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humphrey

The editorial cartoonists have an answer for Trump’s statement.


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polarbear4

And his “followers” know which side to really believe.

wi60

No doubt, Was scrolling thru an article about the MAGA bomber and some old white trumpcorp supporters still say they don’t believe that the MAGA bomber was a Trumpcorp supporter even after the arrest and seeing the van!!!!!!

humphrey

This seems to fit the topic of this thread.

humphrey

Not a bad idea.

polarbear4

!

humphrey

He just can’t help himself. Lies just keep flowing from his mouth.

orlbucfan

Just a big, fat, stupid, foul smelling, gas bag. How did it get to be POTUS?

LieparDestin

Happy Sunday friends! Im still about as sick as can be (and wow this probably the worst in my life) so doing what I can do get better.. which mostly just includes trying to rest and staying hydrated.

JD and I went to cast our votes for Beto on Saturday. It was around 11:30ish and every booth in the location was full and there seemed to be a steady stream coming in.

polarbear4

Good to see this again. Thanks, lala!

polarbear4

Premier Ford Driving a Race to the Bottom for Ontario’s Lowest-Paid Workers

Announcing plans for new labour legislation, a beaming Premier Doug Ford assured us earlier this month that “we’re going to make sure we’re competitive around the world.”

In fact, he meant just the opposite — that he would ensure our workers got a worse deal than workers elsewhere.

That is the perverse thinking behind the economic philosophy that has dominated North American politics in recent decades: that workers must offer themselves up at the lowest possible wage with the fewest possible benefits in order to create an attractive investment climate for businesses that might otherwise move elsewhere.

Despite the persistence of this theory, there’s little evidence to support it: most low-wage countries remain that way, while the high-wage nations of Europe and Scandinavia continue to excel in global competitiveness.

Undeterred, Doug Ford is rolling back labour legislation, updated last year after a two-year review with extensive public consultations, and replacing it with a bill hastily assembled behind closed doors, with heavy business input.

Gone is the minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. So, just like that, faster than you can say “for the people,” Ford has cancelled what amounted to a $2,000 annual pay increase that was headed for the pockets of the lowest-paid people.

He’s also cancelling the two paid sick days a year, even though 145 countries (most of the world’s nations) already offer some form of paid sick leave. Think how competitive we’ll be without it! That should give us a leg-up on Guatemala and Botswana!

magsview

Ford is a disaster for working people. 🙁

polarbear4

It’s sad and sort of scary to watch Canada devolve, although I still gaze at it through rose-colored glasses and sort of wish i lived there. 🙂

magsview

Yes. I put a good deal of the blame on Mulroney (Conservative Cdn PM 1984-93), but the lame Liberals share at least some blame for allowing Mulroney’s long reign to even happen (sound familiar?) and for how they turned right once they regained power.

I think Mulroney was the turning point re: when Canada pivoted from what had been for almost two decades an almost exclusive ‘peace-keeping’ role militarily, working alongside the blue helmets (UN), to what became, with Mulroney, a more geared-up and aggressive role militarily.

Mulroney supported the United Nations coalition during the 1991 Gulf War and when the UN authorized full use of force in the operation, Canada sent a CF-18 squadron with support personnel and a field hospital to deal with casualties from the ground war as well as a company of The Royal Canadian Regiment to safeguard these ground elements calling Canada’s participation Operation Friction. In August he sent the destroyers HMCS Terra Nova and HMCS Athabaskan to enforce the trade blockade against Iraq. The supply ship HMCS Protecteur was also sent to aid the gathering coalition forces. When the air war began, Canada’s planes were integrated into the coalition force and provided air cover and attacked ground targets. This was the first time since the fighting on Cyprus in 1974 that Canadian forces participated directly in combat operations.

Notice the timeline, Mulroney’s time of power largely coincided with Reagan’s, and they basically got along very (too) well. But the Conservative Mulroney did differ, outwardly at least, in one aspect:

The Mulroney government also took a strong stand against the U.S. intervention in Nicaragua under Reagan, and accepted refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries with repressive regimes supported directly by the Reagan administration.

