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Forum Post: "Why Bernie Sanders (Still) Matters" by Seth Ackerman

Posted 4 years ago on Sept. 28, 2019, 1:15 a.m. EST by ImNotMe (1488)
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New York magazine’s Eric Levitz — probably the sharpest liberal political commentator writing today — has a few bones to pick with Jacobin writers on the subject of Bernie Sanders versus Elizabeth Warren.

The case for Warren as a force for progressivism, Levitz says, is stronger than we’ve allowed. Whatever differences exist between the two candidates will probably end up moot if their policies ever reach the floor of Congress anyway. Moreover, Levitz questions our conviction that Bernie Sanders has the potential to transform American politics in any real way — at least any more than Warren does. Given the country’s legislative stasis and its conservatizing political institutions, he argues, such optimism about any politician is ill-advised.

None of these points is completely wrong, and yet there’s something perverse about this two-and-a-half-cheers-for-Warren case. Somehow, the very fact that Sanders’s post-2016 ascent triggered a historically unprecedented leftward lurch in Democratic Party discourse — a development for which Elizabeth Warren’s rise is Exhibit A — is used to argue that Bernie Sanders has no particular monopoly on the ability to push American politics leftward.

According to Levitz, Sanders has already “persuaded many 2020 Democratic hopefuls to stop worrying and learn to love social democracy” — therefore, he concludes, Sanders must now be dispensable. It’s like saying that since there’s never been a break-in at Fort Knox, there must be no need for all those armed guards.

Yet even as Levitz sees Sanders’s mission as all but accomplished, he also wants to argue that the Vermont senator has accomplished very little. “Sanders has had a national platform for three years now,” Levitz writes. “He has built up an independent organization and traveled the country proselytizing for class struggle. And none of it has been sufficient for his acolytes to dominate Democratic primaries, or to win him a broader base of support for his 2020 run than he had in 2016, or even to keep his approval rating from slipping underwater.”

It’s true that Sanders has not decisively conquered the American political system for socialism in the space of three years. Socialism is seldom built in a day. Between its first electoral outing and its second, the British Labour Party went from 1.8 percent of the vote in 1900 to 5.7 percent in 1906; the German Social Democratic Party from 3.2 percent in 1871 to 6.8 percent in 1874; the French Workers’ Party (whose first election manifesto was co-written by Karl Marx) from 0.4 percent in 1881 to . . . 0.4 percent in 1885. All three of these parties, in some form, went on to transform their countries’ political landscapes — just not in three years.

However, a startling indication of how much Sanders has already changed US politics was recently reported by Martin Wattenberg, a political scientist at the University of California Irvine. Every four years since 1956, the American National Election Studies (ANES) has asked voters to describe, in their own words, what they like or dislike about the two parties. It was on the basis of these interviews that the political scientist Philip Converse reached his famous verdict in 1964 that ordinary Americans are, broadly speaking, “innocent of ideology” — that they don’t think in ideological terms.

Political scientists have generally accepted that judgment ever since, along with a corollary notion about American public opinion, advanced in 1967 by the politics scholars Lloyd Free and Hadley Cantril: that Americans tend, on the whole, to be “operationally liberal” (favoring specific liberal policies like Social Security and Medicare) but “philosophically conservative” (rejecting broad expressions of left-wing ideas).

In a widely noted 2016 book, the political scientists Matthew Grossmann and David A. Hopkins elaborated on this idea, showing that American public opinion is “asymmetric,” with Republican voters embracing broad conservative ideology while rank-and-file Democrats avoid abstract ideas —thinking mainly in terms of which particular social groups will be helped or harmed by each party’s policies.

In the long run, Democrats “suffer from not forthrightly making ideological arguments,” Grossmann argues; “partially as a result, [the] public maintains conservative predispositions.”

But Wattenberg’s detailed analysis of the ANES voter interview transcripts has led him to conclude that in 2016 something fundamental changed in American public opinion:

  • Past research has shown that Republicans are substantially more likely to be ideologues whereas Democrats are much more inclined to conceptualize politics in terms of group benefits. This pattern was quite evident in the 2008 and 2012 American National Election Study (ANES) responses that I personally coded.

  • However, two developments occurred in 2016 that dramatically reshaped the partisan nature of belief systems. First, the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party evidenced a great deal of ideological thinking, thereby pushing Democrats to a record percentage at the top level of ideological conceptualization.

“Far more than most Democratic presidential contenders,” Wattenberg continued, “Sanders openly discussed and emphasized ideological concepts, proudly promoting progressivism and democratic socialism.” “What we saw in 2016,” the scholar explained in a recent interview, “was sort of a legitimation of talking in those terms. Bernie Sanders said, ‘Progressivism, democratic socialism, these are good things.’ For the first time, I’m really seeing that in the interviews.”

For a single candidate, in a single campaign, to leave such an imprint on mass opinion is remarkable; Obama didn’t manage that, and by all indications neither would Warren. Maybe Levitz is right when he posits that a President Warren would be able to “get senators like Jon Tester and Kyrsten Sinema to swallow marginally more progressive legislation in 2021” than a President Sanders. Maybe. But to embrace that as our political horizon would be a counsel of despair.

The rationale for Sanders’s brand of politics has always been that shifting the basic parameters of American politics — however difficult that may be — is a better aim than accepting those parameters and trying to maneuver within them. Both the bitter disappointments and the fragile hopes of the last decade of politics have tended to prove that strategy right. Lowering our sights now would be a world-historical mistake.

verbum satis sapienti ...

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[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Stop glorifying ‘Centrism’. It is an insidious bias favoring an unjust status quo"! ... by Rebecca Solnit:

"The notion of a neutral and moderate middle - is a prejudice of people for whom the system is working, against those for whom it’s not"!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

NB: "Sanders Announces Budget Committee Hearing on Corporate Greed and Profiteering" by Sharon Zhang:

"Bernie Sanders Hails Growing Union Movement as an Antidote to Oligarchy" by Jake Johnson:

"Socialists Take Up Critical Fight for Universal Child Care in the United States"by Tyler Walicek:

et per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Bernie Sanders: ‘Oligarchs run Russia. But guess what? They run the US as well’! [Tim Daly]

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NOTE THAT "it's not radical to suggest that raising the minimum wage to $17 an hour over a period of several years is the right thing to do. In fact .. had my 2015 bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour that was indexed to median wages became law - the federal minimum wage this January would be at least $17.40 an hour. And while we deal with the Minimum Wage - we must also address the scandal of the tipped wage - which has been stuck at an Abysmally Low $2.13 an hour .. for more than 30 years thanks, in large part to the powerful restaurant lobby which has spent millions in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses since 1991 to keep workers in poverty." FROM:

dum spiro, spero!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Calls on Biden to Fight for Working People as GOP Wages 'War' in Debt Limit Proposal"

As "We have already too much inequality in America," said Sanders. "Let's not make it worse"!

fiat justitia - nunc et semper!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Fight for the 32-hour work week!


"Compared with other countries, our workplace record is not good. In 2021, American employees worked 184 more hours than Japanese workers, 294 more hours than British workers, and 442 more hours than German workers. Unbelievably, in 2023 there are millions of Americans who work at jobs with no vacation time.

It’s time to reduce the work week to 32 hours with no loss in pay. It’s time to reduce the stress level in our country and allow Americans to enjoy a better quality of life. It’s time to make sure that working people benefit from rapidly increasing technology, not just large corporations that are already doing phenomenally well."

Work to Live, don't Live to Work!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Student Debt Provision in Biden-GOP Deal - Could Be 'Catastrophic,' Campaigners Warn"!

"What if payments begin and millions—literally millions—of people default on their debt?" the Debt Collective asked. "What if seniors get their Social Security checks garnished en masse?"

caveat et fiat jusititia!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

The "Vermont senator says technology should benefit - ‘not just people on top’ as he cites financial stresses confronting most Americans"! - FROM:

"IF the USA’s ongoing artificial intelligence & robotics boom translates into more work being done faster, then the laborers should reap some of the gains of that in the form of more paid time off, the 'liberal' US senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday.

“I happen to believe as a nation - we should begin a serious discussion about substantially lowering the workweek,” Sanders remarked on CNN’s State of the Union.

"Citing the parenting, housing, healthcare & financial stresses confronting most Americans today - while generally shortening their life expectancies, he added:“It seems to me that if new technology is going to make us a more productive society, the benefits should go to the workers.

“And it'd be an extraordinary thing to see people have more time to be able to spend with their kids, with their families, to be able to do more cultural activities, get a better education. So the idea of making sure artificial intelligence [and] robotics benefits us all; not just the people on top, is something, absolutely we need to be discussing.” & ENDS WITH:

“American people are sick and tired in my view - of corporate greed, in which the very richest people are becoming richer,” Sen. Sanders said.“What you’re seeing in the automobile industry, in my view - is what we are seeing all over this economy; greed on the top, suffering on the part of the working class, and the people are tired of it.

“You people on top, you have never had it so good. So the UAW is standing up against corporate greed. And I applaud them for what they’re doing.”

adspice, prospice - et caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"Israel's indiscriminate bombing is hitting hospitals, refugee camps, and killing thousands of innocent people. It must stop now"! - FROM:

Sadly Bernie didn’t even demand a Ceasefire Now, as he merely called for a “pause right now in the bombing” even though he acknowledged Israel is killing thousands of innocent civilians! That is in the current circumstances, a shameful and pathetic omission! Ergo NB:

Narrated by Roger Waters & made in 2018, however totally relevant & applicable to events in Israel/ Palestine right now, on all our screens! We can guess a the pressures on Bernie ... however either he favours Universal Human Rights or he doesn't as there isn't really a half-way point on that matter now!

quod erat demonstrandum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"Dr. Finkelstein responds to Bernie Sanders"

40m long tho' no need to watch all tho' it's fact filled and/or 2m ...

ad iudicium et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

Bernie Sanders: "The US must act to end the Gaza disaster"!

And note that ... "The United States must make clear to Netanyahu that we will not provide another dollar to support his inhumane, illegal war"!

Article ends with -- "The United States must stop asking Israel to do the right thing. It’s time to start telling Israel it must do these things or it will lose our support." And so we demand 'Ceasefire Now'!

fiat justitia - ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB "Fascists in Our Midst"! by Chris Hedges:


fiat lux et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Christian fascism is no different than extremist Muslims, Jews or any other religion or groups, for that matter.


"It’s Time to Talk About Violent Christian Extremism"

"There’s a “strong authoritarian streak” that runs through parts of American evangelicalism, warns Elizabeth Neumann. What should be done about it?"

One thing we can do is quit pretending it's anything different than any other fascism.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"Bernie Sanders: Israel 'Has Gone to War Against the Entire Palestinian People'"! .. by Olivia Rosanne

"Any objective observer knows Israel has broken international law it's broken American law & in my view, Israel should not be receiving another nickle in U.S. military aid," Sanders said!

fiat lux - ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

YES, "It’s Time to Talk About Violent Christian Extremism"!!! Ergo, NB:

respice; adspice, prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Christian Fascists are trying to take over America.

"These Christian utopians promise to replace this internal and external emptiness with a mythical world where time stops and all problems are solved. The mounting despair rippling across the United States, one I witnessed repeatedly as I traveled the country, remains unaddressed by the Democratic Party, which has abandoned the working class, like its Republican counterpart, for massive corporate funding.

The Christian right has lured tens of millions of Americans, who rightly feel abandoned and betrayed by the political system, from the reality-based world to one of magic -- to fantastic visions of angels and miracles, to a childlike belief that God has a plan for them and Jesus will guide and protect them. This mythological worldview, one that has no use for science or dispassionate, honest intellectual inquiry, one that promises that the loss of jobs and health insurance does not matter, as long as you are right with Jesus, offers a lying world of consistency that addresses the emotional yearnings of desperate followers at the expense of reality. It creates a world where facts become interchangeable with opinions, where lies become true -- the very essence of the totalitarian state."

From: https://www.alternet.org/2007/02/the_rise_of_christian_fascism_and_its_threat_to_american_democracy/

Think of how Trump's followers think of him as an "angel" who was going after the peadophiles. Of course this wasn't true but the ruse of it won over a bunch of sad, unhappy, distraught, despairing people who were just looking for hope somewhere.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The US Is Descending Into a Crisis of Overt Fascism. There’s Still a Way Out" by Henry A. Giroux:

"The Specter haunting the United States consists not only of an impending fascism, but also of the inability of conscience, morality and justice to catch up with reality. The United States has increasingly come closer to tipping into the abyss of a new fascist politics. The latest indications of this include how the GOP is seeking to deputize vigilantes to prevent abortion seekers from even leaving their own states to seek abortions in other states, the ongoing evidence showing that Republicans are actively setting the stage to steal the 2024 election if they lose, new revelations about right-wing brainwashing in K-12 education, the enactment of voter suppression laws, the banning of books, the normalizing of “white replacement theory,” attacks on LGBTQ youth, and threats against librarians for refusing to remove censored books from their library shelves.

"What is even more disturbing is the simultaneous crisis of political agency and historical consciousness, and the collapse of civic responsibility that have made it possible for the threat against democracy to reach such a perilous moment.

"Politics in the U.S. is no longer grounded in a mutually informing regard for both its residents and the institutions that provide for their well-being, freedoms and a vast array of civic rights. With the collapse of conscience has come the breakdown of politics as the foundation for a democratic society.


"What we are witnessing in the United States is not merely a threat to democracy, but a modernized and dangerous expression of right-wing extremism that is a prelude to a full-blown version of fascist politics. One crucial starting point for mass resistance is articulated by Paul Morrow, who, referencing Hannah Arendt, argues that authoritarian societies do “everything possible to uncouple beliefs from action, conviction from action.”

"Any struggle for resistance must create the pedagogical conditions that address the connection between agency and action. The great Frederick Douglass understood this when he stated that “knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” While it is generally accepted that power cannot be divorced from knowledge, it is often forgotten that this suggests that agency is a central political category and that at the heart of authoritarianism is an uninformed and often isolated and depoliticized subject who has relinquished their agency to the cult of the strongman.

"Consequently, to resist authoritarianism means acknowledging the power of cultural politics to connect one’s ideas & beliefs to those vital human needs, desires and hopes that will persuade people to assert their voices and actions in the building of a new mass movement and a democratic socialist society."

Finally, per the OP, perhaps also consider: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/14/sanders-unveils-resolution-end-us-support-catastrophic-saudi-led-war-yemen by Jessica Corbett

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

When America is run by fascists it will be too late. Yup.


"America is changing as you read these words. In this fall's election many of us will no longer be able to know if our voices, our attempts to vote, will actually decide who leads our nation.

Five Republicans on the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that you can be purged from the voting rolls on a whim. In most states Republicans can take over electoral precincts, install their people (as we just learned they are doing right now) and run them under whatever rules they want.

Already, when the GOP inflicts 10-hour lines to vote on a state's people, for example, you go to jail if you bring them water. If you make a mistake on your voting registration or ballot they can choose to send you to prison for five years or more.

Somehow, of the many people from both parties who are busted for this, only the Democrats end up going to prison.

And yet everything seems "normal." As Mayer's professor friend told him, when the Leader finally seizes control of all the levers of power from political to economic to spiritual, everything changes but everything also stays the same:

"The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. 

"But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. 

"Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God."

We're already quite a ways down this road, which is why our democracy has been rated by numerous international groups as being "at risk" or similar designations.

Voter suppression, gerrymandering, the proliferation of phony media selling rightwing propaganda as "news," armed militias on our streets (and the GOP recruiting them for "election monitors") are the visible tip of the proverbial iceberg.

"How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men?" Mayer's friend asked rhetorically. 

And, without the benefit of a previous and recent and well-remembered fascistic regime to refer to, Mayer had to candidly answer: "Frankly, I do not know."

That was 1954; this is 2022. We now know.

We know how the poisonous hate that animates fascism seeps into a society because we've seen it ourselves in the 4 years of the Trump administration.

We know how easily a government can be toppled and how close we came in 2020: if just five Republicans had not refused to go along with Trump we'd be in this fascist dystopia today.

We can't pretend we don't know what's happening and where it will lead if it's not stopped.

The question is what we will do about it."

  • from Thom Hartmann
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Says GOP Shouldn't Have Funded Wars If It Didn't Want to Take Care of Vets"! by Jake Johnson:

From which: "If you don't believe we can afford to take care of our veterans suffering from toxic burn pit exposure, then you should not have approved funding to go to war."

Also consider the number of ex-vets who are being drawn into RW violence and see the trajectory from 1930s Germany! Many thanks for your important link and excerpts!

respice; adspice; prospice - et caveat!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Bernie still fighting hard! Not sure why he's still a Democrat, though.

These creeps don't even want to make sure American children can live in decency and fought him on the Child Tax Credit. What a country!


And, "Bernie Sanders criticizes Inflation Reduction Act, says it will have 'minimal impact'"


"You've got a piece of legislation that is a very, very modest piece, it goes nowhere near as far as it should go on prescription drugs," he told reporters."

This is what Democrats do, basically nothing. So, why hasn't Bernie started a third party. If he did so in 2016, it would have been building already for 6 years!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"This is what Democrats do, basically nothing. So why hasn't Bernie started a third party? If he did so in 2016, it would have been building already for 6 years!" - As it warrants daily repetition! Furthermore NB:

From which --- "Leftwing senator says party squandered chance to be bold, and takes aim at ‘corporate Democrats’ Sinema and Manchin" - and:

“We are living in enormously difficult times,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “And I worry very much … that people are giving up on democracy - because they do not believe that their government is working for them.”

I really do wonder tho' - exactly what Bernie Sanders would now say to your fundamental point above?!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

What they left out according to Bernie:

"Abandoned in the process were proposals to lower the cost of childcare, establish universal pre-K, guarantee parental leave, expand care for elderly and disabled people, and make community college tuition-free for two years. These policies, he argued, are the best way to begin easing the economic hardship facing so many American families.

To underscore his point, the senator listed a series of worrying indicators – elderly Americans unable to afford home care, families struggling to pay for childcare and young people burdened by student-loan debt, all of it made worse by soaring costs of necessities such as food, fuel and rent.

“A lot of people are hurting and they’re looking to the United States Congress, asking, ‘Do you understand what’s going on in my life right now?’” he said. “And I think their conclusion is no, they don’t.”"

And, I will repeat the profound quote from Bernie that you pulled “And I worry very much … that people are giving up on democracy - because they do not believe that their government is working for them.”

Sad but true.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB "Sanders: “It Is Absolutely Imperative” for Progressives to Not Back Down"! by Sharon Zhang:

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Calls for Rent Control, Castigates Corporate “Vultures” in Fiery Speech" by S.Zhang:

note: "Over half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and over half a million people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness, he said — partially because workers have taken pay cuts over the years despite productivity rising steadily for decades.

And “We have the moral responsibility to be outraged when three people own more wealth than half of American society, when the top 1 percent are earning 45 percent of all incomes,when corporate CEOs are now making 350 times what their workers are making,” - Sanders said. “That is not the America we accept. We’re going to change it, big time.”

"He castigated billionaires for their undue influence over the US “These vultures are putting - I’m going to control my vocabulary here a little bit - these vultures are putting billions of dollars into campaigns to elect people who will pony to them and - to defeat candidates, who stand for working families,” he said.

"Meanwhile, corporate media and wealthy politicians distract from problems that the American public is facing, like a lack of universal health care, adequate support for child care, affordable higher education and affordable housing, Sanders said. He then spoke about meeting with Boston residents ... who said that renting a small apartment in the city could cost $3,000 a month,criticizing the costs as outrageous."

radix omnia malorum - est cupiditas!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Being ignored while the rich get richer, and getting sick of it in America.

Bernie to speak in London.

"People are tired of being ignored while the rich get richer." Here is an excellent interview with him on the matter:


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

So "Is This The End Of The Unreformable Democratic Party?" ... by Professor Dr. Michael Hudson:

From which - "While downsizing these early popular elements, Congress has increased its giveaway to the Donor Class in an attempt to win them over.Most egregious is cutting taxes for the wealthiest home owners, especially on the East Coast by raising the income-tax deductibility of property taxes, the State and Local Tax (SALT), from $10,000 to $72,500. As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Bernie Sanders sounded exasperated on election-day Tuesday .. when he tried to explain that this $400 billion giveaway to the wealthiest 5 percent was so large that“the top 1% would pay lower taxes after passage of the Build Back Better plan than they did after Trump's tax cuts in 2017. This is beyond unacceptable.”

"Sanders pointed out that - “Democrats campaigned and won on an agenda that demands that the very wealthy finally pay their fair share, not one that gives them more tax breaks” But Democratic leadership replied that without favoring the Donor Class ... their campaign financing would shrink – a prospect that would lead Senate recipients of lobbying largesse to vote down the BBB."


e tenebris, lux?!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

"In today’s U.S. political duopoly the role of the Democratic Party is to protect the Republicans from attacks from the left."

"One after another, Biden’s campaign promises are being broken – with Biden himself disowning them and showing impatience at how long it is taking the Progressives to surrender to “reality”."

The excerpts above are from the Hudson piece:


Had Bernie Sanders broken away from the Democratic Party back in April of 2016 when the New York primary was literally stolen from him by the party, can you imagine? We're almost 6 years on from then. He could have been building a new party for 6 years!!

More from Hudson,

"Is the U.S. political system a democracy, or oligarchy?

Put bluntly, is the Democratic Party an agent of democracy, or oligarchy? The past month’s Congressional debacle confirms Aristotle description of democracy: Many states have constitutions that are democratic in form, he wrote, but actually are oligarchies.

The reason, he explained, is that democracies tend to evolve into oligarchies as a result of the increasing concentration and polarization of wealth. That gives the leading families control of the political system. (In his schema, oligarchies aim at making themselves hereditary aristocracies.)"


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

YES, "Had Bernie Sanders broken away from the Democratic Party back in April of 2016 when the New York primary was literally stolen from him by the party, can you imagine?! We're almost 6 years on from then. He could have been building a new party for 6 years!!" & meanwhile he'd have built against this ...

respice; adspice; prospice er per ardua ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

"Corporations have no structural interest in a functioning democracy; they’re interested in a government that responds primarily to their needs, and their need is to amass as much wealth as possible."

From: https://truthout.org/articles/january-6-shows-why-corporate-political-spending-is-bad-for-democracy/

We need a complete re-structure of our society and our economic system away from prioritizing the wealthy and corporations and toward prioritizing all 330 million citizens. The people create the wealth and so the wealth should be shared with the people.

There is no reason for people to struggle with student debt, over-priced housing, low wages, over-priced education, lack of healthcare, in the richest country in human history. They only do because the priorities are screwed up.

I agree with Robert Reich's tweet, "What is the point of throwing $768 billion at the military when there's no war, at a time when millions of families are going hungry — and continue to lack the care they need to survive, let alone thrive?"


We know the point, really, it's to keep amassing wealth for the rich and the corporations that enrich them.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Re."There is no reason for people to struggle with student debt, over-priced housing, low wages, over-priced education, lack of healthcare, in the richest country in human history.They only do because the priorities are screwed up." YES & so also consider ...

e pluribus unum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Sanders says it’s time to “End the Failed War on Drugs” & Legalize Marijuana" by Sharon Zhang

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider "Sanders Urges Progressives to Keep Fighting: “Despair Is Not an Option”!" by Sharon Zhang:

From which note - "there is too much at stake right now for progressives to give up on building upon the progress that previous generations of activists have afforded to the public, Sanders said.

Further .. “It is not appropriate for us to live in despair because what all of this is about is not just us,” he emphasized. “We are fighting for not just ourselves but for the future, the future generations.So it seems to me that despair is not an option.”

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Bernie Sanders is still actively endorsing progressive candidates. See the list here:


The man never gives up!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"US Progressives on a Knife Edge"!

"Anthony Barnett, co-founder of openDemocracy, travels to Washington DC to meet the leading activists and politicians reinventing progressive politics." Bernie is at 15m 5s, because "The man never gives up!"

per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

"In our bones, we know democracy is at risk" says Joe Biden.


Yes, democracy and a whole lot more are at risk, like your right to Social Security in old age, your right to decide what you do or don't do with your own body, your right to safety from guns, your right to an education, you name it, it's at risk. We're in trouble. Sigh.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago



[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Yet young voters are the future.


Generation Z overwhelming voted Democratic, pro-environment and anti-abortion. They are the future. Think how it will be 10 years from now. The cohorts are shifting. Republicans will suffer big time.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders seeks role as Senate Health Chair with 'Focus on Universal Health Care'"! by Sharon Zhang:

From which: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced on Thursday that he is seeking to become the chair of a very powerful Senate committee that has wide influence over what he's now planning to prioritize in the role: Medicare for All, workers’ rights and affordable college.

"The Vermont Senator is likely to take the helm of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, where he has previously served as a member. From the top spot - he'll be able to steer the committee’s priorities on health policy and other areas of special interest to progressives.

“As chairman of the committee, he will focus on universal healthcare, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, increasing access to higher education and protecting workers’ rights on the job” - said Sanders’ communications director Mike Casca, in a statement."

fiat lux et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Midterm predictions not looking good. Will Republicans take back the house? Ugh.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Slams Republicans’ Plans to Cut Social Security and Medicare in Op-Ed"! -- by Sharon Zhang:

IF he'd have gone 3rd Party years ago, there'd now be a 'Left Push' on the Dems, rather than RW pull!!!

per aspera - as iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Republicans will cut Social Security and Medicare. That is their plan, has been their plan and will remain their plan.

Vote so this does not happen!


"The Republican Budget Resolution  Sets forth an unprecedented new fast‐track procedure to ram through Social Security benefit cuts. The budget resolution sets specific new deadlines for Congressional Committees to act on Social Security legislation and states that unspecified “expedited procedures” will apply to floor action; something not allowed using reconciliation, the normal budget fast‐track process. Budget Chairman Paul Ryan describes the provision as “forcing” action on Social Security legislation in the House and the Senate. (Section 502(b) of the Chairman’s Mark)  Suggests that the Social Security Trust Fund is not real. The Budget Committee summary says that the $2.6 trillion in current reserves generated by worker contributions to the Social Security Trust Fund “are derived from dubious government accounting,” implying that the Republican Congress might not redeem the Treasury bonds in the Trust Fund when they are needed to pay benefits that are owed. (Budget Committee Summary, p. 48)  Rejects a balanced package. The summary that accompanies the legislative text appears to rule out a balanced package – instead, it praises benefit cut proposals and criticizes proposals to increase Social Security contributions (Budget Committee Summary, p. 47). Chairman Ryan has previously introduced legislation to cut benefits for middle‐income Americans by 39‐51 percent."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

YES "Republicans will cut Social Security and Medicare. That is their plan, has been their plan and will remain their plan" and only Mass Organising from The 99% can hope to counter this - as OWS knew!!!

et ergo - per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"‘People are tired of being ignored while the rich get richer’: Bernie Sanders on anger and hope in the US and UK"! with Owen Jones:

“While the middle classes decline while the rich become richer and richer, there’s more support for the trade union movement in the US – people feel much stronger about unions than previously. ”And he is right: last year, 68% of Americans told pollsters they approved of unions - the highest level since 1965, while polling in the UK, has shown that most working-age Britons back the current wave of strikes. Yet that hasn’t translated into most joining a union. Why?

“In the U.S. - corporations make it very hard for workers to exercise their constitutional rights to form a union,” Sanders says. “[Last Wednesday],the NLRB found Starbucks had fired workers & rescheduled those shop workers who were forming unions – which is illegal. We are seeing companies threatening workers that they’ll go to China.There’s massive corporate opposition to workers forming unions in the country.”

"He highlights another formidable barrier - “We have got a media in the country - which is certainly not sympathetic to unions, which'll very rarely discuss the benefits of unions, like better working conditions, wages, pensions, et cetera, et cetera.The media is obviously owned by a handful of large corporations who don’t talk about class, or economic issues.All of that contributes to making it harder for workers to become organised.”

"But there's a tradition of militancy among US workers, despite attempts to scrub it out, not least in the 1950s under McCarthyism. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, waves of strikes rippled across US society. Does Sanders see any parallels? “Yes,I do. In the 1930s, there was a massive increase in organising and membership, and workers fought valiantly –- they did sit-ins, took on powerful interests. What we are seeing now, is real frustration in terms of inflation accounting for wages, with the average US worker earning less than almost 50 years ago taking into account productivity gains, slightly worse than then. That’s insane!”" - & which ends with ...

"The legacy of Sanders, surely - is that he brought together otherwise fragmented and disillusioned pockets of discontent into a highly visible and articulate movement with confident demands. Maybe -- just maybe – he can help pull off the same trick by helping to unite the increasingly assertive labour movements on both sides of the Atlantic."

commune bonum est summum bonum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

For some levity. The next time you're being monitored where you work, think of Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory.

If you're being treated like this on your job:



Have a laugh and do what Lucy and Ethel do:


Then form a union, go on strike, and demand better work conditions.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB: "Warren, Sanders Want to Ban Racist Facial Recognition Tools From Government Use"

Note: "Research has shown that facial recognition technology is often used to perpetuate racism."


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Alas, re. "Extreme Surveillance: I call this the “panopticon,” after philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s plan for a circular prison with cells arranged so a guard can see all those incarcerated without them knowing if he was watching. Grandpa would have been astounded at the extent and degree to which employees are subject to employer monitoring. App developers - are now in a competition to supply employers with ever more invasive ways to spy on those they employ. Even consumers have been used by businesses like hotels and colleges to surveil workers.What else can we call student evaluations, including external ones such as Rate My Professor and ratings on websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor?

And also note --- "On This Labor Day perhaps it is time for all members of the world’s working class, to ask themselves, why is work so often a “torment,” an “affliction,” done under “compulsion”? Why does it feel as if our bosses are “persecuting” us? And why does it wreck our bodies? Why does it still seem so meaningless? It certainly doesn’t have to be and was not for most of our time on Earth. And then ask, if this is true, how can we create a society in which we control our own labor, where work is a natural and necessary part of life - one we do to produce the essentials of life, not for someone else’s riches but for use by everyone, equally and in harmony with the natural world?" - FROM:

fiat justitia - ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Stress in the workplace is harming productivity. Awww.


"He suggested managers needed to be empathic towards their struggling staff, and he urged employers to think about such impacts when negotiating staff terms and conditions.

“As an organisation, you can’t just treat it as a bottom-line issue. It is a wellbeing and productivity issue as well,” he said."

Ya think? Maybe treating humans as humans would give a better outcome including better profit, especially if that profit is shared with the workers who produce it!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Bernie Sanders' incredible speech to striking UK workers"!

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

"Bernie Sanders: Billionaires Shouldn’t Exist"! by Ben Burgis:

"In a recent interview, Bernie Sanders was forced to defend his position that billionaires shouldn’t exist to an exasperated Chris Wallace. Sanders is absolutely right,a humane system wouldn’t produce such dramatic disparities in the distribution of resources." And also consider

this "Bernie Sanders Slams Corporate Media Coverage Of Looming UAW Strike" by Mike Ludwig:

"Detroit automakers raked in $250 billion as wages stagnated over the last decade- but the media frets about strikes."

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 8 months ago

Workers should reap AI benefits says Bernie Sanders.

"Bernie Sanders: workers should reap Artificial Intelligence benefits in form of ‘lowering workweek’"

"Vermont senator says technology should benefit ‘not just people on top’ as he cites financial stresses confronting most Americans"


"Citing the parenting, housing, healthcare and financial stresses confronting most Americans while generally shortening their life expectancies, he added: “It seems to me that if new technology is going to make us a more productive society, the benefits should go to the workers."

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

"The US has a ruling class – and Americans must stand up to it" by Bernie Sanders.


As usual, Bernie states THE FACTS:

"We now have more income and wealth inequality than at any time in the last hundred years. In the year 2022, three multibillionaires own more wealth than the bottom half of American society – 160 million Americans. Today, 45% of all new income goes to the top 1%, and CEOs of large corporations make a record-breaking 350 times what their workers earn.

Meanwhile, as the very rich become much richer, working families continue to struggle. Unbelievably, despite huge increases in worker productivity, wages (accounting for real inflation) are lower today than they were almost 50 years ago. When I was a kid growing up, most families were able to be supported by one breadwinner. Now an overwhelming majority of households need two paychecks to survive.

Today, half of our people live paycheck to paycheck and millions struggle on starvation wages. Despite a lifetime of work, half of older Americans have no savings and no idea how they will ever be able to retire with dignity, while 55% of seniors are trying to survive on an income of less than $25,000 a year.

Since 1975, there has been a massive redistribution of wealth in America that has gone in exactly the wrong direction. Over the past 47 years, according to the Rand Corporation, $50tn in wealth has been redistributed from the bottom 90% of American society to the top 1%, primarily because a growing percentage of corporate profits has been flowing into the stock portfolios of the wealthy and the powerful."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Note "Sanders Calls State of US Health Care an 'International Embarrassment'”! by Sharon Zhang:

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Sanders Blasts Senate's 'Strange Priorities' as It Advances Corporate Welfare" by Jake Johnson:

""We can't extend the child tax credit to combat child poverty," said the Vermont senator. "But somehow, we can provide a massive amount of corporate welfare to a handful of corporations." and from your link:

"Some people close to Sanders have encouraged him to keep 2024 as an option, depending on Biden’s political fortunes.In private conversations with others,Sanders confidants have said he's open to running again, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

"Some Sanders allies are even declaring that they’d be with him if he campaigned in an open primary in two years.

"“Bernie Sanders is the most consequential progressive leader of a generation - who also happens to be the most popular current elected official,” said Ro Khanna. “He has won the debate to end neoliberalism, support USA's working families and to rebuild the middle class in places that were deindustrialized. I will be enthusiastically for him for whatever he runs for.”


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Bernie Sanders has highest favorability rating among contenders for 2024 presidential run.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders to Democrats: If You Support Progressive Policies - 'You Win Elections'!” by Sharon Zhang:

"“If Democrats are going to do well in 2022, in my view, they’ve got to stand up very firmly for working families,” the Vermont progressive said. “Now is the time, if you want to win an election, to say … ‘I’m prepared to take on greedy, powerful corporate interests who enjoy record breaking profits, while you Americans can not afford health care, can’t afford to send your kids to college and work for starvation wages.’ That, to my mind, is how you go forward and win.”

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Files Amendment to Limit $76 Billion in 'Corporate Welfare' for Microchip Industry"! by Jake Johnson:

consider that: "If private companies are going to benefit from generous taxpayer subsidies, the financial gains made by these companies must be shared with the American people, not just wealthy shareholders."

ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Note "Sanders: 'GOP Wants to Repeal Estate Tax Give; Elon Musk’s Family $83B Tax Break!" by Sharon Zhang:

minima maxima sunt!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

GOP Wants to Give Elon Musk’s Family $83B Tax Break.

Had to repeat that. Just can't make this stuff up.

