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Dumbing down ...by exciting up?

Ever wonder if the media you are consuming, including some of your fav online discussion groups, are succumbing to the need to sell ads?

Ever compare your favorite "independent" or "underground" media to more traditional non-profit media? Notice any forms of dumbing down in proportion to the ratcheting up of heat and excitement?

I'm on the lookout for better sources of news and deeper, and broader, dialogue... any suggestions?
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 02:54 AM (0 replies)

Joe Biden Says He's Ready To Handle The World. He Got Iraq Wrong Three Times.

This article is telling. I've had other concerns about Biden's views on the rising cost of college tuition. He blamed a few outlier profs with high salaries, rather than doing the research (which shows that most professors have been pushed into nonliving wage adjunct positions and tuition increases are actually due to a doubling of administration personnel and "for profit" greed at the top).

Huffington Post:

Joe Biden Says He’s Ready To Handle The World. He Got Iraq Wrong Three Times.

After voting for the Iraq War, Biden tried to drastically reorganize the country along ethnic and sectarian lines and helped lay the groundwork for ISIS to thrive.

By Akbar Shahid Ahmed

The war in Iraq has roiled presidential politics in each election since President George W. Bush launched the invasion of the country in 2003. It was central to the 2004 election, arguably the reason that Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination, and no small factor in Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, when he pitched himself as an alternative to elites in both parties ― particularly his rivals in the GOP ― who had backed the invasion.

As Joe Biden leads the Democratic field for 2020, the U.S.’s bloody history with Iraq is set to again become a defining issue in the race, and not simply because Trump has talked about an indefinite U.S. military presence there. Biden wants to convince voters his resume on foreign policy is an asset. But they’ve got ground to think otherwise. “He’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served with Biden in the Obama administration, wrote in his 2014 book.

Just this month, Biden’s primary opponents have zeroed in on his support for Bush’s invasion. “You’ve got to ask yourself where Joe Biden is on the issues that are most important to you. Did he support the war in Iraq that forever destabilized the Middle East?” former Rep. Beto O’Rourke asked on MSNBC this week. Days earlier, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) had called for Biden to apologize. Almost 30 percent of Democrats are unhappy about Biden’s vote and more than 40 percent of party supporters younger than 30 say it makes them less likely to back him, a Politico/Morning Consult poll recently found.

And Biden’s campaign isn’t offering a counternarrative — either about what he has learned from the past or what wisdom he will bring to bear on the current challenge. With more than 5,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq and analysts warning that reconciliation and stability after the defeat of the Islamic State will require painstaking work, what does he want to do next?

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Jun 17, 2019, 12:13 PM (87 replies)

Elizabeth Warren's Big Break From 30 Years Of Pro-Corporate Trade Policy

I'm sorry to be so blunt, but she's pretty darn amazing. The energy, sincerity and brilliance of this woman is beyond refreshing. Eleanor Roosevelt?

Try FDR...

Elizabeth Warren’s Big Break From 30 Years Of Pro-Corporate Trade Policy:
It’s time to get over the 1990s.

by Zach Carter

Huffpost: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5cf5fc3fe4b0e346ce83b31a

“America chose to pursue a trade policy that prioritized the interests of capital over the interests of American workers,” Warren told a crowd in Detroit Tuesday. “We have encouraged companies to invest abroad, ship jobs overseas, and keep wages low. All in the interest of serving multinational companies and international capital with no particular loyalty to the United States.”

What matters in Warren’s vision is not the specifics of any particular trade tool or enforcement tactic. Warren isn’t pro-tariff or anti-tariff, for instance. It depends on the tariff. She’s in favor of international rules that are designed to achieve actual policy goals other than corporate profit. What we call “free trade,” she emphasizes, isn’t really a system where governments get out of the way. The rules of international commerce determine its outcomes ― and there is no such thing as a trade regime without rules. When governments agreed to grant 20-year monopolies on life-saving medicines under WTO treaties, for instance, they were not simply allowing nature to take its course — they were setting up a system.

In Warren’s telling, this was not an accident or a tactical failure. It was a deliberate ideological agenda. By the 1990s, a bipartisan consensus had emerged in Washington which maintained that global peace and prosperity were best supported by an international trade regime in which governments got out of the way and let markets work their magic. Trade would expand, wealth would accumulate, and international comity would ensue. Trade did expand and wealth did in fact accumulate ― increasingly, in the hands of a narrow community of corporate shareholders, at the expense of public health, environmental conservation and worker wages. This was an act of geopolitics, not the verdict of natural science or the intractable demand of human progress.

“Globalization isn’t some mysterious force whose effects are inevitable and beyond our control,” Warren said. “The truth is that Washington policies ― not unstoppable market forces ― are a key driver of the problems American workers face.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:21 PM (32 replies)

Anyone seen my backup copy of the unredacted Mueller Report?

I think mine may have fallen into the fishtank and was eaten by my pirhanna, but I'm assuming Mueller has one kicking around somewhere.... right? Bob, you made a copy right? The most important document in our nation's history since the Constitution?

And here's The Daily Kos on the same topic:

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu May 9, 2019, 12:51 AM (1 replies)

"Deranged Donald" is a keeper (let's commit, shall we?)

George Conway, who's married to Kellyanne and has a pillow talk advantage on how to characterize the black hole known as the president, has settled on "Deranged Donald" and it seems to be trending.

We should stick with this until the supreme asshole is out in 2020. It's colorful and thoroughly desparaging, without giving Trump's base a positive blush (even Don the Con makes him "mafia sexy".

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 02:00 PM (6 replies)

Why are 90% of my posts missing?

