No Endorsement Yet, But Plenty of Clues from Sen. Elizabeth Warren

In speech lambasting big money in politics, ‘Warren came as close as she has—or perhaps will—come to officially endorsing Sanders.’

by DEIDRE FULTON

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren back similar agendas that include breaking up big banks, reducing the role of money in politics, and a $15 minimum wage. (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc)

With days to go before the critical Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, pundits are abuzz about one potential endorsement in particular—one they say could actually sway voters: that of progressive luminary Elizabeth Warren.

Many are pointing to an impassioned speech the senator from Massachusetts gave on the U.S. Senate floor last week, in which she offered what Salon described on Tuesday as a “not-so-subtle endorsement of Bernie Sanders.”

The speech, which marked the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, lambasted the “flood of hidden money that is about to drown our democracy.” It called for citizen-funded elections, stronger financial disclosure laws, and a “full-blown” Constitutional amendment to restore authority to Congress, individual states, and the American people to regulate campaign finance.

But “[t]he most revealing part of the speech was the end,” wrote Salon staff writer Sean Illing, when “Warren came as close as she has—or perhaps will—come to officially endorsing Sanders.”

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Radioactive Water from Fukushima Is Leaking into the Pacific

By Dahr Jamail

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Truthout shortly after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling system of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

While this statement might sound overdramatic, Gundersen may be right.

Several nuclear reactor meltdowns in the plant, which at the time forced the mandatory evacuations of thousands of people living within a 15-mile radius of the damaged power plant, persist, and experts like Gundersen continue to warn that this problem is not going to go away.

The March 11, 2011, 9.0 earthquake that destroyed the cooling systems at TEPCO led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns, and has left exposed highly radioactive materials that Gunderson says are the root of the problem. For now, there is no solution in sight.

“Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed,” Gundersen said. “You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively.”

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Stranger things have happened….
MCM


From Richard Lamm;
I and a few of my Voting Rights Task Force activists ate at a Chipotle in downtown SF last night.  My wife and I every Monday morning pick up bags of cooked, chopped up and well-seasoned meats that were left-over from the prior weekend to bring to a Church hall venue very near UC Berkeley that serves homeless youth a good hot meal and offers other services also every Monday evening during the school year.
We really like Chipotle and appreciate that they are the only fast-food nation-wide chain that serves healthy and non-GMO food.  I think there is something to this story, and am sure that there is very little that Monsanto wouldn’t  do, criminally, to push their agenda.  If they are willing to be involved in the suicides of hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in India, what’s a little e.coli sabotage of a restaurant chain serving non-GMO foods?


ANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage… biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli in retaliation for restaurant’s anti-GMO menu

 By MIKE ADAMS

(NaturalNews) After observing recent events involving Chipotle and e.coli, here’s my analysis of the situation: Chipotle’s e.coli outbreaks are not random chance. They are the result of the biotech industry unleashing bioterrorism attacks against the only fast food company that has publicly denounced GMOs.

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US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water

Exclusive: Documents seen by the Guardian reveal questionable practices that mean people’s drinking water is at risk in ‘every major city east of the Mississippi’

By OLIVER MILMAN

Water authorities across the US are systematically distorting water tests to downplay the amount of lead in samples, risking a dangerous spread of the toxic water crisis that has gripped Flint, documents seen by the Guardian show.

The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it occurs in “every major US city east of the Mississippi” according to an anonymous source with extensive knowledge of the lead and copper regulations. “By word of mouth, this has become the thing to do in the water industry. The logical conclusion is that millions of people’s drinking water is potentially unsafe,” he said.

Documents seen by the Guardian show that water boards in cities including Detroit and Philadelphia, as well as the state of Rhode Island, have distorted tests by using methods deemed misleading by the Environment Protection Agency.

There is no suggestion that EPA regulations have been broken, but the agency’s guidelines have been systematically ignored.

