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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #75 on: November 08, 2017, 09:52:55 pm »
 


November 8, 2017
Progressives Win on Election Day  , Can they Win the Democratic Party?

Progressives scored big Election Day victories, but for Trump to be defeated, they need to win control of the Democratic Party, says Jeff Cohen, author, professor, and co-editor of "Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis"


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« Reply #76 on: November 09, 2017, 10:46:55 pm »
The People Have Spoken, Healthcare Is For Everyone (w/Guest Jonathan Schleifer)   
 


Thom is joined by Jonathan Schleifer of the Fairness Project to discuss expanding medicare by ballot initiative, are other states going to do the same and can this lead to single payer?

Thom Hartmann Nov. 8, 2017 2:30 pm

It Doesn't Cost Billionaires Anything To Oppress You   
 


Thom Hartmann Nov. 8, 2017

Capitalism Creates This Kind Of Tragedy (w/Guest Richard Wolff)


Thom is joined by friend of the show Richard Wolff to discuss how capitalism leads to tragedy like the one we see in America every single day.

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #77 on: November 09, 2017, 11:40:26 pm »
NOV 08, 2017

Democrats Defeat GOP With 'Blue Wave' in Crucial Elections

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A giant blue wave swept 2017’s most important state elections Tuesday as Democrats won governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey.

Moreover, in a feat some analysts did not think was possible, early returns showed Democrats on the verge of taking control of Virginia’s House of Delegates, its lower chamber, in a state that the GOP gerrymandered in 2011 to create a red super-majority.

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #78 on: November 21, 2017, 01:33:10 pm »
ENSURING EVERYDAY PEOPLE HAVE A BIGGER VOICE IN SEATTLE ELECTIONS

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SEATTLE’S DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS REDUCE THE POWER OF BIG MONEY AND INCREASE POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher Program is reducing the power of big money and giving everyday people a bigger voice in local elections, according to initial analysis of the system in this year’s municipal elections by the Seattle-based Win/Win Network and national money-in-politics reform group Every Voice Center.

In 2015, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative by a 63 percent to 37 percent vote to create the first-in-the-nation Democracy Voucher Program.

In 2017, the program went into effect for the first time, distributing four $25 Democracy Vouchers to every Seattle resident for use in two at-large city council races and the contest for city attorney. The program will expand to other races including the race for mayor in future election cycles.

To qualify to spend the vouchers, candidates agreed to only accept small donations of $250 or less, raise a threshold number of small contributions, gather signatures, and agree to limit their campaign spending. Use of the program was widespread in 2017, with 13 out of the 17 candidates in the primary election agreeing to participate, and six of them meeting the qualification requirements to redeem the vouchers. Five out of the six contestants in these races who advanced to the general election ran using Democracy Vouchers.

As the following analysis details, Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program is achieving its intended goals by generating historic numbers of new and small donors, diversifying the makeup of campaign supporters to better reflect the people of Seattle, and limiting the reliance on big money in local elections.

Using data currently available, our initial analysis of the 2017 election surfaced these key findings:

•    At least 25,000 Seattle residents—a historic number—participated as campaign donors in this election cycle, three times the roughly 8,200 residents who donated to candidates in 2013.

•    As of publication, more than 18,000 Seattle residents gave nearly 70,000 Democracy Vouchers to 2017 candidates, and more Democracy Vouchers are likely to be received before the December 1 deadline.

•    An estimated 84 percent of this election cycle’s Seattle donors were new donors—about 20,900 individuals who had not contributed to city candidates in the 2015 or 2013 cycles. Among these new donors, 71 percent were voucher donors.

•    Contrasting voucher donors to city council and city attorney candidates with cash donors to mayoral candidates in 2017, Democracy Voucher donors better reflected Seattle’s population including young people, women, people of color, and less affluent residents.

•    Candidates in races eligible for Democracy Vouchers relied less on big money. Instead, 87 percent of the support for their campaigns came from small donations of $250 or less and Democracy Vouchers. By contrast, small donations accounted for just 48 percent of the money backing candidates for city council and city attorney in the 2013 elections.


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #79 on: November 24, 2017, 10:44:16 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Cornel West tells it like it IS!

"WHY YOU GOTTA DEFEND A LIAR, MAN?!" Philosopher Cornel West DESTROYS Trump Lackey Paris Dennard


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During a CNN panel debate on "Anderson Cooper 360," philosopher Cornel West brilliantly destroys Trump lackey & former Bush staffer Paris Dennard for defending Donald Trump's lies!
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #80 on: November 25, 2017, 03:29:15 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Phil Donahue is a man who broke through all the brain washing LIES he was spoon fed as a child BECAUSE he tirelessly searched for and accepted the TRUTH, no matter how uncomfortable it was for him to incorporate into his world view. 

