Continuing this post, here's Thom video on the topic.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Continuing this post, Cenk describes these 5 tactics. Watch the video below for details. Of course it will take guts for the Dems to do these things so we the people need to harass them continually to take action. Don't let them get away with claiming there's nothing they can do.
1. Ask for unanimous consent of every vote in the Senate from now until Nov. 30.
2. Don't raise the debt ceiling.
3. Block the resolution to fund the budget.
4. Start another impeachment hearing.
5. Threaten to expand the Supreme Court with more Justices after the election, the first of which will be Hillary Clinton.
The accelerating steps toward full fascism in plain view. Can't wait to see what he and Twit do now.
Especially since it was they who sent in violent agitators to justify their fascist play.
"The Department of Justice on Monday released a list of cities it has deemed 'anarchist jurisdictions' under President Donald Trump's instructions earlier this month to review federal funding to local governments in places where violence or vandalism has occurred during protests."
Krystal makes a good case that the Repugs breaking their own rule to not approve another Supreme Corp nominee in an election year is the rule rather than the exception. They no longer have any principles, instead constantly and consistently violating them to what's most expedient at hand to win. She further makes the point that Dems must be willing to do the same or they will continue to lose these battles and the long-term war for power. You cannot win by always playing by the rules when the opposition has no regard for them whatsoever. So will the Dems make good on their threat of eliminating the filibuster and court packing if they win the Senate?
In his FB post copied below these are the results of Presidential elections. Not only must we stop Twit and the Repugs from nominating and approving another of their ilk, it's why Dems must win the Presidency in November. THIS is what we're voting for.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
She comments on McConnell's pledge to replace RBG as soon as possible. And the corrupt Repugnantan machine that enables Twit. We must fiercely fight back with everything we have. "Now is not the moment for cynicism" (4:45).
She brings home the stark differences in this election and as usual hits the nail on the head.
"November is about survival. Voting for Joe Biden is no longer
about whether you agree with him. It's a vote to let our democracy live
another day. [...] On the left, there's a lot of—there's a huge diversity, right? And we
get mad at each other. That's the way it is because it's incredibly
frustrating. I get incredibly frustrated. You all know I get incredibly
frustrated with my own party, too. We all have our disagreements. And
that's fine because we all recognize that November—frankly I wish it
wasn't like this; it only serves to highlight the brokenness of our
entire system—but whether we like it or not, November's about survival.
November's about survival."
And the absolute necessity for the Green New Deal. From his FB post:
"What does the future look like if we do not get our act together? Look at the unprecedented wildfires on the West Coast. Look at the increasing number of climate refugees. A Green New Deal is our moral responsibility."
Continuing this post, this morning on Meet the Press they had a Repug Senator rationalizing their hypocrisy noting that their previous statements only applied if the President and the Senate were from different Parties. Todd rightly noted that they made no such distinction when they argued against it previously. They are unprincipled liars that only do what's politically expedient to maintain power.
According to this article:
"Remediating climate change will involve unimaginably labour-intensive tasks, like relocating every coastal city in the world kilometres inland, building high-speed rail links to replace aviation links, caring for hundreds of millions of traumatized, displaced people, and treating runaway zoonotic and insect-borne pandemics. These tasks will absorb more than 100% of any labour freed up by automation. Every person whose job is obsolete because of automation will have ten jobs waiting for them, for the entire foreseeable future."
If, and only if, governments take up ecological laws that recognize the crisis and commit to addressing it via the green jobs necessary to get it done. And that ain't the US under the current admin. Our Green New Deal would create those jobs but we need a different admin to get to work. And yes, Biden's climate proposals go a long way toward that aim. Hence the very real difference and necessity to vote for him.
Given the establishment Dem Party I understand the cynicism. But Bernie and our progressive movement have moved both Biden and the Party left because they know they need us to win the election. It is reasonable to assume they will both drag their feet on implementing what they proposed, but that's up to us and Bernie to hold their feet to the climate fire after the election.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
I know this will be no surprise to anyone. But here's the list of 13 Repugnantan Senators who previously argued that we cannot nominate a new SC Justice in an election year. How many do you think will follow through on that now that RBG is gone? If you guessed zero you have a solid grasp of reality. Click the link to read their previous statements of fake principle.
Cory Gardner. John Cornyn. Ted Cruz. Lindsey Graham. Marco Rubio. Jim Inhofe. Chuck Grassley. Joni Ernst. Thom Tillis. David Perdue. Tim Scott. Ron Johnson. Pat Toomey.
Here's the report from Greg Palast. Twit even admitted as much. Now with RBG gone to be replaced by another lackey, even if this is challenged to the Supreme Corp, much like they stopped the Florida recount in 2000 they will likely let it slide. We're in the midst of a fascist coup and there's apparently not much we can do about it. Even Thom Hartmann has discussed this very real and horrifying likelihood.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Oh no, Twit gets to replace her and it will be 6 - 3. And we know that replacement will be horrible. From this story:
"And yet her death means that the age of Trump will almost certainly be our new normal. With Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the power to shape our Constitution was split between four liberals, four archconservatives, and Chief Justice John Roberts — a conservative whose respect for institutions and for procedural regularity sometimes tempered his fellow conservatives’ tendencies. Justice Ginsburg’s death means a sixth Republican appointee and Trump’s third. On issues ranging from abortion to elections to health care, the Supreme Court will now be entirely dominated by conservatives."
