Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Only A Fool...

Only A Fool...

by Coast Watcher

There’s an old adage: Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.

So it is with all those who fervently hoped Joe Biden would win the 2020 US presidential election. Although Trump is still contesting the result, it’s clear that Biden is now president-elect. It’s possible that Trump and the Republican Party are dragging their feet over conceding the election because contractual debts to their hired media outlets will be lower if they can hold out until January 1, 2021. Otherwise, the debt-ridden Republican Party will have to shell out over $100 million it owes.

As I pointed out as the election results began to come in, Trump set the bar so low, and yet Biden failed to clear it easily. Says it all. Even a record high voter turnout failed to produce the clear winner people expected. Nobody except his ardent fans could get excited about the so-called Democrats’ latest nominee. The man who said "Nothing fundamentally would change," to a bunch of wealthy donors and offered nothing but the qualification that he’s "not Trump" doesn’t exactly set the world alight with his dynamism. And yet those who had such a dreadful fear of Trump can’t intuit that his replacement isn’t someone who’ll care much more about them, either.

As his veep, Biden has chosen Kamala Harris, a person with an equally appalling record when it comes to law and order issues in her home state of California. It was Harris who turned a blind eye to police brutality while she was the state's Attorney General. She happily used  underpaid felon firefighters to combat the deadly wildfires that afflict California every year. These prisoners risk their lives, yet are not even allowed to use their hard-won experience to get a firefighting job when they leave jail.

(But of course, the Dems squeal like a stuck pig if anyone dares to criticize Harris because, "She’s a woman and a person of color!" Seemingly the act of being female and non-white automatically nominates you to sainthood in the DNC. And yet, when Tara Reade accused Harris' running mate of sexual assault, the neolib #MeToo crowd becomes sadly silent or rudely declares, "She's making it all up. Joe wouldn't touch any woman against her will." A sexual assault charge obviously doesn't deny male Dems a sainthood.)
Biden’s transition team is already loaded with people who shouldn’t be trusted anywhere near public office, including a raft of lobbyists. He has spoken openly of choosing Republicans for his cabinet. (Remember Republican John Kasich at the Dems' convention?) What more proof does anyone need to show that the duopoly is nothing more than two wings of the same bird?

This so-called "democratic" party still feels it’s entitled to every vote from anyone with any shade of left-leaning politics, yet the party itself occupies the same political territory the Republicans held in the 1950s. It may make nice by throwing a few crumbs to its supporters, such as forgiving a few thousand dollars’ worth of student debt and making the ACA more palatable, but expect any such concessions to be abandoned or clawed back in short order at the request of big moneyed donors.

Remember, Mitch McConnell is still squatting in the Senate like a poisonous toad, ready to negate any attempts the Biden administration makes to pass legislation. This is because although the parties are a cigarette paper’s thickness apart when it comes to ideology, and the Republican faction really doesn’t care about public opinion. Perhaps being obnoxious in this way is their true function within the larger duopoly? They're the convenient excuse Biden will give when nothing his faction has promised happens?

It’s a common perception that this is a term when the so-called Democrats have to get things right, to show that they do care about  ordinary Americans, or they might as well abandon any pretense  and officially merge with the Republican Party. At that time, when all the wished-for Biden administration’s grand schemes fall apart, I shall tell all who wept with relief at Biden's election, "Only a fool believes everything coming out of the mouths of the Democrats. It's time to stop fooling yourself."

As Nick Brana from the Movement for a People's Party says:

It's only been a week and a half since Joe Biden was declared the winner and he has already packed his transition team with more than 40 current or former lobbyists. His chief of staff, Ron Klain, is a former asbestos industry lobbyist. His leading cabinet picks include fossil fuel lobbyist Ernie Moniz as Energy Secretary, Booz Allen Hamilton board member Michele Flournoy as Secretary of Defense, and Republican venture capitalist Mitt Romney for Health and Human Services Secretary. Biden hasn't even been sworn in and Wall Street already runs his administration.

