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LieparDestin

Thanks for the post Humphrey, my hours are most def not worked out. Been doing 12 hour days this week

la58

The paycheck will look good.

orlbucfan

🙂 Fer sure!

magsview

That’s kinda crazy. Don’t they know that you have readers who need to hear from you?

Good luck & I hope things settle down a bit going forward!

polarbear4

🙂

LieparDestin

Thanks mags (and all), Ill be back to waking up early for morning posts now that i have the routine down in regards to the commute, etc.

polarbear4

Ouch! Hope you’re getting overtime. 🙂 #goodtohaveajob

LieparDestin

‘Belly Flop’: With Only One Percent of Leases Sold, Even Fossil Fuel Industry Understands Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Is Ridiculous

In yet another rebuke to the Trump administration’s claims that opening wide swaths of the ocean to the ravages off fossil fuel production is wise or necessary, an auction for more than 14,000 offshore drilling leases on Wednesday received little enthusiasm from oil and gas companies.

The Interior Department managed to sell fewer than one percent of the tracts, making the auction even less successful than its last sale in March, when just over one percent of leases went to buyers.

The sale will bring in $180 million, but with offers from only 30 companies, climate action groups took the largely failed auction as a sign that there is an end in sight for the destructive method of oil extraction, as progressive leaders call for a shift to renewable energy sources.

“When will Ryan Zinke finally get the message that it’s time to scrap his reckless offshore drilling plans?” Athan Manuel, director of the Sierra Club’s land protection program, said in a statement. “Millions of Americans and elected officials from both sides of the aisle have made it clear that the public does not want dangerous drilling off our coasts, and even corporate polluters aren’t buying what Zinke’s selling.”

polarbear4

Wow! Great news.

magsview

The sale conducted by Interior on Wednesday, along with the March sale, are a part of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022, a five-year program established by the Obama administration.

In January, the Trump administration released its own draft offshore leasing plan, proposing to allow oil and gas drilling in nearly all federal waters, that has been widely opposed by coastal governors of both parties fearful of spills. Zinke has since said he plans to modify the plan to cover less territory, and will make a final decision this fall.

polarbear4

Not great news. 🙂 But glad that a lot fewer are biting. Frack fossil fuels. Time to move on.

LieparDestin

VA Groundbreaking

"After being in the works for years, Congressman Beto O'Rourke's vision for a new mental health facility in El Paso has come true."

Posted by Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

orlbucfan

“Let us introduce the next senator from the great state of Texas….” LD and LSM: what’s the latest from your grapevine on Beto’s campaign re: voters?

LieparDestin

Gillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights ‘is now or never’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the fight to keep abortion legal in the U.S. “is now or never.”

Gillibrand, who headlined Rise Up For Roe’s Washington, D.C., tour stop, urged a room of about 250 pro-abortion advocates not to rally against President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is the moment where you have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘what will I do to make sure [Brett Kavanaugh] is not the next justice on the Supreme Court?’” Gillibrand said. “It is so essential that you fight. And it will work — you have to know this. If you fight as hard as you can imagine, it will work. We’ve seen this before.”

Wednesday’s rally marked the fourth stop on the abortion rights event’s 10-city tour, which aims to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

http://theweek.com/articles/790380/medical-lobby-already-peddling-lies-about-medicareforall

Medicare-for-all is getting some real momentum behind it, with several more supporters winning congressional primaries on Wednesday night. The medical industry — drug companies, insurance companies, medical providers, and others — has thus been gearing up to preserve the fat profits they enjoy under the horrendous status quo. They’ve formed a group called The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF) to run a propaganda campaign against universal health care.

Their main argument is pretty clearly going to be centered around loss-aversion. “Most Americans support commonsense, pragmatic solutions that don’t interrupt the coverage they rely upon for themselves and their families,” PAHCF spokesman Erik Smith told The Hill. (Jonathan Chait and Paul Krugman have made similar points.)

But this argument is garbage. Medicare-for-all would mean vastly more people enjoying good health care, and dramatically fewer people getting kicked off their insurance overall.

orlbucfan

MFA would also cover dental and optical costs which is long overdue!

polarbear4

This!

jcitybone

A Bernie op-ed

https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/08/16/opinions/medicare-for-all-now-bernie-sanders/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fpolitics%2Fcomments%2F97s64e%2Fbernie_sanders_medicare_for_alls_time_has_come%2F

A Medicare-for-all system not only benefits individuals and families, it would benefit the business community. Small- and medium-sized businesses would be free to focus on their core business goals instead of wasting precious energy and resources navigating an incredibly complex system to provide health insurance to their employees.

