Another reason people support Bernie: Obama Celebrates Nine Years of Doing Nothing About Money in Politics
In too many areas establishiment politicians do nothing when facing the problem of the adverse effects of oligarchy in the US. Obama has carefully hired Wall Street protectors as Wall Street regulators, and the outright fraud practiced by Wall Street—proven fraud, that led to criminal actions and large fines and settlements—did not put a single person in prison: there was zero accountability of those responsible for what happened. And Obaa similarly talked about the importance of the issue of money in politics, but then never took a single small step to solve the problem. Jon Schwarz writes in The Intercept:
President Barack Obama returned to Springfield, Illinois, on Wednesday, nine years to the day after he kicked off his first presidential campaign there, and, just like in 2007, spoke passionately about his desire to reduce the influence of big money in politics.
In 2007, Obama said, “The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests [have] turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. … They think they own this government, but we’re here today to take it back.”
On Wednesday, Obama told the Illinois legislature, “We have to reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics that makes people feel like the system is rigged.”
This time, of course, Obama is president and could actually do something about it. There are many actions he could take on his own, without approval from Congress or the courts. In particular, he could issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose any “dark money” contributions to politically active nonprofits.
Obama did mention dark money in his speech, saying that it “drowns out ordinary voices.”
He also mentioned the general concept of taking presidential action on his own, but only for comedic value: “I don’t pretend to have all the answers. … If I did I would have already done them through executive action! That was just a joke, guys.”
Activists have delivered over 1 million signatures to the White House demanding that Obama sign an executive order on dark money. A similar petition set up via the White House website’s system passed the 100,000 signatory threshold requiring the Obama administration to respond.
The White House recently posted a desultory answer to the petition that quotes Obama as saying that “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics” — but doesn’t acknowledge the petition’s demand that Obama, not “we,” take specific action. Kurt Walters, campaign manager at Rootstrikers and one of the petition’s organizers, called the response “offensive to the millions of Americans demanding an end to secret money influencing elections.”
In retrospect, Obama’s speech nine years ago was full of foreshadowing. “I understand the skepticism,” he said. “After all, every four years, candidates from both parties make similar promises. … But too many times, after the election is over, and the confetti is swept away, all those promises fade from memory, and the lobbyists and the special interests move in, and people turn away, disappointed as before, left to struggle on their own.”
This is the sort of thing that drives liberals to Bernie Sanders: Bernie wants to attack the problem, Hillary seems to want to push it around her plate but do nothing about it, much like Obama.
First, the racing. This video is from an interesting Motherboard article by Rachel Pick:
Second, using drones for and against piracy. Again from Motherboard, this time an article by Jordan Pearson:
Criminals at sea are already going high tech, using GPS and bootleg submarines to plan attacks and skirt around navy ships. According to a new report from a consultant to the Canadian military, the next technological frontier for oceanic crime could be drones.
The report, written by a strategic analyst for the Canadian military named David Rudd, notes that drones could be used for “surveillance” and “possibly weapons delivery,” which would give maritime non-state actors, or MNSAs, as they’re known, a long-range advantage. These actors could be pirates, smugglers, or traffickers. Rudd quotes one academic as saying, “For the first time, non-state adversaries would have an air force.”
Rudd notes that this kind of “super-empowerment” could occur through the transfer of military tech or with commercially available gadgets. Either way, drones could spell trouble for militaries policing the open water.
But drone technology cuts both ways, and Rudd notes that the Canadian military should consider using drones to their advantage against MNSAs, as well. Canadacurrently uses its navy to bust drug smuggling operations at sea, and conduct anti-piracy and anti-terror operations.
For example, Rudd suggests that drones could be outfitted with sensors to detect “low-acoustic signature swimmers” like the DIY subs used by the cartels circling military ships. Adding a mission bay under the helicopter deck on Canada’s warships could allow for drones to be deployed in order to “protect the ship by identifying and prosecuting threats at long range, exposing a swarm [of pirates] to a high level of attrition before any surviving constituents could bring their own weapons to bear.” In other words, annihilate them before they can fire off a round.
The use of drone tech to keep up with the capabilities of pirates could also be a cost-effective way to make Canada’s cash-strapped navy more capable, Rudd adds. . .
It’s a fougère day. I really like the lather (and fragrance) I get with this Wholly Kaw shaving soap, and I really hate how the container is mostly empty space. I don’t think this one is even half full. I am sure it is full weight—i.e., no rip-off—but the wasted space and the extra bulk is for me a pain, especially since I stack soaps. I see no reason at all why the container cannot more closely match the amount of soap it contains. This would be much more satisfactory to me if he had used a smaller container that was filled.
So it goes. But that’s the reason I don’t pick out this soap more frequently: the feeling that I have so little left since the container is so empty.
That said, I got a very fine lather—I think his soaps are quite good—using the Fine Classic. And today I’m using the R4 baseplate on my new Rockwell razor, with the same Rapira blade I used yesterday.
I certainly experienced more blade feel with the R4 than with yesterday’s R3. Again a very smooth shave, but not quite so comfortable (or mild feeling on the face). Both shaves were BBS, but for me the R3 had greater comfort. Tomorrow I’ll try the R2. (BTW, if you get a Rockwell, note the information on the bottom of the box. I overlooked it until today.)
Three passes, perfectly smooth result, no problems or nicks. A good splash of Barrister & Mann’s Fougère Classique finished the shave in fine style, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s shave.
Here’s the story. Note that it has a huge potential market as Baby Boomers hit the Golden Years, hard. So: scam? or not?
People keep inventing more and more things to keep up on because it’s structured so that your keeping up requires you to spend some sort of currency: dollars, personal information— something of value:.
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Pretty clear struggle as corporations work to privatize education and thus create new profit centers with government-enforced participation—start slashing costs because every dollar of cost eliminated drops right to the bottom line. Obviously, some oppose this move, and many of them because they have devoted their lives to education and don’t want to see things happening like Mount St. Mary’s, blogged earlier today.