Just like here in the U.S., liberals moved right, and it was during the Liberal administration of Jean Chretien that tar sands projects really ramped up-Suncor announced in November 2001 that they were going to double production at their tar sands project, for ex.

At the turn of the 21st century, oil sands development in Canada started to take off, with an expansion at the Suncor mine, a new mine and expansion at Syncrude, and a new mine by Royal Dutch Shell associated with their new Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton. Three new large steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects were added – Foster Creek, Surmont, and MacKay River – by different companies, all of which have since been bought by larger companies.[41]

Here’s the so-called ‘liberal’ PM Chretien in April 2001:

Mr. Chrétien bragged to a gathering of oil executives in Calgary last Friday that $50-billion in megaprojects over the next 10 years would make Alberta a larger oil producer than Nigeria.

When the more liberal party of what was a mostly two-party system signals total disregard for environmental issues you know the country’s in trouble.

Btw, Liberal Party Chretien’s reign largely overlaps that of another neoliberal we know. Chretien was PM 1993-2003 and he cemented the newer role of a more aggressive Canada militarily:

In the spring of 1999, Chrétien supported Canada’s involvement in NATO’s bombing campaign of Yugoslavia over the issue of Kosovo, even through the operation was unsanctioned by the UN Security Council thanks to a Russian veto of an Anglo-American resolution asking for the Security Council’s approval of the NATO bombing. The idea of bombing Yugoslavia caused some discomfort within the ranks of the Liberal party as the NATO campaign effectively meant supporting Kosovo separatists against a government determined to prevent Kosovo’s secession from Yugoslavia. Chrétien was personally uncomfortable with the idea of bombing Yugoslavia, but supported the war because he valued good relations with the United States far more than he cared about Yugoslavia.

At least Cretien put his foot down on the invasion of Iraq Part Deux.

The Liberal party is quite enept these days. Their centrist ways are not doing it for enough people, hence the increase in popularity of the NDP and, unfortunately, Conservatives like Ford who are more right than ever.

magsview

But of course the Liberal party has been inept, and quite centrist, for many decades.

The big problem right now, for a lot of countries I think, is that the left feels like they haven’t got a strong party to vote for, while the right does. Not good.

orlbucfan

Deliberate misuse of the English language been happening since before the curse of Raygun. The definition of ‘liberal’ is a prime example.

LieparDestin

humphrey

This is also from Bernie.

polarbear4

A Tragedy in Three Parts: Corporations, Coups, and Crazies

How the coup went off the rails

Everything was going smoothly for the plutocrats, and their coup was going according to plan, until the inmates took over the asylum. After using wedge issues for decades — brandishing the specter of scary black men, or lawless immigrants, or a host of “others” to frighten, distract, and divide us one against another, and to short-circuit reason – the monster they created took over their Party.

Always careful to preserve a façade of propriety, conservatives from Reagan to W. Bush used dog whistle politics to avoid charges of racism…[but] the hate and fear they’d ignited with their implicit rhetoric smoldered beneath the façade, and was growing in strength and size.

Another ingredient [in] this explosive mix was the complete and utter failure of the supply-side, trickle down two-step to do anything other than rip-off the 99 percent. But with reason gone, with blame and fear ascendant, and government as a solution discredited, the average white man – and often his wife — succumbed entirely to this fear and blame. When fear takes over, reason is abandoned. The pre-frontal cortex is no match for the limbic lizard that resides within us.

So when a …gasp … black man … became President, the smoldering hate that they’d implicitly fed, exploded into flames and the divisiveness they’d carefully nurtured threatened to rip society asunder.

