HomeCandidates 2018Abdul El-Sayed7/27 News Roundup – Abdul El-Sayed Ad – “For the People, By the People”, The Elite Fixation With Russiagate & More
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T & R, LD! This guy HAS to win.


We can’t keep getting more of the same. We just can’t!



Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots

I was going to have a good laugh, but “The false matches were disproportionately of people of color.”


Works perfectly say the old R keep off the grass types that are looking to buy this for business use


Here’s another one about the formulas and breast feeding, mags.

Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers (Although AFAIK, most admins have favored formula, just bc corpses make it and this article discusses some of the history.)

I also have close relatives whose family line seems to have that same milk shortage. I think that if breast feeding were more easily discussed and supported by the government, rather than pressure women to do this on their own by one group, which can lead to the harm to the baby that you described, we’d have specialists in lactation who would be one of the first people a medical team might call if the baby is crying too much. And just helping mothers with babies that do have problems of any kind.

In helping out with babies, I’ve seen moms home alone with the baby + and it can be so overwhelming to even know everything they’re expected to know on their own and then to understand that the crying is not their fault and the baby and/or they need help, sometimes professional. And that accepting help is natural and good, not a sign of weakness. Community is soooo important. I know that I want to build it up more in my own life.


Thanks polarbear. I’m the oldest sibling and my mom says she made all of her mistakes on me, poor dear. She was not in a helping environment when she had me and would have greatly benefited by being nearer to my gram at that time. She resented me for years because she said I cried all the time and it made her feel inadequate.

My friend is very skinny, as I mentioned, no excess body fat and could be described as ‘flat’ if you know what I mean. Do people ever use wet nurses anymore? Imo, that should be an honored profession.

This NYT article pretty well lays out a summary of the history of formula.

Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated

Wet nursing, which began as early as 2000 B.C., was once a widely accepted option for mothers who could not or did not want to breast-feed, but it faced criticism during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The profession eventually declined with the introduction of the infant feeding bottle in the 19th century.

In 1977, labor, religious and health organizations boycotted Nestlé, one of the biggest producers of infant formula, in response to rising infant mortality rates in developing countries.

Then, in 1979, at a conference sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, the baby food industry agreed to ban the promotion of infant formulas that discouraged breast-feeding.

A couple of years later, in 1981, the W.H.O. voted 118 to 1 to adopt a nonbinding code restricting the promotion of infant-formula products. The United States, under President Ronald Reagan, was the lone dissenting vote.


Mrs. WI had already made up her mind when we decided to have kids to breastfeed. She was able to do that for all 3. Their were way to many benefits for the infants not to. Nature can do a lot better job by far than anything corporate America can make up with artificial this and additive that. I’m glad that she was able to pump and produce enough milk during that time of our babys life as we realized that some moms couldn’t and had to resort to the other option.


My mom was unable to breastfeed.


Sometimes that happens. Things not always so..simple. But you certainly seemed to have turned out great! 🙂 (thank goodness for you & for us)


Yay for Mrs. WI. {hug} to her. So awesome that she was able to do that.

Child-bearing SO underrated.


Damn right it is ,and in Benny’s case I don’t think their are any other options but the Mom is so important in those early years. Just thought I would throw this out their
Breast feeding Dads


Boy, 6, Has Skin-to-Skin Contact with Newborn Brother After Mom Previously Suffered a Miscarriage

Big bro wanted a brother so badly. I imagine that being exposed to his brother’s immune system didn’t hurt l’il bro, being brothers after all. Baby a preemie in this pic, was born less at less than 2 lbs. But he’s doing just fine now.


American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths

Lee Camp. Too chock full to even try to pull out of AND fairly short. Go Lee. 😉 So glad to see him in CD.


Nice link PB sad but true.


An Unhappy Birthday for Medicare and Medicaid

The importance of Medicare as a source of women’s health coverage can’t be over-emphasized.

