Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Maskless Rich (Are Laughing At You)


Facebook has had a two-tiered system where famous people won't be censored or suspended for posts normal people would be. Politicians and celebrities freely ignore mask rules while their servants are forbidden to. They all think they're better than us, and our systems agree with them.  --Caitlin Johnstone, Propaganda Scrambles Our Minds: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix

The Maskless Rich (Are Laughing At You) 

by Coast Watcher

She wore that dress and all the rich assholes had a good laugh before returning to stuff their faces with champagne and caviar.

That pretty much sums up the impact Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had on the Met Gala the other night. Since then she’s worked overtime--not to force the vote for Medicare for All through Congress--but in a futile attempt to explain away her actions leading up to and after the gala. That dress is now a token of parody with anything from Tax the Proles to M4A blazoned across the young Congresswoman's curvaceous rump courtesy of Photoshop. (You gotta admit--these memes of AOC with various messages scrawled across her backside are hysterically funny. Surely she's smart enough to know this would happen. --Editor.)

So, for thousands of dollars a ticket (Upwards of $30-35K a ticket--Ed.) and meals costing thousands more the rich get to swank their stuff before a world that’s on the steady slide down to disaster. 

COVID-19 deaths in the US are skyrocketing.  Some  ICUs are jam-packed to the point that they’re seeking out beds in other states thousands of miles away. Oh, and the health insurance companies now say they’ll no longer pay for a COVID hospitalization. Yet a cursory study of the Met Gala event AOC attended in that dress demonstrates how the rich aren’t even worried about wearing masks. Undoubtedly they're laughing at us working stiffs who have to wear one or risk death.

Hmmm...Does their wealth and power somehow protect them from a rapidly mutating virus? 

The staff on the other hand, those hewers of expensive buffet meats and bearers of expensive drinks, are most certainly masked.  Check out any of the videos of the gala to see how the workers are masked. The rich don’t want to catch cooties off the plebs, do they? Besides, it’s a handy-dandy way of identifying said plebs so you don’t have to puzzle out whether they’re someone worth talking to or not. You're free to ignore the masked slaves and laugh behind their backs.

Meanwhile, outside the Met Gala venue, protesters were arrested for exercising their constitutional right to free speech and carted off to jail. Their protest signs were in their hands--not on their cabooses. Their masks were on their faces because there's deadly pandemic happening currently. The working classes don't arrogantly assume their status will protect them magically the way AOC and her posh friends do.

 
I’d have a lot more respect for AOC if she’d joined the protesters outside and led them into the event to confront the rich assholes who are totally insulated from reality by their vast wealth and arrogance. Maybe, just maybe, she could have tried to prick that bubble the 1% dwells in and forced them to see and experience some of the harsh world that so many of us dwell in. 

But, nope. AOC was having too much fun noshing with her rich buddies and posing for the cameras in that dress and laughing at all who fell for her faux-leftist posturing. Why would we have expected any better of a bought-and-paid-for neoliberal?

BIO: Coast Watcher always wears his mask in public and doesn't believe that wealth and status magically keeps the "COVID cooties" away. He also doesn't believe neolibs who pretend they're for the people while hanging out with the 1%.  Actions speak louder than words, don't they, AOC? What about that vote on Medicare For All?

Related Articles:

The Masking of the Servant Class: https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-masking-of-the-servant-class

What You Aren't Hearing About AOC's Dress Scandal: https://youtu.be/SryNJSASHdg 

Big Pharma Secrets Revealed: https://scheerpost.com/2021/09/15/big-pharma-secrets-revealed-as-group-uncovers-portion-of-pfizer-vaccine-recipe/

Nancy Pelosi and her rich supporters obviously don't need masks (short video): https://youtu.be/E4xxPdgGonM


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Your teeth are part of your body, right?

Not according to Medicare. Medicare doesn't cover basic dental services, such as cleanings, fillings, dentures, and more. That could all change -- unless Joe Manchin gets his way.

The Senate's $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill includes the largest expansion of Medicare in decades, lowering the eligibility age and including dental, vision, and hearing care.1 It's a huge step toward Medicare for All.

But Joe Manchin has been on record this year opposing Medicare expansion.2 Just yesterday he vowed to slash the size of the $3.5 trillion plan, for no good reason, alongside a handful of fellow right-wing Democrats in the House, jeopardizing Medicare expansion and putting seniors' health at risk.

The fight to expand Medicare is one of the most important battles of 2021, and it will be decided in the next few weeks. We need you to send Congress a message right now that you want this to become law!

Sign the petition: Teeth are part of the body! Congress must expand Medicare now.

Every year, millions of Americans file bankruptcy due to medical bills.3 One in four Americans avoids medical care due to cost.4 Recent studies have shown that the cost of care with insurance varies widely--and is sometimes greater than the cash price of certain procedures.5 Things don't have to be this way.