Now, there is one final ingredient to add to this tragedy: the complicity of the Democratic Party. Had they championed an effective government; had they embraced New Deal policies that constrained corporations and fat-cats; had they run on a commitment to values, then the poor and middle-class people getting screwed would have had a champion they could go to. But they didn’t. They resorted to tactics and identity politics, and by embracing identity politics they unwittingly reinforced the “us vs. them” dynamic the plutocrats were pushing, and, ironically, made it more difficult to address racism and prejudice of all kinds. By opting to pursue corporate money instead of embracing a progressive agenda, they marginalized themselves, and lost ground at virtually every level of government, winning only when the Republicans’ perfidy or stupidity was so extreme it cut through the fog of blame and hate.

Don midwest
Don midwest

how often I yell at the democratic party

why didn’t they work on election integrity starting with a challenge as forceful as republicans in 2000 when they stole the election for president

why not, even now, according to Greg Palast, many white leaders of dem establishment are not calling republican voter crimes for what they are and standing up to democracy

why not go full tilt for single payer

why not go full tilt for Gaia

etc.

why not mount a huge educational effort, everywhere, to develop the habit of democracy in the country

and on and on

the coup goes forward, and the dems go along with it because money is king and social status and so on and so forth

polarbear4

Trump’s Responsibility

The problem isn’t the yarn, or even when people like Cesar Sayoc take it seriously. The problem is when a president does. That’s been Trump’s doing. He’s turned xenophobia, bigotry and violence into gospel, weaponizing it all in the hands of otherwise harmless imbeciles who now feel empowered to go around mailing bombs, to chant “Jews will not replace us,” and, as I learned even as I was writing this—because that’s our America: it is a daily testament to the depravities of born-again fanatics—to gun down Jews at a synagogue in, of all places, Pittsburgh: so much for being “elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” monsieur le président.

Liberalism isn’t doing this. Immigrant hordes aren’t doing this. God knows even al-Qaeda and ISIS aren’t doing this, to their eternal surprise and certain delight. Even Fox News isn’t doing this: it is neither that capable nor influential. But Trumpism is.

What Trump has never grasped—or what he refuses to concede, because it would neutralize the Cult of Trump—is that the presidency isn’t a news outlet, it’s not a Twitter feed or a narcissist’s stage. It’s not even the man who occupies it. It’s the sum total of who we are and what we aspire to be. No word out of any news outlet’s talking heads moves markets, starts wars or changes entire nation’s policies. A word from the American president does. Trump knows it. But in his hands it’s been reduced to a cult of one appealing to the basest motivations of the basest impulses, the worst of what we are, the vilest of what we always have the potential to be.

magsview

His voters responsibility too. I don’t know one Trump voter who is willing to accept any responsibility for the results of their own actions in putting Trump in power.

Benny

First, Bernie was on it within the hour, getting on the Senate floor and using his 5 min of morning business to denounce the guy who shot Scalise. Tiny Hands had to wait for Mike Pence to tweet first. Second, Trump double speaks whereas Bernie does not. Andy Richter is wrong because Bernie never said neo-Nazis were fine people. Obviously Richter doesn’t know anything about Bernie’s background.

TheLeftistheCenter

You misunderstand, Richter was using words Trump has used to provoke violence to point out its not that the person is a ‘supporter’ of someone but that the person they supported has provoked violence.

magsview

I certainly don’t remember Andy Richter being any kind of Bernie ally so I, too, was initially confused Benny!

Didn’t realize at first that Richter was being sarcastic (or whatever – TLisC said it better).

Also, it’s really pissing me off how many times I’ve seen the right excuse Trump’s role in these recent violent incidents because of that one supposed Bernie fan doing that shooting at the repub softball game.

My boss even brought that guy (softball game shooter) up on Friday with me while he had one eye on the coverage of the search for the pipe bomb guy on the tv in his office. And that was before the pics began to come across the screen of the pipe bomb guy’s van illustrating his adoration of Trump!

Boss was in super-defensive, super-denial, mode early in the morning on Friday, right before they announced an arrest.

He even began to venture into conspiracy theory territory muttering about how they (the mail bombs) certainly were a coincidence (not really sure if he was referring to the incoming migrant caravan or, more likely, the upcoming midterms), and something about the bomber misspelling DWS’s name, and that bombs weren’t even really designed to go off, etc. etc.

