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"The announcement of a lease sale comes sooner than some expected: The Bureau of Land Management did not wait for the comment and nominations period to officially end before scheduling a sale date.
The sale, which is now set for Jan. 6, could cap a bitter, decades-long battle over whether to drill in the coastal plain, and it seals the administration's efforts to open the land to development. But the Trump administration's plan for the sale may also draw legal challenges from drilling opponents, who could target the aggressive timeline in court.
Environmental groups have vowed to continue to fight to keep drill rigs out of the coastal plain and have filed lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's environmental reviews.
Biden has also said he opposes drilling in the refuge. But if leases are finalized before he takes office Jan. 20, they could be difficult to revoke."
#5 That just reminded me, I need to join Parler.
Can't let them libtards get away with frauding everything. BOYCOT!!!!!!
#2 -- Geez, picking at itty bits. It may not be "abolished" but it would be meaningless. My concern would be how easy it would be to "sign off" as Redial points out in #1.
"Lincoln should go have let the union dissolve. Would have saved A Lot of Lives."
No black people in your family, huh?
I don't think they're embarrassed at all. I think some of them are making a coordinated effort to lie to pollsters to skew the confidence of Democrat voters.
Considering the ability of Republicans to lie to pollsters, as proven by the recent Presidential race, the Democrat with a 7 point lead may have a chance if Dems don't get apathetic.
The Democrat with only a 2 point lead is most likely a loser. I hope I'm wrong, but polling has been consistently inconsistent now for several cycles.
Mythbummer is no Harry Truman... as he continues posting the Big Lie on these pages; that all socialism is the same.
His rwing heritage in Fascism must be really getting to him.
"Many of the folks mocking him voted for Joe Biden and would have never supported Bernie. Those crying about that??? THEY should be mocked."
So it's not a bigger joke that some Biden voters would have preferred Trump to Sanders? Copy that.
"NYT today reports nearly 2,600 trades by Perdue in his first term in the Senate. More than 432 per day? WTF?"
Vernon's calculator has been found. I have mutual funds so don't actively buy/sell individual stocks but I assume there are about 200 trading days a year. 6 year term = 1200 trading days during his tenure. Closer to 2 trades per day. :)
The EC would be for all practical purposes be abolished if enough states sign on, pedantic pettifoggers notwithstanding.
"You got a link for that? My link says you're off by an order of magnitude."
It was in the link I provided.
"And no one had doubts about the need to protect health care workers. More than 240,000 health care workers have been infected with coronavirus and 858 have died, the CDC says."
Here is what traditional "socialists" had to say about the democratic "socialists" Green New Deal:
"The Green New Deal is not a program to address the urgent social needs of working people in the US. It is a hollow slogan and grab-bag of demands meant to divert the growing struggle of the working class into the dead end of the Democratic Party. The solution to climate change, along with social inequality, poverty and the growing threat of dictatorship and war, is the revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist system, both in the US and internationally."
Are the authors of this article genuine "socialists," or will the democratic socialists bin them aside the National Socialists as fake socialists. I'll let them chime in.
As I mentioned weeks ago, if Trump and his minions get their way, every single election in every single state that they're saying is fraudulent would also disqualify other candidates' victories on the ballots in those locations as well, throwing hundreds if not thousands of already settled election results into dispute all for the sake of Trump's pathology.
Hundreds of Republicans won their races while Trump lost in their states - which immediately becomes circumstantial evidence that no systemic voter fraud occurred that only targeted Republicans in those locations - as Trump continues to insist happened without a thread of evidence proving it so.
If a "blow" was delivered it's more akin to a light puff of wind than a knock out punch the tone of the article suggests.
But, and here is the big but, there is no injunction in place. Vacating the district court decision leaves the Governor's order in full effect. Another two or three full months could elapse before this case gets back to the Supreme Court. Harvest Rock remains subject to the very regime they sought emergency relief on. This punt leaves the church in a very difficult place. I'm surprised Thomas and Gorsuch did not dissent from the vacatur and remand. (emphasis added) reason.com
"Many of the folks mocking him voted for Joe Biden and would have never supported Bernie."
