Real change comes with struggle

Bernie took a big hit in South Carolina (Biden ~49% vs Bernie ~20%, diff is ~29%). I will never understand the South ! Biden got 29 delegates and Bernie got 9 with 99% reporting. But to remember the Nevada result where the result was reversed ( Bernie ~49% vs Biden ~20%, diff is ~29%). Bernie got 24 delegates from Nevada, whereas Biden got 9 delegates. However, Bernie is the leader with 54 delegates (Biden:44, Pete: 44, Warren: 8, Amy:7) in the race of winning 1991 delegates to get the democratic nomination. And possibly, billionaire Bloomberg will get into the race of delegates strongly with all his money soon.
You can’t win them all. But the question is – Will Biden come back with moderate narrative after this big win? That’s what rich donors and mainstream media and decent amount of old moderate democrats want.
Bernie is in advantage as super Tuesday is only 3 days away with +10% ahead in national poll aggregate on real clear politics.
However, most Bernie supporters expected much narrower loss of Bernie at South Carolina. This big win of Biden possibly have created a path for Biden, therefore for moderates, which will be determined in the performance in super Tuesday.
Bernie is basically fighting against everyone- all moderates (Biden, Pete, Amy), two rich billionaire with unlimited sum of money (Bloomberg, Steyer) and even with his fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren. In some way, it comes to Bernie’s advantage if the moderate votes get split among all moderates. But interestingly it’s not that simple. Votes get crisscrossed quite a bit. People are irrational ! It seems like Bernie is even the second choice for Biden’s supporters and Warren’s supporters. Apparently, most people vote for the specific candidate more than their political ideology.
So, is it again a 3 person’s race among Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg? Will Warren over perform in some state and take Bernie’s votes? Super Tuesday will answer it all.
No matter how much Bernie supporters want to win everywhere, it’s not going to come easy. It needs to be hard fought. And that is good. If the ultimate goal is to defeat Trump in general election, Bernie should pass every test. But I just wish, we all wish, if those test just are fair without foul plays.
But, man, how much I love this 78 year old fighter who will fight for people’s healthcare, education, climate and wars whereas everyone just is self-serving in thousand many ways. Sometimes I feel like this world really survives on few good people’s shoulder.
Thank you old man. You got the people power. Let’s cheer your name to cheer you up.
#bernie2020 #feelthebern

A winner who doesn’t want to win for himself but for all of us

Bernie plummets to undisputed 1st place while Biden SURGES to distant second, nationally, finally!

If Bernie just can pull off South Carolina and knocks Biden out of the ring one more time! That’s the hurdle and tomorrow’s debate performance at Charlseton, SC is very crucial as every other candidate and media are ready to throw everything at him. Why is Jim Clyburn, the house majority whip from South Carolina, thinking about endorsing Biden after his miserable performance in IOWA, NH and NEVADA is beyond my common sense? Well!

California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania – Bernie is going to win. Michigan and Massachusetts are going to be tough race as they are the home states of Amy Klobucher and Elizabeth Warren. But Bernie can still pull that off given few more wins along the path.

Marianne Williamson’s endorsement after dropping out from the race is the biggest news of this week as she brings many people traditionally uninterested in politics early on now to understand Bernie’s platform. May be because of her, Bernie may win Texas, even against Trump in general election.

I hope Yang and Tulsi will support Bernie after super Tuesday.

I like, one of the leading female anti-corruption activist, Zephyr Teachout(Attorney and Law professor) endorsing Bernie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zephyr_Teachout). I actually like her more than Elizabeth Warren in terms of what she stands for. I wish she could run one day or get a significant position in Bernie’s cabinet if she wins. She has the merit to be the first woman President of United States one day. And former African American senator Nina Turner as VP under Bernie will make it all-around. Indian origin Rep. Pramila Joyapal from Washington is endorsing Bernie and integrating her own proposal with Bernie’s medicare4all to provide universal health care for everybody in USA. Indian origin California Rep. Rho Khanna from California and middle eastern origin Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and one and only AOC from NY are helping his message soar.

The most multi-racial, multi-generational candidate of all time – Bernard Sanders. This country can truly boast of being united across gender and race and move forward with the green new deal and the real change which will propel the change in political dynamics all across the world.

Bernie got the full house.. Game over!

And yes, Bernie will beat Trump.. 100%. Landslide. If you don’t remember, Trump didn’t even win the popular vote last time, he was about 3 million votes behind Hillary Clinton. And Bernie will be millions and millions of votes ahead of Trump.. easily with all the young and multi-racial new voters who are always left out by centrist, establishment democrat.. now that most moderate democrats are also lining behind Bernie as evidenced in Nevada caucus.

