Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Church Social Teachings, Socialism, Vatican, and Sanders Reviewed


By Kevin Anthony Stoda

Recently, Pope Francis has invited USA presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to visit the Vatican. The senator from Vermont will speak about creating a “moral economy.” POLITICO claims that some of Sander’s aids are sweating the visit.  Others are fascinated by America’s leading Socialist politician is invite by the pope at all.  i think it is only natural that the pope and Sanders have ties.  I will explain in this article.

 

The Vatican conference on April 15, which Sanders will attend, is one in which Sanders  will address social, economic and environmental issues.  Recently, Sanders has said that the Vatican and he can find common ground on many matters.  For example, Sanders notes, “‘Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome the globalization of indifference in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.’”

Interestingly, as the announcement for the April 15 invitation was announced last week,  I had already been reading a book entitled Church, State and Public Justice:  Five Views, edited by P.C. Kemeny. In this wonderful  book I found an important article on “the Catholic Church’s Social Teachings” or CST by Catholic Clarke E. Cochran, who teaches courses in political philosophy, religion and politics, and public policy.

Clarke E. Cochran, in his  article entitled “Life on the Border: A Catholic Perspective”, outlines the Catholic church’s positions and directions provided over the past centuries in the area of CST or Catholic Social Teachings. CST is often defined  as “the body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of social justice, involving issues of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state.”

Cochran  emphasizes the concept of subsidiarity at work in CST. He explains, “Subsidiarity counsels that the primary purpose of the state is to assist (‘grant help’=subsidium) the primary organs of social life (families, labor unions, businesses and other voluntary associations) to carry out their responsibilities.  Secondarily, more comprehensive state institutions (such as the federal government) should provide assistance to states and local government when their responsibilities to the common good from their own resources.” [1] This focus  on subsidiarity overlaps with the views held by most democratic Americans and has reflected Sanders’ positions as both  Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and  as Senator in Washington, D.C.

In short, Catholic Social Teachers (or CST) over the past two centuries have greatly supported many of the social democratic concepts developed in the same eras. CST is grounded to a great degree in “Natural Law” theory which is considered the foundation for Catholic moral theology.[2]

“Natural law is a philosophy that certain rights or values are inherent by virtue of human nature and universally cognizable through human reason. Historically, natural law refers to the use of reason to analyze both social and personal human nature to deduce binding rules of moral behavior.”[3] Natural Law theory influenced many of America’s founding fathers during the Enlightenment, but it had actually been introduced centuries earlier in the writings of Thomas Aquinas. Natural Law has influenced even more greatly both English and American jurisprudence.

Catholic moral theology is a major category of doctrine in the Roman Catholic church, equivalent to a religious ethics. I should add, though, that Catholic moral theology embodies more than CST.  “Moral theology encompasses Roman Catholic social teaching, Catholic medical ethics, sexual ethics, and various doctrines on individual moral virtue and moral theory. It can be distinguished as dealing with ‘how one is to act,’ in contrast to dogmatic theology which proposes ‘what one is to believe.'”[4] In short, whereas CST is often something which Bernie Sanders and many socialists, democrats, and most Americans can and do embrace, the areas covered under the whole concept of moral theology  are not always common ground, e.g. abortion rights, euthanasia, etc.

On the other hand, I would emphasize that CST itself often embodies manyy important areas of common ground for many socialists, democrats and Americans: the Common Good, Solidarity, Social Justice, and Freedom & Dignity for all.

(1)  Common Good is considered the vary reason for government authority under CST.  It is granted to the state by God as  Cochran writes, “Government has the responsibility to promote community among the variety of social groups and individuals in society.”[5]

(2) Under Common Good comes the importance of promoting solidarity.  Solidarity has the virtue, according to Cochran, of flowing from “the common good to CST.  Solidarity is  the ‘Yes, I am my brother’s keeper’ affirmation of the bonds of common humanity.  Solidarity  is actively caring for justices and the common good, flowing from identifications with the needs of others.”[6]

Importantly, solidarity is “an aspect of the Church’s attempt to distinguish its social morality from such ideologies as individualism, collectivism and nationalism (and indeed from liberalism and conservatism).”[7]  In recent years, Pope Francis has been speaking up around the world about the need for a more moral economy.  Sanders likely concurs with this aspect of the Vatican’s direction because, as Cochran notes, “Genuine community cannot exist where social and economic conditions exploit some members of the community or place members of the community at too great a distance from each other.”[8]  This is a common understanding of many socialists world-wide.