Now the guy is controlling Twitter. The right wing trolls have re-emerged and he himself is tweeting that Nancy Pelosi's husband was "drunk." I suppose that is why someone broke into his home to beat him to a pulp. Wouldn't be right wing violence, nah.

Musk may turn Twitter into a completely useless place. Sad!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB - "Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory says the entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk,he dismantles the mantra that "Greed is Good" -- an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive but also scientifically wrong and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation." - FROM:

If Musk does "turn Twitter into a completely useless place" it'll be by intent and design because he's an Unreconstructed Oligarch! Alas, U$A seems in thrall to such people - tho' some are exceptions to that!!

fiat lux et per aspera - ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NOTE: "Sanders' Bill to Expand Worker Ownership Passes Senate in Omnibus" by Kenny Stancil;

"This modest but effective legislation will go a long way to ensuring workers have the tools they need to have a seat at the table they worked to build."

ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB "Sanders Unveils Report Debunking Starbucks' Claim to Be a 'Progressive' Company"

As - "Starbucks has engaged in the most significant union-busting campaign - in modern history."

fiat justitia - ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Calls for Repeal of Trump-Era Deregulation Blamed for Bank Collapses"! by Jon Queally

"We cannot continue down the road of more socialism for the rich and rugged individualism for everyone else," said the U.S. Senator from Vermont."

"The spectacular collapse of Silicon Valley Bank - was caused by corruption, financial recklessness, and poor decision-making. With its bailout echoing 2008’s eager bailouts for the rich, it begs the question: So how much longer will Americans put up with this?!" AND ...

"In America - if you are a wealthy vulture capitalist with over $250,000 in uninsured deposits, at a loosely regulated bank, the federal government will guarantee that your money is safe in a weekend. If you have no health insurance and get cancer, you're on your own. Unacceptable." FROM,

radix omnium malorum - est cupiditas!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"America’s New Class War" by Chris Hedges:

"There is one last hope for the United States. It does not lie in the ballot box. It lies in the union organizing and strikes by workers at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber, Lyft, John Deere, Kellogg, the Special Metals plant in Huntington, West Virginia, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the Northwest Carpenters Union, Kroger, teachers in Chicago, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, fast-food workers, hundreds of nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

"Organized workers, often defying their timid union leadership, are on the march across the United States. Over four million workers, about 3% of the work force, mostly from accommodation and food services, healthcare and social assistance, transportation, housing, and utilities have walked away from jobs, rejecting poor pay along with punishing and risky working conditions. There is a growing consensus – 68% in a recent Gallup poll with that number climbing to 77% of those between the ages of 18 and 34 – that the only way left to alter the balance of power and force concessions from the ruling capitalist class is to mobilize and strike, although only 9% of the U.S. work force is unionized. Forget the woke Democrats. This Is A Class War.

"The question, Karl Popper reminded us, is not how we get good people to rule. Most of those attracted to power, figures such as Joe Biden, are at best mediocre and many, such as Dick Cheney, Donald Trump, or Mike Pompeo, are venal. The question is, rather, how do we organize institutions to prevent incompetent or bad leaders from inflicting too much damage. How do we pit power against power?"

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Sanders Slams Congress for Serving Billionaires and Failing Americans"! ... by Jessica Corbbet:

NB ... "I am not sure that members of Congress have the willingness or the courage to stand up to the Powerful Special Interests who control the economic and political life of this country," ... he said on the Senate floor."

quid pro quo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Bernie Sanders ... 'We must do everything possible to avoid an Enormously Destructive War in Ukraine'"!

bella, detesta matribus!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

"...I am extremely concerned when I hear the familiar drumbeats in Washington, the bellicose rhetoric that gets amplified before every war, demanding that we must “show strength”, “get tough” and not engage in “appeasement”. A simplistic refusal to recognize the complex roots of the tensions in the region undermines the ability of negotiators to reach a peaceful resolution.

One of the precipitating factors of this crisis, at least from Russia’s perspective, is the prospect of an enhanced security relationship between Ukraine and the United States and western Europe, including what Russia sees as the threat of Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (Nato), a military alliance originally created in 1949 to confront the Soviet Union.

It is good to know some history. When Ukraine became independent after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russian leaders made clear their concerns about the prospect of former Soviet states becoming part of Nato and positioning hostile military forces along Russia’s border. US leaders recognized these concerns as legitimate at the time. They are still legitimate concerns. Invasion by Russia is not an answer; neither is intransigence by Nato. It is also important to recognize that Finland, one of the most developed and democratic countries in the world, borders Russia and has chosen not to be a member of Nato.

Putin may be a liar and a demagogue, but it is hypocritical for the United States to insist that we do not accept the principle of “spheres of influence”. For the last 200 years our country has operated under the Monroe Doctrine, embracing the premise that as the dominant power in the western hemisphere, the United States has the right to intervene against any country that might threaten our alleged interests. Under this doctrine we have undermined and overthrown at least a dozen governments. "

"To put it simply, even if Russia was not ruled by a corrupt authoritarian leader like Vladimir Putin, Russia, like the United States, would still have an interest in the security policies of its neighbors. Does anyone really believe that the United States would not have something to say if, for example, Mexico was to form a military alliance with a US adversary?"

Great piece by Bernie Sanders! Thank you. He definitely still matters!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Re. US Foreign Policy: "Nelson Mandela Condemns George W. Bush and War With Iraq, January 30th, 2003!" Hear this & reflect how history is more than just The Ruling Class' narratives!! For sure!!!

The final of the four is "John J Mearsheimer: the Great Delusion"!

It is 2 years old & once again essential viewing for mature adults!

The other three short videos - tell us all the story that MSM won't!

respice; adspice; prospice - et, per aspera ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"“We Are a Plutocracy”: Jeffrey Sachs slams Biden for offering to Preserve Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts"!

radix omnia malorum ... est cupiditas!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Why Is America the Only Developed Nation With No Right To Healthcare?"

"The for-profit health insurance industry has attached itself to us like a giant, bloodsucking tick and "Scientific Racism" is part of the reason why."!

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"'No Reconciliation Bill - No Deal': Sanders Says That Progressive Package .. Must Come With Bipartisan Plan" by Jake Johnson:

"There won't be a bipartisan infrastructure deal without a reconciliation bill that substantially improves the lives of working families and combats the existential threat of climate change." (Bless You Bernie)

pro bono publico - nunc et semper!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

I agree with Bernie Sanders, as the GOOPy asses had acted before, "What's a majority good for anyway ? -- we pack the White House with a pussy grabber and the Supreme Court with an attempted rapist and [Black, of course, due to Yale's anti-miscegenation Lawl] pubic hair Coke(R)." Monica who had a Big Mouth for Yale Lawl seeds wasn't and still isn't Black.

Infrastructure doesn't matter if our people aren't being taken care of. It might well be better if all of the bridges fall down and everyone learns and practices Juche. We are a secular Christian ( see the numerous crosses set as headstones ) state which had transcended its sectarian divide right from its beginning as the representatives of the colonies gathered together to formulate how to react to the British impositions. They could pray a single prayer after overcoming each other's Christian sectarian divide to get on to the business of responding to the Intolerable Acts ( Coercive Acts.) Christ asked for, "tend my sheep."

When I first started earning wages, I tracked my spending accurately for two months. I then realized that as long as I exercised restraint in all my spending, I had neither need for a budget nor a detailed list of expenditures. I live within my means. Almost everybody in the U.S.A. can afford to eat rice and beans so food isn't the problem. It's the wealthy's usage of credit to drive up the costs of living via inflating 'asset' prices that cause people hardship. Among various most universal expenditure outlays, shelter, usually rent and real estate taxes, costs the most for most U.S. residents. Rent can be inflated indirectly by the owners' purchasing of 'assets' using 'created-out-of-thin-air' credit ( which purportedly was used for curing the 'global saving glut'.)

Savings are 'bad' for the World, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. It'll be nice to know how the U.S. will fare once tens of millions of our people have run out of savings with no jobs to provide them with an income to survive upon. I heard from a White person before, "I have a gun." I appreciate that this was uttered in the context of providing protection to me but I was a bit surprised at the frankness, knowing that guns were more than single-use. "Guns [no matter do, or NRA-don't] kill people; people kill people; gun people kill lots of people."

Were it not for some snitch's wisely calling in the police to swoop by and alarm the small fries which quietly scurried away from the imminent battle, our shantytown's and the nearby resettlement district's youngsters would have become notorious "gang members" ( rather than the 》neues Leben《 and future assistants to the police so that Hong Kong could become both modern { i.e. clean and hygienic, } Chinese, and the World's foremost 3-D-vertical city which now has an even denser collection of skyscrapers than Manhattan's without getting me and Hong Kongers being 'baptized' by another Pootin chamber pot's liquid gold ) in newspaper headlines' "Gangland Bloodbath !" article, even without having or using any guns. They could kill.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Most Student Debtors Can’t Make Their Payments. It’s time for Debt Cancelation"! by Rajko Kolundzic:

I've no fkn idea wtf U mean tbh gripes, as U chop & change your replies AFTER U make them. Dolt. Am I "mistaken"? I don't think so! Maybe IF there was less first person, singular involved - U'd make sense?

fiat lux et - temet nosce!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

Cancel Student Debt!

"We have very good reason to believe that canceling student debt provides significant economic benefits that help stimulate the economy, too. Previous research showed that canceling all student debt creates over 1 million jobs per year while increasing GDP by up to $108 billion. Over 10 years, cancelation generates between $861 billion and $1,083 billion in real GDP in 2016 dollars. Freed from the heavy burden of debt, students would utilize the extra money for day-to-day living expenses and pay off other obligations."

It's obvious. If kids have more money in their pockets, they'll start businesses of their own, they'll buy homes, they'll buy cars (and learn how to drive, which many don't do now because they can't afford cars), they'll stimulate the economy with that money.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Borrowers with Student Debt .. 'regularly' got wrong information from servicers, CFPB finds"!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

Student loans are confusing from the get go. You can get several different types of loans for each semester you are in college.

You can have a subsidized federal loan, an un-subsidized federal loan, a Perkins loan, parent loans, private loans and more. Then multiply that by 8 semesters sometime more if you take loans for summer or take more than 4 years to graduate.

So, you can easily have more than 24 "loans" at different amounts, different interest rates and different dates that they began etc etc.

It is very difficult to bring this all together and manage. Some loan servicers do better than others and some are horrific and the kids just get so confused that they pay back interest upon interest but still end up owing more as time goes on.

What a system! What a country to treat our kids like this.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Sanders calls to Cancel All Student Debt after Biden axes $415 millions worth" by Sharon Zhang:

Which ends with ... "In an interview this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) pointed out that cancelling debt'd be a “keystone action” for Biden to take ahead of the election this fall ... especially as the rest of Democrats’ agenda is stalled in the Senate thanks to conservative Democrats."

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

Cancel student debt or The Debt Collective is going to have a debt strike!


"On Friday, the Debt Collective launched an initiative to help borrowers get to $0 monthly payments when the payment pause expires on May 1. The organization made clear that this student debt strike is not encouraging people to default on their loans, which can result from missed payments and lead to severe financial consequences, but rather, the strike is centered on helping borrowers get to $0 monthly payments "as safely as possible."

"I want to emphasize that not everyone can strike, and that's okay," Braxton Brewington, spokesperson for the Debt Collective, told Insider. "A strike is people politicizing that they're unwilling and unable to pay, and it's really something that pushes the envelope and aids the conversation of student-debt cancellation."

Americans, who paid way to much to get an education and were forced to take unjust student loans must find a way to send a clear message to the Biden Administration. Cancel the debt. Biden promised to cancel at least $10,000 per student. Keep the promise and take it further and cancel all the debt so that people can get their lives back. Thank you.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Note "AOC Calls for Student Loan Cancellation as Biden Is Expected to Extend Freeze"! by Sharon Zhang:

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Leaked files .. expose how intelligence services the world over can track cryptocurrency transactions to their source & therefore, can identify users by monitoring the movements of smartphone and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, such as Amazon Echo. The contents comprehensively detonate the myth of crypto anonymity, and have grave implications for individuals and states seeking to shield their financial activity from the prying eyes of hostile governments and authorities.

"The documents are among a trove related to the secret operations of "Anomaly 6" - a shadowy private spying firm founded by a pair of U.S. military intelligence veterans." - PLEASE READ THE REST HERE:

caveat actor et caveat emptor!!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

"The cashless future is here. So is Big Brother."


Sounds simple and forward thinking but it's not. It's very harmful to poor people and it eliminates any right to privacy we think we have.

“There’s still a significant chunk of Americans who are either unbanked or underbanked,” Stanley said. “Underbanked” consumers have bank accounts but rely on overpriced alternatives such as payday loans and check-cashing shops.  

Credit card companies typically charge transaction fees that range from 1 to 3 percent of the purchase price. Together, Visa and Mastercard collected $138 billion in service fees in 2021. They are among the most profitable companies in the world.  

Shops generally pass that cost on to the consumer. To critics of the credit industry, those fees amount to a tax. “Can you imagine if we had a 1 to 3 percent national sales tax, what we could do with that money?” Stanley said.  

When shops build those fees into their prices, Stanley reasons, the credit system effectively penalizes the poor, who pay fees for cards they do not own.  "

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"In new role, Sanders demands answers from Starbucks' Schultz" by Mary C.Jalonick:

multum in parvo!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

This cashless future reminds me of how WeChat was pushed onto the Chinese people and diaspora. Even old Chinese grandmothers were re-educated to go with high-tech smartphone app of WeChat. It seemed cool, right ?

As recent years' events in Red China had shown, WeChat, smartphone apps, etc. became the bloody claws and teeth of the authoritarian (at times blind, stubborn, jerky, dithering) state.

Going cashless is bad for people. Companies spent a lot of money to get their clients' information online before and charged customers to pay for that. They didn't spend much on information security and they leaked information worse than 開襠褲。going commando. Then they impose severe identity checking on customers withdrawing funds to prevent they themselves going bankrupt due to their cashflow problems.

Where is "the glut of savings" ? Oh, I pity the poor people so interest rates must be kept low to get job growth high. Now the Fed has fallen way behind the curve of rising inflation. Stealing too much can crash any credit system, including the U. S. Ache.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Meanwhile "Whitey On The Moon" by Gill Scott Heron [w/lyrics]

fiat justitia - ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable"! by Dani Alexis Ryskamp ...

"The most famous dysfunctional family of 1990s television enjoyed - by today’s standards, an almost dreamily secure existence."

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"The Murder of the US Middle Class Began 40 Years Ago This Week"!

"Reagan’s firing of striking air traffic controllers was the first huge offensive in corporate America’s war on everyone else."

Further note that "Middle Class" is just an abstract, propagandist, 'divide & rule' term - that is designed to appeal to snobbery & conceits. IF U have to sell your time & labour for wages, U are Working Class! All else is illusory self-deception - designed to make U feel falsely superior & deny the truth to divide U! Finally please consider the Ruling Class Socio-Economic Ideology that's sometimes called Reaganism:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

NOTE: "Sanders Says Manchin and Sinema Are Imperiling US Democracy!" - by Jake Johnson:

"It is a sad day when two members of the Democratic Caucus are prepared to allow the 'Freedom to Vote Act' to fail and undermine the future of American democracy." RW Democraps are evil mthrfkrs!

et honi soit qui mal y pense!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

The British were far more transparent than the Americans ( I was British National Overseas and now I am American ). There was the leisure class ( who played cricket matches in a reserve field ) and the working class ( who got stones thrown at them and their cheeks slapped as they passed by the White neighborhood of the street urchins, even if they went with the blessing of the reigning Queen { who had actually tried to give Hong Kong back in 1956 }, not her long-dead grandpa KGV whose cameo was on the gold coin which Mom boiled for the ritual ). I absolutely agree that Middle Class doesn't make much sense at all except for befuddling the issue about who are actually hoarding the surplus of production and stealing from others via the creation of monetary inflation.

Credit creation backed behind by human Greed generates most of the ills of the modern world because it produces reverberations far beyond its point of origination. My family's decades-long conflicts were probably indirectly created by the wanton greed of [new] "landlords"/credit-powered raiders/speculators who just wanted to make a lot of fast slash-and-burn money by flipping [people's shelters].

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Re. your "Credit creation backed behind by human Greed generates most of the ills of the modern world because it produces reverberations far beyond its point of origination." - Well done on a rare example of concise truth grapes! + FYI, NB:

et veritas vos liberabit?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"83 Percent of Rental Assistance Still Undisbursed, as Millions May Face Eviction"! ... by Sharon Zhang:

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

“Our Health or Our Homes”: Tenants Facing Eviction Help Introduce New “Keeping Renters Safe Act”! by DemocracyNow!

e tenebris, lux? spero ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

I have doubts about kids not buying cars "because they can't afford cars." My kids don't own cars because they are culturally very different from me and my Baby Boomer generation. They walked, biked, and hailed rides using apps.

I, for example, have never hailed a single ride using apps because smart-phone and hailed-ride services such as Uber(R) didn't even exist when I was coming of age. I had never learnt to ride a bicycle until my kids started learning to ride bicycles so I had to "catch up." My Big Brother's attempt to teach me ended with my colliding with a parked taxicab and I flew forward towards the handlebar which hit me in my groin, nearly ending all my progeny. In Kowloon ( the peninsula on the other side of Victoria Harbor/Harbour opposite Hong Kong Island,) I walked and took buses. Kowloon was & is a small place and I walked very fast so walking sufficed as long as weather was pleasant. In the City of New York, I walked and took the subway trains. All my life before my flying away to work professionally, I had never needed any car.

Starting out in life being ill-equipped was extremely stressful: no car and no public transportation. I had to slog miles in extremely hot and cold weather carrying several bags of heavy groceries. Living with the supply-line-centric U.S.S.R. urban design with nearly everything reachable nearby within 10 minutes of walking would have pleased me. The pissing in hallway or entranceway problem is man-made just as Kowloon's refugee resettlement low-rise district residents' selfish chamber pot emptying habit and it could be solved in the same way. I think every male carrying a one-half- to one-gallon white plastic screw-on-cap milk jug to catch his urine in a day for emptying at home will save much precious water used for flushing in the water-short U.S. Southwest for example and lessen the piss-stink in hallways, entranceways, etc. even for U.S. cities' apartment/flats' buildings. For the females there are female urinal adaptors for sale so if we are truly serious about saving water, the females can join in. Using a detachable and easily cleanable adaptor also makes sense for the males' hygiene. Emptying jug into the toilet just before rinsing it clean and flushing the urine away with Japanese-water-drinking-habit-induced often late-morning-enlightenment-exhaust feces makes its emptying for flushing almost for free. Retaining a layer of rinse water with a little bit of vinegar can neutralize the leftover piss-stink in the jug. For hygiene, switch on the exhaust fan before using the toilet, cover up the toilet with its lid before flushing, always wash hands clean with soapy warm water and dry them with paper towel preferably, before leaving. Remember that this is your Throne in the Peoples' Temple so behave properly and cleanly, and visit it more than five times a day to get closer to Allah/अमित than Muslims: no eating, drinking, smoking, or talking while occupying.

I had no money to learn to drive and buy a car《 even for the most creditworthy and thus the lowest corporate rate, the prime rate was spiked up to over 20% a year so paying for a car was a heavy burden even if I had the car down payment 》 . There were also massive FICA tax increases "to save Social Security." As unemployment rate spiked to 9% and inflation to over 13%, I believed that I was paying dearly for Vietnam War's Long-Tail stagflation.

I got rather angry with my Socialist family at a de facto confiscation of my money. I worked so hard to get through college without incurring any debt and even had enough savings left over for a down payment on a car but it was all used up to support my CRAFTY Big Brother's endeavor/endeavour. Mom was essentially telling me, "all money went for him but no money goes for you because it's now all gone." She had this crazy idea that we had to beat my Big Brother's rich in-laws' largesse bestowed upon his wife [and him, as he thought that he could just "marry into money;" that didn't work out well except for the inspiration of the nouveau-riche hardscrabble culture; he missed the fact that it was a male-preference primogeniture culture in which a female member eventually gets a gift {or a dowry} but definitely not an inheritance].

"Keeping up with the Jonses" was Mom's absolute stupidity as times and circumstances of my Big Brother's in-laws were vastly different and incomparable with the scale of the U.S.A. I fancied myself as a land rover due to my childhood experience with the Kowloon peninsula and our many square miles of forested mountainous "backyard" but being on foot, I was humbled by the rural distances of the U.S.A. Without a legally registered and insured car and a valid driver's license/licence, a U.S. youngster in a rural area couldn't even jumpstart life. There's a reason why 16 years old was the minimal legal age for getting a driver's license but not 18, the customary age of attaining adulthood. The youngsters need a headstart to get and work summer and part-time jobs, to date, fall in love, get "a set of wheels" or BUILD a world of their own, save money to fund a college education and move away to colleges to study, join the armed forces, etc. Chastity, societal ANTI-rape and anti-promiscuity mores, [premarital and] pre-sexual-intercourse health examinations, and barrier contraceptives all help protect against getting HIV and other STIs. The Baby Boomer generation lived under the disease-and-death shadow of the HIV-AIDS pandemic for much of its adult stage of life.

With global population doubled and urbanization, owning personal cars is uncool to youngsters who don't work in a goods-delivering sector, not always because they can't afford it. For the Baby Boomer generation, getting the driver's license/licence at age 16 and in richer families the car keys to "a set of wheels" was a rite of passage to independence and freedom ( as long as one has money to buy gasoline, usually achieved by working a part-time job.) Dating, necking, and more were supercharged by having a semi-private place of our { not mine though I'd shortly take a transglobal flight to leave Hong Kong for good to join this cohort but American Baby Boomers' } own. Social mores regarding youngsters having sex back then were stricter than the post-advent-of-birth-control-pill nowadays. Baby Boomers' was the first generation to come of age amid the large-scale advent of the birth-control pill and the Vietnam War conscription and ship-offs to 'Nam looming, maiming, terrorizing, and killing, so "Make Love, Not War !" was a rather literal cry then, so a car doubled as a mobile teenage-special "love hotel." Non-adult teenagers couldn't rent hotel rooms in the U.S., presumably because they would use it for [illicit] underage sex.

U.S. mores are very strict on flying on "Lolita Express" or just the mere appearance of doing or having done so. We're both very conservative { to the point of some people enforcing "NO fornication or adultery under my roof" } and pretty open about sex { adults watching pornography is usually not considered to be any big deal and it's protected under the First Amendment but it's not for minors; consenting adults having sexual intercourse in private places may often be treated with "don't ask; don't tell" but there are strict social rules regarding respecting women and children especially, because they tend to be more sexually and physically vulnerable so the "fairplay" DOCTRINE applies } depending upon people, belief, or age. Underage sex is taboo all over the U.S. and well beyond under U.S. jurisdiction/extradition. I understood human reproduction by age 11 so idea+mechanism of sex were transparent+passé to me in U.S.

After I had already become an adult, people presumed that any visitors to the hotel room I was staying in were my sexual partners. People's presumptuous prejudice was what made me an honorary member of the LGBTQ+ community. Discrimination based upon prejudice is repugnant. In reality, we were just gathering to go out altogether as groups of tourists to explore strange new cities and locales. People jumped to conclusion as quickly as LeBron James scored with Redfuckgina: prematurely.「揩面, 只揩根鼻頭樑。」4M discomfiting.

It's of course better to have a car standing by, nearby anytime on any day as many Baby Boomers do but in urban areas there is a severe problem of parking a car due to the intricate street-sweeping regulations. One takes on the mandatory 'hobby' of "collecting traffic tickets." A foreigner passenger inquisitively opened a car's glove compartment and a whole stack of parking tickets slid out. "Wow !!! You COLLECT parking tickets ?! " Yeah, right, they are collectibles... ;( -- maybe collectable in your country, by any chance ? I doubt there's any ITAR restriction on exporting them. Hmm, but if there is, I'll just sell them to some benighted new immigrants who believe that paying money to our government entitles them to cut into lines/queues. Having a paid government-issued bill displayed prominently upon their foreheads would ensure their smooth and peaceable cutting into lines to get ahead of the others.

I wonder which foreign countries have antique dealers who will buy and collect good old American car-parking traffic tickets as prestigious items to be sold and worn as social-status-enhancing displays. I miss those good old days of emptied Coca-Cola(R) cans dangling from strings attached to a Red-Chinese bicycle making the prestigious jingles as it rolled by.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Abortion is a constitutional right - period. If men were the ones giving birth, I doubt that this would be in question. We must stand up and defend a woman’s right to control her own body. We must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade - as the law of the land." ... from this tweet:

How many paragraphs of utter reactionary gobbledegook are U going to spew in reply now grapes?

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 2 years ago

In Alabama the penalty for getting an abortion after you are raped is more severe than the penalty for the rapist.


"How States Like Alabama Protect Rapists Over Women and Girls

New law would punish doctors with up to 99 years behind bars — decades more than the maximum sentence for those convicted of second-degree rape"

Pretty messed up!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Note: "Abortion Opponents Take Political Risks by Dropping Exceptions for Rape, Incest and the Mother’s Life"! by Julie Rovner:

Finally, please consider "Are You Preparing for a Post-“Roe” World?"

et fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 1 year ago

Dems shouldn't focus solely on abortion in upcoming elections, according to Bernie Sanders:


"Democrats must win on the economy and present a pro-worker agenda."

"This country has, for decades, faced structural economic crises that have caused the decline of the American middle class. Now is the time for Democrats to take the fight to the reactionary Republican party and expose their anti-worker views on the most important issues facing ordinary Americans. That is both the right thing to do from a policy perspective and good politics.

We have more income and wealth inequality than at any time in the modern history of this country, with three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of our nation. Is there one Republican prepared to raise taxes on billionaires, or do they want to make a bad situation worse by extending Trump’s tax breaks for the rich and repealing the estate tax?

Today, 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and millions work for starvation wages. Is there one Republican in Congress who is prepared to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $15 an hour?"

Thank you, Bernie, for never giving up!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider "Abortion Rights Win in Several Statewide Ballot Initiative Contests" - Chris Walker:

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Young Voters Are Driving “Generational Shift” to the Left, Ocasio-Cortez Says"! ... by Sharon Zhang:


Which ends:"As younger generations take over the voting population,they are also leading their own political movements, perhaps driven by disengagement with .. Mainstream Centrist Dems, like Biden.

And "Recent movements like the anti-gun violence March for Our Lives, the climate-focused Sunrise Movement, and the burgeoning labor movement led by organizers at companies like Starbucks have been youth-led - seeking to solve problems that their generation was forced into by a generation that largely remains in power in Washington."

adspice, prospice et spero meliora!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

I have already written off Bernie Sanders. Demonkrapts don't know how to govern so it doesn't matter whether Bernie be there or not as an old fogey warming the seat.

You want me to delve into this issue which I had wrestled with many decades ago. Here it comes: abortion of a fetus is highfrequencytimes a murder beyond the first several weeks after the "rocket-science t=0 starting-ignition" implantation of the zygote(s) onto the uterine wall ( current monitoring technology isn't pervasive or capable enough to serve as a part of an abortion-legality determinant; if one knows with near certainty when one/more fertilizable ovum is present, one can prevent forming the zygote(s) thus obviating the need for an abortion; if monitoring technology is feasible, do we deploy it to every uterus ? That probably requires consent so some uterus bearers may well dissent; in these uterus bearers, the fertility may thus be ambiguous leading to the difficulty of the enforcement of any law prohibiting abortion; of course, our legal system is really for "making order out of chaos" so it can certainly try to enforce the ambiguous matters; statistical "certainty" is highEnergyoverPlanckConstanttimes 95% so some anti-abortion laws are statistically "certainly" enforceable; the ambiguity of fertility is shorter than two weeks in many uterus bearers due to the presence of externally detectable periods; periods' time and date are not commonly available to law enforcement so the rule-creating party should observe justice rule and assign "benefit of the doubt" and lean towards leniency for uterus bearer; as a uterus bearer has unambiguously become a fetus bearer, alternate events other than periods {e.g. fetal heart beats} may determine legality ) Independent viability doesn't enter into whether a human life should be terminated. If that were so, comatose people and the ones on oxygen or ventilators would be terminated by the withdrawal of life support. We generally don't terminate people dependent on life supporting measures so we should be consistent.

There is no mention at all of abortion being a right in the U.S. Constitution, for the simple reason that the Founding Fathers couldn't even imagine the medical procedure.

Murder is highfrequencytimes wrong and explicitly stated to be so in the Ten Commandments of the Holy Bible: "Thou shalt not kill." The Founding Fathers were mostly Christians so they would likely disapprove of most abortions on religious grounds. The U.S., though founded on a Christian basis is a secular state ( originated from a breakthrough to saying a shared-in-common prayer to the Almighty One which overcame sectarianism: E PLURIBUS UNUM.) Murder is certainly implied to be allowed in the Constitution. What's a militia good for ? Murders. Is a U.S. militia always non-murderous ? No. Aside from our murderous armed forces, the U.S. is the only developed country where the death penalty for felons is practiced. I subscribe to murders to prevent more murders. I support our armed forces worldwide although I don't want them to go amok. Death is just the complementary bookend of life. Where there's life, there's death. Abortion is a kind of planned death for ( or assassination of ) a potential fully fledged human being.

The several states had given rise to the U.S. Constitution and the federal government so the residual non-delegated powers should and do remain with the states. Roe v. Wade had been decided according to constitutional procedure decades ago so it carries the weight of a Supreme Court precedent ( in English Common Laws' tradition because the thirteen Original Colonies were English ones.) Texass' attempt to circumvent Roe v. Wade sowed chaos by having citizens, not the state with the non-delegated powers, enforce the law via lawsuits. That'll be vigilantism to be resisted at all costs ( Ah know, Ah know, three Justice seats of our Supreme Court had already been stolen by the dying White Supremacist GOOPy Party so... Eeyore, it's yet another joey co.prolite ) in order to defend Liberty, against the creation of a citizen-secret-police state. The DDR was a modern example of what we need to steer well clear off of ( for a still-breathing example, see the ne'er-do-well-for-decades-already ¡zero-CoViD-case! hilariously sad, 》das Liedland 《 DPRK.) I like DDR's national anthem but as with most contrarian Communist things, setting neighbor against neighbor is what peoples under Commie regimes actually get, but NOT the fruit of their labor, thus making "work sets one free" a mockery and a blatant socialist lie. 》Die Frucht der Arbeit gehört dem Arbeiter. ( 勞動成果屬於工作者, 工作讓你自由。) Arbeit macht frei.《 立木斤禾口 = 新和。A New Peace.

I therefore take the conservative position that we should leave Roe v. Wade decision alone ( which safeguards the access of a fetus bearer to legal medical practice all across all of our states; the decision was not well informed by the coming-only-in-the-later-decades biological monitoring improvements but it has certainly prevented many fetus bearers dying from unregulated procedures so it has well-proven prolife merit ) and not call abortion a constitutional right simply because it's not there in the U.S. Constitution or any of its later amendments.

It seems that I as an immigrant to the U.S.A. knew more about civics than power-wielding native-born U.S. citizens. Maybe it's because I had actually wanted to know and understand what I was pledging allegiance to, what to uphold, and what I was signing up for. I had a conscious choice to make. By my parentage from two neighboring provinces abutting each other and speaking with different dialects, I am ethnically Chinese ( I learnt to read great volume of books including many scientific ones and some literary classics after I had learnt to read Chinese characters and prose; knowing even earlier 26 alphabets×2 named pictures of things per alphabet = 52 named things plus a few more English vocabulary words and some plurals didn't qualify me as "reading [American] English;" the erroneous typographical vocabulary "jungle-jim" after "jam" under the letter "J j" showed that I was learning in kindergarten American English as the targeted language because in British English, it would have been a "climbing frame." ) By birthplace's state ownership, I am Ching/Qing. By birthplace's jurisdiction, I am British ( National Overseas.) By traceable genetic inheritance, I should probably own all Eurasian lands from the Adriatic Sea to the Pacific Ocean as my Manifest Destiny ( spacious-skies' forces, unite for conquests; Afghanistan is only a nice livable high-castle Earthhead fort closest to the one-and-only outer-spacious sky-- it's not enough to secure my rightful inheritance.) I could pledge allegiance to Peking/Bei Ping/Beijing, Nanking/Nanjing or later-on Taipei, Victoria of Hong Kong, London, and/or ¿Bixi? "Do I want to give up all of these to become a U.S. citizen ?" That was the question I had answered. Mom's limerick-like verses started with accusing Dad of being a "cold-blooded" animal, like "a snapping-turtle deity" with a sexual appetite when he called the other ones present at the time ( Mom and I ) "[temperature-]hot people." While playing with Dad as a child, I had just discovered a cold patch on his belly and said so aloud, as he had probably grown a layer of insulating belly fat there.

gobbledygook -- by a native, native male bird ( not the inflationary gobler of cereal shat by that migratory heat-seeking "American-guinea foul" ) . . .

ad judicium ad absurdvm ad infinitvm

Note what Cashmere stated what had worked in turning him around. He was living in a neighborhood where even New York Police entered with trepidation as speeding bullets are [can't-see-or-spare-blue] color blind ( "violence is the universal language" even understood eventually by any diehard rogues; all lives matter.) Don't worry much about accidentally getting to East New York because it's a very long subway ride away from NY city center. One has to be dozing off and being unconscious for a long while to reach it ( a ¿severely overworked? New Yorkerine just conked out and slept upon a stranger fellow passenger but that only happens seldomtimes.) My childhood shantytown in Kowloon was similarly beyond the joint terminal station of the number-5 and -11 buslines ( I was taught that the number '5' looked like the hook of a catty-and-tael balance used in traditional Asian markets and the other '11' was like a pair of legs so if I got lost, I wouldn't get onto a wrong bus while trying to come home.) The Germans have fancy spiffy precision equipment with quality but the Americans have tremendous quantitative advantage ( I'll rate the U.S. Navy alone at possessing dozens of average countries' total armed forces' military strength because it gets about the equivalent of the support of probably 40 average-strength countries.) and a number of very advanced evolved systems, some being babies of babies of babies..) Ah yes, Germans are U.S. allies in NATO so I shouldn't be talking as if they are going against each other. Whether we are using a LaGrangian or Hamiltonian formulation, each using the sign opposite the other one's still gets to the same equation of motion.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Not surprisingly, "I have already written" U "off"! tbh - U $H!T spewing moron!!! Clearly the answer to "How many paragraphs of utter reactionary gobbledegook are U going to spew in reply now grapes?" is 9, it seems!! The very basics of FREEDOM (as opposed to FREEDUMB) is Bodily Autonomy and so - a Woman's Right To Choose is Paramount! Get It, lol? NO - of course U don't - U reactionary, RW moron!

temet nosce!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 5 months ago

"In 2024, what’s the way forward? by Bernie Sanders


"In these difficult times, it is easy to fall victim to despair and cynicism. We have no alternative but to stand and fight."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

"Senate votes against Sanders' resolution to condition Israel aid on human rights"*!! by Maanvi Singh:

As "Senator’s bid to make US military support conditional on whether Israel is violating human rights in Gaza fails by 72 votes to 11"!!

