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(but it's required)Obama Administration just denied the final permit 4the Dakota Access Pipeline. After months of sustained resistance at Standing Rock & a chorus of protest from around the world – the Army Corps of Engineers(Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 11:21 PM)announced it wont grant permission 4the pipeline 2cross under the Missouri River & more importantly, ordered that the project undergo an environmental review. From what I’ve read, Trump may be able2 influence eventual outcome of the environmental review, but the fact that one is now being req may stall pipeline for yrs regardless.Radio Monterey Isn’t Dead Yet!(Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 04:30 PM)Although the RM website states: “Radio Monterey is closing its doors midnight Dec 1, 2016”, RM is still streaming. I emailed Solarzar, who responded: “Right now I’m streaming 3pm to 11pm & trying to decide if I will do it past Jan 1”. Basically RM is now 8hrs/7days per wk instead of 21/7, w/much less PV content.VW got away 4a decade programming mass-produced, readily avail off-the-shelf emissions control CPUs 2 recognize/defeat smog testing, so just imagine the hijinks poss w/electronic voting machines w/proprietary software(Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 01:44 AM)that nobody is even allowed2 inspect – on top of which these machines typ use very old operating systems that hackers well know + the chain of custody issue. Insane that this situation has ever been allowed, it would actually be amazing if a good number of these machines in certain locations were not hacked given stakes involved.Somehow I’m not upset that Trump would have a conversation w/the leader of Pakistan or Taiwan. It’s prob about time. I also dont c why we needed 2create such a confrontational relationship w/Russia -their satellite(Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:25 AM)countries were slowly falling away until our CIA got inv & tried turn them all towards NATO threatening Russia w/nuke arms. Of course Russia got its back up. Unfortunately, 2date, it doesnt look like Trump will use such a common-man’s approach towards Cuba, but he can prob be bought off if Rafael lets him build a tower w/Trump name.la ladrona creta(Thursday, Dec 1. 2016 01:18 PM)Demoncrazy technocrats playin’
Calvinball, a tactic favoured by
losers who betray gracelessness
and inelegance, petty jealosies…
Wake up and lively up yourselves.Shade(Thursday, Dec 1. 2016 02:38 AM)Pls dont let Sarah Palin within 10 miles of the VA. She wanted 2b governor until she didn’t. She can’t even keep a reality show on the air. She’s a grifter currently without a scam – and while that makes her excellent company for Donald Trump, it hardly qualifies her to run the Department of Veterans Affairs. http://tiny.cc/pxqdhyRobert Reich reveals 7 techniques Trump uses 2control media: 1)Berate the media. 2)Blacklist critical media. 3)Turn public against the media. 4)Condemn satirical/critical comments. 5)Threaten the media suggesting lawsuits(Wednesday, Nov 30. 2016 10:53 AM)or changes2 libel laws. 6)Limit media access. 7)Bypass media & Tweet the public directly – often saying outrageous things that distract from what the press should be covering. (Trump’s Presidential decorum was learned during his involvement with WWE wrestling & may soon result in international incidents.) http://tiny.cc/qcychyTrump 2name Rep Tom Price as next HHS secretary. Price wants change2 Medicaid/Medicare; both would cease 2b entitlements that provide coverage2 every person who qualifies. Medicaid would convert2 state block(Tuesday, Nov 29. 2016 03:35 AM)grants & the “able-bodied” would need 2meet min work test 2recv health coverage. Prob is unless u 1/2 dead, Social Security/SSI/etc wont declare u unable 2work, so espec in time of weak economy, only the strongest most abled-bodied will get hlth care. The sickly will have care delayed until it’s too late. Heartless. http://tiny.cc/omhbhyShade(Monday, Nov 28. 2016 01:20 PM)To Trump, one is an illegal alien even if you were born & grew up here but your parents PERHAPS did not come to the U.S. properly documented. Then yes, perhaps 3 million voted that Trump would remove from the voter roles.Pres-elect Trump on Sun made astonishing claim millions of ppl voted illegally contributed2 HC’s popular-vote victory. Trump’s latest lie seems2 have originated from conspiracy nutcake website Infowars, which(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 11:48 PM)pub’d article claiming 3M votes in US pres election were cast by illegal aliens. Doubt they can find a dozen! So now it seems Trump wont even fully accept results of election even though it appears he won. Trump always accuses others of what he’s done himself, ie took advantage of voting irregularities. http://tiny.cc/sh59gyA 2001 study for the House Committee on Govt Reform found under/overvoted ballots more common in minority-heavy, low-inc precincts than in Wht upper-inc precincts —even when relatively reliable optical scanning used.