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T&R, orl. Here’s the 12 minute video that @DonMidwest shared the other day. worth the time.


Well Done!!! Great Video

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Beautiful. Thanks pb4, for posting this reminder that there is still human empathy, forgiveness, and love out there. After watching clips of the brutal murder by cop of Ronald Green 2 years ago, this is uplifting. And thanks DonMW for originally posting it.


Thanks orl.


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday slammed a provision in Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) legislation to boost American competitiveness that would provide more than $52 billion to boost the semiconductor chip industry.

“No. As part of the Endless Frontiers bill we should not be handing out $53 billion in corporate welfare to some of the largest and most profitable corporations in the country with no strings attached,” Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee chairman, tweeted on Monday, referring to a centerpiece provision in the substitute amendment Schumer unveiled on the floor last week.

Schumer last week hailed the money in the substitute amendment he filed as “a very big deal.”

He said it would “make sure the United States stays on the cutting edge for chip production, semiconductor chip production, which is essential for this country’s economy, including our auto industry, our tech industry and our military.”

Schumer said the funding would “boost domestic production and shore up critical supply chains.”

In his tweet Monday, Sanders acknowledged that “Congress should work to expand U.S. microchip production,” but he didn’t detail what his preferred path would be.



CNN host Dana Bash on Sunday confronted Cedric Richmond, senior advisor to President Joe Biden, over Biden’s statement that progressives have a “socialist agenda.”

In a recent interview with New York Times commentator David Brooks, Biden discussed the rift in the Democratic Party between progressives who have attempted to push him further to the left and moderates seeking bipartisan lawmaking. “The progressives don’t like me because I’m not prepared to take on what I would say and they would say is a socialist agenda,” Biden said.

“The president is saying the progressive agenda is socialist. Really?” Bash asked Richmond on CNN’s State of the Union.

“No, I don’t think that’s what he’s saying,” Richmond responded, before pivoting to promoting Biden’s progressive agenda.

But what I will say is that the president passed a $1.9 trillion bill that reduced child poverty by 50 percent, Black poverty by 34 percent, Hispanic poverty by 38 percent, AAPI poverty by 22 percent,” he said. “That is progressive, it’s bold and it’s transformation. I think the president is always talking about what he’s done, what he can get done and he’s not a president that walks around talking about labels. He’s a president that just meets the challenges he’s faced with and keeps the promises he’s made.”

Bash pressed further, repeating Biden’s statement and insisting “those are his words.”

“He’s not someone who generally talks about labels which is why this really stood out and I would just say, again, this is his quote, ‘I’m not prepared to take on what I would say and they would say is a socialist agenda,'” she said.

“I don’t think the definition of the agenda matters,” Richmond argued. “I think it’s the result of the agenda. And reducing child poverty, investing in families, building our infrastructure so we can compete for tomorrow and making a significant statement and assistance for real policing reform in this country.”

The Biden adviser added: “Those are the things that are important for him and those are the things that are important for progressives and moderates as well. We’re just in the business of getting the work done.”



oh geez, just read that many governments are all up in arms about this. hypocrite is too weak of a word.



Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that his fellow progressives should “tone down the rhetoric” when it comes to language ― such as “apartheid” ― used to describe Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The Vermont left-leaning independent sat down with CBS’s John Dickerson on “Face the Nation.” Dickerson pointed out that a number of progressives, some in the House, have called Israel an apartheid state amid the violence between militant group Hamas ― which has power over Gaza ― and the Israeli government.

Dickerson pointed out the rising anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S., with the Anti-Defamation League reporting 193 incidents this week, an increase from 131 the previous week. The correspondent also said that American Jewish Congress Executive Director Joel Rubin ― who handled Jewish outreach for Sanders’ campaign ― has said that using the word “apartheid” is a contributing factor to the increased attacks.

“Do you think that those who share your view should not use that kind of language?” Dickerson asked.

