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jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/09/why-dnc-vice-chair-bawled-me-out-sharing-critical-accurate-information-about-joe

The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn’t need to tell me that he was hopping mad.

Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier—providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden—to delegates and activists as they entered the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday. The headline, next to Biden’s picture, quoted a statement he made last year: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.”

While not flattering to the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, the carefully documented RootsAction flier offered information that news coverage has rarely mentioned—and that party activists as well as voters overall should know.

But Martin had a very different perspective. He heatedly told me that distributing such a flier was divisive and would harm the cause of defeating Donald Trump.

I’m as eager to defeat Trump as anyone. At the same time, we need primaries for good reasons—including fact-based scrutiny of candidates’ records before they’re nominated. I tried to assure Martin that I’m as eager to defeat Trump as anyone. At the same time, we need primaries for good reasons—including fact-based scrutiny of candidates’ records before they’re nominated. However, I found it difficult to get words in edgewise, as Martin continued to denounce the leafleting.

After a few minutes, I asked: “Do you want to have a conversation, or do you want to lecture me?” Martin’s reply came in a split-second: “I want to lecture you.” Give him credit for honesty.

Refusals to examine the patterns of the past render many party leaders unable to recognize or acknowledge what a disaster a Biden campaign against Trump would so likely be. It’s of little use to plead for strong turnout from “Democratic base voters” after nominating a weak and uninspiring candidate.

As presidential candidates crisscross the country, only two are showing how to energize activism on a large scale while inspiring voters. That was apparent again inside the arena in New Hampshire, where Bernie Sanders (who I continue to actively support) and Elizabeth Warren delivered high-voltage progressive speeches that left others in the dust.

Biden’s mediocre speech at the New Hampshire convention on September 7 is already a historic record of a dismal candidate for president whose nomination promises to be a disaster. To pretend otherwise is hardly a service to the crucial task of defeating Donald Trump.

jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/863216/joe-biden-presidency-climate-catastrophe

What would a Joe Biden presidency look like? The answer to that question is coming into focus, and it can be summed up in one word: tired. Biden is trudging through the campaign, constantly screwing up and lying about his record, winning almost entirely thanks to the Pundit Brain-induced learned helplessness that has been carefully instilled into the Democratic base over the years.

Biden may yet win the primary, of course, and sheer backlash to President Trump could easily boost him into the White House. But it is simply beyond question that he is one of the worst candidates in the field — unequipped especially to deal with climate change, the biggest threat by far facing the American people.

But this speaks to a serious failing on Biden’s part: a failure to take the urgency of climate change seriously. Slashing greenhouse gas emissions at the sufficient speed necessary to head off severe climate disaster is going to require the most aggressive reforms since the New Deal, and the extirpation of some of the country’s most profitable businesses. It is going to take leadership — not raking in huge piles of cash from Big Carbon donors.

And this isn’t just Biden’s melting brain at work here. For years moderate liberals have been talking a big game on climate, only to dawdle and drag their feet when it comes to taking bold action that would enrage the donor class. Indeed, Biden’s best pal Barack Obama was worse than average on this score. He did not push hard for a serious climate bill when he had Democratic majorities in Congress, then his administration took years more to put out a regulatory plan. Meanwhile, he eagerly pushed domestic fossil fuel extraction as part of his “all-of-the-above” energy policy — under his watch the United States became the world’s largest producer of fossil fuels, outpacing even Saudi Arabia.

A Biden presidency would unquestionably be another holding action on climate, at best. He might do a few moderate little reforms, but they would be stymied immediately in the courts, and Biden — if he is even aware of what is happening at this point — will shrug. America simply can’t afford another four years twiddling our thumbs while a civilization-threatening catastrophe builds on the horizon.

wi61

If Biden would win we would have our 2nd woman president actually running things behind the scenes Reagan was the 1st one. Olé Ronnie was in pretty bad shape towards the end of his 2nd Term. In Biden’s case it would be after the inauguration.

Tyrannocaster

Time for my usual non-political contribution:

polarbear4

{{{❤️}}}

orlbucfan

🙂

Tyrannocaster

Just watched something excellent from MSM news; how rare is that? This is WGBH with a discussion of Trump’s mental state. They have a Harvard Psych Prof and the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party on; I thought it was going to be the typical “fair to both sides” thing so imagine my surprise when it was not. It’s so rare to agree with a Republican!

