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magsview

I knitted a big white moon, craters and all, for my local library’s celebration of the anniversary.

(My library is my church and my sanctuary. It lends me serenity and sanity. I often attend a knitting group’s meeting there after work and was asked to come up with a project to interest kids and teenagers as part of the library’s children’s programs, and to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.)

Here is a program in progress, for example:

Women of NASA

The role of women in NASA has changed over time. At first, women were only permitted to hold supportive jobs, now there are women astronauts!

Join us for a special three week program about the amazing women who helped shape NASA as we know it. Ages 10 and up welcome.

la58

I was 11 when they landed on the moon, and I was glued to the TV that day. Thats why I saved the paper. The pic is from this AM.

orlbucfan

Cheers from a NASA brat! On a serious note: look how backwards this country has become since that very historic day.

magsview

You still have that newspaper? Cool!

(Was living in Canada at the time, and we all were also “glued” to the tv! Looks like you and I and wi60, or is it wi61now? are all the same age. Cheers!)

wi61

Correct Mags I have the local papers in storage along with the JFK assignation which my parents saved. At that age i had an model Apollo rocket along side the Starship Enterprise hoping as a kid that’s where we would end up someday.

wi61

I was the same age and my parents let me stay up as long as I could, I fell asleep in front of the TV and woke up in Bed. My dad said it was about 130 am when he carried me off to bed,

polarbear4

cool! Would love to see the moon you created sometime.

polarbear4

I was with a friend and an old black guy who brought his homemade beer. All of us yapping away looking at the moon in an LA parking lot.

Yeah, orlbucfan, it was a different country.

and reliving those feelings right now, I can see how having pretty much nothing makes it easier, in many ways, to really enjoy life. To engage this wild wonderful world.

hmmm now i want to find ways to rekindle these feelings. i love that we can think out loud here.

and nasa put out a cool app, too.

JFK Moonshot in Apps. An AR experience. It’s pretty cool.

polarbear4

Not NASA. JFK library.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/16/difference-thousands-lives-sanders-releases-chart-contrasting-bidens-incremental

As Joe Biden continued his misleading attacks on single-payer during an AARP forum in Iowa on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign circulated a chart highlighting the sharp and deeply consequential differences between the former vice president’s newly unveiled healthcare plan and Medicare for All.

While Medicare for All would provide “health coverage to everyone,” the chart says, Biden’s plan to bolster the Affordable Care Act and add a public option would leave “nearly 10 million people uninsured” and hit tens of millions more with “high co-pays and deductibles that will leave too many people at the mercy of insurers and drug companies.”

“Biden’s plan would preserve a broken system,” said the Sanders campaign. “According to a recent survey, as many as one in four adults go without insurance at some point in a given year. That’s fifty million people. By age 50, the average worker has held 12 jobs. Under Biden’s plan, this broken and fractured system would be maintained.”

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jcitybone

polarbear4

I hope they have good speakers ready to go everywhere the elderly gather. The Sanders campaign needs to get on this.

wi61

I dont think so Joe:

Bernie Sanders‏Verified account @BernieSanders

Under Medicare for All you’ll never lose coverage, even if you:

-Change jobs
-Turn 26
-Move to another state
-Have a pre-existing condition
-Start a business
-Get laid off
-Get divorced
-Retire early
-Dental
– Hearing
– Vision
– Long Term Care

-(Save money on your premiums) wi61 🙂

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-american-exceptionalism/

Let’s be clear: Bernie Sanders’s heresy, what sets him apart from every Democrat running to unseat Donald Trump, is not simply that he calls himself a socialist in a country long proudly identified as capitalist. Those two labels, socialist and capitalist, are open to too many interpretations and represent too many historical examples (everything from Norway to the United States, Stalin’s Soviet Union to Hitler’s Nazi Germany) to pin down. Rather, a more precise way to define the historic nature of Sanders’s campaign would be to focus on his promotion of social or economic rights and how they relate to the individual or political rights found in the US Constitution.

Sanders, by waging practically a one-person crusade to legitimize social rights, is striking at the core cultural belief that holds the modern conservative movement together: an individual-rights absolutism that has, today, little to do with economics or political philosophy but rather forms the essential, cultish element of right-wing identity politics.

Individual-rights absolutism is the flywheel that keeps all the cruel constituencies of the modern right spinning, uniting the various wings—fringe and what’s called mainstream—of the Republican Party, joining Ayn Rand libertarians, free market wonks, climate change denialists, Second Amendment fundamentalists, nativists (especially since most Latin American migrants come from countries with strong social rights traditions), corporate Prometheans, misogynists, and of course, white supremacists.