Since the instant collapse of Neo-Liberal and Neo-Conservative dominance in American thinking followed by the 2007 Global Banking Crisis, Americans and others across the globe have shown a greater willingness to support both CST and Democratic Social callings in economics and politics.

The movement called Occupy was one example of these movements to fight the growing national and global inequalities brought on by the excesses of neo-liberal and neo-conservative political economic leadership as peoples have suffered under for nearly 5 decades. The rise of the Sanders for President Campaign is a more recent example of the new political and new moral directions in leadership that Americans –and most of the world–desire.[9]

(3)  According to Cochran, Social Justice in action or a Just Society is defined as  a society “in which  the common good is valued and pursued”  as much as possible. [10]

(4) Moreover, Freedom and Human Dignity are human rights which “are grounded on the inviolable dignity of the human person made in the image of God.”  Freedom and Human Dignity are seen as means, not the ends of common good.[11]

The responsibilities which go along with these rights and means to building a socially just society are both individual and communal responsibilities.  These “responsibilities include participation to advance the public good, respect for the dignity and rights of others, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.”[12]

An important facet of CST has to do with its approach to “order and stewardship”.  Cochran proclaims the key to be:”Although many schools of Christian political thinking place order and the authority of government to punish evil on the list of responsibilities, the Catholic impulse is to integrate this responsibility  to pursue justice and common good.”[13]  Sanders and Pope Francis have spoken up against the death penalty and incarceration situation in America.  They have spoken up for the need of governments and peoples of the world to unite in protecting the world from climate change and other abuses of an overly individualistic and out-of-control so-called development actions.

All and all, Sanders and the leaders of CST teaching  of the Catholic church have a lot in common to think and talk about this weekend.  I am looking forward to seeing what comes of the renewed Socialist-Catholic relationship in years to come. 

NOTES

[1]  Cochran, Clarke E. (2009) “Life on the Border: A Catholic Perspective” published in Kemeny,P.C. , Church, State and Public Justice: Five Views, USA: Intervarsity Press, pp. 58-59.

[2] Ibid. pp. 48-49.

[3] “Natural Law” defined at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_law

[4] Catholic Moral Theology” defined at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_moral_theology

[5] Cochran, Clarke E., pp. 49-50.

[6] Ibid., p.51.

[7] Ibid. , p.52.

[8] Ibid., p. 53.

[9]  Naturally, there has been some progress in a variety of corners of the world in fighting inequalities over the past 4 decades as noted in Charles Lane’s op-ed piece entitled, “The Sanders-Pope Francis ‘moral economy’ could hurt the income inequality fight”.  However, his piece looks at the world from the perspective of a satellite and not at the ground level where most people live and function.

The fact that the Washington Post has published such a piece on the eve of the Sanders’ visit to the Vatican shows how afraid the status-quo elite hate or fear a socialist catholic alliance developing in America or elsewhere.

[10] Cochran, Clarke E., pp. 52.

[11] Ibid., pp.53-54.

[12] Ivid. p.54.

[13] Ibid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has taken great pains not to reveal conflicts among the ruling elites.


And this comes the week after the Panama Papers release.–kas

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Boston Globe notes: “As Vermont official, Sanders ‘got things done’”


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After Bernie Sanders won the mayoral race in Burlington, Vt., in 1981, some felt the socialist’s career would be short.

