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Bernie Sanders Is a Loud, Stubborn Socialist. Republicans Like Him Anyway.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/bernie-sanders-is-a-loud-stubborn-socialist-republicans-like-him-anyway-20150727

In the Senate, Bernie Sanders should be all alone.

Sanders is constantly ribbing Republicans in his trademark condescending Brooklyn-accented tone. He offers up legislation that's so far to the left that it couldn't get a vote even under Majority Leader Harry Reid. He's the curmudgeon in the Senate Democratic conference, rarely satisfied with how far his leadership will go to pursue progressive policies, and not afraid to vote 'nay' when his leaders come up short. And none of his Senate colleagues, on either side of the aisle, think he could ever be elected president of the United States; most of them even believe he shouldn't be.

But rather than earning the frustration and ire of his peers in the vein of other Senate hard-liners such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sanders has managed to be respected—even liked—by much of the chamber, according to members on both sides of the aisle. The Vermont independent actually has much more in common with Sen. Tom Coburn, the now-retired "Dr. No," whose hard-line opposition killed many bills in the Senate but also earned him the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Sanders also has been able to work well with his colleagues. He's passed bipartisan legislation and forged strong relationships with members of both parties in nearly 25 years on Capitol Hill. But most of all, members say, even when Sanders is ideologically an outlier, he lets others know where he stands. He's not the type to suddenly stab a colleague in the back. And that's earned him respect both on and off the Hill.

more at link

Top NASA boffin: It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/24/pluto_planet_nasa/

Supporters of Pluto's readmission into the Solar System as a full-blown planet got a boost from NASA's planetary scientists on Friday.

"It's very hard not to call an object with this level of complexity in its geology, and such complex seasons, a planet," said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute, during press conference about the Pluto probe's latest update.

"Astronomers and planetary scientists differ on this question but that's how science works – scientists make individual decisions and consensus is reached. I think we're going through a period of transition at the moment."

Data from the New Horizons space probe has shown Pluto to be geologically active, with new glacier plains of nitrogen ice carving out new surface features and eroding away impact craters from meteor strikes.

Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/25/donald_trump_is_an_actual_fascist_what_his_surging_popularity_says_about_the_gop_base/

In the political discussion of today, there always comes a risk of being discounted as a crackpot when using a word like “fascist” to describe a political opponent. The word, much like “socialist,” has been so abused since the fall of fascism that it lost its meaning quite some time ago. Comparisons of modern leaders to Hitler tend to be completely void of any substance, and there is even an Internet adage, “Godwin’s law,” that says, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk — and, according to polls, it’s working — for now. Tucker writes:

“Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.”


No doubt about it, Donald Trump has decided to stir the pot, and, as Tucker says, he seems to be running for a CEO position, rather than president of a nation. Trump discusses Iran and Mexico as if they were competing corporations, and says that, as president, or CEO, he will drive them into the ground, make them file for bankruptcy — something Trump legitimately knows a thing or two about. Trump, of course, is largely taken as a joke, and most rational commentators assume he is doing this for publicity — which he is certainly getting.

for your smiles, I hope....



(yea yea it's about windows 10 but....)

Poll: Jeb! opened his dumb mouth about Medicare. Consequences ?

Just curious. I think it cost him the election (if he gets the nomination, which I think he will).

An Alligator Tours New York City, Joining Some Famous Fauna

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/nyregion/an-alligator-tours-new-york-city-joining-some-famous-fauna.html?_r=0

https://twitter.com/NYPD34Pct/status/624336009933791233

So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood...no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control #whatnext

Curmudgeon moment: typing on cell phones!

Cannot stand it. My net is down.

Jeb Bush said he wants to "phase out" Medicare. RT (retweet) to tell him he's wrong.

https://twitter.com/TheDemocrats/status/624306582101176321

Jeb Bush said he wants to "phase out" Medicare. RT to tell him he's wrong.

NASA: 'We've found ANOTHER EARTH'

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/23/kepler_telescope_spots_earth_20/

(yes original article headline)

NASA boffins peering through the Kepler space telescope have spotted a huge Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life.

"This is the closest thing we've yet found to another Earth," said Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center.

At a press conference on Thursday, NASA unveiled Kepler 452b, an alien world orbiting a star very similar to our Sun in the constellation Cygnus. The planet is said to be perfectly placed in its solar system to be habitable.

Specifically, 452b lies in what's called the Goldilocks Zone, which is the distance a planet needs to be from its star for liquid water to exist on its surface. Water is, of course, an essential building block of life as we know it.

more at link

I think Jeb Bush just lost the election...phase out Medicare ? HUH?!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027002452
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