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https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/15/flint-2020-presidential-candidates/1715142001/

When U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand headed to Flint on Friday, it became another appearance in a continuous stream of national attention from presidential candidates.

The beleaguered city has become a must-see destination for politicians, candidates and elected officials as they develop messages about the environment, water quality and urban policy.

Nearly all of the Democratic candidates for president have addressed Flint in some fashion, either through congressional speeches, social media mentions or actual visits to the city that has become the poster child for government failure.

Flint’s residents and officials, however, want to make sure that the city’s public health crisis, caused by lead contamination in the city’s water system, isn’t merely a convenient backdrop for ambitious politicians.

Don midwest
Don midwest

orlbucfan

Meanwhile, Pramila Jayapal quietly works for her constituents. She is slowly gaining respect, admiration and power. T and R, LD!! Mr. orl really likes AOC; said she could be POTUS one day. 🙂

Tyrannocaster

Seeing what Pelosi’s actions led to yesterday, I think “a little bit” is a massive understatement. I suppose Bernie has to walk a tightrope here, but JFC Nancy, you are a disaster.

: – (

humphrey

polarbear4

wut.

at the beginning. this is a keeper.

polarbear4

magsview

Is that the same interview where she claimed to listen to Snoop and Tupac in college?

When asked if she had ever smoked marijuana before, the former prosecutor replied affirmatively. “I have. And I did inhale,” Harris said, claiming to have smoked weed “in college.” She was then asked by Charlamagne Tha God what music she was listening to during her sesh, and she replied with some classics: “Oh yeah, definitely Snoop. Tupac for sure.”

That timeline is a little bit shaky, however, as eagle-eyed Twitter user @joshieecs pointed out. Harris graduated years before Snoop or Tupac released their debut studio albums. Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986 and UC Hastings College of the Law in 1989.

https://www.thefader.com/2019/02/12/kamala-harris-smoked-weed-snoop-and-tupac

magsview

Kamala Harris might be surging – but her record will soon catch up with her

A leftward moving party is hungry for change. Just like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris’ past will prove to be a liability

Some political evolutions are genuine, and Harris’s “law-and-order” past wasn’t out of place in the Democratic party at the time. But that old wisdom is now being called into question. It’s hard to imagine that a party tacking to the left in an increasingly polarized country is about to elect a criminal prosecutor as its nominee.

For now, Sanders is still among the frontrunners but has some ground to make up. His debate performance was mediocre, and he needs to appeal better to older voters still in the Biden camp. But by having a record that matches his rhetoric and by avoiding monied interests, he’s showing that campaigns can be run on a very different basis than Harris is running hers.

Bernie Sanders raised $24m in the second quarter of 2019. The workers that donated to him the most were teachers. His largest sum came from Walmart workers. That shouldn’t be a surprise – when other candidates were holding lavish fundraisers, Sanders was raising hell at a Walmart shareholder meeting, denouncing the Walton family’s greed and calling for the company to pay a living wage to its employees.

That’s how you break from a stale establishment consensus. That’s how you actually show Americans that you’re different and that you care. That’s the type of angry and earnest politics that can beat President Trump.

Kamala Harris isn’t just not leftwing enough to be the Democratic party’s nominee, she’s also not bold enough to win a presidential election and bring about the change we desperately need.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/kamala-harris-2020-record

In case you don’t have time to go to link, this is who the author is:

Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor of Jacobin magazine and a Guardian US columnist. He is the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

humphrey

polarbear4

orlbucfan

Be a cold day in h3ll before we hear this in FL.

magsview

orlbucfan

No comment from the peanut gallery! 🙁

wi61

Exactly what its gonna take down their and Wi isn’t that far behind.

Tyrannocaster

Not a cynicism antidote per se, but it makes me smile each time I see the Corgi puppy taking on the big old Terv.
https://twitter.com/tyrannocaster/status/1148604374983348227

orlbucfan

🙂 from a Dobe fan. No pups right now, and I miss it.

polarbear4

humphrey

polarbear4

wow.

humphrey

wi61

My two cents worth

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humphrey

Oh Darn! So much for the cure of CANCER.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/453083-bidens-cancer-nonprofit-suspends-operations

The cancer research nonprofit founded by former Vice President Joe Biden is shutting down amid his White House run, its director announced.

