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polarbear4

“Although marches are the most public way to protest, another striking but understated way is simply not to engage with the systems one doesn’t agree with. For instance, the vast majority of today’s teenagers aren’t at all interested in joining the all-volunteer military. Last year, for the first time since the height of the Iraq war 13 years ago, the Army fell thousands of troops short of its recruiting goals. That trend was emphasized in a 2017 Department of Defense poll that found only 14% of respondents ages 16 to 24 said it was likely they’d serve in the military in the coming years. This has the Army so worried that it has been refocusing its recruitment efforts on creating an entirely new strategy aimed specifically at Generation Z.

In addition, we’re finally seeing what happens when soldiers from America’s post-9/11 wars come home infused with a sense of hopelessness in relation to those conflicts. These days, significant numbers of young veterans have been returning disillusioned and ready to lobby Congress against wars they once, however unknowingly, bought into. Look no farther than a new left-right alliance between two influential veterans groups, VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America, to stop those forever wars.”

And many more, like climate activists and the Pentagon footprint.

orlbucfan

These young people have never known a period of true American peace. They are seeing the terrific war damage: the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others. There are the suicides, PTSD, chronic despair and depression. If Generation Z doesn’t have loved ones affected by this scourge, they know folks who do. Who can blame them? I’ve always been a peacenik so I sure don’t!

WindDancer13

Rather than seeing “the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others,” it is more likely they are seeing and reacting to the horribleness of wars that have been instituted by the US for no other reason than for corporate profit.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Importance of economics and geography — not just one policy

Place-Based Economic Conditions and the Geography of the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Over 400,000 people in the U.S. have died from opioid overdoses since 2000. However, there is widespread geographic variation in fatal opioid overdose rates, and the contributions of prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) to the crisis vary substantially across different parts of the U.S. In a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health, we classified U.S. counties into six different opioid classes, based on their overall rates and rates of growth in fatal overdoses from specific types of opioids between 2002-04 and 2014-16 (see Figure 1). We then examined how various economic, labor market, and demographic characteristics vary across these different opioid classes. We show that various economic factors, including concentrations of specific occupations and industries, are important to explaining the geography of the U.S. opioid overdose crisis.

polarbear4

about 21,000 a year. but terrorists. shocking.

orlbucfan

T and R, jcb!! Subir got TOP all riled up in a positive way with Bernie’s interview with Margaret Brennan 🙂

On a much more serious subject, NC did this post on fracking. Worth reading. Mebbe there is hope regarding fighting fracking.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/06/former-shale-gas-ceo-says-fracking-revolution-has-been-a-disaster-for-drillers-investors.html

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humphrey

It never hurts to take a shot at a grifter who does not know the meaning of shame.

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Just because it looks impressive.

humphrey

I am going to put these tweets into one comment.

Benny

Effing Trump has one of the worst chess players as an advisor on this. And Pompeo is probably a neocon too.

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WindDancer13

Seeing past differences.

humphrey

CBS Host Embarrasses Herself In Bernie Sanders Interview

polarbear4

And they keep pushing high pay is just for merit. This one needs to start over on the ground level.

humphrey

Worth a chuckle.😁😜🤔

Throwback To The Greatest Debate Entrance Fail Of All Time

magsview

This race has turned into an epic battle.

I hope Caban wins. But the party establishment is all for Katz.

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orlbucfan

Are the Israelis ever going to get smart, convict Netanyahoo, and put him in jail?

magsview

I read that Netanyahu is so tight with the Kushners that he once slept in Jared’s boyhood bedroom.

humphrey

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One quibble with this Senator O’Roarke.😜🙄🤔

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orlbucfan

In the Constitution, it’s Congress that has to declare war and control the purse/funding. In declaring war, is it the Senate which initiates it, but the House has to concur? Isn’t it the equal responsibility of both chambers? I saw that question brought up at TOP.

polarbear4

by having the purse, Congress has the power. they are supposed to be the body that is closer to the people.

Constitutional scholars argue about this. I studied it for a while, years ago, and ended up on this side.

WindDancer13

The following is a simple illustration regarding headlines. 59% of people only read the headline.

Note: This one has a picture of the plastic computer-printed sculpture which measures 7-1/2 x 10-1/8 x 7-1/2 inches overall.

Toddler knocks over £45,000 fly sculpture knocking off its wings at Swiss art show leaving the child’s mother ‘close to tears’

Art Industry News: A Rampaging Toddler Knocked Over a $50,000 Artwork at Art Basel

Toddler pushes over £45,000 piece of art knocking its wings off

Toddler knocks over fly sculpture worth £45K

Unimpressed toddler sends $56,000 sculpture FLY-ing to the ground in Swiss museum

Three-year-old toddler knocks over $50.000 sculpture at Art Basel

I am sure that by reading these headlines, you know exactly what happened, right?

Reading the text of some of these may not make the story much clearer. Some stories have the child running around the museum (implying unsupervised) while others state the child was in a stroller.

Now just imagine how much worse coverage is over the politics that determine our lives.

polarbear4

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This one is actually for both tweets in there I just love what sing said.

polarbear4

What is it with centrist? They don’t even want to fair elections?

polarbear4

or they really don’t know, which sez a whole lot about the MSM and about us advocates, too. how do we get this across?

Sorry about the typos. I signed in but I still can’t fix them.

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orlbucfan

That will be a cold day in h3ll!

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This is how the Democratic leadership operates!💩

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polarbear4

This was in the last election, right.?

humphrey

No. This is happening this year. Scholten ran against Steve King last election.

polarbear4

oh geez! he did the same exact thing in the last primary, iirc

humphrey

pb4 What is going on in your state?

polarbear4

Keystone cops. Obviously, this should not be allowed to go on. But the Democrats should have put this on the ballot. they did it before and lost. Lots of people do not want cap and trade as our big climate bill

But yeah, this should’ve been stopped when it started. Weak tea.

Kate Brown always does like one or two good things right before an election and then reverts back to her quasi-centrist ways. The Oregon legislature is surprisingly centrist, for the reputation that we have.

I was a PCP and had to drop out for my sanity.

humphrey

polarbear4

full on psyops now. Remember when it used to be news to show the cop shoving the guy?

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WindDancer13

The live stream just wrapped up, and I only caught the last 2/3rds of this so will have to go back to the beginning (the taped video is now up).

This is a reading of various portions of the Mueller Report regarding Trump’s obstruction. Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Joel Grey, Kyra Segwick, Jason Alexander and twelve other well-known actors read the parts for the various Trump Administration officials and Trump himself. The introduction is by Bill Moyers.

The Investigation: A Search of the Truth in Ten Acts

WindDancer13

Could Texas get Single-Payer Health Care before the rest of the nation?

Stranger things have happened, right? Well, actually no.

This reminds me of a comedian recently who on commenting about it would only take one more state to ratify the ERA, cried, “Please don’t let it be Florida!”

orlbucfan

It won’t so what’s the worry? s/

polarbear4

WindDancer13

The debt forgiveness would pump 1.6 trillion dollars into the economy. People will spend that money as we are all well-trained consumers. This will in turn create more jobs. So overall, this would be a good thing for the economy.

But in flies in the face of Wall St’s attempt to consolidate wealth in the hands of the few. Wall St and corporations are not going to invest in that kind of economic gain for the 99%.

polarbear4

plus Many corporations would see a cash influx from people paying off debt.

WindDancer13

Corporations/Wall St don’t want people to pay off debt. The high interest charges is what they look at for maximum profits. So I do not see them being happy about this.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Those chains of economic bondage didn’t forge themselves.

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