(My reply to him about that was to was calmly say, “Yah, I’ve been hearing some of those conspiracy theories lately”, in a tone of are-you-kidding-me??-rolling-my-eyes-kind-of-way)

Believe me when I say, if boss is stupid enough to bring that up again I’m gonna flip. On Friday I managed to keep my cool and just shake my head at him and reminded him about Trump praising the journalist-body-slamming guy.

polarbear4

Voters Face a Simple Choice: Expand Social Security and Medicare, or Watch GOP Eviscerate Them Both

Who would argue that these seniors’ lives would be a little easier with a modest boost in benefits? Congressman John Larson’s (D-CT) Social Security 2100 Act would give seniors a benefit increase of about $70 per month. To some, that may not sound like much. But think of what an extra $70 could mean for a senior living on a fixed income. That benefit increase could pay for at least one of the following expenses:

3 bags of groceries
3+ prescription copays
2 tanks of gas
Oil change
Monthly phone bill
Monthly utility bills
Monthly home/renters’ insurance premium

Now imagine how much money seniors would save if traditional Medicare were expanded to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage, given what retirees currently pay out of pocket in those categories:

$4,700 (average) for a pair of high quality hearing aids
$800-3,000 for a dental crown
$900-1100 for a root canal
$114 (average) for eye exam
$200 (average) for prescription eyeglasses
These costs would be covered under legislation introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) known as the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act. But this bill has little chance of becoming law unless voters elect a majority in Congress that supports improving earned benefits.

The next Congress could also give retirees a boost by improving the way Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are calculated. …

In many cases, it’s more than saving money, it’s the ability to have teeth and glasses at all. Teeth and eyes are so vital to life. I imagine the lobbies for those professions are powerful.

Don midwest
Don midwest

WTF – hey dems the message has been clear for years

and if Bernie had not been on the national state, your heads would even more be stuck up your butts

Joe Biden — barf. Hillary again — no learning curve.

magsview

humphrey

An important election in Brazil today!

polarbear4

The Pittsburgh Community is Stronger Than the Synagogue Shooter’s Hate

I am an extended part of it.

And that’s something of which I am proud.

Just walk along Murray Avenue and you’ll see Indian, Italian, Jewish, African, Chinese – every nationality imaginable – offering the fruits of their culture for friendly commerce.

You’ll see Hasidic Jews in dark hats and flowing tzitzit walking next to women in colorful saris next to trans and lesbians, kids with every color skin playing together in harmony.

Whenever I want a good corned beef sandwich or a quality lox and bagel, I go there. Whenever I want a spicy curry or the freshest sushi or an authentic macaroon, that’s the place. If I want to hear a string quartet or a lecture from a visiting dignitary or even if I want to swim in a public pool, membership to the Jewish Community Center is open to all.

It’s like a few blocks of cosmopolitan life tucked away in a city more known for segregation. We have many ethnic neighborhoods but few where one culture flows so easily into another.

Heck. Even the Tree of Life Synagogue, itself, doesn’t serve one congregation. It serves three who all had services going on at different parts of the building this morning.

There’s just something very special about this place.

It’s where you can go to be yourself – in fact, you’re encouraged to be who you are and not conform to any particular norm. Yet in doing so, you’re somehow demonstrating unity.

Paradoxically, being you makes you one of us.

It’s weird.

I think it may have been that sense of community that made Squirrel Hill, in general, and the Tree of Life Synagogue, in particular, a target.

humphrey

Oy! I don’t believe that it will be a big seller.

orlbucfan

He’s worse than his fat butted wife Kardashian.

polarbear4

Federal prosecutors file hate crime charges against Pittsburgh shooting suspect

And the liar in chief finally says something: “”Anyone who does a thing like this to innocent people … they should really pay the ultimate price,” Trump said.”

LieparDestin

Mass shooters tend to kill themselvesa vast majority of the time so most are not concerned about after-the fact ‘justice’, but actual action to prevent these kinds of ‘events’

wi60

I would’ve added they also hope for death by cop as well if they don’t kill themselves off

polarbear4

Not all unions are created equal.