(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 06:02 PM)Discrepancies worse w/punch cards. Thus if for no other reason, Dems tend2 pickup votes during recounts cuz of demo most affected by ballots needing manual interpretation. We also know from Greg Palast that this isn’t the only prob when Dems try2 vote in urban areas, though we prob cant correct that now. http://tiny.cc/ifz9gyA 2001 study for the House Committee on Govt Reform found under/overvoted ballots more common in minority-heavy, low-inc precincts than in Wht upper-inc precincts —even when relatively reliable optical scanning used.(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 06:02 PM)Discrepancies worse w/punch cards. Thus if for no other reason, Dems tend2 pickup votes during recounts cuz of demo most affected by ballots needing manual interpretation. We also know from Greg Palast that this isn’t the only prob occurring when Dems try2 vote in urban areas, though we cant correct that now. http://tiny.cc/ifz9gyla ladrona creta(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 05:08 PM)“To sum up, technocrats are
high-IQ idiots.” —Jon Rappoport,
host of NoMoreFakeNews.com, a
domain of wisdom, creativity and
courageous love in action…Per recent Fed survey re the U.S.: 1)Cash remains most popular retail pymt method, 2)Cash is widely used, even when other options are available, 3)Cash dominates small-value payments, 4)The avg value of(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 05:05 PM)consumer cash holdings has increased slightly, 5)Younger shoppers prefer cash, 6)Cash preference is stronger among lower-income households.
http://blog.balanceinnovations.com/fed-survey-cash-remains-most-popular-retail-payment-method http://tiny.cc/cgy9gyIn India, Prime Min Modi defended a govt push 4a cashless all “plastic” (debtcard) economy this weekend, saying it would protect vulnerable poor & middle class. The defense came weeks after Modi’s controversial(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 03:48 PM)decision Nov8 2invalidate 86% of circulated currency, a move many denounced. Some say idea isnt practical as roughly 1/2 dont have bank acct & last yr 78% consumer pymts were cash. In rural areas internet access weak, ppl cant afford bank transactions, & literacy levels r lower. A very Republican sounding idea. http://tiny.cc/8ow9gyI really wish Jill Stein had not waited until after the election to be so concerned about a few thousand votes tipping the election to Trump.(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 08:40 AM)Those who want to help Dems but that dont trust Stein should at least consider supporting Louisiana’s Dem Senate candidate Foster Campbell, who is competing in a Dec. 10 runoff.(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 06:51 AM)In < day, Jill Stein raised 1st $3M, b4 cause well pub. While she attributed "pwr of grassroots organizing", it clear Stein had help tapping into HC's big-$$$ donors. Some now claiming fundraising malfeasance worthy(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 06:03 AM)of Clintons themselves, though I have resisted as really $$$ amt small. Recount in WI going 2happen, & I’m hoping others too. Too bad HC needed surrogate 2do bidding -other states need challanging too- though it is unclear if Stein will pursue sufficient 2prove that @ min, allegations of Greg Palast true. http://tiny.cc/z4m9gyThe Pretend Populism of Donald Trump. For all Trump’s talk b4 Election Day about “draining the swamp” of Washington, the water level looks fine, the mosquitoes seem unworried, & the gators remain plentiful & well-fed.(Sunday, Nov 27. 2016 01:35 AM)Any suggestion that Trump would put an end to the self-dealing & personal enrichment of political insiders is contradicted by Trump himself. In his interview with The Times, he was emphatic (& correct) that he has no legal obligation to liquidate any of his holdings or put them in a blind trust. http://tiny.cc/shk9gyFidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90(Saturday, Nov 26. 2016 02:23 AM)
- Why Hillary Lost December 5, 2016
- Montgomery County’s Fight for $15 November 30, 2016
- The Way Forward for Progressives in Trump’s Wake November 24, 2016
- Response to the NYT Editorial Board’s Call to Ratify the TPP November 21, 2016
- Bernie Sanders ran on an anti-racism platform August 2, 2016
Tuesday night a large crowd of Montgomery County residents, including a strong union presence, braved fog and rain outside the County Council’s offices in Rockville to participate in the ongoing national “Fight for $15.” Continue reading
Apocryphal Chinese curse – May you live in interesting times.