Needless to say, there is huge opposition to this legislation from the powerful special interests that profit from the current wasteful system. The insurance companies, the drug companies, Wall Street and the Koch brothers will undoubtedly spend billions on lobbying, campaign contributions and television ads to defeat Medicare for all. But they are on the wrong side of history.

Here is the bottom line: If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States of America cannot do the same.

Benny

The First Amendment on display today with the NYT:

“Public discussion is a political duty,” the Supreme Court said in 1964. That discussion must be “uninhibited, robust, and wide-open,” and “may well include vehement, caustic and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”

In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials. Criticizing the news media — for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong — is entirely right. News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes. Correcting them is core to our job. But insisting that truths you don’t like are “fake news” is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the “enemy of the people” is dangerous, period.

These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry’s economic crisis. And yet the journalists at those papers continue to do the hard work of asking questions and telling the stories that you otherwise wouldn’t hear. Consider The San Luis Obispo Tribune, which wrote about the death of a jail inmate who was restrained for 46 hours. The account forced the county to change how it treats mentally ill prisoners.

Answering a call last week from The Boston Globe, The Times is joining hundreds of newspapers, from large metro-area dailies to small local weeklies, to remind readers of the value of America’s free press. These editorials, some of which we’ve excerpted, together affirm a fundamental American institution.

jcitybone

https://thinkprogress.org/ron-johnson-brett-kavanaugh-nice-guy-fox-and-friends-677974a86ec6/

By replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, the United States Senate could well set back civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, access to healthcare, reproductive rights, and civil liberties for decades. But one of his biggest Senate supporters thinks colleagues should overlook all of that because he finds Kavanaugh to be personally charming.

On Fox & Friends on Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) largely ignored Kavanaugh’s arch-conservative ideology, his judicial record, and his work as a key adviser to former president George W. Bush, instead arguing that the nomination should be quickly confirmed because Kavanaugh loves his daughters.

“Just a really nice guy, a decent person, a person of integrity, a judge,” Johnson answered when asked to describe his meeting with the nominee. “You have to see his eyes light up when he talks about his daughters, coaching their basketball team.”

In 2016, Johnson helped block the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, despite having had a “very cordial” meeting with the Obama nominee. He also routinely opposed other Obama judicial nominees without regard for whether they were nice people.

jcitybone

Lol. I keep missing the right post. More difficult with an iPhone on Metro North!

wi60

How this guy go re-elected is beyond me (Johnson), well I do know but still disappointed in the Dem voters who sat home. they could’ve turned out and voted for Feingold and not president if $hillary turned them off that much. Johnson’s an embarrassment a tinfoil hat wearer.

jcitybone

Feingold losing to Johnson was a travesty. What is inexplicable is that he lost by almost 100,000 votes but Clinton lost by just over 20,000. I can’t fathom Clinton/Johnson voters.

polarbear4

Now you can defend Assange, NYT, et al. You published his docs.

Benny

Trump says Boston Globe ‘in collusion with other papers on free press’

President Donald Trump took aim at the Boston Globe Thursday for encouraging newspapers across the country to join it in publishing editorials that speak out against the White House’s attacks on the press.

The president, who has repeatedly criticized media coverage of his administration as “fake news,” accused the Boston news outlet of being “in collusion with other papers on free press.”

“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!” he tweeted Thursday.

Benny

polarbear4

Funny. He’s sort of right, but not in the way he thinks he is.

wi60

Trumpcorp the man of about 7000 false statements to date is calling out the media. At least the media (except for faux news) will air a retraction if they make a mistake from time to time. Trumpcorp is the undisputed record holder of His Fake news title. Anyone want to guess when Trumpcorp will make a retraction?

Benny

Are We Now Electing Supreme Court Justices?

The Judicial Crisis Network, which spent millions of dollars last year to block the confirmation of Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee, and to promote Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation in his stead, announced three weeks ago that it had already spent $4.5 million on pro-Kavanaugh commercials, with a special focus on television markets in red states where incumbent Democratic senators are running for re-election. The Judicial Crisis Network is closely tied to Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, which has provided the Trump administration with nearly all its judicial nominees so far.