The Biden Cancer Initiative was launched in 2017 as an offshoot of the Obama White House’s Cancer Moonshot program. According to a statement on its website, the initiative suspended all operations effective July 11.

Biden, who is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic field, and his wife Jill stepped down from the organization’s board of directors in April, prior to announcing his candidacy.

Last month, The Associated Press raised questions about whether the organization’s partnerships with for-profit health companies like insurers and drug manufacturers would pose a conflict of interest should Biden win the presidential election.

polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

nina! and a number to call

polarbear4

magsview

Hopefull they have plenty of evidence from his Manhattan place. In this case I will not post the tweet because then you’d have to look at a pic of Epstein’s smug face. But be careful clicking on the Raw Story link-that’s the sort of site that’ll freeze your computer up.


Epstein mansion raid uncovers a mysterious foreign passport that lists his residence as Saudi Arabia

Jeffrey Epstein had a phony passport locked in a safe that was found during a raid on his Manhattan home, according to prosecutors.

The 66-year-old financier appeared in court Monday for a bail hearing, where prosecutors told the judge about an expired passport issued by a foreign government in the 1980s with a photo that appeared to be Epstein but under another name.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/epstein-mansion-raid-uncovers-a-mysterious-foreign-passport-that-lists-his-residence-as-saudi-arabia/

Tyrannocaster

You’re right; Raw Story is a Cry wolf site for sure, the Fox News of the left – or Breitbart, I guess. That said, occasionally, they break something the others don’t have yet, so I go there from time to time, but I always have to have my Meghan McCain filter suit on; they will run ANYTHING with her ugly face in it.

magsview

THREAD

orlbucfan

It’s a longstanding joke about how crooked Floridumb is. Every crook moves down here including OJ……etc., ad nauseam. The sleazier, the better. Truth.

WindDancer13

Note to Chuck Todd: What an honest interview with Bernie sounds like. Notice that they did not start by identifying Bernie as an Independent running on the Democrat ticket (pushing the not a Dem nonsense).

WindDancer13

Interesting tale similar to some old Twilight Zone episodes:

WindDancer13

Break time: Four vignettes in one video (the lack of separation was confusing at first, so letting you know there are almost no transitions between the four).

WindDancer13

Unions on the rise with some strange bedfellows making it happen:

magsview

Bernie’s rally in Philly has begun:

Oh…the poor dear.

WindDancer13

Beyond Trump’s rose-colored world.

Unemployment is low, but that’s only part of the story

In the federal government’s scheme of things, those who stop looking for work aren’t listed as unemployed. The Labor Department has a broader monthly statistic that accounts for the dropouts, but it doesn’t get equal billing with the unemployment rate. It is called the labor force participation rate, and if it received the attention that it deserves, then the June job numbers, published and broadcast in early July, would have been stripped of some of the glow they seemed to have.

A more complete approach — and, under current conditions, a more accurate one — would give equal billing to both statistics: The unemployment rate was only 3.7 percent in June, near its lowest level since 1969, as tens of thousands of people gave up actively looking for another job. But in doing so, the dropouts meant the labor force participation rate was stuck at 62.9 percent, near its lowest level since 1977.

This article is more geared to the UK, but it includes stats for the US.

Unemployment is low only because ‘involuntary’ part-time work is high

“During early 2018, involuntary part-time work was running nearly a percentage point higher than its level the last time the unemployment rate was 4.1%, in August 2000,” according to Rob Valletta, a vice president in the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. “This represents about 1.4 million additional individuals who are stuck in part-time jobs. These numbers imply that the level of IPT work is about 40% higher than would normally be expected at this point in the economic expansion.”

Mass unemployment — the historic kind, with dole queues, unemployment benefits, and idle workers on street corners — has been replaced by low-paid, part-time, “gig economy” or “zero-hours” contract work.

Because the work ethic is drummed into us from the minute the umbilical cord is cut until the day we die (usually from overwork), many people probably believe that the problems they face in this economy lies with them or they blame it on the “other,” but never place the blame where it really belongs . . . corporate power.

orlbucfan

Backwards corporate greedball mindsets at work. I’m not sure if it was during Raygun or the Bushes, but the unemployment figures began to be tampered with so they would not show the actual employment reality of temps, part-time, gig jobs with no benefits, and folks who just quit searching.

