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  • DNC Chair Bernie Sanders or Total Schism?   1 day 22 hours ago

    The Chair of the party is merely a figure head that handles the administration of the party apparatus, not set policy.

  • United States Postal Service... Why will it someday close??? You will be surprised why???   1 day 22 hours ago

    Is bulk mail or junk mail environmental? NO

    What if the junk mail is recycled is it environmentally friendly and safe for the environment? NO

    Why? The Trees, Oils and Energy used to create the ink; and create and move the product is wasted... even the energy used to recycle the junk mail is wasteful. Because the orignal use of the product was not useful...

    How to get rid of Junk mail? You must contact each and every piece of Junk mail and ask to be taken off the mailing list.

    How to get rid of Junk mail(thinking long term)? Write your United States Representative or United States Senator and ask them to create laws restricting junk mail distribution. Ask the United States Congress to create "Do Not send junk mail" lists. Ask the United States Congress to require regulation to print on large volume bulk mail (Corporation or multi-national corporation) to easy access instructions on how to stop bulk mail.

  • United States Postal Service... Why will it someday close??? You will be surprised why???   1 day 23 hours ago

    The next United States Postal Service STRIKE, soon... and in some respects already started...

    With 50% turnover rate or people quit the postal service within 6 months, people are already on strike...

    But...

    The next United States Postal Service strike, needs to be of a specific strategy to include public support. In todays, view of unions a strike that totally stops the mail will get public opinion against the Postal Service employees... So the next Postal Service strike should be the refusal to delivery bulk mail and all advertisement mail. This would get the public on the side of Postal employees because bulk advertisement mail is one of the biggest nuisance compliant of Postal customers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._postal_strike_of_1970

    http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2010/03/the-1970-postal-strike.html

  • United States Postal Service... Why will it someday close??? You will be surprised why???   1 day 23 hours ago

    Morgan Freeman was a substitute mail carrier (new term CCA) in the 1960s... "Every place is the worst place to deliver mail"...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yjDLaZYWBQ

  • Bernie: Create a Tea Party of the Left Within the Democratic Party Now   1 day 23 hours ago

    I think I understand your argument and if I am wrong I am willing to consider it as an option people will embrace.

    My question is as to whether Congressional races are winnable with this kind of strategy. The Democratic Party was unified outside of the party institution; almost nobody endorsed Sanders or had so much as anything to say about where the Democratic Party should go.

    Only a new social network rehabilitating the old within it can chart a course for a progressive movement, one that I believe will need to push its agenda at the level of the city and then as soon as possible the state.

  • DNC Chair Bernie Sanders or Total Schism?   1 day 23 hours ago

    Obviously corporate financing and the broken two party system must change its methodology so it represents the population once again.

    What is the best way to change the Democratic Party from the inside?

    If we can not do so, do we owe it to ourselves to birth a Progressive Party?

  • Bernie: Create a Tea Party of the Left Within the Democratic Party Now   1 day 23 hours ago

    Link is broken.

    Funny, Hillary supporters seem to be those that believe Democrats need to act tough and fight fire with fire and beat Republicans, which are the source of all evil. It is very much the traditional narrative.

    Bernie supporters seem to see that that philosophy sailed us and the broken system itself is no longer capable of producing non-corporate leadership and policy from either party.

  • STUDY: CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Change Reporting   1 day 23 hours ago

    Climate Feedback: A guide to reliable climate news

    The young scientist featured in the above video, University of California at Merced oceanographer Emmanuel Vincent, founded

    Climate Feedback: A voice for science in climate change media coverage

    because he was personally concerned that today's heavily weighted towards the influence of money-making news media are not doing a proper job of helping the public distinguish between truth and lies delivered to them by authorities. Examples of the results of decades of unscrupulous fortune-making news publications from a ridiculously and overwhelmingly corporate-owned, for-profit news media are not hard to find.

