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I did not know this about Warren:

The person who most reminds me of a debater in this entire thing: Warren. Which doesn’t surprise me, because she was a debater.

A good one, right?

She won the Bellaire tournament in Texas, which is a major speech and debate tournament. It’s still going on to this day. It still has prestige.

When the host goes, “Do you have a plan to deal with that?”—talking about Mitch McConnell—and she pauses and she says, “I do,” right? That is a quintessential moment. And it’s similar to cross-examination in debate: Someone asks you a question to trap you, you calm yourself down, you give a very short answer. (Usually the audience laughs or gives you some acknowledgement.) Then you really go into it.

Source: In Conclusion, a Top High School Debater Wasn’t Too Impressed With the Dems’ Debates

Interesting article, but there should have been some caution that a seven-minute speech with 30 prep on an assigned topic is not the same as a 30-45 second response on an unknown question.


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders kicked off campaigning in Hollis, New Hampshire on Saturday by marching in a pride parade.





Great hair!


so this is where he stood with that sign. he must have read it.

i wish he’d take a personal day or two and get away with maybe just Jane. Go to the lake.


I feel the same, pb4. He is no spring chicken. Even an Energizer Bunny has its limits. We cannot afford to lose him now.Agx


Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Is Making Trump Very Uncomfortable

On Tuesday, US women’s soccer star and team co-captain Megan Rapinoe was asked by a reporter whether she would celebrate a victory at the oval office should her team win the World Cup this year. Rapinoe responded: “I’m not going to the fucking White House.”

President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets on Wednesday chastising Rapinoe for disrespecting “our Country, the White House or our Flag” and inviting the team to the White House. “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!” he tweeted.

The soccer star later doubled down on her remarks, though she apologized for cursing. “Considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have, and using it for good, and for leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place—I don’t think that I would want to go,” Rapinoe said at a press conference. “I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform, or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and fight for the same things we fight for.”

Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has been vocal about her disdain for Trump in the past, according to Deadspin: In a Sports Illustrated profile last month, Rapinoe said she was “not going to fake it, hobnob with the president, who is clearly against so many of the things that I am [for] and so many of the things that I actually am.”

Rapinoe was also the first white or female athlete to take a knee during the national anthem in support of football player Colin Kaepernick’s protest of America’s systemic oppression of people of color. She is not singing the anthem during this year’s World Cup. And she has been outspoken on LGBTQ issues and social change.

But even if she wouldn’t visit Trump, that doesn’t mean Rapinoe is planning to steer clear of celebrating in high places. After she scored two goals to lead the national women’s soccer team to victory in the quarterfinals over France on Friday, a different DC celebrity extended an invitation for a visit.

“It may not be the White House,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but Rapinoe and the women’s national soccer team were welcome to tour the House of Representatives “anytime they’d like.”


‘You can’t win without gay players,’ says USA’s World Cup hero Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe showed no sign of stemming her outspoken ways after scoring the goals that saw USA march one step closer towards the World Cup final.

“Go gays!” she said after the 2-1 quarter-final victory over France in Paris and when asked to comment on whether it being Pride month made her contribution more personally significant. “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!

“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong. That’s draining on yourself. But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride month at the World Cup, is nice.”

Her latest comments follow the 33-year-old’s row with Donald Trump, after footage shot earlier this year emerged showing her saying: “I’m not going to the fucking White House,” when she was asked whether she would visit if her her team won the World Cup.

She urged her USA teammates to “think hard” about associating themselves with Trump before the win over France, whilst apologising for using an obscenity, but repeating she would not visit the White House if the team won.

Her White House comments thrust her into the president’s spotlight. This week he accused her on Twitter of disrespect and said she should “win first before she talks”.


from an article by Norman Solomon in 2005.

“As the Gulf War came to an end, people watching CBS saw Dan Rather close an interview with the 1st Marine Division commander by shaking his hand and exclaiming (2/27/91): “Again, general, congratulations on a job wonderfully done!”