WindDancer13

Reagan. I remember arguing that the numbers did not reflect the truth.

Also under Reagan: (Though I do not remember if this was as governor of CA or as president or both) The welfare reform that he promoted made it so the more a person worked, the less they received in total. In other words, income and benefits went down when people tried to work more.

polarbear4

oh yeah, The shame runs deep in this country. But we’re also told not to look at our “bad” feelings, to be happy. All the time.

WindDancer13

Well, the shame runs deep for those who actually do the labor. Those who make their money off of others’ labor, not so much.

jcitybone

Trump’s chief bootlicker weighs in

magsview

Jaime seems ok, it’s a bit hard to tell, but at least he’s not a racist SOB, and then there’s this:

polarbear4

now do M4A.

comments asking him to support the green new deal too. 😜

polarbear4

ya, they Hate that old, Jewish white guy so much!

jcitybone

magsview

magsview

magsview

From Ryan Noble:

.@BernieSanders told me a Medicare 4 All system would prevent hospital closures like this one, because it “would not be based on a system of profiteering.” Several Dem candidates – specifically @JoeBiden- have plans that rely still on for-profit insurance & private hospitals.

magsview

NEWS: Sanders says he will offer emergency legislation in the US Senate to create a $20b fund to help localities buy hospitals in debt from for profit companies and keep them open.

magsview

polarbear4

maybe a highly publicized go fund me? It would go to helping a whole lot more people than those individual ones.

magsview

orlbucfan

Brilliant! Bravo, Bernie!! 🙂

magsview

An interesting source for information, it looks like, a newsletter called The Thorn (haha, love it!):

Here’s the nugget I found in this week’s issue that I really wanted to share with you all:

•The full recount of votes cast in the Queens District Attorney race officially starts today. Over 150 attorneys are signed up to provide pro bono support in the ballot review process for Tiffany Cabán’s campaign.

polarbear4

So they are counting the affidavit ballots?

magsview

I don’t know, will try to find out.

orlbucfan

They’ll need them.

magsview

Well, this is interesting:

polarbear4

It’s her turn.

magsview

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Turned To A Big Donor To Pay For The DNC Voter Database, Despite Her Fundraising Pledge

Elizabeth Warren relied on a multimillion-dollar Democratic donor to cover the cost of an expensive voter database — a move that risks putting her campaign at odds with the spirit, if not the letter, of the pledge she made to abstain from “big money” fundraising.

Warren officials say she did not violate that pledge when her campaign turned to one of California’s top Democratic donors, a wealthy Silicon Valley physician named Karla Jurvetson, to help pay for access to a crucial voter database earlier this spring.

The so-called national “voter file,” a pool of data about millions of people that presidential campaigns use as a foundation for their own private data as they identify and track support over time, is managed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and costs campaigns a total of $175,000, according to the DNC’s voter file contract.

In a statement, a Warren campaign official said that the candidate herself did not make any calls to Jurvetson in order to facilitate the contribution, nor did the campaign solicit the money at a fundraising event. The official said Warren has remained consistent with the standard she set earlier this year in her pledge: not trading access for money.

So, because Warren didn’t “make any calls to Jurvetson” and because her campaign didn’t, technically, ASK for it, then it’s okay?

Other top-tier candidates have also paid for the DNC voter file through outside donors. Jurvetson also helped cover the costs for one of Warren’s competitors, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic sources said. A Harris spokesperson declined to comment on Monday.

The other candidate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has not yet purchased access to the DNC voter file, according to a senior adviser. If the campaign does buy the $175,000 product, the adviser said, they plan to do so by writing a check directly to the DNC.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rubycramer/elizabeth-warren-fundraising-dnc

WindDancer13

Question: Why couldn’t her campaign afford to pay for it? Didn’t she just raise a bunch of money?

magsview

Good question!

WindDancer13

The whole thing begs the question of why the campaign could not afford $175,000. It is not like this is such a huge amount that it would require massive donations to accumulate.

Tyrannocaster

To me, another valid question is why the DNC uses this as a fundraising tool at all. If it really is the Democratic National Committee, and it is really working to help elect Democrats, why extort them? that’s a rhetorical question, of course.

polarbear4

She may have bought it at the beginning.