Bernie is a good man, as your link shows, which makes his inability to say "CEASEFIRE NOW!" all the more troubling to be honest, tho' we can guess at the forces & pressures that prevail in US polytricks!!!

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 months ago

25,000 dead in Gaza conflict.


In an unusual public disagreement with Israel:

"UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC earlier that Mr Netanyahu's stance was "disappointing". The White House has said the US and Israel "clearly see things differently".

And, from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/21/gaza-death-toll-25000-un-antonio-guterres

"UN chief decries ‘unacceptable’ scale of Gaza deaths as 25,000 reported killed"

"Territory’s health ministry says most casualties are women and children, and that thousands more may lie under rubble"

Bernie Sanders is right to keep fighting for humanity, however hopeless it may feel at times. How can anyone be aware of these brutal child killings by Israel and not do something to stop it?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

Says "Sanders: Biden Must Stop Israel Aid After Netanyahu Vow to Nix Palestinian State"!

"Netanyahu “has made his position clear: He will never allow a Palestinian state, ever” - Sanders emphasized."

Well over 1% of Gazans killed; over 2% injured; 85% displaced in ... Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing!

verum ex tenebris!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"In less than 60 seconds last night - Mehdi Hasan cut to the heart of this moment in America: Israel is massacring and starving Palestinians to death, Biden refuses to put an end to it and there’s a good chance he'll blow the election to Trump as a result"!!!

Bernie has a voice in U$A's politics needs to use it on Biden or it will be PotUS tRUMP for sure ffs!!! America's abject surrender of its 99% has been clear for a long time but Israel comes first it seems!! Genocide of Palestinians, could well have direct effects in very unexpected and unpredictable ways!

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 months ago

"More than 100 Palestinians killed while waiting for aid in Gaza City"


War crimes!

And, Bernie Sanders demands that Gaza is opened up to allow in aid.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

"Breaking the Silence ... Israeli Army Veterans Tour U.S.A & Canada to Speak Out Against Occupation"!

NB: "Every US Senator has taken AIPAC Money for Incremental Genocide, Displacement & Replacement in Gaza"!

I am minded that Bernie is losing it a li'l now & where'd USA be if he'd've gone 3rd Party years ago, especially given the ascent of tRUMP in the dark light of Uber-Zionist, lyin', genocidin' Joe Biden?!

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 weeks ago

Sanders says Israel is at war against the entire Palestinian people.


"What Israel has done over the last seven months is not just gone to war against Hamas—it has gone to war against the entire Palestinian people, and the results have been absolutely catastrophic," the senator told NBC."

Sanders also thinks "Gaza may be Biden's Vietnam"


“I worry very much that President Biden is putting himself in a position where he has alienated not just young people, but a lot of the Democratic base, in terms of his views on Israel,” the senator continued. “I would hope very much that, from certainly a policy point of view, from a moral point of view, the president stops giving a blank check to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. And I would hope that they understand that from a political point of view this has not been helpful, quite the contrary.”

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

They. Are. Burning. Books. Now!!!

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"With Reconciliation Hacked in Half, Sanders Warns US Democracy Is “in Danger”! .. by Sharon Zhang:

"Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has emphasized to reporters that the bill isn’t just a race between politicos in Congress; it’s about protecting the public against huge corporations &, special interests that have spent at least tens of millions lobbying against proposals that will improve Americans’ lives."

multum in parvo!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Sanders Slams Manchin’s Hypocrisy on Infrastructure Bill, Which Adds to Deficit"! ... by Sharon Zhang:

Also: "Manchin Refuses to Support Reconciliation Bill If It Contains Words"! ... by Wm. Rivers Pitt:

From which: "When all is said and done, there’s nothing left to say or do. That’s how I’m feeling abut the descriptive powers of the English language - as it pertains to the ongoing one-man hostage crisis known as Joe “Freaking” Manchin. Just how many new and novel ways are there to say it?! THE MAN WANTS TO DESTROY THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT, period, and he will keep moving the goal posts until he (and his coal-soot paymasters) gets what he wants.

"How many times has this snake shed its skin? First it was the money .. but then the money came down, so it then became about his fear of creating an “entitlement nation. ”That was a good one coming from a senator whose West Virginia home takes in more federal aid for its citizens - than any other state except New Mexico.

"Manchin did active - palpable harm to thousands of his own people .. when he slashed his way through the Medicare, prescription drug pricing, child care and tax reforms that once sat at the heart of President Joe Biden’s social agenda. He put life on Earth, as we know it in peril by stomping out the most effective climate measures contained within the legislation. Late last week, after even more concessions from the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) - the bill looked like it had a chance. Right on cue ... Manchin moved the goal posts, again."

cave - anguis in herba!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Sanders Slams Democrats’ Tax Break for the Wealthy as 'Beyond Unacceptable'"! ... by Sharon Zhang:

From which ... "Democrats are debating adding a repeal of the SALT tax deduction cap for five years in their Build Back Better Act. Under the current cap, the policy allows taxpayers to deduct local and state taxes up to $10,000 against any federal income taxes.The limit was set by Republicans in 2017 in their massive tax overhaul to help pay for their tax cuts for the corporations and the wealthy.If the cap is now repealed, the wealthy would be allowed to pay even less taxes than the already low rates given to them by Republicans.

"Because the proposal almost exclusively favors the USA's wealthy and the 1 percent, progressives are vehemently opposed to the idea.

“According to media reports, Democratic negotiators are working on a repeal of the SALT deduction cap for up to five years - which would cost $475 billion and give the richest 5 percent $400 billion in tax cuts,” Sanders said in a scathing statement on Tuesday. “As a result, the top 1 percent would pay lower taxes after passage of the Build Back Better plan than they did after the Trump tax cut in 2017. This is beyond unacceptable.”

"Throughout their campaigns ... Democrats and progressive lawmakers have promised to raise taxes on the wealthy to take steps toward narrowing the growing wealth gap between the ultra-wealthy ... and the rest of the country — and by repealing the SALT cap, they would essentially be doing the opposite."

I just couldn't excerpt more due to my rising nausea tbh & so wtf are Democraps for re. the USA's 99%?!

ad iudicium et ad nauseum ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"'That's Just Wrong': Sanders slams Buffett for refusing to side with striking steelworkers"

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"US Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday added his voice to a growing chorus of political figures in the United States and around the world who have expressed alarm about Israeli forces' violence against Palestinian protesters in occupied East Jerusalem & deadly airstrikes on Gaza, along with retaliatory rocket fire from Palestinians."- from ...

spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders Invites Oil Executives to Testify at Hearing on Climate Crisis" by Sharon Zhang:

From which .. “At a time when we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and an economic decline, it is absurd to provide Billions of Taxpayer Subsidies that pad fossil-fuel companies’ already enormous profits,” said Sanders at the time. “We need more safe, healthy, good paying jobs - not more corporate polluter giveaways.”

respice et prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Sanders Calls for End to Military Aid to Saudi Arabia Amid OPEC Production Slash"! by Sharon Zhang:

Which starts: "After Saudi-led international oil cartel Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC ... announced on Wednesday, that it will be conducting its largest slash to oil production since 2020, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), expressed outrage and called for the U.S. to end military aid to Saudi Arabia altogether."

And ends with this:"Oil trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute have voiced opposition to the move -- likely because it could cut into their ability to price gouge, as lawmakers and climate advocates have accused oil companies of doing.Indeed experts say that the practice of exporting oil has massively increased the U.S.’ reliance on foreign energy sources - and gives fossil fuel companies the opportunity to use exports as a means to reduce domestic supply and increase prices for consumers."

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie: "Yes. It is time for the wealthy and large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes."

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Biden tweet says tax the rich! He claims to agree with Bernie. See @POTUS tweet here:


"We have a simple choice to make:

We can keep giving tax breaks to the super-wealthy and giant corporations — or we can invest in working families.

I’m going to pick working families every time.

1:52 PM · May 8, 2021·The White House"

Let's hold him to it! TAX THE RICH! Trickle down is a farce!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"'Sanders rejects top Dems' push for a Big Tax Break for the rich; 'Sends a Terrible, Terrible Message'"! by Jake Johnson:

"You can't be on the side of the wealthy and the powerful ... if you're going to really fight for working families." Yes "Let's hold him to it! TAX THE RICH! Trickle down is a farce!" & that matter is proven!

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders chairs hearing on auditing the Pentagon: FULL HEARING"

WOW !!!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders: the U.S. must stop being an apologist for the Netanyahu government":

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Why Bernie’s not sweating White House's infrastructure dance with GOP" ... by Laura Barron-Lopez and Natasha Korecki

"As other progressives demand Biden end bipartisan negotiations, Sanders is instead working on the next package."

pro bono publico!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Patriotism with Chinese Characteristics shall see us through any difficulties such as with piracy issues because of the existence of "state sovereignty" within Red Chinese Globalism with Great-Infowall Stealing and Sucking Characteristics.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Now the s-o-b wants to pollute other threads with his psychotic, reactionary, Sinophobic RW b-s! Here's gripes' initial two line reply before it metastasizes further!! "Patriotism with Chinese Characteristics shall see us through any difficulties such as with piracy issues because of Red Chinese Globalism with Great-Infowall Stealing Characteristics."!!!

Meanwhile, for any and all readers who are actually interested in the lived experience of so many of US' 99% AND "Why Bernie Sanders Still Matters", please carefully and closely consider the following link:

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

The "Capitalism is Broken" Economy.

"The models up and down the American economy are unsustainable. They have been built on the belief that profit — and, in many cases, exponential growth — should, as a rule, supersede labor conditions. In ‘knowledge’ jobs, they have been guided by the false idols of productivity and workism; in the retail and hospitality industry, these conditions have been facilitated by anti-labor campaigns, perverse private equity imperatives, and lax (or non-existent) regulation of the gig economy.

The pandemic did not create these conditions. It simply made them even more impossible to ignore — and created scenarios in which some workers (not all, but some!) have been empowered, perhaps for the first time in their working lives, to opt out.

I want to be optimistic about the potential for a shift in these models. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about American capitalism, it’s the skill and swiftness with which it translates resistance into personal, moral failure — which is precisely what so many of these business owners and politicians have done.

Refusing to prostrate yourself on the wheel of work is not a failure. Nor is it self-care — at least not in the narrow, individualistic way we conceive of it. It can be a means of advocating for yourself, but also your peers, your family, even your children. But here’s the thing about a reshuffle: you’re still playing with the same deck of cards, and the game of American capitalism is still rigged against the worker. Which is why business models in everything from tourism to early childhood care need to be fundamentally reconceived — and built in a way that doesn’t hinge on workers making poverty-level wages.

We should ask ourselves, our communities, and our government: if a business can’t pay a living wage, should it be a business? If it’s too expensive for businesses to provide healthcare for their workers, maybe we need to decouple it from employment? If childcare is a market failure, but we need childcare for the economy to work, how can the government build that infrastructure? If the pay you provide workers doesn’t allow them to live in the community, what needs to change? Collectively, we should be thinking of different funding models, different ownership scenarios, and different growth imperatives. Failure to do so is simply resigning ourselves to another round of this rigged game."


From: https://annehelen.substack.com/p/the-capitalism-is-broken-economy by Ms.Anne Helen Petersen

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2516) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

Then comes "The Right To Work:"

Quote Tweet Ted Cruz @tedcruz

"Trevor Noah whines that people are fleeing high-tax blue states & moving in droves to low-tax states like Texas, where the jobs are.

"Doesn’t understand why people like freedom.

"Also predicts the Biden years will be the Great Depression. twitter.com/thedailyshow/s…"

Texas people get low wages and sales tax. Property taxes plague the working and middle classes. Businesses get tax incentives, low (virtual slave) cost labor for moving here. Out of state influx of desperation (lost jobs to the labor arbitrage) workers exacerbate the glut of labor. Thanks Ted Cruz, for the freedom to be virtually enslaved by low pay and debt that characterizes the new confederacy!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

This is San Francisco nowadays. Are you still going to "San Francisco", Berkeley, Oakland, or are you going to Austin, Texass ? Taiwan with 24 million people has 12 of them having died of CoViD-19 so far, that is one death for every two million people. Contrast that on a per-capita basis with the so-called hegemons' CoViD-19 death rates !

For the U.S. population of about 330 millions, the CoViD-19 death count so far could have been about 330M × 1 / 2M = 165 for the continent-size island nation if it had achieved Taiwan island nation's low rate of CoViD-19 deaths. As for the Red hegemon, the death counts are absolutely incredible ( i.e. unbelievable ) but surely exceeded Taiwan's by orders of magnitude as judged by observing the sulfurous fume [from burning cadavers probably, because traffic and industrial production were nearly halted] detected from outer space.

Hong Kong helped South Korea spread its K-Pop phenomenon globally after a microchip shortage in the late 1980s and triggered the rise of South Korea to become a global economic power with soft cultural strength. Hong Kong is however [road-killed] dead now with Floridian Walt Disney(R)'s inspirational rodent friends of the former salt-making 官富場 being digested in the maw of the Red Dragon. What will replace its 天厨味精, as the Asian economic trebuchet ? Online 味の素 ( ajinomoto ) ? Sprinkled by 天廚 or Sky Cook Sum-ting Wong ?

There was a silvery wriggling fish which got away. A half-virgin birth may require a C-section to deliver for the new religion ( I'm most afraid of the death penalty imposed upon one who has left an old religion; Mom was acquainted with 黃大仙 in her childhood but became non-observant with the atheistic Communists' rise; she was admonished by 黃大仙 when she asked for help regarding my illness after she had arrived in Hong Kong; she appealed because she believed that it was a case of mistaken identity so she added in additional address information saying that she wasn't really from Hong Kong; the admonition stood firm and unchanged with ~1% probability via Kau chim { she got exactly the same number as at the first time, out of the one hundred numbers possible }; I wondered about why Mom could turn so quickly from being non-observant to being so devout a believer in 黃大仙 so she sheepishly told me; she was definitely a bit befuddled because she served a live-killed { freshest and high-quality Kowloon-City } chicken as an offering to a vegetarian deity; my guess assuming that Hong Kongers knew their deities' diets is that the last of the three deities which I had seen being enshrined there, Confucius, was a meat-eater because the other deity, Kuan Yin/Guanyin or 觀音, being enshrined in the temple was also a vegetarian; I clearly remember that there were roasted pigs and piglets as well as chickens brought there by the worshipers as offerings; I have a very literal understanding of enlightenment inherited from my Dad who had achieved it after having visited an American public toilet with running hot water; I admire the purportedly Muslim-originated idea of cleaning with water one's anus after elimination; it's so logically output-oriented like computer programming's determining a destination address location first before doing any work to compute a result to be sent there or businesses' determining a market first before doing any work to make a product to be sent there; great health starts with great shit.)

An ancient Chinese business classic ( probably illiterate to the newbie CCP which tried to purge Chinese culture { unsuccessfully, of course ! it's because CCP didn't rule the World } but take the fruits of its application to the economic rise of China in order to glorify itself to make itself appear to be legitimate; didn't you see that the mob charging the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 held the U.S. Flags ? Are they really the patriotic ones if by their very acts to undermine a constitutional process, they trampled upon the U.S. Constitution ? ) :


明路篇,第一桶金很重要的 Chapter on Bright Road, The first pot of gold is very important. It made a warrior clan which had fought for survival into a businessman clan operating within the laws, a bit like what the Vikings of olden times had gone through in order to become Christian traders eventually. Business, often being a positive-sum game, can be far more productive than war, which is often a negative-sum game. The rise of human beings above our original brutish existence began with our increasing cooperation on higher and higher levels on a vast scale. We started with our family unit. Ancient wisdom was, "What God has put together, let no man separate." Of course, average human lifespan has grown by a tremendous amount since then ( a 30-year-old man could be an ancient Roman-Empire Senator but I am pretty wary of being governed by such a person nowadays due to human beings' greatly extended childhoods in order to absorb our externalized-informational cultural heritage; our close primate relatives the chimpanzees could make their babies by age 13 ! { a 30-year-old ancient Roman-Empire chimpanzee Senator has 30 - 13 = 17 years of adult chimpanzee life experience but a human one only has 30 - 18 = 12 years of adult human life experience } we humans don't just breed -- we learn over time; my Mom said that it would be funner to die of gluttony than of starvation but that should tell you that we had probably lived through near starvation; I didn't quite grasp that fact until I found out much later about how exotic our one-time fat-heavy diet had appeared to others who didn't eat "gourmet chicken butts !" ) well beyond the reproductive and child-raising years. I largely see marriage as a societal institution for safeguarding the welfare of reproductive couples and their children so continued marriage beyond those years may not accrue much more societal benefit aside from the stability which it can often provide. On the basis of providing societal stability via bonding, long-term LGBTQIA relationships are also often beneficial to society ( although the reproductive purpose of marriage may well be compromised by these -- I don't see any great problem with our having too few people populating our world right now; depopulation nowadays tends to be rather limited to a few locales; moderate urbanization usually improves the quality of life for people because sustenance and services are more close-by; nuclear weapon tension tends to trigger population dispersal so nuclear weapons should undergo pacification to wear a human-servicing harness.)

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Re. "Collectively, we should be thinking of different funding models, different ownership scenarios & different growth imperatives. Failure to do so .. is simply resigning ourselves to another round of this rigged game" - please consider ...

ad iudicium?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Our economic system is rigged by credit. It's the fountainhead of the discrimination and genocides against the Jews who had figured it all out centuries ago.

Why should someone who has just created credit out of thin air get the same purchasing power as someone who has created something valuable out of their labor ? In our credit system, they can indeed get the same purchasing power. It's the getting of something valuable for spending a little bit of hot air ( I'm not against stimulus programs based upon credit in the short term to support demand when it craters due to a transient event in order to avoid more permanent damages to the productive facilities; CoViD-19 is a transient event" because we now have the technology to halt it if we can provide rather-low-temperature refrigeration { e.g. with liquid nitrogen or solid carbon dioxide so it does suck more than a bit because we have a problem just covering our vast BIcoastal country } and control what dirt comes out of "men's hearts;" "diseases shall be no more": smallpox is gone, polio is almost gone with worldwide cooperation so with vaccines in hand we can go on to eradicate more diseases with global collaboration; we have just witnessed a breakthrough in getting computer-assisted mRNA vaccines made quickly in record short-time for CoViD-19 under the supervision and help of the "deep state" of/despite our Trumpery TeraERex regime.) After a while once after people have found out what was actually happening, they go after the scapegoat, most often the Jews due to Judaism's tolerance of collecting interests which Christianity and Islam prohibit even though Christians and Muslims also secretly collect interests by hiring the Jews as deputies to collect interests for them ( my Mom had told me of the reason why devout Christians went to church every Sunday: it was to clean up their piled-up sins committed during the just-past days of the week by unloading their sins onto the priests via confessions or praying for forgiveness via "And forgive us our debts as we have forgiven those who have trespassed against us" so that they wouldn't have sins piled up so high that they might well be sent to Hell if they should die; this allows the sinning to begin anew on a reset "cleaned-slate" basis; you can probably guess correctly that my Mom considered us "holier than thou" { as all atheistic Communists do but Mom believed 黄大仙; she was brainwashed by the pseudo-Communists who so-called "liberated" women to take advantage of their ignorance, such as about the permanent neurotoxic effects of benzene/benzine used for thinning paints; well, when the men and savvier women refused to paint, what could the pseudo-Communists do ? "liberate" and "mobilize" the naïver women to do it ! preying upon the ignorant ones is a fairly universal method regardless of the political system; one primary reason that bosses hated to take precautions such as wearing masks and banning thousand-people Chinese New Year banquet and international flights to the World with rampant CoViD-19 spreading is to instill CONfidence in hoi polloi, including our Trumpanzies and GOOPy-doos } so we didn't go to church on Sundays; I wonder for what the Muslims pray but if it is the same flattering and begging for forgivenness to re-enable sinning again on a cleaned slate, my guess is that Paradise must be high up there full of devout Muslims, a bit like in Pakistan's mountainous tribal areas, simply because Muslims pray five times a day, far more often than Christians do; I believe that there in Heavenly Pakistan we'll meet again Osama bin Laden and the dozens of martyrs who gave up their lives and gathered thousands more of "the chaff" to Allah's bonfires of vanity on September 11th, 2001.)

Jews thus dominated the credit system and bore the brunt of the wrath of many nations' peoples whenever economic things went awry ( or people figured out what had really been going on right under their noses in the name of protecting them from the ravages of work, work, and work; something for nearly nothing leads to disputes.) Credit created credit cycles, inflation, deflation, instabilities, loss of livelihoods, substance abuses, assaults and batteries, murders, rapes, domestic abuses, brawls, recessions, panics, depressions, bankruptcies.. and wars. It created many overlapping claims to the valuable products of labor. One just needs to look at what overlapping claims can do over millennia in the case of Islam's Shia and Sunn'i schism. Yeah, Mohammed the Prophet had died more than a millennium ago but the inheritance fight it triggered is still being fought over every single day !

Israel's nearly permanent troubles with its land's former inhabitants represented by Hamas, Fatah, and Hizbollah are exacerbated by the U.S. usage of its credit to help Israel house its new Jewish immigrants. Israel was founded upon the CONTRADICTION of being a secular Jewish state, aspiring to be the haven for the ENTIRE WORLD's Jewry. Occupying Palestine by Israel needs not lead to eternal conflict of Jewish state-imposed de facto apartheid if all Palestinians can be Israeli citizens but Judaism made that nearly impossible ( it's absolutely unlike Christianity which openly welcomes new converts, largely disregarding a lot of the human divisions such as skin colors, maternal derivation, national origins, ethnicities, wealth, incomes, etc.; unlike Judaism, one doesn't need to be married to a Christian or was born of a Christian mother in order to qualify to become a Christian; also unlike Islam, one doesn't incur a death penalty by leaving Christianity; among the three major monotheistic religions, Christianity is the most compatible with modern mobile societies due to its flexibility; aside from the vestiges of governmental imposition, no one in the U.S. has ever asked me about my religion; my answer isn't "my Mother," or "semi-virgin [birth]," okay ?! Mosquitoes in Alaska and the larvae in Grandma's cistern water may qualify, though.) The U.S. wouldn't have caused the building of Jewish settlements on the occupied land of the West Bank if our U.S. populace were asked to put up real cash, not credit guarantee, to pay up to support the creeping Israeli occupation ( in order to house and feed the homeless Israeli refugees from the entire world; don't forget that much of that area is desert and near desert which is inhospitable to high-density human settlement; of course, Israel's efforts striving to house and feed Jewish refugees from the entire world infringed upon Palestinians' Lebensraum or living space ) which makes Oslo Accords increasingly farther away from being realized.

Well-meaning U.S. credit contributed at least indirectly ( Obama was upset by this because where Israel built settlements wasn't controlled by the U.S.; he considered Israel's building upon Palestinian land to have exacerbated the Oslo peace process ) to the Middle East becoming the cauldron of Terrorism ( people need to be well-fed and well-fucked to move and stay away from extremism -- i.e. reasonably high glycemic and endo-opiate levels reduce violence and stabilize societies via serotonin and endorphine doses; there are more beyond these such as mission, meaning, and purpose but they're more individualistic and personal so a free state is less able to direct these and it shouldn't try too hard but may gently guide based upon societal needs and greater societal-level knowledge which often takes much learning time for individuals to acquire; "freedom is a state of mind," because work doesn't have to be un-free and onerous if it's fruitful.)

Israel got more than just the officially promulgated foreign-aid amounts. There are different forms of aids which either don't show up or show up in a different less-conspicuous thus-less-objectionable-to-the-U.S.-populace budgetary category. U.S. populace dislikes paying for foreign aids so aid must be disguised politically. It's not accidental that the U.S. has influence, despite our navel-gazing electorate and globally clueless legislators who pander to it, ignoring the continuation of commitments to foreign countries.

I'm actually quite pleased and maybe even proud that Mexico has taken at least for a while the title of having the fattest people on Earth from the U.S. Before Red China becomes a global menace ( congratulations to Red China upon its successful launch of the central and first section 天和 of the upcoming Red Chinese space station 天宮; as usual for any label coming from the CCP, one must consider its possible opposite meaning of 'sky/heavenly war' rather than 'sky/heavenly harmony'; recall those well-armed "weather, weather-radar-, and ship-sailors-rescue stations" with made-to-accommodate-strategic-bombers airstrip runways in the West American Warm Lake, three-year "natural" manmade disaster which starved to death 35-55 millions, Xinjiang's millions-strong "job-training" [voluntary] concentration camps, and Putonghua that is definitely not putong/common; unlike NASA born out of JFK's derogatory aversion of the U.S. Generals running amok again after the Bay of Pigs debacle which nearly triggered the nuclear WWIII, Red China put its space-related endeavors under its military's command; it's good that NASA had the foresight not to have the Red Chinese aboard the ISS to spy upon them, as "our CCP in heaven, hallowed be your name, your coercion come, your will be done, [spying] on earth [in U.S. universities] as it is in heaven [not the ISS, though, yay !]; give us today your dairy [cheesy] lie, forgive us our doubts, lead us now into [executive-bonus] temptations, and stick us into the bucket of black goop," ) its people have grown rather chubby, too. Chubbiness is a manifestation of not starving, the very ancient emblem of wealth. I may well be considered as being abundance- and fat-positive.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Fiat Debt-Money Credit Systems are run by .. Russians, Chinese, Jewish, Arab, Japanese, European, Latino, African and Asian Bankers .. U simplistic moron!!! Look at who issues the 'money'!! Is it Clubs of Private Bankers? Or is it Publicly Owned State Central Banks? As for a Shia/Sunni divide, it's Monarchy, Oily-garchy, Plutocracy & Theocracy v. Theocracy, and an Arab v. Persian historicity. US/UK back Sunni Arab Despots and Private Central Banks - in the US/UK model! Also ...

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!

[-] -1 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Global pollution is "state sovereignty" with Red Chinese Characteristics -- we built an unpopular bridge to a nowhere in Alaska. How could I have earned my Red Wings ( for having cunning tongues like those of Redfuckgina's titillating "neighbors" ) if I haven't earned any Water-Buffalo Wings first ? Can anyone still breathe ?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

"Hedge Fund Collects $3 Billion in Bet on Wildfire Insurance Claims"


Courtesy this tweet by the ever relevant Bernie Sanders:


If this isn't end stage capitalism, I don't know what is.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Looks like the GameStop/GameStonk is opening up dialogue re."Eat The Rich", like a Cuomo or two or Donald Trump Jr. or Goldman Sachs parasites like Mrs. Ted Cruz! Faux - 'either/or', zero-sum game binary of Capitalism or Socialism is dead!"

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"The fact that Wall Street executives ... made an obscene $3 billion profit off of the death and destruction of California's raging wildfires - just shows you just how absurd and cruel casino capitalism has become. We need an economy that works for all, not the 1%." (Bernie Sanders)

ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie Sanders Says Medicare Should Be Expanded Out of an "Abundance of Caution” by Jake Johnson:

summum bonum est commune bonum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Watch as "AOC explains OWS NYC through Bernie Sanders' launch in 2015"

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"You get what you organize for," said Rep. Ilhan Omar. "Direct voter contact wins elections," added Rep. Rashida Tlaib." - from ...

per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Every Democrat Who Backed Medicare for All Won Reelection in 2020.


Yet they continue to push the nonsense idea that a progressive agenda for the Democratic party is a mistake. No, it's not, it's what will save the party.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Yes, 55 Percent of White Women Voted for Trump. No, I’m Not Surprised"! .. by Jenn M. Jackson:

So "It’s time to stop coddling white women when they bolster white supremacy, and to push for concrete acts of solidarity." If Medicare For All can't motivate some .. then it's time to widen the base & push Left!

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Consider "Bernie Sanders Clears Path in Congress to Raise Minimum Wage" by Mike Ludwig:

dum spiro, spero!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Cornel West: “Bernie Was Crushed by Neoliberalism” ...

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

The rot is still there.

"You see the rot at the core of the system’s embracing of the neofascist wing of the ruling class, which is Donald Trump and company. And the neoliberal wing of the ruling class, which is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The reason some of us argue against Trump, in the form of a vote for a milquetoast, mediocre, centrist Biden — who’s head of a rotten Democratic establishment — is because we’re trying to stop the American march toward fascism. So that was part of the anti-fascist coalition.

Fascism, as you know, calls into question the very possibility of any kind of radical Democratic politics, across the board. But there is still a difference between a neofascist catastrophe and a neoliberal disaster. Now, it looks as if we’ll be wrestling with a neoliberal disaster. That’s another way of saying that the rot is there, it’s just that with Biden, the rot proceeds much more slowly." - Cornel West


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders says Biden would have lost the election without millions of progressive voters, who “deserve representation” in the cabinet. But adds that he hasn’t seen any in the cabinet yet." .. from:

Thanx for Dr. Cornel West quote. Folk like CW & Bernie & eg.US DSA - are more needed than ever, however the reactionary inertia of Corp. DNC & RW Democraps is - as ever, A Huge Problem! So is finally time for a 3rd Party of LW Independents yet? Or is 'The Ultimatum of 2' still to prevail in U$A?

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders: "It would be absolutely reckless and irresponsible to ignore the pain that so many people are feeling." - from:

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Sanders rips GOP for happily endorsing Trump's Assault on Democracy but refusing to back his call for $2,000 checks" - by Jake Johnson:

si vis amari, ama!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Kentucky has 10 of the top 25 poorest counties in the U.S.A. Keep in mind, the country has over 3,000 counties!

Yet, it's senator, Mitch McConnell, blocks the stimulus increase to $2,000 while constantly giving handouts to the wealthy and corporations. This is pretty evil stuff.


I don't blame the people of Kentucky. It's highly likely that they are working 2 and 3 jobs to survive and that their education system is terrible and so they just don't have the time or knowledge to vote in favor of their own interests but let's hope 2021 can make Mitch McConnell the leader of the Senate minority!

Maybe Georgians will come through and flip the Senate to the Democrats?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Re. $2k, Bernie: "National Treasure"; Mitch: Grotesque Prick! Tho' a truism, this is even clearer ..

Re. Georgia ...

Bernie:"Amazon made $10.8 billion in profits, didn't pay a dime in federal taxes and got a $129 million check from the IRS—courtesy of Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate but as our people suffer, a $2,000 check to the working class is "socialism for the rich"? Give me a break." from:


[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

12 million American renters behind on their rent and utilities by at least $5,850. How will they ever catch up with a measly $600 relief payment?

"The newest data from Moody’s Analytics shows about 12 million renters are now at least $5,850 behind in rent and utilities payments" from:


And, sadly,

"There’s been as much as a 70% increase from last year in people paying rent on a credit card, according to an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

“If you’re putting your rent payments on to a credit card, that shows you’re really at risk of eviction,” says Shamus Roller, executive director of the nonprofit National Housing Law Project. “That means you’ve run out of savings; you’ve probably run out of calls to family members to get them to loan you money.”

Just so sad. Imagine the stress these people are under and how frightening looming homelessness is.

Just sickening and completely unnecessary in the world's richest country!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Democrats will get obliterated if they don’t put forward a substantial progressive agenda - warns Bernie! from ...

Essential Viewing really because very few say it like Bernie .. except U here & above & a few elsewhere.

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"From Burnout to Breakthroughs, Weary Organizers Can Come Back Stronger"! w/K.Hayes:

Note: “In the coming years, we are going to have to practice our skills and our politics in ways that we probably can’t fully imagine right now, because we live in unprecedented times,” says Kelly Hayes. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Kelly and organizer Carlos Saavedra talk about burnout, building power & how our pandemic exhaustion could give way to an era of breakthroughs." - Luckily for us all, Bernie doesn't to seem to do "Burnout"!

et dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

So "The $15 Minimum Wage Isn’t Dead. Here’s How Democrats Can Still Get It Done."! by Sharon Zhang:

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

When it comes to Bernie, I too "would give, literally, anything to feel this way again":

But let's all remember that he's very far from done yet! Also - https://www.dsausa.org/

dum spero, spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie Sanders himself stated: “When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We’re going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor.” from ...

spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Bernie is the new Budget Committee Chairman!

He didn't make Biden's cabinet, but he's still a powerful voice in the Senate and now even more powerful.

"‘Aggressive’: Bernie Sanders on his big plans as Budget chair

This democratic socialist is prepared to be as "aggressive" as he can with budget tactics to help Democrats and President-elect Joe Biden enact their sweeping agenda."


"Under a narrow Democratic majority in the Senate, Bernie Sanders will oversee budget and spending work, including the procedural power of budget reconciliation the majority can use to evade the filibuster and pass massive bills without a single Republican vote."

Now, we will see what the true colors of the Democrats are because Bernie will shine a light on them.

Go get 'em, Bernie!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

I love "Aggressive Bernie" and for sure - he would approve of the actions of Georgia progressives...


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Bernie remembers in 2010 when the Dems controlled the White House, the Senate and the House, they had the power and they did not deliver for the American people.

Move forward to 2021 and we've got millions of people that don't have enough food, that can't pay their rent, etc. and Bernie says the Dems need to be bold with progressive policies the way FDR was in the 1930's.

Love Bernie. He has always been right. Imagine if he'd been President in 2017. Sigh.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie Sanders: "Let's be clear. If Trump is too dangerous to send out a tweet or a Facebook post, he's too dangerous to be Commander-In-Chief, Donald Trump must be removed from office immediately and held accountable for his horrific acts of sedition, violence & chaos." - from:

et ecce homo!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Other far less "wealthy" countries can and do afford a national healthcare system so why can't the U.S. "the wealthiest country in the world" afford a similar national healthcare system?

The politicians of both major parties just off-handedly brushed it off. They were saying that the national healthcare system cannot afford to pay the prices of the existing system so it's therefore impossible. It's absolutely absurd. The fact is that the existing system has tremendous amount of inefficiencies, hysteresis, obtacles, anti-competitive practices, etc. built in. There is such a massive amount of these that the lobbies built up using the money from the massive public subsidies can perpetuate the continued subsidies via legislative capture.

Obamacare was built to fail due to its dependency on subsidies and not being supported by the efficiencies ( fixing the symptom of high prices without fixing the cause--which is that every medical visit became a cost-allocation/litigation exercise involving doctors, patients, nurses, receptionists, medical coders, credit card companies, debt collection agencies, insurance companies, malpractice lawyers, medical testing companies, "cost-control" specialists who punt the cost football around in a Superbowl, insurance company lawyers, medical claim denial appeal-hearing judges, etc.; many of these "professionals" are members of the Demonkrapts.)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialysis: "Since 1972, the United States has covered the cost of dialysis and transplants for all citizens.[25] By 2014, more than 460,000 Americans were undergoing treatment, the costs of which amount to 6 percent of the entire Medicare budget. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death, and the U.S. has one of the highest mortality rates for dialysis care in the industrialized world. The rate of patients getting kidney transplants has been lower than expected. These outcomes have been blamed on a new for-profit dialysis industry responding to government payment policies.[26][27][28] A 1999 study concluded that "patients treated in for-profit dialysis facilities have higher mortality rates and are less likely to be placed on the waiting list for a renal transplant than are patients who are treated in not-for-profit facilities", possibly because transplantation removes a constant stream of revenue from the facility.[29] The insurance industry has complained about kickbacks and problematic relationships between charities and providers.[30]"

Here's the American-Life Superbowl with people's lives being kicked around for profit.

