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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 86,339
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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Posted by madfloridian | Mon Oct 19, 2015, 06:48 PM (83 replies)
A few paragraphs just do not do this snide piece justice. In fact I doubt any number of paragraphs could make this palatable or intelligent.
Here Comes the Berniebro
The Berniebro is very irate when CNN takes its online poll results down. The Berniebro posts about that, too.
There is no purpose behind this piece apparently other than anger at us because it's hard to find ugly stuff about Bernie.
I especially like this paragraph from the comments section:
The media's problem here is that they can't do a character assassination on someone so principled, scandal-free, and consistent. So instead they have to take their pickaxe to Sanders's supporters to make people averse to wanting to be associated with these just absolutely contemptible human beings who dare to vote their conscience rather than as the media tells them to.
If I were the author of that article I would not take much pride in it.
It is helping to make the divisions in the primary worse for no reason at all.
Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic. I would expect more from someone in that position.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Oct 17, 2015, 08:47 PM (225 replies)
It is unacceptable that senior citizens and disabled veterans will not be receiving a cost-of-living adjustment.
Strengthen and Expand Social Security
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Oct 17, 2015, 12:53 PM (137 replies)
On edit to clarify: It's the "same battle", the candidates are different, much different. It's the battle that must be fought when the media starts coming out with talking points we know are not true.
Substitute BernieBots or Sandernistas for Deaniacs. We are once again considered the insurgents, sort of on the outside looking in. We are not really considered seriously at all. Yet.
You have two candidates who have taken chances by questioning party policy, irritating the party establishment....but most of all ticking off the media with justified criticism.
It's that ticking off the media that's going to be a deciding factor from now on.
Once again we have a campaign that is using the power of the internet and all the new resources it provides now that were not available in 2004.
Once again we have a candidate who is calling out the media. He's a stronger candidate, and the internet forces have grown. Will it be enough?
I found this article I remembered from 2004 on the media and Howard Dean's campaign. It reminds us that the power of that media can make a campaign and then suddenly destroy it.
When Old Media Confronted Howard Dean
‘Dean scares the institutional media out of their wits … because of what he and Internet democracy say about them.’
The Howard Dean campaign (much more than Dean himself) has come to stand for the possibility of an Internet democracy. From the beginning there was no separating the “political” and “media” tracks of the Dean campaign’s offensive. Didn’t he say early on that he was running for President because the alternative was to spend the rest of his life yelling at the TV set? Dean began his campaign with a bold exercise in definition—a job of critical journalism that big news organizations don’t perform these days. His defining thrust was against the war in Iraq, in which even before it began the traditional media were embedded. He sounded an antiwar alarm that the institutional media had muffled. Millions of people knew intuitively that his warning was wise; millions more know it now. In large dimensions and small (like his chippy defiance of “Meet the Press” moderator, Tim Russert), Dean’s campaign was a critique of the somnolent self-satisfaction that runs through our housecat press. And lots of people loved him for it.
Much was made then of the concept of blogging. There was no Twitter back then. Facebook had just been launched early in 2004. You Tube didn't launch until 2005.
Days before the New Hampshire primary, author and syndicated columnist Richard Reeves made the shrewd observation on our “The Blogging of the President: 2004” broadcast that something fundamental had changed since John F. Kennedy and television exalted each other in 1960. Since then TV networks have discovered that American audiences are more interested in football than in politics. Sure enough, as the Democratic candidates headed out of New Hampshire, the media were conditioning us to understand that everything that happens in the Super Bowl is more important than almost anything that is at stake in the presidential campaign.
For Howard Dean it was death by media, as one South Florida paper called it.
So far Bernie Sanders' coverage has been relatively neutral, but at least twice during the debate he called out the corporate media.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Oct 16, 2015, 06:57 PM (77 replies)
I could swear heard the 2nd speaker say "deliver us from pizza" and "thine is the kingdom of the pesto and alfredo". Found at a Daily Kos diary.
You might need to turn your speakers down when they really get going.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 07:02 PM (43 replies)
From Campaign for America's Future:
Ramping Up The Campaign To Sell The Secret TPP
The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement is shopping around to professors, trying to get them to help “expand the conversation” around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the public – even though TPP is still secret. In other words, “We can’t share what’s in TPP with you, but would like you to write about how great it is.”
"as much information as we can"....oh yeah. And we hope you don't ask too much about it cause we can't tell you until it is actually over and done.
More of the letter at the link.
It is signed;
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 05:36 PM (6 replies)
From Jen Hayden's diary at Daily Kos. This is unbelievable, but real.