WindDancer13

According to the article, Warren made her pledge to not accept corporate money in February. Jurvetson made the donation in April. $175,000 out of millions she raised was not an insurmountable obstacle.

By the way, the article says that Warren is the only candidate who has sworn off corporate money.

polarbear4

hahahaha. lord.

magsview

Well, this sucks. How many of those Central Americans can afford to fly here?? And will they even be allowed to board the plane? 🙁

Central Americans Who Travel Through Mexico To The US Will No Longer Qualify For Asylum

The new regulation affects anyone who travels through a third country before seeking asylum in the US, targeting in particular Central Americans who cross through Mexico.

The US will end asylum protections for Central Americans and others who cross through Mexico to reach the southern border, the Trump administration announced Monday, a sweeping, unprecedented move that will quickly be challenged in court.

The new move, which bars asylum for any individual who crosses through a third country but does not apply there for protection before reaching the US southern border, takes effect Tuesday in the form of a regulatory change.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/trump-asylum-central-americans

WindDancer13

And more . . .

Trump immigration change would all but end asylum requests for Central American migrants

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration moved Monday to prevent most migrants from claiming political asylum in the United States, requiring them to make their claims in other countries first.

A new proposed rule will almost certainly be challenged in court. Previous administration attempts to restrict asylum claims have been struck down.

The current proposal “will decrease forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.

There is already a law for seeking admittance while outside of the US. The people who use that are refugees. The US law as stated by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (a gov’t agency) is that migrants claiming asylum do it from inside the US no matter how they got there.

“Above the law”-itis strikes again.

WindDancer13

This is Trump’s pick for acting Secretary of Labor to replace Acosta.

Watch Al Franken Grill Trump’s New Labor Chief for Promoting Sweatshops

Pizzella said he didn’t remember much about that work. That is hard to square with the billing records obtained by Mother Jones, which show that Pizzella sometimes worked on the Northern Mariana Islands account for more than 100 hours per month.

The incoming labor secretary also said that he wasn’t aware of horrible conditions for workers on the islands. The conditions in garment sweatshops, which were compared to indentured servitude, were extensively documented by the press and members of Congress at the time. Franken made clear that the reports of abuse would have been hard to miss by someone who was lobbying against legislation to protect workers in the territory.

Side note: As more and more of Trump’s cabinet and other administration officials become “acting” rather than permanent, we are shown another of his many disregards for the Constitution. “Acting” does not allow for the Constitutionally-required vetting and confirmation by the Senate which is particularly strange given that the Senate at this time is controlled by Republicans. Usually business people and governments like stability.

polarbear4

just another contract gig, eh?😜

polarbear4

I know that no one has a perfect life but oh my gosh.
https://twitter.com/ebruenig/status/1150856590918148096?s=20

polarbear4

polarbear4

Germany banning windows 10 and 365 in schools.

WindDancer13

My ever increasing frustration with Microsoft has me looking at a lot of alternatives. Linux has been on my mind for years, but I would still have to run Windows in a virtual machine to use the programs that I need and use most.

However, I recently discovered this: ReactOS 0.4.11 released

I have seen reviews showing that it can run Windows programs natively (e.g., Photoshop 5.5, which I own). The development has been slow though. When the weather cools down again (hopefully in my lifetime), I will try to put together a computer from all the parts I have laying around to test it out.

Currently, I am without the intended use of the computer that I use for graphics work as the last Windows 10 update won’t let me open any graphics or modeling programs. I have now been working on fixing that issue for over a month, and would more than love to tell Microsoft where to put its products.

polarbear4

So cool that you can create with that stuff.

orlbucfan

I worked as a professional proofreader and copy editor (when needed) back before Macintosh. I learned typefaces, type setting basics, and proofing mechanicals. Worked with talented graphic designers. The pay was barely survivable but I loved the people I met. 🙂

WindDancer13

For those who use the basics (Internet, word processing, etc.), here is a Linux distribution that looks and acts like Windows, but without the bloat or the spying. It also works on older computers so a savings in not having to do constant hardware upgrades (limiting your consumer footprint.

Tyrannocaster

I realize that nobody is reading this thread now, but justin case…

There is NO distro of Linux that does what either the Windows or Mac OS does. And I’m using Linux right now, typing this. The main problem, of course, is the proprietary software that MSoft and Adobe etc. won’t write for the Linux platform(s), but beyond that, Linux is a nightmare of “Just go on the support forum and ask”. Somebody correctly said that Linux is free if your time isn’t worth anything, and I think they are right.

