#BernieSanders visited New York City to give a speech about his progressive plan to break up the banks and reform Wall Street: “The greed of Wall Street and corporate America is destroying the very fabric of our nation. And here is a New Year’s resolution that I will keep if elected president, and that is, if Wall Street does not end its greed, we will end it for them…Our goal must be to create a financial system and an economy that works for all of our people, not just a handful of billionaires.” Bernie’s supporters were energetic and enthusiastic, showing love for the Vermont senator in the Big Apple.

Bernie Being Bernie

Bernie Sanders on CNN discussing income inequality and his plan to fix it for the working class. “Since I’ve been a mayor, a congressman, and a senator I’ve been working for working families and the middle class. For the last 40 years the middle class in this country has been disappearing, people are working longer hours for lower wages and yet almost all of the new income is going to the top 1%.”

CNN then asks the pivotal question, “Hillary Clinton says the same thing, why Bernie Sanders and not Hillary Clinton?” That is definitely a good question and Bernie hits it out of the park. “I’ve known Hillary Clinton for 25 years, I like her and I respect her. I’m running for families and the middle class, not against Hillary Clinton. People have to look at the record. I have voted against every disasterous trade agreement and I’m helping lead the effort against the Trans Pacific Paternership which will mean the outsourcing of more good paying jobs to low wage countries. People have got to look at Secretary Clinton’s record.“

Sanders then discussed some of the finer points of his economic policy. Namely breaking up the big banks and tax reform. On top of that he introduced his ideas on FREE college education. Which is a necessity for the future prosperity of American society and democratic society in general. From there he briefly glosses over his political record and changes the focus of the interview to his fight against Climate Change. Which he feels is a paramount issue in American politics.

Sanders is the real deal. He has a consistent record across the board and truly fights for the average American. Be on the look out for our in depth look at Bernie’s Economic policies, a smaller part of our on going in depth look at Bernie and his positions. Which will be based on his voting record and publicly pronounced positions over the years. Bernie Sanders 2016!


April 8th 1924: Shariah courts abolished in Turkey

On this day in 1924 the newly created Republic of Turkey, which grew out of the remains of the Ottoman Empire, abolished shariah law in courts. This measure came as part of a package of reforms named for Turkey’s first President that were implemented in the 1920s and 1930s - Atatürk’s reforms. The reforms tried to create a secular, Westernised state, in order to modernise Turkey and ensure it remained a player on the world stage. Atatürk’s reforms comprised of: political reforms which included a new Constitution, abolished the sultanate and established a multi-party system; social reforms which eliminated religious clothing or insignia and provided for legal gender equality and female suffrage and made polygamy illegal; legal reforms which ended the shariah system; educational reforms which established a new, mixed-gender education system, secularised curriculum  and aimed to improve literacy with the establishment of a new alphabet; and economic reforms which aimed for state control, nationalisation and the establishment of a banking system. Atatürk’s reforms were eventually completed, and undeniably played a major role in shaping the new Turkish state. Atatürk died in 1938 but is still celebrated as the ‘father of the country’.

bagelsandheists  asked:

Have you read "A Burglar's Guide to the City" by Geoff Manaugh? All about modern thievery and burglarly. Seems right up your alley

Oh, that looks fabulous, thanks!


At the core of A Burglar’s Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it.

Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and break-ins, the book draws on the expertise of reformed bank robbers, FBI Special Agents, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present.

Whether picking locks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum’s surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar’s Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

Americans who are excited about Bernie Sanders

remember when you were excited about Obama? Wasn’t he going to do all that stuff - healthcare, hold the banks accountable, immigration reform, bring home troops, stand up to big Pharma, abolish Guantanamo… think back. Why will it be different this time?

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Bank of America takes major hit in S&P downgrade

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NEW YORK — Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has lowered its credit ratings for many of the world’s largest financial institutions, including the biggest banks in the U.S.

Bank of America Corp. and its main subsidiaries are among the institutions whose ratings fell at least one notch Tuesday, along with Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo & Co.

S&P said the changes in 37 financial companies’ ratings reflect the firm’s new criteria for banks, and they incorporate shifts in the industry and the role of governments and central banks worldwide. The agency did not release its evaluation of each company but said it plans to discuss the changes during a conference call early Wednesday.

Bank of America’s issuer credit rating was cut to “A” from “A+,” while its Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. units and a series of related subsidiaries were cut to “A-” from “A.”

Ratings downgrades are never seen as positive, but this round may be particularly damaging for Bank of America.

Concern already was growing Tuesday about whether B of A has enough capital to withstand another downturn in the U.S. economy or further trouble in Europe, and the bank’s stock fell to a two-year low before the ratings announcement.

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Hot Topic: On Police Brutality, Torture and Creating Change

Came back from NYC and was there when the Eric Garner decision was announced. Spent some time in Times Square with protestors and asked questions. What is our endgame? How do we find a path to justice, as opposed to simply being mad?

There are tons of good cops and lots of shitty cops, just as there are good citizens and shitty citizens. Cops are people, but they’ve been anointed with authority, and right now they’re fearful. Fearful of getting shot themselves. When fear rules the roost, preemptive action starts to take afoot. Shoot before you get shot. Stop a situation before it escalates.

This is symptomatic of an America post 9/11. The CIA torture reports are no different than the cops. People in positions of power and authority trying to stop things before they happen by any means necessary. Sounds fine on paper, but what’s not on paper is that preemptive action involves a fuck-ton of racial profiling and violations of human rights. Oh and murder.

Eric Garner was killed because stereotypes say he’s a possible threat. Trayvon the same. Muslims were tortured at Guantanamo because it was believed that they held information to thwart future attacks. This might be true. But for every one detained Muslim that holds information, there are a hundred that don’t. Do you waterboard them all? You can see how this is a slippery slope.