Video link alone: https://youtu.be/riaUFH4_tFw

Article: https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2019/09/05/is-it-time-to-discuss-president-trumps-mental-state

polarbear4

magsview

wi61

The Crap–rate media strikes again to decide the vote for the uninformed voter- we all know the type they just want to vote for the ‘winning’ candidate- they do the most damage every election.

magsview

jcitybone

Just looking at those first four states shows you that the delegates counts are definitely ridiculous. In Iowa, it’s Biden 29/Bernie 26/Warren 17 yet they find that Biden will get 18-24 delegates, Bernie will get 10-13 delegates, and Warren will get 10-13 delegates. In NH, it’s Warren 27/Biden 26/Bernie 25 yet they find that Biden gets 9-11 delegates, Warren gets 7-9, and Bernie 5-6. In Nevada, it’s Bernie 29/ Biden 27/ Warren 18 yet they find that Biden gets 14-19, Bernie gets 10-13, and Warren gets 5-9.

polarbear4

i’m Copying this to something to save. Thanks.

polarbear4

note to self

polarbear4

EyeRound
EyeRound

Krystal’s gaze penetrates the political demographics and gets to the core of the Clinton domination today. Keep your eyes on the $$ in Warren’s camp. Another really good report from Krystal. Thank you for posting pb4. BTW, I’m rooting extra hard for M4A on your behalf!

Happy Monday to TPWer’s!

polarbear4

thanks! it’s my friend who didn’t want to hear about M4A who just got that bill from an accident she had. works 2 jobs.

i’ll just have to make sure she gets it anyway 😁🦋🦜

jcitybone

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/09/09/elizabeth-warren-endorses-texas-us-rep-henry-cuellars-democratic-prima/

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is wading into one of Texas’ highest-profile intraparty fights, endorsing Jessica Cisneros, the primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.

“The people of Texas’ 28th district are ready for systematic change and deserve a Democrat that will be on the side of working people; not the side of big money and obstructionist Republicans,” Warren, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, said in a statement Monday morning. “I believe Jessica Cisneros is that fighter.”

Cisneros, a young immigration attorney from Laredo, has the backing of Justice Democrats, the progressive group famous for helping elect freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., last year. Cuellar is among the more conservative Democrats in the House.

“Jessica knows our diversity is our strength and that when progressives are unapologetic about our values and who we’re in this battle for, we win,” Warren said. “It’s time Texans had a champion in Congress who does just that.”

orlbucfan

Liz is continuing to talk (and act) out of both sides of her mouth. It will catch up to her. Don’t think for one second that orange moron’s re-election cabal aren’t fully aware of it. El orange creepo will eat her for lunch.

wi61

Warren has the same chance as setting a Bucket of KFC in front of Trumpcorp for a snack.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/gabby-giffords-gun-control-democratic-candidates/index.html?no-st=1568044034

Several top Democratic presidential candidates came together ahead of Thursday’s presidential debate to support former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ political organization and deliver a message on guns: Our children deserve better.

In a powerful video titled “Our Kids Deserve to be Safe at School,” eight candidates speak about the need to pass stricter gun laws to prevent mass shootings in schools. The video, the first in a series produced by Giffords’ Courage to Fight Gun Violence, will be part of a six-figure digital ad buy targeted toward Houston around this week’s third Democratic debate.

While Democratic candidates have some differences on how to combat gun violence, the video stands out because of the candidates’ unified message on the issue in the midst of an increasingly contentious primary. Cast against a gray slate and edited to make it appear that the candidates are finishing each other’s sentences, the candidates uniformly tout the need for stricter gun laws to protect children.

“We can continue with the corrupt leadership of Donald Trump, who has taken millions from the NRA while opposing gun safety policies, or we can forge a new path and elect a gun-safety president who’s willing to stand up to the gun lobby and protect our kids and communities from gun violence,” Giffords said in a statement to CNN. “This campaign will give Americans a closer look at just how committed the candidates running against Trump are in the fight to save lives.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden all participated in the video. An aide for Giffords’ organization tells CNN that all the candidates were invited to participate.

polarbear4

polarbear4

science, too. 😊🦋🦜

orlbucfan

Nature is awesome…and beautiful. 🙂

polarbear4

yeah! i never knew about the chambers and all.

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

LOL

humphrey

Somehow Rachel pops up in my thoughts.🤔😁

humphrey

That is why we need Bernie!
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humphrey

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magsview

I’d love to read this book.

polarbear4

Hopefully it will mean a lot more to this student then it did to Buttigieg.

magsview

Btw, family is good thanks! Lost their power, maybe for a few days, but only minor damage to report.

polarbear4

😊🙏🦜

polarbear4


this is why they’re bringing out the delegates Bernie is like a damn freight train. Oh yeah.

