listener and her squeeze are first today!
Moved, seconded and carried! Forty-two years IS a very good start. Have a happy you two, and many more.Alan
Happy Anniversary!Good timing too. My parents' forty-fifth was yesterday.
A few gleanings at lunch and coffee breaks. —AlanHillary For America e-mail hack [Click]WaPo: Clinton Story on Emails Gets Harder to Believe [Click]Behind firewall at politicalwire.com: “Clinton Is a Drag on Congressional Candidates” I suppose there is a poll out there somewhere…From talkingpointsmemo.com: “This may technically be illegal. But surely it's just an example of the Trump campaign's epic incompetence. Members of the House of Commons (that's the UK, yes, at least for now) have been bombarded for the last week by fundraising emails from Trump and Trump Jr. asking for money for his campaign.”Chicago: Urban farming capital [Click]No Coal Exports Through Oakland [Click]Common Dreams does seem to be in a real pinch for financial support. [Click] Perhaps as a result of “too much” coverage of the Sanders campaign? I sent them a few clams last night, for the first time. The 4 Big Takeaways of Brexit That the Media and Pundits Missed [Click] Robert KuttnerClinton campaign woes per NBC. [Click] Benghazi, Huma Abedin deposition, etc. “In a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this week, only a quarter of voters picked Clinton as the more honest of the two candidates, while 41 percent of respondents called Trump the more trustworthy contender.Nearly seven-in-ten voters, including 43 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents, said that questions about Clinton's honesty are serious enough to concern them about her election to the presidency.”Only a quarter of voters think HRC is more honest than Trump? A QUARTER?! Very not good, and it is far too late to change such perceptions.
Guess who I just got a fundraising email from? (Hint: the last name will remind you of a card game.) And interesting couple of paragraphs:The latest nasty lie from Hillary? That she is crushing me in fundraising. This claim is laughable. I can write my campaign a check at any time (and have). So it sounds like DT hasn't totally eschewed self-funding, although we goes on to boast how much his previous fundraising email raised.
You know, I think even Bernie is putting too much emphasis on college. I think we should be talking an equal amount about trades. You know, plumbers, electricians, welders, mechanics and so on. Not everyone is inclined to college and if everybody gets an education that puts them in a cubicle or an office who is going to keep the lights on?
Most of the trades you've mentioned are learned through apprenticeships. Hopefully, union apprenticeships. And the impression I get is that the number of people seeking those apprenticeships considerably exceeds the number of openings available. Which are largely determined by the unions' estimates of future demand.
I was reading a story today about how the ten million or so missing people in the labor force are mostly young men without college educations, who would typically be in the construction trades--but there isn't enough construction underway to employ them. The writer suggested a massive infrastructure and housing construction program. Sounds good to me.Alan
There aren't trade schools? Hmmm.
There are certainly trad schools. But the trades they teach are not the high-paying unionized trades that Susan was enumerating.And while I'm not sure how many new houses we need (speaking as someone very happy in a house built almost 130 years ago), I think we would all benefit from new infrastructure. Shall we start with high-speed rail?
Oh, and I am now reminded that the story I read pointed out that most of those young men absent from the workforce are living in the South, where the jobs are not. So another part of the suggested program was to help these mostly unattached young men not only learn how to do the work, but help them move to where the jobs are. Alan
Don't know if others have heard, but an email from DFA just informed me that Zephyr Techout won her New York Congressional primary.
WOOT! Thanks for sharing, Bill.Alan
The title reminds me: Alan, did you notice that on Jill Stein's contributions page one of the set amounts is $42?
Can't say as I did--but 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...Alan
It certainly is, you hoopy frood, you. 8)
Via Facebook:Andrew C. White2 hrs ago·In NY-19... with 393 of 509 election districts reporting:Zephyr Teachout: 11,090 - 74.82%Will Yandik: 3,691 - 24.90%In Stephentown it was:Zephyr - 67Yandik - 2Thank you Stephentown and Thank you NY-19!Congratulations Zephyr Teachout!
75:25? Well, I guess that will do. [chortle]Alan
Yeah, not bad. *smirk*
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