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With the election over, we face a boatload of acute and chronic problems that must be dealt with. Only some of these can be resolved by Congress and/or the Presidency alone. The others, as must surely be obvious to all but the most blinkered observers, require a movement to bring about. Call it street politics, call it participatory democracy, call it holding the feet of those we elected to the fire, call it pushback to business-as-usual, call it what you will, serious changes demand activism across a broad range of key issues. Some are big. Some are really big.

Movements are not political parties and do not operate like them. They seek something far more thorough than changing which political party is in control, as important as that project is. They seek to overturn the dominant paradigm, whether that is an economy founded on slavery or an industrial system based on the burning of fossil fuels. But throughout our history reforms — big and small — also have required the confirmation of a congressional vote and a presidential signature. And most have required more than one or two presidential terms to achieve. So making those changes means reforming how our leaders get elected, among other things.

At The Nation, Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen have written about three needed reforms in this realm:

Given the power of the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street banks, the insurance industry, the oil lobby and the drug companies, it’s remarkable that Obama managed to enact the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank legislation, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and tough new standards on fuel efficiency and electric plant emissions. Voters rewarded Obama with a second term and defeated many business-backed candidates and ballot measures, like California’s anti-union Proposition 32.

But the major contours of American politics remain intact. The nation’s extreme concentration of wealth still gives businesses and billionaires outsize political influence. Corporate campaign contributions and lobbyists tilt the political playing field so much that ordinary citizens often feel their votes and voices don’t count. The United States ranks number one in low voter turnout: even in this year’s hotly contested elections, fewer than 60 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. Paradoxically (but understandably), the people least likely to vote—the poor, the jobless, the young—are those who need government the most, and who, if they did vote, would tend to favor liberals and Democrats. 

With re-election safely behind him, we hope Obama will be bolder in his second term. He should diversify his inner circle of economic advisers and cabinet appointees to include more progressive voices, not just those who reflect business and banking. He should use his bully pulpit to focus public attention on the disproportionate influence of the Chamber and other corporate lobbying groups. He should be willing to deflect their attacks, as FDR did when he said, “I welcome their hatred,” referring to the forces of “organized money.” We’d like to see more of the Barack Obama who showed up on December 6, 2011, at a high school in Osawatomie, Kansas, echoing the themes of the then– burgeoning Occupy Wall Street movement.  […]

But however skilled Obama is as a politician—and despite the many principled progressives in Congress—we cannot expect to enact more than modest reforms until we tame the power of the corporate plutocrats. Ultimately, we need to change the system that ensnares even the most progressive politicians in its web.
Specifically, we need three kinds of structural “mobilizing” reforms that will dramatically level the political playing field, weakening the power of the corporate plutocracy and strengthening the voices of ordinary Americans:\

Campaign finance reform. […]

Voting reform. […]

Labor law reform. […]

As Frederick Douglass once said, without struggle there is no progress. But the efforts of issue-oriented movements would be far easier and far more effective if we could “change the system” that puts so many hurdles in the way of making our country a healthier democracy.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010As Obama, Reid, and Pelosi meet on tax cut plan, GOP attacks with a whimper:

Here's how John Boehner's spokesman is responding to the Democratic plan to vote on extending middle-income tax cuts:
Michael Steel, a spokesman for John Boehner, emails a response to the news that House Dems are planning to hold a vote just on extending the middle class tax cuts:

"The last thing our economy needs right now is a massive tax hike on families and small businesses -- and that's what this plan would mean."

So their big comeback is that cutting taxes on every American is actually a massive tax hike. I certainly wouldn't have expected them to say anything less, but really, this is pretty much a ho-hum response. It doesn't necessarily prove that Republicans are about to blink, but it also isn't a line in the sand sort of response -- Steel didn't say there's no way in hell Republicans would vote for middle-class tax cuts unless upper-income cuts were passed as well.

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  •  638,319 registered users on dKos now. (19+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not all spammers.)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #637,500: knotstock32
    #637,600: smigli
    #637,700: lily0run
    #637,800: Bob Wilbert
    #637,900: unitself5
    #638,000: doracoffey1218
    #638,100: Salt Lake City Kossacks (group)
    #638,200: lawattorney (spammer)
    #638,300: ramirobarret67

    We've added 893 more users in the last four days.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  We're now finally under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period.  What were they planning?

