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jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/waiting-times-medicare-for-all-health-care-socialism-canada/

As Medicare for All becomes a more popular political demand, this right-wing talking point on waits for Canadian health care grows ever more shrill. Even some good liberals fret about the long waits our northern brethren suffer. They’re not completely wrong, but the problem isn’t nearly as salient as people think it is. Christopher Hayes — not the MSNBC host, but the medical director of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who has studied wait times in both countries — told Shanoor Servai of the Commonwealth Fund last year,

“So if you are in a hospital and you need surgery, you don’t wait. It gets done in — if it needs to be done in thirty minutes, it will be done in thirty minutes. If you need an MRI for care provided in a hospital you will get it whenever — depending on where you are because not every hospital has an MRI, but you will be prioritized and that will happen probably as quickly as it can be done anywhere.”

In the Canadian health care system, if you have cancer and need surgery to remove it, it will be provided right away, because cancer gets worse if left unaddressed. Similarly, I took a kid with a concussion to a Montreal hospital once, and he was seen immediately (also, I never got a bill, and the pediatric nurse was terribly knowledgeable about concussions, because hockey). Canadians do face long waits for cataracts and hip replacements and other nonemergency procedures. Sometimes rich people complain about these because they feel their money should entitle them to get attention more quickly than other people, but socialized medicine doesn’t work that way, and of course, it shouldn’t.

Canadian wait times for doctor appointments, after-hours care, emergency room care, and specialists are also higher than those in other countries. But this isn’t intrinsic to equitable and accessible medicine, as the Fraser Institute’s copious yearly data show. France has the lowest emergency room wait times. The Netherlands has the shortest wait for after-hours care. Wait times aren’t even intrinsic to a single-payer system; after all, in the United States, Medicare is a single-payer system and recipients don’t face long wait times for hip replacements. As the (hardly socialist) AARP points out, the way to fix wait times is to “spend more money,” and Canada hasn’t done that.

Even in the United States — where people are dying because they can’t get insulin — I’m not the only person waiting around. Within the profession, doctors are told to make patients wait, as a marketing ploy; it teaches patients that the doctor’s time is more important than theirs. More seriously, patients here wait an average of twenty-four days to get an appointment with a doctor, even in large urban areas with plenty of doctors, according to a 2017 study, and that represents an increase of 30 percent from 2014.

Every time I’ve been to the emergency room (always with an elderly person or a child), we have waited for hours. A ProPublica study found emergency rooms at a breaking point from overcrowding, with patients leaving without even being seen. Once I took a baby with an alarmingly high fever to the emergency room; we waited so long that the baby got better just sitting there. Many aren’t so fortunate. In fact, this problem is killing people: a study of California emergency rooms found that patients who went to a very crowded emergency room had a 5 percent greater chance of dying.

jcitybone

The NY Times turns its concern trolling attention on Warren now that she’s doing well.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-2020-campaign.html

Yet few candidates also inspire as much worry among these voters as Ms. Warren does.

Even as she demonstrates why she is a leading candidate for the party’s nomination, Ms. Warren is facing persistent questions and doubts about whether she would be able to defeat President Trump in the general election. The concerns, including from her admirers, reflect the head-versus-heart debate shaping a Democratic contest increasingly being fought over the meaning of electability and how to take on Mr. Trump.

Interviews with more than three dozen Democratic voters and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina this summer, at events for Ms. Warren as well as other 2020 hopefuls, yield a similar array of concerns about her candidacy.

These Democrats worry that her uncompromising liberalism would alienate moderates in battleground states who are otherwise willing to oppose the president. Many fear Ms. Warren’s past claims of Native American ancestry would allow Mr. Trump to drown out her policy message with his attacks and slurs against her. They cite her professorial style and Harvard background to argue that she might struggle to connect with voters from more modest circumstances than hers, even though she grew up in a financially strained home in Oklahoma.

And there are Democrats who, chastened by Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, believe that a woman cannot win in 2020.

orlbucfan

These Democrats worry that her uncompromising liberalism
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“uncompromising liberalism”? Liz Warren, ex-GOPukelican 20 years ago? NYT has really sunk to new lows.

jcitybone

Good advice in WaPo. This would be helpful for gaining traction in Bernie’s worst demo.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/14/medicare-for-all-would-help-pay-long-term-care-why-dont-more-people-know-that/?utm_source=reddit.com

When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke about Medicare-for-all at the July 30 Democratic presidential debate, he talked about how it would improve coverage for people currently receiving it. “For senior citizens, it will finally include dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses,” he said.

But Sanders forgot to mention it would also help senior citizens pay for long-term care, something Medicare doesn’t do now.