Older and disabled women make up more than half the total beneficiaries, and two-thirds of those 85 and over. This budget from hell takes a giant step toward privatizing the program by allowing insurance companies into the Medicare marketplace, which means benefits could be caught in a race to the bottom and become too paltry to cover all but the barest of medical needs.

Medicaid is the joint federal-state program that provides low-income people with health care. The proposed Republican budget repeals the Medicaid expansion that came with Obamacare, which will cause 14 to 17 million people to lose coverage.

The Medicaid remnants that survive would be turned into block grants, allowing states to pick and choose who gets covered and what kind of benefits they get — no doubt with little or no federal oversight. That approach makes it easier to cut the program without saying how many people would be dropped, or how much benefits would be lowered.

Since poor women under retirement age and their children are the biggest group of beneficiaries, it stands to reason they’d also be the biggest losers.

But there’s more. Because women have more chronic health conditions like arthritis, hypertension, and osteoporosis, they’re more likely to need institutional care. Since Medicare generally doesn’t cover nursing home care, Medicaid provides such care for those with disabilities and/or very low incomes — and 60 percent of those folks are women.


A World Designed by Playground Bullies

And Donald Trump, malfunctioning cog or not, has contributed to the Deep State’s invisibility simply by accusing it of being the cause of his troubles, thus making it possible for the president’s opponents — almost two-thirds of the country — to dismiss the whole thing as a conspiracy theory and maintain the feel-good assumption that the United States is still a darn-good democracy.

The reality, however, as Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens point out in their book Democracy in America? (as quoted by Paul Street), is that government policy “reflects the wishes of those with money, not the wishes of the millions of ordinary citizens who turn out every two years to choose among the preapproved, money-vetted candidates for federal office.”

Back to the border, then. Back to Yemen and all our other ongoing wars. Back to the 800-plus U.S. military bases located around the world. Back to our militarized police departments. Back to every political and bureaucratic cruelty “our team” commits in defiance of the likely wishes of a true democratic majority.

One consequence of this game is to keep humanity on the surface of what’s possible. We’re living, I fear, in a world designed by playground bullies, with institutions focused primarily on self-perpetuation and indifferent to the harm they create. Rules matter. Values don’t.

Life is sacred? Not at the border. Not across the ocean and “over there.” And if life is only sacred for some, it is, in fact, sacred for no one.


139 House Democrats Join GOP to Approve $717 Billion in Military Spending

“How are they going to pay for this? Oh wait, that question only gets asked when it comes to social programs that benefit the working class.”




Great graph.




AOC on Trevor Noah’s show last night. Link is within The Week. http://theweek.com/speedreads/787206/trevor-noah-grills-alexandria-ocasiocortez-how-pay-all-ideas

Don midwest
Don midwest

I watched it

well, well, well,

she has the same kind of political speech as Bernie

an authentic politician

only because of the Bernie effort will it be impossible for the dems to kill her off

well, is hoping for the impossible too much?

what if Nixon defeats Cuomo in the primary

all the establishment dems support him

can Obama’s legacy not be hurt if he went all out for Cuoma and campaigned for him like he did for Ned Lamont?

and, my most favorite candidate, Zepher Teachout

she didn’t take offense when starting to talk with her a couple of years ago at a NetRoots nation conference, with tears in my eyes, I gave her a tug and thanked her for being in politics

what if she wins the atty general race?

oh crap, I jumped the track onto my broken record and I should leave the above comment without bringing my hero Burno Latour.

in his 15 modes of existence, one is the LAW. And he says that it is the least influenced by The Enlightenment. Religion had to kiss ass to science to survive. Law is a mode of being that is tied to an institution.

The republicans are hell bent to kill off institution so there is less constraints in their greed. They have done an excellent job to attempt to kill off the integrity of the law through judicial appointments.


still shocked that Justice Kennedy is enabling the takeover of the Supremes.


