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Why Bernie Sanders supporters won’t just go away

July 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Bill Schneider  

"Why are the Bernie Sanders people so determined to make trouble for the Democrats? Don't they understand that disrupting the convention and sabotaging the Hillary Clinton campaign will only help elect Donald Trump? Guess what? Many of them don't care. They include a lot of young independents who have no loyalty to the Democratic Party. Sanders himself is an independent who chooses to caucus with Democrats in the Senate. His support for Democrats is contingent. If he doesn't agree with them on the issues, he can go his own way." [editor's note: And when they figure out there's no place for them in the crony-corp Dem ranks ... - SAT] (07/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-sanders-commentary-idUSKCN1061PH  

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LOL at the DNC

July 27, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Democrats have every reason to rage against the Democratic National Committee: Newly leaked DNC memos confirm that Donald Trump was right when he said the party machine was 'rigged' in Hillary Clinton's favor. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that 68 percent of voters think Clinton is not 'honest and trustworthy.' As a Republican unhappy with the Trump nomination, I at least can take heart in the knowledge that GOP leaders tried in their fashion to stop The Donald's surge. Democrats have to live with the fact that their party leaders engineered the primaries and debates to hand Miss Unpopularity the nod on purpose." (07/26/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/26/lol-at-the-dnc-n2197784  

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Apple sales to fall for second straight quarter

July 27, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Get used to the new regime for Apple: falling year-over-year results. When the iconic maker of iPhones, computers and tablets announces earnings late Tuesday, analysts expect Apple to report a 15% revenue drop from the year-ago quarter, to $42.1 billion, from $49.6 billion. In the previous quarter, Apple's iPhone sales fell for the first time, revenue and earnings slid, and analysts expect that trend to continue in the new quarter. Earnings per share are forecast at $1.38, down 25% from $1.85 a share, in the year-ago quarter, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence." (07/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/07/26/apple-sales-fall-second-straight-quarter/87545696  

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Clinton pick gives Trump an opening

July 27, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Norman Solomon  

"Two crucial priorities for the upcoming fall election campaign (defeating Donald Trump and advancing a progressive agenda for the U.S.) have been harmed by Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her running mate. Sen. Kaine has some admirable qualities. But Clinton’s choice for VP has given Trump yet another opening for his demagogic efforts to pose as some kind of populist against powerful elites." (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/24/clinton-pick-gives-trump-opening-opposing-view/87510186  

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Protesters bring 51-foot joint to DNC

July 26, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Cannabis legalization is a big deal to many activists and supporters, as evident in a massive 51-foot inflatable balloon shaped like a burning joint floating around this year’s Democratic National Convention. For his own part, Mr Sanders has urged his supporters to vote for Clinton, but was booed for saying so during the first day of the convention. ... The same joint was also featured in an April protest that took place in Washington, D.C., when a crowd of hundreds staged a major show of civil disobedience and began a massive smoking session on the White House lawn." (07/26/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/07/26/protesters-bring-51-foot-joint-to-dnc  

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The sighted and the blinkered

July 26, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"There comes a time in the life of all revolutions when circumstance erodes solidarity, when cracks, splits, and factions emerge. As anyone who’s been watching the Democratic Convention can attest, that time has come to the Sanders Revolution. The factions this time around aren’t Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. They’re more like the Realos (realists) and Fundis (fundamentalists) who fought each other in Germany’s Green Party once the party began to win some power. That’s not a bad way to describe the two wings of Sandersism, though the Sighted and the Blinkered might do as well." [editor's note: There MAY be lessons to learn from this, even for the most hardcore libertarian. Just sayin' ... - SAT] (07/26/16)

http://prospect.org/article/sighted-and-blinkered  

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“Clinton as bad as Trump” say Bernie backers

July 26, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Protesting outside of Philadelphia's City Hall on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders supporters were clear: they're not giving up on their candidate or his ideas. Many were angry and frustrated at the prospect of having to choose between Republican nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Many said they would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein to avoid having to vote for Mrs Clinton. Amid chants of 'Hell no Hillary' and 'Feel the Bern,' the Sanders faithful told us they were still fighting for Mr Sanders because politics in the US has to change, and it will not change without their efforts. For his own part, Mr Sanders has urged his supporters to vote for Clinton, but was booed for saying so during the first day of the convention." [editor's note: So perceptive of them, but will it last? - SAT] (07/26/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35422862  