AND the rest of the country needs to see this. They are not. Even people with great hearts are giving me the stinky eye when i even mention M4A. And this to someone who suddenly owes over $14,000 to the hospital.

magsview

This tweet made me feel better yesterday after I saw CBS with their tally of delegates (which was tough on my morale-I thought, “Noooooooooo”, more delegate shenanigans…)

magsview

Scooby! It was funny because I fell in love with Scooby first and then Cassidy said that Scooby would probably support Bernie, lol.

Dog walkers for Bernie: Local canine care workers are big as small donors

As she walked through Schenley Park on a sunny weekday afternoon, six dogs tied to her waist, Cassidy Gruber was riding high on life.

But that could change in an instant for the six-year veteran of the professional dog-walking trade, as the 32-year-old’s status as an independent contractor means economic uncertainty — at least most of the time. What if she trips on Mango’s leash? What if Mango’s older brother, Scooby, accidentally nudges her down a hill in the park? She would have to get by without pay and cover her own health care expenses, at the very least.

That’s why she, like several other dog walkers in Pennsylvania, supports U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

From an economic standpoint, I support Bernie Sanders because one of his major initiatives is making sure the worker is protected,” she said. “That’s why unions are such a fan of him.”

In Pennsylvania alone, Mr. Sanders’ Democratic presidential campaign has received $1,432 from 40 dog trainers, groomers, handlers and walkers. That’s more than the Vermont senator received from firefighters ($1,279), hairstylists ($835) and self-proclaimed wrestlers ($45), and only slightly less than farmers ($1,662) statewide.

Economic insecurity is a driving force behind dog walker Owen Harwell’s support of Mr. Sanders, too. The 26-year-old East Liberty resident, who walks dogs for Go Dog Go in Pittsburgh, said he does not receive benefits and would “greatly benefit from Bernie’s Medicare for All plan.”

Mr. Harwell is considering furthering his education, too, but said the cost is too high to entertain the thought of working fewer hours while attending classes.

“My girlfriend has over $30,000 in student loans, and this is a looming storm cloud over all of our future plans,” Mr. Harwell said.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/09/dog-walkers-bernie-sanders-pennsylvania-campaign-contributions/stories/201909050006

I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video in the story, but if you have time it’s fun. And you get to meet Scooby.

magsview

The video part, Scooby is the black and white dog on Cassidy’s left:

https://www.post-gazette.com/video?v=6084125724001

magsview

Whether or not you think that impeachment proceedings should be happening or not, I couldn’t help but think along these lines when I saw the blowback on Tulsi:

magsview

Highly unpleasant seeing Rahm surface from his bank profiting over the weekend.

Thanks Obama.

magsview

Progressives Explode After ABC Panel Featuring Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel Launches Attack on Medicare For All

The ABC political show “This Week” on Sunday devoted a chunk of time to attacking Medicare for All, drawing fire for the segment’s panel makeup and language.

Of particular gall to critics was the fact that the panel’s nominal liberal was former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a fiercely right-wing Democrat whose decades-long career in Washington, as Intercept editor Ryan Grim recently detailed in his book “We’ve Got People,” has been devoted to stifling the party’s progressive wing.

Sunday was no different as Emanuel, now an investment banker with the firm Center View Partners, took aim at Medicare for All by framing the broadly popular policy proposal as a danger to Democratic electoral hopes in 2020.

During the discussion, Emanuel attacked progressive calls for Medicare for All. Both men claimed that voters would viscerally reject any attempt to change the nation’s healthcare system, both by getting rid of private insurance and offering care to non-citizens.

Recounting how he recently “biked around Lake Michigan, nearly 1,000 miles, through Michigan and Wisconsin,” Emanuel said that at diners in the two midwestern states, one constant theme emerged.

“Nobody at a diner ran at me and said, take my healthcare away,” said Emanuel.

That’s likely accurate, said MapLight reporter Andrew Perez.

“Rahm says no one at a bunch of Michigan and Wisconsin diners told him to take their health care away which is probably somewhat true since who in a diner would start talking to him at all,” Perez said.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/08/progressives-explode-after-abc-panel-featuring-chris-christie-and-rahm-emanuel

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polarbear4

Har hardy har, frack you, plebes!

jcitybone

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/09/09/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-sharpie-dorian-map-noaa-hurricane-weather/2266082001/

President Donald Trump showing a scribbled-on hurricane path on an official weather service map is “ludicrous and outrageous,” but also a sign of “moving the country in an authoritarian direction,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview with the Des Moines Register.