Benny

I’ve seen quite a few ads to urge our senators to confirm Kavannaugh, including a testimonial from a former clerk who claims to be of the Democratic persuasion. I had the same thought as the OP-ed author. Since when did we start electing SCOTUSes?

wi60

Well the Federalist society has major influence for appointing judges for the R’s and their far from being a progressive outfit

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/after-dozens-of-children-die-trump-administration-faces-mounting-pressure-over-yemen-war/2018/08/15/64a822b6-a0a3-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.c964eb18cd83&utm_source=reddit.com

Lawmakers increased pressure on the Trump administration over the war in Yemen this week after an airstrike killed dozens of children, urging officials to explain and possibly adjust U.S. support for nations waging war against rebels there.

A senior U.S. official, speaking to reporters in Cairo on Wednesday, said results of the Saudi-led investigation were expected in days but expressed doubts about the coalition’s ability and willingness to complete a probe in the desired manner.

When asked whether the U.S. military could have refueled the warplane that launched the strike in Saada, the official said it was possible but not certain. When asked why the United States could not determine this or whether a U.S. bomb was used, the official said that “we would have to have Saudis provide us information, but they don’t in the normal course of events.”

When pressed on why the United States could not ask Saudi Arabia, a close ally and major purchaser of U.S. arms, for such information, the official said it would require more U.S. manpower to oversee the Saudi inventory and how they use it. The official questioned whether anything would be gained by knowing the details of the U.S. role in each specific airstrike.

“There are people asking the question,” the official said. “Well, what difference does that make? We are providing the refueling and support to Saudi aircraft. We are also selling them munitions that are being used in these strikes. . . . We are not denying that.”

wi60

Bullshit that area of the world is one of the most heavily watched area’s in the world, A Seagal couldn’t take a shit w/o the US or Russia knowing about it.

Don midwest
Don midwest

revolution is happening & Fuck hope

Michael Moore on new movie to be released

What is the most startling revelation you found in meeting folks for this project?

The revolution is happening in the most unlikely of places. The resistance ― the true resistance ― is not coming from the Democratic Party or from the liberal establishment. I can’t reveal too much right now, but there is a real insurgency taking place. I don’t know if it will succeed or not. It might be too late.

Conversely, did you discover anything that offered a glimmer of hope?

Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope. Fuck despair, too. But fuck hope.

Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out.

We don’t need hope, we need action.

Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Trailer Aims To Expose Trump’s ‘Evil Genius’
The fiery documentary filmmaker is back with a portrait of America’s divide.

polarbear4

i dunno. hope is the bird with wings (top o the hat to E. Dickinson) that gets me dialing or canvassing or even just attending a get together. But yeah, maybe hope PLUS action. Quite a few philosophers disparage hope.

Certainly Obama did nothing to help hope’s image. But we did ACT for him.

magsview

I’m with you polarbear. Hope is what got me spending time in front of a local supermarket wearing my Bernie badge in 2016.

I kind of hate to say it, but it sounds to me like Moore is just another person who’s looking to make money off of Trump.

Not sure what touting Trump’s “Evil Genius” will do to get us moving in better direction. I honestly don’t think fear-mongering is the way to go.

People can only take so much trauma (on top of everything they’re dealing with in their personal lives) before tuning out-people need to see a clear path forward that has some hope at the end.

Torabs
Torabs

My railing against focusing on words above notwithstanding, this is an incredibly stupid thing for Moore to say.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-faith-belief-hope-and-trust

(e.g.)

Hope is the entire basis for progressivism. There is no action without hope that things can be better.

magsview

Just read your comment after writing my response to polarbear-I agree with you!

orlbucfan

What’s Moore scared of?
_________________________________
“I can’t reveal too much right now….”

Exactly what the F### is he talking about? He’s no spring chicken but I sure hope this isn’t early Alzheimers here!

Spring Texan

UK Labour slogan: “A better world is possible.”

jcitybone

Sad news

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna822841

Aretha Franklin — the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, dubbed the Queen of Soul for powerful anthems like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” — died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76 years old.