Break that wheel, and you break the movement.

jcitybone

More balanced roundup of Netroots Nation. Notice how She the People has Warren’s back

https://www.vox.com/2019/7/15/20692923/progressive-activists-netroots-nation-warren-harris-sanders-biden

Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. Jay Inslee, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro attended the presidential forum at Netroots, an annual gathering of nearly 4,000 progressive activists. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, on the other hand, were noticeably absent.

“I don’t know why you’d cede that territory to a frontrunner,” Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas, a Netroots board member, told Vox. “Warren’s the one who made out like a bandit here. She gets the whole court, queen of the night.”

But to say the organized progressive activist community has decided on Warren as its nominee more than a year ahead of the 2020 presidential election would be premature. Netroots, usually a good litmus test of who the Democratic base is excited about in presidential cycles, was more muted and cautious than in past years.

But at Netroots, only three names had any meaningful energy behind them: Sanders, Harris, and, of course, Warren.

Across the street from the Netroots convention on Thursday, Sanders’s campaign co-chair Nina Turner took the stage at a protest outside Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital, a local institution that’s set to shutter in coming weeks. Among the protest’s attendees were local activists, physicians, and Netroots attendees showing solidarity with the movement. Sanders himself wasn’t in attendance, but it was a show of the political revolution he’s been trying to build a campaign around.

“With these hands we will save Hahnemann hospital, and with these hands we will elect Sen. Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States of America,” Turner said to a crowd with raised arms chanting “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.” Sanders is scheduled to rally at the hospital Monday.

Warren’s biggest challenge is still with black voters, whom she is struggling with compared to Sanders, Harris, and Biden. A recent Morning Consult poll showed Warren netting just 7 percent of black voters who said she was their first choice, compared to 21 percent for Sanders and 16 percent for Harris (and Biden in the lead with 38 percent).

But there’s reason to believe Warren could increase her support from voters of color, She the People president and founder Aimee Allison said at the conference.

“We look at the impact of her speaking our language, calling out our community specifically in her policy prescriptions,” Allison told Vox. “That’s a winning combo.”

Two pictures of raised arms

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WindDancer13

LOL, “queen of the night”? I can tell you what kind of image that brings to my mind. Yes, blood-dripping fangs are involved.

Tyrannocaster

You mean Kos wasn’t referring to Mozart’s “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from The Magic Flute? LOL.

WindDancer13

I see fangs!

jcitybone

From Jim Hightower

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/democrats-need-to-wake-up-and-smell-the-grassroots/

Unfortunately, an exotic flu epidemic has broken out in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the “Canadian Hot Sauce Flu,” it uniquely afflicts a particular group of Democratic officeholders and operatives.

CHS Flu renders its victims weaker than Canadian hot sauce, leaving them unable to stand boldly for the workaday majority they’re supposed to represent. Instead, the afflicted — who are mostly old-line party leaders — are reduced to don’t-rock-the-boat corporatism and conservative appeasement when advancing policy ideas. They fear that anything stronger will spook “centrist voters.”

This breakout is a reaction to the recent surge of younger, progressive voters and officeholders openly pushing real populist change, including a Green New Deal, taxing the obscene wealth of corporate profiteers, public financing of our public elections, breaking up monopolies, restoring labor rights, free higher education and tech training, and Medicare for All.

Far from alienating the electorate, these proposals are generating majority support precisely because they are bold and clearly would benefit… well, the majority.

Yet, the protectors of the old money-soaked, politics-as-usual system are wailing that the party must move to the center, rather than to the left. But wait — their mythological center is way over to the right, hunkered down with corporate interests and blocking working class progress.

magsview

Oh no, there’s that slur against Canada again, lol. 😉

How did that expression come about anyway?

But I surely do appreciate the gist of the article!

WindDancer13

There has been a plethora of writings recently by billionaires in the vein of how to fix the issues we face in the US. Many cry, “Please, tax us!” The cynic in me, which is almost my entirety, doesn’t trust these benevolent voices. Why?

1) If they were so willing to be taxed, they would not have money in tax shelters or use the loopholes that allow them to avoid paying taxes. 2) They would not be funding politicians who create incentives to avoid taxes or lobbying against regulations that would benefit the public. 3) They would not have waited until an election year in which the people are fighting back to say anything. They have been awfully silent up until this year.

What is the impetus for their pretty speeches now? It is to make themselves look less like someone who should be attacked for their actions. They portray themselves to be good, caring people who really have the welfare of the people at heart. They have just been stymied by tax laws that hamper their ability to give back to the community. They are perplexed when someone calls them greedy when it really is not their fault that they haven’t raised wages or provided benefits to their workers.

It is not like they have not understood the issue of poverty all along as can be seen in the following article. It is the fault of laws or other circumstances that keep them from sharing the wealth that others have earned for them.

The Learning Curve: The Missing Question in a Billionaire’s Education Essay
The idea that education is a great equalizer is often treated as a given, including in San Diego. Now that assumption is being challenged.

