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Sen. Bernie Sanders is solidifying his standing as the frontrunner of the Democratic primary after a victory in the New Hampshire primary and a strong finish in the Iowa caucus. The self-proclaimed democratic socialist seeks to enact universal healthcare in the US, wipe out student debt, and fight against climate change.

Combined with promises to take on the political and financial elite, the ambitious proposals are helping generate a wave of enthusiasm among younger voters that's propelling his unabashedly progressive campaign, similar to 2016.

Business Insider recently reviewed exit polls from the New Hampshire primary on February 11 and found Sanders drew nearly half of voters aged 18-29, more than the other four major Democrats on the ballot combined.

But conspicuously missing from his nascent coalition of voters: older Americans, long a force at the voting booth. Exit polls from New Hampshire showed Sanders drew only 15% of voters over age 65.

Put simply, older voters aren't flocking to back Sanders in similar numbers. A CNN poll last month found the Vermont senator drew 30% more support among Americans under the age of 45 compared to those over 65.

Part of the reason is the unpopularity of socialism, particularly among voters born before 1975, according to Gallup. The same poll indicated that favorable views of socialism among young adults is still relatively high while those for capitalism steadily dropped over the past decade — 49% and 51%, respectively.

The rising price tags of healthcare, education, and homeownership have left many young people feeling marginalized from the economy, leading to calls for drastic reform that levels the playing field for them and curbs widening inequality. Sanders has pledged to deliver transformational change that deals with their deepening anxieties.

"Unless we turn this around, young people are going to be on a lower standard of living than their parents. That means they are leaving school deeply in debt," the Vermont senator told the New York Times editorial board.

He went on: "The jobs they're getting may not necessarily in real dollars be equivalent to what their parents had. They can't afford housing. This is a generation that is struggling, and we have to address that."

Tuition and fees at colleges and universities has doubled twice as fast compared to wage growth, leaving one in three adults in their 20s to pay off student debt. Healthcare costs are swelling and the millennial homeownership rate is 8% less compared to their parents at the same age.

Sanders has vowed to remake the economy and redistribute its riches through higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for an array of expansive plans. They add up to over $50 trillion in federal spending, and would usher in a profound expansion of the welfare state benefiting millions of people.

But Sanders has long struggled with older voters who tend to link socialism with Soviet communism and distrust his platform. Economist Ed Glaeser, though, argued that older Americans already benefit from a group of policies he's called "boomer socialism."

"In many cases, there seems to be a sense in which insiders have managed to stack the deck against outsiders," Glaeser told The Wall Street Journal.

Glaeser pointed out that groups of people — like retirees and homeowners — have locked in benefits for themselves and made it more difficult for newcomers, whether young people or immigrants, to obtain similar chances of prosperity.

Here are three federal programs that mostly benefit older Americans, per the Atlantic's Derek Thompson:

    Medicare represents a form of single-payer healthcare for people aged 65 and over, insuring almost 60 million Americans, or one in five people in the US.
    Social Security is a program that operates similarly to universal basic income, guaranteeing monthly payments to elderly and disabled Americans.
    The mortgage-interest deduction cuts a person's tax bill by the amount of interest paid on a home loan. In other words, it's a tax break for homeowners whose average age is 54 and critical gateway into the middle class.

Young adults are pressing to widen the reach of government benefits to include them as well. And they're no longer satisfied with a system that keeps those advantages sequestered for adults in previous generations.

A key reason is that the traditional stepping stones toward a life of prosperity are no longer easy to secure. Higher education, affordable housing, and quality healthcare is out of reach for many.

As Thompson put it, Sanders seeks to expand the "existing social contract" that older people already enjoy to include a new generation of Americans.

Still, the Vermont senator's call for a progressive revolution appears to have its limits.

In New Hampshire, the share of Democratic voters ages 18 to 29 dropped from 2016, the Washington Post reported. Turnout was also lower in the disastrous Iowa caucus.

Whether that trend continues as the primaries head south and west will be decisive for Sanders, who has pinned his presidential ambitions on turning out young adults in record numbers.