Sanders, of Vermont, was in Ames, Iowa, for the first of three rallies at each of Iowa’s public universities when he first mentioned the incident. Chuckles initially rippled through the crowd, but Sanders didn’t linger like it was a punchline. Instead, it’s an example of Trump bending nonpolitical entities to his whims, Sanders said. Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

“It’s one thing for a president to draw a line on a map, that’s totally absurd,” Sanders said in the interview. “But then to have the appropriate agency kind of back him up, that speaks to the authoritarian type of government that Trump is moving us to.”

Sanders went further in an interview with the Register Monday. Regardless of your politics, he said, people should not want “a president who is moving this country forward into an authoritarian direction and who is, in fact, a pathological liar.”

“The function of the agency (at) hand is to give the American people accurate and important information on weather, storms and hurricanes, and not simply say what the president of the United States said is right,” Sanders said. “So both of those factors, concerning what the president did, was ludicrous and outrageous. But it is even more frightening that we have an agency of government whose job is to provide incredibly important information to the American people backing up the president even when he’s dead wrong.”

magsview

jcitybone

Actually, a pretty good article in the NY Times from Ember

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/us/politics/bernie-sanders-health-care.html

In July 1987, Bernie Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vt., arrived in Ottawa convinced he was about to see the future of health care.

Years earlier, as his mother’s health declined, and his family struggled to pay for medical treatment, he was spending more time attending to her than in classes at Brooklyn College, suffering through what his brother called “a wrecked year’’ leading to her death. Over time, he had come to believe that the American health care system was flawed and inherently unfair. In Canada, he wanted to observe firsthand the government-backed, universal model that he strongly suspected was better.

Amid tours of community centers and meetings with health care providers, Mr. Sanders, then 45, more than liked what he saw.

“He was thrilled,” recalled Beth Mintz, a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont and a member of a task force that accompanied Mr. Sanders. “It gave him much more confidence in the possibility of the single-payer system as a solution.”

Decades before “Medicare for all” would propel his presidential campaigns, Mr. Sanders’s expedition to Ottawa helped forge his determination to transform the American health care system. His views burst onto the national political scene during his 2016 presidential run, when he championed a single-payer program alongside many of his other liberal policy ideas. Now, as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination for a second time, he has made “Medicare for all” the single most important issue of his campaign and in turn set the agenda for the ideological discussion in the Democratic primary.

Health care dominated the first two Democratic debates this summer and will most likely be a prominent issue again during the third debate on Thursday in Houston. Other candidates support “Medicare for all,” but it is Mr. Sanders who has become singularly identified with it — “I wrote the damn bill!’’ he proclaimed in July’s debate.

magsview

WindDancer13

Question:

But first some info. I have spent the last day plus doing some research to combat some of the uglier memes about Bernie. One of the sources I have been scouring in the Burlington Free Press. While looking through clippings of what other people have downloaded, I started noticing a lot of the same people grabbing articles on Bernie (often the same articles).

One of them is from Politico. He signed up on the resource with his own name . . . (mkruse). Two that I have not located yet are begg and franco_pv, but I suspect they are not there because they wish Bernie well given the articles they are clipping. I like it when they leave breadcrumbs.

Okay, here is a question that has been nagging me for some time. Bernie’s father wouldn’t have had the money to send him to college, so how did Bernie pay for it? Brooklyn College was minor, but the University of Chicago even back then wasn’t free. Besides some kind of tuition, there would be living expenses and textbooks. If you know anything or have a hint, please share. = )

magsview

I found this:

He graduated from Brooklyn’s P.S. 197 and James Madison High School* where he was captain of his high school track team. He enrolled at Brooklyn College, but then transferred to the U. of C., where he financed his education with a mix of part-time jobs, grants, and loans.

It was there that he has traced his attraction to lefty politics. “When I went to the University of Chicago, I began to understand the futility of liberalism,” he told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in 1991.

After graduating in 1964 with a B.A. in political science, he spent six months on a kibbutz in Israel. His going to Israel had nothing to do with religion, much less Zionism. He identifies, he says, “culturally” as a Jew. The political philosophy he honed in Hyde Park held fast. He learned, he later said, “that you could have a community in which the people themselves actually owned the community.”