It looks like the U.S. needs to sign a long-term large-volume supply contract with Redfuckgina for shipping either Uyghurs' or Falun Gong practitioners' organs ( due to their superior quality deriving from their owners' healthy living habits ) to Mexico's surgeons so that they can save Americans' lives. This is the kind of outsourcing long-practiced by the corporate élites. Another idea is that the U.S. is planning to increase greatly the number of H-1B technology workers from India soon. A simple way to get the organs is to harvest them from these workers as a condition of their getting their visas for Mexico's surgeons' transplantation. India has many vegetarian poor people so it can become a major supplier of quality organs. Vegetarians tend to be heathier than meat eaters and not to have heavily damaged kidneys from excessive chronic nitrogenous protein-metabolism waste, for example.

The Middle Eastern purchasers of organs harvested from Uyghurs was onto something great which the U.S. should emulate. It's why the Middle East is such a Mecca of Paradise on Earth where some of the wealthiest countries are. Is there a Human Organ Harvest Inc. factory outlet in Paradise?

Oh, I've just discovered why Redfuckgina had to suppress Falun Gong -- it's a Fascist organization, due to its displaying so many swastikas on its emblem. Messages delivered by Adama straight from the Garden of Eden include: "Dig and you will fuck." "Knock and this erection's pussy will be opened unto you." Adama apparently supports the racial integration of Earthlings to create a U.S. President despite its rather abysmal record hitherto in the religiously and integrally merged/intertwined areas with "gold-paved streets" such as 1975-Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, 1960s-Beirut, etc. and pre-World-Wars Imperial Germany. These places' tumultuous histories show that cultures and trading patterns are the most significant determinants of the war/peace/poverty/prosperity of an area, not the "physical resources" that the passé revolutionaries fixate upon. Mentioning "physical resources," the previously wealthiest country in South America, Venezuela still has a huge amount of crude-oil reserve but it's now very poor, why ? It messed up "the force" with its nationalization policy. What "physical resources" in this video taken in my early childhood did Hong Kong have which allowed it to accumulate so much wealth ? The British sailors who first landed in Hong Kong saw a great natural harbor set for trade ( analogous to the Portuguese trading post Macao/Macau nearby on the other side of the bay but Macao didn't have [the-named-after-Queen] Victoria Harbour's potential to host a global fleet and its headquarters -- my Grandpa knew that fact of Hong Kong's being a protector of wealth in the form of ships and their goods from typhoons, pirates, embezzlers, etc.) and that was Hong Kong's most important "physical resource," a haven for trade and trade's foundation, the rule of law.

Hmm, Puerto Rico's to-be-statehood may eliminate it from being a trans-shipment site of prescription medicines so the U.S. Virgin Islands should be considered for trans-shipments of immunity-suppressing medicines to stop the rejections of Uyghurs', Falun Gongers', and H-1B-ers' organs in new U.S. bodies.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie: "For too long, in my view, the Democratic Party - has not been as aggressive as it should be in addressing the needs of the working class .. that is why Trump has done so well with those people. It is time for us to expose Trump as a fraud."

And to expose the RW DNC, RW Democraps & RW reactionaries, who are stuck to a Corporate Banker Con'Troll'ed status quo that actually enabled tRUMP & RW GOP! Push Left as Right Push is on already!

fiat justitia ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Why Bernie's ideas & Class Politics matter is summed up here ...

From which, this - "Demographics are not destiny, says David Shor. And if Democrats want their party to succeed nationally, they will have to face that fact and change."

I disagree with much of the analysis in his long article but it still needs to be read by all Left Progressives & even rank & file Dems & Liberals because the article itself is really shilling for Centrism - BUT in reality it calls for radicalism from & for The 99% - without intending to!

verbum satis sapienti ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Trump's refusal to concede is just the latest gambit to please Republican donors"! by Bob Reich:

"Millions who should be ranged against the American oligarchy are distracted and divided ... just as their leaders want"! Readers should consider reading the two articles above together - because they interlink!

verb. sat. sap. !

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Power Comes From Class War, Not Biden"! - an absolutely essential read ... by Mr. Hamilton Nolan:

"The Left needs Workers more than it needs the Democratic Party"! "2020 has brought us the most vital ingre­di­ent of all ... an ener­gized and rad­i­cal­ized nation of work­ers in dire need - who are about to be dis­appoint­ed by how the sys­tem deliv­ers on its big promises.

"This elec­tion is not about Joe Biden. It was about get­ting back to a base­line of nor­mal­cy. That nor­mal­cy means Class War. If we focus on giv­ing the work­ing class an ade­quate weapon - we won’t be in for quite so much disap­point­ment by 2024."

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Bernie Sanders: "How do we avoid future authoritarians? Winning back the working class is key":


et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders’ Five-Year War" by Prof. Matt Karp:

this..."In 2020, that working-class coalition was not enough to win the Democratic nomination. And no, Sanders did not manage to turn history on its head and bring the vast reservoir of alienated, apolitical workers back to primary politics.

"But by 2032 .. today’s Bernie voters under fifty will likely represent a majority, and certainly a plurality, within the party electorate. What sort of a Left will be there to greet them? Will it be a thoroughly post-Sanders progressive movement - whose priorities are defined by a social media discourse, billionaire-funded activist NGOs and a friendly working relationship with the corporate Democratic Party?

"Or will it be a political left that continues the work, to borrow from Lincoln at Gettysburg, that Sanders has thus far so nobly advanced? A left grounded in class politics, and aimed fundamentally at majority-building demands for material redistribution — health care, education, jobs and - family support for all, paid for by the rich? The future is still unwritten." However ... The Duopoly Binary needs to die!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"How Bernie Sanders, an Open Socialist - Won Burlington’s Mayoral Election." ... by Branco Marcetic:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"“In my view, we can no longer tolerate billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk becoming obscenely rich at a time of unprecedented economic pain and suffering,”from:

multum in parvo?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"To Fight Pharma Greed That Costs 'Human Lives' .. Sanders Unveils Bills to Slash Drug Prices"

Also consider: "The time is now to stand up to the Pharmaceutical Industry and say enough is enough."

carppe diem!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

NB: "Sanders Pushes Medicare Expansion in Dems’ Next Big Bill" .... by Burgess Everett:

pro bono publico!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"'Congress Must Act': Bernie Sanders Demands End of Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights"! by Jon Queally:

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Bernie: "These global leaders are right. As soon as an effective COVID-19 vaccine is approved it must be guaranteed to everyone ... not just in the United States - but throughout the world. Let us put human lives ahead of corporate greed." - from ...

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"COVID Deaths in US Approach 100,000 as Trump Administration Misleads Public" by Wm. Rivers-Pitt:

"We must not let this become another body count like all the others this nation has grown far too accustomed to ignoring."

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

US has most expensive medical care in The World!

Consider .. "What They Are Not Talking About: War and Peace, Healthcare and Jobs Are Non-Issues"

alea jacta est?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders in the Age of Coronavirus: We need him now more than ever!'' by Tom Gallagher:

''Does anyone here seriously believe we’d be hearing a loud call for party unity if it were Bernie Sanders leading in the delegate count?''

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

AOC's bailout outrage is loud & clear! As per the short clip of her speech here:

Because "these options are shameful!" but Joe is barely fkn capable of speaking!

caveat emptor!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

So - "It’s been a tough few months in the wake of Bernie Sanders’s defeat. But after the recent explosions in the streets and ongoing down-ballot progressive electoral organizing in the last year, the Left came roaring back in last night’s primaries." from ...

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Look at this: Occupation of City Hall park in NYC. The occupiers are demanding that the NYPD is defunded by $1 billion. Imagine what good that much money could do! My brain hurts just thinking about it!


And, look at this: A smaller occupation of Bridgport, CT's police department has led to actual change:

"After weeklong occupation outside police department, Bridgeport leaders agree to pursue protesters’ demands including cutting police funding"


It is very hard to stay positive in these times we are in but I'll take the glimmers of hope when we find them.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"By Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."

Text of a famous speech given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852

Your links are reasons for hope, as White Supremacy fights its last fights.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

That was powerful. I've never read that before. So much of it applies to today, 168 years later.

From the Frederick Douglas speech 168 years ago today, July 5, 1852:

"You are all on fire at the mention of liberty for France or for Ireland; but are as cold as an iceberg at the thought of liberty for the enslaved of America. You discourse eloquently on the dignity of labor; yet, you sustain a system which, in its very essence, casts a stigma upon labor. You can bare your bosom to the storm of British artillery to throw off a three-penny tax on tea; and yet wring the last hard earned farthing from the grasp of the black laborers of your country."

The same hypocrisies apply today. Americans calling out other countries for human rights abuses while still committing human rights abuses here at home. Denouncing racism and religious oppression and poverty abroad while allowing it to fester here.

Feels like a new current generation of abolitionists is going to have to take this a step farther from what emancipation, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's was able to do.

Let's hope.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Sanders Bill to Tax 'Obscene' Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires - Would Empower Medicare to Cover Every American for One Year" by Jake Johnson:

"By taxing 60% of the wealth gains made by just 467 billionaires during this horrific pandemic - we can guarantee healthcare as a right for an entire year."

at spes non fracta ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Medicare For All is the answer but our politicians, in bed with corporations and pharmaceutical and other biomedical companies, do not have the will to do it. It's PROFIT over people in America.

How much money can they make off of your illness? The more, the better, is the name of the game.

Healthcare could be solved very easily, they just don't want to.

They want to keep you in chains to your employer too. Imagine if you didn't have to keep your job to keep your health "insurance." You might actually garner some power over your own life. They don't want that.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Study Finds Trump Tax Cuts Failed to Do Anything But Give Rich People Money"by J.Chait:

& the fact that Healthcare is Contingent on Employment in the U$A, is nothing short of Criminal tbh.

et omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Reaganomics is dead. Bidenomics unites a nation. - Robert Reich


"The political lesson is that today's Democrats − who enjoy popular-vote majorities in presidential elections (having earned more votes in seven of the past eight) − can gain political majorities by raising the wages of both middle-class and poor voters while fighting Republican efforts to suppress the votes of likely Democrats.

Reaganomics is officially dead. For years, conservative economists have argued that tax cuts for the rich create job-creating investments, while assistance to the poor creates dependency. Rubbish.

Bidenomics is the reverse: Give cash to the bottom two-thirds and their purchasing power will drive growth for everyone. This is far more plausible. We'll learn how much more in coming months."

I sure hope this is true. If it is, Trump won't have a chance in hell of returning to power.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Consider: "Though Sanders’s & Warren’s proposals likely wouldn’t pass on their own, due to the Senate filibuster - they could have a chance at passing if they were folded into the budget reconciliation vote for the infrastructure bill." - from ...

spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Bernie as Chair of the Senate Budget Committee is quite a powerful guy.


"Bernie Sanders Touts Budget Reconciliation for Joe Biden's Huge Infrastructure Plan"


In the state I live in there is no, zero, public transportation to get from one side of the state to the other, and it's not a big state lol. Biden's infrastructure plan includes a high speed rail to fill in this void. Hard to even imagine.

Bernie is even going to propose lowering the Medicare age to 55. This would be incredible as folks in their 50's who lose their jobs are at the highest risk in terms of their health being in decline and in terms of how hard it is to find a job at such an age.


Maybe Biden and Sanders can really work together to get this kind of stuff done. Would be amazing.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Sanders says he’s got “No Problem” with mounting a Pressure Campaign on Manchin":

While of course I agree with what U say, I just can't actually trust the Corp.GOPlite Democraps!

fiat justitia ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Why Only Bernie Beats Trump ... ?!'' via both of these 2m 20s videos

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Biden? Seriously?!" "Biden is a doofus who, even in his prime,

could actually make the Clintons look good'' .. by Andrew Levine:

et ergo - spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Sadly this link hurts to read, but it has to be done!

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"A Hillary/Obama Ticket to Challenge Trump?!" by Stephen Lendman:

"Throughout his political career spanning a near-half century, Joe Biden has been on the wrong side of virtually everything just societies hold dear.

"He is partly protected because the same thing applies to Trump, both figures unfit for any public office, clearly not the highest." But still the mthrfkrs rejected the only guy who would have beaten DJT 4 sure!

OMfG - IF even remotely possible!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"The DNC is the four-yearly apotheosis of the Democratic Party's love of progressive symbolism and empty rhetoric in place of real political vision. This year ... it's not even committing to that."!


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Biden & Trump are nearly tied.

If Biden becomes the Democratic nominee it nearly guarantees 4 more years of Trump. Why? Because Biden doesn't offer anything substantial or believable to the majority of the American people and he absolutely will not win over Independents.

15% of Bernie's supporters are Independents right now plus he could win over more of them from Trump.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders''! by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor:

which, this .. ''For years, the United States has gotten away with persistently chipping away at its weak welfare state by hiding or demonizing the populations most dependent on it. The poor are relegated as socially dysfunctional and inept .. unable to cash in on the 'riches of American society'. There are more than forty million poor people in the U.S., but they almost never merit a mention. While black poverty is presented as exemplary, white poverty is obscured, and Latinos and other brown people’s experiences are ignored. As many as Four In Five Americans say they live paycheck to paycheck. Forty per cent of Americans say that they cannot cover an unexpected four-hundred-dollar emergency expense.

So''This is a virus that will thrive in the intimacy of American poverty. For years now, even in the midst of the economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, rising rents and stagnant salaries and wages have forced many millions of families to improvise housing; nearly four million households live in overcrowded homes. ''

And .. ''The case has never been clearer for a transition to Medicare for All, but its achievement clashes with the Democratic Party’s decades-long hostility to funding the social-welfare state. At the heart of this resistance is the pernicious glorification of “personal responsibility” .. through which success or failure in life is seen as an expression of personal fortitude or personal laxity.The American Dream, we are told, is anchored in promise of unfettered social mobility, a destiny driven by self-determination & perseverance. This ingrained thinking evades the fact that it was FDR's New Deal, in the nineteen-thirties - and the G.I. Bill, in the nineteen-forties, that, through a combination of federal programs, subsidies, and government-backed guarantees, created a middle-class life style for millions of white Americans.''

As for Joe Biden ... FK HIM! "He’s reading from notes and still can’t figure out what to say'' - from...

In UK it is now abundantly clear as the Corona Crisis unfolds, that Jeremy Corbyn was the right man for the right time but the only reason why he is not the UK's PM today, is because of the mainstream media, the Labour Party's right wing & the Israel Lobby, desperate to prevent a Democratic Socialist who wants Palestinians to have human and civil rights too. So, don't let the same playbook be used against Bernie!

e tenebris. lux?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

OMG! "Jill Biden is trying to COVER UP ... Joe Biden's .. Cognitive .. Decline"!!

The DNC & Corporate Controlled Corrupt Democarps are just trying to con The USA,

& it's actually too stunning for latin!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Biden's cognitive issues can't be ignored.

Sky News Australia is getting it. Why aren't Americans getting it?

The DNC's handling of Joe Biden is nothing short of elder abuse.

See this clip from Sky News Australia:


Not to mention the weird touchy feely stuff. Watch to the end "I love kids jumping on my lap." Uggggh!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"I’ve admired Bernie Sanders’ courage for 20 years and loved getting to know him", says USA's Intel Agencies' plant Pete Buttigieg, after it took him & a football team of Democrap POTUS candidates to stop Bernie Sanders! Consider Sanders is only 300 delegates behind! So what gives here?" - from ...

After watching your video & as anyone who can breathe & think at the same time knows: Biden is fkt!

So WTF is going on?!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Bernie's Winning Strategy: Suspend His Campaign While Continuing to Collect Delegates" ... by Colton Tanner Casados-Medve:

"If the progressive movement still turns out to vote for Sanders in the remaining primary contests, he can tie - or even overtake - Biden's delegate lead.''

hmmmmmm et dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie knows that Biden may flag very soon to the point where the DNC cannot deny it!

But, what is the DNC's plan? Because surely they must see the man is in decline. Do they plan on sticking another candidate in during the convention - say an HRC? I wouldn't be surprised.

Bernie is right, though, to hold onto those delegates and technically stay on the upcoming ballots.

Kudos to Bernie for all he has done but I really wish he'd have gone third party a long time ago, say after the New York primary was stolen in April 2016!

Imagine a 3 way race in November between Trump, Bernie & Biden. I say Bernie would win!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Bernie Sanders Campaign Didn’t Fail. It Energized Millions & Shifted Politics .. Noam Chomsky"

And "Colbert nails it ... what we're doing is reaping some sort of foul harvest of the political complacency of the last 40 or 50 years" from ...

So yes, "Kudos to Bernie for all he has done but I really wish he'd have gone third party a long time ago, say after the New York primary was stolen in April 2016'' - but ...

it ain't over yet!

PS: Then alas, there's this https://www.businessinsider.com/former-biden-staffer-tara-reade-files-sexual-assault-complaint-2020-4 - such that both POTUS candidates in November are now be accused of rape!

fiat justitia, ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

WHAT?! A ''Democratic Pro-Israel Group takes credit for Sanders dropping out & fundraises off Keeping Dem Platform Pro-Israel''! ... by Micahael Arria:

e tenebris ... tenebris?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

In an actually functional democracy, the first link below would warrant a public scandal and the attention of any independent media - which really wanted to expose the truth & serve the public. However - this is NOT the case in the UK, where both the state broadcaster, BBC & the billionaire owned Corporate MSM do NOT want the truth told nor any notion of Socialism to exist ... despite those ideas being the founding principle of UK's beloved NHS, as Oligarchy's Neoliberalism Psychopathy ... is still ascendant in the UK!

Before U read or share the article below, never forget that it is the avowed Socialist MP, Jeremy Corbyn whose ideas are now being implemented during the COVID19/CV19 Corona Virus Pandemic & in these times when the Internet is so important for information and communication,does anyone recall Corbyn's notion that it should be considered a public utility. free for everybody?!

Now compare what happened in UK, as RW, Reactionary & Anti-Socialiist forces combined & conspired to prevent a once in a generation chance to have a declared, authentic &, time served advocate for The 99%, who was twice prevented from winning with what has happened in USA & look at the prior ^reply^ shows how misuse of the charge of "Antisemetism" is such cold calumny; crass canard & - Class War!!!

et fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Corbyn and Sanders were both taken down in part by pro-Israel, pro-Zionist lobby.


"Exactly who is funding Democratic Majority for Israel remains unclear, but the group has very clear links with AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, probably the most influential and well-funded of pro-Israel, anti-Palestine groups in the US. AIPAC has also waded clumsily into the war against Sanders, launching a disgustingly racist attack against the Senator’s allies Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women to enter Congress.

In a short series of Facebook ads, AIPAC accused “radicals in the Democratic Party” of “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel policies”. The ads featured the images of Tlaib, Omar and their colleague Betty McCollum. All three lawmakers have campaigned for a bill against Israel’s abusive imprisonment of Palestinian children. A petition connected to the ads stated outrageously that the three lawmakers’ work was “maybe more sinister” than ISIS, the terrorist group which calls itself Islamic State. Despite AIPAC’s lies about anti-Semitism, it is clear that the lobby’s real concern is to protect Israel’s ability to torture and imprison Palestinian children with complete impunity."

"The JLM’s then chairperson Jeremy Newmark stated that a year earlier, in September 2015, he and a small group of associates had met in a cafe and planned on “re-forming the JLM to do something with it”. That something was “utilising the rights and privileges” that the Jewish Labour Movement “enjoys as a socialist society” within Britain’s Labour Party. This plan to reconstitute the JLM came against the backdrop of what Newmark said was “the rise of Jeremy Corbyn” in Britain and “Bernie Sanders in the States.”

In private, speaking to his small cadre of young Zionist activists, Newmark admitted implicitly what he would not do in public: the JLM had been a dead organisation before left-winger Jeremy Corbyn unexpectedly became Labour leader in September 2015.

In close coordination with the Israeli Embassy in London, the JLM was re-founded just as Corbyn rose to prominence. It was a political weapon against the left-wing, pro-Palestinian grassroots base of the Labour Party."

So, there you have it, millions of Americans and Brits will continue to suffer at the hands of conservative neoliberal policies for many reasons, but notably in part because pro-Zionists made a concerted effort to make it so.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit & Power, (please watch) this 26-award-winning documentary explores a corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. One hundred and fifty years ago, a corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today .. it is a vivid, dramatic, and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy & the Communist Party in other times and places ... a corporation is Today’s Dominant Institution. Charting the rise of such an institution aimed at achieving very specific economic goals .. the documentary also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force."

An EXCELLENT doc. film, based on an Excellent book .. to follow your excellent reply, link and excerpts. To see what Bernie Sanders was really up against at an institutional level ... please watch this great doc.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''It is Time to Rethink US Militarism - in the Midst of COVID-19'' .. by William J. Astore:

fiat justitia et fiat pax ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Bernie Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion" by Jake Johnson:

pacem in terris?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Sanders seeks to move 10% of military budget to fund human needs instead.

Imagine that!

From truthout:

"...his new amendment aiming to cut the proposed Pentagon budget by 10% — around $74 billion — and devote those resources to funding healthcare, housing, jobs, and education in impoverished U.S. communities."

“Now at this moment of unprecedented national crises — a growing pandemic, an economic meltdown, the demand to end systemic racism, and police brutality, and an unstable president — it is time for us to truly focus on what we value as a society and to fundamentally transform our national priorities,” Sanders continued. “Cutting the military budget by 10 percent and investing that money in human needs is a modest way to begin that process.”

Radical? No, I'd say, humane, just, moral, the right thing to do!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Meanwhile this: "'Deeply Disturbing': New York Supreme Court Judge Rules Protesters Can Be Detained Indefinitely!" by Jake Johnson:

NB: "This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

'Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders - received the most votes in the first three primary elections. After centrist Joe Biden scored his first primary win ... DNC consolidated the Democratic Party establishment around him. Candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar immediately dropped out & endorsed Biden, as did former candidate Beto O’Rourke. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, who'd already quit the primary race, followed suit and Michael Bloomberg did so as well. The party bosses likely wanted to ensure that Sanders would not upend the corporate order.'' from ...

caveat actor!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Rescue America’s Frail Democracy'' by Thomas Piketty:

NB:''The Democratic Party elite insists nothing can be done to mobilize working-class nonvoters.By challenging their cynicism, Bernie Sanders is rendering a profound service to American democracy.''

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

'''Not Done Yet' ... Bernie Sanders Campaign Mobilizes Donors for Coronavirus Relief and Raises $2 Million'' by Eoin Higgins:

BTfknW, where's Joe? Anybody seen him during the continuing COVID19/Corona Crisis? Biden is done;

at spes non fracta ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie shows leadership during Covid 19 crisis.

From Common Dreams, Bernie, the visionary says:

"In this extraordinary moment in American and world history, we have got to think outside the box in a way that we have never done," said Sanders. "This is an unprecedented moment and we have got to think in an unprecedented way."

It's going to take a visionary to get us out of this one. Bernie Sanders is that guy.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"A four day week, free childcare & a universal income are no longer distant issues, they're life & death!"

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bail out People, Not Corporations!

Why do we still have to say this 12 years after the Global Financial Crisis?

The worst people are in charge of our nation during this crisis, not the least of which is Mitch McConnell.

Instead of helping American citizens, it's all about corporations again and so the battle goes on as the people worry about how they are going to pay for their basic needs. Sickening.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Trump wants the country open by Easter because Jesus is coming, see, and He’ll be pissed if we’re all sitting on our asses at home. “Wouldn’t it be great to have all the churches full?” Trump asked Fox News yesterday. “You’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it’ll be a beautiful time.” Fox News host Bill Hemmer described Trump’s Easter resolution scenario as “a great American resurrection,” because of course he did.

''For the record, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases is spiking. Those in and around New York City are taking it on the chin right now, with new cases doubling every 72 hours. More than 53,000 people have been diagnosed nationally, and over 700 are dead. Spain, France, Iran and Italy are getting clobbered, while Germany and its superior testing regimen is standing strong.

''As for Great Britain, well, Boris Johnson’s Trumpian disdain for science has reached into the House of Windsor; on Wednesday morning, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Charles, heir to the throne, has tested positive.'' from ...

oy vey!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

More than 22 million Americans are now unemployed. They're suffering. The loss of Bernie's candidacy is huge.


And, Sanders thinks the media lost him the nomination.


"I think what we saw from Nevada on out was a cry from the rooftops, from the political establishment, from the media that they wanted anybody but Bernie. Anybody but Bernie! My God, I don't know how many articles they were about, we need anybody but Bernie and, you know, they ended up succeeding. And that's that."

In just a few sentences, Sanders a) lumps the media in with the "political establishment" as actors working to keep him from the nomination and b) lambastes the number of articles allegedly written seeking "anybody but Bernie."

Does he, Bernie Sanders, now think Joe Biden can handle the COVID19 crisis? I doubt it, but he's all in for Joe now, sadly.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

The 22M Americans unemployed a week ago, will have been added to by now. Alas not everyone who is unemployed is even counted & that's on top of the under-employed & Silent & Poor Shamed in the U$A!

Meanwhile .... https://truthout.org/articles/summer-heat-will-worsen-the-pandemic-for-poor-communities/

Btw, did U read and decipher the novella below? I glanced & half think that it may just about be sensible!

dum spiro, spero!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

30 million Americans are unemployed now, a record.


And, millions are locked out of the Unemployment benefits system which is backlogged and inefficient with downed websites and clogged phone lines in the world's wealthiest nation.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"In the Absence of Federal Action, US States Scramble to Address Hunger Crisis" by Sasha Abramsky:

Despite your links & mine, Obama has helped muscle Bernie off the scene, just as he did in 2016!

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Sadly, now 48 million are unemployed.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Real US Unemployment is 50m+, yet this prevails ...

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

860,000 first time unemployed today, September 17, 2020.

The fight continues. Our gov't has completely mishandled the pandemic.

We need increased and ongoing unemployment payments, rent forgiveness, moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures and a student loan jubliee among other things.

The fight continues....

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Despite F. D. Roosevelt's massive jobs-creation programs, what actually got nearly every able-bodied person ( including the hitherto being-discriminated Americans of African ancestry ) in the U.S. employed was wartime productions for World War II, the greatest war ever.

In a sense, COVID-19 is even a bigger "war" than WWII was. You may recall that the domestically oriented FEMA had strangely purchased and stockpiled hundreds of millions of rounds of bullets on mobile platforms. It's probably for the same reason why the current administration deemed gun shops to be essential businesses, not subject to lockdown.

Based upon Hunter Biden's board directorship paying $50,000 a month, I'm absolutely sure that Joe Biden will know how to handle this crisis by collecting its doled-out money into private accounts, just as the banks were and are doing by holding back the money already disbursed to them to distribute/loan out. Now there is an ideal environment for doing this because some watchdog Inspectors General had already been fired by our Vector-in-Chief ( who had probably wanted to do the collection by his cronies into different private pockets but was a bit slow in coming to the vultures' feast ). The government is being run "like a business" for private profits with efficiency and auctions but no robustness as the hippopotami vowed to do so without using any tissue-paper windbreaker: "swish, swish, swish." Baby is learning to drive from a Venezuelan !

The U.S. Postal Service is an institution enshrined in the U.S. Constitution which may be somewhat out of date since centuries ago but the original intent of the Founders was undoubtedly to create an informational as well as material-distribution ( information has a physical embodiment, so does spirit--it's why God had to send spirit to impregnate Mary to make Jesus, the physical embodiment of spirit ) backbone for the new republic. Our Vector-in-Chief's contemplating privatizing it shows his ignorance.

We do have a privatized banking system due to our [forebears'] obsession with alcohol prohibition which did away with the government's revenue source from alcohol excise tax whose replacement led to the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve System. Now that system shows that it cannot distribute money as quickly as intended by the U.S. Government. Private means private pockets by the banks' dawdling.

Our local post offices assisted by armed guards can probably disburse food coupons or basic food packages to addresses much more reliably than our privatized banking system can disburse money due to Greed. Of course, inspectors need to be given free reins to check up on the integrity.

Decades-long monetary policy of the U.S. was "cash is trash" so there's not much cash being available anymore for cushioning this huge viral bump. Nowadays, instead of cash, it's mostly credit to be dispensed by the banks. With the banks clogging up that pipeline, the economy will unravel via rolling waves of firings. "The Apprentice"-influenced kid gleefully hops onto the black-leathered tall-back executive chair, spins it a few times, points a finger at the store clerk, and says aloud, "You are fired ! " then at mommy, "and you ! " and at daddy, "and you ! "

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Is this of any possible help to you? Or - to whatever it is your point is?

Obviously I didn't read it but the paragraphing helped convey an idea!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

"Sickening"--the wish is granted. Moscow Mitch stole the courts, including likely sex offender(s) on the Supreme Court. Easter is coming ! Remember to put up the signs ( preferably N95-grade, equivalent, or better; do what King Herod did but with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more before doing the Jews' bidding ) for solidarity with Hong Kong over the bodily entrances in order for the angel of death to pass over them. The global panic will help preserve earth, as promised in the Bible that it shall endure forever.

Mom told me the oral history about our ancestral stone lion's bleeding which started the great flood. The village "fool" believed but the village butcher didn't that a stone lion would/could bleed. Both were correct and the flood came as it was previously foretold to the "fool" who went to check every morning upon whether the ancestral stone lion had bled or not.

Who was spared by the great flood? The "fool" or the butcher?

What happened to all of the male chicks during egg production? They became expendable under the markets' law of supply and demand or humanely accumulated/confined in PLA barracks for feeding the gas chamber and maceration machine later on.

Did you see that on the Lion Rock, for example, why "you can walk on clouds," even without first drinking tea or smoking opium, and contracting Mad Cow Disease ( BSE ) from the U.K.?

Note that Faith saves, not works. However, works tend to follow Faith but works alone don't suffice for Salvation.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''This is a wake-up moment for the American power establishment.

''Many in this elite are behaving like aristocrats in a dying regime — including in the media.

''It's time .. to step up, rethink, and understand the dawn of what may be a New Era in America.''

Hear these and other simple & succinct truths, articulated by a 99% focussed Anand Giriharadas, from:

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

First time since 1972 that any candidate, Republican or Democrat, has won all 3 of the first primary states' popular votes. Go Bernie Sanders!

"Something is happening in America right now that doesn't fit our mental models." - Anand Giriharadas


"Genuine deeper democracy, popular movements and human equality in a meaningful way and a politics of love." is being spoken about by Bernie Sanders for the first time since Martin Luther King, Jr.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Even "The Delegate Math Now Favors Bernie Sanders''! by John Cassidy:

As U point out by quoting Anand Giriharadas .. Real Change is afoot in USA!

respice, adspice, prospice - et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago


fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie also ahead in MA, UT, VA, ME, VT & CO. See here:


Don't be complacent. We must vote big for Bernie to ensure him the nomination!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"‘The Nation’ Endorses Bernie Sanders - and His Movement"! .. by ''The Nation''

''We are proud to endorse Sanders, a democratic socialist with a program both realistic and radical enough to meet the challenges of our time.''

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Vote Sanders March 10th, Mini Super Tuesday


It's going to be a tight race in all of the states. Get out and vote for Bernie Sanders!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Get out & vote for Bernie Sanders (as) it's going to be a tight race in all of the states'', because it bears repeating! Also FYI:

et spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

It isn't over - tho' CNN, MSNBC & rest of the Corporate MSM may wish it to be!

As of 10pm, EST on 11th March, 2020, we are ...

Waiting on 81 pledged delegates from CA (Bernie’s up by 314,899 votes)

Waiting on 22 pledged delegates from CO (Bernie’s up by 114,105 votes)

Waiting on 20 pledged delegates from UT (Bernie’s up by 32,694 votes)

Waiting on 36 pledged delegates from WA (Bernie’s up by 2084 votes)

That’s 159 delegates in a race Joe “leads” by 140. All of this info is from CNN!

They want us to shut up and stay home. Did you think a fight with the American political establishment would be easy? Also consider ...

Copied from here: https://twitter.com/BobbyN25/status/1237788307494285313 (A 3 Tweet Thread) and

redeployed here: https://twitter.com/Shadz66Shadz6t6/status/1237912423828467712 w/a Bernie quote.

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Sanders Isn’t Backing Out Before Sunday Debate — and He Has Questions for Biden''!

nihil illegitemi te confundant!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''How do the geniuses at Trump’s EPA respond to Americans dealing with a deadly respiratory disease? They allow power plants & factories to spew more air pollution! Absolutely obscene!'' (Bernie Sanders)

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

"An open license to pollute": Trump administration indefinitely suspends some environmental protection laws during coronavirus pandemic


"Under normal circumstances, companies are required to report when they release certain levels of pollution into the air or water. Now, the EPA has effectively ceded its federal authority to state offices and said companies will be responsible for monitoring their own air and water pollution during this time.

In general, the EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, and reporting or certification obligations in situations where the EPA agrees that COVID-19 was the cause of the noncompliance and the entity provides supporting documentation to the EPA upon request," Bodine wrote.

Polluters will be able to avoid penalties for breaking environmental laws if they claim that the violations were in some way related to the pandemic. The agency asked companies to "minimize the effects and duration of any noncompliance" and "act responsibly" during this period."

So, basically, corporations are free to dump as much shit as they want into the environment right now and thinking that any of them will do the right thing and "act responsibly" is a joke.

Very sad for the environment.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

The "license to pollute" is wider and worse than most folk realize ...

From which: "“Unfortunately, even though the EPA has known for decades that PFAS is toxic and building up in our blood, EPA has so far failed to add PFAS to what’s known as the Toxic Release Inventory,”

"Currently, there is no mandatory maximum federal limit for PFAS in drinking water, and states such as New Hampshire & Michigan faced lawsuits from the industry & the Department of Defense after setting their own. The US EPA has set an “advisory limit” for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water at 70 parts per trillion, but the limit is not enforceable and environmentalists argue that it’s far too high.

"Here’s the rub ... 446 public water systems are already contaminated with PFAS - according to EWG. If the EPA sets strict federal limits for PFAS in drinking water, then hundreds of utilities in states across the country may suddenly be out of compliance. So, who foots the bill for installing all the expensive filtration technology and removing the chemicals from water supplies? If lawmakers and the EPA do not establish regulations that hold polluters accountable ... then utilities and taxpayers will be on the hook for cleaning up the mess.

