edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2018 09:56 pm
1) The draft House rules on “PAYGO” & a super majority on taxes are designed to set up roadblocks against:
- #MedicareForAll
- #GreenNewDeal
- #CollegeForAll
- Universal Childcare
- Paid Family and Medical Leave
- A Job Guarantee
coldjoint
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2018 10:29 pm
Quote:
YouTube Censors John Stossel Video on Socialism; Blocks Youth

Impossible, there is such a thing as an argument against Socialism. That is that these technocrats are saying. Censorship has nothing to do with progress.
http://www.targetliberty.com/2018/12/youtube-censors-john-stossel-video-on.html
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maporsche
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 05:05 am
@edgarblythe,
The bottom 20% tax supermajority means families earning less than $90k won’t see their income taxes rate go up. This is a relaxation of an existing rule that Ryan set up. Strange that this rule can change when House leadership wants huh.

Fair criticism is good. Mindless bitching is unhelpful.

Seems like a positive benefit to the lower middle class.

Not to mention the SMART political move of making this announcement during a time period when there is no way the Senate or Trump would sign such a tax increase anywhay so there is no harm here to anyone’s agenda. IF you stop bitching and moaning about everything Pelosi does and maybe push people to vote for more Democrats you’ll have a chance of getting what you want and Pelosi can say the rule on tax increases doesn’t apply here because the net-net is more money to the bottom 80%.


I don’t understand how much you smite your face.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 08:04 am
Fact check: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $21 trillion mistake
maporsche
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 08:21 am
@revelette1,


She's got potential, but she need to stop these unforced errors.
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 08:45 am
@maporsche,
I like her attitude and her ideas, some of them I see as not really realistic, but perhaps it could be done. Perhaps she just needs to slow down or something.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:09 am
@revelette1,
What I like about her is kind of like what Obama said about Beto - that when Beto campaigns, he doesn't sound like everything he says has been poll-tested. When Ocasio-Cortez talks, I get the feeling that she's talking about what she believes - not just what she thinks her constituents want to hear.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:13 am
Hail hail the gang's all here.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:21 am
The Best Strategy for the House Dems? Fight for Major Reforms.
Sure, the Senate will block them. But pushing things like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All will energize grassroots activists and supercharge the coming presidential primary.
By Robert L. Borosage
https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-congress-fundamental-reforms/
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:24 am
Rob Retweeted

Rob


@philosophrob
Dec 2
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Sen. Chuck Schumer doesn't support Medicare for all. He's received $2,158,930 from the Insurance industry.

Sen. Chuck Schumer doesn't support a Wall Street transaction tax. He's received $13,050,211 from the Securities & Investment industry.

Almost like he's a corporate puppet.
maporsche
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:26 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

The Best Strategy for the House Dems? Fight for Major Reforms.
Sure, the Senate will block them. But pushing things like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All will energize grassroots activists and supercharge the coming presidential primary.
By Robert L. Borosage
https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-congress-fundamental-reforms/


It takes no skill to take votes on bills that will never become law.

This is what Republicans did by repealing Obamacare 17 times.

This is what some politicians do when they know a bill is going to pass by an overwhelming margin and they make a nay vote that is meaningless.


The skill comes in when you're able to get something you want and only give up something that you want less. You keep doing this and you start to get real progress. Progressives should want progress.
coldjoint
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:34 am
@edgarblythe,
Quote:
Almost like he's a corporate puppet.

Almost? Laughing Laughing Laughing
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revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 11:04 am
@maporsche,
The Nation of Change is kind of a way our there website if you have ever clicked on it and have read their various articles. Apparently they have a mission of "ratting out" various democrats they see as republican lights so to speak. Schumer is merely one such they call "Teflon Don." It is extreme.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/11/05/ratting-out-chuck-schumer-democrats-low-profile-teflon-don/

https://www.nationofchange.org/

Kind of see where some of these ideas originate.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:20 pm

The Real News Network
·
Investigators who have looked into the Pentagon’s finances found that at least $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be accounted for
maporsche
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:23 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:


The Real News Network
·
Investigators who have looked into the Pentagon’s finances found that at least $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be accounted for


You must not have read Rev's link; you sound kinda like an ignorant person now.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:27 pm
@edgarblythe,
did you read the article at rev's link above?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/alexandria-ocasio-cortez’s-dollar21-trillion-mistake/ar-BBQsrmR
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:29 pm
@ehBeth,
Quote:
Swing and a miss!

Ocasio-Cortez is not the first Twitter user to mangle information from a news report. But it’s unconvincing to try to pass this off as a rhetorical point being misread. She cited the $21 trillion figure and said “66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.”

