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jbob

Good morning LD and TPW peeps. I saw an interesting article on “Common Dreams” about Bernie’s fund raising. I’ll try to post a link to it. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/02/bernie-sanders-dominates-analyses-fundraising-data-show-vermont-senator-widespread

magsview

Good to see you jbob! Can you imagine what those maps would look like if donations under $200 were included?!

orlbucfan

Thanks jbob–hope you are well. These maps back up what the Dean Campaign initiated: small donations from ordinary people via the innertubz, and the common sensible 50-State-Strategy. I hope Jane can get the Bernster to take a vacation cos he needs it. 🙂

magsview

Pretty sure a vacation ain’t gonna happen! Bernie having too much fun roaming the streets and shooting hoops.

Benny

Benny

America’s granddad.

magsview

Person up top said, “I want him to be my dad”, lol, but I love it when people (like Cardi B) call him Uncle Bernie. 😉

la58

https://labornotes.org/2019/07/kentucky-miners-are-camped-out-railroad-tracks-blocking-coal-train-demanding-their-stolen

Harlan County, Kentucky, is probably best known for the hard-fought strikes in its coal mines in the 1930s and 1970s. Today the remaining mines are nonunion. But evidently the local spirit of militancy and solidarity is still kicking.

For three days now, miners and their families have occupied a railroad track, blocking a train that’s loaded up with coal that these workers dug out of the earth and never got paid for.

Word spread quickly July 29 that someone was loading up the train to move. A few laid-off miners headed down to the site to find out what was going on, and it didn’t take long to decide they weren’t going to let this train go anywhere.

The miners want their jobs back, if possible—but bottom line, they want their wages for the work they already did.

“I would like to get the money that I’m owed,” said miner Cameron Cornett, a father of three, “the money that I worked for, and that was taken from me and my family and these other workers.”

“If we can’t get our money, they need to do something with [former CEO] Jeff Hoops for what he’s done,” said Shane Smith, a fourth-generation miner. His youngest daughter was born three days after the company announced its bankruptcy a month ago and stole workers’ wages.

Both men said they are owed nearly $4,000 in their last two paychecks.

magsview

‘We just want our back pay:’ Why busloads of laid-off Kentucky coal miners are going east

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — Dozens of laid-off Kentucky miners are boarding buses bound for West Virginia to press a federal judge to get them the millions in dollars in back pay their bankrupt employer owes them.

The Harlan County miners, who have been blocking a Blackjewel train car filled with coal as part of a weeklong protest, are traveling to a federal bankruptcy court hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, where a judge will decide whether to approve the sale of Blackjewel’s assets.

Tennessee-based Kopper Glo Mining successfully bid for Harlan County’s Lone Mountain and Black Mountain mines, according to the results of an auction made public Sunday.

Contura Energy won the bidding for mines in Wyoming and West Virginia. Other companies bought additional elements of Blackjewel’s assets.

The results did not make clear whether idled mines would reopen or workers would be asked to return. Kopper Glo could not be reached Sunday.

But the miners say they hope to push the judge to make sure they are paid amid the bankruptcy and sale.

“Every family is hurting real bad. We just want our back pay,” miner Chris Lewis said recently at the protest, where some miners will remain on Monday.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said a tour bus and several passenger vans would be part of a “Pay the Miners First Caravan.”

Ned Pillersdorf, an eastern Kentucky attorney representing miners, said he believes that bankruptcy may be “a shell game” designed to shed financial obligations.

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/companies/2019/08/04/kentucky-coal-miners-blocking-train-busing-west-virginia-pay/1902073001/

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Out-of-work coal miner Stephen Thompson sits in a chair on the tracks. Laid-off Eastern Kentucky coal miners are protesting not getting back pay from Blackjewel by blocking a train from leaving the area with Blackjewel coal. (Photo: Chris Kenning/Courier Journal)

In the (powerful) video in the link the company apparently let over $5,000,000 in paychecks bounce.

One guy says, “You vote these guys in, you’d think they’d want to help you, Mitch McConnell, coal, ain’t heard a word from him”.

Another guy says, “Where’s Trump? This should have already made it to him, he should up be here, he should be helping prosecute this man for doing it this way.”

KY mine protest 8-4-19.jpg
magsview

Oh, here’s McConnell:

McConnell couldn’t escape ‘Moscow Mitch’ at Kentucky’s biggest political picnic

FANCY FARM, Ky. — National derision followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home as Democrats taunted the GOP leader with T-shirts, signs and continuous chants of “Moscow Mitch” during his speech at St. Jerome Catholic Church’s annual political picnic.