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Donald Trump’s bid for the White House as performance art: a clever, full-body, self-marketing scheme in the fashion of actor Joaquin Phoenix


Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, A Mother Confronts the Wounded Ego of the Century

There had never been a “concession” statement like it. It was short, to the point, and in addition to the usual accusations of “lyin’” leveled at Ted Cruz, compared his victorious measures to the ruse the Greeks used to destroy Troy, accused him of outright illegal acts, as well as election thievery, and claimed that even the label “puppet” was too kind by half. Here’s how that 157-word release began — and I know at this point you won’t be shocked to learn that I’m quoting from the statement the Trump campaign put out after The Donald was stomped in Wisconsin: “Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating with his own Super PACs (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”

Admittedly, the full statement lacked words like “vampire,” “pimp,” and “zombie,” but in its relative restraint the Trump campaign was undoubtedly reserving its fire for any election losses still to come on the road to the Big Smash-Up (that used to be called “the Republican convention”). It’s also true that, despite the expectations of New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz, Trump has not yet filed a suit against the state of Wisconsin and its voters for his loss there. But if you think we can make it through this “election” season without recourse to the experts (and by that I naturally mean expert satirists, humorists, andcartoonists), then you truly are a — in the Trumpian tradition of insult — mad person or, actually, a zombie! Not having a satirist, cartoonist, or humorist in sight, TomDispatch has gone in another direction today in trying to grasp the essence of what we’re watching and make a little sense of it. Thanks to TomDispatch regular Frida Berrigan, it’s turning to a different set of experts who know something special about the boundaries of the All-Absorbing Self and others: children. So sit back in that swing, give yourself a push, and listen up. Tom

Make Trump Great Again!
Taking The Donald to Toddler Town
By Frida Berrigan

So far, I’ve dealt with Donald Trump’s bid for the White House as performance art: a clever, full-body, self-marketing scheme in the fashion of actor Joaquin Phoenix restyling himself as a hip hop artist to promote his mockumentary I’m Still Here. You remember that odd media moment from a few years back, right? When the handsome star of the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line grew a huge beard and rapped incoherently on David Letterman? I can’t be the only one, can I?

So I keep waiting for the Trump-presidential-run punch line.  I mean, what is his endless campaign that’s conquered America’s and even the world’s attention 24/7 really selling: the new Trumptopian private community on the Moon (or in Burma)?

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

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Somalia is hurting again


World Food Program
Dear Kevin,

In northern Somalia, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

The two agencies have adopted a unified response to halt deteriorating food insecurity and rising malnutrition in the affected areas, by providing an integrated package of life-saving humanitarian assistance. This includes food assistance, nutrition programs and health services, as well as support to help communities access safe water and improve sanitation and hygiene conditions.

Amid rising school dropouts and forced migration, the focus is also on keeping children in schools and protecting them from family separation, violence and abuse. The two agencies are also working together to prevent exposure of children to the risks of family separation, early marriage, child labor and abuse. This is particularly pertinent as families continue to be forced into migration, in search of food, aid and pasture for their livestock.

East Africa - El Nino
“The people of Somalia know all too well the dangers of drought, but a drought does not have to mean a disaster — the world must recognize that we can save lives if we act in time,” said WFP Country Director Laurent Bukera. “It is absolutely critical that we are able to sustain assistance to the people affected by this crisis, so we can stem the damage of undernutrition for mothers and children before it has lifelong consequences.”

So far, WFP’s emergency response has provided food assistance and nutrition support for 147,000 vulnerable people in the areas worst affected by the drought, and WFP continues to provide food or cash-based assistance to help families make it through the dry season. Together, the two agencies provide specialized nutrition support to prevent and treat malnutrition in pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and young children.

Please stay tuned in the days and weeks ahead for further updates and, as always, thank you for your steadfast support.

Sincerely,

Erin Cochran
Vice President of Communications
World Food Program USA

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Why doesn’t Tom Hayden run for office again instead of dumping Bernie?


I disagree with Tom Hayden’s choice to abandon Bernie Sanders in this election.

