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polarbear4

hey jcb. beat me to it – – thanks!

All I had was this. Someone’s got to do something, or am I being completely pwned?

Benny

I hope if it one of the volunteers doing silly things that faiz will take care of it. Sloppy at a time when Bernie can’t afford many errors. From what I’m seeing, it is photoshopped.

polarbear4

phew! Is there a tell that’s obvious?

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WTF? Not allowing C-SPAN to cover this?

WindDancer13

I totally disagree with C-Span rolling over on this. Having only one source of coverage is dangerous. Hopefully everyone at the debate will bring extra batteries and storage for their phones to record the whole thing in case MSNBC videos get “lost” later.

Benny

The Issue is Not Taming Capitalism; the Issue is Not Rigging Capitalism to Give All The Money to the Rich

In talking about learning lessons from the collapse of the housing bubble and Great Recession, E.J. Dionne and leaders of the Wall Street funded Third Way group both showed they have not learned any lessons. Dionne approvingly quotes Matt Bennet, Third Way’s executive vice-president for public affairs:

“We need to be working to tame capitalism at this moment, because it is not functioning well, …”

The quote implies that upward redistribution of the last four decades is simply the result of untamed capitalism. That may be a convenient view for the beneficiaries of this upward redistribution (hey, it was just the natural workings of the market), but it is 180 degrees at odds with reality.

The longer and stronger and patent and copyright protection of the last four decades, which transfers many hundreds of billions of dollars upward each year (and is the reason prescription drugs are expensive) had nothing to do with an untamed market.This was the result of deliberately structuring of the market by Bennet’s political allies.

Similarly, the financial system has been structured to allow some people to get enormously rich while contributing nothing to economy. This has included things like rewriting bankruptcy rules on home mortgages and derivatives to facilitate trading. It also means allowing private equity partners to ripoff public pension funds. And, it means that big banks enjoy too big to fail insurance.

And we structured our trade deals to put downward pressure on the wages of the 70 percent of the workforce without college degrees while protecting the most highly paid professionals, such as doctors and dentists. Also, beginning with Robert Rubin in the 1990s, we pushed for an over-valued dollar that put more downward pressure on the pay of less-educated workers.

It is absurd to pretend that the massive upward redistribution of the last four decades was just capitalism running wild. This upward redistribution was the deliberate design of the leadership of both political parties.

polarbear4

I used to really like E. J.

Benny

I still like his work but I’m more left than I used to be. It’s been building for 20 years for me.

Benny

Kudos to Dean Baker for calling EJ out.

polarbear4

Corbyn and Sanders – – good for a global health!

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(not really Clark)

Benny

Exactly.

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humphrey

It is a very good read to get a different perspective of the situation.

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@jcitybone

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Sanders Would Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

Less than 24 hours after Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be “open” to decriminalizing sex work, the Bernie Sanders campaign told VICE the candidate believes it’s a policy that “should be considered.”

“Bernie believes that decriminalization is certainly something that should be considered,” Deputy Communications Director Sarah Ford said in an email Thursday morning. “Other countries have done this and it has shown to make the lives of sex workers safer.”

In May, Sanders said he would consider “legalizing prostitution,” but this is the first time he’s used the “decriminalization” framework sex workers themselves are advocating for. When asked in March about his thoughts on the matter, he told hosts of the radio show The Breakfast Club, “That’s a good question and I don’t have an answer for that.”

Both Warren and Sanders have both endorsed Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán, who has made sex work decriminalization core to her campaign. If elected, Cabán has said she wouldn’t prosecute sex workers or their clients, nor would she prosecute anyone charged with “promoting prostitution.”

“This is literally how they put food on their tables,” Cabán said at a debate last week.

polarbear4

Nice save, Joe.

WindDancer13

This story was inspired by real people:

Note: The translations in the subtitles are a bit rough sometimes.

WindDancer13

If you don’t have time to watch the entire thing, start at 13:50 for the question “What is the one thing you would do if you woke up white?” There is such a sad truth in what their answers reveal.

WindDancer13

If HRC, who also wanted to attack Iran, had been elected there wouldn’t even be the mild push back to Trump’s warmongering that some Democrats are doing now. The following needs to be pushed in their faces.