An essay by Nick Hanauer, a billionaire venture capitalist, has turned a lot of heads, including one of a former president, on the internet in recent days. Hanauer’s essay makes a lot of great points about how the United States needs a multi-pronged, tax-the-billionaires approach to ending poverty – rather than solely relying on education to cure society’s ills.

That’s an essential point, but the piece tipped me off to a strange belief that apparently has been going around in billionaire circles: “A failing education system,” they say, is actually the cause of poverty and inequality in America. Hanauer tells us how he has seen the light and no longer sides with his well-heeled buddies.


Hanauer’s essay argues, implicitly, that [education as] the great equalizer theory is a myth.

“The lower your parents’ income, the lower your likely level of educational attainment. Period. But instead of focusing on ways to increase household income, educationists in both political parties talk about extending ladders of opportunity to poor children,” he writes.


Hanauer believes in fighting poverty by different methods, namely increasing incomes. And it is good he is trying to swing the conversation toward other solutions.

He is correct when he writes, “multiple studies have found that only about 20 percent of student outcomes can be attributed to schooling, whereas about 60 percent are explained by family circumstances — most significantly, income.”

The author of the article is feeling more friendly to this billionaire already, and all it took was him saying that he understood the problem. Nowhere in the article does he state his willingness to pay more in taxes or invest in ways to make this happen.

The cynic is sharpening her pitchfork.

Don midwest
Don midwest
magsview

That’s not good. How can politicians be effective in representing their constituents if they don’t understand how vulture capitalists operate?

polarbear4

no kidding. I think the word “understand“ means something different, in this case. It’s more like they’re putting their fingers in their ears and going Nana Nana Nana I don’t hear you. Because that’s where I get my money. And all my friends think like I do.

magsview

Check this out. Original source is The Associated Press.

Harris Criticizes Epstein’s Law Firm, Yet Takes Money From Partners

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual abuse “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.”

Yet the same day, Harris’ husband headlined a Chicago fundraiser for her presidential campaign that was hosted by six partners of that firm — Kirkland and Ellis, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press.

“If any connection with Kirkland and Ellis is a stain on (senior Justice Department officials), why isn’t a connection with the law firm for the receipt of campaign contributions a stain on her own campaign?” said Paul S. Ryan, an attorney for the good-government group Common Cause.

Ian Sams, a Harris spokesman, said there wasn’t a problem with accepting the campaign contributions because the firm is big and the partners who hosted the fundraiser didn’t work on Epstein’s plea agreement.

It would seem that Harris may be one of those people who can have a different public position vs their private position.

“In our democracy, no one — no matter how powerful or well-connected — is above the law. Yet Epstein’s deal, secured by his lawyers at Kirkland and Ellis, calls into question the integrity of our legal system and undermines the public’s confidence that justice will be served,” Harris said in a statement released hours after the Chicago fundraiser.

https://kcbsradio.radio.com/articles/ap-news/kamala-harris-accepted-money-jeffrey-epsteins-law-firm

“Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way … So, you need both a public and a private position.”

Hillary Clinton speaking privately to a conference of apartment developers

Don midwest
Don midwest

don’t trust her

orlbucfan

Me, neither.

polarbear4

perhaps because she reminds me of Obama’s betrayal, I have a perhaps irrational fear about her and I hope she goes down, soon.

magsview

Uh oh, someone at TOP did a rather inartful diary on this story and now it’s hidden and the author (who joined in 2005) has been bojo’d.

The flaggers issue seems to revolve around the fact that it’s a big law firm with lots of lawyers. But, personally, I think it’s noteworthy that the fundraiser was hosted by six PARTNERS (not just regular employees, as they dismissively are calling the hosts) of the firm.

I also think it’s relevant that Harris had just that very day called out the law firm, by name, implicating them in taking part in what she got to denounce as something that called “into question the integrity of our legal system” that “undermines the public’s confidence that justice will be served”.

I don’t see now it’s cool at all that Harris gets to score points by indignantly calling out the law firm, yet take money from the very same law firm’s PARTNERS, at an event HOSTED by said partners, the very same day! I mean, c’mon.

But what really cheezed me off over at TOP (I went there to see if today was a poll day) was that because the author posted a pic at the top of the diary of Nina, saying “Just any blue won’t do”, some of the nasty people over there used it as an opportunity to trash Nina.

I vowed years ago (after the donut debacle) to watch Nina’s back whenever I could, so I told the two of them that I was very disappointed to read that kind of thing (their comments) at DK. Subir tried to (carefully) bring reason to the convo, but to no avail.

WindDancer13

For those who haven’t heard Graham’s vile remarks which are right up there with Trump’s tweets, this piece plays them, but the conversation goes much deeper than that into how this rhetoric is a glorifying a time and an effort to get back to that time in which an all-white America was the dream for many. As stated in the video, Biden’s anti-busing fervor plays into that.