That's because when politicians invoke "socialism," they're (maybe unintentionally) invoking a system that has plunged otherwise successful countries into authoritarianism and economic despair.
Dominion Software should be suing the Drumpf campaign to retrieve some of that $150 million he has scammed from his cult, because thanks to Sidney Powell, Dotard, and the rest of these mental midgets, their name is forever smeared. I don't know how a company, that provides goods and services for free and fair elections, comes back from this kind of slander. Sidney Powell needs to be disbarred, sanctioned and institutionalized ASAP, because she is clearly crazy!
Sample Georgia republican campaign bumper stickers,
Free will is an illusion.
-Bernie got mocked because he called himself a "socialist."
Many of the folks mocking him voted for Joe Biden and would have never supported Bernie.
Those crying about that??? THEY should be mocked.
...and politicians and other prominent citizens can still have indoor parties at exclusive restaurants like The French Laundry, right?
I mean...that would be a bit extreme.
@#2 ... Kind of difficult to put much stock in any polls at this point. ...
The main problem is participation, i.e., a willingness of the people being called to participate in the poll.
This unwillingness is especially true for those Republicans who lean toward the Trump wing of the party. They seem to have a significant distrust of anything institutional. So that unwillingness to participate has shown up as an under-representation of Trump voters. It is not because they are embarrassed to say they are voting for Trump, but that they just don't want to be bothered with answering a pollster's questions.
Uhh..., the National Popular Vote Compact would not "abolish" the EC. The states already have the ability to determine how the votes are allocated...most just choose to give them to the winner of the state. The exceptions being Nebraska and Maine, which vote proportionally.
But the electoral college will continue to exist until the constitution is amended to eliminate it.
Video (2 minutes run time) released of the collapse...
NSF releases footage from the moment Arecibo's cables failed
You can download the video (56MB) and view it locally full-screen in HD.
The drone closeup in part II of the cable snapping is amazing.
Are these guys socialist?
The Socialist Equality Party (United States)
"Capitalism has failed in the United States and the entire world. The Socialist Equality Party is organizing the working class in the fight for socialism: the reorganization of all of economic life to serve social needs, not private profit.
Socialism means the abolition of all forms of inequality and exploitation. The fight for socialism is at the same time a fight against war, authoritarianism, environmental degradation and all the consequences of capitalist society.
Socialism must be fought for and won by the working class itself. It will be achieved only through a revolutionary movement that has as its aim the establishment of workers' power.
Socialism, moreover, cannot be realized in one country. All the great problems confronting mankind are global problems that require global solutions.
The fight for socialism, therefore, requires the unity and collaboration of workers in every country on the basis of a common program and perspective. The Socialist Equality Party works in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938."
If you were an average American and you read this commentary, how do you think it would be viewed? Positively or negatively?
"The military is a well funded branch of the government. Paid and maintained by our taxes."
Which is why, 100%, it isn't socialist.
Without capitalism, it wouldn't exist.
Something brought to you by capitalism is inherently anti-socialist.
#6 this from the pretend liberal who votes for war every time.
#7 | POSTED BY LIVE_OR_DIE
Republicanism is currently killing more Americans that any war, and in fact, before it's over it will have killed more Americans than all the wars since the Revolution.
Exactly what war do you think the Dems want to start?
"While Bernie gets mocked and ignored for suggesting our taxes should provide the people of this nation with national healthcare and public education beyond K-12."
Bernie got mocked because he called himself a "socialist."
Technically, socialism wouldn't require any form of taxation. The government would control the distribution of wealth, which would make taxes an unnecessary activity. Taxes are only necessary in a system where the government doesn't control the distribution of wealth.
The less evidence they have, the more fanatical they become.
The reason repubs are so convinced that the dems cheated is because there was no way that the dems could overcome the cheating that the repubs were doing unless the dems cheated.
