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jcitybone

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/29/822749003/facing-likely-defeat-bernie-sanders-campaign-found-a-new-cause?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

After Bernie Sanders suffered three straight weeks of big losses across the country, the Vermont Senator returned home to “assess his campaign.”

It appeared, in that moment, that Sanders’ campaign was all but over. He trailed former Vice President Joe Biden by about 300 delegates and was facing calls to drop out. The conventional wisdom in political circles was that Biden would effectively wrap up the nomination by the end of March.

But the coronavirus outbreak has largely put the presidential race on hold, with most upcoming primaries postponed and all in-person campaigning cancelled. The immediate political focus has shifted to stopping the pandemic and offering financial relief to struggling Americans. And in this moment, Sanders voice and vision seem to have had a resurgence.

His allies and supporters are convinced that, as the crisis has unfolded and the country suffers from record unemployment, the issues that the Vermont senator has long touted, like income inequality and “Medicare for All,” will force the country to have a reckoning about its financial and healthcare systems. In other words, they’re convinced the crisis is resuscitating Sanders’ agenda.

Outside of Congress, Sanders continues to hold virtual town halls and send emails to his supporters, but his message has shifted.

“In every classical facet of what a campaign does, we’ve basically moved away from that and become a coronavirus campaign,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager.

The campaign is not regularly contrasting with and critiquing Biden; instead, it is largely focused on educating people about the virus and the economic assistance available.

The campaign is no longer actively spending on advertising and diverting money that would otherwise fill its coffers.

“The fundraising that you associate with the campaign, raising for the candidate, has all suspended,” said Shakir. “All we’re raising for is groups who are doing front line work to help vulnerable communities; we’ve raised over $3 million.”

As for the Sanders candidacy itself, Shakir insists the senator is still reassessing his future.

Sanders supporters and allies do not know if he will stay in the race and fight until the last primary, now postponed to June 23, less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the Democratic National Convention.

Nor are they saying he should.

But they emphasize that the senator has more influence and power in this moment because he’s a presidential candidate.

“The campaign is a vehicle through which he can continue to engage people, so even for that reason alone the campaign is important,” said Archila.

Without a national campaign, Sanders’ megaphone wouldn’t be as loud — whether it’s for himself, his issues, or aiding the coronavirus crisis.

Benny

NPR has turned into a DNC prop station.

NYCVG
NYCVG

They have been the National Propaganda Radio station for as long as I can remember.

magsview

I didn’t realize how bad it was until the buildup towards the invasion of Iraq (GWB’s).

jcitybone

Some news from around the world

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/world/coronavirus-news.html

In one of the biggest migrations in India’s recent history, hundreds of thousands of migrant laborers have begun long journeys on foot to get home, having been rendered homeless and jobless by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In the capital, Delhi, thousands of migrants, including whole families, packed their pots, pans and blankets into rucksacks, some balancing small children on their shoulders as they walked along interstate highways. Some planned to walk hundreds of miles. But as they reached the Delhi border, many were beaten back by the police.

“You fear the disease, living on the streets. But I fear hunger more, not corona,” said Papu, 32, who came to Delhi three weeks ago for work and was trying to get to his home in Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 125 miles away.

Britain should be prepared for a significant period in lockdown as the government tries to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, a senior cabinet minister said on Sunday.

“Everyone, I think, does have to prepare for a significant period when these measures are still in place,” the minister, Michael Gove, told the BBC.

His remarks came as the country’s National Health Service mourned the loss of a surgeon who died after contracting the coronavirus. The surgeon, Adil El Tayar, 63, a native of Sudan, was an organ transplant specialist who had been serving as a volunteer in a British hospital to help fight the pandemic.

Across Europe, affluent city dwellers have been leaving hard-hit cities for their second homes, where proximity to the sea or the mountains lessens the discomfort of confinement. But they also bring fears that they will spread the coronavirus to regions with few hospitals, putting at greater risk local residents who tend to be older and have limited incomes.

The situation has ignited anger over what the pandemic is laying bare every day: the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

In Italy, currently the European nation with the most infections and deaths, many people fled south from the hard-hit north, the region first put in lockdown. Though hard figures are unavailable, some officials in the south have attributed new infections to the influx.

Across Europe, affluent city dwellers have been leaving hard-hit cities for their second homes, where proximity to the sea or the mountains lessens the discomfort of confinement. But they also bring fears that they will spread the coronavirus to regions with few hospitals, putting at greater risk local residents who tend to be older and have limited incomes.

The situation has ignited anger over what the pandemic is laying bare every day: the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

In Italy, currently the European nation with the most infections and deaths, many people fled south from the hard-hit north, the region first put in lockdown. Though hard figures are unavailable, some officials in the south have attributed new infections to the influx.