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« Reply #15346 on: February 16, 2020, 07:30:00 AM »


Even when he’s losing, Donald Trump wins (and bigly!) every time. His secret? He knows how to tap into our nihilism with the same technique he used to milk investors of his real estate schemes. If greed is the stated ideology of capitalism, then nihilism is its less overt philosophical underpinning. A system of mass murder will eventually turn its blood lust inward, having expended itself in the endless pursuit of prey. Unlike his more technocratic cohorts across the aisle, Trump has the charisma to turn a collective death wish into a raucous, bloody spectator sport. No gradual march off the proverbial cliff, but a gleeful nosedive into the abyss. His high rise mausoleums across a mostly submerged Manhattan skyline will someday stand testament to yet another victory.

The dream that a slain civil rights leader had in 1963 was supplanted in 2001 by the radical vision of his assassins. Inequality and unchecked state power are its underlying doctrine, and privatization the means of transitioning from a nation state into a “borderless” National Security apparatus. The undead architects of the national nightmare wasted no time dismantling the institutional frameworks of Dr King’s legacy, replacing them with a televised spectacle. Donald Trump rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center like a Macy’s parade balloon, an airborne disease headed for the White House, guided by the same forces that launch Republican airstrikes and Democrat drones. It’s there he serves as an exalted ribbon cutter at the epicenter of a nation-wide Ground Zero.

Today, he functions as the explosive device that our overlords implanted into the electoral system to ensure the destruction of its last remaining democratic relics. For proof, look no further than Bernie Sanders at the Iowa Caucus. Once again, deliberate fiasco as a well-honed political tool wielded by the popular candidate’s own party to secure defeat in November. This deliberate strategy of failure is a win/win for future DNC fundraising efforts. Why cure cancer when you can rake in the cash by pretending that you are trying to eradicate it? Why bother, in fact, adhere to any democratic principals when you can gerrymander an outcome with a calculator that does the alternative math?

We grow to accept these assaults on our reasoning, eventually normalizing all the atrocities of the ruling class. We justify them, often cynically, as the price we have to pay for gas. No use pondering those “charred Panda bears in Austria” while you are filling up the tank. Now that reasoning has been supplanted by “intelligence” and knowledge replaced with information, our time here on earth is done. The Slumlord-in-Chief has served us all an eviction notice to make way for a retail/prison/casino complex, manned by automatons equipped with surveillance cameras seeking out faces in a void, and recording devices picking up only static.

Trump is the last human stand against continuing life on the planet. What he can’t singlehandedly rubbish and burn with the sheer force of his Trumpness, the autonomous systems in place to print money and wage endless war will ensure its eventual destruction. Capitalism makes it impossible to imagine an alternative to a kleptocracy on autopilot. Our neoliberal overlords have seen to that by installing us into their networks and making us all data providers for its expanding matrix.

There is no Trump, only Trumpness; a dense, sulfurous fog that hangs over the earth and eats at our sanity like it was a bowl of pretzels to snack on during Super Bowl. He is capitalism as it gnaws at its own flesh, having devoured everything external to it. His tweets are the cuckoo sounds of the Doomsday clock striking midnight at every hour. Trumpness itself is the unmentionable gas released from the corpse of Empire. Its colored contours no longer a map but a blinking grid that traces a transnational supply route through melted ice caps encircled by war ships. The world is his plague ground.

Freedom, he understands, is being unshackled from life itself. It takes a scorched earth policy at home to maintain his own pristine Astroturf lawns and golf courses around the world. What bombs can’t obliterate, the weather can. He is the match lit under it, ignited by the arsonists tools of the bipartisan establishment that launched him into the White House.

With the sheer force of his Trumpness, he raises global temperatures and sea levels, rallies Wall Street and hurricanes with the same oafish glee that he conducts a Super Bowl national anthem. He maintains the chaos necessary for new markets to emerge from the ashes and rubble of soon-to-be-buried continents.

This is his swamp, and these are his people, the buried millions beneath a morass of debt, addiction and the sort of despair that unleashes Armageddon while keeping the pitchforks aimed squarely at themselves. His acolytes see their own doom as deliverance outside the fixed parameters of a predatory state, and into a rapturous realm fortified against it with a physical wall, separating themselves from others like them. This enclosure fence isn’t high enough yet to contain their rage, but ‘smart’ enough to electronically harvest it.

Meanwhile, his ‘real’ people are raising their champagne flutes at their annual gathering of inter-terrestrial replicants known colloquially as the National Prayer Breakfast. Here they praise the infernal engines of growth and capital, exhorting the now exhausted Beast Machine to continue belching out its blessings to the class that created it in their own image.

