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Here's how Trump inadvertently exposed his allegiance to the petro-tyrants of Russia and Saudi Arabi

Raw Story via Salon:

Greed and climate-change denial: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

At the climate summit in Poland, a revelation: Our nation stands with the petro-tyrants of Russia and Saudi Arabia

https://www.salon.com/2018/12/17/greed-and-climate-change-denial-pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain/

Like Dorothy’s dog Toto at the end of "The Wizard of Oz,” Donald Trump just pulled down the curtain and exposed the ugly reality of climate-change denial: It is driven neither by intellectual skepticism nor ideological disagreement but by pure greed, the greed of those who own -- or are retained by those who own -- oil, coal and natural gas. Climate denial is simply a cynical strategy to perpetuate inflated monopoly prices on fossil fuels.

In Katowice, Poland, for the first time, the global climate denial bloc linked arms publicly. The U.S. and Russia joined Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in cynically dismissing the latest scientific alarm bells. Not over its science: As Trump climate adviser Wells Griffith proclaimed, “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice their economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability.” In other words, oil powers are entitled to their profits, at whatever cost to the rest of us.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 11:09 AM (1 replies)

Ocasio-Cortez (et al's) Green New Deal has momentum

Save a planet AND stick it to the 1%? Americans prove they care... if you don’t mention that Democrats initiated the Green New Deal:

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans — including 57 percent of conservative Republicans — back the core tenets of the sweeping proposal.

By Alexander C. Kaufman

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c169f2ae4b05d7e5d8332a5

The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet. Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States’ power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy. But when asked “how much do you support or oppose” the aforementioned suite of policies, 81 percent of registered voters say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the plan, according to new survey results shared exclusively with HuffPost from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University.

Ninety-two percent of Democrats supported the idea, including 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 90 percent of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. But 64 percent of Republicans ― including 75 percent of moderate-to-liberal Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans ― also backed the policy goals outlined in the Green New Deal. Eighty-eight percent of independents endorsed the policies as well.

“Given that most Americans have strong support for the components and ideas of the Green New Deal, it becomes a communication strategy problem,” Abel Gustafson, a postdoctoral associate at Yale who co-authored a report on the findings, said by phone Sunday. “From here, it’s about how you can pitch it so you can maintain that bipartisan support throughout the rest of the process.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 10:33 AM (5 replies)

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds.

Planet-saving GOOD NEWS here.... The gist is that we have to forge this Green New Deal into a bipartisan message. Republicans largely like the Green New Deal in principle, but get all crZy partisany if they find out Dems initiated it. (Remember the ACA?)

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans — including 57 percent of conservative Republicans — back the core tenets of the sweeping proposal.

By Alexander C. Kaufman

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c169f2ae4b05d7e5d8332a5

The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet.

Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States’ power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy.

But when asked “how much do you support or oppose” the aforementioned suite of policies, 81 percent of registered voters say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the plan, according to new survey results shared exclusively with HuffPost from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University.

Ninety-two percent of Democrats supported the idea, including 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 90 percent of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. But 64 percent of Republicans ― including 75 percent of moderate-to-liberal Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans ― also backed the policy goals outlined in the Green New Deal. Eighty-eight percent of independents endorsed the policies as well.

“Given that most Americans have strong support for the components and ideas of the Green New Deal, it becomes a communication strategy problem,” Abel Gustafson, a postdoctoral associate at Yale who co-authored a report on the findings, said by phone Sunday. “From here, it’s about how you can pitch it so you can maintain that bipartisan support throughout the rest of the process.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:21 AM (3 replies)

Teddy Roosevelt is still sexy?

Let us now praise Teddy Roosevelt’s “trust-busting” sentiments (and the president who aggressively put his policies into practice, Howard Taft).

The following article nails the problem they illuminated. Too much power in the hands of either corporations or government leads to corruption and the exploitation of workers and our environment.

The one thing missing in this timely Huff Post article is this: simply balancing government and free enterprise is the wrong metaphor. It’s not a bad start, but it won’t keep us alive into the 22nd century. We must conceptualize local and federal government as a REGENERATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE at the center of our social organism which SUPPORTS non-monopolistic free enterprise. Don’t place them in opposition, situate the “Regenastructure” at the center and free enterprise circulating around it. Like the very brains of the social organism, the US Constitution would be at the very core of this interior nervous system, taking feedback from the extremities – voters, journalists, markets, etc.

