Friday, July 19, 2019

Compare MFA and Bidencare

Pretty stark differences.

Pelosi's triangulation is really self-strangulation

Article in The Nation. Excerpts:

"It's folly to seek the middle ground while fighting Trump."

"The moderate Democrats are right to think that Pelosi is on their side in the battle against the Squad."

"The war between Nancy Pelosi and the Squad boils down to one-word: triangulation. In the tradition of Bill Clinton, Pelosi and moderate Democrats are positioning themselves as the vital center between the radical right (Donald Trump) and the radical left (the Squad). Triangulation explains not just Democratic infighting but also Pelosi’s decision to dampen down impeachment fervor and to slow-walk (and sometimes stall) investigations into Trump and his administration. [...] The prospect of a rising left scares old-school Democrats."

Mindful meta-awareness

New article in Current Opinion in Psychology by Dunne, Thompson and Schooler. The abstract follows.

"Meta-awareness appears to be essential to nearly all forms of mindfulness practice, and it plays a key role in processes that are central to therapeutic effects of mindfulness training, including decentering—shifting one’s experiential perspective onto an experience itself—and dereification or metacognitive insight—experiencing thoughts as mental events, and not as the things that they seem to represent. Important advances in the conceptualization of meta-awareness in mindfulness have recently been made, yet more clarity is required in order to characterize the type of meta-awareness implicated in the ongoing monitoring of attention and affect, even while attention itself is focused on an explicit object of awareness such as the breath. To enhance research on this form of meta-awareness cultivated in at least some styles of mindfulness, a construct of sustained, non-propositional meta-awareness is proposed."

Don't settle for less

This is the least we can do for our people: Join the rest of the developed world.

Good summation of Dem dilemma

And why we need to vote in many more progressives to replace the Demosaurs who are complicit with this monster to protect their own interests instead of we the people.

UK leaders are with The Squad

From this piece: 

"UK politicians are among the signatories of a message of solidarity with Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley after President Donald Trump suggested they should 'go back' where they came from. The Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Mayor Sadiq Khan of London were among more than 13,000 signatories of an open letter created by a UK anti-racism group. 'We are disgusted by Donald Trump's attack on you,' the letter said. 'His blatant, unashamed racism has appalled people around the world.'"

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sanders: House passes $15 minimum wage

Here's the story. Bernie encourages us to sign his petition to McConnell to let the Senate vote on it. McConnell won't, but we need to pressure him nonetheless, and use his refusal in the next election.

Republican strategist: McConnell is a disgrace

In response to McConnell's lame misdirection about Dump's obvious racism, Sandra Del Percio said:

"Mitch McConnell is a disgrace to the office he holds. He is a disgrace to this country." She went on: "If you didn't speak out against these [racist] policies then you are against this country."

She finds it harder by the day to remain in the Party. But she will keep up the fight to hold Repugs accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger

"Warning: May cause an immediate loss of inhibition, spontaneous acts of love and advancement to a higher state of consciousness."

Sanders' major speech on Medicare For All

It's a detailed and irrefutable case.