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Benny

The real protest vote and why millennials are gravitating to 3rd party candidates:

Third party voters, and the candidates whom they support, have little to no power and struggle to build power in a system setup to marginalize them at every juncture. Their candidacies are stifled by a cartel-like organization that controls access to presidential debates and keeps them out for the benefit of Democrats and Republicans. So, if they are a factor, it reflects the horrid nature of Clinton and Trump’s presidential candidacies and the degree to which both have managed to alienate an increasing number of people in the electorate.

The rest is here. Food for thought..
https://shadowproof.com/2016/09/19/protest-vote-liberal-establishment-frenzy/

jcitybone

A combination of ignoring progressives and paying attention to her donors

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/20/hillary-clinton-dropped-climate-change-from-speeches-after-bernie-sanders-endorsement

“Hillary Clinton has dropped the words “climate change” from most of her public addresses since winning the endorsement of her party rival Bernie Sanders, according to Climate Home analysis.

While the presidential candidate talks regularly about her plan for the US to become a “clean energy superpower”, in recent months she has rarely made reference to the planetary crisis that necessitates it.

On Monday, when she launched her pitch to millennials online, she could find no room for an issue that will affect that voting cohort more than any other.

The rhetorical shift undermines hopes that climate change might emerge as a key campaign issue in 2016. Boosted by the disparity between Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump, a self-professed non-believer in climate change

Benny

In the next 30 days, her campaign has scheduled 16 fundraisers. She is too obsessed with money!

humphrey

They need lots of money to prop up such a flawed candidate.

humphrey

It doesn’t seem to be helping all that much.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296932-clinton-air-war-fails-to-sink-trump

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies are outspending their Republican counterparts by a factor of about five to one, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

But the former secretary of State has failed to put away Donald Trump, and many anxious Democrats are baffled as to why the race remains so close

Benny

Exactly. And now she sells her plans in book format on Amazon for 5 bucks a piece. With all of that money, she should be giving it away to any interested voter!

phatkhat

What??? I couldn’t find anything like you said, but I found this – pretty funny! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1477606823/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Benny

LOL! That should been Trump’s book too.

The book I am referring to is this one:

Guess she has to make money for Jeff Bezos who has been kissing up to her (via WaPo). Turns out print copy is $11 and probably some change for shipping costs.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

There is no “pulling away” in presidential politics anymore, like there was up until the 1990s. The shape of the partisan alignment and polarization means there can’t be a big blowout anymore. Perhaps if one candidate was dramatically more skilled and personally appealing than the other, we could see some room open up, but these two are almost equally unpopular. If either party had the sense to nominate an actually-popular figure like Sanders, or at least someone mediocre like Kasich, that candidate would be able to pull away a little. So it goes back to the partisan and environmental fundamentals, and they both imply a close race.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

But she is talking about the issue, just using a term that polls better.

I don’t care what term she uses. As long as she’s prioritizing the issue as a campaign ( and governing) plank, she can call it My Uncle Fred for all I care. Climate change policy is all all (well, almost all) about the switch to clean power. If she was actually dropping the issue, that would bother me, but using a different term to talk about it? Who cares?

tocino
tocino

I dis- agree on this point. She can talk about a “renewable energy superpower”, without ever mentioning the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. She has not, and will not, address this. Saying “A” does not mean you are saying “B”.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

I suppose it’s possible to talk about switching to clean energy without discussing transitioning away from fossil fuels, but I’m having trouble imagining how.

If, somehow, she isn’t, that would be a problem, too.

NVPainter

It’s hard to believe, but natural gas is constantly referred to as “clean energy.”

phatkhat

Don’t forget “clean coal”.

Even if they can burn cleaner, there is the environmental impact of getting them out of the ground and converted to a usable product.

Then, there’s nuclear power… I suppose that is still on the table as “clean”, too.

NVPainter

I think you’re right about nuclear still being touted as “clean”…because it doesn’t produce carbon.

grapevines

“you’re right about nuclear still being touted as “clean”.….
unless you live in Fukushima Japan or Chernobyl of course.

NVPainter

Exactly!

phatkhat

Clean(er) energy is part of it, but there is much more. We need to radically reinvent agriculture and fishing, etc. We are screwing up the ocean ecosystems by overfishing, not to mention pollution, and that is having an effect on the climate, too. As is deforestation to raise row crops and/or cattle.

Talking about being a “clean energy superpower” is BS. Just more USA! rah rah. We have to call a spade a spade, and look at ALL the ways we have to change things to try to slow climate change.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

We certainly need to call a spade a spade when writing policy and engaging in issues advocacy. When actually campaigning for the presidency in a close race against a climate change denier, the candidate needs to call a spade “The Exciting Green Revolution That Will Give You A Job And Help You Lose Ten Pounds.”

magsview

Fast food workers to protest for $15 an hour federal minimum wage outside first presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have some company at their first debate next Monday: Thousands of protesters calling for a nationwide $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights.

