Listen to this, when the top three drug companies in this country made $45 billion dollars in profit last year, that is an obscenity, and let me tell you something. When we make it to the White House, the pharmaceutical industry will not continue to rip-off the American people.
Russia's central bank stockpiled the most gold last quarter, adding an estimated 60 tonnes to its reserves. The country bought around 200 tonnes of gold last year, 141 tonnes of which is thought to have been snapped up over the summer.
Heaven on Earth! But aren't we in the midst of 8 years of Heaven on Earth? Probably got this since I'm on MoveOn's mailing list.
I want you to imagine eight years from now:
The minimum wage is a living wage and students are graduating college without crushing debt stifling their ability to pursue the career of their dreams.
Health care is recognized as a right for every man, woman, and child, and the United States is leading the world in fighting climate change.
There is no bank that is too big to fail, no banker too powerful to jail, and we’ve leveled the playing field so that the billionaire class is no longer able to buy and sell our candidates and elections.
When that happens, they will say it all started tomorrow night in New Hampshire where we have overcome not just a forty point deficit in the polls, but the sneers of the corporate media and opposition from political elites and billionaire super PACs.
But we still have work to do. More than 3.5 million individual contributions have helped power us to a slight lead in New Hampshire. But if we’re going to hold on and win tomorrow night, we desperately need you to add one more before midnight.
What we are doing on this campaign is building a political revolution large enough and powerful enough to take this country back from the billionaire class, and we are hopeful that tomorrow night will be a turning point for our movement.
Years from now, when you are looking back on everything we’ve accomplished together, I want you to be able to say your contribution helped us win in New Hampshire.
Make your $10 contribution to our campaign—and MoveOn's efforts to help us win—right now:
If we win tomorrow night, our victory will send a message, loudly and clearly, that "ENOUGH is ENOUGH!" This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not a handful of billionaires and their super PACs.
How, can a geriatric Brooklyn-born Jew who speaks in long, complex sentences, his hands providing the punctuation, draw bigger crowds than Donald Trump, despite claiming a tiny fraction of the mogul's TV news coverage? How could he battle Hillary Clinton to a virtual tie in Iowa, with a good chance of beating her Tuesday in New Hampshire? How could he be closing the gap with her in national polls?
The answer is that large majorities of Americans are, like Sanders, "democratic socialists."
Sanders is not a socialist. He is a "democratic socialist." That one word makes for a world of difference. Sanders favors private ownership and markets, but with rules that protect little people from abuses and uncertainties.
Survey after poll after focus group shows that substantial majorities of Republicans support much of the Sanders economic plan. Many of those Republicans currently support Donald Trump, with his vague promises to stick it to the rich, improve the lot of working class Americans and protect Social Security.
So what are those Americans who support Sanders' policies but not Sanders missing? Why don't they understand the huge differences between socialism and democratic socialism?
No Mr. Johnston, I don't agree. (Parenthetically, I lived two years in Jamaica under the "Democratic Socialism" of Michael Manley. Jamaica is not the USA but it won't work here either.) The government should be the referee, not the player and the referee and writing the rules and being the scorekeeper. Sanders vision is the second.
While my girl - Carly Fiorina- was kept out of last night's debate, even though she got more votes and delegates than two of the men in the debate. Pretty poor - maybe ABC didn't want a Republican woman on the debate stage?
For aficionado's. An article from the Guardian (UK). Despite having the most players and the most money, England has only won the Six Nations Championship once in the last 12 years. After being knocked out of the World Cup without making the quarterfinals they brought in an Australian (Eddie Jones) as head coach for the national team and England play Scotland today.
Here's the last hike in 2015, and first in 2016. Both relatively easy. Decided to post a little video this time, instead of photos.
December 27th was Manitoga Preserve - not too strenuous, except we got lost a might misdirected when I we missed a cairn and blazes for a left hand turn. Walked north an extra 40 minutes before we figured it out - and that was after taking directions from two other small hiking parties. We backtracked and it was good we had flashlights. Luckily the terrain was not rugged. This 86 second video is early in the hike, on the way in.
Then January 18th - Pelton Pond in Fahnestock Park. No Brigid but Jeanne Marie and I were joined by Mike and Karen and Dave Allen. Mike is good at recognizing safe ice, since he goes ice fishing, and won his bet from Dave, by not falling through ... Of course that's me, yapping away on the 45 second video.
LONG after the dust settles in Iowa — and New Hampshire, and even the 2016 campaign itself — one question will remain: Why, after decades of supporting the liberal and conservative establishments, did the white middle-class abandon them? Wherever Donald J. Trump and Bernie Sanders end up, their candidacies represent a major shift in American politics. Since World War II our political culture has been organized around the needs, fears and aspirations of white middle-class voters in ways that also satisfied the interests of the rich and powerful. That’s no longer true.