That we have massive turnout to defeat Twit's fascism. And remember, if you don't want to brave in-person voting and you don't trust the corrupted mail, you can request a mail-in ballot and hand deliver it to the county clerk's drop box.
In the next step on the road to fascism, Twitler's Executive Order denounces the 1619 project teaching the real history of slavery as "toxic propaganda." Instead he describes white supremacy as "patriotic education." The Fourth Reich marches on.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
"Olivia Troye was Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to Vice President Pence, and served as Vice President Pence's lead staff member on the COVID-19 response." She explains why she is voting for Biden.
Ok, that's my title for a recent Economic Policy Institute study. Workers know they are continuing to get screwed big time under this Presidunce. Remember that when you vote. I've copied just a few of the headlines below. See the details at the link. Note when they say 'it' they mean Twit's Disadministration. Although 'it' is the proper pronoun when referring to Twit.
1. It has failed to support adequate fiscal stimulus during the coronavirus pandemic.
2. It has diminished the integrity and accuracy of the 2020 U.S. Census.
3. It stopped funding for Social Security.
5. It has engaged in persistent efforts to take away workers’ health care.
9. It has failed to act to protect the health of workers during the pandemic.
10. It issued guidance that allows states to deny unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to workers who refuse to return to unsafe jobs.
14. It allowed poultry plants to increase line speeds during the coronavirus pandemic.
25. It has decreased workplace safety inspections.
34. It denied workers a minimum wage increase.
45. It passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—which benefits the wealthy at others’ expense.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
A virtual town hall meeting sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America. The blurb:
"Thomas Frank, author of many bestsellers including What’s the Matter with Kansas and Listen, Liberal, is one of the great social commentators and analysts of our time. His new book, The People, No is another instant classic that pinpoints how American elites have consistently fought against popular democratic movements – from the late 19th century through to the 2016 and 2020 Bernie Sanders campaigns.
"This is no small matter for our time, in which left progressive politics are more popular and more empowered than any time in recent memory. Yet, we remain the minority faction within the Democratic Party. The dominant neo-liberal faction, by all appearances, is ready to deploy every trick in Thomas’ book against our movement.
"Suffice to say – we have a lot to learn from Thomas. So, make sure to join us for what promises to be a truly illuminating and hyper-relevant conversation between Thomas and Alan – followed by your questions.
"It’s happening this Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT via Zoom. RSVP to Mike Fox."
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The title of a new documentary showing how the big social media companies use psychology for surveillance to manipulate users to unconsciously accept programming and buy products. It's an important topic but fails in that the makers did not use any of the persuasive techniques the social media companies use to get their own points across. It's just dry, boring fact after fact that lost my interest a third of the way through. At one point they did try a family reenactment scenario to show how addictive we are to our devices, but it too fell flat because the actors and script lacked an emotional, human touch. All in all, it's an ironic flop because it won't have the necessary emotional impact to motive we users much to change our behavior.
Makes sense. Abuse workers and they don't give a shit about their job. Pay and treat them well and they do a better job, in this case saving lives. Of course we long knew that corporations don't give a shit about their workers or human lives, just making a profit. Hence their decades-long corruption with Repugnantans to destroy unions, screw labor and sacrifice human lives. From this article:
"A study led by George Washington University professor Adam Dean published findings in Health Affairs on Sept. 10. In
it, they found that even though nursing homes were hit hard by the 2019
novel coronavirus, facilities with unionized healthcare workers saw a '30% relative decrease in the COVID-19 mortality rate
compared to facilities without health care worker unions.' The team also
found that there was 'a 42% relative decrease in COVID-19 infection rates.'"
Pretty stark difference between what's best for everyone and what's best for corporations and the wealthy. Vote accordingly.
Monday, September 14, 2020
His FB post is below. I'd correct that statement to say that what Twit had done and not done about the pandemic is genocide. Thom:
"How should America respond when its president commits negligent homicide?
After the DNC dropped it from the platform. See this story from EcoWatch, an environmental news org praising the move.
"The Democratic party made the curious move of removing a ban on fossil fuel subsidies from its platform earlier this week as its convention kicked off. The move, which also backtracked from a clean energy commitment, raised the ire of environmental activists. However, presidential nominee Joe Biden, who will steer the party's agenda if elected, has recommitted to a ban on fossil fuel subsidies, as The Verge reported."
It's right there in his climate plan.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald he reports:
"Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s adoption of what some consider to be the most ambitious climate change action plan ever put forward by a major party of a major nation has attracted far less attention than it probably deserves. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, one of many on the party's left who had opposed Biden on environmental grounds and who have now embraced his candidacy, described Biden’s plan as visionary."