Democrats re-elected Chuck Schumer as Senate Minority Leader. Nancy Pelosi is poised to become Speaker of the House again. Biden's likely pick for DNC Chair is former Podesta Group lobbyist Jamie Harrison. It’s clear that Biden and the Democratic Party have learned nothing from this election, just like they learned nothing from 2016, and that working people are in for four more years of the same heartless neoliberalism that gave us Trump in the first place. Except this time it's happening in the middle of a pandemic and the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Even with this mounting evidence, some will still claim that the Democrats are our "friends"? I say with friends like these who needs enemies? Only a fool denies the reality of the evidence. Big Business lobbyists are considered friends to the Biden  administration--and he's not denying this to be the case (more examples in the links below). 

True progressives know who their real enemies are and wisely learn to trust themselves above all others.


BIO: Coast Watcher sees the writing on the wall. It ain't pretty. Lots of folks are going to be disappointed in Biden, but a whole lot more people are going to be hurt by his neoliberal austerity policies and coddling of the fossil fuel industry. The "Not-Trump" option forced upon the voters this past election isn't going to pay off for anyone but the billionaires, so it's time for all good patriots to sharpen their pitchforks and get ready to march in the streets until things turn in our favor.

Lee asks Biden simple questions like, "We're in a pandemic, so what about Medicare for All?" and "Why not stop fracking, Joe?" and "Aren't you for the Green New Deal?" and gives us the answers straight from the horse's (or is it donkey's?) mouth. https://youtu.be/apiR4k-S_6k

Related links: 

Biden's Pick for Secretary of State (Tony Blinken, a conservative warhawk who supposedly influenced Biden to support the Iraq War.)  https://youtu.be/kdZWpmPEOuw 

Billionaire Charles Koch Congratulates Biden And Says He Wants To Work Together "On As Many Issues As Possible"


Biden Just Appointed His Climate Movement Liaison. It's a Fossil Fuel Ally


Are You Kidding Me? (Erin Brokovich addresses the horror of Biden's EPA transition pick -- a DuPont Chemicals consultant)


 No Good Choice: How The Two-Party System Fails Voters


The Last Thing the Economy Needs is Joe Biden's Austerity


Marijuana Reform Omitted From Biden Transition Plan on Racial Equity Despite Campaign Pledges


 "What Was Your Normal?": Black Activist Goes Viral After Rejecting CNN Commentator's Claim That Things Will Go Back To "Normal" Because Biden Won The Election 



You've gotta have 20/20 vision to see who's  in charge nowadays!

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Make sure you send your email to the Biden team today. If you are a member of an organization that would like to sign on as a partner, please email me at cburris@networkforpubliceducation.org

Thank you for all you do!

Carol Burris

Executive Director, Network for Public Education


Bank of America is continuing to fund the destruction of the Arctic Refuge. It must stop financing oil drilling, now!
Sign Now

Right now, Bank of America remains the only major American bank that has not refused to fund dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge. The Arctic Refuge's vast coastal lands, boreal forests, and alpine tundra are home to a diverse array of species including polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, and the iconic Porcupine Caribou Herd. It's also vital to Indigenous communities who have made their home on these sacred lands for thousands of years. Drilling in the Refuge is a violation of Indigenous rights and an assault on the irreplaceable wildlife that rely on these lands for survival.

As we face the increasingly horrific impacts of climate change — unprecedented wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, and floods — we have to face the facts. We are causing climate change, and we need to be transitioning over to clean, sustainable energy sources in order to reverse this trend. That's why every other large American bank, including Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Morgan Stanley, has changed their lending policies to exclude new drilling in the Arctic. Now we need Bank of America to do the same. Tell Bank of America that fossil fuels are a bad investment and to stop funding the destruction of the Arctic Refuge.

