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Long-time DU member RushIsRot is in the hospital.

He is in the CCU at Cox South in Branson, MO. His heart is weakened to the point that his cardiologist had recommended hospice last week, but he was life-flighted back to the CCU and is not expected to live. He is DNR.

His son has flown in to be with him. I hope to see him again on Monday.

He gave me permission to post this information because he has enjoyed being a member of the DU forum. I will miss him terribly, and I don't think I'm the only one.

A Bernie Sanders Supporter Confronted a Superdelegate — Then Leaked Their Private Conversation

(Article by Tom Cahill | March 30, 2016)

One superdelegate casually admitted to a Bernie Sanders supporter that she’ll vote to nominate Hillary Clinton, despite 81.6 percent of her state voting for Sanders.

Levi Younger, from Eagle River, Alaska, is a recent political science graduate who caucused last Saturday with thousands of other Alaskans. Younger recently reached out to superdelegate Kim Metcalfe on Facebook, asking her to side with her state and support Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Metcalfe, who is listed on the Alaska Democratic Party website as the state’s national committeewoman since 2012, cavalierly told Younger she would be supporting Hillary Clinton, due to her “negative” conversations with Sanders supporters.

“I pointed out how our state’s caucus had turned out and hoped she’d vote for our resounding majority,” Younger told US Uncut in an email. “Things unraveled pretty quick from there.”

As seen by screenshots of Younger’s conversation with Metcalfe, Younger approached the conversation with a diplomatic, respectful tone. However, Metcalfe refused to budge in her support of the former Secretary of State despite the popular opinion of the people, only saying she would support Sanders if he was the nominee.

**SNIP**

For more, go here.

Thanks to a Fellow DUer:

Cross posting from GD:

Some of you know that I had a bout with severe sciatica that left me sans income for over a month and a half. I have been careful with my budget, so I had sufficient resources to cover half of the time I was laid low, but I needed help in a big way. Friends told me to create a GoFundMe page, so I did.

So many people came through for me! I am still blown away by the generosity of so many people I've never met, as well as some of my closest friends, many of whom themselves have been suffering financially. When I had received enough donations to cover my monthly expenses, I was beyond grateful. I figured I could handle the incidentals on my own.

This, however, has proved not the case. I have been working 25 hours a week, which -- at my current rate of pay -- barely covers my monthly expenses. Consequently, I am worried that my incidentals --my doctor and my vet -- will be sending me for collections.

So, a fellow DUer (thank you so much, and you know who you are) suggested that I renew my request for help. I only need a little bit, but it's beyond my means at present. If you can help, please visit my GoFundMe page.

It's embarrassing to have to ask for help, because I know I'm not the only one struggling. Many, MANY others have much more difficult situations. Still, you've likely heard me say this before: we have to have each others' backs. I promise I will "pay it forward" when I'm back on my feet.

Thanks to a Fellow DUer:

Some of you know that I had a bout with severe sciatica that left me sans income for over a month and a half. I have been careful with my budget, so I had sufficient resources to cover half of the time I was laid low, but I needed help in a big way. Friends told me to create a GoFundMe page, so I did.

So many people came through for me! I am still blown away by the generosity of so many people I've never met, as well as some of my closest friends, many of whom themselves have been suffering financially. When I had received enough donations to cover my monthly expenses, I was beyond grateful. I figured I could handle the incidentals on my own.

This, however, has proved not the case. I have been working 25 hours a week, which -- at my current rate of pay -- barely covers my monthly expenses. Consequently, I am worried that my incidentals --my doctor and my vet -- will be sending me for collections.

So, a fellow DUer (thank you so much, and you know who you are) suggested that I renew my request for help. I only need a little bit, but it's beyond my means at present. If you can help, please visit my GoFundMe page.

It's embarrassing to have to ask for help, because I know I'm not the only one struggling. Many, MANY others have much more difficult situations. Still, you've likely heard me say this before: we have to have each others' backs. I promise I will "pay it forward" when I'm back on my feet.

'If the world ends in 2100, we’re probably OK'

There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.

“Everyone is focused on what happens by 2100. But that’s only 2 generations from today. It’s like: If the world ends in 2100 we’re probably OK!” says Professor Richard Zeebe of the University of Hawai’i. “But It’s very clear that over a longer timescale there will be much bigger changes.”

If the next century seems impossibly far off, bear in mind that if you have a young child now, we’re talking about the world her or his grandchildren will be trying to raise their kids in.

Scientists who take the long view on climate change see parallels between global warming today and mass extinctions in Earth’s past: “Apart from the stupid space rock hitting the Earth, most mass extinctions were CO2-driven global warming things,” says Professor Andy Ridgwell of Bristol University in the UK.

It has been a consistent pattern throughout geological time: “If you screw with the climate enough, you have huge extinctions,” says Ridgwell.


For more, go to this edition of Skeptical Science.

Merry Christmas, DU!!!

HUMAN, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand



I did a search to make sure this had not been posted before. Although I did not find it posted before, I apologize to anyone who has found it herein before, and wishes to derogate me for posting it again.

That said, I think this is one of the most profound videos I've seen in quite some time. I think it is timely to view it when one of our Democratic candidates is working so very hard to encourage us to work together for the future of our younglings.

We HAVE to have each others' backs!

(Parts II and III are available free on YouTube.)

