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  • Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds   3 days 5 hours ago
    Quote mdhess:

    sorry, no big deal. mostly Hillary is the victim of having been identified by the opposition press (FOX News)

    And the Washington post, New York Times and the State Dept inspector general who was appointed by President Obama. The "Vast right wing conspiracy" has apparently grown so vast as to include Obama appointees.

    And, of course, the well know right wing fanatics at Factcheck.org;

    http://www.factcheck.org/2016/05/ig-report-on-clintons-emails/

    To try to brush this off as a right wing smear job requires a willful suspension of disbelief.

  • What Do Telephone Users Have To Do With A Pension Fund?   3 days 5 hours ago

    The problem is that the private sector, and politicians, impose accounting rules on government that are regularly suspended in the private sector. The private sector has access to unlimited liquidity supplied passively by the Fed. Why shouldn't government?

  • The Big Picture "On Air" Questions or Comments for Thom?   3 days 5 hours ago

    Thank you!!! I just wanted to say Thank you for giving Nina Turner a platform to speak from. As an American woman, I'm am Very proud of her. She is a champion for the American voice when we are actively getting shut down. Words cannot express how grateful I am for that video. It's probably much bigger than you can imagine.

    Brilliant! Thank you!

    Cristy from Texas

  • "This Low-Life" and with that, Trump has Just Lost Himself the Election   3 days 6 hours ago
    Quote Legend:

    Do you think that we will ever see a Trump tax record?

    Does Trump have to release his tax return? I can understand why he is reluctant to do so. He is a real estate investor, and real estate offers depreciation deductions which can be used to shelter income (unlike other forms of income, such as speaking fees.)

    Trump's problem is that the public will see that he paid little (if any) income tax and be convinced that something nefarious occurred. All I can say is that real estate investment is not illegal, and Trump did not write the tax code. It will be interesting to see how he manages this one. Were I him, I would try to get the information out there now, so that it is old news by election time.

  • Little Rock 9...and Trump Supporters...huh?   3 days 6 hours ago
    Quote Steven J Miller:Ted Kennedy said sometimes he wanted a quarter, he would settle for a nickle...next time a dime, and if he got to $.20 that was good...better than zero.

    And, that's what we will get if people vote for Trump or vote against Hillary...maybe even less than zero...let's not let the Little Rock 9 go to waste by electing another Orval Faubus with orange skin..

    Say what? Steven, you don’t even understand the meaning of Ted Kennedy‘s simile.

    As for Hillary and Donald, click on this link, scroll to the bottom for results of a poll showing a greater percentage of people think Hillary less trustworthy than Donald.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512073684

  • "NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses"   3 days 7 hours ago

    The point is that these countries, with massive populations without power, aren't going to sit and wait for some breakthrough (solar, nuclear or whatever) to bring power to their people. U.S. coal exports are down about 24% from 2014 to 2015. To be continued ...

  • Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds   3 days 7 hours ago
    Quote mdhess:

    Read the actual report here: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2842429/ESP-16-03-Final.pdf

    sorry, no big deal.

    Thanks for the link, mdhess. I read the report, it's damning.

    The email fracas isn’t likely to go away quietly. The last quote below is from Democratic Underground. If you click on the DU link you’ll find a poll showing the majority thinks both Hillary and Donald untrustworthy although the poll indicates people think Hillary less trustworthy than Donald.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-misstates-key-facts-in-email-server-case/

    May 28, 2016, 9:42 AM

    Hillary Clinton misstates key facts in email server case

    ST. LOUIS -- Over the months, Hillary Clinton misstated key facts about her use of private email and her own server for her work as secretary of state, the department's inspector general reported this week.

    http://www.salon.com/2016/05/27/time_to_care_about_damn_emails_hillary_clinton_has_a_serious_legal_problem/

    Friday, May 27, 2016 03:22 PM -0500

    Time to care about damn emails: Hillary Clinton has a serious legal problem

    New State Department report criticizes Clinton's email protocol and reopens legitimate concerns about her actions

    H.A. Goodman

    http://newsbout.com/id/16233082301/Hillary-Clinton-misstates-key-facts-in-email-server-case

    Hillary Clinton misstates key facts in email server case

    41 min ago CBS News

    Some of Clinton's past claims about her unusual email set-up don't always square the inspector general's findings... [Read More]

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512073684

    Hillary's Street Rep ..... Honesty and Trustworthiness...Polls and thoughts

    Ramifications of the IOG report.