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Ice Bucket Challenge funds lead to ALS discovery

July 26, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"During the summer of 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge was ubiquitous on social media. The fundraising challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease, raised $115 million in the eight-week period. Now, research funded by the phenomena has led to a new discovery. The ALS Association contributed $1 million to Project MinE, to launch the U.S. branch of the 15-country collaboration to sequence the entire genome of 15,000 ALS patients and 7,500 individuals without ALS. ... In a study released on Monday, Project MinE revealed they found a significant association between loss-of-function NEK1 variants and risk of familial ALS. NEK1 maintains neuron cyberskeletons, among its many roles in neurons, according to the Rare Disease Foundation." (07/26/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/26/ice-bucket-challenge-funds-lead-to-als-discovery.html  

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Democrats not in disarray, they’re practicing democracy

July 26, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen  

"My favorite line from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove is when President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) breaks up a scuffle between the Soviet ambassador and an Army general, and exclaims, 'Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the War Room!' In Philadelphia on Day One of the Democratic Convention, I found the same incredulousness coursing through my Twitter feed. To paraphrase President Muffley: 'Gentleman, you can’t have politics breaking out in here, this is a political convention!' Since major-party conventions gradually morphed from business gatherings into made-for-TV infomercials, partisans have feared politics breaking out the way a child fears the dark. They repeat the mantra of party unity, dread that the media will play up any tension, get queasy at how an untactful chant at the wrong time in July might lose an election in November." (07/26/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135507/democrats-arent-disarray-theyre-practicing-democracy  

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MI: State Senate considering “zero tolerance” law scaleback

July 26, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The State Senate of Michigan is currently considering legislation that would scale back 'zero tolerance' discipline policies in the state’s public schools. Zero tolerance discipline laws require automatic and generally severe punishment for specified offenses that could range from possessing weapons to physical assault. They leave little leeway for consideration of the circumstances of the offense. The bill, already approved by the State House, proposes to add provisions that would consider the contextual factors around an incident, such as the student’s disciplinary history, and would ask whether lesser forms of punishment would suffice. In other words, suspension and expulsion would no longer be as 'mandatory,' and there would be a little more 'tolerance' in these state discipline laws." (07/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/zero-tolerance-laws-increase-suspension-rates-for-black-students-research-shows  

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“Working class”: Teach Democrats it’s not a dirty word

July 26, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Tamara Draut  

"Thursday night, Donald Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades by both political parties. He promised to bring back those long-disappearing jobs and to put their needs front and center in his administration. As the daughter of a steel worker, I admit it was nice to finally hear someone talk about how the old industrial working class was robbed of their dignity and livelihood, with little regard for the devastation left behind. But that working class (the blue-collar, hard-hat, mostly male archetype of the great post-war prosperity) is long gone. In its place is a new working class whose jobs are in the now massive sectors of our serving and caring economy. And so far, neither Trump nor Clinton have talked about this new working class, which is much more female and racially diverse than the one of my dad’s generation." (07/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19323/working_class_teach_democrats_its_not_a_dirty_word‘  

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Thailand: Band of monkeys raid polling place, tear up voter lists

July 26, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month's referendum on a proposed constitution. District official Surachai Maneeprakorn said a large population of the monkeys lives behind the Buddhist temple where the polling station they raided Sunday is set up in an open hall. 'For some reason they were being very naughty and started tearing up the lists,' he said." [editor's note: Gee, I did not know they were that easy to train? - SAT] [additional editor's note: How about a US tour? - TLK] (07/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Band-of-monkeys-raid-Thai-polling-place-tear-up-8407201.php  

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Farmers fight for the right to repair their own tractors

July 26, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Farmers in Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York are staging something of a mechanical revolt. They're attempting to get legislation passed in their states that would enable them, for the first time since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to repair their own tractors or get an independent mechanic to help. At the root of the morass is the software that helps run modern tractors and their sensors, diagnostic tools, and other high-tech elements. If farmers so much as open the metaphorical hood to check out the computers they could be violating the federal act, reports Modern Farmer." (07/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/25/farmers-fight-for-right-to-repair-their-own-tractors.html  

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How much worse could 2016 get?

