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Absolutely excellent quote from Gov. Inslee:

He says, "Like my dad used to say, 'When you're going through hell, KEEP GOING!'"

Isn't that great? The people of WA have to be proud he's their governor.

I'm sure proud of Gov. Polis. His leadership, as well as his policies, make me proud to be a Coloradan.

Alabama executes inmate Nathaniel Woods

Source: CNN

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey refused to stop the controversial execution, and the US Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay, after first ordering a temporary halt only minutes before Woods had been scheduled to die.

Woods was convicted in 2005 of capital murder, but there were questions about his culpability, his representation at trial, and his co-defendant, Kerry Spencer said Woods was innocent.

In a phone interview from William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Escambia County, Spencer told CNN that he alone fatally shot the three officers in 2004 when they stormed the crack house where he was sleeping. A fourth officer was shot but survived.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/us/alabama-nathaniel-woods-execution/index.html

Nathaniel Woods is black.

He is innocent. Another guy, Kerry Spencer CONFESSED, but Woods was executed anyway.

Here's Spencer's note:

Alabama is truly the butthole of the nation.

Hello! You know, I've thought about that.

First, I stand corrected on the Kaiser Foundation. You were right and I was wrong. As to what is below, I wanted to give you a thoughtful answer to your statement about me leaving out millionaires in my little diatribe.

When you study economics, or at least when I did, I kind of had a crisis of conscience about capitalism as a system.

But capitalism, like socialism, is a term that is a bit foggy for most people.

I believe the one thing that could solve a whole plethora of problems right away is to force changes in corporate charters so the fiduciary responsibility of corporate officers expands beyond mere shareholder earnings, which is what we have now, to more of a stakeholder approach.

That was our mistake - we allowed this imbalance in the first place. Because if you're the CEO of a publicly held company, and you are a true believer in shareholder primacy, you will be relentless. You will do anything you can get away with to increase earnings - bust the union, drive the wages down, cheapen the benefits, pass more of their costs to workers, compromise on safe working environments, and even gobble up pension funds if you can swing it.

As to the consumers of your product, you want to make them pay as much as the market will bear for as little as possible. To this end you will substitute unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones, decrease the size of the container and charge the same or even claim the product is improved and so raise the price. The Brits call the latter 'shrinkflation.'

And, if you discover that your product is somehow unsafe, you will consult with your management and legal teams to ascertain if it will be less costly to merely pay claims to the people who get injured, or if you should do a recall, which is quite costly. But, you see, the unsafe product happened because of your dilution of the product's quality in the above paragraph.

Lastly, you will foul the environment any time you can get away with it. If you, for example, release fly ash by night, or pump sludge into a river, or illegally dump toxic waste, and aren't forced by government to clean it up, then you can consider that an 'externality' in your 10K report. All is good. Think about the nuclear waste dumped off the coast of Somalia as soon as that poor country didn't have a functioning government. Now those people HAVE to be pirates because all the fish that used to sustain them are gone from their coastal waters.

And the waste. Paper plates. Plastic everything. A disposable society.

This is what capitalism does, but if we expanded fiduciary responsibility of corporate officers around workers, consumers, the environment, and shareholders, then we'd solve a lot of problems. But we'd have to have a strong regulatory presence in governments worldwide, and would have to negotiate international agreements around these things. That concept takes fair trade into account as well.

So now, (at least in my own mind ) we have established that the doctrine of shareholder primacy is neither efficient nor moral, we can look at your statement on millionaires.

We can blame the Chicago School of Economics for much of the current thinking about shareholder primacy, and also for the 'trickle-down' or supply-side economics model. They are the ones who, in part, came up with 'supply-side' economics, the idea that you can cut taxes, which will stimulate job creation and actually bring in more revenue due to the increased worker earnings.

Well, that isn't true. Funny, on Maher I saw Steve Bannon put out that talking point yet again. But it is the big lie. It has never worked, really, does not work now, and will likely never work. And, as a corollary, it transfers more wealth into the hands of fewer people.

Shareholder primacy is bad enough. But with the 4th industrial revolution which is currently in motion, we have the information industry groups growing exponentially. Think about those kitchen table stories about Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and the rest of the tech billionaires. Romantic, right. Sitting in their garages or basements and inventing ways to massively increase productivity. The world runs on Microsoft. They have something like an 85% market share.