IOW the repubs think the dems out cheated them!
What a hoot!
That tweet thread is a battle of the Nates.
Personally, I have an in-nate wariness of all political polls right now.
Hey, righties, "freedom" is not (or certainly shouldn't be) a suicide pact. Between our COVID response and the 2nd Amendment, we are our own worst enemies. We, through our collective actions/inactions, kill more of our own people than any foreign (or domestic) enemy ever has.
Always remember: If Trump or Trumpers accuse someone of something underhanded, look closely and there's a good chance they are doing it themselves. This is the very definition of projection.
By the way. If you're an antivaxxer conspiracy theorist.
Watching the ex Presidents get a vaccine isn't going to prove anything to you.
"It was a stunt. It was a fake. It was a placebo."
Take your choice. Make up your own version.
All they know is. Bill Gates spread the WuHang Flu (it's nothing to mess with) in order to force people to have to take his microchip laden vaccine. By this time 2023, we will all be using Microsoft systems and using XBoxes. Apple systems and the PS5 will be obsolete. His master plan will have been successfully carried out.
We are all the pawns of capitalism and germ warfare.
I fear we have seen just the beginning of Pres Trump's meltdown about his loss of the election.
I hope he comes so unhinged they have to medicate him and put Pence in charge for the last bit.
My question is, did this guy actually think that he could get enough of his friends and co-workers to do this that it would have an impact on the election results and yet not get noticed by the authorities or the media?
We the People will NOT cede our exclusive Constitutional right to elect our Representatives to judges, lawyers, courts, Governors, Secretary's of State, Congress, corrupt election officials and local politicians, the corrupt media--or Leftist threats of violence!"
So they're basically saying that everything Trump is doing is wrong, and we should let the vote stand as is.
@#12 ... the next seven weeks ...
I fear we have seen just the beginning of Pres Trump's meltdown about his loss of the election.
From now until Jan 20 is going to seem like an eternity. And that is assuming that Pres Trump's tantrum ends on Jan 20....
If this country arrives at Inauguration Day without Trump having fomented violence in the streets, he will immediately declare himself and his minions to be the legitimate shadow government of the United States and he will politicize every single thing that Biden tries to do, riling a frenzied opposition already believing that Biden's presidency is illegitimate.
And yet again, we'll find ourselves on the precipice of doom based on what elected Republicans decide to do - follow the dictates of their oaths to this nation's constitution or stay obedient in their assent or silence while Trump actively tears down every last thread of comity for the sake of his narcissism and feeding his energized cult with more fantastical delusions based on nothing at all.
At this point I fear for this country over the next seven weeks. We are lead by a petulant, criminal man given to his worst impulses in a room full of levers of power, and no one to stop him but those in the military, and only then in matters of war overseas or directives of military action at home. Trump and his most craven lieutenants are doing their level best to interfere with the Biden administration and the day to day operation of a country of 330 million persons.
Come Inauguration Day, which will be a sadder sight--Trump sitting still-ish for a Biden acceptance speech, or Trump in the parking lot of the Publix just west of Mar A Lago, giving a speech to 200 Florida Crackers, declaring his candidacy for the presidency in 2024? In either case there will come a pathetic, screaming demand for adoration and fealty...
Two of the lawyers on Guiliani's team are spouting crazy conspiracy theories and urging Republicans to sit out the January Senate runoff. Who ever thought we'd see something so crazy?
'They have not earned your vote': Trump allies urge Georgia Republicans to sit out Senate runoffs
The Florida Man has a new nickname:
Considering we are speaking about Trump-supporting Florida Man, it would be far more appropriate in multiple contexts.
"To think that in all of those trades he never once traded on material, non-public information is fatal self-deception..."
Why? The who the actual candidates are almost always come second to what the letter after their name is.
NYT today reports nearly 2,600 trades by Perdue in his first term in the Senate. More than 432 per day? WTF? To think that in all of those trades he never once traded on material, non-public information is fatal self-deception...
