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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 85,434
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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BERNIE - Amazing NPR Interview "what Democracy is about"
Basically the question was "Aren't you just ruining Hillary's chances?"
The poster added some comments from listeners at NPR...since I don't know where to look for them at NPR I will use some he posted at DKos.
"I also love how he TOTALLY schooled David Green several times! At one point, especially, Green was interested only in getting Bernie to diss Hillary Clinton for her "ALL lives matter" statement, but Bernie didn't just dodge the question; he showed Green how stupid, meaningless, and insulting to voters the question was."
I had a hearty laugh when Bernie scoffed and derided "Phraseology"
Yeah I was dumbfounded by how unprofessional David Green was in this interview. "It sounds like you are not ready to say that phrase (Black lives matter)." Why focus on this irrelevant minutia?
Adding this comment from the Daily Kos post:
Bernie is schooling interviewers (11+ / 0-)
Neither of our candidates are the least bit racist in views or actions. We do them both harm with such attacks.
I will vote for Bernie in the primary. I will vote for the one who wins the nomination.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 02:35 PM (129 replies)
Transcript of Obama's speech at the Brookings Institute 2006
I think that if you polled many of the people in this room, most of us are strong free traders and most of us believe in markets. Bob (Rubin) and I have had a running debate now for about a year about how do we, in fact, deal with the losers in a globalized economy. There has been a tendency in the past for us to say, well, look, we have got to grow the pie, and we will retrain those who need retraining. But in fact we have never taken that side of the equation as seriously as we need to take it. So hopefully, this is not just going to be a lot of preaching to the choir. Hopefully, part of what we are going to be doing is challenging our own conventional wisdom and pushing boundaries and testing these ideas in a vigorous and aggressive way.
I guess we soon find out who the losers are in this deal that is about far more than trade.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 06:23 PM (3 replies)
And it is ludicrous to deny that job loss will be one of the consequences of the trade bill that is more than a trade bill.
On the other side of the argument is the trade pact's potential to foster economic growth and job creation — "650,000 jobs in the U.S. alone," as Secretary of State John F. Kerry asserted last month. But that widely challenged figure is extrapolated from a 2012 report by the Peterson Institute of International Economics, which didn't offer a jobs estimate. In fact, the report said the TPP might dislocate workers and drive older people out of the workforce — and that any benefits might be canceled out by the resulting costs to workers and society. Evidence from earlier trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggests that the benefits for developing countries among the treaty signatories are similarly oversold.
Back to today:
It Turns Out That Obama Won the Free-Trade Fight in Congress After All
Barack Obama with his best friends John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Larry Downing/Reuters
Since Fast Track passed, let's hope the Democrats who voted yes did not trust in vain.
They already know it will affect workers here.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 05:29 PM (15 replies)
A big to cal04 who posted this in the Bernie Sanders forum.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 02:36 PM (22 replies)
When President Obama carried Tampa in 2008 Tampa Tribune columnist, Daniel Ruth, wrote a celebratory column called Night of Cheers. The link is dead but I saved the pertinent parts.
The flag flies on I-75 near the I-4 intersection. It's huge. And shocking to see.
It's on private property.
Here's the dedication plaque.
Night of Cheers
In a few more moments the country would officially elect its first black president at the end of a campaign more than 200 years in the making, winding through Selma and Birmingham and Watts and Hough and all the other stations of the cross of the American civil rights movement.
This is shameful. Most I know agree it's shameful. The people who put it up need to take it down.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 01:15 AM (9 replies)
I was remembering some of them I have written about through the years when I read TheNutcracker's post about DCF at DU today.
There was this child who was found wrapped in plastic in the back of her adopted father's truck.
Handout photo shows Nubia Barahona, a 10-year-old whose body was found wrapped in plastic in a pest control truck. The girl's adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, is being held as a suspect in the girl's death.
Florida's childrens' services sued to keep media from covering death of child, torture of brother.
On Valentine's Day, 10-year-old Victor Barahona was found with life-threatening chemical burns in a pickup truck on the side of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. The battered-and-decomposed body of his twin sister, Nubia, was dumped in the back of the truck like so much garbage.
Then there was Rilya Wilson.
They never found her body.
A caretaker for Rilya Wilson, the foster child whose disappearance four years ago exposed serious flaws in Florida's child-welfare system, was indicted Wednesday on charges of murdering the girl, who was 4 years old when she vanished.
Here is a collage of other children missing from DCF care.
Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths?
The recent deaths of so many children who had had contact with DCF has brought renewed scrutiny on a troubled agency: (clockwise from the top left, name, followed by their age at death, if known) Dontrell Melvin, unknown; Antwan Hope, 4; Dakota Stiles, 3; Ezra Raphael, 2; Aliyah Branum, 2; Jayden Morales, 2; Jewel Howard, 3; Cherish Perrywinkle, 8; and Christian Byrd, 2.
A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.
There are way too many more. I worked with social workers many times when I was teaching. I admired every one of them. They were concerned about the systemic failures and had a fear of being equated with a few who did not do their job correctly.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 06:54 PM (18 replies)
is that now the Party insiders may start listening to the Party outsiders.
One commentator called it governing class vs activist class.
The clash will be between the "governing class" and the "activist class."
From November 2004, Time Magazine.
Well, it's happening.
Howard Dean really showed that hunger for truth in campaigns. And from a 2005 article in the NYT about triangulation.
The governing class and the activists
Nothing better illustrated the passing of the party's long ideological debate better than the explosive presidential campaign of Howard Dean (now the party's chairman), whose record as a pro-gun, pro-Democratic Leadership Council governor did nothing to prevent him from seamlessly assuming the role of chief spokesman for those liberal voters who had always embodied the so-called Democratic left.
NOW they know something's happening.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 01:16 PM (8 replies)
Edit to add the hilarious video, a commercial from Japan. Thanks Art from Ark.
Found at Twitter.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 20, 2015, 10:28 PM (35 replies)
and to any other Democrats who have supported trade agreements that apparently are set up to bring our workers' salaries in line with the rest of the world.
EDITing to add:
The article mentions a possible 20% cut for American workers to meet "global balance." Thought I was including it at first, but guess not.
Global wage convergence is great for the poor but tough on the overpaid. It’s possible to run the numbers to show that American manufacturing workers should take average real wage cuts of as much as 20 percent to get into global balance.
American Wages Out of Balance
American workers are overpaid, relative to equally productive employees elsewhere doing the same work. If the global economy is to get into balance, that gap must close.
See, that's what it's all about. Closing the gap even if it hurts our workers here.
I really much prefer the way Marmar posted it back at the old DU in 2009.
Read this huge pile of MIERDA from the New York Times:
There are some good comments there, so be sure to read it.
And this is my repost from May just because I feel so passionate about "adjusting" our wages to fit the global economy.
Lowering our living standards to fit with other countries is wrong.
Whenever a new trade agreement is offered up we hear talk of how it will help developing countries and raise their standards of living...which in turn they say will make the world safer for all.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 20, 2015, 08:43 PM (146 replies)
I am not being disrespectful toward this denomination. I grew up in that church. We withdrew our membership finally when the church leaders from the pulpit declared Iraq a holy war.
I just would like to know the stance of the three who are running for president. Do they side with whatever the Supreme Court rules about same sex marriage? Or do they side with their church.
Here are the ones running:
Three Southern Baptists running for president
A third Southern Baptist entered the 2016 presidential race when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threw his hat into the ring June 1.
Here is the Southern Baptist Convention declaration of spiritual warfare.
Southern Baptists declare ‘spiritual warfare’ on Supreme Court with resolution denying marriage authority
Southern Baptist Convention President Rev. Ronnie Floyd (SBC/screengrab)
The Southern Baptist Convention declared this week that the Supreme Court did not have the authority to overturn bans on same-sex marriage because they were defending an institution that had been created by God.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 20, 2015, 07:36 PM (7 replies)