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Name: Ann
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Hometown: Maryland
Home country: USA
Member since: Mon Jun 23, 2008, 12:17 PM
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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

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My favorite feature is "Trash Thread"

I've never used ignore, so far. We'll see if that changes. This is my 2 cents on what I do to cope with the most aggravating stuff, and it has been working pretty well for me...

I throw all the junk threads that come to the top of the forum page in the Trash Can (I have some set to go there by keyword). That way, I don't keep seeing it re-kicked over and over again, and more of the interesting threads fit on the forum page. Sometimes I'll open the thread just to see what it's about, and then bang in the can it goes.

Certain posters' OPs never have anything to say except flame bait and fly paper. Ideally it would be cool if bs was debunked, and then one person posted LIS (let it sink) and we all let it do that. Replying just keeps it alive, and there's no point in it.

If it's a contentious thread but still something I want to know about, I'll very often only read the replies to the original post -- I'll skip past the deep subthreads. I'll only look at those if they come from a first reply that I was interested in or if they're by posters I respect. Troll's subthreads, I never read. I notice that very often they like to create those very near the beginning of the thread, so there's a long line of diversionary crap at the top.

My own replies -- I'll usually only reply direct to the OP. If known harassers reply to something I post, I almost never reply back. They don't exist to me.

Basically my m.o., for what it's worth, with this kind of climate is: keep the garbage out of my view, and don't engage with known shir stirrers. Every once in a while I'll make an exception, but not often.

Heck I very often don't reply to people I like a lot too, but that doesn't mean anything. Just means I don't have anything to add, usually, or I wasn't online for a while.

The last few years I have been donating a good bit more than usual to DU during the Valentine's Day heart week, but I might not do that again if the current problems get much worse. I know there are other options.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 06:48 AM (0 replies)

Nah, this one...

With Bernie, "We're goin' to the end of the line... "

On a darker note, this feels metaphorically like the abusive relationship the progressive "FDR Dems" are in, at least for now, with the current DLC/Third Way neolib establishment.

Resolving such relationships takes going through a process, which right now many are in varying stages of... some just catching on and some well along into it. I do believe that a solution will come from it.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 11:26 PM (0 replies)

$2 billion in free air time, and yet at the same time

everybody's trying to figure out how to stop Trump. Something is very wrong with this picture.

$2 billion
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 11:17 AM (1 replies)

Free trade is a race to the bottom.

It brings down wages in prosperous countries and perpetuates poverty wages in outsourced countries (plus sending pollution there).

It's like water, you can't have unequal levels or the higher level of water will flow down to the lower level, like a waterfall. If the only goal is to tear the US down without improving the rest of the world, then that's a good way to do it; otherwise, it accomplishes nothing.

Other countries need to bring their wages up, and make products to sell to their own people. That is how creating a consumer market is done. It will work for other countries as it has worked for us here.

Look up Henry Ford, who made Ford cars, he insisted on paying his employees a lot more than other car companies so they could afford to buy his cars, and so of course he sold a lot more cars than his competitors. It worked. It always works.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:41 PM (0 replies)

The 5% population fallacy. Rubio said it too.

The number of people we have is irrelevant to how much of the world's buying power we are.

We are 27% of the global consumer market.


We don't need to trade with the world, we would do BETTER only selling to ourselves. Why? because then all of us would be employed (as it used to be) and at very high income (as it used to be, relatively speaking), with much better quality of life... except for the class that is vastly overpaid now at our expense.

Bankers, top executives, stars and such used to make a lot less. Why? Another sane idea called a 92% top tax rate for excessively high incomes. It stops people paying themselves ridiculous amounts of money just because they can.

This is not a theory, it was done before and worked fabulously well. Lots of things we used to do worked fabulously well. That's why we were #1 in the world in almost every measurable category.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 01:58 PM (0 replies)

The big lie I have heard twice this week,

once from Rubio and once from Hillary, is that the US is only 5% of the world's population so of course we need trade.

Yes, but we're a much bigger percentage of the world's consumer market -- which is what counts. It isn't population numbers that matter, it's buying power and we have it.

We are among the few nations who could do just as well or better simply selling to ourselves (which is what we used to do back before the oligarchs took over). If other nations want a piece of our consumer market, it should be on terms beneficial to us or why do it?

Another point, our government -- Federal but also state and local -- spends a huge amount of money. If all tax dollars had to be spent here, we would have no sales or employment problems.

Related point: even some government services, such as call centers for Welfare, use outsourced labor... this is an outrage! It's subcontracted to another company (Citigroup is big into this) and then subbed again to somewhere like India. Americans should have all jobs paid for by tax dollars. It should be an ironclad law with very few narrow exceptions.

We are hemorrhaging money and jobs, and it has to stop, no matter who is elected. Otherwise I think there will be trouble from the public.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 10:47 AM (0 replies)

This going on while she was an attorney and First Lady of Arkansas,

if she didn't know about it she's terminally unaware. Especially since there were two investigations into it during the Clinton tenure as governor.

I find that ridiculous to believe. Credulity doesn't stretch that far.

She and Bill knew about that prisoner blood poisoning the blood suppy and they let it happen. Anybody who died from AIDS during that time could have gotten the disease from that poison blood, directly or indirectly. And anybody walking around now with those or related health issues could have gotten it from that blood.