Thank you for all that you do,


Miranda B.
The Care2 Petitions Team

P.S. Any expansion in the production of climate-torching fossil fuels is simply outrageous and reckless — especially in a sacred place like the Arctic Refuge. It's time for Bank of America to turn off the funding tap for these dirty energy corporations!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

"Told You So"


 "Told You So"

 by C. A. Matthews

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald): Make sure to say “kids in cages” as many times as you can for the next few weeks because starting on January 20, 2021, that phrase is going to disappear from the lexicon so fast it’s going to make your head spin, even though there will still be plenty of kids in cages. (Twitter response to news that Cecilia Muñoz, a defender of family separations under Obama, will join Biden's transition team.)

If you ever grew up with siblings/cousins/friends close by, I'm sure you heard these three little words from time to time. You probably grew to hate them and the attitude that came along with them as much as I did.

"Ha-ha! Told you so!"

Sometimes, however, there's just no other way to get a message across to people than to simply tell them that you've given them all the information they needed previously, but that they are stubbornly refusing to accept it. This is when those three little irritating words can come in handy:

Told you so.

This week the "told you so" information is so obvious, so clear and undeniable that even a blind bat wearing dark glasses on a moonless night wouldn't be able to miss it. But I'm certain they'll be more than a few American neoliberals who'll fail to understand how much they've been used by the corrupt system and will cry out, "Uh-uh!" like any kid would upon being told these irritating three little words.

So, I won't continue to hammer you with that phrase if you promise to watch, read, listen and comprehend the information available from the links below. Promise? Good. You deserve to be informed, and you need to know that you (and others like you) were duped on purpose so you would help install yet another corrupt politician-puppet to serve the needs of the oligarchs and plutarchs. 

It's not that you're a "bad person" or stupid or anything like that. You have been tricked, used and manipulated by greedy people and their well-oiled political machine. The ball is now in your court. It's time for you to wake up to that fact and live your life in freedom and in truth. Continuing to play their game will only lead you to future heartache and the possible end of our planet.

Nothing will get better in this country or this world if we continue to lie to ourselves and allow others to manipulate us for their own selfish ends. This applies to politician-puppets who take large sums of cash from the fossil fuel industry and the military industrial complex double-fold.  

Break free of their propaganda and start questioning everything you hear, have ever heard, or will ever hear from the next occupant of the White House. Your mind is too beautiful of a thing to waste on believing the talking points of conniving con artists for the corporations.

Learn more from  following videos, articles and blog links.

Francesca Fiorentini contemplates if Biden will be able to overcome his centrist (i.e., Republican-lite) leanings to stop fascism.


Even More Links:

The Newest Member of Biden's Transition Team: Defender of Obama Era Deportations and Family Separations https://www.leftvoice.org/the-newest-member-of-bidens-transition-team-defender-of-obama-era-deportations-and-family-separations 

Organized Labor Shouldn't Expect Much from President Joe Biden https://jacobinmag.com/2020/11/joe-biden-labor-unions-afl-cio-kamala-harris

One Third of Biden's Pentagon Transition Team Hails From Organizations Financed by the Weapons Industry https://inthesetimes.com/article/joe-biden-department-of-defense-pentagon-transition-team-weapons-industry-military

Biden Will Keep Sanctions, Troops in Syria: https://youtu.be/PRVLioaplI4

Biden Could Be One of the Most Dangerous Presidents Ever


Biden Won’t Stop American Imperialism: 


Meet the Filthy Rich War Hawks That Make Up Biden's New Foreign Policy Team   


"Biden World" Blames Progressives for Their Losses! (Republican ex-governor of Ohio John Kasich, who spoke at the convention, tells Democrats that progressives are the party's problem.)  https://youtu.be/7-uY7AxHpEg

"Did Your War Criminal Win?"  https://youtu.be/zleAPWcFDas

The author of the following piece is supposedly on Biden's Covid-19 task force. Don't let him near your loved ones aged 75 and up. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

"Few politicians have done more harm in America’s War on Drugs than the former senator from Delaware."  -- from Joe Biden: The Architect of America's Disastrous War on Drugs https://fee.org/articles/joe-biden-the-architect-of-america-s-disastrous-war-on-drugs/

Big Tech Oligarchs in Biden Administration Overseeing Censorship https://youtu.be/9yRlwJ3oG-o 



It’s been less than a week since the presidential results were confirmed, but already the fossil fuel lobby in Canada is devising a plan to pressure Joe Biden into completing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The worst part is, they’re feeling optimistic.