I must not fear.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”



I'm sure many of you can relate to the difficulties we humans have, both with acknowledging need, and with asking for help. I am, at turns, embarrassed, ashamed, angry, and afraid -- very afraid. Why can't an almost sixty year old, educated, hard-working individual make her own way in the world?!?

Well, perhaps because, unexpectedly, I have just spent the last five weeks bedridden with severe sciatica. I had no idea I could experience such relentless, debilitating pain! I've had no income during this enforced bed rest, and have had far too many moments when fear has seemed my only companion.

The good news is, I'm recovering, finally. My doctor prescribed diclofenac (thank you, thank you, my dearest lovely C***e, for recommending this anti-inflammatory!), and I can walk farther and stand or sit longer with only modest pain.

I do have two jobs to which I can return, hopefully by this coming weekend. However, I get less than $9 an hour, and have only once been allowed to work more than 32 hours in a week. My income has been just sufficient to pay my monthly expenses, and I still qualify for food stamps (thankfully, as this has enabled me to continue to eat).

Consequently, I need help. If I can get help with my rent, utilities, and medical expenses for just next month, I will be fine.

Please help. Even a small donation will help, AND every single donation is GREATLY appreciated.

(Please also note that I am aware that many, many -- TOO many -- of us are in dire straits, so if you cannot help, please give me a K&R -- and a )

My GoFundMe page is here.

I must not fear.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”


I'm sure many of you can relate to the difficulties we humans have, both with acknowledging need, and with asking for help. I am, at turns, embarrassed, ashamed, angry, and afraid -- very afraid. Why can't an almost sixty year old, educated, hard-working individual make her own way in the world?!?

Well, perhaps because, unexpectedly, I have just spent the last five weeks bedridden with severe sciatica. I had no idea I could experience such relentless, debilitating pain! I've had no income during this enforced bed rest, and have had far too many moments when fear has seemed my only companion.

The good news is, I'm recovering, finally. My doctor prescribed diclofenac (thank you, thank you, my dearest lovely C***e, for recommending this anti-inflammatory!), and I can walk farther and stand or sit longer with only modest pain.

I do have two jobs to which I can return, hopefully by this coming weekend. However, I get less than $9 an hour, and have only once been allowed to work more than 32 hours in a week. My income has been just sufficient to pay my monthly expenses, and I still qualify for food stamps (thankfully, as this has enabled me to continue to eat).

Consequently, I need help. If I can get help with my rent, utilities, and medical expenses for just next month, I will be fine.

Please help. Even a small donation will help, AND every single donation is GREATLY appreciated.

(Please also note that I am aware that many, many -- TOO many -- of us are in dire straits, so if you cannot help, please give me a K&R -- and a )

My GoFundMe page is here.

Here's why I'm voting for Bernie:

This is from Bernie's recent appearance on Rachel Maddow:

Let me give you my perspective on what’s going on. It’s a different perspective I think than other people have. I think you have an enormous amount of fear and uncertainty in this country. And it’s not just from San Bernardino or from Paris.

I think what you’ve got are millions of people who are in trouble today. They really are. They’re confused. They’re working longer hours for lower wages. They’re seeing productivity going up but their kids are worse off economically than they are. They’re looking at a campaign finance system in politics and they see corruption, big money buying elections. Nobody in Congress is listening to them.

They’re out there alone. Who’s listening to them? They’re in trouble. They need help.

What’s the cause of their problems? Is it Wall Street? Is it big money? Is it massive inequality in terms of wealth and income? Well, no one talks about that really.

And then have you demagogues like Trump come along. He says I know what the cause is. Remember, a few months ago, the cause was that Mexicans who are coming to this country, well, they were criminals or rapists. Today, it is Muslims.

You all remember how many years ago, we were younger, it was uppity women who are trying to take our jobs as men. It was those gay people who wanted to make everybody homosexual in our school system. It was Blacks wanted to take white jobs.

That’s what demagoguery is about. It is to obfuscate the real problems facing our society and find somebody you can blame and rally the American people. That’s what it is. It’s the immigrants or the Muslims. We’ve got to take them on.

And I think my main concern is because I worry about this. It’s real. You see the people standing up there and applauding. How do we get to those people? How do we say, why do you keep voting for people who are giving more tax breaks to billionaires, who are going to send your jobs abroad, not going to let you form a union, not going to allow your kids to go to college? Why do you keep voting for these guys?

Because they pick out a victim whether it’s Blacks, whether it’s gays, whether it’s women, whether it’s immigrants, whether it’s Muslims who we can pick on.

And what our job is and I think hard about these things, how do we get those people to begin standing up for their own interests.

And I will tell you is the antidote to Trump is a very strong progressive agenda that says, yes, I know you’re angry. And you know what? You should be angry because you’re working longer hours for low wages. You have a right to be bitter, and you have a right to be that.

Don’t take it out on the Muslims. Don’t take it out on Latinos. Try to help us work together to create a country where your kids and you can have a decent standard of living. It has to be a bold and radical agenda. No more same old same old.

I don’t mean to be political here. People are hurting and angry, and they want something to be able to stand up and fight for. That’s what I believe the antidote is to Trumpism.


Bernie really gets it. We HAVE to have each other's backs.

(I've been told that posting in GDP is a waste of time, because I'm "not going to change the minds of Hillary supporters," so I think I'll post for my fellow Bernie supporters for a while. I anticipate far fewer snarks or personal attacks from the GDP people who resent the fact that I don't support Hillary Clinton...)
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