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So Bernie swept all 3 states!

major victories...

In some areas Bernie won by 5 to 1. The fact that the media was desperate not to admit that fact tells us something big too.

How's that for reality.. in the face of adversity.

Other states, though, don't assume your local MACHINE is honest, perhaps best to assume its NOT honest.

Bernie Sanders on Corporate Media Failures: “Campaigns Are Not A Game”

http://trofire.com/2016/03/22/bernie-sanders-enraged-media/


"During an interview on Tuesday morning with MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes, Senator Bernie Sanders discussed many different topics, but the one issue he seemed most passionate about came at the end of the interview when Hayes asked Sanders what one question he wished that the media would ask more often.

Sanders declined to offer one specific question, instead criticizing the way that media treats the political race as a game rather than a very serious decision to be made about the future of America and its people.

“For the media, 90 percent of the coverage is process, is soap opera, is polls, is raising money … Yesterday a woman comes up to me with tears in her eyes: “Bernie, I am working 60 hours a week. I’m not making any money and I don’t have time to spend with my daughter. Listen to the kids who leave school 50 or 60,000 dollars in debt. Talk to the people who have no health insurance and what that means to their life.”

“I’m running for president of the United States because we have a disappearing middle class, we’ve got 47 million people living in poverty. The amount of time that media pays to those issues is minimal. I think that is my critique, Chris. The media has got to look at the pain in America today and then look at how the candidates are responding to that pain. Campaigns and elections are not a game. They’re not a game. They are about trying to change America."


http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_Dberanie_160321

favorite open source graphics apps?

I have been a user of Gimp, Hugin, Blender and a great many other free and open source graphics apps for some time.. what are your favorites?

Big Box Store - A Cutthroat Model of Education?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35348-how-the-cutthroat-walmart-business-model-is-reshaping-american-public-education


People should be aware of the strong connection between charter schools and the US's pushed irreversible trade deals..

http://www.eua.be/Libraries/higher-education/GATS_en.pdf

http://www.eua.be/Libraries/publication/EUA_Statement_TTIP.pdf

http://www.ictsd.org/downloads/2008/06/cassim_steuart_part3.pdf

the risks of terrorism are greatly exaggerated by the media and government in general, while importa

The risks of terrorism are greatly exaggerated by the media and government in general, while important risks that are far more likely don't get the attention they should.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-leahy-phd/how-terrified-should-we-be_b_8855638.html


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3 good articles on the Comparative Risk of Terrorism - from computer security expert Bruce Schneier

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/01/the_comparative.html

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/01/jeffrey_rosen_o.html

https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2010/01/our_reaction_is_the.html

Community Colleges: At what rate do Students transfer and graduate from 4 year institutions?

http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/what-we-know-about-transfer.pdf


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What We Know About Transfer: Transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions offers a critical avenue for upward mobility
for many underserved students. Most entering community college students intend to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree

—so many that four-year institutions would not be able to accommodate them all as incoming freshmen. Community colleges greatly expand our nation’s postsecondary capacity, serving as the entry point to higher education for over 40 percent of U.S. undergraduates. With their low tuition and open-access mission, community colleges serve many students who either cannot afford to attend a university for all four years or do not meet the more selective admissions criteria of many four-year institutions. Vertical transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions therefore offers a critical avenue for upward mobility for many underserved students, including low-income, first-generation, and racial/ethnic minority students, all of whom are disproportionately represented at community colleges.

At What Rate Do Students Transfer and Graduate?

Over 80 percent of community college students intend to earn at least a bachelor’s degree. However, only about a quarter end up transferring (20 percent of these students earn an associate degree or certificate first). Only 17 percent complete a bachelor’s degree.

Susan George on the history of neoliberalism, from maybe ten or fifteen years ago

http://www.globalexchange.org/resources/econ101/neoliberalismhist

THE key difference between Bernie and Hillary - "Money isnt Everything" v. "Money is Everything"

If anybody wants to understand the difference between the two candidates, its likely much of it can be encapusulated right there.

