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It's a big club, and you ain't in it

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/07/21/john-dewey-was-right-american-politics-merely-shadow-cast-big-business

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"You talk about third world countries?" said a former lawyer interviewed by Stolberg. "We're not that far behind here, with the circumstances that people have to live in. And unfortunately, I don't see much coming out of any of the campaigns on what we can do for poverty."

While the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders was a rarity in its focus on soaring inequality, he is operating within a political establishment that has shown deep hostility toward the progressive change he has proposed.

The much-hailed Democratic platform is indeed an improvement over what it would have been had Sanders never entered the process, but it still lacks the urgency necessary to confront the ills produced by an economic order that handsomely rewards the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else.

And such ills are not just present in the United States: As the Guardian's Larry Elliott noted last week, "between 65% and 70% of people in 25 advanced countries saw no increase in their earnings between 2005 and 2014."

Meanwhile, income at the top continue to soar. The Economic Policy Institute has found that, between 1979 and 2014, the wages of the top 0.1 percent in the United States grew by 324.4 percent.

John Dewey would have been appalled by such a picture, but he would not have been surprised.

In perhaps his most famous observation, Dewey wrote, "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance."


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Puerto Rico is broke thanks to Hillary and the rest of her Wall St.

allies.


Friday, May 27, 2016 03:38 PM EST
Sanders condemns pro-austerity “colonial takeover” of Puerto Rico; Clinton supports it.

Bernie calls U.S. debt crisis plan "morally unacceptable" and a gift for "vulture capitalists."

Hillary backs it.

By Ben Norton


http://www.salon.com/2016/05/27/sanders_condemns_pro_austerity_colonial_takeover_of_puerto_rico_clinton_supports_it/

AND.....the Democratic Party never said the reduction of polling places was due to Puerto Rico's debt.

BERNIE SUPPORTERS MAJOR ALERT -- PUERTO RICO THEFT OF VOTES NOW

-- MAJOR tricks being played. This is serious SHIT!!

SIXTY DELEGATES ARE AT STAKE!

AND WHY DU MONITORS, SKINNER, ETC., HAS THIS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE FRONT PAGE FOR AT LEAST THREE HOURS NOW WHEN IT HAS A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF RECS TO PUT IT THERE.... AND IS WELL WITHIN THE TIMELINE?!




The stupid fuckers wouldn't listen -- so let them asphixiate along with their families, pets and

ocean and land animals, and eventually the whole world.


The information provided at the link was funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the American Geophysical Union journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles.



U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has made the climate change issue his first priority calling it a "dire emergency". The National Science Foundation has just released a report showing that climate is changing more and more rapidly as non-linear processes accelerate the damage. Loss of oxygen is one of the most serious problems surfacing in my lifetime, getting worse with each passing year. That is why this presidential election is so critically important. It may already be too late, but if not, the steps to stop it must be drastic, and immediate.


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/nsf-ept042916.php

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!! BERNIE ON RELIGION.



How the DNC uses the "delegate system" to scuttle the competition, even if he wins the popular vote

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Bernie-Didn-t-Win-New-Hamp-by-Rob-Kall-Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Bottom-up_Democracy_Gerrymandering-160211-723.html?show=votes%23allcomments



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

Microsoft app used to tally votes at Iowa caucus fails in some areas reported by USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/01/microsoft-app-used-tally-votes-iowa-caucus-fails-some-areas/79674064/

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:


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Microsoft Recount APP was not working properly at 1 location-Iowa Caucus Stream-A-Thon! Continued... https://t.co/0QQ92oFsUI via @YouTube
— CelesteHolmes (@Dallas4Bernie) February 2, 2016



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