His decision reminds me of the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, who spoke against the 1991 invasion of Iraq–only in 2003 (a year ahead of his presidential run) decided opportunistically to support George W. Bush’s unholy war in Iraq.   I may not vote for Bernie because the Green Party candidate, for example, is a still better candidate.  The point is that, instead of worrying about the Democrats killing each other, he should look into how to get progressive senators and progressive congressmen in office  and in state houses across America.–kas

I am committed to building a united front against Donald Trump, and working with both Democratic and independent voters toward the best possible ticket and platform for the Democratic Party in November. But sounding out supporters of both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, I’m worried that terrible friction is brewing between the two Democratic camps left in this primary.
Democrats all have to unite to win the White House and Supreme Court this year, building bridges without permanent bruising or the confusion of divide-and-conquer.
The state of the race is in flux. Respect and support for Bernie are rising, though Hillary maintains a 212-delegate edge. As of April 3, The New York Times assessed that Bernie will need “landslide” victories in the battles ahead. He’s certain to win more than the 16 states where he has already prevailed. Most of those states have been similar to Wisconsin, where 88 percent of the population is white, an enduring issue for the Sanders campaign. But of the major primaries that are coming up, several might fruitful territory for Bernie. In New York, where Hillary leads by 14 points, she will need to tack towards Bernie on fair-trade issues or face losses in the Rust Belt regions of northern and western New York. Here in California, Bernie trails Hillary by six points, with 7 percent of the electorate undecided. And my sense is that California is winnable for Bernie. Lose or win, Bernie represents the most impressive independent campaign in American history, with the final chapters and legacy yet to be written.
 I was an early supporter of Bernie, one of those who thought he could push Hillary to the left, legitimize democratic socialist measures, and leave an indelible mark on our frozen political culture. More deeply, I believed he was the best possible messenger in the wake of Democratic Party shortcomings. As I have argued for years, the liberal failure to create jobs in my Rust Belt heartland, Michigan, for three decades, destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives. Even after the activist explosion against free trade at the Battle of Seattle in 1999, standards of living remained stagnant. It was clear that the next generation would live lesser lives than our parents had. The tuition for a four-year public-university education almost doubled in cost between 2000 and 2015, while student debt rose to 1.2 trillion dollars in 2015. Racial disparities rose with police violence and mass incarceration rates. Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin fell to Republican governors, and Congress returned to GOP control.
Like the WTO protests in 1999, Occupy Wall Street “changed the conversation” in America, as the tepid mainstream media phrased it. But we didn’t need a conversation, we needed a change, and soon, in order to save a whole generation.
When Occupy sputtered out, Bernie’s campaign was destined to fill the void. Since winter, the two campaigns have become more visceral, even bitter, fulfilling my fear of a damaging split that could result in lower turnout among Democratic and independent voters this fall, assuming the presidential vote is close. It has become so fractious among Democrats and independents that I began to think that only Trump or Cruz could save us from ourselves. Support for Trump is dropping off now because of his slobbering racism and misogyny, while Cruz represents an even more pompous version of the same. At its core, their appeal is to working-class voters hammered out of their jobs and drawn to economic nationalism, combined with angry resentment of all the social progress achieved from the ’60s until now.
Little is predictable about this election. However, some facts still linger. Without Bernie landslides, Hillary will keep her delegate edge despite Bernie’s overall achievement. If Bernie wins New York and California, each by 1 percent, he still falls short.
Bernie’s army will keep climbing every barricade possible. In his ideal scenario, victories in the final primaries should lead the Democratic superdelegates to shift loyalty from Hillary. Nonetheless, Bernie has received endorsements from only seven House members and none from his current Senate colleagues. No matter how much they agree with Bernie on the issues, no matter what doubts they hold about the Clintons, those running for election or reelection are unlikely to see themselves as benefiting from having a democratic socialist/independent at the top of the ticket.
Hillary is, well, Hillary. I remember seeing her on Yale’s green in 1969, wearing a black armband for peace while a kind of Armageddon shaped up during the Panther 21 trial and Cambodia invasion. Even then, she stood for working within the system rather than taking to the barricades. Similarly, in Chicago 1968, she observed the confrontations at a distance. If she had some sort of revolution in mind, it was evolutionary, step-by-step. In her earlier Wellesley commencement speech, she stated that the “prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life is not the way of life for us. We’re searching for more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating modes of living.” But from there it was a determined decades-long uphill climb through those same institutions that had disenchanted the young Hillary.