If you haven’t understood Bernie’s plan yet, it’s time to realize and believe in him. Bernie did it when he became house rep in 1991 when nobody thought he could, he became the senator in 2007 when everybody was shocked, he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 in multiple states and started the progressive movement when he had negligible name recognition compared to Clintons outside of the progressive circle and now in 2020 every other candidates are running on his platform with his original messages. And now to everybody’s amazement again, he will win it.
Anybody who still doesn’t know what Bernie has done for this country for last ~40 years, I just really want to put a nail on your coffin.. sorry.. No, I am kidding. I love you and just learn more: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/legislation
And if you are still complaining “How is he going to pay for everything?” I will just chime what my twitter friend Tina Parker says “How will we pay for it? Well, we pay for wars, bailing out Wall st, bankers, auto companies, etc.The price we pay for NOT having it: LIVES! These are parents, children, siblings. NOT ACCEPTABLE !!” https://twitter.com/Teeparker8/status/1232129067719307269…

Because Bernie knows how to win.
Because he wants to win not for himself, but for the ideals and changes this country and the world needs at this stage of history.

Not Me, US.

#NOTMEUS

#bernie2020 #feelthebern

Words shouldn’t scare you

“When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up..”

Let’s not fear words and labels, let’s understand what they truly mean.
Bob Dylan wrote in his song “When you gonna wake up”..

“God don’t make promises that He don’t keep.
You got some big dreams baby, but in order to dream you gotta still be asleep.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

Counterfeited philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts.
Karl Marx has got ya by the throat, Henry Kissinger’s got you tied up in knots.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

You got innocent men in jail, your insane asylums are filled.
You got unrighteous doctors dealing drugs that’ll never cure your ills.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

You got men who can’t hold their peace and woman who can’t control their tongues.
The rich seduce the poor and the old are seduced by the young.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

Adulterers in churches and pornography in the schools.
You got gangsters in power and lawbreakers making rules.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

Spiritual advisors and gurus to guide your every move.
Instant inner peace and every step you take has got to be approved.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

Do you ever wonder just what God requires ?
You think He’s just an errand boy to satisfy your wandering desires.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain ?You can’t take it with you and you know that it’s too worthless to be sold.
They tell you, ‘Time is money’ as if your life was worth its weight in gold.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain ?There’s a man up on a cross and He’s been crucified for you.
Believe in His power that’s about all you got to do.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up.
When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain ?”

Listen the song:

This is a revolution we will remember

This is why Bernie will win to bring real fair democracy back in America. Donate to send Vinay to canvas for Bernie. Biden is predicted to win in South Carolina. After Bernie’s win in IOWA, New Hampshire and on.. and Biden’s poor performance, hopefully South Carolina can be flipped. It all depends on volunteers like me, you and Vinay’s effort to reach out to people and knock the doors. Pitch in.  Let’s change this country for better by getting Bernie up there. Bernie has a real path to do it this time after being unfairly played by Hillary in 2016. And Bernie will beat Trump. Many doubt that Bernie’s socialist label (Bernie’s democratic socialism is equivalent to capitalism by European/Scandinavian standards.. so don’t fall for it) will dissuade many old moderate democrats and their ignorant kids to not vote for him (Rather they will vote for Trump!! What a shame!!), I say Bernie doesn’t need those kind of democrats who will not vote a democratically nominated candidate in the general election, but rather vote Trump or not vote at all (however I do think it will be small percentage hoping all democratic candidates will be behind Bernie if he wins the democratic nomination). Bernie has Muslim votes, Hispanic votes, young generation votes, young to old African American votes, 4 years of 17 year old volunteers (from 2016-2020) who are eligible to vote, 18-44 year old votes who are not boomers(1944-1964) who don’t care about how recent generations(Gen X(1965-1979), Millennial(1980-1994), Gen Y(1995-2015)) are suffering. If young people come out to vote who generally don’t vote, Bernie will win with a land slide. Bernie may well not need those republican leaning Midwestern/Southern moderate democrats who love Biden (who secure 4th place in IOWA being called a front runner!!). Bernie can win. Progressives will win and end the mad Trump era in 4 years. Bernie, also has the card to put Elizabeth Warren as VP and get the Hillary democrats if needed. So, believe in Bernie’s message “Not me, US.” Let’s make this country great, let’s remove student debt, let’s have green new deal to fight climate change and create jobs and the madness of fossil fuel industry, let’s have Medicare4all and end the profiteering of drug companies and health insurance companies, let’s not get into war with Iran, let’s bring American troops back to stop regime change wars/proxy wars, let’s bring some peaceful solution in Israel-Palestine situation, let’s start negotiating with republicans from higher grounds/winning position… Let’s do this.. This is a special year that we will all remember together. You can be part of this revolution.
Get Some Rational National for food too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctasK3oslN4


Hello comrades,

My name is Vinay. I am an immigrant student from India studying and working as a student intern at the University of Cincinnati.

