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Hillary is too much like Trump to debate him effectively. I think Hillary is also hobbled by Chelsea

and Ivanka's friendship. Think about that for a moment.

There are 350 million people in America, and of all of them, Chelsea's best female friend, her buddy, is Ivanka Trump.

They are admitted "best friends".

This should recuse Hillary from the race because like it or not, she is too friendly with Trump to oppose him.

Likewise with Trump and Hillary. Trump is trying to look scary and arbitrary by picking positions which he knows will distress Democrats (he actually was one for almost a decade quite recently- until after his friend Hillary lost in 2008.

One could say that Trumps positions might well have been picked in order to scare us into voting for Hillary.

In any legal proceeding this relationship would create a presumption of conflict of interest. The Presidential election is of all things, the one that should be the most strict on conflicts. Even the mere illusion of impropriety needs to be avoided otherwise the future President is likely to be seen as having attained their position through illegitimate means.

We cannot change the Republican nominee, we can only make sure our own nominee is the best possible advocate for the interests of the American people available.



(source http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/03/ivanka-trump-chelsea-clinton-friendship )

Sanders: Yes, A Convention About Real Issues Might Be 'Messy'


DNC should focus on welcoming energized newcomers, not attending private fundraisers hosted by big donors and corporate lobbyists

As he outlined his progressive agenda on Monday, Bernie Sanders said the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could get "messy," adding: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."

Sanders spoke with the Associated Press as he announced his picks for the Democratic National Committee's platform drafting panel—which included a group of renowned progressive activists, scholars, and lawmakers such as Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Keith Ellison, and Native American activist Deborah Parker—and called on the party to allow newcomers a platform at the convention.

The Vermont senator said:

We are bringing in a lot of new people into the political process, people who have never gone to a convention before, and they hope very much that their voices will be heard. The leadership of the Democratic Party has a very fundamental choice to make. And that choice is do we open the doors to many, many million of people—often working-class people, people who are working maybe two or three jobs to make ends meet—to young people who have never perhaps voted in their lives? Do we say, 'hey, come on in, we're delighted to have you, we're excited to have you, this is great for the Democratic party.'

Or do we say, 'hey, you know, you're not really one of us. We're too busy going to fancy fundraisers at $50,000 a plate, and you're really not what this party wants.' That's the choice.

"I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it's going to be messy," Sanders continued. "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic Party should go."

"Democracy is messy," he continued. "Every day my life is messy. But if you want to be quiet and orderly and allow... things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about."

The interview comes just ahead of the California primary on June 7, where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.

"What happens if I win a major victory in California? Will people say, 'Oh, we're really enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton despite the fact that Bernie Sanders has now won whatever it may be, 25 states, half the states?'" he said.

In that case, he said, superdelegates "may rethink that."

"This is why you want the process to play out."

Bad Government Has Consequences: China's Great Famine: A mission to expose the truth


China's Great Famine: A mission to expose the truth: An economist who survived one of the greatest man-made tragedies is determined to reveal how policies killed millions.

The Kubrick Site: The Case For HAL's Sanity by Clay Waldrop



Some viewers of Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" have theorized that HAL, the computer genius turned villain of the spaceship Discovery, went mad during the Jupiter mission. However there is an alternative theory: that HAL acted rationally and logically, indeed with cold, calculating precision befitting a machine of his intelligence. This alternative theory will be presented here, with supporting evidence.
Before proceeding, let us acknowledge that Arthur C. Clarke, in his sequel novel "2010: Odyssey Two" says (in effect) that HAL went mad due to conflict in his programming. However, the 2001 novelization and its sequels differ in many respects from Kubrick's movie, so I will exclude them from my examination, and refer exclusively to the movie for evidence

The Chess Game

The first piece of evidence arises from the chess game between Frank Poole and HAL. The initial position shown on the computer screen is:

Why Is This Fed Official So Worried About a Solar Storm? A regional risk expert published a grim

Why Is This Fed Official Worried About a Solar Storm?: A regional risk expert published a grim assessment of how the U.S. economy would fair after a crippling solar storm.



On the Probability (frequency of occurrence) of severe solar storms.


What is a "service supplied in the exercise of governmental authority" under Article I:3(b) and (c)

What is a "service supplied in the exercise of governmental authority" under Article I:3(b) and (c) of the General Agreement on Trade in Services?

This is one of the core issues standing in the way of single payer in the US and its one that will require the US stand down from a cornerstone of "our" trade policy, an extremely problematic position that has the effect of a global war on public services such as health care and education.