BORDER PATROL UNION ENDORSES EXTREMIST VIDEO FEATURING WHITE NATIONALISTS

THE NATIONAL BORDER Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents across the country, is featured in a new video that includes white nationalists and anti-Muslim extremists. The video, titled “Killing Free Speech,” was endorsed by the union and recently shown by agents at a private screening in San Diego. The video is also expected to be shown in Texas, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., according to union representative Terence Shigg, president of the San Diego chapter of the NBPC.

The nearly hour-and-half-long video refers to Democrats as “dark and evil” and features a bevy of American and European far-right, anti-Muslim white nationalists who make a correlation between gang rapes, Islam, and immigration. The documentary also features members of the Proud Boys, a hate group designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center, that often aligns with white nationalists and are known for being misogynists and anti-Muslim. The Proud Boys participated in the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in mid-October several members of the Proud Boys were arrested in New York City after a violent street confrontation with anti-fascists.

magsview

Talk about dangerous rhetoric!

magsview

Check this out though:

orlbucfan

We didn’t cross into BColumbia from WA State this past summer. We did get to the border area and the Canadian Border Patrol wore black fascist outfits and mimiced their American counterparts.

polarbear4

oh geez. sorry to hear that. worse than the last time i went through, in the 90s–doesn’t seem that long ago!

polarbear4

AMERICAN EXECUTIVES: ELECTION OF FAR-RIGHT JAIR BOLSONARO IN BRAZIL IS A “BULLISH OPPORTUNITY FOR US”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board heaped praise on Bolsonaro, calling him the “Brazilian Swamp Drainer” and downplaying his violent and antidemocratic rhetoric. At a rally on Sunday in São Paulo, he said he would “wipe the map of these red bandits,” referring to his political opponents. At a previous rally, he said, “Let’s shoot the petralhada here,” using an offensive term for Workers’ Party voters.

The JPMorgan Chase strategist also offered some commentary on what she hopes Bolsonaro would achieve in his first term, if he is indeed elected. She pointed to his willingness to cut social security programs.

Bloomberg Markets followed up by asking if this right-wing agenda would be imperiled by a potentially split Congress.

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, pundits mused that critics are too focused on Bolsonaro’s explicit threats to return Brazil to a military dictatorship; rather observers should view his economic policies as the true barometer of freedom.

The Economist seems to be the only one with any heart left.

The Economist called Bolsonaro “Latin America’s latest menace,” adding that “he would make a disastrous president,” citing human rights concerns.

jcitybone

And the evangelicals. Just like here

U.S. Right Helps, Cheers Rise of Brazilian Authoritarian

Writing in Haaretz on Thursday, Alexander Reid Ross called Bolsonaro’s likely victory “a sign of a growing geopolitical union of far-right forces forming the backlash against liberalism and the left, and the rehabilitation and glamorizing of military power and authoritarianism.” Ross highlighted support for Bolsonaro among Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical movement:

“Brazil’s Bolsonaro, who is Catholic but attends Baptist services, has made a populist effort to span denominations, and receives broad support from Brazil’s growing, urban evangelical movement, including boosters associated with the World Congress of Families.

Bolsonaro was baptized in the Jordan River into the Assemblies of God, which has been pouring money into far-right politics in Brazil and around the world. The Assemblies of God are deep drivers of the U.S. Evangelical movement, including some of the most important partners of the World Congress of Families.

Bolsonaro’s richest Evangelical supporters, like the Assembly of God’s head and Pentecostal televangelist Silas Malafaia, have partnered up with WCF allies at the Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice, and at the Brazilian Center for Law and Justice, which promotes – as does WCF – a transnational movement against LGBT rights.”

polarbear4

I’m putting this here b/c it all seems of a piece, anymore, the whole finance/neolib/rightwing takeover and we have to take it back.