Not only are tar sands companies banking on Keystone XL, they’re also hard at work trying to push through another tar sands pipeline: the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota.

Our movement is up against massive fossil fuel corporations with unlimited sums of money to lobby the United States and Canadian governments. We need to send a strong message to Joe Biden right away that stopping these pipelines is non-negotiable:

Can you sign our petition demanding Joe Biden stop the Keystone XL pipeline on day one of his administration?

Tell Biden: #NoKXL →

As a Dakota elder who has been fighting Keystone XL for 12 years, I know that while TC Energy and Big Oil may have the money to push policy and politicians in favor of their profits – people power is capable of defeating even the most entrenched special interests.

With your help we can make sure that Joe Biden honors his campaign promises and the Indigenous communities who made his victory possible. Every signature puts a name to the outrage Biden can expect if he chooses to put fossil fuel profits before Indigenous communities, our water, and the climate.

It’s a testament to our movement that despite Trump’s best efforts, we were able to hold off this pipeline for the last four years. But time is running out. TC Energy began preliminary construction in March without all the required permits, and every day that goes by makes our work even harder.

Biden cannot delay – add your name to our urgent petition telling Biden to stop Keystone XL once and for all. Together, we'll send a message too powerful for his administration to ignore.

C.A., our work doesn’t stop with Keystone XL. We must make sure that Biden not only blocks this pipeline, but every single one after that.

Over 50,000 people have signed the Promise to Protect and are ready and committed to take creative resistance on the ground against Keystone XL or any other pipeline that threatens our climate and communities.

But since we cannot gather in person, adding your name to this petition today is one of the best ways to show our collective strength. So thank you for signing the petition.

Together I know we can win.


Faith Spotted Eagle
Brave Heart Society


From Food and Water Watch:

Over the past four years, the Trump administration has shamelessly fueled the climate crisis by unleashing a fracking free-for-all on public lands.

At a time when the climate crisis demands that we move away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, it is outrageous and irresponsible to expand fracking and drilling on public lands. It’s time to put an end to this recklessness.

Together, we can move forward, towards the climate future we all deserve, but we need President-elect Biden to take bold, immediate climate action by banning fracking and stopping new fossil fuel extraction on public lands. With the new administration, we have a renewed opportunity, and we demand a new era in the climate fight. It’s time to take on the fossil fuel industry directly.

Take action: Hold President-elect Biden accountable to keeping his campaign promise to ban fracking on public lands!

Fracking is a dangerous method of extracting oil and gas that escalates climate change and pollution. Drilling and fracking bring water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes and massive amounts of methane leakage.

Fracking hurts people and communities. Yet Big Oil & Gas has been allowed — and even encouraged by Trump and his cronies — to decimate public lands, despite these places being set aside by past generations for protection and the enjoyment of future generations.

Enough is enough. The inherent danger of fracking means that no set of regulations can ever make it safe for public health or our environment. Banning fracking on public lands is a no-brainer; we need President-elect Biden to act immediately when he takes office on January 20.

Send a message today: Urge President-elect Biden to keep his promise to ban fracking on public lands to protect our climate, public health and national parks.

President Biden: Ban Fracking on Public Lands!

Food & Water Action helped achieve the introduction of the first federal bill to ban fracking in 2014. And as more and more people demand real action against fracking, we're ramping up our national campaign to ban it now to protect our families and our communities from reckless, dangerous drilling.

President-elect Biden has a huge opportunity to stand on the right side of history by banning fracking on public lands. In doing so, he would protect our national resources and heritage, and help avert climate chaos.

The fight for our climate doesn’t end now that the election is over. It’s time for the new administration to take real action to protect our environment, and that starts with all of us demanding change and holding the president-elect accountable!