Single Payer will "Never Ever Come to Pass" - Hillary Clinton (video)

The real reason it can never come to pass is detailed here. A "Free Trade Agreement" - signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 - that BARS it completely.

I pledge not to vote for Trump

no matter how much I dislike Hillary.

American Scandal, Obamacare, Medicaid, and their Stripping of Assets from Poor People

I had heard about this before but I didnt realize how this attack on people's assets when they die is so aggressive-

- this is a huge problem - and it needs to be addressed now.

Because jobs are going away for good so people need to be able to pass on whatever assets they have to their children. This provision seems designed to drive poor and middle income Americans out of the US.

How can Americans support a system that deliberately intimidates poor people from going to the doctor by means of this terrifying medicaid asset recovery program.

Imagine you are a single parent, have children and you get sick, but cannot afford US healthcare. This program seems designed to prevent people from going to the doctor.

"Second is that enrollment in Medicaid is now mandatory. If you or your family make less that 138% of the Federal poverty level, which in the 48 states and Washington DC would be $16,105 for an individual and $32,913 for a family of four in 2014 you are enrolled unless you fit in a short list of categories, such as being in jail, being in a state that opted out of Medicaid expansion, or being a member of an Indian tribe. You cannot opt out of Medicaid because you object to the estate recovery. You have to pay the penalty if you want out. And there are many routes by which you can become enrolled: by applying on an exchange and having it determine your income is too low to qualify for private insurance; by being in the SNAP (food stamps) database; by having an Obamacare plan but having a fall in income that puts you in the Medicaid category."

In June 2013 a letter was sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by a well-informed citizen pointing out that the Medicaid Manual prepared by CMS to provide guidance for states contains procedural rules intended to ensure that individuals are informed about estate recovery before they complete the application process.

There are variations in the ways in which states implement estate recovery, depending upon their Medicaid program and state laws. However, Federal law requires all states to incorporate the following protections for Medicaid recipients into the design of their estate recovery program:

— The State should notify Medicaid recipients about the estate recovery program during their initial application for Medicaid eligibility and annual re-determination process.
— The State must notify affected survivors about the initiation of estate recovery and give them an opportunity to claim an exemption based on hardship.
— The State must establish procedures and criteria to waive recovery if it would cause undue hardship.

The letter went on to say that the final CMS Health Insurance Marketplace application (healthcare.gov) notifies applicants about Medicaid’s right to pursue and recover any money from other health insurance, legal settlements or other third parties but does not disclose estate recovery. Since estate recovery is one of the terms of the Medicaid contract, it is deceptive to omit disclosure of this practice. CMS was asked to provide the reasons for this omission.

CMS responded evasively to the concerned citizen’s question. CMS claimed that the Health Insurance Marketplace application at healthcare.gov does not disclose Medicaid’s right to claim against the estate, because CMS wanted to provide flexibility to state Medicaid agencies as to how each one notifies applicants about estate recovery. Some states have developed pamphlets to address common estate recovery questions or devote a portion of a general Medicaid pamphlet to the subject. Some states also post their state plans, perhaps with additional explanatory text, on their web sites.

WTO Government Procurement Rules and the Local Dynamics of Procurement Policies: A Malaysian Case St

WTO Government Procurement Rules and the Local Dynamics of Procurement Policies: A Malaysian Case Study


This article examines efforts to create binding international rules regulating public procurement and considers, in particular, the failure to reach a WTO agreement on transparency in government procurement. The particular focus of the discussion is the approach taken by Malaysia to these international procurement rules and to the negotiation of an agreement on transparency. Rules governing public procurement directly implicate fundamental arrangements of authority amongst and between different parts of government, its citizens and non-citizens. At the same time, the rules touch upon areas that are particularly sensitive for some developing countries. Many governments use preferences in public procurement to accomplish important redistributive and developmental goals. Malaysia has long used significant preferences in public procurement to further sensitive developmental policies targeted at improving the economic strength of native Malays. Malaysia also has political and legal arrangements substantially at odds with fundamental elements of proposed global public procurement rules. Malaysia has, therefore, been forceful in resisting being bound by international public procurement rules, and has played an important role in defeating the proposed agreement on transparency. We suggest that our case study has implications beyond procurement. The development of international public procurement rules appears to be guided by many of the same values that guide the broader effort to create a global administrative law. This case study, therefore, has implications for the broader exploration of these efforts to develop a global administrative law, in particular the relationship between such efforts and the interests of developing countries.
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