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magsview

Is it my imagination, or is there more large protests going on these days around the world?

magsview

polarbear4
humphrey

This image is sad but it is unfortunately speaks the truth.

polarbear4

sweetie.

polarbear4

humphrey

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orlbucfan

T and R, WD13!! Dorian Update: east central FL still in NHC cone (strike probability). However, storm is starting to slow down and angle slightly north and east. So. FL and Gold Coast starting to relax just a tiny bit. We are getting rain bands here. Dorian is one nasty work of nature–cat 5 soon. Fingers and toes stay crossed. Thoughts are with the Bahamas as somebody will get slammed by this monster. 🙁
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I have been wary of Liz W since the very beginning. I will not vote for her now. She reminds me of the YUPPIE GOPukes who started infesting the DP after Ron the FRightwing turd Raygun got elected.

humphrey

Latest Hurricane report.

Things seem to be getting more active.
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This does not look very good for those to be impacted.

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magsview

I hope there’s no real trouble today! At least that grifter provocateur Andy Ngo has been exposed (so hopefully won’t be there to provoke trouble).

Houston: Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro and braces for rightwing rally

In Houston, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro is bracing for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration.

Billed as one of the largest yearly events held by Muslim American advocacy groups, on Friday night the 56th Islamic Society of North America (Isna) convention featured an appearance by Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Castro and Sanders are slated to take the stage for one-on-one presidential forums on Saturday.

Rightwing groups have targeted Isna for years, apparently owing to its inclusion as an unindicted co-conspirator in the widely criticized Holy Land Five case in 2007. A US district court judge later ruled the government violated the rights of Isna and other Muslim groups.

In response to Saturday’s planned anti-Muslim rally, a coalition of civil rights groups, anti-racist organizations and anti-fascist activists announced a counter-protest.

The coalition included the Houston Socialist Movement (HSM), the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha (Fiel), among others.
The counter-demonstrators had obtained a sound permit and hoped to “outshout” their counterparts, said David Michael Smith of the HSM.

“This is nothing but racism and religious bigotry on the part of the fascists,” Smith told the Guardian. “Beyond that, we don’t think fascists should have a platform … so we’d like to basically drive them off the streets on Saturday.”

A Houston police spokesperson said the department was aware of the dueling demonstrations but could not provide an estimate of how many people were expected to attend.

“HPD is there to ensure citizens are able to express and exercise their constitutional rights,” the spokesperson said. “We are there to ensure that it is a safe environment, and we staff accordingly to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/31/houston-islamic-society-sanders-castro-far-right

magsview

To rescue democracy, we must revive the reforms of the Progressive Era

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville offered a prescient warning for “the friends of democracy”. In a chapter called “How Aristocracy Could Issue from Industry” he observed that industrial capitalism would create economic inequality between owners and wage-workers and divide them culturally, morally, and socially.

With the rise of industrial capital, Tocqueville feared there would be no genuine relationships between these two emergent classes. “If ever a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy are introduced anew into the world, one can predict they will enter through this door.”

Almost 200 years later, Tocqueville’s fears seem prescient. We live in a second Gilded Age – an era of extreme economic inequality and monopoly power. Wages for workers have been largely stagnant for a generation, while CEO pay has skyrocketed. A small number of firms now dominate many sectors of the economy. And the consequence for democracy is dire: study after study in political science shows that government is responsive to the preferences of the wealthy and their interest groups, but not to ordinary people. This creates a vicious cycle in which the wealthy and corporations can rig the political rules to benefit themselves. And the rigged system only makes them wealthier and more powerful. The danger of “a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy” is upon us.

Antitrust, regulation, tax, democracy reforms – these were rules that made industrial capitalism work, and kept it from destroying democracy. Even though it’s been gathering dust for decades, this Gilded Age and Progressive Era playbook is the essential starting point for reform today. We must reinvigorate antitrust laws and create a more competitive economy. This means breaking up big tech, big pharma, big banks – and restructuring and empowering the antitrust agencies so they are empowered to act with courage and vigor.