He and his college girlfriend, who became his first wife, bought 85 acres of woodlands in Middlesex, Vermont for $2,500. By 1968 they lived there full-time in a shack without indoor plumbing or electricity. They had a son, Levi, and later divorced.

Where Obama had “community organizer” on his resume, Sanders, in the late ’60s, a member of the anti-capitalist Liberty Union Party and Vietnam War protester, had “freelance writer, carpenter, and youth counselor.”

https://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/May-2015/Bernie-Sanders-University-of-Chicago/

polarbear4

Obama, fake community organizer. What you have sounds right, school was so much less expensive in those days.

WindDancer13

Thanks! That first paragraph was exactly what I was looking for.

The paragraph with the “college girlfriend” is incorrect though. She was not Levi’s mother, and they divorced in 1968. Susan Mott was and that is one of the topics I have been focusing on in my research due to some really outrages crap out there.

Yeah, I was in CA so other than textbooks and a student fee, there was no tuition (community college…funny side note, I ended up teaching there later).

I lasted a whole semester as I was not ready for college at the time. Boy, did that ever end up costing me!

wi61

I have a teacher friend who told me his teaching degree was in the $3500 area in the mid 70s — He cant believe how out of hand its gotten and part of the problem with the teacher shortage in WI, then theirs Walkers Act 10 which didn’t help the situation.

WindDancer13

I graduated in 1989 with my degrees plus a teaching certificate for college level classes, and it was quite a lot higher then. I know it has gotten much worse because they kept raising tuition at the schools I taught at (not that the instructors got better pay, but look at all the pretty buildings…pppfffftttt!).

WindDancer13

You may not have see this, but at the very bottom of the article that you posted (thanks again!), there was this:

The school also gave us, to take just a few names currently in the news, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who was a cheerleader)

There was another person, but I do not care for him so not putting his name anywhere anyone has to look at it.

magsview

Us peons just aren’t up to navigating self-rule you see.

The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy

Human brains aren’t built for self-rule, says Shawn Rosenberg. That’s more evident than ever.

As much as President Donald Trump’s liberal critics might want to lay America’s ills at his door, Rosenberg says the president is not the cause of democracy’s fall—even if Trump’s successful anti-immigrant populist campaign may have been a symptom of democracy’s decline.

We’re to blame, said Rosenberg. As in “we the people.”

Democracy is hard work. And as society’s “elites”—experts and public figures who help those around them navigate the heavy responsibilities that come with self-rule—have increasingly been sidelined, citizens have proved ill equipped cognitively and emotionally to run a well-functioning democracy. As a consequence, the center has collapsed and millions of frustrated and angst-filled voters have turned in desperation to right-wing populists.

His prediction? “In well-established democracies like the United States, democratic governance will continue its inexorable decline and will eventually fail.”

I realize that Rosenberg is talking about right-wing populists here, but this sounds like an argument to go back to handing control to the “elites”.

The elites, as Rosenberg defines them, are the people holding power at the top of the economic, political and intellectual pyramid who have “the motivation to support democratic culture and institutions and the power to do so effectively.” In their roles as senators, journalists, professors, judges and government administrators, to name a few, the elites have traditionally held sway over public discourse and U.S. institutions—and have in that role helped the populace understand the importance democratic values. But today that is changing. Thanks to social media and new technologies, anyone with access to the Internet can publish a blog and garner attention for their cause

While the elites formerly might have successfully squashed conspiracy theories and called out populists for their inconsistencies, today fewer and fewer citizens take the elites seriously. Now that people get their news from social media rather than from established newspapers or the old three TV news networks (ABC, CBS and NBC), fake news proliferates.

The implication that we should be more trusting of MSM is particularly egregious. Have you watched MSNBC lately??

The irony is that more democracy—ushered in by social media and the Internet, where information flows more freely than ever before—is what has unmoored our politics, and is leading us towards authoritarianism. Rosenberg argues that the elites have traditionally prevented society from becoming a totally unfettered democracy; their “oligarchic ‘democratic’ authority” or “democratic control” has until now kept the authoritarian impulses of the populace in check.

All Hail The Elites!

What stirred the crowd was that Rosenberg has gone beyond pessimism into outright defeatism. What riled the crowd was that he’s seemingly embraced a kind of reverence for elitism no longer fashionable in the academy. When challenged on this front, he quickly insisted he didn’t mean to exempt himself from the claim that people suffer from cognitive and emotional limitations.

