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There are those in whom we have great respect across most of their lives. Then suddenly they seem to abandon reason.
Why should anyone vote for Jill Stein? Great question and one I’d never investigated up to now. So I looked.
Shocked. In her views she is no different than Clinton? Don’t believe it? Here is her questionnaire compared with Hillary’s, filled out..
Check it out. When it comes to individual rights, both were identical except for their belief in God. Hillary would keep “God” on money, Jill would be against it. On domestic issues, they agree on everything. The small distinction is that Hillary does not agree that marijuana is a gateway drug, Jill “strongly” does not agree that it is. A very small degree of separation between them. On economic issues they are identical across the board. in both their choices and levels of degree in which they support them.
Only in international relations and defense is there is some gap of difference. One should expect such from someone who has represented our nation around the world versus someone postulating their positions from the couch in their living room. Even here the differences are often only in degree of being against or strongly against.. Hillary is definitely not a Republican as she is sometime called by leftists. The only major difference one can quantify between these two candidates across the whole spectrum, is that Hillary does not believe in isolationism or running away from every conflict, and Jill Stein does.
That means there has to be something else motivating Stein voters. What could it be?
It could be personal dislike. Many people do vote off of their emotions and therefore they may not like Hillary not for anything she has ever done, but just in how she fills out a pantsuit. Rumors are that Susan Sarandon doesn’t like Hillary because George Clooney does. Such dislike if true certainly is not misogyny, easily ruled out when comparing against the gender of Jill Stein, (but perhaps a factor when compared against Gary Johnson).
It could also be a religious fervor for third parties. “Woo hoo, I’m a Green Party/ All the bad stuff you Democrats and Republicans have done to the globe does not reflect on me/ Since my party has never held responsibility, we are clean of all your bad decisions/ Buy voting Jill I’m clean as snow”..
Or it could be a European specialist highly familiar with the third party system across the pond and wishing to implement that system here…
Or it could be someone who just doesn’t care about anything (historians called them anarchists 100 years ago) and is happy watching the world burn.
But we CAN rule out some other reasons.
Ones support for Jill Stein is not for the candidate herself. Most people know very little about her. Is she bi or straight? See? You don’t know. What personal experiences make her more qualified than either Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson, or Donald Trump or Evan McMillian? See? Speechless.
To pull the lever or push the button for Jill Stein means that you are voting for a superfluous cause, a sprite of your own imagination. As in for example: “I’m voting to make the world more liberal.”.
Ok, having been there, that is understandable and the first sane thing you may have said… Because if that is what you believe, voting for Jill Stein is at least one way of expressing it.
But what does that vote get you? Right now she is on track to come close to her last attempt at the presidency, 4 years ago… 469,501 voted for her… 0.36% of the vote. This year it may be less. That is less than 150 people per each county in the entire United States… That per county level is fewer than the numbers that vote in one ward or precinct.
So what statement are you trying to make by voting for someone who averages out to 150 voters out of every single county? The analogy might as well be “not voting”, such a correlation seems “right-on” here.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard over and over and over and over that if you are a current Trump supporter and vote for Jill Stein it is a vote for Hillary and vice versa. That keeps getting said because there is some truth to that. If you were in a three way and the two others got serious with each other, you get shut you down; you lose out. Same way in a general election… To matter as a person, as a voter, you really can’t be casting your vote to someone who when they ran before, against the same two machines, against the same two ideologies, with the same candidate on the same platform, only muster 3 out of every 1000 people.
Imagine if those 3 activists, instead of being on the outside in a club of their own, were arguing their cases inside a party that will take in 550 our of every 1000 people. Do you have a better chance to win friends and influence people over to your cause? Of course you do…
Being a partner of one of the most powerful influences on our national destiny, you have far more clout in achieving your aims and dreams, than you would many miles away, crawling to the surface of a dark Scottish loch….*(Police reference)
So what sense does that make to anonymously state your liberalness by voting on a third party?
Now there are times for a third party, don’t get me wrong… On local levels a third party, even Greens, can field a better candidate than the other two local party apparatus’s can muster … Because smart concerned local people sometimes don’t belong to parties. I’ve supported many such candidates because I want to make the world a better place. So don’t misinterpret this piece as anti-third party…
But the difference there is that those candidates offered a quality choice, something completely different from the other two available options. That is not the case here. Jill Stein is the same as Hillary and yet Stein couldn’t handle the presidency. In her defense, very few people can. Jill has never held elected office. In fact the argument can be made, that since Trump (who also has never held elective office) would have the backing of a majority of people, he could get enough cooperation and though he knows nothing, the system would respond by putting in his party’s people who could handle things “under” him…
But the Greens in that spot would face animosity. Instead of voting for Jill Stein this time, Greens need to get serious. They need to remove themselves from only offering simply an ineffective vanity campaign, and look to begin offering a real one. Which means they need to lobby a top named Democrat or two to jump and pull their high talent and followers across the divide, so their party immediately has clout on the national stage. Fronting Bernie is what I’m talking about.
