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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Annihilation of million species is imminent — would you change to save Homo sapiens?

Its about a 5 minute read with a lot of alarming stats but this quote scared me the most

“Jimmy Kimmel took the issue of extinction to the streets, asking people what they would be willing to do to save Homo sapiens. One young man said he would not dedicate $100 per month to the effort, but $50 per month One young woman said, “I don’t know what Homo sapiens is. If they go extinct, it’s sad. But at the end of the day, I don’t care.”

https://madison.com/ct/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-s-madravenspeak-annihilation-of-million-species-is-imminent/article_e322aa2e-7ffc-5ce0-8151-502a8fe9c33c.html

WindDancer13

Well, if that last comment does not speak to the failure of our educational system, I cannot imagine what would.

Don midwest
Don midwest

story telling – social vs psychological

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones
It’s not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological

I have never watched any of this show.

Bernie’s campaign social vs the psychological coverage in MSM

LieparDestin

the real reason fans are complaining is because of lazy writing. After the series ran out of books to base things on the best that HBO could muster was very bad, lazy, fanfiction. Martin laid out a general guideline but the show writers didnt do it any justice. Plus HBO rushed things the past few years so they could work on a spinoff

Don midwest
Don midwest

Interesting interview in NY Times of Bernie and his views on foreign policy. In today’s paper but on line earlier so it might have been already posted.

‘I Did My Best to Stop American Foreign Policy’: Bernie Sanders on the 1980s
In an interview, one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination discusses his long-held opposition to war and his support for socialist leaders

Is the reporter dumb? Does she not know the history of US interventions? Is she trying to bait Bernie and Bernie gives a harsh response. “Did you hear what I said?”

Surprise: Bernie been against US war machine for decades.

Surprise: Thus Bernie has been a critic of US foreign policy

And now that he has moved the ground on the issues he opened up in 2016, he has moved on to many other issues including foreign policy

NYCVG
NYCVG

Best quote is from Bernie: “I think Sydney, with all due respect, you don’t understand a word that I’m saying.”

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A few words of wisdom from Mike Gravel.

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Here we go again!
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polarbear4

Are there spoilers in the posts on GOt? I buzzed past them. LOL

WindDancer13

Same here. Having to dodge them in pretty much any news feed. I am beginning to feel like a hummingbird that found something enticing but dangerous. Zoommmmmmmm.

WindDancer13

It is too bad they don’t all go bankrupt before they can finish financing the destruction of the planet. Bankrupt or not, my guess is that the owners will be fine. The workers, not so much.

A MAJOR COAL COMPANY WENT BUST. ITS BANKRUPTCY FILING SHOWS THAT IT WAS FUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM.

THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming.

The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 10. The company had been battered by low coal prices, including in international markets cultivated by the firm.

The documents in the court docket show that the coal giant gave contributions to leading think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, as well as to several conservative advocacy groups that have attempted to undermine policies intended to shift the economy toward renewable energy. The documents do not include information on the size of the contributions, yet, taken as a whole, the list of groups Cloud Peak Energy helped fund are indicative of how the company prioritized pushing climate denialism. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

the rest of the article details the connections, and of course the companies denials that they did any such thing.

In a related article, another coal company went bankrupt doing the same thing in 2015. Maybe these people should not be in business if they cannot figure out how to operate one.

GIANT COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY REVEALS SECRET TIES TO CLIMATE DENIAL, GOP DARK MONEY GROUPS

Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal companies in America, was a player in major congressional election efforts last year — but you won’t find records of their corporate donations on the Federal Election Commission website or in any public record.

You will, however, find signs of the Virginia-based coal giant’s secret political activities buried in a creditor document filed last Thursday. The recent downturn in coal prices and high debts forced the company to seek bankruptcy protection earlier this month.


The corporation helped fund the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a secretive nonprofit group that refused to disclose any donor information during the election last year. The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition was the largest outside campaign entity in the Kentucky senate race, spending over $14 million on television and radio commercials to successfully reelect Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in his campaign against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.


Just days after his reelection victory, made possible with the support of the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, Sen. McConnell announced that his top priority would be to rein in the EPA’s power to regulate coal companies. Alpha Natural Resources considered the EPA rules a top priority as well.

Just imagine how far along the nation and world would be if instead paying large sums to protect the plundering of a finite source, these companies had sought to expand their businesses to green solutions. Businesses are supposed to have both a short-term and a long-term business plan.

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I guess that you could call this covering all the bases.

https://twitter.com/philosophrob/status/1130131783595569152

polarbear4

Sad!

WindDancer13

Page no longer exists.

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WindDancer13

I always anticipate getting attacked for my comments either in Twitter or YouTube, so the responses I got from the following are very encouraging. (I did not include the commenters’ names to respect their privacy. While they posted their thoughts on YouTube, they did not know their comments would also be posted here.)

The video was Do You Agree With Mike Gravel That the DNC Won’t Be Able to Rig the 2020 Dem Primary?