Benny

Benny

jcitybone

Benny

jcitybone

polarbear4

Awww, too young. you know, some people were living that long in, like, the 15th century. Probably mostly nobility and active, scientists, philosophers, artist types who had patronage, but still….

Respect will never get old.

polarbear4

Man, today’s posts are reminding me of some great, real, deep stuff that we don’t have around as part of the larger culture anymore. Maybe some of these things will come back around in the great circle.

polarbear4

Had to add this. Clicked on it from the Aretha video.

Robin Williams talking about Supreme Court Justices (Thomas)–some things never change (sadly, but funny!)And Winters is one of my faves.

Benny

I don’t think I’ve seen it in its entirety since I watched it that night. Carson let ’em rip.

magsview

Yes! I was shocked to learn that she was only 76. I really need to get my act together. My time on this planet is becoming short.

phatkhat

Me, too. I thought she was in her 80s. At 70, I guess I need to be grateful for every day…

orlbucfan

The Mighty Queen of Soul Fine Music!!!!

I have the LP on vinyl, an original promo copy signed by a DJ long ago. This gal was born with some major ‘pipes.’

May she rest in peace!!

orlbucfan

The song is “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You.” Hope it posts. LOL.

orlbucfan

Nope, it didn’t work. DAMNATION!!!!!!!

Benny

Benny

Benny

Capuano was a delegate for the baroness, fyi.

magsview

Pompeo just announced a new Iran Action Group, to be headed by Romney ally Brian Hook.

Hook was brought into Trump’s circle by Tillerson and his wife is a never-Trump’er.

Also, Hook apparently did not approve of Trump trying to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear agreement, said he thought some tweaking would suffice, but why would Trump appoint someone who won’t do as he’s told? So I’m thinking that some compromises have been made?

This was last April in an interview with NPR:

U.S. Negotiator’s Plan For Iran Nuclear Deal: Tweak, Don’t Delete

A top U.S. foreign policy official says the Trump administration seeks to add to the nuclear deal with Iran, rather than eliminate it.

Brian Hook, the State Department’s policy planning director, tells NPR the goal is now a “supplemental agreement” that imposes new restrictions on Iran and “would address a lot of the problems that we have with the existing deal.”

magsview

magsview

magsview

Manchin’s daughter Heather Bresch wiki page:

Known for

Raising the prices of EpiPens by 400%

LoneStarMike
Benny

https://twitter.com/fightfor15/status/

And the beat goes on….

Benny

Not certain Bernie would agree…

magsview

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1030178113144029184

No, Democrats Don’t Need a National Platform for the Midterms

As you may have already suspected, Kilgore’s main argument to justify that title seems to boil down to this snippet:

Democrats are the party that’s not the party of Donald J. Trump.

I hope the party and everyone who has anything to do with the party completely ignores his advice!

jcitybone

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/the-ceo-pay-gap-ceos-outearned-workers-312-to-1-in-2017.html

In 2017, ordinary workers became no more valuable to our society than they were the year before. Normally, eight years into an expansion — with unemployment nearing record lows — one would expect to see America’s laborers enjoying hefty wage growth. But despite these favorable conditions, our nation’s working stiffs failed to make themselves more useful to their fellow citizens last year. Thus, the market — the impartial, infallible indicator of a person’s objective worth — declined to provide ordinary Americans with bigger paychecks.

Fortunately for all of us, America’s elite CEOs decided to pick up the slack. In 2017, the chief executives of the 350 largest U.S. economies contributed a whopping 17.6 percent more to our collective well-being than they did in 2016 — and thus, collected an average raise of $3.3 million, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Thanks to their heroic efforts, the typical elite CEO in the U.S. now deserves 312 times as much of our collective appreciation as his (or, rarely, her) typical employee.

Last year, our nation’s beautiful bosses increased their value to us all primarily by ensuring that their companies’ shares increased in value. Executive pay in the United States is typically tied to stock performance (so as to ensure that CEOs earn exactly what they objectively deserve). And in 2017, the S&P 500 increased by an amazing 14.5 percent.

polarbear4

Beautiful.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/16/trump-will-get-his-absurd-military-parade-thanks-to-republicans-who-indulge-his-egomania/?utm_source=reddit.com

In the Trump presidency, some controversies are appalling, some are terrifying, and some are just plain stupid. Today we have an update on one that falls into the last category from Amanda Macias of CNBC:

President Donald Trump’s military parade this fall is shaping up to cost $80 million more than initially estimated.