As we know, the rich are now quite a bit richer. In itself, this need not disrupt the old political consensus. More decisive is the fact that the white middle class is in decline, both economically and culturally.
This story of decline is often told in racial and ethnic terms: White America is being displaced by a multicultural America, and especially on the right, voters are retreating to racist posturing. There may be some truth to this story, but for the most part it’s a huge distraction.
In fact, the real cleavage is not interracial, but intra-racial: The populism we’re seeing stems entirely from the collision of whites who flourish in the global economy — and amid the cultural changes of the last 50 years — with those who don’t.
And while we’ve heard a lot about the economic decline of the middle class, the cultural decline of the white middle class isn’t discussed nearly as often. It should be.
First, there are the consequences of the great success of the upper middle class, which today lives in a separate world of well-manicured neighborhoods with good schools, intact families and cultural confidence. We compliment ourselves that a generally meritocratic system is open to far more people than was true 50 years ago. And it has been — but the resulting culture of ambition paradoxically erodes middle-class confidence. Today, the vast middle of the middle fears that unless you’re on the way up, you’re on the way down.
And it’s not just competitiveness that is eroding the white middle class. When I was coming of age in the 1970s, drug use was already undermining the white middle class. Since then marriage rates among high school-educated whites have declined and illegitimacy has increased. A priest I know serves three small-town parishes in rural, white Pennsylvania. I asked about his pastoral challenges. The biggest: Grandparents parenting their grandchildren, as their own children are too messed up to raise them.
Cultural instability compounds economic instability. A person near the median in our society is on shaky ground. He feels that what was once reliable is now eroding. This is as much a source of today’s middle-class anxiety as stagnant household incomes.
What’s striking — and crucial for understanding our populist moment — is the fact that the leadership cadres of both parties aren’t just unresponsive to this anxiety. They add to it.
The intelligentsia on the left rarely lets a moment pass without reminding us of the demographic eclipse of white middle-class voters. Sometimes, those voters are described as racists, or derided as dull suburbanites who lack the élan of the new urban “creative class.” The message: White middle-class Americans aren’t just irrelevant to America’s future, they’re in the way.
Conservatives are no less harsh. Pundits ominously predict that the “innovators” are about to be overwhelmed by a locust blight of “takers.” The message: If it weren’t for successful people like us, middle-class people like you would be doomed. And if you’re not an entrepreneurial “producer,” you’re in the way.
Is it any surprise that white middle-class voters are in rebellion?
Democratic and Republican Party establishments appeal to the interests of these voters, promising to protect them (Democrats) or spur growth that will renew economic opportunity (Republicans). But these appeals miss the point.
Our political history since the end of World War II has turned on the willingness of white middle-class voters to rally behind great causes in league with the wealthy and political elite: Resist Communism! Send a man to the moon! Overcome racism! Protect the environment! Today, white middle-class voters want to be reassured that they can play an active role in politics. They want someone to appeal to their sense of political self-worth, not just their interests.
This is precisely what Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders offer. Mr. Trump speaks about restoring American greatness, rhetorical gestures akin to Barack Obama’s vague 2008 slogan, “Yes, we can.” We can mock both as empty. But voters who feel disempowered and marginalized latch on to this promise. They want to be partners with the rich and powerful in defining our future as a country, not recipients of their benevolent ministrations, which explains why they’re untroubled by Mr. Trump’s great wealth.
Mr. Sanders also appeals to the strong desire that the white middle class has to recover its central role in the national project. While he attracts support from a wealthier stratum of the middle class than Mr. Trump, the appeal is the same. He asks them to join him in fundamentally remaking our political economy. We can dismiss his socialism as an unworkable throwback, but he’s doing something our political establishment can’t or won’t: asking middle-class voters to undertake a nation-defining transformation.
If these candidates have traction, it’s because over the last two decades our political elites, themselves almost entirely white, have decided, for different reasons, that the white middle class has no role to play in the multicultural, globalized future they envision, a future that they believe they will run. This primary season will show us whether or not they’re right.
"Jesuitical right-wing fascism"? "The sons of Loyola"?
This is from McDermott's America column -
I know, it’s just one crazy link. Except it’s the one ranked highest by Google.
It is also not the only post in the top 10 with a similar message. In fact only two of the top ten links about Donald Trump and Jesuit don’t have something to do with the apparent Jesuit-Trump conspiracy that no one has had the courtesy to let me know we are in on. (If you only have time to sample one piece from this magical universe, may I suggest the first few minutes of this YouTube post about why, during the “Jesuit Paris Attacks,” a woman believes Donald Trump got switched out by his clone. It begins “I was watching Fox News this morning.”)
