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  1. We have here an anti-union bot. The OPs entire focus is on hate of unions and everything about them. He comes down on the side of management every single time and is always dead against ordinary workers. So I find it hard to believe the lone anecdote where he wanted to protect a truck driver Every single one of Neomalthusian's examples are anecdotal and non-representative of of normal union practice ... Including large examples of unusual union rivalry, to petty examples of goldbricking. The evidence is overwhelming that labor unions are a huge benefit to workers almost all the time. Like everything else, there are sometimes disruptions. It is Neomalthusian's mission in life, to ferret them out.
  2. Wallco:--- You were warned two days ago for threats of violence. Wallco is suspended for one day.
  3. I thought it was a brilliant editorial, especially the first part which explained why the NYT settled on two, disparate choices:--- The problem of restoring the effectiveness of national institutions which no longer seem to function properly is reflected in two main lines of thought in the Democratic Party: One seeks to fix the system through existing channels and the other considers our institutions so damaged that only sweeping change will suffice. The two approaches are represented by Sen Klobuchar, who would work within the system and Sen Warren who's plans rely more on substantial change. At this point in the race, Warren stands at about 14.8%, nationally and Klobuchar about 8%. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/2020_democratic_presidential_nomination-6730.html However, at this point in past races, some eventual nominees fared no better. So present rankings do not necessarily indicate final results. My choice is Elizabeth Warren. We need to join the rest of the advanced nations and switch to Single Payer. With her understanding of the banking and financial industry, Warren is the right person for meaningful reform. And Warren has great ideas in a wide variety of areas: https://elizabethwarren.com/plans But I would enthusiastically support Amy Klobuchar, should she gain a commanding lead in the primaries. She has tons of experience. And although Klobuchar would seek to implement her plans through already established channels, her goals are those of a Liberal. Like Warren, she is strong on tackling climate change ... fair immigration policy ... narrowing the wealth gap, health care, education and many others.
  4. In the end, the Grail is what matters. On the other hand, there are a few messy details, on the road to attaining it.
  5. I don't fault either of them. Like you say, the way the system is setup, they couldn't survive in office, without it. It's just a shame that our political system has been deliberately corrupted, by perfectly legal means, giving most of the power to corporations, instead of voters.
  6. Over the years, arch-Conservative OMGitzHIM has invaded LO more times than I care to remember, with similar bizarre accusations. OMGitzHIm is now supended for 2 Months.
  7. The people at BlackRock have done a truly outstanding job for me so far. Although the company hedges its bets by donating to both parties, it gives far more to Democrats https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/totals.php?id=D000021872&cycle=2014 This latest move away from fossil fuels, is icing on the cake. Now if only BlackRock would remove all the stops and go the way of Microsoft. One of the few encouraging signs in this bleak period of US history, is the surprising number of established enterprises who are progressively bucking current political trends. Microsoft's enlightened stance on global warming may already be encouraging other corporations to move in an environmentally cleaner direction.
  8. I find that fantastic news, both on the environmental/global warming front and because of my personal involvement with the company.
  9. Yes. I was under the same impression. And I had the same disappointed reaction when I saw the figures. Evidently Sanders and Warren took health insurance and big pharma contributions in the past. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-accepted-pharma-executives-donations-prior-pledge/story?id=64390750
  10. The Lev bombshell will likely make little difference. Senate Republicans are corrupted way beyond the rulers of any banana republic. They would profess their love and their loyalty to Vlad the Impaler.
  11. Microsoft's pledge could be a trendsetting precedent which other corporate giants will follow. This is the first gesture of its type, from any major corporation in the world. Microsoft is joining Ikea and a handful of smaller companies, in unilaterally promising to go carbon negative. But Microsoft is upping the ante with its declaration to go even farther by vowing to remove all the carbon it ever released. Microsoft is leading the way with the single most effective CO2 removal and carbon storage procedure:--- Planting large numbers of trees. Microsoft is pledging to create a one billion dollar fund devoted to researching ways of lowering the percentage of CO2 in the Atmosphere. Bill Gates already has his own climate-focused fund. They are looking at a new technology, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_air_capture as one of their approaches. They are switching over to 100% electric vehicles. Microsoft pledged to publicly track progress toward its objective. And Microsoft says it will work with other companies to actively further these goals. https://www.npr.org/2020/01/16/796758230/microsoft-pledges-to-remove-from-the-atmosphere-all-the-carbon-its-ever-emitted
  12. So far, so good. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/12/17/half-of-active-duty-service-members-are-unhappy-with-trump-new-military-times-poll-shows/ Still, provided the chain of command doesn't crumble, and that's unlikely, all it would (hypothetically) take for a coup, is one pro-Trump general. Now we go from the unlikely to the farfetched: We don't know the depth of Pence' loyalty to Trump or whether he will still offer support after impeachment. Being a religious zealot, Pence could ostensibly be expected to snatch power and enforce a reign of rapture on an unwilling Nation. She's 79 but still ticking. I think Pelosi is principled enough to concede power to the candidate who is actually elected. Lincoln's assassination comes to mind. And today, the gun-toting Right has already absorbed an enormous amount of hate indoctrination. They will foam from the nose. Once that subsides, they will shriek and wail, such has rarely been heard in our lifetimes. As I think I mentioned elsewhere, Trump would probably end up in Russia. He's too much of an exhibitionist to seek a backwater. My Gawds, that's beautiful. May the Powers save it from development.
  13. Just one little problem with that: The US supports Israel. There's nothing to be "on to". A few things have been proposed. A train station, an embassy. While in no way religious himself, Trump has been a staunch supporter of Israel. So he is popular there. Not all. For instance, Trump enthusiastically backs the murderous House of Saud. Other than a few convenient exceptions, Trump is an equal opportunity hater:--- Muslims, Mexicans, and People of Color, in general.
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