Sanders should not forget that again. Indeed, he should make long-term care the first thing he mentions when talking about how Medicare-for-all would help senior citizens. Add that it’s especially helpful for women. There’s likely no better way to counter scare talk designed to convince the elderly that adopting a significant Medicare expansion would result in less care — I’m looking at you, Joe Biden — than by pointing out how his plan would improve on the thing that seniors likely fear the most.

Alex Lawson, the executive director of Social Security Works, told me he believes Sanders is less likely to bring up long-term health care because it wasn’t included in previous Medicare-for-all bills. It’s not as though Sanders doesn’t speak about long-term care at all. He mentioned it, for instance, at AARP’s presidential forum in Iowa last month — after dental care, hearing aids and vision coverage, things that are currently covered by many Medicare Advantage plans.

But he should talk about it more. Seniors support Medicare-for-all at slightly lower rates than most other age cohorts. It’s possible greater awareness of how it would help them with long-term care could sway some of them. It could also give Sanders a needed assist with middle-aged and older female voters. Women are more likely to need long-term care in old age, and daughters provide twice as much help to elderly parents as sons do. In fact, women are responsible for the majority of all unpaid eldercare assistance and suffer no small amount of damage to their professional prospects and earnings as a result.

It’s not as though Sanders’s proposal on long-term care is perfect. It could be better — the companion Medicare-for-all bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), also offers coverage for nursing home care, something Sanders’s bill lacks. But it’s still much more than the current status quo. So step up, candidates. Start talking about what you can do to help all of us with long-term care. It’s personal. This middle-aged daughter is waiting.

polarbear4

i’ve been hoping that they get a cadre of people to go out to the nursing homes and senior centers, and places where healthy seniors congregate—any place that will let them talk and let them know these things. I agree, it’s extremely important that they go after this vote like they are going after the youth vote.

Tyrannocaster

That is an excellent point!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Matt Stoller on the dem party

a series of tweets yesterday that I put in a document and paste here

Thread Conversation Matt Stoller @matthewstoller
1. Starting 2006 or so, I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with the Democratic Party. I’m going to explain why. It has to do with the relationship most Democrats have with corporate power, or really, power. Now first, to explain, I’m a liberal Democrat.
4:10 PM · Aug 14, 2019·Twitter Web App

2. What I saw in 2006 was the allegiance Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had to lobbying power. They both backed Joe Lieberman against a Democrat. Obama then lied about NAFTA in 2008, and retroactive immunity for telecoms. He lied about a lot in 2008. Dems didn’t notice or care.

3. In 2009, I began working in Congress for a member of the financial services committee. Tim Geithner sought a foreclosure wave and to help the banks. Rahm Emanuel Larry Summers ran around protecting monopolies. My friends at Moveon, etc didn’t notice, cheerleading Obamacare.

4. T day Obamacare passed, a friend sitting was sitting on my couch. He was tearing up with joy, and I’ve never felt so much contempt. We got calls from people with cancer. When do I get my free Obamacare? Try explaining to someone with cancer they get it in four years.

5. People in the Obama White House would scoff and laugh behind the scenes at who they perceived as deadbeats in foreclosure. Meanwhile we took calls from people desperately trying to show they paid the bank what they owed but were losing their home anyway.

6. I was reminded of the stupidity and venality of the Obama administration day after day
by their actions, big and small. They were mean, petty, dumb, greedy, and dishonest. And Democratic voters refused to believe their own leaders were doing what they were doing.

7. Obama snuck in a provision to the stimulus mandating that AIG execs would get their bonuses. Obama then blamed that provision on Chris Dodd and held a press conference on how he would do everything he could to get those bonuses back, after they had already gone out.

8. Obama’s first FCC Chairman, Julius Janikowski, was a buddy from law school. He refused to actually do net neutrality. He’s now at the Carlyle Group in private equity. Tim Geithner is also in private equity. Obama takes massive speaking fees from powerful financiers. Rancid.

9. The thing is, Obama didn’t do any of this without permission. He got permission from every single Democratic voter who supported and loved him. Every time his people threatened members with primary challenges (and he did), he was doing it with Democratic voters’ endorsement.

10. No one was honest. Not the centrists or the left. Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, (link: http://350.org) 350.org and various spinoff movements refused to admit that Obama was hostile to their values. And gradually I realized it’s because they just don’t see power.

11. Most Dems think injustice is what lives in the heart. It isn’t. It’s what lives in our institutions. Corporate power is autocracy, but to know the autocracy, you have to learn about trade, finance, law. Liberal democracy is all about equality.

