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12 monarchs in my garden again this year.

It was quite warm in the Chicago area, and my garden has 12 monarchs again this year. Over the past 5 years, I have been giving milkweed to my neighbors and we now have 4 yards will milkweed for the monarchs.

I also have literally hundreds of coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and assorted wildflowers for the butterflies and birds.

The yellow finches are also back feasting on the coneflowers.

In 'Disgusting' Move, Jeff Bezos Abruptly Cuts Health Benefits for Nearly 2,000 Part-Time workers...

In 'Disgusting' Move, Jeff Bezos Abruptly Cuts Health Benefits for Nearly 2,000 Part-Time Whole Foods Workers

From the article:

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday cut benefits for part-time workers at his grocery chain Whole Foods, drawing criticism from the left for a move that could leave thousands of people without health insurance.
"Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world," Boston-based activist Jonathan Cohn said on Twitter. "This is disgusting."

"Recall that one of Bezos's first acts as publisher of the Washington Post was to cut his staff's retirement benefits."
—writer Elon Green

"We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week," a Whole Foods spokesperson told Peterson. "All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount."

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The richest sociopath in the world needs to get even richer by stealing healthcare from the lowest paid of his employees.

Remind me again about the convenience and low cost of shopping with Amazon, but remember that those low prices come at a high cost for the US working class.

Elizabeth Warren Blames Mitch McConnell Corruption For Endless Gun Massacres

From the article:

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren railed against Congress for standing in the way of common-sense gun reforms that would save lives if Mitch McConnell and Republicans would stop blocking them.
“We have a Congress that is beholden to the gun industry,” Warren said. “And unless we’re willing to address that head-on and roll back the filibuster, we’re not going to get anything done on guns.”

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Kamala Harris Stares Into The Camera And Tells Trump He Should Be Indicted

From the article:

“You have used hate, intimidation, fear and over 12,000 lies as a way to distract from your failed policies and your broken promises,” Harris said. “The only reason you’ve not been indicted is because there was a memo in the Department of Justice that says a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime.”

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Harris summed it up very well for those of us in the fact-based universe.

This is the real reason most Americans file for bankruptcy

From the article:

Two-thirds of people who file for bankruptcy cite medical issues as a key contributor to their financial downfall.

While the high cost of health care has historically been a trigger for bankruptcy filings, the research shows that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has not improved things.

What most people do not realize, according to one researcher, is that their health insurance may not be enough to protect them.

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The US healthcare system is ranked 37th for a reason. Pretending otherwise, and pretending that what works in every other advanced democracy will somehow not work here is not a solution.

In actuality, we are the silent majority.

A majority supports women having the freedom to make their own medical choices.

A majority support registration of guns.

A majority support banning semi-automatic weapons.

A majority support required registration of guns.

A majority support protecting the right to vote.

A majority support the right to form and belong to a union.

A majority, 70%, support Medicare for All.

But the US corporate media supports the narrative that the US is a center right country. And so all of these things which in fact are supported by the majority are treated as unattainable and too far left.

So when are we, the actual silent majority, going to wake up and shout down the vocal minority of far right lobbyists, civil war fantasists, and puppets of the far right and demand that politicians do what we want?

One way we cannot do this is by failing to vote, or casting a protest vote to supposedly teach the Democrats a lesson.

Where were you when the world stopped turning....?

There were many chest thumping songs, but Jackson anchored his remembrance in a recognition of our common humanity.

As AOC and Ayanna Pressley Demand Answers on Trump Policy That Would Deport Sick Kids, ICE silent.

As AOC and Ayanna Pressley Demand Answers on Trump Policy That Would Deport Sick Kids, ICE Officials at Hearing Refuse to Talk.

From the article:

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley took ICE representatives to task Wednesday at a congressional hearing on how President Donald Trump's war on immigrants has affected ill children and their families, but were ultimately stymied in that effort as the officials refused to cooperate or answer questions.
"This is a threat to the rule of law," Ocasio-Cortez said of the recalcitrance of Daniel Renaud, ICE's associate director of field operations, and Timothy Robbins, the acting executive associate director of ICE's enforcement and removal operations, in the face of her questions.

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The new GOP pattern of behavior. Simply refuse to cooperate with the Legislative Branch if the President commands it.

Healthcare Ad Spending Exceeds $65 Million in 2019 as Insurance Industry tries to kill Med 4 all.

Healthcare Ad Spending Exceeds $65 Million in 2019 as Insurance Industry Ramps Up Effort to Kill Medicare for All.

From the article:

An Axios analysis released Wednesday found that spending on healthcare advertisements has exceeded $65 million in 2019 as dark money organizations, the insurance industry, and Big Pharma ramp up their campaigns against Medicare for All and other proposed reforms.
"More than half of all issue advertising this year has been on healthcare," according to Axios, "and that spending will only increase as the 2020 campaign gets closer."
Doctor Patient Unity, a dark money group that purports to represent doctors but doesn't publicly disclose its members, has been the biggest spender on healthcare ads this year, Axios found. The group has spent $26 million to date in 2019 into an effort to defeat bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing surprise medical bills.

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We are too old not to get arrested for children at the border

From the article:

One of the most important tasks of any community’s elders is to protect children — all children. One obligation of rabbis is to love Torah, live Torah and draw on the experience of Jewish history as continuing Torah. For us, both elders and rabbis, these two imperatives came together in our protest of the treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border — and explain why we were arrested last week outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Philadelphia.....

We are not alone in our demonstrations against the outrages against children. For the first time in American Jewish history, large cohorts of the Jewish community have come together to resist a major policy priority of the U.S. government.
Truah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and Never Again Action, the latter a swiftly gathered new network of mostly younger Jews, have inspired or carried out dozens of actions and hundreds of arrests around the country.

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