Medicare expansion would change American healthcare. It would help senior citizens get hearing aids, ensure that Medicare patients have fair prices for prescription drugs, and that millions more Americans get quality healthcare.

Right now, the biggest obstacle to expanding Medicare isn't coming from Republicans. It's Joe Manchin and his fellow right-wing Democrats in the House and the Senate who are obstructing the path to better healthcare.

Although President Biden and Speaker Pelosi have agreed that the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation plan both need to pass, Manchin and these other right-wing Democrats are trying to undermine the reconciliation bill that includes Medicare expansion, demanding huge cuts and threatening the deals that made these bills possible.

These conservative obstructionists collected over $1.2 million from pharmaceutical companies that stand to lose profit from fair negotiations with Medicare providers.6

We need to make it clear to everyone in Congress: Medicare expansion must happen. If we are not loud enough, Manchin and the conservatives will get their way, and we will lose our best chance to expand Medicare.

Tell Congress: Don't listen to the obstructionists! Expand Medicare now.

Thank you for speaking out,

Tal and the team at Watchdog -- a project of Demand Progress

Sources:
1. CNBC, "Senate approves framework of $3.5 trillion budget plan that would expand Medicare, tax credits and climate initiatives," August 11, 2021.
2. Washington Post, "Democrats seek to push Medicare expansion as part of Biden’s $1.8 trillion families plan, defying White House," April 29, 2021.
3. CNBC, "This is the real reason most Americans file for bankruptcy," August 11, 2021.
4. CNBC, "Nearly 1-in-4 Americans Are Skipping Medical Care Because of the Cost," March 11, 2020.
5. New York Times, "Hospitals and Insurers Didn't Want You to See These Prices. Here's Why." August 22, 2021.
6. Daily Poster, "Dem Obstructionists Are Bankrolled By Pharma And Oil," August 23, 2021.

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Common Defense

In the months following George Floyd's murder in May 2020, Americans watched as local and state law enforcement officials deployed military vehicles and weapons in the streets of America.

As service members and veterans, we know better than anyone that these weapons and vehicles should only ever be used in the theater of war. Most certainly, these weapons should never be used against unarmed civilian protesters.

Yet, in the summer months of 2020, we saw the police militarize and arm themselves against peaceful, unarmed protesters fighting for their right to live and thrive free from police abuse and trauma. The police then used grenade launchers against the press and unarmed civilians, leaving countless protestors injured and some blinded for life.

Is this the America we fought for as service members and veterans?

Today police departments currently receive surplus military equipment from an obscure Pentagon program called the "1033 Program." This program has enabled the transfer of $7.4 billion worth of surplus military equipment to over 8,000 local law enforcement agencies around the country.

This is not the equipment that belongs on the streets of America.

Will you join Common Defense and a coalition of allies demanding that Congress and President Biden act now to end the militarization of police departments?

Common Defense is proud to support the work Reps. Nydia Valazquez, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have put in to amend the National Defense Authorization Act so as to demilitarize the police and make our communities safer.

The solution is simple and right in front of our eyes:

  • First, we must place a moratorium on the transfer of military equipment and weapons to law enforcement agencies.
  • Second, we need to prohibit the transfers of firearms, ammunition, destructive devices, and MRAPs, and grenade launchers to law enforcement agencies.
  • Finally, we need to repeal the 1033 Program, which enabled these abuses to take place.

It's time to stop this. It's time we apply pressure on President Biden and Congress to act and demilitarize our communities NOW.

President Biden has done a lot in keeping his campaign promises, but this issue is one that we can't afford to let slip by.

Will you join us at Common Defense and sign the petition to demand Biden and Congress to act now to demilitarize the police?

SIGN THE PETITION

Common Defense

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Families Belong Together (Logo)

Over 10,000 Haitian migrants seeking safety from political turmoil and the aftermath of a devastating earthquake are trapped in makeshift encampments in Del Rio, Texas as they wait to claim asylum. At the same time, the Biden administration completed its 37th deportation flight back to Haiti and plans to up the ante to deter others from entering the country.

Deporting people back to danger when they have the right to asylum is irresponsible and flat-out wrong. We cannot continue playing political football with human lives and pretend like the only choice for children and families is between further suffering or deportation. 

We have every means to prevent such egregious acts and inhumane conditions. Join us to demand the Biden Administration HALT all deportations to Haiti. 

TAKE ACTION

Since Biden took office, Haitian families have been torn apart and left vulnerable at alarming rates: By March of this year, the Biden Administration had removed more Haitians since taking office than during all of 2020.

In the wake of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the U.S. did the right thing and granted thousands of Haitians Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and earlier this year, they extended TPS to protect Haitians from danger after pressure from advocates to uphold his promise to Haitians.