12. Our political order is oriented around legitimizing only those who can claim some form of victimization. It’s why the woke stuff/white supremacy is so powerful. It’s a fundamentally anti-enlightenment model of politics.

13. You can see how the Chinese government, which is a truly fascist power, uses illiberal arguments to advance its agenda. The idea that Chinese people’s feelings are hurt, the claims to racial grievance, attacks on liberal democratic forms of government, the CIA in Hong Kong.

14. Tim Geithner was not a racist. But Tim Geithner did this. “According to a 2013 study of TARP investments, black-owned banks were ten times less likely to receive bailout money than nonminority-owned banks.”
The Decline of Black Business And what it means for American democracy.
washingtonmonthly.com

15. Democrats do not see corporate power where racism and autocracy is institutionalized, because it conflicts with the left-libertarian narrative that only victims have a right to be heard.

16. It’s improving, rapidly. @BernieSanders in 2016 gave voice to frustrated Democrats, and in 2020, the last debate was basically a rejection of Obama. But even so. We have a lot of work to do. Here’s an example. National security.

17. A lot of the energy on the left is focused on sustainability, resiliency, localism. Good. Yay! And a lot of the energy on the right is focused on nationalism, making things in the U.S., protecting our supply chains. Hey everyone, this is the same thing.

18. At any rate, we have very serious problems. We can’t make anything. That knowledge and experience was ripped out by Bill Clinton and it never came back. How are we going to do a Green New Deal? Who is going to do it? We can’t build high speed rail in California.

19. Most of our think tanks are corrupted by Chinese and Wall Street money. Our elite class has been trained to be a bunch of useless McKinsey-trained fools.

20. We need a social movement to fix our corporate structures. A real movement. A movement of engineers and farmers and business people and bankers and programmers and students who hate corruption and love liberal democracy.

21. None of us have ever seen liberal democracy work the way it should. This is an accident of history. It’s just weird we turned away from liberal democracy in the late 1970s. So we’ll have to take it on faith and on archival evidence that it can work.

22. And the Republicans are in worse shape. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were our cult of personality leaders who corrupted us. But Reagan, Bush, Trump is yours. You will have to dig yourselves out, the way us Democrats are slowly doing it. It’s possible. It’s necessary.

orlbucfan

22…. You will have to dig yourselves out, the way us Democrats are slowly doing it. It’s possible. It’s necessary.
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If you have kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, the digging out/repair work is. imperative. T and R, LD and humphrey!!

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

That is a great thread, I bookmarked it myself. But your compilation is a more accessible resource. Thank-you for assembling it!

magsview

Thank you Don!

I was blinded at first, but it didn’t take long before me and Mr. Mags began to see worrying signs.

Geithner was definitely one of those worrying signs, never trusted him.

I tried so hard to defend ACA from its critics, I even read the whole damn bill. I’d bet that I knew its fine print better than some MOC. But soon enough I became severely disillusioned, and ACA has done nothing for me. If it helped anyone great! But it’s done zero for me.

I’m glad Matt brought up McKinsey. I think you know why.

magsview

An excellent video.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/15/james-biden-bungalow-ukraine-donor-1463645

A donor with deep ties to Ukraine loaned Joe Biden’s younger brother half-a-million dollars at the same time the then-vice president oversaw U.S. policy toward the country, according to public records reviewed by POLITICO.

The 2015 loan came as Biden’s brother faced financial difficulties related to his acquisition of a multimillion-dollar vacation home, nicknamed “the Biden Bungalow,” in South Florida.

There is no indication that the loan influenced Joe Biden’s official actions, but it furthers a decades-long pattern, detailed in a POLITICO investigation earlier this month, by which relatives of the former vice president have leaned on his political allies for money and otherwise benefited financially from the Biden name.

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/israel-bars-democratic-freshmen-reps-ilhan-omar-and-rashida-tlaib-2019-8

The Israeli government will block Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country days before their planned visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, an Israeli broadcaster first reported Thursday morning.

The Israeli government reportedly cited Omar and Tlaib’s support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people. Israel recently banned the granting of visas to foreign nationals who publicly support any boycott of the Jewish state or its West Bank settlements.

The Democratic lawmakers were scheduled to arrive on Sunday on a trip organized by the non-profit organization Miftah, which is led by a Palestinian lawmaker and peace negotiator.

Tlaib, a Detroit native whose parents emigrated from Palestine, and Omar, a Somali-American former refugee who represents Minneapolis, are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. The congresswomen have been outspoken in their criticism of Israel and US-Israel policy and they’ve both made comments widely denounced as anti-Semitic.

