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The Democratic Party Better Harness The Legitimate Rage Of Americans. Otherwise, The Right Will Use It With Horrifying Results

If the Democrats refuse to harness the legitimate rage of Americans and direct it at those responsible for our predicament, the right will make this anger its own and will win. By Jon Schwarz The Intercept (4/5/20) THE POLITICAL POSSIBILITIES of this moment are different than anything we have ever experienced. We possess a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the United States a more humane country. But if we fail to seize it, we will face mortal danger from the right. That’s not hyperbole. The anger of Americans, once they figure out what’s being done to them right now,…

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‘Return to Normalcy’ Not Going To Be Enough To Win Our Support, Young Progressives Tell Joe Biden

“Don’t mourn. Organize.” — Joe Hill ***** “Why would we want a return to normalcy? We need a vision for the future, not a return to the past.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams (4/8/20) A group of progressive, youth-led organizations on Wednesday released an open letter to former Vice President Joe Biden urging the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to “champion the bold ideas” that have energized younger voters. The new letter, signed by coalition of eight youth movement leaders—including Alliance for Youth Action, March for Our Lives Action Fund, and the Sunrise Movement—was released the same day Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced the…


American Capitalism Has Dropped Its Mask — And Its Face Is Cold, Cruel & Selfish

The shortage of supplies is directly the result of a capitalist system so unregulated that it is designed to benefit only shareholders, not societies. By Sonali Kolhatkar Independent Media Institute (4/6/20) Among the countless distressing news stories covering the COVID-19 pandemic over the past month are the heartwarming ones that focus on what ordinary human beings are doing to help one another during this historic crisis. Many of these “good news” reports have focused on a nation-wide effort by fashion industry labels, domestic apparel manufacturers, and amateur seamstresses to mass-produce the much-needed masks that are in short supply. But what most of the stories…


The Revolution Is Under Way Already: “Everything is up for grabs.”

  Real revolutions are the ones that nobody sees coming. By Rebecca L. Spang The Atlantic (4/5/20) Fear sweeps the land. Many businesses collapse. Some huge fortunes are made. Panicked consumers stockpile paper, food, and weapons. The government’s reaction is inconsistent and ineffectual. Ordinary commerce grinds to a halt; investors can find no safe assets. Political factionalism grows more intense. Everything falls apart. This was all as true of revolutionary France in 1789 and 1790 as it is of the United States today. Are we at the beginning of a revolution that has yet to be named? Do we want to be?…


The Party Of Lucifer: Cynical Wisconsin Republicans Intentionally Put Lives Of Voters At Grave Risk

[Editor’s Note: While Mr. Voss was trussed up in protective equipment, voters and most poll workers weren’t afforded the protection Voss got. Watch for an uptick in the number of Wisconsin COVID-19 cases in 7-10 days and in about 20 days an increase in deaths. The Wisconsin Republican Party, state and federal Supreme Courts will hold the moral responsibility for those illnesses and deaths. — Mark L. Taylor] By Abby Zemet Common Dreams (4/7/20) Proving Republicans will do anything to steal an election – and many Americans really, really hate them – thousands of Wisconsin residents defiantly, stoically, angrily stood in…


Code Blue America: Trump, The Disease & Death Cheerleader

“In Wisconsin, Republicans have proven that they’re willing to get people killed to protect minority rule.” — New York Magazine writer Eric Levitz tweet. ***** “You are incredibly safe to go out.” — Wisconsin speaker Robin Vos in full PPE saying we’re safe to vote from an April 7 tweet. ***** This Is Trump’s Fault Author David Frum, The Atlantic headline. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/9/20) Dear Fellow Readers, David Frum’s article for The Atlantic (above quote) is an complete telling of the idea I will close with. His sub-head is, “The president is failing, and Americans are…


Why Jared Kushner Could Be The Most Dangerous Man In The US

It is becoming increasingly clear that Kushner is not just a doofus – he is dangerous. By Arwa Mahdawi The Guardian (4/7/20) Natalie Portman once described Jared Kushner – a former classmate of hers at Harvard – as “a supervillain”. This seems unwarranted: while the president’s son-in-law is certainly a joker, he lacks the charisma needed for supervillain status. Indeed, the man lacks any charisma whatsoever; he has the presence of a piece of plywood. In many ways, Kushner’s wooden demeanour has been his greatest strength: it has helped him fly under the radar. Politics has become a reality TV…