And the way they've set it up to maximize profit also maximizes waste. This waste takes centuries to biodegrade, and much if it can also be toxic. Consider Guiyu, China, where all the old monitors and other parts go to die. China's not taking them any more, but google pictures of that place.

So, does Bill Gates deserve to be a BILLIONAIRE? Does Zuck, or Bezos, or Allen or Adelsen? Do the Mercers?

I mean, I live OK in the sense that I have enough. My family has enough. We struggle sometimes, but we do OK. And like you, I work hard. Every day. But I can't even get my head around what it would be like to be a billionaire. Seems like a lot more to worry about to me. And how would I ever use it? What will it do? Sit around and grow? That's the capitalist mantra. The purpose of wealth is to create more wealth.

Hence my thoughts on billionaires. I've often written on here that I believe they are parasites. They only need two or three suits, just like me. They only need to eat as much as me, and so on. And their money just sits there. In fact, they have salted away over $22 trillion in offshore tax havens as we speak.

Every tax cut, every effort to deregulate or privatize, helps these people take just a little bit more wealth out of circulation, while the rest of us fight over an ever smaller pie.

So, yeah, I believe in a confiscatory tax system that would make billionaires into millionaires, and redistribute wealth to help pay for things that all of us need, that would make our lives materially better. Like health care. Like a postsecondary education system that actually invests in our children and grandchildren (I have three) instead of victimizing them with predatory loans. Et cetera.

As to millionaires, let's be realistic. If you have good ideas, start a company and get to be a millionaire, that's GREAT! I rejoice in your success. I do. In fact, I can use you as a role model, and work as hard as you do, save my money, and so on. I can get ahead, put my hands on that good old American dream!

Anyway, if you look at increased life expectancy, a man will live (on average) to around 79 or 80, and women to 82 or 84. If your retire at 65 or 66 years of age (because you've worked for fifty years or so by this time and you're TIRED of it and want to just spend time with your grand kids, your spouse and your children, maybe putter around, do some writing...), you are gonna get a whopping $2,300 a month from Social Security, but that is TAXED, thanks to Republicans, and you have to pay a premium on Medicare and if you're lucky get supplemental insurance so you can actually afford insulin or whatever other drugs you need to make your life a bit more comfy.

So, bottom line, you'd better have a couple million saved up in a pension account, because you will need it to maintain a decent lifestyle until you go. Anyway, what? One in three of us will end up in a nursing home, and that's about $6 large a month, so you'll blow through those assets at the end anyway and leave this earth naked and broke just like you were when you came here out of your mom's womb.

There it is. No objection to millionaires, but we don't need the billionaires. They are parasites no matter how much value their companies have created - they themselves do not need to hoard that kind of wealth.

If you made it to the end of this, please accept my good wishes. I like the people here on DU.

Pence says there could be more deaths due to the coronavirus

Source: CNN

Pence said federal officials are addressing the lack of testing kits in the US.

ďItís a very fair question. And itís one of the first issues governors I spoke to raised with me. Iím happy to report that this weekend more than 15,000 testing kits have been released. Also the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a testing regimen that state and local officials can be using. And beyond that we actually are working with a commercial provider with new testing framework to send another 50,000 kits out," Pence said.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-01-20-intl-hnk/index.html

Think about that for a minute. A whopping 15,000 testing kits, with another 50,000 promised at some unspecified time in the future.

For a country with 325 million people.

Talk about a WOEFULLY inadequate response.

Well, I tell people to make sure they are checking the status of their voter registrations.

Last thing you want is to find out you cannot vote because of some political shenanigan.

So, I went into my state's database and looked myself up.

I've been a registered Democrat since 1990.

Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but...

(pat, pat, pat)

...do check the status of your own registration at some point soon.

My wife and I are watching 'On the Basis of Sex'

Highly recommended!

It stars Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg is a giant, and the movie is great.

The hundreds of private for-profit concentration camps dotting this country must

be closed down in 2020.

I'm posting this because all three of my grand kids were at my home on Christmas day, and when I looked at them playing and laughing, I thought about the children who are languishing in these concentration camps, living in cold cages with foil blankets, being cared for by older kids.