But making Teddy Roosevelt’s trust-busting impulses sexy again is a good start:

Preserving U.S. Democracy Means Breaking Up Monopolies Like Facebook And Amazon

By Richard North Patterson
12/13/2018

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c1136c1e4b0ac53717b2ce3

For decades, Americans have feared that an oppressive federal government would strangle political and economic freedom. Instead, massive private institutions increasingly direct public policy, distort political discourse and dominate our daily lives.

The problem is not capitalism per se ― as with the worries about government, it’s size. Allowing business enterprises to accumulate unchecked dominance over key sectors of our economy corrodes competition, constrains opportunity and, ultimately, corrupts representative governance. True democracy, it transpires, can flourish only when economic power and prosperity are more equitably distributed.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Dec 13, 2018, 01:25 PM (4 replies)

THIS IS THE HEADLINE: 45 Million More Americans to Live in Dem-Run States

While Trump continues to game the media with obstructionist baby poop, an INTELLIGENT media system would lead with this – and be DISCUSSING this:

45 MILLION MORE AMERICANS
TO LIVE IN DEM-RUN STATES
Democrats Won Full Control In 6 New States
By Molly Redden and Nick Baumann

Democrats swept key state legislative and gubernatorial races across the country Tuesday, ensuring that at least 45 million more Americans will live under unified Democratic governance of their states next year and opening the door for sweeping policy changes on issues such as health care and education.

The results mark a dramatic turnabout for Democrats, who had full control of just eight states prior to Tuesday’s elections. Republicans controlled 26 state governments, and 16 were split.

But Democrats rode a wave of voter enthusiasm into key governorships and invested huge sums to flip control of state legislatures. As of Wednesday morning, Democrats were projected to win full control in six new states — Colorado, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada and New York — and had broken Republicans’ grip on Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Full control of a state government — the trifecta of the state House, state Senate and governorship — brings huge benefits. Parties with full control have far more freedom to enact their policy agendas. In many states, full control also gives the party absolute power over congressional and state legislative redistricting, which means it can draw districts that will be hard for its foes to win.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5bd3770ee4b0a8f17ef7912a
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Nov 7, 2018, 06:32 PM (0 replies)

Trump just taken into custody for inciting violence...

... in that parallel world where we haven't lost our minds to the irrationals and Trump-Putin collusion.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 12:06 AM (0 replies)

As of this afternoon, when forced to receive that "emergency" text from Trump...

I became officially oppressed.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 08:01 PM (11 replies)

Media stampedes past several lies to report shiney new ones...

Did anyone else notice something peculiar happening? As the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh proceeded this past couple of months, one terrible lie after another was rolled out by the nominee and identified by the press. Big, ugly lies with warts, beginning with his denial, under oath, that he had anything to do with Senator Leahy's stolen emails. There are 29 lies now listed at Medium.com at the link below.

Yet once the sexual abuse allegations surfaced (and they are significant) all the former lying was largely omitted from the media sphere.

It's almost a scaled up version of Dr. Ford's memory prioritizing the "who" of her ordeal over the "where" or "when." (And she articulated this beautifully in physiological terms at the hearing). Once we were in sexual abuse territory nobody that I've observed in the mainstream media has sufficiently recalled the earlier nomination-killing lies. These were HUGE IMPEACHABLE LIES.

Just as we must add all of Trump's long list of crimes to every new story of wrongdoing, Kavanaugh's lies must be aggregated. The very format of journalism must change to keep up with these abominable people.

Despite a polygraph test, advanced degrees, security clearances, sincere testimony and corroborating evidence, the Republicans are still falling back on the claim that the accusers could be lying and have insufficient credibility.

So here's the rub:

Kavanaugh's own lack of credibility has already been established during the hearing and few journalists point this out. Even before the sexual allegations he's been exposed as dishonest and not worthy of a position on the Supreme Court. He shouldn't even be flipping hamburgers.

Below is an example of what I'm talking about. It's an omission from today's Daily Kos, a progressive forum that should know better. The article quotes, and fails to correct, a statement about an absence of proof of lying:

Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill of HopeGateWay in Portland protested at her office to tell her that Kavanaugh is "not judicial by any means" and says "If he lies about the small things, why would we have confidence that he wouldn't lie about the big things?"

