Breaking down the Democratic Establishment

I wish people would put the effort that they’re putting into reviving the Democratic Party, instead of into building a 3rd party that’s actually for the people. The Justice Democrats support Keith Ellison, who stated the other day “I can’t understand why people have more beef with Hillary than Trump”. Well, maybe that’s because the DNC worked to boost him as the pied piper candidate? They never thought “eh people will be so desperate to leave establishment politics that they’d vote for an authoritarian mook.” But that’s exactly what happened and you don’t hear that on the news. What you do here is “unity”, unity for what? You want us to unify with the establishment Dems that brought us this presidency? No thank you, when will you realize the DNC doesn’t want to change nor will it. They lost because they don’t want a real progressive in the White House.
The Democrats claim to be enforcing a said “resistance” against Donald Trump. Yet we keep seeing a number of Democrats show their true neoliberal colors by voting along side with the GOP to confirm cabinet picks. Shall we go over these sell outs?
“Four members of the Senate Democratic caucus broke ranks and joined Republicans to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. The vote was 56-43, with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., not voting.
Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, voted for Tillerson.” – The Intercept
As secretary of state, Tillerson will have tremendous power to influence climate-related negotiations — and to help energy firms secure rights to pump fossil fuels overseas.
“Warner, Heitkamp, and Manchin are long-time boosters of the Keystone XL pipeline; the State Department has major authority over its construction due to it being a cross-border project.” – The Intercept
Would you look at that? The Democrats showing their true colors, sucking up to the god damn oil industries. The newest trend (meaning within the last 10 years) has been for the Democrats to become more right in order to gain more voters. But they aren’t doing it the right way. They’re leaning more to the right in ways like sucking up to big money in politics & being pushed around by lobbyists.
For example, Cory Booker & 12 other Democrats voted against a bill introduced by Bernie Sanders. Currently the MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN. So obviously he’s doing something right, maybe these Democrats should take notes if they want to take the house & Senate back in 2018. Because so far I haven’t seen any popular candidates popping up around states. This bill that was introduced aimed to lower drug prices, and won the backing of 13 Republicans. That’s one way for the Democratic Establishment to spit in the faces of true progressives. This bill had a good shot at passing but these democrats sold out to big pharma to protect their wallets. Let it go through the other 11 Democrats that voted against cheaper medicine.
A whole list of Democrats who need to be replaced in 2018 and I hope everyone gets their shit together by then. The Democrats have also been sucking up to big oil in recent years, again trading profit over people. California, for example, is in the grip of big oil.
“ California legislators received $253,771.98 in 2016 in free trips, dinners, and hotel stays from groups at least partly funded by or affiliated with companies from the oil and gas sector, according to legislators’ financial disclosure forms released last week and analyzed by the Energy and Policy Institute, a pro-clean energy watchdog organization.”
$253,771.98 in 2016 alone on free trips and dinners etc. You think they were just giving that money away? Of course not! America actually allows this shit to go on; we could give 2 shits about corporate money influencing our policies. This is all paid back to the companies by how they vote.
“The Oily Dems who voted for Big Oil interests received an average of $3,685 per year in gifts while in office between 2012 and 2016,” according to the report. “That value was 2.5 times more than the amount that Democrats who did not vote with Big Oil received in gifts during the same period, which averaged $1,486 per year in office.”
It is revealing that Assembly Member Rudy Salas, the honorary co-chair of the “Women’s Empowerment Summit” on May 7 of last year, received the most oil industry gifts, $24,549.33, of any legislator in 2016.” – The Daily Kos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/03/07/1641095/-New-Report-CA-Democrats-who-received-gifts-from-Big-Oil-gave-gifts-to-Big-Oil
That’s just in California alone let me remind you. North Dakota is also in the pockets of big oil as the governor has dedicated his life to sucking up to big oil. But let us not forget out our recent “progressive” being sold to us that was only a little better of a choice than Tom Perez. Keith Ellison. Have we forgotten about his donors? Why don’t people ever look into the funds behind the candidates?
“Ellison’s candidacy is marred by his ties to billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, whose son, Alex, is listed on Ellison’s initial list of endorsers in his announcement to run for DNC chair. Shortly after the presidential election, Ellison attended a closed-door conference hosted by the elder Soros, contrary to demands from progressives that Democrats stop allowing the wealthy to buy access and influence to party officials.
Now Ellison is reportedly set to endorse a multi-millionaire real estate developer, Stephen Bittel, who is buying his way into the position of chair of the Florida Democratic Party” – The Observer
And that’s not all….
“It is disappointing that Ellison would endorse Bittel, a wealthy pro-Clinton donor with close ties to disgraced former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In 2015, Wasserman Schultz appointed Bittel as co-finance chair of the DNC. The Washington Post reported in July that DNC staff members thought Bittel was “overbearing, abrasive — and someone the staff sought to avoid.” – The Observer
We keep getting these half ass progressives thrown at us that still cozy up to big money interests. We cannot unify with the people accepting things we don’t want in our politics. Say no to big money, or say no to being the people’s voice. You were elected to work for the people, not the corporations, no matter what people say. Time and time again the DNC makes it clear that they will treat true progressives as second-class voters. Nancy Pelosi has decided to keep the direction of the party because she expects people just to vote Democrat after a few years of Donny. We cannot let that mindset be what gets the democrats back into power. We must hold them to the fire to change to a people’s party or watch a 3rd party rise across the nation.
“I don’t think people want a new direction,” she said in a December 4 interview with CBS’ Face the Nation. “Our values unify us and our values are about supporting America’s working families.” She added, “We went up so high in 2006 and 2008. Let me just put that in perspective. When President Clinton was elected, the Republicans came in big in the next election. When President Bush was elected, we came in big in the subsequent election. When President Obama was elected President, the Republicans came up big in the next election.” – The Observer
This is your house minority leader Democrats. You are risking throwing away a whole generation of voters because you’re not willing to drop the corporate bullshit to listen to the people you were elected to represent? That’s a full load of bullshit and you know it, make the Democratic Party earn your vote. Don’t let them just rely on the pendulum to swing back their way for your vote. It’s time to take the power back from our system put people power back in politics. Demand the change or build it yourself from a 3rd party, make the DNC wish they listened.