At least 1,500 fast food workers from states across the U.S. will walk off the job and protest for higher wages and union rights outside the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, L.I., the leader of their labor group told the Daily News exclusively.

“We want candidates on both sides of the aisles to know that the 64 million Americans in this country who make less than $15 an hour represent a very important bloc of voters,” Kendall Fells, the organizing director of the “Fight for $15” group, told The News.

“These workers simply want to lift themselves out of poverty,” he added. ‘If these candidates want to get elected, they will support our cause.”

harrybothered
harrybothered

Good. I don’t care if you’re a college professor or a burger flipper – anyone with a full-time job should earn a living wage. This should be a no brainer. I personally think they should fight for $20. I don’t know how people around here survive on the $10 min wage we have in CA.

Raggedy Ann

Good morning, everyone!
A beautiful day in the neighborhood! That Zepher Teachout is someone to watch. She’s a great leader. I hope to see her continue to rise up. As long as she rejects the corruption other politicians cannot seem to resist, she will be a boost to the progressive movement.

My work computer crashed this week. I had to order a new one and am working on an old one. At least I have something to work from! I’ve also been busier than usual at work this fall.

I have to say that I’m rather pleased that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is chasing down the email server issue in the continuing saga of Servergate. Here is an instance where am cheering on the rethugs: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/296920-gop-chairman-subpoenas-fbi-for-clinton-it-aide-interviews. Read it, but don’t weep!

Well, have a beautiful day, my friends!

jcitybone

We’ll see what her “introduction” consists of. She definitely needs something else other than “Bad Trump.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-clinton-attacking-trump-may-not-be-enough/2016/09/21/c90c8018-7f75-11e6-8d0c-fb6c00c90481_story.html

“After a year and a half of running for president, the Democratic nominee has concluded that many Americans still do not have a clear understanding of what motivates her or what she would do as president. So in the campaign’s home stretch, Clinton is trying to reintroduce herself and her ideas to the country.

Clinton has been unable to break through the cacophony of attacks and counter attacks she and Republican nominee Donald Trump have been yelling at each other. But she will try to do just that here Wednesday by delivering what aides billed as a sweeping address that presents her vision for an inclusive economy in which everyone has a responsibility to contribute and an opportunity to get ahead.

Clinton’s objective is twofold: To lift her sagging approval ratings as well as build trust in her agenda and earn a mandate that could help her, should she be elected, govern in a divided Washington.

Whether the new approach will translate into fewer attacks on Trump remains to be seen. Clinton is drawn to Trump-bashing like a moth to a flame. She talks about Trump and tweets about Trump and runs advertisements about Trump. Defining him as unfit for office is at the core of her strategy to win. Late Tuesday, her campaign blasted this out from her main Twitter account: “Four months from today, our next president will walk into the Oval Office. Help make sure it’s not Donald Trump.”

Yet Clinton’s strategists believe such messages may not be enough. As David Axelrod, the architect of President Obama’s campaigns, put it: “The danger of that is if Trump finds a way to normalize himself it can be a trap door.”

jcitybone

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

Memo to Hillary Clinton:
From: Robert Reich
Re: Rebooting your campaign

Glad you’ve decided to shift away from merely dumping on Trump toward creating a mandate for your presidency. But avoid a long list of policy proposals. Instead, return to the start of your campaign when you said “the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top” and that you want to be the champion of ordinary Americans. Now, explain what it means to be a champion who un-stacks that deck.

grapevines

….err, a little late for that Mr. Reich…the elections only a month away. The possibility of turning Hillary Clinton in too a Champion of the hardworking, down trodden masses just wouldn’t fly…dear Mr. Reich, the American people aren’t that dumb…did you forget her trustworthy ratings in all the National Polls?

Especially if you have to sandwich that transformation into half hour appearances in between Fund Raisers with her good and longtime friends..the billionaires.$$$$$

…oh my, how will she ever have time to change from her $10,000 Armani Tunics in too yard sale apparel!! 😉

/s

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

She does need to push an affirmative case more. It was probably wise to lay a firm anti-Trump groundwork all summer, but now it’s game time.

Edit – But I would say that, wouldn’t I, since the affirmative case she can make to the electorate is basically Bernie’s, as filtered through the party’s platform.

Thought about like that, calling on Clinton to make an affirmative case is the same thing as holding her feet to the fire on her policy shifts to Bernie.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Adjunct professors as wage slaves. Now up to 70% of faculty.

And MBA applications are down

Academia is another institution ruined by money – following the path of government

Academic Penury: Adjunct Faculty as the New Precariat

NVPainter

Interesting term, “Precariet,” and way too well-named. This is a great article about the effects of capitalism on education — and I recommend reading the comments, too. Thank you for sharing, Don midwest.

