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The Senate Vote to REMOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP from office must be done via SECRET BALLOT

From the article:

Republican Senator Jeff Flake has stated that if the senate vote to remove Trump based on this week’s findings were done by secret ballot, at least 35 of the 52 republican senators would vote to remove Trump.


The implication here is that at least 35 republican senators will not vote in the way they feel would be in the country’s best interest, due to political worries.

Here is an article from 1999! arguing that the Senate both has the legal right to vote to remove the president by secret ballot, and the constitutional duty to do so…


"The Constitution makes clear that the Senate may convict an impeached president with the "concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present." But it is silent as to the exact procedure that the Senate should follow at the trial's end to determine whether two-thirds concur.”

The senate has the full authority to pass a rule by simple majority vote stating that this vote be held by secret ballot.

To read more:


Some Democratic candidates support Medicare for All.

The US corporate controlled media prefers to frame the issue as "higher taxes" and ignores that total spending for healthcare would drop.

The media prefers to use the anti-tax meme, a meme that the GOP has pushed for 100 years.

This Libertarian meme treats all taxes as illegal takings, and not as spending on necessities.

The fact is, every other industrialized country spends less than the US per capita on healthcare.

And yes, Medicare for All would require higher taxes, but the reason for that is that insurance premiums would be greatly reduced, making for a net gain for families.

So any time a moderator asks if Medicare for All would result in higher taxes, the candidate should respond that total healthcare spending per person will drop, resulting in a net savings.

Edited to add:

One might be able to say that on average, each family will pay less, and the Canadian system would be a good basis for comparison.

But people also must understand that the US system is the most expensive system per capita in the industrialized world. With poorer health results as well.

What seniors on Medicare pay would be one way to approach this.

The short answer is that the average American with "original Medicare" (Parts A and B) can expect to pay a total of $7,620 out of pocket for healthcare expenses this year.
However, that number doesn't tell the whole story. Some of this amount comes from Medicare premiums, and some includes various costs such as prescription medications. In addition, total healthcare costs vary considerably by age and overall quality of health.


By contrast:

According to data from OECD, the US spent $10,209 on healthcare per capita, or per person, in 2017. That's more than any other country in OECD's 36-country consortium, and over $2,000 more than Switzerland, the second-highest spending country.


Looking at these articles, there is a difference of $2,500 per person. And seniors spend more per person than the average, so one might reasonably expect to see even better savings.

They call themselves "values voters'.

And one inference, of course, is that all others voters are not values voters.

And these self-named values voters voted for a serial adulterer currently married to a former porn model.

And these self-named values voters voted for a businessman who has been sued for non-payment of bills over 4,000 times.

And these self-named values voters voted for an open racist who openly attacks non-whites at his rallies.

And these self-named values voters voted for a man who openly solicits campaign help for favors.

And these self-named values voters voted for a man who financially profits from the Presidency every time he can.

And these self-named values voters voted for a man who refuses to release his tax forms, falsely claiming he cannot.

And these self-named values voters voted for a man who has made grossly inappropriate comments about the sexual desirability of his own daughter, and bragged about entering a locker room where young teen models were undressing.

So what values do these voters hold that can excuse voting for a man like Trump?

Melania Trump breaks ground on new Presidential bunker at White House

From the article:

First lady Melania Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that she had -- ceremonial shovel in hand -- marked the start of construction for a new White House Presidential bunker on the South Lawn.
"Exciting to break ground on the new Presidential bunker project at the White House today," she tweeted. "Thank you to all who will help in making this legacy piece possible for future first crime families to gather at and hide from law enforcement and enraged citizens for years to come."

Shortly after Melania Trump's tweet, her office sent out a press release stating the new pavilion will be funded by the many
criminal associates of the current President. The donors were not listed. The release also said the project was "fueled by Mrs. Trump's passion to provide a functional bunker for all first crime families and to hold off the authorities until the current President is rescued by Vladimir Putin.."

To read more about the Presidential bunker under construction:


Note: Alert readers will see that I slightly altered the original article to provide some entertainment for DU readers.



Applause at Global Summit as Ocasio-Cortez Calls Climate Crisis 'Consequence..."

From the article:

Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated for a Global Green New Deal to combat the climate crisis that humanity has created with an "unsustainable way of life" during a speech that closed out the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on Friday.
"It is not a coincidence that the truth is controversial. None of this is a coincidence, because climate change is not a coincidence or a scientific anomaly."