Tennessee official offers mind-blowing explanation for abruptly closing entire school district
A Tennessee school district is making the news after it was announced the entire school district was closing up until further notice due to lack of funding. It is unimaginable this could happen in the United States, right? Especially so abruptly, in the middle of the school year, leaving parents and students in a lurch.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 04:08 PM (16 replies)
Yes, I am including the video from You Tube from GOP War Room site. It's the only one I see because this segment of the combined CNN/Facebook poll appears to have been taken down by CNN.
Strange how Jake Tapper and Don Lemon keep referring to the voters on Facebook as "kids". Tapper says it's "kinda big with the kids." All ages on Facebook, so it just sounds strange
Regarding the debate Lemon keeps saying "all the kids are talking about it". Says it several times.
I think it is weird. I think probably the reason behind it is to make the huge numbers on Facebook not matter because it is a bunch of "kids".
Lemon and Tapper are NOT stupid people. Correction Tapper is NOT a stupid person. They know perfectly well that people of all ages inhabit Facebook.
This is the media we face as we continue through the primaries. They seem to be all pre-programmed to say stupid and silly things. They really do think we are stupid.
I would like to think Jake Tapper is using sarcasm, but it does not come across that way.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 01:11 PM (43 replies)
It was good for our party.
Disclaimer: I do not care who "won". It was a great debate. I think it was a mistake for the main media sources to so suddenly and loudly proclaim that Hillary won. It was not fair to either candidate, and it was done so quickly it had a "ready-made already-decided" air to it.
We are not the only ones finding it hard to reconcile that Bernie appears to have won the debate in all the big online internet polls. The fact that Hillary was immediately declared the winner by the media was not only noticed here, at Daily Kos, and elsewhere.
I found the comments at the end of this article interesting.
Bernie Sanders says debate performance prompted $1.3 million in donations
To show just a few:
8:17 AM EST
Two things were very clear. Sanders won on content, stomping Clinton in every post-debate reader poll. And the media handed the victory to Clinton.
6:19 AM EST
There are others at the link in the comments.
I just don't think they did Hillary any favors by announcing that she won so quickly. It really did show up the pre-planned mind-made-up nature of the corporate media we deal with. It made the media look bad.
Proud of Bernie getting so much national attention, so that made him the winner of getting himself noticed.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 09:17 AM (39 replies)
The EB-5 visa has a lot to do with the huge amounts of money being given to charter schools. Public education in America is suffering because of it.
Silence no more.
Thanks to a little discussed law passed in 2000 at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency, Banks and Equity firms that invest in charter schools and other projects in underserved areas can take advantage of a very generous tax credit, as much as 39% to offset their expenditure in such projects. In essence, that credit amounts to doubling the amount of money they have invested in just 7 years.. Moreover, they are allowed to combine that tax credit with job creation credits and other types of credit, and collect interest payments on the money they are lending out-all which adds up to far more than double in returns.
More implications of this visa from Fortune Magazine.
The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program
Increasingly, the skilled and the poor are out of luck. But the rich are another matter. The program (EB-5 is short-hand for the government’s fifth employment-based visa “preference”) allows well-heeled foreigners to leap to the front of the line by simply plunking down $500,000.
Excellent article but very long. A few excerpts do not do it justice.
The Florida charter school industry has been especially hit hard by these visas.
Chinese expected to invest about 90 million dollars in Florida charter schools in 2013
Chinese investors are taking advantage of the EB-5 investment visa program, the so-called "green card via red carpet," by putting millions into Florida's charter schools and an aquaculture farm in Central Florida.
I just did a search for some more up to date articles, but not much at all about charter schools since 2012.
I did find this page showing some of the EB-5 projects in SE Florida.
Southeast Florida EB-5 Regional Center
OUR REGIONAL CENTER
A couple of pictures at the link, with no further explanation as to whether they are present or future projects.
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERS ACADEMY PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOL
CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (CCRC)
And from the first link in the OP:
I much agree with this statement.
Any questions about why Charters are so popular with the wealthy? Any questions why the wealthy insist on supporting Charters even though the research is quite clear. Ever wonder why it is next to impossible to get any statistical information out of charters?
So how in the world in that big money investment of 90 million plus in Florida charter schools coming along? Well....
Florida’s big charter school problem (which Jeb Bush manages not to talk about)
Fast forward to 2015. Has anything changed? Not much, according to a new exposé on Florida charter schools, this one done by the Sun-Sentinel, with the headline: “Florida’s Charter Schools UNSUPERVISED — Taxpayers, students lose when school operators exploit weak laws.”
Not going so well.
Unfortunately the names of the EB-5 half million dollar donors must remain secret. It's at times like the long distance landlord, I imagine.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Oct 11, 2015, 04:01 PM (8 replies)