I’ve done my best to put America’s dad in the white house. I phonebanked from India, before I ever came to America, for Bernie in 2016 and made 400 calls. When I came to Cincinnati in 2018, I was determined to fight for our progressive ideals in my community. So, I started the UC chapter of YDSA and fought against tuition hike on campus. I’ve also been tabling, canvassing, phonebanking, registering people to vote for Bernie this election cycle.

We all know how important SC is for Bernie’s momentum. That one win will upend all doubts of Bernie being the front runner. We need to win and win big enough to not even give any scope for rigging the convention against us. And I want to do as much as I can to help the movement. So today I ask you to sponsor my trip to Greenville, South Caroline for the weekend of Feb 14-16th. I am taking the car so it’ll be cheaper, and staying at a modest hotel. And I’ve signed up for a total 9 hour canvassing shift over the weekend.

I hope ya’ll come through for your fellow berner. Solidarity forever!

#feelthebern #bernie2020

Bernie wins & R u feeling the bern?

 

Bernie Sanders won by popular vote in IOWA.. and multiple evidences of cheating/bias against Bernie by Mayor Pete and other established democratic candidates are found(some may be innocuous and simply mistakes.. who knows!).

With 97% precincts in, Sanders’ lead over Pete Buttigieg with raw votes is over 2500, and Buttigieg is in virtual tie with Sanders 26.2 to 26.1, a margin of only 3 SDEs (State delegates). Still 100% results are not out and these results have many errors.

Oh wait, CNN, MSNBC, and Pete Buttigieg himself called Pete to be winner. Oh wait, there’s still 100% result not published. Oh wait, the published result has many errors. Oh wait, Bernie is still winning after everything against him. Oh wait.. this is awesome!! Oh wait.. people love Bernie, even in IOWA!! 


Bernie Sanders is predicted to win all the upcoming primaries with IOWA win tied with Pete Buttigieg in state delegates.
538 prediction for Bernie winning all other primaries except two. If you are into political betting.. (* I am not)
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-primary-forecast/


New York times post on errors and inconsistencies in IOWA caucus result.
https://www.nytimes.com/…/iowa-caucuses-errors-results.html…

List of errors in IOWA caucus:
https://www.reddit.com/…/iowa_caucus_list_of_errors_in_of…/…


Delusional news cycle:. Percentage of delegates is

62%: Bernie WINS popular vote, Buttigieg has +1.8% SDE (State Delegate) and announces “victory”

71%: Bernie WINS popular vote, Buttigieg has +1.6% SDE, CNN etc masturbate with new establishment “star”

97%: Bernie WINS popular vote, Buttigieg has only +0.1% SDE, NYTimes deletes info

So, can you tell why they gradually picked the precincts to give Pete Buttigieg more news coverage? This is insane..!!! These media moguls and DNC crooks are literally treating regular American voters as idiots!

https://twitter.com/JMA986/status/1225301253967753217


a) Popular Vote with 97% precincts reporting:

  1. Bernie Sanders: 44,753
  2. Pete Buttigieg: 42,235
  3. Elizabeth Warren: 34,312
  4. Joe Biden: 23,051
  5. Amy Klobuchar: 20,525
    https://twitter.com/realDavidOnl…/status/1225291164284112896

b) Multiple times there were unfair rounding to give edge to candidates other than Bernie. 30% of precinct mathsheet were found with rounding error:
https://twitter.com/LuluFriesdat/status/1225256764649680898
Is this democracy?


c) Precinct misreporting: https://twitter.com/Banalization/status/1225199174171451393


d) More cheating
https://twitter.com/SethYefrican/status/1224982241740091392

#IowaCaucus #IACaucus #IowaCaucus2020 #BernieWon #Bernie2020

No need

A tribute to this beautiful Bengali song “No need (দরকার নাই)” by NXL expressing stuffs that matter.

