Periodic Posts

Posts made periodically by a particular author. The periodicity may be totally random.


Jill Stein’s Ideas Are Terrible. She Is Not the Savior the Left Is Looking For.   Recently updated !

Slate has proven that the corporate media are finally taking notice of Jill Stein.  The article Jill Stein’s Ideas Are Terrible. She Is Not the Savior the Left Is Looking For is one poorly written attempt to tear her down.

She would also “Ban neonicotinoids and other pesticides that threaten the survival of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.” This is a nod to the discredited theory that some pesticides are driving the collapse of honeybee populations (which, by the way, are not actually collapsing).

Purely by coincidence, before reading this story I had read an article in The Huffington Post Our Chemicals Are Killing Honey Bees’ Sex Lives.

A new study, however, suggests two common neonicotinoid insecticides are not only shortening the overall lifespan of male honey bees, known as drones, but also inhibiting their ability to produce viable sperm.

I leave it up to you, if you want to, to read the rest of the Slate article  to see what other pure bunkum is in it.


Reporter who added some swagger to the D.B. Cooper legacy comes clean

The Los Angeles Times has the story Reporter who added some swagger to the D.B. Cooper legacy comes clean.  If you needed an example of my contention that once the media gets a story wrong, they just never let it go, here is one example (if you can believe this version).

“So that’s the full account and you’re the first to get it. The FBI did put out a press release, I think it was the next day, saying the hijacker used the name Dan Cooper, and we did run that statement, but it never caught on,” he said.

“Everybody just kept saying D.B., and we gave up trying to change it.”

 


Obama’s Final Revenge: The Accidental Destruction of Hillary Clinton   Recently updated !

The National Review has the article Obama’s Final Revenge: The Accidental Destruction of Hillary Clinton.

The headline and most of the ideas are right, but coming from The National Review, they just couldn’t keep from putting at least one boneheaded statement in the article (I said at least one).

The economy has continued to stall under his redistributionist, anti-capitalist watch.

A more truthful statement would have been that the economy has continued to stall under his continued redistribution of wealth to the wealthy and blindly pro-capitalist watch. They were right about the economy stalling for the not-so-wealthy.  They just want  the not-so-wealthy to think it has stalled because Obama was on their side.  They don’t want anyone to realize that the problem comes from Obama’s being on  the side of the readers of The National Review.

Many times I have harped on the real problem of the Democratic Party and its candidates that this article identifies.  You can not win an election by making happy talk about conditions that the voters know are not happy.  Ignoring the fact that there are problems, and thus failing to put the blame  where it belongs, the Democratic Party has left it up to the Republicans to identify the problem but misdirect the blame from where it belongs.

Of course it is hard for the Democrats to identify the problems in their speeches, because to do so would require them to admit their part in the continuation of the problems.

Bernie Sanders has been exactly right.  The Republicans aren’t winning the elections so much as the Democrats are giving them away.  The Democratic “leaders” have completely failed to grasp but Bernie has been trying to tell them.  It was this failure to listen that drove him to run for the Presidency himself.


The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz   Recently updated !

The Atlantic magazine has the article The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

… her tenure was rocky long before that—in fact, within a month of her being named in 2011 to finish the term of Tim Kaine, who had just been elected to the Senate, Democrats were starting to grumble about her. When her term ended after Obama’s reelection, there was more sniping about her leadership, and Obama’s advisors urged him to bring in someone new, but Wasserman Schultz made it clear she wouldn’t go without a fight, according to reports at the time and my sources inside the DNC. And so the White House chose the path of least resistance and kept her in.

At the time this happened, I remember being rather disgusted that Obama allowed her to continue. It was already clear that she had a lot to do with Democratic losses. She was more interested in funneling money to her network of select campaign ill-advisors than she was interested in winning political office for other Democrats. Perhaps she was actually working to get these other Democrats to lose.

After writing the above remark, I came across another important item.  I don’t want to push fair use too far, but I have to include this excerpt.

The larger issue, many Democrats told me, was the White House’s lack of concern with the health of the party, which allowed the DNC to atrophy. “There’s a lot of soul-searching and reckoning to be done going forward about the role of the party,” Smith said. Obama won the nomination by running against the party establishment, and once he got into office converted his campaign into a new organization, Organizing for America. It was technically a part of the DNC, but in reality served as a rival to it that redirected the party’s organizing functions, effectively gutting its field operation. The weakened DNC bears some of the responsibility for the epic down-ballot losses—in Congress, state offices, and legislatures—that have occurred during Obama’s presidency.

Why, oh why did the people in the know keep pretending that she was doing a good job?  This is typical of private industry, too.  People are afraid of getting sued if they say anything bad about a person’s performance.  This makes people only too glad to help someone find a new job to get them out of their current position.  Whoever is inquiring about hiring this hated person gets glowing reviews from his or her references who are so anxious to get rid of the person.


A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future   Recently updated !

RT (Russia Today) has interview with the author of the book A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future.

