Wednesday, January 22, 2020

TYT: Bernie is wrong to apologize for Teachout

Teachout's article in The Guardian points out Biden's history of corruption, which is factual. But Bernie got such grief about it that he apologized, saying he doesn't think Joe is corrupt. TYT explores Biden's history and it is true, needs to be pointed out, and the media needs to do its job of investigative journalism to report on these facts.

TYT on AOC revealing Dem Party conservatism

Continuing this post, Ana plays AOC's video and then her and Cenk discuss. The Party is of course upset because what AOC said is obviously true and they don't want that revealed. Then Cenk provides MLK quotes where he said very similar things, but the Dem establishment avoids that too.

Hartmann: Democracy on trial in impeachment

Thom's right, that the Repugs' spurious defense of Dump's criminal behavior indicates that they put their own power in front of our Democratic Republic. In the process they are blatantly destroying our democracy. But they never much cared for it in the first place, as is obvious by countless decades of supporting their rich benefactors while screwing we the people. At least now it's out in the open for all to see; they can no longer hide behind pretending.

Tulsi sues Hillary for $50 million

For Hillary calling her a Russian asset. It's about time someone fought back against the constant onslaught of slander from that vindictive snowflake. Bernie is right to ignore Hillary's comments about him for now, as to respond to them is to give them the attention she seeks. His refusal also indicates that she is irrelevant to the current political climate. Tulsi, on the other hand, has a legitimate suit and perhaps, though doubtful, Hillary will learn to keep out of where she doesn't belong, meaning current politics.

Clinton now would support Bernie if...

Continuing this post, Clinton now said she'd support Bernie if he's the nominee, since the number one task is to defeat Dump. But only after she so dumped on Bernie in a blatant attempt to destroy his chances of winning the nomination, which of course would leave Biden as the front runner. She's part of that Dem establishment that just cannot wrap their heads around being servants of we the people, instead thinking they are the elite that must lead us dolts into an imagined promised land where the benevolent wealthy trickle down their success upon us. In that regard they are just like the Repugs and they are both wrong on that account.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

AOC on the Democratic Party

As  usual she nails it:

"I wanted to go back to what you said about our ‘left party’. We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party. We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare For All. Not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party. There are left members inside the Democratic Party that are working to try to make that shift happen. But you’re right, it does convey a certain sentiment about true believers, and there are a lot of true believers in that we can capitalism our way out of poverty in the Democratic Party. If anything, that’s probably the majority."

Dem college student polling

The Hill interviews a specialized college polling expert who notes that among Dem-leaning college students Bernie nationally get 41% and Liz gets 21%. It is a closer race in Iowa but Bernie still comes out in 1st. The top issues for this demo is the environment, with income inequality being second. And this is the demo we progressives really need to come out in droves in the primaries and next election. And this is the demo we progressives really need to come out in droves in the primaries and general election. If this polling is any indication, we can see who must win if we are to defeat Dump and the Repugs.

The Hill on Hillary's comments

Hillary is bitter and vindictive, projecting blame for her loss to Bernie because she's incapable of taking responsibility. Worse, she couches this deficiency in false claims of Bernie's supposed faults like sexism. It's pitiful, but also revealing of typical establishment DEMagoguery.

Hillary goes after Bernie

Wow, so much for the fake Party unity BS. She also won't commit to supporting Bernie if he gets the nomination. I'm looking forward to the establishment Dems rationalizing this diatribe. Hillary said about Bernie:

"He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him. He got nothing done. [...] He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it. [...] I don’t think we want to go down that road again where you campaign by insult and attack and maybe you try to get some distance from it, but you either don’t know what your campaign and supporters are doing or you’re just giving them a wink and you want them to go after Kamala [Harris] or after Elizabeth [Warren]. I think that that’s a pattern that people should take into account when they make their decisions."

Storytelling as adaptive collective sensemaking

Bietti et al. (2018), Topics in Cognitive Science. The abstract:

"Storytelling represents a key element in the creation and propagation of culture. Three main accounts of the adaptive function of storytelling include (a) manipulating the behavior of the audience to enhance the fitness of the narrator, (b) transmitting survival‐relevant information while avoiding the costs involved in the first‐hand acquisition of that information, and (c) maintaining social bonds or group‐level cooperation. We assess the substantial evidence collected in experimental and ethnographic studies for each account. These accounts do not always appeal to the specific features of storytelling above and beyond language use in general. We propose that the specific adaptive value of storytelling lies in making sense of non‐routine, uncertain, or novel situations, thereby enabling the collaborative development of previously acquired skills and knowledge, but also promoting social cohesion by strengthening intragroup identity and clarifying intergroup relations."