The post:

The primary is rigged
They’re trying to get as many candidates as possible to keep anyone from getting 50%+ of the delegates so they can use the superdelegates to choose the winner

My response:

There is a way to fix that you know.
First, you make everyone you know aware of Bernie, make sure they are registered to vote and then make sure they are able to get to the polls. If Bernie has 51%, there will be little they can do.

Second, petition your local and state election boards and write letters to the editor for your local or semi-local paper demanding paper ballots and sufficient polling hours and places. This needs to be done immediately and repeatedly.

Third, let your state representatives and, in particular, your state superdelegates know that you want an honest election and that people are watching them.

Fourth, find a protest or action to join. The more support for Bernie’s platforms and issues that can be seen, the better. Alternatively, you can be a one-person crusade by taking photos of local infrastructure that needs work or soup kitchens (about 150 in NYC alone), or finding and publishing the information about your local water issues. Then post these things where local voters and politicians can see them.

Fifth, always remember “Not me, us.”

The best reply to my post:

THANK YOU. I’M GETTING ON THIS RIGHT AWAY.

That reply is exactly the reason I continue to post comments.

WindDancer13

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…no, I mean that…it wouldn’t happen to a nicer guy. College graduation ceremonies celebrate a milestone in life. Why make it an event promoting indoctrination?

STUDENTS AND FACULTY WALK OUT OF VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE’S COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT TAYLOR UNIVERSITY

As Vice President Mike Pence gave the Saturday morning commencement address at Taylor University — a Christian school in Pence’s home state of Indiana — dozens of graduating seniors and faculty walked out in protest.


Close to 10,000 people signed the Change.org petition [ed. barring Pence from speaking at the event], although only a fraction of the roughly 500 graduating students actually ended up walking out of the speech. Still, the demonstration marked a rare instance in which a member of the Trump administration was rebuffed in what many considered to be friendly territory.


“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” the petition read. A counter petition also sprung up supporting his presence, although that garnered thousands of fewer signatures.

Pence, undeterred by the controversy, spoke broadly about the importance of freedom of religion and urged the graduates to remain strong in their beliefs in the face of persecution. A livestream of the speech shows him receiving a standing ovation. [emphasis added]

“I promise you,” he said at one point. “We will always stand up for the freedom of religion and the right of every American to live, to learn, and to worship according to the dictates of your conscience.”

Christians have not been persecuted in over a thousand years but must be protected. Freedom of religion for Muslims, on the other hand . . . .

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Stark contrast:

Morehouse College’s Graduation Speaker Just Promised to Pay Off All of the Class’s Student Loans

The graduating seniors of Morehouse College, an all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, received a huge surprise at their commencement ceremony Sunday morning when speaker Robert F. Smith announced he would pay off all of their student loans.


A spokeswoman for Morehouse College told CNN that the grant would cover about $40 million worth of debt.

Loan forgiveness can make an especially big impact on black students, Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, pointed out in a tweet. According to a 2018 study, black students were 85 percent more likely to take on debt than white students. And that disparity continues to grow after college: White students pay down their debt by 10 percent a year compared to 4 percent for black students, contributing to a widening wealth gap.

Another student told the AP that he had created a spreadsheet estimating it would take 25 years to pay off his student loans. “I can delete that spreadsheet,” said Aaron Mitchum, who majored in finance. “I don’t have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off.” [emphasis added]

Or the shackles had been taken off?

WindDancer13

KOS sneaking in another poll. Posted on 5/14 and I had not seen this one till now.

Bernie ahead with 57% at this time 3:25 pm est.

Benny

That was not GOS’ poll. That was Lefty Coaster’s poll. LC is an Inslee supporter, FWIW.

WindDancer13

Clicking on it takes me to DK and the Tweet shows the DK address.

WindDancer13

Well that is direct and to the point:

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/05/19/de-blasio-donor-draft-1021600

Bill de Blasio is entering a crowded 2020 Democratic field full of candidates swearing off corporate donors unpopular with the left wing of the party. But the mayor of New York City sees no need to impose those types of restrictions on himself.

De Blasio has run aggressive and occasionally reckless fundraising operations since the start of his political career, when he was censured for exceeding the legal spending limit in a City Council race. And now that he is vying for president and needs to show the country his fundraising prowess, he is going back to donors who want things from his administration — a practice he readily points out is not barred by law, even though it is the exact behavior that landed him in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors in 2016.

De Blasio has cast himself as a leader of the progressive wing of his party with a focus on income inequality and getting big money out of politics. But his fundraising practices would appear at odds with that image. The mayor told POLITICO earlier this year that he would not rule out taking money from real estate executives in a potential presidential bid.

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WindDancer13

I know Bernie has his plate full right now, but this is something that needs to be addressed especially in light of the talk of unions and of free college.

There are many terms used for part-time college teachers. One of the most prevalent is “adjunct” as in an arm of tenured faculty.,,one which can be amputated easily without destroying the main body. Like an arm, it just dangles off the end of the body until needed.