Elites on the other side of the aisle seek refuge within the State apparatus that serves and protects their class against internal threats to its own survival, upholding these spook agencies and military brass as protective barriers against Trump and the fungal spread of Trumpness into their yachts and vineyards. They conspire in their wine caves – not against Trump but against the only candidate in their own party who can unseat him. With the same bug-ridden app they used to plug a failed Venezuelan coup leader into their “backyard” power grid, they reverse the process to disconnect the Sanders’ campaign from the DNC, and impose a nation wide blackout on its media coverage.

Trump has sown the seeds of our own self-destruction whether we vote for him or don’t vote for him. For the first time in his life, his business is succeeding – the business of harvesting outrage, the single most valuable currency of the oligarchy – and spinning it into the kind of confusion that allows a blood-spattered perpetrator with a smoking gun in her hand to stand over a crime scene and declare herself “above suspicion”. We applaud as she tears up the arrest warrant. We celebrate each pre-determined outcome in political productions staged every four years by masked plutocrats.

In this particular one, understudy Pete Buttigieg enters stage right as the finale approaches. He serves as its Deus ex Machina – literally a God from a machine – reimposing the neoliberal order to the chaos engendered by the ham lead playing the tyrant. The curtain comes down, and the players take center stage. The ham takes a bow, and the curtain delineating the spectacle from the crowd once again descends, this time forever.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/the-doomsday-cuckoo-clock/
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Re: "These Scary Times" editorial by Knarf
« Reply #15347 on: February 16, 2020, 08:53:33 AM »
  The best scientists in the world in their field are very carefully working on these crisis. Eventually they will be influential in policy making and response

I am not so certain of that, nor do I know how long "eventually" is.  How log do you estimatr "eventually" to br?

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #15348 on: February 16, 2020, 10:00:07 AM »
I won't offer any further comments on anything Knarf posts, unless he decides to allow reasonable dissent in his comments.

But I do appreciate that this is real, original content......and I have an opinion about it, of course.

But you won't get it, Knarf, unless you ask for it. I'm done with you until that happens, and if it doesn't.......so be it. I have no wish to comment if my comments aren't welcome.
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« Reply #15349 on: February 16, 2020, 10:17:44 AM »
I won't offer any further comments on anything Knarf posts, unless he decides to allow reasonable dissent in his comments.

But I do appreciate that this is real, original content......and I have an opinion about it, of course.

But you won't get it, Knarf, unless you ask for it. I'm done with you until that happens, and if it doesn't.......so be it. I have no wish to comment if my comments aren't welcome.

Knarf doesn't like to conflict.  I suppose this is part of his Buddhist philosophy.  That is one sort of Monk.  I am of another kind.  I am more like a Shaolin.  You know, Kwai Chang Cain. lol.  I don't initiate the fight, but if somebody hits me, I hit back harder.  I will keep escalating until my opponent capitulates.  That is how I play the game.

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #15350 on: February 16, 2020, 04:37:33 PM »
I won't offer any further comments on anything Knarf posts, unless he decides to allow reasonable dissent in his comments.

But I do appreciate that this is real, original content......and I have an opinion about it, of course.

But you won't get it, Knarf, unless you ask for it. I'm done with you until that happens, and if it doesn't.......so be it. I have no wish to comment if my comments aren't welcome.

Jeez. I guess "butthurt" is in the eye of the beholder.
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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #15351 on: February 16, 2020, 05:41:01 PM »
I won't offer any further comments on anything Knarf posts, unless he decides to allow reasonable dissent in his comments.

But I do appreciate that this is real, original content......and I have an opinion about it, of course.

But you won't get it, Knarf, unless you ask for it. I'm done with you until that happens, and if it doesn't.......so be it. I have no wish to comment if my comments aren't welcome.

Jeez. I guess "butthurt" is in the eye of the beholder.

He's spamming the forum, day after day. Pushing good content right off the page. Ten or more posts a day, some okay, some really bad. A few actually completely bogus.

I wish he could learn to compile his little pearls into one or two posts.

