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Progressives don't sit around and wait to fight, they keep pushing ahead.

Eventually the rest of the crowd will stop digging in their heels and catch up.

Two years ago this legislation was called a pony and very few people supported it, now Bernie has plenty of cosponsors and colleagues in the house who are willing to sign their names to this bill.

That's Progress. And it all started with one senator.





And I'll repeat what I've posted several times already in this thread:

Thank you Elizabeth, Keith and every other progressive who is trying to make this happen! These bills are the work of many, not just one. We are fortunate to have them working for us.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 04:36 PM (2 replies)

A Dr. Seuss cartoon from 1941:





Some things never change.
Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 07:42 AM (1 replies)

Here's video of Bernie, Elizabeth, Pramila and others introducing the bill:



Sanders introduced the bill in the Senate along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). In the House, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) joined Jayapal as co-sponsors of the legislation.

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/college-for-all-act-introduced


Thanks Donkees for the video and link.

And thank you to all of our progressives in the House and Senate. You continue to inspire us.



This should have hundreds of recs! Come on people!

Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 03:26 AM (0 replies)

Scientology is not much different from other religions - it's just newer.

How to Suck at your Religion from The Oatmeal:







Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 08:56 PM (2 replies)

Christian legislators lose battle to put In God We Trust on all Tennessee licence plates:

A TN Bill Putting “In God We Trust” On All New License Plates Has Been Amended To Make It Optional
March 30, 2017
by: Hemant Mehta

After Republicans in Tennessee threatened to put the words “In God We Trust” on every license plate issued by the state, that phrase will now be optional.
The change was made by the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Bill Sanderson, after Attorney General Herbert Slatery III told legislators that mandating the phrase could be considered unconstitutional.

A Tennessee lawmaker has amended his bill to make the phrase “In God We Trust” optional instead of required on all license plates after an attorney general opinion found the requirement “constitutionally suspect.”

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It’s the right move, and it’s also the option that should have been offered from the very beginning. There was never any rational, secular reason to force every Tennessean to promote God on their cars, just as it would’ve been unfair to put “In God We Don’t Trust” on all the plates.

Let’s hope this saga is finally over and the legislators have learned their lesson.

Oh, who am I kidding. They’re Republicans from the South. They’ll probably just file the original bill again next year when they think no one’s paying attention.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/03/30/a-tn-bill-putting-in-god-we-trust-on-all-new-license-plates-has-been-amended-to-make-it-optional/


It never fails to amaze me how people can be so ignorant about the history of this motto, even some liberals seem to think it's acceptable for a secular nation to keep this silly remnant of the cold war era. And their ignorance isn't the trait that bothers me most about these troglodytes - it's their elitist privilege. The desperate insistence that this is Christian nation and constant attempts to shove this belief down our throats is a form of Christian supremacism.

You have to be a special kind of stupid to want to align yourself with the Christian Identity movement.
Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 04:08 PM (17 replies)

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year
By Christopher Ingraham
March 28 at 7:00 AM

Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There's a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened corner of the room, eight eyes glistening in the shadows.

Spiders mostly eat insects, although some of the larger species have been known to snack on lizards, birds and even small mammals. Given their abundance and the voraciousness of their appetites, two European biologists recently wondered: If you were to tally up all the food eaten by the world's entire spider population in a single year, how much would it be?

Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer published their estimate in the journal the Science of Nature earlier this month, and the number they arrived at is frankly shocking: The world's spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year.

Or, for a slightly more disturbing comparison: The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it's still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year, exceeding the total weight of humanity.

In other words, spiders could eat all of us and still be hungry.

More:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/28/spiders-could-theoretically-eat-every-human-on-earth-in-one-year/?utm_term=.d04f75a237bc


Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Mar 28, 2017, 10:35 PM (31 replies)

Today in science: Great Alaska earthquake

Today in science: Great Alaska earthquake



March 27, 1964. On this date, at 5:36 p.m. local time, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Prince William Sound region of Alaska, causing extensive initial damage and a subsequent tsunami. The quake came to be known as Great Alaska Earthquake, or sometimes the Good Friday Earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), it was the biggest earthquake recorded in North America since modern seismometers came into general use around 1900.

It had been a relatively warm day in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, about 75 miles (120 km) from the quake’s epicenter. Schools had been closed for Good Friday, along with many offices. In Anchorage, dozens of blocks of buildings were leveled or heavily damaged.

The city of Valdez, closest to the epicenter, was completely destroyed.

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The earthquake shook the land for nearly four minutes and caused many natural changes. The Latouche Island area, for example, moved to the southeast by nearly 60 feet (nearly 20 meters), according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC).

More:

http://earthsky.org/human-world/this-date-in-science-biggest-earthquake-in-north-america

Posted by beam me up scottie | Mon Mar 27, 2017, 10:02 PM (9 replies)

Yep. I remember when we were accused of worshiping Obama.

The right even referred to him as our 'messiah' iirc.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with being inspired by and praising our leaders, whether it's Barack, Hillary, Bernie or someone else.

When Hillary tweets encouragement we rejoice, when Obama throws shade on Twitter we thank our lucky stars he's still around, when Bernie puts a media talking head in their place we cheer.

We're all part of the resistance - it's a big movement.
Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Mar 26, 2017, 08:24 PM (2 replies)

By stating they're willing to work with him on some issues they look like the adults in the room.

Americans hate obstructionism and Schumer is playing the long game here. Obstruct when necessary, hell yes - but publicly stating you're going to refuse to cooperate at all will turn off voters - and we need them to win.

When Trump refuses to back away from right wing extremist positions Schumer can point to his willingness to work with him and say "See? We tried."

So you're absolutely right - context is everything, I don't see anyone capitulating, just a few realists who recognize strategy.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Mar 26, 2017, 03:26 PM (1 replies)

Is that what he's been doing all this time?

Here he is selling books in West Virginia ...oh wait, no - that's Bernie hosting a town hall in West Virginia:



Here he is selling books in Michigan - rats! Sorry, that's Bernie at a health care rally to save the ACA:



Here he is selling books to women in Vermont - wait, no I'm wrong again, that's Bernie at the Women's march:



Here's Bernie selling books to workers in Mississippi - whoops! My bad - that's Bernie standing up for factory workers in Mississippi:



And finally here he is selling books in Topeka. Dammit! Wrong again - he was speaking to Kansas Democrats:



I've been to signings where the author promotes his book and they don't look anything like what Bernie's doing in those videos. He must be doing it wrong.


Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Mar 26, 2017, 07:42 AM (3 replies)
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