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, with our victory over USC yesterday, here's Queen's "We Are the Champions".

  •  Could I Ask a Favor? (16+ / 0-)

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    She was doing well in recent months but her sources of income have dried up - again!  If you can, please order something from her store.  Let's see if we can get her diary up on the Rec List and, hopefully, keep it there.  

    If you live in or near Charlotte, North Carolina and can possibly help Fineena in getting a job, feel free to Kosmail her.  She has had some good interviews in recent months but no luck in securing a full-time, paid job.  She could use help from all of us.

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  •  Your first paragraph: pure, concentrated gospel (8+ / 0-)

    As Obama said, we're going to have to MAKE him work this the way we want it worked.


    by raincrow on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:35:00 PM PST

  •  Timely and good post MB (7+ / 0-)

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:35:06 PM PST

    •  MB great post, some suggestions to get rolling (0+ / 0-)

      The context we are in is slow growth in most industries and most geographic areas (hence an impulse for secession) and an increasingly inclusive bottom up model would need to know what can be done about that. Most American people and institutions are very willing if there is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Hungry for answers.

      Process management is Obama's strength. He knows half a loaf is better than none. In my take he mostly co-opted rather than sold out to achieve the amazing achievements so far that you mentioned. Co-opting left-wing investors would seem vital - they too want an economy with a future. (If the stock market tanks in the next 2-3 months Obama will be stronger in the fiscal cliff negotiation - many investors know that.)

      Movements to create visions at all levels starting with communities for periods longer than election cycles (7 years) would seem vital. Good models (Germany has good lessons to be learned; so does Apple) would seem vital. Getting real understanding of how real growth works into peoples' hands early (at high school) would seem vital. Inclusion at the workplace which leads to the most creativity and so most value surges such as Apple's would seem vital.

      Websites just on all of this would seem vital, so "noise" can be tuned out and adrenaline remain focused. MB dont ever stop posting here but you could be one to run such a site ("D/Kos Vision" ?)

  •  I'd Like Obama's Party to Participate in Midterms (3+ / 0-)

    which would be a novelty. But other than that, I'm not sure I want a bolder Obama.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:43:06 PM PST

    •  Great point. But I fear the right will do another (0+ / 0-)

      2010 cycle:  throw as many batshit crazy ideas that the MSM can process and then throw a bunch of cash after it to reinforce the message.

      Hope the nation is a little smarter this time.  Of course, the Dems could actually get their bats, balls and gloves out and put nine persons on the field, too.

      We need new (and more) credible and talented surrogates.  What's Elizabeth Warren's number over there?

      •  I would hark back to Clinton's second term (1+ / 0-)
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        so there will be a lot of batty actions as well as ideas, such as closing down the government or impeaching the president.  I have faith Cantor and his allies will try to make Newt look like a Librul

  •  I don't underestimate (5+ / 0-)

    the importance of Elizabeth Warren's election to the new equation. Of course my magic 8 ball is on the fritz again so I have to rely on my gut, but I can't see business as usual in the Senate returning to abnormal without a good fight.

  •  Some people need to eat serious crow. (0+ / 0-)

    For those UCLA "fans" who attacked Jim Mora back when he was first hired as our football coach last December, sometimes it's a good thing when archives exist forever.  While anyone can now claim they were 100% behind UCLA football coach Jim Mora during the coaching search, or were at least pleased with the hire, this is what BruinsNation (the UCLA blog in Markos's SB Nation network) was saying last December during the coaching search.

    Unfortunately, BruinsNation has become similar to the PUMAs in Democratic politics.  FYI, I'm only posting this here so there's a permanent record of what they did last year.

    First, note how they led the charge AGAINST Kevin Sumlin, who seems to be doing pretty well right now at Texas A&M.

    12/4/2011: Bruins Overwhelmingly Objecting to Sumlin

    We have been running a poll today asking whether members of the Bruin community will buy or renew UCLA football season tickets or anything associated with UCLA if Chianti Dan hires Kevin Sumlin. We have over 500 votes in already in less than 3 hours and the overwhelming majority of this community is voting down Sumlin.


    There is an also serious talk about major UCLA boosters boycotting the program if Chianti Dan is foolish enough to hire Sumlin. So this whole pursuit of Sumlin is an epic fail from all angles and it is just one more example of how Guerrero has no clue or instincts when it comes to understanding college football.

