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Erich Bloodaxe BSN

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February 5, 2016

Running for Baltimore Mayor, Activist DeRay McKesson Draws Donors

Source: NPR

Last night, just before the 9:00 deadline to enter the Baltimore mayoral race closed, DeRay Mckesson submitted his documents. In a last-minute surprise move, the Black Lives Matter activist who gained national attention during protests in Ferguson, Mo., made it official.

Less than 24 hours later, nearly 700 people had donated almost $40,000 to his campaign. According to the Crowdpac website, which tracks political crowd-sourcing donations for candidates, and Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater, Mckesson raised more overnight than 24 of the 29 candidates in the mayoral race.


"I know this city's pain. As the child of two now-recovered addicts, I have lived through the impact of addiction," he wrote in his blog post. "I too have received the call letting me know that another life has fallen victim to the violence of our city. Like so many other residents, I have watched our city deal what seems like an endless series of challenges and setbacks."

The Baltimore primaries will be held on April 26, and in the heavily Democratic city of Baltimore, the winner of the Democratic primary is expected to be elected mayor in the general election in November.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/04/465603407/activist-deray-mckesson-enters-baltimore-mayoral-race-donations-flood-in

A link to McKesson's fundraising site - https://www.crowdpac.com/crowdpacs/1577/support-deray-mckesson-for-baltimore-md-mayor-primary

I strongly recommend McKesson for anyone who truly wants to support what I believe should be a rising star in American politics.
January 25, 2016

Reparations - Who can I support right now?

This is not a rhetorical question, this is not flamebait or trolling of any candidate currently running.

What I'm asking is what up-and-coming candidates for lesser offices (who will presumably run for higher offices in future) should we be donating to this campaign cycle, to keep them moving up through the political ranks? Who out there will keep bringing up the topic, moving the Overton window, so that at some point, Democratic candidates for President will not just assume the chances of passing legislation are nil? And will focus on racial justice in the broader sense as well, of course.

I'm willing to donate to more than just Presidential runs, so where should my money be going? Suggestions welcome.

December 1, 2015

Today is 'Giving Tuesday'.

And though I know a lot of folks are mainly doing their 'giving' this season to political candidates, now is a good time to pop open the wallet for your preferred charities as well.

I just did a donation at the Thunder Valley CDC (where I think CDC stands for Community Development Center) to help them meet a 1k matching donation grant from the First Nations Development Institute. Thunder Valley is "Empowering Lakota youth & families to improve the health, culture and environment of our communities, through the healing and strengthening of cultural identity."

If helping Native Americans isn't one of your highest priorities, though, there are plenty of other worthy charities out there. Help Giving Tuesday be a success for charitable organizations this year, and 'pay it forward' to help those who have less.

November 14, 2015

Very funny, whoever did it.

The email came in two hours ago that someone had signed me up for 'Hillary for America', but I didn't happen to check my mail until now.

You're quite the scamp, whoever did it!

November 6, 2015

Help with setting up RESTful API type of setups using C under linux?

So my boss wants to update how we do some things, and he wants to setup part of the system RESTfully, but reusing most of the code we've already got, which are .cgi scripts written up in C. I've started going through and converting all of my error setup to use the HTTP errors, while dumping my output back as JSON arrays, rather than webpages.

But my cgi files are still cgi files, all sitting in the cgi directory. I can't figure out how to word my google searches to bring up what I'm trying to find out, which is how to map incoming requests, so that, for instance, a GET to www.example.com/users/12?session=34534545 goes to my user_manager.cgi script in view mode for user number 12, while a PUT to www.example.com/users/12?session=34534545 goes to it in update mode, or a POST to www.example.com/users/12/orders goes to write_order.cgi and writes up a new order for user 12.

Do I have to write up some sort of parsing script that pulls apart everything after every incoming request, figures out which script it needs to hit and then calls that script with all of the variables being sent along? Or are there (surely!) plugin modules for apache2 servers that do what I need doing, that I can just add some routing info into?

November 4, 2015

So far, looking like Yes on 1 and 2, no on 3 with 47.5% in.

Will it hold?

3 has already been called a failure, 1 is obviously going to be a success, so 2 is the only one still really up in the air now.

ETA Weirdly steady progression, with overall percentages basically not changing the more precincts report in.

With just over 25% of the vote now

State Issue 1 Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts

Selection Votes % of Votes
NO 274,858 27.95%
YES 708,528 72.05%
Total Votes Cast 983,386

State Issue 2 Anti-monopoly amendment; protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit

Selection Votes % of Votes
NO 473,026 45.94%
YES 556,639 54.06%
Total Votes Cast 1,029,665

State Issue 3 Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes

Selection Votes % of Votes
NO 688,683 65.74%
YES 358,869 34.26%
November 2, 2015

I just heard that Obama just signed the budget deal that runs through 2017.

I only just heard about the deal in the last week, did it really already pass votes in the House and Senate and get signed? That's incredibly fast movement for a Congress that generally doesn't want to do squat if so.

(I guess it did. From various sites...)



So I guess Ryan gets his 'clean slate', the military gets more money, and Republicans get one more win.

Hoo fricking ray.

November 1, 2015

A repost from the Bernie Group. Because I think it doesn't belong there.

I haven't even read it yet myself, but by the title, it seems to be about Hillary, not Bernie.

Text of other article begins below


Hillary Clinton Indicates She is Open to Raising the Retirement Age


At a forum in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton stood by her support for the death penalty, which made headlines. But her remarks about Social Security that day didn’t get as much attention.

