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jcitybone

Thanks orl!

Charles Blow

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/25/opinion/joe-biden-voting-rights.html

Before I turn to President Biden’s historic failure to protect voting rights, a couple of stipulations must be made.

First, the No. 1 enemy to our democracy at this point is the Republican Party. It is Republicans at the state level who are proposing and passing regressive voting laws that will disenfranchise primarily voters of color and disempower local election boards. And it is Republicans in Congress who refuse to help defend voting rights. They want a different electorate, less Black and more beige.

Second, the president is not a member of Congress. He has no vote there. He can’t single-handedly alter any congressional policy beyond the veto.

Yet for all that, it is still important to recognize that Biden has consciously chosen not to use the full force of the bully pulpit to explicitly and repeatedly call for the protection of voting rights — and therefore our democracy — by any and all means necessary, including the elimination of the filibuster.

Biden has a vision of what he wants his legacy to be: the builder, not necessarily the defender. He wants to be the one passing out checks, not the one sticking out his neck. This was on full, contemptible display at a town hall with the president hosted by CNN on Wednesday.

Don Lemon, the moderator, asked Biden, “Why is protecting the filibuster — is that more important than protecting voting rights, especially for people who fought and died for that?”

Biden said that it wasn’t and that he wanted to see voting rights legislation passed, but then said:

“What I don’t want to do is get wrapped up, right now, in the argument of whether or not this is all about the filibuster or — look, the American public, you can’t stop them from voting. You tried last time. More people voted last time than at any time in American history, in the middle of the worst pandemic in American history. More people did.”

This is patently false. You absolutely can stop people from voting. We have seen this over and over again throughout American history. And, these laws won’t harm all Americans. They’ll harm minorities in America. They are aimed at liberal cities where the populations are often heavily Black and Latino.

Biden is basically saying here what Black America has heard forever: No matter how high they make the hill, your only choice is to climb it. I applaud your ascension. My God, aren’t your legs strong.
Black people are eternally disgusted that they always get the hill and others don’t. There is nothing glorious in Black people waiting hours in line to vote, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, while people in whiter precincts breeze in and out. This is wrong. This is outrageous. This is a time tax. Don’t pat us on the head; take us down the hill.

If Joe Biden clearly, forcefully and repeatedly demanded that the filibuster be scrapped to defend voting rights, it still might not be axed. But Black people like me need to see you go down fighting rather than avoid the fight or grudgingly enter it.

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people still not hearing “nothing will fundamentally change.” from a guy who woukd still be hanging with racists if it was atill “acceptable,” imo.

jcitybone

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

Wow! See what you can do if you’re a billionaire and/or in control of the press?

jcitybone

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/07/banks-really-dont-like-bidens-push-to-make-it-easier-to-move-your-money/

Earlier this month, President Biden signed a sweeping executive order aimed at creating more competition in the US economy. Much of the focus since has been on pieces of the order that aim to reduce the consolidated power of tech giants like Google or Facebook. But one section buried deep in the order could dilute the power of America’s largest banks, who together hold near-monopolies on most Americans’ money.

And the major American banks, to say the least, are not pleased.

The order—which Biden signed to much fanfare in a White House ceremony—encourages the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Wall Street watchdog created after the 2008 financial crisis, to issue rules that will make it easier for people to transfer their personal financial data between institutions. Practically, that would mean pieces of a person’s digital financial life—including transaction history, automatic bill pay setups, direct deposits, and more—could be moved with a few clicks to companies other than big banks, such as community banks, credit unions, or “fintech” apps that allow customers to perform banking functions from their phones or computers.

That might not sound like a big deal. Or it may sound like it’s already happening, as many consumers invest their money with robo-advisers like Betterment or link their financial accounts to budget trackers like Mint. But it’s a move that big banks have long seen as something of an existential threat. Their fear is that if customers can easily move their money and information between institutions, then fintech companies taking an innovative approach to banking and consumer finance will siphon off customers, shrinking the market share and political standing of major banks. In January, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, summed up the banking sector’s fears of fintech: “Absolutely, we should be scared shitless.”

Financial data sharing does have real cybersecurity concerns, says Steele, but consumer advocacy groups argue that carefully written CFPB rules could be designed to mitigate these security risks. Softening the rule over these potential security risks primarily serves banks’ financial incentives to hoard data. “They’re self-interested in making that argument because it’s largely coming from a place of keeping the consumers in their bank rather than losing them to an upstart company,” Steele says.

“While financial institutions have legitimate security concerns about how their customers’ data is accessed, they should not block access to that data for the purpose of stifling competition,” noted the National Consumer Law Center last year.

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t&r orl! 😻🌊🐚🐳😎💕🙏🌊🐚🐋🌟🌻🌝💖

Benny

+27

jcitybone

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/the-congressional-black-caucus-wants-to-stop-nina-turner.html

As the Reagan era neared its close, the group that had long presented itself as an agitator for the cause of everyday Black people around the world was starting to resemble something more recognizable: a professional organization dedicated to protecting Democratic incumbents, including white ones against Black challengers, and sustaining career advancement for its own members.

Fast-forward 35 years, and the CBC is one of the pillars of the Democratic Establishment, a fundraising juggernaut with deep ties to corporate entities like Walmart and Altria (formerly Philip Morris, the biggest tobacco company in America) and a regular champion of party leaders, rather than a thorn in their side. Its individual members are by no means ideologically monolithic, though none of them are Republicans. Several of the newer ones — Ayanna Pressley, Jamal Bowman, Cori Bush — primaried CBC-backed incumbents. And contrary to popular narratives, there are enough left-leaning older members and right-leaning younger ones that internal rifts don’t map neatly onto generational or partisan divides.