    This should call into question just how much they know about coaching.  But anyway, here's what they said about Coach Mora, who is now 9-2 in just his first season, and has us now ranked at #15 in the country.  The headlines pretty much say it all about how they really felt about Mora, but I've included some choice commentary.

    12/6/2011: An Overview of Chianti Dan's Rumored Choice, Jim L. Mora

    If Chianti Dan has indeed made an offer, and if Mora accepts it, well, it will be time to bring out the torches and the pitch forks. There isn't much to blame on Jim Mora, Jr., yet. It's not his fault that Chianti Dan is a supreme tool.


    The sad part is, many here will be behind this hire, thinking it will be Pete Carroll v.2.0, but really, by the sheer numbers, this is pretty much one of the worst decisions and one of the worst hires anyone could make.

    12/6/2011: UCLA Coaching Hot Stove: Concerns about Jim Mora’s Resume, Keeping the Heat on Chianti Dan

    12/7/2011: Spaulding Roundup: Rushing Into Mediocrity With Mora?

    12/8/2011: Seattle & Atlanta Fans Lambasted Mora for Poor Personnel Evaluation, Lack of Leadership & Ineptitude

    12/9/2011: Spaulding Roundup: Mora and Tressel Remain the Wrong Direction and Wrong Message

    12/10/2011: #NoMoraDan: If Its Mora Then No Support for UCLA Athletics Until Chianti Dan is Booted From Westwood

    12/10/2011: #NoMoraDan: UCLA Football Deserves Better Than THIS

    12/10/2011: #NoMoraDan: By Hiring Jim Mora, UCLA’s Block & Guerrero Tell Bruin Alumni To Go To Hell

    12/11/2011: #NoMoraDan and The Interview Process?

    12/11/2011: Seasons Change, UCLA Doesn’t: Why We Ended Up With Jim L. Mora

    With fans like that, who needs Trojans?

    There were also those in sports media criticizing us, from SportsByBrooks to Stewart Mandel for the Mora hire.

    For those on BN, obviously what they'll try to spin now is that they would bury a paragraph down at the bottom of their posts that they still wanted Mora to be successful at UCLA (in a threatening "you'd better win 9 games or else" kind of way), but those sections are a direct copy & paste of what they wrote.

    Skepticism is one thing.  What this was went far beyond skepticism.  And of course, when we do have success, BN will take all the credit for it.  Like when there was a grassroots campaign to save student seats on the sideline in the newly-renovated Pauley Pavilion, where we play basketball.  Here's the L.A. Times and Daily Bruin articles about how it happened.  But they claim it was all because of their Twitter campaign (that almost no student who voted actually saw) that swayed the vote.  Sheesh.  It gets worse, but that story is for another day.  :-)

  •  contract democracy (1+ / 0-)
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    "Given the power of the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street banks, the insurance industry, the oil lobby and the drug companies..."

    The "power" was used to buy financial mercenaries.  They paid money to people who were screwing them all along, who passed lots of money to buds in the ad-making business whose companies were just created yesterday and who never gave a crap about winning the election.

    Given the power of the United States of Amercia...

    They bought mercenaries.  They paid money to people who were screwing them all along, who passed lots of money to buds in the defense industry, whose companies were just created in their basement.

    Could be the defense industry is the biggest scam of all.  Does anyone disagree.  Maybe this message is not ironic enough.

    de fin able 1: able to be defined

    by paperscissors on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:55:34 PM PST

  •  I see that it looks like all 50 states... (6+ / 0-)

    ...are "blessed" with petitions for secession on the White House petition website.

    And there's a petition to give Puerto Rico statehood.

    And there's a petition to strip everyone who signs a secession petition of their citizenship, and exile them!

    I wonder how the White House staff keep from damaging their monitors with beverage spit-takes?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:55:39 PM PST

  •  The most basic of the reforms should be (4+ / 0-)

    voter reform. This will, in the end, lead to the winning of the other two. Once it is as simple to vote as it is to breath, than reason will lead to greater registration and increased strength. Let's face facts, where would we be without women, and people of color?
    Let us begin by rejecting the Voter Fraud talking point and counter with Vote Theft. Trumpet what they are doing with every messenger we possess, and as with the election we will destroy lie and conquer.
    I hope that this simple , but most important point, will not disappear now that we have won such a great victory. It is paramount to our future.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:55:58 PM PST

  •  I think I know what the fiscal cliff deal will be (0+ / 0-)

    I think that there is going to be a agreement that the top tax rate will go up, but that it will not up as high as it was under President Bill Clinton.  I also think that a part of this deal will be that this new top tax rate will be permanent.