It was even spread to numerous foreign countries, which btw have litigated this all the way through to settlement for their citizens -- 2,000 cases in Canada alone. A bunch of other countries in Europ were affected.

I have two relatives who got transfusions during that time. My husband had more than a dozen back surgeries, and my daughter was hit by a car at 7 and nearly lost a leg. Both developed ongoing additional health issues that probably came from tainted blood during the transfusions. My husband died from all of the health problems he dealt with ever since that time, 20+ years, in 2007. My daughter's an adult, still struggling with hers.

I regard what was done in Arkansas -- knowingly poisoning the blood supply -- as little different from terrorism.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 08:08 AM (1 replies)

A person isn't going to change their vote to post on DU.

That's silly right off the top. And don't threaten us. We've had enough.

The two Dem candidates are not similar and are not equal. They are opposites in character and agenda. One is SOLD OUT. SOLD. SOLD. SOLD. SOLD. LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL. And we aren't among the buyers.

SOLD. Understand? Everyone in that same circle, politicians and media, is likewise SOLD, and under the system of "get your outlandishly big payoff and don't ever tell about this" or "get destroyed". That level of corruption is bad enogh, but it continues to corrupt new people all the time, especially any who would fix it for us.

You don't change that EVER by electing another one that is known in advance to be sold. How in the hell does that make the slightest sense?

(And in this case, we might be electing one of the actual creators of this system of corruption; certainly one of the very few key lynch pins holding it in place in this era.)

One of them is a neocon, with fans including Kagan, Cheney, and KISSINGER. Not long ago. TODAY. NOW. I didn't choose the friends, the candidate did.

If the Dem party KNOWINGLY chooses and ENABLES yet another SOLD OUT neocon, then nothing can fix that. It won't be a surprise that this country will get what it asks for and puts in office. Do we think we're going to elect a sold out neocon and somehow get a good president, or even a remotely tolerable president? How looney is that?

I'm not saying what anyone should do, I'm not saying what I will do, but these flypaper posts are over the top now.

When stating a true fact is grounds for banning or harassment via juries, I guess after 8 years I abandon this site to its echo chamber.

I can leave this board and be just fine. But I will NOT be told how to vote, especially by those who don't see a problem with the above. And yes, it goes without even saying the same thing is on the Repub side. All of them are a fail, only one candidate running is acceptable as a president. Any of the others will result in a lot of damage and it's pretty much the same including Scotus issues. If you think one of the fails will do better than the others I'd say that supposition is based on absolutely nothing.

We thought we were getting a good candidate with Obama, and the system corrupted him and he screwed us on almost everything (not talking about Congress here, just him). What do you think we'd get with a candidate we know is bad going into it.?

(I predict that once out of office, Obama will become super-wealthy so fast it'll make our heads spin. He has a big pay day coming, watch and see if I'm not right.)

A "D" in fron of the name is not going to help when the payoffs start getting collected on, and the paymasters are the same on both parties. Tell me you think the "D" will make a difference. And if you really believe that, you're in for a big surprise. But DON'T say you didn't know it going in, because you'll be getting what you literally asked for. My tiny violin will stay in its case.

Only one candidate in either party is standing up to the above, and we might not get another one for a really long time.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 05:50 PM (0 replies)

Feels like a big black swan coming.

A Nassim Taleb "black swan", that is.

Coincidentally, that's been my family's symbol for going on 600 years, 400 of them in this country (as of 6 years ago).

My ancestor, in the 1470s-80s was the herald (historian/secretary) of brothers Edward IV and Richard III, the last of the House of York of England. He knew a thing or two about tectonic shifts in the political world, no doubt.

Same for the dude some generations later who came here on the ship "Sea Venture" (shipwrecked on Bermuda in a hurricane -- imagine being fortunate enough to hit that tiny unknown island in the middle of the ocean in a hurricane -- with not one life lost out of 150, who then claimed it for a new stock company they formed for it; the whole beach was full of ambergris and apparently he among others became a millionaire back then). After reaching Virginia he survived the Indian Massacre of 1622 and lived to an old age.

So there is bad luck and then there is good luck (and sometimes the two are a little mixed together). Which the black swan will bring next, we'll find out. But sometimes it comes in an incredible way.

As an aside... for all that, you'd think I'd be a great swimmer and/or sailor, right? But no, I am strangely "cursed" -- I never could float (I sink like a rock), and I sink every boat as soon as I get on them (three by now, two of them rather large so I don't try anymore). Weird, huh? It gets weirder yet, the surname of this family is Waters... Waters of the swans... and that was 150 years before Bermuda. Truth is much stranger than fiction.

No reason I'm telling you this particularly, except it seemed to be the right time for a story.

We, all of us, have a story, we all have to have a chance to be what we're meant to be, whatever that is... and that's why Sanders has to win.

Needless to say, I feel a litle invested in this place and I'd like to see it rise from the right-wing ashes of the last 4 decades, and be again what FDR proved it could be.

(Btw, no, they didn't have any slaves and they didn't steal any Indian land -- they weren't crooked enough to stay rich very long, but that's ok.)
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 07:36 AM (1 replies)

Well I guess I'm a contrarian again

but while I agree with the sentiment behind it, as a Sanders supporter I'm not on board with this.

I'll just link to my reply above:
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 12:58 AM (0 replies)
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