An Israeli government official told The Washington Post on Thursday that Tlaib may be granted an exception if she submits a humanitarian request to visit her family in the occupied West Bank. The Post reported that Tlaib hoped to spend a few days visiting her grandmother in the West Bank.

The Israeli government’s decision is a reversal following their announcement last month that the lawmakers would be permitted to visit the country. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer previously said Israel wouldn’t bar any American lawmakers from entering the country “out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.”

magsview

🙁

polarbear4

polarbear4

Tyrannocaster

No comment necessary.

jcitybone

Rabid Clinton supporter still hates Bernie. 🥴🥴🥴🥴🥴 WaPo as “progressive beacon”. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/08/15/bernie_sanders_needs_a_shot_of_dignity_141015.html

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him.

The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington Post, where he accused the progressive beacon of punishing him, carried an air of populist paranoia — so much so he’s being likened to Donald Trump.

“torchlight parades”

https://www.creators.com/read/froma-harrop/12/16/hillary-clinton-martyr-of-the-year

Come the nominating process, Clinton endured the drowning test by which the left wing habitually torments centrist Democrats. In witch trials, the woman is tied up and thrown in the water. If she sinks, she’s deemed innocent and pulled out from drowning. Bernie Sanders’ left held her down for the longest time.

The Sanders campaign was not an ordinary challenge for the Democratic nomination but a war to annihilate the ideologically impure. The man who to this day has refused to release his tax returns smeared Clinton as a toady of billionaires because she gave some paid speeches to Wall Street.

Despite television’s romance with Sanders’ torchlight parades, Clinton amassed a commanding 3 million-vote lead over him. Instead of conceding, Sanders called on the delegates to nullify the voters’ choice. Failing that, he withheld his support for Clinton — implying he could make her lose — until the party submitted to his demands. It largely did.

Sanders eventually came around and offered Clinton full-throated support, but only after having made her radioactive to his more rabid followers and handing Donald Trump lots of ammo. When Clinton was finally pulled out of the water, she was alive but gasping.

Here’s a couple of columns in which Froma attacks leftist radicals Jayapal, AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley

https://www.tribstar.com/opinion/columns/froma-harrop-time-for-democratic-pushback-on-radicals/article_876aa570-3073-11e9-b133-1f4995514768.html

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jul/13/froma-harrop-playtime-over-for-democrats-radicals/

Tyrannocaster

A couple of days ago I tweeted a thread list of news anchors and their net worth and (occasionally, when I could find it) salary. That thing took over my life! What I learned:

1. A hell of a lot of people STILL are not aware of the kind of money these “stars” make. This response was *retweeted* over and over again: “Holy Shit! I didn’t know so many anchors were making so much money! So our news is being reported by Millionaires?! No wonder they are so out of touch with the American People!”

2. The Clintonites will never die. Actually, there were very few negative comments, but one was just a total anti-Bernie screed that didn’t once talk about the anchors’ wealth. That one was also retweeted a lot, which means to me that either people were agreeing with it or for some reason using it to make a point. Whatever; I went to the guy’s profile and it was weird: “Black Native American Veteran”, with all the posts really on the left wing of things, but he freaking HATES Bernie. Until you start seeing the Hillary-is-waiting posts, it’s confounding.

My thread has now been retweeted over 2.5k times in several different threads and I’ve completely lost track of it. I really thought this was stuff everybody knew, but it seems I was wrong.

Here it is, if you’re interested:

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

“A hell of a lot of people STILL are not aware of the kind of money these “stars” make….”

Couldn’t make it much clearer that these sources are firmly in The System…

Tyrannocaster

Non-political. Here’s my old guy, Karloff. Snoozing up a storm.

Tyrannocaster

EDIT: DonMidwest beat me to it. Too bad there isn’t a delete button.

My last Twitter relay, I promise. 🙂 This is really good stuff, material fundamental to why the Dems are so messed up. Well worth the time it takes to read the whole thing.

Benny

polarbear4

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Get a grip dude.

Tyrannocaster

Sorry, I’m having trouble parsing that. What did you mean to say there?

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Sorry, my statement was directed to the tweeter. It was my honest reaction and in no way meant to reflect on you.

Over-sharing drama queens get under my skin. Considering all of the other things going on this seems like something that they might best discuss with those closest to them.

polarbear4

I can see how you might feel that way.

I am resonate deeply with people like this. I see an embodiment of all those larger issues in his heartbreak. He knows how badly we need Bernie. imo. ❤️

WindDancer13

Warning: Squirrel Alert!

As I was reading the following opinion article, I got to thinking about a book I had read a very long time ago entitled “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula Le Guin. It is in its own way a dystopian novel in the vein of “Brave New World” and “1984,” but it never got the attention it deserved like those two did.