Voltaire – We must tend to our garden.
The New York Times Editorial Board claims that the Trump administration will empower China if it walks away from the TPP. Here’s my response:
Ratifying the TPP would have empowered the Beijing Communists without question given their profound influence over southeast Asia. Increasing our dependence on products manufactured by sub-$1 hour Vietnamese laborers would mean ever more American dollars ultimately cycling through China. Meanwhile our manufacturing and tax base would continue to weaken as jobs would flee overseas. In the binary world which we currently inhabit, weakening the US helps China and strengthening China hurts the US.
Another point which establishment Democratic organs, like the NYT editorial board always ignore, is that that the TPP would be an absolute disaster for the environment. While Trump is a dangerous and ignorant know-nothing denier, his insistence that we stop with all the foreign trade could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of container ships churning up the Pacific while gulping and belching filthy diesel fuel and cargo jets spewing contrails filled with carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere.
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. Continue reading
Today, Donald Trump would probably beat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup 538’s Nate Silver predicts. Ah but the election won’t be held today you reply. Correctomundo. When the election is actually conducted sayeth Silver, Clinton should squeeze out a 10-point win in the electoral college. Continue reading
There are a number of excellent reasons progressives should vote for Hillary Clinton for President while the arguments in favor of Jill Stein or sitting out the election do not hold water. Continue reading
For the record, I don’t think Donald Trump will be the next President. Although a CBS/NYT poll published Thursday shows a tight race and oracle Nate “Tarnished” Silver now gives Trump a 1 in 3 shot at winning, I would argue the racist deadbeat’s chances are more like 1 in 4 or less. For one thing, a slew of NBC/WSJ polls released Friday show Clinton with commanding leads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Of even more consequence is the “hot mess,” in the words of the New Republic’s Jeet Heer, that is the Trump campaign. Finally, Silver lost his air of infallibility by his insistence last year that Trump would not be the Republican candidate. Continue reading
Last month, I posted that I would be off until July 11 at least. Since then, I have been moving forward in a different direction and will not be able to continue the Morning Show. Although I may resuscitate the show in the future, for now, I am off he air. Thank you all so much for your support. I will post periodic updates.
My show airs 6-9 am Pacific/9-noon east coast Monday – Friday. Listen at halginsberg.com/dListen-Now/, radiomonterey.com, and at http://uberstations.com/. On your smartphone, try Radio Monterey on your tunein app. Better yet, install the Radio Monterey app on your device. Continue reading
CA, NJ, NM, MT, and ND are holding primaries Tuesday. Feels anti-climactic doesn’t it – at least on the Republican side. Think how you’ll feel next week when contemplating the DC primaries. We’ll continue to focus on the race for the Presidency with frequent side diversions this week. Continue reading
My son Michael is graduating from high school! I’ll be back Thursday morning.
The race for the Presidency continues to suck all the oxygen from the room. We’ll be discussing developments all week. Just 9 days from the California primary as I write. Here’s what’s on tap and more. Continue reading
1) Denial – there’s no way this can be happening. Bernie really won New York if you don’t count Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Long Island. Just look at the returns from Jamestown and Elmira.
2) Anger – it’s all Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s fault.
3) Bargaining – if we just win the District of Columbia on June 14, the super delegates will abandon Hillary en masse. Continue reading
My show airs live 6-9 am Pacific/9-noon east coast Monday – Friday. Listen at halginsberg.com/Listen-Now/, radiomonterey.com, and at http://uberstations.com/. On your smartphone, try Radio Monterey on your tunein app. Better yet, install the Radio Monterey app on your device. Continue reading
Unions representing construction and manufacturing workers may not line up behind Hillary Clinton and down ballot Democrats in the general election. Clinton’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and an announced partnership between three unions representing government employees and environmentalist Tom Steyer have incensed some labor leaders and their rank and file. White-collar unions and the green billionaire have created the “For Our Future” super Pac in hopes of raising $50 million to help defeat Trump and Republican candidates in November. Continue reading
The Democratic primaries aren’t over yet. If you still can vote for Bernie, you know I want you to. You know I also believe he has little chance to win and, if he does not, you should vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. My latest take on her campaign to succeed Barack Obama is here. Those who bemoan my penchant for criticizing Clinton at most turns will be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading