In case you missed it this week, we have an entry for our rare Score One For The Good Guys Chronicles.
Michael Fesser, a Black man in Portland, Oregon, father of 8, won his lawsuit against his former boss AND the West Linn Police Department for a total of $1.15 million. Fesser was the victim of racism and harassment at his job, and when he reported it to his boss, Eric Benson, Benson decided to call in his buddy — Chief of Police at the West Linn PD at the time — to try to build a false case against Fesser that he was stealing from the company. Police Chief Terry Timeus was totally down with that idea, and had no trouble finding help with his racist cop crew to fake up a case and even try to get Fesser arrested in Clackamas County, to "make sure he was with some real racist boys." That police chief retired in 2017 amid allegations of drunk driving.
Read all the details here, including the mayor's long apology. You can also see a video of Mr. Fesser discussing why he felt he needed to go through with this lawsuit, and how he had the strength after what he'd been through. It's quite a story.
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Welcome to a new installment of our Editor's Desk weekly column in which we round up content that was published on the site from February 17 through February 23, 2020.
Runaway is a new jailbreak tweak that displays your current data bandwidth usage in the Status Bar, just beneath the time.
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For the life of me, I don't understand the value Chris Matthews brings to MSNBC.
His "politics for the sake of politics" is not only dumb and shallow, but it's actively destructive to journalism and democracy. His lack of filter means he can't shut up and not interrupt guests. He's often sexist and misogynistic towards female politicians and panelists. On more than a few occasions, other MSNBC hosts have had to step up and save him from himself.
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Harold Meyerson at The American Prospect writes—Bernie Blowout Highlights Latino Liberalism. His performance among Hispanics shouldn’t have been a surprise:
[...] The Sanders sweep was as qualitative as it was quantitative—that is, he did better in a range of constituencies where he hadn’t done that well before. Chief among those was Nevada’s Latino voters, who made up a fifth of caucus participants, and who according to the exit poll gave Sanders 53 percent of their votes.
As usual, some of my fellow pundits are expressing surprise at Sanders’s performance among Latinos. They shouldn’t be.
First, as in all communities throughout American history with a disproportionate share of immigrants, it’s the young—most born and schooled here, often more fluent in English than their elders—who not only are the most active politically but who also guide their elders through the labyrinth of American politics. As Bernie and Bernie’s policies speak more compellingly to the young than do any of his rivals and their policies, it’s no surprise that Latinos have tilted so sharply Berniewards in these caucuses.
Second, and even more fundamentally, the level of backing among Latinos for governmental support for economic equity and advancement has long exceeded that of any other demographic group in the electorate. One look at the exit polls on California ballot measures over the past quarter-century shows that, when voters have been asked to approve funds for schools or parks, and to decide on minimum-wage levels and the rights of unions, Latinos have been the most liberal voting bloc there is—more so, even, than African Americans. On one 1998 California ballot measure that would have greatly curtailed unions’ ability to involve themselves in elections (fortunately, it lost big), Latinos voted no at a higher rate than union members.
There’s an old conventional wisdom that says that because Latinos are supposedly more conservative on issues like choice or preserving the traditional family, they’re not all that liberal. It’s wrong. First, younger Latino voters aren’t conservative on those issues. Second, and more important, election after election has shown that when it comes to their choice of candidates, Latinos consider the candidate’s position on economic questions to be far more decisive than that on any cultural issue [...]
“No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country...we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.”
We will 'fight to the death' to save the Amazon rainforest https://t.co/Ld8UJVuV4P— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 23, 2020
At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Super PACs got 25% of their cash from just five donors:
In the immortal words of California's Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh, "Money is the mother's milk of politics." This year, billionaire donors have turned it into cream. Just five of the ultra-wealthy have contributed a fourth of all the money received by Super PACs that are having a powerful impact on the elections.
Individuals are limited to $2500 direct contributions to a candidate's campaign. But there is no limit on contributions to Super PACS. These aren't supposed to coordinate with the campaigns, but that is a joke.
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Suppose you’re talking to someone who says, sure, they hate Trump personally (the tweets, the rallies, etc.) but they like his policies. So they’re going to vote for Trump unless someone can convince them that his policies are bad or that Democratic policies are better. Let’s think about this. What are Trump’s major policies?
- Cutting taxes.
- Installing conservative judges.
- Getting rid of Obamacare and replacing it with something else.
- A border wall and, more generally, tough restrictions on immigration.
- Tariffs on countries that are taking advantage of us.
- Cutting regulations in ways that are friendly to big business.
- More money for the military.
- Strong support for Israel.
- Opposition to gun control, abortion, and restrictions on religious practice.
It’s worth noting that almost all of these are just bog standard Republican policies. The two exceptions are the border wall and the tariffs. However, the wall is popular among the Republican base and the tariffs, judging from how they’ve been received, were always opposed more in word than deed.
Bottom line: if you’ve already decided that (a) Trump’s bluster isn’t enough to turn you off and (b) his “corruption” is mostly just a bunch of bogus partisan hysterics from Democrats, what is there for an ordinary Republican voter to dislike?
And neither am I.
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I’ve been keeping a naturalist diary. I go out with the cats almost every day, and now I know their likely actions well enough that, along with the leashes attached to their harnesses, I can fairly easily catch them if they decide to do something foolish or get to somewhere I can’t.