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I may have to use that at another blog, especially if either of the Kansas Berniecrats wins. Excellent!




A shoutout to LSM–great reading you here! 🙂 And….T and R to the usual TPW suspects!!

Don midwest
Don midwest


great to see you LSM

and to hear the move to the left in TX, among other things


Wrong button ORL !!!!!!! Damn mouse time for a new one

Don midwest
Don midwest

Going to see movie “Dark Money” this evening

Central Ohio supporters of Move to Amend,

Here’s an opportunity to be among the first to view an important documentary shining a light on the huge amounts of untraceable corporate (and perhaps foreign) money that has been and continues to exert a major un-regulated effect on our elections. Whether it’s a local, county, state, or federal election this “Dark Money” can show up anywhere in our election system, and there’s no way to know who/where it actually comes from.

The film

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).


I hope you have lots of popcorn to munch on because this sounds intense and you might need to have something good to do with your hands.

Please do a Don Midwest Review? A DMR?

If you’re up for it, please do it as a single post so that, with your permission of course, I can post it on twitter.


Don midwest
Don midwest

born and raised in Kansas, Bernie and AOC came to state

They thought this was Trump country. Hell no
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders visited Wichita, Kansas, to woo progressives in support of congressional candidate James Thompson. Is the red state ready to turn blue?

This might have already been posted, but it is worth to see again.

A link to people who might be on the fence



It’s a distinction that can be difficult to apprehend in the heat of an election season, especially the first of the Trump era, but for all the yelling, ferocious online bickering and increasingly competitive blue district and state primary contests, Democrats this year have mostly maintained a functioning, if increasingly ideologically diverse political coalition.

There is credit to go around. The progressive left, with Sanders as an example, has mostly steered clear of fights that could damage party unity (and prospects) in November. The Democratic establishment, meanwhile, has taken steps to embrace more grassroots politics. And where those tactics haven’t been tried or taken, there is always the specter of Trump.

The political left, in the broadest of terms, is uniform in its disgust with him, his administration, and its policies. While a democratic socialist, like Ocasio-Cortez, and a liberal moderate, like her fellow New Yorker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, would surely differ in their analyses of how and why Trump came to power, their most pressing, immediate goal is the same: help elect Democrats to the House, Senate, state legislatures and governors’ mansions.

This era of good feelings, of course, comes with a pretty well fixed expiration date.

Come November 7, or perhaps sometime late the night before, Democrats will enter a less peaceful phase. With the midterms done, factions within the party will begin drawing up instant 2018 post-morterms with an eye on “what it means” for 2020.

The presidential primary that follows figures to be a few million degrees hotter and more fraught. Only a decade of Democratic policy hangs in the balance, along with the potential — if things go wrong — of four more years with Trump in the White House.


Good news….

Proves unions are necessary for service sector workers. Collectively, only way to fight back.


very good news! the more big ones that do this, the better for the cause.


I liked that tweet a lot. So cool that Bernie called them courageous and “an inspiration”. So positive!


Can’t believe Rep Grijalva is one of the co-sponsors to extract energy and minerals from our federal lands…


What is he thinking? awful, just awful. must be some AZ or other money–wonder if progressives are not supporting him?????? dam

Don midwest
Don midwest

oh shit

this is how hard it is to stand for the earth

Gaia forces change in everything

rocky road to get there


I was SO surprised to see Grijalva up there at the podium! Is there more to this than meets the eye?


Reading up on it there are two versions, the Senate which only applies to new resources and the House version that effects all extraction including current and hes behind the House bill.

What I see is that it takes current extraction we get nothing for and gives the nation a revenue from it and its possible he sees one or the other is going to pass so better to get behind the good one than let it play out more random.


I tbink he’s seeing some internal polls. And I am guessing the race has tightened a bit.


A movie worth watching?? (That’d be a nice change, imo)

The review is at least:


You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capitalist Film “Sorry to Bother You” Shows the Way

In a partisan nation often consumed with a fight over the corporate center, identifying as an anti-capitalist can make for a lonely existence. But things are changing.