If we don’t do something now, our immigration system will continue to fail, children and families will continue being detained and getting separated, and people will inevitably die on our watch. Haitians shouldn’t have to decide between suffering and being sent back to the danger they’re trying to escape--we can do better and we must.  

From Haiti to Mexico to Afghanistan, it is unconscionable to send families and children back to such unsafe conditions, and place them at further risk of poverty, instability, and death.

We are capable of doing more. Call on Biden to issue a moratorium on ALL deportation flights headed to Haiti now.

TAKE ACTION

The lives of Haitian people are at risk if we don’t do something now. We need comprehensive solutions now. Biden must do the right thing and welcome people in urgent need of safety with dignity and compassion. 

Thanks for all you do,

Paola Luisi, Director

Families Belong Together

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

We Got The Power!

 

It's a tricky tightrope walk the oligarchs have to do, making sure they don't steal too much of our wealth and freedom all at once so we don't rise up and take it back. It's easy to forget that we're actually the ones with all the power here. Only problem is we don't yet know it.

They're more afraid of you than you are of them. It's true of spiders, snakes, and oligarchic imperialists.  --Caitlin Johnstone, Manufacturing Dystopia: Notes From The Edge of the Narrative Matrix

We Got The Power!

(Positive affirmations by C.A. Matthews)

Activists can make a difference. 

Some days it doesn't feel that way, but we are aiding all of creation to change for the better.

The victories seem small, but they're still victories.

It doesn't mean we won't continue to see our comrades teargassed, maced, and arrested for simply trying to protect something as basic as our right to clean water.

But each act of resistance builds momentum--momentum we need to keep taking the fight to where it can do the most good.

We've come a long way and don't realize how much we've influenced society and its outlook on many things--such as universal health care and UBI--which are mentioned even in the most conservative of media outlets nowadays.

Who would have thought ten years ago folks would have expressed a favorable opinion on taxing billionaires and laugh at the absurdity of the phrase "job creators"?

Who would have thought indigenous activists could have shut down an oil pipeline?

Who would have thought Confederate statues could be toppled from their pedestals?

Who would have thought that some small bit of justice would be granted in the case of the police murder of Elijah McClain?

Who would have thought that a federal court would overturn the Border Patrol's racist interpretation of asylum laws and consider them unconstitutional?

Yes, there's still much to be done, but we are moving forward, step by step, inch by inch.

But we don't always act like we believe in ourselves.

It's time to put our fears to rest and to step out boldly into a changing world.

Because we don't have any time to waste in this the hottest summer in recorded history.

Because we don't have any time to waste when the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex is salivating over the next country to drone bomb.

We've got the power... and it's time for us to exercise it before it's too late. 

No one ever said it was going to be easy, but the alternatives aren't worth contemplating.

The best things in life are worth fighting for--life itself is worth fighting for.

Let's truly live before we die.

Activists making a difference this week:

Line 3 Resisters Light the Way in a Battle for Life on Earth https://truthout.org/articles/line-3-resisters-light-the-way-in-a-battle-for-life-on-earth/ 

Indigenous Resistance Blocked 400 Coal Plants Worth of Climate Pollution https://www.rsn.org/001/indigenous-resistance-blocked-400-coal-plants-worth-of-climate-pollution.html

Turning Back Asylum Seekers Is Against the Law https://immigrationimpact.com/2021/09/07/turning-back-asylum-seekers-is-against-the-law/

Robert E. Lee's Statue is Gone Now. Can We Dismantle the Myth Too? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/09/robert-e-lees-statue-is-gone-now-can-we-dismantle-myth-too/

As War Keeps Poisoning Humanity Organizing Continues to Be the Antidote https://www.rsn.org/001/rsn-as-war-keeps-poisoning-humanity-organizing-continues-to-be-the-antidote.html 

Think Outside the Protest Box https://popularresistance.org/think-outside-the-protest-box/

Occupy Wall Street Turns Ten & The Fight Continues

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From Friends of the Earth:

Bayer-Monsanto’s Roundup is still on store shelves at Lowe’s and Home Depot -- but it’s not just killing weeds -- it’s also wiping out pollinators. Take action now.

Glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Roundup -- wipes out milkweed, the only food source for monarch caterpillars. The monarch population in North America has declined by 90% in the past 20 years alone -- as the use of Roundup has skyrocketed. And researchers have found that glyphosate can impede the growth of bee larvae and impact bees’ ability to navigate and find food. 

If you’re concerned about monarchs, bees, and other pollinators, demand Home Depot and Lowe’s get Roundup off store shelves!

Help save bees and butterflies. Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling Roundup now.