“Well, I think we should tone down the rhetoric,” Sanders said. “I think our goal is very simple. It is to understand that what’s going on in Gaza today is unsustainable when you have 70% of the young people unemployed, when people cannot leave the community, when hospitals and wastewater plants have been destroyed.

“That is unsustainable,” he continued. “And the job of the United States is to bring people together. And that is what we have got to try to do.”

Sanders, like other progressives and advocates for Palestinian human rights, has said that it is possible to be a critic of Israeli policy without being anti-Semitic. The senator told Dickerson that it is extremely important to combat the rising anti-Semitic attacks both in the U.S. and around the world, just as it is extremely important to combat hate crimes directed at Asians, Latinos and Black people.

Ocasio-Cortez is correct in that she is not the only one describing Israeli’s treatment of Palestinians as apartheid. In addition to the lawmakers, the language has been used by organizations like Human Rights Watch and IfNotNow, the United Nations, B’Tselem (a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that documents human rights violations by Israel), and major media figures.

“Palestinians are at best third-class citizens in the nation of their birth,” MNSBC’s Ali Velshi said on May 15. “The idea that it’s even remotely controversial to call what Israel has imposed on Palestinians a form of apartheid is laughable. One look at a current map of Israel, Gaza and the occupied territories conjures up only one other example: apartheid-era South Africa.”




republicans are, once again, more worthy of tptb’s ear than us scary (democratic, as joe well knows) socialists.




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

Well, at least we’ve got Biden.






That disconnect between Ashbes’s situation and the federal relief that was supposed to help renters like her explains why people are sounding the alarm about a potential deluge of evictions if the federal moratorium is allowed to expire (or is struck down) in the next few weeks.

Getting money into the hands of renters has been exceedingly complicated — the National Low Income Housing Coalition has found over 340 different programs attempting to administer the federal aid. Some programs require onerous documentation; others don’t make it easy for landlords to apply and most put the onus on tenants to provide extensive proof of need. And Ashbes is far from unique; many advocates Vox spoke with said tenants often don’t even know the aid is available to them. All of this underscores the difficulty of aiding those at highest risk of eviction.

The context of this difficulty is that the federal government has never before provided so much aid to renters. The unparalleled action taken by former President Donald Trump’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enact an eviction moratorium, in addition to the extended unemployment benefits, the economic impact payments, and funding in the CARES Act for housing stability, has kept millions of families afloat. Now, the tens of billions in rent relief is an opportunity to keep millions of people in their homes, and an extraordinary challenge to states and localities, many of which have never administered this type of aid before.

But with the federal eviction moratorium expiring at the end of June, and several judges attempting to strike it down before then, states may have mere weeks to get money into the hands of renters before eviction processes start up again in earnest.

Not a single expert or advocate Vox spoke with believes the money will be allocated by then.


they seriously need to help at least a section of landlords that aren’t the big banks.



American capitalism is premised on many lies. None is more pernicious than the lie that it’s possible to deserve great wealth. This lie is the most necessary one — if people stop believing it, the entire system will crumble. This is ​“The Big Lie,” and it makes a lie about a single presidential election look like a minor gripe in comparison. Yet as important as this lie is to the self-preservation of the billionaire class, they cannot help themselves from continually acting in ways that make it hard for even the gullible American public to keep on believing it.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ new $500 million superyacht will also have a ​“support yacht,” to carry his helicopter. Amazon delivery drivers are forced to piss in bottles in order to make their deliveries on time. Jeff Bezos is the richest businessman in the world. Amazon spent vast sums of money to prevent the workers in one single Alabama warehouse from unionizing so that they could collectively bargain their wages and working conditions. Remember, Jeff Bezos’ new $500 million superyacht will also have a ​“support yacht,” to carry his helicopter. Amazon brags about paying $15 an hour for warehouse jobs that should be paying twice that much. Jeff Bezos made $70 billion last year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made $132 billion last year. This addition to his already considerable wealth has finally given him the ability to pursue his passions: Making bad tweets, encouraging regular people to make bad investments in pyramid-scheme style cryptocurrencies, and making an insufferable and unfunny Saturday Night Live appearance. Musk’s meandering path to becoming the nation’s most charmless celebrity has been enabled by thousands of employees of Tesla, who Musk has illegally discouraged from unionizing.