In this special 2016 Summer Solutions episode, Max and Stacy talk to Das, author of ‘A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future’, about the structural changes needed to halt the decline in real wages. They also discuss financialization, economic apartheid and debt jubilees.


What are the chances that Hillary’s Wall Street based economic advisors think this deeply about what they are doing, or care about the consequences for the rest of us?

Hillary and Bill probably assume that no matter how deep the crisis becomes, enough of their $150 million in earnings since he left the White House will remain in tact to keep them comfortable. They are probably correct about their own safety, but their are some exceptions. The lesson of the Russian Tsars after the Russian Revolution and the French aristocracy after the French Revolution does not bode well for all the wealthy.

Read more details about the book on Amazon.

I don’t believe the outcome has to be as dire as this author predicts. If the governments of the world implement partial measures, they could turn out to be this bad. Entitlements do not have to be cut as dramatically as he assumes if the real wealth is distributed more fairly. Resource constraints might be the barrier that cannot be overcome, but technology might have the solution to that problem.


Slave Labor Crews Help Out at Rutland’s Treasure Valley   Recently updated !

The Landmark web site has the article Sheriff’s inmate work crews help out at Rutland’s Treasure Valley.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has been providing inmate work crews to assist budget strapped cities and towns all over Worcester County.

I first came to know about this article from seeing it posted on Thomas Chamberland’s Facebook page.

This article and the Facebook discussion after it, just shows the depths to which this nation has sunk. That the normally progressive person, Thomas Chamberland, can defend this program is even more astounding than the program itself.

Here is my initial comment that started a thread of discussion on Facebook.

But the savings in money is a measure of the work they do that the state does not pay for. The jobs they do for no pay would have to be done by free people for pay. It helps keep the unemployment figures high, which has some role in having more people in jail.

You can tell me about all the money the state pays to keep them housed and fed, but housing and feeding were the costs the plantation owners paid to keep their slaves alive and working. [I wouldn’t buy this justification from admitted slave owners, so it doesn’t cut it here.]

The fact that being out doing these projects is better than being locked inside is also a very weak excuse. The authorities that run the prisons should be required to pay the going wage rate to the convicts for the work that the convicts do. Many of these convicts have families that need to be supported. To say nothing of the unconvicted who could have used those jobs to support their families.

We call it unfair trade practices when other countries sell us goods that were made with prison labor. What suddenly makes it fair if we sell goods to ourselves that were made with prison labor?

The conversation on Facebook is ongoing.  If you are interested in both sides of the argument, you will have to read it on Facebook.  I don’t think you have to have a Facebook account to read it.  I think this conversation is open to the public.


How to Fix America’s Corrupt Political System

I am not sure I have put this on the blog already, so here goes.

Represent Us has the video How to Fix America’s Corrupt Political System.

The vast majority of Americans are fed up with money corrupting politics — but how do we fix it?

We’ve got some ideas. Learn more and help make it happen at Represent.us.


This is something we can work on locally. Who is interested in getting this started in the Sturbridge area?


Bernie Sanders Supporters Hold News Conference in Philadelphia   Recently updated !

C-SPAN broadcast the event Bernie Sanders Supporters Hold News Conference in Philadelphia.

July 24, 2016

Bernie Sanders Delegates News Conference A group representing Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic Convention held a news conference to voice disappointment with Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s selection of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate. They also discussed other issues, including party rules. Norman Solomon said convention floor fights were possible at the convention.


If you want to know what is going on, watch this news conference. This news conference explains policy issues about which you may have had questions. Don’t just look to the corporate news sources to inform you.

There will be daily news conferences from this group.


Clinton shared classified Greek info…

RT America has a video Clinton shared classified Greek info….

Clinton shared classified Greek info…

while her son-in-law’s hedge fund placed bailout bets. What a coincidence!

You might remember Richard H’s post Michael Lewis-‘Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds’ (Vanity Fair) on September 9, 2010.  This revelation from RT America might cast a slightly different tone from what we could imagine back in 2010.


Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP

The Huffington Post has the article Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP.

Now that Tim Kaine has been selected as Hillary’s running mate, be sure to read this article.

Kaine, by contrast, is setting himself up as a figure willing to do battle with the progressive wing of the party. He has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that both Sanders and Warren oppose, and he is now publicly siding with bank deregulation advocates at the height of Clinton’s veepstakes.

And further we have a letter that Kaine recently wrote.

On the small bank side, Kaine pressed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray to exempt “community banks and credit unions” from new rules. Doing so would leave these institutions, which include banks with up to $10 billion in assets, more lightly regulated than they were before the financial crisis. The letter, sent on Monday, was signed by 69 other senators.

You know that for there to be 69 Senators to co-sign this letter that there had to be a lot of Democratic Senators signing this. Do you still think the Democratic party led by Hillary Clinton can be in your corner trying to protect you?

I wonder if Elizabeth Warren, the mother of the CFPB and endorser of Hillary Clinton, agrees with the push to rein in the CFPB.