He doesn't want me to comment...which is fine, except then he gets carte blanche to post whatever.. "No commenting on my thread" would be much easier if half the posts on the forum weren't his "headlines"........so I can only comment on a small fraction of what ends up here.....yes, that does piss me off, I come here to write about collapse and talk about collapse.

 And to call out bullshit when I see it. People who post crap should get called out.

Here's the deal. He fills up the forum page with his cut-and pastes, and conversations, arguments , discussions of all kinds just get curtailed by the sheer volume.

 I think he thinks he can just read headlines......and after all his years of meditating....the power of the universe will somehow just lead his eyes and fingers to the perfect articles to post.....too bad it isn't working very well.

 He should read more for comprehension and post less. And be a bit more tolerant of well-intentioned criticism.
 
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« Reply #15352 on: February 16, 2020, 09:04:30 PM »
He doesn't want me to comment...which is fine, except then he gets carte balance to post whatever.. "No commenting on my thread" would be much easier if half the posts on the forum weren't his "headlines"........so I can only comment on a small fraction of what ends up here.....yes, that does piss me off, I come here to write about collapse and talk about collapse.

At the moment, nothing gets "pushed off the page".  I have the software set to drop 50 posts per day up on the Forum Homepage.  We rarely fill that limit up.  If we do on a regular basis, I will up the limit.  We have in the past, F-Bomb and Watson both would fill up the post list with their trash.  If it gets too bad, I will go in and send posts to a back room of the Diner that you do not see unlesss you know where to look.  It's not that bad by any stretch of the imagination yet.

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #15353 on: February 17, 2020, 04:41:14 PM »
He doesn't want me to comment...which is fine, except then he gets carte balance to post whatever.. "No commenting on my thread" would be much easier if half the posts on the forum weren't his "headlines"........so I can only comment on a small fraction of what ends up here.....yes, that does piss me off, I come here to write about collapse and talk about collapse.

At the moment, nothing gets "pushed off the page".  I have the software set to drop 50 posts per day up on the Forum Homepage.  We rarely fill that limit up.  If we do on a regular basis, I will up the limit.  We have in the past, F-Bomb and Watson both would fill up the post list with their trash.  If it gets too bad, I will go in and send posts to a back room of the Diner that you do not see unlesss you know where to look.  It's not that bad by any stretch of the imagination yet.

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I would argue that RE...
You will not bring in new decent eyeballs with someone pushing good content off the page within 12 hours. You might check it hourly, but Newcomers? once every day or less. If all you see is the home page then that is at most what 20 posts? If 14 of them are non currated cut and paste....  poof they are out of here...
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« Reply #15354 on: February 17, 2020, 05:39:06 PM »
He doesn't want me to comment...which is fine, except then he gets carte balance to post whatever.. "No commenting on my thread" would be much easier if half the posts on the forum weren't his "headlines"........so I can only comment on a small fraction of what ends up here.....yes, that does piss me off, I come here to write about collapse and talk about collapse.

At the moment, nothing gets "pushed off the page".  I have the software set to drop 50 posts per day up on the Forum Homepage.  We rarely fill that limit up.  If we do on a regular basis, I will up the limit.  We have in the past, F-Bomb and Watson both would fill up the post list with their trash.  If it gets too bad, I will go in and send posts to a back room of the Diner that you do not see unlesss you know where to look.  It's not that bad by any stretch of the imagination yet.

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I would argue that RE...
You will not bring in new decent eyeballs with someone pushing good content off the page within 12 hours. You might check it hourly, but Newcomers? once every day or less. If all you see is the home page then that is at most what 20 posts? If 14 of them are non currated cut and paste....  poof they are out of here...

As I said, the page currently holds 50 posts.  We don't usually fill those 50 posts in 1 day anymore, although in the past we had heavy posters who dropped on a whole lot more than Knarf does.  So nothing disappears in an hour, or usually even a whole day.  Your whole thesis is wrong.

Besides that, I can change the parameters anytime I want to.  We also have plenty of decent Homo Sap eyeballs, I watch the stats.  I'm compulsive about numbers.

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« Reply #15355 on: February 17, 2020, 06:24:16 PM »
He doesn't want me to comment...which is fine, except then he gets carte balance to post whatever.. "No commenting on my thread" would be much easier if half the posts on the forum weren't his "headlines"........so I can only comment on a small fraction of what ends up here.....yes, that does piss me off, I come here to write about collapse and talk about collapse.