These are children OUR GOVERNMENT has ripped from their parents' arms and put in these evil places. They are cold, hungry, sick and alone.

My grand kids are 2, 4 and 10, and on Christmas Day, I looked at them and thought how very, very lost and alone these little children in these concentration camps must be.

Yeah, we taxpayers are being charged $750 per day per head to these private camps on no-bid contracts, and that stinks of corruption, but let's all get beyond that outrage, and think about a little four year old girl or boy being in one of those awful places, crying each night until sleep comes, wondering if they will ever see their parents again.

And think about their parents, lost somewhere in the system, victims of an administration that had NO plan to track where these families are so they could be one day reunited. NO plan.

Here are the specific provisions of the Rome Statute that are being broken:

1. The deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the groupís physical survival and which are available to the rest of the population, such as clean water, food and medical services. Children have died in these camps for lack of medical care and life-saving medicine.

2. Creation of circumstances that could lead to a slow death, such as lack of proper housing, clothing and hygiene or excessive work or physical exertion. People in these camps are cold, have inadequate blankets, food, clothing, personal hygiene items and lack the physical exercise necessary to stay healthy.

3. Forcible transfer of children, imposed by direct force or through fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or other methods of coercion. Just the act of ripping these children from their families and housing them in 'special' detention camps for children fits this definition.

4. Death threats or ill treatment that causes disfigurement or injury; forced or coerced use of drugs or other treatment that damages health. There have been reports of some of these kids being drugged to keep them quiet.

This is so far from being OK that it makes me want to vomit. It really does. You want articles of impeachment? Try GENOCIDE under Article 6 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

So, if you are part of the national Democratic Party apparatus, or if you are a Democratic candidate for office, HEAR THIS NOW. I'm NOT willing to give the odious white supremacist apparatus that has grown like a cancer on the Executive Branch of our government a pass on this this year or into the decade. No.

Trump, Miller, Kirstjen Nielsen, Pence, and the rest, down to the lowliest cruel guard must be called to account for their actions, and I vow to do everything that I can do to make sure that happens, both before, and after this year's election.

You want some additional articles for impeachment and trial in the Senate? The evidence of genocide is RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES, and flowing in the tears of the children and the mothers.

I will not stand still for this, give these people a pass just because they 'served' in our executive branch. They are criminals. What they have done is illegal. It is also unethical and immoral. It is a rot upon our nation that must be excised, and I vow during the next decade I will do everything in my power to see these people brought to justice.

Won't you join me?

Yes. Each year, my family has a tradition of watching the movie

Schindler's List. That because we must never forget the Holocaust.

Last night was the night we watched Spielberg's masterpiece. My daughter asked how many Jewish people there were in Poland in 1940. The answer was three million.

Do you know how many Jews are in Poland now? Around 15,000.

So, no surprise at all that Jews are going underground and are taking Antisemitism very seriously. I'm sorry they are going underground. I'm sorry that Muslims also must worship in fear, as must African Americans.

I am sorry for the for-profit concentration camps all over this country that are charging taxpayers $750 per day per head to house brown-skinned people in filthy cages with inadequate blankets, medical supplies, toiletries and food.

And I'm angry about it. Very angry.

Furious at Donald Trump and his racist supporters.

Mark my words, there will be an accounting for these crimes against humanity, this genocide. Indictments of everyone responsible, from Trump down to the lowliest guard, trials in international tribunal and then the meting out of justice. I don't want to hear Democratic politicians giving these criminals a pass, saying things like, "Democracies don't charge past presidents with crimes."

No. We gave Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice passes for war crimes back in '08, but I'm DAMNED if we're gonna give Trump and his henchmen passes. Not for what they've done.

My wife texted me this. Video from CNN the number of Trump's lies well worth watching.


Here's the title: Blackwell uses gumballs to portray Trump's false claims

CNN's Victor Blackwell used jars of gumballs to represent President Donald Trump's 15,413 false or misleading claims since taking office, according to a count by the Washington Post.

Well, THIS is my 9800th post!

I want to dedicate it to the wish that 2020 is a GREAT year for all of us.

Not just getting Trump out and painting this nation deep blue. Yeah I do hope that, for sure.

But I also hope that for each and every one of you, and for your families, that 2020 is a much better year than 2019.

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