July 26, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Peter Apps  

"In some ways, the most worrying thing about 2016 is that there are still more than five months of it left. Given just how much bad news has been packed into the year so far, the question has to be asked: what else could go wrong? The answer, of course, is a lot. It may well be that the mass casualty assaults in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Munich and Orlando (as well as a smattering of smaller attacks in France and Germany in particular) are only the beginning. Not all are necessarily linked to Islamist militant groups, but in each case they are raising the temperature of local domestic politics in a distinctly dangerous way." [editor's note: I go back and forth on this guy; sometimes he seems like a peace activist, other times a neocon. This might be one of the latter occasions - SAT] (07/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-conflict-commentary-idUSKCN10527R  

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Superdelegate showdown: Round one goes to DNC

July 26, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Kate Aronoff  

"The Democratic Party did not abolish superdelegates today, but it might before this year’s convention in Philadelphia is over. This afternoon the Democratic Party’s Rules Committee overwhelmingly struck down an amendment—backed by Demand Progress, National Nurses United, MoveOn and several other groups—to do just that. But because they won over more than a quarter of the committee’s members, those in support of abolition will bring a “minority report” to a vote on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) floor in the next few days. And even if the use of superdelegates doesn’t come to an end by Thursday night, Democratic Party politics as we know it almost certainly will." (07/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19321/superdelegates-showdown-round-one-goes-to-the-democratic-national-committee  

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Liberal governor, divided government

July 26, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Rachel M Cohen  

"In February, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, first-term Democratic Governor Tom Wolf readied himself for his second budget address. These were not normal times for Pennsylvania politics: The state had been operating without a budget for eight months, an unprecedented crisis as the Republican-controlled General Assembly fought with the governor’s office over issues of taxation, spending, and pension reform. As the impasse dragged on, school districts and nonprofit organizations across the state were forced to borrow money, lay off employees, and reduce social services. 'My fellow Pennsylvanians: Our Commonwealth is in crisis. A crisis that threatens our future,' Wolf declared from the podium. 'This crisis is not about politics at all. This is about math.'" (07/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/liberal-governor-divided-government  

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FL: Wasserman Schultz primary opponent Tim Canova to file FEC complaint against her

July 26, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Embattled DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced more controversy Monday morning when her primary opponent, Tim Canova, told local Florida newspapers he was filing a complaint against her. 'Our lawyers are preparing a complaint against Wasserman Schultz that we will file with the FEC for her wrongful use of DNC resources in her campaign against me, based on the wikileaks disclosures,' Canova said. According to 'Naked Politics,' the Miami Herald‘s political blog, the issue goes back to the Florida Democratic Committee’s initial refusal to turn over to the Canova campaign voter lists that would have allowed Canova to solicit donations." (07/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/debbie-wasserman-schultzs-primary-opponent-tim-canova-to-file-fec-complaint-against-her  

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China: How one man faced down a “noodle cartel”

July 25, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"In Shanghai, where you are never far from a good lunch, one man has faced anger and even death threats, by breaking a 'treaty' and opening a noodle shop too close to an existing one, as Yvette Tan reports. Xian Guolin used up all his savings and mortgaged his house to open Alilan Beef Noodles on the busy Nanjing Road. It sells the popular 'lamian' hand-pulled noodles, served in a hot broth with a shaved beef topping. But within hours of opening the shop, he was facing protests from other noodle-makers demanding he shut down. 'The first few days there were almost no customers to be seen,' he said on his Weibo page." (07/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36881040  

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Disorder on the Democratic left