I could see this happening already in the early 80s, when I was working on my B.A. One of my professors died, and was replaced by five part-timers. Another of my teachers, whose very popular classes were always filled to the brim, finally left to teach high school, where she could get health benefits. A third taught at five different colleges around the SF Bay Area in order to make her living. All three taught in different departments. As much as I figured I’d love teaching at college level, it didn’t look like a good option. (I wound up teaching high school eventually.)

peachcreek
peachcreek

Thanks for that link Don, as an adjunct research professor I know this story well.

Traditional higher education is being unraveled, and the public goods that the relatively secure tenure-system provided cannot be adequately replaced by a dependent, impoverished workforce. Sooner or later, the implications of holding education and educators in such low-esteem will come home to roost.

The earlier social contract of paying teachers low wages, but giving them a decent pension with benefits? Yeah, for adjunct professors I know, they have the former only. Meanwhile, a few other friends have “served” their 25 years at the high school level and are getting the fuck out… 25 years of grading papers until bed time? They are too burnt out to continue. Adjuncts at the university level don’t have this option.

Edit: “there” for ‘their”

humphrey

Oh my! David Brock is sure a busy little beaver.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-20/money-laundering-scheme-exposed-14-pro-clinton-super-pacs-non-profits-implicated

This is serious.
David Brock operates over a dozen pro-Clinton organizations from his office in Washington DC.
Uncovered records expose a constant flow of money between his organizations.
Brock’s unregistered Professional Solicitor, the Bonner Group, receives a 12.5% cut every time money is moved.
There’s a reason why David Brock chooses to house an unregistered Professional Solicitor in his office to raise money for his conglomerate of Super PACs and non-profits.

Professional Solicitors are required to disclose their active solicitation contracts. Brock wants his unregistered solicitor, the Bonner Group, to keep their client list hidden for a very specific reason.

Oh wait there is more!

http://www.thecitizensaudit.com/2016/09/12/pro-clinton-organizations-share-office-space/

Correct the Record, one of the 14 organizations operating out of the 6th floor of 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Not done yet!

http://www.thecitizensaudit.com/2016/09/17/correct-the-record-unregistered-solicitation/

THE BONNER GROUP

The Bonner Group is one of the most successful Democrat aligned Professional Solicitors. In February 2016, The New York Times reported that David Brock uses the Bonner Group for all of his organizations’ fundraising efforts. In addition, the Bonner Group moved into David Brock’s headquarters in 2014. Mary Pat Bonner, owner of the Bonner Group shares adjoining offices with David Brock.

The Bonner Group works off a 12.5% commission. David Brock told the New York Times that the Bonner Group’s commission represented his entire fund-raising overhead.

The New York Times also stated that working off a commission is, “considered unethical by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, partly because it can encourage abuses and, in the charity world, places self-gain over philanthropy.”

tocino
tocino

It would be sad to see anything happen to Mr. Brock ! It’s so deep and so corrupt, and the FBI is so strung out, that an honest agent could get put on a case that breaks through. What ! you’re telling me we’re down to only Honest agents now ! Time to shut it down .

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

David Brock is the same scumbag he was when he was going after the Clintons.’He just switched sides, like a reverse David Horowitz.

magsview

Thank you for your description of David Brock. I found it somewhat cathartic. I have a very visceral and negative reaction to his visage..not that I’m proud of that…

Don midwest
Don midwest

Algorithm strikes! Facebook saga by deleting the photo of the Vietnam girl running from Napalm

The man who posted it as one of the 7 photos that changed the history of war — he wanted to debate the issue

He was banned from Facebook.

Then the leading Norwegian daily newspaper printed the photo and the original post. They were banned from Facebook.

Then the Norwegian Prime Minister posted it and she was banned

Then letter went out ….

Took 24 hours

Playing Algorithm ’n Blues

Also found from Naked Capitalism which has become a go to site

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

Ha ha ha ha ha, that’s crazy!

grapevines

…looks like the Prime Minister of Norway wasn’t amused….lol

Aftenposten then slapped the whole story on its front page, alongside an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed by the newspaper director, Espen Egil Hansen, accusing Facebook of abuse of power.

It took a long 24 hours for the Palo Alto colossus to back off and “unblock” the publishing.

Zuckerberge’s enormous ego must have suffered a bruise 😉

p.s. I really enjoyed reading Naked Capitalism’s site…love the way they intermix sarcastic humor in with seldom reported news. Thanks for pointing me in that direction @DonMidwest

humphrey

Hillary has no scheduled appearances till the debate.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296952-clinton-preps-for-multiple-trumps

In closed-door sessions, the Democratic presidential nominee is prepping for their first presidential debate on Monday against a few different people playing the role of Trump.