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How do we unify America? By Anthony Bennett

Hi I’m Anthony. I sometimes write stuff and post stuff. Here’s some stuff.

I’ve been deep in contemplation about what we have to do politically. I’m still ruminating. Something that keeps coming back to me is that the personal and the political are inseparable, even if distinct. That is, people’s personalities and political beliefs are reflections of each other. 

Who is the enemy? Conservatives? Trump? Liberals? It’s easy for me to forget that all of these people have something in common with me: We’re all Americans and we’re all (well, most), from our own perspectives, trying to make America great. 

So how the hell can we unify EVERYBODY. How the hell can we build a movement that encompasses conservative minded folk, liberal minded folk, and radical minded folk? Well, we have to get at what each group /really/ wants, as opposed to what they say they want. In my observations, rarely do civic minded people truly want opposing things. We’re witness that conservatives can stomach gay rights if political correctness isn’t being shoved down their throats. Liberals are generally chill with guns so long as they feel we enough protections against shitty and psychotic people from getting them. Likewise, conservatives will allow some commonsense guns regulations as long as they don’t feel it’s Hillary Clinton incremental bullshit that’s going to eventually take their guns away in 20 years. 

The theme I keep noticing is that everyone is at least tolerant of everyone so long they feel safe knowing their true wants and needs are accommodated.

So how the hell do we build a movement that transcends all the partisanship of our politics? How do we build a movement that the most bleeding liberal, the most rugged conservative, and the most liberated radical can get behind with enthusiasm and fervor? How can we unify America?

BREAKING: Judge Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed as the new Supreme Court Justice

Yesterday the Democrats were filibustering the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, which triggered the GOP to implement the “nuclear option”. This morning Gorsuch was confirmed after the US Senate voted. This meaning that now all 9 of the Supreme Court seats have been filled.

What Senators voted “Yes” on Gorsuch:

Voted “yes”