    In the next few weeks — just as the likely Democratic presidential nominee hopes to pivot towards a general election — it will face its toughest scrutiny yet.

    “All of that feeds into this overarching problem of public distrust of her,” said Grant Reeher, a political science professor at Syracuse University.

    “To put it in slang terms, she’s got a pretty deeply held street rep at this point. This fits the street rep,” he added.

    The State Department’s watchdog report was especially damaging, given the official nature of its source. The report claimed that Clinton never sought approval for her “homebrew” email setup, that her use of the system violated the department’s record-keeping rules and that it would have been rejected had she brought it up to department officials

    Legal experts appear skeptical that the Justice Department would hand down a criminal charge against Clinton, due to both the high legal hurdles involved and the intense political scrutiny surrounding the likely presidential nominee.

    But that won’t end the matter.

    Republicans appear primed to cry foul if the FBI closes its investigation without handing down indictments or offering a public explanation. Senior lawmakers have already excoriated the Justice Department for failing to appoint a special prosecutor.

    “It’s clear that the attorney general, who serves at the pleasure of President Obama, is going to have very little incentive or intention to pursue the appropriate investigation,” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on the chamber floor this week.

    Other Senate Republicans, including Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) have launched their own investigations related to Clinton’s email. Some of their findings, Grassley said this week, were at odds with those of the State Department’s inspector general report.

    “I will follow up to get to the bottom of these discrepancies because misrepresenting the facts to Congress is unacceptable,” Grassley pledged.

    And as she gears up for a general election, Clinton has to expect that Donald Trump won’t be as kind.

    Sanders “didn’t pick up on the emails, which I think was a big mistake,” the presumptive GOP nominee said on “Fox and Friends” last weekend.

    “I’m going to pick up bigly.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/281554-clinton-email-headache-is-about-to-get-worse

    One demonstrably false claim after another, just as she's been doing since the emails story broke.

    She didn't want the inconvenience of two devices to keep work and private emails separate. All of her emails were automatically saved by the State Department. She handed over all work-related emails. The private email system was set up for her husband. She never sent or received classified information on the private system. The private system was secure from hackers. The State Department approved her use of the private system.

    And here's one more: Clinton has said all along that she and her staff have cooperated with investigators.

    Yet they refused to so much as be interviewed by the State Department inspector general. The latest spin on that one is that "there were hints of an anti-Clinton bias inside that office."

    "Well, Colin did it first." Is that the sort of answer - excuse - you expect from someone aspiring to lead the nation?

  • Is America evolving, revolving or devolving?   3 days 7 hours ago

    Kenyatta

    Almost missed this one. You've done a fine job of explaining the rot from within your country is exporting.

    America is a country of corporate gangsters, 60% of Americas tax revenue goes to supplying muscle for these gangsters, that's why your education is third world, you have no real health care for all your citizens, and your infrastructure is falling apart.

    Smedley Butler at his death the highest ranking Marine in America , summed America up the best. " I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."

  • "NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses"   3 days 9 hours ago

    Part of the fault lies with the countries that export coal to them. The USA and Austrailia being the major sources. Do not forget that we still burn a lot of coal and have been replacing a lot of it with nutural gas that also puts out CO2.

  • The Language of Neoliberalism   3 days 9 hours ago

    Here's another, a bit more relevant to the American experience and recent history.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/25/the-language-of-neoliberalism/

    Using eupemisms such as "downsizing" or "running leaner" instead of firing workers or "offshoring" instead of slave labor, I wouldn't think would fool many people. Apparently it does as the usage becomes common in our language.

  • "This Low-Life" and with that, Trump has Just Lost Himself the Election   3 days 9 hours ago

    Trey Gowdy has said that the Benghazi findings will be released in June. It's all about timing.

    Do you think that we will ever see a Trump tax record?

  • Taking a Bold Step Against Biotech Giant Monsanto, and Genetically Modified Seeds At Large   3 days 9 hours ago

    Taiwan checks its imported foods.

    https://ecowatch.com/2016/05/27/taiwan-quaker-oats-glyphosate/

    When I was there the USA had pressured them into importing American Beef. The people demonstrated against it because of HGH etc. in the beef. So they passed a stringent country of origin labeling where even restaurants have to show on the menu the country of origin. So every menu show Australia or Argentina because USA beef will not sell. Even Costco does not sell USA beef.