But in the absence of such uniformity, the trends that have moved the CBC from the margins of influence to its center help explain its willingness to ignore its own stated principles, especially when it comes to elections.

On August 3, Nina Turner and Shontel Brown will compete in the Democratic primary for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District seat, which was vacated by Marcia Fudge when she became President Biden’s Housing and Urban Development secretary. The CBC has endorsed Brown, the Cuyahoga County Democratic chair, despite its policy of “[staying] out of it” when more than one Black candidate is vying for an empty position. Turner, Brown’s leading competitor, is a former Cleveland city councilmember and Ohio state senator who became a surrogate for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and the co-chair of his presidential campaign in 2020.

More revealingly, Turner is a figure who’s often trumpeted her disdain for the party Establishment and CBC friends and allies. This is a matter of both fact and perception. “We don’t need anybody fighting with Biden there,” one prospective Brown supporter told the Times.

Accruing power usually requires buy-in from people who think they’ll benefit from it. One of the easiest ways to secure that investment is by advertising how it will pay off. For all the emphasis the CBC puts on its principles — like getting more Black people elected to Congress, advancing Black interests, and avoiding intervention when multiple Black candidates are on the ballot — it typically plays by a more transactional rule: Be our friend, and we’ll be yours.

This applies to incumbents and aspirants alike. Old allies of the caucus, like Michael Capuano and Elliot Engel, both of whom are white, secured endorsements from the CBC or its leaders in recent primaries not because they were objectively more invested in “the needs and interests of our communities,” or because they had better ideas than the Black challengers who took them on. It was because their endorsers wanted to reward them for their allyship, while also reaffirming that if you want power and influence on their terms, paying dues pays off.

This may be an effective way to sustain institutional power. But it’s not a proxy for how urgently a candidate can meet the needs of Black people, which are dire, and also occludes debate that might determine that.

But it’s hard not to imagine them looking at today’s landscape and wondering at how little Black Americans had advanced by so many key metrics, despite a dramatic increase in their own power. Or how, at a time when new blood and new ideas seem like they should be at a premium, there was so much investment in keeping things as they are.

jcitybone

Second Brown to Turner endorsement in the last few days.

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

Excellent statement in support of Nina by Councilman Stewart. We gotta win this. I’m getting so many emails from progressive organizations supporting Nina and asking for donations. Its $10 here and $10 there and $27 here and $27 there and pretty soon we’re talking about real money! But we gotta win this.

polarbear4

TY, Fidel! so much easier than ASTDAND.lol

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

Lolol… I still love it pb4.

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wi63

I ask these two questions, how long before insurance puts limits on how much they’ll cover for a Covid stay in the hospital especially for those of the GQP that wont get vaxed and get seriously sick? Or will our death care system ask for a tax payer bailout due to people going into bankruptcy due to our great greed care system and cant pay the bills?

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for me but not for thee.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID

I have posted here some of the comments from IM Doc who posts on Naked Capitalism. He is seeing many breakthrough Covid cases in people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC is not tracking breakthrough cases that do not result in hospitalization so the numbers of cases are now too low.

I have seen references to FLCCC – Front Line Covid Critical Care Association. They have treatment protocols for before, during and after having covid.

We all like the story of the underdog fighting for a cause. Well, I am convinced that the attack on the use of Ivermectin to treat Covid is a cover up for the profits of the big drug companies.

Strongly suggest, in the strongest terms, that you go to their web page. Something as essential that if someone in a family gets Covid and is sent home from the hospital, all members of the family should get the treatment protocol on their web page.

https://covid19criticalcare.com/

They have a weekly update I think every Wed. The last one listed all the places in the social media that they have been shut out

FLCCC update July 21, 2021

On their web page can find the preceding week update.

Here is an article on a LA Times hit piece

https://trialsitenews.com/la-times-article-is-a-cheap-hit-piece-that-insults-millions-around-the-world/

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It takes a while to get into this topic. How drug companies and regulators are out for their own goals, and not taking into account front line covid treatments by doctors.

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My wife is very well informed on the standard story. She has read books about virus, pandemic, medicine, etc. etc. for decades. It will be an uphill job to get her into Ivermectin. But I have to work at it because it, along with other elements of treatment protocol like D Vitamin, are essential to keep covid at bay.

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I have been vaccinated. But the data from Israel shows the prevention falls off over time. I have never been against vaccines, but I am against those not concerned with public health.

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I will be out of town for 6 days starting on Thursday so I will have limited follow up.

At this time of too many problems, it is terrible to have to figure out how to protect yourself and those you know and the people of the earth – by finding out about censored treatments.

polarbear4

thanks, don!!!!

wi63

Sometime in the future if mankind survives climate change and our current greed care system is replaced by something more civilized we may find out that big Pharma and insurance held back better treatments or cures due to the greed factor– Healthy people are bad for profits.

jcitybone

Raskin backs Nina. He’s going to get a lot more exposure soon on the insurrection committee

jcitybone

Keith is joining Bernie and Cori to support Nina this weekend.

Benny

R-E-S-P-E-C-T ! Yes!

wi63

If Nina wins this and i think she will Benny has to open the bar for a toast for Nina!!!!!!!

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

I’ll drink to that.

Benny

The bar will be open election night, to celebrate or to drown our sorrows. Mocktails will also be served!

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