Sign Now

Glyphosate harms bees, monarchs and many other species. The EPA found that there are few endangered species that can evade its toxic impacts. 93% of endangered species are at risk of being harmed or killed by this toxic chemical!

This toxic weedkiller is also putting our health at risk -- it’s been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, fatty liver disease, shortened pregnancy, decreased sperm function, and disruption of the gut microbiome.

But Lowe’s and Home Depot are ignoring science -- all for profit.

Endangered species need your help. Send a message to Lowe’s and Home Depot. Protect our planet from glyphosate.

Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s protect endangered species from toxic pesticides!

Sign Now

If these garden retail giants remove Roundup from their store shelves and online, it would send a powerful message to Bayer-Monsanto.

Lowe’s and Home Depot could be leaders in protecting pollinators from toxic pesticides. But we need your help, C.A., to push these companies to stop selling Roundup!

We know these companies listen to people power -- they committed to stop selling plants grown with bee-killing neonic pesticides in response to activists like you. Now, we need your help once more to demand they stop the sale of Roundup.

For the sake of pollinators, urge Lowe’s and Home Depot to stop selling Roundup!

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From Center for Biological Diversity:

The climate emergency is here. It's in the wrath of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and New York, more destructive wildfires in California, and a devastating cold snap in Texas. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events are hitting low-income communities hardest and devastating wildlife and ecosystems. The time for bold action is now.

Join the People vs. Fossil Fuels protests for climate justice at the White House this October 11-15.

We can't avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change unless we rapidly transition from fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal to clean, renewable energy. 

Despite decades of advocacy, our elected leaders have failed to stop the fossil fuel projects that are causing the climate emergency. The course of history won't change unless we change it. 

Community leaders are calling people to take action at the White House this October — and consider joining in nonviolent civil disobedience. Together, we'll demand President Biden reject fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency to launch a just, renewable energy revolution.

Join us in D.C. to fight for our climate future.

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Families Belong Together (Logo)

My family crossed the border on my brother’s 14th birthday, May 24, 1999. I could list the many reasons why my parents felt the only option to give us a safe future was to migrate to the United States with their four small children, but it would be a very long list. What I can tell you is this: After 22 years, I can say with certainty that this country is my home. It’s the only home for many ‘DREAMERS’ who are now young adults trying to give back and build a permanent home without fear of losing it.

We have a real chance at passing citizenship this year. Will you join me in supporting it?

At four years old, I did not know the difference between myself and my new neighbors. My family, and millions of families like mine, have been members of our communities in every way but on paper. But we haven’t given up because along the way I have met compassionate people, like you, who care about doing what’s right and who value our humanity. 

Citizenship for many means not having to fear being separated from their families. It means that children can expect their parents to come home after work without fear of them being detained on the way home. The majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for people who came here as children and for families who have been here for decades, like mine.

Will you send a message to your congress member to support a pathway to citizenship?

I remain hopeful, despite the many failed attempts to create a path to citizenship that I’ve witnessed over the years, not because of who is in office, but because I’ve been surrounded by people who give me hope there is a better future ahead, a kinder one. 

Next week, we expect Congress to move a little closer to creating a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation process. For some, it will come down to the numbers. But for millions of us, it will mean our stories, our struggles, will be worth it. 

I hope you will join me in this fight. We need your voice now more than ever.

Thanks for taking action,
Citlaly Mora, Communications Manager
Families Belong Together

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From Freedom Forward:

When most people think about a brutal king in the Middle East, we think about Saudi Arabia's monarchy.

But there's another US-backed dictatorship that is just as bad: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home of Dubai.

The rulers of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates use their brand of luxury to hide their vast human rights crimes.

While the world focuses on Dubai's giant skyscrapers, the UAE monarchy has:

  • Bombed and killed thousands in Yemen.
  • Intervened to support dictators across the Middle East.
  • Kidnapped and disappeared their own adult princesses when they tried to flee.
  • Imprisoned critics at home and violated women’s rights.

Now the UAE dictatorship is hosting its latest propaganda event -- the UAE Dubai Expo.  Or as we call it -- the Dictator Expo.

Please join me and call on governments and business executives to boycott the UAE Dubai Expo.

Please click here to join our campaign and take the first step.

From October 2021 to March 2022, the UAE monarchy will host its Dictator Expo and promote itself to the world with a flood of propaganda. Meanwhile, the UAE's human rights violations continue. Indeed, the UAE’s human rights record is so bad that even the head of the UAE Dubai Expo himself -- Sheikh Nahyan -- has been accused of sexual assault.

Sign this petition and urge politicians, diplomats, corporate executives, and celebrities to boycott the #DictatorExpo and stop supporting the UAE dictatorship:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/dictatorexpo/

Together, you and I are going to help stop this dictatorship's global propaganda campaign.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Sunjeev Ber