This TRNN replay is must viewing for anyone who thinks trusting the State they grew up in is "objective" and "reasonable". Trusting the State is the path to dictatorship. Flag waving fools (i.e. 'my country right or wrong' ) are precisely the people that have been suckered into defending the fascist destruction of what little democracy we have left in the USA.

If you feel comfortable with today's U.S. Government foreign and domestic corporate plunder and pillage based polices, you will not escape the cruelty that those policies have visited on others. You are only fooling yourself to think you will never be the target of corporate government profit over people and planet mayhem simply because you are "white" and economically well off. Your Government encouraged empathy deficit behavior, cleverly labelled by the Orwellian Propaganda Machine as "patriotism", will eventually boomerang on you and yours. Stop letting greed destroy our country. Stop being stupid. Stop ruining the future of your offspring. Start admitting you have been wrong. Then, and only then, we just might get through this. Otherwise, your selfishness will be key to the destruction of everything decent about human society. You have been warned.




September 30, 2014

The Radicalization of Phil Donahue - Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Mr. Donahue says he believed he was blessed, living in the greatest country on earth - but through hosting his show, speaking to people like Chomsky and the Black Panthers, he came to question what he had thought was true


October 2, 2014

Corporate Media is Destroying Democracy - Phil Donahue on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Mr. Donahue says that corporate media doesn't rock the boat, it is the boat

October 3, 2014

Whistle Blowers, Dissenters, and Progressives are the Patriots - Phil Donahue on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Donahue says we are a nation of laws, until we are scared

http://therealnews.com/t2...27%20style=%27color:#000;

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #81 on: November 28, 2017, 10:42:49 pm »


November 28, 2017

Mostly-White Knoxville Elects Indian American Socialist to City Council   

DSA Member Seema Singh Perez discusses her election to City Council in Knoxville, Tennessee.



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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #82 on: December 01, 2017, 06:42:47 pm »
What Corporate Media is NOT Showing You

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Well, so far their victory calibration is not going as they want because the party of NO can't seem to agree on how to screw the people over and is not actually passing the money grab they Bribed the GOP to give them.

Healthcare failed to go through and the tax cuts for the rich are being seen for what it is.

People are waking up and the GOP is realizing that they can't hold office if they keep trying to pass laws with approval ratings in the teens.

The result of this current Congress and administration is going to be voters voting in the most progressive choices they have in 2018 and 2020. The resistance is here and getting noticed.

The main stream media isn't covering it but they had to drag protesters out of the Senate hearing an arrest then for protesting in front of their senators. How many senators do you think want to have their voters arested in protest against the laws they are voting for?

The people are waking up and change is coming.


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #83 on: December 05, 2017, 08:35:07 pm »


December 5, 2017

A Green New Deal for Washington State


Trump may be leading the US backwards on developing a Green Economy but a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass, says Washington State can pave the way to a New Green Deal. Prof. Robert Pollin and AFL-CIO Labor leader in Washington State discusses the study and the possibilities. Link to report

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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #84 on: December 08, 2017, 06:06:54 pm »

Courageous Whistleblowers Who Spoke Out Against Fraud and Corruption


National Whistleblower Center 

Published on Dec 1, 2017

Meet four courageous whistleblowers who changed the world by speaking out against fraud and corruption:

Bradley C. Birkenfeld
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Dr. Toni Savage
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #85 on: December 08, 2017, 09:05:49 pm »


December 8, 2017

DNC's Unity ;) Commission Further Dividing the Party

"You look at the big picture and you see that there's a lot of money that keeps flowing to Clinton-aligned political consultants from the Democratic party, and the majority on this commission clearly does not want to shake up that game, much less end it," says Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org


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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #86 on: December 12, 2017, 11:25:04 pm »
December 12, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Democrat Doug Jones just defeated Roy Moore in Alabama!

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« Reply #87 on: December 13, 2017, 03:22:33 pm »
A small win for the good guys. It's tempting to say the tide is turning against Bannon and Trump, but the truth is that this kind of upset is likely to remain an anomaly, at least for a while. 
 


I'll bet the Repugnants lose the Senate in 2018.

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A small win built up to epic proportions by the media. One corrupt party of elites battling another corrupt party of elites.  I can't say the democrats are good guys.  I do not care to accept forty year old he-said she-said stories as fact even if the accused are people I find personally distasteful.  Were the Democratic party to embrace the possibility of collapse and determine that the country needed to be put on a sound footing to prepare for a janky future I could change my mind but that is not going to happen.  Democrats tend to be cornucopians totally out of touch with reality.  Republicans as disgusting as they are, at least recognize the world has limits. Their answer is just to take it all for themselves.

Both major American political parties have only a sophomoric, skin deep world view.  Their immaturity combined with their power make both parties dangerous for the little guy.   Only people from scalable professions can enter the upper ranks of either party. 