D
Heidi Heitkamp N.D.
D
Joe Manchin III W.Va.
D
Joe Donnelly Ind.
R
John Hoeven N.D.
R
John McCain Ariz.
R
Rand Paul Ky.
R
Bob Corker Tenn.
R
Mike Lee Utah
R
John Thune S.D.
R
Tom Cotton Ark.
R
James Lankford Okla.
R
Ted Cruz Tex.
R
Rob Portman Ohio
R
James M. Inhofe Okla.
R
Bill Cassidy La.
R
Jim Risch Idaho
R
Thad Cochran Miss.
R
Richard C. Shelby Ala.
R
Todd Young Ind.
R
Roger Wicker Miss.
R
Patrick J. Toomey Pa.
R
Thom Tillis N.C.
R
Dan Sullivan Alaska
R
Luther Strange Ala.
R
Tim Scott S.C.
R
Ben Sasse Neb.
R
Marco Rubio Fla.
R
Michael Rounds S.D.
R
Pat Roberts Kan.
R
David Perdue Ga.
R
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
R
Jerry Moran Kan.
R
Mitch McConnell Ky.
R
John Kennedy La.
R
Ron Johnson Wis.
R
Dean Heller Nev.
R
Orrin G. Hatch Utah
R
Charles E. Grassley Iowa
R
Lindsey Graham S.C.
R
Cory Gardner Colo.
R
Jeff Flake Ariz.
R
Deb Fischer Neb.
R
Joni Ernst Iowa
R
Michael B. Enzi Wyo.
R
Steve Daines Mont.
R
Michael D. Crapo Idaho
R
John Cornyn Tex.
R
Susan Collins Me.
R
Shelley Moore Capito W.Va.
R
Richard M. Burr N.C.
R
John Boozman Ark.
R
Roy Blunt Mo.
R
John Barrasso Wyo.
R
Lamar Alexander Tenn.

US attack on Syrian airbases by John Sole

U.S. FIRES DOZENS OF MISSILES AT SYRIAN AIRBASE
The Syrian Civil War entered a new phase last night as President Donald Trump announced that he had ordered an attack on Syrian airbase Al-Shayrat. The assault took place as two American warships anchored on the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired fifty-nine cruise missiles at the airbase, which is controlled by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The Syrian army later confirmed that six people were killed in the attack which led to big material losses in the way of airstrips, aircrafts and fuel stations.
The American President stated that the military operation took place as an answer to the chemical attacks believed to have been carried out by Al-Assad earlier this week, which killed more than eighty civilians. Trump justified his actions by defending that it is in the national interest of the United States to “prevent and deter the use of deadly chemical weapons”.
This intervention was the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria’s six-year-old civil war, and immediately raised the tension with Russian and Iran, as both countries are staunch allies of the Assad regime. Russian President Vladimir Putin regarded the attack as an “aggression against a sovereign nation” on a “made-up pretext”, and also declared that the strike had seriously damaged ties between Washington and Moscow.

St Petersburg explosion by John Sole

Explosion in St Petersburg’s subway car kills fourteen
An explosion took place on Monday, April 3rd at 2:40 pm local time in Russia’s second largest city as a homemade explosive device was set off in a subway train which was traveling between two stations. The blast caused fourteen deaths – seven inside the subway car and seven more after being taken to a nearby hospital – while forty-nine of the travelers were wounded.
The author of the attack is thought to be Akbarzhon Jalilov, a Russian citizen born in Kirgizstan, a predominantly Muslim country in central Asia. No organization has yet claimed itself responsible for the action, but if ISIS’ involvement is confirmed it would be seen as an assault towards Russia following its intervention in the Syrian civil war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in St Petersburg when the explosion occurred, visited the scene a few hours after the attack and spoke harshly against terrorism. White House officials also announced that President Donald Trump had spoken with Putin by phone and offered his “full support” in bringing down those responsible.
A second bomb, which was found in a nearby station, was deactivated before it exploded, and it is thought to have been placed by the same suspect. St Petersburg’s subway, which was closed off after the attack, has since been re-opened as the city tries to go back to a normal life.

Fracking in the USA by Patrick Vinson

Hydraulic Fracking has rapidly become a popular source for getting oil in America. The term ‘fracking’ has become well known around smaller towns, but why?  Some would say it is because of luck, while others say the lack of regulations in these areas has caused a boom in the fracking industry. We have witnessed a plague of earthquakes erupt around these fracking centers that are popping up around the country. Fracking is the process of shooting a pressurized water/sand mixture to bust through rocks and reach the oil. This process leads to contaminated well water, dirtier air quality, and many more environmental problems.
Something has been happening around many of these fracking sites; they’re now being referred to as frack-quakes. Many states have seen an increase in seismic activity. Kansas, Oklahoma, for example, has seen a large leap in the number of small quakes in the state. The U.S. Geological Survey showed that within 5 years there were 2,547 small quakes in total in the town.  Nearby Jonestown is located right next to a fracking site that pumps out 4 billion barrels of wastewater per month!  These same scientists also discovered that seismic activity from the Jones area accounted for 20% of the overall region. Fracking earthquakes have also been subject to criticism in other states such as Ohio, Texas, and Arkansas.

