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Don midwest

Juan Cole today

“If current trends continue, one of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino males—compared to one of every seventeen white males.”

So if the UN report were taken seriously, the US would require a social revolution to even approach the normality of a France or Germany, where a handful of billionaires don’t take food out of the mouth of hungry babies.

And that is why the shock troops of Trumpism are so eager to discredit it.

The American March to Inequality: Why the UN Alston Report Alarms the Trump Plutocrats

some of the stories are from the wires or from others posted on his blog

US Leaks 60 Percent more Heat-Trapping Methane than Government Says

CO2 Catastrophe for Egypt: Rising Seas, Salinization to Displace 5 mn by 2025

How Trump’s Executive Order Reversing Family Separation just Makes Things Worse

these are from yesterday or at most 2 days ago

#Bringbackourgirls: How Trump made the US into Boko Haram

US Navy Plans Detention Camps for Tens of Thousands of Immigrants on Remote Base

The Real Reason Saudi Arabi Lifted its Ban on Women Driving: Economic Necessity


Open thread response and a union perspective.

Cracks Are Appearing in Scott Walker’s Legacy in Wisconsin
Foxconn and union-busting might be going out of style.

From there, we move on to Wisconsin, where alma mammy’s law school has become the gold standard for local polling. They released a new one on Thursday and, while there are interesting results regarding statewide individual races, the most intriguing numbers come in connection with the massive—and massively subsidized—FoxConn project in the southeastern part of the state. From Wisconsin Public Radio:
On Foxconn, the mostly negative reviews continued. The Marquette survey of 800 registered voters found 46 percent of respondents believe the multi-billion-dollar state incentives package for Foxconn isn’t worth it, while only 40 percent said the aid will pay off. Nearly two-thirds of voters polled around Wisconsin predicted their local businesses won’t benefit. However, a majority said the Foxconn project will help the Milwaukee-area economy.
Besides union-busting and catastrophically bad presidential campaigns, Scott Walker’s entire legacy is hanging on this deal, and almost half the people polled think the whole thing is, at best, treading water economically. And speaking of said legacy, it looks as thought the state has turned around a bit on the union-busting that marked his debut in Madison.
On Act 10, the poll showed a change of public opinion. Forty-seven percent favor a return to more collective bargaining, while 43 percent back Act 10. Franklin said that’s a reversal from several Marquette surveys over the last few years, including one in March. He said the governor’s race may be why. “The one thing that is different is there’s maybe a little more conversation going on about Act 10 and collective bargaining from the Democratic candidates in the last few months, as relatively unknown as (the candidates) are,” Franklin said. “But nevertheless, it’s a little more on the table for discussion than perhaps it has been for the last few years.”

Bolding mine
Interesting poll numbers about Foxxconned and act 10 overall, Marquette poll has a track record of being pretty accurate when it comes down to Wi politics. The Gov race is encouraging even though Walker is in the lead but expect it to tighten up once the Dem primary is over. Walker is dealing with the Lincoln Hills youth prison fiasco where an inmate won a lawsuit for 18.9 million for mistreatment in which the FBI had to an investigation. from a union stand point 42 million in overtime for correctional officers last year and its ben growing since act 10 and it will be more this year. Officers are being jammed 3-4 double shifts a week and some vacation time has been canceled. Wi DOC also has a hiring and retention problems as a result of Act 10 with no raises for officers in 8 years. He finally approved a 2% raise for this years fiscal budget. Walker fired Ed Wall the former DOC secretary whom he blamed for the Lincoln hills problem. Now Ed Wall is coming out with a tell all book about Walker in Aug. Just in time for the Nov election. Walker’s minions have already shifted into damage control mode over this upcoming release. Wall whom was a staunch Walker supporter just endorsed Tony Evers a Dem running for Gov. Oh BTW Evers is 71 or 72. Going to be interesting this Nov in WI. WE JUST MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING RID OF WALKER IF THE DEMS GET OFF THIER ASSES AND SHOW UP TO THE POLLS LIKE A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR!!!!



I hear ya, wi60. 🙂 Wish us luck down here in FL re: the US Senate race. Sick Rott gets his indicted azz kicked out of political office once and for all!!