First, the opinion article that led me astray:

Trump wants to make immigration white again

But on Monday, the Trump administration unveiled a new immigration policy that upends that tradition. The poor are no longer welcome. Instead, the immigrants with the best chances at getting past the gatekeepers and settling in America going forward will be rich, credentialed, and white.

Under the new policy, federal authorities will use “aggressive” wealth tests to reject residency or citizenship for an immigrant “because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge” — receiving food stamps or other taxpayer-funded welfare state benefits. And officials can make that determination by considering the migrant’s “age; health; family status; assets, resources, and financial status; and education and skills.”


In practice, the new rule almost certainly means that more European migrants will go to the front of the line, and people of color will go to the back. According to the Pew Research Center, Mexicans comprise the largest group of migrants to the United States, but they are the group that most often arrives without a high school education. Migrants from Europe are the least likely to do so. And the Social Security Administration has found that first-generation immigrants from Europe and Japan “have initial earnings approaching or exceeding” other groups, including their U.S.-born counterparts. That’s the kind of information immigration officials will use to determine who is economically viable — and thus ostensibly worthy of residency in the United States — and who is not.

This for whatever reason reminded me of “Lathe” as in that story the solution to racism was to turn everyone gray which lead to its own problems. Skipping ahead, the world is invaded by aliens, and they become the new racist target.

I did a quick search as a refresher and ran into the movie that was based on the novel which I had not watched in an eon (until just now). I thought I would share it here with you as it has many lessons regarding how the lack of long-term planning and understanding of issues can lead to even more problems. I see long-term thinking as part of Bernie’s appeal.

While it may take some time out of your day, it is well worth watching and thinking about. On the other hand, it will take a lot less time than finding and reading the book. Unlike many book-to-movie adaptations, this one was supervised by the author, Le Guin. The glitzier 2002 remake was not. This version was made on a very-low budget in the 80s, but it remains true to the book.

Enjoy!

polarbear4

buzz buzz buzz

polarbear4

polarbear4

comcast is a client. THIS should be the big story.

polarbear4

tweets like this give me hope.

WindDancer13

A number of articles around the Internet about this, but pretty much silence from MSM. I did a pretty wide-ranging search because I had some questions. Who is the ship registered to? Where was the food shipped from? Was it paid for in advance? I cannot find anything, and the story is from Aug 7, so there has been plenty of time for someone to publish that information.

From US Seizes Ship Filled With Food For Venezuela (Will Trump Use Monroe Doctrine To Justify?)

“Venezuela calls on the United Nations to stop this serious aggression by Donald Trump’s govt against our country, which constitutes a massive violation of the human rights of the entire Venezuelan people, by attempting to impede their right to food.” [The statement is from Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez]


At this writing, US officials have not commented on this action, which, if done by any other nation on earth, would be considered and declared an act of war by all international conclaves.

In the case of the US, of course, the question is what possible pretext or justification can or will the US offer that gives it the right in peacetime to seize not just this ship but any ship ferrying food to a starving populous? Indeed, the US is not at war — at least, “officially” — with Venezuela. But, then again, the US has not “officially” declared war against anybody, or any country, or any nation, or any nation-state since December 8, 1941, initiating its entry into World War II. Even the almost 20-year “war on terror” has never been declared “as war” pursuant to constitutional precepts.

magsview

Thank you WindDancer13! I find it sad how so many people just don’t care about Venezuelans. Average people were suffering when I visited there a few times back in the early 90’s, so I can only imagine how much they’re suffering now.

WindDancer13

I find it hard to believe that people in Latin America (Central America and Chile already know) don’t understand that if it can happen in Venezuela, it can happen to their country also.

Equally, US Americans do not seem to understand that this type of behavior will NOT stop in other countries but will infiltrate the government’s actions with this country also. Nor do US citizens understand that their taxpayer dollars are going to create this inhumane treatment of people (I resort to taxpayer dollars whenever I realize that caring for human life is not a priority for some, but dollars they understand.)

I would really like to see someone–anyone–do a food drop into Venezuela like Truman did when West Berlin was blockaded.

humphrey

I think that many of the people are fully aware what is going on but they are powerless against their leadership that has been installed with the aid of the US government.

polarbear4

the full vid.

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/15/20804614/bernie-sanders-twitch-presidential-campaign-gamers-streaming-donations-streamlabs-fec

“Twitch is incredibly valuable to our campaign, because you get instantaneous feedback from people you are talking to as the stream is going,” says Bill Neidhardt, the Sanders campaign’s Midwest press secretary. “Sure, if you post on Twitter, you’ll get some people replying to you, but there’s something about that instantaneous feedback that you get on Twitch that drives our discussion. I mean, if you watch our streams, we’re reading the comments, we are reacting to them.”