And what do these “elites” think of left-wing populism (as opposed to the right-wing populism)? That is left un-discussed. But perhaps a clue can be found here:

There were less discomforting moments in Lisbon. The convention gave an award to George Marcus, one of the founders of the discipline, who has dedicated his career to the optimistic theory that human beings by nature readjust their ideas to match the world as it is and not as they’d like it to be—just as democracy requires.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/08/shawn-rosenberg-democracy-228045

Pragmatism for All!

polarbear4

Not so long ago I heard a talking head suggest that we were going to be moving towards China’s type of government. In all seriousness.

WindDancer13

Plato at http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Anci/AnciBhan.htm:

Plato was highly dissatisfied with the prevailing degenerating conditions in Athens. The Athenian democracy was on the verge of ruin and was ultimately responsible for secrate’s [sic–Socrates’] death. Plato saw in justice the only remedy of saving Athens from decay and ruin, for nothing agitated him in contemporary affairs more than amateurishness, needlesomeness and political selfishness which was rampant in Athens of his day in particular and in the entire Greek world in general. In additional, Sophistic teaching of the ethics of self-satisfaction resulted in the excessive individualism also induced the citizens to capture the office of the State for their own selfish purpose and eventually divided “Athens in to two histile camps of rich and poor, opressor and opressed. “Evidently, these two factors amateur needlesomeness and excessive individualism became main targets of Plato’s attack. The attack came in the form of the construction of an ideal society in which “Justice” reigned supreme, since Plato found in justice the remedy for curing these evils. Thus, we are to inquire in this study the nature of justice as prepounded by Plato as a fundamental principle of well-order[ed] society. [emphasis added]

WindDancer13

Autonomy (pronounced aw-TAW-nuh-mee) is Greek for “self-rule,” and it’s basically another word for liberty. If you have autonomy, you are able to make your own choices and go your own direction. It’s a central idea in modern political theory, closely related to the ideas of political freedom and democracy. Autonomy is all about thinking for yourself and acting on your own desires, while living in a free society whose laws give you the liberty to make your own decisions.

WindDancer13

One more (sorry no sleep makes me ummm, philosophical.) This one is from a FIFTH grade lesson plan.

Gandhi had strong values and presented them to the public in what he professed, but also in how he lived his life as an outward expression of these inner qualities. He was a strong advocate for the value of all work, and didn’t believe that some professions were more valuable than others. He believed in the values that each individual had a responsibility to themselves, but also to all other humans and animals.

Gandhi used the word “swaraj” in different contexts to describe freedom at individual and national levels (Sethia). Swaraj can generally mean “self-rule” or self-governance, not by hierarchical rule, but by one of self-governance through individuals and community building.

This kind of struck me as I have been recently thinking about how people look down on renters vs home buyers in this country. It is the same as the idea of thinking someone’s work is less important.

magsview

A little humor!

WindDancer13

Succinct:

wi61

Once M4A is phased in the approximate 330 million American’s in this county would be covered. Rahm that’s all of us. And if people that just come over the border go to a Dr. (ER) its usually because their in a dire condition and need help. They don’t want to draw attention. Not a big deal as emergency rooms have to stabilize anyone’s medical condition when they walk in the ER.

WindDancer13

I mentioned that in a tweet the other day . . . that we were already paying for illegals health care, in the most expensive way possible.

wi61

Scott Walker hits the airwaves to promote his son Matt’s potential congressional run
Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The sad thing is with how bad the gerrymandered district is he would run in he would coast to a win. 🙁 WI cant take another Walker.

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polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/09/biden-invokes-dead-family-members-against-medicare-all-and-corporate-media-plays

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last month released a new Iowa TV ad called “Personal,” which recounts the former vice president’s personal tragedy of losing his wife and daughter to a car crash, and the subsequent loss of his son Beau Biden from brain cancer.

Biden presented his story as a celebration of for-profit health insurance by saying that he “couldn’t imagine” what it would’ve been like if their insurance didn’t cover the healthcare required “immediately,” and that he couldn’t “fathom” what would’ve happened if the insurance companies had said for the last six months of his son’s life, “You’re on your own.”

The advertisement continued Biden’s practice of dishonestly conflating Republicans who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—with those advocating a national health insurance program like most developed countries have. He mentions in the same breath Donald Trump’s efforts to repeal the ACA and proposals for a Medicare for All system, as advocated by rival primary contenders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren:

Healthcare is personal to me. Obamacare is personal to me. When I see the president try to tear it down, and others propose to replace it and start over. That’s personal to me too. We’ve got to build on what we did because every American deserves affordable healthcare.