Two possible VP candidates to replace Pence:
Republicans cheer on Trump 2024
Josh Hawley: "If he were to run in 2024, I think he would be the nominee. And I would support him doing that. He'd have a lot of support out in the country"
Rick Scott: "It'd be great if he ran. He's done a good job.."
And let's not forget Nikki Haley.
Let me be clear, the conduct I'm referring to as criminal is KNOWINGLY (meaning that there is incontrovertible evidence that you are currently infected) spreading the virus by endangering others in your physical proximity who do not know that you're infected and have no ability to protect themselves from you.
Asymptomatic carriers would not be liable under the law unless they tested positive and THEN took no efforts to mitigate their infection from spreading to others who don't know of the person's infection.
Guidelines exist to mitigate risk, not to guarantee a risk-free environment.
The Russian government is engaged in political warfare against the West.
Putin is the beneficiary of it, but they are not the one's that worked for the last four decades to get us here.
Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Alex Jones, Tucker, Janine, etc all have had their hands in the dumbing down of 'Murica to the point where Fat Nixon became a preferable candidate to 70,000,000 rubes.
I knew there were extremely dumb people in America, but I had no idea that there were this many.
QAnonBomber is part of the biggest socialist program in America. The military.
Have no doubts, it's completely socialist.
The military is a well funded branch of the government. Paid and maintained by our taxes. Run by the government.
OK, so you think prosecution is out of line, I wonder how the people of Sturgis, SD feel about it now? These gatherings do not only put the attendee's life at risk, they also put the lives of everyone who happens to be near those attendees while working, shopping, etc. That meeting has probably cost thousands of people their lives because a bunch of a******s wouldn't bother to wear masks.
Fat Nixon wants everyone to buh-lieve that the democrats committed voter fraud be let McConnell, Graham and Collins keep their seats.
Did you miss THIS? Knowingly spreading Covid to unsuspecting others is already a crime:
Couple who tested positive for Covid are arrested after boarding flight
This country is more comfortable voting for someone branded a "racist" than someone branded a "socialist".
That's why Trump got elected President by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals and Muslims terrorists.
While Bernie gets mocked and ignored for suggesting our taxes should provide the people of this nation with national healthcare and public education beyond K-12.
What kind of suckers those people must be
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If MAVERICK comes back we could ask him.
-Prosecute people for not recognizing CDC recommendations?
I don't think so.
Now, more to reality......what about civil suits regarding not following CDC guidelines?
I know many would like to see organizations held accountable in civil court for their refusal to follow CDC guidelines......but seriously doubt even that's going to happen.
"If you continuously tell the Big Lie that democratic socialism is the same as Marxism, you might be a Fascist."
Is Democratic Socialism still socialism?
Is what you see listed below an example of Socialism?
"Welcome! The Internationalist Group, section of the League for the Fourth International, fights for international socialist revolution, the conquest of power by the working class, led by its Leninist party, championing the cause of all the oppressed. After a decade and a half in which the ruling class trumpeted the supposed "death of communism," the imperialists are bogged down in losing wars of colonial occupation in the Near East while a global economic crisis shakes the foundations of the capitalist order. With mass unemployment, poverty and hunger ravaging the planet, once again there is talk of socialism and revolution. But as in the past, the key question is that of forging a vanguard to lead the struggle of the workers and the oppressed."
It blows me away that Trump has successfully solicited more $150 million in donations from his supporters since LOSING the election. What kind of suckers those people must be. Absolute, complete suckers. Wow! It really makes me wonder whether a democracy with absolute free speech can indefinitely survive. Stupid people can be manipulated and brain-washed into believing anything.
It is stories like this which have the ability to suddenly reignite my hatred for Trump. Like a sudden flare-up as I once again realize what a complete utter piece of ---- Trump really is.
Prosecute people for not recognizing CDC recommendations? I realize we live in a different world, but lord is that draconian and ripe for abuse.