It also brings up a point that I have been hoping people have been paying attention to and that is Pelosi as Trump’s enabler.

magsview

WindDancer13

Quick Notice:

Bernie did an extended interview with a live audience with the Washington Post that just finished (9:55 am est). I will try to find a video of it later, but everyone should keep an eye out for it to post here if you find it first.

It was quite good!

WindDancer13

Considering the early state poll includes South Carolina (a weak point for Bernie at this time, but subject to change), these number look quite good:

WindDancer13

A nice breakdown of Biden’s health care proposal vs Medicare for All:

polarbear4

https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/jfk-moonshot-ar-app-1203245165/

dang. anyhoo. link to article and JFK Moonshot app.

polarbear4

better.

polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

these tweets are in response to this tweet.

WindDancer13

Early break:

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

Cute. Had me on edge.

WindDancer13

One more and I am off for a nap (the heat kept me awake all night):

polarbear4

polarbear4

more please.

polarbear4

polarbear4

jcitybone

This poll is better though Bernie has lost ground since their last poll—most likely to Warren

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/16/politics/cnn-2020-poll-new-hampshire/index.html

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sit atop the field of Democratic presidential contenders among likely primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Overall, 24% say they back Biden, while 19% each support Sanders and Warren. The five-point margin between Biden and the two senators matches the survey’s margin of sampling error.

Behind this top tier, 10% support South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 9% back California Sen. Kamala Harris. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke each registered 2% in the poll.

jcitybone

The straw poll is up at DK if you would like to vote

magsview

Here is link in case you are so inclined to go that that wretched site.

p.s. I highly recommend skipping the comments.

WindDancer13

LOL

humphrey

I think that this is related. Check it out.

Here is the link. It is pretty good.

https://berniesanders.com/who-said-it/

WindDancer13

LOL, I got 4 out of 6 right, but too be honest they all sounded like something Biden said. In other words, he sounds just like a Republican.

WindDancer13

This will leave you speechless:

Trump and Kellyanne are “sick and tired of this country.”

humphrey

jcitybone

polarbear4

sickening.

magsview

Yes. If they think that by not prosecuting that officer it will erase what I saw him do? they are mistaken.

humphrey

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humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

You tell them Bernie! Concise and to the point!👏😁👍

magsview

Yah baby.

polarbear4

polarbear4

St. Vinnie’s, here i come.

humphrey

That is quite the article!

https://www.wcia.com/news/local-news/goodwill-pulls-paychecks-from-disabled-workers/

Sharon Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Land of Lincoln Goodwill, told dozens of disabled thrift store workers they would no longer receive a paycheck as a result of the state’s new minimum wage increase, and she warns future job cuts could still be coming to the last 11 remaining disabled employees still on the payroll.

Durbin runs the Central Illinois nonprofit branch that oversees 15 retail locations and more than 450 total employees. She wrote about “upcoming changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program” in a letter dated June 14th. Her letter said the program “is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services,” but the funding “does not cover all of the significant costs of the program.”

The abrupt shift not only comes as disappointing news to dozens of disabled workers in the area, including some who live in group homes without their parents, but it also threatens to weaken the core promise of Goodwill’s mission statement.

Loni Braun, whose 28-year-old autistic son Nick worked for Goodwill location on Wabash Street, called the non-profit’s decision “an atrocity.”

“My son has worked for Goodwill for six years,” she said. “He started at $8.25. He left at $8.25. So he has never had a raise. The minimum wage is going to go up I believe a quarter, but not until January. So they are not raising it to the $15 until the year 2025.”

Durbin’s son, Brian Durbin, was hired onto the Executive Leadership team and makes an annual salary of $95,747 at the nonprofit.

humphrey

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humphrey

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magsview

Tiffany Cabán’s Volunteer Army Faces a New Challenge: The Recount

Not messing around. I sure hope it works out well.

An organizer with Amplify Her NYC, Sherpa cashed in two vacation days from her legal assistant job to join an unprecedented network of 380 volunteers, including 165 lawyers. Under the direction of Cabán’s legal team, they’re rolling out a multipronged strategy that includes constant eyes on the recount, research for a possible ballot-by-ballot legal challenge, and legislative pressure.

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/15/tiffany-caban-recount/

humphrey

Not sure when this was but Bernie continues his diversification.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

LOL

WindDancer13

The Republicans have been virtually silent about Trump’s racist tweets, but white supremacists are celebrating. They know a racist when they hear one.

Hate Watch: White supremacists celebrate Trump’s racist tweets http://a.msn.com/09/en-us/AAEqo0r?ocid=st

WindDancer13

A particularly good one (the audience loved it):

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