    If this occurs, the democrats will claim a "win" since the wealthy will pay more than they had under the Bush tax cuts and the republicans will claim a "win" since they will have made some of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.

    In support of my feeling that this is where we are headed:

    A shift can be heard in the rhetoric, as Republicans now say they are willing to consider increases in tax revenue, and Obama has softened his insistence that top income tax rates, now at 35%, must rise to 39.6%, the rate from the Clinton era.
    •  local wingers are all moaning about wanting to (2+ / 0-)
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      cany, coppercelt

      return to the old Reagan tax rates.  Do they even know what taxes were like under Ronnie?

      •  No, they don't. No clue. And Ryan, I read this (1+ / 0-)
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        evening, will be leading the negotiations.

        Gee, that will work well. Seems we just told him to stuff his budget and the lies it rode in on, but I guess he forgets.

        Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't see this going anywhere soon.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:16:50 PM PST

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        •  kick the can down the road a little farther (0+ / 0-)

          Boehner told us GOP strategy in 2008: delay, block and run the clock out while ensuring Obama has no success.  Think of it as a 4 corners offense (apologies to Dean Smith) with a GOP victory in 2014 as its goal

  •  We tend to forget how radical FDR's reforms were (3+ / 0-)

    and how close to complete systemic collapse we came before such reforms were accepted.  This was in the days before the plutocrats owned so many bully pulpits.

    Currently, we are seeing a push towards austerity, not seen since Hoover days, and we are seeing EU countries careening towards disaster because of austerity.  

    While there are many myths about the Great Depression, we would do well to remember no stock brokers really jumped out windows and few plutocrats ended up on street corners selling apples (am I showing my age?  I have a Hoover cart for sale) or moving to Hoovervilles.  In short austerity measures leads to economic collapse but most of the 1% are insulated against such catastrophe so it matters little to them that hedge funds take flyers which have only a 5 % chance of success because they take the lion's share of any profits and pass losses to investors.  In short it is time for the 1% to reinvest in America, if they wish to remain relevant in the process

    •  Ironically, this "cliff" is back door austerity (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Eric Nelson, entlord

      Since it will likely be short lived, it won't be true austerity, but those cuts and tax increases would cause a lot of middle and working class pain eventually if no deal is reached. Worth risking, though, to avoid yet another round of hostage taking.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:19:15 PM PST

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  •  As long as money = speech (0+ / 0-)

    no good will come.
    ‘We’ now have a Supreme Court justice (Kagan) who will have to recuse herself (or be disqualified due to the fact that her impartiality could be reasonably questioned) if Citizen’s United is ever challenged (because she argued the case as solicitor general.
    The more you know, the less hope there is.

    •  I dont think it works that way (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      She would have to recuse herself from specific cases she worked on. But I dont think she would have to recuse herself from any future cases.  

      For example, she recused herself from the government's case against the AZ immigration law because she worked on it as SG, but she could hear a future case against the law. That's my understanding at least.

      •  You'll have to watch the movie. (0+ / 0-)

        The standard is; if impartiality can be reasonably questioned. She’ll recuse herself if CU is ever challenged (i.e. in the cards). One would have to think BO is a complete moron to believe he couldn’t see an impartiality/conflict-of-interests problem down the road with Kagan concerning CU.

    •  Scalia never recused himself in a ton of cases (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, cany, jan4insight

      where there was a clear conflict of interest.  I believe Thomas has acted the same way.

      •  bingo; Thomas refused to recuse on several (2+ / 0-)
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        jan4insight, Miggles

        cases where his wife's activities constituted conflict of interest.  However it is a nice grift, being a justice married to a lobbyist, since she can rack in the bucks where you are ethically barred.  Guess if they had any kids, the kids would be lobbyists as well.