The New York congresswoman took her first trip abroad as an elected official to deliver the closing keynote address at the event organized by mayors of major cities around the world who are committed to taking ambitious climate action.
Ocasio-Cortez's speech—described on social media as "rousing" and "awe-inspiring"—touched on costly and destructive extreme weather events, journalists' inadequate reporting on climate issues, politicians' unwillingness to pursue bold enough policies to meet the goals of the Paris agreement, and what actions and reforms she believes are necessary on a global scale.

"The climate crisis is already here," she said. "On this note I speak to you not as an elected official or public figure, but I speak to you as a human being—a woman whose dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet because of what I know about our children's future, and that our actions are responsible for bringing their most dire possibilities into focus. I speak to you as a daughter and descendant of colonized peoples who have already begun to suffer."

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Latino Catholic leaders head to border for teach-in and public action

From the article:

About 300 Latino Catholic theologians and activists will hold a teach-in in El Paso, Texas, this weekend (Oct. 11-13) on immigration reform, organizing around the 2020 U.S. Census and undermining white supremacy....

While the church has long helped asylum-seekers and undocumented immigrants through ministry and prayer, Okinczyc-Cruz said he feels it could be more “prophetic” and “agitational.”...

“It’s an important fabric of life on the borderland. It makes sense to lean into our faith and to enter into the public square as people of faith,” she said. But identifying as “Latinx or allies of Latinx communities,” she said, allows Latino Catholics to explore “the role that we in 2019 have to play in the U.S. church.”

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Impeachment Is Destroying Trump As Both Biden And Warren Are Trouncing Him By Double Digits

From the article:

In more evidence that the impeachment fight is destroying Donald Trump, a new poll from Fox News – the president’s favorite cable outlet – shows that both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren would trounce him if the election was held today.

According to the survey, both of the Democratic frontrunners lead Trump by 10 percentage points – 50 percent to 40 percent – among registered voters. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a 9-point lead over the president.

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Are voters in general finally tiring of the Trump circus?

What real choice does Trump have?

If he admitted to his many crimes, the red-hatted Trump cultists would experience severe mental trauma.

If he admitted to his many crimes, his GOP enablers would be revealed to be the fools and apologists that we know they are.

If he admitted to his many crimes, FOX personalities would be exposed as what they really are. And it is not journalists.

If he admitted to his many crimes, the US corporate controlled media might have to stop pretending that Trump's lies are in any way simply another possibility. And the media loves to present right wing lies as a counterpart to the truth.

If he admitted to his many crimes, Trump would exhibit integrity that he has never shown in his life.

So what real choice does he have at this point?

At Least 4 National Security Officials Blew The Whistle About Trump's Ukraine Extortion Scheme

From the article:

While Donald Trump largely focuses his impeachment tantrums on a single whistleblower, new reporting shows that at least four national security officials were sounding the alarm about the president’s efforts to extort Ukraine into coughing up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

According to The Washington Post, “At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they raised concerns with a White House lawyer both before and immediately after President Trump’s July 25 call with that country’s president, according to U.S. officials and other people familiar with the matter.”

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Trump, and his GOP apologists, will of course claim that all of these concerned Government workers are partisan Democrats and that Trump himself is innocent.

Technology-oriented religions are coming

From the article:

Modern society has been unsuccessful in scaling new religions beyond the cults of personality or the niches of Scientology. But as the digital and virtual worlds evolve, this is set to change. The 21st century is setting the stage for a new type of widespread faith: technology-based religions....

Today’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, took hundreds of years to propagate. Their turning points from small factions to true movements happened when they addressed social injustices....

There is a huge audience of lonely people looking for spiritual answers to social injustice. A 2018 Cigna report indicated 47% of Americans feel lonely “sometimes or always,” while a PRRI 2017 study further showed that 18% of Americans are spiritual but not religious, and 69% are some combination of the two. And it’s not just in America: 84% of the global population identifies as religious, according to Pew Research Center, which makes it relevant globally, from Beijing to Lagos to Ohio....

Traditional religions have connected humanity to feelings of unity and higher purpose. Augmented mindfulness is set to upend our perceptions of the boundaries between ourselves and our purpose, virtual or real...

At some level, everything is about control. It is worth being wary of how these technologies are being used, who is advocating for them, and who owns them, to make sure their evolution is in our best interest. Religions can be a wonderful and inclusive tool pushing society forward—but the line between the freedom to pursue religion and the pressure to conform to new one should be carefully guarded.

To read more:


An interesting opinion piece.
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