"At the heart of Biden’s climate change package is a determination to decarbonise the nation’s electricity system by 2035 before reaching net-zero carbon emissions for the entire economy by 2050. To achieve this Biden would spend US$2 trillion on research for new green technology, new clean infrastructure and retrofitting existing buildings across the nation for energy efficiency. He would direct all government procurement towards green technology, including electronic vehicles, and fund a Civilian Climate Corp similar to the Works Progress Administration established as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'New Deal,' established to help the nation lift itself out of the Great Depression."
If Twit loses the election so that he can "arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Clintons
and anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity." No wonder Twit pardoned him, as they both are fascists that want to destroy democracy. Can anyone still seriously doubt this real possibility? It seems Twit will do this anyway whether he wins or loses.
"Long-time Donald Trump confidant, and convicted felon, Roger Stone said that the president should declare 'martial law' to seize power if he loses what Stone characterized as an already corrupt election. The results will only be legitimate if the 'real winner' — Trump — takes office, regardless of what the votes say, Stone declared. A loss would apparently be justification for Trump to use force to take over the nation."
We knew this was going to happen when Twit put one of his Twitiots in charge of Health and Human Services. Paranoid Twit thinks the CDC is intentionally trying to hurt him when all they do is release medical facts about the pandemic. Hence his insane need to thwart the facts.
"The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals."
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
And everything to do with fossil fuel companies buying Congress. And this is what we get for that corruption.
Bernie said: "
"The fossil fuel lobby wants you to believe a Green New Deal is too expensive. But what we are seeing now, clearer than ever in the form of unprecedented wildfires, record-breaking hurricanes and other climate-related disasters, is that the cost of doing nothing is far, far more expensive."
Makes sense for a fascist regime. From this article.
"A Department of Homeland Security whistleblower has accused the agency’s leadership of instructing analysts to downplay the violent threat posed by white supremacists and Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2020 election. The explosive allegation comes in a whistleblower complaint filed by Brian Murphy, the former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence branch. Murphy says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf personally instructed him to stop providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference and instead to focus on actions by China and Iran. Murphy claims the request originated from Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien. In July, Murphy said one of his intelligence reports on Russia was held because it “made the president look bad."
What's free is our tax dollars going to corporations and getting nothing in return. You know, corporate welfare. Those welfare kings and queens driving around in Cadillacs or Porsches we paid for while their stinking piss rains down on us.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Robert Reich's FB comments about Elon Musk.
"Elon Musk thinks I’m a 'moron' because I called out his exploitative labor practices. He neglected to mention that he:
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
And admitted to Woodward that it was deadly, much worse than the flu. And yet he lied to the American people about it for months. That's genocide in my book.
For they are truly repugnant. From Thom Hartmann's FB post today. Are you listening?
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Of course this is no surprise to anyone with even half a functioning brain. But we must face the fact that these Twitiots do not have as much. It's obvious that they also have no regard for not only their own lives but anyone else's.
"According to a new study, which tracked anonymized cellphone data from the rally, over 250,000 coronavirus cases have now been tied to the 10-day event, one of the largest to be held since the start of the pandemic. It drew motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country, many of whom were seen without face coverings inside crowded bars, restaurants, and other indoor establishments. The explosion in cases, the study from the Germany-based IZA Institute of Labor Economics finds, is expected to reach $12 billion in public health costs."
The intentional decimation of unions by giant corporations and their paid lackeys is directly responsible for the income inequality and other social ills we see today. They are greedy bastards that don't give a shit that their sickness causes our suffering and deaths. Note that Biden will support strong unions.
"Here’s what the insurance industry, the corporate media and many people in Congress don’t want you to know: Medicare for All will save the American people money. It’s time to stop putting our health care dollars toward administrative waste and bloated insurance CEO salaries, and instead use our health care dollars to guarantee quality care for all."
Monday, September 7, 2020
Twitler's pandemic mismanagement left 27 million more unemployed along with 189,000 dead. Let's remember his evil today along with our fallen heroes.
"The bulk of the crisis is owing to the Trump administration’s refusal to implement a national testing and tracing program or to encourage mask wearing, and its policy of closing down the economy too late and opening too soon, have all deepened and prolonged the crisis in a way that is not paralleled in other industrialized democracies such as South Korea and Germany."
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
The above is the title of this book subtitled: "Street-legal tactics for community activist. There are a few ways to read the book at the link. I've copied the table of contents below.
I. GET STARTED
1. Learn about Far Right movements
2. Find collaborators
3. Keep an eye on the local Far Right
II. TAKE ACTION
4. Release your research
5. Remove and replace Far Right propaganda
6. Push public groups to oppose fascism
7. Make it difficult for Far Right groups to meet
8. Refute their lies
9. Use the court system
10. Expose fascists at home and work
11. Deplatform fascism online
12. Prevent the Far Right from crashing progressive events
13. Drive wedges between individuals and groups
14. Find new collaborators
15. Organize anti-racist bar crawls
16. Help fascists become formers