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Paul ADK

My opinion of Branson, Musk, Bezos, etc., who want to launch themselves into space, is PAY YOUR TAXES, then worry about hurling yourselves into the great beyond! The level of wealth apparent here is obscene, so no, they did not earn it, they exploited it. So pay your damned taxes! At least. The government can obviously manage your wealth far better than you can, how sad is that?

Don midwest
Don midwest

Return to the Earth! It is an abstraction to us. Not aware of what is needed for sustenance. To return to earth is to land.

Two tweets

BrunoLatour
@BrunoLatourAIME
·
Jul 11
To witness rich boys using space travel for touristic amusement shows how much the modernist project of limitless expansion has come to a clownish end. Time to land. Don’t repeat history by farce; dream again, but interesting dreams.

****

humans as a virus

BrunoLatour
@BrunoLatourAIME
·
Jul 6
This ad for real estate in Paris reads “Biome: a collective of ecosystems where several species of humans, plants and animals intermingle and coexist”! Multispecism enroled by green capital to build more apartments! We need protection against this virus.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Tone deaf tweet by Branson saying how great would it be if everyone had access to space travel. Nobody wants access to anything Richard.

How great would it be if everyone had healthcare?

Benny

+276

Don midwest
Don midwest

Cellphone risk has been talked about for many years

Here is a scary article

What happens with thousands and thousands of 5G towers are all around the country?

Surprised at how low level of exposure to suffer cell damage

Cellphone Radiation Is Harmful, but Few Want to Believe It

Joel Moskowitz: Well, first of all, few scientists in this country can speak knowledgeably about the health effects of wireless technology. So, I’m not surprised that people are skeptical, but that doesn’t mean the findings aren’t valid.

A big reason there isn’t more research about the health risks of radiofrequency radiation exposure is because the U.S. government stopped funding this research in the 1990s, with the exception of a $30 million rodent study published in 2018 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ National Toxicology Program, which found “clear evidence” of carcinogenicity from cellphone radiation.

In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, adopted exposure guidelines that limited the intensity of exposure to radiofrequency radiation. These guidelines were designed to prevent significant heating of tissue from short-term exposure to radiofrequency radiation, not to protect us from the effects of long-term exposure to low levels of modulated, or pulsed, radiofrequency radiation, which is produced by cellphones, cordless phones and other wireless devices, including Wi-Fi.

Yet, the preponderance of research published since 1990 finds adverse biologic and health effects from long-term exposure to radiofrequency radiation, including DNA damage.

More than 250 scientists, who have published over 2,000 papers and letters in professional journals on the biologic and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields produced by wireless devices, including cellphones, have signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls for health warnings and stronger exposure limits. So, there are many scientists who agree that this radiation is harmful to our health.

polarbear4
polarbear4

thank you.

Don midwest
Don midwest

In a way this is not news. Everybody does it. In other ways it is news.

Conservatives translating the bible for their political needs.

When evangelical snowflakes censor the Bible: The English Standard Version goes PC
How a Bible edition aimed at right-wing evangelicals has quietly scrubbed references to slavery and “the Jews”

I have probably mentioned that I was raised to be an atheist. My dad failed. Bruno Latour’s thesis was on exegesis that included biblical texts. I am reading with a friend “The Political Theology of Bruno Latour.” Religion is important in building collectives.

Religion is one of 15 modes of existence in An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence by Latour.

This article probably won’t be of interest to any of you, but it might be in various attempts to “cross over the aisle.”

Paul ADK

Religion is an oppressive instrument of social control. The only thing it does to the collective is confine it, diminish its true potential, and keep it chained. The danger to the individual is that once you’ve taken that leap of faith, you have opened yourself up to a willingness to believe anything. Case in point? Q Anon and the GOP. Some people somehow take comfort in that, it takes all kinds, doesn’t it?

polarbear4

i believe in something bigger than me. i can’t define it, but i give it names sometimes. 🌹

Paul ADK

There’s a major difference between spirituality and religion. A lack of spirituality for humans denies a large part of our being. We are curious creatures, always trying to fill in the blanks. That’s not only healthy it’s fundamentally human. Religion exploits human spirituality, curiosity, and imagination, for power and social control.

Don midwest
Don midwest

OMG. Hot. Hot. Hot.

A prof with an accurate thermometer measures temperatures in Portland. Weather service says 115 on Sunday but he goes to neighborhoods and finds 124.

Neighborhoods with lots of trees do better. And from the air one can spot upscale neighborhoods by their foliage.

‘That’s Lethal, Communities Completely Exposed to This Kind of Heat’
CounterSpin interview with Vivek Shandas on climate impacts

polarbear4
polarbear4

We do better until hard winters, when those wonderful trees have a hard freeze and fall on our homes.

Benny

From the source, Texas Tribune:

Texas Democrats in the state House have left Texas and are on flights to Washington D.C. in an effort to again block a GOP attempt to pass voting restrictions in the special legislative session that started last week.

At least 51 of the 67 Democratic representatives were in the process of leaving, most on charter flights from Austin’s airport Monday afternoon. The House is set to reconvene Tuesday morning, but the absent Democrats would mean there will not be enough members present to conduct business under House rules.

Democrats — who are the minority party — walked out in the final hours of the regular legislative session in May, causing the House to lose its quorum and killing the voting legislation.

Wisconsin Dems in the legislature tried this in the last decade, and it didn’t get too far. Unions lost.

Benny

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

Lots of fun, lolol.