In Spain, José María Aznar, the former prime minister, packed his bags for his holiday villa in Marbella, a celebrity resort on the Mediterranean, leaving Madrid on the very day that the capital shut all schools and universities. The move prompted anger and calls to monitor Mr. Aznar and lock him inside his villa.

And in France — which has 3.4 million second homes, far more than any of its neighbors — some urbanites arrived on the island of Noirmoutier and headed straight to the beach. They were seen picnicking, kite surfing, jogging and biking. In retribution, tires of about half a dozen cars with Paris plates were slashed.

“Their behavior was unacceptable,’’ said Frédéric Boucard, 47, an oyster farmer. “It’s as if they were on vacation.”

Another local, Claude Gouraud, 55, said, “We should have blocked the bridge weeks ago.”

jcitybone

The pictures accompanying this photo essay are chilling.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/27/world/europe/coronavirus-italy-bergamo.html

Bergamo, Italy
This is the bleak heart of the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

And in Italy the most deaths are in the Bergamo area. Officially 1,328 people have died there. The actual toll may be four times higher, so many that the local paper is given over to death notices.

Once known as a quiet and wealthy province, Bergamo is now a place where Red Cross workers go door to door, carrying away the afflicted, like Claudio Travelli.

Where patients line hospital corridors, exhausting and infecting doctors and nurses.

Where the coffins are so numerous, the army has been called to take them from warehouses for cremation.

“At this point, all you hear in Bergamo is sirens,” said Michela Travelli.

jcitybone

Here’s more about the Wampanoags and the real reason they are getting shafted.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mashpee-wampanoag-cape-cod-trump-casino-caronavirus_n_5e7febfdc5b6256a7a2bea44

The U.S. Interior Department is rescinding the reservation status of a Native American tribe whose plan to build a casino on its Massachusetts land was attacked by President Donald Trump last year.

The planned gaming operation would have competed for business with nearby Rhode Island casinos with strong ties to Trump, who once owned, then bankrupted, casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs informed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday that its 321-acre Cape Cod reservation will be “disestablished” and its land taken out of federal trust, according to Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. Land in trust to the federal government effectively grants a tribe special legal status and autonomy. The Mashpee Wampanoag, however, will still be officially recognized by the federal government as a Native American tribe, according to a spokesman for the Interior Department.

Tribal members are believed to be descendants of the first Native Americans to encounter the Pilgrims nearly four centuries ago. They call themselves the “People of the First Light.”

The Bureau of Indian Affairs “informed me that the Secretary of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished and that our land be taken out of trust,” Cromwell said in a statement Friday. The crushing news came as the tribe “desperately” struggled with the “devastating pandemic” as the nation tallied a record 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), who represents the district including the tribal land, called the action “one of the most cruel and nonsensical acts I have seen since coming to Congress.” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “should be ashamed,” Keating said in a statement. “In a time of national health and economic emergency, the secretary of the Interior should be reaching out to help all Native American tribes,” he added.

The tribe’s proposed casino would have been competition for two casinos in Rhode Island owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings, whose president, George Papanier, was once a finance executive at the Trump Plaza casino hotel in Atlantic City, The Washington Post reported.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Committee, is a lobbyist for Twin River casinos, Keating noted. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, is the White House strategic communications director.

Trump attacked Native American casinos in the past as unfair competition when his operations in Atlantic City were still functioning, at one point calling them the “biggest scandal ever.”

He insisted at a congressional hearing in 1993 that tribal owners “don’t look like Indians to me” and claimed: “I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations” to gambling.

polarbear4

awful. just awful. You would think that Warren would at least be clever enough to realize that fighting for this would raise her status with people – – if she really got into the thickets and defended the tribe.

Stub
Stub

A few years ago Anne Makepeace made a beautiful video about the Wampanoags rediscovering their language. They received help from Noam Chomsky and his linguistics department at MIT. When Chomsky tried to hire the tribe’s lead native speaker into his department MIT objected because she had never gone to college. Chomsky’s reaction is priceless and she was hired.

telamonides
telamonides

What or where is his reaction? Would love to see or read about this further. Thanks.

magsview

This is the best I could find, telamonides, Chomsky’s 2011 City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture, a snippet below (but I don’t know if this has anything to do with Stub’s “Chomsky’s reaction”:

Recognition of heinous crimes from which we benefit enormously would be a good start after centuries of denial, but we can go on from there. One of the main tribes where I live was the Wampanoag, who still have a small reservation not too far away. Their language has long ago disappeared. But in a remarkable feat of scholarship and dedication to elementary human rights, the language has been reconstructed from missionary texts and comparative evidence, and now has its first native speaker in 100 years, the daughter of Jennie Little Doe, who has become a fluent speaker of the language herself. She is a former graduate student at MIT, who worked with my late friend and colleague Kenneth Hale, one of the most outstanding linguists of the modern period. Among his many accomplishments was his leading role in founding the study of aboriginal languages of Australia. He was also very effective in defense of the rights of indigenous people, also a dedicated peace and justice activist. He was able to turn our department at MIT into a center for the study of indigenous languages and active defense of indigenous rights in the Americas and beyond.