However, after years and years of using Macs, along with a dedicated Windows machine for graphics and music production, I am now using Linux as a daily internet machine. My solution was to kept he Windows OS on a second machine which is never allowed online running Windows 7, and to go online only with my constantly updated Linux computer. But there is a lot about Linux I don’t like. You just have to accept that it will never do what Windows and the Mac OS will do, but at the same time it will do things that they can’t or won’t. However, to appreciate those things, you may need to really get inside the OS and most people don’t want to do that; nor should they have to, IMO.

WindDancer13

The Ziron OS looks promising though for someone who wants to have a Windows-like environment. The included software (already set up) is all free, open source stuff (including Krita and a music program) that covers the range of what most people use a computer for.

To run actual Windows programs in Linux, yes, you have to run it in a virtual machine which is its own headache.

The first OS that I posted, however, is not Linux. It is a new OS that is being developed to run Windows programs natively, and it is open source. Their FAQ. This is the one that I am most interested in as I have a huge array of graphics and modeling programs that require Windows. Very few of my programs offer a Linux version.

I recommend this guy for help with Linux: Chris Titus Tech

polarbear4

I hope someone who can do some damage to her campaign is saving these gems.

polarbear4

what really infuriates me is the condescension of someone who will keep pulling these kinds of stunts, knowing that most people are not gonna have the time to see that they are doing this over and over, that they are selling a false self to the voters.

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

More proof that ICE should be abolished!

polarbear4

humphrey

Unfortunately for her she has already peaked. It is all downhill from here.😁

humphrey

humphrey

I consider her to be a waste of the money.

https://twitter.com/MattBruenig/status/1150912601674719233

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

humphrey

Beto has seen better days.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/15/beto-orourke-fundraising-second-quarter-1416486

Beto O’Rourke will report raising about $3.6 million from April through June, a startlingly small sum for a candidate whose presidential campaign once appeared ascendant and who raised massive amounts of money for his 2018 Senate race.

The total, which O’Rourke’s campaign will send to supporters tonight in an email, is less than half of the $9.4 million O’Rourke raised in the first quarter of the year, and well below the $6.1 million O’Rourke raised In the 24 hours after he announced his presidential campaign in March, which raised early expectations for his campaign.

O’Rourke, after a blistering start, has flatlined in low single digits in public opinion polls. And his relatively weak fundraising reflects the challenge he will face regaining a foothold in the race.

humphrey

WindDancer13

Classic

Trump: You know Bill and I may disagree on health care and criminal justice . . .
Clinton: Barely

polarbear4

polarbear4

the AP seal of approval, fwiw

WindDancer13

You may need a bucket nearby:

Tyrannocaster

Wow. Just wow. What an execrable woman. Thanks for the link; I hadn’t seen that compilation.

polarbear4

polarbear4

yikes. This is depressing.

polarbear4

I didn’t see the evidence of number three. Maybe I didn’t read well.

humphrey

The whole article doesn’t cast a good light on LiZ.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dow-breast-implant-case-spotlights-elizabeth-warrens-work-helping-big-corporations-navigate-bankruptcies/2019/07/15/06b0d676-82fc-11e9-95a9-e2c830afe24f_story.html?utm_term=.c65de47a3193

Dow breast implant case spotlights Elizabeth Warren’s work helping big corporations navigate bankruptcies.

“You know, those big corporations, they don’t have any loyalty to America,” Warren said during an MSNBC town hall in June. “They don’t have any loyalty to American workers. They have loyalty to exactly one thing, and that is their own profits.”

But in about a dozen cases, Warren used her expertise to help major companies or their lawyers navigate corporate bankruptcies. In many cases, she was hired to argue motions, swooping in to offer her analysis and persuade a judge with her knowledge of bankruptcy law.

The work supplemented her salary from Harvard University, which was about $185,000 a year in the mid-1990s, employment records show. Warren has not released tax returns from the 1990s, when she did much of the corporate work. But court records show she was paid as much as $675 an hour, which was at or below market rate for her level of expertise.

humphrey

polarbear4

haven’t listened yet.

polarbear4

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