“No need (দরকার নাই)”
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গোল এই গ্রহটার একি হাল
(gol ei grohotar eki hal)
What a disaster in this round planet
জগাখিচুড়িরর চাল
(jogakhichurir chal)
What a nasty hodgepodge
ময়লা মেঘের পাল
(moyla megher pal)
A bunch of dirty clouds
শুকনো সময় ডাল
(shukno somoy dal)
Some dried-up time of ours
গোল এই গ্রহটার একি হাল
(gol ei grohotar eki hal)
What a disaster in this round planet
জগাখিচুড়িরর চাল
(jogakhichurir chal)
What a nasty hodgepodge
ময়লা মেঘের পাল
(moyla megher pal)
A bunch of dirty clouds
শুকনো সময় ডাল
(shukno somoy dal)
Some dried-up time of ours
নদী নালা খাল বিল
(nodi nala khal bil)
Rivers and canals
বিষে ভরা বান্ডিল
(bishe vora bandil)
Bundles of poison
উড়ছে অবাক চিল
(urche obak chil)
Surprised hawks flying
শূণ্য মাছের ঝিল
(shunno macher jhil)
Lakes empty of fish
লাগবে না তোর ইকোসিস্টেম
(lagbe na tor ecosystem)
No need of any ecosystem
নষ্ট করবো আরও দাও যত ব্লেইম
(noshto korbo aro dao joto blame)
Destory it more and more, don’t blame
আমার দরকার নাই তোর প্রকৃতির দান
(amar dorkar nai tor prokritir dan)
I don’t need any gift from nature
আমার ফরমালিন আছে নাই সম্মান
(amar formalin ache, nai shomman)
I have my formalins, no respect whatsoever
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার।
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
নাগরিক হৈ চৈ রৈ রৈ
(nagorik hoi choi roi roi)
Citizens outcrying
টাকা সব গেল কই
(taka sob gelo koi)
Where is all the money?
কালো বেড়ালের পেটে
(kalo beraler pete)
Inside the stomach of the black cat?
খৈ ফাটে টৈ টৈ
(khoi fate toi toi)
Bullshit and bullshit
হরতালে টুকিটাকি
(hortale tukitaki)
Strikes and some outcome
ককটেল ফাটাফাটি
(koktel fatafati)
Cocktail bomb blasting
গনতন্ত্রের নামে হিংস্র রাজনীতি
(gonotontrer name hingsro rajniti)
Cruel politics in the name of democracy
লাগবে না তোর নেতারূপী চোর
(lagbe na tor netarupi chor)
No need of any thief in the disguise of politician
স্বপ্ন দেখানো সব ঘুম ভাঙ্গা ভোর
(shopno dekhano sob ghum vanga vor)
Broken up of all those sleeps/hopes after dreams in the dawn
আমার দরকার নাই তোর মানবতাবোধ
(amar dorkar nai tor manobotabodh)
I don’t need any humanity
বা খুনিদের বাঁচাতে ধার্মিক ক্রোধ
(ba khunider bachate dharmik krodh)
I don’t need religious hatred to save the murderers
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার।
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
নাউ সস্তা কলরেটের নিশাচর লাভ
(nao shosta call rate er nishachor lav)
Cheap callrate, cheap nocturnal(illegal) profit
বাট রাত পোহালেই শিট পুরোটাই ব্লাফ হেই
(but rat pohalei shit purotai bluff hey)
Full of bluffs when the night is over
নাউ সস্তা কলরেটের নিশাচর লাভ
(nao shosta call rate er nishachor lav)
Cheap callrate, cheap nocturnal(illegal) profit
বাট রাত পোহালেই শিট পুরোটাই ব্লাফ
(but rat pohalei shit purotai bluff hey)
Full of bluffs when the night is over
দেখো একজোড়া জুলিয়েট তিন জোড়া রোমিও
(dekho ekjora juliet tin jora Romio)
Look, there’s a pair of Juliets and three pairs of Romio
হিসাব করিয়া নিয়া সকলেই থামিও
(hishab koriya niya shokolei thamio)
All of you! Calculate and then stop
লাগবেনা তোর সেই পুরাতন প্রেম
(lagbena tor sei puraton prem)
No need of those forgone romance
যেথা দুজনে মিলে বাঁধতো জীবনের ফ্রেম
(jetha dujone mile bandhto jiboner frame)
Where both of you would create a frame of life
আমার দরকার নাই
(amar dorkar nai)
I don’t need
আমার দরকার নাই তোর ভালবাসা
(amar dorkar nai tor valobasha)
I don’t need your love
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার।
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai amar)
No need, no need of mine
কাঁটাতারে তারে খণ্ড মাটি নিয়ে দ্বন্দ্ব
(katatare tare khondo mati niye dondo)
Division with those thorny fences and fights for boundaries of lands
উদার ধরণী তলে রক্তের গন্ধ
(udar dhoroni tole rokter gondho)
Smell the blood beneath this fertile soil
কাঁটাতারে তারে খণ্ড মাটি নিয়ে দ্বন্দ্ব
(katatare tare khondo mati niye dondo)
Division with those thorny fences and fights for boundaries of lands
উদার ধরণী তলে রক্তের গন্ধ
(udar dhoroni tole rokter gondho)
Smell the blood beneath this fertile soil
অন্যায় অবিচার ধর্ষন ব্যভিচার
(onnay obichar dhorshon bavichar)
Crime, Injustice, Rape, Adultery
বিবেক টা লকারে তালা মারা অধিকার
(bibek ta lokare tala mara odhikar)
Put your conscience in the locker and also your rights
লাগবেনা যুক্তি বা শান্তি চুক্তি
(lagbe na jukti ba shanti chukti)
No need of either logic or peace treaty
মানুষ মরুক মানুষ মরুক
(manush moruk, manush moruk)
Let the people die, let the people die
আমার মৃত্যুই মুক্তি
(amar mrittui mukti)
Death is my only freedom
আমি কি করবো জোনাকির আলোয়
(ami ki korbo jonakir aloy)
What am I gonna do in the light of those fireflies
এই আঁধারে?
(ei andhare)
In this darkness?
ক্ষীণ আলোর এ আশা আমার লাগবে না
(khino alor e asha amar lagbe na)
This fading hope of light – I don’t need at all
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai)
No need, no need of mine
আমার দরকার নাই আমার দরকার নাই আমার।
(amar dorkar nai, amar dorkar nai)
No need, no need of mine
আমার দরকার নাই
(amar dorkar nai)
I don’t need
আমার দরকার নাই
(amar dorkar nai)
I don’t need
আমার দরকার নাই।।
(amar dorkar nai)
I don’t need
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US and World need to #FeelTheBern