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    A scalable profession is good only if you are successful; they are more competitive, produce monstrous inequalities, and are far more random with huge disparities between efforts and rewards — a few can take a large share of the pie, leaving others out entirely at no fault of their own.

    One category of profession is driven by the mediocre, the average, and the middle-of-the-road. In it, the mediocre is collectively consequential. The other has either giants or dwarves — more precisely, a very small number of giants and a huge number of dwarves.  - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 

In other words only people with a lot of money can be high ranking Republicans or Democrats.  In other  words people with distorted and incorrect ideas of how the world works.  This can lead to only one thing.  Doom!

Consider Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as 'The Rock'.  He could be our next president, the idea is being floated around.  Dwayne I'm sure is a really nice guy but he has a totally scalable world view.  Were Dwayne to become president the little guy is going to be totally left out.  I could never vote for him.  To Dwayne and people like him success is just a fact of life.  That any part of their success is the result of luck or others being left behind so they could have all success to themselves is a concept they won't entertain.  For them success is a matter of hard work and that is all there is too it.  To elites the idea the world should move in a direction where only one guy has everything makes total sense.


Nice try, Mr. Arrogant holier than thou pseudo-erudite babble spewing bigoted double talker. Your pathetic and feeble attempt to downplay this key win by Doug Jones is expected, it being that you are a TRUMPER, whether you want to admit it or not. I am not surprised that Eddie is on the same erroneous page as you on this issue (birds of a feather flock together).


Your verbal effluent exercise in deliberate confusion irrelevance, by bringing up prize fighter Dwayne Douglas Johnson, evidences how desperate you are to change the subject AND how low you will stoop to cleverly attempting to trash someone with a similar sounding name.

You know NOTHING about Doug Jones.  Perhaps it is time that you learned what a principled man he is. He tirelessly defended a man found guilty (who was innocent) of Cannabis possession and use to the point of getting him freed from prison YEARS after the man was found guilty and imprisoned. You OWE Doug Jones for his principled behavior. We all do! He will be a voice of reason in the Senate. SHAME on you!


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There is so much talk about Roy Moore and the awful things he's done but what about Doug Jones? Today on the Thom Hartmann program, Thom gets a call from someone Doug Jones never gave up on.
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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #88 on: December 13, 2017, 05:58:01 pm »


Stars Fell on Alabama : The Beautiful Defeat of Roy Moore  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

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« Reply #89 on: December 13, 2017, 07:27:52 pm »
Listen up America, Alabama has spoken

December 13, 2017

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Doug Jones's election is a moment of change, not only in Alabama, but for an America yearning for signs that these values matter in 2017.

Over the past several months, Jones has visited every corner of Alabama and worked hard to earn people's votes. He built a strong coalition of canvassers and phone bankers, deploying a strong get-out-the-vote operation such that Alabama Democrats haven't seen in decades. He was willing to speak to any Alabamian, no matter their income, their faith or their race. His victory speech showed his admirable desire and ability to embrace all Alabamians.

Jones's voter base represents the future of Alabama: an emerging coalition of black voters, LGBT activists, women and young voters. He won by offering these groups a vision that can help our state assert itself in the 21st century. We believe that he will be a strong ally for Senator Richard Shelby and state officials in attracting economic opportunities to Alabama. And we will hold him to his word that he will be a voice of compromise in an increasingly partisan Senate. In his acceptance speech, Jones called on the Senate to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program. We hope they will do so quickly, as many Alabama families depend on it. Republicans claim to care about children; killing this program belies it.

We hope that other Alabama's politicians will heed Jones's example. The last two years have seen far too many political scandals in our state. And as we saw from Moore's few campaign appearances, the Alabama Republican Party may be taking its voters for granted. We would all benefit from a better exchange of ideas, from politicians who court the broad center of the electorate rather than build a base that divides Alabama's people. Jones offered a new path for Alabama's leaders, Republican and Democrat. They should all walk it.

This kind of moving beyond party-before-principle was clearly in evidence from our Senior Senator Rep. Richard Shelby, who put country and state ahead of his party, urging fellow conservatives to write in another candidate rather than vote for Moore, and almost 23,000 voters did -- a number slightly greater than Jones's margin of victory. This was one of Shelby's finest moments and we hope will long serve as a shining example to his congressional colleagues.

This election outcome is tremendous for Alabama. We believe Doug Jones will be a fine Senator and move us forward in myriad ways.  But Jones's victory does not mean our state is suddenly not the conservative bastion it has been (though even in the hardest-right elections, about a third or more Alabamians vote for more progressive candidates.) Jones understands this, and will seek to represent all Alabamians. That said, the state is changing -- more urban, with a more diverse population, and those segments of the voting population carried the day for Jones. We are encouraged to see more young people engaged in our electoral and political processes, and urge both parties to find ways to continue this.

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