Join me in urging President-elect Biden to take the bold climate action we need by banning fracking on public lands.

Onward together,

Wenonah Hauter
Founder and Executive Director
Food & Water Action and Food & Water Watch


Are You Willing To Stand Up For Your Values? (Or will you fall for just about anything the corrupticians throw at you?)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

We Have To Fundamentally Change

 We Have To Fundamentally Change 

(What Are You Celebrating?)

Why should any American "celebrate" the results of this presidential election?

Many Americans are facing looming evictions and downsizing due to the pandemic, while the number of Covid cases increases daily, the death toll mounts, and many more are without affordable health care than ever before. And our president-elect has openly said he will veto any Medicare For All bill that crosses his desk--if one even gets that far.

If "nothing would fundamentally change," according to Mr. Biden, then it will be up to us--we have to fundamentally change. We have to become braver and more willing to take on the fixed, corrupt system and break it wide open. We can't let things remain static, unchanged, when our very lives and the fate of our planet stand in the balance.

Some have already started planning how they will bring about fundamental, progressive change and ask you to join them in their efforts: https://howiehawkins.us/keepfighting/

The general mood in the "Twitterverse" among true progressives about the results of this election cycle has been somber. The following examples illustrate their concerns and frustrations:

Ryan Knight (@ProudSocialist) tweets: Joe Biden is a neoliberal corporatist who has spent 47 years propping up our corrupt system. He is not a savior.

Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) tweets: Nice to hear speeches without the racist abuse of the past 4 years. But not a word of commitment to real solutions for the crises killing us - like M4A, Covid relief, a long-term eviction moratorium at the least. Platitudes don't make me want to celebrate.

A paraphrase of several good tweets: 

Sorry if I'm not quite as enthusiastic as you are that the proud author of the 1994 Crime Bill that has incarcerated thousands of Americans (especially those of color) and the backer of the US Iraq War that has caused huge loss of life in that country, as well as PTSD in American service personnel, is now in charge. Those sorts of things, and the people who are proud of their involvement in them, just don't appeal to me very much.

Jimmy Dore says, "Trump loses! Now what?"  It's a serious question. And he stresses, "We need an independent media that pushes politicians, not protects them." Listen to his valid complaints in the following video.


 Pulitzer Prize-Winner Chris Hedges puts it eloquently in his essay, American Requiem:

Well, it’s over. Not the election. The capitalist democracy. However biased it was towards the interests of the rich and however hostile it was to the poor and minorities, the capitalist democracy at least offered the possibility of incremental and piecemeal reform. Now it is a corpse. The iconography and rhetoric remain the same. But it is an elaborate and empty reality show funded by the ruling oligarchs — $1.51 billion for the Biden campaign and $1.57 billion for the Trump campaign — to make us think there are choices. There are not. The empty jousting between a bloviating Trump and a verbally impaired Joe Biden is designed to mask the truth. The oligarchs always win. The people always lose. It does not matter who sits in the White House. America is a failed state.


On Facebook, a local activist voiced well what many are feeling this week:

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating the Election Results

by Sean Nestor

I will celebrate when single payer healthcare is enacted and people can receive medical treatment without it ruining their lives. I will celebrate when qualified immunity is ended, the police are demilitarized, and law enforcement offices aren't let off the hook for executing black people in the streets. I will celebrate when the concentration camps at our borders are closed down and migrant families are no long split apart and children no longer disappear into human trafficking rings. I will celebrate when we see a full troop withdrawal from the Middle East and we start using our tax dollars to fund much-needed domestic programs  instead of killing innocent people abroad.

If you think the Biden/Harris administration is going to do any of that, you're either uninformed or dishonest. Nothing in their campaign rhetoric nor their time in public office suggests that those will happen without borderline revolutionary activity from the public. And in the spirit of honesty, the vast majority of Democrats, in spite of the memes they share, are ready to go to brunch for the next four or eight years because Trump is gone.