The revelation comes as the growing crisis in Flint, Michigan, has prompted an emergency EPA order, the condemnation of Barack Obama and the resignation of a top agency official.

The documents show a pattern of behaviour in addressing public health concerns about water across the US where “gamed” tests help ensure that water utilities don’t breach federal lead and copper rules.

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2 Abortion Foes Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

HOUSTON — A county grand jury here that was investigating allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two anti-abortion activists who made videos of the organization.In a statement, the Harris County district attorney, Devon Anderson, said Monday that the director of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, had been indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.

Another center employee, Sandra Merritt, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.

The Center for Medical Progress had covertly shot videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the provision of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. Mr. Daleiden, 26, had posed as a biotechnology representative to infiltrate Planned Parenthood affiliates and surreptitiously record his attempts to procure tissue for research.

The activists have claimed that Planned Parenthood has engaged in the illegal sale of body parts — a charge the organization has firmly denied.

Ms. Anderson said in the statement that grand jurors had cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing. She did not specify in the statement what record or records were allegedly tampered with.

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From LYNN LANDES:

Bernie should be alerting his independent voters to change their registration to Democrat if they want to vote for him in the Pennsylvania presidential primary, as well as in other states.  The independent voter is a huge group.  Nationwide, 43% of all voters consider themselves to be independent according to Gallup – http://www.gallup.com/poll/180440/new-record-political-independents.aspx.  Not sure what official registration figures report. Many independents may not understand the limitations of their registration status (depending on their state) and how that affects their right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the primary.

In Pennsylvania, voters must be registered Democratic in order to vote in the Democratic primary.

IN PENNSYLVANIA – Deadline Alert: 03/28/2016 is the last day to register before the 04/26/2016 Democratic Primary Election.

In order to change or select a party, you must submit a new application – https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

You can verify your “voter status” to make sure that you identify yourself EXACTLY like you did on any previous application –https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx.  For instance, I looked up my status because I didn’t remember if I used my middle initial or not.  Turns out that I did.

There are also deadlines for applying for and submitting an absentee ballot: http://www.philadelphiavotes.com/en/voters/absentee-and-alternative-ballots



Woody Guthrie lived in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex for two years

by WILL KAUFMAN

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Will Kaufman received funding from the Broadcast Music Industry Foundation (BMI-Woody Guthrie Fellowship).

The Conversation is funded by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Knight Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation and the Simons Foundation. Our global publishing platform is funded by Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie signed his name to the lease of a new apartment in Brooklyn. Even now, over half a century later, that uninspiring document prompts a double-take.

Below all the legal jargon is the signature of the man who had composed “This Land Is Your Land,” the most resounding appeal to an equal share for all in America. Below that is the signature of Donald Trump’s father, Fred. No pairing could appear more unlikely.

Guthrie’s two-year tenancy in one of Fred Trump’s buildings and his relationship with the real estate mogul of New York’s outer boroughs produced some of Guthrie’s most bitter writings, which I discovered on a recent trip to the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa. These writings have never before been published; they should be, for they clearly pit America’s national balladeer against the racist foundations of the Trump real estate empire.

Recalling these foundations becomes all the more relevant in the wake of the racially charged proclamations of Donald Trump, who last year announced, “My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy.”

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Not that the US has ever backed democracy in Haiti: au contraire….

MCM


Haiti: Going ahead with Fraudulent Elections “a Recipe for Unrest”

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Over 140 Haitian-American Groups and Leaders Warn Kerry: Going ahead with Fraudulent Elections in Haiti Is “a Recipe for Unrest”

Forty-three Haitian-American diaspora organizations, 34 political, religious and community leaders, and 66 other individuals wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry today criticizing “the unhelpful role the State Department has been playing in Haiti’s election crisis” and calling for a change of U.S. policy. The letter demonstrates the deep concern felt by Haitian-Americans about this crucial issue for Haiti’s future.