Right Wing Religion Round-Up: ‘Death is a welcomed friend’: Pastor Calls On Christians To Defy Coronavirus Safety Lockdown — Even If It Kills Them Or Neighbors…’

By Sky Palma Raw Story (4/8/20) Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge spoke to TMZ this Wednesday, saying that if his church members die from coronavirus, they’ve done so in the name of religious freedom. Spell was charged with violating an executive order that bans churches from holding large gatherings, but showed his defiance last Tuesday by holding a service that was attended by over 1,000 people. Speaking to TMZ, Spell said that true Christians would be willing to die from coronavirus, adding that those who “prefer tyranny over freedom do not deserve freedom.” “The bible teaches us to be absent from our bodies so…


Pandemic Crisis Inside The Navy

The Daily/New York Times (4/8/20) How the pandemic pitted a top captain against the head of the service, upending the chain of command and resulting in a public relations disaster. Link To 25-Minute Audio




Notably Quotable: “Bernie put the sword…”

“Bernie put the sword back in the stone.” — Online comment, Jimmy Dore Show (4/8/20) ***** “Et tu, Bernie.” — Online comment, The Political Vigilante (3/8/20) ***** “I don’t think that I should put aside my values and vote out of fear. The DNC needs an overhaul, it lacks values, real leaders that represent the people not its donors.” — Ankita Rao, Bernie or Bust: the Sanders fans who will never vote for Biden ***** “I don’t think I could be too cynical at this point. — Jimmy Dore (4/8/20) ****** “An opinion column in the New York Times the following day…


Aspirational vs Pragmatic: Why My Radicalness Is Getting More Radical

By Tom Crofton The Commoner Call (4/6/20) Setting aside the pain and suffering of the infected for a moment, the most amazing part of the pandemic is its pulling back the curtain on the fragility and venality of the economic/political system in the “greatest country on earth”. Yah, sure. Some of those hybrid “planned economies” had better resources, and quicker responses, when their nationally supported professionals did the jobs they had trained lifetimes for: So What? We have better bombers. In fact, a bipartisan committee (that means Dems are in on it) is insisting, in the midst of the health…


At A Time Of Venal, Ignorant, Morally Rotted Bipartisan Leadership This Man Is A Hero

Navy Capt. Brett Crozier (US Navy photo) By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (4/3/20) In a sorrowful time when “a true patriot gets fired for doing the right thing,” the Navy captain ousted for blowing the whistle on Navy inaction as coronavirus ravaged his crew walked off his ship Friday to the stirring sound of thousands of sailors chanting, “Cap-tain Cro-zier! Cap-tain Cro-zier!” Navy Capt. Brett Crozier “was wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors,” most sentient beings agree, after he wrote a pained letter leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle urging “decisive action” and warning higher-ups the outbreak could unnecessarily kill scores of sailors aboard the USS…


The Military Knew Years Ago That A Coronavirus Pandemic Was Inevitable & Warned Trump

Current pandemic was long predicted and the warning ignored by Trump administration. By Ken Klippenstein The Nation (4/1/20) Despite President Trump’s repeated assertions that the Covid-19 epidemic was “unforeseen” and “came out of nowhere,” the Pentagon was well aware of not just the threat of a novel influenza, but even anticipated the consequent scarcity of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds, according to a 2017 Pentagon plan obtained by The Nation. “The most likely and significant threat is a novel respiratory disease, particularly a novel influenza disease,” the military plan states. Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel (meaning new to humans) coronavirus. The…


Code Blue America: Trump Cruelty & Bumbling Incompetence Unmasked As Death Toll Climbs

“Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.” — Facebook meme By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/6/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump now presides over a country, the United States, representing 25% of the confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Trump was slow to react enabling the spread of the virus and now putting hotspots like New York City at risk of overwhelming available health care resources. In an an unprecedented act, Trump has privatized emergency response,  telling states and governors to figure it out and pitting state-against-state for…


Mike McCabe: Dysfunction Junction Leaves Wisconsin Poll Workers & Voters At Risk Of Death

Time to act to protect Wisconsin, Governor. By Mike McCabe Our Wisconsin Revolution (4/4/20) The Wisconsin Legislature. Where common sense goes to die. With legislative leaders refusing to answer the call to convene the legislature in special session today to delay next Tuesday’s election and turn it into a mail-in vote, the last hope for the necessary postponement of the election is the governor using the emergency powers he possesses under the state constitution and state law and issue an executive order. Going ahead with in-person voting on Tuesday is both a serious public health hazard and a recipe for disaster for…