McConnell and his team have taken the attacks, spawned from his refusal to take up election security measures, more personally than previous barbs. But Kentucky’s senior senator did his best to ignore those hecklers during Saturday’s speech.

“I’m going to spend as much time talking about (Democrats) as Kentuckians will voting for them this November — none,” McConnell announced.

I sure wish Dems had a stronger challenger to McConnell. Not sure that McGrath holds much appeal for coal miners, but at least she showed up.

As out-of-work Harlan County coal miners continued their fifth day of protests against the bankrupt coal company that gave them cold paychecks, politicians from every level of government have glommed on to their cause.

On Thursday, miners sat on a CSX railroad track near Cumberland under canopies and shook hands with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath and former Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, the democratic nominee for state attorney general.

The evening before, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin published a video encouraging donations to organizations such as With Love From Harlan, which has been raising money for out-of-work miners’ electric bills, groceries and other expenses. His Democratic opponent, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has asked the Office of the United State Trustee to authorize “the immediate payment” of all wages owed to the miners.

phatkhat

Supposedly there is only a couple of points between them in polling. I don’t think the last week or two is doing Massacre Mitch any favors.

WindDancer13

Sounds like a good location to hold a voter registration event.

magsview

In the clip I mentioned at one point they show a man speaking at what looks like a church altar-in front of a big cross anyway-and then praying and it made me wonder if one of the reasons some Southerners, in particular, favor Biden is because he’s Christian. As opposed to Jewish I mean.

I hope that’s not the case, but thought it might be an interesting poll question. (Whether or not religious affiliation is a factor in their choice)

polarbear4

yes. and I haven’t seen it talked about, but Alice Walker had a very bad relationship with a Jewish man and is an antisemite. not sure how prevalent it is in the South
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2018/12/alice-walkers-anti-semitic-poem-was-personal.html

WindDancer13

It could play a part, but I think overall conservatism is much more likely in play there. Biden promises no change in the status quo. Listening to the video shows that for the majority there, change is something they are not comfortable with (see the comment by the woman who says her 50-year-old father is too old to re-train for something else). 50 is too old??

Another comment is a guy saying that people turn 18, get married, buy a car, etc., this is the standard in that area and seeing it disrupted leaves many floundering. It also means that they most often do not look too deeply into the mechanics of their way of life. Most will probably decry socialism, yet the coal industry has been heavily subsidized.

magsview

Good points. But, I wasn’t necessarily referring to Kentucky, Bernie came within a whisker of winning Kentucky’s Dem 2016 primary – Hillary won 46.76% vs. Bernie winning 46.33%.

WindDancer13

I was referring to the South as you had used “Southerners” but used examples from the clip to make the point. Many of those states share the same background issues.

phatkhat

Religion plays a HUGE role. In my neck of the woods, in Arkansas, people running for office always try to out-Jesus each other in their campaign ads. I doubt a non-Christian would have a chance, here. But I don’t really know anybody who hates Jews. Of course Bernie isn’t very religious, anyhow.

WindDancer13

Hey, LD, this vid is for you! = ) Someone must have heard you. It would be great if Bernie and/or team brought this up on Twitch.

magsview

Jake Tapper is now OFF my list of decent people for good!

‘Height of Unethical Journalism,’ Say Critics, After CNN’s Jake Tapper Uses Racist El Paso Shooter to Attack Palestinians

Cable news journalist Jake Tapper is under fire by critics after the CNN anchor on Sunday likened the Palestinian liberation movement to white supremacy.

“It’s cool how Jake Tapper compares occupied Palestinians to white nationalists while he’s actually giving them a platform on his own show (Richard Spencer most recently),” tweeted AJ+ reporter Sana Saeed.

Tapper’s latest anti-Palestinian comments came during a special extended version of CNN’s Sunday flagship show “State of the Union”

Tapper just about blamed the shootings here in the U.S. on “the Arab world”! wtaf

“You hear Republicans talk all the time—rightly, in my view—about the tone set by, well, the Arab world,” said Tapper. “The Palestinians and the way they talk about Israelis, justifying—in the same way you’re doing, no direct link between what the leader says and the violence to some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria—but the idea you’re validating this hatred.”

“You can’t compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else,” added Tapper, “but at the same time, either tone matters or it doesn’t.”