    CNN and other corporate-owned and funded news aside, Climate Feedback is composed of a community of 130 scientists who review the mass media news on climate change issues for scientific accuracy.

    Here's a page where they describe themselves and why they do what they do.

    Like other socialistic efforts in a nation -- as described by a corporate railroad lawyer turned President, Abraham Lincoln -- "of the people, by the people, for the people," Climate News survives as a crowdfunding campaign. Quickest way to destroy its survival would be to infect it with corporate money and all its gummy bear strings. Sounds vaguely familiar of one campaign for the Presidency in this election year.

  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   2 days 16 min ago
    Quote Alberto Ceras 2:
    Quote mdhess: Trump is a trust fund baby surrounded by sycophants and yes men who doesn't have a clue about what the presidency actually entails. He's only interested in soothing his thin skinned ego.

    I prefer Trump over Hillary but I won't vote for either. My hope - fading fast - is that Bernie will get some spine and join Jill Stein as the Green candidate.

    (unquote)

    I suspect Bernie is waiting on what becomes of the FBI investigation.

  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   2 days 17 min ago
    Quote mdhess:

    And, as far as trade goes, a very smart friend of mine suggests that Trump won't interfere with the passage of trade deals should he get in and I suspect he is absolutely right.

    Your friend could very well be right, lord knows we have no shortage of politicians who give lip service to trade policy during elections and then turn around and support them when in office....

    My gut tells me this is not the case with Trump as he has consistently brought the issue up on the campaign trail and debates instead of only speaking about it when asked.

    I could be wrong.

  • I will not support the LESSORS of either of the two evils -not again   2 days 18 min ago
    Quote ronsears:

    Endless arguments over details, but little attention to the single most critical indisputable FACT. If you don't vote for the Democratic Candidate, and that may well be Hillary Clinton, you will be voting to hand over the Supreme Court to Koch / Kleptocrat control for at least 20 years.

    Back to the start I see.

    Only the conservative minded are so thick and reluctant to change or see the views of others.

    We reject the coercion of the broken two party system that disenfranchised us.

    The simple attempt is despicable and raises our resentment.

    Please spend your time trying to convince Hillary that she can only gain our trust by speaking in concrete and accountable policy terms and not sales rhetoric.

    Believe it or not, we actually want to be able to vote for her. It's on her, not on us.

    The Democratic party abandoned progressives. Only under the influence of Bernie Sanders did they even allow progressive issues to even be discussed on the party platform level.

    The lesser of two evils and corporate financed elections are the first things that needs to change in the American political process. They are the prerequisites for all progressive change.

  • A civilization in decline looks at its options   2 days 52 min ago

    This post is a follow up to the above points by Solutions From the Land regarding the need for coordinated, global land management practices to address the potential for humans to help the land and forests achieve maximum CO2 absorption, rather than inhibit them, as our sciences show we are doing at an accelerated pace now.

    The following are reports of scientific findings on just what types of species mix are best for various types of forests:

    Forest species help trees to absorb CO2

    "The ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide is strongly affected by the mix of trees and the other creatures that inhabit them."

    Here is how to conserve a forest: soak up carbon from the atmosphere and keep the climate cool: make sure your forest is rich in animal and bird species; make sure that it remains a natural mix of saplings, mature trees, shrubs and creepers; and remember to take care of the forest giants. In other words, leave it to Nature.

    .

    This is the exact opposite of what has taking place with logging practices here on the West Coast of the U.S. I live where I can witness the practice of stripping the land of the trees. And of course with them go the variety of species they harbored, with the assistance of which they also propagated and maintained an ongoing maximum CO2 absorption capacity, Since the first clear cuts began just a relatively short while ago, the regrowth has been managed by human institutions rather than nature. Essentially, for profit corporations now decide what should grow on the land, and manage the species of trees, just as industrial agriculture manages the species of plants into vast, human-oriented monoculture species, in order to grow back carefully controlled, herbicide sprayed, and "weed free" stands of lumber-specific trees, like Douglas furs, that survive maybe forty years before the next harvest.