Democratic Cowards: If You Don’t Support ‘Medicare For All’ By Now, Just Make It Official & Become A Damn Republican

If ever there were a time to admit that no one should die because they can’t afford health care, it is now. If ever there were a time to admit that tying health insurance to employment was a fundamentally flawed idea, it is now. If ever there were a time to admit that Obamacare was a half-measure that is no longer enough, it is now. By Hamilton Nolan In These Times (4/2/20) A counterintuitive thing about crises is that they can make very complex issues become very simple, very fast. Physics, for example, is very complex. But when someone throws…


Letter From A Fired Worker: Dear Jeff Bezos, Instead Of Firing Me, Protect Your Workers From Coronavirus

Amazon thinks we are expendable. By Chris Smalls The Guardian (4/2/20) Dear Jeff Bezos, When I applied to work at Amazon, the job description was simple. It said you need to have a high-school diploma or a GED (general educational development) and you have to be able to lift 50lbs. That’s it. Now, because of Covid-19, we’re being told that Amazon workers are “the new Red Cross”. But we don’t want to be heroes. We are regular people. I don’t have a medical degree. I wasn’t trained to be a first responder. We shouldn’t be asked to risk our lives to come…


RUMBLE With MICHAEL MOORE Podcast Episode 62 EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM – He’s Gonna Get Us KllIed

Rumble With Michael Moore (4/4/20) The military was used to steal our taxpayer-funded strategic reserve medical supplies and turn them over to private corporations to sell off to the highest bidder here … and overseas. ***** “FEMA just ordered another 100,000 body bags. They need a million. They might need two million … or more. History is full of people who just stood by and did nothing. Sometimes, because they were paralyzed by fear. Sometimes, because they just didn’t believe they could make a difference. And sometimes, they just didn’t have a clue as to what to do. This is…


Small Comfort: Vacant Hospital Ship Is A Symbol Of Trump’s Complete Coronavirus Failure

Sadly representative of the federal and local response to coronavirus: too little and far too late. By Russ Barkan The Guardian (4/3/20 The USNS Comfort, the navy hospital ship deployed to New York City this week, was supposed to house 1,000 patients. Instead, it’s taken in only 20, refusing to accept New Yorkers suffering with coronavirus. Sitting on idle on the Hudson River, the ship is quickly becoming a symbol of all that has gone horrifically wrong with both the federal and local response to the Covid-19 outbreak. There are about 50,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City alone, with more than…


New Movie ‘Slay the Dragon’ Exposes The Republican Undemocratic Gerrymandering Scheme

“Astonishing manipulation of democracy.” Movie focuses on how Wisconsin voters lost their vote. The Rising (4/4/20) Filmmakers of ‘Slay the Dragon’ Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance discuss gerrymandering as a non-partisan issue with Katie Fahey, founder of Voters Not Politicians. Link To 10-Minute Video Official “Slay The Dragon” Movie Trailer: Link To 2+-Minute Video  


A Letter To Rep. Ron Kind: The Growing Severity Of Pandemic Is Grounded In Your Failed Neoliberal Corporate Politics

  Now — like no other in your time in office — is the time to get your priorities straight: Defend the needs of citizens. By Mark L. Taylor Commoner Call (4/2/20) On Wednesday I got an email from the Daily Kos asking me to send off a comment to my representative, Wisconsin Third Congressional District Rep. Ron Kind (D). The following is what I sent in. Unfortunately, the points raised with Rep. Kind apply to the vast majority of congressional ‘representatives’ of both parties. Over the past 40 years they have systematically nailed together the conditions that are ready…


Covid-19 May Be Just The Beginning: As Ice Melts & Mosquitoes Wander Northward, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again

“I have no words to express my feelings.” By Mary Pappenfuss HuffPost (5/5/17) The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause. Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes…


Code Blue America: On Track With The Worst Possible Leader For The Worst Covid-19 Numbers

“They had things — levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” — Trump on Fox & Friends decrying Dem ideas to be included in the coronavirus stimulus bill. By Dan Peak Commoner Call (4/2/20) The COVID-19 trajectory has the United States on track to be worst in the world. Trump is finally facing up to what most of us feared was our reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump is now saying the United States could see between 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. Only a few days ago he…