        Maybe reform should also extending ethical requirements to include immediate family activities as well as elected and appointed officials

      •  Different rules for conservatives. (1+ / 0-)
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        Liberals have to be more vigilant (due to an establishment that gives conservatives preferential treatment). Most people will have to see the CU situation play out for themselves (as if there hasn’t been a very predictable pattern of conservative interests getting their way on everything while ‘liberals’ seem to never miss an opportunity to provide the assist (while pretending to miss an opportunity).
        In the same way that we must win elections by landslides, we can’t tolerate ‘our’ leaders providing wiggle-room for conservative interests to get their way, because there is a very predictable pattern of conservative interests getting their way when the wiggle-room is provided.

    •  or corporations = people nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  JUMP (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, cany, Jeff Y, congenitalefty

    Gallup bemoans the fact that aggreation of polls may become the norm and there will be less individual polling because it's cheaper to switch.
    The Catholic Church mumbles about having to get out of the health biz if they can't do what they want.
    Employers say that Obamacare will ruin them and they will have to raise prices or shut down.
    Why the hell does everyone keep threatening us with self-extinction? Nobody cares except employees and it won't be long before they are rehired by someone else who buys in to fill the void.
    I say we call. You guys wanna jump? Jump.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:10:41 PM PST

    •  I'm with you. (1+ / 0-)
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      However, since it's really a curb, I'll step off instead of jumping.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:19:31 PM PST

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    •  does this mean RCC is threatening to shut down? (0+ / 0-)

      just wondering as there is this local cathedral and I am wondering if it may be coming up on the vulture real estate market any time soon

  •  An I/P question not intended to start an I/P fight (1+ / 0-)
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    My dad and I had a really stupid fight last night over the latest round of mutually assured insanity that is the I/P conflict. Specifically, over Israel's claim that its "Iron Dome" anti-missle missle technology successfully shot down around 250 Gazan missles fired at Israel. I expressed my deep skepticism, saying that such technology was incredibly hard to pull off successfully and that I suspected that Israel was exaggerating its effectiveness to discourage Gazans and to bolster Bibi and the Likud's popularity before January's elections. He thought I was nuts, that if the IDF said it was effective, then that was good enough for him.

    Anyway, this is more of a technical than political question, but how likely is it that this technology is this effective? Those 250 or so claimed successful hits were out of around 750 or so missles fired at Israel, but the IDF claims that since this system can detect if missles are headed for critical targets or open fields, and only tries to intercept ones headed for the former, its kill ratio is around 85% of attempted kills, meaning that it never even tried to intercept around 400 missles since they fell on open fields. I have absolutely no technological insight into this system, so I can't guage how truthful the IDF has been. Anyone familiar with it care to weigh in? Are they likely lying, or could this be true?

    Note that these missles are short range, no more than 100 miles or so, and not the intercontinental or mid-range missles that defensive shields such as "Star Wars" were meant to protect against. Israel it apparently developing a system to protect against those kinds of missles as well, but it's still a few years from deployment from what I understand.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:16:50 PM PST

    •  star wars (0+ / 0-)

      I was riding a train into work on 9/11 (the old one, in 2001, not the new one) and I was listening to my Walkman.  I could see the trade towers on fire.  The radio was reporting that Condoleeza Rice was in New York City pushing the new Star Wars program, which was a system that could intercept missIles from outerspace.  I thought, much later, while sitting on a curb in Hoboken with my head in my hands and smoke all around me, "that would not have done us any good," but, there was an inkling that it could be a concept that could work from the ground up, were missiles to be involved, and not box cutters.

      I was amazed by the recent video I saw of missiles overtaking missiles.  Was that a trick?  It seems plausible.  As long as one knows one's enemies will attack from within a certain range, that defense system seems feasible.  But, what are the anti-missile missiles seeking? My dog, my pulse, my morning coffee, my neighbor?  As I said before, box cutters?