There are two Hillary Clintons. First, the early feminist, champion of children’s rights, and chair of the Children’s Defense Fund; and second, the Hillary who has grown more hawkish and prone to seeking “win-win” solutions with corporate America. When she seems to tack back towards her roots, it is usually in response to Bernie and new social movements. She hasn’t changed as much as the Democratic Party has, responding to new and resurgent movements demanding Wall Street reform, police and prison reform, immigrant rights and a $15-an-hour minimum wage, fair trade, action on climate change, LGBT rights, and more.
The peace movements from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, too, are a living legacy that fuels the public majority against sending ground troops into the fiery jaws of war another time. Bernie voted for the war in Afghanistan, but correctly faults Hillary for her hawkish impulse towards regime change. We are likely to live under a what amounts to a war presidency until either a new catastrophe or new movement leads to an alternative to the “Long War” on terrorism.
The populist clarity of Bernie’s proposals can be problematic, even for some of his supporters. For example, to simply reject Obamacare in the belief that “political revolution” will lead to a single-payer solution is simplistic. The path to a Canadian-type system or Medicare for All has fallen short in California and Vermont, and will require Republican defeats this year and in 2018, followed by a presidential showdown in 2020. Meanwhile, Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion are helping 20 million Americans now, mainly youth and people of color, which is a huge improvement that no thoughtful radical can dismiss as merely “reformist.” My friends at National Nurses United are to be congratulated for spending millions supporting Bernie and tirelessly rolling their buses through so many states thus far, but I don’t see a rollout of a Plan B, which requires at least two presidential terms and three more congressional elections. Bernie’s position reinforces the voter impression that his idealism will be blocked in practice. Hillary and Obama’s approach, following on her children’s-health-insurance law, is much easier for voters to understand and support.
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Fracking will be a salient issue in both New York and California, where it has motivated and mobilized thousands of grassroots activists. The anti-fracking movement achieved a historic moratorium on fracking in New York State, where local governments had considerable leverage in a home-rule system. Big names in the entertainment business lent their prestige to the nascent movement, too. Next, the New York model headed to California, amid fracktivists’ confidence that Governor Jerry Brown would either ban the practice or adopt a New York-style ban. I enlisted in the anti-fracking campaign, spending many hours over these three years advocating inside and outside the Brown administration. The movement hasn’t succeeded in California yet, but we’re still committed.
The arguments among environmentalists are the deepest and most frustrating of any I’ve seen for 40 years-but they’re important to understand. Along the way, there have been historic achievements. Our environmental-justice movement, with the leadership of state Senator Kevin De León, wrote into law a requirement that 25 percent of billions in California’s cap-and-trade dollars would go to benefit disadvantaged communities, such as the Central Valley and South Central LA, many of which are predominantly of color. Nearly $300 million began pouring into such communities on a yearly basis. California is spending $120 billion over four years on clean energy, the largest such investment in the country. We also passed the first divestment-from-coal bill in history. Under Brown’s leadership, California created a Global Green Bloc of states and regions, from Canada to China to Europe and Latin America, building a zero-emissions or low-emissions economic powerhouse. A 2014 report found that there are 200,000 clean-energy jobs in the state, surpassing jobs in the fossil-fuels industry.
But the fracking debate continues to leave permanent scars. Despite the governor’s historically high approval ratings, the fracktivists take every media opportunity to thrash him personally. They rack up names on online petitions, but so far have failed to gain political traction. Their apocalyptic view has only worsened. In addition to personally attacking Brown, whose approval rating is 56 percent, they have brutally attacked NRDC and “establishment” environmentalists for not achieving a moratorium in California. Their tactics build their online membership, but turn off or confuse more mainstream Californians.
The Democratic primary may deepen this antagonism and result in defections among Hillary supporters. Hillary wants limits on fracking: a ban where individual states have blocked it, like in New York; safeguards against children’s and family exposures; a ban where releases of methane or contamination of ground water are proven; and full disclosure of the chemicals used in the process. Bernie’s position is that he’s simply against all fracking.
But Hillary’s position goes beyond what virtually any state has done. The New York Times writes that she “has pledged to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry to pay for her ambitious climate plan” and intends to install 500 million solar collectors in four years. If and when Obama’s Clean Power Plan is upheld in the federal courts, now a likelihood after Justice Scalia’s death, that will bring a even greater change.
Meanwhile, Bernie’s total fracking ban leaves the question of how to do so unaddressed. His energy platform is comprehensive, but he offers no strategy to implement the Paris Summit in the short term. Instead, Bernie will call his own summit of experts in the first hundred days he is president. There is no recognition of the overwhelming wall of opposition from the Republican Congress, which can only be broken on state-by-state organizing. The climate clock is ticking towards doomsday. Where are we moving next, beyond waiting for the overthrow of Citizens United?