    The result of these practices is reported by a coordinated study put together by fifteen institutions published in the earth study journal: Nature Communications.

    Contrasting effects of defaunation on aboveground carbon storage across the global tropics

    Anthropocene defaunation is amongst the most pervasive drivers of Earth’s ongoing biodiversity crisis1, 2, 3, 4. The rates at which the tropics are losing vertebrate species are amongst the highest globally, with larger species being particularly vulnerable to population declines and extirpations1, 5, 6, 7. Declines of large vertebrates can have widespread, cascading effects on community- and ecosystem-level processes, because smaller organisms are often unable to perform the ecological roles of larger vertebrates1, 2. In tropical forests, where the majority of tree species depend on vertebrate frugivores for seed dispersal8, theory and empirical evidence indicate that defaunation can substantially alter the composition of tree communities, through effects on seed dispersal processes9, 10, 11 and cause tree recruitment to shift towards smaller-seeded animal-dispersed and abiotically dispersed species12, 13, 14, 15. Declines of large vertebrate frugivores can result in reductions of up to 60% in the abundance of tree species that depend on them for seed dispersal16, with resultant declines of over 25% in average seed sizes of adult tree communities13. With tropical forests representing one of the largest terrestrial carbon pools and playing a critical role in regulating global climate17, 18, understanding whether and how such defaunation-driven declines in large-seeded species can affect carbon storage in tropical forests across the globe is critical19, 20.

    Another study, this one closer to my region, from Oregon State:

    Spatial models reveal the microclimatic buffering capacity of old-growth forests

    From the Abstract:

    Old-growth vegetation characteristics, measured using LiDAR (light detection and ranging), appeared to have an insulating effect; maximum spring monthly temperatures decreased by 2.5°C across the observed gradient in old-growth structure. These cooling effects across a gradient in forest structure are of similar magnitude to 50-year forecasts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and therefore have the potential to mitigate climate warming at local scales. Management strategies to conserve old-growth characteristics and to curb current rates of primary forest loss could maintain microrefugia, enhancing biodiversity persistence in mountainous systems under climate warming.

    Forest Threats

    But the preservation of soaring canopy also promises to be a challenge in a rapidly-changing world. David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University in Canberra and Bill Laurance at James Cook University in Queensland argue in Trends in Ecology and Evolution that prolonged drought, invasive species, new pathogens and habitat destruction compound the problems the forests’ oldest, grandest, tallest giants must face.

    They considered the potential plight of the giants, the ancient oaks that reach more than 40 metres in Poland’s Bialowieza Forest, the giant baobabs of Madagascar, the towering gums and mountain ash of Tasmania that grow to 90 metres, and the giant redwoods of California that tip 110 metres, trees that have survived for hundreds and even thousands of years.

    And big trees matter: they have a giant part in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but their very height means that they must work harder to haul water to the canopy. And their size and staying power mean they provide food and shelter for wildlife.

    “They’re really the breadbaskets, the supermarkets, of the forest,” said Professor Laurance. “This is a very environmentally and ecologically important group of organisms, and they need special care and handling.”

  • Obama's CIA Director to New York -- Forget About Justice for the 9/11 Attacks   2 days 1 hour ago
    Quote stwo:

    Impeach Obama 8 months before his term expires...... riiiiiiiight.

    Yes. How does it go? "Better late than never."

  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   2 days 1 hour ago
    Quote mdhess: Trump is a trust fund baby surrounded by sycophants and yes men who doesn't have a clue about what the presidency actually entails. He's only interested in soothing his thin skinned ego.

    Amazing how much you know about Trump, mdhess. But you didn't tell us what brand of bath soap he uses.