The role-playing games with different surrogates are “for his multiple personalities,” one Clinton confidant said of the controversial GOP nominee

I hope it doesn’t lead to another health episode. The following illustration is the best I could come up with but you get the idea.

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Benny

She’s scheduled for a rally today, but beyond that, most of the scheduled events include 19 fundraisers in the next 30 days. Disgusting about the money. It’s no wonder that she’s considered inauthentic–you have to pay or be “selected” to hear any speeches.

joe from Lowell
joe from Lowell

Did you see who wrote a piece calling on Hillary to spend less time with big-dollar fundraisers on the grounds that Bernie proved you can raise enough money from regular people making small-dollar donations?

Some blogger named Markos something. Even he’s figured it out.

Benny

I don’t hang out much at TOP, but he does seem to be on the same page as many of us have been saying for awhile. The post Joe is referring to is from Monday.

Clinton is all too happy to do those fundraisers as she cannot relate to the middle class any longer. Kaine is the same. I’m guessing a lot of those fundraisers are with lawyers who have some extra cash to part with. The number on Clinton Super PACs is ridiculous too. I saw that some billionaire from SF is chipping in $15m to GOTV for HC. Wonder what he does to help those struggling for housing in his backyard.

Pffff

grapevines

double Pffff too them all

jcitybone

Good news from Wisconsin. Feingold is leading by 6 points (47-41) in the latest Marquette poll, up from a 3 point lead last month. He is outperforming Clinton who is leading by 3 with all candidates and by 2 head to head–essentially unchanged from last month.

http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/09/21/clinton-maintains-tight-lead-over-trump-marquette-poll/90779374/?hootPostID=7d93753f6a0ce0d2463da244b499e176

Spring Texan

He’s someone it will be genuinely GOOD to have back in the Senate!

wi62

Prez race has tightened as well –But great news for Russ

KnotIookin
KnotIookin

I just donated (again) to ZTs campaign… Does anyone know the demographic make up of CD 19. ?

jcitybone

Great!

I posted this yesterday:

“Politically, the district offers a slight edge to Republican candidates. There are 144,898 registered Republicans in the 19th compared with 147,253 Democrats. But when you add in 11,625 members of the right-leaning Conservative party to the GOP numbers and 2,557 members of the left-leaning Working Families Party to the Democratic column, Republicans emerge with an enrollment advantage of 6,175. The district also contains 28,942 members of the largely non-ideological Independence Party and 1,980 Green Party members. But it is voters who are not enrolled in any political party that make up the third largest voting bloc in the district at 126,928, who hold the ability to turn the district blue or red.”

Obama won by 6.2% in the district in 2012

The DCCC poll with Teachout leading by 5 showed her to be doing really well with independents, so that’s good

magsview

That’s interesting that she’s doing well with independents. Her opponent seems to be trying to paint her as some kind of NYC elitist carpetbagger, but maybe that’s not sticking. Her ad up top that jbob posted called ‘Hudson River’ was very effective, imo, in portraying her as someone who neither part of the Albany establishment nor a Wall St insider.

magsview

Check this out, not that I trust Nate anymore:

Is that what happens when you spend almost all of your time at fundraisers at rich people’s houses and have the occasional 200 person, invite-only, event for the common folk who, if invited by name, are probably already planning on voting for Hillary?

Is that why I’m seeing a flurry of advice coming at her from all corners? Just two examples:
Clinton needs to stop taking a knife to a gun fight

Liberals Have Failed to Teach Millennials About the Horror of George W. Bush
(A comment under the tweet of this story says, “if you want to teach millenials about horrors of Bush years maybe don’t pursue endorsements from his cabinet”, and Bush’s father, etc.)

Will this op-ed find its way to its intended audience if published at the New York Times?
Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor

Does Hillary’s campaign have a clue?? Her campaign mgr sure doesn’t seem to!
https://twitter.com/ByYourLogic/status/778636672644898816

Benny

From what I can tell, that interview was an epic FAIL. Mook did not wish to discuss policy or anything “the Secretary” may say on the issues. Scarborough wondered why Mook was even scheduled for the show.

wi62

I read the transcript of the interview .Other than referring back to Hillary’ Mook just should have said “i know nothing” Epic fail indeed.

magsview

“Why are you here?”

NVPainter

Mook looked unbelievably uninformed! And he’s supposed to be representing the candidate of substance, who touts her foreign policy experience????

Fleur de Lisa

I notice that H and her surrogates all laugh when asked embarrassing questions that they don’t want to answer. It’s an interesting choice. Do they think it’s charming? disarming? distracting? They need to try something else,

magsview

I just love this pic……

https://twitter.com/tinselkorey/status/778659789777743872