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Comment Re:This pick is a big middle finger to Bernie vote (Score 1) 382

DNC worked with Hillary, and favored Hillary. Why should they not, when they dont decide the candidate, and the people do.

Why shouldn't they? Their own bylaws and rules (Article 5, Section 4) , for starters...

âoeThe Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and even-handedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process.â

Comment This pick is a big middle finger to Bernie voters (Score 2) 382

I knew she wouldn't PICK Bernie (as if he would have accepted), and had a strong feeling she wouldn't go with Warren (wouldn't want another woman with better progressive bonafides sharing her spotlight). But to go with Someone as pro-TPP and pro-establishment as Tim Kaine is an obvious sign that she is just assuming that the progressive wing of the electorate will just fall in line anyway, and that any concessions given to Sanders in the platform process will be tossed aside immediately after the election. Trying to court moderate repugs who dislike Trump is more important to her than solidifying her own party, especially when it might make the big $$$ donors uneasy.

Between her VP pick and the latest Guccifer document dump detailing the DNC's program of sabotaging the Sanders campaign, I am hoping that Bernie takes a page from Ted Cruz' playbook and uses his keynote speech at the convention to urge progressive voters to vote their conscience, and go for Jill Stein!

Comment Re: Companies shouldn't have political power (Score 5, Interesting) 416

Bernie called for the immediate removal of pot from the Controlled Substances Act, which would effectively legalize pot at a federal level.

The DNC platform language calls for a "pathway toward legalization", which is, of course, vague enough to be fairly meaningless and unenforceable against HRC once in office. And it barely passed, 81-80.

Comment Shillary will be "pivoting" back toward TPP (Score 1) 231

right on schedule in late July, as soon as the convention is over, and the threat that Bernie represents has been defused. Same for fracking, minimum wage increase, and the other issues that the Sanders campaign was able to force her to tilt leftward on in the primary.

Hopefully, enough "Bernie or Busters" will head over to Jill Stein that enough threat will remain to keep her from COMPLETELY selling the progressive wing of the party out, at least until she actually wins the presidency. At which point, prepare for 4/8 more years of Corporatocracy...

Comment Re:No suprise (Score 1) 231

Many of the "never Trump" repugs will end up voting for Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket. Far more than would ever cross over and vote for Bernie if he ran with the Greens or similar left-wing 3rd party.

Bernie and Jill Stein represent a fundamental critique of the capitalist system that it would be very hard for most Republicans to get behind.

Comment Re:I expect this study to be "debunked" soon (Score 1) 234

It is quite possible the X-rays do not penetrate the skin like those used to look at bones and teeth but even so the skin is still exposed since the whole point of these machines is their ability to penetrate clothing. Their skin is still being exposed.

The body is constantly SHEDDING the outer layers of skin, so if the soft X-rays are doing any damage, the damaged cells are being sloughed off before they can develop into cancer?

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 230

That's EXACTLY what Trump wants.

Much as it pains me to say it, the only way Sanders should mount an independent run is if Trump ends up running as an independent due to GOP finding a way to deny him the nomination.

Jane Sanders gave an interview where she discussed Trump's campaign advice...

Comment Plutonium was the PRODUCT here. (Score 1) 135

The amounts of Pu in the waste tanks should be relatively small, as most of it was extracted (the whole point of the Hanford site was to manufacture Pu, afterall, and they wouldn't willingly throw product out in the waste stream).

The waste tanks contain stuff that is far more radioactive than Pu, basically all the fission products (Cs-137, Sr-90, and other wonderful stuff), suspended in an alkaline (pH ~12) mixture of various salts and solvents. The stuff is quite hot both radioactively and thermally (due to decay heat), as well as chemically reactive. It consists of a supernatant liquid over a thick layer of sludge. About the worst possible stuff to be dealing with in terms of long-term management.

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