“In some ways, it’s kind of like the pandemic we’re dealing with right now: If you test, you will find that you have issues with PFAS chemicals in every single district in the U.S.,” Rouda said. “Just like the pandemic, we know if we did appropriate testing nationwide, we would get a different story than we are getting now.”

too fkn shocking for latin!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Minority communities face Covid19 and Climate Change challenges more than others due to inequality and blatant injustice.


"COVID-19 and Climate Change Threats Compound in Minority Communities"

"The heavy presence of industry—a common theme among poor and mostly black and brown communities across the country—may be one reason residents of Port Arthur, in a region once dubbed “the cancer belt,” have higher rates of cancer, asthma and cardiovascular disease when compared to state averages, according to a 2016 report from Southeast Nonprofit Development Center. It’s also why Kelley, who for decades has watched his family, friends and neighbors die from invisible culprits, is now sounding the alarm over coronavirus."

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders has huge lead in California!

New KQED/NPR California poll this morning (Jan. 30, 2020) shows Sanders with a yuuuge lead!

Sanders - 30% Warren - 16% Biden - 15% Buttigieg - 8%

DNC can play all the games they want but if Sanders can win by enough of a margin there won't be a damn thing they can do about it. Get to work people! Let's make this happen!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Bernie Sanders leads Trump & all 2020 candidates in donations from Active-Duty Troops!"

Because there are cracks appearing in the INDOCTRINATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND &, the WORKING CLASSES, who end up doing the killing & dying in The 0.01%'s wars are waking up & realizing that BERNIE IS THE ONLY GENUINELY ANTI-WAR CANDIDATE IN US' POTUS race!

spero …

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

AOC says "Who brings up Palestine? Bernie Sanders.


Sanders is the only candidate with the courage to fight for Palestine. AOC is right.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Note: ''Sanders' Back-to-Back Wins - Proves Pundits Wrong in Iowa and New Hampshire!'' ...

Consider: ''It was a big, big mistake to write off both Bernie Sanders and his No. 1 policy proposal"!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Pelosi says Sanders as Dem candidate is okie dokie with her.


We all know the DNC will do all they can to steal it from Bernie, but they are beginning to realize that they just may not be able to do that and will have to get in line behind him, lol.

Evidently, Chuck Schumer has agreed, The Bern would be okay.

Let's say, if they seriously want to beat Trump (and Pelosi and Schumer may really want to after the Impeachment mess, though I'm not convinced the rest of the Dem establishment at large wants to), then they will let Bernie Sanders lead the way.

Sanders and his passionate followers can win over some of Trump's supporters and beat a man, Trump, who really is going to have a hard time earning any more votes than he did in 2016. If anything voters who voted for him will move away from him but no voters who didn't vote for him are going to be like, yeah, he's doing a great job, I'm gonna vote for him in 2020. No. That isn't going to happen.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Joe Biden has NOTHING to offer workers of any race. He's a corporate hack, with a phony blue-collar veneer''! by Malaika Jabali:

Yet nevertheless - Fancy Pelosi will fall in-line with the rest of an utterly crooked & despicable Democrap Establishment ... as they desperately try to make sure that Bernie isn't The One to go up against, & beat tRUMP! Mthrfkrs'd rather Biden lost to the worst POTUS in living memory than Bernie won for The 99%!

cave - anguis in herba!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Young progressives issue demands to Biden and many young progressive students and groups today tweet "We will not endorse Joe Biden" during a twitter storm.

"Progressive youth groups issue demands for Biden ahead of general election":


"The Sunrise Movement is Mobilizing to Stop Joe Biden""


Tweets from young progressives today "We are not endorsing Joe Biden."







It's clearly going to be an uphill battle for Joe Biden's candidacy with regard to young people. If the DNC only took them more seriously, it is their future after all. Yes, of course, young people don't vote so who cares is probably what the DNC will think but the future of the DNC is not looking good if it can't engage our youth who have it worse than any other generation in our modern history. Good. We need leaders that see beyond the next 4 years anyway. Time to wave bye bye to the Dems.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

So, "While Sanders, who had garnered the endorsements of all eight groups that signed on to the letter, centered his campaign around a litany of progressive policies like “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal, Biden has cast his campaign as an opportunity for a return to a pre-Trump sense of “normalcy.”

"However - the letter from the progressive cohort indicated some of the groups’ followers have little appetite for a return to traditional politics that they say caused “endless war, skyrocketing inequality, crushing student loan debt, mass deportations, police murders of black Americans and mass incarceration, schools which have become killing fields” and more.

“Messaging around a ‘return to normalcy’ .. does not and has not earned the support and trust of voters from our generation. For so many young people, going back to the way things were ‘before Trump’ isn’t a motivating enough reason to cast a ballot in November” .. they wrote. “Why would we want a return to normalcy? We need a vision for the future, not a return to the past.” from your "The Hill" link.

So fk Biden & fk The Dirty, Disgusting, Duplicitous ... Democraps!!! Centrists & Moderates espousing Centrism & Moderation in a time of RW extremis .. is nothing other than quiescence with extremism!! HowTF has U$A got to this state of affairs?! Well .. as it didn't happen overnight, please consider this:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Don't mean to frighten you but HRC is waiting in the wings:

"As Biden Struggles, Hillary Waits for the Call"


The only thing holding the DNC back is that the person they really should put in Biden's place is of course, the person in 2nd place, Bernie Sanders.

But they really don't want to do that and prefer Trump to Sanders.

But, Hillary waits......and plots......Friggin' Frightening!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Re. Hellary Rotten Clinton, I have already made a forum reply to U to that effect:

Still frightening tho' & given Blatant Biden Brain Fail .. was this the plan all along?!


[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Bernie is right and courageous to have brought up the issue. A just peace in the most troublesome Middle East must involve the displaced Palestinians. The implementation of the Oslo Accord has been stalled for far too long. There is, of course, absolutely no point in negotiating with any party claiming to represent the Palestinians if such a party cannot control what the Palestinians do in attacking the other side. If the Palestinians cannot present a united front in negotiations, they should just be ignored until their enlightenment.

The Israeli side has been pushing and building Jewish Settlements on the West Bank with U.S. loan guarantees. Obama certainly objected to that usage but to no avail. There were many U.S. politicians under the influence. Now, with the non-Jew Jew in charge, the Ishmael Semites don't get much of a chance. Annexation is wrong, regardless of whether the place was ancestral residence or not. The Israelis are the anti-Semites.

The Native Americans' ancestral teaching wants people to consider the consequences of their actions for the next s e v e n generations so we should set a statue of limitation on land ownership claims to the same period ( the Bible used forty years for the generation wandering in the desert wilderness so seven generations take about 7×40 years = 280 years ). On that basis alone, the U.S. made a mistake for having supported Zionists' retaking of the Jewish Semites' ancestral land which didn't belong to the Jews.

The Hebrews were in Egypt according to both the Bible and the Talmud so the Zionists should attack and take over Egypt if they don't abide by the Native Americans' teaching. Similarly, I must raise an army to kill off all other Afro-Amero-Euro-Australasians because my genome proves that all continents aside from Antarctica belonged to my ancestors so all squatters must either be neutralized or expelled to Antarctica--beware! Oh yes, I must also embark upon writing my high-story book about my ancestral global ownership of land, seas, and oceans, emboss it with gold leaves, and have each of my army's foot soldiers swear loyalty to me by placing their right hand upon it. The German language was correct about history and story ( both were the same word 》die Geschichte《 ). Red Fuckgina is building yet another Great Wall around its population centered at Wuhan. The germophobe builder of the invisible, immaterial, but nasty "bra vos real" R$ etherware wall, concurs.

I really don't get why anyone would believe the high story about a brutal germophobe's stashing bioweapon under his palace bed or tubes made of face-centric-crystal-lattice-structure aluminum being strong enough to hold up during the shakedown of Ur-Anium isotopes. ( Did any metallurgist cry foul? Oh, was it really just the doing of a "POLITICAL" regime which had "Faith" in cover-ups effected by Colon's Pow-Pow-Pows ! ) Specialized alloy of body-centric-crystal-lattice-structure steel is more suitable for the shakedown. The current U.S. Government's politically incorrect Epstein-Barr-virus-infected regime had only purged "climate change" speech from its agencies so that they become politically correct for re-election bid ( the editor-in-chief worked all hours--absolutely the hardest working one ever; "pubic criticism or pressure can be a factor" ) whereas Red Fuckgina had outright arrested the doctors/healthcare workers who tried to alert the world regarding the onslaught of 2019-nCoV coronavirus then-soon-to-become-pandemic ( "facts want to be locked up" ). Now it's Pandemic!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

So WTF is this^b-s?!!! What d'U mean, "If the Palestinians cannot present a united front in negotiations, they should just be ignored until their enlightenment" - U pompous ass?!! Have U any idea what's been going on, why & - for how long?!

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Most interested parties agreed with the t w o - s t a t e solution: not one, not three; not refugee camps next to a de facto army barrack. We don't want a rerun of the conflict over the Free City of Danzig where Germans were cut off from Germans by a piece of Poland. Gaza city is similarly located relative to the West Bank. There is no longer-run peace ( lasting 70 years or more ) possible if the new state of Palestinians cannot hold off the Zionist expansion evident in Israel. Israel evicted their illegal settlers in Gaza by force so there was a chance for peace but no, hot-headed politicians hijacked the opportunity. Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount in defiance of the opinions of most international countries abroad to help his re-election. Of course, he was understandably upset by having evicted Jewish settlers from Gaza by force only to have Hamas be voted to/continued being in power in Gaza. Do the Palestinians want a three-state solution instead? That will likely take a few more generations at least.

It does seem that there is no real "Palestinians" but there are three groups of asylum seekers and refugees: in Lebanon being used by Iran as a power projector, in Gaza City being imprisoned by Israel with the help of Egypt, and on the West Bank being governed by the Palestinian Authority with the funding and occasional help of Israel. I believe that all three groups are not coherent due to religious ( Shia in southern Lebanon vs. Sunni in Gaza and West Bank,) political ( Hamas in Gaza vs. Palestinian Authority in West Bank vs. Iran in southern Lebanon,) and geographical ( Gaza vs. Lebanon vs. West Bank.) Negotiating with different groups individually may establish partial but unjust and short-lived peace with Israel would doubtlessly dominate due to the vast disparity of power.

The U.S. had provided an escape valve for many Jews. The greater New York area has many Jews, probably the greatest concentration of Jews in the whole world. Maybe if they consider the U.S. as the New Zion, there'll be no more problem with them going back to the Old Zion creating pressure to dispossess the Palestinians. I doubt that aside from the Jews, most peoples of the world are n o t clamoring for returning to our ancestral homeland in southern Africa. In far more than a figurative sense, the Jews are the asylum seekers and refugees par excellence. I understand the Jews' longing for a homeland and my own feelings associated with returning to the land of my birth or my ancestors but those places are now occupied by others. If I wanted to return to my ancestral lands, where would I go to since there are many? I don't have a single Zion to return to ! Home is where the heart is, I do remember but only trees need roots.

My Big Brother did go back to visit our Grandpa's land, though, where he had lived and played as a young child. Unsurprisingly, it created a commotion with a security guard but his high-social-status/rank companion calmed things down ( my Big Brother wasn't a spy or terrorist to be but an otherwise heir of the benefactor ). I understood my Big Brother's outrage ( which the Palestinians might very well relate to if they were to go back to visit their ancestral properties in present-day Israel and were shooed off ) because in a certain sense, Mom, in my Dad's being missing/absent as the rightful heir, had abandoned/donated/gifted all of what was left of the landed wealth ( except the personal residence to house my Dad's elderly mother [for the duration of her lifetime] who had previously donated wealth to fund war efforts to defend the people against the invaders--we took care of our elderly people even if we had to leave for livelihood and freedom; this wealth-for-elderly-care arrangement might have contributed to the caretakers' later imprisonment on corruption charges but things may n o t be what they seem to be to the politically or economically motivated zealots; besides, my Dad's mother herself had made the decision on the family splitting up and Mom was only the executor who worked with the caretakers ) to the people, somewhat like how Stanford University got "The Farm," and therefore eventually to the new owner/occupier--he was just there to take a few pictures for remembrance as an honored guest of theirs ( yeah, it's generally a bad idea to deviate from an itinerary prepared by a rigid hierarchy ). I appreciate knowing what had happened to our ancestral properties but I would rather not create any troubles with the present owner/occupier because we don't intend to go back, unlike the Jews ( who were/are unfortunately discriminated against and persecuted worldwide ) yearning to go back to Zion. Being innocuous is a reason why I like Google Earth and Google Maps because I can use them for visiting places virtually without creating a scene ( except for Russia, perhaps, which seemed to be very paranoid and policed online "invasions" such as looking at Russian trees ). The Palestinians are similarly asylum seekers and refugees as the Jews in Israel were.

Being a part of a nation means giving up some sovereignty so I see that "the Palestinian State" remains a mirage and its "people" should be ignored until "the Palestinians" reach their enlightenment about this. There is an opportunity now because both Saudi Arabia and Israel see the need to improve their relationship to counter the rising threat of Iran which is causing troubles in southern Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, Iraq, etc.

It's possible for diverse groups to become one nation. Look at Switzerland for example. ( The various pieces don't even share the same language ! ) It's been one " tough cookie." Before its birth into peace, Switzerland and its powerful neighbors had a lot of wars so eventually everyone got sick of them and decided to halt the endless wars and agree to and respect state sovereignty ( a kind of "rights" ) in the peace of Westphalia. The European royalties had been marrying with each other { British royalties' inbreeding creating "the Mad King" might have indirectly triggered the Revolutionary War for independence forming the U.S.A. } and got into many inheritance as well as religious wars [ many of them being funded with "credit" by Jewish bankers and thus preserving the diverse small states' independence ] for many centuries. Adam's idea of having God create sexual reproduction for Man so as to be like the animals caused many troubles over the ages and to this very day.

As the Fk U graduates of glans-penile Retardica should know about the lurching asylum-seeking turtle, "erection has its consequences."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Yes a "Palestine State" is a "mirage", especially as The Zionist-Apartheid Entity - has made 'the facts on the ground' (with Gaza & Bantustans etc.) impossible for any present or future - Independent Palestinian State. Ergo One State, with One Person; One Vote and anyone with more than one passport ... can vote with their feet! That's what happened in South Africa & the ZAE keeps making this the only solution now!

That is all I could make out from your psychobabble above, to which U keep adding ever more piffle and bunkum! Here's Bernie Sanders making considerably more sense than U ever could:

Again 'grapes' , stop spewing reactionary RW MSM talking-points on my threads. Short & succinct is ok however hogwash & twaddle is not! 2nd link above will provide U with all the info U need but don't want!

ad iudicium?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Shall we abort the destruct sequence? Global panic will slow greenhouse gas emission--God is coming to save the earth as promised in the Bible that it shall endure forever.

South Africa and Israel cooperated to create and test nuclear bombs because both of them were really scared-to-death and isolated apartheid or de facto apartheid governments. The U.S. globally monitors nuclear explosions for compliance with international treaties as well as its own national security.

Gamma rays can't come from comets falling into an ocean. It's basic physics! It's how I knew that the U.S. was pushing out a bullshit cover-up story after the initial news story of its satellite equipments having detected gamma rays. Of course, I also heard w e i r d explanations of world events from Radio Moscow in my childhood so propaganda was not one-sided. The simplest explanation that suffices to account for a l l of the facts is usually correct because a l l probabilities are less than or equal to one so a more intricate and contrived explanation ( such as a conspiracy theory ) requires more anded-steps whose probabilities do diminish the explanation's probability of being true.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

For Bernie on Super Tuesday, consider - "The Economics of The Future are somewhat different":

As per usual grapes my gripes are that your gropes for rational responses are going awry .. yet again! My response here will be my final word to U on this thread & are placed here while U are at only three paragraphs of piffle & twaddle, as further responses will only elicit further bunkum & hogwash from U!! Finally - as per this sub-thread ...

now fk off!!!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

"They've all come to look for America"

That beautiful and moving Bernie Sanders ad from 2016:


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Instead of spending $1.8 Trillion a year on Military Budgets and Weapons of Mass Destruction designed to kill each other - we can pool our resources as a planet, to fight our common enemy ... Climate Change"! - from Bernie's tweet, here …

I love the video, with the Paul Simon song that U've posted but such love, life & light is seriously jeopardized by what is going on in the US right now, as Oligarchy again tries to crush The 99%!

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax; fiat vita!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Americans can have nice things too but to do so we have to break the Military Industrial Complex and move the money wasted on the bloated military to things that are positive for humanity like education, transportation, healthcare and the environment.

To break the Military Industrial Complex we must get over the cult of the warrior ideology. We must seek truth, not lazily believe lies. There's a lot of work to be done. Don't give up. Always fight back.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Consider - ''The State of the Union Is Sick!''.. by Luke Savage:

"Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union was, unsurprisingly, depraved. But the speech showcased the kind of bloodthirsty rhetoric we can expect from his reelection campaign in the fall — rhetoric that a weak-tea centrist liberal candidate won't be able to defeat." Does DNC get it?! Do they even care?!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie Sanders has the inner strength, the passion of millions of hard working supporters, and a platform or compassion and love that will beat Trump in the fall.

No one will work harder to take down Trump than Bernie's supporters.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

And ''How Does Bernie Pay for His Major Plans?" Like this link below shows:

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Correcting lies going around Facebook and other social media about how Bernie Sanders will pay for Medicare For All. Lies saying that he'll tax the poorest people at a rate of 52% and a bunch of other garbage nonsense.

So great to see these Financial pages up on his website!!

Here are the TRUE details from his website verbatim:

Medicare for All

According to a February 15, 2020 study by epidemiologists at Yale University, the Medicare for All bill that Bernie wrote would save over $450 billion in health care costs and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year.

What our current system costs over the next decade:

Over the next ten years, national health expenditures are projected to total approximately $52 trillion if we keep our current dysfunctional system.

How much we will save:

According to the Yale study and others, Medicare for All will save approximately $5 trillion over that same time period.

$52 trillion - $5 trillion = $47 trillion total

How we pay for it:

Current federal, state and local government spending over the next ten years is projected to total about $30 trillion.

The revenue options Bernie has proposed total $17.5 Trillion

$30 trillion + $17.5 trillion = $47.5 Trillion total




Since 2016, Bernie has proposed a menu of financing options that would more than pay for the Medicare for All legislation he has introduced according to the Yale study.

These options include:

Creating a 4 percent income-based premium paid by employees, exempting the first $29,000 in income for a family of four.

In 2018, the typical working family paid an average of $6,015 in premiums to private health insurance companies. Under this option, a typical family of four earning $60,000, would pay a 4 percent income-based premium to fund Medicare for All on income above $29,000 – just $1,240 a year – saving that family $4,775 a year. Families of four making less than $29,000 a year would not pay this premium.

(Revenue raised: About $4 trillion over 10 years.)

Imposing a 7.5 percent income-based premium paid by employers, exempting the first $1 million in payroll to protect small businesses.

In 2018, employers paid an average of $14,561 in private health insurance premiums for a worker with a family of four. Under this option, employers would pay a 7.5 percent payroll tax to help finance Medicare for All – just $4,500 – a savings of more than $10,000 a year.

(Revenue raised: Over $5.2 trillion over 10 years.)

Eliminating health tax expenditures, which would no longer be needed under Medicare for All.

(Revenue raised: About $3 trillion over 10 years.)

Raising the top marginal income tax rate to 52% on income over $10 million.

(Revenue raised: About $700 billion over 10 years.)

Replacing the cap on the state and local tax deduction with an overall dollar cap of $50,000 for a married couple on all itemized deductions.

(Revenue raised: About $400 billion over 10 years.)

Taxing capital gains at the same rates as income from wages and cracking down on gaming through derivatives, like-kind exchanges, and the zero tax rate on capital gains passed on through bequests.

(Revenue raised: About $2.5 trillion over 10 years.)

Enacting the For the 99.8% Act, which returns the estate tax exemption to the 2009 level of $3.5 million, closes egregious loopholes, and increases rates progressively including by adding a top tax rate of 77% on estate values in excess of $1 billion.

(Revenue raised: $336 billion over 10 years.)

Enacting corporate tax reform including restoring the top federal corporate income tax rate to 35 percent.

(Revenue raised: $3 trillion ,of which $1 trillion would be used to help finance Medicare for All and $2 trillion would be used for the Green New Deal.)

Using $350 billion of the amount raised from the tax on extreme wealth to help finance Medicare for All. care costs and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Capitalism & Socialism mingle in every hour of our lives. Let's break the Billionaire Binary''!

Thank U bw, for your excellent excerpts explaining how Bernie pays for his aspirations for USA's 99%. Why pregnancy & childbirth; illness & injury & end of life, should be a source of corporate super profits throughout the U$A, is an utter mystery for most people living in most advanced capitalist nations. For folk who want to ''take a 'Red Pill' and go down the rabbit hole & see where it really leads'', consider:

Politico's Northrop-Grumman-sponsored, "Morning Defense" reports Bernie's surge has triggered "a rumble of uncertainty among contractors and their powerful political and military allies,” who fear "an unprecedented threat to the status quo" if he's elected! Just occasionally all is really very clear to us!

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Coronavirus shows how costly our piecemeal healthcare system is.

"Looming Coronavirus Threat in US Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave"

"Doubters may claim that our nation can't afford Medicare for All, but it's increasingly likely that we are about to discover just how costly our current system really is."


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget''! by Chris Hedges:

The Corona Virus'll affect the poor and working poor much worse, but The 1% don't care!

fiat justitia ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

We need to understand class.

Hedges points out: "The oligarchs are happy to talk about race. They are happy to talk about sexual identity and gender. They are happy to talk about patriotism. They are happy to talk about religion. They are happy to talk about immigration. They are happy to talk about abortion. They are happy to talk about gun control. They are happy to talk about cultural degeneracy or cultural freedom. They are not happy to talk about class."

Why not? Why do the wealthy and corporations not want to talk about class? What is meant by class?


It would be good for Americans to understand class, because identifying by class is a much more accurate and effective way to fight for your own interests.

Race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, etc., all of those things divide us up on things that really don't matter, that don't have any affect on our lives in terms of our economic quality of life. That is why the wealthy and corporations divide us up that way, to prevent us from having a more effective fight for our rights.

If we can manage to stand together with our own class, the working class, the poor, we can fight back for the things we need. If we're pitted against others in our own class, we are divided, and then we are, sadly, conquered.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Thanks to the Occupy movement, the American mainstream is doing something it hasn't done in decades—discussing the taboo topic of social class in America. Yes, there is a class war. It's been raging ever since Ronald Reagan was elected, ushering in three decades of spiraling economic inequality and a historically unprecedented upward grab of the nation's wealth. The Occupy movement mainstreamed the conversation about this war. Now politicians must at least pretend to pander to the interests of the 99 percent. That's revolutionary—at least for a one-year-old. By contrast, it took the women's suffrage movement 72 years—from its first convention in Seneca Falls, until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920—to secure women the right to vote, and we're still waiting for our first woman president. I'm sure pundits ridiculed that movement and declared it dead at many junctures during its persistent struggle.'' - from ...

''If we can manage to stand together with our own class, the working class, the poor, we can fight back for the things we need. If we're pitted against others in our own class, we are divided, and then we are, sadly, conquered.'' Thanx bw. Trust U to say in 2 lines, what it'd take me 8 lines & 2 paras to say. Keep keeping on - FOR THE 99% ...

hic et ubique; nunc et semper!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Duterte, Trumpanzee's well-admired-and-modeled-after teacher, is helping the U.S. to demilitarize. Trumpanzee, Trumpanzee, Trumpanzee!

Red Fuckgina has sent over masks ( can we legally wear masks for health in the virginity of the U.S. now that WHO has already declared a global public health emergency and this one may have already become a pandemic? ) to help the Filipinos to acquaint with their future destiny ( in order to show s o l i d a r i t y with the Hong Kongers in the past protests? ) unless Japan wants to expand there first. Japanese military swords' sharpness must have been on par with or near legendary Damascus-steel daggers'. My Mom spent quite a bit of money in order to buy a pair of very expensive Japanese-made scissors, whose maker had probably converted from making military swords to making tailoring scissors. I had used that pair of scissors so it intrigues me how a Japanese military sword which could slice in half through f i v e prisoners at once would handle and feel like in service of peace and the motherly love for a son leaving soon for a faraway extremely cold place. They were extremely effective at killing Chinese civilians in the Rape of Nanking/Nanjing, no need by anyone for the boring and non-"sanguine" nuclear bombs made in the U.S.A. They killed far more and efficiently.

Have you seen the readying-for-death old fogies from New York cavorting with the springbreak streakers on Florida beaches? Ahhh, flick a birdie in Florida sunshine! We "are not some banana republic" ( weren't we smart not to be an empire anymore? ) because we are "a glans-penile Retardica" excluding red Utah so short-donnie trumpanzee can shove it but to no avail, aside from being caught in the damned rabbit hole and just waiting to be rescued. Near the end of the major storm's spate of pounding rain in the afternoon { so I now understand why the Free City of Danzig became such a hush-hush subject }, a huge turtle ( likely having been flushed out from the forested stream bank where I had seen the gorgeous bed of yellow chrysanthemums next to my Grandma's cottage or nearly drowned by the torrent of the mountain stream ) lumbered across our frontyard, miserably lurching its glans-penile head searching for higher grounds. Poor turtle! .. 活著。

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

The Military Industrial Complex is the source of U.S. strength and it has served our nation well ever since the devastating wars of the twentieth century. Unprecedented peace on a global scale didn't come about through education, transportation, healthcare, or the environment but the underpinning of U.S. military strength. There are evil people in the World so let it be known that they shall taste the fruits of their evil deeds as meted out by the U.S. will for peace and prosperity for all. To that we pledge our fortunes, armed forces, economy, and everything else if need be. If they engage in extra-territorial assassinations, the U.S. can do them better due to our informational awareness ( Newton's third law is but a corollary of the preservation of information despite that some information only becomes conscious when it's called for ). If they have nuclear weapons, we have far more and we must use them en masse ( the only way to make untrustworthy parties to "trust" each other's self-preservation interest--Mutual Assured Destruction is sane ) to resolve the conflicts if need be. There is life after a nuclear war as evidenced by Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

If you look at Japan and Germany, no doubt being counted among our staunchest allies, we have many troops stationed there for many decades, although mainly due to geographical reasons of the Cold War rather than having the troops there so that Americans can lord it over our "new colonies". If the U.S. had sought colonies, why didn't we just hold onto the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and so on en route to Berlin? If you look at why there are so many new countries formed after WWII, you will see that many came from the breakup of the British Empire. Which country had the power to make Great Britain cede its rule over so many overseas lands? None other than the U.S. Yeah, I'm a bit ashamed of the vestiges of the American Empire days ( such as gobbling up various pieces of the Spanish Empire such as Puerto Rico, ) probably a bit like the British are, regarding the Opium Wars and Hong Kong. Being neither a U.S.-born nor a U.S.-raised teenager when my family was issued visas to immigrate to the U.S.A, I honestly didn't know much about the old karma of the U.S.

My Big Brother did point out to me the Puerto Ricans on the streets of Manhattan but the mathematically 'zeroth individual'/in confusing-for-millennia-English 'first one' whom I had talked with was a classmate who tried to be friendly to a "fresh-off-of-a-transcontinental-Boeing-707" kid and spoke English using a bit of what struck me as being "peculiar" grammar. I myself was still linguistically disoriented so I didn't know whether it was he or I who was actually being "peculiar".

I always felt that our family was culturally very peculiar. We drank very hotly { Boeing 707's "hot" water was vastly inadequate for our brewing so we needed a spoon from a flight attendant to sink the floating tea leaves after Mom's having ripped all three of our teabags apart } brewed tea ( the kids also drank sodas but they'd never been called "soft drinks" ) but served coffee and eggs poached in ¡boiled! Coca-Cola together with the cola to guests. Mom wouldn't let me drink any of the excess left-over coffee from the guests' visits saying that it was reserved for adults, too strong for a kid, with a hushed voice which I associated with what might sound like her reaction upon detecting an inconvenient spontaneous penile erection on a kid like me, ready to spray. While Dad was U-"sunk" in WWII Battle of the Atlantic, she babysat on an estate so a coffee-full baby boy could have sprayed her. Could it be true that she had experienced coffee's diuretic effect herself before? Incidentally, German has many "sch" syllables associated with feminine hush-hush "bad," "terrible," or "weak" vocabulary words so it's one of the reasons ( others include the assignment of the genders of nouns ) why I consider German as being a patriarchal language. Dad brought home to my Big Brother a bicycle from the U.S.A. A traffic policeman whistled after him on his bicycle to "arrêt" him for riding his bicycle "without brakes". He was released after he had come to a stop proving to the policeman that he indeed had hidden brakes so an "arrêt" precluded his arrest. U.S. ¿female? natives ( who seem to be more verbally inclined and articulate than the males; yeah, "I can see Russia from my house" on redtube which had spawned Orange-utan; my Mom would have said, "I stared into the beady black { fake } eyeballs of my arctic-fox pelt { from using her preschooler, me, as a ¿cudgel? to ¿shake Dad down?.. in any case, Dad thereafter, contributed greatly to the stability, well-being, and progress of our family so I had tamed Dad } and I saw a soul that I could comprehend" ) should be very careful while driving in Quebec because the STOP signs there have ARRÊT painted on them but no STOP word. It'd be a very lame excuse to drive beyond an ARRÊT sign without stopping, be arrested, and claim that it wasn't a STOP sign!

The U.S. does have excellent historical and geopolitical reasons for being the World Police: we are the nation of the Departed Souls of the Old World; we have peoples, cultures, and descendants of every country; we have wide-open oceans on both of our coasts where our political, economic, and military power centers are located so we must have at least two strongest navies in the World to span and patrol the two largest oceans; we have settled longtime ago disputes with our continental neighbors: no matter what our ignorant Orange-utan ( it's an aberration ) had said regarding our neighbors, we have had largely non-hostile neighbors and perhaps even close allies for centuries so we neither need nor have large armies guarding much of our land borders. Hence, our defense frontiers had to be expanded overseas for buffering space ( as amply demonstrated already by Imperial Japan's attacks on the U.S. in WWII. ) We had tried isolationist policies after WW1, they failed miserably for both ourselves as well as the World most unfortunately. We tried to play American Empire but it was a sad chapter, in my opinion, and probably the opinion of many Americans as well. If countries think that we send our troops to take their land, it just doesn't make much sense because the U.S. already has much still-undeveloped land. Why should our soldiers fight for something we already have at home and we neither need nor want more? For these reasons, the U.S. is well-suited to being the World Police. Our Destiny is to haunt the Old World because there are values we do stand and die for.

Of course, the geopolitical situation has changed greatly since the end of WWII. Japan and Germany have not only recovered from the devastation of wars but become wealthy and prosperous countries with rather profound culturally ingrained orientation towards peace and antiwar. I think that it's a good time for them to assume more responsibility to protect themselves, mainly against the idiotic remnants of "loser" ideology. Russia is just rusting ( it's actually living up to its name's red-color origin, Rust-ia in etymological terms, ) no matter how many extra-territorial assassinations it has carried out. Killing doesn't impress me. Annexing Crimea and fomenting unrest on its borders were just "shooting itself in the foot" politically and economically. Yep, Poo Tin the Great balances a big-and-full chamber pot on his head while kneeling inside a self-made circle. ( I fear for the stability of Russia when the day eventually comes when someone else must take over control; the high concentration of power poses a transitional risk--I don't see an institutional replacement in place as Russia is Poo Tin's and Poo Tin is Russia ). Russia has nowhere near the glory of the achievements of the former U.S.S.R. ( first in Space in multiple areas, first to explore the planets, etc. ) If the Russian Federation wants to have another arms race, give it--noblesse oblige. The federation can be broken up for prosperity.

I do recognize that the U.S. militarily outspent approximately the next eight largest-military-spending countries combined and most of these being U.S. allies so yeah, I did feel that it was somewhat obscene to "parade our military." I know how the Florida sunshine attracts the readying-for-death old fogies from New York but we are not cavorting streakers on springbreak on Florida beaches!

We can probably reduce our military commitments as we gradually shift them to our now fully grown-up allies or if our benighted opponents see the light and reduce their belligerence and military spending. The DPRK and Iran, frankly speaking, have nothing better to do than to threaten the U.S. in order to prop up their regimes. Most military weapons end up becoming so much waste and never having been used in combat ( the best case ) but their elimination requires the enlightenment of the hearts and minds of the world leaders. An event akin to the Chernobyl nuclear accident which triggered the breakup of the U.S.S.R. doesn't come along often. The 2019-nCoV has the potential to match that and perhaps it can show up the inadequacy of the U.S. healthcare "system." On my last check, the rich people are NOT living inside of BSL-4 level bio-containments ( even if they were, their desire for M O A R money would breach BSL-4 safeguards, as Obama had put it well that jettisoning the engines of our aircraft would surely make it fly higher so indeed the Retards who believe in godly freedom would do it via wanton deregulation: OMG while streaking "eureka"--"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free { of the heavy aircraft engines weighing us down } at last! ).

Why do people join Cheatos Wall Street? They want to become "crooks" and "cheats" with [in]Fidelity like the Orange-utan! I've only heard one silica-irritant generator say so.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie Sanders leads National poll.


Bernie Sanders 27% Joe Biden 24% Elizabeth Warren 14% Pete Buttigieg 11%

So, here we see it, the seeds of Occupy beginning to bloom.

President Bernie Sanders! Bring it on!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Sanders: "Something big is happening across the country. We are going to finish the political revolution we started." - from:

dum spiro, spero!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders is surging in South Carolina too.


Yes, something big is happening. Americans are sick and tired of paying for a bloated military and subsidizing the rich and corporations.

They want healthcare and education and infrastructure, better wages and workers' rights and an overall better quality of life, like other countries have.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''The Berniegeddon is upon us! It’s France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It’s the Russians! It’s the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives!'' - from ...

et spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

"The Sanders campaign’s communications director, Mike Casca, responded with somber astonishment that a national news network would liken the campaign of a Jewish presidential candidate to the Third Reich...

I expect Sanders’s opponents to say ridiculous things as they watch him pull away. It’s primary season; if you’re losing and still acting reasonable, you aren’t trying hard enough. But to watch MSNBC, the so-called “liberal” network, sink into this kind of venomous Fox News-worthy nonsense is a bright, blinking warning light for the entire institution of U.S. journalism."

The establishment wing of the Democratic Party and its cohort of faux-progressive media mouthpieces have been confronted by their own senescence after so many decades of poorly managed control, and they are not liking the taste of it. Even if they manage to thwart Sanders’s nomination with brazenly undemocratic power moves at the convention, the party will never be the same after 2016 and this year’s elections. The writing is on the wall, and it is making them scream on live television.