All of the policy initiatives proposed by Bernie Sanders attempt to put us back on the path we were on in the last 20th century where we had a strong middle class and the models for globalization and deregulation were not as aggressive as they are now, there was room for middle class people to move upward, rather than a push to eliminate "overpaid" American workforces.

Hilllary represents the so called Washington Consensus, continuing the Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama legacy of deregulation and liberalisation.

So Bernie is trying to reduce the impact of rapidly diverging levels of income on key things like ability to pursue education and ability to both "access" and afford health care without creating un-payable debts which will push people off the edge into the abyss. That's is where all of his policies differ from Hillary's which prioritize profit-making and try to avoid changes that will shift the balance back towards the taxpayers as opposed to the big players.

Its crucially important to understand that the negotiations over key parts of trade deals started during the first Clinton Administration are only being wrapped up now, and the effects of much of that deal are still in the future. The changes being made will likely be permanent, and they will drastically effect the future job prospects of all working people in member countries. Our indigenous workers will likely lose a substantial amount of income but large international services businesses as well as domestic businesses large enough to utilize workers in a contract based economy will become more profitable. Jobs will become less stable here but more of the value in the supply chain will be passed upward.

Large numbers of negotiators have been working for literally 20 years (during several bursts of activity in periods during which there was FastTrack authority) to create and work out the kinks of a huge new global jobs for markets trading scheme which privatizes large portions of what is now the public sector, making a great many jobs available for international competitive bidding in member countries. Under the Clinton era deal they used more of a "positive list" approach in services schedules but the newer set of negotiations is much more aggressive and uses a "negative list" (basically what would be called in Internet opt out) which will include by default all service sectors and modes of supply.

That will also greatly reduce the ability of people to enter the workforce via America, as American citizens, because with the opportunity to hire subcontractors for much less, many companies that want to reduce their various costs will subcontract them.

Hillary is thinking of the banks and the various other "major stakeholders" especially foreign direct investment in low value high profit services like commodified educational services and globalization of health care. (It may be more economical to send chronically ill poor people overseas for health care than treat them here. This maximizes the value in the supply chains, a key objective of globalization.)

Obviously her approach leaves the most wasteful practices in place, and that is in part their goal, because it makes them more profitable for their owners.

Bernie, being a Senator is likely prohibited from talking about the changes directly but he is trying to make his candidacy a sort of referendum on them by pretending they never happened, (since the nation has never been told about them, I think they lack legitimacy, in fact many proponents of them, for example, Pierre Sauve, have said the same thing) Bernie Sanders is operating under the assumption - and I think its the correct one, that the American public would find these changes so abhorrent they would reject them out of hand.

That unfortunately, will not save our economy from being drastically changed by them. The new trade deals (as well as the new interpretation of the existing WTO policies) contain standstill clauses that block literally completely blocks the old New Deal type programs and block the domestic government (Federal/state/local/quasi-governmental (grants)) spending to create domestic jobs approach (as discrimination against foreign corporations) perhaps eventually even down to the municipal / local level TPP (or TTIP or TISA) could be signed at any day, and all of them are disasters for our country.

Price to Liberalisation's "Losers" Likely Will Be Huge Numbers of Deaths From Stress

Deregulation and services liberalisation efforts such as the ongoing ones here, are understood to come at a cost, to the indigenous workers in developed countries, society, even as they channel increased wealth from the losers to the already wealthy.

The last 30 years has brought a new understanding of stress and its effect on the body which many Americans remain unaware of, People should realize that certain kinds of stress are extremely dangerous. They kill a great many people.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine-features/failing-economy-failing-health/

The Structural Jobs Fiasco No One Knows How to Deal with - THE FUTURE WORK-LESS WORLD!

http://wolfstreet.com/2014/10/08/the-structural-jobs-fiasco-no-one-knows-how-to-deal-with/
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