Chris Hedges covered the Gulf War for the New York Times. More than a decade later, he wrote in a book (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning): “The notion that the press was used in the war is incorrect. The press wanted to be used. It saw itself as part of the war effort.” Truth-seeking independence was far from the media agenda. “The press was as eager to be of service to the state during the war as most everyone else. Such docility on the part of the press made it easier to do what governments do in wartime, indeed what governments do much of the time, and that is lie.”

Variations in news coverage did not change the overwhelming sameness of outlook: “I boycotted the pool system, but my reports did not puncture the myth or question the grand crusade to free Kuwait. I allowed soldiers to grumble. I shed a little light on the lies spread to make the war look like a coalition, but I did not challenge in any real way the patriotism and jingoism that enthused the crowds back home. We all used the same phrases. We all looked at Iraq through the same lens.”

he starts with the 1991 Gulf War.


The MSM has been doing this for a long time. If they do have contracts with the government, the contracts should be public record.

Don midwest
Don midwest

and Chris gave an anti war speech at a college commencement just before the war started. He was booed off the stage and essentially fired from the NYT

Chris had been head of the middle east office for NYT. He actually went into Gaza.

He covered wars for 20 years and learned the languages of the middle east


I wish he’d endorse Bernie. But I wished that in 2016 too.


Hedges is an excellent writer except he rarely offers solutions.


Personal question to LD (everyone else, turn your heads =)).

Steam is having its summer sale. Resident Evil for 60%. Worth it? Any better solo-player suggestions?


I honestly havent played a Resident Evil game since the Playstation 1 & 2 days but I’ve heard decent things. Lately I havent had much time to play much of anything so have left Spiderman, Red Dead 2, and Gods of War unfinished with the hope of someday getting back to them but thats probably of no use to you as I think theyre all console exclusive for the moment. If on sale Id recommend Nier Automata for its deep philosophical story lines and varying types of gameplay or perhaps either of the recent Assassins Creed games as the historical aspects are quite interesting and the environments and world are beautiful and immersive. I believe they are actually using these games as teaching tools in schools now.


Nier is extremely deep and has inspired countless analysis videos/essays/lectures/etc. It’s the kind of thing that proves Roger Ebert was so wrong by saying video games are not art.

Plus, it has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.




And because its an open thread and Ive already started down the rabbit hole:


Lol, thanks, and sorry for leading you astray.


Wow. And the other one was space music in the part I heard. 😎


Wow! This one sounds and looks great. It is not on sale, so wish listed for now. AC is on sale, but because I like to start with first versions, for now I will just pick up the first one and see how it goes (besides time will give the later ones a chance to come down in price a bit more).

Also Niers requires a game pad in addition to keyboard and mouse, so (although, I have needed one for some other games that have been gathering dust for lack of a game pad) it will give me time to pickup one.

Thank you! Thank you!

Btw, Civilization IV is on sale if you don’t have that one yet.


Finally had a chance to finish the first video. I have to play this game! (If for no other reason than to see if any of those philosophy classes stuck with me beyond Kierkegaard’s leap of faith and a couple of other lose tidbits.)


Thanks! The graphics look good (something that is important to me). I like the learning aspect to this one. I will check it out. My wish list is filling up fast. Lol. The sale is on until July 9, so maybe a couple now and a couple after I get my check and some will have to wait as I too have a lot of unfinished games (mostly because I tend to make too many characters in games that offer that option, like Diablo).

The comments on Resident Evil suggest that it ported over quite well.


Kotaku is probably about the equivalent of The Hill of Video Game reporting but perhaps Bernie should go live with some gamers soon.

Bernie Sanders’ New Twitch Channel Needs Fewer Campaign Ads, More Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, America’s favorite curmudgeonly socialist grandpa who happens to be running for President, is now on Twitch. Last night, his channel aired its first two streams. Sadly, neither involved Sanders sitting in a chair that looks like it belongs in a race car and playing Fortnite as a means to demonstrate the ills of capitalism (the closing circle represents the slow erosion of class mobility, obviously). Instead, chat repeatedly asked “Where’s Bernie” during streams in which three of his campaign staffers smiled, nodded, recited talking points, and agreed with each other.