The dinosaurs have seen the meteor, and it’s coming by way of Brooklyn and Vermont.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Chris Matthews Has Sanders Derangement Syndrome!" by the ever insightful, Juan Cole:


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Last Night Showed Establishment Is Still Powerful & the Castle Walls Are High" .. by Wm. Rivers Pitt:

Alas I think Warren came 3rd in Massachusetts & is done but will stay until DNC, as that will hurt Bernie!


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

The Establishment won on Tuesday. The actions of the Establishment including PAC money that paid for ads, Clyburn in SC, nasty criticism from Hillary Clinton, an MSM clearly pushing Biden, the Klobuchar and Buttigieg endorsements, etc etc is what won Super Tuesday. Joe Biden did nothing to win, he barely even campaigned.

What is telling is how confused and ranty he was during his acceptance speech.

From truthout article above and what we must remember:

"It’s important to note that even with Biden’s successes yesterday taken into account, the delegate tally between the two candidates will likely remain close."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Joe Biden Is The White Moderate Dr. King Warned Us About''! by K.W.Savali:

from which, I excerpt ... "Joe Biden, the architect of the 1994 Crime Bill and former U.S. Vice-President, is not as slick as he thinks he is. In fact .. he is a cliché, a stock photo, an avatar, for every single liberal white man who believes that just because he’s not a member of the Republican Party or an adherent to the most virulent white supremacist policies, that he can disguise his rancid racism behind “Aw shucks,I just tell it like it is” performative politic-ing and Black people will just fall in line.Because at least he is not Donald Trump.''!

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie Beats Trump. Tom'w Vote Sanders, Tuesday, March 10th in the following states:

Michigan Mississippi Idaho Washington North Dakota Missouri

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Biden'd veto Medicare For All if it ever reached his desk & so we know he's on Big Pharma & Banking Corps' side! USA needs to focus Tuesday Morning Tuesday Thoughts & its Tuesday Motivation to add to the "Bernie Surge" in Michigan Primary, Missouri Primary et al! from ...

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Wisconsin primary despite COVID19 today.

Not sure what to say about this. Seems ridiculous for people to be voting when they should be social distancing. Pandemic can spread further because of this irresponsible decision.

And, don't forget Biden pushing people to vote.

BUT, if you do vote, vote for BERNIE SANDERS! He's the only one that has the people's back, 100% of the time!

"Wisconsin holds its primary election in the middle of a pandemic"


[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"If progressive movement still turns out to vote for Sanders .. in the remaining primary contests, he can tie  - or even overtake  -  Biden's delegate lead." from:

spero meeliora ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 4 years ago

To Make Trump happy, they hope to restrict and limit voting. “Less vote is better” Trump and Republican think tank policy


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

40 Wisconsin voters get COVID 19.

"Forty people in Milwaukee County may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of participating in Wisconsin elections on April 7."


While this is criminal, our elections must continue by mail.

Trump of course wins when fewer people vote so he's pushing false claims of fraud. How is counting mail any different from counting our paper ballots?


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

So ... "Joe is failing. Not only has his campaign been rocked by sexual assault allegations from one-time staffer Tara Reade, but the public is beginning to give up on the former vice president. A new Emerson College poll showed 57 percent of likely voters - think President Trump will win reelection in November." - from ...

holy fkn shit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Why U$A's MSM hates Bernie Sanders

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Campaign against Sanders on ‘antisemitism’ for his criticism of Israel begins in earnest'', by Philip Weiss:

from which: "In recent days, a group calling itself ''Democrats Against Anti-Semitism'' has begun an earnest campaign to inject the discourse with the idea that Bernie Sanders, historically the leading Jewish politician ever to run for president, is an antisemite because of his positions on Israel. That group joins New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss and others in seizing on the urgent task of vilifying Sanders. They evidently aim to “Corbyn-ize” him by parroting smears used effectively against the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"Sanders is a target because he has taken the strongest stances in favor of Palestinian human rights that any major candidate for the presidency has ever adopted. He has denounced the killings of Palestinian protesters in no uncertain terms, he has repeatedly called for the end of the Gaza siege so as to end a humanitarian disaster in the strip, he has said that he would condition military aid to Israel because of its unending settlement project and disrespect for Palestinian human rights, he has called Netanyahu a racist, and, worst of all, called for an “evenhanded” U.S. policy with respect to Israel and Palestine. All this, while saying that he is proudly Jewish, lived on an Israeli kibbutz as a young man, and supports Israel’s existence/favors a two-state solution.''

caveat emptor!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

“Noam Chomsky: 'Bernie Sanders Has Inspired - A Mass Popular Movement'”!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders ‘Has Absolutely Infuriated The Liberal Establishment.’''~{:-)

''Sanders' 'crime was to organize an ongoing political movement,' says Chomsky.''

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Consider ''Medicare for All Would Cut Poverty by Over 20 Percent''! by Matt Bruenig:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Reducing Medical Out-of-Pocket Expenses means more money in people's pockets and a big reduction in poverty.

"What this means is that, by eliminating medical out-of-pocket expenses, Medicare for All would reduce head-count poverty by 19 percent, reduce the overall poverty gap by 22 percent, and increase poor people’s incomes by 29 percent. Indeed, M4A’s elimination of MOOP expenses would contribute more to the incomes of the poor than the earned income tax credit currently does. This makes M4A one of the most potent anti-poverty programs proposed thus far in the current presidential race."

From: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/09/medicare-for-all-poverty-out-of-pocket-expenses

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Bernie on U$A's Healthcare: "American families are paying an $8,000 tax because of the greed of the health care industry. Don't take it from me. Take it from all these economists. 'Medicare for All' means huge savings for working people and guaranteed health care for all." from WP article embedded here:

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Capitalism must not mean mass deprivation. Socialism must not mean mass enslavement.

"We all breathe the same air."

For the first time in all human history, neither mass deprivation nor mass enslavement need be tolerated, for we have the means ( sunlight is widely available; solar-generated electricity is transmissible over vast distances without great loss so its global transmission may alleviate the need for its storage because electricity can outrun the Earth's rotation which makes the Sun move in the sky; abundant cheap electricity can make most needs and wants satiable; of course, it presumes that we'll have victory over those people who work and die hard in order to achieve the Microsoft default state for lightbulbs--dark; when I had first heard of why there would be a global internet, I thought it being unlikely because who but altruistic people would want to help out and pay for delivering other people's messages? it turned out that most people did because of what they could get by getting other people to deliver their own messages; internet users pay to keep the internet up and running { overcoming the ill-willed bad actors } although they can disconnect from it if they want to, ) the ends, but the will to reach for what's rightfully ours. To the laborers go the fruits of the labor.

Why do we labor? To care for and serve others ( if there is a decompression on an airplane flying at high altitude, the more capable ones such as a parent should put on the dropped oxygen mask first before helping the less capable ones such as a child put on its; it's logical and rational if one works through to the likely consequences; doing that first doesn't detract from the aim because making oneself capable is a precondition as well as a means for serving others; one kid said it well, "your mud-made god couldn't even keep itself intact while crossing the lake, not to mention its ability to carry any other person on its back safely across ) however mundane or inconsequential their needs may seem to us. Someone certainly "cared about" helping me to get rid of the terrible zit on my adolescent face so they had created the formula for an anti-acne cream. Sometimes "the mole hill" IS the mountain. The zit was to me, a pubescent teenager, more prominently displayed than the Baekdu mountain!

Substantive equality requires that A=A, that A=B implies B=A, and that A=B and B=C implies A=C. What does the Fifth Amendment right mean in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial if there is the Total Information Awareness from the pan-domestic surveillance operations? Never wear a beard or one could end up being like the Stalin impostor who had pretended not to be a Muslim terrorist to fool the deep Artificial Intelligence.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Good Grief Grapes! Great Going!! I could understand and agree with most of what U say ^there^!!! At least up to Para 3/of the first 4!!!! Ergo, fyi while we're on a roll, please consider this by R.R.Raymond:

omnia causa fiunt!

PS: Sadly U added to what U first wrote, such that it's back to your usual blather. Ho hum. Good luck.

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

In my experience, an extrinsic jolt out of the ordinary course of events was often necessary for "getting out of the ruts." In my case, I had multiple jolts in my early childhood amounting to new, foreign, and enriched environments.

It's the same thing for the thirteen original American colonies. The jolt was the blockade of their seaports by the British Navy. It's an extrinsic jolt from across East American Salty Lake (I keep on using these American nomenclature to establish that historically these great oceans had already been referred to by an American citizen as being American as early as the year 2019 C.E. to establish American residency, fishing, mineral, and antimatter/carcinogenic weapon-testing rights { however, mutagenesis such as that induced by plutonium is to be welcomed as accelerated evolution, should one greatly expand the population, separate them into ghettos for better incest and more inbreeding, and cull all of the unfit individuals under the auspice of the 》Übermenshen《 project; the Jews in Europe were indeed "the Chosen People," albeit only chosen for a short while by the operations of the "what the powerful and sharp Damascus-steel Germany can't, nobody can" Nazis who had scaled up the operations of the White-American eugenics movement which didn't know of DNA, print out the "by-Jove" human genome, mess with comment delimiters, decipher macros' delimiters, tweak them, examine the packaging of methods into classes, initiate instantiation of classes into objects, invoke methods to execute the genetic code to observe the effects of the tweaks, editing, splices, and changes on the phenotypes in order to sell more drugs, create more Fake Money known as credit, probably invented originally by the Gold-, Silver-, -stein, -man, etc., and thereby capture more of the real money from the worker bees by raising rents and creating inflation } in case of a dispute such as with those immovable aircraft carriers built in West American Warm Salty Lake.)

Switzerland with its peculiar multilingual and rather different cultural cantons formed out of centuries of religious wars until just about every participant got tired of the wars. What united those cantons ( which in Americanism, one would have called them "hillbillies" at the time but definitely not so anymore ) was the threats from their vastly more powerful and stronger neighbors. It's again an extrinsic jolt of peace ( rather amazingly lasting!) after much bloodshed due to the struggles over the Reformation. Switzerland was the "DMZ" demarcated after peace had been established after centuries of Christian wars between the northern European Protestant Christian countries and the southern European Catholic Christian ones. In a number of ways, I myself had lived through life situations analogous to what Switzerland did. After preposterous accusations and recriminations, tiny but high-ranking parts of the warring factions got tired of it all and decided to transcend the partisanship by cutting secretly through the Gordian knot. Sacrifice had been made in secret so redemption became possible. Some possible results of making sacrifices may include being imprisoned for a long time or being assassinated.

Many places from around the world with an excessive unemployment problem also have needs and wants. A good economy just means that these are looked after and being largely satisfied locally. My focus on caring about and serving others is what can trigger the increased linkage among people who may then make more connections to satisfy their mutual needs and wants.

In the beginning, the U.S. had no gold, no silver, no precious stones, but forests and soil. Mexico had gold, silver, and precious stones but these might have precisely been the reasons why Mexico hadn't developed better than the U.S. The U.S. had needs and wants and was willing to ( or in the U.S. South, force the African slaves to { Whites were just genetically inferior and died like flies in colonizing tropical malaria-infested regions such as equatorial Africa } ) toil for satisfying them. The U.S. was largely left alone by colonial powers such as Spain due to its having no gold, no silver, and no precious stones.

The Cetaceans such as the dolphins are unlikely to make breakthroughs in harnessing electricity as we did despite their having high brain-to-body-mass ratios and being rather intelligent. Salty water shorts out electrically powered machineries. Humans made the electrical breakthroughs because a long long time ago our venturesome quadrupedal ancestors had crawled out of the salty and wet oceans onto the foreign environment, land. Of course, if the dolphins and we can communicate and educate each other ( extrinsic contacts, cultural { e.g. local food and specialized environmentally well-adapted dwellings such as an igloo } and/or sexual { e.g. a good, timely, and God-decreed-for-preserving-the-bestowed-eternal-life-which-becomes-possible-once-again-when-the-male-female-physical-cleavage-requested-by-Adam-to-become-more-like-the-animals-has-been-healed-by-mating-to-create-new-life-via-the-children-despite-God's-"you-will-surely-die"-warning "be fruitful, multiply, and fill up all the earth" fuck can confer on offspring the disease resistance against malaria, the lactose tolerance, and heating/cooling bodily enhancements such as extra-wide < Blacks are racially inferior for surviving in an austere cold climate due to excessive body-heat/moisture loss and the greater need for consuming more calories in a food-limited environment; many polar bears and Russians are massive-relative-to-surface-area to minimize heat loss; don't force a leggy-thin wide-nosed sickle-cell-anemic African to live in frigid Siberia! > or extra-thin/long < Whites are racially inferior doing strenuous jobs, exercises, dances, and sports due to their obstructed oxygen flow > air-intake inlets and exhaust mufflers } with "aliens" superior in some areas can elevate as long as the negative effects can be controlled, ) they may learn how to work with electricity in their salty and watery environment, too. There are gates at various technological and well-being levels. Success at one level is often required for diffusing into the next more sophisticated or advanced level ( it's much easier if one has a superior friend/guide and rival to model after and compete with as a standard to better.) Without electricity, there is no electrical computers. Without electrical computers, there is simply no deep Artificial Intelligence!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

https://www.democracynow.org/ ! < GO WATCH THIS!

Because I ain't reading THAT^! < Can U guess why?

D'U ever read the linked articles? < Maybe consider it?

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Could Be America’s First Feminist President'' by Sara Matthiesen:

''The Sanders campaign’s feminism understands that individual success stories and piecemeal reforms are no match for the interlocking systems of oppression.''

spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

A ''Coalition of Women Urges Everyone to Join Movement Supporting Sanders - to Secure a 'Feminist Future'''! by Jessica Corbett:

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders praises 'courageous' Jeremy Corbyn for 'revitalising democracy''':

This is from 2017 .. the last time UK Tories thought they'd wipe out Labour under Corbyn!

December 12 is UK General Election date & a PotUS Sanders & PM Corbyn...is possible!

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

2020 The Year of President Bernie Sanders!

Happy New Year everyone!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Note: "... only Bernie can be counted on to bring a moral and logical clarity to the question of war." - from …

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie is going to win.


"Against all odds, it looks like Bernie Sanders might be the Democratic nominee after all" by Max Burns

"Biden and Buttigieg have split the center of the party — and polls show Democratic voters are unexpectedly looking for a much more progressive candidate"

"Just last week, the Sanders campaign blew the doors off its fourth quarter fundraising, generating a staggering $34.5 million. Warren raised an impressive $21.2 million. Combined, that more than doubles Joe Biden’s $22.7 million haul. Divided though they may be, the death of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party appears greatly exaggerated."

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

After #TrumpFearsBernie was trending on twitter all day yesterday Trump tweeted this:

"Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!"

Bernie's reply tweet: "It means you’re going to lose."

Game on. Bernie will win if the Democratic primaries are not rigged. His policies are crazy popular. Americans want Medicare For All, they want free/affordable education, they want environmental protections and they want a non-establishment candidate.

After Trump's followers realize that Bernie is also anti-establishment and that Trump has betrayed them, they will flock to Bernie.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Just listen to .. "Bernie Sanders' closing statement at his Fox News town hall (- to see) why Donald Trump knows he's in trouble!" #TrumpFearsBernie for sure & The GOP/DNC know it!

ad iudicium!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders crushing new Iowa poll.

New York Times/ Siena Iowa Poll: Sanders: 25% Buttigieg: 18% Biden: 17% Warren: 15% Klobuchar: 8% All others 3% and below.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders also winning in NH in CNN poll.

NEW CNN/University of NH pol with net change since October:

Bernie Sanders 25% (+4) Joe Biden 16% (+1) Mayor Pete Buttigieg 15% (0) Elizabeth Warren 12% (-6) Amy Klobuchar 6% (+1) Tulsi Gabbard 5% (0) Andrew Yang 5% (0)

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

To spite Bernie & USA's 99% AND ''With Biden Floundering; Democratic Establishment Considers Clinton and Kerry''! by William Rivers-Pitt:

please also note .. ''The old bulls of today’s Democratic establishment are bereft of new ideas, and cling to their vividly failed policies and beaten candidates with frustrating vigor. As in 1972 ... they seem more focused on maintaining control of the party than in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. If they pull a similar stunt this time around because they fear a party run by someone outside their calcified little circle of RW power, you may as well hand the election to Trump the November after next.'' In corroboration, also fyi...


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

USA's ''Educators Give More to Bernie Sanders Than Other 2020 Democrats'' - by Yue Stella Yu:

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders, at Detroit Rally with Rashida Tlaib, calls on audience to Believe in a Better Future.'' by Eoin Higgins:

''It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done''! Bernie fans need to get ready: For The Fight v DNC!

et spero meliora...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Oh Dear; oh dear! "Democratic pro-Israel group attacks Bernie Sanders"!! ~ by Michael F. Brown:

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

The ''Racist Stephen Miller Must Go - Activists and Lawmakers Say'' by Alexis Goldstein:

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Stephen Miller's affinity for White Nationalism.


This guy has no place in American government. We will need a Bernie Sanders government to turn this thing around!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

And so ''CNN's Debate Performance was Villainous and Shameful'' by the excellent Matt Taiibi:

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

CNN debate was a travesty, biased and quite frankly nasty.

"Rolling Stone" did a great job of outlining in full detail what happened at the CNN "debate" which is good because we should never forget it.

Women, in particular, better be careful this time around about supporting a woman just because she's a woman. That's not a good enough reason.

Ultimately, the reason that whole debacle occurred and the reason why CNN is now putting forth Warren as the leading candidate and attacking Sanders so vehemously is because the establishment has figured out that BIDEN CAN'T BEAT TRUMP!

The reasons Biden can't beat Trump are several: He doesn't have the charisma. He doesn't have the passionate following. He doesn't have a great record. He's not energetic. And the biggie: The Ukraine scandal, the impeachment of Trump involves Biden and information will be coming out about the Biden's. So, Biden is basically out and who is left?

Warren and Sanders are left (not a pun). So, the attack begins on Sanders as they boost up Warren because they'll take her over Sanders.

Hence, the photo op after the debate of Warren surrounded by women getting selfies with her. Just friggin' sickening. And, hence the microphone being on when she screeches to Bernie "Did you call me a liar on national t.v.?" as if she didn't do the same to him. Unreal.

And, if we learn anything from Corbyn's loss in the UK it's that you have to stand up to the unfairness of the media, to the lies and call it out wherever it is because if you don't, those who don't pay attention will think the media is right and will just go along with the attempted brainwashing.

Fight back Bernie. Get nasty back if you have to.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

A Contested Convention is DNC's goal and so Bernie’s Base should start to get ready NOW!

Consider: "The DNC is already making some pretty brazen power plays, and it’s time to get ready."

Then there's this .. https://twitter.com/ibrahimpols/status/1219371279159087104 (AOC) and this ...


So most definitely "Fight back Bernie. Get nasty back if you have to" 'cause The 99% need U!

consilio et animis …

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Nina turner slams DNC over convention nominations.


"The DNC should be ashamed of itself, because it really is a slap in the face to folks who were asking for reform, and if the DNC believes that it's going to get away in 2020 with what it did in 2016, it has another thing coming," Nina Turner, the national co-chairwoman of the Sanders campaign, said about the list during a Monday interview with Status Coup.

The list shows dozens of nominations of officials who would organize this year's convention and oversee the creation of the party's platform, and generated outrage in some liberal circles. Among those on the list is former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who was nominated to the Rules Committee. Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a critic of Sanders, was nominated to be co-chairman of the Rules Committee."

Yes, John Podesta. You read that right. Damn straight the Sanders campaign MUST prepare now for a contested convention!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Re. Bernie, ''AIPAC Front Group Running Negative Ads .. In Iowa!''

It's not just Corp.Dems/DNC on Bernie's case! Question is: Who else?

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Democratic Majority for Israel is a front for AIPAC triggered by the fact that Bernie Sanders wants to treat Israelis and Palestinians equally and give Palestinians their rights and basic human dignity - according to the Kyle Kulinski video above.

Attack ads they've paid for say Bernie can't beat Trump when Bernie is the only one that can beat Trump!

They even bring up Bernie's health. The ads seem benign and even sweet but they tell people that Bernie can't beat Trump when that is the farthest thing from the truth. Bernie is the best candidate to beat Trump.

Here's the proof. Look at all of these polls, poll after poll:



Kyle wisely sees through the foreign money coming from AIPAC as being just as bad as foreign money in our politics from any other country be it Russia, Saudi Arabia, anywhere!

We should be running our elections without outside influence from anywhere, including Israel! I agree with him that we need to fight back against these forces. Kyle Kulinski says "Fight!"

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Alan Dershowitz vows to campaign against Bernie Sanders 'state to state' if Sanders gets the nomination. He also previews the sleazy smear tactics that will be used: Sanders - he says (to Larry King) .. 'tolerates anti-Semitism among the hard-hard-left'!" from …



[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Your link made me so fkn angry that in an attempt at self-preserving restraint, I suggest that U direct it at resident OWS Forum, GOPlite Establishment Dem &/or DNC stooge factsrfun, because his factRfukt re. Bernie Sanders & the RW Corp. Dem pathology, NOT mine imo, lol! Anyway, try here too:

From yr link: "Some Democratic primary voters say they don't trust the Democratic National Committee to run a fair primary process'' - yes, right & of course. A better observation from your link, which is titled: "25% of Bernie Sanders' supporters don't trust the Democratic National Committee to run a fair 2020 primary'' may be; "Why Only 25%?" Do 75% of Dems think the Dem PotUS Nomination process is free & fair?!!! That DNC is not Corporate Con'troll'ed?!! That this is not/won't be .. happening again?!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie Sanders on democratic socialism. His views make other Democrats look weak when they pretend they are working for the benefit of the people. And, no matter what happens in the primary, Sanders' will have victory in having pushed the platform of all major candidates to the left.

From truthout link above:

"I’ll tell you what I believe in terms of democratic socialism. I agree with what goes on in Canada and in Scandinavia: guaranteeing healthcare to all people as a human right. I believe that the United States should not be the only major country on Earth not to provide paid family and medical leave. I believe that every worker in this country deserves a living wage and that we expand the trade union movement.

I happen to believe also that what, to me, democratic socialism means is we deal with an issue we do not discuss enough, Jorge, not in the media and not in Congress. You’ve got three people in America owning more wealth than the bottom half of this country. You’ve got a handful of billionaires controlling what goes on in Wall Street, the insurance companies and in the media. Maybe, just maybe, what we should be doing is creating an economy that works for all of us, not 1%. That’s my understanding of democratic socialism." - Bernie Sanders

And, good point about why don't 100% of Dems understand that it is corporate controlled and that primaries are unfair. I do think, however, that 25% is better than none and is a good sign that people are waking up. Not to mention that 42% of American voters identify as "Independent." and therefore can be assumed to question the primary process in the first place.

42% of voters are Independent, 30% of voters are Democrats, 26% of voters are Republicans

From: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245801/americans-continue-embrace-political-independence.aspx

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Maybe "an economy that works for all of us" - occurs when citizens are educated in compassionate reasoning & motivated by reasoned compassion & when all parasitisms of Private Pecuniary Profit as ONLY accounted for by The Tyranny of Double Entry Book-Keeping - that does NOT account for The Externalities of Finance & Industrial Capitalism NOR of Fiat Money; are exposed and then .. corrected!

On a somewhat significantly lighter (yet possibly profoundly serious) note ... re. the "42% of voters", NB:

Finally & on a much more sobering note & per the OP, reflect upon this thread:

dum spiro, spero; verum ex absurdo et caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

So, consider - ''Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?'' .. by Serbulent Turan:

spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''The IRS Admits It Doesn’t Audit the Rich Because It’s Too Hard - only poor people have to pay back unpaid taxes'' - by Luke Darby:

''The Internal Revenue Service is in a bind. The agency's job is to collect the taxes that fund everything else in the government, from Social Security to the Post Office to Medicaid to the military's endless conflicts across the globe. But the IRS is struggling: According to Vox, Americans owe a cumulative $131 billion in unpaid taxes, enough to completely fund the Department of Education for two years. The bulk of that money is owed by the wealthiest people in the country, yet the IRS isn't attempting to collect it from them. Instead, as IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig confirmed in a letter to Congress recently, the agency literally can't afford to audit the rich, so it's pursuing the poor instead.''

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

The IRS doesn't audit the rich, let's face it, because the government doesn't want to!

The Republicans have de-funded the IRS so now it claims it cannot afford to audit the rich because it takes so much more effort. Hog wash. They de-funded the IRS purposefully.

It's no different than requiring the Post Office to fund pensions 75 years into the future and then claim the Post Office is bankrupt.

These are pointed decisions made by an immoral government.

From the Darby article: "ProPublica.... found that a person is more likely to get audited if they make $20,000 a year than if they make $400,000."

This is outrageous and un-American on so many levels.

Bernie Sanders seeks to turn around this vast inequality that we find ourselves in. This matter is one of the biggest.

Tax the Rich.

Here is Bernie's Income Inequality Tax Plan




"Sanders’ plan includes enforcement measures that he said would block evasion of his proposed tax. In addition to the wealth registry, the IRS would be required to audit all billionaires and 30 percent of wealth tax returns for others paying the highest tax rates."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Is ''Bernie's finally on a winning track'' ?

Thanx for your reply. I recommend it to all but pls watch^vid. above.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie has a plan to win. Great video with great summation of what needs to be done to overcome wealth inequality in America.


Basically, workers have to become owners. And, Bernie has a bold new plan for corporate accountability and democracy to make this happen.

His proposal would actually change the nature of our economy by giving real wealth and real power to workers. Workers would own 20% of the share of their companies and workers would hold 45% of corporate board seats. This would be a profound transformation and as Krystal Ball points out in the video, Thomas Piketty has shown that the only real way to overcome inequality is by doing something this dramatic.

None of the other top candidates have any proposals nearly as bold and as transformative as this would be. Bernie Sanders is seeking to make real and permanent change to our society to benefit all people, not just the wealthy and corporations.

His plan is the only one being put to voters that will truly provide an alternative to unfettered capitalism.

In his own words "I have one life to live, what role do I want to play?" We should all be asking this question. Go Bernie.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago



[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Bernie "Or Bust" does not mean staying home. It does not mean writing in a candidate who has not registered as such. It means voting for a genuinely progressive candidate who is actually running, who reflects a voter's values and who is not a means to perpetuate the neo-liberal machinery that has been in place for more than 40 years.

Bernie or Bust is a demand. If you prefer another candidate and vote for that candidate in the primaries, you will need to acknowledge that you are ensuring another four years of Donald Trump."

From the Newsweek opinion piece above. And,

"Bernie or Bust is a "Ralph Nader" problem, but unlike in 2000, Democrats can easily solve this problem by nominating Sanders."

"Bernie or Bust is a declaration of war against the neo-liberals. Neo-liberalism is a disease, and Trump is a symptom of that disease."

"According to a 2018 study of 70 years of voter behavior in England, France and the U.S. by Thomas Piketty, poor and poorly educated citizens do not vote at all unless there is a social democrat on the ballot. Social democrat is the equivalent of democratic socialist."

Truth bomb after truth bomb, great piece! Thank you.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

So "Bernie Sanders will have a prime spot on the next Democratic presidential debate stage in Houston, and he will undoubtedly participate as aggressively as the other leading contenders for the party’s 2020 nomination. But the senator from Vermont makes no secret of his frustration with the scope & character of the debates. When I asked him about that frustration during a conversation in Orient, Iowa earlier this month, he sighed & said, “Well - I should think that anybody would express frustration with the debates.”

''The trouble, Sanders told me, is that “you have a limited amount of time to answer questions. This country faces enormous crises, and you can’t do it in 45 seconds or a minute. That’s just the simple reality. And I understand the problem of how many candidates are running .. but we need a political structure in this country which allows serious debate about serious issues and the structure of those debates makes it impossible I think for any candidate to do more than shout out a sound bite.” from:

per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders surge being ignored by media.


"Sanders has jumped in new surveys of New Hampshire, with the latest CNN–University of New Hampshire poll finding him with the lead in the Granite State, which he won with 60 percent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders has also seen a small bump in some national polls and surveys of Iowa, although he does not lead anywhere else.

The Sanders campaign is fuming at the media, alleging the political press is playing favorites, particularly with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who for weeks have won headlines about how their campaigns are rising in the stretch run to Iowa."

It is evident to anyone who watches tv ie. CNN or MSNBC or any MSM that Buttigieg (who?) is pushed constantly even though he polls at only 4 frickin' percent! and you hardly hear MSM even speak of Bernie Sanders who is leading in New Hampshire and damn close nationally (and probably winning bar any bias in the polls!)

And Sanders is way far ahead in fundraising than every single other candidate including Biden and Warren.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Sanders is leading in New Hampshire, tied for the lead in Iowa and leading in California.



Also, I suggest googling "medium.com" & "A Progressive’s Guide to Choosing Between Bernie and Warren" to get the very good article by Weston David Pagano which outlines the differences between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The link has an @ in it and didn't work for me, it sent me to email. But, it's worth a read!

One huge difference is their take on billionaires:

“The rich are not the enemy. In fact, most of us would like to be rich,” Warren has opined, “And the poor are not the only ones who have problems, so don’t talk as if they are the only ones who deserve compassion.” Bernie takes a more hardline approach, stating simply, “Billionaires should not exist.” Warren gives Trump a standing ovation during his 2018 State of the Union Address while Bernie remains seated and does not applaud.

In contrast, Warren has no “beef with billionaires,” and believes they earned their riches because they “work hard.”

Another difference: Campaign Finance:

"Closely tied to their views on wealth are the differences in how the two finance their campaigns. At least 35 billionaires have donated to Warren across her 2018 Senate and current presidential campaigns, while another is using a dark money group to run ads for her. Bernie has accepted zero money from billionaires in this same time period."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"In 2013, Kshama Sawant became the first socialist elected citywide in Seattle in almost a century, since Anna Louise Strong in 1916. Sawant has made her name fighting for, and winning $15/hour wages in the city, and pushing for a tax on Amazon to fund affordable housing." ... excerpted from:

Bernie Sanders' campaign is being actively & enthusiastically under-reported & misreported by the U$A's Corporate Media and the same is true for Jeremy Corbyn in UK & YET - the real prospect of POTUS Sanders & PM Corbyn is clearly the case! What a huge opportunity for US/UK 99% that is!

et dum spiro, spero!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"Unspeakable Memories: The Day JFK Died" by Edward Curtin:

from which: "I tell you all this to try to convey the ways in which we 'forget' the past in order to shield ourselves from powerful and disturbing memories, that might force us to disrupt our lives. To change. Certain events ... such as the more recent attacks of September 11 - have become too disturbing for many to explore, to study, to contemplate, just as I found a way to marginalize my feelings about my own government’s murder of President Kennedy .. a man who'd given me hope as a youngster, and whose murder had nearly extinguished that hope."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

I'm a Trumper, a steadfast ardent supporter of and earnest/fervent believer in Trumpism with Farterland characteristics. Our Supreme Score Leader, Trump, is wielding the huge club of the Magnitsky Act. Bernie can join, too, for the piñata fun when the long-ago-departed souls come back to haunt just in time. Trump 2040 !

What do we actually want our criminal justice system to achieve?

When my Mom (who herself let the caught burglar of my Big Brother's pocket change go free!) told me why we, her two boys, weren't cut out to be judges anymore because some of our clans' folks had become "soft" in punishing criminals, I thought to myself, "Wasn't making criminals into non-criminals the ultimate purpose of a successful criminal justice system?" I found it to be an amusing story told by my Mom that a thief who had stolen food to feed his mother was gifted with our clan's scrod "to help him start his business to be a fishmonger" after having been caught and set free by a judge from our clan. The constituency complained of the leniency. I can see the judge's logic that a successful fishmonger will probably not steal in order to feed his mother.

Or is the real purpose of a successful criminal justice system to cut off the hands of a thief so that he can never steal again? Or is it really our purpose to stage the public punishment in order to "scare the monkey by killing a chicken?" Why does a chicken want to cross the street? Yeah, I see, in order to peck at the five-inch-long centipede which escaped from the well in which we stored the watermelon. How many Microsoft turtleheads does it take to change a lightbulb in the storm?

It seems that the very-much-feared Viking raids of olden times have been calmed down quite a bit amongst the descendants of the Vikings? What happened to make it so?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Your "I'm a Trumper"* ... is where I should have stopped reading! Ergo, read and digest this:

ad iudicium - et temet nosce?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

I'm in good company with the GOOP. I earnestly and wholeheartedly support Constitutional Anarchy. I'm a disciple of our Supreme Score Leader and thus know trumpery. I've stood unceasingly, steadfastly, and resolutely by my vow that I would never pledge allegiance to an American king. There will be an election to replace possibly our Supreme Score Leader in 2040. The World needs a "stable genius" for now up until 2040. Bernie may ride on the horsie built for two while the world's statecraft matures during the next two decades. The red glare will likely become irrelevant and inconsequential by then, eclipsed by the globally in-your-face-and-all-around-consequential climatic emergency.

Indians' lifestyles ( being bottom-oriented { systematic thought sequence is: output shit, input food, control digestive juices, process stomach muscular contractions, attributes brown ¿why?, green vegetables, yellow animal fat, soft, hard, liquid, creamy, pasty, semi-solid, sausage-shaped, bullet-tomato 《 hemorrhoidally smeared dry,》 etc. connected such as in the anus-to-mouth-feedback-nutrient cycle via the East River and the Coney-Island crabs,} I wanted to see into the future climactic conditions now so I thought of a hot and populous present - India! ) have already evolved ways in order to minimize energy usage and for people to survive in a very hot place ( the most populous country China having been excluded due to its climate not being hot enough yet.) I wondered about how the Indians could poo and clean themselves up afterwards while they're out in the fields early in the morning without the toilet-tissue paper invented by China. Their method is even more energy-efficient than that of the Muslims! A bamboo stick ( and a bit of water ) is not a Chinese monopoly. It's fully personally reusable as well as renewable. The ancient Romans' output-end technology ( sponge on a stick dipped into vinegar, incidentally fed to Jesus to quench his cry arising from his thirst ) in their public toilets was hygienically terrible and inferior when compared with the advanced technology of the Indians.

Siesta is an adaptation to hot climate. Humans being the naked ape means that we are already evolutionarily adapted to very hot climate. Biphasic sleep was obviously natural to our ancient ancestors living in southern Africa.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders: Bloomberg’s 2020 Bid Shows “Billionaire Class Is Scared!”by Jake Johnson:

  • bernie-sanders-says-bloombergs-moves-toward-2020-bid-shows-billionaire-class-scared

Btw - that Sanders is way far ahead in fundraising than every single other candidate including Biden and Warren is another shocking truth that US Oligarchy is deeply worried about. A Good Thing Too!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders is seeking to make real and permanent change to our society to benefit all people, not just the wealthy and corporations. His plan is the only one being put to voters that will truly provide an alternative to unfettered capitalism.'' As it is so worth repeating & in compliment, please also consider...

