunk, but that’s exactly what it’s (inadvertently) doing.

Those interested in heading off mass extinction should see this as a once-in-a-species opportunity to throw out those old rules altogether.


Sorry if this is a repeat:

USDA Employees Unionize As Buffer Against Trump White House

WASHINGTON ― A group of economists, statisticians and other employees at the Agriculture Department voted overwhelmingly to form a union Thursday, hoping to use collective bargaining as a way to push back against new policies coming from the Trump administration.

About 200 workers at the agency’s Economic Research Service will be represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, assuming the election results are ratified by a federal agency. The preliminary vote count was 138 in favor of unionizing, 4 against.

At a rally downtown ahead of the election, several ERS employees told HuffPost they were deeply worried about changes at the agency undertaken by political appointees, particularly a plan to move most of the workforce to a new, yet-to-be-determined location outside the Washington area.

They hoped having union representation would force more transparency about such plans and give them a seat at the table with an administration many view as hostile to their mission.

“It’s a form of protection,” explained one employee, who, like others, asked to speak anonymously for fear of being retaliated against. “All these little things pile up and [right now] we have no way to stop them. We’re optimistic the union can force the USDA to follow guidelines.”



Let’s sum up the fresh dirt Politico so helpfully prepared for anti-Sanders campaign consultants:

Sanders is against the media lying about countries targeted by the US government.

Sanders is against the US backing crimes against humanity.

Sanders is against economic warfare and coercion.

And Sanders is for exchange programs that would ease hostility between the US and other countries.

Now, I haven’t watched all the tapes. It’s very possible that Bernie Sanders said something “startling” in the 51 episodes of Bernie Speaks—but if he did, Politico didn’t find it. Instead, the publication showed us its own failure to dislodge from the corporate media’s anti-Communist, neo–Cold War worldview. In a Sanders story that tried to play nice—a rare find in establishment outlets—Politico nonetheless gave us a peek at US media jingoism that was past its sell-by date nearly three decades ago.

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