She offered a lot of the same rhetoric many Democrats are now saying, that we need to look at how the poorest Social Security recipients are faring and think about how to shore up payments there. But she also left the door open to raising the retirement age if there were a way to exclude people who are not working labor-intensive jobs, while at the same time not fully endorsing simply raising the tax cap, which would ensure the system is fully funded going forward.

Question: You mentioned something very interesting: enhancing Social Security. So can you tell us how you might strengthen Social Security?

Clinton: Yes, you know, I think there are three parts to what we have to do with Social Security, and the first is we really have to defend Social Security from the continuing efforts by some to privatize it, which I have been studying and opposing for a long time because the numbers just don’t work out. And in the Bush administration when I was in the Senate I was one of the leaders in the fight against the plan to privatize and it is something that I, number one, will focus on: we are not going to privatize Social Security.

Secondly, I am concerned about those people on Social Security who are most vulnerable in terms of what their monthly payout is. That is primarily divorced, widowed, single women who either never worked themselves or worked only a little, so they have either just their own earnings to depend on or they had a spouse who also was a low-wage worker, and the first and most important task I think is to make sure that we get the monthly payment for the poorest Social Security recipients up. So that would be the first thing I would look at.

Thirdly, we do have to consider ways to make sure that the funding of Social Security does maintain the system. I think we have a number of options; this would be something that I would look at, I would not favor raising the retirement age. And I don’t favor it because it might be fine for somebody like me, but the vast majority of working people who have worked hard and have had a difficult, maybe last couple of decades trying to continue to work, it would be very challenging for them. If there were a way to do it that would not penalize or punish laborers and factory workers and long-distance truck drivers and people who really are ready for retirement at a much earlier age, I would consider it. But I have yet to find any recommendation that I would think would be suitable.

And I want to look at raising the cap. I think that’s something we should look at how we do it, because I don’t want it to be an extra burden on middle-class families and in some parts of the country, there’s a different level of income that defines middle class. So what do we skip and what level do we start at? And we have to consider that. So those are my three priorities in looking at Social Security.

To be clear, Clinton is not outright endorsing a clear hike in the retirement age like many of the Republicans are. But while she also seems to be open to raising the tax cap, she is not giving a figure or specific plan yet, and is making the suggestion that raising payroll taxes on families that earn over $100,000 would be an “extra burden” to those people, when actually the increase would be fairly modest.

Opening the door to any hike in the retirement age or offering opposition to simply eliminating the tax cap would put her out of step with most Americans on this issue, according to polls.



That was all that was there. I'm hoping that the original poster was simply wrong about it being 'tolerated' here. I don't actually expect it to be liked here, I expect (by the title alone) that it will get vociferous disagreement. But I don't think it belonged in the Bernie group. (And now I'm going to read it myself.)
October 23, 2015

NYPD Says 'Trust Us' on Potentially Dangerous X-Ray Vans Roaming the Streets of New York.


(h/t @deray for tweeting link)

The New York Police Department, apparently, believes it should have the power to see through walls and that New Yorkers should just blindly trust them not to abuse it.


The department denied a Freedom of Information Law request by Grabell, who wanted information from the NYPD about any public health risks, the NYPD’s prior use of the vans, whether the department gets a warrant before it uses them, or how long the NYPD holds on to images the vans capture. The NYPD also won’t say how much the vans cost, though their reported price tag is steep — between $729,000 and $825,000 for each vehicle.


We’d like to believe that the NYPD is using X-ray vans lawfully. But the trouble is that we have no information about how they are used – whether it’s lawful, whether it has health risks, or how much it intrudes on our privacy. And the NYPD is refusing to share any of this information even after it was ordered to by a court.
October 19, 2015

Poll : Debate Win Doesn't Help Hillary Clinton


Washington (CNN)With the first Democratic debate in the books, a new CNN/ORC poll finds most who watched think Hillary Clinton had the best performance of the night, but her strong showing hasn't boosted her standing in the race for the party's nomination.

Clinton stands at 45% in the race for the Democratic nomination, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders behind her at 29%. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a run for presidency and did not participate in last week's debate, follows at 18%.

Behind the top three, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb had 1% support, while former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Harvard professor Larry Lessig and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley all held less than 1% support.

The poll itself: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/19/politics/cnn-orc-poll-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-democratic-debate/index.html

This was a 3 point gain for Hillary from the last CNN/ORC poll, and a 5 point gain for Sanders. There were subcategory items to please each candidate's supporters. (ETA: Well, to please each of the top two candidate's supporters. With the other three all polling at 1% or less, I don't see any pleasing on the horizon for O'Malley , Webb, or Chafee supporters.) Sanders, for instance, jumped from a favourability of 62% to 84% among debate viewers, while Hillary continued to have a commanding lead on viewer preference in foreign policy.

(ETA: Note change from 3 point drop for Hillary to 3 point gain for Hillary. I was looking at a block of prior poll numbers when I wrote that, and mistakenly thought the 45% was down from a prior 48%, not up from a drop to 42%.)

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About Erich Bloodaxe BSN

Erich S Bloodaxe, PhD, MS, BS, BA, BSN, ADN, RN. (It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life ;) Democratic socialist by nature, if not by registration atm. Spent a lot of of time on Daily Kos, decided I needed to branch out a bit. Currently spending more time at jackpineradicals.org
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