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Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Poor People?s Campaign

quote [ Dr. King said the only transformative force that could really, fully transform America would be for poor whites and blacks and brown people and working people to come together. ]

This is the right direction. Transcript in extended.

[SFW] [politics]
[by 7@11:51amGMT] [0 comments]

California adds 4 states to travel ban for laws it says discriminate against LGBTQ community

quote [ California has issued a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to four more states that it says have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people.
Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas all recently passed legislation that could prevent LGBT parents from adopting or fostering children and Kentucky passed a religious freedom bill that would allow students to exclude LGBTQ classmates from campus groups.
The law bans state-funded or state-sponsored travel by employees of state agencies and departments as well as members of boards, authorities, and commissions. ]

California is clearly out of touch with heartland Christian values in Real America.

[SFW] [politics] [+4 Good]
[by HoZay@6:17amGMT] [6 comments]

It comes down to this...

quote [ Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about the Republican tactic to try to quickly push their health bill through hoping Americans won't notice, and the importance of public feedback, particularly to persuadable Republicans. ]

It takes three GOP no votes to stop this.
There is one definite no, Two leaning no, and a few worried about their own survival in states where they have taken the medicaid expansion.
It will come to a vote. It will either pass by 1 or lose by 6 to 8.

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[by bbqkink@1:12amGMT] [12 comments]

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Guardian view on al-Jazeera: muzzling journalism

quote [ Editorial: In the Arab world, freedom of speech is being curbed to stop old and new media from raising questions about the way in which countries are run. This is wrong ]
[SFW] [politics] [+3]
[by arrowhen@9:29pmGMT] [11 comments]

Inside Canada's Armed, Anti-Islamic 'Patriot' Group

quote [ They call themselves the Three Percent. They're armed, say they're ready for war on Canadian soil, and experts say they are dangerous.

An eight-month VICE Canada investigation into the inner workings of the group has found it to be a tight-knit openly anti-Islamic group that is unique in Canada's far-right ecosystem?one that, as one expert puts it, seems to be a "wholesale lift of an American militia." During VICE Canada's investigation, the group's rhetoric and tactics rapidly escalated from virulently anti-Islam online posturing to IRL monitoring of mosques, live fire paramilitary-style training, claiming to buy land, and plans for creating smoke and flash bombs. ]

This may dash my plan for escaping north when TSHTF.

[SFW] [politics] [+3]
[by HoZay@3:42pmGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The decline of American democracy won't be televised

quote [ in a country like the U.S., democratic backsliding will likely to start off looking a lot more normal -- with slow, legal attacks on our democratic institutions. ]

Main link is Vox YouTube vid. More in extended...

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Interesting]
[by sanepride@10:03pmGMT] [22 comments]

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Another report card in from the pilot programs...and UBI is working as predicted.

quote [ Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work

Participants receive ?560 (473) every month for two years and do not have to demonstrate that they are actively seeking work ]

This will have no effect on US politics. But it must be gratifying to those who have been pushing this to know... The damn thing works!
[SFW] [politics] [+6 Good]
[by bbqkink@8:18pmGMT] [10 comments]

Live results | Georgia 6th District Congressional Special Election: Jon Ossoff v. Karen Handel

quote [ Democrats and Republicans have spent two months hunting for voters who cast ballots in 2016 but didn?t participate in the April primary. ]

UPDATE: Called for Republican Karen Handel. Not even that close.

[SFW] [politics] [+5 Informative]
[by sanepride@12:27amGMT] [29 comments]

Monday, 19 June 2017

New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election

quote [ A new survey of the electorate explodes many of the myths we believe about American politics. ]

Main link is to Jonathan Chait's analysis. Actual study is here.
Fascinating stuff, some folks won't like it.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Informative]
[by sanepride@8:38pmGMT] [35 comments]

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Trump privately criticizes Republican health care plan he celebrated

quote [ By multiple accounts, the Republican president denounced the House Republicans? proposal in no uncertain terms. A CNN report, for example, quoted a source saying the bill was ?cold-hearted.? BuzzFeed?s article said Trump used the phrase ?son of a bitch? to describe the pending legislation.

Before the meeting with Senate Republicans began in earnest, the president told his guests that the Senate version will be ?generous, kind, with heart.? Left unsaid was Trump?s apparent belief that the House version, which he touted vigorously, wasn?t generous or kind, and obviously lacked heart. ]

In extended - House GOP Shocked to Learn That Infamous Con Artist Can?t Be Trusted

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@7:46pmGMT] [24 comments]

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