I know this because I remember 2008 very clearly. At the time, we had two terms of a monster President who drug us into two costly and unnecessary wars, grew the police state in the name of counter-terrorism, and bailed out Wall Street on the back of working people everywhere. People bragged about voting for inanimate objects over Bush, as though lowering the bar like that was something to be proud of.

What we got starting in 2008 was eight years of "At least he's not Bush!" and a climate of shushing anyone who dared criticize the Democrat for not doing enough to address the real problems that were growing around him. Everything that was an outrage when Bush did it became defensible or just swept under the rug when Obama did it. I was practically spit on when I criticized Obama's continuation and expansion of military action in the Middle East, or his ramping up of deportations, or his refusal to promote single payer while supposedly tackling healthcare reform.

Well, that climate brought us Trump. In another four or eight years, mark my words, it will bring us someone even worse.

Cue the hand-wringing and frustrated pleas about the powerlessness of Democrats under a Republican Senate. Look--if Democrats can raise billions of dollars and organize tens of millions of people all over the country to vote someone into office, they can do the same to enact single payer healthcare or eliminate the electoral college or a major nationwide gerrymandering reform or something meaningful to change this country, regardless of the Senate's disposition. That's what politics are for.

Politics are all about figuring out how to enact policy in spite of obstacles, not pointing out obstacles and adjusting your standards accordingly. There is an extremely disgusting culture in the Democratic Party of competing over whose standards are lowest, giving up on ideals immediately and invoking some trite rhetoric about the importance of compromise in politics. But their compromise is always with Karl Rove or Steve Bannon and never Michelle Alexander or Aviva Chomsky. It's a lie comfortable people tell themselves to justify their own laziness and lack of compassion.

My standards are human rights standards, and I'm not lowering them come hell or high water. Call me privileged or elitist, but I'm not celebrating until I know for sure that we've genuinely protected the vulnerable minorities that are constantly preyed upon by this nation's governments.

I know victories are few and far between, and the temptation is high to celebrate them even when they are hollow, so I don't judge or begrudge anyone who wants to express their pleasure at the end of the Trump nightmare. I sincerely hope it provides you with relief and healing. But please don't repeat history and pretend like any of this marks a sea change in our country's politics. We seriously cannot afford a repeat of the smugness and complacency that brought us Trump, because at this trajectory, we're going to get a Trump again before we know it.

"The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." --Milan Kundera

"Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul." --Thomas Paine


 From Friends of the Earth:

Joe Biden will be our next President -- and he’s starting to fill powerful positions within our government. Take action to reject corporate lobbyists for key nominations.

Every President in recent memory has filled their government with appointees with close ties to large corporations. When corporate cronies are in government agencies and in the Cabinet, it provides them with the means to undermine protections Americans count on. Instead of considerations for the people, they favor rollbacks and giveaways for big business.

Pressure from people like you can stop the Senate from confirming corporate cronies for these positions. That’s why we’re asking you to demand our elected officials oppose the confirmation of any more corporate lobbyists.

Take Action: Demand the Senate reject corporate lobbyist appointees.

Sign Now

Biden will need to fill thousands of government positions -- from the head of the EPA to deputy secretaries at over a dozen agencies. These appointees have power to implement our environmental protections.

Look at what happened under Trump -- he appointed, and the Senate confirmed, fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt to the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has overseen huge giveaways of our public lands to benefit the fossil fuel industry.

The vast majority of Americans agree that large corporations have too much power. We need your help to change that!

Sign the Petition: No more conflicts of interest that benefit big business. No more corporate appointees.

Sign Now

Our elected officials must reject appointees with direct ties to big business. But without hearing from concerned American’s like you, C.A., they might not act.

Don’t let nominees with ties to mega-corporations make key decisions for the people. Demand corporate executives and lobbyists not be confirmed to any appointee positions.

25,000 Signatures still needed: Fight to reduce corporate power. 

Sign Now

Standing with you,
Ariel Moger,
Legislative & political coordinator,
Friends of the Earth Action


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