We must revive public utilities regulation and think seriously about the necessary infrastructure of modern society – from a public option for broadband internet to basic bank accounts for everyone. We need to create a more just and equitable tax system – including treating all income the same, adopting a wealth tax, and reviving estate and inheritance taxes. This will, as Thomas Jefferson once said of his own economic reforms, lay “the axe to the root of pseudoaristocracy.” And to accomplish these reforms – and others – we will need to start by passing new laws that prevent the corruption of our political process: campaign finance laws, anti-corruption laws, revolving door laws, lobbying laws, and pro-democracy reforms that will empower the people, not just the powerful.

None of these reforms will be easy. Some intellectuals and political figures will fight them with claims of efficiency and economic growth. Many others who personally benefit from the status quo will fight to halt, slow, or water down reforms. As Frederick Douglass once observed: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
But even with a revival of these strategies, even with the political movement to back it up, even with courageous leaders at the helm to implement these policies, the roadmap for reforming industrial capitalism will still be insufficient to rescue democracy today. New approaches will also be needed.

A central lesson of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era reformers is not what they did to reform the system. It is that they had the courage and creativity to think for themselves and pursue bold reforms, persistently, over decades.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/30/democracy-capitalism-progressive-era-gilded-age

humphrey

magsview

I indulged in a little Safari Live this morning and thought you might not mind my sharing a pic of a big female elephant munching on a tree resting her back-left leg on her other back leg. I thought it was cute.

The video of that live drive during which I snapped this pic isn’t uploaded yet, but last night’s video (South Africa’s morning) has been, and they found some wild dogs! Those are close to extinction- I love watching them lope along (beginning at the one hour, one minute mark) on those long legs, sporting their big, round, ears. So I’ll watch that video properly when I’m able, but I fast-forwarded really quick and saw nice views of a zebra beginning at the 53 min mark in which my favorite presenter (James) reminded the audience that zebras ancestors were from North America (and evolved their stripes in Africa).

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magsview

Wow, Bernie not backing down in the least!

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

And apropos of this subject here’s another nice summary on Senator Sanders’ gripes with Ambezos Gazette. I don’t think that it was posted here previously, but Jacobin has been pretty productive: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/washington-post-bernie-sanders-media-2020-coverage

humphrey

Just Think! Where would we be without parody or parody accounts to maintain our sanity?

humphrey

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magsview

and forget Biden’s talking nonsense mixing up different events and just making some stuff up, it just show’s how strong he is on empathy..you see…

Campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday, Biden did not offer an apology or admit error. “I don’t understand what they’re talking about, but the central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said,” he told the Charleston Post and Courier. “He refused the medal. I put it on him, he said, ‘Don’t do that to me, sir. He died. He died.’ ”

The candidate denied “that there’s anything I said about that that wasn’t the essence of the story. The story was that he refused the medal because the fella he tried to save – and risked his life saving – died. That’s the beginning, middle and end. The rest of you guys can take it and do what you want with it.”

David Axelrod, the former Barack Obama campaign strategist, tweeted on Thursday: “Not in any way taking anything away from the reporters, who undoubtedly reported it out, but this reads like the product of a pretty sophisticated opposition research dump … And there will be more, because @JoeBiden is a gaffe and embellishment machine. But if you read to the end of this story, it also reflects something that is a real strength, and that is his empathy.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/29/biden-pushes-back-against-report-that-he-told-an-inaccurate-war-story

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

Could have probably found a different outlet but.. still an important subject.

LieparDestin

Todays random cellphone snaps

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LieparDestin

more of Trinidad, CO

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asdf

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LieparDestin

last 3 I swear….

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magsview

Thanks! What was the building behind the chainlink fence?

LieparDestin

I believe I was told that was a brick factory that made pretty much everything the town was built with in the 1880s, as well as a train depot for the Santa Fe Trail.