My yard is not extraordinarily large, but it sits on top of a little hill and has at least three microclimate zones. I’ve got some flowerbeds, but a lot of native plants growing where they care to. I also distributed half a pound of wildflower seed and additional native grass seed last fall. The geology is interesting – Santa Fe formation is the composite of a changing lake that was here when the Jemez volcano stopped up the Rio Grande.
So there’s lots to see, and being out with the cats gives me time to look. I come in and sit down at my computer and write up what I’ve seen in the yard.
I knew that a bobcat has come to the yard – I saw it one delightful day – but I didn’t realize how frequently. The snow has been good for tracks, and today there were some in the soil. Keeping the diary helped me to realize how often it comes. I think it comes to the yard about twice or three times a week, mostly at night. Here are a couple of the better tracks. The one in the red soil is on a slope, and the soft soil gave way to the cat’s weight.Cat footprint in brown soil with three toes and pad clearly visible, another indentation next to it that is probably another footprint, but not clear. Cat footprint in soft red soil. Two toes visible. Another probable footprint in back of the deeper one.
I don’t know about you, but I am really tired of hashing out the Nevada primary. Are you writing, painting, doing crafts, fixing up your house? No-politics open thread!
Snarky Puppy - What About Me
From the live DVD "We Like It Here"
Recorded and filmed live (free of overdubs) from October 7-10 at Kytopia Studios in Utrecht, the Netherlands, for GroundUP Music. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit http://groundup.ropeadope.com or http://www.snarkypuppy.com.
Written, arranged, and produced by Michael League.
Michael League - bass
Shaun Martin - keyboards
Bill Laurance - Fender Rhodes
Cory Henry - keyboards
Justin Stanton - trumpet
Mark Lettieri - guitar
Bob Lanzetti - guitar (solo)
Chris McQueen - guitar
Nate Werth - percussion
Larnell Lewis - drums (solo)
Mike Maher - trumpet
Chris Bullock - sax
Bob Reynolds - sax
Jay Jennings - trumpet
Engineered by Eric Hartman, Roy Van Rosendaal, Mike Harrison, & Colin Benders.
Filmed by Andy LaViolette, Brad Holt, Emily Schwarting, Joseph Lafond, and Christi LaViolette.
Mixed by Eric Hartman in Dallas, Texas.
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk New York, NY.
Only about 5 percent of the votes have been counted so far, but everyone has called the Nevada race for Bernie Sanders, who appears to have won nearly half the delegates. Joe Biden came in a distant second with a little less than 20 percent and Pete Buttigieg came in third at around 15 percent.
This is obviously not good news for Elizabeth Warren or Amy Klobuchar, neither of whom did well. But Biden, at least, may have stanched his bleeding just in time for the South Carolina primary next weekend. Then it’s on to Super Tuesday, where Mike Bloomberg will finally enter the race. It’s gonna be exciting!
Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucus.
While Sanders scored a strong victory, a cluster of candidates was fighting for a distant second place — and any momentum that may come with it heading into next-up South Carolina and then Super Tuesday on March 3. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren were trailing far behind Sanders.
While there are only 4% of the results in, Sanders victory is decisive, and he is expected to take a large number of the state’s 36 delegates. It’s not clear when complete results will be available.
The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors opened at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses began at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.
NBC and the Associated Press have both called Bernie Sanders the winner in the Nevada caucuses. But there are not enough results yet to declare 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place.
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To those who questioned whether a Midwestern mayor could gather a national movement around a new kind of politicsÃ¢ÂÂyour are the answer. And to everyone who believes in what weÃ¢ÂÂre buildingÃ¢ÂÂthis is your night. This is your campaign.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 23, 2020
People often wonder where the radical right—the neo-Nazis and white nationalists and alt-righters—get their funding, besides the occasional online fundraiser. The truth is somewhat bland but disturbing: Most of their money comes through discreet donations from relatively anonymous individuals with significant wealth accrued through nondescript means including finance, real estate, construction, and the like.
New York Magazine’s Sarah Jones performed a public service this week by diving into the tax records of one such financier, a “libertarian” donor named Robert P. Rotella. (Full disclosure: I am quoted in this article.) What she revealed was a portrait of a quiet support network: namely, a range of significant financial support for a broad menu of far-right organizations, mostly disguised by being intermingled with a larger number of mainstream conservative and libertarian groups.
This is the 632nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the February 15 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES
Qasim Rashid writes—Republican Member of Congress Who Is an Environmental Scientist OK-s Poisoning Our Water: “Go down to Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County and you will see streets lined with beach cottages and golf carts, local shops and hotels, and in the summer--people on the sandy shores of the Potomac River. This little town is a pristine getaway from day to day life. It’s economy and culture are centered around being on the Potomac River, which is being put in danger due to rollbacks on water protections. Trump’s budget will cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 26%. This is after Trump has already rolled back protections on our freshwater streams. His own handpicked scientists at the EPA warned him and his staff what the implications of such policy would do, but still the GOP has not fought against it. Moreover, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) is an environmental scientist by profession and openly advocates for taking care of our environment. Last week on Twitter, he announced his One Trillion Trees initiative and tweeted ‘Congress has the chance to work in a bipartisan manner to consider legislation that would reduce emissions, promote clean energy, and conserve our natural resources, and I will continue to advocate for our environment.’ But the truth is, he voted in favor of Trump’s cut to the EPA and has done nothing about stopping the chemicals from entering our waters.”