There are many arguments that come up when debating fracking and its environmental impact. When talking about the effects it has on our groundwater, the EPA has been wishy-washy on until a recent release.  States such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas have all had hundreds of complaints of contaminated drinking water.

“The AP found that Pennsylvania received 398 complaints in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or otherwise affected private water wells, compared with 499 in 2012. The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.” According to USA Today

Three Pennsylvania families were awarded a $1.6 million settlement with the drilling company. Over the last 8-10 years, fracking has lead to a boom of natural gas seen across our nation. Doing so has slowed down a number of imports and saved companies money and landowners grew richer. With this industry comes the harm of the environment around it. We all know how the big oil companies work in the United States; we know congress has a nice deal with them as well.

When pumping water & minerals into the ground to pulverize the rock in the attempt of reaching these natural gasses, some water returns to the surface and leaks into the ground above. This water can contain high levels of metals, sodium and other drilling chemicals, which are hazardous to the environment. All of these chemicals unfortunately seep back into our ground water going through our aquifers.  Levels of benzene, a flammable liquid used in fuel, were 50 times above the allowable limit, in the case in Pavilion, Wyoming. The chemicals in this instance were contaminating the area around it from being dumped in unlined pits surrounded by cement barriers which did nothing.
“Using publicly available information and freedom of information requests, DiGiulio and Jackson have published a report in Environmental Science & Technology that examines what went wrong at Pavillion. The research finds that workers were drilling at very shallow depths, as little as 700 ft underground, placing the fracking operation uncomfortably close to the drinking water aquifer that supplies the wells used by Pavillion residents.” – The Guardian

This Wyoming incident was clearly due to poor safety and consideration of the environmental impact it would have in the area. The depths they were drilling was shallow and they knew the dangers. If they weren’t then they obviously need to do some reevaluations of their fracking sites. Thanks to loopholes, the oil, and gas industry aren’t required to disclose the chemicals they use, but research has found that many are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. How many of these CEO’s and workers behind this faulty work see jail time? None because in America corporations’ buy their way out of any wrongdoing. Communities with fracking have seen declines in property values, increases in crime, and losses in local tourism and agriculture. Pipelines, oil trains and other infrastructure to support fracking add to these harms.
But water isn’t the only resource fracking is damaging. Fracking also affects the air quality in the surrounding areas. That’s right, besides the wonderful commodities fracking brings such as water pollution. It also brings us the joy of air pollution. A number of emissions being put off by the trucks, generators, and flares are all adding to the pollution. There fumes & emissions have made parts of Wyoming seem like an inner city plagued with smog on a bad day.  There have been studies done in regards to the quality of air in Wyoming towns affected by fracking. The study below is by Compendium of the scientific evidence, the expert’s organizations Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York summarized some of the harms:
“Air pollution associated with fracking is a grave concern with a range of impacts. Researchers have documented dozens of air pollutants from drilling and fracking operations that pose serious health hazards. Areas with substantial drilling and fracking build-out show high levels of ground-level ozone (smog), striking declines in air quality, and, in several cases, increased rates of health problems with known links to air pollution. Air sampling surveys find high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), especially carcinogenic benzene and formaldehyde, both at the wellhead and at distances that exceed legal setback distances from a wellhead to the residence. In some cases, VOC concentrations exceeded federal safety standards by several orders of magnitude. Evidence implicates the U.S. shale gas boom in the recent global spike in atmospheric methane. Drilling and fracking operations in North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field alone contribute two percent of global methane emissions and directly impact air quality across North America. Ethane is both a greenhouse gas and a precursor for ozone formation.”