“They say we are a divided nation and he kind of rejects that narrative. We are all in this together. Not me, Us – is what he believes.”

I am sitting here in the coffeeshop working, and I can hear the name “Bernie Sanders” from my surroundings from real human being again and again but unfortunately, you will never hear that name in television channel and main stream media! After watching the debate last night, I felt like there was only one wise man/woman on the debate stage, who does not want to win just for the sake of winning, who speaks the truth no matter what, who doesn’t want wars, but importantly, who really cares about people and who really wants to bring justice and fairness and improvement in the health and mind of the people and this country. This is all Bernie said yesterday, so you can judge yourself if you haven’t heard. Two important things to think about “1. Who can win against Trump by winning the swing states if Trump is still there? 2. Who can change the system through domestic and foreign policy so that people from home and abroad won’t have to worry about their health, education, children and then the world because of the climate change and regime change? “

And people who are supporting Buttigieg, are you guys nuts? He has 0% african american vote, what world are you living? The last democratic president was Barack Obama and he won by winning the african american votes, the same is true for Bill Clinton. Your intelligence really surprises me for many different reasons!

 

My Letters to a friend for “Why Bernie Sanders”, “Why against Trump and centrist Democratic candidates (including Elizabeth Warren!!!)”

I had this informal email conversation on democratic primary elections and candidates that I am feeling to share with my readers. Hope it helps for the right cause that I believe in.