It wasn’t the most engaging viewing. There were two streams: one pre-Democratic debate and one post-debate. In both streams, the three campaign staffers—Josh Miller-Lewis, Briahna Gray, and Bill Neidhardt—mostly rehashed standard Sanders’ talking points and occasionally took questions from the chat, which they then used as a springboard to rehash further Sanders talking points. Early on in the first stream, they aired a pre-recorded video of Sanders talking about his plan for the debate. This remains the only time Sanders has appeared on his own channel aside from debate snippets that were shown during the post-debate show.

“Those are not radical views,” said Sanders in the clip, referring to his idea that, since the US is the wealthiest country in the world, people living there deserve healthcare, decent wages, and education sans student debt. “In my view, they are human ideas, because I believe that economic rights are human rights. But what our campaign uniquely understands is, despite all of the speeches and all of the plans we have heard for decades, the reason the very, very wealthy get richer while the middle class continues to struggle and 20 million people live in poverty is the greed and power of a handful of billionaires and corporate executives. What we know is, if we’re gonna bring real change to this country, the only way that happens is when millions of people stand up and fight back. That means taking on the power of Wall Street, taking on the insurance industry, taking on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. We want to address the crisis of climate change, which has already impacted Miami and other coastal communities—the only way we do that is by taking on the power of the fossil fuel industry. You want to change national priorities, you’ve gotta take on the power of the military industrial complex. And that’s true for criminal justice reform. It’s true for immigration reform. Let us stop being naive.”

I don’t think Sanders and his staff entirely missed the mark, and I think the views he and his team represented were very good ones. Bernie’s message was strong, as were the talking points Gray, Miller-Lewis, and Neidhardt delved into on the pre- and post-debate shows that followed. They stressed that Sanders’ platform is a holistic one, that he sees issues like class and race as being intertwined, using his championing of an increased minimum wage at Walmart—the single largest employer of black Americans, according to Gray (and also according to Walmart)—as an example. The staffers drew a similar line to the climate crisis and the Green New Deal. They also talked about how Medicare-for-all will further alleviate the economic burden that holds back many people, and they drove this home when someone in Twitch chat asked about Sanders’ support of trans rights, saying that Sanders has long been a proponent of LGBTQ rights and Medicare-for-all will help advance that cause.

By and large, though, the stream was Bernie Sanders 101, but with basically zero Bernie and a professional veneer that people found at odds with Twitch’s typically casual vibe. On one hand, Miller-Lewis, who is apparently the brain father to this Twitch channel’s “brain child,” had the right idea in creating this channel. Twitch is a vast platform that pulls in millions and millions of viewers every day. Many are young and don’t consume much traditional media. Twitch is a smart way to reach them, and if you’re going to start anywhere with a presumably new audience, you should start with the basics of what you’re about. On top of that, Twitch is a platform where high-profile leftist voices are few and far between, where most top streamers seem to be endeavoring to behave apolitically, leaving a vacuum that the alt-lite memes and, in some cases, actual alt-right viewpoints present in some pockets of gaming have happily filled. Twitch, particularly Twitch chat, is a place where people often hear scare-mongering or easily-mocked caricatures of leftist viewpoints instead of authentic ones. There’s an opportunity here, in other words, to convince people by meeting them where they’re at.


theres truth there:

“Twitch viewership gets incredibly angry when they feel like people are just coming on because it feels like the cool thing to do,” Patel said. He added, however, that he thinks things would’ve been different if Bernie was actually, you know, there. “Put Bernie in one of those [gamer] chairs with a microphone and make him look like a Twitch streamer,” he said. “Let him answer questions from the chat.”


Hell, set it up so he pushes a button and kills everything in some recognizable game. = ) Moderators could set that up.

I totally agree and have been waiting ever so patiently for Bernie to make an appearance, preferably without the usual stump speech but with something directed at gamers. Contrary to what some people believe, most gamers are politically aware.


AOC was leading the way on this

Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch appearance isn’t a gimmick—it’s a strategy

There’s one thing Americans on both the left and the right can agree on: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is good at the internet. Where Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Calif.) stumbles with her beer-drinking antics and Twitter universally shudders over Beto O’Rourke’s dental Instagram Story, Ocasio-Cortez feels like a normal person on social media.