Staggering Voter Suppression In Georgia Could Keep Democrats Out of Power Shaun King

It is, of course, an outrageous conflict of interest for the man who oversees Georgia’s elections to be simultaneously running for the highest office in the state. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single reasonable person who says otherwise. Kemp should have stepped down from his role as secretary of state, or at least recused himself from all election oversight, the moment he decided to run for governor.

Before a major election has even taken place, a sitting member of Congress is already advising a candidate not to concede if they lose. I’ve never seen that before. And this isn’t about sour grapes; it’s about the uncertainty among voters that they will be able to cast a valid vote on Election Day, and the possibility that so much other ugliness is going on there, too.

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice found that Georgia has been accelerating the rate of its voter purging in recent years. Between 2008 and 2012, the study found, the state purged some 750,000 voters. In the following four years, between 2012 and 2016, 1.5 million voters were purged from the rolls — in a state with a total population of just over 10 million people!

And there’s more. Black voters across the state are complaining about election machines changing their votes for Abrams to votes for Kemp. And more than 200 voting precincts have closed across the state. In a separate case, after a call from a county official, black senior citizens were ordered off a bus that was taking them to vote.

Those with power don’t seem to mind the anti-democratic trend very much, because it’s not their votes that are being suppressed.

orlbucfan

Florida is usually a political joke especially after 2000. However, elections and precincts are monitored. There are paper ballots. It’s gotten hardcore here in terms of preventing the Repukes trying to steal votes. Both Scott and DeSantis will be defeated even with all the Bible Belt, Rush Limpdick and every other propaganda blowhorn wailing. If Floridians can start to raise hell over voter cheating, than there is no reason why Georgians, Texans, Californians, etc. can’t either.

Don midwest
Don midwest

not surprising, but horrible, horrible

orlbucfan

WSJ owned by Murdoch now. Worse than a swamp IQ wise.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Bruno Latour article in NY Times a couple of tweets

In his first tweet a few days ago, he said that the title was strange. In 1991 he published “We Have Never Been Modern” so the use of Post Truth in the title by the NYT – authors seldom write titles. Here is his response.

@BrunoLatourAIME 42m42 minutes ago today 10/28/18

The proliferation of the suffix post (post-truth being the silliest) is a plague the Moderns launched on themselves by declaring they were “post” the Ancients! Conversely, the nice thing in having never been modern is that you don’t have to be post -that is past- anything.

I am fickle. I read yet another Bruno article or book and think it is the greatest. This happens with books or articles I have “read” before. Thus I have “read” this book twice, and it is among the others, probably the best introduction, and here is Bruno also today

@BrunoLatourAIME

After NYT profile by Kofman we got queries on what to read on BL if one wishes to learn more: at the office we always recommend Gerard de Vries “Bruno Latour” (Polity 2016) (French translation 2018 La Découverte) fair, technical, thorough.

I have subscribed to the NY Review of books for years. I wrote them today suggestion that they write about him.

Once again, I might have said this before. But here goes. I subscribe to academia.edu and get journal articles and other things posted there. The number from my original start and expanded lists continues to grow and grow. And there are so many different disciplines getting engaged in this circle of ideas. They are free to download which is a blessing if one does not have an academic position to get journals. (For shame: I can go to my public library and get journal articles, but I have not gone through the start up process yet.)

Bruno is for sure not the only person in the world and from him I spread out, but I am probably too much of a broken record on him.

Reading this morning about [LAW], one of the 15 modes in his AIME book. The unique aspect of law is that it links back to what was said earlier. I signed a contract, there it is. He points out that of all the modes tied to institutions, law has resisted the modern fact and reason effort – resisted the best. Others, like the dem party have had to fall in line to keep their base – for example religion. He says must consider religion before and after modern science to understand it.

Reading a book by a ecologist bemoaning the fundamentalist Christians. Sounds like the colonialists putting down indigenous people with their beliefs rather than the rational modern world. How can we have a diplomatic engagement with the fundamentalists? John Dewey in 1924, “The Quest for Certainty” describes how people get hung up on certainty. Part of the modern condition. That along with utopia, and the US and globalization are Utopian quests, are running into the rocks with the rise of Gaia.

polarbear4

Deepak Chopra is also big on uncertainty. “Uncertainty is my friend.”