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polarbear4

memories of more carefree times with Dr. Pepper. lol

LieparDestin

Imagine a world where memorials didnt have to be built to the people who died digging up fossil fiels.

polarbear4

appreciate your daily pix 😘

humphrey

You can possibly take this with a grain of salt but it could have a large impact on the middle east and the world.

https://ejmagnier.com/2019/08/28/hezbollah-will-respond-to-israel-but-when-how-and-at-what-cost/

The “Axis of the Resistance” has been informed about Hezbollah’s intention to respond to Israel imminently, confirmed sources within the decision-making leadership. The main offices of militant leadership and all gathering of forces have been abandoned or forbidden, and a state of full alert has been declared in preparation for a possible Israeli decision to go to war. In Iran, Syria and Palestine, the finger is on the trigger. Is the Middle East going to war? Actually, it all depends on how far- and in which direction- the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to go: and the degree to which he will accept, or not, the hit back from Hezbollah.

This all snowballed when, from al-Ayen in the Bekaa Valley, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah launched his threat against Israel. He swore to down drones violating Lebanese sovereignty and threatened to kill Israelis. This is would be carried out in retaliation for the Israeli killing of two Hezbollah members in Syria, and for sending suicide drones to hit Hezbollah high-value objectives and capabilities in the suburbs of Beirut. Netanyahu responded a few hours late by bombing a position of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC)- in the same Bekaa Valley, to send a clear message to Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah’s challenge is being acknowledged, and answered with another Israeli challenge. Now it is only a question of when, how, and at what cost the Hezbollah “bloody retaliation” will be, bloody because it is inevitable that Israeli soldiers will be killed.

Sayyed Nasrallah had no option but to respond to the Israeli violation of the Rule of Engagement (ROE) established since the 2006 third Israeli war on Lebanon. If he fails to hit Israel and accepts the ongoing international mediation and politico-financial temptations offered to the Lebanese government to persuade him to renounce his promised attack, he loses his credibility, which is substantial right now. Moreover, Israel would then be encouraged to hit more targets in Lebanon as it is doing in Iraq and in Syria for some years now, against hundreds of objectives. If Hezbollah refrains from responding as promised, Netanyahu will “get away with it”: this boosts his chances in the forthcoming election.

Sayyed Nasrallah committed himself before the whole world to hit back at Israel. All eyes in the Arab world – in particular among the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Yemeni and his own Lebanese society that is embracing Hezbollah – are focussed on what the target will be and when the attack will take place. In Israel, Sayyed Nasrallah has high credibility, and people believe him, as indeed most Israeli newspapers write today. Hezbollah is expected to halt Israel’s violation of the Rules of Engagement and give an example to follow for all those within the “Axis of the Resistance” and put a stop to the Israeli attacks on their sovereignty.

more at the above link.

magsview

Israel has been provoking at least three different countries a lot lately. I fully expect some blowback at some point soon, but I hope that Israel is unsuccessful trying to turn any response into justification for ramping things up even more. Isn’t it election season in Israel?

NYCVG
NYCVG

September 17. I’m no expert, but from what I’ve read, Bibi is nervous and he should be.

orlbucfan

Netanyaboob also has ongoing investigations into corruption charges against him. One wonders when the Israelis will finally get fed up and throw him out?

polarbear4

I don’t think I can count the times when I’ve considered might to be the answer, but I’m sure considering it now. Never let the bully keep punching down.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

And more from CNN of all places: “Israel is making the case for war, in public, against Lebanon” https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/30/middleeast/israel-lebanon-tensions-intl/index.html

humphrey

If I had a Netflix account I would cancel it.😒

polarbear4

Obama is a consultant now, and it shows. Look no further than Designated Survivor turning into a “centrist.”

as dancer says, the comments are wonderful. lots of tv/movie “titles.”

considering canceling, but likely won’t for the other things i enjoy. (star trek, haven, the occasional sci fi that doesn’t have too much neolibconism. 😊

polarbear4

knock down the house….

LieparDestin

I believe Netflix inked a 100+ mill deal with the Obamas.. you know, everyday people money..

LieparDestin

Netflix is billions in debt and with Disney about to launch theit streaming service, it will likely have some.tough roads ahead. They need better content and will likely have to up rates or add ads

polarbear4

dam. the others might be more bought (hulu, amazon, etc).

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Betting the farm on this tripe will only hasten their end.