Corporate media uncritically transmitted the ad’s message as if it were merely a campaign strategy, instead of explaining what Biden, Sanders and Warren’s proposals actually are, and clarifying for voters whether Biden’s charges against his primary opponents are accurate.

If Joe Biden wants to get personal, I can also get very personal. Before my mother passed away last month, following an amputation for bone cancer, I was caring for and accompanying her to many doctors’ appointments, and I recall the numerous times my mother was rejected from hospitals for not having the proper insurance, along with delays, redundant tests and the frequent anxiety of wondering whether her insurance would cover her treatment—because we don’t live in a country where healthcare is a human right.

People can use personal tragedies as justification for perpetuating and inflicting injustices on others, and they can also use those tragedies as inspiration and motivation to prevent others from going through the same hardships. Biden’s latest ad is an example of the former masquerading as the latter, and corporate media’s coverage of it exemplifies how some personal tragedies are amplified and others neglected to protect corporate profits.

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https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/09/09/bernie-sanders-rallies-iowa-state-university-iowa-uni-pandering-student-debt-tuition-free-college/2266114001/

Meanwhile, editorial pages and critics have accused Sanders and fellow presidential contender U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts of pandering to college students with their debt forgiveness proposals. Warren wants to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for former students, depending on their household incomes, while Sanders wants to wipe out the entire $1.6 trillion owed by those who pursued higher education.

In an interview, Sanders laughed off the accusation of pandering.

“Y’know it’s funny, whenever you’re speaking to the needs of working people, you are accused of pandering,” Sanders told the Register. “When you bail out the crooks on Wall Street, you’re just doing the right thing. When you give over a trillion dollars in tax breaks to top 1%, and the large profitable corporations, you’re doing the right things. When you spend $750 billion a year on the military — which is more than the next 10 nations combined — you’re just doing the right thing.”

Government exists “to protect working families and the most vulnerable people,” not the upper crusts, Sanders said, echoing points made at his rallies. And for the students listening, they didn’t feel pandered to.

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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7a3y/bernie-sanders-dmvs-stop-selling-profiting-drivers-data?utm_source=reddit.com

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers’ personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

“The DMV should not use its trove of personal information as a tool to make money. While the internet has been an enormous source for good, all that convenience and connection has come with a price: our privacy has been invaded in an unprecedented way, in a manner that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago,” Sanders told Motherboard in a statement.

“Nobody—from agencies like the DMV to large corporations like Facebook and Google—should be profiting from sharing or selling personal information without meaningful consent. Congress must get serious about ending practices that violate the privacy of ordinary Americans,” Sanders added.

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You know eventually, they are going to all be just selling the same old lists back and forth. Hope they charge a LOT!!

Lol, or maybe they will start adding errors so the list looks new, and the buyer is only getting part of what he/she paid for. So looking forward to corporations cheating each other (cuz we don’t have anything left for them).

By the way….that new license with a chip….Don’t Do It!!

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Ya’ know those two people who Bernie keeps saying are his friends?

Screw ’em!

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no warren? wow. Not a good look.

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https://jacobinmag.com/2019/09/bernie-sanders-2020-presidential-election-climate-change-green-new-deal

Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity, and for the past nine months, the Democratic candidates have been jostling to prove which of them is the most serious about tackling the crisis and who has the most effective and ambitious plan to do so. Voters are now weighing the various plans, but some of the country’s leading environmental and climate groups have already singled out a leader in the pack so far: Bernie Sanders and his Green New Deal plan.

In near unanimity, representatives from these organizations pointed to Sanders’s plan as standing above the rest, positioning him as a leader on an issue whose urgency is increasingly recognized by the public.

“At this point, Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal is the most comprehensive and most aggressive of the plans that have been laid out so far,” says Mitch Jones, climate and energy program director at Food & Water Watch. The organization’s national organizing co-director Mark Schlosberg wrote earlier this month that “its scope and ambition dwarf all other proposals,” that it’s a response “big enough and bold enough” to meet the challenge, and that we should “rally around this plan and make it real.”

“From our perspective, Bernie Sanders has the strongest plan when it comes to taking on the fossil fuel industry,” says Jenny Marienau, program manager at 350 Action. The organization’s director, Tamara O’Laughlin, added that Sanders was “leading the field on ambition for a just transition,” and that his legislation would be a “model” for the election season.

