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  1. why yes, a national forum on climate change. For a change. At least that would be something vastly different. Seeing how things, have changed, slowly at first, at least, over time seeing how things seem to have changed just a bit. And you're just trying to catch a cup of coffee, on your way to a high pressure zone. Tom Waits has a raspy voice, this one's dear to my heart.
  2. Use your power to educate the population Dearest Democrat Party. Do it while you can! You could easily have a debate solely on one topic, Climate Change, and what we need to do about it. Don't just bicker amongst yourselves. Rather, have someone like Dan Rather before hand illustrate with a detailed documentary some scientific fact. And then have your debate about what you would do. We need to do a lot. Convince folks if you think so. What is your plan. How much will it cost. Is it viable, and if it is, what will it take to get it done? Hi Mitch, you watching this, you could say, to be cute. But don't go too far criticizing old Mitch, because apparently he already has done all he could do... Peace!
  3. Me Three!!! See policy measures all spelled out make a sense these days. That's what Bernie did when he broke away from the do nothing moderates - actually he wasn't a Democrat until he ran for president. Why you running for president, is there a reason? Beat Trump, is not the answer I need to hear. It's weird, some of the old people know, and many of the young people do as well. Biden didn't really amount to much, in all the years he served in the Senate - I know, I was around. I did sit in the back seat, and I voted for Ralph Nader numerous times - well three times. I love Jimmy Carter, it's easy to look back and see the same old consternation I have with the Democratic party. They never were progressive enough, but I always did think they could be someday. At least, I always hoped! Peace!
  4. yes, a lot of lazy people will need to get off their butts and vote. We'll need more people to stand up to the truth. And, we'll need to say, F you Russian Trolls, and F you neo-fascism / been there done that. I like that as a meme or a hashtag, "F you neo-fascism / been there done that./ Mussolini or something" It would make a great T-Shirt. Pete Buttigieg could sell them for contributions to his campaign. "F you neo-fascism / been there done that./ Mussolini or something - Vote for Pete", it would say. Peace!
  5. By Andy Borowitz October 29, 2016 PHOTOGRAPH BY REX FEATURES VIA AP LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—In an unexpected televised address on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II offered to restore British rule over the United States of America. Addressing the American people from her office in Buckingham Palace, the Queen said that she was making the offer “in recognition of the desperate situation you now find yourselves in.” "This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn't end well," she said. The Queen urged Americans to write in her name on Election Day, after which the transition to British rule could begin “with a minimum of bother.” Elizabeth acknowledged that, in the wake of Brexit, Americans might justifiably be alarmed about being governed by the British parliamentary system, but she reassured them, “Parliament would play no role in this deal. This would be an old-school monarchy. Just me, and then, assuming you’d rather not have Charles, we could go straight to William and those children of his who have mesmerized you so.” Using the closing moments of her speech to tout her credentials, the Queen made it clear that she has never used e-mail and has only had sex with one person "very occasionally." Andy Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes The Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news. Read more » https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/queen-offers-to-restore-british-rule-over-united-states?fbclid=IwAR3ChfdeNAfPn0RbbjTAvJJhXhOB24rW_cGrDxuS_uDG_9BN5pZjAYGDaPg Thanks your majesty, but no thanks.The Brits are about to install Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. He’s better than Trump but only in the way that a punch to the groin is better than a kick. Alas, comedy is often a knee jerk reaction to only one tragedy at a time , but truthfully, The Queen hates that bigot too!!!
  6. Hey Blue, Great post!!! you know liberals love comedy, and they are mostly pretty good at depicting all these major incidentals that just happen to control most folks thoughts. Well I haven't a foggy clue what the Queen of the British Isles is really thinking these days...And yet Andy Borowitz uncannily zooms in where most East Londoners, and for that matter, much of the world, would certainly like to go. You know the visionaries silt, this fine soot of sand, or clay matter that affixes itself within the winds of reality. And Sarah, so pure, so very pure.You search for a Sarah, lost in the silt, in a wind storm, someone who can exclaim what it's like to be here, possibly in the US, and the good things, and the bad things too. What is a Jew who criticizes Israels policy towards the Palestinian state, are they anti-semitic. or are they haters of America - and what about the white guy of Christian descent, is he a hobo? Charlie Bukowski, "The Crunch" Peace!