My story:
The reason I left the physical college that I taught at was because the college president told my academic chair not to rehire me under any circumstances. (My chair did suggest that I could sue.) Why? The unstated reason was that I had organized bringing a union to our branch college. Before I was dumped, I did manage to get a $50/credit hour raise for those who remained. There had not been a raise in over five years at that time.

The Basics:
Like many jobs, a lot of college teaching has become part of the gig economy. Part-time college instructors, both with MAs and PhDs, are relegated to a maximum number of classes (usually about three) at minimal pay.

Part-timers often teach the same courses as tenured faculty. Most of the time, though, they teach the support classes…the classes students are required to take in order to take the higher-level classes. In addition, the offered classes could at any time be given to a salaried full-time instructor, leaving the part-timer with reduced or zeroed employment.

The pay at the college I was at (before the raise) for one three-credit class was $1650 for the semester. That is teaching one class three hours a week for 16 weeks. The first paycheck arrived one month after the beginning of classes and payments were made in equal installments over four months. That pay only covers in-class time, not preparation or office hour time (required) or the time it takes to grade student work. Part-timers do not have assigned offices but use a common room shared by all the part-timers.

I was (and still am) lucky that my needs are relatively small so I could get by with teaching two to three classes at one college. Most instructors do not have that luxury so have to spend a great deal of time traveling between colleges to make a living.

The trend is getting worse:

Most colleges are now employing ever increasing numbers of part-timers, and while many have joined unions, many of those unions are toothless. One of the dangers of gig jobs is that the work that a person counted on for income can be suddenly canceled.

One of the education list-servs that I still read occasionally had the following post today:

In the Spring of 2018, ten days before the first day of class, the academic
vp at Valley, Karen Daar, closed my class–supposedly due to low
enrollment. In fact, Valley alone closed over 100 classes, and district
wide over 900 classes were closed due to alleged low enrollment. In the
vast majority of cases classes were closed that were near the limit to keep
them open, and it was clear that most of these classes were closed because
they would have reached the enrollment minimum had they been left open up
to the first day of class.

The real reason these classes were cancelled is because they would not have
reached the “35 to 40” enrollment that Daar told me was the real target.
She said this during the first phase of my grievance, and then-president of
LAVC Erika Endrijonas told me the same thing and added that while LA Valley
College was once $5 million in the red, she had paid off all that debt. I
replied that I could only be so happy given that paying off the debt came
at the expense of closing over 900 classes district wide.
[emphasis added]

I carried my grievance to my union, the AFT, who also turned me down and
didn’t even bother to do so in writing, declaring instead that they were in
full agreement with the earlier denials from the vp and president.

It is a sad day when our union shows no effort to stick up for the 900
faculty that lost their classes and instead parrots whatever line
management is touting.

This not only affects part-timers, but students as well. What happens to the students who needed one of those 900 classes for credit or even for graduation? (I more than once got stuck with a professor who I really did not want to take a class from for a required graduate class.)

From the perspective of the college: Paying, for example, $1650 to an instructor who is teaching 20 students vs one who is teaching 40 decreases their “profits.” Those “profits” usually go to “prestige” projects like new buildings. Never mind that buildings do very little to enhance learning (unless of course they are falling down like in the Detroit public school system).

Excellent teachers are being lost due to this system which is something that needs to be addressed along with the public school restructuring. No, I do not expect Bernie to address this issue during this campaign, but it is something that people need to be aware of so it can be addressed in the future.

WindDancer13

WOW!! Blackmail!! Me!! Good luck with that!!

I just found this in my spam. It does appear to have been sent from my email address.

I removed the identifying address but it is correct. The password is one I use for a game I play and some other odds and ends, but have never used for this email address. And I do not visit porn sites.

Hi!

As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your account: At the time of hacking your account(XXXXXXX@XXX) had this password: XXXXXXXX

You can say: this is my, but old password!
Or: I can change my password at any time!

Of course! You will be right,
but the fact is that when you change the password, my malicious code every time saved a new one!

I’ve been watching you for a few months now.
But the fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.

If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.

I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence from e-mail and messangers.

Why your antivirus did not detect my malware?
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.

I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $705 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1EnUefZSzRq2Fvy8DLDE9TAtNHt3beipXT

After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 48 hours to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.

Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.

If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.
Bye!

Love the last threat, especially as I do not have a camera (hence they could not control one) on any computer that uses that email address.

Benny

DSA pics from the March for Reproductive Freedom, Birmingham, AL.

Still looking for one of Bernie marching in it.

DSA at the AL March for Reproductive Freedom.JPG
Benny

WindDancer13

I prefer to listen to Noam Chomsky than to Chris Hedges. The difference is like that between Brave New World and 1984. They both have the same message of doom, but Chomsky somehow makes it less of a violent statement. I think this is because he tends to offer solutions throughout his talks while Hedges hammers listeners with all the misery and then offers solutions. It is hard to get back up after being knocked down so thoroughly.

Anyway, I found this great speech Hedges gave. It is long and depressing, so cut to the less harsh material which starts at 55:15 when he answers questions from the audience. There are some excellent points there.

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