  • How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?   3 days 10 hours ago

    As usual, Thom is right on.

  • Huma Can You Call Tech Support For Me Quick?   3 days 14 hours ago

    At least Trump can Tweet!

  • Dear Bernie or Bust - if Hillary is the Nominee - Can She Earn Your Vote?   3 days 16 hours ago

    The only way Bernie will not get the nomination is if he is cheated out of it, which has been in the works this whole primary/caucus, before that was played I may have held my nose and vote for her, but I wont now, no way, in 92 I voted for Bill Clinton, saw his campaign was a lie, he was no progressive, in fact a republican with a D in front of his name was all,I refused to vote for him again in 96, in 2000 I voted for Ralph Nader because I saw Gore as 3rd term of Clinton, at which Gore should have won, now in 2008 i did not want to vote fo rhillary because I saw her as 8 more years of Bill Clinton, I still feel the same and refuse to vote for her now,I think if bernie either ran as an Independent,now that people know who he is,or tem up with Jill Stein in the green party, either way I will not vote for Hillary.

  • BITTER PILL Americas For Profit Health   3 days 16 hours ago

    Lol what can I say to that outburst of nothingness

  • The Young Turks Will Give $1 MILLION To Charity To Host Sanders/Trump debate   3 days 17 hours ago

    Trump backs out of debate with Sanders

    “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher,” Trump said.

    “The networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders — and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate the first-place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be,”

  • How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?   3 days 18 hours ago

    Wow... ponderring Thom's news makes it hard to see a silver lining.

    Since the dawn of agriculture, non-natives have had a growth mentality and growth economies.

    There is one thing completely absent from debate, even in Bernie’s campaign. We are at the absolute maxed out phase of an infinite growth economy. Even w/out climate change, we need to move an egalitarian resource based economy to survive as a species, and be capable of having a rational discussion of how to limit the growth of human population.

    Ok, here goes..Since it’s anything goes Fri, I wanted to discuss a podcast from Guy McPherson’s show ‘Nature Bats Last’ as it may relate to Zika. There was a story a few weeks back that I believe Thom also commented on to the effect that Zika was very prevalent all over So./Central America. w/ little to no consequence and that the microcephaly epidemic unique to Brazil was possibly caused by chemicals dumped in the water to kill mosquitoes ahead of the summer olympics. I’d like to remind people that before 9/11, conspiracy theorists were considered critical thinkers, as long as they didn’t promote their theory as fact. Here is a link to Guy McPherson’s podcast in which Mark Austin, former homeland security scientist turned whistle blower discusses what the Gov. plans to do in the event of financial, climate, nuclear or civil collapse. 25 min. into the broadcast, he begins to discuss a pandemic potentially planned for North America this summer. I live on the OH river. usually we have lots of mosquitoes. We have had a very wet spring… and yet, not one mosquito, not a single one. What have they dumped in the river?

  • How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?   3 days 19 hours ago

    Blame belongs to the foolish American public that never comes together to oust the status quo/establishment! I'm in my 50's and nothing has changed to help, and I mean truly help the working class. This government works for lobbyists and corporations. The people get screwed and we do nothing to correct the injustice! The public are ill informed and they don't give a damn! They continually vote against their best interest. I'm tired of blaming the a##holes in office, it's the stupid public! The people can make the change but they don't take the time to enforce our politicians to do the job they have been elected to perform.

  • "This Low-Life" and with that, Trump has Just Lost Himself the Election   3 days 19 hours ago
    Quote Prescott Bush:
    Quote stwo:

    There will be no issues raised this election season. It has degenerated into populism.

    If Trump debates Bernie.... Issues will be discussed, as well as core philosphies like "capitalism vs socialism."

    LOL.

    60 minutes of "you've never worked a day in your life! Get out of here ya bum! And you're just as ugly as Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina. And my hands are bigger than yours."

    And I wouldn't call Trump a socialist.

  • "This Low-Life" and with that, Trump has Just Lost Himself the Election   3 days 19 hours ago

    Hillary needs Sanders on the ticket. She can't ride Obama's neoliberal sellout coattails into office.

    If she loses it will be for the same reason that Gore lost. Because the Democratic party has long ceased to be an economically liberal party. It has consistently rather taken up the cause of social liberalism as mere cloak of its true mission to keep Reaganomics firmly in place & paying large dividends to the 1% (while screwing the working class).