July 25, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen  

"'The progressive left is ascendant in this country!' bellowed Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, delivering the closing keynote of Netroots Nation in St. Louis earlier this month to mostly fellow Bernie Sanders backers. 'Your activism is driving this moment and will drive the next year.' For most of the 2016 primaries, that’s how it’s looked: Sanders’s improbably effective insurgent campaign not only brought in millions of young progressives, it pushed Hillary Clinton further and further left on a succession of key issues. Ellison and his cadres have reason to celebrate their newfound influence over the party. But a one-two punch on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has many wondering anew: Is the left really driving the moment, or about to get run over again?" [editor's note: My guess is the latter - SAT] (07/25/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135451/disorder-democratic-left  

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Students, teachers detail pervasive cheating in program owned by test giant ACT

July 25, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"For many Chinese high school students hoping to get into a U.S. university, the pitch is hard to resist. Take English-language courses in China in a program recognized by admissions offices at more than 60 colleges in the United States, including state universities in New York, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri. Prepare for the ACT, America’s most popular college entrance exam. And take it in mainland China, instead of traveling elsewhere as other Chinese students must. The program, known as the Global Assessment Certificate, also offers some students an advantage that isn’t advertised: At three different GAC centers, school officials and proctors ignored and were sometimes complicit in student cheating on the ACT, according to seven students interviewed by Reuters." (07/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/college-cheating-act  

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Putin for president 2016

July 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  

"Call it the Putin Election if you want, because we have two candidates leading the pack who seem, in one way or another, likely to prove congenial to Vladimir Putin. On the Democratic side, we have Hillary Clinton, whose secret private-server emails are almost certainly already in the hands of Russian intelligence (probably along with several other nations’ spy services as well). What that means is Putin can embarrass Hillary (or worse) whenever he wants. We’re getting a small foretaste of that in the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails this weekend. The emails show dirty tricks aimed at Bernie Sanders, including a plan to go after his lack of faith. They also show the DNC and Clinton folks getting awfully chummy with some allegedly professional journalists, and putting pressure on news organizations." (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/25/wikileaks-emails-dnc-putin-bernie-hillary-trump-blackmail-guccifer-russian-column/87524386  

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Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack

July 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Computer security researchers say it’s difficult to definitively say the cyber theft of files from the Democratic National Committee was perpetrated by Russian hackers, as some media outlets have reported. 'Just because you find an AK-47 at a crime scene doesn’t mean a Russian pulled the trigger,' said J.J. Thompson, chief executive of Rook Security, an Indianapolis-based firm. On Friday, Wikileaks released what it said were 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from leaders at the Democratic National Committee. The documents, which the DNC has not dismissed as fraudulent, show antipathy toward Bernie Sanders, who had hoped to win the party's presidential nomination." [editor's note: As if this was what really matters about the story - SAT] (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/07/25/experts-hard-prove-russians-behind-dnc-hack/87529230  

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What to make of Tim Kaine’s TPP reversal

July 25, 2016
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"In a representative democracy, the idea is that the representatives should support the preferences of their constituencies. This is what is happening with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine has reversed his position from supporting TPP to opposing it. He had praised TPP as recently as Thursday. He has changed his position on TPP, and good for him for doing so. Kaine had to change his position immediately after being chosen as Clinton’s VP pick. This is what happens when people organize and make their voices heard. This is the power of the progressive movement. This is the new Democratic party: recognizing reality, and starting to listen to the voices of working people again." (07/25/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160725/what-to-make-of-vp-pick-tim-kaines-tpp-reversal  

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Turkey: Tens of thousands in pro-democracy rally

July 25, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Tens of thousands of people have joined a pro-democracy rally in Istanbul, condemning the nation's attempted coup. The rally was organised by the opposition party CHP but was backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK party, in a rare show of unity. Amid a sea of red flags, banners bore slogans such as 'We defend the republic!' The CHP's leader said 'democracy won!' but he also warned against the dangers of authoritarianism. One banner read: 'No to the coup, no to dictatorship.'" [editor's note: about as clear a NOTA statement as there is - SAT] (07/24/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36879075  

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ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea, Cambodia blocks statement

July 25, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Southeast Asian nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia blocked any mention to an international court ruling against Beijing in their statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the dispute this month. The ruling by the court in The Hague denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes each year." (07/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-ruling-asean-idUSKCN1040GK  

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