Biden “doesn’t have time” to explain his healthcare plan

Because his “healthcare plan” amounts to “whatever the insurance industry wants.”

As Joe Biden storms through Iowa and prepares for his first visit as a presidential candidate in South Carolina, the Democratic front-runner has said he doesn’t “have the time” to lay out the details of his healthcare plan.

“I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer,” Mr Biden said recently in Iowa City, declining to lay out his vision for America’s healthcare future to the assembled crowd, according to POLITICO.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/joe-biden-healthcare-2020-campaign-bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-a8898926.html

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Happy Birthday, Karl Marx

From the Howie Hawkins Campaign:

Happy 201st birthday to one of the world’s most important thinkers, Karl Marx.

Marx (and his collaborator, Engels) understood that our ecosystem is vibrant and intricate, where balance is key and where we can’t often control the outcomes of our impact.

It’s time for system change, not business as usual. Get involved at https://howiehawkins.us/

Das Kapital, Volume III, Part IV: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1894-c3/ch46.htm

#EcosocialismOrBarbarism#H20#Howie2020

After McGovern and Carter

The Democratic Party does not care about beating Donald Trump. It didn’t in 2016, and it doesn’t now. What it cares about, all it has ever cared about, is preserving the status quo.

We may have moved past the party’s ability to clear the field for its preferred frontrunner, as it did for Clinton, but make absolutely no mistake: after McGovern and Carter, the “party of the people” will never, ever again allow the people to decide a candidate.

If it comes down to Bernie and somebody else in the primary, you know in your bones the corporatocracy ain’t ever picking Sanders.

The specter of superdelegates

“The specter of superdelegates deciding the nomination, particularly if Mr. Sanders is a finalist, is highly unappetizing to party officials. “If we have a role, so be it, but I’d much prefer that it be decided in the first round, just from a unity standpoint,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/us/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-party.html

Sure, it’s in Stabenow and the rest of the superdelegates’ interest to spread some bullshit about “party unity” in interviews. However, don’t think for a second that this talk of party unity will stop superdelegates from nuking Bernie’s candidacy, if he comes into the convention as the front-runner. And, sure, since @EIWBM_Cat started saying it, I agree with her that the DNC doesn’t have the political capital to engineer a coup. Nina is probably right that the DNC couldn’t engineer its way out of a paper bag, right now. But with Stabenow saying this, out loud, now – “if we have to have a role, so be it” – don’t think for a second that superdelegates won’t pick the candidate if handed the opportunity. And right now, it looks like they probably will.

 

We warned you

We warned you that this is what they were doing.

A widely shared New York Times article about the growing nervousness Democratic Party bosses have about Bernie Sanders includes one comment from a superdelegate that may prove controversial.

If we have a role, so be it, but I’d much prefer that it be decided in the first round, just from a unity standpoint,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

https://gritpost.com/dnc-bosses-superdelegate-coup

No one is suggesting growth is impossible

For those of you telling me that you think Tulsi Gabbard’s apologies for her past hideousness on LGBT issues and toward queer people are sincere, well, that’s nice for you. But I came out as a baby fag in 1984 right in the middle of an entire society was more than content to let us all die, hearing how their god was visiting his wrath upon the country because I existed. I’ve been down this road before, and I know precisely how conditional so-called “tolerance” from christians is really is. Y’all wanna crow about her endorsement from HRC, feel more than free, but I remain suspicious, because hard experience has taught me that it’s fucking stupid to do anything else.

Precisely no one is suggesting that it’s impossible for people to change their minds, and to grow. But if that “growth” is conveniently timed with your run for Congress, and you’re reminding everyone how much you’ve “grown” now that you’re running for President, well… that ain’t growth, folks. It’s political expediency. If you’re smart, you’ll trust that that’s only ever going to last long enough for Gabbard to “evolve” into something else.

It’s worth noting that despite fawning praise from zillionaire lobbies like HRC, Gabbard is more than willing to point out that her “personal views” haven’t changed a bit.

A 2016 profile of the combat veteran published in Ozy suggests otherwise: “She tells me that, no, her personal views haven’t changed, but she doesn’t figure it’s her job to do as the Iraqis did and force her own beliefs on others,” noted reporter Sanjena Sathian.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tulsi-gabbard-homophobic-remarks_n_5c3a6030e4b01c93e00a5952

You guys want to trust her? Knock yourselves out.

But don’t expect anyone else to do the same.