  7. We need to reach out to the Squad more and not pull folks apart. Who said that? These are young women who are out there might just be a bit obviously a bit over their head, yet, they are hitting on a lot of important issues that just ain't too new. The Right, paints their voices in racists ways - Donald Trump What we need is a discussion regarding truth. What about the National Debt ? What about the effects of Climate change if we do nothing? The Coal Industry Is Not a Major Employer Written by Dean Baker Published: 15 July 2019 The NYT had a column by Eliza Griswold talking about the prospect of job loss in coal mining areas due to efforts to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. While it is often traumatic for workers to lose jobs, especially long-held jobs, it is important to realize that relatively few jobs are at stake in the coal mining industry. For example, in Pennsylvania, one of the states mentioned in the piece, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are now 5,000 coal mining jobs in the state. The state has over 6 million workers, which means that coal mining accounts for roughly 0.08 percent of employment in the state. Kentucky has 5,800 jobs in coal mining, with total employment of 1,950,000. That comes to a bit more than 0.3 percent of total employment. Even in West Virginia, the heart of coal country, there are only 23,000 jobs in coal mining out of a total of 740,000 jobs. This comes to a bit more than 3.0 percent of total employment. In all three states, there were sharp drops in employment in the industry in the past, which drastically reduced the importance of coal mining employment. It is a bit peculiar that the earlier declines in coal mining employment, which were primarily due to productivity growth (specifically, replacing underground mining with strip mining -- a policy often opposed by environmentalists), received relatively little attention in the media or from politicians. By contrast, the prospect of considerably smaller future declines due to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is drawing extensive attention. We need a Democratic Party that gets it right, delivers truth, uses oversight from topic experts who are not biased by ideology. We need to open up the spigot from which ideas flow while at the same time illustrating the vast constraints. Get those young people involved... We need to go forth with caution, but surely, we do need to stand on the solid ground of truth. I guess we got to move forward somehow. Compare and Contrast. Peace!
  8. The PERI research team / University of Mass at Amherst of Pollin, James Heintz, Peter Arno, Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Michael Ash, found that Medicare for All would reduce annual health care spending to $2.93 trillion from the current level of $3.24 trillion. Public health care revenue sources that presently provide about 60 percent of all U.S. health care financing, including funding for Medicare and Medicaid, would provide $1.88 trillion of financing for the new system. Removing the other costs attributed with the current system would leave a gap of $1.05 trillion, which the economists suggest could be raised with a set of four proposals that will generate enough revenue to create a surplus of 1 percent for the system. The researchers propose: Continuing business health care premiums, but with a cut of 8 percent relative to existing spending per worker. Businesses that have been providing coverage for their employees would thereby see their health care costs fall by between about 8-13 percent. ($623 billion) A 3.75 percent sales tax on non-necessities, which includes exemptions for spending on necessities such as food and beverages consumed at home, housing and utilities, education and non-profits. The researchers include a 3.75 percent income tax credit for families currently insured by Medicaid. ($196 billion) A net worth tax of 0.38 percent, with an exemption for the first $1 million in net worth. The researchers state that this tax would therefore apply to only the wealthiest 12 percent of U.S. households. ($193 billion) Taxing long-term capital gains as ordinary income. ($69 billion) Under these recommendations, the researchers find that the net costs of health care for middle-income families would fall by between 2.6 and 14 percent of income. For high-income families health care costs will rise, but only to an average of 3.7 percent of income for those in the top 20 percent income group, and to 4.7 percent of income for the top 5 percent. The researchers also find that based on 2017 U.S. health care expenditure figures, the cumulative savings for the first decade operating under Medicare for All would be $5.1 trillion, equal to 2.1 percent of cumulative GDP, without accounting for broader macroeconomic benefits such as increased productivity, greater income equality and net job creation through lower operating costs for small- and medium-sized businesses. “Medicare for All will produce large cost savings for both businesses and households,” says co-author Jeannette Wicks-Lim, associate research professor at PERI. “Under our proposal, all businesses that now provide health care coverage for their employees will receive an across-the-board 8 percent cut in premiums. For families, our results show that Medicare for All will promote both lower average costs and greater equity. For example, middle-income families who now purchase private insurance on the individual market would see their health care costs fall by an average of 14 percent under Medicare for All.” “This study is the most comprehensive, detailed, authoritative study ever undertaken of Medicare for All, and it points powerfully and unassailably in support of MFA,” said economist and public policy expert Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor at Columbia University, in reviewing the researchers’ analysis. “Medicare for All promises a system that is fairer, more efficient, and vastly less expensive than America’s bloated, monopolized, over-priced and under-performing private health insurance system. America spends far more on health care and gets far less for its money than any other high-income country. This study explains why, and shows how Medicare for All offers a proven and wholly workable way forward.” In his review of the report, William Hsiao, K.T. Li Professor of Economics at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the study “presents an objective, unbiased, comprehensive and thorough economic analysis of Medicare for All. Professor Pollin and his co-authors have set a new high standard for transparency and clarity in presenting their analyses, estimations, and conclusions. The research methods they used to estimate both the cost increases and savings are sound. The assumptions they used to generate cost estimations are based on the latest empirical evidence. Consequently, the conclusions of this study on the overall costs and savings of Medicare for All are reasonable and scientifically sound.” “This stellar economic analysis of a single-payer, universal health care system for the U.S. is the first to sufficiently document each step of the calculations, enabling reproducibility of the findings. It is also the first study that thoroughly addresses the transition to and financing of a universal health care system for the U.S.,” said Alison Galvani, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis and Burnett and Stender Families’ Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University, in her review of the report. “Underlying the analysis is an interdisciplinary evidence base that has been compiled from literature spanning economics, health policy and clinical care both within the US and internationally. The methodology is sound and the assumptions are conservative with regard to their conclusions. Specifically, lower-end figures from the expert literature are used in the calculation of savings, whereas anticipated expenditures are based on the higher end of empirical distributions. Despite stacking the deck against Medicare for All, this analysis convincingly demonstrates the substantial improvements in cost efficiency that could be achieved by Medicare for All. I am confident that the Pollin et al. study will become recognized as the seminal analysis of a single-payer universal health care system for the U.S.”