Good riddance to their corporate mind-control circus.

humphrey

humphrey

Bernie: Why I’m An Existential Threat To The Democratic Party

polarbear4

it’s like they want to be regulated more.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

“Well-regulated” would be a nice start!

polarbear4

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humphrey

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/odessa-shooting/index.html

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said the suspect of the Midland-Odessa shootings was a white male in his mid-30s.

The incident began at 3:17 p.m. CDT, when a Department of Public Safety officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a gold Honda, Gerke said. When the vehicle came to a stop, the occupant shot the officer.

The vehicle drove westbound into Odessa, where another person was shot. The suspect continued through Odessa to 42nd Street, where Gerke said “there were multiple victims.”

The suspect abandoned his vehicle and stole a mail truck, Gerke said. There were other victims after that, he added.

The suspect then drove eastbound toward the Cinergy movie theater, where he and officers exchanged fire. The suspect was fatally shot in the exchange, Gerke said

polarbear4

I blocked someone today for this behavior. Greta is right, though, and it’s sad what a narrow world these people live in. it can be scary, too, bc some lash out when cornered and we die.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

No one is better than the USA for juvenile smears. We’re number ONE!!!

polarbear4

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polarbear4

check out the images.

Tyrannocaster

I’m not sure what to make of this. I looked into the guy’s background and it seems legit, although he himself is not a doctor. However, he has extensive familiarity with the subject and what he says makes sense. That’s why I’m not totally sure how to approach it; conspiracy theories can be like that. I DM’d a doctor I know on Twitter about this but haven’t heard back. Anyway, here is a long thread (22 tweets, I think) that gets really interesting. It goes into the strange back brace/vest/whatever Trump wears, his odd shoes/posture, and a *whole lot* more. It also manages to give a reasonable explanation for why Pelosi might be holding off of impeachment, and I wouldn’t have believed that was possible.

Like I said, I don’t know how to approach this one, so you’re on your own here. But it’s interesting.

polarbear4

Nina conveys passion even when reading.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

❤️

polarbear4

Up and at ‘em.

polarbear4

@liepardestin, are you near Denver?

polarbear4


Wonder if Kashmir will come up in the debate.

polarbear4

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polarbear4

if we’re going after warren, i’d like to see the same for yang and tulsi.

not saying that there’s a lot to be seen with Tulsi, but she is sort of a sacred cow in the Twitter left.

I can want her in the debate and want an honest critique at the same time.

i won’t tweet this bc i don’t want to spend hours defending what is my opinion

humphrey

There is a time to criticize but neither is a threat to win the primaries. I will save my criticism for the leading candidates except for an occasional shot at Delaney. 😁

polarbear4

Not a threat to win, but combined, a significant number of votes. imo

humphrey

If either attacks Bernie they will then become fair game until then my miniscule efforts are better spent elsewhere.

polarbear4

“This May, Medium’s Trust & Safety Team sent me an email saying that they’d removed one of my articles from the site because they “found it to be in violation of site policies.” The article didn’t incite violence, encourage harassment, include spam, or check off any of Medium’s listed rule violations-aside from one rule that the site has expanded to function as an excuse to silence legitimate journalism. My article, which was published in September of 2018 and was titled “4 Reasons Why The White Helmets Are A Front For War Propaganda,” clearly drew Medium’s attention because it fit the site’s definition of “Conspiracy theories…which may foreseeably incite or cause harassment, physical harm or reputable harm.”

That how they got me: by labeling my entirely fact-based analysis of the White Helmets’ shady and illegal activities as “conspiracy theories,” Medium targeted me for harming the White Helmets’ reputation. Since Medium hasn’t censored any of its users who’ve tried to link Bernie Sanders to Russia or accused Caitlin Johnstone of antisemitism, the fact that they would dig up an eight-month-old article and remove it because it includes unflattering facts about a known terrorist organization tells us how they intend to use the “reputable harm” rule.

It was this incident of censorship that paved the way for Medium’s next action against me, one that’s resulted in what appears to be a permanent removal of all of my articles from the site. This week, I received another email that said: “After review of the account linked to this email address, Medium’s Trust & Safety team has found it to be in violation of site policies…As a result, it has been suspended from the platform”

Rainer is a good’un.

polarbear4

Having page issues. Signing off. Happy Sunday everyone! thanks🌺

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