Sunrise Movement cofounder and political director Evan Weber said: “The Green New Deal laid out by Bernie Sanders’s campaign is the biggest and boldest and most ambitious we’ve seen yet. It seems to really grasp the scale of the challenge first and foremost, while also recognizing the opportunity we have to transform our economy and stop the climate crisis and so no one gets left behind in the economy.”

Likewise, Greenpeace put Sanders at the top of the heap on its 2020 climate scorecard, giving him the only “A” in the field. (Washington governor Jay Inslee had topped Greenpeace’s rankings with an A- before dropping out.) In advance of last week’s climate town hall on CNN, candidates had scrambled to improve their scores, with several moving dramatically up in the rankings, most notably Elizabeth Warren, who shot up from fifth place, with a B, to second place, with an A-. Even after this last-minute bidding war, however, Sanders stayed at number one.

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Hmmm, I wonder if she had anyone in mind besides Baja Oklahoma (aka Texas) when she typed that.

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https://www.salon.com/2019/09/09/only-the-wealthy-have-the-right-to-longevity-medicare-for-all-can-change-that/

Perhaps the foremost horror of living in the neoliberal political epoch is capitulating to the myriad ways that it has devolved discourse. Now, all realms of life — social, cultural, and environmental — have been infused with the soulless rhetoric of economic efficiency. We are accustomed to hearing our peers discuss their personal brand, as though we were corporations, or one’s follower count, as though it implies hierarchy and economic power (and it does). Neoliberal culture perpetuates the right-wing myth that one’s ability to “hustle” and one’s ability to survive are correlated; the same goes for the canard that the wealthy earned or deserve their wealth, and those who do not chase wealth are unworthy, or deserve their penury.

In the American debate over the right to universal healthcare, we see this rhetorical devolution reach its true potential. Every Democratic presidential candidate has an opinion about healthcare and how it is doled out; but all of them, save Bernie Sanders, are steadfast in their belief that health care should remain a market commodity, as if it were a tradable economic good on par with chocolate bars or Tickle-Me-Elmos.

A new report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal watchdog agency, serves as a fresh damnation of the notion that healthcare should be a commodity rather than a right. The report, which Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., commissioned in 2016, extrapolates on a rather simple question: how does income correlate with life expectancy?

The answer, sadly, is linearly. Of the richest 20 percent of Americans aged 51 to 62 surveyed in 1992, 74 percent of them were alive and enjoying old age in 2014. Going down the income quintiles, that number drops steadily: 69 percent of the same age group in the 60-80 percentile of income were still living; 63 percent of the 40-60th percentile of income; and 58 percent of the 20-40th percentile of income. Of the poorest 20 percent of Americans aged 51 to 62 living in 1992, only 52 percent of them were still alive in 2014.

This subverts the old political axiom that seniors are generally more conservative, and young persons more liberal. It may be rather that the left-leaning underclass (as income and conservatism are supposedly correlated) merely dies out faster.

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Neera Tanden is a union buster!

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Some (including me) might call this pandering.

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yeah. Only thing I can figure is that Warren supporters mostly hate Bernie and they don’t care about corporations having influence perhaps

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Have NOAA removed all references to climate change on their website yet?

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SMH!

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/460630-trump-defends-lightbulb-efficiency-rollback-i-look-better-under

President Trump quipped at a Monday evening rally that his administration’s rollback of energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs was due to the fact that he “look[ed] better” under less-efficient bulbs.

“I’m not a vain person…But I look better under an incandescent light than these crazy lights that are beaming down,” Trump told a crowd in Fayetteville, N.C., Monday.

The administration finalized the reversal of Obama-era efficiency standards last week, rolling back the rules for about half of lightbulbs. Critics of the move say it will hasten climate change by requiring the U.S. to produce more energy to power the less-efficient bulbs.

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https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/09/bernie-sanders-2020-election-colorado/

Thousands of people sojourned to Civic Center park early Monday night, where they loudly and proudly cheered on Bernie Sanders as the progressive presidential contender denounced insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry and America’s military industrial complex.

The rally had a rock concert atmosphere, with strumming guitarists, volunteers throwing T-shirts to a front row of superfans, and chants of “Bernie!” before, during and after. State Rep. Emily Sirota, a Denver Democrat whose husband is a Sanders speechwriter, introduced the candidate by saying, “To all the CEOs out there, hear us loud and clear: Your greed is coming to an end.”

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Some more happy supporters.😁😊😍
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WOW.

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