    I prefer Trump over Hillary but I won't vote for either. My hope - fading fast - is that Bernie will get some spine and join Jill Stein as the Green candidate.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/02/the-bernie-fade-begins/

    May 2, 2016

    The Bernie Fade Begins

    by Paul Street

    (quote) "The 2016 presidential election,” Diana Johnstone recently wrote, “is shaping up as a contest between the two most hated people in America.” Bernie Sanders has called it quits. That’s what it means when your campaign says, as Bernie’s did two nights ago, that it looks forward to going to the Democratic National Convention to fight over the party’s platform, not over its presidential nomination. There’ll be no contested convention on the Democratic side. So what if Hillary Clinton is a “right wing fanatic” (Arun Gupta), a close friend of Wall Street, a backer of so-called free trade deals, and a spine-chilling war monger?

    Nobody should be surprised. As the left commentator John Stauber noted on CounterPunch last week, it’s a very old story. “It’s the Democrat’s political equivalent of the Bill Murray movie classic Groundhog Day,” Stauber writes, “except the progressive candidate never wins the girlfriend, that is, the nomination, in the end. Instead, the Bernie Sanders, the Howard Deans, the Pat Browns, and the Jesse Jacksons, the progressive champions of their election cycle, change themselves from guard dogs to lap dogs, ensuring that cynical and outraged progressives follow their champion-cum-Pied Piper to become advocates for defeating the Republicans in November…The Democratic apparatchiks who run Bernie’s campaign,” Stauber ads, “are preparing their masses for the inevitable…for death and resurrection as a saintly rationalizing army of Hillary Clinton supporters.”

    Trump is a truly disruptive and rebellious force on the rightmost side of the party system. He’s tearing the Republican Party apart, most clearly at the presidential level. He’s off the elite capitalist neoliberal and imperial Council of Foreign Relations leash in ways that a lot of angry and alienated working class and lower middle class white voters like. That’s why a fair portion of the elite capitalist Republican establishment is trying to prevent him from getting the GOP nomination and won’t back him in the general election if he survives the Convention with the nomination. One of the Koch brothers has even recently suggested that he’ll go with Hillary Clinton over Trump, along with Henry Kissinger and leading foreign policy neocons like Robert Kagan. That is quite remarkable. (unquote)

  • The Weight- Bluegrass Style   2 days 1 hour ago

    Quote rs allen:

    So whata think about poor Charlie stuck on the MTA?

    I don’t know about Charlie, rs. All I know is that I had to get off the supplementary-insurance-for-Medicare train (in case you don’t know, Medicare only pays 80% of doctor and hospital bills), because the insurance companies raise their premiums, constantly and impossibly so.

    Quote rs allen:

    ...I doubt it would change my mind a lot if at all. The porno you're on about is a symptom......not the disease. If that makes any sense.

    Okay, well, let me ask you this: Would you refuse to criticize police killings of unarmed citizens because those killings are a symptom, not the disease?

    Would you refuse to criticize pedophilia because pedophilia is a symptom, not the disease? Or would you feel undisturbed about priests molesting and raping children, thinking “it’s a symptom, not the disease?”

    How about rapes of women at frat parties or in the military— a symptom, not the disease, so we shouldn’t think about it?

    Or maybe we shouldn’t think about lots of things that are “only symptoms,” not diseases, things such as the suffering of Palestinians, or of hungry children in America, or of animals in factory farms, and on and on…

    My point, rs, is this: why is every bad thing worthy of thought and attention, every bad thing but misogynistic pornography? Why is the suffering of women, and the disappearing hearts and souls of men done by pornography, the only social ill not worthy of criticism, while everything else is worthy?


    But, all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream

    And the steel rail still ain't heard the news

    The conductor sings his songs again - the passengers will please refrain

    This train got the disappearing railroad blues

    Do women's lives matter, rs?

  • Volunteer military   2 days 2 hours ago
    Quote al3:

    we, as a society have gotten too accustomed to a free ride. War doesn't seem to be nearly as bad when someone else's kids are getting killed and maimed, and someone else is footing the bill. We need to get back to where we are feeling the pain. We are currently anesthetized against the costs - both human and economic.