Simply put. Politics is about power and who gets to make the decisions. Bad as the process can sometimes be for liberals it still beats the historical precedent of war. We are so much better off to decide our differences without war. But it is idealistic to think that politics is anything less than a war that decides who wields power…
This year the decisions between the two powerful candidates could not be more stark. The competence level between the two power candidates could not be more stark. If you think Global Warming should be stopped; if you think national parks should be off limits to oil and gas drilling; if you think we should save the Monarch Butterfly with government intervention; if you think we should lable GMO’s; if you think we should pursue the kind treatment of farm animals; if you think we should accelerate the making of electric cars; if you think we should honor native American’s requests not to uproot their ancestral land simply to benefit some investors; …..
Your vote for Jill Stein, face it or not, is a vote against all of the above… You actually take away the clout you could have influenced from the left wing of the Democratic party, and removed it completely out of the equation… So when Democrats have to vote inside their caucus to determine their stance and future actions, because you or your candidates were not there to push the liberal agenda, when those votes get taken, results tend to be weighted towards the more conservative of the Democratic party, simply because there were more of them to vote because you and your contingent removed yourselves from the action. …
That is how, a vote for Jill Stein, makes it harder to achieve your objectives than had you either voted for Hillary or Trump…
You say the Democrats are not left enough? Well if anything Bernie shows us, that was because the left had up to then, abandoned acting politically to influence the party…
No one is going to tell you how to vote. You may be so mad at the first paragraph these words down here never see the light of day… But if it does, add it to you plate as you decide over the next few days how badly you really desire to influence your own future and save the planet…
Old data transcribed in new format. Now everyone can see…
Just think of doubling that last total is the Keystone Pipeline gets built.
And back date it to apply to all transactions starting after midnight, January 1, 2011….
A giant 248 MW power plant is going into a residential neighborhood. That is unheard of. We know Rowan jumped out of a similar deal.
Every human being in Delaware should demand (because they will soon breathe the toxins) that the UD lose its proprietary status, and that we find out what is really going on.
They were up front with Rowen and Rowen said no thank you… The University of Delaware is sitting on valuable information required by all to make a balanced decision, without which a gigantic lifetime mistake could occur….
Obviously they want that mistake to occur…
So, to fight back, they should lose all future protection from FOIA requests… All it takes is a change of one sentence…..
A statement (not a rhetorical but an action that has grave consequences), needs to be emphasized: that if you want of fuck with the citizens of the town of Newark, it will cost you. It WILL cost you…..
Here: John and Paul….
|Long Title:||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DEFINITION OF PUBLIC BODY.|
|Synopsis:||This bill would include the President’s Offices of the University of Delaware as being defined as a public body, and would therefore serve to open it to all FOIA inquiries. Furthermore this bill would reach back to midnight January 1, 2011 and require the University to legally fulfill all FOIA requests for information dating henceworth that period in time.|
Section 1. Amend § 10002(h), Title 29 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining as follows:
(h) ”Public body” means, unless specifically excluded, any regulatory, administrative, advisory, executive, appointive or legislative body of the State, or of any political subdivision of the State, including the University of Delaware, but not limited to, any board, bureau, commission, department, agency, state university, committee, ad hoc committee, special committee, temporary committee, advisory board and committee, subcommittee, legislative committee, association, group, panel, council or any other entity or body established by an act of the General Assembly of the State, or established by any body established by the General Assembly of the State, or the University of Delaware, or the Presidents Office of the University of Delaware, or appointed by any body or public official of the State or otherwise empowered by any state governmental entity, which:
and… Section 1. Amend § 10002(l), Title 29 of the Delaware Code
(i) ”Public body,” “public record” and “meeting” shall
not include activities of the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, except that the Board of Trustees and all offices of the President of the University of Delaware and the Board of Trustees and all offices of the President of the Delaware State University shall be “public bodies,” and that the University and University documents relating to the expenditure of all private and public funds shall be deemed “public records,” and each meeting by the President or of the full Board of Trustees of either institution shall be deemed a “meeting.” This action will apply retroactively to January 1, 2011.
We may all die of asphyxiation, but we won’t die without fighting back……
Following rapid ice loss in the first half of July, the pace of seasonal ice retreat slowed the rest of the month partly due to the return of a stormy weather pattern over the central Arctic Ocean. The timing of melt onset for 2013 was in general unremarkable. Ice extent remains below average on the Atlantic side of the Arctic, and near average in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and along the Eurasian coast…..
I missed this on Sunday.
And what are today’s birds telling us? The Audubon Society estimates that nearly 60 percent of 305 bird species found in North America in winter are shifting northward and to higher elevations in response to climate change. For comparison, imagine the inhabitants of 30 states — using state residence as a proxy for species of American human — becoming disgruntled with forest fires and drought and severe weather events, and seeking out suitable new habitat.
Despite what Republicans say: man-made global warming is here. The birds are telling us. No wonder the Delaware head of the Republican Party, John Sigler is shooting pigeons in boxes….