(Sorry, I could not find a better resource for this. It is listed as a Reuter’s article but cannot be found, so far, on the Reuter’s web site. The link is to one of those slideshow things which I dearly hate.)

Which countries take in the most refugees?

Developing countries shoulder a disproportionate amount of responsibility for hosting refugees, according to the UNHCR refugee agency, with the poorest nations hosting 6.7 million individuals, a third of all refugees worldwide. These countries have the least resources to respond to people seeking refuge, when they are already facing structural barriers to development. On World Refugee Day, a look at which countries take in the most refugees.

This link is a straight article.

UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

Launching the report, the high commissioner, Filippo Grandi, had a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders, calling it “damaging” to depict migrants and refugees as threats to jobs and security in host countries. Often, they are fleeing insecurity and danger themselves, he said.

The report also puts a statistical skeleton onto often-poignant individual stories of people struggling to survive by crossing rivers, deserts, seas, fences and other barriers, natural and man-made, to escape government oppression, gang killings, sexual abuse, militia murders and other such violence at home.

UNHCR said 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of last year, up from about 68.5 million in 2017 — and nearly a 65% increase from a decade ago. Among them, nearly three in five people — or more than 41 million — are displaced within their home countries.

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WindDancer13

Yang, in a recent interview, explained how those social services would be gradually phased out under his policies. So, poor people can trade in food and medical care for $1000/mo which will make them worse off than before.

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orlbucfan

The Bolton FRighties are having fun provoking Iran. Hope it fails.

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The revolving door gives us another candidate.

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Brutal! But deserved.😜

humphrey

Joe pals around with such nice people.

WindDancer13

This is what Joe “Never Apologize” Biden calls “civility.”

The pre-Civil War South was well-known for its genteel manners and courtesy, so I guess we can ignore that whole slavery thing.

PS: I want to see a debate between Biden and McConnell.

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OzoneTom

Will it be held at a Trump property?

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humphrey

A few added facts concerning Biden’s racist history.

If you click on the tweet it becomes readable.

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Benny

More Media Induced Bubbling about Bernie and Warren’s Politics in their Campaigns

Yet this is still not a consensus view in Sanders’s orbit — much of his team is far more hesitant to engage in any kind of fight with Warren, even implicitly. Many of them like Warren, and believe that the notion the candidates are on a collision course is a creation of the political media that misunderstands the candidates and their campaigns. This is the official line, and indeed many of his aides scoffed when the Times labeled a recent tweet from Sanders’s research director about Warren’s economic rhetoric an “attack.” Meanwhile, though it’s true Warren has hired some ex-Sanders aides for her 2020 bid — like Brendan Summers, Sanders’s former caucus director, and Kunoor Ojha, a senior organizing official — and that much of their messaging overlaps, many on Team Sanders are convinced that her rising numbers coincide more with polling slides for Biden and other candidates. In other words, she is not directly picking up Sanders voters.

“I think that there are certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected, and I understand that,” Sanders said on CNN when asked about Warren on Wednesday, before praising her. “There are people who would like to see somebody who was younger, and I understand that also. There are a lot of factors out there.”

I’m using an excerpt that I think is more likely the takeaway, even if the writer is creating brew to stir around.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/06/sanders-and-warren-had-a-non-aggression-deal-is-it-over.html

polarbear4

I’ll delete my tweet about the article, then. The headline said it was because Warren had ovaries. Terrible. The real reason is because the damn Mc resistance was never ever going to be with us after Clinton.

polarbear4

and bc DNC Shenanigans.

polarbear4

Can’t delete my tweet. I wasn’t logged in. Oh well now you can see the vitriol.

humphrey

If you login you might be able to delete it.

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orlbucfan

Arsehole Deluxo. You know it’s rabid when Dickhead Cheney fires it!

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polarbear4

Terrible tweet. Horrendous headline.

thought you’d want to see it.

humphrey

An appropriate response to this.🤩

polarbear4

😂

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🔥🦜🔥

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polarbear4

Dammit. Oregon dems are establishment and they’re scared.

#oldguardstillrules

LieparDestin

Last day away friends, I’ll be back tomorrow!

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