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Don midwest
Don midwest

Oldie but goodie

Last week saw Dark Waters with Mark Ruffalo

From that movie can see why Mark is a strong supporter of Bernie

(I am so outside the culture that I never noticed who Mark Ruffalo was before I saw the movie)

Now, from April 18, 2016, Mark takes a walk with Bernie in 5 minutes

Bernie from Brooklyn: A Conversation with Mark Ruffalo
•Apr 18, 2016

and while I realized it was not that recent, I just now noticed that it was 2016!!!!

Don midwest
Don midwest

I don’t know all the details, but the DNC supported this candidate over a progressive black woman and now he has become a Republican. This was on the twitter thread of AOC refusing to pay her dues to DNC

deleted the article titled “Why dems supporting this candidate”

that is fine

no need to read the article

just another example of the DNC not expanding to candidates who challenge their power like AOC who is getting her own funding.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Related to Labor is the fact that the US no longer knows how to make things

I dropped Matt Stoller from my twitter feed – sent out too many messages

But I still subscribe to his substack BIG and this article was recently posted.

It starts with Bibles no longer printed in the US but describes other things and an earlier piece was that the US manufacturing is so depleted that we can no longer manufracture our military gear well. The continuing disaster of Boeing is another example of finance over quality products and people.

Bible Lobbyist: We Can’t Print Bibles in America Anymore

at the end of the piece he prints a letter from a person living in China. This is a warning that we cannot heed when we cannot face climate and failed military adventures

Many Chinese people take their national identity personally in a way I can’t really understand. It has created a population of people who have both a victim complex and a superiority complex. Many perceive an attack on China to be a personal attack on them.

I really appreciate what you are writing. China is the number 1 issue in the world today. As China sells its surveillance tech to other non-Democratic states, the threat only increases. One of the key ways of fighting China, is to heal our liberal democracy. Live up to our values.


Hey Joe. Here’s a good way to be bipartisan. Let’s hope that Bernie highlights this in the debate


Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has agreed to co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation that would freeze funding for any military action in Iran without express approval from Congress.

Sanders, a Vermont independent who’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, introduced the bill shortly after the Trump administration held a classified briefing in which advisers outlined the case for their military strike last week that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

Sanders was sharply critical of the briefing, saying afterward that the administration’s briefers gave no proof of any imminent attack by Iran against US targets.

“They are justifying the assassination of Qasem Soleimani by claiming that he was planning ‘imminent attacks’ on hundreds of Americans in the region and yet they produced no evidence that would justify this claim, not even in a classified setting,” Sanders said in a statement.

Lee becomes the first Republican in the Senate to sign on to the bill. During his time in the Senate, Lee has been consistently opposed to American intervention in foreign conflicts and was also highly critical of the administration’s briefing on Iran. He called it “insulting and demeaning” and added that it was “the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue.”

Sanders and Lee have teamed up before to push legislation asserting congressional oversight of military issues. They spearheaded a bipartisan war powers resolution to end US support for the military conflict in Yemen. The bill passed both the House and Senate but was vetoed by President Donald Trump.

In a joint statement to CNN, the two senators said that while they don’t agree about much, this is an issue where they have common ground.

“As United States Senators, we often disagree on many issues. But standing up for the Constitution is not about partisanship. The Founding Fathers were absolutely clear. They wanted to ensure that our country avoided needless conflict and they understood that presidential war-making would be harmful to our democracy,” they said in the statement.





I woke up this morning aware of how Bernie is sounding a chord that more and more people are hearing. It’s a chord that hasn’t been heard in this country for a long, long time. It’s a chord that resonates in people’s subconscious and what they are hearing is a basic message that we need to take care of each other and the earth. Many older Americans don’t hear the chord yet, but many young people do. It’s like the communication the Monarch butterflies make to their future generations to give them the directions to the summer breeding grounds they have never visited themselves. I personally hear the chord best when Bernie speaks before a crowd when he speaks eloquently and the crowd cheers while he stares dead seriously toward the horizon. Other politicians smile or at least reveal a twinkle of self-satisfaction, but Bernie retains his serious expression. That tells people he sincerely believes in “Not Me — Us.” Remember that great speech in NYC a couple months ago when Bernie asked everyone “Can you fight for frightened immigrant neighbors even though you are native born?” That’s what I’m talking about.

Don midwest
Don midwest

right on.

my hero

Political life undertaken in the face of Gaia requires “a body politic that finally recognizes in the Earth that through which this assembled body solemnly agrees to be definitively bounded.” A truly Earthbound collective would abandon the fantasy of a state regulating itself through automatic procedures or ruled by impersonal economic laws; instead, politics would be recognized as a circle through which the “general will” is negotiated between leaders and led, public servants and their constituents. The state, redefined beyond traditional notions of sovereignty, might then restrict itself to the ratifying of international treaties.15

A religion reinvigorated by the tremors of Gaia would not deny the world in favor of an afterlife or secret realm of spirit. Nor would it allow itself the moderns’ self-satisfied conviction that the end of times has already arrived through the gnostic revelation of technoscientific facts (here, in fascinating if demanding pages, Latour draws upon philosopher Eric Voegelin). Instead, Gaia summons a delicate state of suspension: a Kierkegaardian fear and trembling, not towards the inscrutable will of God, but towards the earthly conditions of an “end time” into which we may have already tipped: “the apocalypse is a call to be rational at last, to have one’s feet on the ground.” Whatever its content, a religion careful of its limits is a bulwark against fundamentalism—theistic and atheistic alike.

Like the life-changing injunction to use your death as an adviser, Latour presents Gaia as a reminder of the finitude of our knowledge and beliefs. As a tutelary presence keeping us attuned to “materiality, the earthbound, the ordinary, the mundane,” Gaia also names the “metamorphic zone,” the shifting ground that all collectives and modes of existence share. It resembles mana or wakan, the “floating signifiers” that Levi-Strauss pulled from Marcel Mauss’s theory of magic. But Gaia, “the secular aggregation of all the agents that can be recognized thanks to the tracing of feedback loops,” is no mere sign. Palpable in all the universes of what William James named the pluriverse, Gaia may be materiality itself: the possibility of sensing what makes worlds possible.

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Having seen him speak in videos so many times, and of course in Queens in October, I totally know what you’re talking about when you said:

“when he speaks eloquently and the crowd cheers while he stares dead seriously toward the horizon

The vibe is so interesting live. Rapt faces focused on the man telling-it-to-you-straight, Bernie all serious, and the people happily cheering in response (of course, there’s the odd boo when Bernie mentions the wrongdoers).

That part at the end, when Bernie asked everyone if they’d fight for their neighbors, was intense. Moments like that change you a little bit. Something shifts and you’re never quite the same. This disparate group all saying, “Yes!”, in unison.


all but official.




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