Hi Carolyn,

    Glad to hear back from you. I left California and moved back to Indiana to finish my degree. I may be back next year and if I do, I would like very much to hang out with you guys, playing frisbee and stuff. My position that “Only a progressive can win against Trump”- you are right on that. And I will emphasize that again. A centrist, corrupt establishment tactics won’t work against the radical right, “will do anything, any crime no matter what to win” Trump base and right wing politicians. To defeat corrupt, evil Trump, you need the honest, truthful, street fighter like Bernie. Don’t trust polls, polls reflect what the total population of the country think at a time. Election doesn’t happen that way.. election happens state by state.. gradually increasing the momentum of the winner. So, basically democratic candidates who can not win the early swing states, will not win against Trump. And also, democratic candidate who does not appeal to a portion of Trump voters, black, latin, diverse voters, can not win against Trump. Candidate who can not energize people with their rhetoric to get out and really vote (specially the young people) will not win against Trump. Warren’s base is highly educated white population (like I guess you and many Californian democrats!). So, based on this ideas that I said, I firmly think only Bernie can win. I also think Yang is a good candidate who is now 4th and has real solution. But I am doubtful about Warren (and Yang, because he may not attract establishment democrats) because of her centrist policy, “will get along with the establishment, play along” strategy, because of her lies of being a native american (Pocahontas!) while getting into Harvard, because of her weak foreign policy (she just voted for Trump’s military budget), because of her taking money from corporations, pacs during general election and also channeling her corporate senate stage money now in the primary while claiming she is only running a grassroot movement like Bernie etc. Also the identity politics (vote because she will be the first woman!!) is not gonna hold either this time. But of course Warren will make a good president (way better than everybody else but Bernie) but she will ultimately be someone like Obama who wanted to do a lot of good things. And this country needs more, because it’s literally bleeding. And you truly need changes like FDR brought to this country to fight back the extreme inequality and extreme corporatist culture.
I would highly recommend to watch this video on Warren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkzRURcRbkY
Anyway. My frustration is.. I am not a US citizen and I am not gonna vote. I hate Trump, I dislike warren because of their foreign policies. My interest in US politics come mainly from two standpoints- foreign policy and climate change. US is powerful and if they can’t fix their own democracy and if they can’t change their policy and strategies to fix climate crisis, this world is screwed. And that’s why I care to have a US president who understands and have humanistic values and against corporate greed. And this shift is needed all across the globe. Look what happened in UK, Boris Johnson, turned into UK prime minister, now pushing for Brexit. I am pretty sure.. it’s happened because of the rise of Trump. This right wing monstrous rise across the globe need to stop. Again.. my frustration is.. most americans are not educated enough on most of the policies and details of what’s going on domestically and internationally. And that’s why they elect someone like Trump! Because Americans vote someone based on whether they personally like them or not!!! riddiculous.
Have great days. See you.
🙂
Andy.
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On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM Carolyn Ray wrote:

Hi, Andy.

Your position that only a progressive can win against Trump is unusual. We
shall see. I hope that a progressive *can* win, but I’m not convinced yet.
Eric and I were just looking at the polls showing that 46% of the country
still approves of Trump, and asking each other, “Who ARE these people!?”
We are stepping up our efforts to get democrats to vote.

I’m also not sure how much a person’s debating skills matter; not that
many people watch the debates. But I do agree that Biden isn’t great at
expressing himself at this point; maybe he’s slipping in his old age.

Have you left town already? I thought I might see you again at frisbee and
lunch to continue discussions…

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On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 12:19 PM
Hey Carolyn,
    Thanks for your email.
    Yes, you are right. Warren specifically is not taking large sum of money from corporations. My criticism was not specifically directed towards Warren. It was more towards Pete and others. And also you will have to look not just the campaign money, rather their previous links and associations.
    I don’t have much against Warren. I would like her to be even president. In fact, I want Bernie/Warren or Warren/Bernie together as president and VP.
    I don’t think anyone but a progressive (Bernie/Warren) can win against Trump, given that ultimately democrats will have to win midwest swing states like Obama/Biden won in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_United_States_presidential_election#Results_by_state). For the same reason, established democrats think Biden may win.. but Biden can not because he is super bad at debates and he has multitude of issues with african americans, trade related issues etc. And I don’t think Warren can win there either. So, ultimately it seems to me only Bernie has the capability to win there and ultimately overturn Trump.
    Watch this recent video too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlWJEttS5s4
    Thank you.
Andy.

Another thing I want to add.. the biggest critique against Warren is that “both Tulsi & Bernie have (opposed) every military budget increase while Warren has (supported) it every time”. Warren will be as bad as Hillary Clinton in terms of foreign policies. But she will be as good as Bernie in terms of domestic policies. So, ultimately, who was right suited for every aspect.. comes down to Bernie. The only issue is his age and I think Tulsi can make a great VP. Anyway, I am a progressive and I do think only progressives can win against Trump.. no corporate dems like Harris, Pete and Biden have any freaking chance.. where US is right now. Thanks.

Andy.

Just saw this donor related video

But being said that, I think Warren can change. But as you know, past always haunts..

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On Fri, 2 Aug 2019, 11:35 Carolyn Ray, <carolyn@supersaturated.com> wrote:

Hi, Andy.

After we talked about this at lunch post-ultimate-frisbee, I looked at the
OpenSecrets site myself. It’s why I asked where you were getting your
information about these candidates’ donors. Then you sent me the link to
the web site that seemed to contradict what you’d said. There must be
something I’m missing. I thought you said something about Harris and
Warren being beholden to big corporations or oil or something like that.