Perhaps the greatest tragedy in all of this is that the perpetrators of these crimes are GETTING AWAY WITH IT. The judicial system is failing miserably. When a country’s judicial system fails, the country cannot prosper. The moral compass dissolves. It becomes okay to squash, suppress, maim, rape and murder.

Who is the threat? Why is America so afraid? We’re supposedly the most powerful, the most free, the most wealthy nation on the planet. If that’s the case then what are we so afraid of? This is what happens when you have income inequality. The top gets nervous and preemptive actions become rule of the day. Gotta protect the stash. They’re coming after my precious. Ridiculous shit like that.

The solution to all of this is to reduce the income gap. Not eliminate (impossible to do) but reduce it. When everyone’s able to access a piece of the pie, the fear goes down. The crime goes down. The paranoia goes down. Black folk and Muslims stop being the threat to white Christian America. Police officers no longer become the servants of the 1%, they can be the people’s protectors once again.

We reduce the income gap by empowering movement. Support education funding, vote for campaign finance reform, hold banks and hedge funds responsible for the ruination of our economy, let there be real stakes for their crimes. The rest of the world got rid of the grand jury system, and so should we. You enact these changes first and foremost by voting, by being part of the political process. Take it a step further and propose a new law. Anyone can do it, it’s our constitutional right. We are the lawmakers, not the suits in DC, who work for US. They are there to make our ideas happen. And if they don’t make it happen, then don’t give them your vote. Simple as that.

I’ve been a part of a lot of student activism and I can honestly say that while protesting in the streets is a place to vent anger and let the world know of injustice, protesting itself does not create change. Votes create change. Laws create change. WORK creates change.

We saw this in Tahrir Square in Egypt, where the protests elicited a violent reaction from the incumbent government, and exposed the brutality and callousness of the state. It spurred an election, and the election simply replaced one evil with another. The protestors did not have a plan of action, they were better protestors than lawmakers. We need more lawmakers, more thinkers, more doers. It’s simply not enough to protest. Gandhi said it best: be the change you wish to see in the world.

Until the laws change, the cops that killed Eric Garner, the cops that killed Robert Saylor, the cops that killed countless unarmed citizens will continue to get away. We can even fucking video them killing someone and they will get away, because they way the justice system is structured. It is that structure which needs to be changed, and that should be the focus of our energies. Our lives and our future children’s lives depend on it.

Robert Saylor’s killers - three cops - were acquitted by a grand jury in Maryland. This despite the coroner report conclusively showing evidence of homicide by asphyxia.

Have a safe weekend.
Thousands Turn Out on King Day to Hear Bernie Sanders Speak in Alabama
Thousands of people packed into an auditorium on Monday night for a rally held by Senator Bernie Sanders that at times felt like a boisterous football game.
By Yamiche Alcindor

Thousands of people packed into an auditorium here on Monday night for a Martin Luther King Day rally held by Senator Bernie Sanders that at times felt like a boisterous football game.

After pointedly debating Hillary Clinton on Sunday, Mr. Sanders seemed more energized than ever as he engaged with people in the crowd who shouted his name, loudly applauded at his policy ideas and booed at mentions of Mrs. Clinton and Republican presidential candidates. The Vermont senator’s hourlong speech focused on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and on how his presidency would continue Dr. King’s legacy by fighting various forms of discrimination and inequality.

It is absolutely imperative that we see his life not as a museum piece, something simply to be looked at, to be studied, to be appreciated, to be kept on a shelf,” Mr. Sanders said of Dr. King. “To truly honor the life of Dr. King, we must fight to carry out his radical and bold vision for America. And his vision was of a nation in which we not only end all forms of institutional racism, and bigotry, but a nation in which all of us, black, and white, and Latino, Asian-American, Native American, all of us, come to together to create a country which provides economic, social and environmental justice for all.

Mr. Sanders also spoke about other core issues of his campaign, including the need to break up big commercial banks, to reform campaign finance laws, to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, to invest in sustainable energy and to transform wealth distribution. He talked of recently released details about his plan to create a “single-payer Medicare for all” health care system, and of his plans to use taxes on the rich to pay for progressive programs. And, riding the high of his debate performance, Mr. Sanders reminded the crowd that he is close to beating Mrs. Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire.

About 5,700 people were at the event at Boutwell Auditorium, and another 1,400 people outside watched it from an overflow area on large televisions.

Net neutrality, climate, immigration, voter suppression, education, minimum wage, health care, guns, banking reform, clean energy, Keystone XL, Citizens United, and list goes on and on and on….

audreykitchen  asked:

Hi, As a fellow lover of America, I would like to know why you feel the need to attack Conservatives daily? I will admit that I lean more towards the right, but there are definitely a lot of left opinions that I often listen to and agree with. Instead of attacking the right, why don't you encourage both Democrats and Republicans to work together to help make America a better and SAFER country? Collaboration is never a bad idea and often gets things done. Especially with the ISIS issue. Audrey

Encouraging the Right to work with the Left is not an option these days. The Right has decided saying “no” to everything is their best option. I agree collaboration is ideal, but when that option is not available, the nest step is to show how one side is not neglecting their duties.

Take your pick: immigration, income inequality, minimum wage, climate, student debt, Wall St reform, banking reform, repealing Citizens United, gutting the Voting Rights Act, GOP voter suppression, gun safety, and most obviously marriage equality. Conservatives are on the wrong side of history. So maybe after I listed TWELVE important issues of the day where Conservatives are doing their best to do nothing, you will understand why people attack their obstruction.