You can find in another study done New York State, concluded from its health and environmental reviews, “The total operations associated with good drilling can be assigned to three “types” of potential sources of air emissions: 1) combustion from engines, compressors, line heaters, and flares; 2) short-term venting of gas constituents which are not flared; and 3) emissions from truck activities near the good pad… there are potentially significant adverse health impacts associated with increased levels of particulate matter, ozone, diesel exhaust, and volatile organic compounds.”
All of these gasses and emissions being added to our already warming atmosphere, with no indications of stopping anytime soon. These corporate polluters are getting more and more regulations cut to help them profit more. We must stand up against eminent domain abuse used by these fracking companies, and stand up and demand people over profit. With all of these pollutants in the air and water, this only leads to health problems for the surrounding communities. Another check left on the table of the people to pick up more medical bills.
Many of the chemicals used in fracking are known to be cancer causing. When we improperly store these chemicals or waste after it comes back on the surface, we risk it seeping back into our groundwater. Physical sickness on top of all the negative effects it already takes on the environment around it. Towns being impacted by fracking have seen health issues such as rashes, respiratory problems, spikes in infant deaths and more. Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York summarized some of the harms:
“By several measures, evidence for fracking-related health problems is emerging across the United States. In Pennsylvania, as the number of gas wells increases in a community, so do rates of hospitalization. Drilling and fracking operations are correlated with elevated motor vehicle fatalities (Texas), asthma (Pennsylvania), self-reported skin and respiratory problems (southwestern Pennsylvania), ambulance runs and emergency room visits (North Dakota), infant deaths (Utah), birth defects (Colorado), high risk pregnancies (Pennsylvania), premature birth (Pennsylvania), and low birth weight (multiple states). Benzene levels in the ambient air surrounding drilling and fracking operations are sufficient to elevate risks for future cancers in both workers and nearby residents, according to studies. Animal studies show that two dozen chemicals commonly used in fracking operations are endocrine disruptors that can variously disrupt organ systems, lower sperm counts, and cause reproductive harm at levels to which people can be realistically exposed.”
Benzene is a widely used chemical in the United States, from drugs to detergents, rubbers, dyes and even pesticides. It is also an additive used in gasoline but has been reduced in recent years. Being exposed to high levels of Benzene have been linked to people getting cancer, and respiratory problems.

“Rates of leukemia, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML), have been found to be higher in studies of workers exposed to high levels of benzene, such as those in the chemical, shoemaking, and oil refining industries.
Some studies have also suggested links to childhood leukemia (particularly AML) as well as acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other blood-related cancers (such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) in adults. However, the evidence is not as strong for these cancers.
There is much less evidence linking benzene to any other type of cancer” – American Cancer Society
These chemicals are being allowed to seep back into our group water and these emissions are spreading disease through the local communities. The highest possible exposure has been linked to the workplace, meaning we also should worry about protecting workers health rights. Common workplaces that these are found are in rubber factories, chemical plants, gasoline industry and even shoe manufacturing plants. All of these are places where workers can come in contact with high level of Benzene.
Finally are the impacts that fracking has on the climate. As we all know, the oceans have been rising, glaciers have been melting and we are seeing record-breaking temperatures around the globe. Methane is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gasses and the warming of our planet. Methane is 86 times as toxic as Carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and grows more toxic over time. Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York summarized the threat to the climate system:
“Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. An increasing number of studies reveal high levels of methane leaks from gas drilling, fracking, storage, and transportation, undermining the notion that natural gas is a climate solution or a transition fuel…Multiple lines of evidence point to the central role of unconventional oil and gas extraction as the driver of recent increases in global greenhouse gasses, especially methane. These include the atmospheric pattern of increased methane concentrations directly over intensively fracked areas of the United States; sharp upticks in global methane and co-occurring methane levels that correspond to the onset of the U.S. fracking boom; and documentation of catastrophic amounts of methane released from storage facilities and other “super-emitting” sites…Drilling, fracking and expanded use of natural gas threaten not only to exacerbate climate change but also to stifle investments in, and expansion of, renewable energy.” – Frack Action

The data doesn’t lie, thanks to the boom of the fracking industry in the last decade. We have seen a sharp increase in the levels of Methane released into our atmosphere. With very little regulations on fracking in these towns, the pollution continues to plague the environment around it. Making our planet heat up and the citizens of the world sick. Why haven’t our governments stepped up against these big oil companies yet? Besides for the fact that they are lobbying for these politicians that will help with their end goal: profit over people.  The ocean temperatures are rising, and the emissions being put off by these fracking sites aren’t slowing it down. We must come together to combat big oil for the future generations of this planet.  The examples we used are only a few states affected by fracking daily. There were over one-thousand fracking incidents last year. That doesn’t include those who have become ill from the pollution fracking brings. For more information on fracking, please check out the videos I have posted links to below.
Videos:
Frackopoly:

Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger

Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

Sources:
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/benzene.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/05/some-states-confirm-water-pollution-from-drilling/4328859/
http://www.frackaction.com/what-is-fracking/health-impacts/