Gov. Evers Announces State-Operated Voluntary Isolation Facilities & Guidance To Aid Local Communities in Opening Their Own

Governor’s Office / Tuesday March 31   MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is opening two state-run voluntary isolation facilities in Madison and Milwaukee and is providing guidance to local communities throughout Wisconsin. The two sites are set to open April 1, 2020 are at Lowell Center in Madison and a Super 8 hotel in Milwaukee. “As the state’s response to COVID-19 continues, we want to make sure those who need a safe place to stay have one available to them,” Gov. Evers said. “These voluntary self-isolation sites help respond to…


Even In A Pandemic, Andrew Cuomo Is Not Your Friend. (ESPECIALLY In A Pandemic)

Even in a pandemic, Cuomo is fighting to protect the rich and impose austerity, including devastating Medicaid cuts, on everyone else. [Editor’s Note: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been getting a lot of press for his calm, forceful press conferences. But there is another side to Coumo, a side that has contributed to the health emergency in his state and will make things even worse. Sorry to say, but Cuomo is just another Wall Street stroking neoliberal Democan; part of the problem, not the solution. — Mark L. Taylor] By Akash Mehta Jacobin (3/27/20) Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conferences…


Glenn Greenwald On The Slippery Balance Between Authoritarianism & Freedom At A Time Of Pandemic

How much freedom are we willing to trade away for a sense of safety? The Rising (4/1/20) Co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald, shares why he and other staunch advocates for civil liberties are more open to government surveillance during the coronavirus pandemic. Link To 13+-Minute Video (Commoner Call photo by Mark L. Taylor, 2020. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link toe www.thecommonercall.org )


Dead Zone: Malcom Gladwell Writes Of The 1918 Flu Pandemic, The Deadliest Virus Ever Known

The Spanish-flu epidemic of 1918 reached virtually every country, killing so many people so quickly that some cities were forced to convert streetcars into hearses. [Editor’s Note: This is one of those time in life where — unlike the occupant of the White House — you really want to know your history. — Mark L. Taylor] The New Yorker (3/19/20) In 1997, author Malcolm Gladwell published “The Dead Zone,” a gripping piece about the catastrophic spread of the so-called Spanish flu, in 1918. In the fall of that year, a devastating strain of influenza emerged, overwhelming entire cities and towns…


‘Dirty Money’ is back on Netflix—and it’s investigating the FDA, the EPA & Jared Kushner

The second season of the docuseries about business gone bad broadly covers capitalism run amok, and examines the boundaries companies are willing to cross in the name of turning a profit. By Yasmin Gagne Fast Company (3/11/20) In 2006, at the age of 25, Jared Kushner purchased the storied weekly newspaper The New York Observer (now a digital-only publication known as Observer). Over the next few years, he used the media property to elevate his social standing in New York’s elite circles. At the same time, he oversaw his family firm’s disastrous acquisition of the (incredibly named) 666 Fifth Avenue for a record…


The Kind Of Capitalism That Has Infected The US Is The Most Evil On Earth

“It’s cheaper to dig mass graves than field hospitals. The kind of capitalism that has infected the US is the most evil on earth. If it is not profitable to save lives,it simply will not get done. Lot of good this multi-trillion dollar war machine is doing us now, huh? We could have spent all that on healthcare, infrastructure, and community resilience. Nope, but we’ve got enough artillery to kill the world 20 times over. The government is not going to help us, not now, not tomorrow, not after this. They’re going to save their own asses, and their rich…


Notably Quotable: “I’ve never really been a political person, but I’ve realized …”

“I’ve never really been a political person, but I’ve realized corporate and politicians don’t give a shit about those of us at the bottom.” — Silent streets: Life halts, but not for all workers ***** “People are dying. The powerful are taking actions to protect themselves. And the government is doing their bidding.” — Matt Gardner, Congress “CARES” for Wealthy With COVID-19 Tax Giveaways ***** “This nation is now every bit the aristocracy we rejected during the American Revolution. An aristocracy of dead-eyed, obscenely wealthy elites. And the Democratic Party not only condones this ironic travesty, they also exemplify it. Then they wonder why…


No Greater Love Hath Trump Than To Lay Down Your Measly, Trashy Little, Unimportant Life For His Re-Election

