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It's true. Bernie earned 15 delegates by winning 62.5% of the Democratic vote-- the bottom up democratic way. But Hillary also received 15 delegates. The difference is, she earned 9 delegates because people voted for her. But the anti-democratic, top down Democratic Party provides a system that prevents the people from electing candidates. The DNC enabled her to have six superdelegates. That makes the New Hampshire delegate count a tie-- 15 to 15.
As it stands, Bernie Sanders could continue to win popular votes in more early primary states and lose or tie elections because the DNC gives Hillary superdelegates. This is comparable to intra-party gerrymandering.
This is bullshit, an outrageous obscenity against justice and Democracy. It should go no further.
I demand that the Democratic party eliminate superdelegates ASAP.
We live in a time where the system tries to disconnect us from participation in influencing how things are decided. A handful of elites are in charge of a very top down system and they like it that way. Superdelegates are an invention of the Democratic party-- designed to prevent popular candidates from winning primaries. Superdelegates are elected officials-- members of the senate, the house of representatives. Here, Wikipedia provides more details:
For Democrats, superdelegates fall into two categories: delegates seated based on other positions they hold, who are formally described (in Rule 9.A) as "unpledged party leader and elected official delegates" (unpledged PLEO delegates); andadditional unpledged delegates selected by each state party (in a fixed predetermined number), who are formally described (in Rule 9.B) as "unpledged add-on delegates" and who need not hold any party or elected position before their selection as delegates.
And here's who the superdelegates are, according to Wikipedia:
"There is no fixed number of unpledged PLEO (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) delegates. The number can change during the campaign as particular individuals gain or lose qualification under a particular category. The unpledged PLEO delegates are: all Democratic members of the United States Congress, Democratic governors, members of the Democratic National Committee, "ll former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee."
Originally, Superdelegates made up 14% of the total delegates. It has crept up to 20%, with the additional delegates appointed by powerful people in the party. This has always been bullshit. This is what elites holding top down power do when bottom up movements threaten their power. SNIP
Posted by AikidoSoul | Thu Feb 11, 2016, 08:44 PM (5 replies)
It does seem strange that Microsoft played such a big part in this with their many glitches in most of their software these days... but this particular one is especially worrisome:
Microsoft Recount APP was not working properly at 1 location-Iowa Caucus Stream-A-Thon! Continued... https://t.co/0QQ92oFsUI via @YouTube
Posted by AikidoSoul | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 06:15 PM (1 replies)
Is there anything we techno nerds can do about this problem? I know Obama had a crack team.
Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?
Primary election rigging in the coming weeks and months is all but assured if American voters and candidates don't take steps to prevent it now. Evidence that US voting systems are wide open to fraud and manipulation should be taken seriously in light of the unprecedented high-stakes elections we're facing.
Not in recent history have American voters been presented with such radically polarized candidates, forcing a crucial choice for the direction of our future, and possibly upending long-established centers of power.
Local fixers, insider operatives, rogue hackers and even foreign countries could all rig US elections electronically.
It's no secret that US primaries have been tightly controlled by the two ruling parties, usually to the benefit of their favored candidates. If this internal manipulation (some might call it rigging) is not publicly condoned, neither is it loudly condemned.
This year, however, the primary season is shaping up to be a battle royal between the political establishment and outsider insurgencies who are challenging the party elites and defying their usual filters, money and manipulations. And it seems all bets are off.
SNIP More here at link:
Posted by AikidoSoul | Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:28 PM (16 replies)
what is NOT being done to insure that whichever Dem wins the White House, that there is a PLAN to take over the house and senate so we can really see change in the system.
DOES ANYONE KNOW OF SUCH A PLAN?
I see that Hillary has donated millions to Dem candidates running for the House and Senate... but she has a LOT more money and has a LOT of help from the PACS to get their people in. Bernie has donated nothing to those races, probably because of a need to conserve funds (a guess only).
Much of the worry about a Bernie presidency that I'm reading about today is that there is no PLAN to take over those houses.
For those interested in what candidates are vulnerable, not vulnerable, maybe vulnerable, etc.... here is a great resource:
FYI... I'm a Bernie fan, but I want to see him succeed with the revolution that we so badly need.
Posted by AikidoSoul | Thu Jan 28, 2016, 03:39 PM (10 replies)
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Comment from Aikido Soul: The amino acid Taurine has been included for decades in treatment programs by specialist MDs who care for patients with toxic brain and central nervous system injury. I appreciate articles coming from the Life Extension Foundation, but purchase almost zero of its products because they too often use non-organic soy and corn as source material, which can come from GMO crops. Clean Taurine is easily found. (Sorry about the smilies which were inadvertently formed within the references).
Excerpt taken from Life Extension Magazine:
Posted by AikidoSoul | Thu Aug 13, 2015, 04:55 PM (32 replies)
It is very common for chem/pharm to pay trolls to inhabit sites that discuss toxic injury. I've been on many toxic injury exchanges where there were real chem/pharm trolls. That is real, not my imagination.
I agree that learning a musical instrument, or writing music, doing puzzles, a new language, etc., keeps the mind alert and able to function at a higher level. However, synthetic neurotoxins do actual physical damage to the brain, most often the hippocampus when it comes to pesticides. That kind of damage is irreversible.
And yet, the brain is very plastic and can alter its functioning so that other parts of the brain take up jobs formerly done by the damaged parts.
Posted by AikidoSoul | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 10:08 PM (1 replies)
People are developing dementia earlier and dying of it more, a study shows (link to study below excerpt)
Article above relies on this study from the Surgical Neurology International:
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