From which: ''I think it is very hard, very hard for Donald Trump or anybody else, to make the case to the American people that a company like Amazon — owned by the wealthiest person in America, made $10 billion in profit last year — didn’t pay a nickel in federal income tax. Somebody wants to make that case, you go ahead. I just don't think anybody in America will accept it. It has everything to do, simply, with the power of the billionaire class, the power of the corporate elite and a very corrupt political system.'' Amen!

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Good luck in Dem Debate, Senator Sanders.

We're pulling for you.

From the Weissert article:

“We’re getting into the nitty gritty and the details of what has to be done with some specificity. The broad concept of how you create a democratic society in which working people have more control over their lives is a theme that I have obviously been working on and believed throughout my entire career. But this provides some of the very specific details of how we can go forward, and it will be a major transformation of the economy in the sense of empowering working people to have control over their own lives, over their own jobs and not just be cogs in a machine, which is sadly enough too often the case.”

It is apparent that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with an actual detailed platform of policies and ideas to free us from the "unfettered capitalism" that has all of the 99% in chains!

So, get it? While the "capitalism" is "unfettered," we are in the f-ing chains! Wake up people!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

"While "capitalism" is "unfettered" - we are in the f-ing chains! Wake up people'' before it's too late!

"This is a huge moment and Sanders cannot, and should not - be ignored any longer by those who continue to erase him, his candidacy - and his supporters." Beware RW "Centrist" DNC substitutes!

Consider, this https://berniesanders.com/issues/ is why Bernie is better than "Centrist" butt kissers!

e pluribus, unum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Ilhan Omar endorses Bernie Sanders. Watch beautiful endorsement.


"I am one of the people that was inspired by the movement the Senator has built."

AOC's endorsement to follow.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows: Bernie Sanders is the most progressive choice.'' - by Arwa Mahdawi:

''That AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are endorsing Sanders rather than Warren makes perfect sense.'' Now all USA's 99% need is for the Corp ass-kissing DNC & Dem Libs, to get out of the way!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders Shares His Plan for a Working-Class Revolution'' by Kim Kelly:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 4 years ago

Democratic Socialists had good election night and in purple states.


"Of the baker’s dozen candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America’s national committee, at least three won their seats, in cities like Philadelphia and Charlottesville, with a fourth on the cusp of eking out a victory in San Francisco. The victories — several of which were in purple states with a record of supporting more-moderate candidates — are both symbolic and historic for a surging group that has sometimes struggled to fully execute its organizing power."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

Re AOC & Sanders: "Perhaps as important as (her) decision to endorse Bernie for president - is her rationale for doing so" ...

omnia causa fiunt ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie Sanders at Packed NYC Rally.'' by Andrea Germanos:

So ... "With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we're going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big," Sanders said ahead of the event.'' + Also see...

"Best moment of rally: @AOC explains how her nine months in congress has shown her how the system pressures elected officials to "abandon the working class" — and that this experience has deepened her appreciation of Bernie's consistent advocacy for workers.'' Finally, fyi ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

I'm inspired so much by the great work Donald John Trump is doing for our c0untry as well as his far-out 2040 vision for us all to live in the Hamptons all year round that Trump 2040 seems to be far more appropriate than Trump 2020 ( no election is really needed for our Supreme Leader until 2040.) Trump 2040!

In order to enhance our socioeconomic status as the nouveaux-riche, we'll drive to our Man-heeft-ding Park-Avenue job in this Russian sex-wheel-drive ruggedized Ural truck made for surviving Siberian muddy weather conditions. Its impressiveness will surely surpass those stupid American Humvees so many of which got humped in Iraq from below by the IEDs made by the IRGC. Of course, we'll make sure that we first americanize the Russian truck with several Star-Spangled Banners and also test its horn up to the high-decibel level of that of an American humvee being humped and struggling to get anywhere aside from the trash heap. It's extremely difficult for any deflated and impotent blimpy dickhead to get a "second cumming" once they're beyond their teenage years ( aside from the one riding atop a Great White Shark.)

Bernie may cave in too easily on the human rights front as I believe Trump is far too soft on it, too. I doubt very much that the Soviet Union would have collapsed had the U.S. not largely stood firm on the most important human right of freedom. We must fight wars for human rights even if they seem endless. We don't retreat from our war stations until we have worthy successors, no matter whether we have a war of a century, a millennium, or a eon.

We fought the British (¿Jewish-faced?) Bankers indirectly at the founding of our republic, more than two centuries ago. We are still fighting our bankers now so I see nothing wrong with fighting the same thing again for a much longer time further.

Bernie fell too easily under the totalitarian infowar spell cast by Red Fuckgina. On this issue, I trust Donald John Trump far more because he has been saying this for many decades already (he believes it.) Joe Biden will obviously be totally useless on this issue, having been co-opted many years ago and been a framer of the status quo with Red Fuckgina. I'm not a trust-fund baby but I am a trust-freedom baby.

I suspect that maybe the oldie candidates are all too wed to their out-of-date view of Red Fuckgina. Younger candidates may stand firmer on this issue of freedom.

Freedom for posterity may not matter materially for the oldies but it's of the utmost importance for their posterity ( I tolerated and griped about my Mom's austerity measures but she was right all along - freedom is worth the hardship; when one builds one's very own personal concentration camp, what signage befits it? 》Arbeit macht frei !《 ) Of course, we've got to be realistic and know our mortality limits so that "the torch [can be] passed to a new generation." We must hold on to it tightly as if we can live forever (being bulletproof, bombproof, etc.) and yet also pass it on to posterity in due time when the worthy successors come along. It's a lighthouse keeper's job. Come what may, stand firm for Liberty.

We should emulate the DPRK that punishes families for a crime committed by one of its members unto a few generations removed. All misbehaving power élites' children and their children's children in the Christian West should be subjected to God's Words, "I am the jealous God." As Red Fuckgina has propagandized, we have very crazy people in the West ( the U.S. has too many guns to man, woman, and baby, with many left over even after everyone alive in the U.S. has been given a gun to shoot; we also practice shootings everyday for sure and mass shootings on a nearly daily basis so we definitely have skills, too; it's why I'm not bothered or alarmed by the so-called "endless" wars such as that in Afghanistan; we live with "endless" crimes and I know that Afghanistan is actually safer for ordinary folks than some [free-range poverty-stricken-"voluntary-concentration" camp] neighborhoods in the U.S; it's why I emphasized, "know your neighborhoods," whether you are in glitzy Manhattan or the "bedroom-community" of Brooklyn; Central Park has temporal and spatial sections, too, { my Mom set vehicular traffic as my kindergarten-years' roaming boundary but it was expandable with my Big Brother's help so I learnt to appreciate him for getting access to our many square miles of "backyard playground," where I first saw basalt up close and walked on a rain cloud after much climbing up; she was prescient regarding vehicular traffic's danger as the traffic-related death of my Grandma in a much-better-than-shantytown neighborhood later attested; observing boundaries is a vital survival skill; one practical way while living in Manhattan during the 1970s' "hellish years" my Big Brother taught me was to watch out for physical evidence: grains of broken automobile windows' glass near street gutters <car break-in record>, bullet holes in shops' large 《hence expensive and being tougher for a shop to replace 》 sheet glass windows <deadly weapons' having been fired record>, and graffiti on walls and shop doors <community's free speech, state-of-mind, and gang-turf record>; whenever I see someone walking a dog on the street and it was sniffing at every tree trunk, street lamppost, street corner, and fire hydrant as well as lifting its leg sometimes to contribute, I understand it well - dogs and humans are much alike because we socialize and make our pee-man-ship marks: a lawyer uses a pen for pissing ink onto a legal document to secure legal rights, a homeowner erects phallic stamens to surround their pistil, and a dog uses a pen-is for pee-ing its smelly urine onto a tree trunk, street lamppost, street corner, or a fire hydrant, all being territorial [social] creatures } as the "wilding" attack on a young Wellesley-College-graduate woman jogging in the evening had clearly demonstrated.) I like the deflated and impotent blimpy one who is the sun rising in the West, making it right.

A superior President uses his superior Department of State diplomats ( Dad eagerly and rightly { although I am STILL learning the English beyond the 26 alphabets which Dad ¡declared! sufficient for me to move on to learning about tea-time } emphasized to me the importance of tea-time; umm.. for Big Shots, the 18-hole tee-off-and-pee { by Stormy Biblio-bunny } time; for the Supreme Fascist/Patriarch or a different patriarch, and me, piss-off-riding-shotgun-co-time { ladies need not apply - urinal standing and relief effort required } ) in order to avoid using his superior Department of Defense forces. Running away while tugging his vastly superior military forces between his tRumps without thinking through and preparing for the consequences first is for a beaten loser underdog ready to be clubbed and cooked as meat ( who thought that Communism was like a religion but Communism was actually a satanic cult which steals, kills, and covets neighbor's wife/sheep despite its promulgating the contrary to the World; I don't mind the statue of Lenin being missing from Pootin's 1991 office shown in the video as idol worship is bad for progress - a country shouldn't be retarded for decades just because the idol doesn't smoke enough cigarettes, fuck enough young women, { did Muslims also stone the men who had committed adultery? What does the Quran say? The basics of adultery says that at least two persons are needed to commit an adultery so the punishment of each adultery must be the stoning of at least two persons probably of opposite sex, at least one of whom was married at the time when the adultery was committed. I question the accusation that the Prophet had committed pedophilia in his days for marrying a nine years old and not consummate till twelve because human lifespans were vastly shorter in ancient times so the age of marriage was likely much younger at that time, too; twelve is within the realm of puberty nowadays so it's plausible that the twelve years old was mature } contract venereal diseases, eat enough cheatose, or drink enough vodka to die early ) to be served to Vladimir I. Lenin.

The divided state of the Kurds being fragmented in different countries was the disastrous consequence of European Colonialism's arbitrary separation of people of the same culture. Note that it's never good to simply pry away pieces of territories of other countries to reconstitute one's own country's so-called "glorious" past. Many so-called "glorious" pasts had their very dark sides, such as a turkey's butt plug. The U.S. should not ignite any wars in such an explosively volatile region as the Middle-East by pulling out the plug. Of course, we still defend our vital interests there as we do it globally in our Global Space Station whose round bluish tinted rim reveals the veil-like layer that is the atmosphere into which we dump our air pollution for all to breathe and filter. 《煲冬瓜,煮豆腐 = 黄瓜头腐。》

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Bernie Sanders Shares His Plan for a Working-Class Revolution'' by Kim Kelly:

KK/TV: "Under this administration, all workers are under attack. What do you think the ongoing strike wave that we’ve been seeing since 2018 means for the future of the working class?"

BS: "What it means is that working people are sick and tired of being exploited, of not seeing any pay increases, of having to pay more and more for the health care that they get. I will tell you what really impressed me is the action taken by teachers in so-called ”red” states all across this country: Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and elsewhere. We saw that, and now we’re seeing workers all over the country beginning to stand up to corporations. Just the other day, I was on the picket line with UAW workers outside of Detroit, and they’re taking on the greed of General Motors, who have billions of dollars to provide for stock buybacks; who gives their CEO [almost] $22 million dollars a year in salary compensation; who are outsourcing jobs. They have the money and the ability to do all that, but they can’t take good care of their workers.

''I was proud to stand with UAW, and the night before that, I was with the Chicago Teachers Union and the SEIU while they were in the process of figuring out whether they were going to authorize a strike, because they are also not getting the wages they need or the kind of school budget that they need. So you’re seeing that increased militancy in a way we have not seen for a very long time, and I think that’s a good thing.'' Also see ...

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Critics Use Bernie Sanders’ Heart Attack .. To Smear Medicare For All!'' .. by Michael Corcoran:


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 years ago

''Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act'' ... by Jake Johnson:

Anyone who understands what Sanders is trying to do in defending whistleblowers ... will understand both why Bernie is so very needed by US' 99% and, at the same time .. why he is so reviled by U$A's 0.01%!

e tenebris, lux!

[-] -1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

Bernie Sanders will continue to fight for the rights of working people and poor people. He starts on day one of the Biden administration with this article:


"Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start"

"In this time of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action"

"Democrats, who will now control the White House, the Senate and the House, must summon the courage to demonstrate to the American people that government can effectively and rapidly respond to their pain and anxiety. As the incoming chairman of the Senate budget committee that is exactly what I intend to do."

Thank you, Bernie! We love you and wish it was you today!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start"by Bernie Sanders:

Because it TOTALLY warrants repeating, and often! Solidarity to U and yours as tRUMP departs!

per ardua ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23789) 3 years ago

"Bernies Mittens" trended all day on Twitter. He's still clearly the most popular American politician and he gave millions of us sheer delight at seeing his grumpy adorable self seated alone at the inauguration wearing adorable hand knitted mittens and knowing that it should have been him being inaugurated. He is the hero of the people.


"Instead of wearing a formal suit, the Vermont senator went with a more casual look, wearing a buttoned-up Burton coat and knit gloves that, according to Ruby Cramer of Buzzfeed News, were made by a teacher in Biden’s home state of Vermont."

Always a man of the people, Bernie is. Perhaps that is why he is so in touch with the suffering and needs of we, the people.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

There's nobody like Bernie in US politics and IF this following link is true ... then he isn't done yet!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Which people though ? The Reptilians in power, such as those in Beijing's forbidden compound, certainly want the U.S. to retreat so that they can expand their dominions and enslave more. Bernie was enamored of the Reds before but he had probably never experienced the oppression of living under fake Communism. On this count, Angela Merkel is more experienced than Bernie. I know what my Mom's opinion of the Reds was. The Reds sprouted from hatred and thus tended to overshoot justice. Hatred has its causes but allowing it to rage wantonly is no way to peace because hatred begets hatred. This time you win but next time you'll lose.

However internally divided the U.S. is, we the people of the U.S.A. must lead the World, at least until a worthwhile successor(s) has come along. The National Security of the U.S. is transoceanic, across the moat of the Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic, and Southern Ocean. After WWI, the U.S. had turned inward and isolationist ( perhaps being distracted by the flu pandemic of 1918-1919; those were also the years when the CCP formed.) That was catastrophic for the entire World and the U.S. had to fight teeth and nails in WWII in order to get the Free World back to the longest period of peace and prosperity ever known. Due to our having developed our country on the coasts largely in isolation from the Old World, the U.S. security frontiers are beyond the oceans.

Look at the result of what had come from Wuhan. The U.S. was there to help tamp out CoViD-19 but failed due to Trump's deviating from U.S. Nationalism in favor of business interest and Winnie the Pooh's keeping the blanket on top of its yellowed bottom and sleeping late after bedwetting, hoping for its urine to dry up. Yeah, "no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus," does anybody still believe that ?

Kamala Harris while a U.S. Senator from California disparaged Trump ( did Trump hide intelligence from the U.S. Senate in order to give time to his business cronies to profit from trading stocks using insider information from U.S. intelligence sources ? Trumperian doctrine of über-partisanship might have excluded an opposition party's senator from being briefed; when was Kamala told of the U.S. effort to help stop CoViD-19 at Wuhan ? First publicly disseminated information was available on January 4th, 2020; a likely infection on me occurred on February 8th, 2020; the likely Red-China-bought-off WHO and Anthony Fauci were still saying "no scientific evidence of human-to-human transmission" but how did the first CoViD-19 death in Germany occur to a man whose colleague was having meetings with a woman from Shanghai seemingly showing no symptoms but who later on upon being interrogated admitted to having mild symptoms; Trump got at least six weeks to prepare for the arrival of the onslaught; even U.S. Senate intelligence committee member was able to profit from the trading on insider intelligence information; we were all C GAT Uracil, Life degreed from Xi-Trump U ) for sending PPEs to Wuhan to help protect the frontline health workers there. It showed her lack of comprehension of the situation and where U.S. National Interest lay. What was good for the U.S. National interest near Wuhan was exactly what was good for the entire World despite Red China's stalling effort to make itself look good and its feeding fake narratives to its oppressed and enslaved population. Okay, I can tolerate idiots in foreign lands just as well as I can tolerate idiots in my homeland but Red China's manufacturing and disseminating disinformation blaming U.S. military personnel having brought the virus there much earlier incensed me.

Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Fuck Red China, Save Hong Kong !

Red China's narrative about comparing Hong Kong with Washington D.C. is plainly far off the mark, indicating fundamental ignorance about the proper correspondence. Hong Kong to Red China is far more like what New York is to the U.S. while Washington D.C. is analogous to Beijing, both being political capital centers, seat of central government. Here was what Red China did to the people demonstrating outside of the People's Hall in TianAnMen Square on June 4th, 1989--tanks and guns to crush and shoot to kill the people. It was several orders of magnitude bloodier on the people who weren't even storming the People's Hall than what had occurred in the U.S. Capitol.

For the 401(k) crowd, do you know where your globally diversified retirement fund is ? Is there a chunk in MSCI in which Red China is the most significant component ( ready for implosion perhaps ? ) I was amazed at how much money "Hong Kong's" Special [Accounting] Region was throwing at trying to take over the financial institution in London [but to no avail]. Does the "alleged" covering up for Winnie the Pooh's yellow urine via the ownership of the institution make any sense ?

Are you planning on moving to live in Red China's ghost cities because your retirement money was put into asset there for global diworsification ? Their copper plumbing can still be worth something when they are ripped out to be sold as scraps ( as happened to the abandoned U.S. buildings in Detroit.) These ghost cities can surely yield more copper cheaper than a gold/copper mine on an Alaskan salmon-run river.

Being the first family to move into a new building, it felt to me like a "ghost building" alright but its great location meant that it didn't stay "ghost" for long. Location, or more accurately, short and convenient connections to food markets, jobs, schools, libraries, playgrounds, parks, electricity ( I had inkling about it because it was used in the neighborhood where I could wriggle { when I was without my Big Brother pushing me on a swing } on a swing up to 100 count before the queued-up neighborhood kids took it over ) and potable water, etc. determine whether the label "ghost" can stay. This was my understanding of what Fengshui was when Mom and I scouted the "ghost building" within the permanently ceded to the British zone on a trip shortly before we moved into it.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Whether about COVID19 or anything else, stay off my threads - U fkn crazed tRUMP ass-kissing fool!

Also, I dare U to read this link & to digest its contents - as no one is reading your ever expanding crap:

U should know - there's only one country with all the known strains of CV19 btw & it isn't "Red China"!

However, your deeply ingrained US Excepetionalism and Hubris can't really handle that, can it gripes?

multum in parvo et nosce te ipsum ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

I happen to think that Wuhan wasn't quite the original source where the SARS_CoV-2 had jumped into a human host and yes, I believe that other places besides Wuhan had at the time undetected cases.

I think that Red China Central was covering up this outbreak until Wuhan, a major transportation hub city in Central China, amplified the number of cases so greatly that information about CoViD-19 was leaked out by the people ( there were objective items proving that there was an ongoing official central-governmental suppression of the news about the raging epidemic even before it was determined what the characteristics of the disease were; there was even a de facto policy of flying it all over to gift it to the entire World.) The early method of checking for fever before ( which is good for screening potentially infectious individuals creating superspreader on common carriers such as airplanes; I wonder why the airlines haven't installed disinfecting equipment to kill germs in the air recirculated on airplanes--I'm sure that when I flew to Oahu, Hawaii, I had to lie in bed suffering { in what many people called "vacation paradise !" if that suffering was "paradise," hell could be much worse } for several days because I had probably caught the flu on the long-duration flight going there from the continental U.S.; we now have the disinfecting technology using germicidal ultraviolet C/deep-blue LEDs or "blacklight" lamps which can probably kill germs in the recirculated or ventilated air; another option is to use heat; how do BSL-4 facilities and hospitals kill the deadliest germs so that they themselves can be located near population centers ? ) testing for the coronavirus likely allowed many cases to leak through to the World. The SARS_CoV-2 coronaviral genome points to a likely original zoonotic source in Red China because SARS had originated in Red China and this novel genome is very similar to that of SARS virus'. Shanghai might have had this SARS_CoV-2 coronavirus or at least suspicion of there being a novel zoonotic viral disease afield as early as in October of 2019.

For helping to decide what flu strains should be defended against by the coming flu season's flu vaccine, the U.S. does suspected-flu and flu-strains' surveillance so if this novel coronavirus were spreading in the U.S., it should have triggered an alarm but there was no such alarm in late 2019. It means that even if it were spreading, it wasn't doing so enough to generate a great number of mysterious cases.

I believe the novel coronaviral genome being similar to that of SARS is probably true because it is consistent with SARS having been cordoned off for years so in its isolation without being rescued by many new live hosts, it evolved into a more benign type of SARS ( in terms of its yielding less chance of killing its host.) We haven't heard of any SARS outbreak since 2003 approximately. Viruses are nearly immortal because they are inanimate like our kitchens' refined granulated sugar ( organic and needing no sustenance to retain its potency ) but most are benign. Seawater has a huge collection of viruses. It's also possible that ancient permafrost or high-altitude glaciers such as those in the Himalayas being melted in our anthropogenic climate change accompanying Anthropocene has opened up Pandora's Box which holds long-dormant viruses. Wherever fire and ice/ice-melt meet, there's the possibility of abundant lives, thus viruses, too. Take a look at the rivers which run down from Tibet and the Himalayas ( the near-to-the-tropics Third Pole of the World which yields the water supporting the greatest concentration of human beings and many more other lives incubating viruses, too.)

Karma says: "The Past isn't even past. It's the Present, the Future, and the Past." The boundary between a pair of them depends upon our frames of reference. The swastika apparently spins but in a different frame of reference, it doesn't. Time is a statistical artifact, thus subject to measurements yielding various outcomes ( all measurements are communications and vice versa; the essence of communications is randomness so the essence of measurements is randomness ) but events are real ( i.e. with consequences.) By our behavior, we can artistically form the co-evolutionary path we and the SARS_CoV-2 virus take. Awakening is important for reducing suffering by gaining our peace of mind.

Just before a fierce lightnings-and-thunderstorm moved in with battering rain and winds, I had walked through tailing piles and a cemetery of ¿goldminer families'? dead loved ones ( I recall the grave of a young woman and of a child { among others } who had died in the years 1918 and 1919 { I was muttering to myself that people died young in those days; } was she taking care of the child so her death took away her caring for the child so the child soon died, too ? ) on a high Colorado mountaintop, probably of a hill near Grays or Pikes Peak. That was the ( ¿flu pandemic's? ) remnant from the Past which isn't even past. Something like that is our Destiny, which we may accept with Serenity.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago

I agree COVID was in other places https://youtu.be/7IHnvLqWklo

Because of population density and a sharp eye doctor who could draw a conclusion of a new illness, and who informed his peers, it was discovered.

There were similar strange outbreak in nursing home in USA previous summer., not identified.

China, who was vigilant from Swine Flu and SARS,




[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Yep gsw, "you're biased" apparently, as U do not have a pathological hatred of China, nor do U have a reactionary affiliation with tRUMP, the GOP & a U$A 'uber alles' mentality! Btw, please let me know if U ever manage to translate the unhinged horse-manure by grapes below! Meanwhile per the OP, maybe consider this ...

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago

The people of China like peace, and look toward improve family, sacrifice personal for family. They send COVID vaccine to Africa. Chinese people do not like violence, they get along, as there are so many, they must cooperate, tolerate.

Yes I disagree with disagreeable political choices of some, and one must hold their tounge, and defer some because if you are the visitor in Rome, you do as the Roman.

If I travel to other land, I go as to observe, and look to learn something. I can seek some good, and appreciate some historical place, some nice food, scenery, and new encounters of culture and practices.

You can seek the good anywhere, and if it is not good enough, go somewhere different.

Many places to see new ways to solve problems. Chines are very industrious, and good recyclers. I hope they can learn to conserve the natural environment and species.

One time I encountered a German man on beach in Mexico, I assumed he was American, but no, he lived there and his two German Shepard’s were for protection, and they had a nice walk on the beach. He told me every country has its good and bad, positive and negative. It is good to travel and seek to find the knowledge and good throughout the world and not live in fear mongering, Cambridge Analytica divide and conquer, manipulative false facts. All have right to stupid opinion still.

Just the google translate.

X@近平 is the world's criminals and the top sick man in East Asia.

If mainland China wants to keep its sovereignty, we must put it into the global isolation ward, reserved for the sickmund of East Asia. If mainland China wants to maintain its sovereignty, we must include it in the global isolation ward, which is dedicated to patients in East Asia.


Rise from the ruins, Face turned to the future Let us serve you, Germany, the United Motherland.

Ancient suffering to overcome Let's solve it together, Because we must succeed The sun shines more than ever More beautiful, shining Germany, Beauty shines, motherland

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago

Stability and safety can promote equal happiness —


One factor. Our system, not very stable for many. Think health care, paycheck to paycheck for many. Productivity went up 73 percent since 1973. Minimum wage should be 20, here. Back to fairness and social good. Democrats seem pretty silent now and GOP loves playin it to their groupies https://youtu.be/euDYgYDXJHg

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"'It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria': Progressives Fume at Biden"! by Jake Johnson:

From which NB: "We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we do draw the line - is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike."

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago

We can’t do anything productive. We have a broken system, being lied to by media and politicians. We can’t fix a pothole here, yer China has 400000 miles of fast trains, building magnetic trains

USA just can point fingers, critique, name call, spout racism. USA can’t solve problems, people just being duped, lied to by media and politicians. The west has lost its way...and its appeal. USA is number 2 Now


We have a filibuster excuse

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"How to Unrig the GOP’s Minority Rule", by Robert Reich:

"Even as a shrinking minority party, the GOP intends to entrench themselves in power over the majority" but they can and must be defeated! Young people need and indeed have, hope. They need our support. US Constitution is NOT a perfect thing; ergo, the amendments. More are needed for democracy to work.

dum spiro, sero ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

You're biased right from the start in favor of Redfuckgina by selecting only what you wanted to promote. I believe more in the wide pattern of guilty behaviors of the [not really]Chinese Communist Party and online global near-raw data. Redfuckgina was covering up for more than a year blocking the entry of and the investigation by an independent unbiased multinational scientific team. It was obviously hiding something big and extremely shameful.

I saw the whole thing unfold in near realtime as the Chinese people spewed their guts online -- there were many videos showing their suffering, gasping for air, twitching and dying, fighting against the extremely harsh, brutal, and oppressive lockdown tactics used by the authorities, etc. [¿hypocritical/aspirational?] British-Colonial Hong Kong banned gambling ( so did the fake Communist Red China which elevated Macau/Macao casino business to a whole new level as a relief valve for the Red Chinese nouveau-riche; even the normally rather well-under-control Germans have their relief valve opened wide on a certain day; all are human needing opiate-kicks to their pleasure-reward circuits ) but the [¿gracious?] police, although well known to be corrupt, generally left alone the small-fry neighborhood gambling games ( such as family members playing the near-national-"Old-China" game of mahjong which I had started playing with/against my Dad in third grade; I didn't consider myself to be a criminal even though we started "gambling" in playing-card games with fried pumpkin or watermelon seeds { not "money" but.. it's a greasy slope although Macau/Macao built up the innate wired-into-the-pleasure-reward-opiates-circuit human desire for gains into the casino business - the place in Red China with an even higher per-capita concentration of billionaires than Hong Kong is likely Macau/Macao so yeah, one might someday even bump into Kim Jong-un there, were it not for the U.N. sanctions making him into a pariah to many, even including Red China; his half brother was there and has since been assassinated in Malaysia to the great dismay of China which doesn't want tens of millions of DPRK escapees rushing into China should Kim Jong-un suffer an untimely death, probably from his terribly unhealthy《 my Mom said: 不要碰: 黃色,賭博,毒品; 不要开无轨电车: tobacco and drug smoking, alcohol drinking, and illicit sex are to be avoided 》 lifestyle; there was a "gone fishing" tradition among some not-as-wealthy-as-Kim-Jong-un but probably rather happy small business owners who just on a whim stuck that "gone-fishing" sign up to the window of the shop, locked up, and left with a fishing rod } from Chinese New Year festivities; with CoViD-19 going around, family members living in extremely close quarters are likely to spread it to the entire family anyways { unless Red China Central had already known by mid-to-late January and early February of 2020 that CoViD-19 could be easily spread between mahjong players due to their sitting close together for hours } because socially distancing is often impossible for [the often poorer] families living in close quarters in a lockdown.)

I was born above that UFO now firmly anchored to the ground of the Crystal Palace of what is now a Hong Kong park ( my Mom cannot chant the sutra to stop my "monkeying" with the staff set atop the rock formation in the central fountain anymore ) and was educated in my early years in Hong Kong so I know the languages, multiple dialects, customs, and culture. Besides, my family's history reaches back into China for at least one to two centuries, probably more. Yes, I might qualify as a "precog" from the A.S.S. ( Ministerium für amerikanischen Staatssicherheit oder aStasi ) and possess memories and oral history from the deep past ( i.e. deep relative to most people I've encountered over several decades; few people retained memories of the horrors of the 1918-1919 flu pandemic but my total confusion about the proper titles for calling elderly clan members attests to how much the wars and flu pandemic had pruned my family tree to retain only my Dad { who was involved in his youth in WWII ! - such a long time ago } to continue the lineage as I had never needed to use these titles for any such [all-DEAD ! ] persons.) This time in the current pandemic, it's gone not only beyond the "preponderance of evidence," it's "beyond reasonable doubts" criminal to allow international flights to proceed while banning domestic flights during the Chinese New Year holidays during which the greatest annual human migration occurs. Winnie the Pooh in Redfuckgina, a global criminal, fucked the World.

X@近平是全球罪犯, 东亚病夫之首。

If mainland China wants to keep its sovereignty, we must put it into the global isolation ward, reserved for 东亚病夫, the sickmund of East Asia。 如果中国大陆想保持主权,我们就必须将其纳入全球隔离病区,该病区专门是为东亚的病人提供的。


德国, 联合的祖国。

美闪耀,祖国 !

There is largely only one single cause of death: neglect. CoViD-19 also kills people indirectly who have never got it: via resource contention. The U.S. kills off its less resourceful people with its private insurance care system driven by the profit-at-all-cost motive. Warren Buffet got rich because Fruit of the Boom [¿purple seedy eggplant with a little green cap?] company shaved off the MBA-deemed-as-redundant piece of cloth at the front of my underwear brief to net more profit. Cuckoo birdie, Boom, Boom, Boom peeks out for cooling air, on the hour, every hour, to maintain fecund seediness. "I can't breathe !" "Now, you can ! for God breathes his own breath into the clay and it becomes nephesh (נֶ֫פֶשׁ‎), a word meaning "life", "vitality", "the living personality"; man shares nephesh with all creatures, but the text describes this life-giving act by God only in relation to man." Again, and again, and again, and again...

The West needs to open up a geriatric Ducktators' Re-education Camp ( all cavemen must report to our planned-economy's station to be reformed via the labor of [giving birth to a] nation/naissance ) to be fashioned after Red China's New-Territory Minority Economic Development Camps to pay Emperor X@ ( there was also M@ but M@X@ would make the multiple-reentry Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom "treaty-limited" Peacekeeper ) due respect, for he bears upon himself the mark of God, Christos: X.

[-] 2 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago

I rather like my 5 visits to red China. Yea government not perfect there, but this is how I can see using my eyes, people getting their stuff together. Taking care of business. Sure, if you’ve been wronged by a government, that is a big problem,

They aren’t perfect, just like USA, but get stuff done https://youtu.be/0WvEcHh0kQU

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 years ago


While Freedom House has long included the US in its global ranking of freedoms, it traditionally has not turned an eye inward and focused on US democracy. But this year, Repucci authored an extensive report doing just that, a move motivated by increasing concern over attacks on freedoms in the US.

The report details the inequities that minority groups, especially Black people and Native Americans face when it comes to the criminal justice system and voting. It also illustrates that public trust in government has been damaged by the way rich Americans can use their money to exert outsize influence on American politics.

Tyrants gaze with glee at what Trump has done to American democracy Andrew Rawnsley Andrew Rawnsley Read more And it points out that extreme partisan gerrymandering – the manipulation of electoral district lines to boost one party over the other – has contributed to dramatic polarization in the US, threatening its democratic foundations. Gerrymandering, the report says, “has the most corrosive and radicalizing effect on US politics”.


“We’re really concerned about these longer-term challenges that aren’t going to be addressed with quick fixes, that were kind of highlighted during the Trump administration and, in some cases, taken advantage of, by that administration.” Repucci said. “A change of president is not gonna make them go away.”

The report offers three recommendations for improving American democracy: removing barriers to voting, limiting the influence of money in politics, and establishing independent redistricting commissions. Democrats in Washington are pushing all three of those reforms as part of a sweeping voting package currently under consideration in the US Senate.

“Americans should see it as a wake-up call,” Repucci said. “American democracy is still strong and we still have a lot going for us especially in the strength of our institutions and in the mobilization that is possible among the population. I do think that these problems can be solved and people should take heart in that

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Underpinning the problems of the U.S. is patriarchal White Supremacy desperately trying to retain its waning power due to demographics.

The U.S. fought our Civil War in 1860-1865 and the North won, also freeing the slaves ( whose low-cost labor started the economic conflict between the North and the South.)

However, the South overturned the North's victory because the Republicans abandoned Reconstruction in favor of controlling the Presidency after the 1876 close Election. Bad economy ( which also triggered the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act to reduce to a trickle the inflow of virtually all Chinese, especially cheap Chinese laborers, mostly males but not their wives and families in order to avoid the living expenses and what could arise from breeding so males tended to turn to prostitutes and giving Chinese a bad reputation; opium's being used for reducing pain from the hard work of building the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada { a mountain range so difficult to pass through that the Donner's Party migrants going to California ended up being blocked by winter and eating the starved-to-death cadavers of each other to survive } also contributed to the bad reputation; all humans are animals so their fundamental needs are "food" and "sex" once they've matured; underlying both is the universal human addiction to opiates which act on the pleasure-reward circuit in every human driving survival; all who didn't succeed at getting enough to eat and fuck eventually die without leaving offspring; from ancient times, the fattest and sexiest ones such as Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump tend to be seedy by passing on and proliferating their genes; remember though that humans are not just animals but social animals so over the ages of cooperation social rules evolved to control breeding and the conflicts it engenders; in order to govern well, one must take to heart 十年樹木, 百年樹人。 { push life expectancy beyond 100 years } and the nature of "the beast", all humans being opiate addicts in varying degrees; some social rules can be changed and modernized as people's circumstances change; elaborate clans' records of ancestral descent { they certainly help minimize inbreeding so "arranged" marriages which are only formed after consulting these records first are good for offspring fitness } aren't often consulted by couples before their mating anymore and yet that still does not often lead to offspring detriment because in any modern metropolis the chance of mating with a close relative is almost nil unless one really plans for it; inbreeding is much more of an issue to be vigorously guarded against in the rarified heights of mating occurring within a tiny gene pool being available, such as in European royalties--both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. can probably trace their origins to the revolutions stemming from the detrimental effects of inbreeding of European royalties causing poor governance; I don't worry much about inbreeding in Saudi Arabian royalties, though; Islamic polygamy might have been an evolutionary adaptation to promote offspring genetic diversity in the austere desert environment of Islam's origin in which men fought and killed each other over vaginal baby-making sheltered-and-"jobs"-trained prizes; I once looked up how many princes and princesses Saudi Arabia had and they numbered in the many thousands, highly unlikely for them to have derived from a single mating couple, thus there should already be a reasonable amount of genetic diversity there being available, assuaging my fear of the world suffering from again the destabilizing effects of royalties' inbreeding ) was blamed on the non-Whites so here we go again for another go-around at fighting the Civil War. Cheap Chinese labor for "Capitalist exploitation" bought for via buying U.S. politicians is the crux of the Most-Favored-Nation status granted to Red China as a "developing" country. By Red China's own reckoning ( or boasting ) and actions, that old rules no longer apply to it because Red China has "developed" and become "strong" ( enough to bully others ).