    If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.

  • Volunteer military   2 days 2 hours ago
    Quote Legend:

    The only candidate that would cut the size of the military is Bernie. Hilary will keep it the same. Trump or Cruz would double it. Face reality. They all ready say that they do not have enough money. We spend more than all of the other countries combined on military. So Chili since Gumball will not offer a solution, what is yours?

    Bernie Sanders will never be President. "Face reality."

    Americans love war.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/06/politics/isis-obama-poll/

    "For the first time in CNN/ORC polling, a majority of Americans (53%) say the U.S. should send ground troops to Iraq or Syria to fight ISIS."

    "Face reality."

    The "solution" will be thrust upon us. It is evident today to anyone who will see. Our quality of life has been steadily deteriorating.

  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   2 days 2 hours ago

    If Trump is truly toeing the GOP company line, he seems blithely unaware of it. The protectionist trade policy is verboten amongst the monarchs.

    He may be a bit of a pain in the ass for the food monarchs as 70% of the fruits and vegetables that find their way to U.S. supermarkets are harvested by immigrants.

    Roger Aisles' voice is becoming weaker by the day.

  • The banned   2 days 2 hours ago

    Commercial trolls:

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  • 75 Socialist Examples in USA today   2 days 3 hours ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    The youth have a clean slate in their heads and minds, they actually engage in critical thinking

    LOL

    I remember when I was 18 and knew everything.

  • Obama's CIA Director to New York -- Forget About Justice for the 9/11 Attacks   2 days 3 hours ago

    Impeach Obama 8 months before his term expires...... riiiiiiiight.

  • 75 Socialist Examples in USA today   2 days 3 hours ago
    Quote Gilbert: Why don't you argue against those models instead of deflecting to other models? I'd love to hear why.
    1) becasue I'm a troll and not arguing against anything, really, 2) Europe is moving toward neoliberalism.

  • STUDY: CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Change Reporting   2 days 3 hours ago
    Quote marriott79: Climate change is accepted by virtually every scientist in the field, ...
    nonsensical statement.

  • The Weight- Bluegrass Style   2 days 4 hours ago

    Guess poor Charlie should've taken the A train.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dthGrehkuEk

  • 75 Socialist Examples in USA today   2 days 4 hours ago

    The youth have a clean slate in their heads and minds, they actually engage in critical thinking and thus must be kept from voting though their ID Laws that disallow their state issued picture IDs but allow a gun license or hunting license with no picture ID.

    Stu has been brainwashed and may not even know of Scandinavia, that embraces capitalism but do not give corporations carte blanche nor allow them to purchase government like the US (corporate governance is fascism, the US is fascist lite).

    It's a personal values choice, I like functioning government, functioning infrastructure, civil progress, excellent medical care at a 10th of the cost (20 dollars for doctor visit no insurance forms or claims). I like first quality schools for my kids. (Though I hear the Hitler Youth did get an education, TX is trying the same thing). But gee, it comes at a price, you can't open carry handguns in cities.

    btw, I'm in Malaga now with my first daughter. Spain is cheap and has similar medical care plus our apt does green refuse management, and no dryer for the clothes out of the washer. She thinks I ought to move here after she and her sister move out, studio apt for 200 a month, on the ocean (we're on the ocean now).

    Corporations love fascism and have been pushing it forever. IKEA is not, so I wonder if they had to sign an agreement to operate in the states 1)never criticize the police,2) never criticize corporations, 3)never criticize the military (MyLai was an accident, and Reagan's genocide in central america was needed to eradicate socialism and instill militias for the US corporations that plummet their natural resources)

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How Donald Trump Could Defeat Hillary Clinton…

Back in February, workers at a Carrier manufacturing plant in Indianapolis were told that the factory, and their 1,400 jobs, were being moved to Mexico.

That story was front-and-center ahead of today's Indiana primary, and it shows how trade has become the big issue of the 2016 election.