Magda, Herman Caine's widow could give two -----. She is extremely busy in an estate war to keep every dime he made versus granting his wishes.
If you continuously tell the Big Lie that democratic socialism is the same as Marxism, you might be a Fascist.
"Socialism is a scare word they've hurled at every advance the people have made. Socialism is what they called public power, social security, deposit insurance, and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for anything that helps all people."
--Harry Truman, 1952
Mythbummer is no Harry Truman.
So I was outside the courthouse this; morning screening clients before they go in. For obvious reasons we are trying to reduce the number of people actually going into the court rooms. One guy I dealt with was a real Qanon winner. He refused to wear a mask. He was annoyed at me for insisting he stand at least 6 feet away. He proclaimed that Covid is a hoax. And when I checked his criminal charges it turned out he behaved 'aggressively' towards some cops who he claimed were enabling Antifa and The Socialists. Based on all the info, I determined he would need to go into the courtroom, - which requires him to wear a mask and socially distance. Should be fun.
I am glad that my job exposes me to people like this. If I did not personally interact with them, I would not believe they really exist. We hear about them or read about them and probably think that it is mostly exaggeration and false drama by the media, but no, these people really do exist.
Now they know how you respond; just wait until Deep State takes the operation to the next level and hands you off to their more-specialized Deep Dish directorate.
"First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera."
Clinton's press secretary told CNN on Wednesday that he too would be willing to take the vaccine in a public setting in order to promote it.
"President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials. And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same," Angel Urena said.
Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison scheduled to air Thursday, said that if Fauci said a coronavirus vaccine is safe, he believes him.
"People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I've worked with, I trust completely," Obama said. "So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I'm going to take it."
"I promise you that when it's been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it," he said."
"I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don't trust is getting Covid," he added.
The mortality rate for those who have caught the virus is .3%.
You got a link for that? My link says you're off by an order of magnitude.
Capitalism and inequality:
"All the fundamental problems of the 21st century"inequality, war, global warming, economic crisis, dictatorship and the return of fascism"flow from the subordination of the global economy to the private enrichment of the ruling elites.
In January 2020, the richest 2,153 people on the planet had more wealth than the bottom 4.6 billion people. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends of economic crisis, financial parasitism, inequality, and inter-imperialist rivalry that threaten humanity's future.
Captitalism has become a barrier to the further development of humanity. As Karl Marx explained 150 years ago, with the growth of poverty and inequality, so too "grows the revolt of the working class, a class always increasing in numbers, and disciplined, united, organized by the very mechanism of the process of capitalist production itself."
The WSWS seeks to unify the international working class to take power. The major international corporations and banks must be taken out of the hands of the ruling class and placed under democratic ownership to serve the interests of the broad mass of the global population."
If this represents your beliefs, you might be a socialist.
Calling Barr "Deep State" makes perfect sense if you know their definitions. The definition they use for "Deep State" is anyone in government who shows more allegiance to decency, morality, the rule of law, the United States of America, or the Constitution then they do specifically to Benedict Donald.
So it makes perfect sense to refer to Barr as Deep State even though it was just constrained to this single issue.
Again, when you know their definitions it all makes more sense.
Today I found myself wondering if giving it to healthcare professionals first is the best plan. On the surface it makes sense, but if there is some yet unidentified side-effect of taking this thing, you've just adversely affected all your healthcare workers. And in general, they're a pretty healthy group. The mortality rate for those who have caught the virus is .3%.
Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep some in reserve.
"Indeed, my only question here is whether Pres Putin is just using Pres Trump as a useful idiot, or whether Pres Trump is actively working with Pres Putin."
Good question. Because I think Trump would like to be America's Putin, I'm leading toward working with him, but either way, the damage to our democracy is being done.
"They're pissed off the term "socialist" is used to smear politicians who try to use the government for the public good."
That's not true.
It's fair game to smear someone as a socialist when they call themselves a socialist.