For some, like myself (who suffered a serious stroke while investigating fracking sumps in San Joaquin County last year), the question couldn’t be more urgent. I am fully supporting state Senator Ricardo Lara’s legislation setting firm timelines for the phasing out of asthma and cancer-causing emissions of black carbon, methane, and f-gases as an emergency health measure. The bill includes three key deadlines-40 percent methane reductions, 40 percent of hydrofluorocarbon gases, and 50 percent cuts in black-carbon emissions-all by 2030. Emissions of invisible particulate matter are an immediate threat to the lives and safety of millions of California workers, children, and residents of inner and rural towns. The Lara bill is an issue both candidates could immediately unite immediately around.
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My second worry about Bernie’s candidacy is that he has not really faced an all-out Republican-financed media assault in this entire campaign. If he’s the nominee, that will be merciless. And my third concern: Bernie is leading an incredible movement and sowing seeds for the future, but lacks a concrete plan for turning his legacy into a permanent progressive force. We don’t know what will happen to the army of supporters he has assembled, but we already know the pattern of many similar projects-which end up going into decline or divisions.
Voting on June 7 is a personal responsibility for myself and other Californians, just as it is for my friends and colleagues in New York on April 19. What is to be done in this agonizing situation? I still believe a united front against the Republicans is the best and most necessary strategy. But I can’t vote for a united front on June 7.
I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton in the California primary for one fundamental reason. It has to do with race. My life since 1960 has been committed to the causes of African Americans, the Chicano movement, the labor movement, and freedom struggles in Vietnam, Cuba and Latin America. In the environmental movement I start from the premise of environmental justice for the poor and communities of color. My wife is a descendant of the Oglala Sioux, and my whole family is inter-racial.
What would cause me to turn my back on all those people who have shaped who I am? That would be a transgression on my personal code. I have been on too many freedom rides, too many marches, too many jail cells, and far too many gravesites to breach that trust. And I have been so tied to the women’s movement that I cannot imagine scoffing at the chance to vote for a woman president. When I understood that the overwhelming consensus from those communities was for Hillary-for instance the Congressional Black Caucus and Sacramento’s Latino caucus-that was the decisive factor for me. I am gratified with Bernie’s increasing support from these communities of color, though it has appeared to be too little and too late. Bernie’s campaign has had all the money in the world to invest in inner city organizing, starting 18 months ago. He chose to invest resources instead in white-majority regions at the expense of the Deep South and urban North.
Bernie comes from a place that is familiar to me, the New York culture of democratic socialism. From the Port Huron Statement forward, I have believed in the democratic public control of resources and protecting the rights of labor. My intellectual hero is C. Wright Mills, a Marxist who broke with what he condemned as the stale “labor metaphysic” of the communist and socialist parties, embracing instead an international New Left led by young middle-class students around the world. Mills was fresh, honest, and always searching. The 1962 Port Huron Statement declared that we needed liberals for their relevance in achieving reforms, and socialists for their deeper critique of underlying systems. We did not declare ourselves for socialism but for a massive expansion of the New Deal, combined with an attack on the Cold War arms race. We called for a basic realignment of the Democratic Party through the force of social movements, but not through a third party. We even went “part of the way with LBJ” in the face of the 1964 Goldwater threat. From there the Democrats divided over race and Vietnam, eventually leading to Nixon. Even in the ’80s and ‘9s, our campaign for “economic democracy” chose not to identify as a socialist movement. With the coming of the 2008 Wall Street crash and Bernie’s campaign, our political culture has changed profoundly in its tolerance of socialist ideas. But is it enough after this truly divisive primary season?
I wish our primary could focus more on ending wars and ending regime change too, issues where Bernie is more dovish and Hillary still harbors an inner hawk. Both Bernie and Hillary call for “destroying” ISIS, whatever that might mean-but it certainly means we are moving into yet another “war presidency.” At least there is strong bipartisan opposition to the open-ended deployment of troops on the ground. But Hillary’s penchant for intervention and regime change can only be thwarted by enough progressive Democrats in Congress and massive protests in the streets and online. Neither candidate so far is calling for the creation of a new peace movement, but that’s the only way to check the drift into another war.
So here we are, at the end of one generation on the left and the rise of another. Both camps in the party will need each other in November-more than either side needs to emerge triumphant in the primary. We still need the organizing of a united front of equals to prevail against the Republicans. It will take a thorough process of conflict resolution to get there, not a unilateral power wielding by the usual operatives. It’s up to all of us.
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Tom Hayden, Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
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Again, too much Muslim on Muslim Violence Yesterday