The remedy is obvious: rescind Red China's Most-Favored-Nation status and fight our Civil War again.

Do people understand what the social credit system enforced by Red China is really like ? The U.S. credit-reporting agencies are but very pale and weak versions of the Red Chinese social credit system. Over there, one needs to swipe in and swipe out. One is being watched, analyzed, judged, and sentenced by algorithms and the Public Security Bureau all the time. I haven't seen remote rural people rushing en masse into the cities. Why ? Places like Los Angeles has homeless people on the streets because it has warm climate and they can live well there. They have freedom of movement such as going south to Mexico or east to Las Vegas. It's not so in Red China if one's Hukou life support isn't in Mexico or Las Vegas. Red China built vast compounds to house and employment-train million-count Uyghurs who got two minutes for an elimination or be punished. Our homeless folks/folk can squat over a street storm drain throwing up ( I suspect that's what some of them need to purge their overload of alcohol because I had been cornered once before by one whose alcoholic breath was overwhelming -- all that he had really wanted was just a listener, so I was a psychotherapist alright ) and/or eliminating for hours if need be -- now that is catharsis and freedom !

Learn what Hukou and social credit system are before one submits to them. I haven't lived under Hukou myself but a U.S. permission-to-buy paper-based coupon rationing system issued and security-monitored electronically by Washington D.C. can be a basic imitation. McCarthy-era blacklisting done during the U.S. Red Scare of the early 1950s ( which xenophobia brought about nuclear-weapon proliferations in Red China and its perimeter countries: India, Pakistan, North Korea, etc. Israel and the U.S. have thwarted or set back through both covert and overt operations { with Israel having done far more than the U.S. as it was a life-or-death situation for Israel } nuclear-weapon development efforts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran ) was but a weak forerunner of Red China's computerized ubiquitous blacklisting system.The Great Famine killing 35-55 millions Chinese could have been Mao Zedong's way of starving off the undesirable masses via the Hukuo system. Become party loyal or starve { to death, perhaps }. Their rubber-stamp party Congress members' so-called "votes" are a total joke !

The CCP's lack of a higher level consciousness to understand why humanity needs Earth-2 will doom humanity if space-faring is closed off to humans for ages due to the CCP's creating so much space debris by destroying artificial satellites in its mad quest for more power. With the current SARS_CoV-19 pandemic, we have only experienced a mild version of what Stephen Hawking had mentioned shortly before his death.

Connection is the meaning. In the earlier telecommunication days, we had "the network is the telephone." Imagine someone typing in to produce an antigenic genetic sequence which combines smallpox lethality with the mutation rate of influenza and aerosol spread of the mumps. Imagine CCP's social credit algorithm being connected to a starve-to-death blockage of life support as Mao Zedong had previously thought of and partially carried out for cleansing the rural backward masses of Red China to achieve Red Aryan Supremacy. Imagine photosynthesis having been hacked so there is a halting-by-wilting-virus going around killing all plants it gets into contact with. Viruses are nearly immortal similar to the granulated sugar grains which need no life process to persist. Gardeners who have grown plants which have had their death genes triggered ( such as by a prolonged drought ) know how difficult or impossible it is to reverse the "death sequence." I have already struggled against a plant disease which turned cellulose into a gelatin-like mush ( it can be great for biomass fuel production but if inadvertently escaped, it can devastate agriculture and food supply.) The solution was ugly ( perhaps on a par with the gulping down of bleach to kill the virus--it does "work" by destroying the virus but kill its host, too, so it really makes no sense.)

We all live in the glass house, Earth, but the CCP and others believe and act as if they can throw stones as David did once to become the King ( of gelatin-like Mush ? ) The advent of Anthropocene means that we now have the power to turn Earth [Left for LW nuts] into Venus-2 or [Right for RW nuts] Mars-2. Right now with the existing coal-fired power plants projected to be operated for decades more, the CCP has charted for Earth the course in an itinerary with "Destination: mildly hot Venus, via venality" ( i.e. no lead will be melted on Earth's surface by ambient heat alone but there is profit to be made ) printed upon it.

While I was reading this article about Red China sanctioning Britons who couldn't keep their mouths shut, I suddenly had an epiphany about why my early grade school Chinese teacher was teaching me Patriotism with Chinese Characteristics when she taped my mouth shut @2:50 with Scotch(R) tape to emulate the Scottish flag after I had spoken out of turns during her Chinese class. Whatever Chinese Patriots want to say or spit, they must swallow it and shut their mouths up, Scotch(R)-tape the White-diagonal-cross-on-blue get-it-all-off-scot-free flag onto their mouths, go everywhere, and Obey.

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Iran has a superiority complex and has been lying about not pursuing nuclear weapons. I've seen this script before with the Red-China-supported DPRK which tried to divert plutonium first then enrich uranium when diversion of plutonium had been blocked.

Of course, Iran will become a nuclear weapon state but it will be short-lived because the U.S. doesn't have enough control there to restrain a nuclear war from happening.

The DPRK is different in that there's no nuclear weapon state near it likely to attack it because the U.S. has better defense control in Northeast Asia than on the Arabian Peninsula. The DPRK has been hallucinating about the U.S. wanting to attack it and has wasted much money building up its military. If the U.S. had wanted to do that, it got many decades to have done it already. My first reactions upon hearing of the issue with the DPRK acting up were "What The Fuck ! ?" "Didn't my Dad fix that while he was in Japan in the 1950s ?" I knew that there were many broken pieces but there just wasn't much news over the decades aside from a few { minor relative to Chicago weekends in which dozens of people may be shot and killed in a single weekend and that has been going on for years upon years at least because they were largely Black-on-Black crimes } flare-ups at times ( obviously, the Reds lied about observing the Armistice of 1953 -- I'm so grateful that my Mom had realized the Truth about lying fake Communism and took action to ensure her descendant be a trust-freedom baby rather than a trust-fund baby because some wealth can be acquired { the City of New York alone has more than a million net-worth millionaires in its population of about eight million people but it's also "a heartbreak town" or "urban desert" for those non-"connected" fortune seekers even if they have arrived because New York is very highly regulated, such as in the unionized trades, so the newcomers may be unable to break into lucrative occupations; recall the story of the fox and the "sour" grapes } wherever there's freedom, opportunity { often created,} and respect for private properties as shown by light taxation { resulting from efficient government; some high-taxation countries are actually societally buying "the government option" en masse so they aren't really that highly taxed--they gain the efficiency of scale as long as the option is effective and economic; we in the U.S. have many more choices many of which are kind of stupid but we have to be on guard because the U.S. is a Rip-Off Society where there are predators stalking unwitting preys in various bait-and-switch, disinformation, publ[i]c-to-pr[i]vate emolument, trading-on-insider-information, kickback.. schemes; the U.S. creates part-time jobs galore without any benefits because we don't have national healthcare so employers keep the hours worked per time period per worker low to avoid paying benefits, thus few fulltime jobs are created even if there is need for labor } non-arbitrary dealings, and low or nonexistent corruption. ) It was "a forgotten war." I'm a very late and the youngest child of my father. Other families might have had grandfathers or even great grandfathers who might have been involved some seventy years ago with the Korean Conflict, seventy years being equivalent to nearly three generations ago.

What's the equivalent of Israel in Northeast Asia ? I don't see one ! If ROK were Northeast Asia's Israel, what would be Israel's equivalent of ROK's Unification Ministry working with Iran to handle the peaceful unification of Iran with Israel ?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Without Trump's ass-kissing Xi's yellowed butt, the U.S. couldn't even get a chance to protect the frontline healthcare workers in Wuhan, and possibly saving the World from this pandemic as we have already done for the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa when the U.S. initiated the effort to protect the Americas successfully with Obama being the President at the time ( probably lobbied by his very capable wife, I suspect, as I've learnt over the years that "behind every great man, there is a great woman." especially "yo, momma." "motherly hens" protecting their broods from White Supremacy.) The U.S. strains here are made of Pootinium hypersonically blown with trumperon into Xiium Matrix brought back from the futile by Dr. Emit-braun Who ? To be fair and White-supreme, they've been magnified with Trumpery and GOOPy lewd gayness from Ken-tucky. Gotta love de Broglie moonshine.

U.S. is exceptional alright--it's good that you've recognized it ( U.S. was the first to know and push for global discussion in 1988 that the global climate change was fast becoming a looming crisis, resulting in the Kyoto Accord, etc; the early warning intelligence capability of the U.S. is unmatched in the World although I do agree with Kamala that we have at times idiots and corrupt fools leading us so "The Essential Nation" ignored early warnings; look at the JCPOA with Iran for example; without the U.S., Iran just wouldn't abide by the treaty with some E.U. members and U.K.; the sincerest compliment to one's power is the acknowledgment from one's foes, ) in its having reluctantly to be the stabilizer for the World time and time again.

I frankly wished otherwise in recent years. In fact, I thought that Red China would take on that role or at least share the U.S. burden but alas, the idiots got into power over there. The so-called People's Liberation Army deployed in Djibouti was especially idiotic by shining laser light beams at U.S. military pilots landing there ( the U.S. military presence there largely aligns with anti-terrorism, same as Red China's; who were the people kidnapping the Red Chinese businessmen there for ransom? Not the U.S. but the ones the U.S. is fighting against.)

Red China is morally bankrupt. There's absolutely no way that when one looks up "beer" in Washington State as Jack Ma did that Red Chinese beers will pop up as being prestigious or desirable in the search results. Red China has no branding power. As I'd seen before in my shantytown in Hong Kong, Red China's scent attracted MSCI-buzzing sparkling gold-and-green flies, for which spiders lurking under the rim hunted.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

So on what basis exactly is "Red China .. morally bankrupt"?! Beer?! Also fyi, U deranged nitwit, note:

ad iudicium?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

The practicing of the "CCP is god" (for the state) and "money is god (for the subjects) atheist philosophy demonstrates the moral bankruptcy.

The nationalism of "China vs. the World" led to crazy actions such as banning domestic flights and letting all international flights to proceed after CoViD-19 had become rampant in Wuhan. Does it make any moral sense to have allowed international flights to proceed when the authorities resorted to metal-welding the doors of families shut ( "a cruel and unusual punishment" ) in order to quarantine them ? Or parading in the street a family which engaged in playing mahjong carrying their mahjong table ( "a cruel and unusual punishment" ) for a public shaming of their violating quarantine social distancing rules. It was both ridiculous and very serious ! If these people were living together, they would either get CoViD-19 or they wouldn't. Parading only increased their chances of coming down with the disease or spreading it to other people.

Does it make moral sense to prohibit the export of PPEs (such as N95 masks) by the major producers of such, including from 3M, a U.S. company producing masks there in order to create an artificial shortage to increase profits ? Shipping the virus worldwide, prohibiting the export of equipment to keep people from being infected, and covering up information about the exploding CoViD-19 count near Wuhan so that "there is no clear evidence" as asserted by the WHO as well as Fauci ? Red China's plan to dominate the World succeeded ( as our U.S. Congressional intelligence member trading on insider information while our CoViDiotFeFe was "calming down" our populace,) killing millions of foreigners, making far more lose their livelihoods.. while Red China became the only country with positive GDP growth.

Is it possible that the blown-air puffed-up Christmas tree was a bioweapon assassination "spreading the joy" in order to strike at the heart of the U.S. technotown, Silicon Valley's medical staff ? YMCA indeed. By now we know the scores: U.S. leads the World in CoViD-19 death count, a number-one [traditional-in-many-areas] position for the U.S.

I found the methods to enforce the quarantine far too heavy-headed and didn't make much sense at all. People resist quarantine for reasons, such as not having bought their grocery supplies yet. If they are assured of having groceries delivered to them, they wouldn't need to come out. Parades are mass gatherings for spreading CoViD-19. I just knew that the police of British Hong Kong would have had the good sense not to strictly enforce the quarantine rules by bringing out the welding torches. A bit of "grease" would help ( I saw illegal unlicensed street vendors fleeing a police crackdown but they would come back later, of course, as "the usual suspects.") Dad didn't get into any pissing trouble with the Bobbies but almost with the NYPD police ( public toilets were locked up for security; do you wonder what shit New York was hiding in there ? Just ask the gold-and-green flies ! ) and in an apartheid skirmish with the South African Afrikaner[-apartheid] ( or possibly ¿British? as the British had conquered South Africa in the South African/Second Boer War; anyways, an Afrikaner probably instigated the police crackdown ) police.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

It's Confucianism NOT Communism that predominantly informs Chinese society, morality and ethics, U utterly prejudiced fkn moron and the fact that U either do NOT know that OR that U don't care to see it, paints U down as an utter fkn Sinophobe - U shit-spewing, racist dick-head! Look no links or reading recommendations to rectify your ignorance based arrogance and racism! Only an exhortation for U to...

ecce homo et temet nosce!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Yeah, I wonder why the so-called "Confucius Institutes" which have been infiltrating countries for a long time have been banned by many countries for its silencing CCP-taboo subjects, curbing the freedom of speech, human rights, and propagandizing authoritarianism while censoring "the Heavenly Mandate" part of Confucius' teaching ( any ruler who no longer rules justly must be overthrown { Christianity has the same "justice" attribute of God }--in China's history, revolutions traditionally happened after catastrophes combined with governance inadequacy. Was anyone ever taught about that by a Confuseus Institute ? And how about you ? Did you just listen to "Confuseus rap" for your "Chinese" culture ? ) How much do you really know about Confucius ?

Winnie the Pooh and the CCP used Confucius' teaching to shore up his authoritarian style of governance. Did you know that Mao Zedong, still the idol of the CCP and his cameo appearing on renminbi, banned Confucius' teachings ? Many intellectuals such as teachers, professors, and literate folks were purged in Red China's Cultural Devolution.

Did you watch Jiang Zemin nodding off while Winnie the Pooh was spewing perennial platitudes ? Yeah, that video clip has been edited away, with the help of the myriad gold-and-green flies, I am sure.

I grant you this much though: Winnie the Pooh was certainly behaving a bit more respectful towards his elder ( Jiang Zemin was already advanced in years in that video ) than Kim Jong-un was towards his uncle who had dozed off and was therefore executed with an air-defense gun. Maybe he learnt that from reading the "reactionary { straight from CCP parlance }" teachings of Confucius while he was liberated to live inside of a cave while being re-educated [to learn from the peasants such as how to shovel piggy manure to fertilize--aroma therapy works wonders invoking neurogenesis ] ( after his father had been purged.) His father was "black { again from the CCP's parlance }" so Winnie the Pooh has a terrible blackened "history" background. Do you know what that means within the CCP ? If the CCP could live with its own absurdity, Jiang Zemin was correct to have dozed off.

Pigs are prevalent in Red China so Muslims and Jews probably wouldn't love living there ( although Nationalist-Communist China's Shanghai had harbored many escaped Jews from the Nazi { then a bit pejoratively "Krauts," I dislike the xenophobic term "Nazi" because it just rings "Nationalist" to me; the fearsome quality of NSDAP came from its socialist aspect in order to defraud the people; a nation which has Nationalist leaders looking out for their national interests globally is blessed; the U.S. hasn't had Nationalist leaders for many decades already, triggering massive job losses and despair }-occupied Europe; I agree with these Jews { and with my Dad probably, regarding the difference between "Japs" and the Japanese people } that Good Samaritans who may "live with pigs and eat pork" are still Good Samaritans.) It's horrible that many U.S. residents don't get this point.

My spiritual godfather whose diet I had finally researched to be vegetarian ( my Big Brother was correct in objecting to my Mom's roasted pork and chicken offerings ) apparently tolerated his devotees hauling into his temple roasted suckling pigs ( at times even adult ones but they were rarer ) and roasted chickens as offerings for worship ( one of the other two revered ones in the temple was also vegetarian so maybe Confucius was a meat eater.) Tolerance is a virtue which I've appreciated more as I grew older.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

Yet more gobbledegook from a Christian Supremacist, huh?!!! I'd forgotten that aspect of your RW b-s and it offends me .. how much I know about U gripes!! Lucky that I looked backed here before your ever expanding b-s expanded even more as U already added a Para. 6 in the time it took me to do this reply!

Now try to get this into your fkn twisted head gropes: China has 5000 years of written culture; Emperors & Dynasties come & go; China's true & over riding genius is in its ability to organise itself; Confucianism is the core of a culture that is by its very nature, communitaire; A very ancient & meritocratic civil service, The Mandarin Class ... has underpinned Chinese society for many, many, many hundreds of years; This Civil Service is now called the Communist Party & as before - rulers come & go .. but China rolls on. So, the real question is "How much do you know about" Confucianism? Don't reply because U can't actually do so without the deep prejudice with which U are infected! Want some food for thought? Try this article before U even entertain the notion of "The People's Bank of China" being wholly owned by The Chinese State & NOT a Club of Private Bankers & the real implications of that! [Clue: China Can't Go Bankrupt!!]

et nosce te ipsum!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

「人之初, 性本善, 性相近, 習相遠。」If that be X'ian Supremacy, so be it. I'm delighted that I'm 西安 so I'm "saved." I breathe Supreme Fascist Xi's fresh air.

「有求必應」與「普濟勸善」。 "The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want." 眼前的白石竟然應聲昂首而起變成羊群。Stones, bleat !

I suspect that most people are wrong about the Russia-China alliance. Russians are very close to being able to attain freedom from tyranny ( unlike the slave-minded people of Red China trained for millennia to be so by the so-called "divine monarchs" ) because Russians are courageous in creating and supporting a healthy opposition. Having an opposition is important for some semblance of stability because it prevents revolutions as well as civil wars. Only idiots would believe that having revolutions and civil wars could be better for the people than having a election.

By geography, culture, history, politics, etc. Russia is primarily a eastern European country. Just ask how neglected many East Siberians feel about the policies of the so-called Capital in Moscow, many time zones away ! Red China with more than 1.4-billion Chinese just next-door looms far larger than European Russia by geography, history, economics, trade, etc. despite Moscow's Russification of historically Great-Qing lands to which the expansionist CCP views itself as the rightful heir. It's the reason that Red China, a temperate-zone country, kept on trying to be accepted as a member of the Arctic Council.

Russians largely use alphabets, believe in Christianity, fought for their freedom from tyranny, and sometimes succeeded ( albeit with gore but revolutions aren't beauty pageants or eyes-cream cones ! ) The most epic struggles were recorded in Russian literature, history, persecutions, rebellions, civil wars, and revolutions. Which other people do you think could have had the perseverance to have written such an epic as "War and Peace?" Russians are famously "dour" and "rude" in manners but it can also be seen as being "genuine." Yeah, if you have to face more than half-a-year of Hundewetter in a seemingly godforsaken nowhere, you won't be jumping with joy to celebrate your luck to be living in the icy slushy overcast white, black, and gray, either. Sheep don't just bleat in Russia.

The fundamental law of physics is the law of diffusion. Red China will diffuse into or outright annex Siberia. Why are the Siberian Russians eating cucumbers imported from Red China if they had used to grow their own ? Same reason as why New York Chinatown's sewing factories were all shut down in favor of imports, killing the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Chinese Americans, thanks to the Demonkrapts' "Walmart" policies. The Clintons got very well-off by selling out Chinese Americans. Where do you think Biden was ? Was he making a last stand in Congress as a U.S. Patriot ? Absolutely not. Here's the root of Trumpism: displaced and dislocated people whose livelihoods had been betrayed without amelioration. In the Asian community, in order to thwart hate-based attacks, we can bring back the gangs of the early 1970s to strike fear deep into the hearts of the parents of school bullies. Does anyone still remember Bruce Lee ? His influence destroyed the toddler-height-boosting-for-pissing-into-toilet-bowl footstool made by the smoker carpenter who had started the fire which could have burnt down our shantytown. I frankly don't want to climb onto a U.N.-funded swing if I have to see my neighborhood burnt up in yet another conflagration as those poor souls living in the nearby resettlement buildings had gone through.

自從黃大仙上下邨於1960年代落成後,「黃大仙」作爲屋邨所在地地名逐漸變得比「竹園」更加普及,雖然黃大仙祠的地址至今仍然保持是「竹園村2號」。 Where is 「竹園村1號」? That address had been stepped beside and thus reserved symbolically by「黃大仙」when relocating his temple to an auspicious site which is close to the now UFO-monument in the Crystal Palace (水晶宮) of Fung Tak Park (鳳德公園).

I don't condemn "the five-thousand years of traditional Chinese Culture," despite my animosity towards Red Chinese expansionism destabilizing the Greater Oceanic Co-Prosperity Spheres linchpinned by the U.S. both in the East and the West ( Europe may believe that it can benefit by swaying to Beijing's tunes by undermining its relationship with the U.S.--it will be a mirage because of its dependence on global U.S.-underpinned trade; modern prosperity of Europe had grown upon the U.S.-secured foundation; as the foundation is damaged, so will Europe's prosperity evaporate; Russia may well "come to Europe's rescue" yet again with its trans-Siberian railroad all of which is under a single country's jurisdiction and protection until it gets close to Red China; just ask Angela Merkel how charming a pet polar bear stationed in one's home can be.) How do you think Japan had been calmed down after the Great Patriotic War despite its continuing high population pressure ? Japan indeed got its quasi-"colonies" overseas already via trade and investments ( but with no wars and under the oceanic auspices of the U.S. which I suspect that even Red China would miss despite its blatant attempts to destroy it ) !

Red China looks and behaves very much like the newly industrialized Imperial [Prussian-military-soul] Germany with an axe to grind shortly before the Great War. Donald Trump's family pride is probably her daughter Ivanka who seems to be most sinicized in her upbringing by her Taiwanese ( not Red Chinese who have lost much of the traditional Chinese culture in the Maoist Cultural Devolution ! ) nannies. This is actually the underlying reason for Red China's animosity towards Taiwan. Taiwan presents a very realistic cultural-governmental-alternative challenge to the money-as-god, atheistic,「We must now practice Wushu (武 "Wu" = military or martial, 術 "Shu" = art) because our Mao Cultural-Devolution years' idiotic bans had purged our martial arts so we forgot our ancient culture's Guoshu (國 "Guo" = national, 術 "Shu" = art)」 morally bankrupt Red China.

"Within China, the practice of traditional martial arts was discouraged during the turbulent years of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1969–1976).[3] Like many other aspects of traditional Chinese life, martial arts were subjected to a radical transformation by the People's Republic of China to align them with Maoist revolutionary doctrine.[3] The PRC promoted the committee-regulated sport of Wushu as a replacement for independent schools of martial arts. This new competition sport was disassociated from what was seen as the potentially subversive self-defense aspects and family lineages of Chinese martial arts.[3]"

The CCP was fearful of the traditional potentially subversive self-defense aspects. The mass populace had to be kept defenseless and be eviscerated of ancient Chinese philosophies in order to support single-party much-facial-hair-thus-excessive-testosterone-non-Chinese-"heroes" atheistic parasitic dictatorship.

》Wo ist dein Reisepass ? Immer mußt du ihn bringen. Heil Drumpf 2040 !《

As "Nazi" had acquired a bad connotation, "Bushido" was likewise widely misunderstood and blamed by the West due to its being xenophonic. The lack of the moral restraint imposed by Bushido's philosophy on the younger generations of Japanese in the early part of the 20th century had probably led to the atrocities and moral depravities of the Japs ( e.g. Unit 731 which had so-called "researched" syphilis in their sex-lumber company ) in their occupied territories. It's very likely that the majority of the virginal much-testosterone-infused Spartanly trained young Jap soldiers went hog wild with their first fucks with Hong Kong prostitutes once they'd met Global Vaginal Line's venereal-disease resistance after the Brits had pulled out. I wasn't surprised that the Japanese Government had censored Japanese history textbooks in order to keep a little bit of national respectability. Do you really believe that the "comfort women" weren't coerced by the young Japs with the sex-lumbers and guns with them ? I believe that they suffered spontaneous coming-to-immediate-attention erections. Behold and salute to the power of testosterone ( needed for wars and.. hair growth ) !

"China Can't Go Bankrupt" really ? I had heard that "XXX Can't Go Bankrupt" so many times before in advance of the bankruptcies ( huge amount of the so-called money but the prices being chased shoot out of control leading to a shortage of the so-called money despite unwieldy amount of it already existing.) State-controlled banks are not exempt: Zimbabwe's and Venezuela's.

My parents had also lived through the same idiotic madness during WWII. My Mom told me about the crazy switchings of the accepted currency ( from vendor-redeemable coupons { worked poorly because one might have the coupons from Fruit of the Boom but want to get Starbanged,} stamps { only clean and recognizable ones were accepted so squid vendors protested with their dirtied "money",} to the state-coerced "sale" of private gold holdings to the state, with the gold pieces being sawed off { state kept the gold/golden sawdust } before weighing the broken pieces to determine whether they held real gold, and supposedly gold-backed new "money" with a three-million-to-one exchange rate from the old money.) Only the jobs which gave immediate time off to spend the payments on a payday should be taken because significant chunks of them would be nullified by rapidly increasing prices. Nationalists thus lost China's Heavenly Mandate.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

More Racist Supremacist Gobbledegook?!!! And before U can delete it .. here is the objective proof:

  • "unlike the slave-minded people of Red China trained for millennia"

Didn't read the rest of your "Wall of Shit" (GF) bar "China Can't Go Bankrupt" really?" Yep! Because the Chinese State with all its myriad strengths, weaknesses and contradictions, wholly owns & controls The Peoples' Bank of China & so backs Their Fiat Currency, with the resources; gold & asset holdings; skills; talents; ingenuity; history & future prospects of 'The Chinese State &, Its People'! Much to the chagrin of yourself & U$A's Private Banking Cartel! Further fyi - U shit-spewing, Christian Supremacist, Sinophobe:

As in the U$A now ... "They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state." THAT'S "Why Bernie Sanders Matters" (OP), U tRUMP (...x...) kissing, RW US propaganda regurgitator! Finally & tho' a Cognitive Dissonance Suffering, Reactionary US Exceptionalist like U won't read them ...

From which, consider "The ruling elites, despite the accelerating and tangible ecological collapse, mollify us, either by meaningless gestures or denial." (Chris Hedges on U$A) &, dare to be shocked by 1st^link!

ad iudicium et multum in parvo?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

Red China's highly coercive decades-long one-child policy will soon bite the CCP's ass hard due to the rapid aging/ageing of its population. Demographics is Destiny.

Of course, the CCP can just let the rapidly growing-old people suffer in silence. It's not the first time because Mao's mishandling of the economy had previously starved to death 35-55 millions of rural Red Chinese peasants. Socialists' freaky desire for power and control is why Red China still uses the Hukou 户口 rationing system which is obviously far inferior to the West's free system ( in order to go somewhere, we largely just pick up our purse, a few personal belongings such as toothbrushes and underwear pants, and drive away in our waiting car with no need to file any papers with the Hukou authority to ensure that our rationed allowances of foods, drinks, oil, cloth, etc. will be transfered to the places where we are visiting or moving to.) The only good thing was that it allowed the CCP to control the population's physical locations so that they could be starved to death in place as necessary. It's how party loyalty is ensured as in Red China's Great Famine. Disloyal or unlucky [rural] people got no food to eat. The U.S. has this pick-up-and-go freedom, fresh air, blue not smog-filled sky, beautiful wilderness, and usually enough money to cover expenses ( when viewing on a purchasing-power-parity basis, although things here in the U.S. are expensive on a globalized scale, our income and wealth tend to cover them with ease if we just avoid a few things such as medical care { fraudsters abound to steal medico-identities,} prescription medicines, owning/maybe even renting one's dwelling, and private education.)

I do miss the compactness of Hong Kong with its many islands, beautiful beaches, wilderness right next to urban areas, though. The U.S. has these but they are much farther apart requiring much driving or flying time ( we in the U.S. seldom measure travels with "miles" or "kilometers/kilometres" as in Europe/U.K. but mostly with travel time tagged on by the mode of transportation: one hour by car, five hours by plane, etc. U.S. population lives much in subjective time; the West Coast is only about one full day of commercial air travel away; it used to be much closer to a bit more than half a day before terrorism hit ) In Kowloon of Hong Kong where I was born and had lived, I often just walked everywhere. Mom gave me a few coins to take a bus home for those days when it suddenly started to rain. It was to keep me dry { inhibiting the growth of bacteria e.g. yellow-colored Streptococcus aureus on wet/sweated-upon collars/backside/sleeves and fungi e.g. those of the extremely itchy skin-peeling-off often-painful at-times-bleeding "Hong Kong feet," thus warding off diseases; umbrellas were a rather useful British innovation which was probably triggered by the Gulf Stream hitting the cold air of northwestern Europe; my Dad owned and often wore "London Fog(TM)" raincoats appearing similarly as "Richard" in the movie "Casa Blanca" } and comfortable rather than getting me home a little bit quicker ( I walked fast so walking and taking a bus didn't differ much in the time needed due to the time spent waiting for the bus.) Hong Kong had some unpredictable-in-those-days weather. I was quite confused about what those weather forecast predictions of "sporadic localized thunderstorms, rain, overcast clouds, winds, and sunny sky" meant to me, at least no snow, frost, or sleet, how lucky Hong Kong was ! The first snow/frost I encountered was from the aluminum/aluminium ( plastics were just beginning to be adopted then ) freezer compartment of our refrigerator. I licked it after scraping it off ( as my tongue could be stuck frozen to the freezer, otherwise; I didn't experience tongue sticking at the freezer wall but I could imagine that happening because the freezer compartment came with an aluminum/aluminium { nowadays usually made of plastics instead; quantum physics' conduction and valence electron-energy bands explain why my tongue was frozen promptly to the aluminum/aluminium but not plastics as well as the workings of the gadzillions of transistors underpinning the Information Age } ice tray with the metallic bar to pull up to move the grate to loosen up the ice cubes; being an impatient Fool, I licked it to "warm it up"--that's a [painful] mistake ! )

At least as weather, I hadn't caught any "dogs and cats" ( although wash-basin or chamber-pot contents did { Hong Kong was wealthy even in those days because some "resettled" residents with shared entire-floor-centralized kitchen and shower area simply splashed their yellow liquid gold out of their buildings to save themselves the long walk; if we only had wine, we could have made polyurethane coating to prevent our wooden beams in our shantytown from rotting and being eaten [by ¿termites? I saw some, probably, which looked like flying ants] } -- my Big Brother's and my generation did police, find and fine, and clean up these terrible Old-China 《also GOOPy Paul's; although New York sidewalks had many blackened patches of chewing gum and there were boogers--potentially Nature's commonly available "vaccine" smeared underneath some elementary/primary school desks in Hong Kong and probably in New York, too, but I had by then lost interest in examining [no-divine-message-but-only-what's-"from the primary school children of Kowloon { not the U.S.A. 'message' I got later on }"] hieroglyphic deposits》habits so yeah, we were Socialists alright as far as public health and hygiene were concerned: "litterbugs stop here;" I thought that the various U.S. mask-wearing mandates in this pandemic were really a very minor inconvenience to ensure our common good; I, as a young child watching what others around me did, littered my chewing-gum wrappers but Mom changed my errant way by asking me to bring them home with the chewed-up gums; it's why I often had chewing-gum wrappers for my float-or-sink experiments in the big round basin filled with water ) raining down from the high-rise buildings yet.

「人之初, 性本乱, 性相遠, 習近平 !」-- Red China Socialist Dictatorship's motto for making identical forced-dumb cogs to fit into the [very brittle] synchronous-mode single-time-zone single-party machine.

I hope that those people under the jurisdiction of Red China with foreign connections have already prepared for "the CCP's gnashing of teeth," such as in the South Belligerent of the West American Salty Lake. I'm glad that my ancestors believed and followed the village "fool" on that fateful day when the stone lion bled. The seeds were saved by hand-pumping a railroad handcart to cross the border, leaving the D.P.R.K. behind. Kim Jong-un probably let the Russian diplomat families go back to Russia. "Save the children." Yes !

Religions' true purpose is mindful transcendence, regardless of the sects and practices. Buddhist deities are often depicted sitting on a lotus flower which symbolizes transcendence from the muck to a clean gorgeous beauty above the murky water with methane bubbling up ( 出污泥而不染 ). Jesus' body was in the tomb and rose to Heaven on the third day to prepare rooms in his Father's place for the faithful ones. Jona was in the darkness in the maw of "the fish" for three days and nights before emerging into the light. Wong Tai Sin had been in a cave for forty years before he emerged and called for his sheep and the white stones came alive, ran, and bleated.

The Leitmotiv is all about the mindful transcendence from a murky darkness into the beautiful awakened clarity and brightness in the primordial Light. As the history of Science attests, every time light was experimented with ( Newton--glass prisms, rainbows, chromatic aberration, reflective telescope,) thought about ( Maxwell--electric and magnetic phenomena; Einstein--racing against a light beam from a Zurich clock tower, falling down with an elevator while being weighed on a scale and observing a transversal light beam hitting the far wall of the elevator,) produced, controlled ( Einsteinian genius/"fool" quick faith-based weight-loss[-in-an-elevator] program,) absorbed, transformed, etc. there came the possibility of a major breakthrough in Science.

The experimentally measured number of the undulations of Light confined to a parallelogram 3+1 prism replicated in periodic continuation to fill free spacetime is always an integer and every integer must be possible as being such a number which is the sum of the squares of four Gaussian integers. The superposition of all of the harmonics yields all kinds of distribution functions via Fourier series.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

"Demographics Is Destiny", is far and away .. THE most intelligent thing that U have EVER said to me grapes!!! All of the rest of the above is probably a variant of the same drivel U usually ply though!! Better quit there before your ever-expanding reply - expands even more! Finally FYI ... try to carefully consider:

Despite appearances, these 4 links are super-connected. Now go & see IF U can connect the dots here! Clue: The Existential Crisis that some RW white folk feel, isn't the fault of others; it's actually sui generis! Culture Clash is a distraction for simpletons! "Class War", is THE over-riding animus of the 1% & 0.01%!

respice; adspice; prospice et spero meliora ...