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DMR endorses Elizabeth Warren as "the best leader for these times"

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Jan 25, 2020, 08:03 PM (23 replies)

Warren: "Unfairness" of loan relief is like saying no to SS because prior generations didn't have it

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Jan 24, 2020, 01:21 PM (98 replies)

Warren As Unifier: Two State Reps/Booker Backers, Polk Leaders Endorse

Most polling in Iowa has shown voters placing Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their preferred second choice option in race, an important advantage for her in the realignment phase of caucus night. But with so many other candidates dropping out before Feb. 3, those second choice movements are already playing out in Warren’s favor beforehand.

Today, state Reps. Jennifer Konfrst and Heather Matson, both of whom were prominent Cory Booker supporters, are endorsing Warren, as are 25 other Polk County elected officials and activists. Several of them were also previously backing a different candidate, which helps Warren drive home the message that she’s the unifier of the party in the primary.

“On Feb. 3, I will proudly stand with Elizabeth Warren in my precinct caucus,” Konfrst said. “Nothing is more important to me than electing a president who has a vision for ensuring everyone in our country has a chance at the American dream.”

...The list of new Polk County endorsers could be particularly impactful for Warren given the county’s outsized role in the Democratic caucus. Nearly 20% of Iowa’s registered Democrats live in Polk County, home to Des Moines, and the county alone accounts for 392 state delegates. The second largest count comes from Cedar Rapids’ Linn County, which has 189 delegates...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:16 AM (1 replies)

Longtime influential NH Democratic leader Kathy Sullivan endorses Elizabeth Warren for president

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday was endorsed by one of the state’s longest-serving and most influential Democratic leaders.

Democratic National Committeewoman and former state party chair Kathy Sullivan of Manchester threw her support behind the Massachusetts senator, telling WMUR in an exclusive interview that Warren, as president, would be a leader who would bring much-needed change to the nation.

... Sullivan, who has long been an advocate for families and, specifically, for women, said Warren is inspirational but also has the ability to “make government work – for everyone."

“No one in the race has a grasp on the intricacies of our economy more than Elizabeth," Sullivan said.

Sullivan was the second major endorsement secured by Warren on Tuesday. WMUR first reported early in the day that state Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh, who is also a Manchester alderman, backed her and was the first state senator to do so.

Sullivan has been the state’s Democratic National Committeewoman since 2008 and is recognized as a leader in the constant vigilance necessary to keep the New Hampshire presidential primary first in the nation on the DNC presidential nominating calendar...


Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Jan 21, 2020, 10:09 PM (2 replies)

Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85

Gladys Bourdain, a longtime copy editor at The New York Times who helped kick-start the writing career of her son Anthony, the chef who became a world-famous memoirist and television host, died on Friday at a hospice facility in the Bronx. She was 85.

Her son Christopher confirmed the death. He said she had been in failing health for some time.

Ms. Bourdain began her career at The Times in 1984 and worked there until 2008, developing a reputation as a strict grammarian on the culture and metropolitan desks. She also wrote for outlets like Opera News, Musical America and The Times.

...Anthony Bourdain became a hard-living chef, and in the late 1990s he wrote an article chronicling the seamier secrets of life in the restaurant business. He was struggling to publish it in 1999 when Ms. Bourdain mentioned to him that she knew a Times reporter, Esther Fein, who was married to David Remnick, the newly minted editor of The New Yorker magazine.

“She came over, and she said, ‘You know, your husband’s got this new job,’” Ms. Fein (who left The Times in 1999) said on Monday. “‘I hate to sound like a pushy mom, but I’m telling you this with my editor’s hat on, not my mother’s hat on. It’s really good, and it’s really interesting, but nobody will look at it, nobody will call him back or give it a second look. Could you put it in your husband’s hands?’”

Ms. Fein persuaded Mr. Remnick to read the article, and The New Yorker published it under the title “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Mr. Bourdain later said that he had a book deal in a matter of days after that.

...Mr. Bourdain committed suicide in 2018 at 61.

Ms. Bourdain memorialized her son with a tattoo of his name on her wrist — her first and only tattoo.


Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:19 AM (2 replies)

Elizabeth Warren's Brothers (Republican and Democrat) on Supporting Her for President

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 03:55 PM (3 replies)

18 progressive groups sign unity pledge amid Sanders-Warren feud

Eighteen progressive groups have signed a unity pledge vowing to keep their fire trained on the “corporate wing” of the Democratic Party amid a burgeoning feud between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that has split the left.

The signers include seven groups who back Sanders's 2020 presidential bid and two that back Warren's. The remaining nine groups are either supportive of both candidates, such as Democracy for America, or have not endorsed anyone yet.

The three-part pledge says the groups will “focus our fight for the nomination against candidates supported by the corporate wing, instead of fighting each other.” The groups say they’re committed to ensuring a progressive candidate wins the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and that they’ll join forces to ensure that candidate ultimately defeats President Trump.

...“We need a bold progressive president. In our opinion, the most inspirational and electable Democrat we could nominate is Elizabeth Warren,” the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said in a statement. “We are joining this effort out of a belief that it represents leaders in the progressive movement urging everyone from campaign staff to Twitter commenters to focus on defeating a corporate, establishment Democrat like Joe Biden. This effort inherently includes standing opposed to sexism and bad-faith arguments in the primary process. We look forward to working with our friends to enforce these principles."

More at https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/478533-18-progressive-groups-sign-unity-pledge-amid-sanders-warren-feud
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 09:05 AM (8 replies)

Warren to Sanders (audio): "I think you called me a liar on national TV."

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 09:30 PM (121 replies)

Charles Pierce wonders if Sanders attracts the Democratic equivalent of the incel boys

Wednesday was a very good day to stay off the electric Twitter machine if you could arrange it. The Democratic debate on Tuesday night was decidedly cool and low-key, but the takes coming off it are flash-boiling the lakes of Naboo. Most of these are coming from supporters of varying degrees of anonymity attached to Senator Professor Warren and Bernie Sanders. There was the predictably idiotic concentration on—and overreaction to—a short episode at the end of the debate, when Warren and Sanders seemed to have an angry moment in the presence of Tom Steyer. The continuing barrage rivals only moderator Wolf Blitzer’s obvious lust for a fight between candidates and a war in the Middle East.

..Because Biden skated as thoroughly as he did, and because the other three leading candidates performed with surpassing ennui, the Warren-Sanders business is going to be what people take away from Tuesday night. I have no idea what was said during the famous conversation about whether a woman can be elected president. But the response from the Sanders supporters, especially on the electric Twitter machine, has been so hysterically over the top—Responding with snake emojis? That’s only the oldest misogynistic smear of all time, going all the way back to Genesis.—that it does make me wonder whether or not there’s something in that campaign that attracts the Democratic equivalent of the incel boys. I hope it stops soon, but I doubt that it will.

If the Sanders people want to go down in history as the campaign that kneecapped two talented, accomplished women, that’s their decision. I thought Warren recovered nicely with her bit about how she and Klobuchar were the only two people on the stage who’d never lost an election. Other than that, the debate was little more than a reminder that starting this process off in Iowa is no way to elect a president of this whole country...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 11:50 AM (44 replies)

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Source: The Guardian

The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet...The new analysis shows the past five years are the top five warmest years recorded in the ocean and the past 10 years are also the top 10 years on record. The amount of heat being added to the oceans is equivalent to every person on the planet running 100 microwave ovens all day and all night.

... The analysis, published in the journal Advances In Atmospheric Sciences, uses ocean data from every available source. Most data is from the 3,800 free-drifting Argo floats dispersed across the oceans, but also from torpedo-like bathythermographs dropped from ships in the past.

The results show heat increasing at an accelerating rate as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere. The rate from 1987 to 2019 is four and a half times faster than that from 1955 to 1986. The vast majority of oceans regions are showing an increase in thermal energy.

... Dan Smale, at the Marine Biological Association in the UK, and not part of the analysis team, said the methods used are state of the art and the data is the best available. “For me, the take-home message is that the heat content of the upper layers of the global ocean, particularly to 300 metre depth, is rapidly increasing, and will continue to increase as the oceans suck up more heat from the atmosphere,” he said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Jan 13, 2020, 01:04 PM (6 replies)
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