Those people who the campaign is reacting to — at least on Twitch — are gamers, a fact that isn’t lost on Sanders. Sanders, says Miller-Lewis, was “one of the first people to speak up and weigh in on behalf of gamers getting a larger share of those profits and trying to form a union.” While I’m not sure gamers writ large would be able to form their own union, as they’re not employed by a single corporation or a professional class, game developers could. “The system has been rigged in favor of large corporations,” he continues. “And the people who are actually doing the work aren’t really getting a share of the profits.” Which is true. Though it does raise the question: is Bernie a gamer?

“What does it mean to be a gamer?” asks Neidhardt rhetorically. “Bernie stands in solidarity with those who are developing games and players. Does that make him a gamer? I’d say so.”

“He’s a gamer in the same way that he’s a millennial,” says Miller-Lewis.

jcitybone

humphrey

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polarbear4

ugh. don’t remind me.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/457464-forget-conventional-wisdom-bernie-sanders-is-electable

If you watch cable TV news, you no doubt are familiar with one of the bedrock principles that is taken as gospel among the conventional-wisdom faithful: Bernie Sanders is unelectable. This theory requires no questioning or interrogation. It just is — because he’s a democratic socialist or because he talks too loud or because he eats his corndog in a grumpy way.

This has been a major theme of attacks on Sanders (I-Vt.) from his Democratic opponents as well. Essentially the argument is: “Well, sure, we’d all love for people not to die for lack of insulin, but voters hate that stuff! You’ll lose for sure if you go around offering up quality education and a livable planet to all who want it.” For example, at the last debate, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is so electable he has been polling somewhere around 0 percent, informed viewers that Sanders’ policies are “a disaster at the ballot box” and that we “might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”

This assumption is completely impervious to any data that might contradict it. Glutton for punishment that I am, allow me to introduce additional data that I’m certain everyone will ignore. A recent SurveyUSA poll testing theoretical matchups of Democratic candidates against Trump found two candidates who beat the president — the widely-perceived-as-electable former vice president Joe Biden and the widely-perceived-as-unelectable Sanders. Biden and Sanders both earned 50 percent to Trump’s 42 percent. No other candidate beat Trump by more than the survey’s margin of error, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg actually would lose to Trump by a couple of points. Perhaps we should start talking about Buttigieg’s electability problem.

This survey is unremarkable because it is like nearly every other poll showing Sanders and Biden both could beat Trump. Even an Emerson Poll recently out of Texas — a place where people generally despise socialism, I’m told — showed Biden and Bernie as the two candidates defeating Trump. Now, it’s early and obviously a lot can happen. Biden can continue forgetting his campaign website address and insisting that his campaign is about choosing truth over facts. Many people also are confident that once the masses really get to know Sanders he’s going to drop in the polls. After all, he’s been in public life for only 38 years — has served in the Senate for 12 years and made two runs for President. We barely know him!

Finally, we’ve got common sense. Many in the media are fixated on who might be able to win back Trump voters. An imaginary factory worker in Michigan drives a lot of the electability conversation. Honestly, even if this were the target voter, Sanders would look pretty good. He consistently outperforms with independents and working-class voters.

But honestly, think about who Democrats have a better chance at capturing on Election Day: a Trump voter or a young person who leans Democratic but doesn’t often vote. There is no doubt that exciting that young person to go to the polls is the better strategy to pursue. If Democrats want to win, they should engage and turn out their base — exactly the strategy that Trump successfully deployed.

Incrementalism and aging Obama-nostalgia isn’t going to get a Democrat to the White House in 2020. Political revolution just might.

WindDancer13

Is this factually good news or a sign that things are worse than the market wants to confess? It could be that more people are shopping at Walmart now because they can no longer afford to go to their preferred stores which could be an even bigger flashing sign. There is also the possibility that some people may be stocking up for what they see as hard times coming.

Recession signs are flashing, but Americans are still shopping at Walmart

New York (CNN Business)Fresh off Wall Street’s worst day of the year, Walmart calmed investors worried the US economy could fall into a recession.

Walmart (WMT), a Dow stock and bellwether of consumer spending, said Thursday sales at its jumbo-size US stores increased 2.8% during its most recent quarter compared with the same period a year ago. Walmart raised its guidance for the remainder of the year, signaling optimism about the strength of its business.

Shares of Walmart rose about 5% in early trading Thursday.

Walmart’s results and a jump in July retail sales released Thursday reassured jittery investors that consumers remain confident and are still spending money at stores.