Going forward with the presidential runoff scheduled for January 24, as demanded by the U.S., “is a recipe for further upheaval and unrest,” the letter warns. Second-place presidential candidate Jude Célestin has declared that he will boycott the runoff vote against government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise, in light of serious doubts raised about the credibility of the electoral results.

“Pushing forward heedlessly with elections on January 24 will only deepen Haiti’s political crisis,” said City of North Miami Vice-Mayor Alix Desulme, one of the endorsers of the letter. “The country does not need another round of debilitating instability, it needs a legitimate government issued from fair and credible elections.”

Presidential, legislative and municipal elections held on August 9 and October 25 were marred by fraud and grave irregularities, which many claim favoured candidates close to President Michel Martelly. The letter states that U.S.-backed elections have produced “a fraudulent outcome, which disrespects the very idea of democracy and has led to the current impasse.” State Department officials in Haiti have publicly dismissed concerns about fraud and continue to press for the electoral cycle to be completed, the letter notes.

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NB: This Wednesday, Jan. 27, marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

MCM


Poland: Massive Marches against Growing Authoritarian Threat from Far-Right

Against Growing Authoritarian Threat of Far-Right, Massive Marches in Poland
“We want to preserve our democracy and our freedom,” said one demonstration organizer.

by Jon Queally

Thousands of citizens marched through city streets across Poland on Saturday to protest the right-wing government’s encroaching authoritarianism, including a new plan to enact sweeping surveillance measures.

“Our privacy, intimacy is under threat, we can be followed, watched over both in our homes, and online,” Mateusz Kijowski, founder of the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) party and one of the protest organizers, told a large crowd in Warsaw as people held signs and stood in frigid temperatures to voice their opposition to the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that took control in November following parliamentary elections.

“We are not revolutionaries,” Kijowski said. “Revolutionaries are those who destroy order, who want to impose their own rule. We want to preserve our democracy and our freedom.”

According to Reuters:

Waving Polish and European Union flags, the protesters demanded that the Law and Justice party withdraw its planned changes to the surveillance law.

“You’re supposed to listen, not listen in,” read one of the banners. The proposed changes would expand the government’s access to digital data and loosen the legal framework of using surveillance in law enforcement.

The news agency reports how dissent has been growing in the country since PiS gained power. A series of moves by the new government, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski and enabled by President Andrzej Duda, to seize “more control of the judiciary and the media have divided Poland and raised alarm bells in the Europe Union, which has started investigating charges that Warsaw is undermining democratic principles.”

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A candidate of by and for the 0.01%: Former NY Mayor Bloomberg, Fearing a Trump/Sanders Race, Eyes Presidential Race

By Dave Lindorff

Former NY Mayor Bloomberg, 8th richest billionaire in the US, is thinking of running for president if the choice is Trump or Sanders. Here are five pros and cons of having a candidate from the 0.01% running for president of the USA from TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

Even as Bernie Sanders’ insurgent “democratic socialist” campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination is really starting to look like it might actually succeed, with polls now showing him ahead of Hillary Clinton in both the earliest primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, and with Republicans engaged in a circular firing squad where all the people with guns are nut-jobs of one kind or another, making a Sanders presidency even seem possible, we read that former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is contemplating running for the White House as an independent candidate.

Now while the idea of a mega-billionaire as president may be a sick joke, Bloomberg’s running for president on his own tab (he’s ready to spend $1 billion of his own money) is no joke at all. With Forbes magazine listing his current worth as $36.8 billion at the start of this year, he is the eighth richest man in America, just behind Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and just ahead of Jim Walton.

It is hard to think of a worse idea than having a smug, self-congratulatory billionaire — someone not just from the top 1% of the population but the top 0.01% — sitting at the top of government telling us all what to do, but I suppose in the interest of fairness we should tote up his pros and cons. So in memory of the departed but not forgotten TCBH! co-founder Chuck Young (see his 2010 article Where Mayor Mike Can Push His Poll), here’s my list of five good and five bad things about having Bloomberg join the race for president as an obscenely wealthy independent candidate:

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