Excuse me? He's already lied about the big things! All together he's lied over 29 times!!! Wake up journalists! Do your homework! Take notes on a pad of friggin' paper!

DAILY KOS IGNORING THE LIES:
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1800923

29 LIES
Google this: demandjustice/kavanaugh-29-lies-and-counting

A BREAKTHROUGH!
Law & Crime has reported that Kavanaugh is being accused of major ethics violations and references BOTH his statements about his sexual abuse accusers and his earlier denial regarding the use of Senator Leahy's emails:
https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/brett-kavanaugh-slapped-with-two-official-ethics-complaints-in-d-c-circuit-court/
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 12:25 AM (8 replies)

The massive hole in journalism

As the hearings for Kavanaugh proceeded, one terrible lie after another was rolled out by the nominee and identified by the press. Big, ugly lies with warts. There was his denial, under oath, that he had anything to do with Senator Patrick Leahy's stolen emails. There was his denial that he had anything to do with the nomination of anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ judge William Pryor. Yet emails proved otherwise.

These are just two of dozens of bald-faced lies —there are 29 lies now listed at Medium.com at the link below. Yet once the sexual abuse allegations surfaced (and they are significant) all the former lying was simply erased from the media sphere.

It's almost a scaled up version of Dr. Ford's memory prioritizing the "who" of her ordeal over the "where." (And she articulated this beautifully in physiological terms at the hearing). Once we were in sexual abuse territory nobody that I've observed in the mainstream media has sufficiently recalled the earlier nomination-killing lies. These were HUGE IMPEACHABLE LIES. Add those to EVERY story people! Just as we must add all of Trump's long list of crimes to every new story of wrongdoing. The very format of journalism must change to keep up with these abominable people.

Kavanaugh's sexual assaults are awful and disturbing, yet the Republicans are still falling back on the claim that the accusers could be lying and have insufficient credibility (even though they have advanced degrees and thorough security clearances between them, and even though other witnesses such as Dr. Ford's therapist back them up).

So here's the rub: the biggest, most insane problem here is Kavanaugh's own credibility which has already been established during the hearing as worthless. Even before the sexual allegations he's been exposed as dishonest and not worthy of a position on the Supreme Court. He shouldn't even be flipping hamburgers.

Here's an example of mainstream media omission from today's Daily Kos, a progressive forum that should know better. The article quotes, and fails to correct, a statement about an absence of proof of lying:

Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill of HopeGateWay in Portland protested at her office to tell her that Kavanaugh is "not judicial by any means" and says "If he lies about the small things, why would we have confidence that he wouldn't lie about the big things?"

Excuse me? He's already lied about the big things! All together he's lied over 29 times!!! Wake up journalists! Do your homework! Take notes on a pad of friggin' paper!

DAILY KOS IGNORING THE LIES:
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1800923

29 LIES
Google this: demandjustice/kavanaugh-29-lies-and-counting

UPDATE: Law & Crime has reported that Kavanaugh is being accused of major ethics violations and references BOTH his statements about his sexual abuse accusers and his earlier denial re. Senator Leahy's email theft:
https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/brett-kavanaugh-slapped-with-two-official-ethics-complaints-in-d-c-circuit-court/
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 09:28 PM (0 replies)

Kavenaugh's 29 lies now listed

Here ya go:

On Medium.com
Cut and paste the following into a browser:
medium.com/@demandjustice/kavanaugh-29-lies-and-counting-69ab6dee833d

LIE 1
In 2004, Kavanaugh claimed that the nomination of anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ judge William Pryor was “not one that I worked on personally.”
TRUTH
Newly released emails showed Kavanaugh was involved in selecting Pryor, interviewing him, and working to confirm him.

LIE 2
In 2006, Kavanaugh denied he “primarily handl[ed]” the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering, who had pushed to reduce the sentence of a man convicted of burning a cross in front of an interracial couple’s house.
TRUTH
Emails released this year show that Kavanaugh prepared documents on Pickering and worked on a draft op-ed in support of the nominee.

LIE 3
In 2006, Kavanaugh denied that he “handled” the nomination of William Haynes.
TRUTH
Recent emails revealed that Kavanaugh played a large role in Haynes nomination, including determining that Haynes “would be an across-the-board judicial conservative”.

Etc.....


A humble, related recommendation: Don't stop telling everyone to vote. Ask random people if they would please dive into history with us...
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 12:52 AM (16 replies)
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