The article seems to be okay with the fact that Trump knows the tariffs hurt consumers.

Tariffs on goods from China are hitting retailers hard. But Walmart has less exposure than some of its rivals because two-thirds of its merchandise comes from the United States.

The United States currently imposes tariffs on $250 billion of US goods and Trump has threatened to put tariffs on the remaining Chinese imports before the end of the year. Consumers could be hit the hardest by that next round, which would tax smartphones, laptops, shoes and toys.

The Trump administration delayed those tariffs until December 15. Trump said the move was designed in part to avoid any pain for consumers heading into the holiday season.

polarbear4

so do we have wnough of a marke to partially make up for it?i know we have corporations and companies that make soy products. time for a fire sale?

jcitybone

The two progressive candidates are running away with the field.

However, Change Research is an online poll, not too highly rated, that has had very proWarren results in other polls it has done for Iowa and national, especially as compared to Biden.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign-polls/457548-warren-leads-field-by-5-points-in-wisconsin-poll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) leads the Democratic primary field by 5 percentage points in Wisconsin, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey conducted by Change Research on behalf of Crooked Media, a progressive network, found the Massachusetts lawmaker as the top choice of 29 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Badger State.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 24 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden, at 20 percent, were the only other candidates with double-digit support.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) clocked in at 9 percent support, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) registered 5 percent.

orlbucfan

Someone like Liz Warren is a “Liberal” now. Shaking my head.

jcitybone

One centrist down, a bunch more to go.

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orlbucfan

If he had any brains (??), he would run for Senate.

magsview

Benny

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Remember that video that went around of the DOJ lawyer defending horrible conditions for children in immigration-related custody? The government lost. Here's the opinion. https://t.co/9Q5rZyGk48

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) August 15, 2019

polarbear4

👊🏼🦜🦜

WindDancer13

Subbed to the Bern Notice (anyone remember the TV series Burn Notice?), and got the welcome email. I am hoping that the newsletter will prove informative rather than just mere campaign speech material. However, I am not happy with this comment in the email:

Bern Notice doesn’t have paid subscriptions yet. [emphasis added]

That would certainly limit equal access.

Tyrannocaster

It also implies that it is a fundraising effort right upfront. I don’t care for this. Of course, even though we give money to Bernie (and some others, too) we have managed to stop ALL of the campaign emails we get. I hate being pestered via email. I will give when I want to, not when I am told or asked to.

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jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/bernie-sanders-jeff-bezos-washington-post-criticism-corporate-media

Finally, it’s curious that Sanders’s criticism has launched such a furious pushback, including accusations of “attacks [on] the free press” and comparisons to Trump, when, for the past three years, prominent Democrats and liberals have relentlessly attacked the media for their coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including Clinton herself. In some cases, those who lobbed the most vicious criticisms of the press are now solemnly mourning what Sanders said.

Take Neera Tanden for instance, who did just that on Meet the Press (a program, incidentally, whose host once wondered out loud whether a US journalist should be prosecuted for publishing government secrets). You can find example after example of Tanden criticizing reporters and the media for their reporting on Clinton’s email server scandal, and for having the temerity to report on the newsworthy contents of her campaign’s hacked emails.

Tanden has said that “every reporter who gleefully trafficked in stolen emails via WikiLeaks abetted a crime” and that “all those who printed WikiLeaks emails helped a foreign adversary.” Nothing Sanders said remotely comes close to the extreme, nearly intimidating nature of these statements from one of the country’s most influential Democrats, who herself has a habit of censoring the supposedly independent reporters whose outlet her think tank owns, and who once suggested that the Clinton campaign use “brown and women pundits” to “shame the Times and others” into more positive coverage.

So harsh have these criticisms been, they’ve since been internalized by reporters, some of whom now feel bad for having done their jobs and failed Clinton in her bid for the White House. The Times itself decided that “every major publication” that reported on the emails had become “a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence.” Who needs an edict from above when media outlets voluntarily decree that adversarial journalism is a Russian plot?

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jcitybone

DK will be thrilled with this poll. Likely outlier. It even has Bernie coming in third to Warren and Biden in the under 45s and the under $50 thousands. No other poll says that. Bernie still polls second best against Trump—winning by 9. Fox polling actually is respected, unlike the news source.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/15/poll-warren-sanders-2020-1465795

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has leapfrogged Sen. Bernie Sanders for second place nationally in the Democratic presidential primary, according to a new poll out Thursday.

The new Fox News poll of registered Democratic voters shows that although Warren still trails former Vice President Joe Biden, pulling in 20 percentage points to his 31, she posted an 8-point gain over the previous survey conducted last month. Sanders dropped 5 points in the poll, good for third place with 10 percent support.

