By Lambert Strether of Corrente
“How to speak Warren”; a translation of Warren’s speech to the AFL-CIO [ABC].
By using 1980 as a turning point in her arguments about the disappearing middle class, Warren indicts Reagan-era “trickle-down” economics. But she makes clear that the presidencies of Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama didn’t change those trends.
As ever, Warren’s good on the cancer. But her policy prescriptions amount to hospice care.
If Warren keeps giving high-profile speeches like her AFL-CIO speech, her supporters will have more than the lack of a Sherman statement to back up the idea that she might be coaxed into a 2016 bid [National Journal].
Joe Trippi: “It looks increasingly to me like [Warren’s] thinking about actually making a run, but at the same time not taking the steps necessary to actually pull it off. She’s got to start putting a campaign effort together or an organization together” [WSJ].
Rubio, in his totally not campaign fodder new book, positions himself as a conservative populist hero, opposed to crony capitalism, just like Elizabeth Warren [National Journal]. “There is only one American Dream.”
Rubio declines to make Sherman statement at National Press Club [McClatchy].
Jebbie to release a decade of tax returns [Politico]. In contrast to Romney. Getting serious!
Scott Walker putting together campaign team [CNN].
Christie’s chances are over-rated: He’s too moderate, lacks discipline, and no longer “electable” (BridgeGate) [FiveThirtyEight].
Santorum floats image rebranding as uniter not divider [Bloomberg]. Hilarity ensues.
McConnell claims that “the expectation of a new Republican Congress” gave the economy a boost [WaPo]. So I guess we’re going to factor political polling into dynamic scoring, then? If so, which pollster? Gallup? Rasmussen?
New rules governing the house: Dynamic
bullshit scoring, moar Benghazi, fewer Committee reports, no vote for the plantation D.C. [WaPo]. And, of course, gutting Social Security. So what, Dick Durbin, is wrong, exactly, with “gratuitous and wanton” filibusters? They certainly worked for the Republicans! [Talking Points Memo].
“This horrific murder was not a pious protest against the defamation of a religious icon. It was an attempt to provoke European society into pogroms against French Muslims” [Juan Cole].
“Sharpening the contradictions” is the strategy of sociopaths and totalitarians, aimed at unmooring people from their ordinary insouciance and preying on them, mobilizing their energies and wealth for the perverted purposes of a self-styled great leader.
The only effective response to this manipulative strategy …. is to resist the impulse to blame an entire group for the actions of a few and to refuse to carry out identity-politics reprisals.
Ron Paul: It’s the West’s overall foreign policy which “invites retaliation.” [Buzzfeed].
Calm demeanor and co-ordinated movements of gunmen suggest professional training (French government videos) [McClatchy].
Hunt for gunmen continues [Guardian]. “A police source told Reuters news agency that one of the suspects had been identified by his identity card, which had been left in the getaway car.” Look! A clue!
NYPD Soft Coup
New York courts idle as cops make only “make the arrests we absolutely have to” [New York Times]. I hear the sound of rice bowls being broken….
Again, NYPD’s “broken windows” policing is a revenue-generating tool, and not about justice at all. It’s Ferguson writ large [Gawker]. A tax on poor people for being poor, while malefactors of great wealth walk the streets. Who’s running the country? The Bourbons?
NYPD “New York City police union leaders said they rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership” [Reuters]. Really? Last I checked, DeBlasio was elected Mayor by the citizens of New York. So does the NYPD plan to select a new mayor, Praetorian Guard-style? Of course, if this were ancient Rome, we’d just write the NPYD a huge honkin’ collective check for “overtime.” And perhaps that’s the problem?
Police protests of the past, including 1981 in Milwaukee, similar to the current NYPD protest [Marshall Project].
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Geographic distribution of prisoners by county, with handy map: “Florida, Arizona and California stand out as states with sizeable corrections populations in just about every county [WaPo]. The US has more prisons than colleges, or, to put this another way, prison is our primary educational institution.
Ferguson activist DeRay Mckesson on “hashtag activism” [The Atlantic]. IMNSHO, hash tag activism is worse than useless unless it generates events on the ground, in real time and space. But that is what the Ferguson activists have been able to do.
High deductibles lead the insured “middle class” to postpone care [USA Today].
Post mortem on Shumlin universal health care debacle by Dr. Margaret Flowers [Health Insurance Exchanges News].
In Seattle, correlation between income and vorting for Socialist City Councilor Kshama Sawant strong, but by no means perfect. Handy maps [Seattle Times].
“4 Things to Know Before Your Water Is Privatized” [Next City]. Round-up with sources.
Battle in Portland, OR over privatizing public reservoirs. Cronyism, naturally, is involved [Truthout].
Byzantine complexity in East Orange, New Jersey, as Water Commission executives indicted for concealing the presence of industrial solvents in drinking water [Star-Ledger]. Can’t tell the players without a scorecard. I wonder how often this scenario plays out, nation-wide?
California frackers want to inject fracking water back into the aquifer [Bakersfield Now].
For the first time in recorded history, temperatures in Anchorage did not drop below zero once in an entire calendar year [McClatchy].
Nature study: “Our results suggest that, globally, a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves should remain unused from 2010 to 2050 in order to meet the target of 2 °C” [Salon (study)]. Well, of course we should leave that stuff in the ground. It’s taboo!
News of the Wired
- The slow crapification of OS X and iOS [Craig Hockenberry]. Apple would never ship hardware that was missing a few screws. They do that with system software all the time. And it didn’t used to be that way. Straighten up and fly right, Tim!
- George Harrison on the ukulele, and singing “Ain’t She Sweet” with Paul and Ringo [Open Culture].
- “In five years you’ll see exoskeletons on the building site” [Guardian].
- “[S]triking morphological similarities between Martian sedimentary structures in the Gillespie Lake outcrop (which is at most 3.7 billion years old) and microbial structures on Earth” [Astrobiology].
- RFK speech on violence at the Cleveland City Club, April 5, 1968 [Gizmodo].
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