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Every year, some 150 million tons of Russia's crude and petroleum products pass through the Straits of Bosphorus waterway. By that I refer to that section of the Bosphorus River, which bisects the city of Istanbul (population 15 million). The Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara & the Aegean Sea - i.e., the Black Sea with the Mediterranean. All these names mean squat to the vast majority of geographically challenged Americans, right? But freedom to navigate these Turkish waters is absolutely vital to Russia's economic interests. Putin played with fire when he started this mess by detaining commercial ships flying the Turkish flag, thereby dragging commercial interests into his military machinations.
I've been fortunate enough to spend time in Istanbul, including a day spent taking a ferry through the Bosphorus Strait and up & down the river. It is striking to be on a waterway where one shore is in Europe and the other in Asia. The internationally vital waterway was jammed with shipping. For example:
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 17, 2015, 04:50 AM (0 replies)
We Did It! As of 9:08 p.m. tonight, over TWO MILLION, FIVE THOUSAND AND SIX HUNDRED CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS!
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:22 PM (0 replies)
Yup, folk$! It's bargain time at the Clinton fundrai$er$. Y'all recall they started out with the Conversations With Hillary - the prices were $1000 to walk in the door; $2700 for a quickie, cattle-call photo with Hill, and $10,000 got you listed as a co-sponsor. First the $10,000 level fell by the way side. Then the minimum admission price dropped to $500.
Next, they scheduled Bill for 20 fundraisers in the month of December. Low, low turnouts! He was scheduled for 3 in one day, across the state of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh - embarassingly low turnout; Bethlehem - cancelled with no explanation; Scranton - crickets/silence.
Bottom line, campaign money for Hillary is drying up in the critical state of Pennsylvania.
See details here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/128082298
So now, they're pushing Chelsea front and center, cause she's supposed to appeal to the younger voters, right?
Yup, folk$ get out your checkbook$ for a family holiday celebration, that'$ Clinton $tyle! Then it's on to 2 fundraisers in Boston, and voila! Price$ $lashed Yet Again!!!! Younger (& middle-aged) voters are like struggling with like mountains of like student loan debts. Hey, no problem, just drop the price to $250! That will make them stop whining and line up at the door!
At the fundraisers Chelsea is hosting in Boston, attendees will be asked to contribute $250, $500 or $1,000. Though events hosted by Hillary Clinton personally vary in entry cost, attendees are usually asked to raise larger amounts, and regularly require a contribution of $2,700 to attend.http://time.com/4150091/chelsea-clinton-campaigning-hillary/
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 16, 2015, 08:23 AM (1 replies)
And that has proven disappointing - of 3 appearances in the same day in Pennsylvania - one was very low turnout, the next one was cancelled with no explanation, and I haven't heard any great stuff about the 3rd one. Here's more detail: http://www.democraticunderground.com/128082298
These were the $500 minimum to be in the same overly large room with Bill, and for $2700 you got a quickie, cattle call photo with him. The lack of response indicates that financial support for Hillary is drying up in the critical state of Pennsylvania.
Wonder what the charge will be to attend Chelsea's gatherings.
Added on edit: the only 3 events detailed in the OP link are all fund-raisers. Yet Chelsea is supposedly going to attract the youth vote. Get a clue, campaign managers - young voters do not have $500-$2700 to shell out.
Yup, folk$ get out your checkbook$ for a family holiday celebration, that'$ Clinton $tyle!
On further edit:
Price$ $lashed! In response to all these young voters whining about crushing student loan debt, there are now cut-rate admi$$ion price$ of ONLY $250.
At the fundraisers Chelsea is hosting in Boston, attendees will be asked to contribute $250, $500 or $1,000. Though events hosted by Hillary Clinton personally vary in entry cost, attendees are usually asked to raise larger amounts, and regularly require a contribution of $2,700 to attend.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 16, 2015, 07:27 AM (2 replies)
As a scuba diver, one of my most memorable experiences (along with wreck diving on sunken Japanese ships from WWII in Truk Lagoon, Miocronesia), was gazing into the ocean's abyss off New Providence island/the Bahamas. I had dived to a depth of 120 feet, where the ocean floor sharply dropped off into inky darkness. It was an awesome, awe-inspiring sight. One could only imagine the fearsome deep sea pelagics lurking in those hidden depths.
The prospect of another Clintonian administration symbolizes a political abyss, with a corporate funded and controlled darkness devouring all the values and goals of progressive Democrats like me.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Dec 14, 2015, 11:47 PM (1 replies)
I'm posting this here to avoid interaction with the cast of K Street irregulars over at GD Primaries, AND because I take this as encouraging to we Bernie supporters as a sign that HRC's financial support is drying up in the critical state of Pennsylvania. One of the links includes a photo of Bill getting a warm reception in Bethlehem during HRC's 2008 campaign. Not this time around!
Not only did he cancel the Bethlehem appearance, but attendees at his Pittsburgh fundraising reported a low turnout. He "popped in and out" for a 30 minute speech, and the Allegheny county Democratic chairwoman tried to spin the low turnout as an "intimate gathering". Note the campaign reported the number as "100 to 150" - with no photos or independent verification of that number. They could hardly admit to less than 100, could they!
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/10/Bill-Clinton-holds-fundraiser-for-Hillary-today-at-Consol/stories/201512100156 The Post-Gazette reported "attendees" estimated crowd at 100. But again, any Clinton fan who had just shelled out $500-$2700, would put the gloss of the minimum acceptable number of 100.
As detailed and cited/documented in an earlier thread, the Clinton campaign was pushing Bill to appear at 20 fundraisers in December, including 3 today spread across the state of Pennsylvania. A luncheon at Pittsburgh at Noon, followed by events at 4:30 p.m. in Bethlehem and 7:45 p.m. in Scranton. All in all, a punishing schedule for a man with his cardiac (quadruple by-pass) health history.
The Thursday cancellation of the Bethlehem fundraiser was barely 24 hours beforehand, but he still was going through with the other two. All these events were closed to the press, as per usual for either Clinton's fund-raising events held behind closed door at undisclosed, elite locations.
In the absence of any explanation at the time of the announcement, or any response to a reporter's queries to Clinton Campaign headquarters, I suggest there was an embarrassingly low response. If you don't got the money, honey, Bill don't got the time. Another possibility is that the physical demands of his 20 fundraising events in one month is taking a toll on his health.
Bill Clinton's Bethlehem fundraising put on hold (headline)
Posted by Divernan | Fri Dec 11, 2015, 06:26 PM (15 replies)
In the early 1970's, I was a Research Fellow for the National Institute of Mental Health, and as such was conducting a study of elderly residents in high rise apartment buildings for low income elderly in Pittsburgh. One woman I interviewed was the daughter of a West Virginia coal miner. Since I myself am the grand daughter of a coal miner who helped organize his union, even when the Pinkertons came in to fight them, I was interested when she told me she'd written a poem about coal-mining families, and asked if I could read it. I was so touched by it, I copied it, with her permission. That was over 40 years ago, and I just came across it in some old papers. The term "sealed in" refers to miners who were forever entombed in mine collapses. This elderly poetess must be long gone by now, but I think she would be very pleased, and even honored, to have you take the time to read her poem.
TWENTY TWO SEALED IN
I hate working in coal mines.
My wife and children are always crying
Everytime I go down in the coal mines.
I keep telling them I can soon decline.
I am getting too old to work in the mines.
The children sometimes say,
Daddy, please don't go today.
We are willing to give up
Such as Christmas stuff.
Toy trains running on tracks
We only ask,
Please, don't go back
In the old coal mines.
Because it would cause an awful lot
of suffering and crying
If you don't come back.
If we only have these rags on our back
And this old shack,
We will have you
And that's a fact.
(Written by Ella G. Nichols, Age 67; copied by me on Saturday, August 12, 1972)
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 06:30 AM (0 replies)
I mean, who ya gonna believe? The Hearst Corporation & Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who willingly swallowed its lie) or IBEW Local 1228? I'll take IBEW Local 1228 for a gazillion, Alex!
Station went back on their word about negotiating before debate
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 05:36 AM (16 replies)
Flight time from Iowa to New Hampshire is only 2 hours and 42 minutes. Oh, the hardship if she was on a 10 seater private plane, instead of a 19 seater! I mean, might she have to sit directly across from a Secret Service person? Quelle Horreur!
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 9, 2015, 04:30 PM (1 replies)
Only the biggest and best is (just barely) good enough for Hillary.
Bill Gates OWNS a Dassault Falcon. See that's why Hillary feels she and Bill aren't really rich - because they have to RENT a private jet, and the very wealthy they aspire to hang with OWN their private jets.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 9, 2015, 04:10 PM (0 replies)