This strenuous commitment to union-busting from the world’s richest people should be understood not as an economic position — after all, a union at these companies would not change the fact that their founders have more money than they can ever spend — but rather as a sort of public reinforcement of The Big Lie. In the minds of the über wealthy, if a union won $2 per hour raises for hundreds of thousands of workers who are, as we speak, developing carpal tunnel syndrome picking items in a warehouse or assembling electric cars, that would amount to an intolerable pickpocketing of the wealth that those founders earned fair and square. Billionaire entrepreneurs deserve theoretically infinite wealth for thinking of good ideas; working people deserve just $15 an hour, and asking for more shows distasteful ingratitude.

The only way that the current economic arrangement in America can persist is if the rich are able to convince the public that their soaring wealth has nothing to do with the fate of the rest of us. It is the job of capitalist mythology to keep these things scrupulously separated, arguing for an atomized model of the world in which Great Men reap Just Rewards for Great Ideas and if you want to join them, all you need to do is to Work Hard. (And, consequently, if you are struggling, the fault is your own.) Never mind the fact that the idea that we all rise and fall on our individual talents, with no responsibility for the collective good, runs contrary to every major system of ethics created since Jesus’s apostles started peddling their stories.

In America, the public has to believe that it’s fine for Jeff Bezos to have $200 billion while Jeff Smith, an Amazon warehouse worker, has just dollars to his name and repetitive stress injuries and no health insurance. We must believe that it is normal and correct for Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos together to have more money than the gross domestic product of Bangladesh, a nation of 170 million people. It is vital to the continued smooth operation of everything here that we all view this arrangement as Just Fine. Any change in this perception, and the flashing lights start going off deep inside the billionaire bunker.

The most meaningful shift that could happen in American public opinion is not the yearly fluctuation in affinities for Democrats or Republicans. It is not the broadening public acceptance of gay marriage or legal marijuana. It is not the shifting attitudes towards smoking or climate change or police brutality. The most meaningful shift that could happen would be for Americans to develop an intolerance towards the hoarding of wealth. The day that average citizens stop seeing billionaires as people to be envied and admired and start seeing them as antisocial hoarders monopolizing resources that could be directed towards life-or-death needs elsewhere will be the day that the inequality crisis that has been building since the Reagan era begins to end.



Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), who collects a $174,000 salary, thinks that there is a “downside” to paying workers a living wage enough to cover expenses such as childcare. Johnson made his remarks while appearing on WKOW-TV to defend his support of a bill in the Wisconsin state legislature that would end the $300 per week federal unemployment subsidy in the state — a bill the Democratic governor has said he will likely veto.

“People are literally making more money on unemployment with the plussed-up federal benefits than they made at their job,” Johnson said in an interview with A.J. Bayatpour on Sunday, adding that he worries that businesses cannot compete with the equivalent of a $16.75 wage provided by the government. “Wages are set in the marketplace and businesses pay what wages they can afford based on the competitive situation,” Johnson said.

And instead of arguing that businesses should pay higher wages, the senator argued that employees should accept less because inflation could occur in the future. “Increases in wage rates ratchet up and that creates permanent inflation so you may feel good about getting a five, or six, or seven percent raise but if general inflation is six, seven, or eight percent, that increase is just completely wiped out,” he said.

But there are ways to avoid those issues, for example by indexing a national minimum wage to inflation, as suggested by MIT economics professor David Autor, co-chair of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. The current federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour, and it has not changed since 2009. Many in Congress, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders, have argued in favor of a $15 federal minimum wage.