  9. I think that where there is small areas of service you need primary care big time. Other more complex issues would need to be handled a bit farther away. In smaller populated areas you need efficiency, and efficacy to suite the smaller population. Then, you need regional hubs that are more suited to deal with a whole host of more difficult healthcare needs. It's not perfect, but you need a plan to address this issue. One that makes the most sense.
  10. Efficiency can be found in cities where you need to make the most out of tight spaces. Travel is always a big issue regarding congested streets and wasted time getting from point A to point B. https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/18/17873726/transportation-best-cities-bus-scooter-light-rail-public-transit We got to also deal with the overuse of plastics, and food waste. We got to also deal with the overuse of plastics, and food waste. A point that is worth repeating. The video in this link is worth listening to. A lot to think about. https://greatist.com/health/how-to-ways-reduce-food-waste#1 Stewardship Definitions from Websters: 1: the office, duties, and oblications of a steward 2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something especially ; the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care - stewardship of natural resource. Interesting book below. The Dayak in Borneo live in the extreme wild and have lost their language. Their belief systems have changed since hearing about the rest of the world. They wonder why cannot they change. They spiritually feel as though the white men who have visited their tribe are actually ghost. And the land from where they come from is heaven, the promise land where each of them will go, once they leave their small wild zone nestled in the jungles swamp.
  11. I feel as though we have not even scratched the surface regarding how far solar can go. You can put pv into pavement, and thin film ware to be incorporated on may surfaces. That would mean big time job creation here in the US. And just think, if we had the technology that could be easily implemented, private industry would love to get into that game. Also think about saving the rest of the world. All of this would be an immense step in helping out third world nations so that they too could one day enjoy the dream of prosperity. Yes, diversity and unity, strength in numbers. Peace!
  12. Very cool. They need them in Idaho for sure. We need to implement many of these very cool technologies sooner than later!!! Takes Leadership I guess. A party, any political party, that spent it time informing the public at large about these things, would... be smart. Peace!
  13. Absolutely. The economy we have now is not a reflection of Trump policies other than a slight one time bump to GDP last year after the big tax cut for the rich which didn't boost corporate investment in R&D or capital expenditure. Trump forgot his campaign strategy to deal with the Chinese Yuan, and instead he has used Tariff's to push for intellectual property rights for Corporations - and if it works, you will see more jobs going to China, not less. Meanwhile, the infrastructure is horrible shape, we still have a horrible problem with healthcare due to the Republican dismantling of the ACA - which was meant to only be a start at improving a deplorable non-coherent healthcare system, And yes - climate change policy is drastically required, And yes, strong measures dealing with climate change would help provide economic security today and into the future. Peace!
  14. I stopped reading much of what Friedman writes a long time ago. I just don't think he knows much about what he writes about.