At the moment, nothing gets "pushed off the page".  I have the software set to drop 50 posts per day up on the Forum Homepage.  We rarely fill that limit up.  If we do on a regular basis, I will up the limit.  We have in the past, F-Bomb and Watson both would fill up the post list with their trash.  If it gets too bad, I will go in and send posts to a back room of the Diner that you do not see unlesss you know where to look.  It's not that bad by any stretch of the imagination yet.

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I would argue that RE...
You will not bring in new decent eyeballs with someone pushing good content off the page within 12 hours. You might check it hourly, but Newcomers? once every day or less. If all you see is the home page then that is at most what 20 posts? If 14 of them are non currated cut and paste....  poof they are out of here...

As I said, the page currently holds 50 posts.  We don't usually fill those 50 posts in 1 day anymore, although in the past we had heavy posters who dropped on a whole lot more than Knarf does.  So nothing disappears in an hour, or usually even a whole day.  Your whole thesis is wrong.

Besides that, I can change the parameters anytime I want to.  We also have plenty of decent Homo Sap eyeballs, I watch the stats.  I'm compulsive about numbers.

You think you can do a better job than me as Admin of the Forum?  I'll make you an Admin and you can have at it.

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commentary not criticism oh mighty admin...
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« Reply #15356 on: February 17, 2020, 10:42:35 PM »
commentary not criticism oh mighty admin...

What's the criteria and how would you make the distinctions if you were "oh mighty Admin" ?  ???  What would you leave up and what would you take down?

There are always a hundred posts in the Recent Post file.  Why don't you start by going through those and telling me how you would have handled them if you were "oh Mighty Admin".

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Re: "These Scary Times" editorial by Knarf
« Reply #15357 on: February 18, 2020, 10:33:56 AM »
It is generally a scary time to be alive these daze. Our President, would and does make everyone very nervous, except those who joined The DT Club. He seems crazy enough at times to just "PUSH THE BUTTON" and destroy our world. We seem to have been placed in the role off Judge and Jury. We want desperately to have THE answer to many very complex crisis going on around the globe.  I hope that soon, no matter what we think we AUGHT to do, that people drop the prejudice/bias and be very open to the changes that are happening (at a hyper rate) to both the world and themselves. We HAVE to start with ourselves.
  The best scientists in the world in their field are very carefully working on these crisis. Eventually they will be influential in policy making and response. When there are too many cooks the food gets ruined. Letting the scientists work on each of these dovetailing crisis and rest of us, keep an open mind, as Eckhart Tolle says  "The moment you completely identify with a thought, you, as a conscientiousness have forgotten your essential state of consciousness, forgotten who you are, and you incarnated into a thought form."
  The scariness has made a lot of people clueless as to what is going on and what to do about it. Now is the time to exploit the ignorant ( like Trump is doing ) and to have many bullies arrive to take care of their territory. Beware of those who say they know for certain what is happening and how to proceed, because most likely they are blowing a partial truth way out of proportion. ( Now acting like their incarnated thought form. )


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Climate activist Greta Thunberg donates prize money to new foundation
« Reply #15358 on: February 20, 2020, 02:48:59 PM »
Thunberg is among a growing list of people to dedicate funds to battling the impact of climate change, sparking discussions on the best use of this money

LONDON, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is using her prize money from an award known as the alternative Nobel to help set up a non-profit organisation in her name "to promote ecological and social sustainability".

Thunberg, 17, who won the Right Livelihood Award in December, will use the 1 million Swedish crown ($100,000) prize to establish the Greta Thunberg Foundation in Sweden.

The Swedish teenager said in January that she was establishing a foundation to handle the money she gets from book royalties, donations and prizes.

"We are convinced that Thunberg's new foundation will have a great impact and empower much-needed change," Ole von Uexkuell, executive director of the Sweden-based Right Livelihood Foundation, said in a statement on Thursday.

Thunberg, who was this month again nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Swedish legislators, is among a growing list of people to dedicate funds to battling the impact of climate change, sparking discussions on the best use of this money.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, this week pledged $10 billion to fund scientists, activists, nonprofits and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change.

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« Reply #15359 on: February 20, 2020, 03:50:04 PM »
knarf,

Nice to see you posting again, especially in the face of the recent fuckwittery you have been obliged to endure.
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