1st poll the Walker clone Scott was down 10 points in his race. So maybe some hope there as well. I figured Trumpcorp would be bad but he exceeded my expectations big time. So best of luck Orl!!!


The best part is when Marquette samples voters they say if the people they poll lean R or D and for this one it leaned towards R on the people they called.


Thanks, lala! Here’s a link to the positive finding in Africa. It’s over a year old, but is an example of one of the ways indigenous peoples are working to keep or retake their land.

i posted yesterday without the link.


As awful as the splitting up of families is, and it’s horrendous, Nadar has a point here about waiting for First Ladies to be upset about all the dead and maimed children and dead and maimed parents that their husbands’ wars cause.


T and R, la58!! Always an important topic! 🙂


Jeff Bezos 1, Seattle Homeless 0. Now What?

Oddly, there’s a link in the article to another article about how a union came out big against it, too. I couldn’t get past the “wall” b//c it didn’t recognize that I had paused AdBlock. But it makes me so sad when unions side with big biz and really help change public opinion.

Then all hell broke loose. Amazon issued their now-infamous threat, and fear seemed to shift public opinion overnight. Socialists marched on the Spheres, building trade unions went into a frenzy, and Mayor Jenny Durkan brokered a last-minute compromise that would net $47 million per year and end after five years. The new bill thrilled no one, but on May 14 it sailed through the City Council and for a moment it seemed the fight was over.

Then the final blow landed. In a special meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 12, city councilmembers voted 7-2 to repeal the big business tax they had passed unanimously just four weeks before. Only Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Kshama Sawant resisted the turnaround. National news quickly filled with blistering headlines, slamming Seattle’s swift capitulation to Amazon’s bullying tactics.


Nomi Prinz on Trump and his trade wars.

Imperial President or Emperor With No Clothes?

Don midwest
Don midwest

this was originally published on Tom Dispatch . com

Tom Englehardt has been an editor for 30 years

Here is an incredible interview from 2004 about what it means to be an editor and the uniform news coverage in the US. Tom edited the blowback series of books by Chalmers Johnston among other things

if you do a search for him there are other interviews as well. He seldom writes about himself. Interesting life

Conversations with History: Tom Engelhardt


With the way Trumpcorp has been talking the word Fascist is coming more and more to me.


I am not impressed by Pelosi’s leadership but it gives me the opportunity to post this tweet.


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday tweeted a picture that has typically been used online to depict gang members, saying they are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) “campaign committee for the take back of the House.”

This is too good to pass up. Mike Huckabee’s spawn.



This is true!


Is she a female version of Obama?


Sure sounds like it!


This is reality in present day law enforcement!


Is this Gov Jerry Brown’s parting shot at progressives in general and specifically Bernie?


Gov. Jerry Brown appointed his former political aide to head the state’s campaign watchdog agency.

Alice T. Germond, a Democrat, will finish out Jodi Remke’s term as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

She also served as the national secretary of the Democratic National Committee from 2002 to 2013, among various other roles in a lengthy political career. Her new gig pays $152,473 a year.

The FPPC oversees and enforces laws and regulations related to campaign finance, conflicts of interest, lobbying and governmental ethics.

I am cherry picking here but can she be fair and unbiased?

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Alice T. Germond, 75, of West Hollywood, has been appointed chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Germond has been secretary emeritus of the Democratic National Committee since 2013, where she was elected national secretary from 2002 to 2013 and held several positions from 1988 to 1996, including director of party and government affairs, senior advisor, director of party programs and political director for chairman Ron Brown’s election.

She was California political director for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.

BTW she was a Clinton superdelegate in 2016.


Thanks for this info!

Since we have an open thread too, FYI:

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Rep. Louis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; Tom Bossert, former Trump homeland security adviser; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children; David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee.


NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and James Lankford, R-Okla.


CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.


CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.



How bad is Trumpcorp getting ? First Steve Schmidt then George Will that have had it with Trumpcorp and the way R’s are acting. Indeed– Mid terms will be interesting this fall.

Conservative Columnist George Will: Vote Against GOP In Midterms



Heading down on the packed train from Poughkeepsie to meet friends for New York Gay Pride. Used to be a highlight every year for me but I haven’t been in a while. I’ll be representing the SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environnent) contingent LOL.

Happy Pride 🏳️‍🌈 everyone!!

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