The Department of Defense and its interagency partners have updated their perspective cost estimates for the parade, according to a U.S. defense official with firsthand knowledge of the assessment. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The parade, slated for Nov. 10, is estimated to cost $92 million, the official said. The figure includes $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million.

I realize that “Donald Trump is a ridiculous narcissist” is not exactly breaking news. But what’s so exasperating about this parade is that it isn’t just Trump being Trump on his own. It requires taxpayers to shell out $92 million, which may not be very much from each one of us but is still a significant sum. It requires the time, attention and energy of the armed forces (more on that in a moment). And most significantly, it’s happening at all because it required the cooperation of Republicans in Congress, which they happily gave.

orlbucfan

I will definitely be avoiding the boob tube like the plague (which it is) on that day!

LoneStarMike
polarbear4

Military parades should be saved for when a truly good cause is won. Otherwise, it seems more like a military dictatorship.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/15/trump-wouldnt-have-let-her-country-ilhan-omar-likely-joining-congress

Ilhan Omar, a refugee and a Somali-heritage Muslim woman who veils, has won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s Fifth District congressional seat, hoping to succeed Keith Ellison. The district, which includes Minneapolis, typically votes heavily Democratic, so she has a good shot at winning the seat.

Somalia is one of five Muslim-majority countries from which immigration is currently banned, though immigration is restricted from Venezuela (a few officials) and North Korea, as well. The actual targets of the ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Under Trump administration policy, in other words, Ilhan Omar would not have been allowed to enter the country as an immigrant. Under Trump, she also would have been highly unlikely to be granted refugee status and asylum in the US. In 2016, the US admitted some 85,000 refugees, about evenly split between Christians and Muslims. Based on the first five months of this year, it is likely that the US will admit only 45,000 refugees in 2018, and that only 17% of them will be Muslim. The open racism and bigotry of this administration is already being enshrined in our immigration statistics. Legal immigration is on track to be cut 12% from Obama’s last year in office, and the number of Muslim immigrants has fallen by 33%– nearly three times as much as over-all immigration. European immigrants are slightly up, though still dwarfed by Asia and Latin America. It is remarkable that for all his rhetoric, Trump hasn’t managed substantially to cut legal immigration, and his own Republican Congress has rebuffed the bills he submitted to abolish certain kinds of immigrant visas.

But African immigration is down, and Muslim immigration is down, and Ilhan Omar is precisely the demographic that Trump (and his horrid mini-me Stephen Miller) have targeted.

jcitybone

https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/deportation-and-due-process/jeff-sessions-slams-door-immigrants-desperate

Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan sharply criticized the government for deporting two ACLU clients — a woman and her child who had fled rape and other brutality by her husband and a gang in El Salvador — who are challenging the Trump administration’s draconian new policies applicable to the initial “credible fear” asylum screening system.

“This is pretty outrageous,” Sullivan said. “Somebody in pursuit of justice who has alleged a credible fear in her mind and is seeking justice in a United States court is just spirited away?”

Carmen (a pseudonym) and her young daughter were returned to the United States that same day after the judge threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if they were not. But they are not alone in facing deportation while requesting protection from domestic violence. In its crackdown on immigrants at the border and in the United States, the Trump administration has endangered countless asylum seekers and immigrants pursuing justice under U.S. laws.

This summer, Sessions issued a disturbing decision that departed from decades of asylum law and especially harms women. He established a general rule against asylum for victims of domestic violence and gang brutality despite the numerous courts and other authorities that have held otherwise, and specified that those claims should be denied even in credible fear screenings. “Generally,” Sessions wrote, “claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services subsequently published guidance to asylum officers conducting credible fear interviews, emphasizing this restrictive view in bold print.

Sessions further misconstrued the legal standards applicable to asylum and credible fear, making it much more difficult for asylum seekers to show they have a credible fear of persecution during their initial interview. These changes mean that people who would have qualified for asylum if they had arrived just a few months earlier are now likely to be deported, deprived of a fair chance to show they qualify for relief at the agency and through the courts.

polarbear4

In other words, we support killers, not victims. I spit.

magsview

Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates.

N.Y.U.’s initiative comes at a time when affordability has become an increasingly urgent issue in higher education, with some graduates struggling with thousands of dollars in debt.