The revolution may not be televised, but it’s certainly influencing content.


Ahed Tamimi, 17, the Palestinian teen activist whose detention has drawn global outrage and solidarity, and her mother Nariman Tamimi, are scheduled for release from Israeli occupation prisons on Sunday, 29 July. Both are leaders in the indigenous, anti-colonial land defense movement in their village of Nabi Saleh, which faces land confiscation and even the theft of its well from the illegal, Jewish-only colonial settlement of Halamish.

After their release, the Tamimi women are planning to resume their activism immediately, heading directly to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, targeted for demolition by Israeli occupation forces for a press conference. Their family eagerly awaits their release; Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father and Nariman’s husband, said in an interview with Reuters that “time is an eternity for those who wait, it is mixed feelings. Our home and hearts are open to reunite with her, hopefully we will meet soon.”


House Democrats introduce bill to require two years of debt-free college across the US

I can’t even.. ^.^

you’d think that the party of compromise would at least understand the basic concept that you’re supposed to compromise *after* entering into negotiations


I think that this is in part due to the Dems new motto:

“It is better to do things half-assed rather than not at all.”

It looks like a winner. LOL


Obama did the same thing on the ACA, the difference between the establishments is the Repubs want to give us nothing and the Dems only want to give us as close to nothing as possible so they can be less bad.

Really their motto should be:

At least we will give you crumbs!


Duh! How long ago was that hurricane?

Once again too little too late. Sure smacks of pandering to me.


ouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pledged to focus on further recovery efforts for Puerto Rico during a visit to the island territory on Friday.

Pelosi accused the federal government of not honoring its agreement with the island’s more than 2 million U.S. citizens while addressing residents and reporters, as reported by The Associated Press.

“There is a contract with the federal government and people that was not fully honored, in my view,” Pelosi said. “We need perhaps in our legislating, in our advocacy, to find a way to speed things up, to cut red tape, to reduce bureaucratic obstacles…Time is the most valuable commodity. It makes a big difference in people’s lives.”

Pelosi slammed Republicans in Congress for not doing more while hundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents remain without power and the island’s congressional representative says that at least 28,000 people have been denied aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


no kidding. it’s like they’re looking around, trying to find places they can sound like they care without alienating their overlords.


Seriously. I think Lou Dobbs is in need of some help!

There seems to be a few screws loose.


If they keep this up Trump is assured a 2nd Term.


Maryland gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous needs all the help he can get to unseat incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R), but he’s facing resistance from some fellow Democrats uneasy with his left-wing platform.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is declining to endorse Jealous for now because of concerns that Jealous’s positions on taxes, school funding and Amazon.com’s second headquarters would penalize Leggett’s constituents in the state’s most populous jurisdiction.

Long-serving Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (Calvert), an influential moderate, offered only tepid backing for Jealous while praising Hogan for “governing from the middle.”

Other top Maryland Democrats, while voicing strong support for Jealous, disagree with him on issues such as his support for state-based, single-payer health care. They include U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (Anne Arundel), all of whom say they favor the goal of universal health care but question whether Maryland can afford it.


Like those of us who will not always vote for a neolibcon, they go just as far if not farther. If they could get away with outright campaigning for the Republican, many, many would.

We are no longer even in the same party, but I would argue that they are the ones who left my Democratic Party long ago.

Sickening and scary as far as changing from within.

May I add that their concerns are bull.


This doesn’t look good for Julian Assange.


The UK and Ecuador are holding ongoing talks over the fate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the British government has confirmed.

Mr Assange, 47, has been living in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012 when he was granted political asylum.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said on Friday that he was never “in favour” of Mr Assange’s activities, and that both sides were in permanent contact.

Mr Moreno has previously referred to Mr Assange as a “stone in our shoe”.

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