Political poetry that reflects the insanity we live with, from Skip Tenczar
So old Joe Rogan now gives medical advice,
A zillionaire podcaster rolling monetary dice.
This “expert” on all things
To popularity he clings.
Tell Joe that disinformation can have a steep price
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/550632-fauci-joe-rogans-comments-about-young-healthy-people-not-needing-a-vaccineRethink the speech...Biden addresses congress and the American peoplepull quote: "There’s no wall high enough to keep any virus out,” the president said in the middle of a speech that began with him declaring that America, at least, had finally turned the corner on the pandemic. “And our own vaccine supply, as it grows to meet our needs and we’re meeting them, will become an arsenal of vaccines for other countries, just as America was an arsenal for democracy in the world.”talkers: Bill Curry, Robert Hockett, and Lincoln Mitchell
lPart 1: We discuss the Biden speech before Congress. Many of the phrases echo the New Deal and the Great Society. Biden spoke of restructuring American society, and revitalizing America. He spoke to and for everyone, not specific demographic groups. His approach is one that emphasized that government is necessary to accomplish what the country needs.
Part 2: The Republican response/rebuttal was weak. Tim Scott, the only black Senator, repeated the claims of the former president, with no acknowledgment of their falsity and exaggerations. “There is no racism in America.” is patently false. It has become clear that Republicans do no believe in fairness. Essentially, they offered no vision for Americans, going forward, only opposition to whatever the Democrats propose.
Bio: Bill Curry is a two time candidate for Governor of Connecticut, aide to Bill Clinton, and a writer and political pundit.
Robert Hockett is a lawyer, and professor at Cornell University. He is an expert at policy.
Lincoln Mitchell is a writer, pundit, and specialist in political development, based in New York City and San Francisco. He is associated with Columbia University's SIPA.
Biden speech takeaways: Government is good, and so are jobs The Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good JobsBiden Offers a Can-Do Unity Vision With Rich Paying ‘Fair Share’ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-28/biden-to-make-call-to-action-in-first-congressional-address?srnd=premiumThe local news crisis is a labor storyAmerica’s profit-driven media system promotes disinformationA Walmart worker talked about suicide. The store sold him a gun anyway, family says.Two weeks’ paid sick leave at Walmart could have prevented 7,500 Covid cases, report findsChina is wrong to think the US faces inevitable declineThe Grim Secret of Nordic Happiness It’s not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It’s reasonable expectations.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/finland-happiness-lagom-hygge.htmlMaking the Top 1% Its Own Tax Class
The DOJ planned to arrest Derek Chauvin in court and charge him with civil-rights violations if he was acquitted of murder, report says https://www.businessinsider.com/doj-planned-derek-chauvin-arrest-charge-if-acquitted-murder-report-2021-4
Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive, Drawing Lessons From Bessemer https://truthout.org/articles/staten-island-amazon-workers-begin-union-drive-drawing-lessons-from-bessemer/
Rudy Giuliani investigation is bringing heat on lobbyists with foreign clients https://www.businessinsider.com/rudy-giuliani-investigation-doj-lobbyists-foreign-clients-fara-trump-2021-4
corona virus and variants and India
The family of Mario Gonzalez says his death mirrors George Floyd's. Body camera footage of his arrest contradicts an initial police statement.
As Indians Face A COVID-19 Crisis, Facebook Temporarily Hid Posts With #ResignModi
Vaccine Hoarding May Backfire on Rich Nations as India Reels https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-27/vaccine-hoarding-set-to-backfire-on-rich-nations-as-india-reelsRussia rejects Ukraine’s push to revise 2015 peace deal
Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll
Home and office of Rudy Giuliani searched by federal agents
Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world
Soldiers are refusing the vaccine out of spite: ‘This is the first time I get to tell the Army no!’/.....time to bring back the draft
Germany’s Greens ahead of Merkel’s CDU/CSU in new poll