The poll shows remarkable growth for Warren over the last five months — she has gained 16 points since March — while Biden has remained somewhat steady over the same period.

Sanders’ second-place lead has diminished steadily over the same period, with Thursday’s survey the first in which he dropped into third place. He has dropped 13 points since May. Sen. Kamala Harris is not far behind him in fourth place, with 8 percent.

The Fox poll shows that any of the top four Democratic contenders would best President Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up. Biden opens up the widest lead against Trump, beating him 50-38, while Harris would have the closest contest — though still outside the margin of sampling error — beating Trump 45-39.

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polarbear4

To be honest, I have that close relative who was for Bernie in 2016 but bought the MSM wine and said he’s had his time. Then he got insulted when I asked him not to listen to the MSM and said he knows better than that. But I did tell him that if he just can’t vote for Bernie for some reason, to vote for Warren.

haha. that was the MSM line but i like wine better.

jcitybone

https://fair.org/home/heres-the-evidence-corporate-media-say-is-missing-of-wapo-bias-against-sanders/

FAIR has been following this issue for quite some time, so we’re happy to offer the evidence CNN and the Post protest is lacking.

jcitybone

Of course, Bernie never said that Bezos meddles. He doesn’t have to.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/warren-disagrees-sanders-washington-post-amazon-bias-claims

Politico asked Warren’s campaign about Sanders’ charges that Bezos meddles in the Post’s political coverage.

“It’s no secret that Elizabeth believes Amazon needs to be broken up, it should pay her Real Corporate Profits tax, and Jeff Bezos needs to pay a wealth tax,” communications director Kristen Orthman told Politico’s Morning Tech newsletter. “But she appreciates that The Washington Post’s coverage is independent.”

humphrey

LOL! I am sure that she thinks it is independent as long as they keep attacking Bernie and leave her unscathed.

jcitybone

Yeah but if she seems to be getting more traction and ahead of Bernie, expect more stories like today’s NY Times concern troll article about her electability.

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I posted a cartoon earlier about Biden gaffes. Another way to limit them is this.😜

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jcitybone

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-trump-and-netanyahu-just-broke-the-special-relationship-between-america-and-israel-1.7688677

This decision by Netanyahu is stunningly short-sighted. The Democrats already control the U.S. House of Representatives. It is very likely they will retake the White House in the 2020 elections. They could retake the Senate. There is a new generation of Democrats who are already skeptical of Netanyahu’s incipient authoritarianism, and the cruelty of his anti-Palestinian policies, and they now have yet another legitimate bone of contention with an Israeli government that now squarely positioned itself as a client state of the U.S. Republican Party.

By actively working to block Omar and Tlaib from fulfilling their duties as described in Article One of the U.S. Constitution, Trump has very likely committed yet another impeachable offense. While this may seem a remote matter for U.S. lawmakers, it is hardly so if, in fact, Israel’s ties are not with the U.S. but with a president who is in an increasingly precarious position.

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polarbear4

hooooo boy. some if us been sayn’. just sayin.

WindDancer13

And here I was thinking about doing some research that would exonerate them for supporting/voting for Biden’s Crime Bill (e.g., Bernie blasted the bill itself and warned about the consequences but voted Yes becasue of the Violence Against Women amendment that was put in it.). This saves me a lot of time and effort.

humphrey

Golly! An actual fair interview of Bernie on MSNBC.

https://www.msnbc.com/all

You may have to click on the actual segment to view.

polarbear4

that WAS good. some of it skipped out for me. I would like to see Bernie start finding some other fallback lines, though.

Here’s another plus, although there was no link to any live thing.

polarbear4

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An addition to an image I posted earlier. Couldn’t find one that included Bernie. LOL

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polarbear4

I looked it up. He really is.

humphrey

polarbear4

i call joke.

humphrey

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7362569/Student-no-idea-portrait-Bill-Clinton-dress-Jeffrey-Epsteins-home.html

EXCLUSIVE: Grad student who painted portrait of Bill Clinton wearing a DRESS and heels had no idea it ended up hanging in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion after she sold it at an art show and reveals she also painted President Bush
Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels hanging inside his Manhattan home
Source who saw it during a business meeting told DailyMailTV about its existence
The blue dress seemed to be a pointed reference to Clinton’s former intern Monica Lewinsky who wore a blue dress during their tryst in the White House
The painting was snapped inside the pedophile’s mansion in 2012, seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls

polarbear4

polarbear4

imma shutting it down. 💕🤗🦜

jcitybone

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