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Bernie mini-roundup

I've been silently grinding my teeth about Hillary Clinton's sexism charge against Bernie Sanders, but i liked the way Brent Budowsky talked about it and the larger topic of gun control, so i figured i would drop the link.

I also think this John Wagner article gets to the heart of why Sanders has been as successful as he has been. I think the way the economic downturn and anemic recovery has affected younger people is something that's been under-reported and i think a lot of the Democratic party isn't getting it.

Finally, if you support Bernie and want to get involved in the Bernie campaign, here is a link for that. Just put in your zipcode and see what events are happening in your area. Or create one and see if anyone signs up.

By fnord12 | October 27, 2015, 6:45 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

No Surprise - Exxon Always Knew

Not unlike the tobacco companies, Exxon had done its own research and knew burning fossil fuels would contribute to climate change and what that would mean for the planet, so they actively worked to keep it from the public.


In their eight-month-long investigation, reporters at InsideClimate News interviewed former Exxon employees, scientists and federal officials and analyzed hundreds of pages of internal documents. They found that the company's knowledge of climate change dates back to July 1977, when its senior scientist James Black delivered a sobering message on the topic. "In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's management committee. A year later he warned Exxon that doubling CO2 gases in the atmosphere would increase average global temperatures by two or three degrees--a number that is consistent with the scientific consensus today. He continued to warn that "present thinking holds that man has a time window of five to 10 years before the need for hard decisions regarding changes in energy strategies might become critical." In other words, Exxon needed to act.
[I]n June 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen told a congressional hearing that the planet was already warming, Exxon remained publicly convinced that the science was still controversial. Furthermore, experts agree that Exxon became a leader in campaigns of confusion. By 1989 the company had helped create the Global Climate Coalition (disbanded in 2002) to question the scientific basis for concern about climate change. It also helped to prevent the U.S. from signing the international treaty on climate known as the Kyoto Protocol in 1998 to control greenhouse gases. Exxon's tactic not only worked on the U.S. but also stopped other countries, such as China and India, from signing the treaty. At that point, "a lot of things unraveled," Oreskes says.

Our governments went along with their corporate buddies instead of doing what was best for the people they should be representing. And the general public is once again the chump.

By min | October 27, 2015, 8:48 AM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Comments (1)| Link

Who are you talking to?

I've seen multiple articles with political commentators wondering if Larry David's impression of Bernie Sanders will help him win votes. This is so strange to me. It feels like a conversation between political analysts, discussing how this or that action will play with the voters. But presumably CNN and the Christian Science Monitor (which is a real mainstream news source, despite its weird name) have a few actual voters in their audiences. Or maybe that's not the case. Maybe everyone who reads the news already has fully formed opinions of the candidates, and we're all only interested in how people who don't read the news but do watch Saturday Night Live will react. We're all insiders now.

By fnord12 | October 20, 2015, 8:23 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (2)| Link

I Guess the CIA Doesn't Watch FOX News

How else do you explain a guy being able to claim since 2002, ON TV, that he was a former CIA agent and has only now been arrested for it?


Wayne Simmons, a 62-year-old who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, was arrested by federal authorities following his indictment by a federal grand jury for allegedly committing major fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government. Simmons claims to have worked for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, and "used that false claim in an attempt to obtain government security clearances and work as a defense contractor, including at one point successfully getting deployed overseas as an intelligence advisor to senior military personnel," according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Good job, CIA. Way to prove your competence.

Fox wants you to know he was only a "guest" and was never paid, so it's totally ok that they didn't do any sort of vetting before trotting him out as a former CIA operative.

By min | October 16, 2015, 9:43 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Best and worst of the debate

"I went to Wall Street in 2007 and told them, 'Hey guys, cut that out!'." - Hillary Clinton

"Congress doesn't regulate Wall Street. Wall Street regulates Congress." - Bernie Sanders

(The quotes above are paraphrased, but not by much.)

By fnord12 | October 14, 2015, 12:22 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

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