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Photo: "Bernese Mittens"

"Bernese Mittens"
(Bernese Mountain Dog)
colored pencil and graphite drawing
by Katherine Plumer, © 2021

Khashoggi Said Bernie Was the Only American Politician Putting Pressure on the Saudi Crown Prince



Jebreal did the interview as part of a larger story she was writing for Newsweek about Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi’s homeland. On October 19, Newsweek decided to make the audio of the interview public.

Khashoggi Said Bernie Sanders Was the Only American Politician Putting Pressure on the Saudi Crown Prince

During the interview, Jebreal asked Khashoggi about the need for reform in Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi said that Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is basically just a “tribal leader” with no true interest in reform.

And Khashoggi said that part of the problem is that nobody in Saudi Arabia can stand up to the crown prince. He said there is also no real pressure being brought to bear on him by the international community. Khashoggi said that in the United States, the only politician who seriously criticizes MBS is Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and one-time presidential candidate.

Khashoggi told Jebreal, “First of all, there is no political movement in Saudi Arabia that could pressure him, number one. And the world is happy with him. Do you see anybody in America except for Bernie Sanders who is calling for putting pressure on MBS? I only saw Bernie Sanders, but no one else.”


Photo: Bernie's box of shirts


Gavel in hand, Bernie Sanders lays out an unabashedly liberal economic agenda

Mike DeBonis

Feb. 18, 2021 at 7:14 p.m. EST


As the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders has already played a key role in advancing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, and he is now scheduling high-profile hearings on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.

For the first, set for Thursday, Sanders has summoned the chief executives of some of America’s best-known companies to testify about the wages they pay their employees — speaking alongside some of their own front-line workers. The hearing’s title — “Why Should Taxpayers Subsidize Poverty Wages at Large Profitable Corporations?” — reflects how Sanders intends to use his new gavel to promote an unabashedly liberal economic agenda, one that breaks with the Budget Committee’s traditional focus on the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook.

Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, said he sees his panel’s scope as touching on “every aspect of public policy — in fact, on every aspect of American life,” and he plans to focus on the plight of the working class amid growing inequality.

“They are living through an economic desperation the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression,” Sanders said in an interview. “So we are going to be a very active and aggressive Budget Committee, which is going to explore what’s going on with the working class and the middle class of this country and how we can successfully address the crises that they face.”

Other hearings are tentatively on the books: On March 17, Sanders is planning a hearing on income and wealth inequality, followed by a March 24 hearing on “making corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes” and an April 14 hearing on the costs of climate change.

It remains unclear whether the McDonald’s and Walmart executives Sanders has invited to next week’s hearing will appear. McDonald’s declined to comment, and representatives for Walmart did not respond to inquiries Thursday. One top executive who has agreed to testify, according to Sanders’s office, is W. Craig Jelinek of Costco, which is known for paying its workers higher-than-average wages and benefits. Costco also did not respond to a request for comment. Sanders said no matter who shows up, he is determined to highlight the ever-growing gap between the pay of top executives and their essential employees — and the effect those wages have on federal expenditures.

Biden indicates he’s open to negotiation on $15 minimum wage


Sanders yelled back: "You represent the president of the United States!"

02/12/21 05:35 PM EST

Michael Van Der Veen, an attorney for former President Trump, got into a verbal scuffle with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), after the progressive lawmaker asked the attorney if he believes Trump won the 2020 election.

Sanders submitted a question noting that the House team have claimed that Trump was carrying out a "big lie" with his claim that he actually won the election and asked "are the prosecutors right when they claim that Trump was telling a big lie, or in your judgment did Trump actually win the election?"

Van Der Veen appeared annoyed by the question — which he did not ultimately answer.

"My judgment? Who asked that?" he asked, turning toward the Democratic side of the chamber.

Sanders yelled back: "I did.'

"My judgment is irrelevant," Van Der Veen continued.

His response sparked jeers from senators, leading Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to interrupt and remind senators that they can't challenge the response offered by Trump's team or the House impeachment managers.

Sanders was overheard by reporters in the chamber yelling back to Van Der Veen, "You represent the president of the United States!"


Bernie's Woodland Prints to benefit Wildlife Rescues! 🦡 🐿

Bernie's Woodland Creatures started with the amazing Bernie Mittens, made by Jen Ellis, and National Squirrel Appreciation Day. After the first painting a series was born.. that simple.. Bernie's Woodland Creatures is a new series by the artist, Sam Georgieff, from Poor Dog Farm. The goal of this series is to make you smile and spread some kindness with art... and mittens. All artwork is © S. Georgieff

A portion of the profits from the prints sold from this series will also be donated to the wildlife rescue charities:

The West Shore Wildlife Center in PA.
Green Mountain Animal Defenders in VT.



Four Quarters Brewing is releasing cans and a draft of "Bernie's S'mitten Mittens," this Friday.

Feb 9, 2021

WINOOSKI, Vt. - Introducing the latest in a series of products designed with Sen. Bernie Sanders' now-famous mitten pose in mind — beer.

Winooski-based Four Quarters Brewing is releasing cans and a draft of "Bernie's S'mitten Mittens," this Friday. The beer is a maple s'more stout brewed with maple syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, graham cracker and marshmallow.

The brewery said Beverage Warehouse, a nearby beer and liquor store, initiated the process after the pose quickly went viral online.

"Four Quarters, amazing as always, was inspired and answered the call," a spokesperson with Beverage Warehouse told NBC5 News.

Four Quarters is pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Winooski Food Shelf. The Beverage Warehouse says it will donate 100% of its personal profits to the 919 Foundation — a local charity that provides funding for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.


Having an opinion means you have the opinion. Being opinionated, the opinion has you instead.

Having an opinion means you have the opinion. Being opinionated reverses that subject-object relationship so that the opinion has you instead.

There are many ways to tell whether you are opinionated (i.e. possessed by the opinion). One way is to notice how you handle evidence related to your opinion. If you mainly seek out evidence with the intent to support your opinion and are soon offended by evidence which opposes it, then your mind is working in the maintenance and service of your opinion. So if you are mainly working FOR your opinion, then that likely means that your opinion has you. And if you are so opinionated that no evidence of any kind could have an effect on your opinion, then that means your opinion really has you.

Having an opinion is very different. Again, the handling of evidence is important. Having an opinion means that you can keep are lose it without that having much effect on your self-image. If you’re generally free from the feeling that your opinion has much to do with you, then you’re also free to consider evidence without loyalty or bias toward any particular conclusion.

That’s my opinion on the matter. But it’s not an absolute opinion, and not an absolute truth. This reminds me of another common symptom of being opinionated: it makes you confuse opinion and fact, so that you speak of your opinion with the same tone, the same gravity, as you would use when stating a fact. People often seem to find such a tone of certainty and authority to be charismatic. But I think that a more balanced and rational mind might be able to see that such certainty may be only a mask for the aforementioned confusion.

One last difference to mention about having an opinion vs. being opinionated: being opinionated inhibits your creativity. It takes an open mind to have an opinion without being possessed by it. If you’re really able to ride the wave of such openness, then you can have all kinds of opinions without your judgement being tainted by any of them. You can even deliberately be wrong, and then wake up from the dialectical dream to find that your erroneous beliefs have gathered to form a more profound order which is all the more pleasing because you can take neither responsibility nor credit for it.


Sanders Applauds White House Announcement to End U.S. Support for Yemen War

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