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I think the lesson of Elizabeth Warren is not about sexism. It's about economic populism

I'm seeing a lot of posts on other social media platforms about how it's a shame that such a talented, smart, woman couldn't win the nomination, emphasis on the woman.

I'm a huge fan of Warren and have been for years, well before 2012 and her senate win against Scott Brown. She was my number one choice in the current race, up until it was clear (to me) that she was changing her policies and messaging to put a stake into Sanders' chances. When I contemplate her rise and fall in this race, I see a clear pattern of being a strong, loud, and coherent voice for economic populism and fighting against wealth concentration and for healthcare, to muting, muffling, and muzzling those messages. The change in her rhetoric coincided with her drop in the polls, and also with her bringing on former Harris advisers and then former Clinton advisers. My guess is that those new advisers told her to tamp down her message of economic populism, fighting the fraud of the banks and financial institutions, and creating more economic equality and opportunity, but maybe it is just a coincidence.

The good news is, that I think she could have cleaned up at this point, despite her gender, by being a candidate who clearly was not afraid to promise to fight for economic justice. The bad news is that a lot of people seem to be mistaking her loss in the polls with sexism.

Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Mar 6, 2020, 08:30 AM (41 replies)

We are about to reap the consequences of our shitty, dumb healthcare

In an epidemic, a system where people can't afford to go to the doctor, who can't afford to go to the hospital, who don't get paid sick leave, who can't afford to get tested, who can't afford treatment even if one is needed and available....will lead to _many_ more deaths.

The usual "sorry, you're on your own" attitude is not going to play well.

The only silver lining, and it is cold comfort, is that it _might_ make an actual healthcare for all plan a real possibility, when people see the ridiculous alternatives played out in real time.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 11:43 AM (84 replies)

Can't support Warren anymore. Superpac was last straw

I still believe at her core is a fierce fighter for social justice, a sharp advocate for consumers against the fraud and greed of Wall Street, and a tough opponent to Trump's mafia.

I have to believe she is just getting terrible advice from the usual class of Democratic campaign advisors who want to run away from populism. But I can't avoid her own bad judgment in listening to that advice.

Not that anyone cares .

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 11:34 AM (73 replies)

The Moderation, Restraint, and Wisdom of the Iranian Mullahs

Here's what I have a hard time believing: that anyone in this country is even seriously discussing the re-election of a half-wit who a month ago was so stupidly careless and ignorant that he almost stumble-bummed us into world war III.

That, if not for the restraint of the mullahs in Iran, we would all (those still alive) be scratching around in the radioactive dust looking for cockroaches to eat, and the media is treating it like just another election.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 07:50 AM (0 replies)

What will anti-vaxxers do when/if a vaccine for covid-19 becomes available?

it will be interesting to see
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Feb 26, 2020, 07:51 AM (17 replies)

I wonder if Putin completely dismantled Russia's national pandemic response infrastructure

Actually, no I don't wonder that at all. Somehow, he made sure the Trump dismantled ours, though.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Feb 26, 2020, 07:50 AM (3 replies)

Want to know more about Sanders? his policies? how he answers tough questions?



Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:28 AM (0 replies)

It's pretty clear from what we know about coronavirus that there will be no protecting against it

I think the most likely scenario we are facing is in about two years from now, everyone will have had it and the people who survive it will still be around.

I say this because of things like

1. people can be contagious for over a week without showing any symptoms
2. people can have the same viral load whether they are showing symptoms or not
3. testing for the virus is in early stages
4. china doesn't seem serious about preventing its spread (the CDC and WHO just were allowed into China recently)
5. it is a kind of virus that is prone to mutation and resistant to having vaccines made against it

From what I can tell, the virus kills by infecting the lungs which are then also susceptible to bacterial pneumonia, which brings on death. Because the Dump administration is completely lying down on the job, we will have to prepare and battle this virus at the local/state level.

We should encourage our local governments to stockpile anti-pneumonia antibiotics, anti-virals, and other measures that may make the difference to people with lung infection. We should assume we will all have this virus at some point, and think about ways to deal with it at home or in local gathering places if our hospitals are overrun.

Time to protect ourselves if Trump's government won't do it.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Feb 24, 2020, 10:36 AM (65 replies)
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