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Desperate Bernie Sanders detractors have reached a new low


Now they are stooping to posting ugly outright lies with no sources no link, just vitriol
...apparently hoping something will stick, and that DU will spread the lie.

I totally thought DU was better than this.

Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist


Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist
A sizeable chunk of Americans say they’d consider voting to send a socialist to the Oval Office.
BY MARC DAALDER * JUNE 24, 2015 * In These Times

A new Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Gallup has been polling Americans on their voting preferences for candidates of different backgrounds since 1937, but this year was the first time they inquired about socialism.

When broken down on party lines, a socialist candidate would earn the consideration of 59 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents, and only 26 percent of Republicans. Overall, socialism charted the lowest of all the backgrounds referenced in the poll. Atheist and Muslim candidates ranked second- and third-lowest among the American populace, at 58 and 60 percent respectively.

This poll comes less than two months after Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy, becoming the first self-described socialist (with at least a decent chance of winning) to do so in more than a decade.

Advocates for Sanders argue that the Gallup poll is misleading for a number of reasons. While Americans may disapprove of a socialist candidate, they strongly support policies that Sanders stands for. Fifty-two percent support a redistribution of wealth through heavily taxing the rich, for example—the highest number that Gallup has seen since first asking that question in 1940. And 63 percent of Americans believe that the current distribution of wealth in the US is unfair.


Senate GOP thanks Obama for shoving TPP down Dems/Labor/workers throats

by attacking Obamacare and trashing Obama's Iran nuclear treaty, now on c-span2.

I hope Obama is enjoying his "victory"

So now we finally know where Hillary "Listen-to-Pelosi" Clinton stands on TPP

TPP biggest Winners & Losers

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers
06/23/2015 * by Zach Carter * HuffPo

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bill that would ease the passage of controversial trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union. While those pending deals will still eventually have to clear tough votes in the House, Obama is now closer than ever to securing his trade platform. Here are the biggest winners and losers from the action. Details at Link.


1. Barack Obama:
2. Mitch McConnell:
3. PhRMA:
4. Nike:
5. Sherrod Brown:


1. Barack Obama:
2. Labor unions & Workers
3. Patty Murray:
4. Senate Democrats:
5. Sick Poor People:

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/23/trade-winners-losers_n_7649378.html

Is DU immune from these nefarious influences?

Judging from some posts, I think not. But I may just be paranoid

Spy Agency's Secret Plans to Foster Online "Conformity" and "Obedience" Exposed
Internal memo from secretive British spy unit exposes how GCHQ and NSA used human psychological research to create sophisticated online propaganda tools
byJon Queally, staff writer * Monday, June 22, 2015 * by Common Dreams

With never-before-seen documents accompanied by new reporting on Monday, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman are offering a more in-depth look than ever into how a secretive unit of the UK's GCHQ surveillance agency used a host of psychological methods and online subterfuge in order to manipulate the behavior of individuals and groups through the internet and other digital forms of communication.

According to the reporting, the latest documents, which were leaked to journalists by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden,

demonstrate how the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), a unit of the signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is involved in efforts against political groups it considers “extremist,” Islamist activity in schools, the drug trade, online fraud, and financial scams.

Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks, and generally warping discourse online.

Among the most troubling revelations is a 42-page internal JTRIG memo that describes in detail how the elite unit developed, maintained, and apparently sought to expand its "scientific and psychological research into how human thinking and behavior can be influenced" in order to increase its ability to "manipulate public opinion" via online tools like email, social media, video, discussion forums, and other platforms.


Sanders delivers blistering anti-TPP speech to US Senate NOW

on C-Span 2.

Go Bernie!!!!!!!!

Wyden betrays US Labor, cuts "deal" with GOP to pass TPP

I know this is just his latest betrayal. Selling out workers for
a paltry "retraining" provision for displaced workers ...

This guy needs to go next election. What a crying shame for Wyden
to use the seniority he's gained over the years in the Senate to pull a
blatent pro-corporate stunt like this.