Somehow Jake Tapper still finds a way to bring the Arab world and Palestinians into a conversation about WHITE SUPREMACISTS murdering innocent people,” activist Linda Sarsour said on Twitter. “Disgusting. But hey, when someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

According to data from Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, at least 3,480 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli security forces in the last decade versus 127 Israelis at the hands of Palestinians. Of the 3,480, a total 782 were children and 338 were women.

I’d say that any “tone” comparisons might be more apt if it’s how the Israelis justify killing Palestinians (if anything).

WindDancer13

Now, Tapper, relate your statement to Trump and his statements:

“You hear Republicans talk all the time—rightly, in my view—about the tone set by, well, the Arab world [US leadership],” said Tapper. “The Palestinians [the president and Republicans] and the way they talk about Israelis [Central Americans and Mexicans and others], justifying—in the same way you’re doing, no direct link between what the leader says and the violence to some poor Israeli [brown or black] girl in a pizzeria [Walmart, etc] —but the idea you’re validating this hatred.”

“You can’t compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else,” added Tapper, “but at the same time, either tone matters or it doesn’t.”

orlbucfan

Overpaid ahole.

Tyrannocaster

Jake Tapper net worth:
$8 Million
Jake Tapper’s Salary
$4 Million

https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/authors/jake-tapper-net-worth/

WindDancer13

I should have highlighted my wording changes better so his aholeness could be likewise be highlighted in his remark.

orlbucfan

Old corporate moneybags check writer: “Jump, Jakey!”
Tapper et. al: “How high, boss?”
Jake and the rest loves those fat paychecks plus bennies.
POX on ’em!

magsview

Benny

Benny

WindDancer13

Have to wonder . . . has all of Biden’s staff ripped their hair out yet?

magsview

Biden is not looking up to the task at all!

Benny

WindDancer13

Socialism for the rich (and white) . . .

USDA gave almost 100 percent of Trump’s trade war bailout to white farmers

Last July, the Trump administration announced a major new subsidy program designed to help farmers weather America’s ongoing trade war with China. That initiative—dubbed the Market Facilitation Program (MFP)—has become the single largest source of subsidies for farmers.

While many writers have documented the struggles of farmers affected by the trade war, few have scrutinized the distributional effects of the MFP. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has documented that the program has disproportionately helped wealthy landowners and a recent analysis by Donald Carr, a senior advisor for EWG, argues that the MFP has deepened the disadvantages of black and minority farmers.


The racial disparities are just as stark in states with sizable non-white farmer populations. In Mississippi, for example, where 38 percent of the population is black and 14 percent of farms have a black principal operator, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, only 1.4 percent of the $200 million distributed to farmers through the MFP went to black operators.

Not only did almost all of the funds go to white operators, but an overwhelming share of the funds appear to have gone to upper-middle class and wealthy families. The average family that produces soybeans has a much higher income—and a lot more wealth—than the average family in the U.S. But a disproportionate share of MFP money has been paid out to families operating large-scale farms, who have even more wealth.

WindDancer13

I find it interesting that the comments for many of the videos I share are like taking a mini-literature class.

WindDancer13

While not as “exciting” as mass shootings, this story highlights the daily toll of gun violence in the US. This also happened this weekend.

Chicago hospital stops accepting patients after trauma center is overwhelmed with shooting victims

Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings, a hospital official said.

The hospital went “on bypass” in the early morning, said Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs.

Hospitals use the term “on bypass” when they stop accepting ambulance runs and those ambulances are diverted to other trauma centers. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of five trauma centers in Chicago, according to Rakove.

At its height early Sunday morning, Mount Sinai had 12 trauma patients, Rakove said. She could not provide information on their conditions.

Chicago Police Public Information Officer Anthony Guglielmi told CNN Sunday that officers responded to several multi-victim shooting incidents on the west side of Chicago stemming from gang conflict.

WindDancer13

This news is a couple of days old, but I have not seen anything in MSM on it . . . Surprise!

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, dismissed “with prejudice” a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) alleging WikiLeaks was civilly liable for conspiring with the Russian government to steal DNC emails and data and leak them to the public. [emphasis added]

This is an important distinction: With prejudice definition from the Legal Dictionary website:

The dismissal of a lawsuit based on merits of the case where the plaintiff is prevented from filing a future lawsuit on the same grounds.