That’s a direct comparison. It’s badly flawed. The same article she referenced on Twitter would have set her straight. The tweet is still up, probably causing confusion. So we will award Four Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez.

https://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BBQszaq.img?h=99&w=799&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:49 pm
@ehBeth,
Oh oh. We better kick her out now.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 12:57 pm
The weedkiller in our food is killing us
Erin Brockovich
Growing research show that glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the US, causes cancer
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/06/the-weedkiller-in-our-food-is-killing-us?CMP=fb_gu&fbclid=IwAR0-VSvOEO1qp8hGo8-jMND18epCe58NcFnPibLv8kBmDG2l1sl45EdXs2M

On a recent Saturday afternoon, in an estuary near Tampa Bay, Florida, I watched airboats move up and down the river banks, spraying massive plumes of weedkiller on to the vegetation. The state of Florida was trying to control and kill off scores of plant species. Nearby, children were lying out in the sun, though they knew better than to swim in the water, which has recently been blooming with toxic algae. Mists of weedkiller drifted downwind toward them.

The main active ingredient in that mist, and in the weedkiller being sprayed throughout Tampa Bay, is glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the US. First registered for use here in 1974, it is now an ingredient in more than 750 products, including the most widely deployed herbicide in the world, Monsanto’s Roundup. For more than a generation, Americans have been using Roundup and other glyphosate-based chemicals to improve agricultural yields, manage forests, ripen fruit and kill the dandelions sprouting from our front lawns.

This August, the jury in a civil trial found Monsanto, which was acquired earlier this year by the German chemical behemoth Bayer, guilty of causing the cancer of Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper. The jury awarded Johnson $289m (a judge later reduced the award to $78m, citing statutory limits). Roughly 8,700 similar cases against Monsanto are also before the courts.

Almonds, carrots, quinoa, beets … these are just some of the foods which typically contain high levels of glyphosate
Growing research suggests that glyphosate causes a form of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with which Johnson was diagnosed in 2014. At least three studies, in the US, Canada and Sweden, have linked glyphosate exposure to the disease, and, in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate to be a “probable” cause of cancer in humans. California’s state environmental protection agency has also declared it a probable carcinogen.


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Almonds, carrots, quinoa, soy products, vegetable oil, corn and corn oil, canola seeds used in canola oil, beets and beet sugar, sweet potatoes – these are just some of the foodstuffs which typically contain high levels of glyphosate. Research released in August by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that Cheerios, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and at least 29 other popular breakfast foods contained what the EWG considers unsafe quantities of the herbicide. The environmental group has been urging public action to get the EPA to revise its outdated standards, which currently fail to protect the public from glyphosate in foods. Levels of glyphosate in the bodies of people in some areas appear to have jumped over 1,300% in the past 20 years, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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There is also evidence that glyphosate is an important driver of Florida’s toxic algae bloom and of similar algal efflorescences across the country. According to research conducted on Lake Erie, the algae thrive off the phosphorus released when the compound is sprayed on certain soils. In turn, human exposure to the toxic algae, which regularly kills pets and wildlife, has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS.

Glyphosate is only one of more than 80,000 registered commercially produced chemicals in the US. Some of these compounds, such as PFOA and the one I made my name investigating, hexavalent chromium, have also been convincingly linked to health crises – testicular cancer in the case of PFOA, and lung cancer in the case of chromium-6.

We need to petition our legislators, exercise our right to vote, rally our communities and lobby for what we believe in
Unlike pharmaceuticals, which have to go through relatively rigorous (if imperfect) testing before being released on the marketplace, the vast majority of chemicals like glyphosate will never be adequately tested for their effects on ecosystems or human beings. Governments don’t have the resources, and companies don’t have the incentive. Even when safety guidelines and regulations are in place, the rate of chemicals acceptable by law may be far higher than what is genuinely safe.

The fact is we simply have no idea the extent of the harm most chemicals are doing to our bodies or our planet. And as the Trump administration undermines the Environmental Protection Agency and Republicans seek to gut the meagre safeguards that are in place, our exposure to glyphosate and other such chemicals is only likely to increase.

Many people are looking for a simple answer or new insight into the issue, but the answer has always been the same. We need to petition our legislators, exercise our right to vote, rally our communities, lobby for what we believe in, and most importantly, understand that it’s the health and welfare of our families that is at stake.

Erin Brockovich is an American legal clerk and environmental activist
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 01:07 pm
World markets down after arrest of Huawei executive
Wall Street takes a hit after news broke of Meng Wanzhou's arrest by Canadian authorities acting on a US request.

US stocks fell sharply on Thursday joining a global rout after the arrest of a key Chinese Huawei executive at Washington's request revived worries over trade tensions.

The detention of Meng Wanzhou, 46, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, threatens to drive a wedge between the United States and China just days after they agreed on a 90-day trade-war truce in Argentina on Saturday - the day she was detained.

The arrest and any potential sanctions on the world's number two smartphone maker could have major repercussions on the global technology supply chain.


People familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency in April that US authorities have been investigating Huawei - the world's largest telecoms equipment maker - since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws.

Huawei is also under intense scrutiny from Washington and other Western governments over its ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns it could be used by Beijing for spying. It has been locked out of the US and some other telecom equipment markets. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

Lu Xiang, an expert on China-US relations at the state-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, called Meng's arrest "extremely shocking".

"If someone from the United States is hoping to use threats to an individual's personal safety in order to add weight in the talks, then they have most certainly miscalculated," he said.
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