The Greencast – March 11, 2019 – Peace Delegation to Venezuela

Show Notes:

On the show this week, several items covering the drumbeat to war in Venezuela, and some historical context – the coup in Chile against Allende, during the Nixon administration, where we see several key aspects of the Venezuelan coup originated. Greenpeace has a call for comment to stop drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, Flint still has contaminated water, and I take a look at what might be behind Dianne Feinstein’s opposition to a real Green New Deal (as always, follow the money).

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Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Venezuela

Four members of the 15 person peace delegation spoke at the UN press conference including
https://www.gp.org/peace_movement_goes_to_venezuela
http://no2nato2019.org
https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup
https://www.rt.com/news/453114-us-threatens-secondary-sanctions-venezuela/

Empire Files: The “International Community” Support for US Coup Leader Juan Guaido
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=625353071236890
https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Empire Files: The reality of US military attack on Venezuela is very real
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpireFiles/status/1102392324879876096

Venezuela power outages
https://apnews.com/6ba2f69b77e2457da64593a7b8eced16

You would have to be crazy to rule out US as behind any major event in Venezuela, considering it’s in the middle of an active regime change op & will stop at nothing to see it through
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104090409527984128

Venezuela’s blackout is being used as new pretext for coup. Shortly before US overthrew Allende, there were also major blackouts coupled with widespread CIA sabotage to “make the economy scream”
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104100191861260288
https://www.nytimes.com/1973/08/14/archives/blackout-interrupts-address-by-allende.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_intervention_in_Chile

How bad does Guaido have to be to have his death squads stopped by Colombia, the paramilitary state…?
https://twitter.com/JSCCounterPunch/status/1103716265338626048
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/heavily-armed-soldiers-aborted-plan-to-enter-venezuela-by-force

“The ruling class comes up with a lie to manufacture American consent for its all-American war crimes, and that lie is then sprayed like laminate all over average American citizens.”
https://twitter.com/commondreams/status/1104074384996745217
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/08/we-are-being-lied-war-again

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to march against interventionism in the country, as part of the celebrations of the national Bolivarian Anti-Imperialist Day.
https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1104517218212110337

Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition let by self-declared president, Juan Venezuela’s self-declared President Juan Guaido.
https://twitter.com/mintpressnews/status/1104750001958330368
https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-venezuela-opposition-have-much-common/255992/

The imperialist sadists leading US policy on Venezuela are bragging about collectively punishing civilians with sanctions & economic warfare. Sociopath Rubio boasted, “Venezuela is going to enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history”
https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1104860942800695302

DNC & Election

NY Times: A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn’t the Driver of Clinton’s Defeat
Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/upshot/a-2016-review-turnout-wasnt-the-driver-of-clintons-defeat.html

I called this last November. The DNC is going to load up the field with candidates so that no one will be able to secure the majority required in the first round and then in comes the super delegates in the 2nd round and they pick the establishment candidate.
https://twitter.com/barbaralnewsome/status/1100909482635333632

That office was led by newly elected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was serving as California’s Attorney General at the time. Criticisms of Mnuchin as a nominee provoked inquiries toward Harris as to why she refused to take any action given the evidence of violations her office uncovered.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/25/dem-senator-received-donations-before-and-after-failing-to-prosecute-trump-nominees-bank/

Green New Deal & Environment

Of all the consequential actions our government can take without our consent, namely wars and expanding oil drilling, Axelrod blames inaction on the voters. What a prick. Our government has horrible leadership.
https://twitter.com/happierer/status/1102974425740337152

Public comment period to stop drilling in ANWR: Greenpeace campaign.
https://engage.us.greenpeace.org/onlineactions/88s5g1q1i0mODgX-Gi9mMw2

Stratocumulus clouds could disappear in as little as a century, adding 8° globally:
https://twitter.com/OsitaNwanevu/status/1100076538811371520

Flint is still living with toxic water:
https://www.facebook.com/MS4GreenParty/posts/2234872936725661

Are fossil fuel investments and political contributions behind @SenFeinstein opposition to a Green New Deal?
https://twitter.com/gpny/status/1104081596649480198
http://inthesetimes.com/article/21784/dianne-feinstein-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-climate-change-sunrise

Chelsea Manning Arrest

There’s a grim irony, particularly in Manning’s case, that the purported purpose of a federal grand jury is to act as a safeguard from the improper motivations of government. We need not support Assange personally to understand that his prosecution for publishing Manning’s leaks would expose news organs who also published the documents — like the Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — to the same liability. The precedent that could be set for state repression of journalism is beyond troubling.
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/02/chelsea-manning-subpoena-grand-jury/

Please send a letter of support to Chelsea Manning, if you’re able.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

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