Carolyn Ray, Ph.D.

We will have to save our world

 

This kid is telling us, adults with brains, about climate change because we apparently forgot how to think and shut our eyes to see ! And then when I listen to those adults denying climate change, my jaw drops; specially those big fat ones in the parliaments of various countries, from even specifically including the self-proclaimed world police withdrawing from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Most parents are raising their kids; most adults are basically hating their jobs, in coming days probably won’t even find jobs; some adults are trying to invent every form of entertainment so that they can escape the reality – it seems like everybody already deluded each other believing that we are going to live in the same world that we were born somehow. We are living in the fourth but the biggest technological revolution- the internet, the social media, the money revolution, the artificial intelligence, mars exploration in one hand, on the other hand the decimation and destruction of our own planet and atmosphere by our own greed. Parents have no idea that the schools, colleges they send their kids probably won’t help their kids find any jobs as the way Google, Amazon are developing Artificial Intelligence and the automation is taking away jobs from human hands and our schools have no clue about future but to teach the same books they taught our grandparents, and then on our lands on which we build our homes, probably the most habitable lands, will no longer be available in most areas due to natural hazards resulted by climate change. Countries are still trying to steal oil from each other, fossil fuel industries are still lobbying so that they can make some extra dollars by going against green renewable alternatives, rainforests are being destroyed so that the overpopulated earth can eat more and more; but then when the cyclones and tsunamis will rise from the ocean, when the earthquakes will just decimate acres of lands, displace millions of people and force them to migrate and cause wars and battles as our vague nationalism and capitalistic self-cyclic greed are just making us more selfish and self-righteous and less compassionate day by day; when the melted ice and glaciers and the consequent sea level will just level everything within few decades; I don’t know where will all these entertainment politics and mudslinging and worrying about the smallest little things, fighting over the silliest topic on the outdated television channels will go. To be pessimistic, may be, the nature will just blow up the earth with all our interesting circus inside; just like a cruel boy uses his cruel lazy feet to destroy an ant colony that those small, little, hard working ants have built little by little, after sweating for days and nights. To be optimistic, I guess, we will have like some child genius activist like this school kid who will motivate all of us to do the right thing, to take the actions necessary, to start loving our planet, to enjoy living together peacefully with all the other species. I don’t want to live with horrors, rather I want to live in a world full of optimism and energy and with the sense that I am working towards making the world better than the world I was born. I was not aware before because I didn’t have the information, I didn’t know how our world is shaping into a nightmare because of climate change. This little kid talks about how she doesn’t want to be a climate scientist to discover another issues for the future that will not exist because of what we are doing now and now and now. We can change and we will have to change. She shows how we can change, how we can take actions to save our mother earth for our own selves. And it starts by understanding what we have done wrong, and how we can do right- like may be, we should reduce burning fossil fuels, may be we should not elect politicians who are ignorant about climate change, artificial intelligence, may we should start using electric cars to try to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, may be we should start using renewable energy sources, so that the new renewable energy companies can florish, may be we should be vocal against industrial farming so that the greenlands, forests, rainforests don’t get destroyed, may we should take care of our ecological niches, may be we should go vegetarian or vegan so that we consume less animal products, which will reduce industrial farming which is a significant cause behind greenhouse gas emission, may be we should rethink about other kind of jobs which can employ people who are dependent on the jobs that again are destructive towards our planet. We should live in the world of today and enjoy it in a way so that the world can florish. May be, we should learn to love our world. Please educate yourself about climate change.

A conversation without conclusion

(scene: Student standing at the front of Professor’s office. Thinking about knocking.)

(knock knock)

Professor: Come in. Take a seat.

Student: Thank you. How are you Professor?

Professor: I’m doing well. How are you? You seem a little bit disturbed. How may I help you?

Student (bit nervous) : Yeah! You are right. I am. It’s the end of the semester and also the course.  I really want to thank you for doing a great job in teaching some really difficult concepts. But… But. I came here to talk something that I am really unhappy about, somewhat different if you are interested. I respect your time.

Professor (With smile in his face, stood up, moved the curtain to allow more light through the window into the nicely arranged well-scented room full of books in the shelves and some green plants in the corner, came back, took a seat in a more relaxed mood and smiled) : Yes. What is it?