Yesterday there were several more Muslim on Muslim bombing attacks.  Too often the West ignores the fact that Muslims are most often the victims of the extremist movements that most all of us condemn.–kas
A suicide bomber kills at least 12 army recruits on a bus in eastern Afghanistan, hours after a similar attack killed two people in the capital Kabul.

Aden: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden belt near a football stadium in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Tuesday, killing at least four people, witnesses and a security source said.

Ten people were wounded in the attack, which appeared to target young army recruits waiting for buses outside a military checkpoint in the city’s north, the witnesses and source added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but militants have carried out similar suicide bombings in Aden in the past.

Such groups are not involved in a nationwide truce that started between the main warring parties in Yemen this week.

Beirut: A bomb in the southern Lebanon city of Sidon killed an official from the Palestinian Fatah movement on Tuesday, an official from the group said.

The man was identified as Fathi Zaydan, a Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon.

A photograph of the blast site near a Palestinian refugee camp showed a man’s body lying next to a burning vehicle.

The official said he was killed by a bomb placed under his vehicle. Mieh Mieh camp, 4 km east of Sidon, is home to 5,250 Palestinian refugees, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which aids Palestinian refugees across the region.

The nearby Palestinian camp of Ain Al Hilweh has regularly been the scene of violent disputes between rival factions.

One man was killed and others injured earlier this month when one such dispute escalated into gunbattles.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s government agreed funding on Tuesday for new safety equipment for Beirut airport, where pressing security gaps have caused concern among senior officials in a city that has suffered bomb attacks by IS militants.

“The cabinet agreed to secure the funds necessary for airport security apparatus,” Information Minister Ramzi Greige said in a statement after a cabinet meeting.

Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter last month said the airport needed at least $24 million to upgrade its security, including a new perimeter wall and baggage inspection equipment.

Beirut’s security concerns have grown more acute since the outbreak of war in neighbouring Syria gave rise to the militant group IS and increased pressure on Lebanon’s own delicate sectarian faultlines.

IS and other groups have carried out several bombings in Lebanon in recent years, including a suicide attack in south Beirut, where the airport is located, that killed 43 people in November.

Zeaiter has said Beirut airport remains among the safest in the world, but Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk has compared its security problems to those in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh, where a bomb planted on a Russian plane killed 224 people in October.

“There are security gaps in Beirut airport which must be plugged,” he said last month.

On Sunday the police detained two Lebanese employees of a Beirut airport service company over contacts they had with “terrorist parties”, security sources said, but they were released late on Monday after they were found to be innocent.

Reuters

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How this American Classic Game is Played today


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Zar Addams : “I’m ready to play Bernopoly.”

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Deutsche Bank and Hillary


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Memes for Mississippi


Put it all together!  Change still needed in Mississippi!

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