  Our fearful leader’s latest gambit is to blame everyone else as he desperately tries to squirm his way to November’s election. By Richard Wolffe The Guardian (3/25/20) Donald Trump isn’t much of a doctor or scientist. He isn’t much of a diplomat or general. His leadership skills match his business skills. There’s a reason his companies went bankrupt so many times. But he might just be a pioneer with this idea of letting people die for the sake of the country. Only a once-in-a-century leader has the guts to say out loud what the worst among us are really thinking: everyone…


If You Know ANYONE Working In A Hospital, Forward This On: MIT Posts Free Plans Online For An Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100

The new device fits around an Ambu bag (blue), which hospitals already have on hand in abundance. Designed to be squeezed by hand, instead they are squeezed by mechanical paddles (center) driven by a small motor. This directs air through a tube which is placed in the patient’s airway. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers. By David L. Chandler Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (3/28/20) Clinical and design considerations will be published online; goal is to support rapid scale-up of device production to alleviate hospital shortages. One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators….


California Created A Massive Medical Reserve – With Ventilators, Acute Care Beds & N95 Masks — Then Let It All Collapse

Mobile field hospitals are designed to be deployed during large-scale emergencies and natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and pandemics. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons The false economy of government cutbacks & austerity. By Lance Williams, Will Evans & Will Carless Reveal / Center For Investigative Reporting (3/27/20) They were ready to roll whenever disaster struck California: three 200-bed mobile hospitals that could be deployed to the scene of a crisis on flatbed trucks and provide advanced medical care to the injured and sick within 72 hours. Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and…


Code Blue America: Citizens Dying On Trump’s Lazy Learning Curve

“The nation craves a plan, not hunches.” —  Thomas Friedman, New York Times (3/26/20)  ***** “We don’t need a backup. We need a Tom Brady.” — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) criticizing Trump’s “backup” role (3/26/20) ***** “I’ve asked repeatedly and respectfully for help. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits.” “You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.” — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) responding to Trump questioning if the “young, a woman governor…knows what’s going on”. By Dan Peak Commoner Call (3/30/20) Dear Fellow Readers, It’s important to note that Governors…


Give To The Rich: The Bill Gates Charity Paradox

A ‘Nation’ investigation illustrates the moral hazards surrounding the Gates Foundation’s $50 billion charitable enterprise. By Tim Schwab The Nation (3/30/20) Last fall, Netflix premiered a three-part documentary that promises viewers a rare look at the inner life of one of history’s most controversial businessmen. Over three hours, Inside Bill’s Brain shows us a rare emotional side to Bill Gates as he processes the loss of his mother and the death of his estranged best friend and Microsoft cofounder, Paul Allen. Mostly, though, the film reinforces the image many of us already had of the ambitious technologist, insatiable brainiac, and heroic philanthropist. Inside Bill’s Brain falls into a…


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Declaration Of Independence: Progressives Can’t Divide A Party We Don’t Belong To

As an Independent, I’m far more interested in policy than party. Whoever presents the most Progressive candidate will get my vote. Simple stuff. By Kathy Copeland Padden The Ghion Journal (9/23/19) l don’t think I know a single Progressive and/or Independent who isn’t accused on a daily basis of “splitting the party” or “being divisive” by centrist Democrats. The self-centered assumption that anyone who’s not a member of the GOP owes the other half of the oligarchy allegiance is beyond mind-boggling. I’ve been an Independent since 1983. I’m not dividing any party, as I don’t belong to any party. That’s the whole point of being an Independent….


Why Is The Corporate Media Ignoring Sexual Assault Allegations Against Biden?

“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.”  — Joe Biden, defending Dr Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. By Arwa Mahdawi The Guardian (3/28/20) Why are sexual assault allegations against Biden being ignored? Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has been accused of sexual assault by a former staffer. Tara Reade, who worked with Biden when he was a Delaware senator, alleges he inappropriately touched her and penetrated her with his fingers without…


Where Are Impeachment & The 25th Amendment When We Need Them?

By Bill Blum The Progressive (3/18/20) On March 13, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, President Donald Trump was asked if he took responsibility for the nation’s lack of preparedness. His reply: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” Where are impeachment and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment—the two mechanisms provided by the Constitution for removing an unfit President—when we need them the most, as we do right now? On February 5, Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial as a result of GOP cronyism and cowardice, so that door is shut. And the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which requires action by the Vice President and a majority…