In the field of medicine, schools have become worried that students saddled with steep debt are increasingly pursuing top-paying specialties rather than careers in family medicine, pediatrics and research.

“This decision recognizes a moral imperative that must be addressed, as institutions place an increasing debt burden on young people who aspire to become physicians,” said Robert I. Grossman, dean of the medical school and chief executive officer of N.Y.U. Langone Health.

This part though:

N.Y.U. said that it had raised more than $450 million of the $600 million that it anticipates will be necessary to finance the tuition plan. About $100 million of that has been contributed by Kenneth G. Langone, the founder of Home Depot, and his wife, Elaine, for whom the medical school is named.

jcitybone

My partner’s niece graduated from NYU Medicine in May. Bad timing I guess☹️

orlbucfan

Langone must be getting worried about death coming and him having to face his ‘Maker.’

phatkhat

Langone bankrolled Home Depot’s startup. He didn’t “found” it. He was a venture capitalist who liked the idea. He is quite venerated in the organization, though, and they recommended his book, “I Love Capitalism” to the associates. Bah! I bought Sam Pizzigati’s (SP?) book “The Case for a Maximum Wage” instead.

jcitybone

https://thinkprogress.org/colorados-oil-and-gas-industry-goes-after-reporters-and-signature-gatherers-in-new-fracking-fight-711c2b01fc4b/

As Colorado gears up for another fight over oil and gas drilling near homes and schools, this time the fossil fuel industry is reportedly doing whatever it takes to win.

In the latest flare-up, the oil and gas industry used a website to single out individual journalists for criticism. At the same time, pro-industry protesters were reportedly shadowing canvassers who were gathering signatures to get a measure — Initiative 97 — on the November ballot that would increase the distance between drilling sites and homes.

Colorado Rising, the anti-fracking group behind the ballot initiative, issued a statement last week claiming “harassers were paid to intimidate petition circulators and discourage voters from signing” the petition to get the initiative on the ballot.

jcitybone

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16082018/keystone-xl-oil-pipeline-map-new-route-environmental-impact-statement-nepa-transcanada-tar-sands

The embattled Keystone XL oil pipeline faces yet another delay after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct a new environmental review of the project.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana issued a sharp rebuke to the federal government, which had argued it need not produce an extensive new environmental impact statement for the pipeline after regulators in Nebraska ordered its builder to follow a new route.

In his ruling Wednesday, Morris said the alternative route would cross five different counties and different water bodies, would be longer than the original path, and would require an additional pump station with supporting power line infrastructure. As a result, he wrote, federal agencies “cannot escape their responsibility” to evaluate the alternative under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The decision is likely to further delay the project and casts another layer of uncertainty over when, or whether, it will be completed. Unless a new review is completed in less than a year, it would not be possible to start construction in time for the 2019 building season.

jcitybone

http://prospect.org/article/why-center-doesnt-hold

The reason the center “hasn’t held” in American politics is because it failed the American people. The big bipartisan accomplishments and ideas of the last quarter-century have been shaped by wealthy and powerful special interests and have hurt working families. They include trade deals like NAFTA, written to help big multinational corporations make money; a substantial weakening of the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department; welfare “reform” that cut poor people off from benefits even when they couldn’t find work; massive Wall Street deregulation, which led to the 2008 financial collapse; bailing out the “too big to fail” banks created by that deregulation (and failing to prosecute any bankers); the consolidation of Big Media through the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and various “grand bargain” proposals (thankfully never passed) that would have cut Social Security benefits and imposed a draconian austerity regime on the nation.

In consequence, the rich have gotten exponentially richer, while working people’s wages have flatlined. More and more industries are becoming monopolistic, and consumers and workers have less and less power. Voters in both parties are moving away from the center because the center has forgotten about them. They are revolting against the status quo—a pro-corporate, establishment centrism.

So, sure: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of democratic socialism isn’t going to play everywhere, as she herself freely acknowledges, although I would argue that it would play a lot better in most places than cutting Social Security and coddling Wall Street. But a working class–oriented progressive populism in the mode of Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown will do just fine in helping Democrats start winning governing majorities again.

orlbucfan

‘Center’ means ‘middle’ in Webster’s. The DLC/Turd Way is RW, not the ‘middle.’

polarbear4

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