Benny

Benny

polarbear4
polarbear4

well then, let’s actually move to the talking filibuster, as a start. sounds like joe is more into talking about the talking filibuster.

polarbear4
polarbear4

ty, orl. sry bout the red tide.

here’s some music from Ty

Benny

Interesting ad on twitter:

jcitybone

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-government-and-politics-voting-bills-voting-rights-ef5c42c62f25a3b1c74caac6d3e113c1

Dozens of left-leaning organizations are asking Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to schedule a new vote this month on Democrats’ sweeping voting and elections bill, a top priority for the party that Republicans blocked from debate last month.

In a letter sent to the New York Democrat on Monday, the groups urged him to once again bring the bill to the Senate floor. But this time, they are asking Senate Democrats to weaken filibuster rules, which require 60 votes to advance most legislation, and push the measure through on a party-line basis, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking 51st vote.

“The only thing standing in the way is the outdated and abused filibuster,” states the letter, which was signed by roughly 90 different groups, including the good-government group Common Cause, Our Revolution, the League of Conservation Voters, the Communications Workers of America union and MoveOn.

The letter is one piece of a broader summer campaign to pressure congressional Democrats to change the filibuster and pass their voting bill, which they’ve touted as a powerful counterweight to an effort in Republican-controlled states to adopt new voting restrictions.

Congressional offices have been flooded with calls, and numerous rallies have been held.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/12/moderates-want-cut-spending-bidens-plan-they-should-remember-2010/

According to reports, the negotiations among Senate Democrats over President Biden’s infrastructure and jobs plans are running into some turbulence. Moderate Democrats want to cut the spending levels on the plans far below what the progressives want.

So let’s lay down a marker: If moderates are going to push for a dramatic downscaling, they should not be allowed to get away with doing so arbitrarily. They should be willing to declare exactly what they think should not be funded, defend it and say specifically what would be wrong with spending more.

Axios and Bloomberg report that some moderates on the Senate Budget Committee — which is drawing up plans for a “reconciliation” bill to pass the “human infrastructure” portion of Biden’s agenda — want to limit that spending to around $3 trillion or $3.5 trillion. That’s substantially short of the amount that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the committee chair, wants.

According to Bloomberg, senators like Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats of Virginia, want to keep the spending in the reconciliation bill down.

Obviously it’s unlikely that Sanders will get the $6 trillion in spending he wants. But if moderates do insist on bringing down the levels to their preferred degree, they cannot be permitted to do so arbitrarily, on the grounds that big expenditures just seem bad, so Democrats mustn’t do them.

We’ve been down this road before. As journalist Jonathan Cohn recounts in his monumental history of the Affordable Care Act, when Democrats were negotiating the bill in 2010, Senate and House moderates placed limits on spending levels they would countenance that seemed largely arbitrary.

Similarly, they also placed largely arbitrary limits on how much in tax increases on the wealthy they’d tolerate to pay for that spending.

“Conservative and moderate Democrats were desperate to hold down the 10-year budget figure, because they thought a big number would sound like ‘too much government’ and spook their voters,” Cohn told me.

Importantly, this had serious adverse consequences — not just policy consequences, but political ones, too. The seemingly arbitrary limit on spending, Cohn recounts, ended up translating most prominently into insufficient subsidies for coverage on the health insurance exchanges.

We cannot yet say what provisions the moderates will try to get removed from the “human infrastructure” reconciliation bill, because these negotiations are private. But it’s at least conceivable that something like this might happen again.

As Cohn notes, if the spending is kept down, it could mean, say, that the child care or eldercare programs, or the investments in alternative energy or expanding college access, get underfunded. And that could politically backfire at least as violently as a “too high” spending level might.

Instead of getting “caught up on the negative consequences of spending a lot,” Cohn suggests, Democrats should instead factor in “what they would gain politically from a more successful policy and what they stand to lose politically from a less successful one.”

jcitybone

A Brown internal poll showing her down by 7 almost certainly means she’s down by double digits. Nina’s internal polls probably were biased to her. It’s the nature of internals—especially ones that get released.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/12/new-poll-shows-nina-turners-lead-shrinking-in-ohio-special-election-499269

Nina Turner opened an early lead in this summer’s hotly contested Ohio special election — but the progressive heavyweight might not be running away with it.

A new internal poll by her top competitor, Cuyahoga County Democratic Chair Shontel Brown, suggests the Democratic primary race has tightened. In the survey, conducted in early July, Turner led with 43 percent, followed by Brown with 36 percent.

That 7-point gap is a much closer spread than earlier polling from both candidates. An April survey from Brown’s campaign found her trailing Turner by 32 points, 42 percent to 10 percent. And Turner’s late May poll showed her with 50 percent of the vote, up 35 points over Brown.

This recent poll from Brown’s campaign included 400 likely voters in the Democratic primary and was conducted July 6-8 by Normington Petts with a margin of error of 4.9 percent. Just 7 percent of voters said they were voting for a candidate besides Brown or Turner, while 14 percent were undecided.

Benny

Data for Progress did Nina’s poll, but Brown was not known until the negative ads.

polarbear4
polarbear4

praying for a wider margin. the lower the margin, easier to cheat. and shontel has a lot of party levers.

polarbear4
polarbear4

thatsocialistgay
thatsocialistgay

Hey! Can I get a change in rank so that I can post some content?

polarbear4

the smoke reached us. moderate air quality. here’s hoping… the bummer is for people who use fans, not ac (me), you can’t open the windows at night, which is the usual way of cooling. otherwise the fans just bring in the smoke. woke me up and i went around closing windows.

not to mention so sad that we are losing so many animals and trees every year now. i hate it. and, iirc, some people died of heat in Portland.

thanks, orl and everyone. Welcome, @thatsocialistgay! :O)

thatsocialistgay
thatsocialistgay

Thanks! Glad to be here.