We knew this but it is now being published… and so it is in the news.
The world is getting warmer… and we can now predict our climate by looking at map at 300 miles south and guessing what our weather will be from that…
Just as plate tectonics and Darwin’s origin of the species were able to lay the groundwork of reason for explaining puzzling observations, this simplifies what to expect from global warming rather startlingly.
Texas is now what we alway thought of when we considered the weather of Mexico; Oklahoma is now West Texas; Kansas is now Oklahoma; Nebraska is now Kansas; South Dakota is now Nebraska, North Dakota is now South Dakota: Southern Manitoba is now North Dakota…..
If West Texas had 3 days of rain, now Oklahoma is getting 3 days of rain; If it snowed 12 times in South Dakota, it is now doing the same in North Dakota… and so on.
So, to predict our heat, rain, winters, etc, our guide would be North Carolina. Longer growing seasons, some winters with no snow, hot summers…
However due to Global warming, the East Coast has a caveat. An anomaly so to speak and actually some relief from the North Carolina summer heat we would normally expect….
With the unprecedented melting of the Arctic and Greenland icecaps dumping its excess into the Labrador Current, that cold water drops South hugging the East Coast shoreline all the way down to North Carolina’s Outer Banks where it finally becomes neutralized… Therefore even though we have hotter air masses, the colder ocean temperatures creates a buffer against Global warming off the entire northeastern US.
Europe, Japan, and Alaska all experience the same mitigating effect, although with both Greenland and the Arctic Icecaps melting into the Labrador, the US East Coast gets a stronger volume of cold water. Call it our icy shower effect….
Once melting stops and the currents dry up, we return to the North Carolina scenario of the twentieth century….
Chart Courtesy of NOAA
So, we in Delaware really get the best climate on the East Coast. Warm winters, little or no snow, and cool breezy summers….. as well as a longer growing period, and… less dependence on fossil fuels for winter heating.
Gee, global warming isn’t so bad for Delaware after all…. Oh, the rising seas? There you go again… Why did you have to spoil the rosy picture I was painting?
Finally. The Gulf Stream is weakening. It has gotten weaker continuously since 2004. So much Acrtic ice has been turned into cold water, that it now flows down the Labrador Current and hits broadside into the Gulf Stream as it makes it’s way to Britain and Europe. If it ever veers south from the impact, parts of Europe, which is further north than Baffin Island, will get the tempertatures of Baffin Island.
This weakening of the Gulf Streams current strength, causes water to build up higher on the outside of the curve, and to sink lower on the inside of the curve. The inside of the curve is in open ocean. It affects no one. The outside of the curve ranges from Virginia Beach upwards to the end of Long Island.
Pictures show the Gulf Stream weakening considerably just before Sandy.
This means water was actually higher and that same higher water was caused by the melting of the Arctic Ice Cap. It wasn’t the actually water flowing down from the Ice Cap, but our high water was caused by the largest seasonal ice melt ever recorded.
Here is the report.
This is for real, man. This is scary.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013…
The 597 primary counties designated as disaster areas Wednesday by USDA were in these states: Alabama, 14; Arkansas, 47; Arizona, 4; Colorado, 30; Georgia, 92; Hawaii, 2; Kansas, 88; Oklahoma, 76; Missouri, 31; New Mexico, 19; Nevada, 9; South Carolina, 11; Texas, 157; and Utah, 17.
The majority are Republican states. (So.. Let’s hold up their “budget-busting” disaster aid for 3 months on high minded principle and see how they like it.)
Wheat growers in the Southern Plains have known the effects of a drought for about 120 consecutive weeks, and now their neighbors to the north have been added to the drought disaster list….
But wait. The year is only 20 days old! Disaster Areas? As in Hurricane Sandy? Yes. Man-made global warming is here to stay. It is worse than we ever imagined. It’s not just summer anymore.
The 597 counties have shown a drought intensity value of at least D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks based on U.S. Drought Monitor measurements, providing for an automatic designation….
The Drought Monitor measures drought intensity on a scale from D1 to D4, as follows:
D1: Moderate Drought
D2: Severe Drought
D3: Extreme Drought
D4: Exceptional Drought.
In 2012, USDA designated 2,245 counties in 39 states as disaster areas due to drought, or 71 percent of the United States…
Because of catastrophic man-made global warming, we will pay $5 a loaf for bread. Had it not been for false learning centers lying about data and calling global warming a hoax, like Delaware’s Caesar Rodney Insititute, we could have worked to prevent this years ago…..
Delaware is primarily spared… ironically also by Global Warming. It seems the melting ice caps are sending a lot more cold water down along the Eastern coasts and that modifies our local climate enough to cause rain.
I getting a bad feeling about this. Who can tell us? What’s this mean?
Btw. There is a monster hurricane approaching Alaska with a low of 943mb. Category 4 if it were an actual hurricane. It is so huge it would stretch from the East Coast of the US to Denver.