Flexibility and openness are definitely valuable and don’t always come naturally.

I used to use academia.edu a lot more (when I was helping with a book) than I do now–good for you for reading material that is well-sourced and written with more rigor than the usual.

magsview

I must admit that the phrase ‘Post Truth’ caught my attention. I’m glad that Latour commented on its use.

orlbucfan

I respect Bruno Latour and the other great minds like him. BUT, I will go to war over idiotic (Christian) Fundamentalism. There is nothing wise about it. It is stupid, backwards, anti-Gaia (to put it mildly), extremely intolerant, and vicious. If it’s considered indigenous, then we have a major problem.

magsview

Tweets that made me smile.

magsview

Striking Univ. of California patient care workers rally with supporters across the state

SAN FRANCISCO—Union members and community supporters marched and rallied Oct. 24 on University of California campuses across the state—including at UC’s Mission Bay Campus here—to support over 15,000 patient care workers, members of ASCME Local 3299, who were in the midst of a three-day strike at all UC Medical Centers.

The patient care workers were joined in a sympathy strike by nearly 10,000 AFSCME 3299 UC service workers and 15,000 research, technical, and health care professionals, members of UPTE-CWA.

Earlier this month, 96 percent of the union members voted to authorize the walkout.

The workers’ decision came as negotiations with UC remain deadlocked after over a year and a half of talks. At issue: growing racial and gender disparities within UC’s workforce, and the university’s arbitrary imposition of higher health care premiums on patient care workers, together with flattened wages, a higher retirement age, and continued outsourcing of UC jobs.

magsview

For Benny:

Benny

Makes a difference when you have someone to vote for, not just vote against.

magsview

magsview

Pence no better.

orlbucfan

POX on that yahoo!

magsview

Beto with some Beto-bros. 😉

magsview

For some Sunday Science, I give you this:

Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories

If these findings are confirmed, they suggest that déjà vu is a sign that your brain’s memory checking system is working well, and that you’re less likely to misremember events.

So next time you experience a ‘deja vu’ be happy! It’s probably a good sign.

jcitybone

Sadly this was expected. And WP he’s not a populist. They do later correctly say he’s a nationalist just like Trump. Good luck to the Brazilian gay community

“Brazilian presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro has flaunted a macho distaste for gays. He’s recommended that parents beat effeminate boys. He’s said he would prefer a dead son to a homosexual one.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/brazilians-go-the-polls-with-far-right-jair-bolsonaro-as-front-runner/2018/10/28/880dd53c-d6dd-11e8-8384-bcc5492fef49_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.29dbb6c83968&utm_source=reddit.com

A 63-year old populist renegade rode a wave of voter rage to Brazil’s presidency on Sunday, marking South America’s most dramatic shift to the right since the end of the Cold War-era military dictatorships.

Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, bested leftist Fernando Haddad in Sunday’s runoff, winning nearly 56 percent of the vote, according to official results with 92 percent of the ballots tallied. His win adds Latin America’s largest nation to a growing list of countries – from the United States to Hungary to the Philippines – where staunch right-wing nationalists have scored victories at the ballot box.

Bolsonaro ran a Trump-style campaign that made heavy use of social media, and promised to renegotiate the terms of trade deals, put economics before environmental preservation and bring an iron fist to fighting crime. He demonized opponents and polarized the nation with his history of denigrating women, gays and minorities.

“What I most want is to follow the will of God, and the Brazilian constitution,” Bolsonaro said via Facebook Live after winning the race. “We have everything to be a great nation, and if this is the will of God, we will be a great nation.”

polarbear4

Unbelievable. Does Greenwald believe the actual voting process is not rigged? I have a hard time seeing everyday people wanting money over the environment, the way the weather has been. And women, gays and minorities–they could have won the vote with them alone, right?