"the imprisonment of Kemp for accepting the (inconvenient) outcome of the presidential election"
Trumpism. Simple Trumpism. I'd say we dodged a bullet but we're only here by dint of hard work and the skin of our teeth. Trumpists are willing to hurt us all for the crime of not proclaiming the God-Emperor, Trump.
"Prosecute for what? Freedom of assembly?"
I think the organizers of the event should be held accountable if they don't require the CDC's recommended mitigation for all attendees. I wonder if Herman Caine's widow would agree with me about that?
Global class struggle:
Throughout the world, workers are engaging in strikes and mass protests over austerity, unprecedented levels of social inequality and the criminal response of capitalist governments to spread of the pandemic. This page will report on the latest developments in the class struggle throughout the world and provide a voice to workers and a means of organizing their struggles. At the same time, it will help workers draw the necessary lessons from the history of the class struggle and socialist movement for their battles today.
To be effective today, even the most basic forms of working-class resistance must be coordinated on an international scale. As the global class struggle escalates, the page will assist workers in building new organizations of struggle, rank-and-file factory and workplace committees independent of the unions, to defend themselves and coordinate their struggles across national borders.
The task of the WSWS is to assist the growing mass movement by providing the Marxist theoretical guidance and political perspective required to transform the spontaneous eruptions of social opposition into a class conscious and internationally coordinated revolutionary struggle for socialism.
"But we aren't discussing Marxism here stupid! We are discussing the Socialism practiced in northern European nations, Canada, the United States, and many other free nations around the world."
Here's the thing Danni, for the last two centuries Marxism was socialism. It still IS socialism. It's just not the system being employed by western nations that in recent years been coined as socialism.
If you ask any real socialist, they'll tell you that what's occurring in western nations is not an example of socialism, as it relies on capitalism for it's existence.
Poke around this website a bit and tell me these socialists are supportive of capitalist society.
Unfortunately I think Debbie Downer is right. Masks will become or have already a standard part of getting dressed to go outside of your house. Handshakes and hugs will become a memory. Social distancing the norm. And the vaccines being developed will probably need to be updated yearly like the flu vaccines.
The bleeding heart liberal was tongue in cheek, it's a common slander as if that's a bad thing. Yes, my understanding of what people go through in life affects my judgement of right and wrong, but I'm realistic about it, most of my thoughts when implemented in public policy work well.
It's not even rocket science, but there is such a wall of misinformation and distortion trying to prevent the greater good.... you wonder why that is?
But yes, I am pragmatic in action and liberal in thought. Deal with it.
Btw, mo Brooks is one of two alabama elected people that need to be removed for gross incompetence.
Tommy tuberville is the other one.
@#4 ... The Russian government is engaged in political warfare against the West. Its intent is to undermine trust in democratic institutions, values, and principles, which the Kremlin sees as a threat to its own authoritarian model. . . . ...
Pres Putin's goal is not to have Pres Trump stay in power, though that would be a helpful means toward his goal.
Pres Putin's goal is a weak United States. Pres Putin wants to weaken the United States by dividing it against itself (that ole "house divided" thing). To that end, Pres Trump is succeeding quite well (aware or unaware of his role) in helping Pres Putin weaken the United States.
Indeed, my only question here is whether Pres Putin is just using Pres Trump as a useful idiot, or whether Pres Trump is actively working with Pres Putin.
The votes are -----. Plus, you can tell that the word Trump is often confused with the word Biden. If you can't see that, then you need to get your mind right with Donnie Christ.
Thanks for posting the article I was looking for.
I don't think the author of that article is a tax wonk either.
"Listen, you trying to teach liberals here what is socialist and what is not is Fractured Fairy Tales funny."
So this is what's going on. It's can't even be argued.
1) There is a relatively modern, left-leaning movement whose members call themselves "socialists," but advocate for and end state realized through capitalism.
@) There is an older movement based on traditional socialist beliefs...they also call themselves "socialists," but the advocate for an end-state where capitalism has been eradicated, replaced instead with a government planned economy.
These are facts. It's not even up for dispute. And you can't be both.