      Can we all agree that no one should kill another?  I wouldn't kill Ann if she planted some beans in by back yard.  How crazy are we?

      de fin able 1: able to be defined

      by paperscissors on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:01:07 PM PST

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    •  MSM is in love with IDF claims of how (1+ / 0-)
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      well Iron Dome works but the same PR wing also claims the last Lebanese incursion was a resounding success.
      First of all, Iron Dome is useless against mortar fire.  Second a rocket has to be airborne long enough and high enough to be detected; many Katusha rockets do not do do this . However Israel has invested heavily in Iron Dome and is deploying more so they have to have successes.
      Here is some information on the system, from a variety of sources, some which may be objectionable
      Another observation is that even if the defense is 100% successful, it ignores the goal of asymmetrical war, such as Giap at Khe Sanh, where you want the enemy to expend resources instead of having control of territory as your goal.
      Katushas cost $400-$800 each to produce while the interceptors cost $35K each.  How long can Israel continue to expend its resources in conventional methods?
      Also, what if Hizbullah decides to start launching rockets? Iron Domes for the north as well or what if the Syrian rebels who control border regions now next to Golan decide to start problems?  There are Islamists in their ranks.
      Will Israel invade Gaza again or maybe another Lebanese incursion (Israel would still love access to Lebanese water) or maybe an Syrian incursion?  Maybe Bibi will opt for all 3 at once or maybe the fact he has done nothing, shows that Israel is stretched to its military and economic limits

  •  "Who stole the American Dream?" It's not just.. (2+ / 0-)
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    globalization and impersonal markets as the story is being told/sold.

    Author Hedrick Smith spoke @  Hard Ball with Chris Mathews  11/ 16/ 2012
     • In 1980 CEO pay to average worker was 40 to 1 by 2000 it was 400 to 1
     • Hedrick Smith points out that in the 1970's there was a coordinated power shift by titans of industry:

    “Chris, everybody tells us that the middle class has been squeezed because of globalization and technology; by market forces; impersonal forces, but when I dug into this and started to take a look back into it, what  I found was what really happened back when you [Chris Mathews ] and I met, when you were working for Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill ..there was a power shift.”
     Hedrick Smith then describes Lewis Powell a (corporate attorney named by Richard Nixon to the supeme court) as writing a memo warning NAM (national association of manufacturers) and the chamber of commerce that 'business is getting killed politically by':
     • the environmental movement,
     •  by the consumer movement (Ralph Nader), and by        
     •  labor

    Powell  started a corporate movement to organize against the evironmental movement, consumer advocates & labor unions which results were:  

    In the 1970’s there were approximately 175 business lobbyists but now there are thousands

    So the huge wealth disparity, job losses and wage stagnation was not just globalization and impersonal market forces. It was is a planned strategy starting in the 70’s to take back control from the people. To push back against a growing egalitarian society and reverse the advances in environment awareness, programs and regulations.

    Here is a Q &A with Hedrick Smith and the AFL-CIO:

    I always trusted that globalization (according to many  economists) was pretty much THE culprit.
    I was wrong - So I guess this is part of the system we are fighting to change
    source links & stuff:

    Hedrick Smith new book:  Who stole the American Dream
    The Lewis Powell Memo - Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy
    Blogpost by Charlie Cray - August 23, 2011 at 11:20

    Why Screwing Unions Screws the Entire Middle Class
    And the Lewis Powell memo:
    Memo only:

    •  Germany and France are in pretty good (3+ / 0-)
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      economic shape despite those neocon shibboleths of strong unions and relatively high corporate taxes.  Any idea of how CEO to worker income ratio is in these countries?

    •  Good post on the unhealthy rebalancing around 1970 (1+ / 0-)
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      1970 is roughly when "advanced country" growth dropped by about half and never really recovered for the long term.

      A key balance was departed from right around then. See today's Paul Krugman:

      At the very heart of all this is that more inclusiveness leads to more innovation which is at the core of all dependable  growth.

      By creaming off all of the growth gains investors and top executives slow down the bus for everybody. A Dow Jones index right where it was about 12 years ago actually says that.

      Watch it now happening in China.

  •  no major reforms without killing RW radio monopoly (1+ / 0-)
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    we still have the same problem and it should be obvious to all how effective radio is considering time wasted on benghazi bullshit. benghazi would not have anywhere near the impact without the fact that it has been a regular daily topic on local and national RW radio since it happened , with 1000 unchallenged radio stations calling for obama's or rice's head, enabling the republican tea party reps and intimidating those who might cross lines. RW radio  still makes it impossible to have real discussions on these issues.

    if it's not benghazi it will be something else. then there are supremes coming up and obama will have to compromise to avoid total obstruction. it is not going to change until the left kills the talk radio monopoly, and it can be done without a fairness doctrine - end the RW parasitic relationships with our university athletic programs.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:08:18 PM PST

    •  AM radio industry in economic freefall (0+ / 0-)

      They have staved off economic consequences by consolidating the industry but the era of consolidation is over and it appears some economic cows are coming home

      •  Agreed RW AM is increasingly a toothless tiger (0+ / 0-)

        It seems to be screaming louder and louder at a smaller and smaller fringe. It is no longer attractive to most. In this last election it seemed to mobilize many more against than it did new people for.