Lately I've been logging in to DU to read but not to post for a few weeks. I just logged on with my password and noticed that 90% of my previous posts are missing. Where are 90% of my posts? That represents a lot of conscientious, unpaid work. I put a lot of trust in DU to treat all its members with consideration. Losing a lot of files, or worse, just tossing them, leaves me kind of speechless. Could it be a computer error? Surely there is a back-up file for everything.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:22 PM (8 replies)

"Who can beat Trump" is the WRONG question

To create another Blue Wave we must ask a very different question:

"Who can excite the Democrats and independents to actually vote."

We have to stop worrying about impressing Trump's base. They won't vote for a Democrat even if he or she was Jesus reincarnated. They have even hooted and hollered about voting for a Russian over any Democrat.

We should sample ALL these impressive Democratic candidates and determine which communicates clearly enough a vision for renewal that will excite the Democrats and fence-sitters, NOT the Republicans. We should concern ourselves with whether WE like THEM, not what the moron brigade thinks.

The point is this:

Just as happened with FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton and Obama, it is OUR enthusiasm that matters, it's OUR enthusiasm that gets out the vote and builds a wave – a Blue Wave. Concerning ourselves with the enthusiasm of the 33% that adores a dictator wannabe is a recipe for disaster. Getting another goon like Trump, or something middling to split the difference, will DEFLATE the vote.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Mar 20, 2019, 11:22 AM (14 replies)

"A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change"

I hope DU community takes this in. We need to formulate a vision for 2020 that comes to terms with so many things now: White Nationalist terrorists, police brutality, global warming, the decline of our schools.... and now this. But WE MUST BE VIGILANT and not defeatest. ("The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." )

Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change

A three-year UN-backed study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has grim implications for the future of humanity.

By John Vidal, Huffpost

Nature is in freefall and the planet’s support systems are so stretched that we face widespread species extinctions and mass human migration unless urgent action is taken. That’s the warning hundreds of scientists are preparing to give, and it’s stark.

The last year has seen a slew of brutal and terrifying warnings about the threat climate change poses to life. Far less talked about but just as dangerous, if not more so, is the rapid decline of the natural world. The felling of forests, the over-exploitation of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together driving the living world to the brink, according to a huge three-year, U.N.-backed landmark study to be published in May.

The study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), expected to run to over 8,000 pages, is being compiled by more than 500 experts in 50 countries. It is the greatest attempt yet to assess the state of life on Earth and will show how tens of thousands of species are at high risk of extinction, how countries are using nature at a rate that far exceeds its ability to renew itself, and how nature’s ability to contribute food and fresh water to a growing human population is being compromised in every region on earth.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Mar 17, 2019, 02:17 AM (14 replies)

How NOT to be a "propaganda loser" (PART 2)

Here's how the evolution of our planet's worst nightmare could be characterized when Democrats throw off the linguistic yoke of "radical" and place it on the new Republican Klown Kar where it belongs:

1) Burn oil and coal. (Radical)
2) Put soot in air. (Radical)
3) Burn more fossil fuels. (Radical)
4) Blanket planet in a thick layer of gases which traps heat, warms oceans, stirs up hurricanes and fires... (Extremely radical).

Then the pendulum swings back to our TRADITIONAL sanity and democratic priorities:

7) Citizens listen to these sensible, non-radical people and pressure ALL candidates to make "addressing global warming" a high priority.
8) Citizens press further and pressure ALL candidates to link investment in clean, cheap solar energy with a return to traditional tax rates and traditional levels of investment in civic infrastructure like education, public transportation and even civic architecture.
9) Democratic candidates use the 2020 election to disentangle citizens from Republican propaganda and educate them on how sensible – and even how traditional – their proposals are.
10) Democrats ride a second, even larger Blue Wave to victory and immediately start to clean up America and return to a leadership role on the world stage.
11) Greenhouse gases subside. Worst outcomes avoided.

Reducing greenhouse gases is sensible, scientific and doable. Empathetic stewardship of the Earth is even a tradition in all the world's religions.

Let's stop wasting time on the Great Clown (The House, Mueller and the NY District Attorney are doing a fine job of investigating him) and begin the campaign to elect ANY of the Democratic candidates – everyone of which has put forward sensible, even traditional, proposals for national renewal.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Mar 16, 2019, 06:07 PM (3 replies)

How NOT to be a "propaganda loser" (PART 1)

Saving the planet is not "radical." Killing it is radical. The Republican anti-regulation platform is radical. Tax breaks to encourage more drilling is radical.

Democrats must stop being "propaganda losers" by accepting the label "radical" or even "leftist." The only label we should accept is "sensible" or "rational" or even "traditional pragmatist." Call out EVERY Republican and lazy journalist who tries to pin the term "radical" on every sensible Democratic proposal. We certainly shouldn't use it on each other.

The Green New Deal and other planet-friendly and people-friendly ideas are actually a RETURN to mid-20th century pragmatism. Our economy BOOMED when the New Deal was launched. Our skies and waterways CLEARED UP when the Environmental Protection Agency (launched under a more pragmatic, and less ideological, Republican administration) began overseeing the regulation of polluting industries in the 1970s. Our citizens had a fighting chance at advancement when we invested properly in public education.

ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TRADITIONAL, SENSIBLE POLICIES. They are not friggin' "radical" and we should call out everyone, including fellow Democrats, who lazily throws the term at us. Remind them that's it's the Republicans who have abandoned longstanding American traditions. THEY are the dangerous radicals.

And keep repeating it.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Mar 16, 2019, 06:05 PM (2 replies)
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