Now, we will have to see what this does to the Trump administration’s bogus case against Assange. The judge’s ruling did not leave them with a leg to stand on.

The judge labeled WikiLeaks an “international news organization” and said Assange is a “publisher,” exposing the liars in the corporate press who declare that Assange is not subject to free speech protections. Judge Koeltl continued: “In New York Times Co. v. United States, the landmark ‘Pentagon Papers’ case, the Supreme Court upheld the press’s right to publish information of public concern obtained from documents stolen by a third party.”

As a legal matter, by granting WikiLeaks’ motion to dismiss, the court ruled that the DNC had not put forward a “factually plausible” claim. At the motion to dismiss stage, a judge is required to accept all the facts alleged by the plaintiff as true. Here, the judge ruled that even if all the facts alleged by the DNC were true, no fact-finder could “draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.”

Going a step further, the judge called the DNC’s arguments “threadbare,” adding: “At no point does the DNC allege any facts” showing that Assange or WikiLeaks “participated in the theft of the DNC’s information.”

Judge Koeltl said the DNC’s argument that Assange and WikiLeaks “conspired with the Russian Federation to steal and disseminate the DNC’s materials” is “entirely divorced from the facts.” The judge further ruled that the court “is not required to accept conclusory allegations asserted as facts.”

The judge further dismantled the DNC’s argument that WikiLeaks is guilty-by-association with Russia, calling the alleged connection between Assange and the Russian government “irrelevant,” because “a person is entitled to publish stolen documents that the publisher requested from a source so long as the publisher did not participate in the theft.”

Judge Koeltl also rejected the DNC’s claim “that WikiLeaks can be held liable for the theft as an after-the-fact coconspirator of the stolen documents.” Calling this argument “unpersuasive,” the judge wrote that it would “eviscerate” constitutional protections: “Such a rule would render any journalist who publishes an article based on stolen information a coconspirator in the theft.”

polarbear4

thanks for the meat of the decision. i hope people keep this handy!

Tyrannocaster

Agree: blackout on the MSM. I’m glad I started Tweeting, because even though it is not always a reliable source of news, it is fast and you get stuff that the MSM doesn’t cover; then it’s down to you to see if it’s true.

WindDancer13

I rely on YouTube more than Twitter. My YT subs keep me up-to-date, particularly on the things that MSM does not cover and I do a lot of searches when an idea crosses my mind.

I do not sub to those whom I do not trust on either platform but even more so on Twitter. I check posters out for some time before doing an actual sub to make sure they are a good match rather than a fluke. However, I also go to a lot of videos or feeds that are not normally within my frame of thinking for two reasons: 1) to check myself for biases and 2) to throw the trackers off.

Twitter tends to be more emotionally driven than fact-based so I limit my time there. I try not to pick a fight more than once a week. = )

magsview

polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

haven’t listened yet, but I know there are some folks interested in Stephanie Kelton‘s work for Bernie on here.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Dear God.

WindDancer13

An astounding number of comments in that thread are really, really ugly.

Tyrannocaster

I’ve found that to be true of almost any Twitter thread that AOC is involved in, directly, or even just by mention. She drives them crazy.

polarbear4

personal. worked hard with Mark Salvo on this, back when. we can’t get Bernie in soon enough.

polarbear4

reminds me of some of your work, @Tyrannocaster.

Tyrannocaster

Thanks – I can see what you mean, in that the use of color is similar. However, I can’t paint any better than I can play the piano, LOL.

Cool, if disturbing, article.

polarbear4


i agree. most of the sick ones shooting have never questioned their own sanity, i’d bet. i’ll have to research it. im afraid a lot of sensitive, introspective people who may have had trauma and sought help will be denied.

Although I would love to see a lot more done around mental and social health starting very young, in general, for the whole population.

polarbear4

of course, there is some degree of violent psychotic behavior that will have probably seen the inside of an inpatient facility, most likely involuntarily or as a plea agreement, or have been reported….

ive heard pretty general rules, though, that scare me. us lefties might need guns someday.

polarbear4

Bernie shames me into tweeting about his rallies. Ha ha I sit here and hit a phone a few times while he flies around the country and marches and rallies and does so much.

magsview

People appreciate his sincerity. He’s on a mission.

magsview

polarbear4

🥰😇😂🦜

polarbear4

awwww, that was beautiful. chills. man, he brings it.

polarbear4

that’s a whoosh, 💥

polarbear4


this article of leaves out the bees, too.

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