Ron Wyden renews support for trade bill after striking deal with GOP leadership
By Jeff Mapes * The Oregonian * June 22, 2015

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said Monday that he remains a firm supporter of the "fast-track" trade bill and will continue to play a major role in helping revive the legislation after it ran into trouble in the House.

Wyden, who has parted ways with most of his Democratic colleagues on the trade issue, announced that he would support a new fast-track measure after negotiations with Republican congressional leaders and key Democratic lawmakers over the last week.

"Taken together, this is the most progressive trade package ever produced," Wyden said in a statement. "I spent months negotiating this deal because it is in our country's best interest."

President Barack Obama has pushed heavily for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, saying it will help create more American jobs by boosting exports to Asian countries. He's faced determined opposition from organized labor, which fears it will lead more manufacturers to move overseas.

The fast-track bill calls for an up-or-down vote on the Trans-Pacific agreement – which is still in final negotiations – with no amendments allowed.


If TPP passes, kiss your generic drugs goodbye

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Drug Patents and President Clinton
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00 * By Dean Baker * Truthout | Op-Ed

There are many serious issues raised by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the one that may have the greatest long-term impact is its provisions on drug patents. The explicit purpose is to make patent protection stronger and longer. While these provisions are likely to lead to higher drug prices in the United States, they will have their greatest impact in the developing world.

In most developing countries drugs are far cheaper than in the United States. This is especially the case in India. The country has a world-class generic industry that produces high quality drugs that typically sell for a small fraction of the price in the United States. For example, the generic version of the Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi can be purchased in India for less than $1,000 a treatment. The patent protected version sells in the United States for $84,000.

The US drug industry desperately wants to eliminate this sort of price gap, which can exceed a ratio of one hundred to one. While India is not in the TPP, the goal of TPP proponents is to expand the pact over time so that India would eventually be included and therefore be subject to its strong patent rules.

This should have everyone very worried. The patent system is a horribly outmoded method of financing research that dates from the 15th century. The idea is that the government provides an incentive for innovation by giving the inventor a patent monopoly over use of the innovation for a period of time. This is problematic for the all the reasons that government enforced monopolies are generally a bad idea, but the problems in the case of prescription drugs are especially serious.

More: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31492-the-trans-pacific-partnership-drug-patents-and-president-clinton

When Workers Own the Corporation, economic justice ensues

President Bernie Sanders would provide incentives and technical support for
creation of worker-owned businesses and/or worker buy-outs of existing
; which is one of many reasons why I'm so excited about his
run for the White House. <-- This is an intergrel part of Bernies plan for
the US economy.

What's Next for the World's Largest Federation of Worker-Owned Co-ops?
Saturday, 20 June 2015 * By Mary Hansen * YES! Magazine

In early May, President Barack Obama visited Nike’s headquarters in Oregon to gather support for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Critics of the deal have charged that it would increase income inequality, weaken labor and environmental protections, and encourage U.S. companies to offshore jobs. With its history of offshoring American jobs, Nike is an obvious ally for the deal, argues commentator Rose Aguilar at The Guardian.

But what if there were an alternative corporate model for the president and other world leaders to shape their thinking around? A model that was still globally competitive but empowered local workers and addresses income inequality?

Mondragon Corporation, a federation of 103 worker-owned cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain, could provide an example. Unlike Nike, which is controlled by a small group of shareholders, ordinary workers are deeply involved in Mondragon’s decision-making process.

Mondragon made about €11.6 billion ($13.1 billion) in income in 2013. The corporation employs more than 74,000 people around the world. About 60,000 are worker-owners, or “associates,” who own assets in the company and can be elected to the General Assembly, the body that oversees the corporation.

With Mondragon, you won’t find the pay gap between executives and workers that are typical of multinational corporations. Managers at Mondragon cannot make more than six times the salary of their lowest paid workers.

Cool interview ^^^ with Mondragon insider ^^^ at this link^^^

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