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Iconic City Lights bookstore on verge of closing


San Francisco's iconic City Lights bookstore is on the brink of collapse as the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the business to keep its doors shut.
Elaine Katzenberger, who is the Publisher and CEO of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers -- both the store and its publishing arm -- has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $300,000 that is needed to keep the business afloat.
"City Lights is faced with formidable challenges at present: Our bookstore has been closed to the public since March 16, and must remain closed for an indefinite period of time," Katzenberger wrote on April 9.



Ferlinghetti - one of the founders of the Beat Movement is still going at 101 - but the iconic bookstore he founded is in trouble. A GoFundme page has been set up:

This bookstore is a living monument to an important part of American literary and cultural history. Hope people can help.

Beautiful music from the very best trad group in the UK - Daimh

FDA cites Jimmy Johns for multi-year, multi-state volations

For using vegetables that were linked to E. Coli and salmonella outbreaks - a practice that went on for seven years and sickened people in mutiple states. Anyone who is familair with the RW, big game "hunter" owner would not be surprised by this. He is a total tool.

EDIT: Found out the a-hole sold it to Inspire Brands. Still won't eat there.


Comparing Sanders voting record with other top Dems

How often does Sanders vote in line with other top Democrats?

Sherrod Brown: 84 percent

Amy Klobuchar: 77 percent

Elizabeth Warren: 93 percent

Chuck Schumer: 84 percent

So, 84 percent with the leader of the Senate Democrats. Obviously some differences on a very few big issues but not that much overall. Not as much as those freaking out might think.

Bloomberg's position changes are recent and head-spinning

But no candidate has reversed themselves as suddenly and jarringly as Bloomberg. He has flip-flopped on the stop and frisk law enforcement practice, raising the minimum wage, and financial sector regulation. He has also issued policies that contradict or obscure his past positions on Social Security and marijuana legalization. The result ― it is increasingly unclear what Bloomberg actually believes and what he will do if he wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination and then the White House.


In other words all those who think this guy is the answer, the truth is we don't know what he will do. His answers at the debate show he hasn't really changed on his past sexist comments or racist policies. He may continue to fund republicans against Democrats. We do know that every step he has taken has been to ensure greater power and wealth for himself - yes even his charitable contributions have laid the groundwork for his rise to power.


Not surprising: Bloomberg's claim abut his taxes was false

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg lied on Wednesday night when he said during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas that he had "put out" his "tax return every year for 12 years in City Hall."

I have the proverbial receipts for this assertion, in the form of audio files and extensive reporting from my years covering him as a reporter at WNYC, New York's largest public radio station.


What would a debate attacking drumpf tell Democratic voters?

The awful Brian Williams began with the theme of "they didn't spend the debate attacking drumpf" and one on CNN continued that. Some on here seem to want the same thing: let's just talk about drumpf, not fight against one another.

So what would that tell us. We ALL hate drumpf and know how bad he is. In polls, drumpf is below 5 percent with Democratic voters. Maybe they could spend some more time talking about the POS to reach the few undecideds watching but how much will that gain us in the GE.

I think the candidates need to differentiate themsleves from one another, and they needed tonight to respond to Bloomberg's $400M ad blitz. They did that.

How Bloomberg buys silence from criticism

The plan was shocking even in Mike Bloomberg’s New York: At the height of the Great Recession, with the number of homeless people approaching record highs, the city had quietly begun charging rent from working families living in its rundown shelters.

“People were just outraged by that policy,” said Patrick Markee, then a senior policy analyst at the Coalition for the Homeless. Social services advocates had already found a lot to dislike about Bloomberg’s personal responsibility approach to homelessness, and Markee figured that organizing a swift and unified backlash would be no problem.

But almost immediately, reliable allies in the nonprofit world declined to take a public stand against Mayor Bloomberg, for fear of alienating their most important donor: Mayor Bloomberg.

“We would find it very hard at times to get these other groups to stand up with us,” Markee recalled in a recent interview. “When we were doing a press conference in front of City Hall, or engaged in a legal action, or whether we were doing rallies, I talked to my colleagues and pretty frankly they would say, ‘Look, we agree with you, we’re on your side. But he’s a critical donor. We can’t afford to lose that kind of money.’”

As Markee’s experience shows, Bloomberg’s vast extracurricular philanthropy bought him not only allies in key political moments, but the illusion of political consensus and a lack of serious opposition to the billionaire’s personal policy preferences.


It is just so obvious how this guy operates. I can't believe how many people are either falling for it, or just don't care (you know because he's not as bad as drumpf). We not only can do better, we can do a LOT better.

Obama campaign vets push back against Bloomberg

Barack Obama is staying quiet as the 2020 Democratic primary heats up, so his former campaign aides are speaking up to correct the record about his relationship with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Jon Favreau, a co-host of Pod Save America who worked as Obama’s speechwriter, said Tuesday that he remembered being “annoyed” by the “tepid” endorsement when it was published. “It basically could have been a fucking Romney ad,” he added in a podcast this week.

Bloomberg did not endorse a candidate in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he endorsed Obama over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, citing the president’s commitment to combating climate change. But he also took shots at the Democratic incumbent, writing in an editorial that he “devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists” to enact his agenda. He also said Obama “engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it.”


From Obama's 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe:

Choose a Bloomberg 2020 campaign slogan

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