Senator Bernie Sanders on Meet the Press (VIDEO)

Senator Bernie Sanders Independent of Vremont

Senator Bernie Sanders
Independent of Vermont

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from the state of Vermont, appeared on Meet the Press earlier today.

Excerpt from Todd’s interview with Sanders:

Sanders:

“The truth is, there is profound anger at both political parties…The question is: At a time when so many people have seen a decline in their standard of living, when the wealthiest and largest corporations are doing phenomenally well, the American people want change.”

“I think Citizens United will go down in history as one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever. I think it is opening up the road to oligarchy in the United States of America…Anybody who speaks to the needs of the working class and the middle class of this country and shows the courage to take on the billionaire class — I think that candidate will do pretty well.”

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News Roundup—September 14, 2014

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Submitted by Elaine Magliaro

EDUCATION NEWS

Obama Administration To Reward Student Loan Company Accused Of Cheating Troops (Huffington Post)

Consumer Group Criticizes Education Department’s Debt Collectors (Huffington Post)

Seniors Forced Into Poverty As Education Department Demands Payment (Huffington Post)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Cuts Schools, Pensions While Preserving Fund For Corporate Subsidies (International Business Times)

Teachers Unions Use Financial Clout Of Pension Funds To Make Up For Lost Political Power: The American Federation of Teachers has used its pension funds to take on billionaire asset managers, the nation’s largest private student loan company and the world’s biggest education company. (Buzz Feed)

School Reform Should Focus On the Quality Of Principals (Valley News)

Biglaw’s Big Dumb Teacher Tenure Lawsuits (Above the Law)

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FFS Update: Rule #4 Clarification

Due to recent debates on the nature of Rule #4, it has been revised to more clearly state the objective standards of behavior to which it applies.  The new text reads:

4) Threats of physical violence, stalking and inciting violence are not allowed. Do it and you’ll get a (note the singular article “a”) warning.  Do it again, you’ll get banned. The standards/definitions are:

“Direct threat”, to wit, “to place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury”.

“Stalking” is “any person who intentionally and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat, either expressed or implied, with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm”.  This standard may be used in conjunction with the standard of persistent disruptive behavior found in Rule #1 as a reason for banishment.

“Incitement” is “urging or instigating other persons to riot or commit crimes and/or acts of violence”.  This does not mean the mere oral or written (1) advocacy of ideas or (2) expression of belief, not involving advocacy of any act or acts of violence or assertion of the rightness of, or the right to commit, any such act or acts.

Your cooperation with and understanding of the rules of this forum are appreciated.

Gene Howington, Editor-in-Chief

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Delusion, Witchcraft and/or the Effect of LSD

By MIKE SPINDELL

Those familiar with my writing know that almost four years ago to the date I was dying and being kept alive by an artificial heart. This was the end game of a process of 640px-Cat_November_2010-1aCongestive Heart Failure that I’d been going through for two years. Because it was a bleak picture I had written an 800+ page memoir for my daughters detailing the life I led before they became the focus of my world.  I’m going to share an excerpt from that with you, written at a time years before I met my wife, love of my life, who converted me from a pretend “outlaw” on the edge, to a good father. As I’ve written before she not only reformed me, but literally saved my life, which leaves me able to communicate with you today.  As a spoiler, two years after this was written I had received a full tuition scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree at Columbia University School of Social Work and had been accepted into the Gestalt Center to be trained as a psychotherapist. Four years later I met my wife and saved my life.  A further note is that this is written in the following spirit:

Separating myth from reality is a problem, since our view of what happens outside us arises from the unique perspective of our own minds and senses. Memories are edited unconsciously, or consciously to agree with our conception of our life narrative, or to avoid the bittersweet nature of each experience in life. Our lives are mixtures of exultation and despair, consisting mainly of the panoply of gradations between these polar opposites. What you believe to be the facts of your life are illusions. Memories are convenient fictions created to make the uncertainties of life bearable, to allow us our fleeting pleasures, and to construct our personal version of reality. Those fleeting pleasures, intertwined with the miraculous nature of existence makes sentient life worthwhile, even though we are too insignificant to comprehend if there is in fact meaning to it all. Works of human expression are innately fictional. Absolute truth and absolute reality exists only for the frightened and the demented.

“Maya Maya
All this world is but a play
Be thou the joyful player”

The Incredible String Band

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“The End and the Beginning”: An Anti-War Poem by Wislawa Szymborska (VIDEO)

PoetryFridayButtonSubmitted by Elaine Magliaro

For Poetry Friday this week, I’m sharing one of my favorite poems written by my favorite poet–Wislawa Szymborska. The poem is titled The End and the Beginning. I choose this poem because I think it’s a fitting companion for the other piece I posted earlier today titled “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”: The News Media and Political Pundits Appear to Be Fear Mongering and Beating the Drums of War Once More.

Here are the first three stanzas of the poem:

The End and the Beginning
By Wislawa Szymborska
Translated by Joanna Trzeciak

After every war
someone has to clean up.
Things won’t
straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble
to the side of the road,
so the corpse-filled wagons
can pass.

Someone has to get mired
in scum and ashes,
sofa springs,
splintered glass,
and bloody rags.

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“It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”: The News Media and Political Pundits Appear to Be Fear Mongering and Beating the Drums of War Once More (VIDEO)

CNNLogoBy Elaine Magliaro

Last Sunday, Brian Stetler of CNN said he was concerned “about whether or not the media is stoking a war panic over the Islamic State militant group.” Stelter wondered whether members of the media were “letting their fears get the best of them, or their ideological agendas.” During a discussion with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stetler questioned whether the media was “pushing the president towards further escalation.” Jack Mirkinson (Huffington Post) noted “press reaction to the growing power of ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been dominated by hawkish voices…”

I touched on this subject of pundits and the members of the media being vocal about how our country should be gearing up for more military actions in the Mideast before in my post titled Iraq, the Mainstream Media, and the Neocon Reunion Tour. Mike Spindell also wrote a post about the media and pundits fear mongering about ISIS/ISIL in his post titled On the Eve of 9/11 the “New” terrorist con job begins.

Michael Calderone (Huffington Post) said that as the Obama administration “weighs whether it should try to manage the Islamic State, destroy it or follow it to the ‘gates of Hell,’ endless news coverage and non-stop cable chatter have focused on the possibility of expanding the fight from Iraq to Syria.” He added that many people “have argued that President Barack Obama needs to go beyond air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq”… and should “begin targeting militants inside civil war-torn Syria.” He continued by saying that the “notion that Obama isn’t doing enough has been a common theme, regardless of party.”

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“Look out! The 7th Graders have mined the kickball field!”

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In what can only be categorized as one of the dumbest ideas ever, school police in San Diego have acquired their very own MRAP vehicle.  That’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected for all you civilians out there. Captain Joe Florentino told the local press “I can totally see people thinking ‘Oh, my God. Are they going to be rolling armoured vehicles into our schools and what the hell’s going on?'”  Ya reckon?  Capt. Florentino was later given the Meritorious Service Award for Mastery of the Obvious. The MRAP was “free” – just like all the military gear recently on display against the citizens of Ferguson, MO – but the maintenance, modifications and upkeep are not.  A wise choice for a school district with budgetary problems and 10 patrol cars in disrepair. Read the full story at The Guardian.

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