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LieparDestin

Thanks Benny! I was off doing my drug-screens etc, so hopefully that means I’ll be starting up by next week which will certainly help with the income, but at the moment not sure how it will affect posting as my hours will likely be pretty scattered. I’ll certainly do what I can.. and when it comes time to revive a BNR.. will ultimately make bigger decisions around that time.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Congrats, LD!!!

orlbucfan

Drug-testing took off under Raygun. Trick the Dick Nixon set the stage with the DEA and criminalizing pot as he hated the antiwar Americans. TPW is in good hands, LD. The usual suspects filling in, y’know. 🙂

magsview

I hope everything goes well LieparDestin!!!!!!

I still can’t believe they make people do drug testing. Ugh. So invasive. (Obviously for some professions it makes more sense, like driving a school bus for example, but for most people it’s just invasive)

LieparDestin

The Hill is trying to divide Warren/Sanders already, and is saying one will have to go to the center to win (as quoted by a Clinton staff member)

Sanders, Warren question whether Dem primary is big enough for both of them

When Bernie Sanders debated whether or not to enter the 2016 presidential race, one of the first people he consulted was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

One of us has to run, Sanders (I-Vt.) told his Senate colleague at the time, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

Years later, with a new Democratic primary approaching, both senators are mulling whether to jump into the race.

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And some Democrats say they don’t think there’s room for both progressives in what is expected to be a wide-open but crowded Democratic contest to take on President Trump.

“If a likely winning strategy is to reconstitute as much of the Obama and Clinton coalitions as possible, it’s unlikely they will be able to do so sharing the same ideological space,” said Democratic strategist Basil Smikle, name-dropping the last two Democratic presidential nominees.

Sanders, 76, and Warren, 69, have much in common.

Both are heroes to the left, and represent the progressive side of Democratic politics that clearly has momentum within the party.

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Strategists say Sanders and Warren will be hard-pressed to share the same lane, leading to speculation that if both run for the White House, one will have to run to the center, however slightly.

“Someone, most likely Senator Warren, would have to move a little to the center to be successful in a primary and general,” said Smikle, who worked for Clinton and served as the executive director to the New York Democratic Party. “Otherwise you leave yourself vulnerable to the right in both elections.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

Who said anything about reconstituting “Obama and Clinton” coalitions?

This is a new game.

I would def vote for a combined ticket.

orlbucfan

Me, too. 🙂 I am still wary of Warren cos of the ex-GOPuke history though.

polarbear4
polarbear4

M2. But if Bernie were to trust her enough….

jcitybone

???

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/01/fox-friends-poll-designed-discredit-medicare-all-explodes-their-face

When President Donald Trump’s favorite right-wing television program “Fox & Friends” launched a Twitter poll on Tuesday asking whether the benefits of Medicare for All “outweigh the costs,” they likely didn’t expect 73 percent of the nearly 32,000 respondents to answer yes—but that’s precisely what happened.

“Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ bill estimated to cost $32.6 trillion, new study says. Would the benefits outweigh the costs?” the survey asked, referencing a recent Koch Brothers-funded study that found Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) universal healthcare program would save $2 trillion over ten years—a fact that “Fox & Friends” conveniently neglected to mention in both its poll and its coverage of the new analysis.

Despite the misleading framing “Fox & Friends” deployed, the results of the unscientific survey were overwhelming.

orlbucfan

Har-har-har! A POX on POX!

wi63

Last time fuaxx news will ask that type of question.

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humphrey

He used to be a simple organizer in Chicago. Not anymore!

https://thepoliticalinsider.com/obama-cashing-in/

When Barack Obama said back in 2010 that “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” he was careful not to specify what that number is. For all his rhetoric on income inequality and the need to increase taxes on the wealthy, the man has got a taste for wealth after leaving the Oval Office, and it turns out he likes money just as much as the rest of us.

Cash rained on Bill and Hillary Clinton like manna from heaven following Bill’s departure from the White House, with the two bringing in an incredible combined $153 million in speaking fees. Obama will be nowhere near as prolific as the Clinton’s out on the speaking circuit, but he still earned $1.2 million from three speeches, or eight times the median household income in America, per speech.

humphrey
polarbear4
polarbear4

And we all paid for it with all the favors (bank bailout at the beginning the worst, followed by not much regulation, MIC, etc.) to the corpses through his years. It’s not like it’s a U Turn.

orlbucfan

Once a YUPPIE. Always a YUPPIE. And a RAYGUN fan, too. UGH!

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/01/racist-imbecile-trump-pushes-federal-voter-id-claiming-you-need-identification-just

Displaying the out-of-touch stupidity of the billionaire narcissist that he is while also further pushing the racist anti-democratic policies of the Republican Party he now commands, President Donald Trump used a rally in Florida on Tuesday night to spew fresh nonsense about the need for national Voter ID cards while bizarrely claiming that people need identification in the United States just to buy stuff at stores.

“The time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID!” Trump declared at the campaign style rally Tampa where he was allegedly stumping for GOP Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.