    This makes it very easy for right wing populism to sway working class voters to vote Republican. These voters have been taken for granted & neglecting by the Obama-led, corporatist Democratic party.

  • Americas CRUEL and UNCARING F**K YOU Society   3 days 21 hours ago

    Some people in America talk down to low-paid, often part-time grocery store workers, occasionally criticizing them for not smiling or being friendly. They are too uneducated to recognize that some employees might have a mental disability and cannot be bright and cheery to strangers, under often difficult working conditions in a job that is both boring and where things can get very busy. Americans are often rude to employees but expect to be treated nicely. Yet, they don't demand better medical services and coverage. Antibiotics may be becoming ineffective, and doctors may not be able to treat serious infections now and in the future, but they are not lowering the fees they charge, and pharmacies and drug companies are not lowering the prices of antibiotics that may be ineffective in many cases. I would agree that a majority of Americans are misinformed in history, civics, as well as basic aspects of economics and sociology as well as literature and the arts. Several weeks ago, I could have gone to hear the visiting Montreal Symphony (its name in English) under its music director, Kent Nagano. Most people are too dumb and insensititve to appreciate this type of musicianship. Some of the problem in education involves state cuts to public education, but some of it is teachers who are too unskillful to know how to make subjects like history, government, or economics interesting. A lot of parents do not know how to pass along common sense to their children so that people will act appropriately when dealing with others, say, while driving, or doing business, but the schools don't recognize that a lot of parents are financially and psychologically crippled and cannot do a good job of parenting. Although some states such as Oklahoma have univeral pre-kindergarten/preschool classes, that is not enough when parents are ineffective or dysfunctional, and students need commumication and common sense instruction beyond preschool throughout their public school careers. Politicians don't often have the expertise to fund home visitation programs to increase the number of words spoken by parents, which affects brain and cognitive development, and to reduce stress, which when "toxic" also adversely affects child develoment.

  • Past Supporters of Elizabeth Warren are Going Against Her Wishes   3 days 21 hours ago
    Quote loganonenation:

    IF DONALD TRUMP WINS: Let this election will be the ultimate rebuke to the Democrats who have insisted against all evidence on neoliberal economic policies. One thing is certain Trump is no neoliberal. That's why he will likely win. This country can survive anothet racist president, it can't survive another another neoliberal sellout.

    This is the ultimate sad reality. It's only recognized by the most clever and visionary of the people. Liberals don't realize how much damage Neo-Liberal and Neo-Conservative policies have on the world. Another racist president? We've had mostly racist presidents.

  • BITTER PILL Americas For Profit Health   3 days 21 hours ago

    Just because no one commented in this unsuccessful section does not mean anything and is totally unscientific. As a sociologist, you have no knowledge, expertise, sophistication, or talent.

    Incidentally, I had already heard that MD Anderson, which is supposedly part of the Unviersity of Texas, a public institution, requires upfront payment for part of the cost of treatment.

  • Past Supporters of Elizabeth Warren are Going Against Her Wishes   3 days 21 hours ago

    A news article says that a Trump supporter sent out a message that they should take advantage of the "split" among Democrats, or people on the left, by pretending to be on one side or the other of the party's two candidates. The comments criticizing Hillary never include any of the extensive problems that could be mentioned regarding Donald Trump's numerious insults, or dangerous but few policy-related comments.

    This is a very different time in several respects than when BIll Clinton was president. The news media has pointed out that among the major supporter of reduced prison sentences or even sending drug addicts to rehab for treatment rather than incarcerating them is none other than the Koch Brothers. If someone had read George Stephanopoulus's book on the Clinton Administration, what Clinton originally conceived of and what ultimately paassed Congress on welfare were not one and the same. Hillary is not the same as Bill. I do not especially like all three of the candidates who remain, but I much prefer Hillary over Trump. Trump doesn't respect anyone, it seems, including scientists in climatology. Democrats acknowledge and want to do something about clilmate change; Republicans, including Trump, do not. Critics of Hillary who ignore this may actually be Trump supporters.

    Elizabeth Warren continues to issue tweets that criticize Trump for his selfishness and lack of concern for others. Those who previously supported Sen. Warren as the Democratic presidential candidate who now completely ignore her remarks opposing Trump were not serious in their views to begin with. For his part, Trump is not acting more presidential, even though he said he would.

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