      •  earth can't wait. i hope you're right but we've (0+ / 0-)

        got global warming and the GOP is still a well oiled obstruction machine.

        got more elections in two years and so far benghazi has worked well for them, taking our time, smacking rice around, rallying the troops for more obstruction

        they just gave us the a hideously expensive election with 2 totally unacceptable lying fascist GOP talk radio candidates

        until the monopoly is beheaded it should be considered alive and well and capable of forcing unearned compromise on appointments and legislation of all kinds.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:20:02 AM PST

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  •  This one's for Tagg Romney... (0+ / 0-)

    in your face...

    The Cramps - Bikini Girls With Machine Guns

  •  Kagro in the Morning Show time error? (0+ / 0-)

    You have 9AM PT listed in the diary.

    It's 9am ET right? 6AM PT.

    Either you made a typo or my Stitcher app is actually a portal to the Twilight Zone.

    (well, it's also possible I haven't figured out the Stitcher app nearly as well as I thought I had.)

  •  US voter turnout (0+ / 0-)

    A mitigating factor in the low (60%-ish) presidential election turnout in the U.S. is that many of the registered voters on the rolls in any given locale have moved--the rolls are more or less bloated with non-existent voters. We have a much more mobile society than some of the, say, old European countries our turnout may be compared against.

    As an example, check out this article which is mainly about another idiot charge of voter fraud by the Grumpy Old Plutocrats:

    Voter fraud in Wood County?

    Wood County is the home of Bowling Green State University, which has an enrollment of more than 20,000.

    When those students graduate or leave school, many don’t cancel their voter registration, which leaves the Wood County Board of Elections facing a bit of a conundrum: How can you tell when a voter is no longer a voter?

    According to Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections, the board’s policy has been this: Wait two election cycles and then try to contact the voter to see whether they still live in the county. Many times, the board sends letters that bounce back. When that happens, the board’s policy, guided by federal law, has been to wait for two more federal election cycles before kicking voters off the rolls. That means students who voted for John Kerry and George W. Bush back in 2004 might still be registered to vote in that county.

  •  purify water (1+ / 0-)
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    Kurup wanted to use sunlight to purify drinking water for her entry into the Discovery/3M Young Scientist Challenge, a contest she won earlier this month, snagging the money and the title America’s Top Young Scientist.

    She knew that parabolic mirrors are the best way to concentrate sunlight. But they’re expensive.

    Or maybe it’s her effort to optimize her water-cleansing materials.

    Kurup uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two well-known photocatalytic compounds – that is, materials that are activated by light to cause chemical reactions. They decompose various organic compounds often found in drinking water in the developing world.

    These compounds are activated by the frequency known as ultraviolet A, which is only about 3 percent of sunlight’s energy. If Kurup could incorporate materials that are activated by visible light, about 47 percent of sunlight’s energy, effectiveness would soar.

    The world is a college of corporations, the world is a business Mr. Beale - Network ~ Montana initiative 166: corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings; in MT money is not speech; it's property.

    by anyname on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:57:56 AM PST

  •  I would add corporate bankruptcy reform (0+ / 0-)

    Put restraints on executive pay up to 12 months prior filing.  
    It might put some controls over the vulture capitalist model.

    Takin it to the Streets! time to GOTV

    by totallynext on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:14:00 AM PST

  •  When the ACA was being argued over and (0+ / 0-)

    very loudly, I might add, I was working for an Insurance Company who shall go un-named, and who, Fired Me due to my support of the ACA at the time.  I saw the Emails from the Insurance Lobby come in to my boss at the time, as I was in charge of his Emails.  It was sickening.  Looking back, I remember at the time, that my own health suffered tremendously due to stress watching all of this enfold.  I am at another smaller, family run, insurance company now, and my boss' entire family and he, voted for Obama.  I no longer get ill watching nasty Emails come in, and the ACA is now the Law of the Land.

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