There's more. Here's what McDermott found when he put in Cruz's name with Jesuit -
But others again leaned heavily into the same basic swirling pot of crazy: “Satanic Freemason Jesuit Ted Cruz Master of the Second Veil Hand Sign Exposed.” “Trump/Ted Cruz Ticket; Illuminati and Jesuits.” “Ted Cruz—Jesuit Coadjutor.”
Probably found my name on any # of lists I'm on. It was sent 1AM Tuesday.
For the record & to put it mildly, I'm not a supporter - don't "Feel the Bern". But I respect him for standing up to the Democratic Party machine.
Tonight we accomplished what the corporate media and political establishment once believed was impossible: after trailing Hillary Clinton in Iowa throughout this entire campaign, it looks as if we will leave the state with roughly the same number of delegates.
I want to be clear with you about what this really means. Tonight’s result is a victory for our political revolution. We have proved that when people come together, anything is possible.
New Hampshire votes next, where we have a slight lead in the polls. If we win there, we’ll have all the momentum. What counts now is how we respond in this moment:
When we started this campaign, almost everyone wrote us off. We were down 41 percent in the polls… and those were some of the good ones. They said our ideas were radical and that we could never compete with our opponent.
Well, you showed them tonight.
Victory is within our reach. But winning will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country—nothing less than a political revolution.
Please make a contribution to our campaign tonight:
So, seems to have gone well. Done at Hudson Valley Hospital, which is also where I had my knee surgery 11 years ago. Have to put in a variety of drops in my right eye for the next several weeks, including one that goes for six weeks. and right now my pupil is still dilated.
The actual surgery takes about half an hour.
Brigid took this after getting back to the room, still looking cute in my bonnet -
You can also just about see how dilated my right pupil is - just about completely open (yeah - no one should be subjected to this kind of close up of me!) with hardly any iris visible. There's also the remnants of an ink mark above my right eyebrow - as in "this is the eye..."
"Almost all multicellular species on earth reproduce using sex, but its existence isn't easy to explain because sex carries big burdens, the most obvious of which is that only half of your offspring -- daughters -- will actually produce offspring," lead author and UEA professor Matt Gage said in a statement. "Why should any species waste all that effort on sons? We wanted to understand how Darwinian selection can allow this widespread and seemingly wasteful reproductive system to persist, when a system where all individuals produce offspring without sex -- as in all-female asexual populations -- would be a far more effective route to reproduce greater numbers of offspring."
So a study involving beetles -
To test how important selection is to the benefits of sexual reproduction, they pulled selection out of the equation. In one test group, beetles were randomly paired up into monogamous couples. Others had an increasingly uneven male-to-female ratio, with the most extreme group having only 10 females to 90 males. That meant the ladies had plenty of choices, whereas the control group females had no choice at all.
After seven years under those conditions, the researchers tested how resilient each group was to inbreeding, with a brother and sister being mated every generation. The groups that had been allowed the most selection survived as many as 20 inbred generations, while all the groups with weak or non-existent selection went extinct by the 10th. That's because they had a greater number of dangerous mutations built up in their genetic code, and those quickly accumulated when inbreeding occurred.
Sexual selection gave the beetles an edge, because females with a choice -- and many males competing for their attention -- were less likely to mate with genetic losers.
Yay! A plus for not reproducing by binary fission! Bad luck though, if you're a "genetic loser."
The fact is, the 13 million new enrollees include almost all the newly covered people under Obamacare. The horrors of Obamacare could have been avoided if medicaid had simply been extended to more people and an effort made to emroll them.
Not mentioned here - the current medicaid reimbursements to healthcare providers are so low that if everyone was covered by medicaid, providers and hospitals would all be bankrupt.
Laughable, but that's their opinion. Putin must be rolling around on the floor laughing. Will they pull their endorsement if Clinton gets indicted?
Strangely, they got it right with their endorsement of my choice, Kasich (they still think he's terrible, just not as terrible as the others) for the Republican nomination. Although they are wrong that none of the other Republicans are qualified.
The killing of Mr. Black underscored the problems plaguing the shelter system, which now houses about 58,000 people, a record, and must take in anyone who asks. Yet many homeless people fear the shelters, because of drug use, theft and violence.
Other residents said Mr. White was increasingly volatile, at one point flailing his arms and throwing away dollar bills. He complained to one of his brothers that someone had stolen his iPod. His mother said she talked to him on the phone, and he said he was fine and that he was taking his medication.
But he had become so convinced that people were robbing him that shelter employees gave him a replacement lock for his locker last week, said Leonard McCaffrey, another resident. He warned men who bothered him that he would “give them a 150,” Mr. McCaffrey said, meaning 150 stitches across the face.
“He would fly off the handle,” Mr. McCaffrey said.
Plenty more well worth hitting the link. I have no idea what the answer is.