Revival of the Wampanoag language has revitalized the tribe. A language is more than just sounds and words. It is the repository of culture, history, traditions, the entire rich texture of human life and society. Loss of a language is a serious blow not only to the community itself but to all of those who hope to understand something of the nature of human beings, their capacities and achievements, and of course a loss of particular severity to those concerned with the variety and uniformity of human languages, a core component of human higher mental faculties. Similar achievements can be carried forward, a very partial but significant gesture towards repentance for heinous sins on which our wealth and power rests.

https://sydneypeacefoundation.org.au/2011-city-of-sydney-peace-prize-lecture-by-prof-noam-chomsky/

Her name is actually Jessie (not Jennie-I suspect that was a transcriber’s error) Little Doe Baird.

Makepeace’s film (Makepeace is not Native American) is called We Still Live Here.

“I have never seen students react so positively to a film before. We Still Live Here offers a moving portrayal of the historical and present day struggles that Native peoples face but gives us all hope for a better tomorrow. Through the courage of Jessie Little Doe Baird, filmmaker Anne Makepeace shows how change starts in unexpected ways. Not only do we see the intricate process of recreating a complex and little-known language, but we also come to understand the deep significance of that project. We Still Live Here offers a ray of hope for the future, and is an in-depth and stirring glimpse into the very real world that outsiders too eagerly forget. I would highly recommend it to any college professor.”

Daniel Tortora, Assistant Professor of History, Colby College

This video is very interesting, and might be relevant in light of Trump’s ignorant remarks:

“(Trump) insisted at a congressional hearing in 1993 that tribal owners “don’t look like Indians to me” and claimed: “I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations” to gambling.”

(gawd Trump is SUCH an asshole) Some of the tribe’s members have African-American blood as well as Wampanoag blood:

Benny

Sigh, Biden is about to go on MTP. Chuck Todd calls him the “Likely Nominee.” Bet he doesn’t ask Uncle Joe about the sex allegations.

Benny

and Todd didn’t. He also said he had over 3M views on his daily briefings online. I suppose from the CNN TH he got them, but not from the daily briefings, which have been a freakin’ disaster.

wi62

Some of you probably seen this already, a direct message to the younger generation that feel It wont happen to me. Warning full of F bombs

polarbear4

Wickedly good

wi62
polarbear4

It’s sad that we are desperate even for a Townhall where we know the moderators would be doing their best to trip him up.

And still we fight on and want this.

polarbear4

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polarbear4

working to get no-excuse vote by mail in now!

polarbear4

Benny

Sure would have been helpful 3 weeks ago.

polarbear4

EyeRound
EyeRound

Yes. If the state’s primary goes to all mail-in ballots, then there’s no need to set a date for the primary that’s after the June 9 DNC deadline.

Now let’s see what New York, with what we assume is 274 delegates to the Dem Convention, is doing INSTEAD OF just going to mail-in voting.

On Saturday New York’s Governor Cuomo moved the date of the NY presidential primary from its original date of April 28 to June 23, after the June 9 DNC deadline. The reason / excuse for the move (in addition to COVID-19 risks of polling on April 28) is that NY State already has a primary, this one for state offices not presidential, scheduled for June 23. Ostensibly Cuomo has combined the 2 primaries (pres and local) into one date, thus saving the state lots of $$ and making things more convenient for voters.

However, then there’s the DNC June 9 ruling referred to above, which was made public on March 10. According to that “rule” the DNC “may” punish states that delay their pres primary past June 9. The punishment “may” take the form of the state’s loss of up to half its delegates to the Dem Convention.

Are we dumb enough to figure that Cuomo doesn’t know about this “rule”?

The question for NY State now becomes, if we need to ask it, WHICH DELEGATES are going to be sacrificed when the DNC enforces its “rule” against New York for scheduling a late primary?

Bernie’s NY campaign must be pretty strong. But. . .

More rigging. As if we needed more examples of how the “pragmatists” win.

Chris Hedges’ interview with XRTV from Friday is very good. You keep up the fight regardless of whether you will win or not. It’s harsh, it’s very Protestant, and it’s been with us since Socrates (who of course pre-dated Protestantism).

magsview

Well, since wi61 threw some music in, I will too! 😉

In case you haven’t seen this one yet:

wi62

excellent!!