“If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID,” Trump continued, either lying or oblivious. “You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture.”

orlbucfan

There’s no word in English for how stupid this yahoo is. Seriously.

magsview

Go to this link & click on the little speaker icon on the right side, the French side, with your sound up.

It just sounds more apt in French somehow.

wi63

Not surprised by Trumpcorps lack of practical knowledge in this area as he’s never even been to a grocery store. After seeing the pictures of the gold this and that in his NY apartment, Airplane I’m in amazement of how he ever could even to begin to comprehend what the working class, poor deal with on a daily basis. The closest he’s been to a normal middle class retail business is McD,s or KFC. How his extremist supporters support him is beyond me as the majority will never afford just paying dues to get in Mara Largo. We’ll unless they decide to work there.

Don’t forget your id when going to the grocery store everyone!!! ???

polarbear4
polarbear4

oh yeah, thanks for the reminder! and when I want to “go out…and buy anything,” too also!

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

Socialism on the Rise as Americans Seek Out Bold, Humane Alternatives to the Brutality of Trump and Capitalism

The thousands of democratic socialists in the United States who have been organizing and fighting for justice in political obscurity for years likely never thought their ideas would be the subject of heated debates on prominent talk-shows like “The View” or feature pieces in such establishment mainstays as PBS and NPR.

But—driven in large part by the persistent popularity of Bernie Sanders’ brand of politics and the recent landslide victory of self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s congressional primary—the past several weeks have seen a torrent of news headlines, television segments, and hot takes on democratic socialism’s rapid emergence into everyday political discourse, an indication that ideas previously defined as “fringe” by corporate media outlets, pundits, and politicians are quickly going mainstream.

“Democratic Socialism Surging in the Age of Trump,” reads a representative headline from the Associated Press. “Is socialism having its moment in U.S. elections?” asked the title of a recent PBS “NewsHour” segment.

Even the New York Post, a right-wing tabloid, grudgingly admitted, “Like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism.”

“Socialism is no longer a dirty word in the U.S,” noted the Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi in a recent column highlighting the massive surge of interest in socialism over the past several months, which has translated into a record-breaking membership spike for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

LieparDestin

Could a Universal Basic Income Become a Political Reality?

Universal Basic Income—the idea that the government should provide every person a monthly cash allowance—has long been relegated to the realm of utopia. Even with its recent resurgence, driven in part by self-interested Silicon Valley CEOs, many still assume UBI is too expensive, too radical, and absolutely politically infeasible. In a country that restricts poor people from using food stamps for hot foods and subjects welfare recipients to drug tests, it’s hard to imagine widespread support for giving people cash, no strings attached.

But recent polling by the progressive think tank Data for Progress and YouGov Blue indicates that UBI might not be so politically far-fetched. The group conducted a survey asking over 1,500 nationally representative respondents whether they would support or oppose a policy that gave every American a monthly $1,000 check, which would be paid for by raising taxes on individuals earning more than $150,000.

The overall net response was negative 2 percent (38 percent somewhat or strongly supporting the idea versus 40 percent somewhat or strongly opposing it). But even when combined with a tax hike, giving every American $12,000 per year is significantly more popular than the Republican tax bill and polls about same as the Affordable Care Act in the year that it was passed.

Perhaps most telling is the split in opinion about UBI between working-class and wealthy Americans. For those with an annual income between $10,000 and $30,000, 47 percent support the policy, versus 24 percent who are opposed; not surprisingly, for those making more than $100,000, support drops to 27 percent, versus 59 percent opposed.

LieparDestin

The US Deported 468 Parents—but Kept Their Children

Lawyers and advocates have launched a massive effort to find them.

humphrey

No problem. Life for them is a bowl of cherries.

Click on the brief video to see the ICE rep soil his pants. ( at least he should have.)

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polarbear4
polarbear4

nothing happened when i clicked. might be my browser. Some of those people look dead? i take it they’re trying to get cool/warm?

these mass separations and losing parents—more tragic than ever.
this is ridiculous, and we’ve been using private prisons corpses for quite a while. the things that the msm doesn’t (usually) cover….

LieparDestin

Analysis Shows Canada’s 87 Richest Families Now Hold as Much Wealth as 12 Million Lowest-Income Canadians

Despite relatively robust investments in the well-being of its citizens, Canada is home to a growing wealth gap, with public policy analysts denouncing political leaders for allowing tax laws that heavily favor the richest Canadians—to the detriment of social welfare programs.

The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives revealed in a new report that the nation’s 87 richest families hold an average of $3 billion in wealth—about as much as the 12 million lowest-income Canadians, or a third of the population, combined.

Examining wealth concentration since 1999, senior economist David Macdonald found that the net worth of the 87 richest Canadian families rose by 37 percent in just four years, from 2012 to 2016. The increase was equal to each family adding $806 million, adjusted for inflation, to their coffers. Meanwhile, the average Canadian household’s net worth went up just 16 percent over the same period.

The wealthiest families’ combined net worth is nearly equivalent to that of every resident of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the study.

“That sum would include all houses, cottages and other properties, all cars, every savings account in the region, RRSPs, pensions, etc., minus all liabilities such as mortgages and loans,” the study reads.