Just fracking depressing.

jcitybone

Definitely fracking depressing. Possibly the most depressing thing is the green light he is going to give to the destruction of the Amazon.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/413558-jewish-leaders-say-trumps-not-welcome-in-pittsburgh-until-he

A group of Jewish leaders told President Trump that he is no longer welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism following the shooting at a synagogue there over the weekend.

Eleven members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice penned a letter to Trump following the Saturday shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted,” the group wrote. “You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”

polarbear4

Todd Gitlin weighs in and he’s right. The MSM need to take a lot of responsibility here. They’ve been feeding at this violent trough and are part of this violence.

The Hondurans are Coming! Trump Stirs the Pot of Hysteria, the Media Happily Spoons It Out
It’s crucial to understand that Trump could not drum up this latest round of panic on his own.

At a rally in Houston, he cast blame on his enemies: “The Democrats…have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country. The crisis on our border right now as we speak is the sole result of Democrat laws and activist, Democrat judges.” Thus reads the playbook of all actual or wannabe authoritarians.

If one were looking for blameworthy elements, one might point out that decades of U.S.-supported dictatorship in Central America and misguided drug war have made life hellish there, contributing to both economic breakdown and gang formation. The New York Times has mentioned drought conditions in Honduras as one cause of the recent efflux — drought, exacerbated by global warming, is also forcing farmers to try taking refuge in Europe — but such observations, complicating the Venezuela scenario, will not make headlines or “BREAKING NEWS.”

“It would seem the minimal requirement of journalistic integrity to point out that falsehoods are false. Journalists are not obliged to write fashion reviews of the emperor’s new outfit, or to shine up his shiny objects.”

TheLeftistheCenter

Their intention is not to inform but to manipulate and causing random fear among the masses is near the top of the list of manipulations.

jcitybone

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/caravan-lie-sparked-massacre-american-jews/574213/

The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread, and that his followers chose to amplify.

As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, those who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.

jcitybone

More on the same subject

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/robert-bowers-suspected-synagogue-shooter-believes-migrant-caravan-is-jewish-conspiracy.html

On Thursday, merely two days before Bowers reportedly opened fire at the Pittsburgh synagogue, Lou Dobbs had a guest on the show who directly made the connection between Soros and the caravan. “A lot of these folks have affiliates that are getting money from the Soros-occupied State Department,” Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of investigations and research, said.

As Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo pointed out on Twitter “‘ZOG’ is a staple of white supremacist/neo-Nazi websites/literature etc. Stands for ‘Zionist occupied government.’ … This guy knows exactly what lever he’s pulling when he uses this phrase,” Marshall wrote. A screengrab of an apparent Bowers repost on Gab appears to confirm he was well acquainted with the term.

magsview

For polarbear – this is where Canada is now 🙁 under the neolib Trudeau.

CBC is the Canadian equivalent of the BBC.

What a far-right Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil means for Canadian business

Canadian firms invested about $11.5 billion in Brazil last year, mostly in mining, infrastructure, machinery, finance and technology. Some businesses are expected to see new opportunities under a far-right president, while environmentalists fear more extraction will help destroy the world’s largest rainforest.

This part sounds like The Onion it’s so bad.

For Canadian business, a Bolsonaro presidency could open new investment opportunities, especially in the resource sector, finance and infrastructure, as he has pledged to slash environmental regulations in the Amazon rainforest and privatize some government-owned companies.

“It could be a good time to be a mining investor in Brazil,” said Anna Prusa, a former U.S. State Department official who now researches Brazil at the Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank. “Bolsonaro has said pretty publicly he would like fewer restrictions … he is a recent convert to market liberalism.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/brazil-canada-trade-bolsonaro-politics-foreign-policy-1.4878379

polarbear4

thanks, mags. i think. 😉

i still don’t get how these people think and feel, living in this beautiful world. business is good, so torture is, too? so full speed ahead with climate chaos and species kill off? rhetorical

magsview

So short-sighted. Very sad.

jcitybone

We now need Don’t Cry for Me Brazil

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