Student (now bit confident) : Though I am a big fan of your teaching style in class, I am quite disappointed with the evaluation process. Actually.. I am upset with not only how you evaluate students, but actually how we are evaluated in schools in general. I am quite upset about it. I was thinking a lot, and I felt like to have some perspective from someone who is executing these process. Is it okay if I ask you some questions?

Professor: Ok.

Student (He opened his bag, brought out his exam paper which have been already scored): As you can see I scored very low. But I didn’t come here to talk about my scores. I definitely did very bad in the exam. But do you think I don’t understand the topics?

Professor: That’s hard to tell. Given that you are way below the average, as you can see there are more than half of the students  who performed better than you in the exam.

Student: Yes. Exactly. So, an exam is about performance then. Performing on this specific questions that you have put during a fixed time, right?

Professor: Yes. Definitely. But because it touches different topics that I taught in the class and you did in the assignments, if you can answer them correctly,  that means you have command over those topics.

Student: Ideally yes. I agree. But I think you know that you also have some patterns in putting same questions in the exam. One of the questions are just a little bit of modification of last year exams. And students who solved those questions, I know, are the students who are the high scorers. So, before exams, preparing for the exam is necessary which, for most of the students, mean to solve past year questions. But even, that is not what I came to talk about. Now that we all have scores, half of them are below average and half are above. What is it measuring actually? Does it not just tell that the students with high scores practiced more than the others? Does it really reflect how much we have learnt from your teaching?

Professor: Yes. But practice is also very important. If you don’t practice, you forget what you have learnt.

Student: So, when we get a bad score, what exactly we should feel? I am confused about it. I think I can regret about not practicing more. But I think I started also doubting about my knowledge itself. And I think you also doubt that I haven’t learnt much given this score only. And I think that is not true. I reviewed the topics and I think I understand them very well. It’s just that I didn’t prepare myself for performing good in the exam. Exams just don’t drive me. I hate going in one hour exam rooms. I freak out. It’s like sports, football or baseball or soccer. All players in both teams know how to score a goal in a soccer game, but one team eventually wins based on their performance. But you need to have two teams in the first place for one team to lose for sure, if not draw. Yeah, not that always the same team is gonna win. And if the loser team gives a good fight, people will also appreciate. But I think we all know a win is a win, a loss is a loss. After even the hardest fight, the loser feels emotionally devastated. That loss might make him work even harder to not do the same mistake and win eventually in future in one hand, or completely destroy his confidence. And these two scenario vary a lot based on individuals. But I am not talking about the game itself. Each game is set up in a way to determine the winner and cheer for them and make the loser sob and weep. Isn’t it? So then is education in schools are also like games. Finding and sorting out winners? Making a good resume? Showing how much you have performed? Being a winner in life? Then if that is the case, you need a looser on the other hand. Someone needs to be defeated, someone needs to lose to have the perception of winning for the winner and others. Is it not then set up for some to lose?

Professor(now raised his eyebrow, thinking.., taking his time): Hmm. Then how else you propose to evaluate?

Student: I don’t know. I just can see something is wrong here. Is everybody incapable of seeing it? Or, are they just happy with what it is? And I even didn’t bring out so many personal, emotional reality a person might have been going through during the time of his performance.

Professor: That is why we sometimes do open book exams or take home exams. The whole point is to make you, students, work hard to learn more. If you didn’t have an exam, you wouldn’t work hard, right?

Student: But you are missing my point. If the ultimate goal is to learn, we are all learning. Some who have interest for some specific material or some who just want to perform really well or some who want to win, is going to perform better. But the evaluation tag that you put on everyone, that tells very less and very void of what the ultimate purpose it should be. Sometimes I feel like may be you all are too lazy to change things for us. Or may be just want us to go through the same grinder you have gone through. But you don’t realize the world outside is so different than the world you have experienced in your age. May be you just want the same world.

Professor: Hmm. I can’t say you are not right.

Student: You are driving us for what professor? You want me to solve the differential equations, the other professor wants me to draw a large heart of an amphibia, the other one wants me to measure the percentage of water in the rock, you criticize us when we are not accurate, when we make mistake. It seems like you all know everything, want us to know more, and don’t want to do mistake. But then we just feel like being dragged, pressured. My friend is leaving school, don’t know what he wants to do. My other friend had her parents divorced on the day of final exam. If you open the google news today, the absolute buffoon Donald J Trump wins the election. What is going on? Why does everything seem so wrong, if we or you know everything for so sure.

Professor: Don’t you think you are thinking too much?

Student: Yes, I am Professor. Yes I am. Thanks for listening.

(Student leaves and the Professor starts thinking..)