  15. There's that, and also the big money always goes to the moderate.
  16. I also fear some of Biden's policy promises are rash, and are not well thought out. He is gaming on his moderate status, without explaining just where he is exactly on a number of issues. This should be disconcerting to all Democratic voters. https://prospect.org/article/joe-biden-wants-get-rid-half-obamacare
  17. I like Kamala Harris, but I am not sure she inspires me enough. She is not strong enough in explaining the basic problems we have regarding things never getting done for the people. We do need inspiration, as well as instruction of what did not work and why certain policies should. We need inspiration, along with leaders describing the required nuts and bolts behind any policy measure. Yes, kids take out your graphic calculators, and draw upon what they can illustrate. We need the Democratic Party to do its job regarding the most critical issues that we face as a people. Yes, we need solid debates, bolstered by some factual journalism upfront. Please do, Utilize the moments when people are watching in order to educate. This what Congressional Oversight should do. If you cannot make change because you don't have the executive power, and you don't have half the congress, the Senate - what you should do is use that time to investigate and inform. Let them come at you from any side. Use good journalism, utilize strong oversight - use even judicial review. Let's bring in economist, and big bold graphs, and let's also benchmark what other democracies around the world are doing regarding a whole host of issue. Dealing with climate change... Make folks understand how vital an issue this is and how it could affect everything from jobs to healthcare and our justice system. Isn't it all tied to the bottom line, and what is the bottom line? That's always a good question to ask. What is the bottom line? Peace!
  18. Inspiring is really difficult in the big field of candidates as it were.They say Sanders seems desperate, but how is that so wrong, when one considers the long road he has gone down. You know it might be easy to point out what is wrong, but you can point it out all you want, yet in the end for some darn reason it just does not register enough with the critical mass of voters required. Healthcare in general has been under assault for decades now. Dealing with climate change is going to take effort, while at the same time, we do have the needed technology to make a huge dent today - we could do it if enough folks become motivated, you know we could. Regarding jobs, look at the EPOP from the bureau of labor statistics, the entirety of the population gainfully employed before the great recession, up until now. All this info is available for anyone to look up. You do Will. We need people like You! Yes, you're right Will. We need to focus on the truth, and still at the same time pronounce a viable way to make the progress that is required today.
  19. I like Elizabeth Warren the most right now. I like many of the others as well. Bernie is real, he really is real. That's what we need. Someone who is really real about the change we need. Of course it will take support, a lot of support from the people. Big time. That's why I like how Bernie changed the topic of the Democratic Party. Elizabeth was already there, she's real with real policies. And she states it up front, it will take a mandate from the people to exact in a meaningful way. But here's the deal, if people were more informed about the possibility, I think the chances of more people getting involved are very good. de Blasio is an excellent risk taker. He mandated 10 vacation days for all employees in NY City. Listen, there are a lot of constructive ways to solve a lot of issues. How do we get people to buy into ideas, and then, how do we implement those ideas that make sense? How much skin off my nose, am I willing to agree with? No skin off my nose, is that for real, is a good question. Sometimes it might take a sliver of skin off your nose, are you willing to give that much? Do we actually need Pie Charts to illustrate the degree of difficulty and how much skin would be acceptable to come off peoples noses? I think that would help. But it would also help to fully illustrate the gains. No skin off your nose, might represent no gain. And that means enough people possibly did not put their noses to the grindstone; they should put their collective noses to the grindstone - we should have a poll about this. Should there be more people who put their noses to the grindstone, or less? Peace!
  20. I always wondered about solar powered EV charging stations. Just imagine what could be done right now. Below is a link that caught my eye. There are many more design ideas out there. We could make it happen. We should also not discard the idea of mass transit, not by a long shot. We need more of that as well. And I for one would love it if we could make inroads regarding better infrastructure for riding bikes.. Riding a bike to work or other places they need to go where the pathway is safe and open would make folks happier and healthier too. It should be a joy to live an efficient life full of discovery. https://inhabitat.com/beautiful-solar-powered-ev-charging-stations-promise-to-charge-a-vehicle-in-15-minutes/ I think we have not even touched the surface regarding the use of Solar Power. Peace!
  21. A shortage of labor, really? One of the things people should look at other than the monthly jobs report is the EPOP from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below is the employment - population ratio for the 25 - 54 year age group from pre-recession to 2019
  22. Pence is not the sharpest in the Republican Tool box, yes that's true. And yes, he may not be clean himself. This article is from 2017. I've always thought Pence was a cheap suit. He really did dial into the Trump presidency for a chance to be VP, typical Pence! https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/12/trump-russia-pence-staying-clean-241545 Peace!
  23. Well I just wish the Democratic Party would have at least one serious debate dedicated solely to healthcare in America. I would like it to begin with some excellent piece of journalism. I picked this one from the American Prospect regarding the high price of Insulin because it points to a huge problem we have with pharmaceutical prices while explaining why. I think it would be a smart move. It would educate all people watching the debate and each politician would then need to describe what measures they think the American people should take. They could put the article below into a documentary form and play it prior to letting the candidates come out for the debate. If they did, I really think they'd get some traction. https://prospect.org/article/insulin-racket Peace!
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