Look no further than her recent appearance on Harry “Hbomberguy” Brewis’ Twitch livestream for the trans and gender nonconforming youth charity organization Mermaids U.K. After the U.K.’s Big Lottery Fund decided to review a £500,000 grant set for Mermaids amid ongoing criticism led by The IT Crowd creator and noted transphobe Graham Linehan, Hbomberguy decided to host a Donkey Kong 64 stream to support the charity. Nearly 58 hours later, he raised over $340,000.

Across the stream, a wide range of gaming figures and online trans celebrities popped in to hang out with Hbomberguy, from Doom’s designer John Romero to Chelsea Manning, respectively. But Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance brought the Twitch stream into the mainstream news cycle. For the first time in U.S. history, a sitting congresswoman specifically hopped onto a Twitch stream to chat about the need for trans-inclusive intersectionality and economic awareness around trans discrimination. And it wasn’t just any sitting congresswoman, but a politician known for her massive viral power.

This point wasn’t lost on the stream’s viewers, nor was it on AOC herself. During the stream, she discussed how trans discrimination is a “core reason for the economic hardship” trans Americans face in healthcare and housing issues. And when asked to say “trans rights” during the stream, she vocally expressed her support for trans equality, calling it a “no-brainer.” The chat blew up in praise.

“Trans rights are civil rights are human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the stream.

Among other things, AOC also talked about the government shutdown, its impact on federal employees, and how Congress can go about handling trans anti-discrimination protections. She also stressed the need for Democrats to go on the “offensive” against the right, a point that resonated with viewers long after her appearance.


AOC didn’t just relegate herself to talking politics. While hanging out on Hbomberguy’s stream, she opened up about playing on her cousin’s Nintendo 64 and why she thinks the N64 is “the best system out of all of them.” She also praised the @AOC_Dances Twitter account and a mashup that included her dancing to Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance.”

It’s easy to overthink an appearance on a Twitch livestream by acting too friendly and too relatable. But AOC’s friendly and approachable demeanor feels natural. While she’s confident and authoritative in her political beliefs, she also acts genuine and friendly. Hearing her chat with Hbomberguy sounds more like two new friends hanging out at a convention over a round of Smash. She doesn’t lecture, she doesn’t try to act for her audience. She’s just herself.


Oh, excellent. I knew she did not have a channel of her own but had been on Twitch. I also did not know the specifics. Thanks!

I wonder if it would be possible to set up something with a person whom Bernie feels comfortable with (like his conversations with Killer Mike).


So calculated, but it did work.


Harris’ objective was not to fade into the background of an ideological slugfest between Biden and Bernie Sanders, the advisers said. Her campaign had spent months fixated on Biden, whose support from black voters has kept him atop all of the early polls. They gamed out several scenarios in which she could use her personal story as a point of contrast with his decades-long record, including over his opposition to busing.

In the debate, Harris willed her way into the conversation about race and policing, calmly noting that as the only black person on the stage, she’d like to be heard.

But her opening first came last week when Biden offered nostalgic memories of a time when he worked with segregationist colleagues like Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, proponents of using states’ rights to slow walk civil rights legislation. Harris, whose sole experience with a full stage of competitors came during her Senate primary in 2016, prepped with a small team of aides in Washington and then in Miami. A senior strategist, Averell “Ace” Smith, imitated Sanders, while Biden was played by Harris’ national press secretary, Ian Sams.

While walking through her planned exchange with Biden over busing, Harris’ campaign planned for a variety of answers from him, from contrition to a more measured approach to the more forceful denial of the position that he ended up giving — a stance that was called out by fact-checkers as untrue given his past quotes rejecting the wisdom of busing.

Harris herself ended up settling on a line that within minutes would appear in social media memes and just a few hours later would be screen printed on t-shirts selling for $29 on her website: “That little girl was me,” she said, of her desegregated class.


she did have experience as a successful prosecutor.


Ugh, plastic and phony.


Just a little Stonewall 50 gay pride 🏳️‍🌈 music


And here’s the original La Cage version

Don midwest
Don midwest


As Bernie said the skeptics may be right, GOS said Bernie speeches are the same as 4 years ago. But when you look at it we’ve had a lot of the same issues for over 40 years and still not much progress.

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